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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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Try to Be Greater than Jesus

Jesus himself said that those who believe in him will “be greater than him”. Greater in what? It is evidently obvious that we will never be greater than Jesus in terms of his attributes but we can be greater than Jesus in at least one area. Can you guess what that area is? You can be greater than Jesus in the area of evangelism, discipleship, missions and church planting. These are Jesus words in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

When last have you shared the gospel? When last have you given resources that would empower missions and church planting? When last did you deliberately create opportunities for the presentation of the gospel? When last did you share your testimony?

Has the hunger and thirst do do greater works than Jesus died out in you? I encourage you to re-think your role as a believer, because if you say you believe then the text tells you that the works He does, you will also do.

Go, do the works he did!

 

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You Cheapskate!

You Cheapskate!

We all love to save a few bucks on a deal right? I’ll bet that you bargain with the salesman every time you walk into a store to but something big…or small. No matter how good you think the deal already is, you will still bargain. The bottom line is, you want things cheap. After all, why pay a few rands extra for something when you know you can make a saving.

It’s very unfortunate that you have brought that same attitude into your Christian life. Think of how many times you have tried to bargain with God. When God said, “I want your whole heart.”, you said, “Whole heart? Come on Lord, at least leave me with one third of it!” When God says, “I want all your attention.” You say, “Come on Lord, you can’t really mean that, can you? do you? All my attention?!” You see, you and many Christians all around the world always try to bargain with God. Is it any wonder then that we accomplish so little for him? Is it any wonder then that we don’t get everything that his word says we could have? We are master at giving our Lord tokens. We give him a token of time. We give him a token of money. We given him a token of energy. We give him a token of heart. We give him tokens and we think that we’re doing all right in serving him and glorifying him.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this as he speaks of discipleship and how much we bargained our way out of it, making it cheap. This is what he says, “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble, it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him. Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift has to be asked for, the door at which one must knock. It is costly, because it calls to discipleship; it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly, because it costs people their lives; it is grace, because it thereby makes them live. It is costly, because it condemns sin; it is grace, because it justifies the sinner. Above all, grace is costly, because it was costly to God, because it cost God the life of God’s Son – “You were bought with a price” – and because nothing can be cheap to us which is costly to God.” (Discipleship)

Look at yourself the next time God wants you to do something. See how you bargain with him. You always want to pay half the price or less. Look at your circle of “Christians”, see how they too bargain with God. This is nothing new, but in the Twenty First Century Christianity is becoming dangerously close to being just a fad. It’s not a relationship with our Lord and Saviour anymore, we’ve turned it into a relationship with our ‘salesman”.

You can make a difference today, by giving our Lord everything. No half measures. No half confessions. No half circles in repentance. No half energy. No half wealth. No half time. No half heart. Don’t bargain with our Lord about how you can get out of something instead start asking him how you can get into something. Wouldn’t it be great if Christians stopped being cheapskates and started giving God exactly what he wants.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in General Blog

 

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Will You Finish?

Will You Finish?

It is said that anyone can start well but not everyone can finish well. It is also said it’s not so important how one starts but it’s very important how one finishes. These days the media is buzzing with news stories of influential Christian men and women who have failed. These men and women have disqualified themselves because of their sin. These stories are not only warnings to those who are still in the race, they are also magnify for us how importantly the finish is viewed.

In a few days you will begin a new year and you most likely will begin the year with great plans and goals for the new year. It is very likely you may even start of with a burst of energy and enthusiasm that is unrivaled by the other runners, however, a crucial questions remains, “How will you finish in 2012?” The Apostle Paul tells us this in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness…”

What will it take for you to finish the race, not just up to the end of 2012 but beyond, right up to the time you die?

  1. It would take resilience
  2. It would take discipline
  3. It would take persistence
  4. It would take courage
  5. It would take training
  6. It would take antagonism
  7. It would take belief in Jesus Christ
  8. It would take unflinching nerves

This short list of character qualities are qualities that existed in Paul. Because of these he could say, “I have finished well!” How will you finish? How you finish is directly in proportion to the degree of existence of the quality characteristics I have listed above.

I’m praying for you!

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in General Blog

 

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What’s It Going to Cost?

I suppose every generation before us lived in a time when the cost of living was high. But it’s more so today because there is more to buy, more to be entertained by, more people to buy for and more people to entertain. If you are anything like me then you probably also look at the price tag before you move anything off the shelf and onto the cashier’s table. Because of the price tag we’re very picky on what we spend our wealth. We may choose to watch a movie instead of eating out or we may choose to by a new shirt or blouse instead of buying a new video game of kitchenware. Because of the competition surrounding us all the time, we have to make decisions every day that will exclude or include some things or some people in our lives.

The way we approach life is the same way we approach God. When the Bible says you should be with God’s people when they gather you immediately look at the price tag asking yourself the question, “How much is this going to cost me?” When the Bible says that you should be spending sufficient time in prayer and reading the scriptures, you ask yourself, “How much is this going to cost me?” When the Bible commands you to follow Christ with all of your soul, all of your strength, all of your life and with all of your heart, you ask yourself, “How much is this going to cost me?”

The bottom line is that, when it comes to following Jesus Christ; your Savior; THE Savior of the world, you always look at the price tag and instead of choosing HIM, you choose something else.

In 2 Samuel 24:18-25, David wants to sacrifice to the Lord and in order to do so he asks to buy the threshing floor owned by Araunah. Araunah refuses to sell David the threshing floor instead he wants him to have it for nothing. David didn’t say, “Ah, somthing for ma’alah” and grab it. Unlike us, David responds to Araunah’s benevolence very differently. This is what he says in verse 24, “No, I insist on paying for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor…”

My desire is that Christian people the world over would stop looking at the price tag when it comes to the things that Jesus Christ is calling us to. We should simply move it from the shelf to the checkout. Stop asking, “What’s it going to cost?” and start asking, “Where can I Pay?”

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in General Blog

 

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Advent Conspiracy

Advent Conspiracy

Watch this short video bit.ly/t04xO1 and think carefully about how you should spend this Christmas. Remember, Christmas should not be a time when you receive instead it should be a time when you look forward to giving. After all, didn’t God choose to give instead of receiving? Let’s follow that example and plan to give instead of receiving.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in General Blog

 

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God is NOT done with you yet!

God is NOT done with you yet!

Today I was having a conversation with a guy in our neighborhood. I was standing around talking to him while he was repairing his car. The car was old and he felt that he had been ripped off by the purchaser. However as he was bending down and pulling a panel here and straightening a panel there he said, “This is such a junk; its fit for the scrapyard!”. After listening to him talk I said to him, “We are all like this car in the sight of our Lord, but instead of God assigning us to the ‘scrapyard’ God graciously bends and straightens us back into shape.”

I want you to know that God is not done with you yet! If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ then God is set on completing the work he started in your life; “Being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” God, our Father is resolute about completing in us what he started. He wants to shape us more into the likeness of Jesus Christ and that involves some serious “spiritual panel beating” but when he’s done with us we’ll be a sight to behold; in fact as we willingly submit to the process we will definitely be a sight to behold. If we truly want to be the masterpiece that God intended us to be then we must “Continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in us to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

God is only done with us when we stop cooperating with him in the process of this “spiritual panel beating” but please remember this, that until then, God is NOT done with you yet!

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in General Blog

 

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