Key Women – 3 September


September 2013’s Key Women is happening on Tuesday, 3 September we continue the Living Beyond Yourself – Fruit of the Spirit series. Avril Potter will be sharing on “goodness and faithfulness.”

Spring is here so dress for the occasion!

Key Women
Living Beyond Yourself – Discovering The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness and faithfulness
When: Tuesday, 3 September
Where: Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
Time: 8:30am at Bedfordview Side Hall

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Find out more about Key Women here.

The Exchange – 6 September

Paradigm Shift Report-Back

with Allister Long

On Friday, 6 September, Allister Long from Paradigm Shift will be providing a report-back on some of the wonderful achievements that this entrepreneurship programme has achieved.

You may recall Allister presenting Paradigm Shift along with Jedd Schroy in October last year. Since then Paradigm Shift has run several workshops and has seen some wonderful successes. This is a great opportunity to help alleviate poverty and if you know of anyone who would be interested in the programme, bring them along.

What is Paradigm Shift?

Paradigm Shift trains churches in providing effective, long-term solutions to the poor in their communities. The programme specifically targets entrepreneurs who are making about R150 a day and provides them with business training, microloans, mentoring and discipleship.

“The programme targets individuals who turn to entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty. It aims to help these entrepreneurs grow their businesses beyond subsistence,” says Paradigm Shift‘s website.

For more info, see or more specifically, this page.

The Exchange
Friday, 6 September
At Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
6:00am: Coffee
6:30am: Prompt Start
Followed by a delicious breakfast

What Life Team is Like: Gareth van der Merwe

Thinking about – or know someone who’s thinking about – doing Cornerstone’s Life Team next year? Gareth van der Merwe was a part of the Life Team in 2009. Here’s something of what he experienced.

“For me, Life team was such a change in life style. Throughout my high school career I was unsure of what I wanted to do after school. My parents decided that studying was best for me, so I tried that for two years and dropped out due to a lack of motivation. Then I worked in a bar for two years and also grew out of that.

“I had only been saved for two months before I decided to take what I thought would be a “gap year”. Man was I wrong! Life Team allowed for no lazying around at all! Although I was one of the oldest in the team, God matured me in so many ways.

“Life team for me was a testing time mentally, physically and especially spiritually. It was one of the most significant years in my life and I loved it even though, at times, it was hard. I would recommend it to anyone that’s able to do it!”

Find out more about Life Team here.

Is God Alive In You?

TITLE: Is God Alive In You?
PREACHER: David Gadelkarim
DATE: 25 AUGUST 2013 – Sunday PM

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Who Is God?

TITLE: Who Is God?
PREACHER: Julia Taylor
DATE: 25 AUGUST 2013 – Sunday PM

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Three Truths from John 13

TITLE: Three Truths from John 13
PREACHER: Mark Meeske
DATE: 25 AUGUST 2013 – Sunday AM

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We Plough, We Plant; God Sends the Rain

By Ryan Peter

Psalm 65 (NET)

1 For the music director; a psalm of David, a song.
Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion.
Vows made to you are fulfilled.

2 You hear prayers;
all people approach you.

3 Our record of sins overwhelms me,
but you forgive our acts of rebellion.
4 How blessed is the one whom you choose,
and allow to live in your palace courts.

May we be satisfied with the good things of your house –
your holy palace.

5 You answer our prayers by performing awesome acts of deliverance,
O God, our saviour.
All the ends of the earth trust in you,
as well as those living across the wide seas.

6 You created the mountains by your power,
and demonstrated your strength.

7 You calm the raging seas
and their roaring waves,
as well as the commotion made by the nations.

8 Even those living in the most remote areas are awestruck by your acts;
you cause those living in the east and west to praise you.

9 You visit the earth and give it rain;
you make it rich and fertile
with overflowing streams full of water.
You provide grain for them,
for you prepare the earth to yield its crops.

10 You saturate its furrows,
and soak its ploughed ground.
With rain showers you soften its soil,
and make its crops grow.

11 You crown the year with your good blessings,
and you leave abundance in your wake.

12 The pastures in the wilderness glisten with moisture,
and the hills are clothed with joy.

13 The meadows are clothed with sheep,
and the valleys are covered with grain.
They shout joyfully, yes, they sing.

Many of us are going through tough times financially. It feels as if this has been a long season of financial strain. But through this time, God has done some amazing things in our hearts, bringing us closer to him and closer to understanding what’s really important to him and how he really works.

This weekend, God led me to this Psalm. I love the imagery in it – how, after God’s rain, the pastures glisten with moisture, the hills are clothed with joy, and all the valleys and sheep sing for joy, because God’s provision has come.

It’s quite funny that despite all of our technology and our culture which believes that we, as mankind, can really do anything we put our minds to, we’re actually hugely dependent on the earth doing what it was created to do. We still need rain to fill our dams, water our crops, and therefore provide us our food. In the city we perhaps don’t think of such things, but farmers will be thinking of such things all the time. At the most basic level, a farmer will plough the ground, plant the seed and then wait for rain to water it so that it can grow.

This principle is true in our lives of business and work as well, and even our Christian lives of holiness. With all the books and competing philosophies out there, and the general culture of human arrogance, we forget that it’s actually God who sends the rain and makes our businesses / work life grow. This isn’t a superstitious belief, it’s a simple law of nature. If God decides that tomorrow the rain won’t come, we’re in big trouble.

