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The disastrous Monday, 15 April, burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris leads to many questions and serious implications. Notre Dame de Paris (French for Our Lady of Paris), was built between 1163 and 1260. The cathedral was officially consecrated in 1345.
Most Famous Gothic Building in the World
No other building represents France quite like Notre Dame. It has been the most visited monument in France. Notre Dame is without a doubt the most famous Gothic building worldwide. The church of Notre Dame received almost 13 million visitors every year. Notre Dame has dominated the Paris skyline since the 1200s. The wood used for the framing of the cathedral consisted of 1,200 Oak trees, representing 21 hectares of forest.
On Friday, 29 March 2019, Christian Liberty Books ran a Creation vs Evolution Seminar and Children’s Programme. We were very excited to welcome 80 guests.
Dr Philip Stott was our guest speaker for the whole of the Seminar. The Seminar programme included the following riveting lectures: The Creation According to God’s Word vs The Creation According to the Wisdom of Man; What Went Wrong with Science?; The Rise and Fall of Millions of Years and The Rise and Fall of Evolution.
“And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself… And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’”
Luke 24: 27, 32
On Saturday, 23 March, we held our second FIRE preaching workshop for this year. We hosted 40 people, including some of our Missionary interns. I was particularly blessed to see how many of the participants had come to previous workshops and were returning to continue growing in their knowledge of the Scriptures. It was also encouraging to hear that some are already implementing what they have learned from previous workshops that we have run.
Cyclone Idai originated from a tropical depression that formed off the East Coast of Mozambique, intensifying to an intense tropical cyclone with winds of up to 170km per hour (110 miles per hour) in the Mozambique Channel. On 15 March, Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira in central Mozambique and re-emerged into the Mozambique Channel, 19 March. Idai dissipated by 21 March.
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself… And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened
the Scriptures to us?’” Luke 24: 27, 32
500 years ago, 1 January 1519, Ulrich Zwingli, the Swiss Reformer, began expository preaching through the New Testament. In memory of this bold initiative to place the preaching of God’s Word at the centre of church services, we are motivating and equipping preachers with the resources necessary to effectively proclaim, teach and apply God’s Word to their congregations.
The first in the series of FIRE (Fellowship for International Reformation and Evangelism) Preaching Workshops was held on Saturday 16 February. The theme was Preaching From the Book of Genesis. Presentations were given on Genesis Bible Survey Overview; Genesis in Redemptive History; Exegeting the Book of Genesis; Exegetical Practical; Practical Sermon Preparation; Open Discussion and Q&A.
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"Expect great things from God! Attempt great things for God!" – William Carey, 1792
Do you want to change your world?
If so, then join us for the inspiring and life-changing Great Commission Course (4-23 January 2019). The first part of the GCC will be held on the slopes of a mountain, near the ocean. The Biblical Worldview Summit (4-9 January 2019), will provide an ideal introduction to the Great Commission Course with the theme of Applying the Lordship of Christ to all Areas of Life. Participants of the GCC have come from as far afield as Australia and America, Britain and Botswana, Canada and Congo, Ghana and Germany, Sudan and South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Namibia and New Zealand, Malawi and Mozambique.
Through the years, I have often had people talking about what they were going to do, could have done, should have done, but did not do! Early on I determined that I would not want to arrive at the end of my life regretting missed opportunities and wasted potential.
The first time I heard the Gospel, I was 17-years-old, in a cinema in Cape Town. Rev. Rex Matthie spoke of the sufferings and sacrifices of Christ. "This is what Christ has done for you! What have you ever done for Him?" This challenge pierced my heart. I had done absolutely nothing for Christ. I had not even thanked God for His Creation, for my life or health. That day, I realised that I was a self-centred, ungrateful lost soul, truly deserving of the condemnation of Almighty God on the Day of Judgement. At the end of the service I went forward and publically committed my life to Christ.
“A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” Amos 3:8
On Saturday 24 November, we invited preachers to attend a practical workshop on Biblical Exposition. This was the second workshop on Biblical Preaching that we have held at our Mission Base in Cape Town. The workshop was largely based on the Biblical Preaching Handbook which we published this year.
The first session dealt with Reformation Preaching. We observed that throughout History, God has kept for Himself men who faithfully proclaimed His Word, even in the face of death. Today, we need more men who will boldly proclaim God’s Word in this sin-soaked world. According to Operation World (2010), 75% of the South African population claimed to be Christian, and 21% of the population claimed to be Evangelical. In 2015, the general household survey of South Africa claimed that 86% of South Africans were affiliated with Christianity; however, only 52% of those Christians were involved in church on a weekly basis.
"Rescue those being led away to death. Hold back those staggering towards slaughter… Will He not repay each one according to what he has done?" Proverbs 24:11-12
Tuesday, 21 November 2017, Zimbabweans celebrated with jubilation, cheering, shouting, dancing and flags waving! The occasion was the overthrow of, 93-year-old dictator, Robert Mugabe. It was finally the end of 37 years of tyranny and oppression by the Mugabe-lead ZANU-PF, or so the people thought.
Mugabe was overthrown by military power, and replaced by his ex-vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Before his removal from vice-presidency on 6 November 2017, Mnangagwa was an ardent supporter of Mugabe and served, periodically, in ZANU-PF and its militant wing, ZANLA, for 55 years. He even served as the assistant and bodyguard to Mugabe. He led farm attacks and bombed a train in what is known today as Masvingo. Mnangagwa was the minister of state and oversaw the Central Intelligence Organisation. During his leadership, the infamous massacre of over 30 000 Ndebele people occurred. Mnangagwa’s guerrilla warfare and political tactics earned him the nickname “Crocodile”.