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The Book Of Strange New Things

by Michel Faber

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The Book of Strange New Things is a 2014 science fiction novel by Dutch-born author Michel Faber. The work was first published in the United States on October 28, 2014 and concerns an English pastor who is sent to the planet of Oasis to teach its reclusive native inhabitants about Christianity. Michel Faber has stated that The Book of Strange New Things may be his last written work.[1]

Plot[edit]

Peter Leigh, an English pastor decides to leave his wife Beatrice in order to be a missionary. It is gradually revealed that rather than being a missionary on a different country he has been hired by a private American corporation called USIC to preach to the native population of a distant planet called Oasis. Peter expects to find hostility when meeting the native population but finds instead that they are extremely welcoming, already speak English very well and are passionate devotees of the Christian faith, referring to themselves as Jesus Lover One, Two, etc.

Peter sets to work trying to build a church for the Jesus Lovers and trying to live amongst them. On his brief trips back to the base camp where the engineers and scientist who run USIC on Oasis live he tries to contact Bea using a Shoot, a message system which allows him to communicate back on Earth. Though Bea's initial messages are full of love they also include information on severe natural disasters caused by climate change including flooding and famine that have happened since Peter left. After a few months she also informs Peter that she is pregnant with his child, conceived on the last night he was with her. Peter, whose life is full with his missionary work, feels distant from Bea and begins to find it difficult to recall her face and their life together, instead focusing on integrating himself into the Oasan community. While helping them with a harvest, which they trade with the USIC population for medicine, Peter receives a terrible bite from a pest native to Oasis. The community is horrified and treat him as though he is dying. Peter believes he has been poisoned but nevertheless goes back to USIC where he is treated for his wounds and receives a message from Bea telling him that there is no God. In distress Peter decides to go back to the Oasan village in order to die but accidentally finds the village they abandoned before he arrived where he meets the linguist that was his predecessor who warns him that the USIC workers are not as harmonious as they appear and that Earth is dying. The following day he is retrieved by Grainger, the USIC pharmacist who he is closest with who implies he may have been hallucinating as he was severely dehydrated. Back on the USIC base camp he learns that his favourite Oasan, Jesus Lover Five has come to the USIC camp seeking treatment as a fallen painting which bruised her hand has led to her dying. Peter realizes with horror that the reason Oasan's have embraced Jesus so much is because they take the tales of Heaven and Jesus rising from the grave literally.

Based on Bea's attitude and the fact that he has unintentionally deceived the Oasan's Peter decides to return to Earth. He goes back to the Oasan town once more where his congregation, who last saw him receiving severe injuries, treat his return as a miracle. As a parting gift to them he tries to explain that humans are capable of recovering from injuries in a way the Oasan's are not, but they remain faithful Christian nevertheless. Before he leaves for Earth Peter receives a last message from Bea telling him to stay where he is as she has to move houses and the Earth is unsafe however Peter is resolved to return to her and their unborn child and remain with them even until the end of the world.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for The Book of Strange New Things has been mostly positive and the work has received praise from io9, the New York Times, and The Independent.[2][3][4] The Guardian praised the work for being "astonishing and deeply affecting" and wrote "This is a big novel – partly because it has to construct and explain its unhomely setting, partly because it has such a lot of religious, linguistic, philosophical and political freight to deliver – but the reader is pulled through it at some pace by the gothic sense of anxiety that pervades and taints every element."[5] NPR was more mixed in their review, commenting that as a work of science fiction the book was overly familiar and compared it unfavorably to A Canticle for Leibowitz while also stating that Faber "tells a beautifully human story of love, loss, faith and the sometimes uncrossable distances between people. It feels, more than anything, like an achingly gentle 500-page first chapter to an apocalypse novel yet to come."[6]

Michel Faber Wrote This Heartbreaking Book While His Wife Was Dying. Now He Says It's His Last.

BY HILLARY KELLY

October 28, 2014

If Michel Faber’s phenomenon-turned-bestseller-turned-miniseries The Crimson Petal and the White is the only fiction of his that you’ve ever read, his newest novel, The Book of Strange New Things, may feel like it’s come from a different author entirely. The Crimson Petal was set in Victorian London and followed the adventures of Sugar, a young, much sought-after prostitute known for her otherworldly bedroom tricks. The Book takes place at an undetermined date in the nearish future on a planet called Oasis, and chronicles the mission (both exploratory and religious) of a British preacher named Peter who has been sent to commune with the natives. The Crimson Petalmanaged to deftly make use of a floating, prodding narrator who spoke in the present-tense and was apt to pointedly remind readers not to grow distracted by secondary characters, or to stay focused on a particular conversation. The Book is linear and unflashy, with epistles back and forth between Peter and his wife, Bea, serving as the only interruptions in the narrative. The Book is also, comparatively, a quick read—it’s almost 500 pages shorter than The Crimson Petal.

Aliens, space travel, planet-colonization—The Book of Strange New Things feels poised to read like science fiction. Instead, it is a harrowing, wrenching work about the intricacies of married life—one made even more poignant by Faber’s pronouncement to The New York Times that he plans on making this novel, which is only his third, his last. Faber’s wife Eva died in July, just days before he handed in his final changes to the manuscript of The Book, and “those who work closely with Mr. Faber say that his decision to stop writing novels may be a manifestation of grief,” according to the Times.

If indeed Faber does retire from novel-writing, he’ll have left on the highest of notes. The Book of Strange New Things is certainly capable of achieving the same popular success as The Crimson Petal, and it is a bold and unexpected work of beauty.

A novel should stand or fall on its own, distinct from whatever we know about an author's life. Fitzgerald's well-known marital drama makes Tender is the Night a more compelling autobiographical artifact than The Great Gatsby, but it does not make it a better novel. Hemingway adapted aspects of his real life for both The Sun Also Risesand A Farewell to Arms (when didn't Hemingway do that, actually?)—but while the former enjoys a reputation as Hemingway's finest work, it is the latter novel that most readers find the most moving and compelling.

But there's nothing wrong with recognizing that the circumstances of an author's life can make a work more poignant. Henry James’s desperate love for his cousin Minnie Temple is the lifeblood that keeps The Wings of the Dove—a famously dense novel—alive. The torment Charlotte Brontë suffered over unrequited love pulses throughVillette, the pseudo-biographical story of a teacher at a girls school in Belgium who falls passionately in love with a married fellow teacher. Understanding the isolation and despair Brontë felt when she was sent to teach (and send home money) at a similar school—and then the devastation of her own attachment to a certain M. Héger—elevates Villette from a middling novel to a fascinating, if problematic, one. Similarly, knowing that this was to be "the saddest thing I’d ever written," as Faber told the Times, and that Faber inserted the married couple's storyline after learning of his wife's terminal diagnosis, grants the epistles an added richness.


Peter, The Book’s protagonist, has been selected by a mysterious corporation called USIC to serve as their latest missionary to an outpost on the alien planet of Oasis, and is to spend an undetermined amount of time there, preaching God’s Word to the native population. The exact nature of the mission—Where will he live? How will he communicate with the natives? Why does USIC think a preacher is the best conduit?—is entirely unknown to Peter at the outset, and this tactic serves the reader well. We know only what Peter knows, when he knows it. Oasis, then, is as strange and wondrous to us as it is to him.

Meanwhile, Peter’s wife Bea remains behind on Earth; she has, for reasons unknown to the married couple, not been allowed to join his mission. Bea, at first, composes letters to her husband (sent through a type of intergalactic email called The Shoot) about the monotonies and tiny dramas of ordinary life—her nursing job, a parish family she’s trying to help through a rough patch, their cat Joshua. Peter’s dispatches back to Bea chronicle his first meeting with the natives, their “whitish pink walnut-kernel faces,” and “soft, reedy, asthmatic-sounding voices.” He explains their living habits, their seemingly primitive and yet startlingly advanced farming tactics and familial patterns, their soft, multicolored robes.

And so Peter’s most dearly held dream begins to come true—the Oasans hunger for Christ, they beg Peter to teach them about the Bible (or, as they call it, The Book of Strange New Things), he is welcomed into their community and helps them build a church. But civilization on Earth is rapidly collapsing. First supermarkets begin to run out of ordinary goods, like chocolate, explains Bea. Then freak weather events grow even more intense. A “large chunk” of North Korea is wiped out. There are mass riots in China. In isolation, the events sound eerily similar to real modern life. But as they keep coming in rapid succession, it’s clear that someone has pulled out the pin holding the world together. And so Peter is, implicitly, put in the position of deciding between the work he does for his God, and the love he has for his wife.

While Peter’s mission is ostensibly the pole around which the rest of the novel circulates, it’s the story of a marriage in crisis—a relationship stretched to the very limits—that resonates most clearly. The settlement on Oasis, the collapse of modern society on Earth—those are only mechanisms (albeit, extreme ones) keeping Peter and Bea from understanding one another, from operating in tandem, from working towards one another. It’s a storyline that could easily have grown hackneyed. But Faber’s sincerity keeps The Book honest, and his talent steers him away from cliché.

Selfishly, I hope The Book of Strange New Things isn't Faber's last novel—but even if it is, what a note to depart on.

Hillary Kelly is the digital media editor at The New Republic.

Voetnoot: Michel Faber, skrywer van The Book of Strange New Things, is ‘n ateïs.

Dié volwasse en emosioneel openhartige boek handel oor die Christelike geloof, getuig van diepgaande kennis van die Skrif en die Christelike geloof, maar is nie vanuit die Christelike geloofsoortuiging geskryf nie.


Is jy 'n kennisvraat?

Hier is jou vaarwater: WAAR OM JOU IN LEWENSBELANGRIKE VAARDIGHEDE IN TE GRAWE, ELKEEN VAN HULLE MET DIE POTENSIAAL OM JOU LEWE TE VERANDER:
Jy gaan nie jammer wees dat jy gaan uitvind het nie. Al waaroor jy jammer gaan wees, is dat jy nie alles kan doen nie!
Geniet nog meer wat jy nie verwag het nie! Rol verder, geniet die rol!

Waarom jy met die verkeerde persoon gaan trou
Hierdie is een van die beste artikels in jare vir getroudes en verliefdes.
Geniet, wees verras, stuur aan nou jou volwasse kinders!
Met vreugde, Hennie en Maretha.

THE STORY OF US


Hennie en ek wil ‘n film of video uit die video-winkel vir elke getroude paartjie aanbeveel.

Nee, dis nie ‘n Christelike film nie. Ons wens Christelike films was so rou, so eerlik, en het so ‘n goeie storielyn gehad, tot die einde.
Ons kan geen volwasse huweliksfilm wat ‘n stormagtige huwelik so goed uitbeeld, uit ons fliekervaring noem nie. En selde, indien ooit, het ons twee mense, ‘n man en vrou, so innerlik verskeur oor ‘n skynbaar onafwendbare egskeiding en oor die toekoms van hulle twee amper-tienerkinders op die TV skerm of op die groot doek gesien.
As dit woes in jou huwelik gaan, kyk hierdie film.
As jy egskeiding oorweeg en vroeër baie meer gelukkige tye as nou beleef het, kyk THE STORY OF US.
Nee, die kinders moenie saam kyk nie. Behalwe as hulle bo 16 is.
Ja, begin praat nadat julle die film gekyk het. Met mekaar.
Hier is The Story of Us in ‘n neutedop:
1999 film
5,9/10·IMDb
After 15 years of marriage, Katie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her husband, Ben (Bruce Willis), have grown apart. While they keep up the facade of having a contented marriage, mostly to not worry their children, they aren't happy together and argue frequently. While the kids are away at camp, Katie and B… More
Initial release: October 15, 1999 (USA)
Running time: 1h 35m
Box office: 58.9 million USD
WAT KYKERS OOR THE STORY OF US SÊ
Did you not SEE it?
Author: nkleszcz from Fairfield, CT
23 April 2001
When "The Story of Us" opened in 1999, the critical disdain was so overwhelming, that my fiancee and I opted not to see it. After all, the ads focussed on its romantic comedy aspects, directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally), and starred Bruce Willis (who had just undergone a public divorce).

In retrospect, it's easy to assume why it got panned... this is NOT a romantic comedy, although there are comedic elements. Those expecting a Harry/Sally II would be clearly be disappointed. Those expecting some insight to Bruce Willis' marriage, too, would be disappointed. The film is neither of those things.

Of course, had the associations not existed, and the ad campaign refocussed its efforts, the film would be far better respected. That's why time will be very kind to this film.

Not everything works. Some scenes, like the language of the women, are too profanity-laced to sound like real women (making David Mamet's writing seem like Jane Austen by comparison). There's a terrible scene with Willis in a restaurant--unrealistic, unfunny.

Why then recommend the film? Because the agony, the depth of painful emotions, are real. Find a better acting job by Willis or Pfieffer. Find one!!! Can't be done.

Do you not see it? Do you not recognize that this film has one foot firmly planted in the light comedy world, and another foot firmly planted in the incredible realism (almost too realistic) angst of a failing marriage? Do you not see it? Do you not hear Reiner's concerns projected in the scene where Willis requests to Reiser his dream of writing a book on his grandmother--is this not Reiner saying that he WOULD go further with the serious story here, but the audience, too set by his own past achievements, will not let him? Is this not exactly what happened, when _Story of Us_ was released?

Don't be fooled. This is one serious movie. It should be required viewing for all engaged couples. It's a fantastic wake-up call. The circumstances that lead up to the arguments are simplified, but the emotions are raw. I repeat, time will be very kind to this movie.
Realistic, well-made, and a true testament to the fact that true love is forever. . .
Author: Moon Child
12 July 2001
When I first saw the trailer for "The Story of Us" I thought that this film was going to be different from anything I had ever seen. I had been disillusioned by all these movies coming out that are basically the same and it was sort of refreshing to see that finally someone was trying something different. So I set my plans to include this movie--until I heard the reviews. Everyone seemed to hate this film--even my movie-loving cousin admitted she walked out in the middle because she couldn't stand it. She told me that it's more of a "married person" film than a film for teens like us, so I canned my idea. BIG MISTAKE! I wish I could have seen this marvelous film on the big screen--there's something about actors that makes them seem so much better when their faces are as big as you are. Not that that's necessary. After finally seeing the film (my mom bought it and "forced" me to watch it) it just made me realize why almost every movie now is a cliche: some people cannot appreciate truly unique art, which is why I think this movie caught a bad rap.

I honestly cannot say I have any first-hand experience on the subject of divorce. My parents are still married and have never really had to consider that option. I am still at that stage where marriage is a distant pit-stop on the road to my future. So why did I love this movie? It told me the truth. All of my life I have seen love depicted as an all-powerful, all-conquering thing. And I have no doubt that it is--this movie told me that too. But it also showed me that maybe being in love isn't always a perfect, happy thing. You've got to take the good and the bad. Ben said it best when he told Katie "Nobody said it was going to be easy." Finally. Finally someone tells me it's NOT going to be easy. Now some people think that this film will make you not want to get married. I feel quite the opposite, because it shows you that if you truly love your partner you can get through the tough stuff.

I don't understand how people can say this movie had bad acting. Were they watching the same movie I saw? Both Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer were amazing in this movie. I swear that as I watched them I completely believed they were a married couple. And the passion that went into their arguments was not "overacting" as I have seen it dubbed. Have you seen married people fight? It's just like that. And the good thing is the movie didn't choose sides. It just showed the arguments and the feelings behind them and left no one looking the bad guy. And Michelle Pfeiffer's beautiful performance during that closing monologue was worth watching the entire movie, even if you didn't like it. And the cinematography was brilliant. Sometimes flashbacks in movies can be risky, especially if they happen often as in this film. But the movie just seemed to flow wonderfully, and Katie's flashback in the car on the way to pick up the kids from camp is one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen in a movie. It's amazing to see 15 years of marriage in 15 seconds and not feel shortchanged. That scene captured everything brilliantly. And Eric Clapton's music adds a lot to the movie. He is definitely talented, but it's also because the music seemed to capture the mood of the film. All in all, this was an amazing experience and is definitely one of the best movies I've ever seen. It's funny, entertaining, moving, and very well-made. I'd recommend it to anyone. Even if you don't like it, you will take something from it.

A three handkerchief movie
10/10
Author: Michael Radcliffe from Perth, Australia
21 March 2000
Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer and a wonderful cast make this movie one of the best experiences of recent times. The story of a married couple losing each other and neither knows why; trying to hide it as the children grow through their early teens must touch the heart of most parents but this portrayal will reach right down inside you and tear you apart. I can feel the tears coming back even as I write this. This is a film of pure emotion so well written and beautifully directed with just the right balance of humour and tragedy and so insightful no one contemplating /in/out of a relationship should miss it.
Everyone's marriage nightmare come true
7/10
Author: FlickJunkie-2 from Atlanta, GA
24 February 2000
This is a disturbing, bittersweet romantic comedy about two people who's 15 year marriage is unraveling. Actually, it is more of a romantic tragedy than a comedy. Ben and Katie Jordan (Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer) are two mismatched people in the marriage that never should have been. He is spontaneous, romantic and impulsive, with low frustration tolerance and an explosive hair trigger temper. She is pragmatic, a compulsive perfectionist with unrealistic expectations, and a high need for control. She takes everything personally and never forgives or forgets a slight. They both blame each other for their disappointments. The pattern is clear. He doesn't meet her standards so she snipes, he explodes and then she accuses him of not listening. She then throws up every mistake he's ever made and every fault he's ever had. This goes on ad nauseam as their romantic obsession with one another continues to get the best of any sense they might have to call it quits. Like moths to a flame, they keep returning for another scorching.

This film is thought provoking in that it portrays marital difficulties that are all too familiar in our society. The problem is that it tries to give every problem known to man (with the exception of wife beating) to this couple and relies on the single strand of a long forgotten romance to be the only chance of keeping them together.

In watching the behind the scenes featurette on this film, Rob Reiner and writers Alan Zweibel and Jessie Nelson discuss how the story evolved. As it turns out, it was a montage of all their own marital problems. So the film was, in essence cathartic dumping ground for the writers and director.

As filmmaking, it was terrific. Rob Reiner weaves the story together expertly, creating a stark contrast between the joy of the romance and the reality of the relationship. The film was punctuated by numerous funny and sweet moments that make the viewer smile and glow with delight.

Michelle Pfeiffer gives a splendid performance of a very emotionally complex and neurotic character. It took a lot of courage for her to take this part because she was playing the least likeable character in the film, something of a departure for her. Bruce Willis was as good as one could have expected considering the fact that nobody was blowing anything up. Actually, he was quite good as the impulsive, childlike romantic, but when it came to the arguments and the serious displays of resentment, he played the scenes too harshly, almost commando style.

Reiner does good camera work and puts together some good rapid fire scenes that have impact and give great insight into the relationship. He also took the film on location in Venice to add a little romantic interlude, and somehow got Eric Clapton to write a great theme song.

The problem is the story. Reiner stated in the featurette that he intended this to be a realistic bittersweet look at the real problems relationships face. But he tried to do too much and made this film a grossly exaggerated caricature of a relationship in crisis. It is really "The War of The Roses" lite only it takes itself too seriously. No one I know who saw this could believe that this couple could possibly have stayed married for 15 weeks, no less 15 years.

The result is a noxious marathon of petty arguments that get under the viewers' skin after a while. It is about as entertaining as watching your best friends have a niggling argument in a public restaurant. The whole thing leaves you very uncomfortable and you don't go home feeling like you've had a nice evening.

So, while it succeeds as filmmaking, it fails as a film. I gave this film a 6/10. There were so many good elements to it that I can't see trashing it. But the story is one that requires a level of emotional endurance that few viewers will be willing or able to invest to get any enjoyment out of it.
Heart Felt and Funny - Just like Middle Class real Life
8/10
Author: patdwyer4 (patdwyer4@aol.com) from NY, NY
1 December 2005
I was miffed the first time I saw this film. Miffed that I had allowed the opinions of others to steer me away from it until it came out on DVD. What a lovely bitter sweet/sweetly bitter film. After seeing The Story Of Us and talking to others about it, I came to the pejorative conclusion that the folk I spoke to just didn't get the film because they simply had not been there. I realized that no one I talked to at first had shared his or her lives with anyone for any more than a few years. This film deals with the daily wear and tear of ANY truly long-term relationship. It is an accurate, albeit theatrical, portrayal of the way high ups and devastating downs that can come to two people who love each other … hate each other … need each other … want each other desperately … hate each other some more and finally love each other again. I concluded that those who had never been to the end (and I mean the it's over and I am outta here end) of a relationship and still been able to pull away form the precipice and put things back together again, just didn't have a clue. So there my partner and I were after 16 years together truly touched by all that we saw, nodded our heads to, laughed at and balled our eyes out over and, in the end, really uplifted by in this gem of a film. Michelle Pfeiffer's final monologue alone would have been worth the price of a movie ticket just to watch – All Actors should be made to watch her has she creates brilliant comedy by bursting into tears. It is a true lesson in comic artistry while still touching the heartstrings. I HATE THE KIRBYS TOO!!!!
A wonderful movie, but probably not for everyone
9/10
Author: sbooth1@bigpond.net.au from Australia
15 June 2008
The Story Of Us is a wonderful movie in its own subtle way. I won't go into specifics about the plot, as many others before me have already done that. All I will say is that it's probably not for the younger crowd. In all honesty, if I had seen this film in my early twenties (and I'm now almost 40), I wouldn't have appreciated its subtlety on long term relationships. It's aimed at those of us who have been married, or in a long term relationship. Although I don't have children, the rest of this movie had many "oh yeah" moments for me. The Story of Us, is a complex, yet ultimately simple, explanation of long term relationships...all those 'little' things about the other person that drive you insane about them, but that if you're both willing to work on, make the relationship all that much richer for it. Wonderfully thought provoking. If you have ever been in a long term adult relationship, I'd be hard pressed to see how you COULDN'T relate, at the very least, on some small level to this film.
Romance in a marriage never dies, people kill it
8/10
Author: shosee from Appleton, WI
18 October 1999
Bruce and Michelle play the part of almost everyone who has been married. The tug and pull of everyday life separates them from each other, but mostly from their true feelings about each other.

The truth is, based on the Hollywood mythical marriage created for oh so many years now, everyones marriage is terrible. What our couple are able to sort out at the end is that no one is perfect and by looking at yourself through your partners eyes can be a revealing and frightening thing. If you can face it, there is a future in your relationship. If you can not, you may have to move on.

This movie will be mostly lost on the younger crowd, simply because they have not experienced the problems the forty something and above audience have been through. However, it is a film they may go back and see once they have been there and down that. When I think about it, Rob Reiner (aka Meathead) has been expressing the thoughts and concerns of our generation for a number of years now. He is very good at it.
Absolutely Wonderful--And I Hate Lifetime Movies
10/10
Author: Katherine Howard from United States
26 March 2007
Okay, let's set the stage: I hate Lifetime movies for their poor acting, cheesy scripts, lack of realism, and ridiculous soap-opera style plots and "emotions." (And I just ain't into all that Kleenex.) Can't stand mush and not much on tearjerkers. But I truly can't relate with those saying this was an awful movie. I laughed my tail off! Hilarious! So real (well, for the most part); you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hold your breath, you'll just want more. The "moments" were very real and well-done and I agree that Willis and Pfeiffer rendered stellar performances. It WAS a romantic comedy. (Did YOU see it?!) Such a well-written script and excellently directed. Virtually no complaints from start to finish. (Although, admittedly, I watched an "edited" version and missed all the language.)

Anyone who's been married any length of time (and especially for a number of years) will appreciate the reality and depth of emotion and meaning in this poignant movie. Sense of humor required.

Totally worth seeing again and again!
Sweet, sad and, um, that's it
Author: IKeiller
26 October 2000
This is a pretty film, often poignant, and a bit too close to the bone at times for my liking. Still, it carries you along quite nicely - making it's point that time grinds marriages down more often than affairs - and then sort of stops.

The leads were great: Willis was really good, Pfeiffer was fantastic (hey, i'm a fan, okay). But, the characters were tough to take. The self-pity was intercut with nice bits of comedy, but it felt like Reiner was cutting from a wake to a pratt-fall on occasions.

The final scenes, with Pfeiffer's frightening display of multi-emotional skill (at once excellent and utterly ghastly), betrayed the characters. Normality was implausibly resumed, and Pfeiffer came across as at fault for taking the whole film to get real, and Willis looked much relieved that she'd taken the sanity pill and he could quit trying to change himself.

And the end was a surprise. I thought there was going to be more: a deeper level of story. But it ended without a sense of closure.
Very close to being great, but doesn't quite make it...
6/10
Author: Grann-Bach (Grann-Bach@jubii.dk) from Denmark
29 January 2006
This movie holds so much truth; it cannot possibly be watched by anyone, man or woman who are or who have been in a serious relationship without any such crying at some point during it, or at least being strongly enough emotionally affected to do so. I cried. I cried before the opening credits song was more than a few lines in. It spoke to me like few movies have. It is the first movie about the subject of love that I've watched since I became this involved, physically and emotionally with my wife-to-be. That alone makes the movie have an impact on me, good or not. That it dealt with a subject that has so recently become so important to me. A successful marriage. But while I was this into the film, while it had this impact on me... I can't claim that it was great. The performances are. The editing is. The script is. Most of the parts are. But somehow, the sum, it just doesn't add up to being that... great. It might be that the ending feels flat. It might be that the movie offers no answers, only observations. The movie goes back and forth between present day chaos/unhappiness and fond memories... these were particularly difficult to watch without crying. This works to the film's advantage and creates a sense of more than a non-linear time-line; a life-time, years upon years of memories returning to this old married couple. The story of two people who love each other... they do. They've just tired of each other, of the differences, of the arguing. Comes very close to being great, but it just doesn't quite make it, I'm afraid. Worth watching for any fans of the genre, and has plenty of insights to offer. I recommend this to anyone who is or has been in a serious relationship. 6/10

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JULIUS MALEMA: THE STORY OF MY LIFE

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  • Venetia Burney, wat die naam Pluto vir die pas ontdekte dwergplaneet voorgestel het;
  • Die ma van Clyde Tombaugh, die ontdekker van die planeet Pluto, toe sy dertien jaar oud was;
  • Lily Offerson, wat 'n reis na die VSA gewen het in 'n kompetisie wat met ons sonnestelsel te doen gehad het;
  • 'n Onbekende dogtertjie van die 1930's.
Lees verder.
Het jy geweet
dat Pluto se naam deur 'n elfjarige dogtertjie voorgestel is? Hier is die storie soos wat Nadia Drake dit in National Geographic Magazine van Julie 2015 vertel:
... Right away, Lowell Observatory had to figure out what to name the new planet. Hundreds of letters poured in. “Minerva” was an early front-runner. Lowell’s widow, Constance, who’d held up the search for Planet X while battling the observatory for Lowell’s fortune after his death, suggested “Percival” and “Lowell”—and then, abandoning humility altogether, “Constance.”
Across the ocean, an 11-year-old English girl named Venetia Burney casually proposed the name “Pluto,” after the Roman god of the underworld. It seemed an appropriately dark name for a planet on the dusky fringe, and it followed the mythological naming convention. Conveniently, the word also contained Percival Lowell’s initials. And so on May 1, Lowell Observatory announced that Planet X would be named Pluto.
Het jy geweet
dat die New Horizons ruimtetuig waaruit foto's van Pluto geneem is, 'n klein flessie met die ontdekker van die planeet, Clyde Tombaugh se as daarin, aan boord het? Die New Horizon ruimtetuig sal dieper in die Kuipergordel ingaan, en die as van 'n mens gaan saam.
Bron: National Geographic Magazine, July 2015. Nadia Drake: Spacecraft Will Reach Pluto in July, Revealing Last Face in Solar System
Vir 'n Bybelse besinning oor die Koning van Pluto, klik hier: http://www.seker.co.za/default.aspx

Happiness Equation: U = I - R
Het jy geweet dat vaskleef aan een of ander idee/image/konsep van wat jou lewe behoort te wees, jou geluk bepaal?
'n Baie interessante video!
YouTube: Happiness Equation: U = I - R https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYNkGTb2Zr4

How to Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the “Paper Clip Strategy”
In 1993, a bank in Abbotsford, Canada hired a 23-year-old stock broker named Trent Dyrsmid.
Dyrsmid was a rookie so nobody at the firm expected too much of his performance. Moreover, Abbotsford was still a relatively small suburb back then, tucked away in the shadow of nearby Vancouver where most of the big business deals were being made. The first popular email services like AOL and Hotmail wouldn’t arrive for another two or three years. Geography still played a large role in business success and Abbotsford wasn’t exactly the home of blockbuster deals.
And yet, despite his disadvantages, Dyrsmid made immediate progress as a stock broker thanks to a simple and relentless habit that he used each day.
On his desk, he placed two jars. One was filled with 120 paper clips. The other was empty. This is when the habit started.
“Every morning I would start with 120 paper clips in one jar and I would keep dialing the phone until I had moved them all to the second jar.”
—Trent Dyrsmid
And that was it. 120 calls per day. One paper clip at a time.
Within 18 months, Dyrsmid’s book of business grew to $5 million in assets. By age 24, he was making $75,000. Within a few years, outside firms began recruiting him because of his success and he landed a $200,000 job with another company.
Habits That Stick vs. Habits That Fail
When I asked Dyrsmid about the details of his habit, he simply said, “I would start calling at 8 a.m. every day. I never looked at stock quotes or analyst research. I also never read the newspaper for the entire time. If the news was really important, it would find me from other ways.” 1
Trent Dyrsmid’s story is evidence of a simple truth: Success is often a result of committing to the fundamentals over and over again. 2
Compare Trent’s results to where you and I often find ourselves. We want to be consistent with our workouts, but struggle to make it into the gym. We know we should write more Thank You notes or eat healthier meals or read more books, but can’t seem to find the motivation to get it done. We’d like to achieve our goals, but still procrastinate on them.
What makes the difference? Why do some habits stick while other fail? Why did Trent’s paper clip habit work so well and what can we learn from it?
The Power of a Visual Cue
I believe the “Paper Clip Strategy” works particularly well because it creates a visual trigger that can help motivate you to perform a habit with more consistency.
Here are a few reasons visual cues work well for building new habits…
Visual cues remind you to start a behavior. We often lie to ourselves about our ability to remember to perform a new habit. (“I’m going to start eating healthier. For real this time.”) A few days later, however, the motivation fades and the busyness of life begins to take over again. Hoping you will simply remember to do a new habit is usually a recipe for failure. This is why a visual stimulus, like a bin full of paper clips, can be so useful. It is much easier to stick with good habits when your environment nudges you in the right direction.
Visual cues display your progress on a behavior. Everyone knows consistency is an essential component of success, but few people actually measure how consistent they are in real life. The Paper Clip Strategy avoids that pitfall because it is a built-in measuring system. One look at your paper clips and you immediately have a measure of your progress.
Visual cues can have an additive effect on motivation. As the visual evidence of your progress mounts, it is natural to become more motivated to continue the habit. The more paperclips you place in the bin, the more motivated you will become to finish the task. There are a variety of popular behavioral economics studies that refer to this as the Endowed Progress Effect, which essentially says we place more value on things once we have them. In other words, the more paper clips you move to the “Completed” bin, the more valuable completing the habit becomes to you. 3
Visual cues can be used to drive short-term and long-term motivation. The Paper Clip Strategy can provide daily motivation, but you start from scratch each day. However, another type of visual cue, like the “Don’t Break the Chain” Calendar that I described in my article on the Seinfeld Strategy can be used to showcase your consistency over longer periods of time. By stacking these two methods together, you can create a set of visual cues that motivate and measure your habits over the short-run and the long-run.
Creating Your Own Paper Clip Strategy
There are all sorts of ways to use the paper clip habit for your own goals.
  • Hoping to do 100 pushups each day? Start with 10 paper clips and move one over each time you drop down and do a set of 10 throughout the day.
  • Need to send 25 sales emails every day? Start with 25 paper clips and toss one to the other side each time you press Send.
  • Want to drink 8 glasses of water each day? Start with 8 paper clips and slide one over each time you finish a glass.
  • Not sure if you’re taking your medication three times per day? Set 3 paper clips out and flip one into the bin each time you swallow your pills.
Best of all, the entire strategy will cost you less than $10.
  1. Grab a box of standard paper clips .
  2. Get two standard paper clip holders.
  3. Pick your habit and start moving those bad boys from one side to the other.
Trent Dyrsmid decided that success in his field came down to one core task: making more sales calls. He discovered that mastering the fundamentals is what makes the difference.
The same is true for your goals. There is no secret sauce. There is no magic bullet. Good habits are the magic bullet.
Good habits in bad and confusing times?
Setting an example is also a habit of character, I guess.
Wrote a bloggie in Afrikaans about it. Click here to read VROLIK IN DIE SEMENTDAMSLIK:

THE GOSPEL AND PROSTATE CANCER...
THE GOSPEL IN 6 MINUTES
John Piper on the need we never outgrow. YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3psJWtT68WE
When you need strength, you'll not find it in yourself. There is but one source of strenth.

SEAMUS HEANY: FOLLOWER
One of the most poignant poems I have ever read.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE TEST
AMERICAN VERSION, BUT TAKEN BY THOUSANDS OF SOUTH AFRICANS.
1. Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May....What was the third child's name?
2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers....What does he weigh?

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered,...what was the highest mountain in the world?

4. How much dirt is there in a hole...that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

5. What word in the English Language...is always spelled incorrectly?

6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.....How is this possible?

7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. ...Why not?
8. What was the President 's Name...in 1975?

9. If you were running a race,...and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

10. Which is correct to say,..."The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?
11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field,....how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
Answers

1. Johnny 's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child's name?
Answer: Johnny of course.

2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?
Answer: Meat.

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn't discovered yet. [ You're not very good at this are you?]
4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?
Answer: There is no dirt in a hole.

5. What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?
Answer:Incorrectly

6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?
Answer: Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere.

7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?
Answer: You can't take pictures with a wooden leg. You need a camera to take pictures.

8. What was the President's Name in 1975?
Answer: Same as is it now - Barack Obama [Oh, come on ....]

9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
Answer: You would be in 2nd. Well, you passed the person in second place, not first.

10. Which is correct to say, "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?
Answer: Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow [Duh]

11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
Answer: One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big one.

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Kyk net of die freebie nie deur hierdie meneer gedryf word nie.
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Kliek en kry: WHAT BILL GATES BELIEVES

We need this kind of vision.

This is part of our calling.

Click to see wat Bill Gates believes.

Amazing!

http://www.gatesnotes.com/2015-Annual-Letter

Daar is nog mense met visie. Bill Gates is een van hulle.

Hierdie is een aspek van ons roeping.

Verbasend!

 

 

Kliek en kry: 5 PROVEN WEAPONS IN OUR FIGHT FOR HOLINESS

5 Proven Weapons in the Fight for Holiness

by John Piper

When Paul says to put to death the deeds of the body “by the Spirit” (Romans 8:13), I take him to mean that we should use the one weapon in the Spirit’s armor that is used to kill. Namely, the sword. Which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

So when the body is about to be led into a sinful action by some fear or craving, we are to take the sword of the Spirit and kill that fear and that craving. In my experience that means mainly severing the root of sin’s promise by the power of a superior promise.

So, for example, when I begin to crave some illicit sexual pleasure, the sword-swing that has often severed the root of this promised pleasure is: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). I recall the pleasures I have tasted of seeing God more clearly from an undefiled conscience; and I recall the brevity and superficiality and oppressive aftertaste of sin’s pleasures, and with that, God has killed the conquering power of sin.

It is a beautiful thing to be the instrument of God’s word-wielding power to kill sin.

Having promises at hand that suit the temptation of the hour is one key to successful warfare against sin. But there are times when we don’t have a perfectly suited word from God in our minds. And there is no time to look through the Bible for a tailor-made promise.

So we all need to have a small arsenal of general promises ready to use whenever fear or craving threaten to lead us astray.

Here are a few of my most proven weapons:

1. "Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10)

I have slain more dragons in my soul with that sword than any other I think. It is a precious weapon to me.

2. "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).

How many times I have been persuaded in the hour of trial by this verse that the reward of disobedience could never be greater than "all things."

3. "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me . . . And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18).

How many times have I strengthened my sagging spirit with the assurance that the Lord of heaven and earth is just as much with me today as he was with the disciples on earth!

4. "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me" (Psalms 50:15).

What makes this weapon so compelling is that God’s helping me is made the occasion of my glorifying him. Amazing arrangement. I get the help, he gets the glory!

5. "My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus"(Philippians 4:19).

The context is financial and material. But the principle is total. What we really need (not just want) will be granted. And what is need? Need is what we must have to do God’s will. What we must have to magnify our Savior. That is what we will be given as we trust him.

Be constantly adding to your arsenal of promises. But never lose sight of the chosen few that God has blessed in your life. Do both. Be ever-ready with the old. And every morning look for a new one to take with you through the day.

Pastor John

_______

Our National Conference this September (2012) is about sanctification — "act the miracle: god's work and ours in the mystery of sanctification." We're thrilled with this theme and would love to have you join us. Plenary speakers include Kevin DeYoung, Ed Welch, Jarvis Williams, Russell Moore, and John Piper.

John Piper (@johnpiper) is the Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN) and the founder of Desiring God.

 

Kliek en kry: ONS WAS NÊRENS ANDERS AS IN DIE HEMEL NIE.


ONS WAS NÊRENS ANDERS AS IN DIE HEMEL NIE. 

deur MARETHA MAARTENS

At the end of things, The Blessed will say, “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven.” –CS Lewis.

Sommige van ons het botsende emosies wanneer ons e-pos soos die volgende ontvang:  “Stuur dié gebed/seënboodskap vir 12 mense (waarvan ek een is) en verwag seën 6 uur later.”

As dié soort boodskap boonop van ‘n vriendin af kom, is die konflik in ons selfs groter. Moet ‘n mens jou vriendin laat weet

  • dat jy bang is om sulke belofteboodskappe aan ander te stuur (want dié boodskap het jy tog nie van God ontvang nie);
  • dat jy ander nie met dieselfde dilemma wil opsaal nie;
  • dat jy die boodskap nie glo nie
  • en dat jy jou tyd beter kan benut as om ongegronde beloftes met ‘n Christelike geurtjie die wêreld in te stuur?

Sou ons wel meedoen, kyk ons ses uur later op die horlosie en haal dan ons skouers op: “Spul strooi!”

Ons oë gaan oor die inhoud van ons dag, die inhoud van ons lewe by die plek op ons pelgrimstog waar ons nóú is. En wat dink elke vrou wat háár lewe en háár unieke omstandighede so aan die begin van ‘n nuwe jaar betrag? Soveel vroue, soveel gedagtes:

Hoe gaan ons uitkom met wat ons nou verdien?... Is ek swanger?  Ek wil nie swanger wees nie...Ek word sieker, nie beter nie... Watter werk kan geskep word in ‘n brandarm gemeenskap?... Hoe leef ek saam met die verkeerde besluite van ‘n huweliksmaat?...  Ek wil nie meer hier werk nie.... Waar kry ek tyd om weer ék te word?  

Kom ons neem ons gedagtes, ons omstandighede en ons begeertes en gaan plaas hulle almal langs die Woord van God.  Watter beloftes gee God níé, en watter beloftes gee Hy wel?

God pak die Bybel nie vol daaglikse (krummeltjie)brood-beloftes waarna elke mens wat verbykom, die hand kan uitsteek, om dan later neerhalend op te merk dat die beloftes van die Skrif wensdenkery is nie.

God vul die Skrif met ‘n aantal beloftes wat vir regverdiges en onregverdiges geld.  Die res van sy beloftes is vir dié wat Hom as God eer en dien.  Dié kosbare beloftes tree in vervulling wanneer God se kinders nie slegs die Ons Vader gebed met die mond bid nie, maar ook doeners daarvan word:  “Laat u Naam geheilig word, laat u Koningsheerskappy kom (maak my ‘n draer van die Koninkryksboodskap), laat u wil geskied.”

Die gelowige wat hiermee erns maak, sal die vervulling van God se beloftes ervaar.  Sy sal die wysheid ontvang wat God beloof aan dié wat Hom eer.  Sy sal sekerheid, blydskap, insig, hoop, groei en krag van God kry.  Sy sal kos op haar tafel hê, en genoeg om te kan uitdeel.  Sy sal altyd oorvloed hê: die soort oorvloed wat niemand ooit van haar kan steel nie.

 

Spreek, Here Jesus, ons luister 

Lees Ps 23;  Ps 34; Rom 8:31-39; Ps 65; 2 Kor 9:6-15;   Rom 10:6-12

 

Soek en vind die waarheid

Vraag 1:  Jy het die lewe soos dit is, beleef. Is Ps 23 volledig waar vir die kind van God?  Motiveer in 5 sinne.

Vraag 2:

  • Hoe lyk Dawid se omstandighede terwyl hy Ps 34 skryf?
  • Is Dawid “in die hemel?” Sien CS Lewis se stelling oor die geseëndes.  Hoekom/hoekom nie?               

Vraag 3:

  • Lees die Skrifgedeeltes en skryf verder: “Die oorvloed wat God beloof, is...
  • Watter van die Skrifgedeeltes vertel van ‘n hemelbestaan, hier en nou?

Halleluja, loof die Here!

Here, by U het ons niks anders as U nodig nie. By U is ons in die hemel. Ons prys U omdat Jesus die ewige lewe by U, die hemelbestaan, nou reeds vir ons ontsluit het.      

 

Om in jou hart te bêre

 “When the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say ‘We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven,’ and the Lost, ‘We were always in Hell.’ And both will speak truly.” –CS Lewis, The Great Divorce.

Kliek en kry: ONTDEKKINGS IN DIE KOU-GOMMAANDE.

Ontdekkings in die kougom-maande.
                            Maretha Maartens

In die sogenaamde kougom-maande raak alles dunner en langer. Al die beursies in die huis is plat en dun, die wasgoedversagmiddel moet verdun word , die wagtyd totdat daar weer kaas, swartpeper en vars vrugte in die huis is, raak uitgerek soos papgekoude kougom.

Op ‘n dag maak jy die hoofgereg van die dag met sewe vermiste bestanddele en  voel jy goed oor jou aanpasbaarheid. Jy poets jou stokou skoene totdat hulle weer na iets lyk. Jy rasper jou oorskietseep, bak beskuit van die laaste skraapsels van alles… en sê vir jouself:  eintlik kan ek  met  minder klaarkom.

Om hierdie stelling te maak en daarvolgens te handel, kan jou lewe omkeer. Min vroue sê dit vanself. Daarom snoei God gereeld aan sy kinders.  Ná die pynlike  snoeisessie raak baie van ons so opgewonde oor die vryheid van die minimalistiese leefwyse, dat ons eintlik  spyt is dat God ons nie vroeër by  verantwoordelike eenvoud gebring het nie. In eenvoud raak ons  voetboeie heeltemal los.

Dié week se Bybelstudie het met losraak te doen.

Dag 1:  2 Korintërs 9: 6-15.
•Is jy ryk genoeg op die vlak van vriendskap, kos op jou tafel, intellek, genade, God se vergifnis, vryheid, jou gesinslewe, klere in jou kas, lopende water, werksgeleenthede, gesondheid en liefde?
•Dank God vir elke terrein waarop jy ryk is.
•Iets uitgelaat?  Voeg nog terreine by.

Dag 2:  2 Korintiërs 9: 6-15, Filippense 4:10-20.
•Voel jy arm op sekere van die terreine wat gister genoem is?
•Wat, dink jy, kan aan jou armoede gedoen word?
•Paulus sê dat hy hom leer behelp het. As jy in ‘n krisis sou beland, hoe sal jy jou behelp? (Een vrou sê sy sal met een groot pot groentesop begin, waarvan sy porsies verkoop, sodat sy telkens wins maak.)
•Op ‘n skaal van 1-10:  hoe graag gee jy jou dankoffers?
•Sou jy dit kon waag om ‘n groter offer van dankbaarheid (geld, krag, jouself en tyd) vir God te gee as aanduiding van jou dankbaarheid?

Dag 3:  2 Korintiërs 9: 6-15.

•Teken ‘n oesland waarop daar gesaai moet word. Merk ‘n paar plekke  waar daar karig gesaai gaan word.
•Teken die oesland ná vier maande.
•Teken nog ‘n oesland: jou leef-omgewing.
•Dui die plekke aan waar jy liefde, deernis, bystand en tyd in belang van ander saai.  (Dalk is hierdie oesland in ‘n bepaalde fase van jou lewe beperk tot jou woonplek, waarin jy kleuters grootmaak. Dit is ewe goed.)
•Het jy gawes of talente wat nog in ‘n toegebinde saadsak lê ?  Wat is dié gawes?  Waarom lê dié saad toegebind?
•Bid hieroor.


Dag 4:  1 Timoteus 6:6-12

•Is spaarsamigheid ‘n Bybelse beginsel of is dit gekamoefleerde geldgierigheid?
•Watter gesindheid staan tussen ons en geldgierigheid?
•Geld 1 Timoteus 6: 8 nog vandag?  Wat van  voorsiening vir kinders se  geleerdheid?

Dag 5:  1 Timoteus 6:6-12.
•Skryf 1 Timoteus 6: 6-12 uit en skryf die woord Lotto langsaan. Voel jy gemaklik hiermee?
•Hoe kan die najaag van geld jou van die geloof laat afdwaal?
•Vind jy verwysings na groter rykdom as dié in die bank in hierdie Skrifgedeelte?

Kliek en kry: NABY AAN HOM

NABY AAN HOM
deur Maretha Maartens.
Sommige mense leef lank op die aarde voordat hulle oor die groot sake in hulle lewe begin nadink.  Is ek veronderstel om my lewe mens-alleen te leef, of is daar ‘n Goddelike beginsel dat ek deel van ‘n spesifieke gemeenskap sal wees, waarin mense op ‘n bepaalde manier met mekaar sal saamleef?
 
Ons wil vandag ‘n paar stellings maak en jy word gevra om elkeen van hierdie stellings uit die Skrif te weerlê of op grond van die Skrif te onderskryf. 
 
Die eerste stelling is dat elkeen van ons gebore is en steeds leef om God en Jesus Chris­tus ons Here regtig te ken (2 Pet 1:3).  Jesus Christus het God, die Groot Onbekende,  aan die mens bekend kom maak.  Die rede waarom ek ‘n bewussyn en verstand het, die rede waarom ek leef en nog nie gesterf het nie, is om God en Jesus Chris­tus ons Here regtig te kan ken . 
 
Die tweede stelling is dat die geseënde manier van leef, die beste manier van leef, die lewe binne die wil van God, in drie woorde saamgevat kan word:  ‘’naby aan Hom.’’ (2 Pet 1:3b)  Want, skryf Petrus, ‘’’n lewe naby aan God skep liefde vir ander gelowi­ges*, en uit­eindelik is dit hierdie positiewe hou­ding teenoor medegelowiges wat meebring dat jy almal liefhet.’’   (2 Pet 1: 7.)
 
Die derde stelling is dat daar altyd ‘n wederkomsverwagting in ‘n lewe naby aan Hom is. (2 Pet 3). Die wederkomsverwagting is nie uit onsself nie.  Dit is ‘n uiters belangrike faset van ons geloof.  Soos geloof,  kom ons wederkomsverwagting van God af. Soos geloof, gedy dit slegs wanneer ons naby aan God leef. 
 
Die vierde stelling is:  ‘n Lewe in wederkomsverwagting (dus naby aan God)   is ‘n lewe waarin teenkanting en versoeking die reël eerder as die uitsondering is.   Maar dit is ook ‘n vreeslose lewe. Die oorwinning is behaal, want Jesus Christus sêEn weet vir seker: Ek is vir altyd by julle, tot aan die einde van die wêreld­geskiedenis.” (Matt 28: 17-20.)
 
Skep uit die fontein wat nooit opdroog nie     
Lees en bestudeer die volgende Skrifgedeeltes hierdie week: 2 Pet 3, Rom 8:18-39,  Fil 3: 8,9;   Joh 11:25,26; Judas:20-24 en Kol 3.
 
Met ons vrou-vrae voor die Here
  • Net hierdie keer gaan ons die bestaande orde so ‘n bietjie omkeer. Elkeen van ons gaan self die drie belangrikste vrae wat ons in ons lewe moet beantwoord, formuleer.  Skryf dus a) die grootste vrae wat in jou gemoed leef, onder mekaar neer. Daarna soek jy die antwoorde op jou eie vrae in 2 Pet 3, Rom 8:18-39, Fil 3:8,9; Joh 11:25,26; Judas:20-24 en ook in Kol 3.
  • Iemand het beweer dat al die antwoorde van die diepste vrae van menswees in hierdie paar Skrifgedeeltes gevind kan word.  Stem jy saam?  Waarom (nie)?
 
