testimony from lisa flaum's preach - the parable of the sower  E-mail
Anonymous | 19 December 2018
An amazing testimony from Sunday 18 May 2014

"I knew I had serious heart issues which always hindered my walk with the Lord. Some of it I could put my finger on and other aspects I could not. Lisa laid it all out for me to see for the first time. I have serious aspects of all three types of hearts that Lisa described. I have been deeply wounded and betrayed twice by Christians which effectively shut my heart down and I built massive barriers to prevent that happening again. I have forgiven them. I also suffered from the performance mentality. The fear aspect that I have in my heart needs further investigation as I do not know how that started and what the root cause was.

In the meeting I had such a sense of the Lord being with me through this storm. I know the Lord is right next to me. The song "It is well" off the new Bethel album "You make me brave" reinforced everything for me.

Download this sermon HERE
Citizens of heaven and South Africa  E-mail
Grant Flaum | 19 December 2018
It is with nostalgia and a deep sense of gratitude that we look back at 20 years of democracy in South Africa. The elections of 1994 heralded a new era where eligible citizens of this nation, irrespective of their race, could vote for the first time to exercise their democratic right.

Our new ‘rainbow nation’ was initially led by the great Nelson Mandela. He was a real father of the nation who had lived his entire life with this ideal:

‘During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’ 20 April 1964, Rivonia Trial

In this article I want to look at our responsibility as citizens of heaven as well as citizens of the new South Africa. As Christians we are foremost ‘citizens of heaven’ (Philip.3:20) yet we also have a responsibility as citizens of South Africa:

“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, its God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen.” Romans 13:1 (The Message Translation)

Before I share how we can contribute meaningfully to the future course of our nation, I came across the following Scripture in Isaiah:

Isaiah 60:17 to 21 (The Message Translation). The paragraph is entitled ‘What’s that we see in the distance?’

“I’ll give you only the best – no more hand-me-downs! Gold instead of bronze, silver instead of iron, bronze instead of wood, iron instead of stones. I’ll install Peace to run your country, make Righteousness your boss.

There’ll be no more stories of crime in your land, no more robberies, no more vandalism.

You’ll name your main street Salvation Way, and install Praise Park at the centre of town. Your sun will never go down, your moon will never fade. I will be your eternal light. Your days of grieving are over. All your people will live right and well, in permanent possession of the land.”

The above is a Scripture we were given in the early days of Central Parks City Church. I feel it is such a prophetic declaration of what God wants to do again in our nation.

My three keys for meaningful contribution make up the acronym RIP. I know the minute I say that, you would naturally associate this with someone who has died. We would say at their death: ‘Rest in peace’.

RIP is a term derived from the Latin phrase Requiescat in pace. It is a short inscription on a tomb wishing eternal rest and peace to someone who has died.

So to clarify I am just using RIP as an acronym. My heart is that our nation would not die but instead move in to a time of rest and of great peace and harmony!

That South Africa would rightfully take its place as the beacon of hope for Africa. That it would be a storehouse for the rest of Africa, a worthy BRICS (Brazil Russia India China South Africa) partner.

RIP – here are my three keys:

1.    Reconciliation. He has committed to us as his ambassadors the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19&20)
2.    Influence. Wherever we go, we spread the fragrance and aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15&16). We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13&14).
3.    Prayer. The battle is not yours, it is the Lord’s. Pray for your leaders (1 Timothy 2:1 to 4). Let’s humble ourselves as a nation and seek God’s face (2 Chronicles 7:14)!

testimony - how God sets you up for good things  E-mail
Kerren Laycock | 19 December 2018
In January I gave a testimony about how God sets you up for good things, even when you’re not paying attention.  There was a job in my current company that I wanted to apply for that, for all intents and purposes I should not have ever been considered for, but I was.
I applied for the position and 2 weeks ago I received a call from the UK office of our Firm offering me the job.  I am thrilled and excited and overwhelmed by God’s goodness. In my new position I will have influence on our HR strategy and how we treat our employees and coach our leadership in 88 different countries across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.
Here’s why this moment in my life feels so significant to me.   This is one of those moments, where God’s goodness overwhelms me and it’s so important in these moments to stop and take it all in.  Here are some of the things I love about this story;

1.        God’s love breaks performance mentality! I did not work, struggle, strive or suffer for this position.  I was born and raised into a performance mentality and even when I was born again, I was born again right back into it within the charismatic movement, so for me, it’s all about reward for hard work and suffering; beg God enough, show Him you mean it and maybe He will throw you a bone.  But this job quite literally fell in my lap. This is so significant! God really wants good things for us. He is quick to respond to our needs and he provides for us over and above what is necessary.  These moments in our lives break the performance mentality that still lingers in our thoughts.

 2.       God makes all things good!  “You are not university material”, that was about the most career advice my dad gave me.  Of course I believed him and my behaviour followed suit so I didn’t make great choices in my student years.  I do not have any HR or business qualifications.  I don’t even have a degree.  I started my working career as a shop assistant.  My first tithe was less than R200.  There was a time in my life that I didn’t have enough money for toothpaste! A psychologist once diagnosed me with “zombie syndrome” meaning you are living but really just waiting to die.  I suffered through grief, depression, anxiety and addictions. My future was not bright.  By the world’s yard stick, I don’t measure up! Now this uneducated, previously-broken girl finds herself surrounded daily by CA’s, MBA’s, CIMA’s and CFA’s, talking through business strategy with CEO’s and FDs.  I wake up happy, full of memories that make my heart deeply content and hope for the day and the future ahead.  I live with a solid sense of purpose and destiny.  Fear has no control over my life anymore!  It has taken a long road of deep healing to make me free enough to take this step with Him and I am so thrilled to be here!   All the glory belongs to Jesus and His complete work on the cross by which we are saved, healed and delivered.

what is a long meal?  E-mail
Nicole van Niekerk | 19 December 2018
In the early years of Central Parks we used to every so often all get together for a meal. We called these 'long meals' because they had no agenda other than a time to connect with friends, eat good food and build community. The evenings would often also revolve around a theme. They were such fun times in the life of the church!

The good news is we are resurrecting this tradition at Central Parks but in a new form.
We have grown considerably since those early days which makes gathering all together in one home way more difficult.

So what we are going to do is on Sunday 9 March launch the new look 'long meal'. How it works is if you are available for this Sunday lunch then you write your name down on the list (you can signup online also). You only have until Sunday 23 February to get your name down. At 9am on Monday 24 February we will do a draw and randomly allocate you to a host for the lunch. That host, with at least a week's notice, will contact you with the theme for the lunch, the address where the meal will take place as well as what you need to bring. All the meals start promptly at 1pm. Kids and friends most welcome.

The long meal is for us such a great opportunity to build family and deep connection.

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Here's to an incredible bountiful 2014 to you all!!  E-mail
Grant Flaum | 19 December 2018
Hi everybody

Happy new year! Hope you had a great festive season and some good R&R.

It was so good to gather again this last Sunday after a long December break. Worship was incredible. And a great time to re-connect with each other over a cuppa (not to mention Rosie's fabulous brownies).

Here's to an incredible bountiful 2014 to you all!!

Lisa and I are carrying so much in our hearts for this year. There is so much that Central Parks has come to be as a community over the last 7 years: a place of intimate worship, authentic community, a hunger for His presence, the journey towards wholeness, plunging the depths of this glorious gospel, a strongly prophetic mantle and freedom in Christ, to mention a few. We never want to lose or neglect these 'cultures' which underpin who we are as a people. Instead we want to steward and nurture as best we can what God has entrusted to us (download last Sunday's sermon for more of my heart on this).

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