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If you're new here, welcome! We are a colourful community of believers with large vision and big dreams, who love Jesus and love our world. What Jesus did and established at the Cross is very good news. In fact it’s scandalous it is so good! He has forgiven our sins, declared man innocent and cancelled any concept of distance between God and man. It is this message of glad tidings we feel compelled to preach because His unfathomable love has captivated us. Read more >>
God loves His bride
Ailie Baumann | 21 October 2016
It had been one of those busy weeks again. The weekend was not promising to slow down. I knew I had family responsibilities that needed my attention and I knew Rob Rufus was a must go to event. My work deadlines were piling faster than I’d like. Still, my heart was being tugged on.

With determination and obedience, I turned to the Holy Spirit Ok, I will go to Rob Rufus on Friday night but you are going to have to sort my deadlines out. I knew that the Lord would be faithful; he always is.

That Friday night was a night that God opened my eyes to the depths of his love for his church. As I listened to Rob Rufus, my heart experienced wave after wave of awe as I saw Jesus, the lover of His bride, and the love he holds in his heart for her.

As I listened to Rob Rufus, it was as though I was teleported out of time. I saw the Trinity discussing the importance of making a wife for Adam. Rob Rufus continued to speak on how we reflect God’s desires in our own desires for love, intimacy, and relationship. I saw Jesus looking at his bride with love, adoration, and longing. The intensity of his love for her was blazing fire. I saw a groom who would literally move heaven and earth to rescue his bride, to defender her, to woo her and more. Everything we could ever desire in our human relationships was epitomized in the beauty of intimacy with Jesus.

As His bride, the Father is bringing us back to that place of being “cut to the heart” with conviction and adoration for our groom, Jesus. This is the revelation of covenant that he is bringing to His church. The revelation that we are His and He is ours. The conviction that He is our first love.

In this cut to the heart or circumcised state we find ourselves compelled with the love of God. No longer do we sway to the left or to the right. No longer do our eyes stray to other gods or distractions and when they arise our conviction compels us to say no. We say no to maintain that single-minded devotion to our first love.

In this place of deep intimacy with Jesus, we begin to realize more astutely what moves his heart and what grieves it. In the same way that a husband and wife can experience great joy or sorrow so can our relationship with Jesus either grieve his heart or release endless joy. Thus we become more discerning and protective over his heart. No this is not to say we enter religion or reduce Jesus to a weak state. On the contrary, we take great measures to please him, to love him deeply, to honour him just as we would our own spouse (or spouse to be).

In its pure state, love is one of sacrifice and surrender. Love is not self-seeking. This applies to our walk with Jesus and each other. We lay ourselves down. The more love we receive from him, the greater our love for others become and the deeper we love him. This is the journey of a circumcised heart. 

 
Amazed by God
Thelma Sebetlela | 21 October 2016
I registered at a prayer academy about three years ago and it's basically training to pray more effectively. I was recently sent a prayer programme for 11 days. 
 
I have been frustrated lately because I just don't know where my life is going, I lost a well-paying job a few years back and it has been a struggle to get another good paying job since, so I ended up settling for a job as a sales rep in a boutique. I had lost everything and had to start from scratch.

I called one of my customers who I last spoke to last year, my intention was to tell her about the new stock and that it's stuff she would like. She is a very busy woman and calling her I knew she would only come after a week or two or I could send her stuff to her house to choose. Surprisingly she came the following day to the store, and ended up spending a rather large sum of money . I was in shock, and whilst in shock she asked me about my current situation and how I survive with such little income. She then suggested that I run errands for her on my days off. I helped her some days and she paid me quite a bit, more than I expected. She then offered me to house sit the whole of December for four weeks and would pay me well.

During our conversations, she mentioned that both her sons would be going to boarding school and that she is interested in starting a business which she would like me to assist her in.

She also offered to pay for my school fees to finish my degree next year and for whatever I want to study afterwards.

She is currently trying to convince her husband for him to hire me as a personal assistant full time before she starts her business as I have been helping her a lot recently.

I find it amazing that this lady is Jewish and I happen to be praying for Israel (as part of my course work). I am very excited to see what god is going to do in her life through me!!

God is faithful, I'm so grateful because I now have a family at Central Parks. I have received encouragement regarding other challenges and it has really helped.
 

What more can I ask for, He did it for me and I totally trust Him?

 

 

 
Connection to a local body
Grant Flaum | 24 August 2016
How can you call yourself a believer and not have a connection to a local body of believers?

Scripture is not ambiguous about God calling out 'a people for His name'. Be careful of individualism, the curse of our modern day, it makes you think you can follow Christ 'on your own'.

Every local body has its flaws. If you are part of a family there are flaws aplenty but love looks like something. Love works out differences. Is patient. Forbears. It looks out for fellows on the journey.

The bible says we are like living stones rubbing together and forming part of this beautiful temple of worship to our worthy King (1 Peter 2:5). What a joy to see fellow believers progress in the faith and looking and acting like Christ!

Friends, we are in this together!! C'mon don't be a 'lone ranger' no longer, humble your heart and join in the collective - a people for His name, called to change the planet (together).
 
The power of worship
Amanda Alexander | 16 August 2016
It's amazing the way Pappa shares a unified message with us.  As I was listening to Jaques' brilliant message on Wednesday night, I wanted to jump for joy, because I have been experiencing exactly the same thing - the power of a sacrifice of praise!


Recently Pappa spoke to me about my need of worshipping over some very painful, ongoing things in my life.  My situation is ongoing, and causes a lot of pain when it flares up, pain which has crippled my heart at times. When I came crying to Pappa, He told me to dance over these things, to dance(worship) upon the trouble and the pain.  Now maybe I'm the only one, but when I'm under intense emotional pain, I don't really feel much like dancing; in fact, what I really feel like is curling up in my bed and crying myself to sleep.  Fortunately, He gave me the Grace to act on what He had placed in my spirit, instead of following the pain of my soul, and so, just as Jaques did in his situation, I went to my room, closed the door and began to worship.
 
It's amazing, but when you are led by Holy Spirit, and when your spirit rises up to actually listen and put your soulish emotions under, the way is opened up for GOD'S provision and His blessing to flow.  What amazing times I have had- coming crawling in, weak and broken, to offer sacrifices of praise, only to find, in the secret places of worship, a beautiful transference taking place-Pappa, taking my brokenness and making me whole, and not only that, but soaking me with His joy, peace, rest and victory!
 
So when next you feel weary, broken, overwhelmed or crushed, try what Jaques and I have found- go into your room, close the door and begin to worship!  I guarantee, the God of peace will draw near, and bring you the perspective, rest and victory you so desperately desire and need.
 
Amen!  What an amazing God we serve!
 
A word for Central Parks
Ruth Alexander (12) | 26 July 2016
I kept getting pictures of the gardens representing a freshness and new beginning, new life. God will guide our paths in righteousness for His name's sake (Psalm 23). He has good plans for us, plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). The door to His kingdom is in the most unusual places. It is found in humility and kindness. We must discover Him in new ways. There is beauty when we blossom with God. We must take flight with God. With Him as the wind beneath our wings. He will paint us in His own special way and we will be beautiful.

We must celebrate the season of REVIVAL! 
 
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