Vrae vir groei
Vraag 1: Beantwoord die volgende 4 vrae uit die Skrifgedeeltes van die week:
  • Wie is ek ?
  • Waarom leef ek?
  • Hoe moet ek leef?
  • Waarheen is ek op pad?
 
Vraag 2: Lees elkeen van die vier vrae hierbo aandagtig. Waarom is elke vraag so belangrik?  Skryf jou antwoord oor die belangrikheid van elke vraag neer.
  • Op watter van die vier vrae het jy nog geen antwoord gevind nie?  Skryf die vraag neer.
  • Is daar ‘n antwoord op die vraag? Waarom ontwyk die antwoord jou?
Vraag 3:
  • Hoe belangrik is dit om deel van ‘n geloofsgemeenskap te wees?  Vind die antwoord in die week se Skrifgedeeltes.
  • Wat maak ons deel van so ‘n gemeenskap: eie keuse of iets veel groters? Motiveer jou antwoord ook uit die Skrif.
 
Ek wil bid, Here
Here, hoe eenvoudig en bevrydend is alles nie wanneer u Woord so oopgaan nie. Ek leef om naby aan U te leef. Ek wil, Here!  Ek begeer dit, Vader.  Hou my digby U.
Pêrelwoorde
Hy het  ons geroep om sy heerlikheid en goedheid te ontvang!  Ons het  deel gekry aan sy Goddelike natuur.  2 Pet 1: 3,4. [1]
 
 
 
 
 


[1] Alle Skrifverwysings uit die Bybel, Nuwe Lewende Vertaling, CUM 2006.

Kliek en kry: HOE GEVAARLIK IS VYANDE?

STILTETYD

deur MARETHA MAARTENS

 
HOE GEVAARLIK IS VYANDE? 

‘’Sy het nie ‘n vyand op die aarde gehad nie,’’ hoor ons op begrafnisse.

Sjoe.  Christene, sê Jesus, loop dieselfde pad as hulle Meester.  Genadiglik leer ons uit die Skrif aangaande vyande en die regte manier om hulle te hanteer.
Twee verkeerde maniere om vyande te hanteer is om teen hulle te veg of van hulle af weg te vlug.  As ons vlug, dra ons hulle en hulle gesindhede met ons saam.  Ons word bitter, siek en ongelukkige mense.  As ons gedurigdeur met hulle in botsing is,word ons soos ons vyande. Ons is op dieselfde vlak.
Die Ou Testamentiese mens het met die Here oor sy vyande gaan praat.  En dit was bitter gesprekke, pleidooie vir vergelding, pleidooie dat die Here kant moes kies, verkieslik die klaer se kant. Reg of verkeerd?  Vind dié week uit.
Een van die bitterste pille om te sluk, is om te moet hoor dat God ons vyande liefhet.  God wil ook aan ons vyande die lewe in Christus skenk.  Hy wil ons vyande uit die moeras en uit die dood self red.  As ons dit insien, verstaan ons waarom Paulus van ‘’’n bediening van versoening’’ vir elkeen van ons praat.  (2 Kor 5:16-21).
 
Min van ons dink ooit na oor hoeveel ons van ons vyande kan leer. Vriende en gesinslewe akkommodeer ons persoonlikhede omdat hulle weet hoe sleg ons op kritiek reageer.  Hulle weet hoe hipersensitief ons is.  Hulle ken die stilstuipes waarin ons kan verval as ons teëgestaan word.  Ons vyande steur hulle nie aan ons hipersensitiwiteit, ons superstilstuipes, ons selfbejammering en humeur nie. Ja, hulle vertel leuens oor ons, maar soms praat hulle die waarheid. Dit is ‘n wyse gelowige wat luister wat haar vyande sê en regstel wat verkeerd is. Vyande lê die lem diep in, maar sonder dat hulle dit weet, is die eindproduk soms ‘n veel verstandiger gelowige.
?Skep uit die fontein wat nooit opdroog nie Spr 24:17-18;  Matt. 5:44-46;  Luk 6:26-48; Luk  23:34 ; Hand  7:60 ; Rom. 12:14,19-21 ; Eks 14:14 ; Ps 18:47-48; Ps 55-59; Ps 137:7-9; Ps  44:5-7;  Ps 56:9 ; Ps 60:12; Spr 16:7; Jes  41:10-13; Jes  50:7-9; Rom 5:6-11; 2 Kor 5: 16-21; Ef 2:14, 17-18; Kol  1:20; Matt 5:9-12; Matt 10:28; Ef 6:10-17. 
 
Vrae vir groei        
Die Skrifgedeeltes hierbo is vir elke gelowige, want elke Christen het vyande.   
  • Vraag 1: a) Watter van die week se Skrifgedeeltes maak jou ongemaklik, asof die gesindheid daarin  nie by gelowiges hoort nie? b) Wat hinder?  c) Wat het dan verander, sodat ons nie meer so oor ons vyande dink nie? d) Skryf 5 sinne oor die wending.
  • Vraag 2: Dink na oor 3 persone oor wie se negatiewe gesindheid jeens jou jy seker is, of oor wie se gesindheid jy jou bedenkinge het. Skryf hulle name neer. a) Wat kon by elkeen van hulle aanleiding gegee het tot so ‘n gesindheid? Dra jy enige skuld? b) Wat het jy al gedoen om die gesindheid of die misverstand reg te stel? c) Wat sê die Skrif moet jy met die probleem tussen julle doen?  d) Waarom kan Jesus Christus so ‘n nuwe manier van optrede en denke van jou verwag?
  • Vraag 3: Wat is die Christenvrou se oortuiging:  Vyande kan niks aan ons doen nie; vyande kan skade aanrig; vyande kan skade aanrig, maar God hou ons staande...?  Op grond van watter Skrifwoorde sê jy dit?
 
Met ons vrou-vrae voor die Here
Jane is ‘n gelowige, gay  vrou wat na die wil van die Here in haar lewe soek. ‘n Mede-gemeentelid maak die lewe vir haar moeilik met leuenagtige stories wat Jane se worstelstryd met die Here en haar keuse om selibaat te bly, buite rekening laat. Skryf 10 sinne waarin jy die essensie van ‘n geestelike gesprek met Jane saamvat. 
Ek wil bid, Here
Dankie, Here, vir wat ek as gevolg van vyande ervaar.  Laat elke kennismaking met iemand wat my kwaadgesind is, vir ons albei ‘n geleentheid uit u hand wees.
Pêrelwoorde

<>·Teëspoed toets vriende en wys vyande uit. 

Kliek en kry: Gaan die Kerk in die toekoms groei en gedy?


VRAE
Beantwoord dié vrae VOORDAT jy die Skrifgedeeltes lees, en dan weer NADAT jy sowel die OU-as die Nuwe Testamentiese Skrifgedeeltes gelees het;
1. Wat maak jou bang aangaande jou eie toekoms?
2. Wat maak jou bang aangaande die toekoms van jou kinders en kleinkinders?
3. Wat sê die Skrif vir jou aangaande jou eie toekoms?
4. Gaan die Kerk in die toekoms groei, sterker word, uitbrei en gedy?
5. Waarom sê jy so?
6.  Wat sal die behoud van die Kerk wees? Die antwoord is o.a. in Openbaring 12:10-14.



OU TESTAMENT:  Psalm 139:1-10
NUWE TESTAMENT: Matteus 10: 29-31; Op.12:10-14
 
OU TESTAMENT:
Vlieg ek na die ooste, of gaan woon ek in die verre weste, ook daar lei u hand my, hou u regterhand my vas. — Psalm 139: 9,10.
Migrerende swaeltjies vlieg omtrent 320 kilometer per dag teen 'n maksimum-spoed van 56 kilometer per uur. Ook vir hulle geld Jesus se woorde: Is twee mossies nie vir 'n sent te koop nie? En tog sal nie een van hulle (enige klein voëltjie) op die grond val sonder die wil van julle Vader nie. (Matt.10:25.)
Die Gees van die HERE het aan Dawid gesê wat Jesus Christus altyd vir ons sê: Moenie bang wees nie, klein voëltjie met klein vlerkies, so anders as arendsvlerke.  Elke oomblik van jou lewe is God se hand om jou, onder jou en bo jou:
Vlieg ek na die ooste, of gaan woon ek in die verre weste, ook daar lei u hand my, hou u regterhand my vas.  Of ek reis en of ek oorbly, U bepaal dit, U is met al my paaie goed bekend. (Ps. 139:9.10,3). 
God se hand omvou sy kinders in die wegdryf-oomblik voordat die narkose alles swart laat word. Sy hand omvou ons wanneer die motor begin tol, die voertuigkaper sy vuurwapen op ons rig, wanneer ons die dokter hoor sê: “Ek het ongelukkig nie goeie nuus vir u nie.”
Sy hand omvou ons wanneer ons by kruispaaie staan, terwyl ons ons bruidegom tegemoetstap, terwyl ons fietsry en draf.
Sy hand omvou ons wanneer ons besig is met sy Woord, terwyl ons bid en nie weet wat om te bid nie.
Sy hand omvou ons en elke kind vir wie ons aan Hom gewy het. Vir dié wat Hom liefhet, sal sy hand daar wees tot in die duisendste geslag.  (Eks.20:6, Deut. 5:10, Deut. 7:9.)  
 
OP ARENDSVLERKE NA 'N PLEK IN DIE WOESTYN
Die wêreld is in so 'n verskriklike toestand dat selfs gelowiges vra: “Wat gaan met die Christendom gebeur? Die verwarring en chaos neem toe: in watter duisternis  gaan die geslagte na ons hulle bevind? In watter misleidinge gaan hulle vasgevang word?”
Moenie bang wees nie, sê Hy in wie se hand jy vlieg. Aan die vrou (die Kerk, die huisgesin van God, almal wat in Jesus Christus is)  is twee groot arendsvlerke gegee, sodat sy na die woestyn, na haar plek toe, kon vlieg. Daar word sy die hele vasgestelde tyd (totdat die Koning kom), weg van die slang af, versorg. (Op. 12:14.)

 

Kliek en kry: HOE SAL ONS SLAAG?

HOE SAL ONS SLAAG?

OU TESTAMENT: Psalm 84
NUWE TESTAMENT: Kolossense 2: 1-3.
 
OU TESTAMENT ; Dit gaan goed met mense wat hulle krag in U vind en graag na u tempel toe gaan. Keer op keer ontvang hulle nuwe krag totdat hulle voor God in Sion verskyn.— Psalm 84: 6,8.
 
Januariemaand was die swaeltjies hier, selfde nessie, selfde paartjie. Hulle het die lang oorlewingsmigrasie oor die Sahara, Marokko, Spanje, die Pireneë en Frankryk reeds drie keer oorleef.  Baie ander het omgekom. Bo die Sahara, veral, eis 'n leë, inseklose lug, uitputting en sandstorms hulle tol.
Nou maak hulle 'n volgende broeisel kleintjies in hulle klei-nes groot.
Sou daar 'n oerwete in swaeltjie- ouers wees terwyl hulle heen en weer swiep om kos aan te dra vir die kleintjies wat so vertrouend in hulle kleibalkon-nessie op voedsel sit en wag? Weet iets diep in volwasse swaeltjies van paraat-maak, van uiterste ontbering wat voorlê, van tere liefde, die noodsaak van geborgenheid en ook van tough love?
Ons weet daarvan. Ons weet hoe genadeloos dit daar buite is, hoe nodig elke kind hierdie drie dinge het: tere liefde, geborgenheid en tough love.  Ons weet dat baie  huwelike moeilike tye nie oorleef nie. Ons weet van storms waarin ons kan omkom, van uitputting en moedverloortye.
Hoe sal enige opvoeder van behoue uit die storms van die lewe, bose aanslae en 'n mens se eie gees kom? Deur te doen wat in psalm 84 staan;
Selfs 'n mossie het 'n nes en 'n swaeltjie 'n plek vir haar kleintjies daar by u altare, Here, Almagtige, my Koning en my God! Dit gaan goed met mense vir wie u huis 'n tuiste is: hulle hou nie op om U te prys nie. Dit gaan goed met mense wat hulle krag in U vind en graag na u tempel toe gaan. Vir hulle gaan daar fonteine oop wanneer hulle deur 'n dorre laagte trek en die vroeë reëns sy seëninge bring. Keer op keer ontvang hulle nuwe krag totdat hulle voor God in Sion verskyn.— Psalm 84: 4-8.
 
DIE GODS-OPENBARING
In Kolossense 2:2,3 skryf Paulus aan die gemeente van Kolosse, aan alle gelowiges en dus aan elke gesin. Sy skrywe is 'n Gods-openbaring. Só lyk kinderopvoeding en lewensvoorbereiding volgens die wil van God:
Hulle (julle) moet met liefde aan mekaar verbind wees en saam strewe na diep en volledige insig, sodat hulle (julle) God se geheimenis kan ken. Die geheimenis is Christus,  en in Hom is al die verborge skatte van wysheid en kennis te vind.
 

Kliek en kry: SAL GOD OOIT PERSOONLIK METMY PRAAT?

SAL GOD OOIT PERSOONLIK MET MY PRAAT?  
 

OU TESTAMENT: 1 Samuel 3.
NUWE TESTAMENT:  Hebreërs 1:1-3.
 
OU TESTAMENT :Die woord van die Here is in daardie tyd min gehoor, daar was nie dikwels openbarings nie. — 1 Samuel 3:1.
 
 Samuel was 'n jong seun toe hy die stem in die nag gehoor het.Drie  keer het hy na die Hoëpriester in die priesters se slaapkwartiere langs die tabernakel in Silo gehardloop, en die derde keer het Eli besef dat die seun in ontvanklikheid op die woord van die Here moes gaan wag.  Hy het vir Samuel gesê: “Gaan lê en as iemand jou weer roep, sê jy: Praat, Here, u dienaar luister!” 
Die woord van die Here is in daardie tyd min gehoor, daar was nie dikwels openbarings nie.  Maar God het gekom en met Samuel gepraat.   Toe hy'n volwasse man geword het, het die hele Israel hom erken as profeet van die Here: iemand deur wie God tot mense spreek.
 
WANNEER HET JY GOD LAAS MET JOU HOOR PRAAT?
 Sommige van ons het in die kleintyd gevra: “Praat God nog so met kinders?”    
Nou is daar ook vrae wat ons moet kan beantwoord.

  • Hoeveel openbarings is daar in ons tyd?
  • Hoe dikwels word die woord van die Here tans gehoor?
  • Wanneer het ek God laas direk met my hoor praat?
Nee, jy hoef die vrae nie self te beantwoord nie. Jy hoef die antwoord net te glo. Jy hoef nooit weer te dink dat God nie direk met jou praat nie. Ons antwoord staan in die Woord van God:
In die verlede het God baiekeer en op baie maniere met ons voorvaders gepraat deur die profete,  maar nou, in hierdie laaste dae, het Hy met ons gepraat deur die Seun. (Heb. 1: 1,2.)
Toe  Jesus Christus met Marta gepraat het oor geloof in Hom en die opstanding uit die dood, het Hy met ons daaroor gepraat. (Joh 11:25,26.)
Toe Hy met Nikodemus gepraat het oor die werk van die Heilige Gees tydens die wedergeboorte, het Hy met jou en my daaroor gepraat. (Joh. 3:3-8.)
Toe Hy met Paulus deur Ananias gepraat het oor direkte kommunikasie tussen hom en God, het Hy ook met ons gepraat: “Die God van ons voorvaders het jou uitgekies om sy wil te ken, die Regverdige te sien en sy stem te hoor.” ( Handelinge 22:14.)
Niks in die hele Skrif is net vir ander, “beter Christene” bedoel nie.
God praat met ons deur sy Seun. Hy praat met ons, en ons hoor sy stem.

Kliek en kry: HOE SKERP WAS ADAM EN EVA SE INTELLEK?


TWEE VRAE OM TE BEANTWOORD VOORDAT JY DIE GEDEELTES UIT DIE OU- EN NUWE TESTAMENT LEES.
1. Hoe hoog ontwikkel, dink jy, was die intellek van die mens wat in Genesis 1 en 2  ADAM en EVA genoem word?
2. Wat gebeur met jou intellek, jou insig en denkprosesse wanneer jy in Christus is?
LEES NOU DIE SKRIFGEDEELTES EN BEANTWOORD DIESELFDE TWEE VRAE NOG 'n KEER.

 
BEËINDIGDE TRAGEDIE
 
OU TESTAMENT: Genesis 1: 26,27; Job 28.
NUWE TESTAMENT: Hebreërs 10; 16-20
 
 
OU TESTAMENT:
Toe Hy die krag van die wind bepaal het ... toe Hy vir die reën reëls gemaak het en 'n pad vir die weerlig aangewys het ... (het) Hy vir die mens gesê: Om die Here te dien, dit is wysheid, om die kwaad te vermy, dit is insig.” — Job 28: 25-28.
 
Job 28 laat 'n mens asemloos. In Job 28: 25-28 word God se skeppingsdenke beskryf. In die voorafgaande teksverse word verwys na mynbou, mynskagte, waterare en die smelt van kopererts! Eeue voor Kopernicus en Newton het die mens die hemelliggame in hulle bane bestudeer en wetenskaplike metodes geken wat ons as die ontdekkings van  “die beskawing” beskou. In Job 28 word boonop vrae oor die oorsprong van wysheid gevra.  
“This chapter,” skryf Adam Clarke,“is the oldest and finest piece of natural history in the world.” (Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible.)
Hoe het die mense van Job se tyd aan hierdie kennis gekom?  Ons kan op grond van Job 28:25-28 net tot een gevolgtrekking kom: dat God Self die mens met die suiwerste afskynsel van sy eie kennis en wysheid geskep het. God (het) gesê: “Kom Ons maak die mens as ons verteenwoordiger, ons beeld, sodat hy kan heers oor die vis in die see, die voëls in die lug, die mak diere, die wilde diere en al die diere wat op die aarde kruip.”  God het die mens geskep as sy verteenwoordiger, as beeld van God het Hy die mens geskep, man en vrou het Hy hulle geskep. — Gen. 1:26,27.
 God se eie wysheid, kennis en heilige denke het die mens voor die sondeval deurstroom en deurvloei. Sou die mens Hom met onverdeelde hart dien, sou die mens toegeneem het in kennis, wysheid en begrip van God, die skepping en God se volmaakte wil. Toe die mens kennis van die kwaad in die sondeval gekies het, is alle kennis gekontamineer en het groot volumes daarvan in die tragiese geskiedenis van die ontaarde menslike geslag verlore geraak.
 
BEËINDIGDE TRAGEDIE
Vir elkeen wat in Christus is, is die tragedie diep in die menslike verstand verby.  
In die Nuwe Testament staan geskryf:  “Dit is die verbond wat Ek met hulle na daardie dae sal sluit, sê die Here. Ek sal hulle my wette in die hart gee, in hulle verstand sal Ek dit skrywe.” (Heb 10:16.) 
Lees Heb. 10: 16-20. En aanbid Hom wat die tragedie op Golgotha beëindig het.
 

Kliek en kry: FONDAMENT


VRAE OM EERS VOOR en dan weer NA DIE LEES VAN DIE SKRIFGEDEELTES TE BEANTWOORD

1. Moenie lank dink nie, laat jou onderbewussyn dadelik reageer: Waarop bou jy jou lewe in dié fase van jou bestaan?
2. Die woord, ''verbond'' kom uit die meeste van ons se vroeëre kerk-ervaring. Hoe belangrik is die ou verbond wat God met Abraham gesluit het, vir jou? Maak dit 'n verskil in jou lewe?
3. Omskryf die Gods-benaming, VERBONDSGOD, in jou eie woorde.

FONDAMENT

OU TESTAMENT:  Genesis 15; Genesis 17:1-7.
NUWE TESTAMENT: 1 Korintiërs 3:11

 
OU TESTAMENT:
Ek bring 'n verbond tot stand tussen My en jou en jou nageslag en al hulle geslagte. Dit is 'n blywende verbond: Ek sal jou God wees en ook die God van jou nageslag. — Gen. 17:7.
 
Hulle het diep gegrawe, dieper as die kleigrond wat huise laat bars. Die nat sement in die  slote moes eers droog word: die mure van die huis waarin ons sou woon, moes immers daarop gebou word. Niks vorentoe sou in plek kon bly as die fondament nie goed gelê was nie. Sonder dié vaste fondament sou ons huis gou 'n bouval gewees het.
God het die verbond wat Hy met ons gesluit het  — vernuwe en beter, met Jesus Christus as die sondelose tweede Party en ons in Hom soos die loot in die druiwestok — op 'n fondament geplaas soos wat geen mens kan lê nie.
In Genesis 15 ontdek ons dat God se verbondsluiting met Abraham twee dae lank geduur het.
Dag een: Die Here vir Abram buitentoe laat gaan en vir hom gesê: “Kyk op na die hemel en tel die sterre as jy kan. So baie sal jou nageslag wees.” (Genesis 15:5.)
Dag twee: Die volgende dag moes Abraham vee slag, dié verbondstekens van die antieke wêreld middeldeur sny en elke helfte teenoor die ander helfte neersit.  Dwarsdeur die dag moes hy roofvoëls verjaag, dalk deur Satan gestuur om die verbondsluiting te voorkom. Teen sononder sien hy die lyding van sy nageslag in Egipte in 'n visioen.  
Toe verskyn God as die Verbondmaker wat voor Abraham uitgaan, vlammend as die Gans Andere.  Hy beloof 'n eie land aan Abraham se nageslag.
In Genesis 17 kom die Verbondmaker weer na die mindere vennoot, die mens Abraham. Hy maak 'n belofte aan Abraham : “Ek sal jou God wees en die God van jou nageslag.”
 
NUWE TESTAMENT:
Abraham het sy seun Isak geleer: Ons is verbondsmense. Alles in ons hede en tot in die verre toekoms staan vas op wat God onderneem het om vir ons te wees en te doen.
Ons leef in dieselfde sekerheid. Ons leef in 'n ewige verbond. Alles in ons hede en tot in die verre toekoms staan vas op wat God teenoor Noag en Abraham en ander Ou-Testamentiese gelowiges onderneem het om vir ons te wees en vir ons te doen.
God as die Verbondmaker het in Jesus Christus tot by ons gekom. Ons fondament is onvernietigbaar.
Die fondament is Jesus Christus. (1 Korintiërs 3:11.)
 

Kliek en kry: KAN 'n MENS VIR GOD TOT NUT WEES?

KAN 'n MENS VIR GOD TOT NUT WEES?

OU TESTAMENT:  Job 22
NUWE TESTAMENT:  Romeine 11: 33-36;1 Korintiërs 3:9.

 “Kan 'n mens vir God tot nut wees? Nee, die verstandige is vir homself tot nut.
— Job 22:2.
 
In Job 22 luister jy in na 'n gesprek. Elifas, 'n boorling van Teman, praat met sy siek vriend Job oor:-
  • menswees en die doel van die mens se bestaan;
  • God se belange en nie-belange;
  • verborge dinge wat aan die lig kom;
  • Job se denkfoute aangaande God;
  • alles wat terugkeer na God vir Job in die sak sal bring.
 Kan 'n mens vir God tot nut wees?
In Afrikaans klink Job 22:2 só:  “Kan 'n mens vir God tot nut wees? Nee, die verstandige is vir homself tot nut. ” DUS:  Nee, vir God is jy nutteloos. Die lewe gaan daaroor dat jy jouself moet bevoordeel.
In die King James vertaling klink Job 22:2 só:  Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? (Job 22:2, KJV.) DUS: Kan 'n mens vir God  tot nut wees, soos wat 'n verstandige mens wyse besluite tot sy eie voordeel neem? 
Ons moet besluit:-
  • of die lewe inderdaad oor eie belange gaan.
  • of dit nie dalk regtig wys is om besluite tot jou eie voordeel te neem nie: gesondheidsbesluite,  besluite oor die leiers vir wie jy stem, besluite oor jou loopbaan, besluite oor wie en wat die nommer een posisie in jou lewe moet beklee.
 
KAN 'n MENS VIR GOD TOT NUT WEES?
In graad 11, die jaar waarin leerders skaduwerk iewers moet gaan doen, verkry een van ons kleindogters die vergunning van 'n wêreldbekende breinchirurg om 'n week lank saam met hom in die teater te wees. Nooit sal sy die gesprekke met hom, die klein takies wat sy vir hom kon verrig, vergeet nie. Sy het gestraal; sy het gelééf.
Het die breinchirurg ons kleindogter nodig gehad? Natuurlik nie. In goedgunstigheid is sy in die teater toegelaat.
Kan 'n mens vir God tot nut wees?  Lees Romeine 11:33-36, en jy ken die antwoord. Maar God wil ons by Hom in die teater hê. Hy wil ons onderrig en oplei om in sy diens te wees, presies soos wat Paulus dit in 1 Kor. 3:9 verwoord:
Ons is medewerkers in diens van God. 
Ons is nie onafhanklike entrepreneurs nie. Ons is God se bodes, in en uit sy teater,  gestuurdes wat verkondig dat Hy opereer, dat Hy genees, dat Hy heel maak en elkeen wat na Hom kom, liefhet.

Kliek en kry: NUUT!

OU TESTAMENT:  JESAJA 43:11-19.
NUWE TESTAMENT: LUKAS 3: 4-6.
     
MOENIE BY DIE VERLEDE STILSTAAN NIE, Sê DIE OU TESTAMENT
Maar moenie net aan die vroeëre dinge dink en by die verlede stilstaan nie. Kyk, Ek gaan iets nuuts doen, dit staan op die punt om te gebeur, julle kan dit al sien kom; Ek maak in die woestyn 'n pad, Ek laat in die droë wêreld riviere ontspring. — Jes. 43:18,19.
 
Iets nuuts vir my, wil ons die woorde van Jesaja 43:18,19 op onsself rig. Ek wil dit glo: God gaan iets nuuts in my toekoms begin doen. En so visualiseer ons beter tye in ons eie lewe: groei in ons besigheid, weer 'n swangerskap na die miskraam, iets nuuts vir my.
Natuurlik sorg God soos 'n Vader vir ons. Hy gee vir ons ver bo wat ons bid of verwag. Maar in Jesaja 43: 11-19 gee God vir die hele aarde 'n belofte van 'n nuwe bedeling. Hoe droog en dood, hoe siek en lou, hoe lusteloos en passieloos kan ons lewe met God en voor Hom immers nie word wanneer die ergste ramp waaraan ons kan dink, in ons gesin gebeur nie! Of wanneer ons so goed gekussing is, dat ons tog maar leef asof God die Onnodige in ons bestaan is!
Die vernuwing wat God in Jesaja 43 beloof, is herskepping. Dié herskepping is eerstens 'n herskepping tot die eer van sy Naam, die uitvoering van sy wil en die uitbreiding van sy Koninkryk.    
   
KYK DIE OUE IS VERBY!
Vertroos my, Here. Hou my vas. Plaas my elke dag na die dood van my kind weer op my voete. Gee asseblief vir my 'n nuwe werk/huwelik/huis/droom om voor te leef, want 'n ramp het my getref. Ek moet opstaan uit my verlede.
Ons mag enigiets van God vra. Jesus Christus sê vir ons dat ons nie moet ophou om te vra, te soek en te klop nie.
Maar God wil meer doen. Hy wil ons herskep om na die rampe van ons verlede, die verlies van 'n kind, die brand, die gewapende roof, volledig nuut tot sy eer te leef. Hy wil ons innerlik nuut maak tot sy eer en verheerliking.
In Lukas 3:6 staan oor Jesus Christus geskryf: En al die mense sal die verlossing sien wat van God kom.”
In Jesaja 43: 11-19 profeteer die profeet oor my en jou. God gee vir ons 'n opstanding uit die lewende dood. En mense sal die verlossing wat van God gekom het — die Goddelike krag van Jesus Christus — in ons lewe sien.

VRAE:
1. By watter ou dinge in die verlede bly jy vassteek? Onreg? 'n Egskeiding? 'n Groot, onvervulde ideaal?
2. Wat sê die Skrif vandag vir jou aangaande ou dinge?
3. Kan ou dinge 'n mens werklik in 'n lewende dood dompel?
4. Waar begin die einde van 'n lewende dood?
5. Voltooi: Here, God van die Ou - en Nuwe Testament, net U kan....

 

Kliek en kry: DIE MOOISTE WOORD IN MY TAAL

ONBESKULDIG  
 
OU TESTAMENT: Jeremia 15: 10-19
NUWE TESTAMENT: 1 Kor. 1:8
 
IN DIE OU TESTAMENT STAAN GESKRYF:
 Ellende het my getref... Ek is 'n man wat dwarsdeur die land mense moet beskuldig en met hulle moet twis. — Jeremia 15:10.
 
U is onregverdig, Here, het Jeremia gesê. En meedoënloos. Die opdrag om u oordeel oor u volk te gaan aankondig, het my van almal vervreem. Ek kon nie sit waar daar gesels en gelag word en dit saam geniet nie; U het my in besit geneem en ek moes alleen sit, vol van die verontwaardiging wat van U af kom.
Wat sê die beskuldigde God?
So sê die Here: “Daar is buiten My geen God nie; net Ek is 'n God wat regverdig is en red.” (Jes. 45: 21)
Maar God is inderdaad meedoënloos; Hy trek sy opdrag nie terug wanneer die boodskap van sy oordeel afgegee moet word nie. Jona en elke ander profeet het dit beleef. Johannes op Patmos het dit beleef toe hy moes neerskryf wat God se plan met die aarde tussen die eerste en tweede koms van Jesus Christus is.
Die mens as individu en die bewoners van die aarde hoor van die God wat regverdig is en red (Jes. 45: 21) dat elke mens skuldig voor Hom is. Dat die naam van elke mens op 'n oop klagstaat staan: hierdie mens het sonde op sonde teen die God van hemel en aarde gepleeg.   
 
ONBESKULDIG
Die mens het van God af weggevlug na die sondeval. God het die mens gaan soek en gevra: “Waar is jy?” Die mens het geantwoord: “Ek is bang vir U.”
O, die genade van die God wat elke mens wat hierdie woorde sê, as regverdige Regter ter dood moes veroordeel! Maar a) deur sy Seun en b) oor elkeen wat in sy Seun is, galm daar nou 'n uitspraak wat ons eie hart, mense en engele nie oor ons kan uitspreek nie.   
“Unaccused” is die mooiste woord in Engels. “Onbeskuldig” is 'n lewenswoord, 'n woord wat ons vreesloos maak in die aangesig van die dood.
Daar sal geen aanklag teen julle wees op die dag dat ons Here Jesus Christus kom nie, sê die God wat red vir elkeen wat in Jesus Christus glo. Jy wat  in Jesus Christus (in union with Christ) is, is vrygespreek, tot in alle ewigheid is jy onbeskuldig:
Dit is Hy wat julle ook end-uit sal laat vas staan, sodat daar geen aanklag teen julle sal wees op die dag dat ons Here Jesus Christus kom nie. — 1 Kor. 1:8.

VRAE

1. Wat sê God vir jou in die Skrifgedeelte uit die Ou Testament?
2. Wat sê God vir jou in die Skrifgedeelte uit die Nuwe Testament?
3. Wat beteken dit om IN JESUS CHRISTUS te wees? (Dink aan 'n druiwe-loot.)

 
 
 

Kliek en kry: BY DIE VOET VAN DIE KRUIS, OF IN CHRISTUS?


WAAR IS JY?

Die wyse man moet nie in sy wysheid roem nie, die soldaat nie in sy krag nie, die ryk man nie in sy rykdom nie. — Jer. 9:23.

        
“Die roem van die Here hou altyd stand,” het die tempelkore eens gesing. (Psalm 111:10.) Die Verbondsvolk het, na die uiterlike geoordeel, 'n geestelike bloeityd gedurende die regering van Dawid beleef. Hy was immers “die man na Gods hart.” Sy hart was op God gerig. Hy, wat dikwels gesondig het, het altyd in berou en verootmoediging na God teruggekeer.
Nou, ongeveer 600 jaar V.C en 300 jaar na die dood van Dawid, het daar van moraliteit niks in die land oorgebly nie. Moord, diefstal, owerspel, onsedelikheid, bedrog, onderkruipery en onreg het alledaagse praktyk geword. Afgodsaanbidding het die plek van onverdeelde trou aan God ingeneem.
Die wingerd van die Allerhoogste het niks anders as slegte druiwe gedra nie.
Toe het God gesê: Die wyse man moet nie in sy wysheid roem nie, die soldaat nie in sy krag nie, die ryk man nie in sy rykdom nie. Sy toorn sou ontbrand teen die volk wat Hy vir Hom uitgekies het om 'n lig vir die nasies te wees. In menslike wysheid, krag en rykdom sou daar vir hulle geen  beskerming wees nie.
Jeremia 9:19-26 is die geskiedenis van die mensdom van gister, vandag en môre. Daar is geen goeie wingerdstok onder die mense nie. Daar is niemand wat die wil van God doen nie, selfs nie een nie. In menslike wysheid, krag en rykdom was daar nog nooit en sal daar nooit beskerming teen die straf van God wees nie.
 
WAAR IS JY?
“Net by die voet van die Kruis vind die sondaar redding en veiligheid,” het jy dalk jou hele lewe lank gehoor.
Die voet van die kruis is so naby en tog so ver. Jesus Christus het gesê:
“ Wie in My glo, het die ewige lewe.   Ek is die lewende brood wat uit die hemel gekom het. As iemand van hierdie brood eet, sal hy ewig lewe. Die brood wat Ek sal gee, is my liggaam. Ek gee dit sodat die wêreld kan lewe. Wie my liggaam eet en my bloed drink, het die ewige lewe. Wie my liggaam eet en my bloed drink, bly in My (GNB: live in me) en Ek in hom (GNB: live in him).”  — Joh. 6:47,  51, 53, 56.
Waar is jy: by die voet van die kruis, of in Christus?


Vrae:
Wat is die  verskil tussen " by die voet van die Kruis'' wees, en ''in Christus'' wees?
Wat is die seëninge van ''by die voet van die Kruis'' wees?
Wat is die seëninge van ''in Christus wees?''  Jy vind van die seëninge in 1 Korintiërs 1:1-9; 26-31.

 
 

Kliek en kry: DIE GODSTEKEN


Om vandag geestelik te groei, moet ons God se Woord lees, oordink en God se stem hoor. Die stukkie Skrif-uitleg wat jy hier vind, dien slegs as hulpmiddel. Die ware seën waarmee die Here jou wil seën, is in sy Woord. Vandag, drie maande voor Kersfees, bestudeer ons die teken van die maagdelike geboorte van Jesus Christus, die Godsteken.  Lees die Skrifgedeeltes uit die Ou- en Nuwe Testament en gebruik die Skrifuitleg as hulpmiddel daarby.

DIE GODSTEKEN  
 
OU TESTAMENT:  Genesis 17:1-8; Jesaja  7:1-14.
NUWE TESTAMENT:  Romeine 4:18-21.
        
KERNTEKS VIR VANDAG UIT DIE OU TESTAMENT:
Die Here sal daarom self vir julle 'n teken gee: 'n Jong vrou sal swanger word en 'n seun in die wêreld bring en sy sal hom Immanuel noem. — Jesaja 7: 14
 
Bedaar! Binnekort sal die mag van die Arameërs gebreek wees, was God se boodskap aan 'n vreesbevange koning,  'n afgodsaanbidder van die koningsdinastie van Dawid..
Net soos wat Jesus vir Tomas gesê het om sy hand in die wond in sy sy te steek om te bevestig dat hy werklik met die lewende Christus te doen het,  het Jesaja Agas uitgenooi om enige teken van God te vra om in sy geloof versterk te word. Want: “...julle sal nie standhou as julle nie in geloof standhou nie.”
Agas wys die uitnodiging van die hand, dalk omdat hy heimlik op die hulp van mense, bondgenote, staatgemaak het. Of omdat hy as afgodsaanbidder die lewende God buite sy eie lewe wou hou.
Toe kondig God sy eie teken aangaande Homself en sy plan met die wêreld aan. Die teken dat Hy 'n oorblyfsel van sy Verbondsvolk vir Homself sou behou en uit verstrooiing sou terugbring na die land van sy belofte aan Abraham.  Die teken dat Hy die God van genade is, vir Agas, die afgodsaanbidder, vir die mensdom wat die loon van die sonde, die dood, verdien. God se teken was groter as enigiets wat Agas ooit van Hom sou kon vra:
'n Jong vrou sal swanger word en 'n seun in die wêreld bring en sy sal hom Immanuel noem.
 
DIE GODSTEKEN OOK VIR MY EN JOU
Die teken wat God nie net aan Agas beloof het nie, maar vir die hele mensdom gegee het, was die maagdelike geboorte van sy Seun, 'n Kind met die naam, Immanuel, God by ons.
 Hierdie Kind se geboorte was die onuitwisbare waarborg van die behoud van 'n  oorblyfsel van die nageslag van Abraham tot die wederkoms: nie slegs as nasie soos enige ander nasie nie, maar as mense van die genadeverbond wat God met Abraham gesluit het, soos o.a. opgeteken in Genesis 17:1-8; as volk van die Goddelike Verlossingsplan waarin Jesus Christus sentraal staan. Die Godsteken waarborg verder dat God elke sondaar wat deur Christus in die genadeverbond opgeneem is, in sy oorvloed laat deel en aan hom/haar die ewige lewe gee.
God het sy teken gegee sodat die nageslag van Abraham en die hele mensdom die Messias sou herken en sou weet: Die God van Abraham en Jesaja is die ware God. Sodat ek en jy vandag sal weet: die God van Abraham en Jesaja, die ewige, almagtige, genadige God, is by ons.


GROEI GEESTELIK
  • Skryf 5 sinne oor die Godsteken, soos wat die Heilige Gees hulle in jou hart en gedagtes  laat opkom.
   
 

Kliek en kry: HEILIGE SAP


HEILIGE SAP

Joh 15:1  “Ek is die ware wingerdstok en my Vader is die boer.
Joh 15:2  Elke loot aan My wat nie vrugte dra nie, sny Hy af; maar elkeen wat vrugte dra, snoei Hy reg, sodat dit nog meer vrugte kan dra.
Joh 15:3  Julle is alreeds reg gesnoei deur die woorde wat Ek vir julle gesê het.
Joh 15:4  Julle moet in My bly en Ek in julle. 'n Loot kan nie uit sy eie vrugte dra as hy nie aan die wingerdstok bly nie; en so julle ook nie as julle nie in My bly nie.
Joh 15:5  Ek is die wingerdstok, julle die lote. Wie in My bly en Ek in hom, dra baie vrugte, want sonder My kan julle niks doen nie.
Joh 15:6  As iemand nie in My bly nie, word hy weggegooi soos 'n loot en hy verdroog. Die mense maak sulke lote bymekaar en gooi dit in die vuur, en dit verbrand.
Joh 15:7  As julle in My bly en my woorde in julle, vra dan net wat julle wil hê, en julle sal dit kry.
Joh 15:8  My Vader word juis daardeur verheerlik dat julle baie vrugte dra en my dissipels is.
Joh 15:9  Soos die Vader My liefhet, het Ek julle ook lief. Julle moet in my liefde bly.
Joh 15:10  As julle my opdragte uitvoer, sal julle in my liefde bly, net soos Ek die opdragte van my Vader uitvoer en in sy liefde bly.
Joh 15:11  Dit sê Ek vir julle sodat my blydskap in julle kan wees en julle blydskap volkome kan wees.

Vrae

1. In die Sondagskool/kategese/skool was daar dalk in jou lewe ook onderwysers/onderwyseresse wat vir julle gesê het: As kind van die Here moet julle nie oneerlik wees nie, die waarheid praat, nie vuil gedagtes in julle gees toelaat nie...  Kon jy dit regkry?  Hoekom nie/Hoe het jy dit reggekry?
2. Weet jy ook nou dat ons 'n verloorstryd veg as ons in ons menslikheid die wil van God probeer doen?
3. Wat is die nuwe weg wat Jesus Christus tot 'n lewe van oorwinning, vreugde, reinheid en liefde vir ons kom wys het?
4.  Het Jesus Christus die nuwe lewe net vir jou kom wys, of kom gee?
5.  Is die volgende stelling waar of nie:  Die ware lewe is 'n Persoon...?

Gebed:

Here, dit help nie om eenkant te staan, van ver af na U te kyk
en dan hard te probeer
om beter, reiner, heiliger, meer Christusgelykvormig te word nie.
O, Jesus, dankie dat ons deur die geloof in U wat van God af kom
onlosmaaklik deel van U geword het.
Here, help ons om vandag diep in die kern van 'n lewende druiwetak in te kykd
die sap van die lewe te sien
en vas en seker te weet:
so is dit met U en my.






Kliek en kry: KYK HOE LYK ONS NOU!/LOOK AT US NOW!

Kyk hoe lyk ons nou!
PSALM 90:1-12
'n Gebed van Moses, die man van God. Here, U was vir ons 'n toevlug van geslag tot geslag. Voordat die berge gebore is, voordat U die wêreld voortgebring het, ja, van ewigheid tot ewigheid is U God! U laat die mens sterwe: U sê net: “Word weer stof!” Duisend jaar is vir U soos gister as dit verby is, soos een enkele wagbeurt in die nag. U maak 'n einde aan 'n mens, hy gaan die doodslaap in. Hy is soos gras wat in die môre afgesny word: in die môre is dit nog groen, maar dit word afgesny en teen die aand is dit verlep en dit verdroog. Ons vergaan onder u toorn, ons gaan te gronde onder u gramskap. U sien ons oortredinge raak, U bring die sondes wat ons wou wegsteek, aan die lig. Onder u toorn vlieg ons dae en skiet ons jare verby soos 'n gedagte. Ons lewe maar sewentig jaar, of, as ons baie sterk is, tagtig, en dié is vol swaarkry en leed. Dit is gou verby, ons vlieg na ons einde toe. Wie ken die krag van u toorn beter as u dienaars? Wie ken u gramskap beter? Leer ons ons dae so gebruik dat ons wysheid bekom.

JOHANNES 16: 24-27
Dít verseker Ek julle: Wat julle die Vader ook al in my Naam sal bid, sal Hy vir julle gee. Tot nou toe het julle nog nie in my Naam gebid nie. Bid, en julle sal ontvang, sodat julle blydskap volkome kan wees. Dit het Ek deur beeldspraak vir julle gesê. Daar kom 'n tyd wanneer Ek nie meer deur beeldspraak met julle sal praat nie maar julle reguit van die Vader sal vertel. Van daardie dag af sal julle in my Naam bid en hoef Ek nie julle voorspraak by die Vader te wees nie, want die Vader self het julle lief, omdat julle My liefhet en glo dat Ek van God gekom het.

VRAE
  1. Watter sinne in Psalm 90:1-12 bid en bely jy woordeliks net soos Moses?
  2. Watter sinne in Psalm 90: 1-12 is vir altyd deur die koms en kruisdood van Jesus Christus verander?
  3. As jy en Moses sou kuier, sou jy vir hom kon sê: Kyk hoe lyk ons nou!  Hoe lyk ons nou?  Vind die antwoord in Johannes 16:24-27.
  4. Wat kan jy die Vader in die Naam van Jesus Christus vra? (Dink aan jou diepste behoeftes, jou skuldgevoelens, verhoudings, die Kerk, jou kleinkinders of kinders...)

LOOK AT US NOW!

PSALM 90:1-12, CEV
(A prayer by Moses, the man of God.) Our Lord, in all generations you have been our home. You have always been God-- long before the birth of the mountains, even before you created the earth and the world. At your command we die and turn back to dust, but a thousand years mean nothing to you! They are merely a day gone by or a few hours in the night. You bring our lives to an end just like a dream. We are merely tender grass that sprouts and grows in the morning, but dries up by evening. Your furious anger frightens and destroys us, and you know all of our sins, even those we do in secret. Your anger is a burden each day we live, then life ends like a sigh. We can expect seventy years, or maybe eighty, if we are healthy, but even our best years bring trouble and sorrow. Suddenly our time is up, and we disappear. No one knows the full power of your furious anger, but it is as great as the fear that we owe to you. Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.

JOHN 16: 24-28, CEV.
I tell you for certain that the Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name. You have not asked for anything in this way before, but now you must ask in my name. Then it will be given to you, so that you will be completely happy.
I have used examples to explain to you what I have been talking about. But the time will come when I will speak to you plainly about the Father and will no longer use examples like these. You will ask the Father in my name, and I won't have to ask him for you. God the Father loves you because you love me, and you believe that I have come from him. I came from the Father into the world, but I am leaving the world and returning to the Father.


QUESTIONS:
  1. Which sentences in Psalm 90:1-12 do you pray and profess exactly like Moses?
  2. Which sentences in Psalm 90: 1-12 have been changed for ever by the coming and crucificion of Jesus Christ?
  3. If you and Moses were to spend some time together, you would have been able to say: Look at us now! What has changed? Find the answer in John 16:24-27.
  4. What exactly may you ask the Father in the Name of Jesus Christ? (Contemplate your real needs regarding guilt, relationships, the Church, your children and grandchildren...)

Kliek en kry: Om met krake saam te leef/ To live with cracks

OM MET KRAKE SAAM TE LEEF.
Rom 15:1-4, ANV
Op ons wat sterk is in die geloof, rus die verpligting om die swakhede te verdra van dié wat nie sterk is nie. Ons moenie aan onsself dink nie: elkeen van ons moet aan ons naaste dink en aan wat vir hom goed is en wat hom in die geloof kan opbou. Christus het immers ook nie aan Homself gedink nie, inteendeel. Dit was met Hom soos daar geskrywe staan: “Die beledigings waarmee mense U beledig, het op My neergekom.”
 
 
Alles wat vooraf in die Skrif opgeteken is, is tog opgeteken om ons te leer sodat ons deur die standvastigheid en bemoediging wat die Skrif ons gee, vol hoop kan wees.
 
VRAE:
  • Wat beteken die woord VERPLIGTING in Rom 15:1-4?
  • Op wie rus 'n verpligting om iets spesifieks te doen?
  • Wat is die spesifieke verpligting?
  • Wat is jou grootste probleem wanneer met ander se krake (swakhede) moet bly cope: hoogmoed, liefdeloosheid, selfbejammering of wat?
  • Waarop en op wie moet ons fokus wees wanneer ons met krake saamleef?
  • Kom een spesifieke persoon met sy/haar krake in jou gedagtes op? Wat sal verander as 'n mens Rom 15:1-4 as riglyn vir jou gesindheid en gedrag jeens daardie persoon neem?
 
 
 
 
ENGLISH
TO LIVE WITH CRACKS
 

The Message (MSG) New International Version (NIV)
1 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. 1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
2 Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?" 2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
3 That's exactly what Jesus did. He didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding people's troubles, but waded right in and helped out. "I took on the troubles of the troubled," is the way Scripture puts it. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."
4 Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it's written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
5 May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)  
 
QUESTIONS:
  • What do the verbs, ought to and need to in Rom 15:1-4 mean?
  • Who ought to or need to do some specific thing?
  • What is this specific thing?
  • What is your biggest problem when you have to cope with another person's cracks (weaknesses): pride, a lack of love, self-pity? Something else?
  • On what and whom should our focus be in such circumstances?
  • Does the name of one specific person cross your mind now? What will change, should you take Rom.15:1-4 as guideline for your attitude and behaviour regarding that person?
 
