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Christianity, the faith of almost three-quarters of the diverse South African population, has long been pushed to the margins of historical writing on South Africa, yet for more than two centuries it has shaped South African society and its diverse subcultures. This tightly constructed and vigorously written book - a collaboration of thirty specialists working in seven countries - situates Christianity for the first time in the broad political, social, and economic context of South African history; it also traces a variety of religious movements and their histories both before and during apartheid.
Perhaps nowhere in the African continent is the study of Christianity as fascinating, complex, or contentious as in South Africa. In the twentieth century South Africans have used Christian doctrine both to justify and to oppose doctrines of racial segregation, and Christian leadership provided much of the impetus for the founding of the African National Congress in 1912. But the history of South African Christianity is found for the most part in local, or "micro" narratives, while the highly elaborated "macro" narratives of colonialism, capitalism, and liberation - the backbone of the conventional histories of South Africa - assign Christianity a marginal role, or no role at all.
This volume seeks to insert the Christian micro-narratives into the macro-narratives of South African history, providing for the first time an in-depth, cohesive look at Christianity in South Africa.
Frank Rautenbach left South Africa for Los Angeles with stars in his eyes. After having great success with Egoli, 7de laan and movies like Faith like Potatoes and The Bang-Bang Club he thought the world was his oyster.
After years of trying and driving more than 10 000 kilometres to one failed audition after the other Frank had to find a job - a proper job that could put food on his table. He ended up driving a taxi in Los Angeles, just to lose that job too.
Eventually became the church's janitor.
But Frank felt betrayed - God promised him a life of abundance - why hasn't he received it yet? Frank felt like all God’s promises had come to nothing; he felt angry and embarrassed.
Frank had to learn that he couldn't ask God to make all this dreams come true, he is in God's service, not the other way around. Life is not about him, it is about God.
Standing Tall In A Falling World
Do you find yourself suffering under the pressures of your day-to-day life, are you on an emotional roller coaster ride, feeling physically drained and in poor health?
Are you angry, anxious, fearful and guilt-ridden, as you strain under the demands to give more to your work – and others, at the expense of your family life, and feel you have little hope for your future? Standing Tall In A Falling World is a practical book offering instant inspirational application to help you rise above all of your circumstances and be everything you were created to be. The insights contained in these pages will encourage you to bring change to your life, your business and your future. These writings have been birthed out of life experience and are not mere theory
What In The World Are You Waiting For?
Would you be willing to give up your old routine way of living and give yourself the highest opportunity to live your best life for the rest of the time you have on earth?
Imagine a life of bubbling-over joy fresh hope that’s served daily – like hot bread; freedom from daunting fear; en- joying rewarding relationships; exuding captivating confidence and living in expectation of structured success That truth is contained in What in the World Are You Waiting For? and the results no longer need to be confined just to your imagination or your wish list The outcomes will be experienced in your life – practically, consistently and powerfully effectively
So, what in the world are you waiting for? Now is YOUR time to arise!
Staan Sterk In 'n Wankelende Wêreld
Dra jy swaar aan die druk van jou daaglikse lewe, ry jy op ’n emosionele tuimeltrein, is jy fisiek uitgeput en sukkel jy met swak gesondheid?
Is jy kort van draad, angstig, bang en voel jy pal skuldig omdat jy worstel om ál meer en meer vir jou werk – en ander mense – te gee, dikwels ten koste van jou gesinslewe. Voel jy of jy min hoop het vir die toekoms?
Staan sterk in ’n wankelende wêreld is ’n praktiese boek vol onmiddelllike inspirasie wat jou sal help om bo al jou omstandighede uit te styg en alles te word wat jy geskep is om te wees. Die insigte wat jy op hierdie blaaie vind, sal jou aanmoedig om jou lewe, jou besigheid en jou toekoms te verander. Die teks is gebore uit lewenservaring en is nie bloot teorie nie.
Waarvoor Wag Jy Dan?
Sou jy bereid wees om jou ou leefwyse te verander en om jouself die geleentheid te gee om jou beste lewe te leef vir die res van jou lewe?
Verbeel jou ’n lewe vol van oorborrelende vreugde . . .vars hoop wat daagliks aan jou opgedien word - soos warm brood; vryheid van alewige vrees; vervullende verhoudings; om selfvertroue uit te straal en om te lewe met die verwagting van gestruktureerde sukses.
