Let us Praise the Lord! – 2

Last time we dealt with the first two verses of Ps. 103 and now we will continue with the next next two (verse 3 and 4).

Verse 3: “He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.”              Verse 4: He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.” 

I love the NLT of this Psalm for the one reason that it makes it more personal for me and you.  The Scripture states; “He forgives ALL MY sins and heals ALL My diseases”.  It is such a profound and bold statement that David makes here – although he lived long before the death and resurrection of Christ.  How could he say something like this as he still lived under the Law?  Or did he already understood the grace of God – which will come through Jesus – because we see so many prophetic Psalms flow from his heart and pen.

When we grasp the full extend and context of this simple line that He “forgives all my sins” – and this being a verb –  then we can only return to the first two verses where he also said: ” Let all that I am praise the Lord” (twice).   What else can we do – because we can never repay God for His mercy and grace!   The only way to repay Him is to accept His sacrificial offering on the cross of Golgotha, that His blood redeems us from sin and death, to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and then to serve and praise Him with all that I am.   Yes, He do forgive all our sins and He still do heal all our diseases through faith and in the Name of Jesus Christ!

This word “redeems” also mean that God bought us (with His own blood through Jesus Christ) from  eternal death.   But it does not stop there, because He also crowns me with love and tender mercies.  Basically it means He loves us unconditionally as a Father would love His children.  See the next scripture: 

Joh 1:12 (KJV) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power (right) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name;”   God gives me and you the power (rights; authority; seal of approval) to become sons of the living God when we believe on His name!  Powerful!   

He crowns us – He covers us from top to bottom with His love, which is so evident for all to see.  Over and above His love, He also deals with us on a daily basis with a tender heart and soft words of guidance.  We just have to listen and respond according to His Word and guidance.  But now when we understand Him and what He has done for us, we respond positively through our service and praise and not because we are forced to do so.

Let all that I am praise Him for He forgives of all my sins!                                                                                                          Let all that I am praise Him for He heals all my diseases!

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Let us praise the Lord!

The Word of God and especially the Psalms, are full of praises for our God, the Creator of all!

It is so sad to see and hear how people would just ignore His existence and the fact that He IS the Creator, the Great I AM!  The scientists are spending millions to find the “God-particle” while God Himself, His fullness is all around them.  You just have to reach out in faith to touch Him and start a relationship with the Savior of all, Jesus Christ.

The other day I was watching a film (a so called futuristic film) and then the one guy talked about prayer and God.  The other one asked what is God?  The first one replied “Oh, that is the one whom you talk to , to do something for you and then disappoints you”.   So sad that the world out there do not recognize the love and power of God!  But, yes the finger points right back to us as the Church that we have not portrayed Christ as we should have.  We have created a “god” who disappoints; who is not in touch with his children; who does not care about our troubles, who is unfaithful, etc.  But the real God and Father of all is quite the opposite.  

I want to start off with Psalm 103 (NLV) and with only the first two verses:

  1. Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name; 
  2. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.  

There are so many aspects of God to praise and we will come to that as we progress with this blog message, but His name is higher than any other name!   Let us praise His name, whether it is in Hebrew (if you are a Jew); or in English; or Afrikaans; or whatever language you call upon the name of the Lord, because the God that we serve is the God of all people and of all languages.

Lord I praise your name for being God of Creation, for being my God and Savior.  Teach me o Lord to praise you with my whole heart, with all that I am I want to praise and adore you.  Teach me and remind me to never forget the good things you have done for me.  Amen. 

 

 

 

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Venda Outreach – August 2015 (Hope Farm)

This little church belonging to Galilee Ministries was born and planted from our very first Outreach on the Hope Farm in the Tshipise district in May 2013. The membership of the church has grown to 75 people who attend the worship services on a regular basis.

To understand the true picture behind the birth and growth of this church, one must then also recognize that most of the people are seasonal workers and only in the area during the citrus season between April and September every year.

