Volume 4 No 3

I was recently reading about some research conducted by Dr. Martin Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. After years of research, he found that gratitude is one of the most, if not the most significant attitude, directly connected to happiness and life satisfaction. It seems if we can learn to show our appreciation towards the positives in life instead of focusing on the negatives, we will be happier and more content.

Not only should we express gratitude to others, but we should acknowledge what God has done for us. He has already accomplished all that is required for us to be in an eternal relationship with him. The last words that Christ spoke before committing his life to the Father were, “It is finished”. These three words were packed with meaning, for what was finished here was not only Christ’s earthly life, not only his suffering and dying, but the redemption of the world - the very reason and purpose he came to earth. We are now able to focus on grace and mercy without being weighed down by the guilt of sin. And for this we should be eternally grateful, and express that gratitude to God daily! And we will find that we are happier and more content in all aspects of life, if we do so.

I’d like to take this opportunity to ‘practice what I preach’ and express my gratitude to all those who make the publishing of this magazine possible. To our writers who freely give of their time because they believe that the Gospel needs to be shared; to our editorial team who spend long hours late into the night making sure that what we are including is accurate and appropriate; to those involved with the layout and printing of the magazine, as well as capturing and posting it electronically; and to those who volunteer to help package and send out every magazine, I would like to say a very sincere and heartfelt ‘THANK YOU!’

And then of course to our readers and others who contribute financially to Face to Face: We are totally reliant on your support and without you this magazine could not be published and distributed, ‘Thank you for your sacrifice and making the spreading of the gospel possible!’  


Is it moral for God to kill?

In his book The God Delusion Richard Dawkins, a well known atheist, vindictively describes God as a jealous butcher who kills men, women and children indiscriminately for the pettiest of reasons.

The Protestant Church in Hitler’s Germany and the Barmen Declaration

On January 30, 1933, German President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler Chancellor of Germany.

A Model for All Believers: A Study of 1 Thessalonians 1

 After a short ministry in Thessalonica, Paul was forced to leave (Acts 17:1-10).Probably less than a year later, Paul heard that the believers there were being persecuted.

Light at the end of the tunnel

A friend of mine was recently involved in a car accident, but luckily nobody got hurt and he only had a few scrapes and bruises.

Being human

After a long dry spell, the rain was welcome.My family and I watched the huge drops fall on our thirsty lawn and the struggling dogwood trees I had planted earlier...

Comrades – more than a competition

Every year, usually around autumn to early winter, there is a marathon run in South Africa which has won international recognition and participation.

Waters of life

Sometimes we forget what a blessing it is to be able to open a tap and have fresh, clean, cool water gush out. Many are not as fortunate.

Expedient Indeed

“I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I go away …”

Five simple rules for Bible study

The Bible is a complex book, but it has a simple message. There’s enough wisdom in it for a lifetime of detailed study and there is also wisdom that beginners...

The Ascension and You

Ascension Day was a holiday in South Africa before 1994. It was always on a Thursday, and it was one of the annual long weekends.

Science and Faith

The very last sentence of Stephen Hawking’s book, A Brief History of Time says:

Do I love God

In our congregation we often sing a song which is one of my favourites. The first line begins, “Just let me say how much I love you…” It speaks of...

A real make over

You may be familiar with the recent popular Style by Jury television series. Like me, you may have watched in fascination as drab ordinary looking people, often with very little...