Hierdie waarheid is vervat in Waarvoor wag jy dan? Die resultate hoef nie langer vasgevang te wees in jou gedagtes of op jou wenslysie nie. Die uitkomste kan in jou lewe ervaar word - prakties, konsekwent en kragtig en doeltreffend.
Nou waarvoor wag jy dan? Dit is NOU jou tyd om op te staan!
Experience how the power of the cross unleashes meaning and purpose in the midst of your daily life.
This meditative and spiritual reflection by Ken Costa considers the cross and the king who died upon it. Christ's work on the cross established a kingdom that is strange indeed, if a king died on the cross in order to establish it. It is a kingdom where suffering and abandonment are transformed into the power of presence and live, a kingdom where a King exchanges gifts of great value for worthless dross, where a robber becomes righteous, and a criminal becomes the first citizen of heaven. Spend some time as Easter draws near considering the strange, upside-down kingdom, where broken things are made whole.
See 50 South African sport stars hopes and dreams for South Africa and its people.
Through the ages the people of South Africa have shared a passion for sport, but what really unites us is the Hope that lives in our hearts. Karien Basson combines these elements in this uplifting book.
In A Message of Hope, 50 South African sport stars, like Duane Vermeulen, Eben Etzebeth, Cornal Hendricks, Marcell Coetzee, JP Duminy and Maryka Holtzhausen, reveal their hope and dreams for South Africa and its people.
They share favorite Scripture verses and their personal messages of hope. Their profiles, accompanied by full-color photos from their personal photo albums, set this inspirational book apart. Fascinating facts on a variety of sports add to the worth of this collector’s item – the ideal gift for any sports enthusiast.
Mark Batterson shares a perfect blend of biblical yet practical advice that will revolutionize your prayer life by giving you a new vocabulary and a new methodology. You ll see how prayer is your secret weapon. Through stories of parents just like you, Batterson shares five prayer circles that will not only help you pray for your kids, but also pray through your kids.
Batterson teaches about how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises for your children, turn your family circle into a prayer circle, and discover your child s life themes. And he not only tells you how, he illustrates why.
As Batterson says, I realize that not everyone inherited a prayer legacy like I did, but you can leave a legacy for generations to come. Your prayers have the power to shape the destiny of your children and your children s children. It s time to start circling. "
Among Beth Moore’s very best-selling books to date is Believing God, a powerful study of Isaiah 43 and Hebrews 11 that centers on one simple yet bold question: Do you believe God or merely believe in Him? Moore explains how God’s plan is for the believer’s life to really work so all will know His promises are entirely true. When we begin to take God at His Word, the result is a fresh, contagious explosion of faith. And now the enduring favorite is available in a convenient day-by-day reading format, reminding us time and again that God is bigger than we can imagine and faithful to be who He says He is, do what He says He can do, and help us be who He says we are. Believe it!
Die mees basiese vraag waarvoor elkeen in die lewe te staan kom, is: Hoekom is ek hier? Wat is my doel? Volgens Rick Warren le die antwoord by God en sy ewige doel met elke mens se lewe. Ware betekenis en belang kom van insig in en vervulling van die doel waarvoor God ons op die aarde geplaas het. Die doelgerigte lewe stel lesers in staat om te begryp waaroor die lewe eintlik gaan, en om die lewe te begin leef waarvoor God hulle geskep het. Deur die gebruik van Bybelse verhale en deur die Bybel self te laat praat, verduidelik Warren God se vyf doelwitte vir ons elkeen: Ons is beplan vir God se behae: Jou eerste doel is om Hom opreg te aanbid; Ons is gevorm vir God se familie: Jou tweede doel is om opregte sielsgemeenskap te ervaar; Ons is geskep om soos Christus te word: Jou derde doel is om opregte dissipelskap te leer; Ons is gevorm om God te dien: Jou vierde doel is om opregte bediening te beoefen; Ons is gemaak vir ’n sending: Jou vyfde doel is om opregte Evangelieprediking uit te leef. Hierdie hersiene en uitgebreide weergawe beklemtoon die vraag: Wat op aarde doen ek hier? Dit is ook die lewensboodskap van Rick Warren, stigterspastor van Saddleback Church. Die boek is in ’n boeiende styl geskryf en in 42 kort hoofstukke (ses weke) ingedeel wat as dagstukkies gelees kan word, deur kleingroepe bestudeer en deur kerke gebruik kan word.