Hope Training May 2014 373They do not have a formal place of worship but hold their meetings under a tree when conducting their Sunday services. They can only utilize the citrus storage facility for 6 months of the year during the ‘off-season’. Notwithstanding this, we continue to experience spiritual growth amongst the members which leave us both excited and in awe of the work that God is doing among the people. At first, the men came forward to give their hearts to the Lord but when the seed of the Gospel continued to grow and bear fruit it caused their wives, brothers and friends to seek the Lord and became born again. Over this weekend, we saw firsthand how it has truly permeated throughout entire households to include their children, even as young as 12 years old, to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

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We surprised the leaders with new T-shirts with our ministry logo on the back and they proudly wore it to service on Sunday. With our previous visit in March, the leadership requested suitable training material which they can utilize in their midweek and also Sunday meetings. This request was also a sign to us that the people want to grow spiritually and that we needed to provide more teachings on a regular and faster basis. Due to this a lot of specific training material, some of which is from our first year Bible College course, was provided and Past David Miles surprised them with a few boxes full of Christian literature. The same material was also handed out in Madimbo.

Once again on Sunday 15 August we held a baptism service and Pastor David Miles had the privilege of baptizing another 9 members.

20150816_143429_HDRWhen we look at the commission of Christ to the disciples “to go forth and make disciples and baptize them…” we recognize that it is only one aspect of it all, but there is also the important part “to teach them”. Consequently is it so much more important for us to continue the work up North and provide leadership training, to provide specific training material with which they can continue on a weekly basis, to identify and empower specific new leaders in the community who will take the message of the Gospel further and to govern the church according to the principles from the Word. When we see and hear of active false pastors; prophets; and apostles who prophesy lies in the name of God; teach their people to eat grass and drink petrol for healing and to eat snakes, just to name a few; then we understand the importance and burden on our shoulders to teach them correctly and empower them with the true Holy Spirit and with the gift of discernment.

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We also would like to thank Pastors David & Tracey Miles for the donation of all the spiritual literature and books that they provided to the churches.  Also to  Pastor Paul Louw from AFM Corpus Christi in Derdepoort, Pretoria for the donation of second hand clothing and shoes.  All books, Bibles and clothes were put in the care of the local pastor’s in Madimbo and Hope Farm for distribution as needed.

In the end, when we look back, we can only concur that the Lord Jesus is good and always faithful.  We can acknowlegde and agree with the slogan on our trailer that we continually have “Another successful delivery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”!

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When you see our truck and trailer on the way to deliver the mighty and unashamed Gospel of Jesus Christ, stop us for a chat or a cup of coffee. We would love to meet you! You are also welcome to register with our organisation and join us as a volunteer on our outreaches.

Do not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it is a power of God unto salvation, healing and deliverance. Proclaim it daily!

 

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Venda Outreach – August 2015 (Madimbo Village)

The Outreach to Venda was to have taken place in May or June this year, however unforeseen circumstances continually put the date out to the month of August.   And God always has perfect timing for His purpose!

Eventually we could get all we needed together and finally pack the vehicle and trailer before leaving on Friday 14 August around 15:00.   Pastors Dave & Tracey Miles joined my wife Venetia and I on this Outreach and they were tasked to deliver the Gospel messages on Sunday morning at Madimbo Village and on Hope Farm.  Over and above that, Pastor Dave and I also conducted a leadership seminar – well, not only to the leaders but more or less to the whole congregation in Madimbo and other guests, as they are all very eager to receive and learn about the Word of God.

We were joined by a friend and businessman, Lloyd Chapman of CDS, who has a heart and a vision to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ being proclaimed all over the world.  He also brought his new General Manager, Linda De Beer and her family to see firsthand the circumstances in which the people receive the Gospel and how they worship God.

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On this occasion Lloyd had the privilege to donate one of his old trucks to the local pastor to transport the people to and from church. This is a true gesture of love and servanthood in Christ and we know he and his business will be richly favoured and blessed by the Lord Jesus Christ. papers

When he handed the keys and papers over to Pastor Lutendo, the congregation went wild with excitement and joy and praised God for His provision.

An Outreach group member mentioned he saw a church member walking up to the church building along the dirt road – and by the time that person entered the building, his shoes were wiped clean as if there was no dust at all in the area.

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Woman and men dress up in their best clothes, although they have to sit on chairs which had seen better days.  The floor does not have expensive tiles or carpet, but just an old tarpaulin to cover the front area while the rest is still ordinary dirt floor which had been raked level.  It shows their commitment and gratification in serving God and that it doesn’t go about the fancy building but rather the attitude of the heart.