 

Kliek en kry: DIE KONINKLIKE WET/THE ROYAL RULE

DIE KONINKLIKE WET
Jakobus 2:1-9, ANV
My broers, julle wat glo in ons Here Jesus Christus, die Here aan wie die heerlikheid behoort, moet mense nie volgens hulle uiterlike beoordeel nie. Sê nou daar kom in julle samekoms 'n man in met goue ringe aan sy vingers en met deftige klere aan en daar kom ook 'n brandarm man in met ou klere aan, en sê nou julle maak 'n ophef van die man met die deftige klere en julle sê vir hom: “Kom sit u hier gemaklik,” maar vir die arm man sê julle: “Gaan staan jy daar anderkant” of: “Kom sit hier by my voete,” het julle dan nie onder mekaar onderskeid gemaak en mense op grond van verkeerde oorwegings beoordeel nie? Luister, my liewe broers! Kies God nie juis dié uit wat in die oë van die wêreld arm is, om ryk te wees in die geloof en om die koninkryk in besit te neem wat Hy belowe het aan dié wat Hom liefhet nie? Maar julle behandel die arm man met minagting. Is dit nie die rykes deur wie julle uitgebuit word nie, en is dit nie hulle
deur wie julle voor die hof gesleep word nie? Is dit nie hulle wat die goeie Naam skend van Hom aan wie julle behoort nie? As julle werklik die wet van die koninkryk van God onderhou soos dit in die Skrif staan: “Jy moet jou naaste liefhê soos jouself,” dan doen julle reg.Maar as julle die mense na die uiterlike beoordeel, doen julle sonde en veroordeel die wet van God julle as oortreders.

 
VRAE:
  1. Wat is die Koninklike Wet?
  2. Wanneer is ons in die versoeking om Die Koninklike Wet te verbreek?
  3. Wat is die gevolge van die verbreking van die Koninklike Wet?
  4. Hoe ernstig is die gevolge?
  5. Waar verbreek jy die Koninklike Wet?
  6. Bid verder: "Here, ek weet dat ek die Koninklike Wet verbreek. Vergewe....
 
ENGLISH
THE ROYAL RULE
 
JAS 2:1-9, THE MESSAGE
1 My dear friends, don't let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. 2 If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, 3 and you say to the man in the suit, "Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!" and either ignore the street person or say, "Better sit here in the back row," 4 haven't you segregated God's children and proved that you are judges who can't be trusted? 5 Listen, dear friends. Isn't it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world's down-and-out as the kingdom's first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God. 6 And here you are abusing these same citizens! Isn't it the high and mighty who exploit you, who use the courts to rob you blind? 7 Aren't they the ones who scorn the new name - "Christian" - used in your baptisms? 8 You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: "Love others as you love yourself." 9 But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it.
 
  QUESTIONS:
  1. What is the Royal Rule?
  2. When are we tempted to disobey the Royal RULE?
  3. What are the consequences of disobedience to the Royal Rule?
  4. How serious are the consequences?
  5. Where do you disobey the Royal Rule?"
  6. Pray on: "Lord, I know that I am disobedient to the Royal Rule. Forgive....''

Kliek en kry: 'n Perfekte (nuwe) begin/A perfect (new) beginning


'n PERFEKTE NUWE BEGIN.
ENGLISH: BLUE: A PERFECT NEW BEGINNING


PSALM 19, ANV.'n Psalm van Dawid.
Die hemel getuig van die mag van God, die uitspansel maak die werk van sy hande bekend. Die een dag gee die berig deur aan die ander en die een nag deel die kennis aan die volgende mee.
Sonder spraak en sonder woorde, onhoorbaar is hulle stem. Tog gaan daarvan 'n boodskap uit oor die hele wêreld en hulle taal bereik die uithoeke van die aarde. Vir die son is daar in die hemel 'n tent opgeslaan. As hy stralend begin om sy baan te volg, is hy soos 'n bruidegom wat uit sy slaapkamer kom. Aan die een kant van die hemel kom hy op en aan die ander kant gaan hy onder, en niks ontkom aan sy gloed nie. Die woord van die Here is volmaak: dit gee lewe. Die onderwysing van die Here is betroubaar: dit gee wysheid aan dié wat nog onervare is. Die bevele van die Here dui die regte koers aan: dit bring blydskap. Die gebod van die Here is helder: dit gee insig. Die eise van die Here vir sy diens is goed: dit staan altyd vas. Die bepalings van die Here is reg: elkeen van hulle is regverdig.
Hulle is kosbaarder as goud, selfs as baie goud, soeter as heuning, as druppels uit 'n heuningkoek. U dienaar laat hom daardeur leer. Wie dit alles onderhou, groot is sy beloning. Wie dit alles onderhou, groot is sy beloning. Wie sien sy eie dwalinge raak? Moet my tog nie straf vir sondes wat ek onwetend gedoen het nie. Weerhou my van opsetlike sondes, laat hulle nie oor my heers nie. Dan sal ek onberispelik wees en vry van hierdie groot sonde. Mag wat ek sê en wat ek dink tog vir U aanneemlik wees, Here, my Rots en my Verlosser.
 
TITUS 2:11-15 ANV.
 Die genade van God wat verlossing bring, het immers aan alle mense verskyn. Dit voed ons op om die goddelose leefwyse en wêreldse begeerlikhede te laat vaar en met selfbeheersing, opregtheid en godsvrug in die teenswoordige wêreld te lewe, terwyl ons uitsien na die gelukkige dag wat ons verwag. Op daardie dag sal die heerlikheid van ons grote God en Verlosser, Jesus Christus, verskyn.
Hy het Homself vir ons as offer gegee om ons van alle ongeregtigheid vry te maak en ons van sonde te reinig, sodat ons sy eie volk kan wees wat ywerig is om die goeie te doen. Dit is die dinge waaroor jy moet praat.
 
VRAE
  1. Watter punt ken jy aan Dawid, die Ou-Testamentiese digter, se poësie toe? Kyk na die metafore (beeldspraak) in Psalm 19. Kyk na die inhoud en die ritme, selfs in vertaalde vorm. Is dit 'n perfekte stuk poësie, gemiddelde digkuns, minderwaardige digkuns?
  2. Met watter volmaakte gebeurtenis begin elke dag?
  3. Wat beskou Dawid is selfs meer volmaak, lewe-gewend, betroubaar, regverdig en kosbaar?
  4. Wat of wie beskou Dawid as onvolmaak, onbetroubaar en ontoereikend?
  5. Deel jy Dawid se beskouing? Sê in een sin waarom (nie)?
  6. Vind die volmaakte liefde, die volmaakte offer, die volmaakte rede vir blydskap, die volmaakte lewenskode en die volmaakte nuwe begin in Titus 2:11-15.  Skryf dan verder: Hierdie dag begin met die absoluut volmaakte versekering in die Skrif dat....

    A PERFECT (NEW) BEGINNING

    Psa 19. A PSALM BY DAVID.CEV.
    A psalm by David for the music leader.The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what he has done. Each day informs the following day; each night announces to the next.
    They don't speak a word, and there is never the sound of a voice. Yet their message reaches all the earth, and it travels around the world. In the heavens a tent is set up for the sun.
    It rises like a bridegroom and gets ready like a hero eager to run a race.It travels all the way across the sky. Nothing hides from its heat. The Law of the LORD is perfect; it gives us new life. His teachings last forever, and they give wisdom to ordinary people. The LORD's instruction is right; it makes our hearts glad. His commands shine brightly, and they give us light. Worshiping the LORD is sacred; he will always be worshiped. All of his decisions are correct and fair. They are worth more than the finest gold and are sweeter than honey from a honeycomb. By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded. None of us know our faults. Forgive me when I sin without knowing it. Don't let me do wrong on purpose, Lord, or let sin have control over my life. Then I will be innocent, and not guilty of some terrible fault. Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, LORD, because you are my mighty rock and my protector.
     
    Tit 2:11-15, CEV
    God has shown us how kind he is by coming to save all people. He taught us to give up our wicked ways and our worldly desires and to live decent and honest lives in this world.
    Tit 2:13  We are filled with hope, as we wait for the glorious return of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. He gave himself to rescue us from everything that is evil and to make our hearts pure. He wanted us to be his own people and to be eager to do right. Teach these things, as you use your full authority to encourage and correct people. Make sure you earn everyone's respect.
     
    QUESTIONS
     

    1. How do you rate David, the Old Testament poet's poetry? Evaluate the metaphors in Psalm 19. Rate the content, rhythm etc., even though you are reading it in its translated version.
    2. Is it a perfect poem in many respects, mediocre poetry, sub-standard poetry?
    3. With what perfect event does each new day begin?   
    4. What does David regard as even more perfect, life-giving, reliable, just and precious?
    5. Who or what does David regard as imperfect, unreliable and lacking in virtue?
    6. Do you share his opinion? Motivate your answer in one sentence.
    7. Find the perfect love, the perfect sacrifice, the perfect reason for joy, the perfect code for living and the perfect new beginning in Titus 2:11-15. Write on: This new life begins with the absolutely perfect assurance in the Word of God that....
     
     
     


     
 

Kliek en kry: DIE SKADUWEE VAN DIE KONING IS LIG/GOD'S SHADOW IS LIGHT

 
DIE SKADUWEE VAN DIE KONING IS LIG
 
ESEGIëL 1:22-2:5, ANV
Bokant die gewelf bo hulle koppe was daar iets soos saffier met die vorm van 'n troon, en daarop was 'n gestalte met die voorkoms van 'n mens, hoog daarbo.
Van wat gelyk het na sy heupe, daarvandaan boontoe, het dit vir my gelyk na die glans van gloeiende wit metaal, na iets soos vuur met 'n rand rondom, en van wat gelyk het na sy heupe, daarvandaan ondertoe, het dit vir my gelyk na vuur met 'n helder glans rondom.
Die glans rondom was soos dié van die reënboog in 'n wolk na die reën. Dit was soos die magtige verskyning van die Here. Toe ek dit sien, val ek plat en ek hoor 'n stem praat. Die stem het vir my gesê: “Mens, staan regop, Ek wil met jou praat.”
Terwyl Hy met my praat, kom die Gees in my en laat my regop staan. Ek het die stem met my hoor praat.
Hy het vir my gesê: “Mens, Ek stuur jou na die Israeliete toe, 'n opstandige nasie wat teen My in opstand gekom het. Hulle en hulle voorvaders het hulle teen My verset tot op hierdie dag toe.  Dit is moedswillige en hardkoppige mense na wie toe Ek jou stuur. Jy moet vir hulle sê wat Ek, die Here God, sê, of hulle luister of nie, want hulle is 'n weerbarstige volk, maar hulle sal agterkom dat daar 'n profeet tussen hulle is.
 
1.  Wat lees jy in Esegiël 1:22-2:5 aangaande jou Koning?
2.  Watter aspekte van die wese van God sien jy vanoggend onder leiding van die Heilige Gees in hierdie Skrifgedeelte raak: sy heiligheid, die feit dat Hy is en was en sal wees, sy mag en gesag, die feit dat Hy vir die mens opdragte gee om uit te voer, sy genade, sy liefde?
3.  In Christus het jy vrye toegang tot die Koning, jou Vader.Wat gaan jy vanoggend in sy teenwoordigheid  doen, en in watter volgorde: Hom aanbid, hom dank, of versoeke rakende jou dagprogram voor Hom lê?
4.  Het jou gedagtes oor vandag so pas verander?  Wat het in jou gebeur?  
 
ENGLISH
THE SHADOW OF THE KING IS LIGHT
 
EZEKIEL 1:22-2:5, ESV
And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.
And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him.
 Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
And he said to me, "Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you."
 And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.
The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'
 
Questions
1.  What do you read in Ezekiel 1:22-2:5 about your King?
2.  Which attributes of God does the Holy Spirit make you see in these passages from Scripture: his holiness, the fact that He is, was and shall forever be; his power and might; the fact that He speaks to human beings and calls them to do as He tells them; his grace, his love?
3.  In Christ we may freely and fearlessly enter into God's presence. In Christ the King has become our Father. What are you going to do in his presence this morning, and in which order: worship Him, thank Him, lay your needs before Him?
4.  Have your thoughts about this coming day changed? Why? What has happened inside you?
 

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SOURCE: EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY
 
IT might be hazardous to attempt…to form a conception of Ezekiel’s state of mind during the first few years of his captivity. If, as we have found reason to believe, he had already come under the influence of Jeremiah, he must have been in some measure prepared for the blow which had descended on him. Torn from the duties of the office which he loved, and driven in upon himself, Ezekiel must no doubt have meditated deeply on the sin and the prospects of his people. From the first he must have stood aloof from his fellow exiles, who, led by their false prophets, began to dream of the fall of Babylon and a speedy return to their own land. He knew that the calamity which had befallen them was but the first installment of a sweeping judgment before which the old Israel must utterly perish. Those who remained in Jerusalem were reserved for a worse fate than those who had been carried away; but so long as the latter remained impenitent there was no hope even for them of an alleviation of the bitterness of their lot. Such thoughts, working in a mind naturally severe in its judgments, may have already produced that attitude of alienation from the whole life of his companions in misfortune which dominates the first period of his prophetic career. But these convictions did not make Ezekiel a prophet. He had as yet no independent message from God, no sure perception of the issue of events, or the path which Israel must follow in order to reach the blessedness of the future. It was not till the fifth year of his captivity that the inward change took place which brought him into Jehovah’s counsel, and disclosed to him the outlines of all his future work, and endowed him with the courage to stand forth amongst his people as the spokesman of Jehovah.
Like other great prophets whose personal experience is recorded, Ezekiel became conscious of his prophetic vocation through a vision of God. Isaiah’s vision is a drama, Ezekiel’s is a spectacle; in the one religious truth is expressed in a series of significant actions and words, in the other it is embodied in forms and splendours that appeal only to the eye.
 
… The fundamental idea is the same in each vision: the absolute and universal sovereignty of God. "Mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts." Jehovah appears in human form, seated on a throne and attended by ministering creatures which serve to show forth some part of His glory. In the one case they are seraphim, in the other cherubim: and the functions imposed on them by the structure of the vision are very diverse in the two cases. But the points in which they agree are more significant than those in which they differ. They are the agents through whom Jehovah exercises His sovereign authority, beings full of life and intelligence and moving in swift response to His will. Although free from earthly imperfection they cover themselves with their wings before His majesty, in token of the reverence which is due from the creature in presence of the Creator.
 
Ezekiel is conscious that what he has seen is after all but an imperfect semblance of the essential glory of God on which no mortal eye can gaze. All that he describes is expressly said to be an "appearance" and a "likeness." When he comes to speak of the divine form in which the whole revelation culminates he can say no more than that it is the "appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah." The prophet appears to realise his inability to penetrate behind the appearance to the reality which it shadows forth.
 
 Ezekiel had seen and been overpowered by the glory of Jehovah, and had become aware of the purpose for which it had been revealed to him. He knew ‘that God had come to him in order to send him as a prophet to his fellow-exiles. And just as the description of the vision draws out in detail those features which were significant of God’s nature and attributes, so in what follows he becomes conscious step by step of certain aspects of the work to which he is called.

Kliek en kry: IN CHRISTUS, SOOS IN KLERE/IN CHRIST, AS IF IN CLOTHES

IN CHRISTUS, SOOS IN KLERE
 
 
Luk 6:22-23, ANV
Geseënd is julle wanneer die mense julle haat en julle verstoot en uitskel en julle naam vermy soos iets wat sleg is, alles ter wille van die Seun van die mens. Wees bly op daardie dag en spring rond van vreugde, want vir julle is daar groot beloning in die hemel. Hulle voorvaders het immers met die profete net so gemaak.
 
Luk 6:26 , ANV
 Ellende wag vir julle as al die mense goed van julle praat. Hulle voorvaders het immers met die vals profete net so gemaak.
 
Gal 3:26, 27, ANV
Deur hierdie geloof in Christus Jesus is julle nou almal kinders van God, want julle almal wat deur die doop met Christus verenig is, het nou deel van Christus geword.
 
VRAE
1.          Waar vind die voortgesette kruisiging van Jesus Christus plaas? Bewys dit uit die Skrif.
2.          As al die mense goed van jou praat, is daar iets verkeerd. Wat?
3.          "Die voortgesette kruisiging van Christus vind nie drie kilometer van jou af plaas nie. Jy is in Christus en Hy word daagliks weer deur sondaars gekruisig."Skryf 5  sinne oor hierdie stelling.
4.          Voltooi: Oor die bespotting wat ek in Christus moet/sal verduur, het Jesus Christus die volgende 6 dinge gesê:……….
5.          Sê een sin uit jou hart uit vir Jesus Christus in Wie jy leef.   
 
    
ENGLISH
IN CHRIST, AS IF IN CLOTHES
 
Luk 6:22-23, CEV
"Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
 
Matthew 5: 11,12, THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H PETERSON
 Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble..
 
Luk 6:26, ESV
 "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
 
Gal 3:26,27, ESV
In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
 
 
QUESTIONS
1.          Where does the ongoing crucifixion of Christ take place? Prove this from Scripture.
2.          When everybody praises you, something is wrong. What?
3.          "The ongoing crucifixion of Christ does not take place three kilometres from where you are. You are in Christ and He is being crucified by sinners every day." Write 5 sentences about this statement.
4.           Complete: Jesus Christ said 6 things about the humiliation and scorn we experience as his followers. He said…..
5.          Say one thing from the depth of your heart to Jesus Christ, in Whom you are.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kliek en kry: WEERLOSE JY/VULNERABLE YOU

WEERLOSE JY
Luk 5:29-31, ANV
Levi het 'n groot feesmaal in sy huis gehou ter ere van Jesus, en 'n groot aantal tollenaars en ander mense het saam met hulle aangesit.
Die Fariseërs, en veral die skrifgeleerdes onder hulle, het by sy dissipels gekla en gesê: “Waarom eet en drink julle saam met tollenaars en sondaars?”
Toe antwoord Jesus hulle: “Dié wat gesond is, het nie 'n dokter nodig nie, maar dié wat siek is.
 
1 Tess 3:8,9, ANV
Omdat julle vas staan in die Here, leef ons nou weer werklik.Hoe kan ons na behore aan ons God die dank bring vir al die blydskap wat ons voor Hom oor julle het?
 
Kolossense 3:16,17, ANV
 Die boodskap van Christus moet in sy volle rykdom in julle bly... Met dankbaarheid in julle harte moet julle psalms, lofgesange en ander geestelike liedere tot eer van God sing. En wat julle ook al sê of doen, sê en doen dit alles in die Naam van die Here Jesus en dank God die Vader deur Hom.
 
VRAE
1.   Het Jesus Christus Homself met positiewe mense omring?
2.   Waarom was dit vir Jesus onmoontlik om Homself met positiewe mense te omring?
3.   Waarom is dit vir jou onmoontlik om jouself net met positiewe mense te omring?
4.   Moet 'n mens erken dat jy die liefde en waardering van medegelowiges en jou huweliksmaat nodig het en hulle aandag selfs op dié behoefte vestig? Vind die antwoord in 1 Tess 3:8,9, ANV.
5.   Hierdie antwoord moet jy self van die Here afbid: Kan enige mens wat hom/haarself uit verwonding van ander gelowiges of van sy/haar huweliksmaat afsny, in diens van God en sy Koninkryk wees?  Hoekom/nie?
6.   Hoe moet 'n mens optree teenoor 'n huweliksmaat of medegelowige wat jou dalk onopsetlik verwond, jou dikwels teleurstel en die lewe baie moeilik vir jou maak?  Vind jou antwoord in Kolossense 3:16,17, ANV.


ENGLISH
VULNERABLE YOU
 
Luk 5:29-32, CEV
In his home Levi gave a big dinner for Jesus. Many tax collectors and other guests were also there. The Pharisees and some of their teachers of the Law of Moses grumbled to Jesus' disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with those tax collectors and other sinners?" Jesus answered, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn't come to invite good people to turn to God. I came to invite sinners."
 
1Th 3:8 ,9  CEV
 Your strong faith in the Lord is like a breath of new life.
How can we possibly thank God enough for all the happiness you have brought us?
 
1 Thes 3: 8,9, THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H. PETERSON
Knowing that your faith is alive keeps us alive. What would be an adequate thanksgiving to offer God for all the joy we experience before him because of you?                      
 
Col 3:16,17, CEV
Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him.
 

  1. QUESTIONS
  2. Did Jesus Christ surround Himself with positive people?
  3. Why was it impossible for Jesus Christ to surround Himself with positive people?
  4. Why is it impossible to surround yourself with possible people?
  5. Should one admit to other Christians and to one's spouse that one needs love and appreciation?  Find the answer in 1 Th. 3:8,9.
6.    The answer tot the following question is so important that we should pray about it. Is it
possible to serve God and others after having made the choice to walk alone, to cut others out of your life?
7.    How should one act towards a spouse or fellow believer who hurts you, perhaps unintentionally? Or who has disillusioned you and is making life very difficult to you? Get the answer in Col 3:16,17.
 

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PAUL: AS VULNERABLE AS WE ARE
MEER HIEROOR: 
PAULUS: NET SO KWESBAAR SOOS ONS
Besides this more public cause for joy, which Paul shared to some extent with all Christian men, there was another more private to himself, -their good remembrance of him, and their earnest desire to see him. Paul wrought for nothing but love. He did not care for money or for fame; but a place in the hearts of his disciples was dear to him above everything else in the world. He did not always get it. Sometimes those who had just heard the gospel from his lips, and welcomed its glad tidings, were prejudiced against him; they deserted him for more attractive preachers; they forgot, amid the multitude of their Christian instructors, the father who had begotten them in the gospel. Such occurrences, of which we read in the Epistles to the Corinthians and Galatians, were a deep grief to Paul; and though he says to one of these thankless churches, "I will very gladly spend and be spent for you, though the more abundantly I love you the less I be loved," he says also, "Brethren, receive us; make room for us in your hearts; our heart has been opened wide to you." He hungered and thirsted for an answer of love to all the love which he lavished on his converts; and his heart leaped up when Timothy returned from Thessalonica, and told him that the disciples there had good remembrance of him, that is, spoke of him with love, and longed to see him once more. Nobody is fit to be a servant of Christ in any degree, as parent, or teacher, or elder, or pastor, who does not know what this craving for love is. It is not selfishness: it is itself one side of love. Not to care for a place in the hearts of others; not to wish for love, not to need it, not to miss it if it is wanting, does not signify that we are free from selfishness or vanity: it is the mark of a cold and narrow heart, shut up in itself, and disqualified for any service the very essence of which is love. The thanklessness or indifference of others is not a reason why we should cease to serve them; yet it is apt to make the attempt at service heartless; and if you would encourage any who have ever helped you in your spiritual life, do not forget them, but esteem them very highly in love for their works’ sake.
When Timothy returned from Thessalonica, he found Paul sorely in need of good news. He was beset by distress and affliction; not inward or spiritual troubles, but persecutions and sufferings, which befell him from the enemies of the gospel. So extreme was his distress that he even speaks of it by implication as death. But the glad tidings of Thessalonian faith and love swept it at once away. They brought comfort, joy, thanksgiving, life from the dead. How intensely, we are compelled to say, did this man live his apostolic life! What depths and heights are in it; what depression, not stopping short of despair; what hope, not falling short of triumph. There are Christian workers in multitudes whose experience, it is to be feared, gives them no key to what we read here. There is less passion in their life in a year than there was in Paul’s in a day; they know nothing of these transitions from distress and affliction to unspeakable joy and praise. Of course all men are not alike; all natures are not equally impressible; but surely all who are engaged in work which asks the heart or nothing should suspect themselves if they go on from week to week and year to year with heart unmoved. It is a great thing to have part in a work which deals with men for their spiritual interests-which has in view life and death, God and Christ, salvation and judgment. Who can think of failures and discouragements without pain and fear? who can hear the glad tidings of victory without heartfelt joy? Is it not those only who have neither part nor lot in the matter?
The Apostle in the fulness of his joy turns with devout gratitude toward God. It is He who has kept the Thessalonians from falling, and the only return the Apostle can make is to express his thankfulness. He feels how unworthy words are of God’s kindness; how unequal even to his own feelings; but they are the first recompense to be made, and he does not withhold them. There is no surer mark of a truly pious spirit than this grateful mood. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above; most directly and immediately are all gifts like love and faith to be referred to God as their source, and to call forth the thanks and praise of those who are interested in them. If God does little for us, giving us few signs of His presence and help, may it not be because we have refused to acknowledge His kindness when He has interposed on our behalf? "Whoso offereth praise," He says, "glorifieth Me." "In everything give thanks."?
 
 

 
 
 
 



 

Kliek en kry: MOPPERENDE OU SELF/, MUMBLING OLD SELF

Luister, mopperende ou self...
1 Kor. 10:10-13: AOV., 1933
En moenie murmureer soos ook sommige van hulle gemurmureer het nie, en hulle het deur die verderwer omgekom. Maar al hierdie dinge het hulle oorgekom as voorbeelde en is opgeskrywe as ‘n waarskuwing aan ons op wie die eindes van die eeue gekom het. Daarom, wie meen dat hy staan, moet oppas dat hy nie val nie. Geen versoeking het julle aangegryp behalwe ‘n menslike nie; maar God is getrou, wat nie sal toelaat dat julle bo julle kragte versoek word nie; maar Hy sal saam met die versoeking ook die uitkoms gee, sodat julle dit sal kan verdra.
 
1 Kor 10:10-13, ANV, 1983
En moenie teen God in verset kom nie, soos sommige van hulle in verset gekom het, en hulle het deur die engel van die dood omgekom. Hierdie dinge het oor hulle gekom as 'n voorbeeld vir ons en is opgeskryf as 'n waarskuwing vir ons wat die einde van die tye al beleef. Daarom, wie meen dat hy staan, moet oppas dat hy nie val nie. Geen versoeking wat meer is as wat 'n mens kan weerstaan, het julle oorval nie. God is getrou. Hy sal nie toelaat dat julle bo julle kragte versoek word nie; as die versoeking kom, sal Hy ook die uitkoms gee, sodat julle dit kan weerstaan.

EERS moet ons weet
Murmureer is die Afrikaanse woord vir “murmur:’’ mutter, grumble, mumble. Dit kan vertaal word met mor, knor, brom, tjommel, grom, pruttel, brom en kla, mor en mopper. Die samevattende term is: ontevrede gebrom/gekla.  Dit beteken veral om om te hou om God te vertrou.
 
VRAE:
1. Wat verbied die Skrif ons in 1 Kor 10:10-13?
2. 1 Kor 10:10-30 maak ons bewus daarvan dat ons selfondersoek moet doen. Watter soort selfondersoek?
3. Het jy vandag iets om voor God te bely?  Doen dit nou.
4. Waarom, sê die Skrif, mag ons as kinders van die Here nie mor, knor, mopper en in ons gedagtes of teenoor ander kla oor die rigting waarin God ons lewe stuur nie?
5. Wat is dan die alternatief?  Wat kan ons volgens 1 Kor 10:10-13 vir ander oor ons situasie sê?  Wat moet ons vir ons klaende en ongelowige ou self sê wanneer die lewensreis bitterlik moeilik is?
 
 
Listen, mumbling old self...
1Co 10:10-13. KJV
 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

The verb,  "to murmur," means: to mutter, grumble, mumble. To be dissatisfied, to complain, to stop trusting God.

QUESTIONS
1. What does Scripture forbid in 1 Co 10:10-13?
2. 1 Co 10:10-13 fixes our attention on the fact that we have to do self-examination in difficult times. What kind of self-examination?
3. Do you have something to confess? Do it now.
4. Why is the way of murmuring, the discontinuation of trust and faith a fatal route to take in the uncertain, difficult phases in our life, those times when we are out of our comfort zone?
5. What is the alternative? What should we say to others when we find ourselves in difficult phases and circumstances? What should we say to our plaintive and unbelieving old self?  Find the answer in 1 Cor 10:10-13.     
 
 
 
 
 

Kliek en kry: ONBETAALBAAR/PRICELESS

ONBETAALBAAR

2Tim 3:13-17
  Maar goddelose mense en bedrieërs sal voortgaan van kwaad tot erger. Hulle mislei ander en word self mislei. Maar jy, bly by wat jy geleer het en wat jy vas glo. Jy weet tog wie jou leermeesters was en jy ken van kleins af die heilige Skrif. Dit kan jou die kennis bybring wat tot verlossing lei deur die geloof in Christus Jesus. Die hele Skrif is deur God geïnspireer en het groot waarde om in die waarheid te onderrig, dwaling te bestry, verkeerdhede reg te stel en 'n regte lewenswyse te kweek,  sodat die man wat in diens van God staan, volkome voorberei en toegerus sal wees vir elke goeie werk.


VRAE:
1. Wat ontvang jy wanneer jy God se Woord ontvang? Vind die antwoord in 2 Tim 3:13-17.
2. Skryf 10 sinne oor wat die Bybel vir jou beteken en al vir jou beteken het.
3. Eer, loof en prys God vandag vir die Bybel in jou taal.

Om hierdie Skrifgedeelte in die Bybelgenootskap se derde vertaling van die Bybel vir die generasie van die 21e eeu te lees, ‘n bronteksgeïnspireerde vertaling, gaan na www.bybel.co.za.  Vind: DIE BYBEL, ‘n DIREKTE VERTALING.  Kliek op VIR MEER INLIGTING. Kliek hierna op: KLIEK HIER VIR DIE VERSKILLENDE TEKSTE WAT BESKIKBAAR IS VIR KOMMENTAAR.  2 Timoteus 3 is reeds vertaal.


ENGLISH
PRICELESS

But evil people who pretend to be what they are not will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves. Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved.  Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds.— 2 Tim 3: 13-17.

Questions
1. What do you receive when you receive God’s Word, the Bible?  Find the answer in 2 Tim 3: 13-17.
2.  Write down 10 sentences about the effect, the relevance and the value of the Bible in your life.
3. Honour, praise and worship God for the Bible in your mother tongue.

Kliek en kry: ERNSTIGE MOEILIKHEID/SERIOUS TROUBLE

SKRIF VIR VANDAG:
   
Hulle het die werk van die Here ervaar, sy wonderdade op die diep waters.
Op sy bevel het 'n stormwind opgesteek en die golwe opgejaag.
Die skepe het hemelhoog gestyg en na die dieptes afgeduik. Die bemanning was radeloos van angs
en het soos dronk mense gesteier en gewaggel; al hulle seemanskuns het niks gehelp nie.
Maar in hulle nood het hulle na die Here geroep om hulp, en Hy het hulle veilig uit hulle ellende gelei.
Hy het die stormwind stilgemaak, en die golwe van die see het bedaar.
Die seevaarders het hulle verheug oor die kalmte. God het hulle veilig gelei na die hawe waar hulle wou kom. sa 107:31  Hulle moet die Here loof vir sy troue liefde, vir sy wonderdade wat Hy aan mense doen.
Hulle moet van sy grootheid getuig in die volksvergadering, Hom prys in die byeenkoms van die leiers.
Hy verander waterryke gebied in woestyn, fonteinwêreld in dorsland.Psalm 107: 24-33. ANV


Die parafrase van Eugene H Peterson in THE MESSAGE:

Some of you set sail in big ships;
    you put to sea to do business in faraway ports.
Out at sea you saw GOD in action,
    saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean:
With a word he called up the wind—
    your hearts were stuck in your throats.
You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk,
    you didn’t know which end was up.
Then you called out to GOD in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time.

    an ocean storm, towering waves!
You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out;

He quieted the wind down to a whisper,
    put a muzzle on all the big waves.
And you were so glad when the storm died down,
    and he led you safely back to harbor.
So thank GOD for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
Lift high your praises when the people assemble,
    shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!


Vrae:
  1. Waarop dui die metafoor van “diep waters:’’ vir jou as navolger van Christus?
  2. Waarom beleef die Christen soms sulke groot storms in al die dimensies van sy/haar bestaan?
  3. Hoe voel ‘n mens wanneer jy in diep waters is?
  4. Wat gebeur tussen jou en God wanneer die bodem tref?
  5. Waar is God wanneer jy in diep water is?
  6. Wat sal God sekerlik doen wanneer jy in absoluut radelose afhanklikheid na Hom roep?
  7. Wat moet gebeur nadat Hy  jou so gehelp het?

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
Psalm 107: 23-31, CEV

Some of you made a living by sailing the mighty sea,
and you saw the miracles the LORD performed there.
At his command a storm arose, and waves covered the sea.
You were tossed to the sky and to the ocean depths, until things looked so bad that you lost your courage.
You staggered like drunkards and gave up all hope.
  You were in serious trouble, but you prayed to the LORD, and he rescued you.
He made the storm stop and the sea be quiet.
You were happy because of this, and he brought you to the port where you wanted to go.
You should praise the LORD for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us.


QUESTIONS
  1. What is the real meaning of the terms, ocean depths and storm?
  2. Why does the Christian experience such terrible storms in his/her life?
  3. What does it feel like when one finds oneself in deep waters? 
  4. What happens between you and God when you hit the deep waters?
  5. Where is God when you are in deep waters?
  6. What will God certainly do for those who calls to Him from the depths?
  7. What should happen after God has rescued and helped you?

  

IN CONCLUSION

Rom 12: 1,2: Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That's the most sensible way to serve God. Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.

Kliek en kry: GOD VORM ONS/GOD SHAPES US

GOD VORM ONS
Jeremia 18:1-6, ANV
Die woord van die Here het tot Jeremia gekom:
Gaan af na die pottebakker se huis toe, Ek sal daar met jou praat. Ek is toe af na die pottebakker se huis toe, en hy was juis besig om iets op die skyf te maak. Maar die ding wat hy aan die maak was uit die klei, het misluk, en hy het toe iets anders gemaak soos hy dit wou hê.
Toe kom die woord van die Here tot my: Kan Ek nie met julle doen wat hierdie pottebakker met die klei gedoen het nie, Israel? vra die Here. Soos klei in die pottebakker se hand, so is julle in my hand, Israel.



JEREMIAH 18:1-6, THE MESSAGE, EUGENE PETERSON
God told Jeremiah, “Up on your feet! Go to the potter’s house. When you get there, I’ll tell you what I have to say.”
So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.
Then God’s Message came to me: “Can’t I do just as this potter does, people of Israel?” God’s Decree! “Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you, people of Israel. At any moment I may decide to pull up a people or a country by the roots and get rid of them. But if they repent of their wicked lives, I will think twice and start over with them. At another time I might decide to plant a people or country, but if they don’t cooperate and won’t listen to me, I will think again and give up on the plans I had for them.



VRAE
  1. Glo jy dat God heeltyd besig is om jou lewe te omvorm en te herskep? Hoekom glo jy dit (nie)?
  2. Waarom bly God ons lewens omvorm en herskep?
  3. Is jy bewus van veranderinge wat die Pottebakker in jou lewe bewerkstellig het? Noem een van hulle.
  4. Stoot jy ‘n kruiwa met die laste van die lewe, of is dit dalk God wat die rigting van jou lewe verander?  Vind jou antwoord in Jeremia 18: 1-6.

GOD IS SHAPING US
Jer 18:1 -6, ESV
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words."
So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the LORD came to me:
"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.


QUESTIONS
1. Do you believe that God is shaping us all the time? Why/why not?
2. Why does God the Father take our lives in his hands to shape, remould and rework so many things in us?
3. Are you aware of changes that the Potter has already brought about in your life?  Name one of them.
4. Are you pushing a wheelbarrow or may it just be that God Himself is changing your course? Find an answer in Jeremiah 18:1-6.



COMMENTARY: THE DIVINE POTTER
JEREMIAH goes down into the Lower Town, or the valley between the upper and lower city; and there his attention is arrested by a potter sitting at work before his wheel. As the prophet watches, a vessel is spoiled in the making under the craftsman’s hand; so the process begins afresh, and out of the same lump of clay another vessel is moulded, according to the potter’s fancy.
Perhaps as he sat meditating at home, or praying in the court of the temple, the thought had crossed his mind that Iahvah was the Potter, and mankind the clay in His hands.
Under the influence of the Divine Spirit, his thought developed itself into a lesson for his people and for us.
"Cannot I do unto you like this potter, O house of Israel? saith Iahvah; Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are ye in My hand, O house of Israel." Iahvah has an absolute control over His people and over all peoples, to shape their condition and to alter their destiny; a control as absolute as that of the potter over the clay between his hands, which he moulds and remoulds at will. Men are wholly malleable in the hands of their Maker; incapable, by the nature of things, of any real resistance to His purpose. If the first intention of the potter fail in the execution, he does not fail to realise his plan on a second trial. And if man’s nature and circumstances appear for a time to thwart the Maker’s design; if the unyielding pride and intractable temper of a nation mar its beauty and worth in the eyes of its Creator, and render it unfit for its destined uses and functions; He can take away the form He has given, and reduce His work to shapelessness, and remodel the ruined mass into accordance with His sovereign design. Iahvah, the supreme Author of all existence, can do this. It is evident that the Creator can do as He will with His creature. But all His dealings with man are conditioned by moral considerations. He meddles with no nation capriciously, and irrespective of its attitude towards His laws. "At one moment I threaten a nation and a kingdom that I will uproot and pull down and destroy. And that nation which I threatened returneth from its evil, and I repent of the evil that I purposed to do it. And at another moment, I promise a nation and a kingdom that I will build and plant. And it doeth the evil in Mine eyes, in not hearkening unto My voice; and I repent of the good that I said I would do it" (Jer_18:7-10).
This is a bold affirmation, impressive in its naked simplicity and directness of statement, of a truth which in all ages has taken possession of minds at all capable of a comprehensive survey of national experience; the truth that there is a power revealing itself in the changes and chances of human history, shaping its course, and giving it a certain definite direction, not without regard to the eternal principles of morality.
The Creator has implanted in the creature a power of choice between good and evil, which is a pale reflection of His own tremendous Being. But how can we even imagine the dependent, the limited, the finite, acting independently of the will of the Absolute and Infinite? The fish may swim against the ocean current; but can it swim at all out of the ocean? Its entire activity depends upon the medium in which it lives and moves and has its being.
Jeremiah exposes the secret of Providence to the eyes of his fellow countrymen for a particular purpose. His aim is to eradicate certain prevalent misconceptions, so as to enable them to rightly apprehend the meaning of God’s present dealings with themselves. The popular belief was that Zion was an inviolable sanctuary; that whatever disasters might have befallen the nation in the past, or might be imminent in the future, Iahvah could not.
These were the beliefs which the popular prophets, themselves probably in most cases fanatical believers in their own doctrine, vehemently maintained in opposition to Jeremiah. Above all, there was the covenant between Iahvah and His people, admitted as a fact both by Jeremiah and his opponents. Was it conceivable that the God of the Fathers, who had chosen them and their posterity to be His people forever, would turn from His purpose, and reject His chosen utterly?
Jeremiah meets these popular illusions by applying his analogy of the potter. The potter fashions a mass of clay into a vessel; and Iahvah had fashioned Israel into a nation. But as though the mass of inert matter had proven unwieldy or stubborn to the touches of his plastic hands; as the wheel revolved, a misshapen product resulted, which the artist broke up again, and moulded afresh on his wheel, till it emerged a fair copy of his ideal. And so, in the revolutions of time, Israel had failed of realising the design of his Maker, and had become a vessel of wrath, fitted to destruction. But as the rebellious lump was fashioned again by the deft hand of the master, so might this refractory people be broken and built up anew by the Divine master hand. 
FROM:  EXPOSITOR’S BIBLE COMMENTARY.

Kliek en kry: KOMYN EN SWARTKOMYN/DILL AND CUMIN

English: BLUE
Afrikaans: SWART

DILL AND CUMIN
ISA 28:23-29, ESV.
Give ear, and hear my voice; give attention, and hear my speech. Does he who plows for sowing plow continually? Does he continually open and harrow his ground? When he has leveled its surface, does he not scatter dill, sow cumin, and put in wheat in rows and barley in its proper place, and emmer as the border? For he is rightly instructed; his God teaches him. Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin, but dill is beaten out with a stick, and cumin with a rod. Does one crush grain for bread? No, he does not thresh it forever; when he drives his cart wheel over it with his horses, he does not crush it. This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.

Questions
Describe the qualities of insight that comes from the Lord. (Isa 38:29.)
What does Isa 38:23-29 tell you about the decisions you have to make?
When does one know that the decisions that you have to take, are right and wise? Find the answer in ISA 38:23-29.


BONUS: After you have prayed about the words of ISA 38: 23-29, click on BOONTOE. Then click on EINDE VAN DIE GEKKEPARADYS.  It is an exceptionally though-provoking video. It is long, there are many repetitions, but it is a video to take note of, we think.

COMMENTARY
So stop your running to and fro across it in search of alliances. ‘He that believeth shall not make haste.’ Stay at home and trust in the God of Zion, for Zion is the one thing that shall survive." In the parable, which closes the prophecy, Isaiah offers some relief to this dark prospect: "Do not think of God as a mere disaster-monger, maker of terrors for men. He has a plan, even in catastrophe, and this deluge, which looks like destruction for all of us, has its method, term, and fruits, just as much as the husbandman’s harrowing of the earth or threshing of the corn."—Expositor’s Bible Commentary.


KOMYN EN SWARTKOMYN
Jes. 28:23 —29
Gee aandag, luister na wat ek sê, let op, luister na my woorde: Hou 'n boer aan met ploeg as hy wil saai? Hou hy aan grond breek en vore trek? As hy die grond gelyk gemaak het, saai hy mos swartkomyn en komyn, sit hy koring en gars in waar dit moet kom en spelt aan die kante.
Sy God leer hom en gee hom die kennis hoe om alles te doen soos dit hoort. Swartkomyn word mos nie met 'n slee uitgedors of komyn met wawiele uitgetrap nie. Swartkomyn en komyn word met 'n stok uitgeslaan. Graan word gemaal vir brood, maar 'n mens hou nie eindeloos aan om dit te laat trap deur wawiele en deur trekdiere tot dit fyn is nie. Ook dit is iets wat van die Here die Almagtige af kom; kennis wat van Hom kom, is wonderbaar en laat alles voorspoedig verloop.


VRAE
1. Beskryf die kenmerke van insig wat van die Here af kom. Jes 38:29.
2. Wat sê hierdie gelykenis vir jou aangaande besluite wat in jou eie lewe geneem moet word?
3. Wanneer weet ‘n mens dat die besluite wat jy neem, regte besluite is? Vind die antwoord in Jes 38:23-29.

BONUS: Nadat jy oor die woorde van Jes 38:23-29 gebid het, kliek op BOONTOE en dan op: EINDE VAN DIE GEKKEPARADYS. Dit is ‘n buitengewoon insiggewende video: lank, met baie herhalings en ‘n advertensie aan die einde (wat ons ignoreer het.) Maar ons reken dit is ‘n video waarvan kennis geneem behoort te word.


Kliek en kry: SO VANSELFSPREKEND SOOS OM KLERE AAN TE TREK/MY HAT AND COAT

SO VANSELFSPREKEND AS OM KLERE AAN TE TREK     

Job 29:13,14, ANV. 
Die man wat met ondergang bedreig was, het my vir sy redding gedank, en ek het die hart van die weduwee bly gemaak. Ek het reg en geregtigheid laat geskied; vir my was dit vanselfsprekend, so vanselfsprekend as om klere aan te trek.  
 
Jes 28:16,17, ANV
So sê die Here my God: Ek gaan in Sion 'n klip neersit, 'n uitgesoekte klip, 'n hoekklip wat fondament aan fondament sal sluit. Wie op My vertrou, hoef nie te vlug nie. 
Ek maak geregtigheid die maatstaf, regverdigheid die toets.
 
VRAE
1. Wat is vir God se kinders (soos vir Job) so vanselfsprekend as om klere aan te trek?
2. Hoekom? Formuleer 3 sinne as antwoord op hierdie hoekom-vraag.

MY COAT AND HAT
Job 29:14:  Kindness and justice were my coat and hat. 
Isa 28:16,17: Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: 'Whoever believes will not be in haste.' 
And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line.
 
Questions
1. What is Job’s coat and hat?  Should whatever Job calls his coat and hat be our coat and hat too?
2. Why? Answer this question in 3 sentences.
 

Kliek en kry: DIE MANIER WAAROP HULLE LEEF, PRAAT EN OPTREE/THE WAY IN WHICH THEY LIVE, ACT AND SPEAK

DIE MANIER WAAROP HULLE LEEF, PRAAT EN OPTREE
 
Num 13:26-30:  Die verkenners het toe by Moses en Aäron en die hele vergadering van die Israeliete by Kades in die Paranwoestyn aangekom. Daar het hulle aan Moses-hulle en aan die hele vergadering verslag gedoen en vir hulle die vrugte van die land gewys. 
Hulle het aan Moses gerapporteer en gesê: “Ons het in die land gekom waarheen u ons gestuur het. Dit loop oor van melk en heuning, en hier is van sy vrugte. 
Maar die mense wat in die land woon, is sterk, en die stede is versterk en baie groot. Ons het ook die nasate van Enak daar gesien. 
Die Amalekiete woon in die Suidland, die Hetiete, Jebusiete en Amoriete in die Bergwêreld, en die Kanaäniete by die see en langs die Jordaan.” 
Kaleb het egter die manne wat met Moses praat, stilgemaak en gesê: “Ons moet beslis optrek en die land in besit neem, want ons kán dit doen.”
 
VRAE
1. Wat sien gelowiges wat op omstandighede en mense fokus?
2. Wat voel en ervaar gelowiges wat op omstandighede en mense fokus?
3. Waarom praat Josua en Kaleb anders as die tien ander verspieders?  
4. Watter voorbeeld ontvang Aksa, die dogter van Kaleb en kleindogter van Jefunne?
5. As jy dogters het, watter voorbeeld ontvang hulle in jou huis? Waarom?
 
THE WAY IN WHICH THEY LIVE, ACT AND SPEAK 
Num 13:25-30
At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. 
And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 
And they told him, "We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 
However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 
The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan." 
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, "Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it."
 
QUESTIONS
What do God’s covenant people see when they focus on circumstances and people?
What do God’s covenant people feel when they focus on circumstances and people?
Who did Josua and Caleb’s speech and choices differ from those of the other spies?
What example did Caleb’s daughter Achsah from her father (and probably also from her grandfather, Jefunneh)?
If you have daugters, what example do they get at home?  Why?   
 

Kliek en kry: DIE OORVLOED WAT ONS S'N KAN WEES

Psalm 81:1, 5, 6, 9-17, ANV.
Vir die koorleier: met musiek. Van Asaf. Jubel tot eer van God ons sterkte, juig tot eer van die God van Jakob! …Hy het dit vir die nageslag van Josef as 'n dure plig opgelê toe hulle uit Egipte weggetrek het. Wat hulle toe nog nie geweet het nie, het hulle gehoor: “Ek het die swaar drag van julle skouers afgehaal, julle kon die mandjies neersit. .. Luister, my volk, Ek gee julle 'n opdrag. Israel, luister na My: ‘Daar mag vir julle geen ander god wees nie, julle mag voor geen vreemde god neerbuig nie. Ek is die Here julle God wat julle uit Egipte laat wegtrek het. Wat julle nodig het, sal Ek in oorvloed gee.’
Maar my volk het nie na My geluister nie, Israel wou niks met My te doen hê nie. ..Ag, as my volk maar na My wou luister, as Israel maar my wil wou doen, hoe gou sou Ek hulle vyande nie op die knieë bring en hulle teëstanders met my eie hand verslaan nie.” Dié wat voorgee dat hulle die Here dien, maar Hom haat, hulle straf sal vir altyd duur. Maar vir julle sal Hy voed met die beste koring, julle versadig met heuning uit 'n rots.

VRAE
1. Wat verwag God van mense (sy verbondsvolk in die tyd van die Ou Testament, ons as sy verbondsvolk in die 21e eeu)?
2. Wat beloof God aan dié wat Hom as God eer en dien en gehoorsaam?
3. God die Vader, Seun en Heilige Gees is ons oorvloed en ons vrede. Is hierdie stelling waar? Skryf drie gedagtes wat nou by jou opkom, neer en praat ‘n paar oomblikke lank met God in gebed daaroor.  

Kliek en kry: THE ABUNDANCE THAT CAN BE OURS

 Psalm 81:1,4,6,9-17, CEV.
(By Asaph for the music leader.) Be happy and shout to God who makes us strong! Shout praises to the God of Jacob. This is the law in Israel, and it was given to us by the God of Jacob. The descendants of Joseph were told to obey it, when God led them out from the land of Egypt. In a language unknown to me, I heard someone say: "I lifted the burden from your shoulder and took the heavy basket from your hands. When you were in trouble, I rescued you, and from the thunderclouds, I answered your prayers. Later I tested you at Meribah Spring. "Listen, my people, while I, the Lord, correct you! Israel, if you would only pay attention to me! Don't worship foreign gods or bow down to gods you know nothing about.
I am the LORD your God. I rescued you from Egypt. Just ask, and I will give you whatever you need. "But, my people, Israel, you refused to listen, and you would have nothing to do with me! So I let you be stubborn and keep on following your own advice. "My people, Israel, if only you would listen and do as I say! I, the LORD, would quickly defeat your enemies with my mighty power. Everyone who hates me would come crawling, and that would be the end of them. But I would feed you with the finest bread and with the best honey until you were full."
 