Wat gebeur as ’n mens sterf?
Wat wag anderkant die dood? Is dit ’n reis na die onbekende of eerder ’n glorieryke, geestelike pelgrimstog waarna ons kan uitsien? As pastoor het ISAK BURGER die voorreg gehad om met baie mense te doen te kry wat voor die dood te staan gekom het. Hy het mense op hulle sterfbed besoek, begrafnisse waargeneem en families getroos wat oor geliefdes gerou het. In sulke tye het mense gewoonlik diep vrae oor die lewe ná die dood. Die dood en die lewe hierna is ’n kragtige en genesende geloofsgids oor die lewe ná die dood. Dit beskryf met groot verantwoordelikheid wat die Bybel oor die onderwerp sê, en verskaf antwoorde op die algemeenste vrae wat mense het oor kwessies soos naby-dood-ervarings, verassing, die vaevuur, die hemel en die hel. Dit sal jou op ’n geestelike reis neem en jou siening oor die lewe, die dood en die lewe ná die dood vir altyd verander.
ISAK BURGER se wysheid uit die Woord sal ook jou vrese oor die dood vervang met sekerhede oor die genade wat vir elkeen beskikbaar is. En as jy treur oor ’n geliefde wat dood is, sal jy getroos voel en weet: Eendag sien ons mekaar weer!
Together in one special volume, selections from the best of beloved, bestselling author C. S. Lewis's classic works for readers contemplating the `grand miracle' of Jesus's resurrection. Preparing for Easter is a concise, handy companion for the faithful of all Christian traditions and the curious to help them deepen their knowledge and consideration of this holy season - a time of reflection as we consider Jesus's sacrifice and his joyous rise from the dead. Carefully curated, each selection in Preparing for Easter draws on a major theme in Lewis's writings on the Christian life, as well as others that consider why we can have confident faith in what happened on the cross.
Love is easy to give when you are getting it back. Are we still called to God's plan of how to love when we are getting none in return? Shauna Shanks's brave journey through obedience reveals the outcome of when we dare to follow God's ludicrous outline for love as described in 1 Corinthians 13. Wrecked with news of her husband's affair and his request for a divorce, Shauna finds herself urgently faced with a decision. Does she give up and divorce her husband and move on, or does she try to fight for her marriage? The former choice seems to contradict God's plan for how to love, such as "love never gives up," "love is patient," and "love is kind." Taking God at His word and assuming the love chapter was really meant to be followed literally word by word, she not only finds herself falling in love with her spouse again, but also falling in love with Jesus, which changes everything. First Corinthians 13 presents an audacious, illogical, and irrational context of how to love, meant to be applied to every marital context not just the fairytale marriage. If God's instructions seem illogical and audacious, you might just expect the same kind of results in return! This book is not air-brushed. It was written in the midst of the author's deepest trauma, and she purposefully did not edit out her mistakes and failures during that season. This book will resonate with women who do not feel like the picture-perfect Christian woman with the fairytale life and marriage. A Fierce Love is the story of a train wreck and reaching out to God not in the calm but in the chaos and finding hope for the future.
Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane holds a pivotal place in the history of South Africa. As a childhood friend of Chris Hani and inspired by the thinking of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, he became a political activist in the liberation struggle against apartheid. Preceding Nelson Mandela to Robben Island, he was in fact one of the prisoners responsible for building Mandiba’s prison cell. Once released from ‘the island’ he became a champion of the poor and oppressed - speaking out against segregation, fighting for the rights of HIV positive people, and acknowledging the equal role of women in society. On becoming Archbishop of Cape Town he succeeded Desmond Tutu, and was responsible for continuing implementation of change within the Church. During his eleven years residence in Bishopscourt, Archbishop Njongo, as he was affectionately known, was a bridge-builder linking divergent views and a catalyst for change.
