James: How Hurting Helps Us

Date 29th October 2014  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage James 1:1-12

If lived faithfully, the Christian life will inevitably be accompanied by times of deep hurt and trials. So easily can circumstances drive us into a corner where our tearful eyes have one question written on them: why? What is the point of my pain and my suffering? How can I deal with it in a

Wisdom In Friendships

Date 19th October 2014  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage John 15:9-17

Proverbs deals with social realities and today we are looking at the reality of friendships. We may be of the best character but choose to hang out with the wrong crowd. What happens then? ‘Bad company corrupts good character’ (1 Corinthians 15:33). The wise person chooses friends who are good-hearted, even-tempered, considerate and kind. Wise

Wisdom of Words

Date 12th October 2014  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Proverbs 15:1-7

Word are important. After all, God created the universe with words. He spoke and it was so. Jesus was called THE WORD. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Proverbs has a lot to say about

Exodus 4 – God’s Sovereignty vs Our Choice

Date 05th October 2014  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Exodus 3:21; Romans 9:16-23; 10:8-11

“The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do.But I will harden his heartso that he will not let the people go.”” Exodus 4:21.The words in bold bring us face-to-face with one of the most perplexing questions

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The Cost of Worship

Date: 08 July 2018, 18:07 by Load Audio & Video

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Watch and Be Ready

Date: 15 July 2018, 10:07 by Load Audio & Video

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Gospel Truth

Date: 12 August 2018, 10:08 by Load Audio & Video

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Waste or Worship?

Date: 22 July 2018, 18:07 by Load Audio & Video

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