As promised to the congregation, a notice board was erected with the name of the church on their premises.  On Sunday morning the local Chief’s representative reported that they will enlarge the area of the property free of charge as they see the good work being done in the area and that the church is growing fast.

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We ended this Outreach in Madimbo on Sunday morning with Pastor Tracey preaching the message and afterwards baptizing 7 people, of which the first one was an old lady who is an

We ended this Outreach in Madimbo on Sunday morning with Pastor Tracey preaching the message and afterwards baptizing 7 people, of which the first one was an old lady who is an invalid from birth.

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Venda Outreach – 14 -17 August 2015

We are preparing to depart on Friday for another outreach event on the Hope Farm (Tshipise district) and in Madimbo Village in Venda.

We are all so excited to go once again and spread this awesome message of hope from the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in the rural areas.  According to feedback from the two churches is that they are still growing and a couple of people need to be baptized after they have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior during the past months.

Based upon the news flashes over the past few weeks of the “pastor” in the Pretoria area who deceives his congregation to eat grass, rats and even live snakes for “salvation & healing” purposes, we are fully aware of the massive burden on our shoulders to identify, equip and train suitable people as shepherds of their flock and to oversee that they preach and practice ONLY the truth of the Word of God.

We will report back on our outreach as soon as possible and also visit our Facebook page of Galilee International Ministries.

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New Website detail

Hopefully by now you have seen the changes that we made to our website over the past few weeks.

The site has been reconstructed with a complete new theme and is hosting now new categories with drop down menus which would hopefully make your search for information more easily.   On the other hand we still have a couple of new pages to add in the near future and I am sure it will provide more relevant topics, discussions and teachings across a wide spectrum of the Christian Faith.

So stay tuned and linked with our website in order to see all the new information and projects that we are focusing on.

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Website under construction

As you can see we are busy with updating of the website to more modern themes and layouts – but due to a lack of technical knowledge of websites, it takes a bit longer to figure all the jargon out.

Hopefully all the pages and posts will be up and running soon again with the latest information of what we are busy with.  So much have happened since the last update of the website in May 2014 and we will try to report on it all.

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Hope Farm Discipleship Training & Outreach: May 2014

To God all the glory and praise for His grace and provision to be able to continue the work of His Gospel in the Tshipise valley.  As the Lord provides, we drive up every second month to this new church that we have planted there a year ago, in order to equip and strengthen the brothers and sisters in the Lord with the Word of God as well as sound teaching in becoming disciples of Christ.

On Friday afternoon the 16th May 2014, my wife Venetia and I and Past Chris Smit and his wife Marinda left Pretoria and arrived late at night at the Tshipise Resort in the far northern part of Limpopo Province.   Marinda was very anxious due to all the stories that friends and even pastor Chris told her about the rural area and what she can expect of going to Venda to proclaim the Gospel.  Apparently she had all sorts of “visions” of dangerous animals and even the people in the rural area which provided much laughter to our group.

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Past Chris opened the training session on Saturday morning and taught about discipleship, the  importance of it and that it meant you have to be a servant and not being served. 

I followed it up with another teaching on Acts 20: 18 – 24; where Paul said he served the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials – which happened through the plots of the Jews. 

 Serving God and especially on the level where you go out to proclaim the Gospel to a dying world, or even just being a witness at your local church or work environment or circle of friends, it will contain to some extent these elements of “tears” and “trials”. Even if they are brought about by your own people, as in the case of Paul, it should not stop us from testifying to everyone of repentance toward God and of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (verse 21).

Being a child of God means we need to be disciples and that means we need to testify about our faith and also our faith experiences in Christ.  Our tears and trials and tribulations bring about new testimonies through which our faith is strengthened.  We  should therefore talk about it and give God all the Glory!

We concluded the training later in the day by handing out new Bibles to all the potential leaders and disciples in Christ.

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Afterwards we drove about 30 -40 km’s to meet with another pastor and her husband in a nearby village in Venda.   This meeting left our group in tears and in awe of the devoutness and love these two wonderful people have for the Lord Jesus Christ and His Gospel.  They have offered up the bricks that were supposed to complete their own home, to start a new ministry on a barren piece of land. She even sold her second car to be able to pay for the steel beams that would form the basic support structure of the new church.  Will this be a big church? Yes, most definitely it will be as big as the vision she has for this area and therefore the church will also be smack between two or more villages to serve more than one community.

