11 February 2018

Dear Friends,

I have shared with you before that I, unfortunately, woke up to the power and significance of words rather late in my life, only once I started studying at university.  Before that, words and reading were a necessary evil to get through life.  Now, however, I understand the importance of words and, of course, follow the Word of God, Jesus.  Language is a living phenomenon, changing all the time as society develops new ideas and technologies etc.  The result is that new words come into use all the time.  For example, bromance – which describes a really good friendship between two heterosexual men; or staycation – when you stay at home for a vacation instead of going away; or Brexit – the exit of Britain from the EU; or our own Zexit – the exit of Zuma (which I pray, by the time you read this, is finalized so that we can all get on with our lives and work together to build a nation based on God’s Kingdom values); or phishing – the act of trying to cheat people out of money by getting them to voluntarily divulge personal information that can be used to access bank accounts; or cyberstalking or any number of other internet and digital related words.

Over the past few years the phrase State Capture has become synonymous with Mr Zuma and his cronies’ corruption in siphoning off billions of Rands from state funds for personal gain.  The word ‘captured’ has now taken on a very different meaning to how it was typically used 5 or more years ago.  In Psalm 18 David uses the word in its original meaning – “O Lord, you have kept me from being captured, and I have never fallen.”  Here David is referring to the threat he faced for many years of being physically captured or seized by King Saul and his armies.  But, when we read that verse now in the context of South Africa in 2018 it takes on a far deeper meaning which is very much relevant for our lives. 

Whereas it is highly unlikely that you or I will be physically captured or imprisoned by those who don’t like us very much, we certainly do face the reality of having our hearts and minds ‘captured’ by values/thoughts/temptations that drive us away from God and lead to choices and actions that destroy our lives and the lives of those around us. 

David thanks God for his not being captured.  In other words, he thanks God for his freedom.  Over and over again in the bible we are told that one of the reasons Jesus came was to free us from the power of sin and evil (Gal 5:1,13, John 8:36, Rom 6:22).  Are you free?  Or have you been captured by the destructive values and forces in the world?  Do you need to turn to God once again (repent) and invite his Spirit into your life so that you can be free to live fully to the glory of God?

With love, Chris

 

...We are called and strive to be a Christ centered family that is dynamic, diverse and devoted, serving the wider community, encouraging all people to discover and fulfill their potential in Jesus, living by faith, displaying love and offering hope, all by the grace of God. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
11 February 2018

Dear Friends,

I have shared with you before that I, unfortunately, woke up to the power and significance of words rather late in my life, only once I started studying at university.  Before that, words and reading were a necessary evil to get through life.  Now, however, I understand the importance of words and, of course, follow the Word of God, Jesus.  Language is a living phenomenon, changing all the time as society develops new ideas and technologies etc.  The result is that new words come into use all the time.  For example, bromance – which describes a really good friendship between two heterosexual men; or staycation – when you stay at home for a vacation instead of going away; or Brexit – the exit of Britain from the EU; or our own Zexit – the exit of Zuma (which I pray, by the time you read this, is finalized so that we can all get on with our lives and work together to build a nation based on God’s Kingdom values); or phishing – the act of trying to cheat people out of money by getting them to voluntarily divulge personal information that can be used to access bank accounts; or cyberstalking or any number of other internet and digital related words.

Over the past few years the phrase State Capture has become synonymous with Mr Zuma and his cronies’ corruption in siphoning off billions of Rands from state funds for personal gain.  The word ‘captured’ has now taken on a very different meaning to how it was typically used 5 or more years ago.  In Psalm 18 David uses the word in its original meaning – “O Lord, you have kept me from being captured, and I have never fallen.”  Here David is referring to the threat he faced for many years of being physically captured or seized by King Saul and his armies.  But, when we read that verse now in the context of South Africa in 2018 it takes on a far deeper meaning which is very much relevant for our lives. 

Whereas it is highly unlikely that you or I will be physically captured or imprisoned by those who don’t like us very much, we certainly do face the reality of having our hearts and minds ‘captured’ by values/thoughts/temptations that drive us away from God and lead to choices and actions that destroy our lives and the lives of those around us. 

David thanks God for his not being captured.  In other words, he thanks God for his freedom.  Over and over again in the bible we are told that one of the reasons Jesus came was to free us from the power of sin and evil (Gal 5:1,13, John 8:36, Rom 6:22).  Are you free?  Or have you been captured by the destructive values and forces in the world?  Do you need to turn to God once again (repent) and invite his Spirit into your life so that you can be free to live fully to the glory of God?

With love, Chris

 

...We are called and strive to be a Christ centered family that is dynamic, diverse and devoted, serving the wider community, encouraging all people to discover and fulfill their potential in Jesus, living by faith, displaying love and offering hope, all by the grace of God.