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The Church – God’s Redemptive Tool

I believe that the church is God’s redemptive tool in our world. It exists to point people to the cross. It points them to the cross through the various ways the church will use to show to people their significance. People are created lower than angels but God bestowed them with glory and honour.

Is the church doing enough to lift up the value of people? What have you done recently so that someone’s hope is firm and their faith is steadied?

Let us consider how we can spur each other long. Let us become what God put us together to be – His redemptive tool on this earth!

Shalom
selvan Govender
http://www.shepherdsheart.co.za

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Twenty-Eighteen

We stand on the cusp of twenty-eighteen
Thinking of all the things gone by
Hoping that the next year will be more elevating
Because we know we may not have given this year our best try

Some of us have gone through deep hardship and sorrow
Anxious about what each day held
And I remember Jesus saying, “Listen my child, don’t worry about tomorrow.”
For he knows that if you do you’ll be overwhelmed

There’s a place in the Bible where it says don’t look behind
But we all do and we lose the path
Forgetting that it’s important to stick to the grind
We turn our head and we face the aftermath

You may be entering the New Year with some trouble
A great burden or some hardship, perhaps a grieving heart
Focus on them and they’ll most likely double
Instead let Christ, strength to you impart

It’s easy to fall apart when things don’t make sense
When the bible and real life doesn’t seem to match
Waiting on God does take patience
And in His time out of your trouble he will snatch

Everyone will rush into twenty-eighteen with gusto
Hopping around, working and hoping for the best
You’ll seem unstoppable, moving like an Armadillo
Until you face a challenging test

When this happens and it will
Not always will the road be smooth
You’ve just got to know He’s God and be still
And your sorrows he will soothe

What twenty-eighteen holds I do not know
We hope that it will be far better than this year
With much overflow
One that you’ll conquer without much fear

I wish you every success
Both now and until the end
As you remain true to the Word of God your GPS
You’ll see it’ll guide you around each bend

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in General Blog, Uncategorized

 

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Christmas Without You

Christmas Without You
By Selvan Govender

Without much effort we remember
When we would gather together on the twenty-fifth of December
It didn’t take much to look and see
The greatness of your generosity

Another Christmas without you
A significant portion of our family glue
How we wish you could’ve stayed a little while longer
At least till we grew more stronger

Yes, if we had our way
We would have you stay
But God knows best
That’s why he called you to rest

“One last Christmas with us”, our hearts cry
“No my child!” You remind us, “This is not goodbye”
The seat at the table that belongs to you
Stares at us, reminding us of that missing person of our crew

Although we know death would come
It was too soon because with you we were not done
One last day, one last chance
Perhaps the privilege of one more dance

Death has come with its violence
Catching us of guard and stunning us to silence
We know there’s nothing we can do
But the pain is searing, you may not have a clue

I heard someone say that you are in a better place
And it is us who this foul world still face
We know where you are there’s no sorrow no pain
Leaving us we know is your gain

Another Christmas without you
Our hearts still cry but what can we do
For we know that this pain will soon pass
When together one day we will be at last

We want you to know
That in all the lights, the shopping or the snow
Amidst all of this glitz and glamour and fancy do
We wish this wouldn’t have been a Christmas without you!

 

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A Christmas Invitation

A Christmas Invitation
By Selvan Govender

Jesus, on that day in a manger lay
His purpose through death sin to slay
Born into a world filled with sin and gloom
His goal our relationship with him to bloom

It all began in the Garden
When God announced to us the plan for our pardon
But who would’ve thought that it would come through a manger
So humble and susceptible to so much danger

Yes, through that humble birth
God is able to reduce sins girth
By giving us a King
Who to us salvation will bring

He came to take away our sin
Giving us a chance a new life to begin
If you would only come to him in faith
Please, don’t delay, don’t wait!

Please friend, now is the time
In which you can say, “I want to make Jesus mine!”
Put away the words, “No! Later I will take my place”
Come now before death you will have to face

Everyone to him may come
For in His eyes we are not scum
We are not so far gone
That the light of his salvation has not shone

He will take the poor and the rich
And like a surgeon their hearts he will stitch
This Christmas I invite you to make Christ yours
Please keep open your hearts doors!

