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About Selvan Govender

Hi, I'm Selvan Govender, and shepherd of The Phoenix Fellowship Church in Phoenix, South Africa. I am married to Diana and together we have four children. For more information on The Phoenix Fellowship you are most welcome to visit www.thephoenixfellowship.com

Get Connected!

For most of this weekend I didn’t have a data connection. I felt disconnected. It seemed as if something important – something essential and necessary was missing. I sensed a need in myself for wanting to know what’s happening. I felt that I was in the dark.
How do you feel when you lose your signal? What goes through your mind when you lose your data connection? The feeling is horrible, right?
Job speaks about this in Job 23:12, “…I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”
Job felt that if he was disconnected from the Word of God, he was missing something essential and necessary.
Is there a yearning in you to know what God is saying? When you are disconnected from God does it bother you as much as when you lose your signal or your data? Does it trouble you that in the absence of a ‘signal’, you are missing out on God’s plan for your life? Are you taking your disconnection with God as seriously as you take your disconnection from from this world?
Today would be a great time to re-load some ‘data’, or change some routines that would restore your ‘signal’ back with God. When you do, you’re bound to discover something great.
Get connected!
Shalom
Selvan Govender | Rev. Pastor
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
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Posted by on September 2, 2018 in General Blog

 

The Deception of Little

Yesterday my friend took me for lunch. We had a delicious quarter mutton-bunny chow. After eating we walked around a bit. A few minutes later we thought some ice-cream would be the perfect dessert. We found Mozart (an ice-cream parlour). At Mozart you can order your ice-cream in three sizes. The ‘bowls’ were turned upside down for customer selection. Small. Medium. Large. I chose small. My friend chose medium. He felt the small was just too small. He wanted more. When the attendant took the ‘bowls’ out and started filling them, we discovered that the small container was more than enough (especially after a bunny chow).
I discovered the deception of little.
Paul says this in 1 Corinthians 5:6, “Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens (influences) the whole batch of dough?”
Our common response to some critical issues are, “it’s just a small thing”. Small things, left unchecked will lead to big things that bring monumental negative consequences.
The deception of little.
The little time you steal away from your family.
The little amounts you pinch from your boss.
Those few minutes a day you spend unproductively.
Those little ‘white lies’.
The little decision you made in choosing a partner who is not walking with the Lord.
All these ‘little’ things are deceptive because of their size. When you continue to give into the deception of little   you’ll regret the ‘monster’ you’ve created. One small bowl today will lead to a medium bowl tomorrow, which will lead to a large bowl the day after tomorrow, which may finally lead you to obesity and other physiological complications.
You can choose now to resist those little things in your life that will give rise to your own personal nightmare.
Shalom
Selvan Govender | Rev. Pastor
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
 
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Posted by on September 1, 2018 in General Blog

 

Deadlines!

On Monday I officially begin a new class that I am enrolled. It’s rigorous. Two chapters of reading takes me 4 days (I’m also doing other things in between). I have multiple hours of videos to watch. There’s still additional articles to read. Then there’s student collaboration all through the week. This is my life for the next 8 weeks. My deadline to turn everything in is by Monday evening every week. Just writing about it, I feel pressured.
If there was no deadline I’m sure I would be filling my time with things that don’t really matter or non-contributors to my goal. Deadlines keep us on target. Deadlines keep us focused. Deadlines help us sift through what we should include in our life and what we shouldn’t. Deadlines helps us to know the importance of the task.
We all have deadlines. What’s your deadline? How focused are you about reaching it? How serious are you about receiving its approach with excitement because you have welcomed it and reached it?
In Hebrews 10:25-27, the writer says this, “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ” In verse 27 the writer tells us that we can expect the “judgement of God”.
That’s a deadline! It’s the most important deadline you’ll ever be asked to work hard towards. If you miss that deadline then all is lost.
What are you doing on a daily basis to meet that deadline of seeing Jesus? Are you filling your life with things that are not contributing to meeting that deadline with high commitment? I want to cahellenge you today to do as much as possible to meet the expectations of Christ, because when you do, you have no fear of NOT meeting that important deadline.
Shalom
Selvan Govender | Rev. Pastor
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
 
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Posted by on August 31, 2018 in General Blog

 

Bankrupt

Have you ever had moments when you went to the ATM for a certain amount of money urgently,  and for something important, and it wasn’t there?
I had this experience recently!
For me it’s a sinking feeling. I had to blink twice (i think  more), just to make sure that I’m reading the ATM display correctly.
The ATM always wins!
If you didn’t know it yet, our bank accounts operate on the principle WYPIIWYGO (what you put in is what you get out).
The Bible is big on  WYPIIWYGO. One place in scripture is Psalm 119:11  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” There’s traces of this in Psalm 1 and  Joshua 1. It’s throughout the Bible.
Simply put, you cannot harvest God’s promises if His word is not rooted in your life and bearing fruit. Picture this scenario. You’re going into God’s ATM. You put in your Spiritual ATM Card. You make a withdrawal on a certain promise. The displays reads ‘Balance Unavailable’. Your heart sinks!
WYPIIWYGO!
You can choose today to live a bankrupt life, or you can choose to make small investments that will definitely pay out when you make a withdrawal.
We should always dread a low spiritual balance. You can choose to  become spiritually solvent again.
Selvan Govender
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
 
