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Pic: Amila from CMC Church serves in the beautiful name of Jesus. +

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
Colossians 1:9‭-‬10 NIV +

Written by Jung

This is Apostle Paul’s prayer for the believers of Colossae. It is believed to be a church planted by Epaphras and was never visited by Paul himself.

For those admirable believers in Colossae, he offers this prayer. He doesn’t wish for their health or prosperity, but for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding that God imparts through the Spirit, so they may live a life worthy of and pleasing to the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Of course, he does wish the believers of Colossae well-being and healthy lives, but his primary concern for them was their spiritual growth and living a worthy life as Christians.

We have numerous prayer topics for one another, and that is a truly beautiful thing. However, today I’d like to serve as a reminder to pray for one another, not only for our own petitions and requests but also for those you love to experience spiritual growth and maturity in Christ. That would be your best gift, as someone who lives in the spirit.

I pray that your day will be filled with His presence and understanding.

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Pic: Pastor Novulilkhlya and her member Nosisipho. Her smile says it all. +

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.
Hebrews 6:10‭-‬11 NIV +

Written by Jung

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” These were the words of one of the criminals who was being crucified alongside Jesus. As his life was about to come to an end, this might have been the only request truly worth making to Jesus.

It can be said that the desire for Him to remember us symbolizes our yearning for salvation.

Now, here lies a paradox. Is that all salvation offers? If you have a conviction, is everything fine and dandy? Or is it there much more that we are missing in the package?

Often, we hesitate to grow and mature in Christ due to fear. The path it might lead us on appears challenging. The changes it demands may seem overwhelming. We hold onto certain aspects of ourselves that we’re reluctant to let go of.

So, live the life the gospel shows you without reservation and hesitation. Share love and serve one another with the genuine love of Christ that liberates us. God will undoubtedly remember every single thing you do out of love for Him.

“Peter, do you truly love me?”

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Pic: Linda and her Vuku memeber in Site C. They have found hope in Christ despite the harsh circumstances. +

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV +

Written by Jung

We’ve indeed experienced troubles over the past two weeks. Both physically and spiritually, it was challenging for everyone.

Yet, he sustained us. He kept us strong. We even witnessed some changes and within them, hope.

One thing I saw clearly was that regardless of how formidable the world’s grip may be, nothing lasts forever.

There is no kingdom that won’t eventually fall. There is no power that will rule indefinitely.

The only thing that is eternal is God and His kingdom.

Let us praise God so that everyone around us will come to know who Jesus is and what he has done.

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Pic: Our truly inspiring CMC Vuku leader, Amila. The good news is not what the world approves, but the news that makes God and His people smile. +

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3‭-‬5 NIV +

Written by Jung

It is quite astonishing that a group of people can hold hostage and disrupt so many people’s lives. Yes, I’m talking about the ongoing taxi strikes in the Cape Town area.

Whatever their issues are against the city, what the world obviously desires is more power and money. I’m listening to the news that someone has passed away during this chaos. Additionally, opportunistic criminals are taking chances to loot and steal things.

When our lives are affected, especially the lives of those innocent and good people, we can’t deny that we wish for a higher power to intervene.

But what kind of power do we wish for? God to come and punish? Or to overrule all the nonsense and bring justice?

What the world wants from us is for us to despair and surrender to their objectives. So, how about hope as true power? Instead of fighting their fight in their ways, why don’t we ask God to give us hope when the future is bleak? To help us endure and build character through it. Despite chaotic circumstances, we shouldn’t lose our way and the trust in the love that Jesus has shown us, while having faith in God’s good plan.

Any hardship will pass, but being able to gain stronger faith and even rise above the hardship in Christ’s love is the true power.

Do not fall with the world, my family, but let’s grow stronger and closer to Christ.

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These ladies are the stars of Mannenberg: from left, Dorothy, Vera, and Zelda. They have been non-stop, sharing how Jesus’ love has transformed themselves and the people around them. + Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 4:1‭-‬2 NIV

Written by Jung

Mercy, by definition, is the compassion or forgiveness shown to others. The phrase ‘Through God’s mercy, we have this ministry’ reminds us that none of us are worthy or capable of God’s ministry, and we are not qualified to preach the truth without the presence of God’s spirit within us.

Even if the ministry is not going as we hoped, we shouldn’t be disappointed. Our rewards are not based on how many souls we win, but on how faithfully we keep God’s spirit pure within us. So, there is no need to struggle to bring your ministry to success; instead, seek His deepest love and compassion for His people.

Therefore, we should present ourselves without relying on tricks or skills mastered in the world. Instead, we must focus on achieving the goal of reflecting God’s mercy and love to the best of our ability.

In short, there is no need to be anxious. God wins, and we need nothing more and nothing less than Him to see how precious we are to Him.