Volume 5 No 6

In this issue we have put together for you a spread of articles, with great variety like a sumptuous Christmas feast. A feast is good and enjoyable, but it is regular sustenance that keeps one alive.

Unfortunately the cost of printing Face to Face Magazine more often than every second month is just not within our means. However, there is some good news for those of you who have access to the internet and Facebook. A nourishing breakfast awaits you each day if you get onto Facebook, search for “Face to Face Magazine”, and ‘like’ the page.

Enjoy and give thanks to God for His abundance.

As we head into our December holidays, it is so easy to become distracted by so many side issues surrounding Christmas. Christmas proclaims that God is the light of his people from all eternity. When, in the fullness of time, Jesus came, it was to fulfil all the messianic prophecies concerning him. With Jesus’ first coming, the eternal morning dawned. In this we find great hope, for it brings with it the promise that ultimately all wrongs will be righted and all tears wiped away. Thus Jesus’ first coming carries with it the promise of his second.

Christmas is a joyous celebration of his love, his faithfulness, and the promise of the fullness of his kingdom at his second coming. Because of his birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension, the love of God dwells not just among us but also, by his Spirit, in us so that we may love one another with his love in the same Spirit.

Christmas is about the light and the love of God being sent to us in a most personal way—in the incarnate person of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

I pray that as you and your loved ones celebrate Christmas with this fullness of meaning, you will find the joy, hope and comfort that come through our Lord’s presence.

Travel safely, have a blessed Christmas and may 2014 be filled with the richness of His true blessings.  


LEARNING TO LOVE LOVED

God’s love does not hinge on yours. The abundance of your love does not increase his. The lack of your love does not diminish his.

“SO THAT THEY MAY BE ONE…”

When I attended school many decades ago, one thing was sure to happen sooner or later. There would be an argument between Catholics and Protestants in the classroom.

How to resist temptation

Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, and Jesus responded by quoting scripture (Matthew 4). However, as you have probably noticed, just quoting scripture does not make temptation go away, and...

Radical Love

The love of God is Foolishness. Don’t blame me for saying this; blame the apostle Paul.

Is positive thinking the answer?

‘What a wretched person I am!’  These words of anguish uttered by the apostle Paul epitomised the ongoing inner struggle between his love for God’s law and the law of...

I am not 100% Venda

Politicians like former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela have been quoted in South African media lamenting the rise of tribalism.

The humble King

Studying the Bible should be like a good meal - savoured and enjoyed!Can you imagine how boring life would be if we only ate to stay alive, just gulping down...

Cinderella and You

Will you go to the ball?Have you read Cinderella? Surely most people know the plot. A pretty young girl’s mother dies, the father marries someone else who already has two...