QUESTIONS

  1. What does God expect of human beings (his covenant people in Old Testament times, his covenant people in the 21st century)?
  2. What does God promise to those who honour, serve and obey Him as God?
  3. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is our abundance and our peace. Is this statement true? Write down three thoughts that are now crossing your mind. Talk to God about them in prayer.
 

Kliek en kry: En die grootste trauma is... And the greatest trauma is...

Weet jy wat die kern van jou lewe is?

Mat 22:35-40: DIE KERN
En een van hulle, 'n wetgeleerde, het Hom met 'n vraag probeer vastrek.
“Meneer,” vra hy, “wat is die grootste gebod in die wet?”
Jesus antwoord hom: “ ‘Jy moet die Here jou God liefhê met jou hele hart en met jou hele siel’ en met jou hele verstand.
Dit is die grootste en die eerste gebod.
En die tweede, wat hiermee gelyk staan, is: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhê soos jouself.’
In hierdie twee gebooie is die hele wet en die profete saamgevat.”


Vraag
Is die gevoel en wete van liefde die grootste ding van alles?
Sê Matt 22:35-40 in jou eie woorde.

Sal God jou ooit verwerp?
Joh 6:37 -39.  ANV, 1983.
Elkeen wat die Vader vir My gee, sal na My toe kom; en Ek sal hom wat na My toe kom, nooit verwerp nie. Ek het van die hemel af gekom nie om my wil te doen nie, maar die wil van Hom wat My gestuur het. En dit is die wil van Hom wat My gestuur het: dat Ek van almal wat Hy My gegee het, nie een verlore sal laat gaan nie, maar hulle almal op die laaste dag uit die dood sal laat opstaan.
Dit is die wil van my Vader: dat elkeen wat die Seun sien en in Hom glo, die ewige lewe sal hê; en Ek sal hom op die laaste dag uit die dood laat opstaan.”


VRAAG:
Hoe seker kan jy wees dat God jou aanvaar net soos wat jy is?  Hoekom sê jy so?

Wat as sommige mense my verwerp?
Psalm 31:19-25, ANV, 1963. 
Hoe groot is u goedheid: dit is altyd daar vir dié wat U dien, U bewys dit voor die oë van die mense aan dié wat by U skuil.
Deur u teenwoordigheid beskerm U hulle teen die sameswering van mense. U steek hulle weg vir dié wat vir hulle beskuldig.
Aan die Here kom die lof toe, want Hy het sy trou op wonderbaarlike wyse aan my betoon toe ek beleër was.
Ek het in my angs gedink: Dit is klaar met my, selfs U het my verwerp. Tog, U het geluister na my gesmeek toe ek na U om hulp geroep het.
Betuig julle liefde vir Hom, julle almal wat die guns van die Here geniet. Die Here beskerm dié wat aan Hom getrou is, maar dié wat teen Hom opstandig is, straf Hy swaar.
Wees dus sterk en hou goeie moed, julle almal wat julle vertroue in die Here stel.


VRAE:
Het Dawid ook soms verwerp gevoel?  Waar in dié psalm lees jy dit raak?
Op watter sekerheid het Dawid teruggeval in tye wanneer mense wat ver van God af was, asook sy geloofsgenote, die sonde van verwerping teen hom gepleeg het?

ENGLISH
Do you really know what the core of your (and other people’s) existence is?


We cannot take chances with the answer, for it is a Biblical command to arrive at the answer. The answer is irrefutable and inescapable. It is of vital importance.

The answer is: we should be certain of love. We should know that we are beloved. Every human being needs this certainty. As long as a human being lacks this certainty and experiences (the feeling of or real)rejection, that human being will do anything tog et the bottomless hole filled up. Some will do anything to achieve success and fame. Some will overeat, hurt and damage others, withdraw, distrust God, do drugs, escape into the oblivion alchohol offers, abuse their spouse or children, demean succesful individuals, deride the Gospel...


To know deep within yourself that you are beloved and loved, is the only core and foundation on which a stable life can be built.

This is what the Bible says. To know deep within that you are loved by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to know that your parents, parents in law, spouse and the family of God love you, to love yourself as human being made in the image of God, is the only foundation and core on which a meaningful life and obedience to a specific calling by God can be built and sustained.  


Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, "Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody." ... [My dark side says,] I am no good... I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved." Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.” ? Henri J.M. Nouwen

Let’s look at what the Bible says about the core of your life:

THE CORE: Matt 22:35-40.
And one of them, a teacher of the Law, tried to trap him with a question.
"Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Jesus answered, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
This is the greatest and the most important commandment.
The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'
The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments."


Question:
Is the feeling and certainty of love the greatest thing of all?
Say Matt 22: 35-40 in your own words.

Will God ever reject you?
Joh 6:37-39, Good News Bible.
Everyone whom my Father gives me will come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me,
because I have come down from heaven to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
And it is the will of him who sent me that I should not lose any of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them all to life on the last day.


QUESTION
How certain can you be that God will accept you just as you are?  Why do you say so?

What is some people reject me?
Psalm 31: 19-24

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
I had said in my alarm, "I am cut off from your sight." But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.
Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!


QUESTIONS:
Did David sometimes feel rejected?  Where in this psalm do you pick this up?
On what certainty did David fall back in situations where he experienced rejection from those who were far from God, but also from fellow-believers?

Kliek en kry: FOUR AMAZING STATEMENTS ABOUT JOY/VIER VERSTOMMENDE FEITE OOR VREUGDE

AFRIKAANS:  SWART.  ENGLISH: BLUE

VIER VERSTOMMENDE STELLINGS OOR VREUGDE... IS HULLE SKRIFTUURLIK?


STELLING EEN:  VREUGDE IS ‘N KEUSE.   Kan ek en jy volgens die Skrif kies om negatiwiteit, stres, irritasie en die geskree op ons kinders uit ons lewe te kry?  Kom ons kyk wat die Skrif sê:

Rom 12:1,2, ANV.
En nou doen ek 'n beroep op julle, broers, op grond van die groot ontferming van God: Gee julleself aan God as lewende en heilige offers wat vir Hom aanneemlik is. Dit is die wesenlike van die godsdiens wat julle moet beoefen.  Julle moenie aan hierdie sondige wêreld gelyk word nie, maar laat God julle verander deur julle denke te vernuwe. Dan sal julle ook kan onderskei wat die wil van God is, wat vir Hom goed en aanneemlik en volmaak is.

VRAE:
1.Wat is die Skrif-oplossing vir ? ellendige atmosfeer in huiswerktyd?   Of tydens Kerkraadsvergaderings?  Of in die kombuis, by die werk, tydens die direksievergadering?
2. Spesiaal vir ouers en opvoeders:  Wat, weet jy uit die Skrif, is die wil van God, wat is vir Hom goed en aanneemlik en volmaak in huiswerktyd?

STELLING TWEE: VREUGDE BY VOLWASSENES IS VERWEEF MET VOLWASSE OPTREDE, WYSHEID, FYN INSIG EN DIEP OMGEE.  Is dit ‘n skriffeit, dié?  Kom ons kyk.

FIL. 1:9 -11, ANV
Ook bid ek dat julle liefde al hoe meer sal toeneem in begrip en fyn aanvoeling, sodat julle die dinge sal kan onderskei waarop dit werklik aankom. Dan sal julle op die dag wanneer Christus kom, onberispelik en sonder blaam wees, en deur Jesus Christus sal julle geheel en al in die regte verhouding met God wees, tot sy lof en eer.

PHIL. 1:9-11, THE MESSAGE,  Eugene H. Peterson.
9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.

VRAE: 
1. Het jou belydenis dat jy in liefde tot Christus leef, enige krag en waarheid in situasies waar jou kind of ander mense sukkel?  Die lakmoes-toets is die volume vreugde wat jy en die een wat sukkel, saam in daardie situasie ervaar.
2. Op ‘n skaal van 1-10: hoe slaag jy tans daarin “to make Christ attractive to all”— byvoorbeeld aan jou kind wat met minus-somme sukkel, aan jou huweliksmaat?
3. Is dit jou verantwoordelikheid “to make Christ attractive to all?”  Hoekom? Hoekom nie?
4. As jy Christus nie in die praktyk van sukkel en spook en spartel aantreklik vir jou kind, die direksielede, die bouers op die perseel ens. maak nie, gaan terug na Romeine 12:1,2.  Gaan doen Romeine 12:1,2.
  

STELLING DRIE: VREUGDE IN KINDERS IS VERWEEF MET DIE GEVOEL VAN GEBORGENHEID, DIE SEKERHEID DAT VOLWASSENE HOM/HAAR NIE VERWERP NIE EN DIE GROEIENDE SEKERHEID DAT PROBLEME OORKOM KAN WORD.  
Is dit ‘n skriffeit, dié?  Kom ons kyk.


2 Kor. 6:18 ANV
Ek sal vir julle 'n Vader wees, en julle sal vir My seuns en dogters wees,” sê die Here, die Almagtige.

VRAE:
1. Hoe voel jy wanneer God dit vir jou sê?  Maak sy woorde jou bly?  Vervul dit jou met geborgenheid, die sekerheid dat jy nie verwerp word nie, met vreugde?
2. Wat glo jy aangaande jou Hemelse Vader wanneer jy 2 Kor 6:18 hoor?
3. Hoe maak die God van 2 Kor 6:18 met jou?  Hoe maak Hy as jy foute maak, sukkel, struikel, Hom teleurstel?
4. Is mensekinders, jou kinders se blydskap en vreugde verweef met die sekerheid dat jy, wat in verbondenheid met Christus leef, ernstig daarna streef en daaraan werk om al hoe meer soos JOU Hemelse Vader teenoor die kind op te tree?  Om al hoe meer soos Jesus Christus met hom/haar te werk?

STELLING VIER: VREUGDE IS VERWEEF MET LIEFDE EN VREDE.  Is dit ‘n Skriffeit?  Kom ons kyk:

Gal 5:19-25, ANV
Die praktyke van die sondige natuur is algemeen bekend: onsedelikheid, onreinheid, losbandigheid, afgodsdiens, towery, vyandskap, haat, naywer, woede, rusies, verdeeldheid, skeuring, afguns, dronkenskap, uitspattigheid en al dergelike dinge. Ek waarsku julle soos ek julle al vroeër gewaarsku het: Wie hom aan sulke dinge skuldig maak, sal nie die koninkryk van God as erfenis verkry nie. Die vrug van die Gees, daarteenoor, is liefde, vreugde, vrede, geduld, vriendelikheid, goedhartigheid, getrouheid,  nederigheid en selfbeheersing. Teen sulke dinge het die wet niks nie.
Dié wat aan Christus Jesus behoort, het hulle sondige natuur met al sy hartstogte en begeertes gekruisig. Ons lewe deur die Gees; laat die Gees nou ook ons gedrag bepaal.


VRAE
1. Is liefde, vrede, geduld, selfbeheersing en vreugde vir altyd onlosmaaklik verweef?
2. As sommige van hierdie skakels in jou lewe gebreek is as gevolg van sonde, hoe kan die skakels — dus ook vreugde— herstel word?  Wat is die enigste manier van herstel?

ENGLISH
FOUR AMAZING STATEMENTS ABOUT JOY
1. Joy is a choice.
2. Joy in adults is forever intertwined with adult behaviour, finely honed insight, wisdom and deep caring.
3. Joy in kids is intertwined with and dependent on a feeling of security and the certainty that the parent/educator will not reject him. Joy in kids is the result of the realization that problems can be overcome.
4. Joy is intertwined with love and peace.

IS JOY A CHOICE?
Rom 12:1, 2:  ESV:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


QUESTIONS
1.What is God’s way out of a miserable atmosphere during homework time?  Or during the Church Council meeting?  During committee or board of directors’ meeting?
2. Parents and educators, what is God’s will, what is good and acceptable to Him in homework time?


IS ADULT JOY INTERTWINED WITH MAKING CHRIST ATTRACTIVE TO ALL?

PHP 1:9-11, GNB
I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgment, so that you will be able to choose what is best. Then you will be free from all impurity and blame on the Day of Christ.Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.

PHIL. 1:9-11, THE MESSAGE,  Eugene H. Peterson.
9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.

OUESTIONS: 
1. How relevant and powerful is your testimony about living in union with Christ in situations in which your child or others are fighting a hard battle? In the final analysis it boils down to the volume of joy that is retained in such situations.
2. On a 1-10 scale: How successful are you in making “Christ attractive to all”— for instance when your child is battling with maths, to your spouse?
3. Is it your responsibility “to make Christ attractive to all?”  Why?  Why not?
4. If you are at present making Christ unattractive to your child, to the builders whom you employ, to the Board of Directors, return to Rom. 12:1,2.  Go do Rom. 12:1,2.

IS YOUR KID’S JOY DEPENDENT ON A FEELING AND CERTAINTY OF UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE?

2Co 6:18, GNB
"I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

OUESTIONS:
1. What do you feel when God says this to you?  Do you experience joy, hope and acceptance?
2. What does 2 Cor 6:18 cause you to believe about your Father in Heaven?
3. How does the God of  2 Cor 6:18 act towards you?  What does He do when you battle, fail and disappoint Him?
4. Is the joy that humans experience — your child’s joy— intertwined with the certainty that you who are in union with Christ , are seriously trying and striving to be more and more like YOUR Father in heaven in your relationship with this child?  To act and talk like Jesus Christ in your interactions with each other?

ARE LOVE, PEACE AND JOY FOREVER INTERTWINED?

Gal 5:19- 25, GNB
What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other things like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God.  But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature with all its passions and desires.
The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives.


QUESTIONS
3. Are love, peace, patience, self control  and joy for ever intertwined?
4. If some of these links in your life have become severed because of sin, how can the links — and joy— be restored?  What is the only way to restoration?

Kliek en kry: DINK SLIM!/THINK SMART!

DINK SLIM!  
(Bible study in English: blue.)

Pred. 2:11  Maar toe ek goed nadink oor alles wat ek gedoen het en oor alles waarmee ek my met soveel sorg besig gehou het, het ek gesien dat alles niks was, 'n gejaag na wind. In hierdie wêreld bevredig niks nie.

VRAE: 
1. Wie word hier aangehaal?  Paulus, Dawid, Moses, Salomo of koning Saul?
2. Stem jy met hom saam?  Hoekom/hoekom nie?
3. Wat is jou definisie van 'n gejaag na wind?
4. Die lewe is tog vol werk, drome, planne en pogings.  Wanneer is dit dan nie ? gejaag na wind nie?

Ps 77:11 -13: Ek wil dink aan die dade van die Here, ja, ek wil dink aan u wonderdade van vroeër.
Ek wil nadink oor al u werk en oor al u dade peins.
Alles wat U doen, is heilig, o God. Waar is 'n god so groot soos God?


VRAE
1. Het Dawid hier slim gedink?
2. Wat gebeur met jou as gelowige wanneer hierdie soort nadink die allesoorheersende nadink (bepeinsing) in elke dag word?


ENGLISH
THINK SMART!
Ecc 2:11  Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

QUESTIONS
1. Who is quoted here:  Paul, David, Moses, Solomon or king Saul?
2. Do you agree with him?  Why/Why not?
3. What is your definition of a striving after wind?
4. Life is a phase filled with work, dreams, ideals, plans and efforts. So when are all these things not a  striving after wind?


Psa 77:11  I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
Psa 77:12  I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Psa 77:13  Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?


QUESTIONS
1. Did David think smart here?  Why/Why not?
2. What happens to you as believer when this kind of reflection/thinking becomes the predominant contemplation, all the days of your life?

Kliek en kry: Rakende jou finansiële onafhanklikheid/ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE

AFRIKAANS 

Job 31: 13-15, ANV, 1983

As ek nie reg gedoen het aan my slawe en slavinne toe hulle 'n grief teen my gehad het nie, wat sou ek kon doen as God van my rekenskap eis, hoe sou ek my kon verweer as Hy my tot verantwoording roep? Het Hy wat my in die moederskoot gemaak het, hulle nie ook gemaak nie? Het Hy ons nie almal gevorm nie?

Psalm 10: 3-5, ANV 1983
Die een wat hom wil verryk ten koste van 'n ander, wens homself by voorbaat geluk. Hy verag die Here. Neus in die lug sê hy: “God vra tog geen rekenskap nie!” In al sy planne is daar geen plek vir God nie. Dit gaan mos altyd goed met wat hy aanpak. U oordele is vir hom te ver weg, buite sy gesigsveld.

4 VRAE WAT JOU LEWE KAN VERANDER
1. Op ‘n skaal van 1 tot 10, hoe ernstig is jy oor finansiële onafhanklikheid en groei?
2. Noem 5 redes vir jou antwoord.
3. Lees Psalm 10: 3-5 en Job 31: 13-15. Wat het hierdie twee Bybelmense aangaande God en die mens se strewe na finansiële onafhanklikheid geweet?
4. Vra die Heilige Gees om jou nou te lei en aan jou insig te gee. Skryf 5 kernwaardes/kernbeginsels neer waarvolgens jy jou besigheid (gaan) bedryf. Plaas/plak hierdie 5 kernbeginsels iewers waar jy dit elke dag kan sien.

ENGLISH

Job 31: 13-15, ESV
If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me,
what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?

Psalm 10:3-5, ESV
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight;

4 QUESTIONS that may change your life
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how serious are you about financial independence and growth?
2. Give 5 reasons for your answer.
3. Read Psalm 10: 3-5 and Job 31: 13-15. What did these two Covenant people know about God and man’s desire for financial independence?
4. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and to give you the insight you need. Write down 5 core values/principles that you will apply/are applying in your business. Stick or place these 5 principles where you will see them every day.


Kliek en kry: Het Einstein die laaste woord oor respek gesê?/ Does the final word about respect come from Albert Einstein?


VRAE  
  1. Oor watter saak in ons lewe praat die Bybel hier met ons?
  2. Waar begin elke aspek en elke dimensie van dié saak in ons lewe?

Deut. 13:4,  ANV 1983.
Jy moet getrou bly aan die Here jou God en Hom eer, jy moet sy gebooie gehoorsaam en na sy bevele luister, jy moet Hom dien en aanhang.
Lev 19:32, ANV 1983.
Uit eerbied vir jou God moet jy eerbied bewys aan oumense en hulle met respek behandel. Ek is die Here.
Mat 15:7, 8, ANV.
Huigelaars! Die profeet Jesaja het julle mooi opgesom toe hy gesê het:
Hierdie volk eer My met hulle mond, maar hulle hart is ver van My af.
Psalm 33: 13-22, ANV. 1983
Die Here kyk uit die hemel en sien al die mense.
Van die plek waar Hy as koning sit, sien Hy almal wat onder op die aarde woon.
Dit is Hy wat hulle verstand gevorm het, wat al hulle werk deurgrond.
Dit is nie deur 'n groot leër dat 'n koning wen nie, en nie deur groot krag dat 'n held behoue uitkom nie.
Dit is nie waar dat die perd die oorwinning gee en dat sy groot krag redding bring nie.
Dit is die Here wat sorg vir dié wat Hom eer, vir dié wat op sy mag vertrou
om hulle van die dood te red en hulle in die lewe te hou in hongersnood.
Ons vertrou op die Here: Hy is ons hulp en ons beskermer.
Ja, in Hom is ons hart bly, op sy heilige Naam vertrou ons.
Hou u liefde oor ons, Here, want ons stel ons vertroue in U.
Spreuke 4:23-27, ANV.
Wees veral versigtig met wat in jou hart omgaan, want dit bepaal jou hele lewe.
Weerhou jou van leuens, moenie mense mislei nie.
Hou jou oë op die pad vorentoe, kyk reg voor jou uit.
Baken jou koers af, dan sal jy seker wees van elke tree.
Moenie links of regs wegdraai nie, weerhou jou van die verkeerde koers.
1 Kor 10:31, ABV, 1983.
Of julle eet en of julle drink of wat julle ook al doen, doen alles tot eer van God.


VRAAG:
Hier is twee baie goeie aanhalings oor respek.  As jy hierby hou, sal jy dan in ware God-gewilde respek leef?   Indien wel: waarom beskou jy dié riglyne vir ? verantwoordelike en nederig-respekvolle leefwyse as volledig?  Indien nie: wat kom kort?

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. — William  Boetcker.

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. - Albert Einstein.

KOM IETS HIER KORT?

VRAE
  1. Dwelm-afhanklikheid begin nie by dwelms nie. Dit begin waar dwelms begin.
  2. Waar begin alle eerbied en respek volgens die Skrif?  Begin dit by inkyk of opkyk?
  3. Voltooi die volgende:  In  vandag se Skrifgedeeltes sien ek dat my eerbied vir God….
  4. Kom ons lees die Skrifgedeeltes weer. Die lig word aangeskakel. Alles val in plek wanneer eerbied vir God eerste kom.

ENGLISH
Which issue in our life is addressed in Scripture today? Where is the origin of every dimension of this matter?


Deu 13:4, ESV
You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.
Lev 19:32, ESV
You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.
Mat 15:7,8. GNB
You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
"'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
Psa 33:13-22, ESV
The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Prov 4:23-27, GNB
Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.
Never say anything that isn't true. Have nothing to do with lies and misleading words.
Look straight ahead with honest confidence; don't hang your head in shame.
Plan carefully what you do, and whatever you do will turn out right.
Avoid evil and walk straight ahead. Don't go one step off the right way.
1Co 10:31, ESV
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.


Yes, it is about respect and honour.

OUESTION
Here are two excellent quotations about respect.  If you should decide to keep to these principles,  will you then live in that complete, humble and God-ordained reverence that God expects from us? If your answer is no, what is lacking?

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. — William JY Boetcker.

"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized." - Albert Einstein

IS SOMETHING LACKING?

QUESTIONS
  1. Doing drugs doesn’t begin with drugs. It begins where drugs begin. Where, according to the Bible,  does respect begin? Does it begin with looking inwards or looking upwards?
  2. Complete the following: In today’s Scripture reading I see that my reverence for God...
  3. Let’s read these Bible verses again. Everything falls into place when we honour God above all.

Kliek en kry: Gee vir ons raad, dooie stok!/Give us advice, piece of wood!

HOSEA 4:6-12
My volk gaan onder omdat hulle nie aan My toegewy is nie. Omdat jy jou taak om hulle aan My toe te wy, verwerp het, verwerp Ek jou as my priester. Omdat jy die wil van jou God verontagsaam het, verontagsaam Ek die priesters wat onder jou dien. Hoe meer priesters daar is, hoe meer sondig hulle teen My. Ek sal die aansien wat hulle geniet, in vernedering verander. Hulle teer op die sonde van my volk. Hulle smag daarna dat die volk nog meer moet sondig. Maar dit sal met die priesters gaan soos dit nou met die volk gaan. Ek sal die priesters straf vir hulle optrede. Wat hulle probeer doen, sal Ek in die teendeel verander: as hulle offervleis eet, sal hulle honger bly, en as hulle aan tempelprostitusie deelneem, sal hulle nie kinders hê nie. Omdat die priesters die Here verlaat het om hulle toe te lê op tempelprostitusie, en omdat wyn en drank hulle lewe in beslag neem, soek my volk leiding by 'n stuk hout, verwag my volk dat 'n stok dinge aan hom bekend sal maak.

VRAE
1. Wat is die begin en die somtotaal van ondergang, ook joune?
2. Watter rol speel geestelike leiers in die morele klimaat van enige land?
3. Waar of onwaar: Die geestelike leiers het in Hosea se tyd dubbele prositusie (egbreuk, hoerery) beoefen. Verduidelik jou antwoord.

Wenk: lees Background info in groen.


HOSEA 4: 6-12, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; I will change their glory into shame.
They feed on the sin of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity. And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds. They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the LORD to cherish whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding. My people inquire of a piece of wood, and their walking staff gives them oracles. For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray, and they have left their God to play the whore.

HOSEA 4: 6-12. THE MESSAGE. EUGENE H PETERSON
“But don’t look for someone to blame.  No finger pointing! You, priest, are the one in the dock.
You stumble around in broad daylight, And then the prophets take over and stumble all night.
Your mother is as bad as you. My people are ruined because they don’t know what’s right or true.
Because you’ve turned your back on knowledge,  I’ve turned my back on you priests. Because you refuse to recognize the revelation of God,  I’m no longer recognizing your children. The more priests, the more sin. They traded in their glory for shame.They pig out on my people’s sins. They can’t wait for the latest in evil. The result: You can’t tell the people from the priests, the priests from the people. I’m on my way to make them both pay and take the consequences of the bad lives they’ve lived.They’ll eat and be as hungry as ever,They  have sex and get no satisfaction.They walked out on me, their GOD, for a life of rutting with whores.


QUESTIONS
1. What is the beginning and sum total of ruin, yours also?
2. What role do spiritual leaders play in the moral climate of any country?
3. True or false: In Hosea’s time the spiritual leaders of  Israel practised double prostitution (adultary, whoredom.) Explain your answer.

Tip: Read Background info in green.

BACKGROUND INFO
What a terrible time it was!
God’s people no longer sought His advice and counsel. The consulted idols made of wood, “mere stocks and blocks, without life or sense, and much less reason and understanding, and still less divinity.” (John Gill.) 
The ancient idolaters used to receive for gods, with great veneration, trees or pieces of wood, having the bark taken off. The Carians worshipped for Diana a piece of wood, not hewed, squared, or planed.
God’s people also reverted to this. They employed heathen methods to know his will.
Instead of the Urim and Thummim, by which God showed his will to them, they now also engaged in a sort of divination used among the Heathens, which involved rods and staves. This practice was called "rhabdomancy. " The Jews had learnt rhabdomancy from the heathen nations, like that by arrows used by Nebuchadnezzar, Eze_21:21. This was performed by setting up a stick or staff, and as that fell, so they judged and determined what was to be done. The manner, according to Theophylact on the place, was this,

"They set up two rods, and muttered some verses and enchantments; and then the rods falling through the influence of demons, they considered how they fell, whether forward or backward, to the right or the left; and so gave answers to the foolish people, using the fall of the rods for signs.''

This is what Hosea 4: 6-12 is about. God says through Hosea: "My people ask counsel at their stocks."

But here was more. Hosea 4:6-12 does not only refer to the actual practices of God’s covenant people on mountain tops and other places where these occult divinations were sought. It refers to the lack of spiritual leadership in Israel at that time.

A double spirit of adultery —actual immoral practices and spiritual adultery—had taken hold of the Israelite priests, the Levites, the spiritual leaders of the nation.

The metaphor for God’s relationship with believers has always been that of marriage. God is the Husband; the believers are his beloved, his spouse. God is the Bridegroom, the believers are his Bride.  Christ is the Bride; the Church is the Bride waiting for his coming.
The double spirit of immorality (whoredom) was this:
1. The priests were involved in worldly practices.  They were physically practising immorality with temple prostitutes.
2. They were no longer spiritually consecrated to God. They were no longer serving and loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, spirit and all their energy.

So they led the whole nation into spiritual adultery. “They have gone a whoring from under their God.”
-Source: John Gill’s exposition of the whole Bible.



Kliek en kry: As jy 'n lewenslange stryd stry/When you fight a lifelong battle

FILIPPENSE 3: 7-14, ANV 1983
Maar wat eers vir my 'n bate was, beskou ek nou as waardeloos ter wille van Christus, ja, nog meer: ek beskou alles as waardeloos, want om Christus Jesus, my Here, te ken, oortref alles in waarde. Ter wille van Hom het ek alles prysgegee en beskou ek dit as verwerplik sodat ek Christus as enigste bate kan verkry en een met Hom kan wees: vrygespreek, nie omdat ek die wet onderhou nie, maar omdat ek in Christus glo. Dit is die vryspraak wat God gee omdat 'n mens in Hom glo.
Al wat ek wens, is om Christus te ken, die krag van sy opstanding te ondervind en deel te hê aan sy lyding deur aan Hom gelyk te word in sy dood, in die verwagting dat ek self deel sal hê aan die opstanding uit die dood. Ek sê nie dat ek dit alles al het of die doel al bereik het nie, maar ek span my in om dit alles myne te maak omdat Christus Jesus my reeds Syne gemaak het. Broers, ek verbeel my nie dat ek dit alles al het nie. Maar een ding doen ek: ek maak my los van wat agter is en strek my uit na wat voor is. Ek span my in om by die wenstreep te kom, sodat ek die hemelse prys kan behaal waartoe God my geroep het in Christus Jesus.


VRAE 
1. Paulus het die boek Filippense geskryf. Hoe was sy lewe gewees?  Sien SO WAS PAULUS SE LEWE, 2 Kor 11:23-29 in GROEN.
2. Is daar, iewers in jou lewenslange stryd, 'n fontein wat nooit opdroog nie?  Waar, wie, wat?
3. Is dit moontlik om in die geloof te bly leef wanneer 'n mens se lewensmaat of kind gereeld weer van die wa af val (terugvalle in die dwelm/alkoholstryd beleef)?  Indien nie: hoekom nie? Indien wel, hoe?

Aan die een wat met drank of dwelms worstel:
1. Wat of wie is beter as dwelms of drank?
2. Hoe kan jy jou in Hom wat beter is, verdiep en by Hom bly?  Hoe kan jy in verbondenheid met Hom bly?  Is jy bereid om dit te doen, wat dit ook al van jou vra?

ENGLISH

PHILIPPIANS 3: 7-14.  ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith--  that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


QUESTIONS 
1.Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians.  What kind of life did he have? See:
THIS IS PAUL’S LIFE STORY: 2 Co 11:23 -29 in green.
2. Is there a fountain that never runs dry in you lifelong battle?  Who, what, where?
3. Is it possible to retain your faith when your partner or child keeps on falling off the wagon? If not, why not? If so: how?

To the one who has this struggle with drugs or alcohol:
1.What is better than drugs or booze?
2. How can you stay with Jesus Christ? How can you stay in union Him?  Are you willing to do just this, whatever the price?


SO WAS PAULUS SE LEWE: 2 KOR 11:23-29.
Is hulle dienaars van Christus? En nou praat ek asof ek van my verstand af is: ek nog meer! Ek het harder gewerk, ek was meer in die tronk, ek is meer dikwels geslaan, ek was dikwels in doodsgevaar. Vyf maal het ek van die Jode die gebruiklike straf van nege en dertig houe gekry, drie maal het ek lyfstraf gekry, en een maal is ek met klippe gegooi. Drie maal het ek skipbreuk gely en een maal het ek 'n dag en 'n nag in die oop see deurgebring. Ek was dikwels op reis en in gevaar: daar was gevare van riviere, gevare van rowers, gevare van my volksgenote en gevare van heidene; gevare in die stad en gevare in die veld; gevare op see en gevare onder vals broers.
Daar was vir my harde werk en swaarkry, dikwels nagte sonder slaap, dikwels honger en dors; en dikwels was ek sonder kos, sonder skuiling of bedekking teen die koue. Behalwe dit alles was daar nog die daaglikse bekommernisse, die besorgdheid oor al die gemeentes. As iemand swak is, voel ek asof ek self ook swak is; as iemand in sonde val, voel ek asof ek ook deur vuur gaan.

THIS IS PAUL’S LIFE STORY: 2 Co 11:23 -29.
Are they Christ's servants? I sound like a madman---but I am a better servant than they are! I have worked much harder, I have been in prison more times, I have been whipped much more, and I have been near death more often.  Five times I was given the thirty-nine lashes by the Jews; three times I was whipped by the Romans; and once I was stoned. I have been in three shipwrecks, and once I spent twenty-four hours in the water. In my many travels I have been in danger from floods and from robbers, in danger from my own people and from Gentiles; there have been dangers in the cities, dangers in the wilds, dangers on the high seas, and dangers from false friends. There has been work and toil; often I have gone without sleep; I have been hungry and thirsty; I have often been without enough food, shelter, or clothing. And not to mention other things, every day I am under the pressure of my concern for all the churches. When someone is weak, then I feel weak too; when someone is led into sin, I am filled with distress. 

Kliek en kry: DIE ONVERANDERLIKE KERN/THE CHANGELESS COR

KOM ONS DOEN BYBELSTUDIE OOR DIE ONVERANDERLIKE KERN IN JOU EN MY LEWE
ENGLISH:  BLUE

2 TIM 3: 1-5, ANV, 1983 vertaling
Dít moet jy weet: in die laaste dae sal daar swaar tye kom. Die mense sal selfsugtig wees, geldgierig, grootpraterig en verwaand, beledigend teenoor hulle medemense en ongehoorsaam aan hulle ouers, ondankbaar en ongodsdienstig; hulle sal liefdeloos en onversoenlik wees, kwaadpraters, bandeloos en wreed, sonder liefde vir die goeie; hulle sal verraaiers wees, roekeloos en hooghartig. Hulle sal eerder liefde vir genot hê as liefde vir God. Hulle sal nog die uiterlike skyn van die godsdiens hê, maar die krag van die godsdiens sal hulle nie ken nie. Bly weg van sulke mense af. 

PRED 12: 13, ANV
Die belangrikste van alles is: My seun, wees versigtig!...Die slotsom van alles wat jy gehoor het, is dit: Dien God en gehoorsaam sy gebooie. Dit is wat van die mens gevra word. 

JAMES 2:14-18
THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H PETERSON
14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”
Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.

MATTEUS 22: 35-40, ANV 1983.
En een van hulle, 'n wetgeleerde, het Hom met 'n vraag probeer vastrek. “Meneer,” vra hy, “wat is die grootste gebod in die wet?” 
Jesus antwoord hom: “ ‘Jy moet die Here jou God liefhê met jou hele hart en met jou hele siel’ en met jou hele verstand. 
Dit is die grootste en die eerste gebod. En die tweede, wat hiermee gelyk staan, is: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhê soos jouself.’ 
In hierdie twee gebooie is die hele wet en die profete saamgevat.” 

VRAE
1. Beskryf die laaste dae (die tyde tussen die eerste en tweede koms van Jesus Christus.)
2. Watter lewensbeginsel gee Salomo vir sy seun en vir almal?
3. Wat sê die apostel Jakobus aangaande geloof, beginsels en dade?
4. Wat is die lewensbeginsel wat Jesus Christus vir God se mense gee?

ENGLISH
LET’S DO BIBLE STUDY THAT FOCUSES ON THE  CHANGELESS CORE IN YOUR LIFE AND MINE.

2 TIM 3: 1-5, GOOD NEWS BIBLE
Remember that there will be difficult times in the last days. People will be selfish, greedy, boastful, and conceited; they will be insulting, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, and irreligious;  they will be unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent, and fierce; they will hate the good;  they will be treacherous, reckless, and swollen with pride; they will love pleasure rather than God;  they will hold to the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power. Keep away from such people. 

Ecc 12:13, ESV
 After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for. 

JAMES 2:14-18
THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H PETERSON
14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”
Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.

MATTHEW 22:35-40, ESV.
And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 
This is the great and first commandment. 
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 
On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." 

QUESTIONS
1. Describe the last days on earth (end-times, the time between the first and second coming of Christ.)
2. What life principle does Solomon give to his son and to all?
3. What does the apostle James say about faith, principles and deeds?
4. What is the life principle that Jesus Christ gives to God’s people?  
 

Kliek en kry: What the Bible says about the Matchstick phase/Wat die Bybel oor die Vuurhoutjiefase sê

Vandag se Bybelstudie is 'n soektog met punte. Soek die antwoorde in enige van dié drie vertalings. Een punt vir elke korrekte antwoord. 

1. Wat kan ‘n 80-jarige wakker  lê?
2. Waarna verwys dié twee woorde in Pred. 12:1-14: “vuurhoutjie (matchstick)” en “sprinkaan?”
3. Wat word amandelbloeiselwit by bejaardes?
4. Vind drie woorde in Pred 12: 1-14 wat die lewe beskryf soos wat die meeste jongmense dit beleef.
5. Waarvan vertel hierdie 4 metafore ons: The silver cord snaps, the golden bowl breaks; the water pitcher is smashed, and the pulley at the well is shattered?
6. Jy ken ‘n paar oumense. Verander Pred 12:1-14 die wyse waarop jy aan hulle dink?
7. Wanneer is die beste tyd om jou Skepper te eer en te geniet?
8. Waarheen gaan ons asem wanneer ons sterf?
9. Wat is die eerste en laaste word oor die lewe?
10. Voltooi: Wees versigtig! ………..


Today's Bible study is a search. Find the answers in any of these translations. One point for each correct answer:

1. What can keep an 80 year old awake?
2. What do these two words in Ecc 12:1-14 refer to:  Matchstick and grasshopper?
3. What is apple-blossom white in old age?
4. Find 3 words in Ecc. 12:1-14 that describe life as most young people experience it.
5. What do these 4 metaphors tell us about:  The silver cord snaps, the golden bowl breaks; the water pitcher is smashed, and the pulley at the well is shattered?
6. You know some old people. Does Ecc 12:1-14 change the way you think about them?  Why?
7. When is the best time to honour and enjoy your Creator?
8. Where does our breath go when we die?
9. What is the first and final word about life? 
10. Complete: “I warn you….” (Rest of warning in these passages.)

ENGLISH

ECC 12: 1-14,   THE MESSAGE: Eugene H Peterson

1-2 Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young,
Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes,
Before your vision dims and the world blurs
And the winter years keep you close to the fire.
In old age, your body no longer serves you so well.
Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen.
The shades are pulled down on the world.
You can’t come and go at will. Things grind to a halt.
The hum of the household fades away.
You are wakened now by bird-song.
Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past.
Even a stroll down the road has its terrors.
Your hair turns apple-blossom white,
Adorning a fragile and impotent matchstick body.
Yes, you’re well on your way to eternal rest,
While your friends make plans for your funeral.
Life, lovely while it lasts, is soon over.
Life as we know it, precious and beautiful, ends.
The body is put back in the same ground it came from.
The spirit returns to God, who first breathed it.

The last and final word is this:
Fear God.
Do what he tells you.
14 And that’s it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it’s good or evil.

Ecclesiastes  12: 1-7, Contemporary English Version
Keep your Creator in mind while you are young! In years to come, you will be burdened down with troubles and say, "I don't enjoy life anymore."
Someday the light of the sun and the moon and the stars will all seem dim to you. Rain clouds will remain over your head.
Your body will grow feeble, your teeth will decay, and your eyesight fail.
The noisy grinding of grain will be shut out by your deaf ears, but even the song of a bird will keep you awake.
You will be afraid to climb up a hill or walk down a road. Your hair will turn as white as almond blossoms. You will feel lifeless and drag along like an old grasshopper. We each go to our eternal home, and the streets are filled with those who mourn.
The silver cord snaps, the golden bowl breaks; the water pitcher is smashed, and the pulley at the well is shattered.
So our bodies return to the earth, and the life-giving breath returns to God.

Ecclesiastes  12: 11-14, Contemporary English Version
Words of wisdom are like the stick a farmer uses to make animals move. These sayings come from God, our only shepherd, and they are like nails that fasten things together.
My child, I warn you to stay away from any teachings except these. There is no end to books, and too much study will wear you out.
Everything you were taught can be put into a few words: Respect and obey God! This is what life is all about.
God will judge everything we do, even what is done in secret, whether good or bad.


Prediker 12:1-7, ANV 1983
Dink aan jou Skepper in jou jong dae voor die swaar dae kom, die jare aanbreek waarvan jy sal sê: “Ek het daar niks aan nie.”
Dit is die tyd wanneer die son donker sal word en ook die daglig, die maan en die sterre, die tyd wanneer dit weer bewolk word ná die reën.
Dit is die tyd wanneer die wagters van die huis sal bewe, die sterk manne waggel en die malers ophou maal omdat hulle min geword het, die tyd wanneer dit donker word vir dié wat deur die vensters kyk,
wanneer die deure na die straat toe toegemaak word, die geluid van die meul dof word, die tyd wanneer 'n mens opstaan as die voëls begin sing al hoor hy geen lied meer nie.
Dit is die tyd wanneer hy bang is vir 'n hoogte en vir alles op die pad skrik, die tyd wanneer die amandelboom in bloei staan, die sprinkaan homself moeisaam voortsleep en die kapperkruid nutteloos word, die tyd wanneer die mens na sy ewige woning gaan en dié wat treur, op die straat rondgaan,
die tyd wanneer die silwerdraad afgebreek word en die goue kruik breek, die kruik by die fontein stukkend breek en die wiel by die put stukkend val,
die tyd wanneer die stof na die aarde toe terugkeer soos dit was, en die gees na God terugkeer wat dit gegee het.

Prediker 12: 11-14, ANV 1983.
Die woorde van mense met wysheid is soos skerp stokke, versamelde spreuke is soos spykers wat ingeslaan is. Hulle is deur een Herder gegee.
Die belangrikste van alles is: My seun, wees versigtig!...Die slotsom van alles wat jy gehoor het, is dit: Dien God en gehoorsaam sy gebooie. Dit is wat van die mens gevra word.
God sal rekenskap eis oor alles wat gedoen word, ook oor wat in die geheim gedoen word, of dit goed is of kwaad.


ANSWERS/ Antwoorde
1. Voëltjies.  A single bird.
2. Die liggaam van ‘n bejaarde.  An old person’s body.
3. Hare.  Hair.
4. Lovely, precious, beautiful.
5. Die oomblikke wanneer jy sterf. Moments when one dies.
6. Ja? Yes?
7. Gedurende ‘n mens se jeug. In one’s youth.
8. Dit keer terug na God wat dit gegee het. It returns to God from Whom it came.
9. Eer en hou sy gebooie.  Honour God and do what He tells you.  Respect and obey God.
10. I warn you… to stay away from any teachings except these.
        Wees versigtig! Die slotsom van alles wat jy gehoor het, is dit: Dien God en gehoorsaam sy gebooie. Dit is wat van die mens gevra word.




Kliek en kry: WIE MOET VRY WORD/WHO IS TO BE SET FREE?

Eers dan sal julle vry wees
Afrikaans: black.  English: BLUE

Jy gaan Johannes 8: 31-36 lees. Jy wat hier lees het ‘n bepaalde seksuele oriëntasie.  Jy is in ‘n geweldsverhouding of nie in ‘n geweldsverhouding nie.  Jy is ‘n toegewyde Christus-volgeling of nie ‘n toegewyde Christus-volgeling nie.  Jy leef in verbondenheid met Christus of nie in verbondenheid met Hom nie. Jy is die persoon wat beheer verloor in jou verhouding of die slagoffer van so ‘n persoon. Of dalk is jy net verbaas dat enigiemand in so ‘n verhouding kan voortgaan. Jy is geskei of nie geskei nie.  Jy het sterk sienswyses oor hierdie sake of weet nie wat jy moet dink of glo nie. 
Ons pas almal hier iewers in. Kom ons beantwoord hierdie vrae voordat ons die Skrifgedeelte lees. Lees die Skrifgedeelte dan weer. Beantwoord die vrae dan weer.


VRAE:
  1. Wie is regtig die dissipels van Jesus Christus?
  2. Wat is die mees vrymakende ding in jou eie lewe?
  3. Wat is die mees vrymakende ding in enigiemand anders se lewe?
  4. Waarvan moet mense (dus ek en jy) vry word?  Noem ? paar bindende, verlammende goed wat ons verhouding met Jesus Christus versteur?
  5. Wat versteur jou verhouding met Jesus Christus?
  6. Wat of wie maak van jou ? slaaf?  Is daar so-iets in jou eie lewe?
  7. Wie moet vry word?
  8. Iemand het gesê: “Fokus heel eerste op die vrymaking wat Jesus Christus jou bied.”  Bid dan slegs deur die Gees vir die vrymaking van ander.”  Is dit goeie raad?  Waarom/waarom nie?

JOH 8:31-36, ANV 1983
Toe sê Jesus vir die Jode wat in Hom glo: “As julle aan my woorde getrou bly, is julle waarlik my dissipels;
en julle sal die waarheid ken, en die waarheid sal julle vry maak.”
Hulle het Hom geantwoord: “Ons is die nageslag van Abraham en was nog nooit iemand se slawe nie. Hoe kan jy sê: ‘Julle sal vry word’?”
Jesus sê toe vir hulle: “Dít verseker Ek julle: Elkeen wat sonde doen, is 'n slaaf van die sonde.
'n Slaaf bly nie vir altyd by 'n huisgesin nie; 'n seun bly vir altyd.
Eers as die Seun julle vry maak, sal julle werklik vry wees.


Only then you will be free

You are about to read John 8:31-36. You have a specific sexual orientation.  You are in a relationship characterized by violence and abuse. Or you are not in such a relationship.You are a committed disciple of Jesus Christ or you are not.  You live in union with Jesus Christ or you don’t. You are the one who loses control in your relationship or the victim of such a partner.  Maybe you are just amazed that such things happen and that people don’t get out of such a relationship. You are divorced or not. You have  rigid opinions regarding these matters, or you don’t know what to think or believe.
Everyone of us fits into this picture somewhere. Let us answer the following questions prior to reading John 8: 31-36. Let us then read John 8:31-36 and answer the same questions for the second time.

Questions
  1. Who are the true disciples of Jesus Christ?
  2. What is the most liberating thing in your own life?
  3. What is the most liberating thing in anybody else’s life?
  4. What should people (you and me) be delivered from? Name some binding, paralyzing things that upsets our relationship with Jesus Christ?
  5. What causes a breach in the relationship between you and Jesus Christ?
  6. Who or what reigns over you and has reduced you to a slave and slavery?
  7. Who has to be delivered?
  8. Someone said: “First focus on the redemption Jesus Christ offers to you. Pray only in the Spirit and through the Spirit for the redemption of others.” Is it sound advice?
  9. Why?/Why not
JOH 3: 31-36, Good News Bible
So Jesus said to those who believed in him, "If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples;
you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
"We are the descendants of Abraham," they answered, "and we have never been anybody's slaves. What do you mean, then, by saying, 'You will be free'?"
Jesus said to them, "I am telling you the truth: everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
A slave does not belong to a family permanently, but a son belongs there forever.
If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free. 

Kliek en kry: Lewenslank 'n vreemdeling/Exile for ever

Lewenslank 'n vreemdeling/Exile for ever
Afrikaans: swart.  English: Blue.

Afrikaanssprekendes, lees gerus ook EUGENE H PETERSON se parafrase van 1 Petrus 1: 13-19 in THE MESSAGE.  U vind dit net onder die teks uit die ESV.

Dit is vandag Wêreld-vreemdelinge dag.  Voordat jy 1 Petrus 1:13-19 begin lees, dink 'n paar oomblikke lank na oor die volgende vrae:
Ken jy sekere vlugtelinge, uitlanders en nie-burgers in hierdie land ?
Watter ander mense in vreemdelingskap ken jy?

It is World Refugee Day today.
Before you read 1 Peter 1:13-19 consider the following questions:
Do you know any refugees, foreigners and people without SA passports?
What other exiles do you know of?


 
1 PETRUS 1: 13-19,  ANV, 1983.
Wees daarom verstandelik wakker en nugter, en vestig julle hoop volkome op die genade wat julle deel sal word by die wederkoms van Jesus Christus.
As gehoorsame kinders moet julle nie julle lewe inrig volgens die begeertes wat julle vroeër gehad het toe julle God nie geken het nie.
Nee, soos Hy wat julle geroep het, heilig is, moet julle ook in julle hele lewenswandel heilig wees.
Daar staan immers geskrywe: “Wees heilig, want Ek is heilig.”
Aangesien julle Hom as Vader aanroep wat oor elke mens onpartydig volgens sy dade oordeel, lewe dan in eerbied vir Hom gedurende die tyd van julle vreemdelingskap in die wêreld.
Julle weet tog dat julle nie met verganklike middele soos silwer of goud losgekoop is uit julle oorgeërfde sinlose bestaan nie.
Inteendeel, julle is losgekoop met die kosbare bloed van Christus, die Lam wat vlekloos en sonder liggaamsgebrek is.

VRAE
1. Soek al die werkwoorde wat vertel van dinge wat God doen of gedoen het.
2. Soek al die werkwoorde wat met die praktiese Christelike lewe in 'n land vol uitlanders te doen het.
3. Soek al die werkwoorde wat met jouself as vreemdeling in die wêreld te doen het.

ENGLISH
1 PETER 1: 13-19, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,
but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."
And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,
knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.


