The Comrades Marathon is a world famous ultra marathon that is run between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the province of Kwa Zulu Natal. The distance run is about 90km. It attracts runners from all over the world. This year, for the second year in a row, it was won by Zimbabwean Stephen Muzhingi. For Sheila and I this event is a serious disruption as our home is directly on the route. But the joy that this event brings to the large crowd of supporters more than makes up for any inconvenience experienced.
Archive for May, 2010
People are always amazed to discover that the Church that is being built presently in Kloof, South Africa is not financed by any external institution or international funding. The faithful remnant that worships in the lower level of the Church is totally responsible for the funding through their tithes and special donations. This pioneering group of believers have carved a place and a name for themselves in the chronicles of the building of the temple. Sheila and I will be eternally grateful for the many sacrifices of the faithful.
In this regard, the Lord has raised my son of many years, Theophilus Thulukanan a logistics executive with CSAV, a leading shipping company in Durban, to head up the project management group who will be responsible for the delivery of finances to underwrite this project. Theo has demonstrated the passion required for a project of this magnitude to become a reality. He ministered powerfully from the utterances of the prophet Haggai, causing many believers to reflect upon their own inadequacy regarding their involvement in this historical process.
May the Lord Jesus Christ receive all honour, glory and praise as we invest in a Kingdom that can never be shaken.
Let us reflect on a line in Solomon’s letter to Hiram, king of Tyre:
2 Chron 2:5
5 And the temple which I build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods.
7 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’
9 “I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
- Moses receives a damning appraisal report from God regarding his congregation of Israelites. He is standing under the cloud as God’s chosen leader and God is speaking to him about his people.
- The challenge that Moses and any other set man faces is how do you communicate this information to the multitude in the valley where there is a dominant mood of celebration. Moses is returning to speak at a celebration service. The frequency in the valley did not determine his message; his message was determined by the revelation received from God. Daniel and his friends openly refused to be part of the praise service set up by King Nebuchadnezzar. We will celebrate truth.Whenever we gather to listen to the Word of the Lord we are positioned under the cloud, where the Lord would speak to us through His chosen vessel. Yet we falter in communicating the mood of God to our people because this will dampen the spirit of celebration. As we make our way back, people like Joshua would attempt to cause us to doubt what we have heard. You see God did not speak to Joshua; God spoke to Moses, the one called by God. Joshua was not under the cloud; Moses was.
- The purpose of revelation is to develop strategy. When Moses went down to the valley, he knew what he was dealing with; he did not have to further wait upon the Lord. He already heard from God. He now has to develop strategy to manage his congregation.
- The strategy would be based on the following observations of the Lord:
The people are now corrupt…the mood must change from celebration to repentance. The utter destruction of the calf was an act of repentance.
The grinding of the calf to powder was a clear demonstration by Moses in the sight of his congregation of his zero tolerance policy towards idolatry and anything that would distract us from following Christ. Moses made them drink it so that its ultimate destination would be the toilet.
They cannot be left alone …. Implement a “hands on” leadership style. We have to be visible as leaders. Our people have to be told what to do.
They are quick to follow other gods….. our preaching and teaching must demand allegiance and devotion to Christ.
They are a stiff necked people refusing to yield to the commands of God.
What this congregation needs is the Word of the Lord. They need to be taught at every opportunity. Their celebration service has to be interrupted. This burden is carried by all of us who have embraced the need for reformation.Be strong and courageous and preach the Word!
CCF is extremely thankful to the Lord who placed Basil Pillay, a qualified architect in our ministry. Basil has proven to be a true pillar in the building program. The Church building has many details to consider and we have been working with limited funding that is generated through the tithes and offerings. Yet we have never taken a short cut; never compromised on the detail of the work. We are thankful to God for
the man with the measuring line!
The Highway Word Forum congratulates Ps Brenden and Lushy Niadoo on the birth of their daughter Jecholiah Hope on Wednesday 12 May 2010. We understand your excitement and joy. We add our voices to the sound of celebration, singing and dancing in your household of faith. May she be blessed all the days of her life.
We enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship last Sunday celebrating our mothers who have become such an integral part of the global Church. The next time you visit Church, do a random count of the women in the Church and you will begin to understand the reason we celebrate their enormous contribution to all facets of Kingdom life. They are the most sincere and expressive worshippers; they know how to stand in His Presence; they are natural intercessors;
they know how to submit to God ordained authority. Praise God for the women in the house of the Lord!
Sheila and I had a great time with Dr Ronnie and Ps Beulah Narisimooloo at Focus on Christ Ministries in Reservoir Hills in Durban. Prophet Kobus Bezuidenhout spoke essentially on sonship and the need for sons to manifest the resident grace, the will and the vision of their fathers…to remain steadfast in the doctrines that re established by their fathers. Our spiritual father and apostle Dr S.Y.Govender ministered the Holy Sacrament to all the saints.Picture top row: Malcom Mundhree, Kevin Pillay, Alex Sonny Bottom row: Dr S.Y.Govender, Dr Ronnie Narisimooloo, Kobus Bezuidenhout, Roy Pillay
Nice time of fellowship with the apostolic community.