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Jesus gave thanks & then fed more than 5000 people.He gave thanks & then raised the dead. Jesus showed us that thanksgiving is a spiritually powerful act.Thanksgiving and gratitude is part of living in the favor and blessings of Gods grace. Thanksgiving renews the mind & puts our focus on God & His goodness to us as His beloved children. Jesus is our thank offering & Jesus qualifies us in every way for the abundant life He promised so that we can share His life with others, the question is can we see it, do we want it, & how do we live in it. Thanksgiving is a key.
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The Amazing Promises of Isaiah 61

There is some amazing promises here, check them out, they belong to you and me because we are part of Jesus’ body on earth:
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
Isa 61:2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
Isa 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Isa 61:4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Isa 61:5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
Isa 61:6 And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
Isa 61:7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Isa 61:8 “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Isa 61:9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”
Isa 61:10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isa 61:11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Luk 4:20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. Luk 4:21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luk 4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.

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International teams visiting

As part of our missional interaction with teams from the USA,  EU, and  Australia a team from Ashland University Ohio, spent three weeks at our outreach Grace-Love-Truth: The Isaiah House in Molweni, KZN. They were an amazing blessing – well done everyone, thanks for coming!
Let us know if you have University or Church team wanting to link in with us or who want to visit. Contact one of our representatives on Face Book: Abby Mkhwanazi (SA),  Mallorie Miller (USA),  Rachel Mthembu (Australia), check out  and 

USA team visit

We have been hosing teams  for the past twelve years so as to bridge the culture gap and advance the kingdom. The teams live in the local community and get involved in cross cultural outreach through evangelism, discipleship and training, preaching, building, serving the poor, kids clubs etc. They will be stretched and will grow in faith and ability as we help them share the good news. At the same time enjoying local outdoor beauty of South Africa surfing, hiking/ trekking, rock climbing and other sports which we offer as either as an add on or use to empower local youth.

As a perk to the mission we can also arrange adventure trips such as game viewing, shark interaction, scuba diving, high mountain hike  as these are all fairly local.

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How do we respond to persecution

Under the New Covenant, which is founded on the grace of Jesus Christ, the response of believers to persecution, murder and violence is completely different to that found in the Old Testament.
In this time when Christian persecution and martyrdom is happening like never before, we have to ask ourselves what does the Holy Spirit teach in the New Testament and how do we respond to violence in a Godly way? Our response in the natural may be to resort to arms, violence and revenge, but the question is how do we live by the Spirit, what did Jesus teach and live out, and how did the early church respond to the persecution of their day?
Let’s not forget that the early church converted the whole Roman empire through their willingness to die for their faith.
Maybe it’s a question that every one of us has to ask ourselves as there is no doubt that possible death and destruction is becoming more and more of a reality for many of our beloved brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Please pray for strength for the church across the world and all others expiriencing the horrible Islamic violence at this time. Pray that the Lord will reveal himself to Muslims as he did to Saul/ Paul. Send support to relief organizations helping the displaced in Iraq and Syria.
Here’s what the Scriptures say on some aspects of persecution:

Rev 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.

Mat 5:43 Jesus said “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Luk 6:27 Jesus said “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.

Rom 5:10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, Jesus, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Col 1:21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–

Act 8:1 And Saul (later called Paul) approved of their killing of Stephan. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Act 9:1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 As Saul neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1Th 3:7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
Heb 10:32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
Heb 11:36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated– the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Rev 2:10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

Mat 26:51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions (Peter) reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…


Act 12:1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.
Act 22:20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’

Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Eph 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes….. 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword…
Rev 1:16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

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David a man after God’s own heart: Inquired of God

Q: David was a law breaker, a murderer, an adulterer and a deceiver YET David was a man after God’s own heart?

Act_13:22  After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

A: He was quick to repent, he didn’t care what people thought about him and most of all David inquired of the Lord….he depended on God, expected God to guide him and obeyed.

1Sa_22:15  Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him (David)? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father’s family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair.”

1Sa_23:2  David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”

1Sa_23:4  Once again David inquired of the LORD, and the LORD answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”

1Sa_28:6  He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

1Sa_30:8  and David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”

2Sa_2:1  In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The LORD said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the LORD answered.

2Sa_5:19  so David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The LORD answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”

2Sa_5:23  so David inquired of the LORD, and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.

We too are called to live life this way. Before making decisions, ask the Lord. Ask him for a sign to confirm his will for you. This is life in the Spirit; depending on God, hearing his voice – seeing his signs.

Heb_4:7  God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

John 10:27  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Mat_7:7  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

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