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No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events in my own life have driven home just how easy it is to loose sight of what we say we believe.

The Greatest Love and Self-image

The Greek language had three words for "Love" First there was "eros," from which we get "erotic..

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this: after a passage (in Isaiah 19) in which the prophet describes horrors that caused the hearts of the Egyptians to "melt within them," he predicts that "the people will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them." The next lines describe how three bitter enemies-Egypt, Assyria, and Israel-will "worship together" and how all three will become "a blessing on the earth.

What about the 4400?

Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news.

What Jesus Expects of You and Me

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even if you know what your talents are. Jesus has something to say about what we can do and what he expects us to do.

Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)

"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

About The Spiritual World of Madonna

Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to take part in a congress of Kabbala studies. According to press releases, she is going to stay in Israel until Sunday night and will have on the last day of her visit, the opportunity to visit the graves of Jewish Tzaddikim (righteous holy people) near Safed, a small town in northern Israel.

Popping the Balloon of Belief

I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and I wanted to invite the rest of you to get up here on it with me.

Here's Help for the "I Can't Say 'No' Blues"

I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women who want desperately to serve the Lord, but who feel overwhelmed.

Your Mission Field At Work

One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching.

Meaning and Marketing - The Will

You are now inside one of the top theological schools in the world and you are sitting in Dr. John Hobbs' Class on Theology with first year Freshman students.

Harry Potter To Christians: Its Not Good To Hear Voices

That is the popular and, thank God (if you'll pardon the use of the G name) the politically correct feeling among most Christians today. You will recall that in the second book of the Potter series, The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter alone heard the voice of the basilisk.

We Must Be Ready. But How?

Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."Our salvation is not accomplished by anything we can do, or be.

The Christmas Victory

As the Chritmas season approaches, I figured it's a good time to submit the following article:THE CHRISTMAS VICTORYA logical and practical interpretation of Is.7:14 in the light of context and language.

Finding God in the Clouds

It was a cool August night during the Summer before my Junior year in high school. I was just getting off work on what seemed to be the worst day of my life.

