One of the judges on AGT made this comment after one of the contestants messed up their acrobatic act, and wanted a do over - "This isn’t America's Got Perfection; it's called America's Got Talent". Another judge, Simon Cowell, added this - "I don’t think there’s ever been a singer on any of our competitions who’s been note-perfect. It still doesn’t make them not amazing. It makes them human."


No one is perfect. We falsely label people as "perfectionists". It is just another way to describe people who are difficult to work or live with. Some people put pressure on themselves and when they mess up, they think that they are not good enough. And we tend to judge others harshly when they fall below our expectations of them.


We may not always say the right words. We will not always be on target with our actions or attitudes. Our marriages or relationships will not always be trouble free. And we will not always get an opportunity for a do over after we fail.


The Lord knows that no human being will every attain perfection in this lifetime. That is why He makes His Grace available to us. Through the Grace of God, we can live with ourselves even when we fall short and we can be tolerant of others who do the same.


If the judges of a talent show that focuses on performance could be so kind in their words about a mess up, imagine how much more kindness God has for us, even when we let Him down. So today, lift up your head; walk tall, because of Jesus' Blood, God's Grace is upon you. And we are called to help others understand and receive His Grace too.


                                                            Summer Blessings, Pastor


At the start of most new episodes of a TV series, we hear the words - "Previously on …" It is a wonderful reminder of what is going on in the series. It is also helpful for new viewers of the show to get a grasp of the story line.


Context is important. Context helps us better understand situations. Context tells us what happened in the past, so we can better understand the present and perhaps influence the future for good. Context gives us an insight into people beyond their outward appearance. Context teaches us that we cannot judge others until we have walked in their shoes.


Context is also crucially important when it comes to the Word of God. There have been many errors in interpreting the Bible because verses have been pulled out of context. God and His Word have been misrepresented because the verses preceding and following have been ignored and no attention was paid to the historical and cultural context, or to the language of origin.     


Context helps us stay both grounded and radically expectant at the same time. We stay humble because we remember who we used to be and how God pulled us out of our mess. And yet we are also hopeful that the same God who brought us so far can take us even further. 


Context reminds us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever [Hebrews 13:8]. What God did in the past, He is able to do again, and what God did for others, He can do for you.


Context can be empowering. Maybe an inspiring way to start our day is by declaring, "Previously in my life …"          Blessings, Pastor


The best news of the week - All 12 boys and their soccer coach were rescued from an underground cave in Thailand. They were trapped since June 23, and with each passing day, their rescue was considered less likely because of the onset of the monsoon season, and the oxygen in the cave was being depleted. It was a complicated rescue that involved swimming under water though dark, murky waters. Strong currents, razor sharp stones and darkness added to the difficulty of this operation.


One of the Navy seals involved in the rescue made this comment - "We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what." We believe God answered prayers.


There is too much bad news in regards to children. Our kids have been up against so much wickedness - abuse, bullying, cyber bullying, suicides, drug abuse, abductions, and human trafficking. Add to that list mother's boyfriends abusing and even killing the little ones, perverse and wicked teachers and professors. Then there are generational issues, poor parental examples and lack of guidance. Peer pressure. It seems like they are facing endless challenges.     


That is why this rescue is such a great moment. Children of the world need to be rescued. I declare that this is a prophetic moment for kids all over the world being rescued by the Power of the Blood of Jesus, His Word and the Holy Spirit.


Keep praying and keep caring. Your life and example is making a difference to children in your family and community. Your prayers are releasing miracles across the world.         Summer Blessings, Pastor


Following Israel's victory in battle, this was the explanation and advice offered in 1 Kings 20 - 


23 Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, “Their gods are gods of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they. 


This is what the Lord said to His people -  


28 The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’”


The lesson is simple - our God is Lord over all. Our God is Lord in every place, He is Lord over every person, and He is Lord in every situation. Our God is King of kings and Lord of lords.  


