But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 11 June 2018 15:39

The Rock and the gates of death

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Matthew 16:15-18 is a very misunderstood passage in the Bible. The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Rock on which Jesus builds his church was the Apostle Peter, who allegedly was the first Pope or Bishop of Rome.  Subsequently, all the Popes have been the spiritual descendants of Peter....

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Monday, 04 June 2018 06:55

Are you a Trinitarian heretic?

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One of the mysteries of the Bible is the nature of God himself; that God is Trinity. Trinity means tri-unity – three in oneness.  There is diversity in unity. God is three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and each person in fully God. Yet, we believe in one God, not three. The word...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 06:37

The God syndrome

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Many religious practitioners, down through the centuries and throughout the world today, have suffered from (what I like to call) the “God-syndrome”.  It refers to religious leaders or church pastors who see themselves as the Lord’s Anointed or the anointed Man of God....

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Monday, 21 May 2018 14:26

The (unintentional) battle royal

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A few days ago, I posted what I thought was an innocent status update on Facebook.  The update has created more heat and debate than all my other Facebook posts together.  I was even accused of racism. I thought I should try to clarify my comments. The post was:       I...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 06:49

Are you an obvious or undercover sinner?

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Most people don’t think they need their sins forgiven Most people think that they are not as bad as Adolf Hitler, they’re not a serial murderer, they’re not corrupt like the Gupta’s and they’re generally nice people, so they really don’t need their sins forgiven....

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:01

WWJD is probably the wrong question to ask

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You may remember the WWJD (“What Would Jesus Do”) bracelet phase.  The bracelets were a very well-intentioned movement to get Christians to think about their actions and responses.  How would Jesus react in any given situation? Would Jesus get angry? Would Jesus be...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:17

The titanic struggle for church planting

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I was greatly challenged at our Gospel DNA National Ministry Conference with Richard Coekin. Richard emphasised many things, but mostly the need for church planting and church rejuvenation. Richard compared the lack of church planting to the tragedy surrounding the Titanic’s sinking. The...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 22:16

The Ten Commandments of Parenting

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1. Put God first This means loving your spouse, setting a godly example, having Bible reading & prayer times together, and making church a priority – even on rainy days. Our children won’t automatically assume by telepathic osmosis that God is important to us by seeing the dusty...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 16:02

Ball tampering and the existence of God

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Many people in our country have grown disillusioned with religion with all its competing religious ideas, and I don’t blame them. Maybe you consider yourself an atheist and don’t believe that God exists; or an agnostic and you believe that even if God existed, we can’t know him....

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:40

The sin that leads to death

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The Apostle John wrote that there is a sin that leads to death (1 John 5:16).  Jesus referred to it as an unforgivable sin (Mark 3:28-29). Christians have for years debated what that sin is.  Some have thought it is murder or adultery; others have said suicide. Here is the passage in 1...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 18:25

Don’t be hoodwinked this Easter

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The cross was not a sad mistake, as some may think, but crucial to the mission of Jesus. At the cross, Jesus made a once-for-all sacrifice for the sins of the world.  He made propitiation to God for all the sins of all of God’s people throughout all the ages. Jesus’ death is...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 16:44

A thought and prayer about land expropriation

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Land is a sensitive and emotional issue in South Africa.  Many wrongs and sins were committed in the past.  Much land was stolen.  Many people carry deep scars from our history. My thoughts on land expropriation: True repentance always involves restitution (cf. Zacchaeus who paid...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:11

Only one life

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We had the great pleasure of having Dr Jim Plueddemann (a professor in the Mission and Evangelism Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) preach at our church.  Jim and his wife, Carol, have served as missionaries just about their entire lives.  Jim served as SIM’s...

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