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10/07/2019 04:13 PM
Rubbish Tip World
I listened to a man who had recently visited Mongolia and was showing some of the scenes that challenged him. There were many, and some challenged me. One in particular was the open-tip waste disposal areas outside every town, and the large numbers of poor people who lived in makeshift dwellings put together from refuse. Their occupation was then to scavenge on their dump for everything, including food. You know, there is a disturbing truth here, that while we are not all scavengers, we live in a dirty, corrupted rubbish-tip world. I had better explain myself.
10/01/2019 09:31 AM
Trust Him
Why not hear Jesus' words and trust Him, and as you walk in obedience, it will not be long before you see the victory and, as a result, will fall to your knees with gratitude and praise. What has He told you to do? It doesn't make sense? Just trust Him and start walking.
10/01/2019 09:26 AM
Christianity Is a Hoax Born Of The Islamic Religion of Babylon
The aim was power and control by kings who implemented it for the purpose of creating a force to defeat their enemies. Only when the entire country was subdued and under the spell of their approved gods could armies be raised and men encouraged to die on battle fields. This was buried behind a huge wall of deceit from which Christianity emerged.
10/01/2019 09:26 AM
Is Science Missing Something?
As science continues to build up vast amounts of knowledge, this question might sound misplaced. Of course there are still many wonderful discoveries to be made, but I am concerned that many people have the idea that science is completely objective and has somehow rubbished Christianity. Well, has it, or is it still missing something? What am I getting at?
09/30/2019 09:23 AM
Is God Male or Female?
The notion that God is male puts many off religion. Have the translators of the Bible been biased? If God is above gender then why was Jesus born male?
09/30/2019 09:19 AM
Who Is the Anti-Christ and Why Fear Surrounds It?
The Catholic Church makes a big deal over the anti-Christ and started a fear campaign to protect its claims. Anyone threatening life or considered evil may be labelled as such, but the question is why? The answer lies in the fact that Constantine, who established the religion in 325 AD, invented Jesus Christ as its Saviour.
09/26/2019 03:55 PM
Seeing God Working
The success of Jesus' ministry was directly related to His interaction with His Heavenly Father. He saw the needs of the people and God responding. What Jesus did, in reality, was what God was doing through His love for the world.
09/19/2019 02:30 PM
Consider God's Word
Often people ask me to shorten the pieces we send out. I ask why?
09/19/2019 02:30 PM
Well Done, Diligent Worker!
Wow, I really struggled with this verse: 6It's the diligent farmer who gets the produce. What is Paul trying to say here?
09/19/2019 02:30 PM
Pool Blunder
My son was participating in the National Sea Rescue championships. It was my first time at such an event, and it was very interesting.
09/19/2019 02:29 PM
Meet Your Commander-In-Chief
I'm actually sorry the two years' national service training is no longer in operation. Even a year would've been good.
09/19/2019 02:29 PM
It's War
Nowadays one can get a good idea of what works and what doesn't. You can even see how far the Crossroads devotionals travel on Facebook by the number of likes and shares.
09/19/2019 02:29 PM
No Time? No Worries. 5-Minute Daily Plan
While I was preparing for my devotionals an e-mail came flying in and because of my ADHD, I first have to look what it is. It's a You Version advert, one of the biggest online Bible platforms in the world.
09/19/2019 02:29 PM
Just Click the Share Button
I am amazed by the growth of the ministry.
09/18/2019 01:36 PM
Thanks for the Arms and Soft Hands!
I sit back and reflect on my life. I realise I'm not who I am because I've made it on my own.
09/18/2019 01:35 PM
Phyge, Hermo or Onesi?
aul is Timothy's mentor. Timothy is young and must still learn about and experience a few things in life.
09/18/2019 01:35 PM
A Ring and an Old Man With a Metal Detector
For some reason a woman convinces a man that a wedding ring is an investment. I don't agree, but won't say it out loud, so I can keep out of trouble.
09/18/2019 01:35 PM
Trust Shot to Pieces
I received an email from Ester: Thank you so much for this message, it is so right for me today. I have someone to whom I would like to send these messages, but I don't always know where and how to contact her.
09/18/2019 01:35 PM
Doubt No More
I was sitting at the table chatting to one of the actors in Binnelanders. He gave his life to the Lord just recently.
09/18/2019 01:35 PM
A Partner and a Farther That Works With You
I was privileged to manage two wonderful wine farms in the Boland for 12 years where I could farm as if these two farms belonged to me. For me, starting and knock-off time weren't numbers on a clock.
09/16/2019 09:38 AM
The Last Move
The international evangelist, Tony Anthony, recounts the legend of Friedrich Moritz August Retzsch's painting Die Schachspieler (The Chess Players) often known today as Checkmate. In the painting, two chess players sit at a chess board.
09/11/2019 02:27 PM
It Is Not A Question Of Why
Physical healing has been a hotly debated subject among Christians for years. Why are some healed and others are not? What role does Faith play in the equation? What does the Bible say on the subject?
09/11/2019 02:20 PM
The Buddha and Buddhist Nuns: An Anachronism
The Buddha founded Buddhism in the 6th century BC. He was a high caste Hindu and some of his thoughts and philosophies were influenced by Hinduism. However, he did break from the caste system and allowing women to become nuns.
09/09/2019 09:27 AM
Why You Would Never Know If Atheism Were True
This subject aims to challenge those who think that atheism is close to the final meaning of the cosmos. Of course there is no such thing as scientific proof beyond the natural physical reality. This makes the way atheists think about their beliefs challenging. So, how is it that you would never really know if atheism was even reasonably close to the truth about reality? Let me explain.
09/03/2019 09:14 AM
The Troubled Water
There are so many "hashtags" on Christianity that the intent of the Scriptures is seldom adhered to. Instead of complying with the content of the Word, a "hashtag" is followed that so often leads to extra-Biblical interpretation.
