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    The Celebrity Of It All

    Jesus didn’t stick around and try to build huge celebrity status and the gospels are full of examples of Jesus sharing His message and either walking or hiding away.  He just didn’t stick around to see it. There are several reasons for this, but most importantly was that if he did, man thinking would turn His ministry Earthly and dependent on Him and not the Father and the Holy Spirit. For it is through Jesus that we get to the Father (John 14:6). To have the attention of others and be the one that people want to spend their energy and time with is fame. Fame spends time with pride…

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    Defining Moments

    Recently, with all the hunting for the season completed out  on the farm, I have been doing a bit more reading and a bit more catching up on correspondence.  Coinciding with these responsibilities has been a bit of thinking about why I decided to get into missions work. The crux of why, as I have stated before, is that I wanted to be in a position where I could freely express my love for God, tell others what he has done for me and relay the message that it’s not about us, but about him. One defining moment in recent history is an interaction I had with my former advisors…

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    “Any thought that does not inspire hope is rooted in a lie.” Bill Johnson

    “Any thought that does not inspire hope is rooted in a lie.” Bill Johnson Talking to yourself is a good thing.  It’s been shown that what psychologist call “good self-talk,” as opposed to “bad self-talk” improves self-esteem, memory, and general quality of life. Bad self-talk is well, just bad. I think anybody can agree with that. However, the double whammy for believers is that the Holy Spirit is within in us and Jesus poured out his blood for us, so that we may be renewed in body, mind and with his spirit. Therefore, anything that you are saying about yourself, you’re saying about him. When we are born again we…

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    Relationships

    Paul, on his journey before leaving for Jerusalem (Acts 21) says a lot about friendship, fellowship and the importance of relationships. In Acts 20 Paul informs the Ephesian elders that he has been called to go to Jerusalem. He leaves them with many encouraging messages, as well as warnings of things to come. This chapter involves much embrace, while concluding with an accompanied walk together to the ship of Paul’s departure. Chapter 21:1 states that the elders had to “tear” themselves away from him. What a beautiful picture of saying goodbye and representation of the love this group of individuals has for one another. Paul’s journey after boarding that ship…

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    Onward

    When seeds fail to grow it is often at the fault of the sower. Common mistakes in planting seeds are planting depth, cold soil, over watering and improper soil preparation. The idea of seeds and their growth in reference to the bible is often represented by the parable of the sower (Matt 13). The concept of soil environments and how well one can grow in life with the spirit is well adapted to our own environments, including the people, places and material we surround ourselves with. Bad seeds can also be planted in good environments producing the same result, which is death. Bad seeds are planted all the time and…

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    Bringing Hope, Breaking Despair

    On July 2nd I boarded a bus in Port Elizabeth and headed for Cape Town.  After an eventful 14-hour ride I was parked in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Southern Peninsula in Cape Town. Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope are located at the bottom of this peninsula and make up the southwestern most part of the continent. Last weekend we drove out to this point, winding our way through the beautiful terrain of Table Mountain National Park. Once we reached Cape Point it was only a short hike up a small mountain to set our eyes on a breathtaking view. As you stare…

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    Freedom struggle, an Independence Day post.

    For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage. Gal 5:1 Dozens of ideas, but so many snares. This is the yoke around my neck. In the beginning of chapter five in Galatians, Paul is discussing the rigorous demands of the OT law and how it enslaves God’s people. Thus, giving them the inability to be free and express their faith through Love. My yoke is the perception of success and accomplishment in society. This is the law of the land. The size of the church, the number in attendance and the scope of your outreach are all measures…

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    It’s not about us

    It’s not about you and it’s not about me. From the words of Bono, It’s a beautiful day.  Made it back to the farm a couple of weeks ago and the guys and I have been preparing for our next hunters to arrive. Getting ready for the next hunt is always busy, but enjoyable. Being surrounded by such bright spirits that the Xhosa people are is always humbling. As I try to share pieces of God’s love with them, I can see that much of His message is already filled inside these men and that they express this through the joy they carry with them wherever they go. Seeing God’s…

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    Our Mission

    I was inspired this week by someone I love and greatly admire. After sending an encouraging message to keep the fight he wished me well with my mission. It made me think, everyone was commanded to take on the Great Commission and make disciples of all the nations. This means we all have a part to play and lord willing we will always have an opportunity to play any part that we can with our lives. Therefore, it is not anyone in particulars mission, it is all of ours and for the glory of God alone. While working with the YWAM PE team this week I was able to give…

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    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

    We’ve all probably heard this at one time or another, but just think for a moment if you can teach this man to fish and farm in the confines of a small space and allow him to do it on any property or in any setting. You could feed a village and provide a community a sustainable variety of food, enriching their lives for generations. With a newly formed team this is what I have been working on. Currently, I have been developing a model (with much help) to produce a small-scale aquaponics facility that does just this. Aquaponics is a system that brings together both aquaculture and hydroponics under…