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 >>
testimony - God’s continual protection
Anonymous | 23 June 2014
The entire story shows bad choices I made and yet regardless,  God’s continual protection over me.
I gave my life to Jesus at 15 years old and from that moment I continued  my life as normal teenager, not understanding exactly the depth meaning behind becoming one of God’s children. For different reasons, I start making bad decision and I see now what God meant when he said “I will never leave you nor forsake you”
At 17 years old straight after matric, my brother (who was 19 at the time) and I, decided to go to USA, we had both worked through school and so bought our tickets and started our journey from New York to California. (we didn’t ask for permission, however we did tell my mom before we flew out that we were going and would look after each other)
After 3 months my brother had to get back to SA for university but I refused to leave and stayed.
I was alone with no contacts in California and so that is a whole other amazing story of how God was always with me, God’s protection was over me in an amazing way. I eventually stayed over 3 years before heading home, Some of the best, most dangerous years of my life, being so naïve.
I decided on my return, I wanted to live in Cape Town and so once again not easily but in retrospect miraculously, I managed to set myself up and I started in a gym and then in property with reputable estate agency.
I was a fitness fanatic, swam to Robben Island and even trained the Western Province cricket team twice a week doing fitness classes. I also managed to start making good money and so this prosperous (big fish in a little pond) life started, and my arrogance grew fast and furious.
However there was a part of myself that did not feel I belonged and although I was doing well, I wanted more adventure. I wanted  more, by now I was 23 years old.

to trust or to control - living relationships
Claudia Kotzen | 29 May 2014
I can stare at a coin and flip it over a few times in my hand. Playing a type of 'heads or tails'. Will I trust or will I control? Is it heads or tails? Freewill choice. Trust and control really are the same coin that can flip either way by choice, because trust leads to letting go of control, yet wielding control in any relationship leads to a break down of trust. Trusting is letting go because the person trusting believes in the reliability and strength of another. But pain, or the fear of pain, flips trust into control. In the face of fear I naturally default to control because control (seemingly) protects me, safe guards me from further hurt, and punishes the person whom I can not trust.

If we look at 'control' and 'trust', with another lens, we can bring it down to fear and love. Danny Silk, in "Keep Your Love On", discusses two ultimate goals (whether conscious or subconscious) in every relationship: connection or disconnection, and whether aware of it or not, we use tools to reinforce the goal we've chosen in our relationships. During our life time we are involved in various relationships, be it spouse or friend or parent or child, relationship is endemic to human nature. We were created for relationship. And relationship is what our souls and bodies and spirits yearn for. But authentic relationship often involves risk...a step of faith.

Trust is broken, betrayal too painful, I choose to pull away and disconnect, switch trust for control.

testimony from lisa flaum's preach - the parable of the sower
Anonymous | 21 May 2014
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
Grant Flaum | 06 May 2014
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
Kerren Laycock | 15 April 2014
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.

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