What is Outreach?

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Theme: Evangelistic Outreach ‘The Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”’ Acts 20:35As a child raised in a Christian home I was accustomed to hearing a fair amount of ‘Christianese’, the word I use to describe the peculiar English dialect that Christians often adopt. For instance, ‘Brother’ does not mean

Relationship First and Last

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‘When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.’ Acts 4:1I graduated from the church Sunday School system at the age of thirteen, firmly convinced that Christianity was a knowledge-based religion. I didn’t

Religious Stuff

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‘Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.’  Colossians 2:16-18 Have you ever been criticised for not

Quiet Times

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‘One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.’  Luke 6:12-13Do you have a daily Quite Time (QT)? Most Christians try and make time each day to be alone with the Lord. The problem is that much of what goes under the heading of Quite

Tradition or Truth

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‘…you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.’ Mark 7:13I bailed out of the church when I was thirteen years old because I saw only tradition, rite and ritual, and not Jesus. Now, five decades later, I am hopelessly committed to the church because I see it as the

Revelation not Religion

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Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John

What on earth is religion?

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 ‘Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens…”’ Genesis  11:4Don’t you hate being called ‘religious’? I regard myself as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, not as a religious person. How about you? I guess the reason I don’t like being called religious is

The proverbial Malema

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Choosing truth and love over divisiveness and dissensionJulius Malema’s and ruling party officials’, devotion to a particular ‘freedom song’ is both confusing and biblically offensive. Which should rate higher on any public servants agenda – to preserve a song about killing farmers because long ago freedom fighters sung it, or to refrain from anything that

Truth is a person

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A call to restore the centrality of Jesus to the churchI attended a wedding recently. The minister was a pleasant young man from a traditional denomination. He conducted the service well enough but he made no reference whatsoever to the Bible, and the name of Jesus came up just once in a casual aside. A

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