7 December 2020 marks the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour.
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More Powerful than Bombs and Torpedoes
Mitsuo Fuchida (1902-1976) is best known for leading the devastating air attack on Pearl Harbour, 7 December 1941. After the war, Fuchida became a Christian Evangelist, who conducted Evangelistic outreaches throughout Japan, the United States and Europe.
The Nature of Truth
The very name university testifies to its Christian origins. University comes from Uni Veritas – one truth. Yet, most professors today do not even believe that there is an objective truth that can be known. Secular humanists can open up a polyversity, a diversity, or an aversity, but universities should, by their very name and origin, be Christian.
Ancient Greeks and Romans did Not Have Universities
The Ancient Greeks had their philosophers – Thales, Xenophanes, Parmenides, Xeno, Pythagoras, Democritus, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. They also had their poets – Euripides, Aristophanes and Sophocles. The Romans had some gifted thinkers, such as, Seneca, Cicero, Pliny, Lucretius and Tacitus. These were gifted men, but they developed no permanent institutions. They had no libraries. There was no guild of scholars for students and they certified no one. They tested no theories and engaged in no research. They ignored and spurned the inductive method. It is incorrect to assume, as many have done, that universities of the 21st century are direct descendants of Ancient Greek philosophers.
31 October is Reformation Day. The first step to reforming our church is personal Reformation.
1. Schedule time with God in your diary. If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. If something (or someone) is important then you need to schedule time in your diary. Just as you would not miss an appointment with anyone else, be sure to honour your appointment with God. "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9
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Ecclesia Reformata Reformanda Est! (The Church, having been Reformed, is still to be Reformed).
The Five Solas of the Reformation
Sola Scriptura! Scripture alone is our ultimate authority on all matters of faith and conduct.
Solus Christus! Christ alone is the Head of the Church, and He is the only Mediator between God and man.
Sola Gratia! Salvation is by the Grace of God alone.
Sola Fide! Salvation is received by Faith alone.
Soli Deo Gloria! Everything is to be done for the glory of God alone.
These great Reformation principles challenge us to regular and rigorous self-criticism and constant re-evaluation of our personal lives, congregations, missions, families and society.
“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the Good News of His Salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” 1 Chronicles 16:23-24
Cape Town for Christ
On Monday, 10 August, which was a public holiday in South Africa, we mobilised 57 volunteers in 6 teams to conduct outreaches in 8 areas of Cape Town. Collectively, we distributed over 14,000 Gospel booklets, leaflets, books, New Testaments and Bibles and had the joy of counselling and praying with a number of responsive people on the streets, in shopping malls, parks and in homes.
25 Years of Missions in the Mall
Every year, for the last 25 years, Africa Christian Action has been organising outreaches in shopping malls around Cape Town and sometimes across the country, on National Women’s Day. This year, we obtained permission from four different shopping malls to set up pull-up banners and literature tables in Cape Town. In the light of the Covid-19 Lockdown regulations and social distancing requirements, we anticipated that there would be much less activity in the shopping malls, so we opted for a more varied Evangelistic strategy.
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United Nations Resolution
18 July, is according to the United Nations General Assembly declared, "Nelson Mandela International Day"! This they said is "in recognition of the former South African president's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom."
When Nelson Mandela was president, he summoned me to the president’s mansion. This was in response to the massive protest marches I had mobilised to parliament against his policies promoting pornography, perversion and abortion. We spent an hour discussing openly our concerns for the direction he was taking the country. I challenged him directly over the legalisation of vices, such as: gambling, prostitution, pornography and, most seriously of all, abortion. Mr Mandela warmly shook my hand and congratulated me for my honesty and forthrightness in speaking straight. He declared: "I am glad to meet an honest white man!" He declared that he would always be open to my concerns and that his door would always be open to me. I have no animosity for Nelson Mandela. I prayed with him and have regularly prayed for him, sincerely. To see the video regarding my Meeting with Mandela, click here and here.
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The Most Condemned Sin in the Bible
Throughout the Bible commandments and warnings against idolatry are the most repeated of all. There are more denunciations of idolatry than any other sin in the Bible.
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image… you shall not bow down to then nor serve them." Exodus 20:4-6
"Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves moulded gods; I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:4
"Thus says the Lord God: repent and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For everyone…which sets up his idols in his heart… I the Lord will answer him by Myself." Ezekiel 14:6-7
"The works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissention, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like… those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God." Galatians 5:19-21
The Apostle John beseeches us: "Little children, keep yourselves from idols." 1 John 5:21
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Thursday, 28 June 2019, marked the 105th anniversary of the assassination that sparked the First World War.
A Disastrous Date
On 28 June 1914, the heir to the throne of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Frans Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Considering the catastrophic consequences, it is remarkable how little is generally known about that fateful day, and what led up to it. Security personnel and bodyguards can learn no end of lessons of what not to do from the catalogue of security failings of that day.
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Similarities Between America and South Africa
There are some intriguing similarities between the history of the United States of America and that of South Africa.
Shortly after Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz first landed on the shores of South Africa in 1488, the Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492.
From the 1600s onwards both America and South Africa were settled by pilgrims from Holland, France, England, Scotland and Germany seeking religious freedom.
While American pioneers were moving westwards in horse drawn covered wagons to settle the vast, mostly uninhabited interior, South African Voortrekkers (Pioneers) were embarking on the Great Trek northwards and eastwards, also in covered wagons, although ours were drawn by oxen. Just as the American pioneers had to cross the Rocky Mountains, so the Voortrekkers crossed the vast Drakensberg Mountains. As the pioneers drew their wagons in a circle to defend their families from hostile attacks, so the Voortrekkers formed the Laager.