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The Power of Crisis

On Friday morning after waking up, I experienced excruciating pain on my lower back on the left side. The pain persisted.
Yesterday evening I bent down to pick up something and I could barely stand up again, let alone walk.

My son responded to my crisis with these words, “Dad, that’s what you get for not exercising.”
I smiled through the pain in agreement.

My son was right!
I have not maintained an habit of exercise like I used to or like I should be doing.

My mind went to Paul’s response to his crisis in 2 Corinthians 1:9, “Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

My back pain motivated me to get started on a an exercise routine immediately.

I learned that good leaders seize crisis to remake organizational habits.
More than this, Christians must seize crisis to remake spiritual habits and to refocus strenously upon God. Crisis are invaluable opportunities for positive change and recalibration in God’s direction.
Paul recognized this.

You are going through a crisis today. Perhaps it’s a crisis that came about through circumstances beyond your control. On the other hand your crisis could have have been brought about by your own sin.

No matter how the crisis came about, it is an occasion for you to trust in Christ.
It is there for you to consider changing your habits.
It is there to thrust you back to Christ.
It is there for you to learn from these experiences.
It is there to gain insight into yourself and for God to sift you.
It is there to show you your limitations and Gods unlimited power.
It is there to show you your lack resources and how you can find all you need in Christ.

There is power in crisis. Its power is to loint you back to your saviour – Jesus Christ. Turn your eyes to Jesus now, and everything you’re experiencing will grow strangely dim.

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 8, 2018 in General Blog

 

Putting the Zing Back Into AmaZING

I have discovered that, over time, the free things in life are often abused.
Free food is often wasted.
Free water supply is often left to run.
Free clothing is used uncaringly.
Free services are abused. 
We also have free GRACE. Or, is it free? It’s free in the sense that we did nothing to earn it. But, it’s priceless in the sense that someone we LOVE dearly paid for it.
Do you really want to know how you treat God’s GRACE? 
You abuse it.
You waste it.
You really don’t care much for it.
Centuries ago the apostle Paul anticipated our attitude towards GRACE in Romans 6:1-2, ” What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? ” 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer indicted the church for its abuse of GRACE, “Cheap grace means justification of sin but not of the sinner. Because grace alone does everything, everything can stay in its old ways. “Our action is in vain.” The world remains world and we remain sinners”
Cheap grace is praying with action.
Cheap grace is asking without giving.
Cheap grace is pleading for forgiveness but not repenting.
Cheap grace is membership without commitment.
Cheap grace is attendance without community.
But the Christian doesn’t have cheap grace. So why do you live as if it’s cheap?
What will you change today that shows the value of GRACE.
Let us all work hard at putting the ZING back into this amaZING Grace.  
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 6, 2018 in General Blog

 

Wrong Information on File

Last week I ordered a service.
Seven days later, still I did not receive it.
I called the courier company.
They asked me to confirm my celluar number.
I did.
We discovered that they had a wrong number on file.
I corrected the problem.
A few minutes later I received a call from them telling me that they will deliver on Friday.
This got me thinking about our expectations of God. We have placed our order and we are waiting for God to deliver.
But he’s keeping us waiting.
…and waiting.
…still more waiting.
And we wonder why.
I think the delivery is taking long because we’ve given God the wrong information about ourselves.
Let’s take a look at what James says in James 4:2-3, “…You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” 
Our requests are made to look like it’s to God’s advantage, when in reality it’s for ours. Wrong information on file.
We lift up holy hands in church but outside of church we have a clenched fist against the face of God. Wrong information on file.
In the presence of people we have a facade of holiness, but when you’re alone you show nothing but worldliness. Wrong information on file.
You sing songs like, “I am a friend of God”, but you stab God in the back first chance you get. Friends don’t do that. Wrong information on file.
You get the picture, right?
Maybe it’s time you stop wondering why God is not making good on his promises. Just dial in and change the information on file. He is always ready to forgive you and cleanse you.
When you do that you never know, your delivery will be dispatched.
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 5, 2018 in General Blog

 

Practicing the Art of Practicing

When I was going through undergraduate studies I had a fear of losing the information that I was learning . The rigor of study, family life, work life, and ministry involvement instilled that fear. I asked my Prof for some advice. I asked, “Dr. Lytle, How do I retain the information I’m learning, because so much is coming at me at once, and from so many sides?” He responded simply, “Teach it! The more you teach it, the better you become at retaining it.” A week later I was teaching exactly what I was learning.
I started learning  to practice the art of practicing.
James draws our attention to the art of practicing in James 1:22-24, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
Now imagine this,
What if every Christian practiced exactly what they read in the Bible?
What if every Christian obeyed every command of God to the tee?
How would your family life look?
How would this provide solutions to your prayers?
How would your country look?
How would you look to others?
The situation brings sadness when you observe the absence of practicing the art of practicing.
Perhaps what we need is not just 40 days of fasting, but 40 days of practicing.
Practice may not make you perfect, but you’ll certainly be better.
Let’s practice the art of practicing. You’ll see the change. I guarantee it!  
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 4, 2018 in General Blog

 

Death

Death is at the door
Beckoning you to come
You cannot escape, you cannot hide
Right now you are his chosen one
You cannot postpone death
You can try if you can
But rest upon this promise
He will come when you least plan
We all must one day die
From the least to the greatest
There is no favour
We will all lose those that are the dearest
Death takes us across the bridge
There is there another life
And we will live forever
Some in delight and some in strife
Without Christ there is pain in death
When death comes you should fear
For if you do not have Christ here
In the after-life you won’t find God near
Right now you may say, “it’s all right, I’m safe”.
You may have done good or been the best
But without Christ
You won’t survive the test
There is no second life
No second chance
The moment is now, perhaps your last one
For you in Christ to take your stance
Please don’t wait till it’s too late
There is no day like today
Don’t push it don’t delay
Death will come and he’ll have the final say
Why Christ why Him?
In him there is no end to life
You won’t come back, you wont  be reborn
But you’ll avoid hell and all its strife
No one will escape death
But for the person who does God’s things Gods way
When the messenger of death beckons
He just smiles and welcomes that Day
Losing a loved one is so painful
How do we cope after so big a loss
It is people who take us through safely
And a lot of it has to do with the Cross
Do I fear death?
We are  promised that death has lost its sting
When it comes I welcome it
Not even fear it can bring
But this promise is only for those who are in Jesus
In him they are safely shielded from this foe
Death has no victory
Christ on the cross dealt death a fatal blow
Do you want to escape this cycle
Then it’s Christ you must seek
In him you will find hope and strength
He came for us, we who are weak
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 3, 2018 in General Blog

 

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

 
 
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