The times are urgent. God is on the move. Pastor Jim Cymbala believes that Jesus wants to renew his people-to call us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion. Cymbala knows the difference firsthand. Back in the early 1970s, his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of twenty. Then they began to pray, God began to move, and street-hardened lives by the hundreds were changed with the love of Christ. Today, they are nearly ten thousand strong. This well-loved book shares the story of what happened to this broken-down church in one of America's toughest neighborhoods points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire shows what the Holy Spirit can do when believers get serious about prayer and the gospel. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways when we set aside our own agendas, take him at his word, and listen for his voice. In this new edition, Cymbala will update some of the classic stories, including that of his own daughter Chrissy Cymbala Toledo. He will talk about how the church has grown and how God helped the church move from its location on Flatbush Avenue to a larger facility that the growing church couldn't "afford." And it is so appropriate that the church meets in a building that was once a theater, as God is dramatically reshaping the life stories of so many people who encounter Christ and the power of the gospel. This message of hope and transformation continues.
Open Your Heart a Lasting Love
Before you tie the knot, make sure the rope is strong. Let these insightful and inspiring devotions minister to your heart as you begin to develop a daily habit of spending time with God.
Best-selling author and counselor H. Norman Wright's has mentored more than a million dating and engaged couples with his interactive and easy-to-use books on marriage. Through Scripture, storytelling, and thought-provoking questions, each of these devotions serve as a tool to initiate honest and heartfelt conversation between you and your partner.
Whether you're already engaged or still getting to know each other, you can build a strong and healthy relationship with open communication, respect for one another, and trust in God.
As well as his many books, letters and poems, C.S. Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defence of faith, but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and story-telling.
This second volume (of two) collects together all Lewis’s religious essays. Grouped together by topic, there are over 50 essays covering The Search for God, Aspects of Faith, The Christian in the World, The Church, and also a selection of his Letters on the subject of Christianity.
”C S Lewis is the ideal persuader for the half-convinced, for the good man who would like to be a Christain but finds his intellect getting in the way.”
'n Lewe voor God bestaan uit 366 dagstukkies uit die pen van een van Suid-Afrika se mees geliefde skrywers en teoloë, Stephan Joubert. Stephan help ons om elke dag bewustelik en met oorgawe in die aangesig van God te leef. Hy lei ons deur middel van alledaagse temas soos gebed, naasteliefde, vergifnis en genade om elke dag in eerlikheid voor God ons lewe aan te pak.
Jesus, Our Perfect Hope focuses on the Person of Jesus Christ, who is the one true source of hope. As readers learn more about who Christ is each day and make a point to spend time with Him, they will gain a whole new perspective on life.
By diving into daily content that points to Jesus, readers will begin to understand what it means to have hope in Christ. When Jesus is first and Jesus is all, earthly troubles begin to pale in comparison. When hope no longer lies in spouses, homes, jobs, children, money, or other pursuits, Christians can begin to experience a sense of freedom. These daily devotions will help people seek Jesus first and realize the joy that comes by resting in Him.
Jesus, Our Perfect Hope has a deluxe package similar to Every Day in His Presence, complete with a leathersoft, padded hardcover, foil, and ribbon marker. This beautiful book will remind people that although the world is full of uncertainty and struggles, Jesus offers hope.
Jean Vanier celebrates the gospel of John in his highly anticipated latest work, DRAWN INTO THE MYSTERY OF JESUS THROUGHOUT THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Thoroughly personal and inspiring, DRAWN INTO THE MYSTERY challenges all Christians to encounter the fullness of life lived in close communion with God. Vanier writes: "These insights that I share in this book come from the life of Jesus in me....They also flow from my life with people who are weak and who have taught me to welcome Jesus from the place of the poverty in me." Jean Vanier was a friend and influential mentor to the late Henri Nouwen. Toward the end of his life, Nouwen left Harvard to live and work at one of Jean Vanier's L'Arche communities. This was perhaps the most profound experience of Christianity Nouwen experienced. The thought and spiritual direction/discipleship of Jean Vanier is available to all in DRAWN INTO THE MYSTERY OF JESUS THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.
Roman Velasco is 'n suksesvolle Los Angeles-kunstenaar wat oënskynlik alles het wat sy hart begeer - ŉ groot herehuis, geld, vroue en roem. Slegs Grace Moore, sy teësinnige nuwe assistent, weet hoe min hy regtig het.
Maar Grace weet nie hoe haar baas in die geheim met sy duiwels stoei nie: deur geboue te teiken as die Bird, 'n berugte maar ongeïdentifiseerde graffiti-kunstenaar - 'n alter ego wat Roman se loopbaan kan verwoes en hom in die tronk kan laat beland.
