If your ministry has never been called a cult, you probably are not doing squat in the Kingdom, said Pastor Craig Groeschel, decrying how Christians too often take shots at each other. I wonder how much it grieves the heart of God, how often we as Jesus followers takes shots at one another. We have a common enemy, but the enemy is not the church down the street, not another denomination, or a style of worship. Satan, our real foe, focuses so much on destroying unity because if we work together, the work of Christ it is unstoppable.
Negative peer pressure on your children will be a huge challenge for you. “The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.” As a parent, your biggest enemy by far is negative peer pressure. Notice the word “negative.” There is such a thing as positive peer pressure – when good friends talk your child out of doing something stupid. But, negative peer pressure can destroy everything you’ve worked so hard for.
We are in a time of history when most people don’t have time for the Birth of Jesus, or even His death or resurrection. We have time for entertainment, for sport, for our jobs, for our friends – but little time for Jesus. The really wise people of our generation know that He can be found if we truly seek after Him. Our communion with God is drowned out by the loud clamour of the world, the flesh, and the devil. In our efforts to be politically correct we find ourselves conformed to the patterns of the world, the opinions of the world and the behaviour of the world. Do you know Christ? Have you met Him personally? Has He changed your life? Why not come today and have a real encounter with the living Jesus? Christians, are we worshiping Christ as we should? Does He have His rightful place in our lives? Do we offer to Him that which is worthy of the King of kings? Wise men and women still seek Him.
Can you believe that it is that time of year again? The days are longer, weather is warmer, smiles are bigger, and life is better. This is a valuable season to spend quality time with the family, and to discover fun new activities for all to enjoy! Whether you’re from surfing hotspots like Durban, or mountain and valley hotspots like Cape Town, or even inner city hangouts like Johannesburg, throughout this article you will find many great suggestions to add to your holiday “to do list”. Fun outdoor adventures such as camping, markets, picnics, and animal sanctuaries, all the way to exciting indoor activities such as hosting a Masterchef competition, having a movie night, or even planting a herb garden. There is definitely something for everyone to do in this enlightening article.