Adventures with God

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Happy Birthday

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 16:16
Happy 12th birthday Joel.

What a great young man you're growing into, it's a privilege to be your parents!

We've had a lovely meal out to celebrate

Mummy & Joel enjoying the sunset

Stunning view looking towards Table Mountain

The Gathering's New Home

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 02:09
We're delighted to be able to reveal our new home for The Gathering!

This is the Shell garage in Firgrove and the location fits so well with three prophetic words we've held on to over the last year.

Firstly, we had a word about moving out of Macassar High School, we didn't and we were tipped out!

Secondly, we had a word about moving to the outskirts of Macassar. Well Firgrove is most definitely on the outskirts.

Thirdly we had a word about being a bridge between communities. The location of this property is absolutely ideal to help see these words come to fruition.

The garage is on the R102 which is a busy road running parallel to the N2. The location is very visible and whereas some folk (mainly white) would be scared to go into Macassar, going to this garage at Firgrove holds none of that fear.  Also, whilst the garage is in the Firgrove community it's also very easily located for Somerset West, Croydon and all the new estates (like Sitari) currently being built along the R102. We're really excited by the ministry opportunities that this will afford us.

We're planning a Celebration Launch for the 15th of March and we're hoping we'll have a good turnout as we thank our awesome God for his faithfulness and blessing.

Amazing Week!

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:14
What an amazing week!
On Sunday Shaddie and family joined with The Gathering and after he had ministered to us he felt God leading him to release us as a church from the past into the future. As part of this he asked Ziggy and Phillimon to hold my arms up while we prayed and as Shaddie prophetically released us into the anointing of God's freedom, released mandates over us and blessing.

Since Sunday Phillimon has been healed of his back pain. His employer was so concerned about him that he sent him to a local private hospital for a load of tests which all confirmed his healing!

One of our youngsters got a long prayed for school place despite being over 100th on the waiting list.

Mercy was healed of chest pains and high blood pressure.

Rejoice got a great new job which she's very excited about.

We had an excellent morning with dear friends from Zimbabwe who spoke prohetically into our lives, it was like standing under a refreshing waterfall!

On Wednesday we saw a potential building to rent for The Gathering and today we've been given the building. We will sign the lease in the next few days and have the keys by the 1st of March. Now we're planning a Celebration Gathering for the 8th of March.

God is awesome!

Mr Fry, Your god Is Utterly Utterly Evil!

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 08:43

This video clip is doing the rounds on Facebook at present and is causing a bit of a stir.

I first saw it on the Huffington Post website where it's become quite a sensation.

Neo-atheists are loving every second of this video whilst Christians seem to be a bit flustered by the fact that such an intelligent, likeable chap has come out and told the world straight that he thinks god is “utterly, utterly evil" and how dare he let a child have bone cancer. He even went so far as to say that he would tell god "How dare you, how dare you create a world where there is such misery that’s not our fault? It’s utterly, utterly evil.".

I'm sure the god Mr Fry is referring to is quaking in his boots.

However, there's one tiny little problem with Mr Fry's indignation (and most of the responses both Christian and neo-atheist). The problem is this: Who do we believe God is? Mr Fry et al clearly view god as some kind of superhero figure who can (or at least should) swoop down and sort out the mess, the pain and all the injustice on the planet. Tragically many Christians seem to share this misunderstanding of who God is.

I have to say that if God is indeed a superhero type figure then I agree 100% with Mr Fry et al and add my voice to the growing chorus of indignation concerning his lack of intervention. I will also renounce my faith and stop leading a church.

However, the God we as Christians worship is no superhero type figure!
Rather, he's the creator who set the cosmos in place, he created order and let the world run with the order he created. A simple reading of Genesis chapter one makes it very clear that God is a God of order. He has set rules in place (often referred to as mother nature by some and as science by others) and the world as we know it and the wider cosmos ticks along bound by those rules. And no I'm not talking about the 10 Commandments, as good as they are.

See, there's a problem with neo-atheism that causes classical atheism to hang its head in shame, and that problem is the basic misunderstanding of theology.

Here's a great example: Classical atheism acknowledges the bodily resurrection of Jesus, however it questions the meaning of this resurrection. This brand of atheism is sensible enough not to question a clearly documented historical event. However, it's very happy to question the meaning of the event and Christians' interpretation of the event.

Neo-atheism throws the baby out with the bathwater and questions the very validity of the clearly documented historical event. To make matters worse, they resort to playground tactics of ridicule and abuse to do so.

This brings me back to Mr Fry. I like Stephen, he's an interesting and entertaining chap who's done some great work. Sadly however, he shares the neo-atheist position of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and as such questions clearly documented historical events preferring instead to believe in a superhero god who has failed the world.

Well, Mr Fry, I agree with you, your god is simply appalling and utterly, utterly evil!

Bak 2 Skool

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:45
It's always a bitter sweet moment when the new school year begins.

I really need to get back into some kind of routine and crack on with stuff but I also love having my boys around day after day getting in the way, making too much noise and generally just messing up the place.

It's nice to have the freedom this morning to work in peace and quiet but I'm missing them already.

Both boys were excited this morning as they begin new grades with new teachers, though I think it's the thought of seeing their friends that truly excited them.