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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The seen and the unseen

The Bible tells us the man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. This is true of so many things. Man looks at what can be seen but God looks at both the seen and the unseen. The gifts may be evident but more importantly is the character and the state of the heart.
The Lord called you, ordained you and set you apart for His purposes.  Lets live our lives for Him.
Let the unseen radiate on the outside not simply that which can be seen.

Thank you Lord that You never ever change and that You are the Great I Am.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

It's Time Conference

Sam Poe
It's Time has been so prophetic in so many ways. We had been looking forward to this conference because it would be a time for believers from different churches to celebrate together, to hear the word together, to receive ministry together and to fellowship together. On the other hand, we looked forward to seeing Sam Poe again and Livy Gibbs. Sam and Marlene Poe have served in our community at Ebenezer Agricultural Training Centre and at Crossroads Community Church. It has been six years since his return trip.

The It's Time conference itself was amazing. Knowing that God uses ordinary people like us in the prophetic was great and seeing it in action was even better. God has been and is still doing a deep work in the hearts and lives of people. Sam and Livy served us so well. What a joy that we can be one new man in
Christ..........from the Nations to the Nations

By Molly Manhanga

Livy Gibbs
 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The magnificence of God

The splendour of the King
Isaiah 66:1 - 2 'Thus said the Lord, The heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool...."

The greatness of God is beyond comprehension. We stand in awe and praise Him.

Psalm 145:3 - 5 (MSG)
God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough
There are no boundaries to his greatness
Generation after generation stands in awe
of your great work
Each one tells stories of your mighty acts
Your beauty and splendour have everyone
talking
I compose songs of your wonders. 


Jeremiah 10:6
There is none like You, O LORD,
You are great, and great is Your name....

So many ways to express the magnificence of God




Thought for the day

"Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever"

He is the 'the Way, the Truth and the Life"

He will never leave you nor forsake you

He holds you in the palm of His hand.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Come, let us reason together.....

Hard at work at Crossroads Community Church
Generally, the children have done pretty well with their lessons.

They are now preparing for the Third and final term of 2017 which begins next week. Let's hope they will continue to be enthusiastic about their academic lessons and enjoy their play time.
Hard at play at Crossroads Community Church

Monday, September 4, 2017

Prayer for the Nations

We have been hearing about the floods in Houston, Texas, USA and the South Asia floods in India, Nepal, Bangladesh which have affected millions of adults and children. We may not be able to help physically but we can offer up a word of prayer to all those affected and those directly involved in assisting. We serve a sovereign God. There is so much to pray for - far and wide, including our own Nations.
We have this hope in 1 John 5:14 "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."
James 5:16 says "The prayer of a righteous man avails much."



God has given to us the Nations as an inheritance. Lets PRAY and stand in the gap.

Prayer not only changes things but it also changes the individuals that pray.


Molly Manhanga

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Victory is ours.....

Let God lead, guide and direct you.The enemy is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He has come to kill, steal and destroy but we serve the Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth and His plans are to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE. If God is for us, who can be against us. He is:
  • El Shaddai - Lord God Almighty
  • El Elyon - The Most High God
  • Jehovah Shammah - The Lord is There
  • Adonai - Lord, Master
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu - The Lord our Righteousness
  • Jehovah Sabaoth - The Lord of Hosts
Praise His Name!

Friday, September 1, 2017

An Open Door...2

May God open doors in your life that no man can shut and may He shut those doors that no man can open.
 He can do exceedingly, abundantly, above..... our minds cannot even begin to fathom it.

What an incredible God we serve.....

Monday, August 28, 2017

Eager to learn

It has been so encouraging seeing how enthusiastic the children in Mablauwuni village have been as they attend holiday lessons at Crossroads Community Church.The desire to learn is pretty infectious. They are learning basic English and Mathematics and the children range from Grade Three to Form One (Year 3 to Year 8) We pray for increased understanding.

Interestingly enough, after lessons the children simply want to play together. God is just so good and gracious.

By Molly Manhanga

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Praises to our God....

Psalm 138:1 - 3

" I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart
before the 'gods' I will sing your praise
I will bow down towards your Holy temple
and will praise your name
for your love and faithfulness, for 
you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
When I called you, you answered me;
you made me bold......."




Have you ever had those times when your heart and speech is consumed with 'God only?' Can't get enough of Him......Praise Him and praise Him again and again and again....

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thought for the day

No matter what we go through or have been through, one thing is certain....... God is ever present because He has plans for your life and a destiny for you. When you are down, He will lift you up and carry you through your challenges. He will be God when you are happy or sad, when you are overwhelmed or receive the blessing. He has chosen you, His prized possession. He died for you so Surely, He will hold you up. He says in Isaiah 41 verse 10: "So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

By Molly Manhanga
                            

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Men........ Let's Talk (1)

Stephen and Havison at Crossroads Community Church
Some men from Mablauwuni village gathered together at Crossroads Community Church on Sunday morning to discuss Marriage and lobola (dowry). The older men were teaching the younger men how to go about doing things correctly. Two hours later, the men were still discussing while the younger men had lots of questions. Further discussions will take place....
..iron sharpening iron.






The discussions in full swing

              By Molly Manhanga

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ladies Meeting - Perseverance

We had a wonderful time at the Ladies Meeting held at Crossroads Community Church on Saturday 19th August. It was a combined meeting with ladies from Crossroads, New Life Church, United Pentecostal Church and Brethren Church. Our theme was Perseverance. Some highights shared were:

  • There are many examples of men and women in the Bible who persevered like
  • Job, Mary, Moses, Abraham, Paul and Silas, David, the woman with the issue of blood and so on.


How do we persevere in the times we are living in

1    Hold on to God – Let Him be your anchor (God, how do I live through this?) God heard the cries of his people in Egypt and sent Moses to deliver them. God hears you, He sees you and He’ll handle your difficulty.

2   Persevere in prayer and reading the word

3   Keep believing God until your answer comes. There are many distractions to keep you away from God.

4   Be humble and have a clear conscience Acts 24 verse 16. We cannot hide anything from God.

Live a Godly life: a life that is upright before Him

Praise God continuously – through good time and through difficulties Paul and Silas praised God while in Prison.

Thank God continuously

Live in peace – John 14 verse 27. Peace is a place of power, Hold your peace   Romans 14 verse 17

    Forgive people

    Your attitude helps you overcome life’s challenges.  
            
                   The ladies were encouraged to continue their faith journey and to persevere.


By Molly Manhanga