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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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God's Purposes. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Grant Nuss   
Monday, 07 November 2016 19:04

Romans 8:28; “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.”

True story: In November I975, 75 convicts came up with a plan to escape, and they started digging a secret tunnel designed to bring them up at the other side of the wall of Saltillo Prison in northern Mexico. On the 18th of April 1976, guided by their pure genius, they tunneled up into the nearby courtroom in which many of them had been sentenced! I mean think about this: I don’t know who was more surprised, them, or the judges who returned all 75 back to jail? The moral of the story is that, left to our own plans, we may well also turn up in the most unlikely of places. God has a great purpose and plan for you, and He is committed to making it become a reality, but in order for Him to do that you must do your part which may very well go against how you think it should go. Let me ask you a question: What do you do when you have, out of the blue, been head-hunted for a handful of job opportunities/possibilities? Let me know below here how you dealt with that because I am trying to understand it. Likewise, how do you determine which of them is God’s plan, will, or calling for your life? Easy to do? Mmm … no! But perhaps you have the solution of which I look forward to reading. But whilst we know that God has a purpose for our lives and a destiny for us to fulfil, we know too that, above all else, His ultimate desire is that we love Him. That’s it. Should we choose the wrong option as far as an opportunity is concerned, or take the wrong fork in the road (where perhaps the call was to take on the church in Randburg and you took the Corporate Director post in Cape Town) He has promised us that He will remain in there with us irrespective of our decision. Listen, despite what you might have been taught, God is your heavenly Dad, and He will certainly not disown you for being human! If you are willing to do what He calls you to do (how we determine what that is a good question and people have written books on it – most with different opinions), He will open up doors of opportunity for you. When He does, you will see that one of the greatest things in the Christian life is to be used by God. But finally here’s the deal: God’s ultimate plan for your life involves you radically pursuing your relationship with Him. At points, literally at our wits end, we cry out; “God, show me the plans You have for me”! But whilst He may give us an inkling of understanding through a vision or a text, He never lets us in to the complete purpose and plan. Perhaps like me, you have heard Him say in the core of your being in answer to prayer; “my boy/girl, the plan is this … just trust me”! Scripture makes it perfectly clear stating that; “Now we see in part; then we shall see in full, and we will know as we are fully known.” So as we close, what this says to us is this: that although we don’t know what the plan is, we know the One who does.

 
Authentic Christianity - Getting Real. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 06 November 2016 14:50

2 Corinthians 2:14; “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

“Jesus Christ makes us real, not merely sincere” (Oswald Chambers). I was reminded yesterday (Saturday) morning of a sermon series I preached a few years ago entitled; “Authentic Christianity … Getting Real”. Now I don’t know about you, but, for me, nothing damages a Christian witness more than a perception of in-authenticity. Where the rubber meets the road, folk don’t want to hear just what we believe, and they don’t want to see what we pretend to be. “What they want is a genuine testimony that there is a God and that He is working. If that is real, lives are changed” (Tiegreen). When followers of Christ chat about this issue, most, if not all, desire to be real, ordinary, down to earth, sincere and loving people, but what does that look like in community? Well, that we need to be communities who proclaim and live the truth boldly and courageously together, being fully-able to be real, authentic in a safe environment where people can just be transparent and themselves. Jesus was. How do we know? Scripture tells us that Jesus wore His heart on his sleeve. Hebrews 5:7 states that; “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears.” He was a real man with real feelings, had emotions, and a real connection with the human condition. So if you and I are being conformed into the image of our Saviour, we can be real and transparent. What does that mean? Well, then that there is no posing, no mask-wearing, no false dignity, no holier-than-thou attitudes, but us simply being authentically human, just like Christ. Finally, I leave you with the words of Benjamin Disraeli in this context; “Never apologise for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologise for truth.” So may our prayer from this moment on be that every community catches this, chooses to be real, authentic, and transparent, and refuses to ever judge or condemn others who are choosing to fellowship in this biblical way again? Bless you guys!

 
God does not call the qualified. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 04 November 2016 18:58

1 Corinthians 1:27-29; “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that he may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”

I was speaking to a man at a church here in Durbanville a few months ago who was convinced that God had called him into ministry. I have heard this statement many times before from different people so my first response is always “when do you believe He first called you?” The reply in this instance was 20 years ago. My response was; "Then why the wait!?" Most of those who believe they are called and do not act on it, state that they became paralysed by fear. Fear of the unknown. Actually so much so that they felt as though they stopped growing, stopped learning, stopped exploring, stopped discovering, and even stopped dreaming. Why? All, bar none of them, stated that because they felt as though they had chosen average, or easy, or ordinary, and this let the routine of life put them in a rut. Is that you? So whilst I cannot tell you what to do, here are my five-cents worth: when you feel that way remember a hero or two in Scripture. I mean think about this with me. There was Noah who was fond of wine, actually really fond of wine. Abraham was too old, Jacob was a liar, Moses had a stuttering problem, Rahab was a prostitute, the Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once), Saul (Paul) as a Pharisee was too religious, and Lazarus was … dead. Yet, and if you believe this message is meant for you, here is the real deal: they all played a huge role in Biblical history and they are the heroes of the faith, as sinful and as ordinary as they were. God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Bless you!

 
Christian Spirituality. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 04 November 2016 06:26

In this clip, Glenn Stavridis shares on Spirituality and Sexuality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtETxBbIHmI&index=26&list=PLbu24MvbZNGNn851W25nvZVG90pvL5Gpy

 
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