1 PETER 1:13-19, THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H. PETERSON
13 So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that's coming when Jesus arrives. 14 Don't lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn't know any better then; you do now. 15 As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. 16 God said, "I am holy; you be holy." 17 You call out to God for help and he helps - he's a good Father that way. But don't forget, he's also a responsible Father, and won't let you get by with sloppy living. 18 It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. 19 He paid with Christ's sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb.

QUESTIONS
1. Find all the verbs that tell you about God’s deeds. 
2. Find all the verbs that relate to our practical life as Christians in a country with millions of foreigners amongst us.
3. Find all the verbs that relate to yourself as foreigner in this world.

Kliek en kry: Die werkwoorde van 'n lewe saam met God/The verbs of a lifelong walk with God

Vandag is die Bybelstudie-uitdaging: Soek al die werkwoorde in Deut 6:4-9 en Jesaja 55: 1-3. (Onthou dat “is” en “moet wees” ook werkwoorde is.)
As jy dié werkwoorde vind, sal jy:
  • weet wat God Self as die essensie van onderrig en opvoeding beskou;
  • weet wat God vir jou en jou nageslag wil gee;
  • weet watter dinge in jou lewe jy maar kan weggooi;
  • die essensie van jou roeping as ouer en grootouer verstaan;
  • vrede, hoop en blydskap vind;
  • sekerhede terugvind wat jy dalk in hierdie moeilike tyd verloor het.
Vind nou al die werkwoorde in dié twee Skrifgedeeltes. Hulle is die werkwoorde van ‘n lewenslange wandel  met God.
  

DEUT 6: 4-9, DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 VERTALING
Luister, Israel, die Here is ons God, Hy is die enigste Here. Daarom moet jy die Here jou God liefhê met hart en siel, met al jou krag. Hierdie gebooie wat ek jou vandag gegee het, moet in jou gedagtes bly. Jy moet dit inskerp by jou kinders en met hulle daaroor praat as jy in jou huis is en as jy op pad is, as jy gaan slaap en as jy opstaan. Jy moet dit as herinneringsteken vasbind aan jou hande, en dit moet 'n merk op jou voorkop wees. Skryf dit op jou deurkosyne en op jou stadspoorte. 

JES 55: 1-3, DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 VERTALING
 Kom, almal wat dors is, kom na die water toe, selfs ook dié wat nie geld het nie, kom, koop en eet; ja, kom, koop sonder geld en sonder om te betaal, wyn en melk. 
 Waarom betaal julle vir iets wat nie brood is nie, waarom werk julle vir iets wat nie kan versadig nie? Luister aandagtig na My, sodat julle kan eet wat goed is en versadig kan word met die beste wat daar is. Gee aandag en kom na My toe, luister, en julle sal lewe. Ek wil met julle 'n ewige verbond sluit, Ek wil my troue liefde aan julle betoon soos aan Dawid. 


ENGLISH
Today’s Bible study offers a challenge: Find all the verbs in Deut 6:4-9 en Isa 55: 1-3. (“To be/is/are/am are verbs too.) 

When you find the verb in these passages you:
  • will know what God Himself regards as the essence of education;
  • will know what God wants to give to you, your children and grandchildren
  • will know which thing in your life you may just as well get rid of;
  • understand the essence of your calling as parent or grandparent;
  • weet wat jou taak as ouer of grootouers is;
  • find peace, hope and joy;
  • be blessed with certainties you may have lost in these difficult times.
Go along: find these verbs. They are the verbs of a lifelong walk with God.

DEUT 6: 4-9, ESV
 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 
 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 
 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 


ISA 55:1-3, ESV
"Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 
 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.  Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 
 
 

Kliek en kry: LORD, I DO NOT WANT TO BE HERE, BUT CHANGE ME/HERE, EK WIL NIE HIER WEES NIE, MAAR VERANDER MY

AFRIKAANS
LEV 19:32:  DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 vertaling.
  Uit eerbied vir jou God moet jy eerbied bewys aan oumense en hulle met respek behandel. Ek is die Here.
Lev 19:33  Wanneer daar 'n vreemdeling by julle in julle land woon, mag julle hom nie onderdruk nie.
Lev 19:34  Julle moet hom soos 'n medeburger behandel en hom liefhê soos julleself. Julle was immers self ook vreemdelinge in Egipte. Ek is die Here julle God.

EXO 20:12, DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 VERTALING
Eer jou vader en jou moeder, dan sal jy lank bly woon in die land wat die Here jou God vir jou gee.

Vrae
1. Maak jou oë toe en dink oor die Suid-Afrikaanse landskap, sy stede en dorpe. Vra die Here om jou die gemeenskap, die rykes en armes voor jou geestesoë te laat sien.
2. Maak jou oë weer toe en dink oor die bejaardes in jou gemeente, in aftreeoorde, in ouetehuise, by verkeersligte met bedelkaarte. Vra die Here om jou bejaardes voor jou geestesoë te laat sien, die rykes en armes.  
3. Wat laat die Heilige Gees deur jou gedagtes gaan wanneer jy Levitikus 19: 32-34 lees?
4. Analiseer die opdrag, “julle moet hom soos ? medeburger behandel en hom liefhê soos julleself...” in Levitikus 19:33,34.  Wat op aarde beteken dit?
5. Is Levitikus 19: 32-34 ? uitgediende opdrag van God, of nie? Waarom sê jy so?
6. Skryf 10 elemente van hierdie respek en liefde vir vreemdelinge in jou land en woongebied  neer soos wat die Heilige Gees dit aan jou openbaar.
7. Analiseer die woorde  EER (jou vader en jou moeder) in Eksodus 20:12.  Skryf 10 elemente  van hierdie eerbetoon neer soos wat die Heilige Gees dit aan jou openbaar.
8. Wat sê Eksodus 20:12 vir jou aangaande God?


KOMMENTAAR
EKSODUS 20: 12:  WAT DIE WOORD EER IN DIE OORSPRONKLIKE TAAL IMPLISEER:
ka^bad  ka^be^d: A primitive root; In a good sense:  (numerous, rich, honorable); causatively to make weighty,  abounding with, glorify, be (make) glorious (things), glory, (very) great, bring to… honour (self), (be) honourable (man)…  promote (to honour). — Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.

LEV 19: 32: WAT DIE FRASE, MET RESPEK BEHANDEL IN DIE OORSPRONKLIKE TAAL BETEKEN:
ha^dar: A primitive root; to swell up , by implication to favor or honour, be high or proud:  honour.— Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.


ENGLISH

LEV 19:32:  ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION.
   "You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.

LEV 19: 32-34, THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H PETERSON
32 “Show respect to the aged; honor the presence of an elder; fear your God. I am GOD.
33-34 “When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don’t take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am GOD, your God.

EXO 20:12:  ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Questions

1. Close your eyes and think about the SA landscape, its cities and towns. Ask the Lord to let you see society, rich and poor, in your mind’s eye.
2. Close your eyes once more and see of elderly people in your mind’s eye: those in your congregation, your dad, those in retirement villages and old age homes, that old woman begging at the traffic light. Ask the Lord to let you see these senior citizen, these elderly members of the family of God, in your mind’s eye, the rich as well as the poor.  
3. What thoughts cross your mind as you read Leviticus 19: 32-34 ? The Holy Spirit is at work in you.
4. Analize the command: “ Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. (Lev.19:33-34).  What on earth does this imply?
5. Is Lev 19: 33-34  an outdated command? Why do you say so?
6. Write down 10 elements of this respect and love for foreigners in your country and living space as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you.
7. Analise the word HONOUR (your father and mother) in Exo 20:12.  Write down 10 elements of this respect as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you.
8. What  does Exo  20:12  tell you about  God?



Kliek en kry: MY VADER SE DAG/MY FATHER'S DAY

AFRIKAANS
MY VADER SE DAG

MARK 14:36 : ANV, 1983 VERTALING
Hy het gesê: “Abba, Vader, alles is vir U moontlik. Neem hierdie lydensbeker van My af weg. Moet nogtans nie doen wat Ek wil nie, maar wat U wil.”

ROM 8: 14-18,  ANV 1983 VERTALING
Almal wat hulle deur die Gees van God laat lei, is kinders van God. Die Gees wat aan julle gegee is, maak julle nie tot slawe nie en laat julle nie weer in vrees lewe nie; nee, julle het die Gees ontvang wat julle tot kinders van God maak en wat ons tot God laat roep: “Abba!” Dit beteken Vader. Hierdie Gees getuig saam met ons gees dat ons kinders van God is.  En omdat ons kinders is, is ons ook erfgename. Ons is erfgename van God, erfgename saam met Christus. Aangesien ons deel het aan sy lyding, sal ons ook deel hê aan sy heerlikheid.
Ek is daarvan oortuig dat die lyding wat ons nou moet verduur, nie opweeg teen die heerlikheid wat God vir ons in die toekoms sal laat aanbreek nie.


GAL 4: 3-7,  ANV, 1983 VERTALING
Toe ons nog geestelik onmondig was, was ons slawe van wettiese godsdienstige reëls. Maar toe die tyd wat God daarvoor bepaal het, aangebreek het, het Hy sy Seun gestuur. Hy is uit 'n vrou gebore en van sy geboorte af was Hy aan die wet onderworpe
om ons, wat aan die wet onderworpe was, los te koop sodat ons as kinders van God aangeneem kon word.
En omdat ons sy kinders is, het God die Gees van sy Seun in ons harte gestuur, en in ons roep Hy uit: “Abba!” Dit beteken: Vader!
Jy is dus nie meer 'n slaaf nie; jy is nou 'n kind van God. En omdat jy sy kind is, het God jou ook sy erfgenaam gemaak.


VRAE
1.Hoeveel keer kom die Aramese woord, “Abba,” in die Nuwe Testament voor?
2.Wie is die persone wat God as Abba in die Nuwe Testament aanspreek?
3.Wat ervaar jy wanneer jy die volgende lees: “Abba” (Daddy!)  prayed the man of Nazareth when He felt the bitterness of suffering and death at Gethsemane ... “Abba” prayed He and that moment has forever been inscribed in the flesh of our human history! A man of our own flesh and blood considered Himself to be in a unique way the child of the Most High!  ...”
4. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeeltes vir jou aangaande God die Vader?
5. Voltooi: Wanneer ek God as “Abba” aanspreek, is my houding die houding van (vertroue, informaliteit, verering, liefde, volwasse respek, gehoorsaamheid aan sy gesag, gelykheid, breuk met tradisie...?)

Gaan vanoggend in gebed na jou Vader toe. Praat met Hom oor wat tans in jou lewe gebeur. Vra Hom om die verhouding tussen jou en Hom te herstel.  Doen wat Hy vir jou sê om van jou kant te doen. 

ENGLISH
MY FATHER'S DAY


MARK 14:36: KING JAMES VERSION
And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

ROM 8: 14- 18, ESV.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

GAL 4: 3-7, ESV
In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.


QUESTIONS
1.How many times does the Aramaic word, “Abba,” appear?
2.Who are the individuals who address God as ABBA in the New Testament?
3.What do you experience as you read this:  “Abba” (Daddy!)  prayed the man of Nazareth when He felt the bitterness of suffering and death at Gethsemane ... “Abba” prayed He and that moment has forever been inscribed in the flesh of our human history! A man of our own flesh and blood considered Himself to be in a unique way the child of the Most High!  ...”
4.What do these passages from Scripture tell you about God the Father?
5. Complete: When I address God as Abba, my attitude/conduct/demeanour  is one of... (trust, informality, adoration, love, adult respect, obedience to God’s authority, equality, break with tradition...?)  
 

Go to your Father in prayer this morning.  Talk to Him about what is happing in your life right now.  Ask Him to restore the relationship between you and Him.  Do what He tells you to do from your side.


Quotation: - Father Paul, ORTHODOX RESEARCH INSTITUTE: http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/bible/tarazi_name_of_god.htm.

Kliek en kry: Your eyes shall see your Teacher/Om jou Onderwyser te sien

Your eyes shall see your Teacher

Here are two promises to all who need God’s guidance:
Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.” — Isaiah 30: 21.

I have come into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. Joh 12:46 .

What does the Bible say about God’s guidance in my life?

JOH 10:27.  ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

QUESTIONS
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them. 
1. Who says this to you?
2.Find the solid, eternal and unchangeable facts in this sentence.

ISAIAH 30:20-22, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, "Be gone!"


Isa 30:20. KING JAMES VERSION
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers.


WE WANT TO KNOW...
Who are the “teachers” referred to in Isaiah 30:20?
“Jarchi interprets it of God himself... who would not hide his face from his people... of the Shechinah not removing from the sanctuary, but being seen there; and being in the plural number, may denote all the three Persons. Others (reason that the teachers were)... the priests and prophets in his time, the principal of which was Isaiah. — John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible.


QUESTIONS
1.Is this a fact:  Your Teacher (GOD or Spirit-filled spiritual mentors) will tell you to put God first, to have a living relationship with the Father throught Jesus Christ, to put his Kingdom and his will first. To get rid of what is impure and useless in your life.

2. Is this a fact: Those who belong to God will be guided by Him. Even if it takes a long time to get to the core of God’s will in practical matters,  God will guide, lead and show the way to you, his child.

HEB 3: 7-11, GOOD NEWS BIBLE
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice,  do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,  where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.  Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.' As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'"

QUESTIONS
True or not true:  The Holy Spirit speaks to God’s children.
True or not true
: People are inclined to stubbornly resist the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
True or not true: When we are out of God’s will, we experience uncertainty and turmoil.


AFRIKAANS

 Hier is twee beloftes aan elkeen wat God se leiding soek:

Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.”
"Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group."

Ek het as die lig na die wêreld toe gekom, sodat dié wat in My glo, nie in die duisternis sou bly nie.— Joh 12:46 

Kom ons kyk wat die Bybel oor God se leiding in ons lewe sê.

JOH 10:27. DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS 1983 VERTALING.
My skape luister na my stem; Ek ken hulle, en hulle volg My.

VRAE
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them.  / My skape luister na my stem; Ek ken hulle.
1.Wie sê dit vir jou?
2. Vind die soliede, ewige en onveranderlike feite in hierdie sin.

JES 30: 20-22:  DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 VERTALING
Die Here het jou honger en dors laat ly, maar Hy wou jou leer, en Hy sal Hom nou nie meer afsydig hou
van jou nie; jy sal self sien dat Hy die Een is wat jou leer.
Wanneer jy die regte koers verlaat, sal jy agter jou 'n stem hoor sê: “Hier is die pad, loop hierlangs.”
Dan sal jy besef dat jou afgode, jou beelde wat jy met silwer en goud oorgetrek het, onrein goed is, en jy sal hulle weggooi soos 'n mens 'n smerige lap weggooi; jy sal sê: “Weg met hulle!”

ONS WIL WEET...
Wie was die “onderwyser(s) na wie Jes 30:20 verwys?
“Jarchi vertolk dit as God Self... wat Homself nie langer vir sy volk sou verberg nie, maar wat sy Shechinan, sy heerlikheid, (weer) in die heiligdom sou laat sien. Die meervoudsvorm mag dui op die Drie-Eenheid, Vader, Seun en Heilige Gees. Ander teoloë reken dat die profete en priesters die onderwysers was, van wie Jesaja die grootste was.” John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible.


VRAE:
1.Is dit 'n feit?  Jou Onderwyser (God of Geesvervulde geestelike mentors) sal vir jou sê om God eerste in jou lewe te plaas, om 'n lewende verhouding met die Vader deur die Seun te hê, om sy Koninkryk eerste te stel. Om ontslae te raak van onreinheid en nuttelose dinge in jou lewe.

2. Is dit 'n feit:  Dié wat aan God behoort, sal deur Hom gelei word. Selfs al neem dit 'n lang tyd om in praktiese, 21e sake  by die kern van God se wil uit te kom,  kan jy daarop reken dat God jou sal lei, begelei en die koers vir jou, sy kind, sal aandui.

HEB 3: 7-11, DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 vertaling
Luister daarom na wat die Heilige Gees sê: “Vandag, as julle sy stem hoor, moet julle nie hardkoppig wees nie, soos julle voorvaders toe hulle in opstand gekom het en My in die woestyn op die proef gestel het. Daar het hulle My op die proef gestel en uitgetart, hoewel hulle veertig jaar lank gesien het wat Ek vir hulle gedoen het. Daarom het Ek 'n afkeer van hierdie geslag gekry en gesê: ‘Met hulle hart is hulle gedurig op 'n dwaalspoor, hulle wou my paaie nie leer ken nie.’ Toe het Ek in my toorn 'n eed afgelê: In my rus sal hulle beslis nie ingaan nie.”

VRAE:
1.Waar of onwaar: Die Heilige Gees praat met God se kinders.
2.Waar of onwaar: Mense is geneig om die leiding van die Heilige Gees hardkoppig teë te staan.
3. Waar of onwaar: As ons buite die wil van God is, is daar onrus en onsekerheid.

Kliek en kry: Om jou onskuld te verloor of nie te verloor nie

English: blue. Afrikaans: black.

To lose or not to lose your innocence about God as your Father
Heb 11:1:  To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. (GNB)

Col 2:9,10, Good News Bible.   For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity, and you have been given full life in union with him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority. (GNB)
  
Col 2:9,10:  English Standard Version:  For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. (ESV).

Luk 7:23  And blessed is the one who is not offended by me."  (ESV)


QUESTIONS:
1. Have you ever experienced emptiness?  What caused it?
2. Identify the opposite of emptiness in Col 2:9.10.  Where is this to be found?
3. Have you ever experienced absolute weakness in the face of attacks of despondency, bitterness, hate and depression?  What caused it?
4. Identify the opposite of this in Col 2: 9-10. How and where can this be found?
5. We need loving hands to hold and sustain us when we are on the brink of losing our innocence about God as Father. Read Heb 11:1.  Now use the following words to create a statement of faith: Pierced hands. Me. Love. Invisible, but real.  Faith.  Certain of.    



Om jou onskuld oor God as Vader te verloor of nie te verloor nie.

Heb 11:1  Om te glo, is om seker te wees van die dinge wat ons hoop, om oortuig te wees van die dinge wat ons nie sien nie.
Identifiseer die teenoorgestelde van leegheid in Kol 2:9.10. Waar kan dit gevind word?

Kol 2: 9,10.  In Hom (Jesus Christus)  is die volle wese van God beliggaam, en in verbondenheid met Hom deel julle in sy volheid. Hy is die hoof oor elke mag en gesag.


Luk 7:23:  Geseënd is die man wat aan My nie begin twyfel nie. 

Alle aanhalings:  Die BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 vertaling. 


VRAE
1.Het jy al ooit leegheid ervaar?  Wat het dit veroorsaak?
2. Identifiseer die teenoorgestelde hiervan in Kol 2:9-10.  Hoe en waar kan dit gevind word?
3. Het jy al ooit magtelose swakheid t.o.v. die aanslag van moedeloosheid, haat, verbittering en depressie ervaar?
4. Identifiseer die teenoorgestelde hiervan in Kol 2:9-10.  Hoe en waar kan dit gevind word?
5. Ons het liefdevolle hande nodig om ons vas te hou en te onderhou wanneer ons op die rand van geloofsprysgawe is, wanneer ons ons onskuld oor God as Vader begin verloor.  Lees Heb 11:1. Gebruik dan die volgende woorde om 'n geloofsverklaring te skep:  Deurboorde hande. My/ek.  Liefde. Onsigbaar, maar sekerlik daar. Geloof.  Seker van.

 

Kliek en kry: Die opstandingsparade/The resurrection parade


Die opstandingsparade
The resurrection parade

Kom ons begin vandag se Bybelstudie met ? wonderlike gedeelte uit THE MESSAGE :
We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
13-14 God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

OM NOU TE DOEN
Skryf elke sin of frase neer wat jou in dié vertaling raak.  Hoekom raak dit jou so diep?
TO DO NOW:
Write down every sentence of phrase that make sa deep impression on you. Why does it make such an impression on you?


Kol 1: 12-22, Die Bybel in Afrikaans, 1983 vertaling.
Kol 1:12 -15:  Met blydskap moet julle die Vader dank wat julle geskik gemaak het om deel te hê aan die erfenis wat vir die gelowiges wag in die ryk van die lig. Hy het ons uit die mag van die duisternis weggeruk en ons onder die heerskappy gestel van sy Seun wat Hy liefhet. Deur die Seun het ons die verlossing verkry, die vergewing van ons sondes. Die Seun is die beeld van God, van God wat self nie gesien kan word nie.
Kol 1: 19-22.  God het besluit om met sy volle wese in Hom te woon en om deur Hom alles met Homself te versoen. Deur die bloed van sy Seun aan die kruis het Hy die vrede herstel, deur Hom het Hy alles op die aarde en in die hemel met Homself versoen. Ook julle was voorheen ver van God af en vyandiggesind teenoor Hom, soos blyk uit julle sondige lewenswyse. Maar nou het Hy ook julle met Homself versoen deurdat sy Seun as mens gesterwe het om julle heilig, sonder smet en onberispelik voor Hom te stel.

VRAE
Watter atmosfeer straal uit hierdie Skrifgedeelte?
Hoekom?
Wat het God die Vader volgens hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir jou gedoen en doen Hy steeds?
Iemand het gesê: “Daar is geen eienskap van God wat nie in die Seun is nie, en geen eienskap van Jesus Christus wat nie in die Vader is nie.”  Watter eienskappe van Jesus Christus leer jy in die Nuwe Testament ken?
Wat het jy vandag aangaande jou Vader in die hemel ontdek?
 

ENGLISH
Col 1: 12-15, GOOD NEWS BIBLE
And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light.
He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son,
by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven.
Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God.

Col 1:19-22
For it was by God's own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God.
Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son's blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.
At one time you were far away from God and were his enemies because of the evil things you did and thought.
But now, by means of the physical death of his Son, God has made you his friends, in order to bring you, holy, pure, and faultless, into his presence.


Questions
What atmosphere radiates from this passage from Scripture?
Why?
What has God the Father done for you (and is He still doing for you) according to this passage from Scripture?
Someone said: “There is no attribute of the Father that is not found in his Son.  And there is no attibute of Jesus Christ that is not to be found in the Father.”
What have you discovered about your Father in Heaven today?  

Kliek en kry: 'n Pa is... A dad is...

'n Pa is...
A dad is...

Afrikaans: swart. English: blue. Commentary: green.


Jes 38: 14-22, DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 VERTALING
Here, red my uit my ellende. Wat kan ek sê? Die Here het met my gepraat, Hy het gedoen wat Hy gesê het. Ek sal my hele lewe lank swaar loop oor wat ek moes verduur. Mense leef ten spyte hiervan, Here, en ek sal daarmee saam kan leef, maar maak my tog gesond, herstel my!  Dit was vir my goed om soveel te ly; U het my lief, U het my uit die dood gered; U het al my sondes vergewe.
Jes 38:19,20. In die doderyk kan niemand U loof nie, geeneen wat dood is, kan U prys nie; niemand in die graf dink aan u trou nie!  Net hulle wat nog lewe, kan U loof, so doen ek dit vandag. Vaders sal hulle kinders van u trou vertel. Here, U het my gered. Ons sal op ons liere speel al die dae van ons lewe, in die huis van die Here.
Jes 21,22:   Jesaja het toe opdrag gegee dat hulle 'n vyekoek moet bring en op die sweer moet sit, en die koning het beter geword.
Toe vra Hiskia: “Wat is die teken dat ek weer na die huis van die Here toe sal gaan?”

Agtergrond
Jy lees die gebed van koning Hiskia net voordat of direk nadat hy die genadetyding ontvang het dat sy lewe met 15 jaar verleng sou word.  Daar word beweer dat Hiskia nie wou trou nie en dat die profeet Jesaja hom baie ernstig daaroor aangespreek het.  Later het hy wel getrou, want hy het ‘n seun gehad met die naam Manasse, wat beteken:  Laat vergeet. ( Gen_41:51   Josef het die oudste Manasse genoem, “want,” het hy gesê, “God het my alles laat vergeet: al my swaarkry en alles wat my familie my aangedoen het.”)


VRAE
1. Watter gedagtes oor sy eie lewe het Hiskia gedink terwyl hy terminal siek was?
2. Waarvan, dink jy, het Manasse Hiskia laat vergeet?
3. Watter voornemens het Hiskia gehad terwyl hy in ‘n noodsituasie was?
4. Watter stellings oor ware vaderskap tref jou terwyl jy Jes 38: 14-22 lees?
5. Wanneer laas het jy gedoen wat in Jes 38: 19, 20 staan?
6. Voltooi: ‘n Pa is…
7. Hoe het God jou Vader geword?
8. Praat vandag met God oor vaderskap in jou gesin.

ENGLISH
ISA 38: 15-22, GOOD NEWS BIBLE
LORD, rescue me from all this trouble.
15  What can I say? The LORD has done this. My heart is bitter, and I cannot sleep.
16  Lord, I will live for you, for you alone; Heal me and let me live.
17  My bitterness will turn into peace. You save my life from all danger; You forgive all my sins.
18  No one in the world of the dead can praise you; The dead cannot trust in your faithfulness.
19  It is the living who praise you, As I praise you now. Parents tell their children how faithful you are.
20  LORD, you have healed me. We will play harps and sing your praise, Sing praise in your Temple as long as we live.
21  Isaiah told the king to put a paste made of figs on his boil, and he would get well.
22  Then King Hezekiah asked, "What is the sign to prove that I will be able to go to the Temple?"

ISA 38: 15-22,  THE MESSAGE.  Paraphrased translation by Eugene H. Peterson.
God himself gave me the word. He's done it to me. I can't sleep - I'm that upset, that troubled. 16 O Master, these are the conditions in which people live, and yes, in these very conditions my spirit is still alive - fully recovered with a fresh infusion of life! 17 It seems it was good for me to go through all those troubles. Throughout them all you held tight to my lifeline. You never let me tumble over the edge into nothing. But my sins you let go of, threw them over your shoulder - good riddance! 18 The dead don't thank you, and choirs don't sing praises from the morgue. Those buried six feet under don't witness to your faithful ways. 19 It's the living - live men, live women - who thank you, just as I'm doing right now. Parents give their children full reports on your faithful ways. 20 God saves and will save me. As fiddles and mandolins strike up the tunes, We'll sing, oh we'll sing, sing, for the rest of our lives in the Sanctuary of God. 21 Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and put it on the boil so he may recover." 22 Hezekiah had said, "What is my cue that it's all right to enter again the Sanctuary of God?"


Background
You are reading a prayer prayed by king Hezekiah immediately before or after the wonderful news that God had decided to grant him 15 more years on this earth.  Legend has it that Hezekiah had had no intention to get married and that the prophet Isaiah had sternly reprimanded him, after which he fell ill. Later Hezekiah did marry.  He had a son called Manasseh, which means: To make one forget. (Gen 41:51  Joseph  said, "God has made me forget all my sufferings and all my father's family"; so he named his first son Manasseh.)    


Questions
1. What thoughts about his own life did Hezekiah have when he was terminally ill?
2. What, do you think, did Manasseh make Hezekiah forget? 
3. What good resolutions did Hezekiah have while he in the greatest crisis of his life?
4. What statements regarding true fatherhood do you find in Isa 38: 14-22?
5. When was the last time you did what you read in Isa 38: 19,20?
6. Complete: A dad is…
7. How did God become your Father?
8. Talk to God today about fatherhood in your family. 

Kliek en kry: No winter's tale/Geen winterverhaal nie

Geen winterverhaal nie
No winter’s tale

   
JOB 37: 5-10, THE MESSAGE. BY EUGENE H PETERSON
His word thundering so wondrously, his mighty acts staggering our understanding. 6 He orders the snow, 'Blanket the earth!' and the rain, 'Soak the whole countryside!' 7 No one can escape the weather - it's there. And no one can escape from God. 8 Wild animals take shelter, crawling into their dens, 9 When blizzards roar out of the north and freezing rain crusts the land. 10 It's God's breath that forms the ice, it's God's breath that turns lakes and rivers solid.


JOB 37: 5-23, DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS, 1983 VERTALING
Job 37:5  Met sy stem laat God magtige dinge gebeur. Hy doen groot dade en ons begryp dit nie.
Job 37:6  Hy beveel die sneeu om op die aarde te val; die reëns val, stortreëns wat getuig van sy krag.
Job 37:7  Hy laat alle mensewerk tot stilstand kom sodat alle mense sy werk kan leer ken.
Job 37:8  Die diere soek skuiling en bly in hulle skuilplekke.
Job 37:9  Die stormwind kom uit sy blyplek, die yswinde wat koue bring.
Job 37:10  As God die wind laat waai, ys dit en vries die groot waters.
Job 37:11  Hy laat die wolke swaar word van vog, Hy stuur sy weerligte in die wolke in.
Job 37:12  Hy laat die wolke in die rondte maal, hulle doen wat Hy bepaal, hulle gehoorsaam sy bevele die wêreld oor.
Job 37:13  God stuur die storm óf om te straf óf om vir die aarde te sorg óf om sy liefde te toon.
Job 37:14  Luister hierna, Job, staan stil en dink na oor die wonderdade van God.
Job 37:15  Weet jy hoe Hy dit alles voorberei, hoe Hy die lig deur die wolke laat breek?
Job 37:16  Weet jy hoe die wolke sweef? Dit is die wonderlike werk van Hom wie se kennis volmaak is.
Job 37:17  Jy wat jou nie eens met klere kan beskerm teen die hitte wanneer die aarde gloei onder die woestynwind nie,
Job 37:18  kan jy saam met Hom die hemelruim oopspan, stewig soos 'n spieël wat gegiet is?
Job 37:19  Sê jý dan vir ons wat ons vir God moet sê. In ons onkunde kan óns Hom nie antwoord nie.
Job 37:20  Moet aan Hom vertel word wat ek sê? Moet aan Hom meegedeel word wanneer 'n mens praat?
Job 37:21  Niemand kon die lig sien nie, die wolke het dit donker gemaak. Maar die wind het gekom en hulle weggewaai.
Job 37:22  Uit die noorde kom die goudglans, die majesteit van God is ontsagwekkend.
Job 37:23  Ons kan by die Almagtige nie kom nie, sy krag is groot. Hy laat reg en geregtigheid geskied,  Hy verdruk niemand nie.
Job 37:24  Daarom dien die mense Hom, en sien Hy nie dié raak wat dink dat hulle wysheid het nie.”


Heb 12:25, ANV, 1983.
Pas op, moet Hom wat met julle praat, nie afwys nie. Hulle wat Hom afgewys het toe Hy sy Goddelike woord op aarde laat hoor het, het nie ontkom nie. Hoeveel minder sal ons ontkom wanneer ons nie ag slaan op Hom wat van die hemel af met ons praat nie?

? Paar vrae om lank oor na te dink
1. Wat ervaar jy wanneer jy Job 37: 5-24 lees?
2. Hoe is God volgens Job 37: 3-24?
3. Waar, onwaar of nie een van die twee nie: Ons kan die weer nie ontkom nie. Ons kan God nie ontkom nie.
4. Hier is nou ? ongewone vraag. Wat is die verskil tussen wilde diere en die mens? Wenk: Bestudeer Eugene H Peterson se vertaling  van Job 37: 5-10 in THE MESSAGE. Nog ? wenk: wilde diere kan... die mens kan nie...
5. In Job 27:23 staan: “Ons kan nie by die Almagtige kom nie.” Is dit steeds ? onweerlegbare feit?
6. Praat nou met die Vader deur die Seun onder die leiding van en al luisterend na die Heilige Gees.

ENGLISH  
JOB 37: 5-23, GOD’S WORD TRANSLATION.

Job 37:5  God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
Job 37:6  For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
Job 37:7  He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it.
Job 37:8  Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens.
Job 37:9  From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds.
Job 37:10  By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.
Job 37:11  He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning.
Job 37:12  They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.
Job 37:13  Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen.
Job 37:14  "Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
Job 37:15  Do you know how God lays his command upon them and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
Job 37:16  Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
Job 37:17  you whose garments are hot when the earth is still because of the south wind?
Job 37:18  Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a cast metal mirror?
Job 37:19  Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
Job 37:20  Shall it be told him that I would speak? Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?
Job 37:21  "And now no one looks on the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them.
Job 37:22  Out of the north comes golden splendor; God is clothed with awesome majesty.
Job 37:23  The Almighty--we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
Job 37:24  Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit."


HEB 11:25, THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H PETERSON
So don't turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn't get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings?

Some questions to ponder
1. What do you experience while reading Job 27: 5-24?
2. What do you discover about God in Job 27:5-24?
3. True, not true or none of the two:  No-one can escape the weather.  We cannot escape from God.
4. Here is an out of the box question: What is the difference between man and the wild animals? 
Hint: Study Eugene H Peterson’s translation of Job 37: 5-10. Another hint:  Wild animals can... Man cannot...
5. In Job 27:23 we read: “The Almighty--we cannot find him...” Is this still an irrefutable fact?
6. Talk to the Father through the Son in the Spirit (led by and listening to the Spirit.) 

Kliek en kry: 'n Wonderlike tyd het aangebreek/A wonderful time has come

JEREMIA 32: 36-44, ANV, 1983. 
Iewers tussen 627vC en 586vC maak God 'n belofte aan Israel. Hier is God se woorde:

Tog, so sê die Here die God van Israel vir hierdie stad waarvan julle sê dit sal deur die swaard en hongersnood en pes in die mag van die koning van Babel gegee word:
Ek sal hulle bymekaarmaak uit al die lande waarheen Ek hulle verjaag het in my gloeiende toorn en in my groot woede. Ek sal hulle hierheen terugbring en hulle sal hier rustig kom woon. Hulle sal my volk wees en Ek sal hulle God wees. Ek sal hulle 'n onverdeelde hart en 'n vaste koers gee: hulle sal My altyd dien vir hulle eie beswil en vir dié van hulle kinders na hulle.  Ek sal 'n blywende verbond met hulle sluit. Ek sal nooit ophou om aan hulle goed te doen nie en Ek sal in hulle die begeerte lê om My te dien en nie van My af weg te draai nie. Ek sal dit geniet om goed te doen aan hulle in my trou; met alles wat Ek is, sal Ek hulle weer in dié land vestig. So sê die Here: Soos Ek hierdie groot ramp oor hierdie volk gebring het, so sal Ek ook al die goeie wat Ek hulle beloof het, na hulle toe bring.Daar sal weer grond gekoop word in hierdie land waarvan julle sê: “Dit is verwoes, sonder mens of dier, oorgegee in die mag van die Galdeërs.” Grond sal vir silwer gekoop word, kontrakte sal geskryf word met seëls daarop en getuies daarvan. Dit sal gebeur in die gebied van Benjamin en in die omgewing van Jerusalem, in die stede van Juda: in die stede van die Bergland en van die Laeveld en in die stede van die Suidland. Ek sal hulle lot verander, sê die Here.


'n PAAR VRAE OOR JEREMIA 32: 36-44
1. Hierdie belofte is byna 3000 jaar gelede aan 'n klein, moedswillige volkie gemaak. Is die belofte vervul?
2. Wat ervaar jy in jou gemoed wanneer jy hierdie feite analiseer?
3. Hoe is God volgens dié Skrifgedeelte?
 

EFESIËRS 2: 11-22, ANV.
Omtrent 2000 jaar gelede kom die Seun van God na die aarde om elkeen wat in Hom glo, deel van die Verbondsvolk te maak. Meer nog: om dié wat Hom as Verlosser erken, deel van die huisgesin van God te maak.  Hier is 'n boodskap vir jou wat in Jesus Christus glo:

Hou dan in gedagte wat julle vroeër was. Van geboorte was julle heidene, en julle is “onbesnedenes” genoem deur dié wat hulleself “die besnedenes” noem, al is die besnydenis net mensewerk aan die liggaam. In dié tyd was julle sonder Christus, uitgesluit uit die burgerskap van Israel, ver van God af sonder deel aan die verbonde en die beloftes wat daarmee saamhang, sonder hoop en sonder God in die wêreld. Maar nou is julle een met Christus Jesus. Julle wat vroeër ver van God gelewe het, het nou naby gekom deur die bloed van Christus. Christus is ons vrede, Hy wat dié twee, Jode en nie-Jode, een gemaak het. Deur sy liggaam te gee, het Hy die vyandskap afgebreek wat vroeër soos 'n muur skeiding gemaak het. Die wet van Moses met al sy gebooie en bepalings het Hy opgehef, en deur vrede te maak, het Hy in Homself dié twee, Jode en nie-Jode, tot een nuwe mensheid verenig.
Deur sy dood aan die kruis het Hy 'n einde gemaak aan die vyandskap en dié twee met God versoen en tot een liggaam verenig. Toe Hy gekom het, het Hy die goeie boodskap van vrede gebring: vrede vir julle wat ver van God was, vrede ook vir dié wat naby was. Deur Hom het ons almal, Jode en nie-Jode, deur die een Gees vrye toegang tot die Vader. Julle is dus nie meer ver van God af nie, nie bywoners nie, maar medeburgers van die gelowiges en lede van die huisgesin van God. Julle is 'n gebou wat opgerig is op die fondament van die apostels en die profete, 'n gebou waarvan Christus Jesus self die hoeksteen is. In Hom sluit die hele gebou saam en verrys dit tot 'n heilige tempel vir die Here,  in wie julle ook saam opgebou word as 'n geestelike huis waarin God woon.


'n PAAR VRAE OOR JOU EN DIE INHOUD VAN EFESIËRS 2: 11-22.
1. Hoe voel jy vandag? Watter gedagtes en emosies ervaar jy vandag?
2.Het jy al ooit gewens God wil jou ook as kosbaar en spesiaal beskou?  Dat Hy ook oor jou en die tawwe stryd wat jy het, begaan sal wees?
3. Wie en wat is jy vir God? Vind jou antwoord in Efesiërs 2: 11-22.  


JEREMIAH 32: 36-44, GOD’S WORD TRANSLATION
Somewhere between 627BC en 586BC God made a promise to Israel. This is what He said: 

"You have said this about the city, 'Because of wars, famines, and plagues it will be handed over to the king of Babylon.' Now this is what the LORD God of Israel says:
I am going to gather the people from all the lands where I scattered them in my anger, fury, and terrifying wrath. I will bring them back to this place and make them live here securely. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them the same attitude and the same purpose so that they will fear me as long as they live. This will be for their own good and for the good of their children. I will make an eternal promise to them that I will never stop blessing them. I will make them fear me so that they will never turn away from me. I will enjoy blessing them. With all my heart and soul I will faithfully plant them in this land. "This is what the LORD says: As I brought all these disasters on these people, so I will bring on them all these blessings that I have promised them.
You have said that this land is a wasteland, without people or animals living in it. You have also said that it has been handed over to the Babylonians. But people will once again buy fields in this land. They will buy fields for money, sign deeds, seal them, and have people witness the signing of the deeds. This will happen in the territory of Benjamin, in the region of Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities on the mountains, in the hill country, and in the Negev because I will bring them back from their captivity," declares the LORD.


SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT JEREMIAH 32: 36-44
1. This promise to a small an wayward nation was made about 3000 years ago.  Has the promise been fulfilled?
2.What happens inside you while you analyze these facts?
3. How is God according to this passage from Scripture?



EPHESIANS 2: 11-22, GOD’S WORD TRANSLATION
About 2000 years ago the Son of God came to this earth to make every person who accepts Him as Saviour of sinners part of his Covenant people and a member of the household of God. Here is a message to you who believe in Jesus Christ:

Remember that once you were not Jewish physically. Those who called themselves "the circumcised" because of what they had done to their bodies called you "the uncircumcised." Also, at that time you were without Christ. You were excluded from citizenship in Israel, and the pledges God made in his promise were foreign to you. You had no hope and were in the world without God. But now through Christ Jesus you, who were once far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. So he is our peace. In his body he has made Jewish and non-Jewish people one by breaking down the wall of hostility that kept them apart.  He brought an end to the commandments and demands found in Moses' Teachings so that he could take Jewish and non-Jewish people and create one new humanity in himself. So he made peace.  He also brought them back to God in one body by his cross, on which he killed the hostility. He came with the Good News of peace for you who were far away and for those who were near. So Jewish and non-Jewish people can go to the Father in one Spirit.
That is why you are no longer foreigners and outsiders but citizens together with God's people and members of God's family.  You are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone. In him all the parts of the building fit together and grow into a holy temple in the Lord.  Through him you, also, are being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.


SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AND THE CONTENT OF EPHESIANS 2:11-22.
1.How are you today?  What thoughts and emotions do you experience right now?
2.Have you ever wished that God would regard you, too, as precious and special?  That He would be concerned about you and the hard battle you have to fight?
3. Who and what are you to God?  Find the answer in Ephesians 2:11-22.




Kliek en kry: DIE BEURS/THE BURSARY

1 Petrus 2:1-12, AFRIKAANS, NUWE VERTALING, 1983.
1Pe 2:1  Hou dan op met elke vorm van kwaad, met alle bedrog, huigelary, jaloesie en kwaadpratery.
1Pe 2:2  Soos pasgebore kindertjies smag na melk, moet julle smag na die suiwer geestelike melk, sodat julle daardeur kan opgroei en die saligheid verkry.
1Pe 2:3  Julle het immers ondervind dat die Here goed is.
1Pe 2:4  Kom na Hom toe, die lewende steen, wat deur die mense afgekeur is, maar deur God vir die ereplek uitverkies is.
1Pe 2:5  Laat julle as lewende stene opbou tot 'n geestelike huis, om 'n heilige priesterdom te wees en geestelike offers te bring wat deur Jesus Christus vir God welgevallig is.
1Pe 2:6  Daarom staan daar in die Skrif: “Kyk, Ek lê in Sion 'n hoekklip, uitverkies vir die ereplek. Wie in Hom glo, word nooit teleurgestel nie.”
1Pe 2:7  Julle wat glo, deel in hierdie eer, maar vir dié wat nie glo nie, geld die woorde: “Die klip wat deur die bouers afgekeur is, juis hy het die belangrikste klip in die gebou geword”
1Pe 2:8  en: “'n klip waaroor 'n mens struikel en 'n rots waarteen jy jou stamp.” Hulle struikel omdat hulle nie aan die woord gehoorsaam is nie. So het God dit ook vir hulle bestem.
1Pe 2:9  Julle, daarenteen, is 'n uitverkore volk, 'n koninklike priesterdom, 'n nasie wat vir God afgesonder is, die eiendomsvolk van God, die volk wat die verlossingsdade moet verkondig van Hom wat julle uit die duisternis geroep het na sy wonderbare lig.
1Pe 2:10  Julle was vroeër geen volk nie, maar nou is julle die volk van God. Julle het tóé geen barmhartigheid ontvang nie, maar nou het God aan julle barmhartigheid bewys.
1Pe 2:11  Geliefdes, in die wêreld is julle vreemdelinge en bywoners. Daarom dring ek by julle daarop aan om nie aan sinlike begeertes toe te gee nie. Dit verwoes net 'n mens se lewe.
1Pe 2:12  Gedra julle altyd goed onder die heidene sodat, al praat hulle kwaad van julle asof julle misdadigers is, hulle julle voorbeeldige lewe kan sien en God kan verheerlik op die dag van afrekening.

Kom ons kyk hoe sommige van die voorskrifte vir beurshouers deur Eugene H Peterson in THE MESSAGE vertaal word:

1 Peter 2:1-10, The Message (MSG)
2 1-3 So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.
The Stone
Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. The Scriptures provide precedent:
Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion,
    a cornerstone in the place of honor.
Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation
    will never have cause to regret it.
9-10 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
11-12 Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.

VRAE oor die reëls vir die wandel met God, die WALK:
1. Van watter ongeregtigheid moet ons ontslae raak? Noem vier.
2. Wat moet ons daagliks eet en drink?
3. Watter program moet ons volg? Waaraan gaan ons Afrigter ons blootstel?
4. Wat is die een obstruksie, die massiewe rots waaroor ons kan struikel en wat alle geestelike groei gaan verhinder?
5. Wat is altyd in oorlog met die siel?
6. Waaraan mag ons nie toegee nie, ongeag ons ouderdom, gender, seksuele oriëntasie of liefdestatus?
7. Waarom moet ons by hierdie program vir beursontvangers hou?


ENGLISH

1 Peter 2: 1-12, GOOD NEWS BIBLE.
Rid yourselves, then, of all evil; no more lying or hypocrisy or jealousy or insulting language.
1 Peter 1:2:  Be like newborn babies, always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk, so that by drinking it you may grow up and be saved.
1Pe 2:3  As the scripture says, "You have found out for yourselves how kind the Lord is."
1Pe 2:4  Come to the Lord, the living stone rejected by people as worthless but chosen by God as valuable.
1Pe 2:5  Come as living stones, and let yourselves be used in building the spiritual temple, where you will serve as holy priests to offer spiritual and acceptable sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6  For the scripture says, "I chose a valuable stone, which I am placing as the cornerstone in Zion; and whoever believes in him will never be disappointed."
1Pe 2:7  This stone is of great value for you that believe; but for those who do not believe: "The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all."
1Pe 2:8  And another scripture says, "This is the stone that will make people stumble, the rock that will make them fall." They stumbled because they did not believe in the word; such was God's will for them.
1Pe 2:9  But you are the chosen race, the King's priests, the holy nation, God's own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light.
1Pe 2:10  At one time you were not God's people, but now you are his people; at one time you did not know God's mercy, but now you have received his mercy.
1Pe 2:11  I appeal to you, my friends, as strangers and refugees in this world! Do not give in to bodily passions, which are always at war against the soul.
1Pe 2:12  Your conduct among the heathen should be so good that when they accuse you of being evildoers, they will have to recognize your good deeds and so praise God on the Day of his coming.


QUESTIONS about the rules for THE WALK
1. What evils are we instructed to get rid of?  Name four.
2. What should be our daily food?
3. What is the program we should follow?  What is the Coach going to subject us to?
4. What is the one stumbling block, the one massive obstacle that can stop all spiritual progress?
5. What is always at war against the soul?
6. What should we not give in to, whatever our age, gender, sexual orientation or love status?
7. Why should we adhere to this program for recipients of a bursary from God?

Kliek en kry: DIE VELDTOG/THE CAMPAIGN

AFRIKAANS: DIE VELDTOG

Heb 3:1, 6-8, 12-14, ANV,1983.

Heb 3:1: Daarom, broers wat vir die Here afgesonder is en deelgenote is van die hemelse roeping, moet julle noukeurig let op Jesus, die Apostel en Hoëpriester van die geloof wat ons bely.
Heb 3:6-8:  Christus ...is as Seun getrou oor die huis van God. En ons is sy huis as ons maar net met moed en oortuiging bly vashou aan wat ons hoop. Luister daarom na wat die Heilige Gees sê: “Vandag, as julle sy stem hoor, moet julle nie hardkoppig wees nie, soos julle voorvaders toe hulle in opstand gekom het en My in die woestyn op die proef gestel het.
Heb 3:12-14:  Broers, julle moet toesien dat daar nooit by een van julle 'n verkeerde gesindheid van ongeloof ontstaan en hy van die lewende God afvallig word nie. Maar solank daar nog 'n “vandag” is, moet julle mekaar elke dag aanspoor sodat niemand van julle deur die misleiding van die sonde verhard word nie. Ons behou deel aan Christus as ons end-uit volhard in die vertroue waarmee ons begin het.

Vrae
Waar of onwaar:
1. Jy is betrokke by die veldtog om Jesus Christus as Koning bekend te stel.
2. Volgens Heb 3 geld daar ten minste 7 voorwaardes (reëls) vir elke Christen in dié veldtog.

 

Nou, dus…
3. In watter opsigte stem my en jou betrokkenheid by die saak, eer, boodskap, Persoon, waardes en wil van Jesus Christus ooreen met dié van ‘n ware presidensiële verkiesingsveldtogadviseur?
4. In watter opsigte verskil my en jou betrokkenheid by die saak, eer, boodskap, Persoon, waardes en wil van Jesus Christus van dié van ‘n ware presidensiële verkiesingsveldtogadviseur?

 

ENGLISH: THE CAMPAIGN

Heb 3: 1, 6-8, 12-14. GOOD NEWS BIBLE.
Heb 3:1  My Christian friends, who also have been called by God! Think of Jesus, whom God sent to be the High Priest of the faith we profess.
Heb 3:6-8:t Christ is faithful as the Son in charge of God's house. We are his house if we keep up our courage and our confidence in what we hope for. So then, as the Holy Spirit says, "If you hear God's voice today, do not be stubborn, as your ancestors were when they rebelled against God, as they were that day in the desert when they put him to the test.
Heb 3:12-14:  My friends, be careful that none of you have a heart so evil and unbelieving that you will turn away from the living God.
Instead, in order that none of you be deceived by sin and become stubborn, you must help one another every day, as long as the word "Today" in the scripture applies to us. For we are all partners with Christ if we hold firmly to the end the confidence we had at the beginning.

