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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 >>
50 feet higher course - a journey of awakening and perceiving
Nicole van Niekerk | 07 July 2014
50 feet higher flyer


Lisa Flaum will be hosting a new course starting in September titled "50 feet higher - a journey of awakening and perceiving"

Starting Thursday 4th September - Saturday 6th September

Online bookings click here! or email Nicole to book your spot This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Only 50 spots available so hurry to avoid disappointment!!!
 
testimony - Hillbrow outreach
Alexandra Caldow | 23 June 2014
What a splendid evening we had together! Late, but splendid :-) At -1 Degrees Celsius and not enough vests and jackets on, we ventured into the alleyways of Hillbrow to get to know the one’s whom He created and spoke His love over who had made their homes in the darkness of the streets. Armed with a car load of pap & sauce, we emptied the vehicles and spread our smiles across the alleyway being met with an equally, if not bigger, smile from Muthle, Tshepo, Lucky, Themba, Michael and Jabulani (just to name a few). No sooner had we dished up food for our new friends and some for ourselves that I hear Lucky saying, "Alexandra, next time you come you must cook! And if you do I will not eat the WHOLE day so I can eat a-lot-a-lot of your food, neh?” Laughter breaks out. I say, "Lucky, I promise you you don’t want me to cook for you my friend." He smiles, a smile that says, "It's not about the food, it’s about you coming back again that I’m really trying to make happen."
 
With Juanroux and Lisa getting the pack of us organized (good job there guys), we set out to connect with these people and let love look like something. It touched me to hear Jabulani say once I had finished my plate of pap, “Alexandra, are you finished your food? Can I take your plate for you and throw it away?” That you would serve me! What had I done to deserve the care of this man? Was I not there to serve him? It was in that moment that I realized I am no more there to change the lives of these people as they are about to change mine.
 
So to round off, the two questions I'm asking myself are:
 
1.     What can I learn from these people that the hardships of the workplace cannot scrape the surface of?
2.     What can these people grant me in perspective that my struggles will feel like very little in comparison?
 
Central Parkers, it was a great pleasure to hit the streets with you; the place where He is, amongst the people whom He loves, and with those whom He says the “Kingdom of Heaven belongs.”
 
Till next time, signed off, "Alexandra the Township" Caldow
 
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.
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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.
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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
 
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