09/03/2019 08:51 AM
Still Rejecting Christianity? Don't Use These Reasons
Perhaps you have the idea that Christianity is done and finished, and that you have a few reasons for believing as you do. Yes, we are all use to rejecting information we reckon does not serve our best interest. But you know there are many people who are rejecting Christianity for weak and implausible reasons that do not stack up. Are you one of them? Here are some of them:
08/28/2019 01:57 PM
Dancing and Free!
Sometimes I wonder why God still wants to have anything to do with me. Really.
08/28/2019 01:57 PM
Just Live
I think we don't always realise what impact the sin had that occurred in the Garden of Eden. It was the greatest disaster that ever befell mankind.
08/28/2019 01:57 PM
A Promise for You
8Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God...
08/28/2019 01:57 PM
The Holy Spirit in Action
Willie tells this story of how the Holy Spirit worked in him: One morning as I was driving from Cullinan to Pretoria, I saw a neatly dressed old man with a beat-up wheelie suitcase walking in the same direction I was driving. I am totally opposed to picking up hitchhikers; you don't even have to ask me why, because we all know why.
08/28/2019 01:57 PM
The Holy Spirit and You in Control
The Spirit gives you power. The Spirit makes you overflow with love for others.
08/28/2019 01:55 PM
A Lesson In Praying
How is your prayer life? That is a question that many Believers fail to evaluate. Believers need to pray faithfully for one another. Is our pray life centered around others?
08/28/2019 11:32 AM
The Holy Spirit and the Love Glasses
One of the results of the Holy Spirit living in us is that we receive love for others. Other people and their needs start becoming more important than our own issues.
08/28/2019 11:32 AM
The Holy Spirit and Two Small Brown Shoes
Are you a mess? Do you struggle to remain standing?
08/28/2019 11:32 AM
Belief Without Evidence
The Thomas type of faith is contingent upon seeing before believing, whereas Biblical Faith is simply believing His Word and walking in the complete confidence of that Word without any compelling evidence. Acting on the Word without the visible evidence of its fulfillment is the step of faith that so many Believers fail to take.
08/22/2019 11:58 AM
Who's Sitting on Your Chair?
The times when my wife and I are most irritated with one another is when one or both of us refuse to see the other one's point of view. It's all about the own self.
08/22/2019 11:57 AM
Fire Up Your Gifts
6And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed-keep that ablaze! I had to do a lot of deep reading to get the answer to my question about this verse.
08/22/2019 11:57 AM
Who Follows in Your Footsteps?
Sometimes I can't stop myself from laughing out loud when I see my son acting in certain situations exactly like I did at the same age. and often it is not things that I've talked to him about previously.
08/22/2019 11:57 AM
The Blond Matchstick and the Angry Redheaded Auntie!
My daughter studies in Cape Town, in Woodstock. During the week she stays in a convent that was refurbished to accommodate 50 female students.
08/22/2019 11:57 AM
Latest Version of Your Conscious
Have you ever thought about what your conscious is and how it actually works? Your conscious is like a little voice inside you that tells you where the line between right and wrong is.
08/22/2019 11:41 AM
Bless the Wilted Flowers
Things are hard in the world out there. Each of us has our own story to tell.
08/19/2019 10:01 AM
Evangelical Before Donald Trump Not Anymore I Am Ashamed
I identified as evangelical before Donald Trump's presidency. Now, I cling to my Christian faith, but dropped the evangelical label; I am ashamed.
08/12/2019 09:04 AM
The Believer
What constitutes being a Believer? What are the characteristics of a Believer? What does the Bible say about a Believer? Being a Believer is more than making a Sunday appearance, it is a twenty-four, seven day a week life style.
08/07/2019 10:13 AM
Two Different Worlds - Enough To Make You Think
Either it is true of false - you are either right or wrong. Is that too simple? Yes, many have the idea that everything is fifty shades of grey, until someone threatens their life or steals their bank balance, and then suddenly the old right and wrong reappears. We still live in two worlds - the world of self-made ideas, spun like webs straight from the human mind, or we accept that there is true information beyond our self-made ideas. What am I getting at?
08/07/2019 10:12 AM
Out of Darkness
Why is it that Christians are so concerned about getting all the "rumored facts" rather than seeing what God could do in any given situation? We must see God's involvement in every aspect of life, rather than centering on the causes of a challenge.
08/07/2019 10:08 AM
The Reality About Christianity
The term 'Christian' is supposed to mean someone who is righteous and who fears God. The reality, however, is far different. The Christians known to me are mostly concerned with money, power, and prestige.
08/01/2019 07:19 PM
Faithful in Little
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much (Luke 16:10, NKJV.) It is the desire of many to be at the top of their endeavour in life. Many want to get to the top of the organization or reach the climax of what their hands have found to do without considering going through the ladder.
08/01/2019 07:19 PM
Following Christ
I shared a nugget on my WhatsApp page sometimes back and it reads: The mark of spiritual maturity is your willingness to sacrifice your desires for the interest of the Kingdom, and someone sent me a message in reply to my status saying "but you know it's really not easy". Who said to be a Believer was easy, no wonder we have the precious Holy Spirit. We don't have to live the God-life by our own human efforts and the truth is that we CAN'T live the God-life by our human efforts, it takes the Spirit of God.
08/01/2019 06:50 PM
Filtered Hearing
Many of Jesus' teachings were filtered by people's reasoning instead of accepting it by faith. Jesus attempted to get man to look beyond the temporal to the eternal.
08/01/2019 06:50 PM
A Life Built on Trust
I see I've made a mistake. I've neglected to refer to the first phrase of verse 17 in the previous piece.

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