 

Questions
True or false:
1.You are involved in the campaign to introduce Jesus Christ as King to all mankind.
2. According to Heb 3 all Christians who participate in this campaign should comply with at least 7 requisites. 

So, now..
3. In which respects does our involvement with the cause, honour, message, Person, values and will of Jesus Christ correspond with those of a true presidential campaign advisor?
4. In which respects does our involvement with the cause, honour, message, Person, values and will of Jesus Christ deviate from those of a true presidential campaign advisor?

 

Kliek en kry: Sien jou vesting, moenie bewe nie/See your fortress, do not be shaken.

Psalm 13: 1-6, ANV.
Vir die koorleier. 'n Psalm van Dawid. Hoe lank gaan U my nog bly vergeet, Here? Vir altyd? Hoe lank gaan U nog van my af weg kyk? Hoe lank moet ek nog my eie planne maak en my dae met kommer deurbring? Hoe lank sal die vyand my nog oorheers? Luister tog en antwoord my, Here my God! Gee my tog nuwe lewenskrag. Ek wil nie sterwe nie, anders sê my vyand hy het my oorwin en juig my verdrukkers oor my ondergang. Ek hou vas aan u troue liefde, oor die uitkoms wat U gee, juig my hart. Ek wil sing tot eer van die Here, omdat Hy aan my goed gedoen het.

Opmerking:
Wanneer die psalmskrywers oor “vyand” skryf, verwys hulle na elke moontlike saak of persoon wat hulle leefwêreld en geloof kan laat wankel.


VRAE
Dawid maak 'n keuse t.o.v. sy opsies in ellendige tye. Wat is sy opsies? Wat gaan hy prakties doen?
 
Psalm 17: 5- 8, ANV.
Elke stap van my was vas op die koers wat U aangewys het. My voete het nie daarvan afgewyk nie. Ek roep U aan, want U sal my antwoord, my God! Luister tog na my en hoor wat ek sê. Toon u wonderlike trou, U wat almal help wat vir hulle vyande by U skuil. Beskerm my soos die appel van u oog, steek my weg in die skaduwee van u vleuels.

Doen dit!
Bid hierdie wonderlike gebed nou self hardop.

PSALM 62: 2:  AFRIKAANS NUWE VERTALING
Net Hy is my rots en my redding, my veilige vesting, sodat ek vas en stewig staan.

DOEN DIT!
1. Sê hierdie geloofsbelydenis hardop.
2. Voltooi: Ek sien my Vesting en ek....

ENGLISH
Psalm 13: 1-6, English Standard Version
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him," lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Remark:
When the psalmist refers to “enemy,” he is in fact referring to any possible matter, thing, sickness or person that/who can shake his world and his faith.

OUESTIONS
In desperate circumstances David chooses between various options.  What are his options? What is his course of action going to be?

Psalm 17: 5- 8, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION 
My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped. I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

Do this!
Pray this wonderful prayer aloud.

PSALM 62: 2. English Standard Version
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

DO THIS
1. Confess you faith in the words of Psalm 62:2.
2. Complete: I see my Fortress and...

Kliek en kry: Hoeveel gee God om vir jou veiligheid?/How much does God care about your safety?

Deut 33:12: ? seën
Oor Benjamin het Moses gesê: “Wie deur die Here bemin word, is veilig by Hom, skuil altyd by Hom en leef onder sy beskerming.

Sag 8: 9-10: ? Profesie oor Israel
So sê die Here die Almagtige: Skep moed! Julle het gehoor wat die profete destyds gesê het toe die fondamente van die tempel van die Here die Almagtige gelê is sodat dit herbou kan word.
Voor daardie tyd was daar nie geld om mense of diere te huur nie, en die toestand was so gevaarlik dat niemand veilig kon beweeg nie. Ek het al die mense mekaar se vyande gemaak.
Maar nou is my houding teenoor die oorblyfsel van hierdie volk anders as toe, sê die Here die Almagtige.
Daar sal nou voorspoed wees: die wingerdstok sal sy druiwe dra, die land sal sy oes lewer, die hemel sal sy vog lewer, en Ek sal dit alles aan die oorblyfsel van hierdie volk gee.

VRAE:
1. Wat ontdek jy in hierdie Skrifgedeeltes aangaande die hart van die ewige God?
2. Soek drie dinge wat met jou hele hart begeer, in hierdie Skrifgedeeltes.  Sê vir God wat dit is.
3. Hoe het dit in die tyd van die profeet Sagaria in Israel gelyk?
4. Het God die dinge wat Hy aan Israel beloof het, gegee?
5. Voltooi:  God is...

ENGLISH
Deu 33:12:  GOOD NEWS BIBLE. A blessing
About the tribe of Benjamin he said: "This is the tribe the LORD loves and protects; He guards them all the day long, And he dwells in their midst."

 
Zec 8: 9-12:  A Prophecy.  GOOD NEWS BIBLE
"Have courage! You are now hearing the same words the prophets spoke at the time the foundation was being laid for rebuilding my Temple. Before that time no one could afford to hire either men or animals, and no one was safe from enemies. I turned people against one another.But now I am treating the survivors of this nation differently.
They will plant their crops in peace. Their vines will bear grapes, the earth will produce crops, and there will be plenty of rain. I will give all these blessings to the people of my nation who survive.
 
Questions
1. What do you discover about the heart and mind of God in these passages from Scripture?
2. Find three things you desire with all your heart in these passages from Scripture. Tell God what they are.
3. What was Israel like during the time of the prophet Zechariah?
4. Has God fulfilled his promises to Israel?
5. Complete:  God is...
 

Kliek en kry: DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER/GEDIAGNOSEER MET KANKER


AFRIKAANS: 'n KONING SE GESONDHEIDSKRISIS

2 KONINGS 20: 12-19, ANV
In dié tyd het koning Merodak-Baladan van Babel, seun van Baladan, briewe en geskenke na Hiskia toe gestuur omdat hy gehoor het van Hiskia se siekte. Hiskia het die gesante te woord gestaan en hulle daarna al sy skatkamers gewys met die silwer, die goud, die kruie en die geurige olie, sy wapenkamer en alles wat in sy voorraadkamers was. Daar was niks in sy paleis en in sy koninkryk wat Hiskia die gesante nie laat sien het nie.
Toe kom die profeet Jesaja na koning Hiskia toe en vra vir hom: “Wat het daardie mense gesê en waarvandaan kom hulle?” Hiskia het geantwoord: “Uit 'n ver land, uit Babel.”
“Wat het hulle in jou paleis gesien?” vra Jesaja. En Hiskia antwoord: “Hulle het alles gesien wat in my paleis is. Daar is niks van my skatte wat hulle nie gesien het nie.”
Toe sê Jesaja vir Hiskia: “Luister wat sê die Here: Daar kom 'n tyd dat alles wat in jou paleis is, weggedra sal word na Babel toe, al die skatte wat jou voorvaders en jy versamel het. Daar sal niks oorbly nie, sê die Here. Van jou eie seuns wat uit jou gebore is, sal gevat word, en hulle sal diens doen in die paleis van die koning van Babel.”
Hiskia het vir Jesaja gesê: “Die woord van die Here wat jy aan my oorgedra het, is goed.” Hiskia het bygevoeg: “As daar maar net in my tyd vrede en veiligheid is!”


En toe word hy siek tot die dood toe.

HISKIA SE WETE in tyd van siekte: Jes 38:12 
My woonplek is afgebreek, opgerol soos 'n skaapwagter se tent. My lewe is verby, afgebreek soos 'n weefdraad. U het aangehou om my te straf.

GOD SE GENADE: JESAJA 38: 3-5
Hiskia het bitterlik gehuil.
Die Here het toe vir Jesaja gesê:
“Gaan sê vir Hiskia: So sê die Here die God van jou voorvader Dawid: Ek het jou gebed verhoor, Ek het jou trane gesien. Ek sal jou lewe met vyftien jaar verleng.


God het hom genees... en toe hy gesond was, het hy nie aan God die eer en aanbidding gebring wat Hom toegekom het nie.


NA SY GENESING: 2 Kron 32: 24, 25.
Here het met hom gepraat en met hom 'n wonder laat gebeur.
Hiskia het egter nie dankbaarheid betoon vir dié weldaad nie. Hy het ingenome geword met homself, en dit het die toorn van die Here oor hom en oor Juda en Jerusalem gebring.

 
VRAE
1. Wat ontdek jy in hierdie verhaal aangaande God?
2. Wat ontdek jy hier aangaande die mens?
3. Is daar iets hiervan in jou eie lewensverhaal?
4. Wat is jy vandag aan God verskuldig?

NOG TWEE SKRIFGEDEELTES OOR SIEKTE
3 Joh 1: 1,2.  ANV,1983. (Die apostel Johannes skryf oor siekte en gesondheid)

Van die oudste. Aan Gaius, my vriend, wat ek waarlik liefhet.
Liewe Gaius, ek hoop dat jy gesond is en dat dit in alle opsigte so goed gaan met jou as wat dit geestelik met jou gaan.


Luk 5:30 -32, ANV. (Jesus Christus praat oor siekte en gesondheid)
Die Fariseërs, en veral die skrifgeleerdes onder hulle, het by sy dissipels gekla en gesê: “Waarom eet en drink julle saam met tollenaars en sondaars?”
Toe antwoord Jesus hulle: “Dié wat gesond is, het nie 'n dokter nodig nie, maar dié wat siek is.
Ek het nie gekom om mense wat op die regte pad is, tot bekering te roep nie, maar sondaars.”


VRAE
1. Wat is die belangrikste aspek van menslike gesondheid ?
2. Wat in hierdie twee Skrifgedeeltes bring jou by dié antwoord uit?
2. Is jy gesond in dié dimensie van jou lewe?

ENGLISH:  A KING'S HEALTH CRISIS

AFTER THE HEALING: 2 Chron 32: 24,25, GNB.
About this time King Hezekiah became sick and almost died. He prayed, and the LORD gave him a sign that he would recover.
But Hezekiah was too proud to show gratitude for what the LORD had done for him, and Judah and Jerusalem suffered for it.


QUESTIONS
1. What do you discover about God in this true story?
2. What do you discover about man in Hezhekiah’s history?
3. Is there something like this in your own life story?
4. What do you owe God today?


Two more Biblical passages about illness and health

THE APOSTLE JOHN ON ILLNESS & HEALTH: 3 John 1:1,2: GOOD NEWS BIBLE
From the Elder--- To my dear Gaius, whom I truly love.
My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health---as I know you are well in spirit.


3 Joh 1:1,2.  ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.


JESUS CHRIST ON ILLNESS & HEALTH:LUK 5:30-32. THE MESSAGE
Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and ‘sinners’?”
31-32 Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.”


QUESTIONS
1. What is the most important aspect of human health?
2. What in these two passages from Scripture makes you arrive at this answer?
3. Are you well in this dimension of your life?



Kliek en kry: SPYSKAART/MENU

DEUT 30: 19,20.  DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS,1983.
Ek roep vandag die hemel en die aarde tot getuie teen julle dat ek die lewe en die dood aan jou voorgehou het, die seën en die straf. Kies die lewe, sodat jy en jou nageslag kan lewe.
Om die Here jou God lief te hê, Hom te gehoorsaam en Hom aan te hang, sal vir jou lewe gee en jou lank laat woon in die land wat die Here met 'n eed aan jou voorvaders Abraham, Isak en Jakob beloof het om aan hulle te gee.”

VRAE
1. Daar is net twee items op God se spyskaart. Wat is dit?
2. Vir die Ou-Testamentiese mens het 3 dinge die lewe beteken. Wat is dié drie dinge?
3. Verskil die dinge wat aan ons die lewe gee, van dié in Deut 30:20?
 
JOH 14:6:  DIE BYBEL IN AFRIKAANS,1983.
Jesus het vir hom gesê: “Ek is die weg en die waarheid en die lewe. Niemand kom na die Vader toe behalwe deur My nie."

VRAAG
1. Jesus sê die lewe is verbondenheid met  ? Persoon. Watter keuse is daar op God se Joh 14:6 spyskaart?

 
ENGLISH
Deu 30:19, 20. GOOD NEWS BIBLE
"I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life. Love the LORD your God, obey him and be faithful to him, and then you and your descendants will live long in the land that he promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

QUESTIONS
1. There are only two items on God’s menu.  What are they?
2. To the Old Testament believer three things meant life.  What were they?
3. Is there a difference between the things that meant life to the Old Testament believer and the things that mean life to us?

JOH 14:6, GOOD NEWS BIBLE
Jesus answered him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me."

QUESTION
1. Jesus says that life is to be in union with Him. What choices do you find on God’s menu in John 14:6?
 

Kliek en kry: Die geluide van vreugde vir volwassenes/The sounds of joy for adults

Elkeen wat God se Woord lees en daarna luister, is in sy heilige teenwoordigheid.

Mag God deur sy wonderbare krag julle alle sterkte gee om in alle omstandighede geduldig te volhard. Met blydskap moet julle die Vader dank wat julle geskik gemaak het om deel te hê aan die erfenis wat vir die gelowiges wag in die ryk van die lig.
Hy het ons uit die mag van die duisternis weggeruk en ons onder die heerskappy gestel van sy Seun wat Hy liefhet. Deur die Seun het ons die verlossing verkry, die vergewing van ons sondes. — Kol 1: 11-14.


DOEN DIT
Verander “julle, die gelowiges en  ons” na “my” en “ek.” Bid die gebed in Kol 1:11-14 dan so.

Psalm 51: 10-12, Die Bybel in Afrikaans, 1983 vertaling.
Skep vir my 'n rein hart, o God, vernuwe my gees en maak my standvastig. Moet my tog nie van U af wegdryf en u Heilige Gees van my af wegneem nie! Laat my weer die blydskap ervaar van iemand wat deur U verlos is, laat my U weer met toewyding dien.

VRAE
1. Dawid vra baie dinge vir God in hierdie deel van Psalm 51. Wat vra hy alles?
2. Watter Persoon van die Goddelike Drie-eenheid beskou hy as sy Helper in sy noodsituasie?
3. Bid Dawid se gebed. 

Efesiërs 4: 22-24,  Die Bybel in Afrikaans, 1983 vertaling.
Julle het tog van Hom gehoor, en omdat julle sy volgelinge is, is julle onderrig volgens die waarheid wat in Jesus is.
Hou dan op om te lewe soos julle vroeër gelewe het; breek met die ou, sondige mens in julle wat deur sondige begeertes verteer word. Julle gees en gedagtes moet nuut word; lewe as nuwe mense wat as die beeld van God geskep is: lewe volkome volgens die wil van God en wees heilig.


WENK: Lees Ef 4: 22-24 ook in THE MESSAGE in die Engelse (blou) afdeling.

VRAE
1. Hoe lyk en klink ons ou manier van leef: ons woorde, reaksie op probleme, ons idees, konsepte en oplossings?
2. Waarom is dit so belangrik om in verbondenheid met Christus te wees, veral in tye van swaarkry en problem?

Rom 12:1,2,  Die Bybel in Afrikaans, 1983 vertaling.
En nou doen ek 'n beroep op julle, broers, op grond van die groot ontferming van God: Gee julleself aan God as lewende en heilige offers wat vir Hom aanneemlik is. Dit is die wesenlike van die godsdiens wat julle moet beoefen. Julle moenie aan hierdie sondige wêreld gelyk word nie, maar laat God julle verander deur julle denke te vernuwe. Dan sal julle ook kan onderskei wat die wil van God is, wat vir Hom goed en aanneemlik en volmaak is.

WENK: Lees Rom 12:1,2 ook in THE MESSAGE in die Engelse (blou) afdeling.

VRAE
1. Tot watter vlak gaan die kultuur van die ongelowige wêreld jou aftrek as jy in die denksisteem van die wêreld bly?
2. Na watter vlak vir God jou neem?
3. In Rom 12:1-2 kry jy die beste raad op aarde aangaande jou hele lewe met al sy probleme, bekommernisse en krisisse. Analiseer Rom 12:1-2. Bestudeer dit. Ondersoek en ontleed elke sin en elke stelling. Wat wil God hê moet jy doen?
4. Daar is ? belofte vir jou in Rom 1:1-2. Wat is dit?

ENGLISH
Those who read and hear God’s Word, are in his presence.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:11-14 

Do this
Change “you” and “us” to “I” and “me.” Now pray the prayer in Col 1:11-14 again.

Psa 51:8 -12, Good News Bible.
Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness; and though you have crushed me and broken me, I will be happy once again.
Close your eyes to my sins and wipe out all my evil. Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me. Do not banish me from your presence; do not take your holy spirit away from me.Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.


Questions
1.David asks a lot of things from God in this section of Psalm 51. What does he ask for?
2. Which Person of the Godhead does David regard as his Helper in personal distress?
3. Pray David’s prayer.

Eph 4:21-24, Good News Bible
You certainly heard about him, and as his followers you were taught the truth that is in Jesus. So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to---the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God's likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.

EPH 4:21-24, THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H PETERSON.
You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

Questions
1. What does our old way of life look and sound like: our words, responses to problems, ideas, concepts and solutions?
2. Why is it so important to be in union with Christ, especially in times of hardship and trouble?

Rom 12:1,2: Good News Bible
So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God---what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

ROM 12:1,2: THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H. PETERSON
12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

QUESTIONS
1. To what level is the culture around us going to drag us, should we stay in the mindset of the world?
2. To what level does God want to take you? 
3. In Rom 12:1-2 you find the best advice on earth regarding your whole life with all its problems, worries and crises. Analyze Rom 12:1-2. Study it.  Examine and study every sentence and statement in it. What does God want you to do?
4. There is a promise for you in Rom 1:1-2. What is it?

Kliek en kry: 'n Spesifieke kultivar van goeie vrugte/ A specific cultivar of good fruit.

AFRIKAANS NUWE VERTALING 1983.
Rom 11:17,10
:  Party van die takke (van die volk Israel)  is uitgekap en jy, 'n wilde olyf, is tussen die ander takke op die mak olyf geënt. So het jy deel gekry aan die lewensap van die mak olyf se wortel. Moet jou dan nie bo die ander takke verhef nie! Moet jou ook nie verbeel jy is iets nie: dit is nie jy wat die wortel dra nie, die wortel dra jou.

Jes 58:6,7.  DIE PROFEET JESAJA LEWER GOD SE BOODSKAP AF:  Is die vas wat Ek wil hê, nie dít nie: om dié wat onregverdig gevange gehou word, te bevry, om die juk wat op mense druk, af te haal, om verdruktes vry te maak, om elke juk te breek? Is dit nie dat jy vir dié wat honger is, van jou brood gee nie, dat jy aan die armes en die dakloses 'n blyplek gee nie, dat wanneer jy iemand sonder klere sien, jy vir hom klere gee nie, dat jy jou medemens nie aan sy lot oorlaat nie?

Luk 3:9-11.  JOHANNES DIE DOPER LEWER GOD SE BOODSKAP AF: Die byl lê al klaar teen die wortel van die bome. Elke boom wat nie goeie vrugte dra nie, word uitgekap en in die vuur gegooi.” Die mense vra hom toe: “Wat moet ons dan doen?”
Hy antwoord hulle: “Wie twee kledingstukke het, moet dit deel met iemand wat nie het nie, en wie kos het, moet dieselfde doen.”


VRAE
1. Wat ontdek jy in dié drie Skrifgedeeltes aangaande God?
2. Wat deel jy met Isak, Abraham se seun?  Hoe is dit moontlik?
3. Wat is die ooreenkoms tussen die boodskappe wat die profeet Jesaja en Johannes die Doper in opdrag van die Here aan mense moes aflewer?
4. Dra jy dié spesifike kultivar van goeie vrugte?  Indien nie, hoekom nie?


ENGLISH:  English Standard Version
Rom 11:17-18  And if some of the branches (of Israel) be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.

THE PROPHET ISAIAH DELIVERS GOD’S MESSAGE
Isa 58:6-7  "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

JOHN THE BAPTIST DELIVERS GOD’S MESSAGE
Luk 3:8-11.   Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." And the crowds asked him, "What then shall we do?"
And he answered them, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise."

Questions
1.What do you discover about God in these three passages from Scripture?
2. What do you share with Abraham’s son, Isaac? How could this possibly happen?
3. What is the similarity between the messages of the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist?
4. Do you bear this specific cultivar of good fruit?  If not, why not?

Kliek en kry: Kan ons regtig op God se beskerming reken?/Can we really rely on God's protection?

Vir 'n volledige Bybelstudie oor hierdie belangrike tema: sien VERNIET, linkerkieslys. Kliek op die tema:  Kan ons regtig op God se beskerming reken?  Can we really rely on God's protection?

Kom ons lees 'n brief van die apostel Petrus, geskryf voordat hy gekruisig is soos sy Here. Volgens die oorlewering het hy self gevra om onderstebo aan die kruis te mag hang. Ons lees nie 'n skrywe uit 'n ivoortoring nie.

AFRIKAANS: 1 PETRUS 1:2-8, ANV, 1903 vertaling.
Van Petrus, 'n apostel van Jesus Christus. Aan die uitverkorenes van God, vreemdelinge in die wêreld, wat verspreid woon in die provinsies Pontus, Galasië, Kappadosië, Asië en Bitinië.Soos God die Vader dit vooraf bestem het, het Hy julle uitverkies en deur die Gees afgesonder om aan Hom gehoorsaam te wees en besprinkel te word met die bloed van Jesus Christus. Mag daar vir julle genade en vrede in oorvloed wees!
Aan God, die Vader van ons Here Jesus Christus, kom al die lof toe! In sy groot ontferming het Hy ons die nuwe lewe geskenk deur die opstanding van Jesus Christus uit die dood. Nou het ons 'n lewende hoop op die onverganklike, onbesmette en onverwelklike erfenis wat in die hemel ook vir julle in bewaring gehou word. En omdat julle glo, word ook julle deur die krag van God veilig bewaar vir die saligheid wat reeds gereed is om aan die einde van die tyd geopenbaar te word. Verheug julle hieroor, selfs al is dit nodig dat julle 'n kort tydjie bedroef gemaak word deur allerhande beproewings
sodat die egtheid van julle geloof getoets kan word. Julle geloof is baie kosbaarder as goud, goud wat vergaan. Selfs die suiwerheid van goud word met vuur getoets, en die egtheid van julle geloof moet ook getoets word, sodat dit lof en heerlikheid en eer waardig mag wees by die wederkoms van Jesus Christus.  Hom het julle lief, al het julle Hom nie gesien nie. Deur in Hom te glo, al sien julle Hom nou nie, het julle reeds deel aan die saligheid wat die einddoel van julle geloof is. En dit vervul julle met 'n onuitspreeklike en heerlike blydskap.



Kom ons lees dit ook in THE MESSAGE: 

1 Peter 1: 3-5: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.


VRAE:
1. Wie of wat is die krag van God?
2. Hoe kan ons sê ons word veilig bewaar, terwyl ons op aarde na die liggaam doodgemaak word?
3. Wat is die regte gesindheid in gevaar en bedreiging?
4. Wat ontdek jy in hierdie Skrifgedeelte aangaande God?


ENGLISH: 1 PETER 1: 1-7. GOOD NEWS BIBLE.
1 Peter 1: 3-5:  THE MESSAGE, EUGENE PETERSON 

Let us read a letter by the apostle Peter, written before he was crucified like his Lord and Master:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.


1 Peter 1: 1-8, GOOD NEWS BIBLE

From Peter, apostle of Jesus Christ--- To God's chosen people who live as refugees scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be purified by his blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure. Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away.
They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God's power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer.
Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed.
You love him, although you have not seen him, and you believe in him, although you do not now see him. So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express.


QUESTIONS
1. Who or what is the power of God?
2. How can we say that we are in God’s protection while we are threatened and sometimes even killed?
3. What is the God-willed Christian attitude in danger and insecurity?
4. What do you discover about God in this passage?

Kliek en kry: 'n Oes van gereinigde sondaars/A Harvest of purified sinners

HEB 2: 9-18, AFRIKAANS NUWE VERTALING 1983.

Maar ons sien Jesus, met eer en heerlikheid gekroon op grond van sy lyding en dood. Hy is 'n kort tydjie minder gemaak as die engele, sodat Hy deur die genade van God vir almal sou sterwe. God, ter wille van wie alles bestaan en deur wie alles ontstaan het, wou baie deel laat kry aan sy heerlikheid. En daarom was dit reg dat Hy hulle Leidsman tot die verlossing deur lyding heen tot volmaaktheid sou bring.
Hy wat heilig maak, sowel as die mense wat geheilig word, is almal uit een Vader. Om hierdie rede is Jesus nie skaam om hulle sy broers te noem nie. Hy sê tog: “Ek sal u Naam aan my broers bekend maak, in die samekoms van die gemeente sal Ek u lof besing.”
Ook sê Hy: “Ek sal altyd op Hom vertrou.” En verder: “Hier is Ek met die kinders wat God My gegee het.”
Aangesien hierdie kinders mense van vlees en bloed is, het Hy ook net soos hulle mens geword. Dit het Hy gedoen om deur sy dood dié een wat mag het oor die dood, dit is die duiwel, te vernietig en om hulle wat uit vrees vir die dood hulle hele lewe lank in slawerny was, te bevry.
Dit is duidelik dat dit vir Hom nie om die engele gaan nie, maar om die nageslag van Abraham.  Daarom moes Hy in elke opsig aan sy broers gelyk word, sodat Hy 'n barmhartige en getroue Hoëpriester voor God kon wees om die sondes van die volk te versoen.
Omdat Hy self versoek is en gely het, kan Hy dié help wat versoek word.

Net een vraag
Soek elke feit  wat in Heb 2:9-18 vir jou aangaande God gegee word. Wat ontdek jy aangaande God?

ENGLISH: Heb 2:9-18, GOOD NEWS BIBLE.

But we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, so that through God's grace he should die for everyone. We see him now crowned with glory and honor because of the death he suffered. It was only right that God, who creates and preserves all things, should make Jesus perfect through suffering, in order to bring many children to share his glory. For Jesus is the one who leads them to salvation. He purifies people from their sins, and both he and those who are made pure all have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his family. He says to God, "I will tell my people what you have done; I will praise you in their meeting."
He also says, "I will put my trust in God." And he also says,
"Here I am with the children that God has given me." Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death,  and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.  For it is clear that it is not the angels that he helps. Instead, he helps the descendants of Abraham.  This means that he had to become like his people in every way, in order to be their faithful and merciful High Priest in his service to God, so that the people's sins would be forgiven. And now he can help those who are tempted, because he himself was tempted and suffered.

Just one question
Find every fact about God given to you in Heb 2: 9-18.  What do you discover about God?

Kliek en kry: JOU ERFPORSIE/YOUR INHERITANCE

YOUR HERITAGE/JOU ERFPORSIE
Afrikaans: black. English: Blue. Commentary: Green.

AFRIKAANS. 1 Petrus 1:3-6, ANV, 1983.
Aan God, die Vader van ons Here Jesus Christus, kom al die lof toe! In sy groot ontferming het Hy ons die nuwe lewe geskenk deur die opstanding van Jesus Christus uit die dood. Nou het ons 'n lewende hoop op die onverganklike, onbesmette en onverwelklike erfenis wat in die hemel ook vir julle in bewaring gehou word. En omdat julle glo, word ook julle deur die krag van God veilig bewaar vir die saligheid wat reeds gereed is om aan die einde van die tyd geopenbaar te word. Verheug julle hieroor, selfs al is dit nodig dat julle 'n kort tydjie bedroef gemaak word deur allerhande beproewings — 1 Petrus 1:3-6.

VRAE:
1. Wat ontdek jy hier aangaande God? (WENK: sien kommentaar: WAT EK ONTDEK HET in groen.)
2. Wat is jou erfporsie?
3. Skrap woorde wat nie van toepassing is nie: In 1 Petrus 1:3-6 lees ek van beproewings, hemel, dood, lewe, hoop, ? Vader, ? Verlosser, sonde, krag, bedekking wat verwyder word, lewensraaisels, erfporsie, straf, Verlosser, genade, laaste oordeel, bewaking, hartseer, liefde.


YOUR INHERITANCE
ENGLISH: 1
Peter 1:3-6, THE MESSAGE, EUGENE H PETERSON.

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole. 6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime.

ENGLISH:  1 Peter 1:3-6. KING JAMES VERSION
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.

ENGLISH: 1 PETER 1: 3-6, GOOD NEWS BIBLE.
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope,and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away. They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God's power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time.Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer.—1 Pet.1:3-6.

Questions

1.What do you discover in 1 Pet 1:3-6 about God? (Tip: see commentary in green: WHAT I DISCOVERED.)
2. What is your inheritance?
3. Strike through words that are not applicable:  In 1 Peter 1:3-6 I read about afflictions, heaven, death, life, hope, a Father, a Saviour, sin, power, hidden things revealed, life’s mysteries, inheritance,  punishment, Saviour, grace, last judgment, something guarded, sorrow, love.  


What I discovered/ Wat ek ontdek het
Blessed: euloge¯tos= adorable= deserving  al lour love
Afrikaans:  beminlik, al ons liefde waardig..

God: theos.:  Supreme, most high God.
AFRIKAANS: Allerhoogste God.

FATHER= pate¯r= parent, Father
AFRIKAANS: Vader, ouer.

LORD: kurios = the supreme authority,  who rues and controls; Master and Lord.
HERE: die allerhoogste outoriteit, die een wat alles beheer, Heer, Meester.

Jesus: Ie¯sous: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord. The One who delivers and sets free.
Jesus: Ie¯sous:  Hebreeuse oorsprong:  Jesus (Jehoshua),die Naam van ons Here. Verlosser en Bevryder.

Christ: Christos: anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christ.
Christus: Christos: gesalfde, die Messias, onlosmaaklik deel van die Naam, Jesus Christ.

Begotten: anagennao¯:  to beget or (by extension) bear (again): -
Nuwe lewe geskenk: anagennao¯:  to beget or (by extension) bear (again): -verwek, weer gebore laat word.

Hope: elpis: From elpo¯ which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: - faith, hope.
HOOP: ? woord wat vertel van uitsien (gewoonlik met groot afwagting en vreugde) vertroue, geloof.

Dead: nekros. primary word,  nekus (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively.
DOOD: nekros. Dood, letterlik of figuurlik.  Die stamwoord vir nekus, ? lyk.

inheritance /heritage= kle¯ronomia=  (concretely) a patrimony = that which you inherit from you father; or (generally) a possession: - inheritance.
Erfenis= kle¯ronomia=  (konkreet): vaderlike erfdeel, erfgoed, 

Kept =te¯reo¯= watch; guard (from loss or injury) by keeping the eye upon. It implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus. To detain. To  hold fast, keep. watch.
bewaar word:  =te¯reo¯= kyk, bewaar/beskerm, oppas (sodat daar nie verlies of skade kom nie) die oë daarop hou.  Dit verwys na ‘n fort en militêre bewaking of apparaat. Om  terug te hou, vas te hou..
 
Heaven= ouranos= elevation; the abode of God; by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically through the Gospel.
Hemel= ouranos= verhoging, die woonplek van God, by implikasie geluk, krag, ewigheid, spesifiek deur die Evangelie.

Power = dunamis=  force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability, abundance, meaning, might,  miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
Krag=  dunamis=  mag  (letterlik of figuurlik);spesifiek wonderwerkende krag, vermoë, oorvloed, mag, wonderdade, sterkte, geweldige werking, magtige en wonderlike werk.

Faith= pistis=  conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation.
Geloof= pistis= oortuing van spirituele waarheid, of die betroubaarheid van God of ? geestelike leier, om spesifiek op Jesus Christus staat te maak vir redding.
 
Salvation = so¯te¯ria= rescue or safety (physically or morally) .
Verlossing= so¯te¯ria= redding en veiligheid, fisies en moreel.

Reveal: apokalupto¯=  to take off the cover, that is, disclose.
Openbaar= apokalupto¯=  om die bedekking te verwyder, om bekend te maak.

Kliek en kry: DIE MOET-Hê GESKENK/THE MUST-HAVE GIFT

Afrikaans: black. English: Blue. Commentary: Green.

AFRIKAANS
Joh 16: 31-33.1983 VERTALING
Daarop sê Jesus vir hulle: “Glo julle nou? Kyk, daar kom 'n tyd, en dit is nou al hier, dat julle uitmekaar gejaag sal word, elkeen sy eie koers in, en dat julle My alleen sal laat; en tog is Ek nie alleen nie, omdat die Vader by My is.Dit sê Ek vir julle, sodat julle vrede kan vind in My. In die wêreld sal julle dit moeilik hê; maar hou moed: Ek het die wêreld klaar oorwin.”


6 VRAE
1.Wat is die moet-hê geskenk van Jesus Christus aan elkeen wat in verbondenheid met Hom is?
2. Wanneer sal jy hierdie geskenk nie meer kan geniet of daardeur gekoester kan word nie?
3. Ons het ‘n paar ellendes opgenoem wat ‘n mens tref as jy die moet-hê geskenk van Jesus Christus nie jou eie maak nie. Noem nog drie ellendes.
4. Beskryf jou aardse lewe as Christen in die woorde van Jesus Christus.
5. Voltooi: Die woord “moeilik” verwys spesifiek na…. en ek gaan dit in my lewe beleef.
6. Wat ontdek jy aangaande Jesus Christus in Joh 16:31-33?

Sien laer af in groen: WHAT I DISCOVERED.


ENGLISH
John 16: 31-33. The Message (MSG). Eugene Peterson.
Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

John 16: 24-33. GOOD NEWS BIBLE
Jesus answered them, "Do you believe now? The time is coming, and is already here, when all of you will be scattered, each of you to your own home, and I will be left all alone. But I am not really alone, because the Father is with me.  I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!"

6 QUESTIONS
1.What is the must-have gift that Jesus Christ gives  to every person who is in union with Him? 
2. When will you no longer be able to enjoy and be comforted by this gift?
3. We mentioned some of the miseries that befall those who do not who try to cope without the must-have give from Jesus Christ.  Name three more miseries.
4.  Describe your life as a Christian in the words of Jesus Christ.
5. Complete: The word “difficulties” refer specifically to ... and I shall experience this during my earthly life.
6. What do you discover about Jesus Christ in John 16:31-33?


WHAT I DISCOVERED

Have peace:  HAVE= echo¯ in Biblical Greek.
This verb echo (have) means:  to hold, such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition); to hold, keep,  reign, rest, return.
Peace should forever echo in us: the wonderful sound of it need never disappear, for the Giver is Jesus Christ and we are in union with Him.

Difficult(ies): Biblical Greek: thlipsis, meaning ; pressure (literally or figuratively): - afflicted, (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.

Peace: Biblical Greek: eire¯ne¯. Refers to  peace (literally or figuratively); quietness, rest, + set at one again (becoming whole again.)

Vrede hê: = echo¯  in Bybelgrieks. Die werkwoord echo (het) beteken” om te hou, soos ? besitting. Dit verwys na voortsetting, vemoë, verhouding en toestand; om te hou, te bewaar, te heers, te rus, terug te keer na.
Vrede moet ewig in ons eggo; die lieflike klank daarvan hoef nooit uit ons lewe te verdwyn nie, want die Gewer is Jesus Christus en ons is in verbondenheid met Hom. 

MOEILIK (moeilikhede): Bybelgrieks: thlipsis. Betekenis: letterlike en figuurlike druk, lyding,  kommer,  om swaar belaai te wees, vervolging, verdrukking en probleme.

VREDE: BYBELGRIEKS: eire¯ne¯. Verwys ne vrede(letterlik of figuurlik), stilte, rus, + stukke weer tot eenheid saamgevoeg (om weer heel te word.) 

Kliek en kry: MORALITEIT IS MORALITEIT, okei? /MORALITY IS MORALITY, OKAY?

Moraliteit is moraliteit, nie waar nie?
Morality is morality, okay?


Afrikaans: black.  ENGLISH: BLUE. COMMENTARY: GREEN.

AFRIKAANS: ANV 1983: 1 Tess 5:17-24.

Bid gedurig. Wees in alle omstandighede dankbaar, want dit is wat God in Christus Jesus van julle verwag. Moenie die werking van die Heilige Gees teenstaan nie. Moenie profesieë geringskat nie, maar toets dit alles, behou wat goed is, en bly weg van alles wat sleg is. Mag God, wat vrede gee, julle volkome aan Hom toegewyd maak en julle geheel en al, na gees, siel en liggaam, so bewaar dat julle onberispelik sal wees wanneer ons Here Jesus Christus weer kom! Hy sal dit ook doen, want Hy wat julle roep, is getrou. 

VRAE
1. Hoe verskil hierdie riglyne tot onberispelike (morele gedrag) van die algemene riglyne vir morele gedrag?
2. Wat leer 1 Tess 5: 17-24 jou aangaande God die Vader, Seun en Heilige Gees?
3. Het jy al ‘n lewe volgens die Skrifbeginsels vir moraliteit gekies?

GOOD NEWS BIBLE: 1 Thes 5: 17-24.
Pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus. Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; do not despise inspired messages. Put all things to the test: keep what is good
and avoid every kind of evil. May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and
keep your whole being---spirit, soul, and body---free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you will do it.


THE MESSAGE, EUGENE  H. PETERSON: 1 THES 5: 17-24.
19-22 Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.
23-24 May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!


Ouestions
1. How do these principles for conduct that is “free from very fault” differ from general moral principles? 
2. What does 1 Thes 5: 17-24 tell you about God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
3. Have you chosen to live a moral life according to Biblical principles?


WHAT I DISCOVERED:

1 Thes 5:21: GOOD= kalos:  beautiful, valuable or virtuous fair, good (-ly), honest, meet, well, worthy.
AFRIKAANS: GOED, mooi, waardevol, deugdelik, eerlik, regverdig.

1 Thes 5: 21: PROVE/ONDERSOEK: dokimazo¯
Prove: DISCERN, EXAMINE.
ONDERSOEK: ontleed, ondersoek noukeurig om die waarde daarvan vas te stel.

Kliek en kry: 'n OMGEE WAT SEERMAAK EN HEELMAAK/CARING THAT HURTS AND HEALS

BYBELSTUDIE
Afrikaans: black. English: Blue. Commentary: Green.


AFRIKAANS: 2 Korintiërs 7:4-13. 1983 VERTALING
In al ons sorge is ek vol moed en oorstelp van blydskap. Toe ons in Masedonië gekom het, het ons geen rus of duurte gehad nie. Van alle kante was daar druk op ons: van buite onenigheid, van binne sorge. Maar God wat die neerslagtiges opbeur, het ons ook opgebeur deur die koms van Titus, en nie net deur sy koms nie, maar ook omdat julle hom opgebeur het. Hy het vertel van julle begeerte om ons te sien, en dat julle jammer is oor wat gebeur het en my nou ywerig verdedig. Dit alles het my nog blyer gemaak. Al het ek julle ook deur my brief hartseer gemaak, is ek nou nie daaroor jammer nie. Miskien was ek tog jammer toe ek sien dat daardie brief julle hartseer gemaak het, al was dit net vir 'n kort rukkie. Nou is ek egter bly, nie omdat ek julle hartseer gemaak het nie, maar omdat ek julle so hartseer gemaak het dat julle tot inkeer gekom het. Julle was immers hartseer soos God dit wou hê. Ons het julle dus in geen opsig benadeel nie, want droefheid volgens die wil van God bring bekering wat tot redding lei, en daaroor was niemand nog ooit jammer nie. Daarteenoor bring droefheid uit wêreldse oorwegings die dood.
Kyk net wat die ervaring van droefheid volgens die wil van God aan julle gedoen het. Nou is daar by julle erns; meer nog, daar is verantwoording, verontwaardiging, ontsag, verlange, ywer en bestraffing van die kwaad. In elke opsig het julle bewys dat julle in hierdie saak onskuldig is. Dus, al het ek so aan julle geskrywe, was dit nie omdat iemand onreg gepleeg of onreg gely het nie. Inteendeel, ek wou hê dat julle voor God tot die besef moes kom van hoeveel julle vir ons omgee. Juis daarom is ons nou so bly. Ons is nie net bemoedig nie, maar ook besonder bly dat Titus so gelukkig is: julle almal het hom gemoedsrus gegee.



VINGERPUNTVRAE
1. Wat ontdek jy in 2 Kor 7:4-13 aangaande emosies en gevoelens?
2. Wat ontdek jy in 2 Kor 7:4-13 aangaande die aanspreek van verkeerde dinge (sonde) in die geloofsgemeenskap?
3. Opsioneel, maar regtig insiggewend: Hoe spreek ‘n mens verkeerde dinge reg aan? Lees 1 Korintiërs 5.
4. In 2 Kor 7:4-13 kry jy insae in verskillende soorte verdriet. Wie gaan almal deur verdriet, waarom gaan hulle daardeur, en wat is die eindresultaat van elke onderskeie soort verdriet?
5. Die belangrikste vraag: Wat ontdek jy in 2 Kor. 7:4-13 aangaande God?

Sien laer af in groen: WHAT I DISCOVERED.


ENGLISH
2 Corinthians 7:4-13.  The Message (MSG). Eugene Peterson.
-7 When we arrived in Macedonia province, we couldn’t settle down. The fights in the church and the fears in our hearts kept us on pins and needles. We couldn’t rela
x because we didn’t know how it would turn out. Then the God who lifts up the downcast lifted our heads and our hearts with the arrival of Titus. We were glad just to see him, but the true reassurance came in what he told us about you: how much you cared, how much you grieved, how concerned you were for me. I went from worry to tranquility in no time!
My primary concern was not for the one who did the wrong or even the one wronged, but for you—that you would realize and act upon the deep, deep ties between us before God. That’s what happened—and we felt just great.


2 Corinthians 7:4-13. GOOD NEWS BIBLE
In all our troubles I am still full of courage; I am running over with joy.  Even after we arrived in Macedonia, we did not have any rest. There were troubles everywhere, quarrels with others, fears in our hearts. But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us with the coming of Titus. It was not only his coming that cheered us, but also his report of how you encouraged him. He told us how much you want to see me, how sorry you are, how ready you are to defend me; and so I am even happier now. For even if that letter of mine made you sad, I am not sorry I wrote it. I could have been sorry when I saw that it made you sad for a while.  But now I am happy---not because I made you sad, but because your sadness made you change your ways. That sadness was used by God, and so we caused you no harm. For the sadness that is used by God brings a change of heart that leads to salvation---and there is no regret in that! But sadness that is merely human causes death. ...So, even though I wrote that letter, it was not because of the one who did wrong or the one who was wronged. Instead, I wrote it to make plain to you, in God's sight, how deep your devotion to us really is. That is why we were encouraged. Not only were we encouraged; how happy Titus made us with his happiness over the way in which all of you helped to cheer him up!

FINGERTIP QUESTIONS
1. What do you discover about emotions and feelings in 2 Cor. 7:4-13?
2. What should be done about sinful matters (sin) in the Church according to  2 Cor. 7:4-13?
3. Optional, but elucidating: How to correctly address that which is wrong. Read 1 Cor. 5.
4. In 2 Cor 7:4-13 one encounters different types of sorrow. Who experiences sorrow and sadness? Why do they experience it? What is the outcome of each type of sorrow?
5. The most important question: What do you discover about God in 2 Cor 7:4-13?


WHAT I DISCOVERED 
1. Every Christian should endeavor to purify him/herself. ( 2 Cor 7:1) To voluntarily indulge in sin is not the Christian way of living.
2. The Christian knows that death can be desirable.  Every  Christian should rejoice that he is to die to sin, but also that we who are in Christ will die and forever live in Christ.“I desire to depart and to be with Christ,” was the language of Paul.
3. It is painful to be have to to use the language of reproof. (2 Cor 7:8) But sometimes there is no way out. It is our responsibility to reprimand. The painfulness of it should not prevent our doing it. It should be done tenderly but faithfully. If done with the deep feeling, with the tender affection of Paul, it will be done right; and when so done, it will produce the desired effect, and do good. No man should use the language of reproof with a hard heart, or with severity of feeling. If he is, like Paul, ready to weep when he does it, it will do good. If he does it because he delights in it, it will do evil.

4. The way to bring people to repentance is to present to them the simple and unvarnished truth.( 2 Cor 7:8,9.)  Paul stated simple and plain truths to the Corinthians. He stated things just as they were, and specified the things on account of which there was occasion for repentance.
5.  There is a great difference between godly sorrow and the sorrow of the world. ( 2 Cor. 7:10.)  All people feel sorrow. All people grieve over their past conduct. Some in their sorrow are pained because they have offended God, and go to God, and find pardon and peace in him. That sorrow is unto salvation. But the mass do not look to God. They turn away from him even in their sorrows, and in the bitter consciousness of sin. They seek to alleviate their sorrows in worldly company, in pleasure. These methods produce additional distress and eternal sorrow hereafter.
6. In true repentance there is  deep feeling. (2 Cor. 7:11.)   The true penitent hates nothing as much as he does his sin. .
7. The great purpose of Christian discipline is to benefit the whole church. (2 Cor. 7:12). Let no man institute a process of discipline on an offending brother from private, personal, and revengeful feelings. Let him first examine his own heart, and let him be sure that his aim is solely the glory of Christ.

Source: in ALBERT BARNES’ NOTES ON THE BIBLE.


Kliek en kry: Raw deal of verregaande vrygewigheid/ Raw deal or outrageous generosity?

Raw deal?
Afrikaans: black. English: Blue. Commentary: Green.

Johannes 4:7-14. AFRIKAANS 1983 VERTALING
Daar kom toe 'n Samaritaanse vrou water haal, en Jesus vra vir
haar: “Gee My 'n bietjie water om te drink.” Sy dissipels was intussen weg dorp toe om te gaan kos koop. Die Samaritaanse vrou sê toe vir Hom: “Hoe vra jy, wat 'n Jood is, vir my, 'n Samaritaanse vrou, water om te drink?” Die Jode en die Samaritane gaan immers nie met mekaar om nie.  Jesus het haar geantwoord: “As jy geweet het wat God gee, en wie dit is wat vir jou sê: ‘Gee My 'n bietjie water om te drink,’ sou jy Hom gevra het, en Hy sou vir jou lewende water gegee het.” Die vrou sê toe vir Hom: “Meneer, jy het nie eens 'n skepding nie, en die put is diep. Waar gaan jy die lewende water vandaan kry? Jy is tog nie tot meer in staat as ons voorvader Jakob wat hierdie put vir ons gegee het en self saam met sy seuns en sy diere daaruit gedrink het nie?” Maar Jesus antwoord haar: “Elkeen wat van hierdie water drink, sal weer dors kry;  maar wie van die water gedrink het wat Ek hom sal gee, sal in alle ewigheid nooit dors kry nie. Nee, die water wat Ek hom sal gee, sal in hom 'n fontein wees met water wat opborrel en vir hom die ewige lewe gee.”


DRIE VRAE
1. Sommige Christene kry maar ‘n raw deal hier op die aarde. Waar, onwaar? Lees Joh 4:7-14 weer, dan besluit jy. In die Engelse afdeling hieronder kry jy nog twee vertalings van Joh 4:7-14.
2. Joh 14:9:  En Jesus sê vir hom: “Wie My sien, sien die Vader.” Jy sien Jesus Christus  in Joh 4:7-14. In Hom sien jy die Vader. Watter soort Vader sien jy?
3. Wat is die fontein van lewende water?

WAT EK GEVIND HET
RAW DEAL: bad or unfair treatment (from God.)
AR•TE•SIES [=SIESE] Gesê van grondwater wat as gevolg van hoë druk, nadat dit raakgeboor is, bo uitspuit.
HIERDIE WATER: Die leer van Jesus Christus, waarin Hy die Heilige Gees met al sy Waarheid en gawes beloof. Die Heilige Gees is van Jesus Christus, ons Fontein. Vir die sondaar is daar geen ewige lewe sonder die Gees nie en geen Gees sonder Jesus Christus nie.
IN ALLE EWIGHEID NOOIT. Grieks: nooit =  ou me¯: hoegenaamd nie, in geen geval nie, nooit, nooit ooit. Ewigheid:  For ever more, sonder einde.
SAL WEES: Grieks: ginomai:  word,  aanhou,  genereer, gevind word, gemaak word.
*Sien kommentaar en samevatting heel aan die einde.


