on January 19th, 2022
It is a new year and with it there are new waves of opportunities crashing on the shore. It is easy to look back at the past two years and be consumed by the negativity that the world has brought to the forefront. However, this is not what God has called us into.“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever ...
Shofar - In the 'Last Days'!
on January 5th, 2022
These days, one often hears and sometimes on a daily basis, that we are living in the “last days” before our Lord Jesus comes back. I believe that God is building His kingdom out of all the nations across the world. This includes you and me. Remember we are the salt and the light of the world.With that in mind, I have not seen “believers” so confused as they seem right now. It seems as if they are...
Shofar - Anna
on November 25th, 2021
I have been in Persia many times and every time I go, I meet people and make new friends. Persion culture is very deeply rooted within social structures. Islam have however “disrupted” their pure Persian culture in many ways and today one can understand why the youth are so “confused” and very desperate for new beginnings or a “free” life. Many years ago I came to the understanding that a person’s...
ARE YOU ALL IN?
on October 29th, 2021
Are you all in? This is a hard question to ask ourselves when it comes to our relationship with God. However, it is a question that we all need to seriously meditate on. We live in a world that promotes self-sufficiency and mistrust. We believe that we need to be independent at all costs and that we know best. We tell ourselves that if you want something done you need to do it yourself. Unfortunat...
on October 14th, 2021
It is a Sunday night in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.Sunday nights are normally a lazy affair in the van Zyl household. It's normally only when the Carte Blanche jingle echoes through the house when butterflies in the tummies make you aware that the weekend reached its conclusion.This Sunday night is different. The Holy Spirit led us to attend a workshop at Waypoint. The Work...
Shofar - His written WORD
on September 9th, 2021
I have always believed, I still do, that the Word of God, the Bible; should be central in a Jesus follower’s life. I am not talking about having a bible or several bibles but to make it part of your life. We should study the Word of God and read it constantly. We always say that the Will of our heavenly Father for our life is in the Word. You see, another way of making the statement relevant i...
Free will hurts
on August 24th, 2021
Have you ever been hurt by somebody in the church? How about friends or family? If you’re a human reading this (which I most certainly hope you are) your answer to these questions is probably “yes”.The reason why this happens is pretty simple, it’s because Satan wants you to walk around with hurt in your heart. After-all, it is often those that we love the most that end up hurting us the most. Sat...
Shofar - Show me Your glory!
on August 5th, 2021
Sometimes in one’s life one get so used to doing the “right thing”. Especially if you believe that you have been called for that one “thing”. Routine can be good or bad depending how it affects one’s heart. Like the old saying that says: ‘A person gets so busy with the “things” of the Lord and not the Lord of the “things”’.A couple of years ago, I went to Persia and in the last week of the trip I ...
The Brightest star - The lonely road of Leadership
on July 14th, 2021
It was a Friday night after a braai at my friend Dave’s house. I was busy driving home in the dark, as load-shedding was still going on. I finally arrived home and noticed how beautiful the stars were amidst the power-outage in the city.It was for this very reason that I decided to slowdown for about 25 minutes and just admire the wonders of God’s creation. As I was looking out at the stars, I not...
The things of this world will never satisfy you
on June 15th, 2021
The things of this world will never satisfy you. They will only leave you unimpressed and depressed. You will only ever find true satisfaction through the Father, Son and Spirit.Marriage, work, money, status, cars, your dream physique none of these will fulfil you. You can only be complete through the undeserved grace and mercy of God. In this way, through means of full surrender and setting aside...
Shofar - An unexpected request
on June 2nd, 2021
In the beginning of 2020, I was glued to the TV watching the events unfold in the Middle East. I have been to this specific Persian country a couple of times and the people of this country hold a special place in my heart. It was not easy for me to watch these events as I knew without a doubt, that the people that will eventually suffer the most, will be the believers in the underground church.M...
Life is Spiritual
on May 19th, 2021
It was a Monday night at Waypoint and me and Janelle arrived early for the Young Adult’s Life Group (or Community group as the newer members might call it). Seeing as we were there before anybody else, we decided to play a bit of pool.We were nearing the end of our first game and Janelle was leading far. The victory was literally in arms reach of her and I hadn’t even gotten one ball in at this po...