Monday, December 18, 2017

Reactions

I have been thinking quite a lot about different stimuli that is created to generate a response or reaction from people. So what does reaction mean? It's basically a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude. We can have internal or external stimuli.

I have also been quite interested in seeing how different people responded to various situations that presented themselves in the Bible. Some reactions are:

  • King Ahab: When Naboth refused to sell his vineyard to King Ahab, the King went home, lay on his bed, sulked, refused to eat and turned his face away. Interesting response for a king!
  • Naboth: His response to the offer on his vineyard was "The Lord forbid....."
  • Jezebel: After King Ahad poured his heart out to his wife Jezebel, she said: "I will get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite." She the proceeded with her schemes.
  • Joseph: His response to Potiphar's wife's temptations was; "How can I commit so great a sin against God?" 
  • Potiphar's wife told her husband of what Joseph 'supposedly' tried to do and he was outraged. He sent Joseph to prison.
  • Job's wife: When Job was being tested she said to him;"Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die."
  • Other people from the Bible who we can learn from is Mary, Joseph, David with Goliath, King David with Bathsheba, Tamar, Nehemiah, Sanballat and Tobiah and so on.
There are so many incidents in the Bible where we see different reactions from people: some good and some, well, not so great.

Our reactions to different stimuli are important and we need God's help to strengthen us.

By Molly Manhanga

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fan it into flame

Stephen Manhanga encouraged the young people from the Baptist Church to fan into flame the gifts that are in them.

With this amazing setting as a background Stephen Manhanga, lead Elder of Crossroads Community Church, brought an even more amazing word.

Stephen started off by sharing about faith - what it is, before he linked it to a young man Timothy whose grandmother was Lois and mother Eunice. He encouraged the young people to stir up and use the gifts given to them by God.

He also encouraged them to run their race in their own lane.

All too often, we desire the gifts that other people have instead of focusing on what God has given to us.

Baptist Youth


Summarized by Molly Manhanga

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Thought for the day - Keep going.....

Hebrews 12 1 : 3

"Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

The christian life is not an easy one. We need to give up whatever endangers our relationship with Christ. Let's keep going......

Sunday, November 26, 2017

It's raining again....

Grace Tshabangu (Left) and Mildred Mkwananzi (Right)
Grace Tshabangu (Left) and Mildred Mkwananzi (Right)
We want to thank God for the generosity of Lance Edwards and Foundations for Farming  for giving Stephen Manhanga maize seed to share among folk in the community.

What a blessing! The rainy season has started and people are planting their seed. We pray for a double portion in their harvest.
Maize seed

Catching up with Mqondisi Moyo

Mqondisi Moyo
It was great catching up briefly with Mqondisi Moyo last week Sunday when he 'dropped' in at Crossroads. 

M.M: What have you been up to since leaving Ebenezer Agricultural Training Centre?
M.M: I left Ebenezer in 2011 and worked for Beyond Belief until 2014. I left and went into Bulawayo to work with Lance Edwards in Foundations for Farming.

M.M: I understand that you have started your own farming project?
M.M : I am now running my own business in agriculture and it has been a great experience.

Mqondisi Moyo catching up with Sithabiso Khoza


M.M: What have you felt God saying to you during 2017?
M.M: I felt God leading me to do my farming business which will bring light to the community around. I also strongly believe that God is taking me to a new level.

M.M: Thank you Mqondisi and we pray that God will continue to bless your business.

By Molly Manhanga

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Global Leadership Summit 2017

Pretty Ndlovu with her daughter Rejoice
Mbusiso and Pretty Ndlovu attended the screening of the Global Leadership Summit 2017 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe last weekend. 

Some of the topics included:
1. Rules of respect and identifying young leaders
2. Leading through the uncomfortable
3. Leading from the inside out
4. The act of forgiveness and so on.

Interesting that Bill Hybels, Founder of Willow Creek, started with Rules of respect and identifying young leaders.