ENGLISHRAW DEAL?
John 4:7-14,  The Message (MSG). Eugene Peterson.
7-8 A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.) 9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”1-12 The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

JOHN 4:7-14. GOOD NEWS BIBLE
A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink of water."  (His disciples had gone into town to buy food.) The woman answered, "You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan---so how can you ask me for a drink?" (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.) Jesus answered, "If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water." "Sir," the woman said, "you don't have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where would you get that life-giving water? It was our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well; he and his children and his flocks all drank from it. You don't claim to be greater than Jacob, do you?" Jesus answered, "Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life."


THREE QUESTIONS
1. Some Christians get a raw deal down here. True, not true? Read John 4:7-14 once more, then decide.
2. Joh 14:9: Jesus answered, " Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. “ You see Jesus Christ in John 4: 7-14. In Him you see the Father.  What kind of Father do you see? 
3. What is this spring of living water?


WHAT I DISCOVERED
RAW DEAL: Bad or unfair treatment (from God.)
SHALL NEVER THIRST: Not ever:  not at all: - any more, at all, by any (no) means, neither, never, no (at all), in no case (wise), nor ever, not (at all, in any wise). For ever more, without end.
ARTESIAN: (of water) rising to the surface under internal hydrostatic pressure
WILL BE:  cause to be, generate , continue, be found, be kept, be made, become.
THIS WATER: Christ’s  doctrine (teaching) in which He promises the indwelling Holy Spirit with all his  gifts and thruth. The Holy Spirit is from Jesus Christ, our Fountain.
For us as sinners there is no eternal life without the Spirit;
no Spirit without Christ. — Albert Barnes.

COMMENTARY ON John 4:14
...But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him.... Meaning, the Spirit and his grace; see Joh_7:38,

...shall never thirst; either after sinful lusts and pleasures, and his former vicious way of living, which he now disrelishes. Or else it means thirsting after the grace of God; thirsty persons are invited to take and drink of the water of life freely, and are pronounced blessed; and it is promised, that they shall be filled, or satisfied. God will open rivers and fountains for them, and give drink to his people, his chosen; and the other state, they shall hunger and thirst no more; for the Lamb shall lead them to fountains of living waters.

....but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water; which denotes the plenty of it; for the grace of God given at conversion is exceeding abundant...Whoever has grace, shall have glory; and whoever are called, sanctified, justified, and pardoned, shall be glorified
.
— John Gill’s exposition of the Entire Bible.

EENDERS GESEëN! 
In die heel belangrikste saak is alle Christene absoluut eenders geseën: ons is toegevou in die vrygewigheid van God. Ons is toegegooi onder God se onverdiende, sagte, ewige genade. Uit sy oorvloed het ons almal genade op genade ontvang.— Joh 1:16.

EQUALLY BLESSED!
In that which really matters all Christians are absolutely equally blessed: we are showered with and wrapped in God’s undeserved, tender and eternal grace. Out of the fullness of his grace, He has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. — Joh 1:16.  

Worship: OUTRAGEOUS LOVE. 
Krissy Nordoff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stGmBcwmDMQ


Kliek en kry: Religious leaders, stop singling people out!/Godsdienstige leiers, hou op om sommige mense uit te sonder!

Afrikaans: black. English: Blue. Commentary: Green.

Afrikaans
VRAE
1. Stem jy met hierdie ernstige vermaning saam: Godsdienstige leiers, hou op om sommige mense uit te sonder…? Lees Matt 23:1-13, dan besluit jy. In die Engelse afdeling hieronder kry jy nog twee vertalings van Matt 23:1-13.
2. Lees Matt 23:1-13 in THE MESSAGE. Wat sê Jesus Christus vir jou?
3. Ons is almal klasmaats, met God as ons Onderwyser. Waar of onwaar? Vind die antwoord in Matt 23:1-13.
4. Wat/Wie moet die fokus van die Kerk wees?  

UIT Matt 23:1-13, ANV.
Toe het Jesus die menigte en sy dissipels toegespreek en gesê: “Die skrifgeleerdes en die Fariseërs het die gesag om die wet van Moses te vertolk.Julle moet alles doen en onderhou wat hulle vir julle sê, maar hulle voorbeeld moet julle nie navolg nie, want hulle doen self nie wat hulle sê nie.Hulle bind swaar en ondraaglike laste saam en sit dit op die mense se skouers, maar self wil hulle nie 'n vinger verroer om dit te dra nie.
Alles wat hulle doen, doen hulle net om deur mense gesien te word. Hulle maak die gebedsband om hulle voorkop breed, en die tossels aan hulle klere groot. . .Julle moet julle nie ‘leiers’ laat noem nie, want Een is julle Leier: die Christus.
Maar die grootste onder julle moet bereid wees om die ander te dien.Wie hoogmoedig is, sal verneder word, en wie nederig is, sal verhoog word.
Ellende wag vir julle, skrifgeleerdes en Fariseërs, huigelaars! Julle sluit die deur van die koninkryk in die mense se gesig toe. Julle gaan self nie in nie, en julle verhinder dié wat wel wil ingaan. —Matt 23:1-12.


Kommentaar. Sien meer na Bybelstudie in Engels. 
WAT EK GEVIND HET
SKYNHEILIGE: In Bybel-Grieks is dit die woord vir akteurs, een wat ‘n rol speel..
SHUT UP: toemaak, grendel.
KONINKRYK: The realm where the King rules
Die gebied waar die Koning regeer (die Kerk.)
HEMEL: ouranos:  verhoging, die woonplek van God, by implikasie  happiness, power, eternity; die Evangelie



English
QUESTIONS
1. Do you agree with this appeal:  Religious leaders, stop singling some people out?  Read Matthew 23:1-3, then decide. 
2.Read Matthew 23:1-13 in the Message. What is Jesus Christ saying to you?
3.We are classmates with God as our Teacher. True, not true?  The answer is in Matthew 23:1-13.
4. What/Wie moet die fokus van die Kerk wees?

Matt 23:1-13, Good News Bible
Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples."The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees are the authorized interpreters of Moses' Law.
So you must obey and follow everything they tell you to do; do not, however, imitate their actions, because they don't practice what they preach.
They tie onto people's backs loads that are heavy and hard to carry, yet they aren't willing even to lift a finger to help them carry those loads.
They do everything so that people will see them. Look at the straps with scripture verses on them which they wear on their foreheads and arms, and notice how large they are! Notice also how long are the tassels on their cloaks! Nor should you be called 'Leader,' because your one and only leader is the Messiah.The greatest one among you must be your servant.
Whoever makes himself great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be made great.  "How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You lock the door to the Kingdom of heaven in people's faces, but you yourselves don't go in, nor do you allow in those who are trying to enter!


Matt 23:1-13, THE MESSAGE, Eugene Peterson.
Religious Fashion Shows
23 1-3 Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer.
4-7 “Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’
8-10 “Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates. Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of ‘Father’; you have only one Father, and he’s in heaven. And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.
11-12 “Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.
Frauds!
13 “I’ve had it with you! You’re hopeless, you religion scholars, you Pharisees! Frauds! Your lives are roadblocks to God’s kingdom. You refuse to enter, and won’t let anyone else in either.


Commentary
WHAT I DISCOVERED
HYPOCRITE: ACTOR, Pretender in Bible Greek. One who plays a rol.
SHUT UP: bar, erect barries, blockade.
KINGDOM: The realm where the King rules (the Church.)
HEAVEN: High place, the dwelling place of God, by implication:  happiness, power, eternity; the Gospel

COMMENTARY ON MATT 23:1-13
This most eloquent, most appalling, and most terrible of all discourses ever delivered to mortals was pronounced in the temple, in the presence of multitudes. Never was there more faithful dealing, more terrible reproof, more profound knowledge of the workings of hypocrisy, or more skill in detecting the concealments of sin. This was the last of the Saviour’s public discourses; and it is a most impressive summary of all that he had ever said, or that he had to say, of a wicked and hypocritical generation.

Ye shut up the kingdom of heaven - They shut it up by teaching false doctrines respecting the Messiah; by binding the people to an observance of their traditions; by opposing Jesus, and attempting to convince the people that he was an impostor, thus preventing many from becoming his followers. Many were ready to embrace him as the Messiah, and were about entering into the kingdom of heaven - that is, the church - but they prevented it. Luke says they had taken away the key of knowledge, and thus prevented their entering in - that is, they had taken away the right interpretation of the ancient prophecies respecting the Messiah, and thus had done all that they could to prevent the people from receiving Jesus as their Redeemer.—Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible.




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Kliek en kry: Old Testament education is the best! Ou-Testamentiese opvoeding is die beste!


Ou-Testamentiese opvoeding is die beste!
Old Testament education is the best! (English version lower down on page.)


Hier is 6 vrae waarvan jy die antwoorde in Spreuke 1:1-4 vind:

1.Wat is die sambreelnaam van die groot ding wat die opvoeder aan die leerder moet gee  en by die leerder moet inprent? 
2. Wat is die drie-dimensionele beginsel wat die opvoeder/onderriggewer by die leerder moet inprent en vir hom moet leer?
3. Is dit dan nie dieselfde nie?  Wat is:

 
  • Regverdigheid
  • Reg
  • Billikheid?
     
4. Wat moet die leerling, die een wat opgevoed word, oplettend leer raakluister?
5. Wat moet die leerling gewillig wees om te leer?
6. Wat gaan dit aan ons almal se lewe doen as ons hierdie stuk onderrig ons eie maak?

SPREUKE 1:1-4
Spreuke van Salomo seun van Dawid, koning van Israel.
Dié spreuke is bedoel om mense wysheid te leer en hulle te onderrig sodat hulle sal weet wanneer iemand verstandig praat. So sal hulle 'n behoorlike opvoeding ontvang en 'n sin vir regverdigheid, reg en billikheid.Wie nog nie kennis het nie, sal verstandig word, jongmense sal leer om met kennis en oorleg op te tree. — Spr 1:1-4


WAT EK GEVIND HET
Hier is twee hoofkarakters ter sprake:a) een wat onderrig/opvoeder en b) een (of baie) wat onderrig of opgevoed word.
Dit is die mees eietydse en relevante onderrig denkbaar. 

EERSTE VRAAG AAN DIE EEN WAT ONDERRIG/OPLEI/OPVOED: Wat is die sambreelnaam van die groot ding wat die opvoeder vir die leerder moet gee en by hom moet inprent? 
Antwoord: Wysheid.

TWEEDE VRAAG AAN DIE EEN WAT ONDERRIG/OPLEI/OPVOED: Wat is die drie-dimensionele beginsel wat die opvoeder/onderriggewer by die leerder moet inprent en vir hom moet leer?
 Antwoord: 'n Sin vir regverdigheid, reg en billikheid.

DERDE VRAAG AAN DIE EEN WAT ONDERRIG/OPLEI/OPVOED: Is regverdigheid, reg en billikheid dan nie dieselfde nie? 
Antwoord: Nee. Wanneer 'n mens die betekenis van die woorde in die oorspronklike taal nagaan, sien jy:-


 
  • REGVERDIGHEID is morele en wettige reg.  Is dit wat ons aan ander DOEN, moreel reg?  Is dit in ooreenstemming met die Wet van God, vir die OT mens die Tien Gebooie, vir ons die Groot Gebod van Jesus Christus: Jy moet die Here jou God liefhê met jou hele hart, siel, verstand en al jou kragte (energie) en jou naaste soos jouself.
  • REG: uitsprake, dinge wat ons oor ander SÊ en verkondig.
  • BILLIKHEID: EVENNESS, EQUITY, gelykwaardigheid, nie-onderskeid, nie-diskriminasie.
     

EERSTE VRAAG AAN DIE WAT ONDERRIG ONTVANG/OPGEVOED WORD: Wat moet die een wat opgevoed word, noulettend leer raakluister?  
Antwoord: Hy/sy moet so luister dat hy/sy "sal weet as iemand verstandig praat."

TWEEDE VRAAG AAN DIE WAT ONDERRIG ONTVANG/OPGEVOED WORD: Wat moet die leerling gewillig wees om te leer?   
Opmerking: Baie van ons het ? onleerbare gees. "Ek laat my niks leer nie." O, aarde. Die Skrif sê vir elke mens wat die lewenspad betree, is  'n sin vir regverdigheid, reg en billikheid van lewensbelang. Want as jy dit nog nie het nie, sal jy nie met  kennis en oorleg in elke situasie kan optree nie.
Die antwoord hier is dus: Elkeen aan wie die pad van regverdigheid, reg en billikheid uitgewys en voorgehou word, moet gewillig wees om hierdie Skriftuurlike lewensbeginsels te gaan toepas. Om dit lewenslank deel van sy/haar lewe te maak. 

OLD TESTAMENT EDUCATION IS THE BEST!

The answers to the following questions are to be found in Prov 1:1-4.

1. What is one word for the sum total of the training/education we give?
2. What is the three dimensional principle to be taught to those who receive education/training?
3. Are these three things not the same? What is:
Justice
Judgment
Equity?

4. What must the learner always try to hear?
5. What must the learner/student be willing to learn?
6. What difference will it make, should we apply these principles in our lives?

PROVERBS 1:1-4, CEV.
These are the proverbs of King Solomon of Israel, the son of David.  Proverbs will teach you wisdom and self-control and how to understand sayings with deep meanings.You will learn what is right and honest and fair. From these, an ordinary person can learn to be smart, and young people can gain knowledge and good sense. CEV.

Proverbs 1:1-4, King James Version
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion
Today I’m sharing with you what I found in Pro 1:1-4.

WHAT I DISCOVERED
There are two main characters: the educator and the learner/ one who is being educated and taught. This is the most relevant education imaginable.

First question to the educator: What is one word for the sum total of the training/education we give.
Answer: Wisdom.

Second question to the educator: What is the three dimensional principle to be taught to those who receive education/training?

Answer:  The instruction of wisdom: (a sense of)  justice, and judgment, and equity.

Third question to the educator: Are these three things not the same? What is:
Justice; judgment; equity?


Answer: Nope. In the original language one sees the difference(s):
JUSTICE: moral and legal law and priciples. Refers to what we DO to others. Is it morally justifiable, is it right?  This, to us, refers to the Ten Commandments and to what Jesus Christ  says:  You should love God above all, with your whole heart, body and mind  and your neighbour as yourself.
JUDGMENT: What you say about others. Your pronouncements, outspoken evaluation of others.
EQUITY: Evenness, no discrimination, human dignity of every person you meet and deal with.

First question to those who are being educated, trained: What must the learner/student be willing to hear?
Answer: Listen to hear (gain) wisdom.

Second question to those who are being educated, trained: What must the learner/student be willing te learn?
Remark: Many of us have an unteachable spirit. “Nobody teaches me anything.” Oh, dear. The Bible says that all of us need as sense of justice, judgment and equity. Where this is lacking,the result will be a domino effect of wrong actions, deeds and bruised relationships.  All of us should be willing to be taught a sense of justice, judgment and equity.

 


 

Kliek en kry: 06/05/2013. DON’T SELL IT CHEAP/MOENIE DIE PRYS VERLAAG NIE.

HERE IS MY LIFE


What does not come cheap? Wat is nie goedkoop nie?

Dit is nie goedkoop nie
Rut se skoonma Naomi het vir haar gesê: “My dogter, dit is my verantwoordelikheid om vir jou 'n heenkome te soek sodat dit met jou goed kan gaan.— Rut 3:1, ANV.

This does not come cheap
Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law, said to her, "My daughter, shouldn't I try to look for a home that would be good for you?”—Ruth 3:1. GNB.

Dit is nie goedkoop nie
Nadat Josafat 'n tyd in Jerusalem gebly het, het hy weer 'n keer sy mense besoek, van Berseba af tot in die Efraimsberge, en die volk laat terugkom na die Here, die God van hulle voorvaders. Van stad tot stad, in al die vestingstede van Juda, het hy regters in die land aangestel en hulle opdrag gegee: “Let goed op wat julle doen, want julle oefen die regspraak uit nie vir mense nie, maar vir die Here. Die verantwoordelikheid vir die reg rus op julle.  Mag die vrees vir die Here julle bybly! Wees versigtig en doen julle plig. By die Here ons God is daar nie onreg en bevoordeling en korrupsie nie.” — 2 Kron  19: 4-7. ANV.

This does not come cheap
Even though King Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem, he traveled regularly among the people, from Beersheba in the south to the edge of the hill country of Ephraim in the north, in order to call the people back to the LORD, the God of their ancestors. He appointed judges in each of the fortified cities of Judah  and instructed them: "Be careful in pronouncing judgment; you are not acting on human authority, but on the authority of the LORD, and he is with you when you pass sentence.  Honor the LORD and act carefully, because the LORD our God does not tolerate fraud or partiality or the taking of bribes." — 2 Ch 19: 4-7. GNB.

Dit is nie goedkoop nie
Maar aan God die dank! Hy voer ons altyd saam in sy triomftog omdat ons een is met Christus. Deur ons versprei Hy die kennis van Christus oral soos 'n aangename geur. Ons is die wierook wat deur Christus vir God gebrand word, waarvan die geur dié bereik wat gered word, sowel as dié wat verlore gaan. Vir dié wat verlore gaan, is dit 'n doodsreuk wat dood bring; vir dié wat gered word, is dit 'n lewensgeur wat lewe wek. En wie is tot sulke dinge in staat? Ons, omdat ons nie is soos baie ander wat geld maak uit die woord van God nie. Ons verkondig die woord in opregtheid, in verbondenheid met Christus, in opdrag van God en in verantwoordelikheid aan God. — 2 Kor 2: 14-17.  ANV
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This does not come cheap
Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation - an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse. No - but at least we don't take God's Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ's presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can.— 2 Cor 2:14-17. THE MESSAGE.
This does not come cheap
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. — 2 Cor 2: 17. KJV.

VRAE/QUESTIONS
1. Identifiseer die dinge wat volgens dié Skrifgedeeltes nooit goedkoop kan word nie.
 Identify the things that, according to these passages from Scripture, can never come cheap?
2. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeeltes aangaande God?
What do these passages from Scripture tell you about God?
3. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeeltes vir jou aangaande jou verantwoordelikhede?
What do these passages tell you about your responsibilities?

GLOSSARY
CORRUPT, 2 COR 2:17. Greek: kape¯leuo¯. From κα´πηλος kape¯los (a huckster); to retail, that is, (by implication) to adulterate (figuratively): - corrupt.
KOINONIA is derived from a Greek word, κοινωνiα that means sharing and communion in the presence of Jesus Christ. 

Kliek en kry: Are you on the wrong diet for Christians? Is jy op die verkeerde dieet vir Christene?

Is jy op die verkeerde dieet vir Christene? 
Bestudeer hierdie Skifgedeeltes.


Are you on the wrong diet for Christians? 
Study these passages from Scripture.

Die Gees sê uitdruklik dat in die eindtyd sommige afvallig sal word van die geloof. Hulle sal misleidende geeste navolg en die leerstellings van bose geeste aanhang. Hierdie dwaalleraars is skynheilige leuenaars wie se gewete toegeskroei is. Hulle verbied mense om te trou en om bepaalde soorte kos te eet. Maar God het die voedsel gemaak, sodat dié wat glo en tot die kennis van die waarheid gekom het, dit met danksegging kan gebruik. Alles wat God gemaak het, is immers goed. Niks wat met danksegging ontvang word, is verwerplik nie,  want dit word deur die woord van God en deur die gebed geheilig. —1 Tim 4: 1-5.

1-5 The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy. 1 Tim 4: 1-5, The MESSAGE .

Wat ons eet, bring ons egter nie nader aan God nie. As ons nie eet nie, verloor ons niks nie; en as ons eet, wen ons niks nie. Maar pas op dat hierdie vryheid van julle nie vir dié wat swak is, 'n aanleiding tot sonde word nie. —1 Kor 8:8-9

8-9 But fortunately God doesn’t grade us on our diet. We’re neither commended when we clean our plate nor reprimanded when we just can’t stomach it. But God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a fellow believer still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track. —1 Cor  8:8,9.  THE MESSAGE, Eugene Petersen.

Of besef julle nie dat julle liggaam 'n tempel van die Heilige Gees is nie? Julle het die Heilige Gees, wat in julle woon, van God ontvang, en julle behoort nie aan julleself nie: julle is gekoop, en die prys is betaal. Julle moet God dus in julle liggaam verheerlik. —1 Kor  6: 19,20.

Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. — 1 Cor 6:19,20, THE MESSAGE, Eugene Petersen.

Ek het van die Here ontvang wat ek ook aan julle oorgelewer het: Die Here Jesus het in die nag waarin Hy oorgelewer is, brood geneem  en, nadat Hy God daarvoor gedank het, het Hy dit gebreek en gesê: “Dit is my liggaam; dit is vir júlle. Gebruik dit tot my gedagtenis.”  Net so ook het Hy ná die maaltyd die beker geneem en gesê: “Hierdie beker is die nuwe verbond, wat deur my bloed beseël is. Gebruik dit, elke keer as julle daaruit drink, tot my gedagtenis.”  Elke keer as julle van hierdie brood eet en uit die beker drink, verkondig julle die dood van die Here totdat Hy kom.  Elkeen wat op 'n ongepaste wyse van die brood eet of uit die beker van die Here drink, sal skuldig wees aan sonde teen die liggaam en die bloed van die Here. Maar elkeen moet eers homself ondersoek voor hy van die brood eet en uit die beker drink, want hy wat eet en drink sonder om te besef dat dit die liggaam van die Here is, bring daardeur 'n oordeel oor homself. Daarom is daar baie swakkes en sieklikes onder julle en sterf daar baie van julle. —1 Kor 11: 23-30.

For I received from the Lord the teaching that I passed on to you: that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and said, "This is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup and said, "This cup is God's new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me." This means that every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.It follows that if one of you eats the Lord's bread or drinks from his cup in a way that dishonors him, you are guilty of sin against the Lord's body and blood. So then, you should each examine yourself first, and then eat the bread and drink from the cup.
For if you do not recognize the meaning of the Lord's body when you eat the bread and drink from the cup, you bring judgment on yourself as you eat and drink. That is why many of you are sick and weak, and several have died. —1 Cor 11: 23-30. GNB

What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.27-28 Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of? Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.29-32 If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences. That’s why so many of you even now are listless and sick, and others have gone to an early grave. If we get this straight now, we won’t have to be straightened out later on. Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later. —1 Cor 11:26-32

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Kliek en kry: 1 Mei 2013. GOD EN DIE GIFWORTEL/GOD AND THE POISONOUS PLANT




God en die Gifwortel
God and the poisonous plant
(Bible study in English lower down on page.)

Soms breek daar 'n dag aan waarop 'n mens 'n bietjie meer tyd het om Skrifgedeeltes waarby jou gewoonlik nie uitkom nie, te bestudeer. Vandag is so 'n dag en Deuteronomium 29: 16-20 is so 'n Skrifgedeelte. Kliek op DIE GROEN FEE vir verwante feite wat baie van ons laat regop sit.

Nuttige info:So 'n gifwortel wat alles kan vergiftig ... KJV: a root that beareth gall and wormwood. In antieke Hebreeus is gifwortel (gall and wormwood) ro^'sh  ro^sh  en la'a'na'h genoem.
ro^'sh  ro^sh (roshe, roshe): Apparently the same as H7218; a poisonous plant, probably the poppy (from its conspicuous head); generally poison (even of serpents): - gall, hemlock, posion, venom. 
la'a'na'h (lah-an-aw'): From an unused root supposed to mean to curse; wormwood (regarded as poisonous, and therefore accursed): - hemlock, wormwood. (Strong’s Concordance)

Gifwortel kan dus ook vertaal word met papawer en als.  Of vernietigende, vervloekte gif. Hierdie Bybelstudie gaan oor God en die Gifwortel.
Lees gerus al die vertalings van Deut 29:16-20 in dié Bybelstudie.

Deut 29:16-20, ANV.
Julle weet hoe ons in Egipte gewoon het en hoe ons tussen die nasies deurgetrek het, en hoe julle waar julle verbygetrek het,  hulle afskuwelike afgodsbeelde van hout en klip, van silwer en goud by hulle gesien het. Pas op dat daar nie dalk onder julle 'n man of 'n vrou, 'n familie of 'n stam is wat vandag afvallig word van die Here ons God en die gode van daardie nasies gaan dien nie. As daar so iemand is, so 'n gifwortel wat alles kan vergiftig,  kan hy homself dalk probeer gerusstel wanneer hy hierdie woorde hoor, en kan hy dalk sê: ‘Ek is veilig al volg ek my eie harde kop.’ Maar dit sal lei tot ellende en swaarkry, want die Here sal nie so iemand wil vergewe nie. Die toorn, die verontwaardiging van die Here, sal teen so iemand ontbrand en elke vloek wat in hierdie boek opgeteken is, sal hom tref. Die Here sal die herinnering aan so iemand van die aarde af wegvee. — Deuteronomium 29: 16-20. ANV.

5 vrae oor God en die gifwortel

Moses praat met die Israeliete voordat hulle Kanaän binnegaan.
1. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir jou aangaande God?
2. Wat sê Deut 29:16-20 vir jou aangaande die mens?
3. Wie of wat is die gifwortel in Deut 29:16-20?
4. Is dit moontlik om in die 21e eeu “die gode van ander nasies” te dien? (Verduidelik.)
5. Moet Deut 29:16-20  ernstig opgeneem word in die 21e eeu? Hoekom/hoekom nie?

ENGLISH:  God and the poisonous plant

Once in a blue moon it is possible to have a look at some lesser known passages from Scripture. This is a once in a blue moon day and Duet 29: 16-20 is a lesser known passage from Scripture. For amazing additional info, click on THE GREEN FAIRY.

Useful info about Deut 29: 16-20
...lest some poisonous weed sprout and spread among you, ( KJV: you a root that beareth gall and wormwood)
In ancient Hebrew  gall and wormwood were called 
rosh-rosh and and laanah.
ro^'sh  ro^sh (roshe, roshe): Apparently the same as H7218; a poisonous plant, probably the poppy (from its conspicuous head); generally poison (even of serpents): - gall, hemlock, posion, venom.
la'a'na'h (lah-an-aw'): From an unused root supposed to mean to curse; wormwood (regarded as poisonous, and therefore accursed): - hemlock, wormwood. (Strong’s Concordance)

Poisonous plant may therefore also be translated as poppy and absinthe.  This Bible study is about God and the Poisonous Plant.


Deuteronomy 29: 16- 20: GNB
"You remember what life was like in Egypt and what it was like to travel through the territory of other nations. You saw their disgusting idols made of wood, stone, silver, and gold. Make sure that no man, woman, family, or tribe standing here today turns from the LORD our God to worship the gods of other nations. This would be like a root that grows to be a bitter and poisonous plant. Make sure that there is no one here today who hears these solemn demands and yet convinces himself that all will be well with him, even if he stubbornly goes his own way. That would destroy all of you, good and evil alike. The LORD will not forgive such a man. Instead, the LORD's burning anger will flame up against him, and all the disasters written in this book will fall on him until the LORD has destroyed him completely. 

Deuteronomy 29: 16- 20: THE MESSAGE
14-21 I’m not making this Covenant and its oath with you alone. I am making it with you who are standing here today in the Presence of GOD, our God, yes, but also with those who are not here today. You know the conditions in which we lived in Egypt and how we crisscrossed through nations in our travels. You got an eyeful of their obscenities, their wood and stone, silver and gold junk-gods. Don’t let down your guard lest even now, today, someone—man or woman, clan or tribe—gets sidetracked from GOD, our God, and gets involved with the no-gods of the nations; lest some poisonous weed sprout and spread among you, a person who hears the words of the Covenant-oath but exempts himself, thinking, “I’ll live just the way I please, thank you,” and ends up ruining life for everybody. GOD won’t let him off the hook. GOD’s anger and jealousy will erupt like a volcano against that person. The curses written in this book will bury him. GOD will delete his name from the records. GOD will separate him out from all the tribes of Israel for special punishment, according to all the curses of the Covenant written in this Book of Revelation.  


Deuteronomy 29: 16- 20: KJV
(For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 


5 questions about God and the Poisonous Plant
Moses is addressing the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land.
1. What does Deut 29:16-20 tell you about God?
2. What does Deut 29:16-20 tell you about man?
3. Who or what is the poisonous plant in Deut 29:16-20?
4. Is it possible to serve the no-gods of other nations in the 21st century? Explain.
5. Should Deut 29:16-20  be taken seriously in the 21st century?  Why/why not?

Kliek en kry: KOPSKUIF OOR DIE KONINKRYK VAN GOD/PARADIGM SHIFT ABOUT GOD'S KINGDOM

THIS, PASSER- BY,  IS WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD LOOKS LIKE.
GOD LOVES YOU.  HE ALWAYS HAS.



PARADIGM SHIFT (Afrikaans laer af op die bladsy.)
"Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus answered, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' — Matt 22: 36-39.

Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father. Everything that belongs to the world---what the sinful self desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are so proud of---none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world. The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but those who do the will of God live forever.— 1 Joh 2: 15-17.

"So do not start worrying: 'Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?' (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. — Matt 6: 31-33.


Some Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. His answer was, "The Kingdom of God does not come in such a way as to be seen. No one will say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!'; because the Kingdom of God is within you." — Luk 17:20,21.


Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. Then Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, "Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it." — Mark 10: 13-15.


PARADIGM SHIFT ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD

1. Why are you on earth?  What has your answer been up to now?
2. What is the big DON’T in your life?  What has your answer been up to now?
3. What is the Kingdom of God? What has your answer been up to now?
4. What is the Kingdom of God really? Projects, theological conclusions, people, spiritual and charismatic manifestations, or sometimes just the wellbeing of a little child?
5. What kind of King is God the King?  What does Hy feel about the people in his Kingdom and those who are outside?  (His Son tells us exactly what God feels.)
6. The people of the Kingdom take the Kingdom wherever they go. Even a child can carry the Kingdom from one place to another. True or not true?  Why?

KOPSKUIF OOR DIE KONINKRYK VAN GOD
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Die mense het kindertjies na Jesus toe gebring dat Hy hulle moet aanraak. Sy dissipels het met die mense daaroor geraas. Maar toe Jesus dit sien, was Hy verontwaardig en het Hy vir hulle gesê: “Laat die kindertjies na My toe kom en moet hulle nie verhinder nie, want die koninkryk van God is juis vir mense soos hulle. — Mark 10: 13,14.
Die koninkryk van God kom nie met sigbare tekens nie. En hulle sal nie sê: Kyk hier! of: Kyk daar! nie; want die koninkryk van God is binne-in julle. — Luk 17:20.21.
Julle moet julle dus nie bekommer en vra: ‘Wat moet ons eet of wat moet ons drink of wat moet ons aantrek?’ nie. Dit is alles dinge waaroor die ongelowiges begaan is. Julle hemelse Vader weet tog dat julle dit alles nodig het. Nee, beywer julle allereers vir die koninkryk van God en vir die wil van God, dan sal Hy julle ook al hierdie dinge gee. — Matt 6: 31-33.
Moenie die sondige wêreld en die dinge van die wêreld liefhê nie. As iemand die wêreld liefhet, is die Vader se liefde nie in hom nie. Die wêreldse dinge – alles wat die sondige mens begeer, alles wat sy oë sien en begeer, al sy gesteldheid op besit – kom nie van die Vader nie, maar uit die wêreld.En die wêreld met sy verleidelike dinge gaan verby, maar wie die wil van God doen, bly ewig lewe.— 1 Joh 2:16.
‘Jy moet die Here jou God liefhê met jou hele hart en met jou hele siel’ en met jou hele verstand. Dit is die grootste en die eerste gebod. En die tweede, wat hiermee gelyk staan, is: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhê soos jouself.’In hierdie twee gebooie is die hele wet en die profete saamgevat.” — Matt 22: 37-40


Kopskuif oor die Koninkryk van GOD
Lees nou weer die Skrifgedeeltes hierbo.
En dan beantwoord jy die volgende vrae:
1. Wat het jy tot vandag toe gedink is die rede waarom jy leef?
2. Wat het jy tot vandag toe gedink is die groot MOENIE in jou lewe?
3. Wat het jy tot vandag toe gedink is die Koninkryk van God?
4. Wat of wie is die Koninkryk van God regtig?  Projekte, teologiese uitsprake, mense, spirituele en charismatiese manifestasies, of soms net die welsyn van ? kindjie?
5. Hoe 'n soort Koning is God, die Koning?  Hoe voel Hy oor die mense wat in sy Koninkryk is en oor dié daarbuite? (Sy Seun dra dit aan ons oor.)
6. Die mense van die Koninkryk dra die Koninkryk rond.  Selfs jou kind kan dit ronddra.  Waar of onwaar?  Hoekom?

Kliek en kry: 29 April 2013.CHRISTIANS RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES (in Engels en Afrikaans)

CHRISTIANS RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES...?
“How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.” ? Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is one of the most frequently quoted authors of our time. What are the thoughts that cross your mind while reading the  title of her book? My first thoughts were: this author is writing about running, going, sticking with creatures with specific characteristics. What are those characteristics?  What happens in the pack? In Philippians 3: 7-17 the apostle Paul is also urging people to running with someone specific. He is urging the folowers of Jesus Christ to run with him. To embrace his lifestyle, his life choices.

This is what happens in Paul’s pack:

7 The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I'm tearing up and throwing out with the trash - along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. 8 Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant - dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ 9 and be embraced by him. I didn't want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ - God's righteousness. 10 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. 11 If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. 12 I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. 13 Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward - to Jesus. 14 I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. 15 So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision - you'll see it yet! 16 Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it. 17 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal.— Php 3: 7-17. THE MESSAGE

Questions
1. What life choices are made by those who run with Paul and the other apostles who knew Jesus Christ personally?
2. How acceptable are these choices to you? Why do you say so?
3. Does this kind of commitment produce joy? Why/why not?
4. What Php 3:7-17 tell you about Jesus Christ?
5. What does Php 3:7-17 tell you about yourself?

AFRIKAANS
Wat gebeur in Paulus se trop?
Maar wat eers vir my 'n bate was, beskou ek nou as waardeloos ter wille van Christus,  ja, nog meer: ek beskou alles as waardeloos, want om Christus Jesus, my Here, te ken, oortref alles in waarde ek maak my los van wat agter is en strek my uit na wat voor is.  Ek span my in om by die wenstreep te kom, sodat ek die hemelse prys kan behaal waartoe God my geroep het in Christus Jesus. Ons almal wat geestelik volwasse is, moet hierdie gesindheid hê. En as julle in enige opsig anders daaroor dink – God sal ook hierin aan julle die regte insig gee. In elk geval, laat ons koers hou op die pad waarmee ons tot hiertoe gekom het. Wees my navolgers, broers, en let op die mense wat lewe volgens die voorbeeld wat ons vir julle stel. —  Fil 3:7,8; 13-17. 

VRAE
1. Watter lewenskeuse maak dié van ons wat kies om saam met Paulus en die ander apostels wat Jesus Christus persoonlik geken het, te hardloop?
2. Hoe aanvaarbaar is dié keuses vir jou? Hoekom?
3. Neem dié soort toewyding  jou na vreugde? Hoekom?
4. Wat vertel Fil 3: 7-17 vir jou aangaande Jesus Christus?
5. Wat vertel Fil. 3: 7-17 vir jou aangaande jouself?

Kliek en kry: 26 April 2013. GOD SE VERBASENDE DEFINISIE VAN VAS

Am I worshipping God for only me?


AFRIKAANS
God se verbasende definisie van vas

Moenie nou al begin om Jes 58: 6-11 te lees nie. Gee eers jou definisie van vas.
Lees nou Jes 58: 6-11
Wat is God se definisie van vas?
Wat beloof God aan dié wat so vas?
Wat sê God aangaande Homself in Jes 58: 6-11?

Is die vas wat Ek wil hê, nie dít nie: om dié wat onregverdig gevange gehou word, te bevry, om die juk wat op mense druk, af te haal, om verdruktes vry te maak, om elke juk te breek? Is dit nie dat jy vir dié wat honger is, van jou brood gee nie, dat jy aan die armes en die dakloses 'n blyplek gee nie, dat wanneer jy iemand sonder klere sien, jy vir hom klere gee nie, dat jy jou medemens nie aan sy lot oorlaat nie?
Dan sal die lig vir jou deurbreek soos die rooidag, jy sal gou herstel. Hy wat jou red, sal voor jou uit gaan, die mag van die Here sal agter jou aankom. Dan sal jy roep, en die Here sal antwoord, jy sal om hulp roep, en Hy sal sê: Hier is Ek! As jy sorg dat mense nie meer by jou verdruk word nie, nie meer gedreig en vals beskuldig word nie, as jy jou wy aan dié wat honger het, as jy voorsien in die behoeftes van dié wat in nood is, sal die lig vir jou skyn wanneer dit donker is, sal wat vir jou nag is, word soos die helder middag.  Die Here sal jou altyddeur lei; selfs in dor streke sal Hy in jou behoeftes voorsien. Hy sal jou sterk maak. Jy sal wees soos 'n tuin met volop water, soos 'n fontein waarvan die water nie opdroog nie. — Jes 58: 6-11, ANV
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ENGLISH
God’s amazing definition of fasting

Do not read Isaiah 58: 6-11 right now. First define the term, to fast. 
What is God’s definition of fasting?
What does God promise to those who fast in this way?
What does God say about Himself in Isaiah 58: 6-11?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail." — Isaiah 58:6-11, THE MESSAGE

Kliek en kry: THE WORST TYPE OF LAZINESS, THE ONLY REAL LOVE


Verheerlik die Here

The worst type of laziness, the only real love. What the Bible says.
Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers. — Rom 12: 9-13. GNB.

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians;  be inventive in hospitality.— Rom 12: 9-13. THE MESSAGE

1. How should (brotherly) love be, according to Rom 12: 9-13? 
2. What can keep us joyful in hard times?
3. What is the worst kind of laziness according to Rom 12: 9-13?


Die ergste soort luiheid, die enigste egte liefde. Wat die Bybel sê

Die liefde moet opreg wees. Verafsku wat sleg is en hou vas aan wat goed is. Betoon hartlike broederliefde teenoor mekaar; bewys eerbied teenoor mekaar en wees mekaar daarin tot voorbeeld. Moenie in julle toewyding verslap nie, bly altyd geesdriftig, dien die Here. Verbly julle in die hoop; staan vas in verdrukking; volhard in gebed.  Help die medegelowiges in hulle nood en lê julle toe op gasvryheid. — Rom 12: 9-13.— ANV.

1. Wat is die ergste vorm van luiheid volgens Rom 12: 9-13?
2. Wat kan ons selfs in verdrukking met onvernietigbare blydskap vervul?
3. Hoe moet broederlike liefde volgens Rom 12: 9-13 wees?

Kliek en kry: 24 April 2013. A NEW BRAND OF CREATIVITY/KREATIWITEIT ONDER 'n NUWE NAAM

FORGIVENESS:  BIBLE PROMISES SPOKEN


A new brand of creativity (blue text)  
Kreatiwiteit onder 'n nuwe Naam
(swart teks) 

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. —Gal 6:1,2.  THE MESSAGE.

Broers, as iemand in die een of ander sonde val, moet julle wat julle deur die Gees laat lei, so iemand in 'n gees van sagmoedigheid reghelp. En pas op: jy kan self ook in versoeking kom. Dra mekaar se laste, en gee op dié manier uitvoering aan die wet van Christus. —Gal 6: 1,2.

6 vrae oor kreatiwiteit onder 'n nuwe Naam
1. Gee ? antwoord binne 5 sekondes (jy moenie woorde weeg nie): Wat is die eerste gedagte wat by jou opkom wanneer iemand wat jy goed ken, iets aanvang wat regtig verkeerd en sondig is?
2. In THE MESSAGE word Gal 6:1 vertaal met: “Live creatively.” Hierdie opdrag het iets met ons reaksie op slegte terugvalle in mense se lewe en met hulle herstel te doen.  Bestudeer Gal 6:1,2 en definieer kreatiwiteit volgens Jesus Christus.
3. Waar of onwaar:  As ons op kreatiwiteit met die Gal 6:1 handelsmerk fokus, fokus ons op die hoogste vorm van kreatiwiteit..  Hoekom sê jy so?
4. Defineer  “laste.”
5. Kan selfverwyt, verlies en skande ook laste wees? Hoekom sê jy so?
6. Wat is die wet van Christus?

ENGLISH
A new brand of creativity
My friends, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way. And keep an eye on yourselves, so that you will not be tempted, too. Help carry one another's burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ.— Gal 6:1,2.

6 questions about this new brand of creativity
1. Answer within 5 seconds (you are not supposed to weigh words now): What is the first thing that crosses your mind when someone you know well gets involved with something that is really wrong and sinful?
2. In THE MESSAGE Gal 6:1 is translated as: “Live creatively.” This command has something to do with our reaction to bad spiritual dips in people’s lives. It has something to do with restoration. Study  Gal. 6:1,2 and define  creativity according to Christ.
3. True or false:  When we focus on the  Gal 6:1 brand of creativity we focus on the highest level of creativity.  Why do you say so?
4. Define the word “burdens.”  
5. Can remorse, loss and shame also be burdens?  Why do you say so?
6. What is the law of Christ?

 

Kliek en kry: 23 April 2013. HET JY 'n FOKUS EN 'n HOUDING/DO YOU HAVE A FOCUS AND AN ATTITUDE?




AFRIKAANS
HET JY ? FOKUS & ? HOUDING?
Fokus, houding en gehoorsaamheid is onlosmaaklik verweef.

Dieselfde gesindheid moet in julle wees wat daar ook in Christus Jesus was: Hy wat in die gestalte van God was, het sy bestaan op Godgelyke wyse nie beskou as iets waaraan Hy Hom moes vasklem nie, maar Hy het Homself verneder deur die gestalte van 'n slaaf aan te neem en aan mense gelyk te word. En toe Hy as mens verskyn het, het Hy Homself verder verneder. Hy was gehoorsaam tot in die dood, ja, die dood aan die kruis. — Fil 2: 5-8.

Die Griekse Bybelwoord vir GESINDHEID  spel mens só:  phroneo¯, wat uitgespreek word as  fron-eh'-o.  Die woord beteken:  to exercise the mind, om jouself intens, met toewyding en in gehoorsaamheid te verdiep in iets.  Om jou passie, affection, liefde toe te spits op iets. Om te wees soos, om van dieselfde gees te wees as, om volledig te assosieer met...Om jou gedagtes te rig op...  Gesindheid en gedagtes en die gerigtheid van ? mens se gees (jou fokus) is dus onlosmaaklik aan mekaar verbind.

Het jy 'n houding (gesindheid)?
1. Op wie en wat het Jesus Christus sy gees en gedagtes gerig?
2. Op wie en wat moet die gelowige wat aan God gehoorsaam wil wees, sy/haar gees en gedagtes rig?.

Die Griekse woord vir gehoorsaamheid is hupe¯koos (hoop-ay'-ko-os).  Dit beteken: aandagtig luister.  En by implikasie: om jouself te onderwerp aan.

Het jy 'n fokus?
1. Na wie het Jesus Christus aandagtig geluister?  Aan wie was Hy onderdanig?
2. Na wie moet die Christen wat begeer om aan God gehoorsaam te wees, aandagtig luister?
3. Aan wie moet hy/sy onderdanig wees?

ENGLISH
DO YOU HAVE A FOCUS & AN  ATTITUDE?
Focus, attitude and obedience are unseverably intertwined.

The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had:
He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death--- his death on the cross. — Phip 2: 2-8.


The Greek word for attitude is  phroneo¯,  ( fron-eh'-o).This word means:  to exercise the mind, to be intensely focused on something. To devote your passion, affection an love to something.  To be like, to have the same mind as, to fully associate with... To constantly set your thoughts on...  Attitude, thoughts and focus are intertwined in the most unseverable way.

Do you have an attitude?
1. On whom and what dit Jesus Christ focus his mind and thoughts?
2. On whom and what should the Christian who desires to be obedient to God  set his/her mind and thoughts?

The Greek word vir obedience is hupe¯koos (hoop-ay'-ko-os).It means: attentively listening, and by implication: being  submissive.

Do you have a focus?
1. To whom did Jesus Christ listen attentively? To whom was He submissive?
2. To whom should the Christian who desires to be obedient to God  listen attentively?
3. To whom should he/she be submissive?

Kliek en kry: 22 April 2013. VERTEL MY DAN VAN JOU GOD. Engl: THEN TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GOD




VERTEL MY DAN VAN JOU GOD  deur Maretha Maartens
THEN TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GOD  by Maretha Maartens

You may copy, paste, use and freely share this Bible study for non-commercial purposes. 

AFRIKAANS: Die lewe is moeilik verby: in die kerk en gemeente, in jou verhoudings, in jou siel en liggaam en emosies, in die lewe van jou nageslag, finansieel, in jou gebedslewe, in jou beroep (of pogings om een te kry). Noem dit, en jy het die bewys dat die lewe moeilik is. God die Vader, Seun en Heilige Gees is die Antwoord. Die Bybel sê dit tog.

 
  • Lees Deut 28: 1-13 en Matt 6:31-33 asof jy dit vir die eerste keer in jou lewe lees. Vertel my dan van jou God. 

ENGLISH: Life is way beyond difficult: in the church and congregation, in your relationships, in your soul and body and emotions, in the life of your children, regarding your finances, your job (or attempts to get one). Name it, and it testifies to the fact that life is difficult. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the Answer, we know. The Bible says so. 
 
  • Read Deut. 28:1-13 and Matt. 6: 31-33 as if for the first time ever. Then tell me about your God.

Deut 28: 1-13 en Matt 6:31-33 in AFRIKAANS
“As jy goed luister na die Here jou God en jy gehoorsaam al sy gebooie wat ek jou vandag gee, en jy lewe daarvolgens, sal die Here jou God jou oor al die nasies van die aarde stel. As jy luister na die Here jou God, sal al hierdie seëninge oor jou kom en jou lewe verryk.  Jy sal geseën wees in die stad, jy sal geseën wees in die oop veld.  Jou nageslag sal geseën wees, en die opbrengs van jou lande en die aanteel van jou diere, jou kalweroes en jou lammeroes.  Jou oesmandjie en jou knieskottel sal geseën wees. Jy sal geseën wees waar jy ook gaan. Die Here sal jou vyande wat jou aanval, vir jou laat vlug. Hulle sal uit een rigting teen jou opruk, maar in talle rigtings voor jou uit vlug. Die Here sal die seën beveel om oor jou te kom, oor jou graanskure en oor alles wat jy aanpak. Die Here jou God sal jou seën in die land wat Hy aan jou gee. As jy die gebooie van die Here jou God gehoorsaam en sy wil doen, sal Hy jou in stand hou as sy heilige volk soos Hy met 'n eed aan jou beloof het. Al die volke op die aarde sal weet dat die Naam van die Here oor jou uitgeroep is, en hulle sal bang wees vir jou. Die Here sal jou oorlaai met die goeie: met 'n nageslag, met die aanteel van jou vee, met die opbrengs van jou grond in die land wat die Here met 'n eed aan jou voorvaders beloof het om aan jou te gee. Die Here sal sy goeie voorraadskuur, die hemel, vir jou oopmaak om vir jou land reën te gee op die regte tyd, om alles wat jy doen, te seën. Dan sal jy aan baie nasies kan leen, maar self sal jy nie hoef te leen nie. As jy luister na die Here jou God se gebooie wat ek jou vandag gee, as jy hulle gehoorsaam en daarvolgens lewe en nie ander gode aanhang en dien en so afwyk van alles wat ek jou vandag beveel nie, sal die Here jou God jou die kop maak, nie die stert nie, en sal jy altyd bo wees, nie onder nie. — Deut 28: 1-13, ANV.

Julle moet julle dus nie bekommer en vra: ‘Wat moet ons eet of wat moet ons drink of wat moet ons aantrek?’ nie. Dit is alles dinge waaroor die ongelowiges begaan is. Julle hemelse Vader weet tog dat julle dit alles nodig het.  Nee, beywer julle allereers vir die koninkryk van God en vir die wil van God, dan sal Hy julle ook al hierdie dinge gee. — Matt 6: 31-33, ANV.