Our summers are a wonderful time of year. Schools are out, travel and family vacations, endless trips to the beach, and of course the BBQ's. Be careful not to let the rest and relaxation of this season dull your spiritual senses. Do not let the lazy, dog days of summer keep you away from the House of God or from your private spiritual disciplines.


We need the Lord on our tough days, and we need the Lord on our good, easy days too. The Lord expects us to come to Him in our times of trouble. He gladly welcomes us as we are to His Throne Room. But our God has called us to so much more - a daily walk with Him.


As you enjoy the summer, continue to seek the Kingdom of God first.


                                                Summer Blessings, Pastor


Our daughter loves to celebrate the fact that she was born free. It means more to her because my wife and I were born in South Africa, and we spent most of our lives under the Apartheid regime. If you do not know anything about Apartheid, please google it so you can have a better understanding of the wickedness of the system in which we were raised. Kimberly was born in a post-Apartheid, democratic republic when Nelson Mandela was the President.


On the 4th of July we celebrate the Independence of this nation. We are wonderfully blessed to live in this country with all the freedom we enjoy. We need to be grateful for our blessings - especially when we consider the harsh and often horrific conditions that people have to endure in many nations.  


The circumstances of our birth or our lives may be less than perfect, but when we are born again, we are made free by the Blood of Jesus Christ. That freedom means we are forgiven, sanctified and justified. That freedom means we are delivered from the power of sin and the control of the devil. That freedom means we are on our way to heaven.


The Apostle Paul reminds us on several occasions in his epistles that we need to value and be grateful for our freedom in Christ. And he often draws our attention to the fact that we should not let our difficult or painful circumstances hinder our faith. Paul also calls on us to protect that freedom and not let sin enslave us again.  


Apartheid restricted our lives on multiple levels, but we did not let it stop us from worshipping and serving our God. Do not let anyone or anything rob you of the blessings in your Savior, especially your freedom in Christ Jesus.                      Blessings, Pastor


"One step at a time, one punch at a time, one round at a time". That was the advice that Rocky Balboa gave to his young protégé in the movie, "Creed".


It is great advice for a boxer, and wonderful inspiration for life. Unlike a boxing match, we often face battles on multiple fronts, and sometimes there are no breaks in between, as we can go from one challenge to another.


Jesus knew how much the cares of this world could weigh us down. Our Savior knew that we tend to carry tomorrow's possible trouble into today, that is why He taught this in Matthew 6 -


25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?... 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


When we make God and His Kingdom a priority, we can live with His Peace and Strength no matter the present battles or the future concerns. When we put Jesus first, we can take one day at a time. Have a blessed and peace filled summer.

                                                Blessings, Pastor


There is a beautiful worship song, "Wrap me in Your Arms" that gives us a picture of the father of the Prodigal son. Luke 15:20 says -


So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.


He received his prodigal son with open arms, despite the mess he had created for himself and the pain that he had caused to their family. What amazing love and grace from the father. 


The father in the story is representative of our Heavenly Father. It is important to have that image of Our God in our hearts and minds because there are moments in life that we will need it just to survive another day. 


Tough days can leave us feeling battered and bruised. And there are days when the cuts of life are very deep. Painful experiences and setbacks tear against our self-esteem. Harsh words and cruel attitudes can and do make us feel unloved. Failures and shortcomings convince us that we are unworthy.


Have you thought that your mess was beyond help? Or have you ever felt that you were beyond redemption?  There is a Father in Heaven that awaits you with open arms. He will welcome you just as you are, and He will heal your brokenness and fill the gaps in your heart.


Run to your Heavenly Father and allow Him to wrap you in His Arms.


                                                Blessings, Pastor



The world was stunned by the deaths of designer, Kate Spade and chef, Anthony Bourdain this week. Both deaths were suicides.


