Discovering What It Means To Be Selfless – Day 2

Day 2 of Discovering What It Means To Be Selfless is about loving others just as I love myself and showing that by being sympathetic and like-minded in Christ. This is quite a big issue! It’s the second greatest commandment … Continue reading

Blessings of Grace…

Hey there! You’ve probably heard of “…we have been saved by grace…” but do you truly understand what that means? It comes from Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through FAITH and this is not from … Continue reading

A Simple Smile….Does a world of good!

How’s your facial expression today? Have you smiled? 

In last night’s sermon, Preacher Milton shared how, when an old uncle, who was sweeping the leaves to one side, smiled at him, what an encouragement it was to Milton! He said that helping others also includes smiling.

“A simple smile can encourage a person!”

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Verse for the Weekend

I guess, most of us, think that when Saturday comes, it’s great to sleep late and relax a bit. There’s obviously nothing wrong with taking life slow some times, but, getting caught in a web of laziness is oh-so-easy! The Bible even talks about lazy people. His advice to them is to go and watch an ant!

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Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

Proverbs 30:25

Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;

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The Bible also talks about a sluggard quite a few times over:
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
Still want to turn on your bed the whole day? I bet not! Get to work serving God and others. If you’re not sure how to get started, I can always give you a few pointers!
Enjoy your weekend and be sure to share with us what you did to stay out of the “web of laziness!”

Daily Verse—April 17th

 Unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Romans 1:16

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, died for you on the cross of Calvary, more than 2,000 years ago. He paid the penalty for your sin and endured the pain that was rightfully your’s. He paid it all! 

When one reads it in that way, it makes you ashamed of being ashamed of His Word. Can you honestly say that you’re boldly proclaiming His Word to the lost of this world? Or are you still ashamed of speaking up, nervously wondering who will be the first to laugh at you? 

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Faith That Matches Flowers

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When my parents first made the decision to move back to this mission station, I was strongly apposing the idea! I did not want to come and, even if I had to stay alone, I just as well could have—at least, in my heart…

I had many worries at first: where will we get money? How will we afford clothes? What about food and groceries? How will we live? What I didn’t realize at the time, was that God truly cares for His Children in miraculous ways! I had never had that concept of “living by faith” so clearly demonstrated as in the first week of our arrival! We received boxes and bakkie-loads of dairy juices, yoghurt, baby cereal (which Ben-Joshua would soon have had need of) and lots more! I just couldn’t believe what mission life is like! I had the impression that “mission people” dress in a boring way, live in solitary and are poor. But, I was positively surprised! We dress fashionably, but decently; we do not live in solitude—we often go shopping, attend functions and enjoy a swim; and we are definitely not poor! The Lord makes sure that the whole mission always has food to eat, and the most recent bakkie-loads have been mainly ice cream! The ice cream brands that we receive are brands that we never even bought while we had a salary, but now that we live by faith, we are stocked up on ice cream. So much so, that, we often distribute to those in need as well!

However, I sought some re-assurance of sorts and I found a couple of verses:

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we live by faith, not by sight.

Galatians 3:11

11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”[a]

Hebrews 11:13

All these people were still living by faith when they died.

The Lord really does provide for His Children. The verse below is sort of one of my motto’s:

Romans 12 

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We are given the opportunity to have “faith that matches flowers.”

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We ought to have a brilliantly strong faith, just as flowers need to be brilliantly strong out in the open.

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Flowers are a part of Who God is. Faith is a part of Who God is.

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Humans love to smell and see a pretty flowers—so, we can conclude that, because humans are made in the image of God, that God also loves flowers.

Christians need faith to endure, survive, and trust God—so, we can conclude that, God requires His Children to trust Him for everything they need.

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We can live the ‘abundant, Christ-filled life’ if we would surrender our lives to Christ. He’s our Creator; He knows what He’s doing!