Sep 6, 2016
The Holy Bible

Churches persecuted for teaching the Bible, in South Africa?

Is it possible that we will see the Christians in South Africa being persecuted in our lifetime? A recent allegation brought against Joshua Generation Church, Cape Town, South Africa by the South African Human Rights Commission has sparked major concern in churches, all over South Africa, suggesting that our religious freedom might be under attack. JGC is under investigation for teaching corporal punishment, as they understand it from a Biblical perspective (“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them” – Prov 13:24). The SAHRC alleges that this teaching amounts to a violation of the rights of children to be protected from maltreatment, neglect and abuse. “We believe the Government is aiming to outlaw spanking in South Africa, within the homes. They see it as abuse. (It has already been outlawed from schools in SA for […]
Jul 27, 2016
Girl at the beach wearing white Christian T-shirt with bird made from music notes - Sing to the Lord a new Song

Sing a new song to the Lord

You have probably heard the phrase: “Worship is a lifestyle”. But what does it mean? Does that mean you have to sing while you work, dance while you wash the dishes? These words from the song Lifesong (by Casting Crowns) puts it really well: “Empty hands held high Such small sacrifice If not joined with my life I sing in vain tonight May the words I say And the things I do Make my lifesong sing Bring a smile to You Let my lifesong sing to You” Worship is not only song and dance, but every word you say and every thing you do as you do it with a heart to honour and glorify Jesus. (Col 3:23) In that way I want to challenge you today; are you singing a new song to the Lord? […]
Jun 28, 2016

Do you know Jesus?

“Have you ever heard about Nelson Mandela?” someone might ask you. “Sure, I know him. He was an amazing man who did great things for South Africa” you might respond. But do you? Really? Have you ever had a coffee with him? Did you phone him up on his birthday? Did you attend his wedding? Did he know you? We use the phrase so easily. I know Einstein. I know Elvis. I know Jesus.  What we really mean is that we know about  them. Surely there is a world of difference between the knowledge I have of Elvis vs how well I know my husband. When we read the Bible, REALLY read the Bible, we encounter
Jun 23, 2016
Outreach Team with Good News Christian T shirts walking on dirt road

Know what you are wearing – How to share the gospel in 2 minutes.

~ By Emma Elstadt My dad always asks me, “If someone ever came up to you, and asked you about God, what will you answer?” This week it hit me. Do I know enough to teach someone about God in two minutes? In the next few weeks we will be teaching about the messages behind our T-shirts, and try equip you, so that if someone asks about what you’re wearing, you’ll be able to answer them. Let’s start with Good News. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16 This is the good news. God sent His one and only Son, so that we can have a whole, everlasting life if we believe and trust in Him. He went […]
Jun 2, 2016
War Room movie poster - prayer is a powerful weapon

Prayer changes things – “War Room” Movie Review

“Raise up Warriors, Lord, that will fight on their knees, who will worship You with their whole hearts” – Miss Clara prays in the movie War Room. And she is just such a warrior; a lady wholeheartedly dedicated to her God and seeking Him above all else in her life and through prayer. Elizabeth Jordan, a well-to-do Real Estate Agent seems to have it all together, but her marriage is failing and she goes through the motions of life without joy. She meets Miss Clara while marketing her house. Miss Clara having her eyes wide open for someone to invest in, invites her over again and shows Elizabeth her favourite room; her prayer closet. Her own personal war room. With some trepidation Elizabeth embarks on a journey to learn about prayer, about putting God first, and about […]
May 6, 2016
Courageous movie poster

Calling COURAGEOUS Fathers

“Honor Begins at home” is the slogan of new movie: Courageous. The movie about four law-enforcement officers is about facing their greatest challenge of all: Fatherhood. Some Facts on Fatherhood (Excerpt from ) Fatherless homes produce: 63 percent of youth suicides (Bureau of the Census) 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children (CDC) 85 percent of all children with behavioral disorders (CDC) 85 percent of all youths in prisons (Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, TX Dept. of Corrections 1992) (All Pro Dads, © 2010 Family First) No substitute. As a male parent, a father brings unique contributions to the job of parenting that a mother cannot. There is no substitute for a father’s love, involvement and presence in the life of his children.As noted sociologist David Popenoe explains, “Fathers are far more than just ‘second […]
May 6, 2016
Outreach Team with Good News Christian T shirts on standing together

The Power of Good News

The Power of Good News ~ By Riaan Viljoen  A year ago I went on Outreach to Zambia with a team from my church. One day we went to do evangelism on the streets. We went out excited and tried to talk to a lot of people we saw in the market place. However, although the people seemed polite, there was no real openness to the gospel. Everyone we spoke to either already knew God or said only what they thought we wanted to hear. There had been many missionaries to this area in the past and it seemed like people only “played along” in order to get something. At the end of the day we were discouraged, not really having seen any impact. The next day, having prayed for strategy, we went out again, but […]
Oct 7, 2015
Christian Clothing and T-shirt stall at Festival

5 Reasons I love Festivals and 1 Reason I don’t…

After 5 years of putting up In the Gap Clothing stalls at markets and Festivals all over the country, I have had my fair share of Festival Fun. And I still love going….uhm…most of the time. Here are my reasons why I love South African Festivals: 1. A Great Family Outing South African Festivals really have something for everyone. Great food stalls for dad, craft market for mom and crazy rides and fun activities for the kids. I love watching families come for the day, pushing the pram, talking and having fun. And my favourite Family Festival would have to be the Strawberry Festival, yearly at the Redberry Farm in George. Great activities for the family from picking your own strawberries to getting lost in a maze. 2. Pancakes Yes. Really! I don’t what makes market pancakes […]
Feb 25, 2015
One light figure standing out between other dark figures

Blending in, or standing out?

When I think about the plan of God for His people, and the fact that He made us into His image, it amazes me how much faith He puts in His creation. Astounding really! He is actually looking for people to reflect Him on earth. Yet we know how easy it is to just go with the flow of life. When we feel tired, drained and stressed, we tend to give into the pressures of circumstances and situations. But He call us to be His peculiar people! A People who chooses to be different and to stand out in a crowd. A People persistent in faith and forgiveness. A People living in joy instead of anger, in love instead of hate. I am not saying this is easy, but then again it’s not supposed to be, otherwise everyone would choose this road. Everyday life like […]