These are some shocking statistics - 


o   Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of deaths in the USA

o   Suicide rates in this country have increased by 25% in the past 19 years

o   Over half of suicides were not diagnosed as having a mental health condition.

o   In 2016, there were 45 000 suicides in our nation


The problem is growing. Even more saddening is that there are an increasing number of children and teenagers ending their lives. What we have learned in the deaths of successful, high profile people is that suicide affects every level of society and every age group.


We need to pray for and reach out to those who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. If you know somebody who has suicidal tendencies, please refer them to the National Suicidal Prevention Hotline - 1800-273-8255. Free and confidential help is available 24/7.


Every life matters. Every soul is valuable to God. There is no problem that is beyond God's Power to overcome. There is no sin beyond God's Grace to forgive. There is no situation that God cannot transform. There is nothing impossible with God.


Every life has a divine purpose. Do not let the devil abort what God wants to do in and through you. The Bible is a book about lives that were supernaturally turned around. Jesus can do that for you today. Don’t give up on God. Don't give up on yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blessings, Pastor


The winning word in this year's Spelling Bee Competition was Koinonia, which means fellowship. Some of the key questions that the Spelling Bee contestants ask the moderator are definition of the word, language of origin, part of speech, and alternate pronunciations.


The language of origin of the word provides important clues in the correct spelling of the word. There is a significant percentage of the vast vocabulary of the English language that is borrowed from other languages. Therefore knowing the language of origin can help a speller come up with the correct combination of letters.


Knowing the origin of a word spoken about us is equally important. Knowing the origin of the positive word can help us receive that word correctly. Unfortunately, some people are just looking to flatter us and do not mean what they are saying. Others can be nice because they have an ulterior motive, and probably want something from us.


It is even more important to know the origin of a negative word or comment about us. There are mean spirited people who just want to hurt others through their ugly words. Then there are others who are experts at faultfinding. The Word of God warns us that the devil is the chief accuser and is behind the perpetuation of shame and guilt. We need to know the spirit behind the words coming to us.  


We believe and accept the Bible as the infallible, inspired, holy and eternal Word of God. Knowing the origin of the Bible should awaken in us a deep love and respect for the Word. And it should motivate within us a passion to read, study, memorize and share it at every opportunity.

                                                Blessings, Pastor


It is important to remember the people who have gone before us. Remembering others who blessed our lives raises our level of gratefulness. Remembering them shuts down any pride or arrogance because we recognize that we did not get to where we are on our own. Remembering those who contributed to our successes inspires us to be better human beings. 

On this Memorial Day Weekend, we remember those who fought for our freedom. We honor those who went to war, so that we may have peace in our land. We are grateful for those who stepped on to the battlefield, that we could live in safety and security. We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

God delivered His people out of slavery. Then He asked them to remember what He did for them. The Lord knew that people forget quickly the blessings of yesterday.

Remembering empowers us in our walk with God. Remembering what God did in our lives, will lead us to obey Him. Remembering the Lord's blessings will elevate our worship. Remembering God's Mercy and Grace will motivate us to serve Him.

This kind of Remembering is not about wallowing in misery about the 'good old days' of the past. But this remembering is about being motivated to honor God in every day and with every step we take.  

This level of Remembering also doubles as a barrier against the lies and deception of the devil. When we remember our Savior, then we know who we are, and Who we belong to, and Who we owe everything to.              

                                                Blessings, Pastor


When I was a child, I would always eat at home before going out to dinner to someone's home or even to a wedding. The reason I would do that was to ensure that I would not go hungry if I did not like the food that was set before us. I used to be a very picky eater, until I got married and now I eat whatever my wife cooks [all the husbands said 'Amen']

So if I did not like the food, it did not affect me because I was already full, and I did not need it anyway. And if the food was good, then it was a bonus. I won either way.   

One of my favorite preachers said this in a sermon - people need to come to Church full. He meant full of God's Word. In that way - whether you liked the sermon or not, you are already full of God's Word, and you will not leave disappointed. If we come full - the sermon will be dessert or the icing on the cake.            

