Ash Wednesday: Preparing for victory

Preparation is an essential part of every task or event for which we are getting ready to undertake.  And the time and focus put into the preparation often determines the end result. How much a student studies for an exam will determine their marks. How well an athlete trains will determine where they place in…

Courageous faith: The faith to endure

  Our journey with God requires faith – and not just faith, but courageous faith – that is willing to go, sometimes to go back, to pray big prayers, to abide in Christ and to ENDURE. Sometimes having courageous faith means holding on to Who God is and what He has promised. Our Christian journeys…

Courageous Faith – The faith to abide

  A life that pleases God has to be a life that is built on faith. Sometimes this faith means going boldly where God leads us, even when the destination is uncertain. Sometimes, courageous faith means going back and persevering in the calling God has given us. Sometimes this faith means asking and praying big…

Courageous Faith – The Faith to Ask

  Those who follow Christ need to walk by faith and not by sight. Sometimes faith means being willing to go where God is leading, sometimes it means going back, repenting and starting over and sometimes, it means the courage to ask. Jesus Himself said (Matthew 7:7): “Ask and it shall be given to you;…

Courageous Faith: The faith to go back

    God calls all those who follow Him to have faith – courageous faith – that dares to believe in Him and believe Him. Sometimes, this faith means going where God leads us, even when the road ahead isn’t clear, and sometimes, this faith means going back… Moses and Peter are both good examples…

Courageous Faith: The Faith to go

  God calls all of those who follow Him to have faith. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. We are not just called however, to have faith, but to have courageous faith… faith that dares to believe that God can do what He says He can do and…

DRY

A shocking revelation In Ezekiel 37 (1-14) we read about a startling vision the prophet had as God opened his eyes to see that he was standing in a valley of dry bones: a valley filled with nothing but death and emptiness. As we look around our nation, we may feel like we see a…

Human Rights Day

  God has been stirring something in my heart about prayer. We are called to be interceding people. God has declared that His house will be a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13), and yet so often, we are distracted and busy – even busy doing good, Godly things, and we don’t pray like we should….

Whatever it takes

I’ve been reflecting a great deal over the last few weeks of the account of the healing of the paralysed man in Mark 2. The story about the healing and about how this man’s life was changed forever, but it’s about so much more than that. It’s about Jesus and His power, but it’s also about…

S.T.A.R.T

  Isaiah 43:18-19 reminds us that God is a God who does new things. He brings rivers out of deserts and beauty from ashes. He speaks light into darkness and He makes all things new. At the start of this new year, here are some things I’ve been thinking about and challenging myself to do…

The Day of Reconciliation

Today South Africans celebrate the Day of Reconciliation. In the past, this day marked important events for very different people-groups: the Afrikaners and the ANC. It was celebrated as Dingaan’s Day on which the Afrikaners celebrated their victory over the Zulu nation in 1838, and it was marked as a significant day in 1961 when…