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2017 in christmas, General Blog

 

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10 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Financial Planning

10 reasons why you need financial planning

  1. Reduction of debt
  2. Assisting with maximizing prosperity over the long term
  3. Helping with attaining financial independence after retirement
  4. Enabling you to meet your short term goals, e.g. special items such as holidays, a deposit on a new home or a new car
  5. Helps you be prepared for emergencies
  6. Helps you meet your lifestyle goal for each stage of your life
  7. In the event of death, it helps to ensure that your affairs are in order (including having a valid will drawn up)
  8. It helps you to gain a “BIG PICTURE” view of your financial affairs
  9. Helps you provide your family with the necessary financial security they need
  10. It gives you complete control of your finances and moves you in the right direction towards gaining the essential financial plan that will increase your assets and consequently giving you peace of mind

Download your personal Financial Planning Income and Expenses Tool (financial-planning-income-expense-tool). Should you have any Financial Planning questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

5 reasons why you resist financial planning or financial advice

  1. You are ignorant
  2. You have a perceived shortage of available funds. Financial planning will reveal that you do have the funds available.
  3. You have a lack of understanding of your need
  4. You had a previously bad experience
  5. You have been exposed to media coverage on a negative aspect of the financial services industry.

Download your personal Financial Planning Income and Expenses Tool (financial-planning-income-expense-tool). Should you have any Financial Planning questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in General Blog

 

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The Upside of Down – Perspectives on Psalm 23 (Part 1)

It would be great if trouble was absent from our lives right? Absolutely!

Unfortunately difficult circumstances are part and parcel of our existence here on earth, that is, until Jesus Christ comes to take us to be with him. What do we do then in the interim? Surely there must be some refuge. Is there a hiding place for us? Is there a place we can be sheltered while we navigate through our struggles? Remember this, an umbrella exists to protect you from getting wet with the rain, it is never intended to prevent the rain. So too, God exists to protect us from the negative results difficulties can bring to our lives, he is not there to prevent the difficulties from occurring.

Please allow me to draw your attention to Psalm 23 and to quickly give you a perspective from the first verse about your God. “The Lord is my shepherd”

David uses the personal name of God when he describes God in this way to us. This personal name of God is used in Exodus 3:11-15.

Implication # 1: It is an implication of God’s independence and our dependence upon Him

Being self-existent, our shepherd needs nothing to sustain himself and at the same time he has everything to sustain us. When you face troubling time you must remember that. You must remember that you have as your shepherd one who is able to navigate you of the turbulence because he alone as every resource at his disposal and as long as you trust him you will be safe.

Implication # 2: It is an implication of ownership

We are God’s possession! God does not intend to bring harm to that which is His own. You are wrong to think that because God allows adversity then it must be that God does not love you. God does love you and his love for you is shown by the resources he dispenses to shelter you through the presence of adversity.

Implication # 3: It is implication of relationship

It’s amazing how extraordinary a shepherd’s relationship to his sheep is. The sheep know the shepherds voice. Jesus said this in John 10:1-6, “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.  3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.  7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.  8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.  9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.  10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.  13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–  15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father– and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

Because you have a relationship with your shepherd you can rest assured that you will be safe. You just have to listen to his voice and follow his lead and very soon you won’t even notice the adversity because you’ll be so focused on your shepherd.

Conclusion

You’re certainly experiencing adversity but you may not be trusting your shepherd to help you navigate through it. Right now come before him and trust him completely. Remember that he is the self-existing one, the ONLY one who can help you completely.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in General Blog

 

Glimpses of God

What is a glimpse? A glimpse is a brief look, a glance or a quick peek into something or at something.
We are all waiting for something from God, right? Yes! Absolutely! But while you’re waiting for that “something” big from God are you missing out on those “small” things from him which is merely a glance into what he is really capable of.

Glimpses are there to fuel us and refine us while we wait upon God for delivery of a “bigger” request. Glimpses are reminders of God’s faithfulness. Glimpses are there for us to say in the words of the Psalmist, “From the Lord comes deliverance for he has been good to me” – Psalm 13.

Take a moment now to see how God has revealed himself to you in the littlest of ways. Meditate on them and marvel at how good God is. Use it to fuel you, motivate you and to cause your faithfulness towards him to increase.

And finally, share your glimpse of God with one other person and encourage their faith.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in General Blog

 
 
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