Contentment In All Circumstances

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4‭-‬7 ESV What is the key to sustainable happiness? What can give us joy amidst the turbulent waves of reality? According to HuffPost Life there are more than 23 000 books written on the topic […]

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Coronavirus and Christ – John Piper

 Dear friends, we’re continuing to use John Piper’s free book, Coronavirus and Christ, for our Friday devotion. If you haven’t got a copy yet, please download it. Today’s devotion is the first half of Chapter 3, “The Rock is Righteous.” Here are some questions to help us make the most of it: What strikes you most from this reading? What is one Biblical truth I can hold onto today from this reading? Who is one person I can share this truth with?  (Who may need this encouragement)  May the Lord our refuge and strength continue to grow us as a […]

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Gospel-Empowered Generosity

2 Corinthians 8:9, Romans 15:25-26 As you know, the Coronavirus is resulting in economic hardship for many people.  What is the role of the church in helping those in need?  And more specifically, Christ Church Pinetown? Before addressing the details, we need to remember that the gospel – the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ – motivates Christian generosity.  In 2 Corinthians 8:9, Paul does not berate the Corinthians to give more.  No, he reminds the Corinthians of the gospel to motivate generosity.  “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for […]

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The Marks of a Believer

What makes us Christian? Is it going to church; gathering with other believers? Is it being part of the church council or the worship team? Or perhaps reading our Bible daily or praying saintly prayers? Maybe it’s giving money to the poor or being a respectful citizen…? Sadly enough, if these were the marks of a true Christian, all of us would be doomed. How are you feeling about your spiritual life and your relationship with Jesus at the moment? The National lockdown due to COVID-19 has forced us to refrain from many “churchly” activities that we usually take part […]

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