If we come full - it will not matter who's preaching. If we come full - it will not matter whether we enjoyed the delivery or content of the sermon. If we do enjoy the preaching, it will be an added bonus to what we have already received from the Lord in our devotions.

But if the sermon is our only intake of God's Word, then we may be deeply disappointed. If a sermon is our only source of God's Revelation, we may be led astray if the preacher is misinterpreting the Word or misrepresenting God.

If we come full of God's Word to Church, we have a greater opportunity to bless others.               Blessings, Pastor


I grew up in a home and in an extended family where the standard opening question to my appearance would be, "Are you hungry?" Actually, anyone who dropped by any one of our relatives' homes, at any time, was greeted with the same question. 

My wife [the world's best cook] cooks up a storm whenever our 'out-of-state' daughter visits. And Kim always leaves with a several containers of food. There is nothing quite like eating at mom's table.

Mom's table is more than food. It is a safe place. Mom's table is a place to receive comfort and peace. It is also a place of renewing our strength and our hope. You can trust her cooking.

A Mom's table reminds me of the promise in Psalm 23:5 - You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. No matter what is going on in our world - there is always peace and safety at Mom's table. Mom's table is representative of God's provision.

1 Kings 18:19 talks about false prophets eating at table of Jezebel, the wicked queen of Israel. This is symbolic of the devil's table.  

Here is the key question, whose table are you eating at? What is on the menu? Obviously I am not talking about physical food, I am asking - Who or what is feeding your soul? The easiest test is the answer to this question - Are you being spiritually nourished or are you being poisoned?

God wants to satisfy us and renew our strength. The devil wants to harm and destroy us. Let God's Word be the main course. Psalm 34:8 says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good".      Blessings, Pastor


This is our ninth annual "Open Heavens" Meetings. Over the years, our guest preachers have blessed us through the preaching of the Word of God and the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit. Our first "Open Heavens" service was with Pastor Paul Pillay [Durban, South Africa]. He prayed over a woman in a wheel chair and the Lord healed her instantly, and she got out of that wheel chair and started walking. With God, all things are possible. There is a miracle waiting for you this morning.

The theme of our meetings, "Open Heavens", is significant. Open Heavens is symbolic of a new level in God. Open Heavens speaks of fresh revelation from God. Open Heavens implies an unhindered access into the Presence of God. Open Heavens is about free flowing blessings from the Throne Room of our Lord.

There are several Open Heavens instances in the Bible. The most spectacular was obviously when Jesus Christ was baptized. Matthew 3:16-17 records that the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove on Jesus and the Father God proclaimed His approval of His Son.

In Malachi 8, God promises to open the heavens when people obey Him in regards to giving. I believe that is the key to an open heavens - obedience to the Lord and His Word. If you need a fresh anointing … if you need new revelation … if you need heaven's answer …  if you need more of God … OBEY! The classic chapter on blessings - Deuteronomy 28 - confirms this.

There are no shortcuts, bypasses, alibis, excuses, offerings, serving in Church … there is nothing … that can replace obedience. Obey God and live under an Open Heaven.  

                                                Blessings, Pastor


I love the song, "Don't Look at Me" by Stacie Orrico. The first verse says -

Don't look at me if you're looking for perfection
Don't look at me I will only let you down
I'll do my best to point you in the right direction
But don't look at me
No, no, no
Don't look at me, look at Him

That is wonderful advice. No person is perfect. No one is the answer to all our problems. No human being can fully satisfy us. No Pastor, no Evangelist, no prayer partner, no mentor … Only Jesus!

Don't focus on people, keep your eyes on Jesus, our Holy and Awesome Lord and God. Whenever we focus on others, we will be disappointed. When we put our faith and hope on people, it will damage our relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Also, do not judge Christianity by the way Christians live, because all Christians are imperfect. If you judge God by what you see in us, you may become convinced that the Word of God is not true. And you will miss the Majesty and Sovereignty of our God. 