Sacrificing to the gods of this world

All the books and philosophies out there are bent on telling us how we must not only plough and plant when it comes to our work life, but make it rain as well. And if you can’t make it rain, if you can’t even make it grow, then you’re not smart or good enough. But even the world needs God to send rain.

It reminds me of what we know from ancient times – farmers would sacrifice to the necessary gods to send rain. Baal was one of these gods (and you’ll see that Baal pops up quite often in the Old Testament). In modern times, our little sacrifices to the systems of this world to make it rain and see our businesses or careers grow are much the same. We work longer hours than is probably necessary; we spend less time with our family; we spend less time with our  church; we’re spending much less time in the presence of God that we can actually really afford to; we’re answering emails at midnight from our phones; we’re reading some new article on how to be a success; and we’re constantly going back to our fields and ploughing and planting again, in case maybe we did it wrong, because God has still not sent the rain.

Not that working hard or even working late (when appropriate) is all that bad. But, if most of us are honest, we often do such things out of fear that the rain won’t  come. God isn’t sending the rain and what if he never does? So maybe if I sacrifice a little to some other god, just a little, I’ll be able to cover all my bases.

We do the same with our Christian lives as well, transforming what was a gospel of freedom into a gospel of works. Making our disciplines in the Christian life the formula that will bring fruitfulness, rather than realising it’s the Spirit who produces fruitfulness (Galatians 5) and our disciplines are nothing more than ways to get us to walk in the Spirit.

When it’s God’s provision, there is joy, as the Psalm shows us. When God produces the fruit, there is abundance. There is peace. The trouble is that all these little sacrifices to the so-called gods of provision send drizzles now and then. It works, kind-of. We’ll take the little drizzles though, because that seems better than nothing. But things don’t grow as they’re supposed to and all we do is tire ourselves out.

“Unless the Lord builds the house the labourers labour in vain.” (Psalm 127). “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord in Zecheriah 4:6. It’s not a matter of us just waiting patiently for the Lord to send the rain, but it’s a matter of us entering into worship so that we will live by the Spirit and then the Lord will send the rain. As counter-productive as that may seem. We can’t rely on human wisdom to see fruitfulness in our businesses, careers or Christian walk. We need the wisdom from the Lord. As crazy as it may seem, an hour in the Lord’s presence will bring real rain and fruitfulness, rather than us using the time we should be spending unto the Lord to answer that “important” email or work on that new proposal. The email can wait, we need the Spirit to go about our work every day in a fruitful way. Time spent in the Lord’s presence is never a waste, although the world will disagree. After all, its gods and the sacrifices to its gods are much more easier to manage – you don’t have to walk in a relationship, listen to the Spirit, and action what God says in obedience. You just need to follow the formula.

Blessing for all

In this time, God has challenged me to get into his presence and find that he will send the rain – both on my own financial struggles and the fruitfulness in my Christian character, life and holiness. This Psalm has been a great encouragement for me to remember that God will send the rain, by His Spirit, in the right season, and the result will be joy -“You crown the year with good blessings and leave abundance in your wake.”

Taking the last few verses of this Psalm into mind, when God sends his rain (and He will), our businesses will glisten with moisture, there will be enough provision, and all will shout for joy. The great thing about the imagery here is the rain is not just for us, but for all. God sends his rain down and blesses all. When he blesses us, we are to bless others, so that all may shout with joy and glorify God. And joy can be ours now, in Christ, as we worship Him and make Him our all in all, our number one treasure, and not our bank accounts, possessions, our status, or even our ability to provide.

Psalm 34

TITLE: Psalm 34
PREACHER: Tanya de Ruig
DATE: 18 AUGUST 2013 – Sunday PM2

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The Glory of God Through Us

TITLE: The Glory of God Through Us
PREACHER: Casper Versluis
DATE: 18 AUGUST 2013 – Sunday PM

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Revelation: Scene Five – Part Two

TITLE: Revelation: Scene Five – Part Two
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 18 AUGUST 2013 – Sunday AM

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As we look at this final part of the fifth scene in the book of Revelation (Revelation 15: – 16:21) we must keep in mind that there are eight scenes altogether and each scene provides a complementary and exciting angle about the age we’re living in, which is the Gospel Age, between the first and second coming of Jesus Christ.

We, who have faith in Jesus, have received the Gospel message and have been born again. Now we’re waiting for the return of Jesus with great joy. But those who aren’t in Jesus need to fear the day of his return as there will be a time of great judgement. At every scene we look at in the book of Revelation, we see it show the same thing but from a different angle, and encourage us to hold on and keep our faith. We have a responsibility in this process of the Gospel Age – God has given us an incredible Gospel and his incredible Word so we know what to do in times like these – the times of tribulation we see in the book of Revelation.

Last week

Last week we saw God’s anger towards sin and anything evil. What we’re seeing here is a behind-the-scenes look at what affects world affairs. When we see Anti-christ governments rise and take control. The harlot and the beasts influence this world. We see if more clearly in countries where people have never even heard the name of Jesus.

Remaining three bowls

We looked at the first four bowls from Revelation 16, now we will look at the remaining three.

Revelation 16:10-21

10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish 11 and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14 For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. 15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”) 16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

The Seventh Bowl

17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found. 21 And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.

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