  • How do you lead in an era of divisiveness and disrespect?
  • There is a growing epidemic of disrespect.
  • Leaders need to realize that the solution begins with us. How we choose to behave matters.
  • The 10 rules of respect followed. 
Crossroads Community Church is in a community which values respect. So how do we handle disrespect - disrespect of leaders, disrespect of the elderly, disrespect of each other?  What about divisiveness? There is a saying "divide and rule". As Christians, is this style of leadership Godly? Should we accept it?
We are living in interesting times.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bearing Fruit

It was great having Michael Mulao - lead elder from Hamara Church, come to Crossroads this morning and share a message entitled "bearing fruits"

His key scripture was from Luke 13: 1 - 8 and 1 Peter 2 :9

Mike encouraged us to bear fruit that glorifies God and that we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.....chosen by God Himself.

Michael Mulao (Left) and Brilliant Khoza (Right)
 

A time and a season for everything...

It was good catching up with Sithabiso Khoza at Crossroads this morning. I had one question for her: The end of 2017 is drawing near - what have been the highlights so far? 

Sithabiso Khoza
Sithabiso's response was as follows:
  • Hearing the word of God which makes me grow.
  • Sharing the word of God at Ebenezer.
  • As an elders wife I am leading people. I therefore need to look at myself and ask: Am I doing the right thing? Am I growing?
  • I learn new things by being involved and meeting with other leaders.
  • I would like to see the fruits of discipleship. I would like the people I lead to lead others.

By Molly Manhanga

One on one with Michael Mulao

Michael Mulao
It was great catching up with Michael Mulao - lead elder from Hamara church.

M.M: Looking back on 2017, what has it been like for the church at Hamara? 
M.M: We have faced many challenges as a church this year from leadership development to lack of leaders or people moving on.

M.M: How did it make you feel?
M.M: I've realised that God is in control and I mustn't be moved by outward appearances. The church belongs to Him. I have also learnt to be patient and to trust God more.

M.M: Anything that has stood out in 2017?
M.M: Yes. We are an autonomous church and so I now understand what autonomy means and the church being governed by elders. It was also good when Mphemfulo Moyo was ordained as an elder at Hamara. I have been attending "The Academy" and have learnt a lot about leadership.

M.M: Thanks Mike. We continue to pray for Michael and his wife Smanga as they lead Hamara Church.

By Molly Manhanga

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The word is alive

2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to show yourself
approved unto God, a 
workman who need not
be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

We are encouraged to STUDY the word of God and to KNOW it. Not only to KNOW it but to LIVE it. 

The word teaches us how to live. It is the LIVING WORD. It has what we need to live HOLY lives - a life in right relationship with God and man.

The WORD protects us. Let us make it a MIRROR for the lives we lead. We have the greatest example of how to live the Christian life and His name is Jesus Christ.

"In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God........" as stated in John 1 :1. It continues in verses 2 and 3 "The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life of men."


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Wanna have fun!?



Children at Crossroads Community Church having some fun during praise and worship. Such a joy to watch.

Lets be HOT for God

Stephen Manhanga
Stephen Manhanga has been sharing from Revelation 3:16 about the church at Laodacea. He encouraged everyone to be HOT for God. It's our prayer pointer this week that we will not be cold or luke-warm but be passionate for God.

By Molly Manhanga

God is still our Healer

Grace Tshabangu with her grand-son
It was wonderful listening to Grace Tshabangu testify this morning about how God has healed her grand-child who was in hospital for approximately 2 weeks. It's incredible serving a God who cares for our every need. What a testimony!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Thought for the day: Being Holy

God's call on our lives in to be Holy....

1 Peter 1 :16
"Be holy, because
I am Holy."

Leviticus 20:26
"You are to be holy to me
because I, the Lord, am holy...."

Friday, October 20, 2017

An attitude of gratitude

There are so many "things" vying for our attention that being grateful or thankful can be furthest from our hearts and minds.
What is gratitude? Simply put......











It is such a good personality trait to be grateful. There are so many things we can appreciate and be thankful for, just as there are so many ways of expressing our appreciation. Its always great to have an attitude of gratitude for both the big things and the small things alike.

There are many scriptures on gratitude. Two that stand out are:
Psalm 118:1 "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."
1 Chronicles 16:8 " Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the people's." 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Being humble

Stephen Manhanga sharing God's word
Stephen Manhanga followed after Mbusiso Ndlovu and shared about humility. If we humble ourselves before the Lord, he will lift us up. He spoke about Eli and his sons and about Samuel - Hannah's son. It was Samuel who was willing to listen to God. Steve encouraged us again to run in the lane that God has given to us and to use our talents for the glory of God.