We are witnesses of the gospel message. We are representatives of Jesus. However, we are far from perfect. We do not draw attention to ourselves; nor do we claim credit for any good thing that happens through our witness or acts of ministry. We just point people in the direction of Jesus Christ. We are signposts directing people to the only One Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Blessings, Pastor


Someone made this comment to me during the week that "a random person had arranged an appointment for them". My immediate response was "nothing is random". The more I thought about it, the more I came to realize the truth of that statement.

This is my conviction - for a Christian there are no coincidences, accidental meetings, chance happenings, luck, or random occurrences.

The Bible offers us countless examples that reveal that there is a divine orchestration and choreography to our lives. There is undoubtedly a supernatural pattern to our steps. Hallelujah!

It may seem like your life is haphazard, that your days are unintentional or your encounters casual. But if we are obedient to God, then He is ordering our steps. If we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit, then He is leading us into fulfilling His Will on the Earth.

Even the inconvenient moments, the interruptions or disruptions to our schedule and the unplanned meetings are a part of heaven's symphony through our lives. It may seem spontaneous to us, but our God is working His design in our lives.

God will never violate our free will, but when we surrender our lives to Him, we step into a higher level in our calling. The mighty David declared in Psalm 37:23 - the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord. Psalm 23, says God leads us in the paths of righteousness.

We need to recognize that God is in the moments and God is in the details of our lives. That will bring greater joy into our days, and renew our sense of purpose. Nothing about us is random! There is an intentional God working in and through us to bless us, and to bless the world around us.          

                                                Blessings, Pastor


On Monday morning, my cousin, Ian, passed away. He was hospitalized on the previous Friday with a failing liver. Ian was only 41 years old. He leaves behind his parents, wife, and two daughters, [aged 20 and 3 years old], and a younger brother.

Ian had a wonderful personality and he was loved by everyone who knew him. He always stood out in a crowd with his good looks, impeccable dressing and charming smile.

To say that our family is heartbroken by his passing is an understatement. We are stunned. We have had a string of losses in the past few years. It began with my Dad in 2015, and then an uncle in 2016 and two aunts in 2017. Every loss is painful, but we recognize the natural order of life. This loss of my cousin is different because he was in the prime of his life. There are no easy answers to many things we go through in this life.

Know this, whether people die young or old, whether peacefully or tragically, our life and times are in God's Hands [Psalm 31:15].
What we do with our time - is our choice

  • How we love the people in our lives - is our choice
  • How we treat people - is our choice
  • How we utilize our gifts and talents - is our choice 
  • How we worship and serve God - is our choice

The time that God has given to us is precious, so make it count. Live wisely. Forgive quickly. Love God passionately. Be a blessing every day. Be ready every day to meet your Maker.

Blessings, Pastor


We begin every sermon with the declaration - "I am ready to receive what the Holy Spirit has for me this morning". When we make this declaration we are saying, I want what God has for me.

I hope that I do not preach 'one size fits all' type of sermons. There may be times when what I preach does not apply to you. The examples or the texts that I use may not light your fire. But what I share can inspire your thoughts or lead you to another verse and that might be what God has for you. What I say may stir a memory and that can be what God has for you. Or you can receive tools to help others in need.

I encourage you to take notes. Write down things that grab your attention or touches your spirit. When you read it later, it will bless you and can lead you to a deeper revelation from God.  

When we gather in Jesus' Name, God is present and He is working in multiple ways. God is not limited by what I preach, or by the songs we sing. If you are open and receptive, God will speak to you.  

Do not miss God by focusing on the personality or skill of the preacher, or by the "worship experience". Sadly, many Church goers are seeking to be entertained. Some become Church "vagabonds" as they keep floating from place to place depending on the speaker or program. In chasing an experience, we can miss the main event - that is Jesus Christ!   

