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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 >>
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! 
 
With darkness, suddenly light is brought forth
Ailie Baumann | 20 July 2016
Darkness, it always comes before the light, before the dawn.  What does it look like in our lives other than a physical blackness? Darkness is often found in the waiting for answered prayers and waiting for promises to be fulfilled.  In this waiting, circumstances and life begin to behave opposite to what we know God has promised to us and how he wants us to live.  We find ourselves looking at both and crying out to God.

“God, how does this work?  I know your promises.  I know your character.  I know that you are good. Despite all of this, my circumstances are saying otherwise.”

I have been in this place so many times this year with Papa.  I look around me and I see the whole world is largely plunged in a darkness. Waiting. Groaning for the dawning of a new day.  Longing to see the salvation of the Lord.

I have also seen a deep resilience arise in the body of Christ as His people hold fast to the truth of who He is and what He has promised. Still, the darkness seems to prevail.

I keep hearing Jesus say to me “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” I love this because it is filled with great promise.  The sun will rise with faithfulness in its wings.  The doors of breakthrough will open and the world will see that this is the year of the Lord’s salvation.

The past couple of weeks, Holy Spirit has had me meditating on Genesis 1.  I want to share with you what Holy Spirit has been showing me because I feel it is so applicable to many of us, our nation, and the world.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light…. – Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV

Holy Spirit hovered over the darkness.  Before he created a world of life-giving opportunities and experiences, Holy Spirit hovered, brooded over darkness.  Holy Spirit is not afraid of darkness.  He knows that in those moments of darkness all that we have left to do is place our hand in his and trust him.  We trust him to lead us.  Our ears became heightened to the very sound of his voice.  We experience a deeper tangible presence because we are not fighting a myriad of distractions.  No, we are clinging to our hope, our life, our source. 

In his brooding, Holy Spirit deepens our desire for him.  He intensifies his manifest presence.  He takes the time to lead us out of self-ambition and self-righteousness into a place of complete surrender. 

We don’t know how long Holy Spirit hovered over the darkness.  He hovered until he knew the time had come for him to speak.  Darkness may come slowly and remain for a long time but when God brings light it comes as a suddenly.  God spoke and there was light. Instant. Suddenly.

God knew that in order for life to flourish on the earth, light and living water was required.  These worked together to create fruitfulness which could sustain life.  Out of darkness, God brings life-giving fruitfulness, overflowing rivers of living water and the glory of God. 

Beloved, there is a purpose to what you are going through.  God is encouraging you that your breakthrough is coming.  It will be a suddenly.  This is the season for suddenlies.  In the meantime, he is hovering over you, your family, your finances, your circumstances, and your life.  He is pulling you deep into his heart because the deeper you go the more glory you will see when the breakthrough comes. When God is finished with the work that he has begun, he will walk with you in the cool of the day and night.  You will experience a deeper intimacy.  The springs and wells within you will bubble up to sustain the life and creative miracles he has brought into your life, family, and situation.

Wait for the suddenly.  One moment it will be dark.  The next it will be light.  Jesus is working on your behalf. 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

 

 
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