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Posted by on August 30, 2018 in General Blog

 

Proofread

Last week I received an email from someone who represents a field of thinkers and writers. As I read through his mail, I noticed  the typographical litter that was scattered throughout his writing. He closed by apologising for it because he had such a busy day that he had “no time” to proofread.
Yesterday I wrote an email, a lengthy one. I clicked “SEND”. Job done! About an hour later I received  positive feedback. I decided to re-read my email. Guess what I discovered. Yes. You’re right! I discovered two typographical errors and one miss-spelled word. My legs are not long enough to kick myself.
Before i clicked “SEND” I thought it was good enough. It wasn’t!
Proofreading is one of the most important activities you’ll be engaged in, in your life.
James says this, ”  My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…” James 1:19
It goes beyond this. Proofread every thought before it becomes a word. If you dont someone may get hurt. Proofread every decision before it becomes a action. If you don’t the repurcussions could be horrible. Proofread every relationship before you enter into it. If you don’t, you’ll end up in divorce, your spouse may drive you away from Jesus, or you might be subjected to a life of emotional, physical and economic abuse.
Be slow in anything you do. Proofread. Once you click “SEND”, it becomes a part of reality and it’s irretrievable.
Make a habit of proofreading….everything.
Selvan Govender
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2018 in General Blog

 

Too Much Clutter

Last week I needed to download an important application on my phone. When I  clicked ‘Install’ , I was introduced to a dialogue box, telling me that I am out of memory space and that I must delete other applications to make space for the new one. I was stumped! I sat there for a few moments staring at the choices, scrolling up and down. I just couldn’t do it! Finally, after a painful few minutes I made my choice and clicked ‘Delete’. Woosh! I was gone. Just like that. Letting go of something you’ve had for a long time is painful.
I learned something that day. I learned that although i had applications on my phone that was important and essential, i needed something (at this stage) that was far more important and far more essential.
Your life is like a basket of ‘important’ and ‘essential’ . Right now there may be something of greater importance that needs to get into that basket. You’re stumped! Here’s where the rubber meets the road. You’ll have to take a moment. Think hard. Click ‘Delete’. You may have to ‘delete’ unproductive activities. You may have to ‘delete’ harmful habits. You may have to ‘delete’ the wrong people in your life. You may have to ‘delete’ the people who are in the wrong places in your life.
If you take a moment to stop right now, you’ll discover there is room for some things that are more important and more essential right now. Paul said this,  “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” – Philippians 3:8
Essentially Paul is saying, “I have made a choice to ‘delete’ those things that I thought are important and essential, to make room for the one thing that is absolutely important and essential. Let’s de-clutter!
Selvan Govender
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
 
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Posted by on August 28, 2018 in General Blog

 

Getting Done

Last week Friday my wife, Diana was cooking a pot of Briyani. And my 9 year old daughter, Olivia was famished (very hungry). Olivia approached Diana as she took the pot of the stove to check if the potatoes were all cooked, and she asked, “Is it done?”. My wife responded, “No, its getting done.” To this Olivia said, “I don’t like that word ‘getting done’, I like to hear, ‘done!'” As I listened in on this conversation I chuckled because Olivia’s response reminded me so much of how most of us respond on our journey through life.

Immediately I shared a spiritual truth with them, a life lesson. We are all on the journey to our ‘rest in the promises of God’. We are hungry for success in relationships. We are hungry for better marriages. We are hungry for children who sincerely love Jesus. We are hungry for health change. We are hungry for business sucess. We are hungry for spiritual growth. We are hungry. Period!

Paul reminds us that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

The journey to completion is the ‘getting done’.

Problem is, we are too much in a hurry. We don’t want to endure the ‘getting done’, we want to hear the words ‘done!’. We don’t want to endure through the process. We want to skip ahead to the result.

The ‘getting done’ is essential for the best results. No shortcuts!

God is not done with you yet. He’s getting done!

Challenge: Discipline yourself to stick to the ‘getting done’ process of life. What areas of your life are you rushing through? Think about this carefully. Slow down. Bring yourself down to a simmer. Stick to the ‘getting done’. I guarantee that when you endure the ‘getting done’, you will turn our well-done.

Selvan Govender
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2018 in General Blog

 
 
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