 Hope Training May 2014 367When we look in the flesh we do not see any floor, walls or roof at this moment, but when we look through the eyes of faith and when we look upon our God who declares that all things are possible through Him, then we already start to hear the music and the choirs lifting up the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in this place.

Why worry about floors when we are standing on the Rock of our faith! Why worry about a roof if He covers and shields us from any harm?  Praise God for He is the Jehovah Jireh – the Lord who provides in all of our needs.   I know He will also provide for this church to be completed.

The Sunday morning Pastor Chris continued the teaching at Hope Farm and also reiterated the fact that someone needs to sow the seed, another would water it but God will let it grow.  Thereafter we had the privilege to baptize another 6 people in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ for the remission of all their sins.  The water was so very COLD but later on Pastor Chris reflected about this one young man who came to the service in his best Sunday clothes and only removed his shoes to be baptized in the muddy waters of a nearby pond.  He did not think twice about his clothes as the baptism was much more important for him.

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Despite all the tears and trials these people have to face on a daily basis, they are still eager to hear a Word of God and to follow in His footsteps.  They lift up their voices and sing in harmony without the luxury of any musical instruments as their own voices and hands are the best instruments they want to use in praising the living God.

We can learn so much from their humbleness and their zeal to really serve the Lord.   The Church needs to come back to the basics of serving God again!  It is not about you or me or the grand band who plays the best music in the world.  It is not about the seats in the auditoriums and the best sound systems.  It is not about the “anointed preachers and their prophetic words”.  It is ALL about Jesus Christ and what He has done for you and me.  It is all about my and your relationship with the King of kings.  And when we are in that close relationship, nothing else matters.  Then it becomes our privilege to offer to Him all our praises and adoration.

My God each day I still stand in awe of You!

I also would like to thank our sponsors who made this trip possible for us – without you it will not be possible to do so and through your donations and prayers you will also have a part in each and every soul brought into the Kingdom of God.

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Conquering Disappointment

Conquering Disappointment” is die tweede boek wat ek onlangs gefinaliseer het.  Dit hanteer die proses en emosies waardeur ons gaan wanneer teleurstelling en trauma ons pad langs kom.

Dit bevat ook ‘n persoonlike getuienis en praktiese stappe hoe om dit te kan verwerk.  Die boek bespreek ook die aspek of ons “kan/moet vra vir vergifnis van God”, of is daar ‘n ander skrif rondom dit.

Indien jy belangstel om dit te bekom en te lees, inboks my met jou detail vir ‘n e-kopie daarvan.

Conquering Disappointment” deals with the process and emotions that we go through when we are faced with disappointment and even trauma.

The book also contains a personal testimony as well as the steps to overcome the disappointment in our lives.  The book also discuss the concept whether we “need to ask for forgiveness from God”, or is there another scripture in this regard.

If you are interested to read it, please inbox me with your email address and I will forward you an e-copy of the book.    

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The Trojan horse is IN the Church – now in book form.

 “The Trojan horse is IN the Church“. Ek het onlangs twee boeke klaar geskryf. Die eerste boek deel met die valse profesiee wat al geruime tyd in die Kerk asook op Facebook versprei word.  Hierdie profesiee kom nie van God af nie en skep vals hoop en is niks anders as “spiritual horoscopes”.  Dit deel ook met al die “gimmicks” wat al in die Kerk omgewing toegelaat is agv die afwesigheid van die Gees van God.

Die vyand is besig om die Kerk van binne af aan te val met die Kerk se eie arsenaal van wapens, soos oa die gawe van Profesie.

Indien jy belangstel om dit te bekom en te lees, inboks my met jou e-mail adres.

“The Trojan horse is IN the Church“.   I have recently completed two books of which the first one deals with the false prophecies spoken in the Church and being circulated on Facebook, etc.  These prophecies are not from God and create only false hope and constitute to nothing more than a “spiritual horoscope”.   Do not be deceived by good words and the good news syndrome.  Even if it sounds right, it does not mean to be right and from God.  It also deals with the gimmicks in Church due to the absence of the Holy Spirit.

The enemy is launching the attack on the Church from the inside and is using its own arsenal of weapons – such as the prophetic gifts – against the Church.

To find out more about this subject, please inbox me with your email detail and I will forward you a copy of the book.

 

 

 

 

 

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