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God Has Chosen Us To Share His Good News
We are living in the most exciting time in history, God’s Word is coming alive in front of our very eyes. “For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.” – Colossians 1:4-6, NLT.
The Good News is changing lives
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
Our hope is in Jesus Christ
What an amazing and encouraging scripture. We heard the Good News and now we have a confident hope that Jesus Christ is our Saviour and our Lord. This same Good News is going all over the world and is bearing fruit by changing lives. Furthermore, God in His infinite love has chosen us to be His witnesses in sharing this same Good News across the world, beginning in our own neighbourhoods.
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JOY! Magazine (March 2020)
The Greater The Need, The Greater The Urgency
One of the important lessons we have learnt during this season is the greater the need, the greater the urgency. We have been through challenging times. People’s needs have grown exponentially. Thank God for all those who put themselves at risk to alleviate some of those needs. However, the greatest need for the world remains the need for salvation. With salvation comes peace, purpose, hope, love, and an assurance of our eternal destiny.
Looking to Scripture
As the crowds emerged from the village, Jesus said to His disciples, “Why would you say, ‘The harvest is another four months away’? Look at all the people coming—now is harvest time! For their hearts are like vast fields of ripened grain—ready for a spiritual harvest.” – John 4:35, TPT
This is the great urgency my dear friend
You have such an important part in God’s plan to reach out in this time of great need. People’s hearts are open to receive the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ’s great commission of us reaching out to people with His love must be our greatest matter of urgency.
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Date published: July 2020
Now Is The Time To Rise Up!
“What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.” – Acts 4:16
The passage above shares the wonderful account of a lame man being healed at the Beautiful Gate where Peter and John had gone to pray. As a result, Peter and John were being persecuted by the Sanhedrin, who were trying to shut down the preaching of the Gospel. The Sanhedrin were unable in their efforts, namely because of the undeniable evidence and miracles that had taken place. Everyone could see the Hand of God, which resulted in five thousand people been added to the Kingdom of God.
Do not keep silent!
We have been going through major challenges, but God has been faithful. As the Body of Christ, our testimony of the goodness of God is undeniable. It is indeed a miracle from heaven. Our testimonies are undeniable proof that Jesus is alive – and when we share our testimonies, many people will be drawn into the Kingdom of God. It is no time to draw back, but to rise up and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There is an amazing account in the Bible between Jesus and a woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-12). In this story we see the grace of God in action. The aspect we want to focus on is condemnation. She was condemned because of sin – just as many people today feel condemned. Condemnation paralyses: it paralyses people’s destiny and faith. It ultimately causes people to feel that they are unloved by God, and as a result they feel they are unable to be used by God and they stop witnessing. “She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’” – John 8:11
We are not condemned
Jesus Christ is the only one who could condemn us, and yet He chooses not to. He further tells this woman to stop whatever would be causing the condemnation. What really stands out is the word “go”. Jesus did not tell her to stay or sit but “go”. These words ring true today because there is no condemnation to those who belong to Christ (Rom 8:1). Now “go”, accomplish everything Christ has for you and win souls for Christ!
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Date published: May 2020
We Must Bring God's Light
In our missionary travels around the world, it is easy to see the desperation and hopelessness of people and sometimes wonder where God is in all of this. Each time we face situations like these, God reveals Himself through His people. In each and every place we have been, God has placed someone, one of His own special people, in that place. This person has been handpicked by God to reveal His love. These people bring light to these places, despite the circumstances surrounding them. The Bible says that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has already prepared for us. This our call today to be the light of God where we find ourselves and in the circumstances we find ourselves. Remember that even when we are in the fire, God is with us and we are more than conquerors.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14,16
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JOY! Magazine (March 2020)
Be Constant In Your Christian Witness
We recently celebrated our pastors’, Apostle Theo and Doctor Beverley Wolmarans, forty years in ministry. What a testimony to the grace and mercy of God. This is also a testimony to the working of patience. “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect [mature] and complete, lacking nothing.” – James 1:4
Endurance is Godly
This scripture above speaks about us going through times of trouble and trials. The word patience in this scripture means, amongst other things, “cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy” – Strong’s Concordance. This scripture encourages us to face what we are going through and our future with hope. It also speaks to us about being constant in our relationship with God and with others. This is especially true in our efforts to witness. Many times, we face trials as we spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and sometimes it seems that we are not making any difference. Be encouraged, God is faithful, and you are making a difference in people’s lives and eternities. So, my fellow soul-winners, be constant in your Christian witness, be cheerful and hopeful. God is working through you to bring about everlasting.
Date published: 22/10/2019
Our Anchor In Stormy Seas
Happy and Blessed Christmas from us at Evangelism and Fire Ministries. To put things in perspective; we see that only two of the Gospels mention the birth of Jesus, and it is only covered in three chapters. On the other hand, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is mentioned in all four Gospels and covers more than twelve chapters in the Bible. Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” This is the Good News! Christ came to this world to seek and save all those that were lost, that includes you and me, my dear friend.
This is the Good News we share, and this is the reason why we celebrate the birth of Christ. Our challenge to you today is; share this Good News with all those around you. Furthermore, if you are reading this article and are challenged to receive the wonderful gift of eternal life, please pray the prayer that is mentioned on the editorial page of this magazine and contact the JOY! Magazine or ourselves, as we would love to pray for you.
JOY! Magazine (December 2017)
Born Into Living Hope
Most of what we see going on around us is negative. There seems to be no hope. Be encouraged, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Good News. There is hope. Jesus Christ has been resurrected from the dead. He is our living hope. The Bible is clear that we need to fix our minds on the Good News and not on the negative news that we have been fed by what we see or hear.
1 Peter 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Share your hope
Notice, this “living hope” is for those that been born into the family of God, by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ. This is what qualifies us to have this “living hope”. We are living in the social media era. Often, we are asked to “like and share”. This is not a new concept. My dear friend, believe that you are born into this “living hope”, and share with those who don’t have this hope.
JOY! Magazine 2014