inspirational

Jun 1, 2017

Abiding is good for your brain

~Elmari Viljoen  “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – Jesus (John 15:5) “We are wired for love” declares Dr Caroline Leaf, well-known neuroscientist, author and motivational speaker. Brain research shows us that our minds (and consequently our bodies) do not have any circuitry or structure to handle negative thoughts, stress, anxiety, depression, unforgiveness etc. In fact, says Dr Leaf, your body reacts to these toxic thoughts (as she calls it) in the same way that it would react to a virus invasion or an injury. Your immune system sends out a response to the site causing the problem (in this case your brain), causes inflammation, trying to heal the problem. Isn’t God amazing? He has […]
Apr 24, 2017

What happens when 1 million people come together to pray? – It’s time

~ by Elmari Viljoen This weekend, my family and I went up to Bloemfontein to join the historic It’s Time prayer meeting. What I experienced is hard to put into words. About 6 weeks ago, Angus Buchan (from Faith like Potatoes) received a word from God: It’s Time. Time for Christians to come together to pray and stand up for Him in South Africa. Countless details fell into place in a matter of weeks and on the 22nd of April people from across South Africa (and even some from overseas) poured into Wilde Als Farm to seek the Lord on behalf of our country. As we arrived in the bus, seeing thousands upon thousands gathered and more
Feb 9, 2017

50 Shades of Grey vs 39 Shades of Red – A Picture of True Love

  We all have our own ideas on what love is. It’s based on how we have experienced it, how we live it, what our parents taught us or what we learned in school. How do we know for sure what it is? For me, I remember at night, when I was little, my mom would tuck me in and lay down beside me and sing Kumbaya until I fell asleep. That is love. It’s when your dad wholeheartedly wants to do whatever you’d like to do. When your little brother constantly asks your mom where you are when you’re out, for no specific reason other than wanting you home again, to know you’re near. It’s when your older brother makes fun of all your boyfriends, to get to you, because he’s your older brother and he […]
Oct 25, 2016

How do Dinosaurs fit in with the Bible?

Recently, I’ve been learning a lot about Creation. And one of the most common questions people ask are: “Do Dinosaurs fit in with what the Bible teaches?” By truly embracing the truths in Scriptures and studying the teachings I have gotten from our Bible School, I really believe that dinosaurs were indeed created with humans and other living things and absolutely fit into what the Bible teaches. Of course most people believe, according to secular science, evolution theories and apparent fossil dating, that dinosaurs lived millions (and millions) of years ago, and that they were roaming the earth before God created people and other animals. But this creates a problem; this means thatdeath (remember according to evolution all the dinosaurs died) came before sin. And the Bible clearly says that death entered the world because of (man’s) sin. […]
Sep 6, 2016

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 […]
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

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

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

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 […]