We had been given 8 weeks to raise this money (not knowing then that even more funds would be needed than we’d originally thought). A mammoth task!
If I could go back in time to the day we were asked to plant a new Joshua Generation Church congregation, my response now would be the same…and yet very different.
In days gone by we used to fix things that were broken rather than simply replacing them. How can we be people who endure and see brokenness restored?
This has been our prayer right from the start of this journey – that our suffering would never be wasted, that we would never curl into a ball, shrink back and hide behind the diagnosis and its physical effects on my body.
I had grown up hearing radical stories from outreaches and I had an expectation that I too would soon be telling stories of the powerful move of God.
I have been left shaken, tearful and speechless by what I have heard. Sometimes I am just deeply humbled to hear what some people have been through.
Having cancer again was tough on its own, but being 21 weeks pregnant at the same time made the situation even more complicated and extremely dangerous.
Making big decisions can be very intimidating, how can we be sure we are hearing God’s voice?
He asked for people to respond to the Lord if they wanted to declare to God “use me anywhere, anyhow, anytime etc.” and when I stood up to respond I knew without a doubt that God had seen this and that He took it seriously.
There’s something about suffering that is so beautifully raw and real that it intrinsically separates the ‘fluffy’ faith from the true regenerate work of God in our lives.
When you have made a decision to die to yourself, living for Christ is the most amazing adventure.
One thing we have learned in this short space of time, having begun working on the ground in October 2018 in Khayelitsha, is that church planting is a wild, adventurous ride and requires an immediate response to God’s call.
I have suddenly been presented with something that feels kind of terrifying. Stepping through the unknown takes courage and courage isn’t always readily available.
If we are to avoid being dashed against the rocks or shipwrecking our faith, we need a sure and steadfast anchor!
As believers we will often find ourselves feeling exposed and vulnerable. How can we remain consistent and temperate through the worst of times?
The Christian life is not like an airport travelator, it is more like a treadmill.
Why does our experience often seem so contrary to the simplicity of the promise, the promise that when we request help from God, He will supply it?
Our last meeting as Freedom Life was quite emotional, this was the laying down of one dream to choose to embrace God’s plan and ‘new thing’.
This life is imperfect and you cannot shield them from the pain of living in a fallen world. Your children learn more about your faith during the bad times than they do during the good times.
In my teenage years, my limited and unhealthy diet started affecting me in a different way. I became very insecure about my body and the way I looked.
Courage is not the absence of fear! Courage is acknowledging our fear… and then stepping out, in the face of our fear, to fight for what we know is right.
Why is it that the brightest minds often miss the simple truths?
I knew that my own strength and good deeds had brought me to my wit’s end, and I thought that death was the only answer.
Christians love praying for peace. But do we even know what we’re praying for? If Christians seek the peace of the world, a peace without God, that peace is merely a façade.
The ‘Cosmological argument’ remains one of the most compelling philosophical arguments for the existence of God which also happens to be in the Bible. Lets take a closer look.
What is God’s plan for the Jews and how can we engage them in a meaningful way?
A student who checked her bank account for her monthly food allowance of R1400, only to find she’d been given R14 million…
What makes a person an Atheist and how can we help?
If God created our ability to think, how does our reason relate to our faith and how is rationality viewed in society today?
I’m 35 not 75 and I’m fit and healthy and on paper, what I went through is so unlikely that I really would have guffawed at you.
If you are dry and thirsty; if your life is feeling barren and unproductive, sad and disillusioned, come to the source of Life and Joy today
God has included us in his plan to build his kingdom. Here is what he has in mind.
How far is too far in accommodating the message of the Gospel to the modern post-Christian audience?
Shaun reviews ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ and speaks about some of the relevant issues it highlights.
In March 2016 I attended the Four12 School of Prophecy and was given so many tools in the prophetic, not just to minister but to help and equip others to walk in their giftings too.
I am no one extraordinary and no I’m not insecure about this truth. In fact I revel in the truth that I don’t need to be anyone special to fulfill the God given commission given to us all as believers.
I knew that God had gone out of his way to make the trip possible. The question in my mind was one asking why God had gone to all this trouble to make sure that I was here.
If there was ever evidence needed that church is not a building made of bricks and cement but rather the ‘living stones’ consisting of people (1 Peter 2:5), this is it!
The danger of equating material comfort with the favour of God is very real. Likewise, to suggest that suffering is a sign of His disapproval is an overly simplistic and dangerous line of thinking…
Here are some strong biblical reasons why anyone who wants to prophesy must be committed to learning and growing.
The reason for defeat in Christian life and in ministry is departed power. Just as Elisha’s young prophet lost the axe head and stopped chopping until he found it, so there is a lesson for us.
Fasting is one of my chosen weapons against the forces of this world that would satisfy me in anything but God. It sharpens my appetite for the spiritual life I’m called to live.
Unfortunately what I’ve experienced prior to finding breakthrough in life is: “With each different level – there’s a different devil.” It doesn’t end there, the encouragement is: EVERY difficult time has a God ordained expiry date, it won’t last forever and we will eventually break through.
Christ who lives in me, is now the centre of my universe. He has replaced the big I with the ever-increasing HIM. His desires have now been placed in my spirit and I have an entirely new and all-powerful ‘engine’ operating from within my being…
Whether you are speaking words full of faith or fear, the difference is the same – you are framing your own world and you will live in it.
I am so excited to be going to Brazil, it will be a real challenge, but I can’t wait. I was reminded that Jesus works through us and that we are the hands and feet of Jesus.
In June/July of 2015, a group of 15 men from across the JoshGen went on a 17 day adventure and outreach through South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia.
It all started with a strange prophetic word from a visiting preacher, Tom Tapping. In 2006, four years after Oxygen Life Church was planted, he was preaching at one of our meetings and began to talk about us having our own building one day.
The word ‘suffering’ in the bible refers to the various kinds of hardship that we face on the earth which clearly we won’t experience in heaven (Rev 21:4).
Down in Port Elizabeth, our brand new building is taking shape! After 12 years of meeting in hired venues, we bought a building last year, and continue to meet in a school hall until it’s ready for us to move into in a few months.