Praise His name


Holding onto the Word

Left - Brilliant Khoza. Right - Mbusiso Ndlovu
Mbusiso Ndlovu shared from 1 John 1 verse 1 - 4 this morning and encouraged the church to hold fast to God. His word is sure, steadfast, yes and amen.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bless Him

 












Psalm 103:1
"Bless the Lord, O my soul
and all that is within me,
Bless his holy name.




#filledwithgratitude

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Only God Can

There are certain things that only God CAN do in our lives. When things are going great, they are really great........ The mountain experiences...... but its during the valley and gorge experiences, the trials and the storms of life, that God CAN pick us up. He lifts us up from the lowest points in our lives and CAN restore what the canker worm has eaten or has tried to have a feast on. He CAN get our hearts right. He CAN plant our feet on higher ground. He CAN make us stronger through these difficult times. Now only GOD CAN!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Blessed are they.......



Brilliant Khoza sharing the the word of God


Brilliant Khoza shared a great message this morning on the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5: 1 – 12

“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain; and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven .
Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and  be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.”

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Thought for the day

1 Timothy 6:12 -13 "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on the life eternal, where

you were called, and did confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses..................I charge you in the sight of God, who gives life to all things, and of  Christ Jesus,.................. "that you keep the commandment, without spot, without reproach, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:"

Amen

Ladies Business Breakfast


Thandiwe Mlobane


“I don’t only inspire, I get people into action…. to get them going” were one of the first words from Thandiwe Mlobane after introducing myself to her. After listening to her share some business pointers, I can understand. She did an amazing job of not only inspiring the ladies but stirring up the passion for business (Looking at the businesses we have or if we want to get started)

One of the pointers she gave was rooted in a tree: the roots, the truck, the leaves, the flowers and the fruit. The root stands for our background, the trunk stands for our current life, the leaves stand for the information we receive (information dissemination), the flowers stand for aspirations and the fruits stand for completed projects.
Her understanding of business and the business world is wonderful. Thank you Thandiwe Mlobane.

We were also ministered to in song and we heard an amazing testimony. We were also graced by the presence of Minister Stembiso Nyoni.
Ladies having breakfast
What a wonderful start to a Saturday morning!

By Molly Manhanga

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Simple yet profound!

We can spend a lot of time looking for the "Big" moments, the "grand', the 'splashing out" and yet sometimes what we need is found in the simple, yet profound...........the quiet, the still, the soft and gentle moments, in the magnificence of Gods creation.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nugget for today


Highlights of the Medical Outreach at Crossroads

On Tuesday, the COSMOS Medical Team from Australia were at Crossroads Community Church, serving people in Mablauwuni village and beyond.

Here are some highlights:
  1. The people enjoyed watching the Jesus film in Ndebele (one of the local languages)
  2. There was a good turnout of people despite the fact that other activities were happening in the community.
  3. The people responded well to the Doctors and Nurses especially those who received medication.
  4. People were prayed for and received counseling.
  5. There will be aftercare i.e dental, physio-therapy etc.
  6. The Team were well received by the local people and were very professional.

  7. The COSMOS Team are super organised and were









    well prepared to serve the community.
  8. We thank God for the opportunity of ministering to people in a very practical way.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Distractions

A type of Distraction
I looked up the meaning of "Distractions" which means - 'A thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else' or 'blocking or diminishing the reception of desired information'.

Distractions come in many forms from the use of technological devices through to different people trying to distract you. These distractions can be in the Church, in the workplace and even in the home. There may be a motive behind the distractions but whatever the case is, when you realise what the distractions are intended to do, you will rise above it.

God has a plan for our lives and distractions may put you 'off course' for a while, but it doesn't prevent God's destiny for your life. He knows your beginning, your middle and your end. In-fact, He knows everything - including the distractions. God knows the plans He has for your life. They are plans to give you a hope and a future.

 Joseph, from the Bible, is an obvious choice of someone who had many distractions in his lifetime. Despite his setbacks. he reached the place and position that God intended for him. David encountered many 'distractions' from the time he was anointed to be the next King to the time he actually became King.
Peaceful moments

For those of you who are being distracted intentionally or unintentionally, know that God has 'got you'. Keep your eyes on Him and not on the distractions. Fulfill the calling of God in your life. Let the peace of God rule your heart and mind.


Stay blessed.

By Molly Manhanga