Encouragement


16
Oct 2019
How Bad Do You Want It

by Pastor Israel Phiri There are many formulas and philosophies for success. But one that is irrefutable and consistent is the power of discipline. Any place where there is public excellence, there is private discipline. The excellence you see in public is always created and sustained by private discipline. You can be excellent in anything you are willing to pay the price for. Your level of private discipline will create and sustain your public excellence. In this social media generation, our obsession is on our public image; what must never be lost......

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09
Oct 2019
Fasting Fear

by Hlumelo Petros There are many inspirational figures in this world: celebrities, Nobel Laureates, billionaire business men and women, but I think the most inspiring people in the world are those that are new to the world…babies! Yes! Within 12 months, a baby reaches incredible milestones- from being delivered into a new world, barely knowing how to communicate, walk or even feed themselves, to every day (and month), learning to adapt and navigate themselves through this new life. Of course, these are called “development milestones” and they are necessary for growth. Children......

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25
Sep 2019
Fear Turned Into Faith

by Lebohang Mabula “And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.  The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14 The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said: “Change is the only constant in life”. I find it funny that as humans, no matter how many times we’ve experienced change, more often than not, we still carry......

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18
Sep 2019
Fall Into Grace

by Shingai Our church theme for the next few weeks is Zeal For The House and I have been thinking hard about my personal walk: its past, present and future. One thing I can say is that it is important to Fall Into Grace when we so-called “mess up”. I am not one for Christian terminologies —remember the term ‘backsliding’? I cringe each time it comes up. It’s as if we we’re doing a moonwalk or something. Anyways, back to the topic: I remember having coffee with some friends a......

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11
Sep 2019
Called to Serve: It’s Bigger Than You and Me

by Lebohang Mabula “3 Jesus was in Bethany. He was at the table in the home of Simon, who had a skin disease. A woman came with a special sealed jar. It contained very expensive perfume made out of pure nard. She broke the jar open and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head. 4 Some of the people there became angry. They said to one another, “Why waste this perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s pay. The money could have been given to poor people.” So they found fault......

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28
Aug 2019
Traffic

by Mpho Taole “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.” 2 Corinthians 4:8 (NLT) A few days ago, I woke up at my usual time and went about my daily preparations to get to work. About 15 minutes or so into driving, I was stuck in traffic! Imagine my dismay. I was in between cars in the middle of the highway. I felt like I was being swallowed up by the big cars surrounding me — and all......

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21
Aug 2019
No, Tarzan — Selah

by Shingai Ndinga A few weeks ago, we as Shapers Church went over to one of our church member’s home and did some light community work by painting some parts of the place. I was about to start rolling the paint-filled brush onto the wall when my good friend Ayanda informed me that I needed to scrap the old paint first — otherwise it would create some bubbles on the wall. What Ayanda told me is still ringing in my ears. In the dating world, there’s a term called ‘rebound’ — that......

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14
Aug 2019
Walking Free

by Pastor Israel Phiri Salvation is spiritual. When we get saved we get thrust into a war between the flesh and the spirit. We all come to Jesus with issues which only He can solve. Many times the baggage of who we used to be and what we used to do is not easily broken. We have weaknesses and tendencies that contradict with our new life in Christ. The flesh is extremely stubborn. It is possible, in fact normal, to be saved but struggling with sin. The mistake is thinking salvation is......

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07
Aug 2019
Fasting: Craving Hunger

by Hlumelo Petros In my series of“Six Things I Learned While Fasting, I’d like to share my personal insight and understanding of the practice of fasting. I now believe that it is more than just an “outcome-based” practice but rather a process in which you allow God to feed you spiritual fruits which in turn aid in enhancing your personal relationship with God. The most interesting thing I learned while fasting was about hunger, or rather a lack of thereof. One of the tools I use to help me get through a......

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31
Jul 2019
Significant: When Life Seems Purposeless

by Mpho Taole For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them Ephesians 2:10 When I was in Grade 10, my school offered I.T., and because I was looking for a challenge I decided to choose it as one of my subjects. We did a lot of coding and sometimes my code would not work. I’d spend hours reading through the code and rewriting it and still nothing. Finally, as I was about to give up I’d find out......

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