The bottom line - we come to encounter God. Everything else is secondary. Open your heart this morning, God has something for you. God never disappoints those who seek Him.

                                                            Blessings, Pastor


Most people at some point in their lives will carry some form of debt - credit cards, mortgage, student loans, or car payments. It is an incredible feeling to hear the words - "paid in full". What is even greater is to discover that our debt was paid in full by someone else.

Suppose the action of our benefactor also "cleaned" our credit history of any late or delinquent payments, or negative reports and caused our credit score to be elevated to the highest level. How would we respond to such a person? How would we react if that person wants to be a part of our lives and help us stay debt free? A most likely reaction would be - "Please stay with me forever".

That is the Easter story. Jesus Christ died on the Cross, and He paid the price for our sins in full. He paid the price for all our sins -   past, present and future. Hebrews 10:10 - And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

There was more - through Jesus' Death on the Cross, we have been justified and sanctified. Justification means we have been forgiven and cleansed to the level as if we never sinned in the first place. Sanctification means that we have been made holy.

That is the free gift God offers us through His Son. All we have to do is accept. When we do - we are born again, forgiven and made new creations in Jesus Christ. When we accept - the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us. The Holy Spirit helps us to honor God and be victorious in our lives. Have you said "Yes" to Jesus? If not - don’t delay.

Easter Blessings, Pastor


Palm Sunday marks the day that Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The crowds celebrated Him and received Him with praise and worship. It was more than praise shouts. It was more than singing.

It was a prophetic fulfillment of Scripture [Zechariah 9:9, Psalm 118:25-26], and it was a connection to their past. It was worship. I believe that their praise opened up the heavens and changed the atmosphere. In their singing, they were participating in Jesus' Mission on the Earth. John 12 reveals that Jesus' enemies were outraged by this event and accelerated the timetable of their plot against Jesus, while fulfilling God's timetable for Jesus' Death of the Cross.

After the Hosannas - many of this Palm Sunday crowd were faced with a choice - Jesus or Barabbas. And because their praise did not produce their desired result - which was most likely Jesus taking charge of the nation and expelling the Romans - many settled for the devil's option, chanting, "Crucify Him".

We talk about the spiritual warfare that tries to stop our praise. And we know that praise is warfare. But we often neglect to mention that there is warfare after we praise.

The biggest weapon is the demonic lie that our praise has had no effect. The truth is our praise honors God. The truth is our praise unlocks blessings in our lives and the atmosphere. The truth is that we do not always recognize or understand the effects of our praise. Withstand the attacks of the devil to undo your praise mode. 

Praise is powerful. Make everyday a Palm Sunday celebration!

Blessings, Pastor


Tuesday is the first day of Spring. There is freshness in the air when Spring comes around. Fresh growth. Fresh vitality. Fresh activity. Spring is lively and active.  

Life is often the opposite of fresh. It is easy to fall into a rut. Challenges and setbacks can wear us out, and leave us feeling empty and depleted. What we need is a refreshing. Refresh means to give new energy, to revive, restore and revitalize.

Refresh is also a computer term. It means to update the display on the screen. The need to refresh the page or website is because it may have jammed. Hence, the page being viewed is no longer current. The Refresh button will reload or update the website. The display is not incorrect - it is stagnant and may even be outdated.

Here is a powerful application - our spiritual vision needs to be constantly refreshed. We can and do lose sight of what God is saying and doing because we are stuck on a vision of what used to be. Our focus is not necessarily wrong, but it can be outdated. That can cause us to miss the present revelation and move of God.

There are many things in life and in this world that can distract, or cloud our spiritual focus. We constantly need a refreshing of our spiritual focus so that we can stay tapped into the revelation, wisdom, and understanding of the Holy Spirit.

I declare in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that this Spring will usher us into a season of refreshing so that we will have 20-20 vision in the realm of the spirit.  

Blessings, Pastor