Soos Roman, worstel Grace ook met spoke en geheime van haar eie. Ná 'n rampspoedige huwelik haar lewe totaal van koers afgegooi het, het sy gesweer dat liefde nooit weer haar drome sal kniehalter nie. Maar soos sy die enigmatiese man agter die reputasie leer ken, is dit asof hulle gebroke stukke stadig inmekaar begin pas ... totdat iets onverwags gebeur wat die loop van hulle verhouding - en albei se lewe - onherroeplik onherroeplik verander.
Die meesterstuk is ŉ splinternuwe liefdesverhaal deur bekroonde New York Times-topverkoper-outeur Francine Rivers wat jou herinner dat genade selfs die mees gebroke persoon in 'n onvolmaakte tog ongelooflike meesterstuk kan verander.
31 studies om te ontdek hoe om nou al te weet wat God se wil is. “Moet ek eers wag tot ek dood is voordat ek God se wil verstaan?” So begin Stephan Joubert sy boek God se wil vir jou lewe. Op sy unieke manier doen Stephan Joubert ’n diepgaande ondersoek na hierdie vraag om vas te stel hoe ons nou al God se wil kan ken. Die boek is verdeel in twee dele: Deel 1 is 9 hoofstukke waarin Stephan onder andere kyk na die misterie van God se wil, Jesus as die gesig van God se wil, reels oor God se wil en vensters op God se wil; Deel 2 is 31 Bybelstudies, vir individue of groepe, wat die verskillende fasette van God se wil bekyk waaronder: Verander God se wil my in ’n robot?, Mag ek vrae vra oor God se wil? en vele meer. God se wil vir jou lewe wys dat God se wil vir ons duidelik in die Bybel gegee word en dat ons dus nie tot ons dood hoef te wag om dit te verstaan nie. Dit is moontlik om elke dag in blydskap en volkome binne God se wil te leef.
Maklik verstaanbare antwoorde op gewilde vrae oor die Bybel se betroubaarheid en akkuraatheid. Het jy al ooit gewonder wie die boeke in die Bybel geskryf het en hoe hulle saamgestel is? Het iemand al ooit vir jou gese dat sommige boeke uit die Bybel gelaat is of dat jy nie die stories van Jesus in die Evangelies kan vertrou nie? Hoe het die Bybel ontstaan? vertel op fassinerende wyse meer van die bes bewaarde Boek wat die wereld nog ooit gesien het. Dr. Timothy Paul Jones gee maklik verstaanbare antwoorde op gewilde vrae oor die Bybel se betroubaarheid en akkuraatheid. Hoe het die Bybel ontstaan? bevat die volgende: Hoe die Ou Testament en Nuwe Testament ontstaan het; Definisies oor populere terme soos “geinspireer” en “onfeilbaar”; Redes hoekom die Nuwe Testamentiese-boeke gekies is; Boeiende verhale oor Polycarpus, Serapion, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, die King James-weergawe van die Bybel en vele meer!; Fassinerende feite oor die Bybel, soos dat daar meer as 5 700 manuskripte oorleef het van die Nuwe Testament teenoor die 210 eksemplare van Plato.
The only official sequel, penned by Lewis himself, to the ever-popular `Screwtape Letters' - published alongside other short essays. One of the most popular books ever to come from the pen of C.S. Lewis was written in the name of Screwtape, a senior devil, experienced in the art of luring his `patients' on earth to their own damnation in service of `our father below' - and training others to do the same. Screwtape's correspondence with his nephew, an apprentice devil, came into Lewis's hands, he said, by a route he would not disclose, and many a reader has finished the collection longing for more of the insights they gained from its wisdom. Much to Lewis's resistance, this after-dinner speech, given by Screwtape to a graduating class of demons at a college in hell, came to light a few years after the publication of the original letters. Now 75 years later, the speech is reproduced in full once more, along with a short collection of Lewis's other lesser-known, but perennial works. Many people will have forgotten about the only official `sequel' that exists to Screwtape; the 75th anniversary of Screwtape's publication is the perfect opportunity to bring this back.
The CSB She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of “Women in the Word of God every day.” The CSB She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.
The CSB She Reads Truth Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life- transforming message and to share it with others.
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