Deut. 28:1-13 and Matt. 6: 31-33 in ENGLISH
"If you obey the LORD your God and faithfully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, he will make you greater than any other nation on earth. Obey the LORD your God and all these blessings will be yours: "The LORD will bless your towns and your fields. "The LORD will bless you with many children, with abundant crops, and with many cattle and sheep. "The LORD will bless your grain crops and the food you prepare from them. "The LORD will bless everything you do. "The LORD will defeat your enemies when they attack you. They will attack from one direction, but they will run from you in all directions. "The LORD your God will bless your work and fill your barns with grain. He will bless you in the land that he is giving you. "If you obey the LORD your God and do everything he commands, he will make you his own people, as he has promised. Then all the peoples on earth will see that the LORD has chosen you to be his own people, and they will be afraid of you. The LORD will give you many children, many cattle, and abundant crops in the land that he promised your ancestors to give you. He will send rain in season from his rich storehouse in the sky and bless all your work, so that you will lend to many nations, but you will not have to borrow from any. The LORD your God will make you the leader among the nations and not a follower; you will always prosper and never fail if you obey faithfully all his commands that I am giving you today. But you must never disobey them in any way, or worship and serve other gods. — Deut 28: 1-14, GNB.

"So do not start worrying: 'Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?' (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.— Matt 6: 31-33, GNB.


Kliek en kry: AS JY NET EEN WENS KON WENS. IF YOU WERE ALLOWED ONE WISH ONLY

AS JY NET EEN WENS KON WENS  deur Maretha Maartens.

Wat sou jy gewens het as jy net een wens kon wens?  Diep binnekant weet ons almal wat daardie wens is. Jy en ek het God vandag nodiger as geld, ons eie idees en planne. En God het ons diepste nood opgehef en ons wens vervul:

 “Die maagd sal swanger word en 'n Seun in die wêreld bring, en hulle sal Hom Immanuel noem.” Die naam beteken God by ons. — Matt 1:23.
Die Woord het mens geword en onder ons kom woon. Ons het sy heerlikheid gesien, die heerlikheid wat Hy as die enigste Seun van die Vader het, vol genade en waarheid.
Uit sy oorvloed het ons almal genade op genade ontvang.God het die wet deur Moses gegee; die genade en die waarheid het deur Jesus Christus gekom. Niemand het God ooit gesien nie. Sy enigste Seun, self God, wat die naaste aan die Vader is, dié het Hom bekend gemaak. — Joh. 1:14-18.


1. Wat sê dié Skrifgedeeltes vir jou aangaande God?  
2. Sê vir God hoe jy vandag wil wees en wat jy nodig het.
3. Sê 'n paar keer vandag: Immanuel : God is by my.


IF YOU WERE ALLOWED ONE WISH ONLY...  by Maretha Maartens 
..what would you wish for?  Deep inside ourselves we know what we really need. You and I need God more than money, our own ideas and plans today.  And God has fulfilled our wish; He has met our deepest need:

"A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel" (which means, "God is with us"). — Matthew 1:23.
The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son.
Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known. — John 1: 14-18.


1. What do these passages from Scripture tell you about God?
2. Tell God how you want to be today and what you need.
3. Say these words several times during the day: Immanuel: God is with me.
 

Kliek en kry: HAS THAT HUMBLING PROCESS MADE ANY DIFFERENCE? with Michael W Smith: GRACE


Has that incredibly humbling process made any difference?
Het daardie ondenkbare vernedering enige verskil gemaak? Vrae in Afrikaans:  net onder die GNB vertaling.

1. Somewhere in history an incredibly humbling process took place. What happened?
2. Who was humbled?
3. Why did the humbled One subject Himself to such humiliation?
4. This love from God above should result in person to person care down below. In Php 2:1-8 we find at least 10 elements of genuine, Christian care (empathy, practical and caring involvement.)  What are they? 

You have three translations of  Php 2:1-8 on this page. Find the answers to these 4 questions in the version you feel at home with.

Phil 2:1-8, THE MESSAGE. Eugene H Peterson.
1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.5-8 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

Php 2:1-8, Good News Bible
Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love comforts you. You have fellowship with the Spirit, and you have kindness and compassion for one another.  I urge you, then, to make me completely happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and being one in soul and mind.  Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own.  The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had:  He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God.  Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness.  He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death--- his death on the cross.


Het die ondenkbaar vernederende proses enige verskil gemaak?
1. Êrens in die geskiedenis het ‘n ondenkbaar vernederende proses plaasgevind. Wat het gebeur?
2. Wie is verneder?
3. Waarom het die vernederde Een Homself aan so ‘n vernedering onderwerp?
4. Dié liefde van God daarbo behoort uit te loop op persoon tot persoon omgee (empatie en praktiese tere meelewing) hier op die aarde.  In Fil 2:1-8 vind ons ten minste 10 elemente van egte, Christelike sorg en empatie.  Wat is die 10 elemente? 

Jy het drie vertalings van Fil  2:1-8 op die skerm. Vind die antwoorde op dié 4 vrae in die vertaling wat tot jou spreek.

Fil 2: 1-8, 1983 vertaling van die Bybel in Afrikaans.
Aangesien julle die troos in Christus ondervind het, die aansporing deur die liefde, die gemeenskap deur die Gees, die innige meegevoel en meelewing – maak dan nou my blydskap volkome deur eensgesind te wees: een in liefde, een van hart, een in strewe. Moet niks uit selfsug of eersug doen nie, maar in nederigheid moet die een die ander hoër ag as homself. Julle moenie net elkeen aan sy eie belange dink nie, maar ook aan dié van ander. Dieselfde gesindheid moet in julle wees wat daar ook in Christus Jesus was: Hy wat in die gestalte van God was, het sy bestaan op Godgelyke wyse nie beskou as iets waaraan Hy Hom moes vasklem nie, maar Hy het Homself verneder deur die gestalte van 'n slaaf aan te neem en aan mense gelyk te word. En toe Hy as mens verskyn het, het Hy Homself verder verneder. Hy was gehoorsaam tot in die dood, ja, die dood aan die kruis.

Kliek en kry: FACT SHEET ABOUT GOD, MAN & ONE NATION'S HISTORY.With worship song: YOU ARE GOD ALONE.



FACT SHEET ABOUT GOD, MAN & ONE NATION’S HISTORY   
FEITEBLAD OOR GOD, DIE MENS & EEN VOLK SE GESKIEDENIS

Vrae en Skrifgedeeltes in Afrikaans:  net onder die GNB vertaling.

These passages from Scripture form part of the fact sheet about God, man and one nation’s future. Use the fact sheet to find the answers to the following questions:
1. God speaks and reveals Himself to man (to me and you) as He is. What does He tell man about Himself?
2. TRUE OR FALSE: These passages from Scripture are about FOCUS. Why do you say so?
3. Describe the past, present and future of Israel in 5 sentences.
4. On a personal level:What goes through your mind as you hear God’s revelation about Himself?  Why?
5. How can we really know God?

God’s Law
God spoke, and these were his words:  "I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.  "Worship no god but me. "Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the LORD your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation.  But I show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws. — EXO 20: 1-6, GNB.

God’s Law 
God spoke all these words: 2 I am God, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of a life of slavery. 3 No other gods, only me. 4 No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim.—  EXO 20: 1-6. The Message, Eugene Peterson.

God on God
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.— Deut 4: 24: GNB

One of God’s many promises
36 "But there is also this Message from me, the God of Israel, to this city of which you have said, 'In killing and starvation and disease this city will be delivered up to the king of Babylon': 37 "'Watch for this! I will collect them from all the countries to which I will have driven them in my anger and rage and indignation. Yes, I'll bring them all back to this place and let them live here in peace. 38 They will be my people, I will be their God. 39 I'll make them of one mind and heart, always honoring me, so that they can live good and whole lives, they and their children after them. 40 What's more, I'll make a covenant with them that will last forever, a covenant to stick with them no matter what, and work for their good. I'll fill their hearts with a deep respect for me so they'll not even think of turning away from me. 41 "'Oh how I'll rejoice in them! Oh how I'll delight in doing good things for them! Heart and soul, I'll plant them in this country and keep them here!' 42 "Yes, this is God's Message: 'I will certainly bring this huge catastrophe on this people, but I will also usher in a wonderful life of prosperity. I promise. 43 Fields are going to be bought here again, yes, in this very country that you assume is going to end up desolate - gone to the dogs, unlivable, wrecked by the Babylonians. 44 Yes, people will buy farms again, and legally, with deeds of purchase, sealed documents, proper witnesses - and right here in the territory of Benjamin, and in the area around Jerusalem, around the villages of Judah and the hill country, the Shephelah and the Negev. I will restore everything that was lost.' God's Decree."— Jer 32: 36-44

Seeing God
Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father; that is all we need."  Jesus answered, "For a long time I have been with you all; yet you do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.— Joh 14: 8,9.

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FEITEBLAD OOR GOD, DIE MENS & EEN NASIE SE GESKIEDENIS.
Dié Skrifgedeeltes maak deel uit van die feiteblad aangaande God, die mens en die geskiedenis van een nasie. Gebruik die feiteblad om die antwoorde op die volgende vrae te vind:
1. God praat en openbaar Homself aan die mens (aan jou en my) soos wat Hy is. Wat sê God vir die mens aangaande Homself?
2. WAAR OF ONWAAR: Hierdie Skifgedeeltes handel oor FOKUS. Waarom sê jy so?
3. Beskryf die verlede, hede en toekoms van Israel in 5 sinne.
4. Op ‘n persoonlike vlak: Wat gaan deur jou gedagtes terwyl jy dié openbaring van God aangaande Homself hoor? Hoekom?
5. Hoe kan ons God regtig ken?


God se Wet
Toe het God al hierdie gebooie aangekondig:  “Ek is die Here jou God wat jou uit Egipte, uit die plek van slawerny, bevry het.Jy mag naas My geen ander gode hê nie. Jy mag nie vir jou 'n beeld of enige afbeelding maak van wat in die hemel daarbo of op die aarde hieronder of in die water onder die aarde is nie.
Jy mag hulle nie vereer of dien nie, want Ek, die Here jou God, eis onverdeelde trou aan My. Ek reken kinders die sondes van hulle vaders toe, selfs tot in die derde en vierde geslag van dié wat My haat, maar Ek betoon my liefde tot aan die duisendste geslag van dié wat My liefhet en my gebooie gehoorsaam.— Eks 20: 1-6. 


God aangaande God
Die Here jou God is 'n verterende vuur, Hy eis onverdeelde trou aan Hom.— Deut 4:24.

Een van God se baie beloftes
Tog, so sê die Here die God van Israel vir hierdie stad waarvan julle sê dit sal deur die swaard en hongersnood en pes in die mag van die koning van Babel gegee word: Ek sal hulle bymekaarmaak uit al die lande waarheen Ek hulle verjaag het in my gloeiende toorn en in my groot woede. Ek sal hulle hierheen terugbring en hulle sal hier rustig kom woon. Hulle sal my volk wees en Ek sal hulle God wees.Ek sal hulle 'n onverdeelde hart en 'n vaste koers gee: hulle sal My altyd dien vir hulle eie beswil en vir dié van hulle kinders na hulle. Ek sal 'n blywende verbond met hulle sluit. Ek sal nooit ophou om aan hulle goed te doen nie en Ek sal in hulle die begeerte lê om My te dien en nie van My af weg te draai nie.Ek sal dit geniet om goed te doen aan hulle in my trou; met alles wat Ek is, sal Ek hulle weer in dié land vestig. So sê die Here: Soos Ek hierdie groot ramp oor hierdie volk gebring het, so sal Ek ook al die goeie wat Ek hulle beloof het, na hulle toe bring. Daar sal weer grond gekoop word in hierdie land waarvan julle sê: “Dit is verwoes, sonder mens of dier, oorgegee in die mag van die Galdeërs.” Grond sal vir silwer gekoop word, kontrakte sal geskryf word met seëls daarop en getuies daarvan. Dit sal gebeur in die gebied van Benjamin en in die omgewing van Jerusalem, in die stede van Juda: in die stede van die Bergland en van die Laeveld en in die stede van die Suidland. Ek sal hulle lot verander, sê die Here.— Jer 32: 36-44.

Om God te sien
Toe sê Filippus vir Hom: “Here, wys vir ons die Vader, en dit is vir ons genoeg.” En Jesus sê vir hom: “Ek is al so lank by julle, en ken jy My nie, Filippus? Wie My sien, sien die Vader. — Joh 14:8,9.

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Kliek en kry: COMMITMENT IS OM DIE BESTE TE KIES


Maretha Maartens BIBLE STUDY OOR COMMITMENT
Maretha Maartens Bible study on commitment: ENGLISH VERSION lower down this page.

Commitment is om die beste te kies

In daardie tyd het die dissipels by Jesus gekom met die vraag: “Wie is die belangrikste in die koninkryk van die hemel?” Hy het 'n kindjie nader geroep en hom tussen hulle laat staan en gesê: “Dit verseker Ek julle: As julle nie verander en soos kindertjies word nie, sal julle beslis nie in die koninkryk van die hemel kom nie. Wie homself gering ag soos hierdie kindjie, hy is die belangrikste in die koninkryk van die hemel. En wie so 'n kindjie in my Naam ontvang, ontvang My.” “Elkeen wat een van hierdie kleintjies wat in My glo, van My afvallig maak, vir hom is dit beter as hy met 'n groot meulsteen aan sy nek in die diep see verdrink. — Matt 18: 1-6.

Vind jou vreugde in die Here, en Hy sal jou gee wat jou hart begeer. Laat jou lewe aan die Here oor en vertrou op Hom; Hy sal sorg.— Ps 37: 4,6.

Terwyl Jesus vir die viering van die paasfees in Jerusalem was, het daar baie mense tot geloof in Hom gekom toe hulle die wondertekens sien wat Hy doen. Maar Hy het Hom nie op hulle verlaat nie, omdat Hy geweet het hoe hulle almal is. Hy het nie nodig gehad dat iemand Hom iets van 'n mens vertel nie, want Hy het self geweet hoe mense is. — Joh 2: 23-25.


VERBINTENIS/COMMITMENT VRAE
Commitment tuis en in die familie van Christus
Matt 18: 1-6.  LEES & VOLTOOI

  1. Commitment as ‘n ouer is om te kies wat die beste is vir elkeen van  jou…
  2. Persoonlike commitment is om te kies wat die beste is vir ....
  3. Wat is die beste?
  4. Commitment in die huisgesin van die Here is om te kies wat die best is vir…

Die gees van verbintenis /commitment
Ps 37: 4,5. LEES  & VOLTOOI
  1. Commitment is om....
  2. Commitment aan God waarborg...

Commitment is om te kies wat die beste vir jouself is.
Joh 2: 23-25:  LEES & VOLTOOI
  1. Jesus Christus het gekies wat die beste vir Homself was deur nie...
  2. WAAROM?

MEER OOR VERBINTENIS, COMMITMENT
Kliek op VERNIET  en dan op KLIEK EN KRY: 10 VERSTOMMENDE FEITE OOR COMMITMENT.  
In die Bybelstudie wat oopmaak,  vind jy die stelling: 
As die eerste vrou vir wie hulle hartstogtelik lief was, die moeder, nie trou in haar liefdesverbintenis met hom was nie, hoe kan hy dan 'n ander vrou vertrou om hom lief te hê?  En so gebeur dit gereeld dat 'n volwasse man met so 'n verlede dramatiese goed aanvang, dat hy oor en oor, asof daartoe geprogrammeer, dinge aanvang en sê wat die vrou in sy lewe se liefde toets. 
Kopieer, plak en druk dié heerlike BYBELSTUDIE  gerus vir jou Bybelstudie-, sel of kantoorgroep uitMEER OOR VERBINTENIS, COMMITMENT


ENGLISH VERSION
Commitment is to choose what is best


At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?” For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.“But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don’t have to make it worse—and it’s doomsday to you if you do.— Matthew 18: 1-6.

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the
desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.sal sorg.— Psa 37: 4,5.


During the time he was in Jerusalem, those days of the Passover Feast, many people noticed the signs he was displaying and, seeing they pointed straight to God, entrusted their lives to him. But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them. He knew them inside and out, knew how untrustworthy they were. He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them.— John 2: 23, 24: THE MESSAGE.

While Jesus was in Jerusalem during the Passover Festival, many believed in him as they saw the miracles he performed.  But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew them all. There was no need for anyone to tell him about them, because he himself knew what was in their hearts. — John 2: 23-25. GNB. 


COMMITMENT QUESTIONS
Commitment at home and in the family of Christ.
Matthew 18: 1-6.  READ & then COMPLETE:

  1. Commitment as a parent is to choose what is best for your …
  2. Personal commitment is to choose what is best for ....
  3. What is best?
  4. Commitment within the family of God is to choose what is best for ….

The spirit and  commitment
Ps 37: 4,5. Read & then complete:
  1. Commitment is to....
  2. Commitment to God guarantees...

Commitment is to choose what is best for oneself
John 2: 23-25:  Read & then complete:
  1. Jesus chose what was best for Himself by not....
  2. Why?


Kliek en kry: In Christ Alone

IN CHRIST ALONE




This is an outbound link to YouTube, IN CHRIST ALONE WITH LYRICS/TRAVIS COTTRELL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJETIIPdkt0

MARETHA MAARTENS BIBLE STUDY/BYBELSTUDIE

Simply Christ: embracing or rejecting the simplicity that is in Christ 

What do you make of a message that is both transparent  and unfathomable in all it offers? (Rom 11:33.)

Afrikaans: laer af op die bladsy: EENVOUDIG NET JESUS CHRISTUS: OM DIE EENVOUD VAN DIE EVANGELIE TE AANVAAR OF TE VERWERP
Art: THE JEWISH BRIDE/Het Joodse Bruidje. Rembrandt van Rhijn, about 1667.

The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much - this is the passion of God burning inside me! I promised your hand in marriage to Christ, presented you as a pure virgin to her husband. And now I'm afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ.  It seems that if someone shows up preaching quite another Jesus than we preached - different spirit, different message - you put up with him quite nicely.— 2 Cor 11:2-4

I am jealous for you, just as God is; you are like a pure virgin whom I have promised in marriage to one man only, Christ himself.  I am afraid that your minds will be corrupted and that you will abandon your full and pure devotion to Christ---in the same way that Eve was deceived by the snake's clever lies. For you gladly tolerate anyone who comes to you and preaches a different Jesus, not the one we preached; and you accept a spirit and a gospel completely different from the Spirit and the gospel you received from us! — 2 Cor 11: 2-4.


FIVE FINGERTIP QUESTIONS

1. How transparent is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Why do you say so?
2. What does the term, simple purity of your love for Christ (The Message)  /full and pure devotion to Christ (GNB) mean?  Cross out one phrase from the list:
The term means:
2.1. being perfect in all we do, say, feel and think
2.2.  being intent on ONE object. Or ONE Person, Jesus Christ;
2.3. seeking no other gospel, Spirit, Saviour
2.4. loving Christ alone with singleness of affection
2.5. accepting his Person, claims, words, authority and teachings without additions or modifications
2.6. not harbouring for one moment the possibility of God not having you truest interests at heart
2.7. rejecting the possibility that any other may be more concerned about you that God.
3. Read John Gill’s commentary on 2 Cor 11: 2-4 (red section lower down.)  Can you add to it?
Now fill out: 
4. From Jesus Christ I get…
5. From me Jesus Christ should get…

 
EENVOUDIG NET JESUS CHRISTUS: OM DIE EENVOUD VAN DIE EVANGELIE TE AANVAAR OF TE VERWERP
Wat maak jy met ‘n Evangelie wat tegelykertyd heeltemal deursigtig en ondeurgrondelik is in alles wat dit bied?

 
Ek waak oor julle met 'n ywer wat van God kom, want julle is soos 'n jongmeisie wat ek aan een man toegesê het as sy bruid en wat ek vlekkeloos na hom toe wil bring. Die man is Christus. Maar ek is bang dat julle gedagtes weggelei sal word van die onverdeelde en suiwere toewyding aan Christus, net soos Eva verlei is deur die listigheid van die slang. Ek sê dit omdat julle so maklik daarmee genoeë neem as iemand 'n ander Jesus kom verkondig as wat ons verkondig het, en julle neem net so maklik 'n ander gees en 'n ander evangelie aan as dié wat julle van ons ontvang het. — 2 Kor 11: 2-4


VYF VINGERPUNTVRAE
1. Hoe deursigtig is die Evangelie van Jesus Christus?  Hoekom sê jy so?
2. Wat beteken die woorde: onverdeelde en suiwere toewyding aan Christus (What does the term, simple purity of your love for Christ  /full and pure devotion to Christ)? Skrap net een frase :
Die frase beteken:
2.1. Om perfek te wees in alles wat ons sê, doen, voel en dink;
2.2. Om slegs op EEN objek gefokus te wees. Of net op EEN Persoon, Jesus Christus;
  2.3.Om geen ander evangelie, Gees of Verlosser te soek nie;
  2.4.Om Christus alleen te bemin, met Hom as jou enigste liefde;
  2.5.Om sy Persoon,aansprake, woorde, gesag en leer sonder toevoegings of wysigings te aanvaar;
2.6.Om nie vir een oomblik die moontlikheid te oorweeg dat God nie jou diepste behoeftes op sy hart dra nie;
2.7. Om die moontlikheid te verwerp dat enigiemand anders meer begaan oor jou kan wees as God.

3. Lees John Gill se kommentaar op 2 Korintiërs 11:2-4 in die rooi seksie hier onder. Kan jy iets byvoeg?
Voltooi nou die volgende: 
4. Van Jesus Christ kry ek…
5. Van my behoort Jesus Christ die volgende te kry…

 

THIS IS WHAT JOHN GILL SAID ABOUT JESUS CHRIST


Christ stands in the relation of an husband to the church catholic and universal; to the whole general assembly and church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven; even to all the elect of God, that ever were, are, or shall be; and so he does to particular congregated churches, as he did to this church at Corinth, and so he does to every individual believer: which character he responds to, by
loving them with a love prior to theirs, a love of complacency and delight, which is single, special, and peculiar, strong and affectionate, wonderful and inconceivable, constant, and what will last for ever; by sympathizing with them under all their afflictions, temptations, desertions, and exercises of every kind; by nourishing and cherishing them, which phrases are expressive of the spiritual food and clothing he provides for them, of that intimate communion he admits them to, and of that whole care he takes of them; by paying all their debts, supplying all their wants, supporting them with his right hand, protecting them against all their enemies, giving them grace here, and glory hereafter; and, last of all, by interesting them in his person, and all that he has, in all the blessings and promises of the covenant in his wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The act of espousing, the apostle here, with respect to this church, takes to himself, though in another sense, and which is the principal one, it is ascribed to Christ himself, who betroths all his to himself in righteousness, in judgment, in lovingkindness, and tender mercies; he saw them in his Father's purposes and decrees, in all the glory they were designed to be brought unto, when he loved them as his Father did, 
and desired them for his spouse and bride, which was granted to him; and then secretly in covenant betrothed them to himself, and ever after looked upon them as in a conjugal relation to him; wherefore though they fell in Adam, and became guilty and filthy, he gave himself for them as his church and bride, to sanctify and cleanse them, that he might present them to himself, just such a glorious church he had seen them before. In consequence of this, the Spirit of God attends the ministration of the Gospel, to the conversion of each of these souls, when they become willing to be the Lord's, and give their free and full consent to have him for their husband; and this is the day of their open espousal to him, and in this the apostle had, and other ministers of the Gospel have a concern; he was a means, in the hands of the Spirit, of their regeneration, a minister by whom they believed, an instrument in directing their souls to Christ, by setting forth his unsearchable riches, the glory of his person, and fulness of his grace: as Abraham's servant set forth the greatness of his master, and the large possessions his son was heir to, and brought out his bracelets and ear rings, his jewels of gold and silver, and thereby gained his point, a wife for Isaac; so the Spirit of God going along with the ministration of the apostle so wrought upon these Corinthians, as to give up themselves to the Lord, and take him for their head and husband, Saviour and Redeemer. This was the concern the apostle had herein, and his view, desire, and hope were, to set them before Christ their husband, pure and incorrupt:
that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ;
that is, single in their love to, him, strictly adhering to him, and him only, as standing in such a relation to them; pure in the principles of faith, sincere and upright in their worship, and holy in their lives and conversations; nothing was more desirable to him than this, that he might thus present them to Christ at the great day; whereby it would appear, that his labour was not in vain in the Lord: now having been concerned in this affair of espousing them to Christ, and they not yet presented to him, or took home by him, he could not, as things were circumstanced, but entertain a godly jealousy over them in his own breast, lest the false apostles should draw them aside in any degree from their love to Christ, and faith in him.

Kliek en kry: If we say we have no sin



IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO SIN...


This is an outbound link to YOUTUBE, If we confess our sins.. (1 John 1:8,9.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fgzBK_UcYM
 

Kuns: Lise-Mare Botha. Sien: MY GETUIENIS in die kieslys links.  DIE WATER, DIE BLOED EN DIE GEES

Maretha Maartens Bible Study
Are some good guys and gals lying through their teeth?
This Bible Study is about us . It is about the real me, the real you with all the darkness, all the bitterness, all the contempt and hate within us. It is about the damage we cause. And about the only One who can take away our sins.
Perfect guys and gals do not exist. The moment we begin to think that we are more virtuous than others, red lights are flashing.

6-7 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.
8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.— 1 John 1: 6-7. THE MESSAGE.

If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions.
But if we live in the light---just as he is in the light---then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us.
But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make a liar out of God, and his word is not in us. —1 John 1:7-10.GNB

FINGERTIP QUESTIONS
1. What does this passage from Scripture tell us about the human condition (his, hers, theirs, ours, mine?)
2. What does this passage from Scripture tell us about self-deception?
3. What does this passage from Scripture tell us about going astray?
4. What is the other darkness, not the darkness of a night somewhere on a farm?
5. What does this passage from Scripture tell us about God?

Maretha Maartens Bybelstudie
Is baie vromes besig om soos tandetrekkers te jok?

Hierdie Bybelstudie handel oor onsself. Dit handel oor die ware ek en die ware jy met al die donkerte al die bitterheid, al die veragting en haat in ons. Dit handel oor die skade wat ons ander aandoen. En oor die enigste Een wat ons sonde kan wegneem.
Volmaakte mense bestaan nie. Die oomblik as ons begin dink ons is meer deugsaam of heilig as ander, begin rooi waarskuwingstenens verskyn. 

Maar as ons in die lig lewe soos Hy in die lig is, het ons met mekaar deel aan dieselfde gemeenskap en reinig die bloed van Jesus, sy Seun, ons van elke sonde. As ons beweer dat ons nie sonde het nie, bedrieg ons onsself en is die waarheid nie in ons nie. Maar as ons ons sondes bely – Hy is getrou en regverdig, Hy vergewe ons ons sondes en reinig ons van alle ongeregtigheid.As ons beweer dat ons nie gesondig het nie, maak ons Hom tot leuenaar en is sy woord nie in ons nie. — 1 Joh 1:7-10, ANV.

VINGERPUNTVRAE
1. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir jou aangaande die menslike kondisie (syne, hare, julle s?, ons s?, myne)?
2. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir jou aangaande selfbedrog?
3. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir jou aangaande afdwaal?
4. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir jou aangaande die ander duisternis, nie die donkerte van ? nag op ? plaas in Afrika nie?
5. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir jou aangaande GOD? 

Kliek en kry: Faithful



FAITHFUL


This is an outbound link to YOUTUBE: FAITHFUL, HIGH STREET HYMNS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb1RrKP3TEc
   

  Maretha Maartens Bybelstudie
Dié wat die wit steentjie kry
Skrywe aan die leraar van die gemeente in Pergamum: So sê Hy wat die skerp swaard met die twee snykante het: Ek ken die plek waar julle bly, daar waar die troon van die Satan is. Tog bly julle aan my Naam getrou en julle het nie julle geloof in My afgesweer nie, selfs nie in die tyd toe Antipas, my getroue getuie, doodgemaak is daar by julle waar die Satan bly nie. Maar Ek het 'n paar dinge teen julle. Julle het mense daar wat die leer van Bileam aanhang. Hy het vir Balak geleer om die volk Israel van My afvallig te maak, sodat hulle afgodsoffervleis geëet en onsedelikheid bedrywe het. So is daar onder julle dan ook mense wat die leer van die Nikolaïete aanhang en dieselfde sondes doen.

Bekeer julle nou, anders kom Ek gou na julle toe en sal Ek daardie mense bestry met die swaard van my mond. Elkeen wat kan hoor, moet luister na wat die Gees vir die gemeentes sê. Aan elkeen wat die oorwinning behaal, sal Ek van die verborge manna gee, en daarby sal Ek vir hom 'n wit steentjie gee met 'n nuwe naam daarop gegraveer, wat niemand anders ken nie, net hy wat dit kry. — Openbaring 2: 12-17.

Die boek Openbaring handel oor die tyd tussen die eerste en tweede koms van Jesus Christus.  Tweeduisend jaar gelede het Jesus Christus vir Johannes op die eiland Patmos gesê wat in die kerk en met die gelowiges in dié tyd sou gebeur.

VYF VINGERPUNTVRAE
1. Het die Kerk so geword soos wat Jesus 2000 jaar gelede gesê het dit sou word?
2. Is jou lewe as Christen soos wat Jesus gesê het dit sou wees?
3. Wat sien Jesus Christus altyd raak?
4. Wat is die een wesenskenmerk van vals leerstellings in die Kerk? (die leer van die Nikolaïete)?
5. Wat is die wit steentjie en die verborge manna?  (In VERNIET is daar ? wonderlike verhaal rondom die wit steentjie. Kliek op VERNIET en dan weer op Kliek en Kry: WIT STEENTJIE.)


Maretha Maartens Bible Study
Those who receive the white stone
I know where you live, there where Satan has his throne. You are true to me, and you did not abandon your faith in me even during the time when Antipas, my faithful witness, was killed there where Satan lives. But there are a few things I have against you: there are some among you who follow the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak how to lead the people of Israel into sin by persuading them to eat food that had been offered to idols and to practice sexual immorality. In the same way you have people among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

Now turn from your sins! If you don't, I will come to you soon and fight against those people with the sword that comes out of my mouth.
"If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches! "To those who win the victory I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give each of them a white stone on which is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it. — Rev 2:13.

The book, REVELATION, is about the time between the first and second coming of Jesus Christ.  Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ revealed the state of the Church and the kind of life the his followers would have to John on the island  Pathmos.

FIVE FINGERTIP QUESTIONS

1. Has the church become as Jesus said it would become?
1. Is our life as Christian as Jesus said it would be?
2. What does Jesus Christ always see and take note of?
3. What is the single distinctive feature of false doctrine (the teaching of the Nicolaitans) in the Church?
4. What is the hidden manna and the small white stone? (In VERNIET you find the wonderful story of the small white stone, at present only in Afrikaans. Click on VERNIET and then on KLIEK  EN KRY: WIT STEENTJIE.)

Kliek en kry: It is wll with my soul


IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL



This is an outbound link to YouTube: It is well with my soul. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6yDFn3OAFo
Art: Fortunino  Matania (1881-1963) Paul shipwrecked on Malta.
Bible study with Maretha Maartens
Though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck... I made a choice

1-6 I love GOD because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. e listened so intently as I laid out my case before him.
Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn;
then I called out to GOD for help: “Please, GOD!” I cried out.“Save my life!”
GOD is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God.
GOD takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.

7-8 I said to myself, “Relax and rest. GOD has showered you with blessings.
Soul, you’ve been rescued from death;
Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears;
And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”

9-11 I’m striding in the presence of GOD,
alive in the land of the living!
I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck,
Despite giving up on the human race, saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”

12-19 What can I give back to GOD for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to GOD! I’ll pray in the name of GOD;
I’ll complete what I promised GOD I’d do, and I’ll do it together with his people.
When they arrive at the gates of death, GOD welcomes those who love him.
Oh, GOD, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of GOD.
I’ll complete what I promised GOD I’d do, and I’ll do it in company with his people,
In the place of worship, in GOD’s house, in Jerusalem, GOD’s city.
Hallelujah!  — The MESSAGE, Psalm 116.

5 fingertip questions
1.What do you feel while reading this ancient Psalm?
2. What did the Psalmist discover about God? (Have you experienced the same?)
3. How many choices did the Psalmist make in this Psalm? On a scale of 0-5 (0: pathetic, 5: brilliant) , how would you rate each of them?
4. How will you life be affected, should you make some/all of these choices?
5. .Take some time and talk to God about this Psalm. 

Maretha Maartens Bybelstudie
Al is ek oorduiwel en totaal in die war... kies ek die Here

(Wenk: Lees tog die weergawe van hierdie Psalm in THE MESSAGE hierbo.)


Ek het die Here lief, want Hy verhoor my smeekgebede.
Hy het na my geluister toe ek Hom aangeroep het.
Bande van die dood het my omsluit, doodsangs het my aangegryp, ek het benoud en bekommerd geword.
Toe het ek die Naam van die Here aangeroep: “Here, red my tog!”
Die Here is genadig en regverdig, ons God ontferm Hom oor ons.
Die Here beskerm die hulpeloses: ek was magteloos, maar Hy het my gered.
Ek moet nou tot rus kom, die Here het goed aan my gedoen:
U het my van die dood gered, U het 'n einde gemaak aan my trane,
U het gesorg dat ek nie weer struikel nie. Ek kon voor die Here bly wandel in die land van die lewendes.
Ek het in U bly glo, selfs toe ek gedink het dit is klaar met my
en toe ek in my vertwyfeling besef het: ek kan op geen mens staat maak nie.
Hoe sal ek die Here vergoed vir al sy weldade aan my?
Met 'n drankoffer sal ek van sy redding getuig en die Naam van die Here aanroep.
My geloftes aan die Here sal ek betaal in die teenwoordigheid van sy hele volk.
Vir die Here is die dood van sy troue dienaars geen geringe saak nie.
Ek is u dienaar, Here, van my geboorte af is ek al u dienaar: U het my vry gemaak.
Ek wil U loof met 'n dankoffer, ek wil die Naam van die Here aanroep.
My geloftes aan die Here sal ek betaal in die teenwoordigheid van sy hele volk,
in die voorhowe van die huis van die Here, binne-in jou, Jerusalem! Prys die Here! —Ps 116 .
 

5 vingerpuntvrae

1. Wat het jy gevoel toe jy hierdie ou Psalm gelees het?
2. Wat het die Psalmskrywer aangaande God ontdek? (Het jy al dieselfde ontdek?)
3. Hoeveel keuses maak die Psalmskrywer in dié Psalm?  Op 'n skaal van 0-5 (0= pateties, 5=briljant), watter punt verdien elkeen van sy keuses?
4. Hoe sal jou lewe geraak word indien jy sommige van/al dié keuses sou maak?
5. Word 'n bietjie stil en praat met God oor hierdie Psalm.
 

Kliek en kry: The way, the truth and the light

THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT


This is an outbound link to YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoWd6mziKME


Maretha Maartens se Bybelstudie oor die tema:
HOE OM DIE LEWE, VRYHEID EN VREUGDE IN 5 MAKLIKE STAPPE TE VERLOOR . Of hoe om dit nie te verloor nie.
ENGLISH: BIBLE STUDY THEME: How to lose life, freedom and joy in 5 easy steps. Or how not to lose it. (BLUE TEXT)

1. Gaan in deur die nou poort. Maar die poort wat na die lewe lei, is nou en die pad daarheen smal, en dié wat dit kry, is min.  Matt 7:14,15.
En ook:  Ek is die ingang; as iemand deur My ingaan, sal hy gered word. Hy sal in en uit gaan en weiding kry.— Joh 10: 9.

2. Watter sin het dit dat julle My aanspreek met ‘Here, Here!’ en nie doen wat Ek sê nie? Elkeen wat na My toe kom en na my woorde luister en doen wat Ek sê – Ek sal vir julle verduidelik soos wie hy is: Hy is soos 'n man wat by die bou van sy huis die grond diep uitgegrawe en die fondament op die rotsbodem gelê het. Toe daar 'n oorstroming kom en die vloedwater die huis tref, kon dit hom nie beweeg nie, want die huis was goed gebou. Maar as iemand luister en nie doen wat Ek sê nie, is hy soos 'n man wat sy huis bo-op die grond gebou het sonder 'n fondament. Toe die vloedwater dit tref, het dit dadelik ingestort, en daardie huis het een groot puinhoop geword.” — Lukas 6: 46-49

3. Wees veral versigtig met wat in jou hart omgaan, want dit bepaal jou hele lewe.— Spreuke 4:23

4. Wie ervaring kortkom, glo alles wat gesê word; 'n verstandige mens oorweeg elke tree wat hy gee. 

5. Wie wysheid het, is versigtig en vermy die kwaad; wie wysheid kortkom, is roekeloos en selfversekerd. — Spreuke 14:15,16.

Die beste leidsman wat jy kan kry, is die Heilige Gees.  Van Hom word gesê: Hy is die Gees wat wysheid en insig gee, die Gees wat raad en sterkte gee, die Gees wat kennis verleen en eerbied vir die Here. — Jes 11:2.


Net drie vrae
1. Wat vertel hierdie Skrifgedeeltes vir jou van God en jou verhouding met HOM?
2. Waarvoor moet jy as mens volgens hierdie Skrifgedeeltes lewenslank versigtig wees?
3. Ons kan ook kies om nie lewenslank so versigtig te wees nie. Wat verloor ons dan?

How to lose life, freedom and joy in 5 easy steps. Or how not to lose it.

1. "Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it. — Matt 7:13,14.  And also:
I am the gate. Those who come in by me will be saved; they will come in and go out and find pasture.— John 10:9.

2. Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great." — Luk 6:47-49.

3. Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.— Prov 4:23.

4. A fool will believe anything; smart people watch their step.
5. Sensible people are careful to stay out of trouble, but stupid people are careless and act too quickly. — Prov 14: 15,16.  

There is no better Leader and Guide than the Holy Spirit. The Bible says this about Him: Isa 11:2  And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

Only three questions:
1. What does the Bible tell you about God and your relationship with Him in these passages?
2. About what should you as human being be cautious as long as you live?
3. We can also decide not to be so cautious. What do we lose then? 

 

Kliek en kry: The lord is gracious and compassionate

THE LORD IS GRACIOUS AND COMPASSIONATE


This is an outbound link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZcxNz_9PQ
Bible study (English) by Maretha Maartens: 8 APRIL 2013
Is compassion a relationship between equals?

Bybelstudie (Afrikaans) deur Maretha Maartens: 8 APRIL 2013
Is ontferming (genade)  a verhouding tussen gelykes?

 “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals.”  Ani Pema Chödrön. True?  Not true?

What the Bible says about compassion
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,  because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high  to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." — Luke 1: 76-79

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, and wrong. We were slaves to passions and pleasures of all kinds. We spent our lives in malice and envy; others hated us and we hated them. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior was revealed,  he saved us. It was not because of any good deeds that we ourselves had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us, through the Holy Spirit, who gives us new birth and new life by washing us. God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that by his grace we might be put right with God and come into possession of the eternal life we hope for. — Tit 3: 3-7

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. "If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.  "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you." —Luk 6:31-38.

Lord, lead me to the truth now
1. Is all compassion a relationship between equals?
2. What do you discover about God in these passages from Scripture? 
3. Complete: God’s compassion is...
4. In Luke 6: 31-38 we find the ultimate definition of compassion. Complete:  Jesus Christ says that being compassionate means...
5. Whom do you have to treat like this from now on?

Art: Eugene Delacroix, 1849. The Samaritan.

AFRIKAANS:  Is ontferming 'n verhouding tussen gelykes?
Stem jy saam?  “Ontferming (genade) is nie 'n verhouding tussen die healer en die verwonde nie. Dit is 'n verhouding tussen gelykes.”  Ani Pema Chödrön.

Wat die Bybel oor ontferming sê

En jy, kindjie, 'n profeet van die Allerhoogste sal jy genoem word, want jy sal voor die Here uit gaan om sy pad gereed te maak,  om kennis van verlossing aan sy volk mee te deel: verlossing deur vergifnis van hulle sondes, danksy die genadige ontferming van ons God. Soos die môreson sal Hy opgaan en uit die hoogte op ons afstraal, om lig te bring aan dié wat in duisternis en in die skaduwee van die dood lewe, om ons voetstappe te rig op die pad van vrede.” Luk. 1: 76-79.

Vroeër was ons ook onverstandig, ongehoorsaam, op die verkeerde pad, verslaaf aan allerlei begeertes en singenot; ons het ons lewe in kwaadwilligheid en jaloesie deurgebring; ons was haatlik en het mekaar gehaat. Maar toe het die goedheid van God ons Verlosser en sy liefde vir die mens verskyn. Hy het ons verlos, nie op grond van iets wat ons vir ons vryspraak gedoen het nie, maar op grond van sy eie ontferming. Dit het Hy gedoen deur die wedergeboorte wat die sonde afwas, en deur die Heilige Gees wat nuwe lewe gee. God het die Heilige Gees oorvloedig op ons uitgestort deur Jesus Christus ons Verlosser. So is ons dan deur sy genade vrygespreek en het ons erfgename geword van die ewige lewe wat ons verwag.— Tit 3: 3-7

Behandel ander mense soos julle self behandel wil word. As julle net dié liefhet wat vir julle liefhet, watter aanspraak op dank het julle dan nog? Ook die sondaars het net dié lief wat vir hulle liefhet. En as julle goed doen net aan dié wat aan julle goed doen, watter aanspraak op dank het julle dan nog? Die sondaars maak maar net so. En as julle geld leen net aan dié van wie julle hoop om dit terug te kry, watter aanspraak op dank het julle dan nog? Sondaars leen ook aan sondaars, solank hulle maar dieselfde bedrag kan terugkry.  Nee, sonder om iets terug te verwag, moet julle julle vyande liefhê en goed doen en uitleen. Dan sal daar vir julle 'n groot beloning wees: julle sal kinders van die Allerhoogste wees, omdat Hy self goed is vir die ondankbares en slegtes. Wees barmhartig soos julle Vader barmhartig is. Moenie oordeel nie, en oor julle sal nie geoordeel word nie. Moenie veroordeel nie, en julle sal nie veroordeel word nie. Spreek vry, en julle sal vrygespreek word. Gee, en vir julle sal gegee word: 'n goeie maat, ingestamp, geskud en propvol, sal hulle in julle hande gee. Met die maat waarmee julle meet, sal ook vir julle gemeet word.” — Luk 6: 31-38.

Here, lei my nou na die waarheid
1. Is alle ontferming 'n verhouding tussen gelykes?
2. Wat ontdek jy aangaande God in hierdie Skrifgedeeltes?
3. Voltooi: God se ontferming (genade) is...
4. In Lukas 6: 31-38 vind ons die uiterste definisie van ontferming (genadig wees.)  Voltooi: Jesus Christus sê genadigheid (barmhartigheid) is...
5. Vir wie moet jy van nou af so behandel?

Kliek en kry: Bybelstudie vir 2 Apr 2013


Maretha Maartens se Bybelstudie vir 2 APRIL 2013


 

This is an outbound link to YouTube: Steve Green: Oh, I want to know you more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM5ZUIUZCow
Art: Rembrandt van Rhijn: Parable of the Rich Fool. 1627.

Wat doen jy tans? Is jy ‘n ma en tuisteskepper, argitek, sakevrou, onderwyser, pastor, predikant, ouderling, wetenskaplike, rektor, lektor, chirurg, skrywer, TV sepie-akteur, radio-omroeper, pensioenaris, student, boer, politikus?  God vra: “Wat wil jy hê moet ek vir jou gee? Wat vra jy?”

How would you describe yourself at this stage in your life? Are you a stay-at-home mother, an architect, rector, lecturer, businesswoman, teacher, elder in the church, scientist, surgeon, author,  TV personality, radio broadcaster, pensioner, student, farmer, politician? God says: "Ask what I shall give you." What do you ask for? 
GOD VRA: WAT WIL JY HÊ MOET EK VIR JOU GEE? WAT VRA JY?
EK VRA INSIG!
Daar in Gibeon het die Here die nag in 'n droom aan Salomo verskyn en vir hom gevra: “Wat wil jy hê moet Ek vir jou gee?” Toe sê Salomo: “Here my God, U het my koning gemaak in my vader Dawid se plek, maar ek is nog jonk en onervare en ek moet regeer oor die volk wat deur U uitgekies is, 'n groot volk, te veel om te tel. Gee my die gehoorsaamheid aan U dat ek u volk reg sal regeer en in alles insig sal hê, want wie kan uit homself hierdie groot volk van U regeer!” Die Here het dit goedgevind dat Salomo dít gevra het. Hy het vir hom gesê: “Omdat dít jou versoek is en jy nie vir jou 'n lang lewe, of rykdom, of die dood van jou vyande gevra het nie, maar insig in wat reg is, sal Ek aan jou versoek voldoen. Ek gee aan jou wysheid en insig soos niemand vóór jou gehad het of ná jou sal hê nie. Ook wat jy nie gevra het nie, gee Ek aan jou: rykdom en aansien, sodat daar onder die konings niemand soos jy sal wees solank jy leef nie. s jy jou in jou optrede hou aan my voorskrifte en gebooie soos jou vader Dawid gedoen het, sal Ek jou ook nog 'n lang lewe gee.” —1 Kon.3: 5-14.

EK VRA MEER VAN CHRISTUS!
Maar wat eers vir my 'n bate was, beskou ek nou as waardeloos ter wille van Christus, ja, nog meer: ek beskou alles as waardeloos, want om Christus Jesus, my Here, te ken, oortref alles in waarde. Ter wille van Hom het ek alles prysgegee en beskou ek dit as verwerplik sodat ek Christus as enigste bate kan verkry en een met Hom kan wees: vrygespreek, nie omdat ek die wet onderhou nie, maar omdat ek in Christus glo. Dit is die vryspraak wat God gee omdat 'n mens in Hom glo. Al wat ek wens, is om Christus te ken, die krag van sy opstanding te ondervind en deel te hê aan sy lyding deur aan Hom gelyk te word in sy dood, in die verwagting dat ek self deel sal hê aan die opstanding uit die dood. — Fil 3: 7-11.
Maar wat eers vir my 'n bate was, beskou ek nou as waardeloos ter wille van Christus,  ja, nog meer: ek beskou alles as waardeloos, want om Christus Jesus, my Here, te ken, oortref alles in waarde. Ter wille van Hom het ek alles prysgegee en beskou ek dit as verwerplik sodat ek Christus as enigste bate kan verkry. Fil. 3:7,8.

VRAE VIR VANDAG
1. Wat is die heel eerste gedagte wat by jou opgekom het terwyl jy dié vraag gelees het: “Wat wil jy hê moet ek vir jou gee?” (Dat jou huwelik sal herstel? Dat iets sal gebeur wat julle uit julle finansiële verknorsing sal haal? Dat jou sakeonderneming sal slaag? Dit jy gesond sal word?)
2. Is dit verkeerd om dié dinge van God te vra? Hoekom sê jy so?
3. Kan ons probleme vir onsself skep deur dié dinge op die verkeerde plek in die raamwerk van ons gebed te plaas? Indien wel, watter soort probleme?
4. God vra: “Wat wil jy hê moet ek vir jou gee? Vra jy wat Salomo vra, of wat Paulus vra?  Hoekom?
5. Wat het Jesus Christus van God gevra?
6. Vra drie dinge van die Here vir hierdie dag.Vra dit wat vir jou die belangrikste is, eerste.

ENGLISH
WHAT SOLOMON ASKED FOR
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, "Ask what I shall give you." And Solomon said, "And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?"  It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.  And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.  I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days." 1 Ki 3: 5-14.

WHAT PAUL ASKED FOR
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith--  that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.— Ph 3: 7-11.

Here's what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?". 11 And God said to him, "Because you have asked for this and haven't grasped after a long life, or riches, or the doom of your enemies, but you have asked for the ability to lead and govern well, 12 I'll give you what you've asked for - I'm giving you a wise and mature heart. THE MESSAGE.

QUESTIONS FOR TODAY
1. What was the very first thought that crossed your min when you read the question:”Ask what I shall give you…?  (That you marriage will heal? That something that will get you out of you desperate financial situation will finally happen? That your business will succeed? That you will get well again?)
2. Is it wrong to ask these things from God? Why do you say so?
3. Can we create problems for ourselves when we put these requests and pleas in the wrong place within the framework of our prayers? If so, what kind of problems?  
4. God says: "Ask what I shall give you." Do you ask what Solomon asked for, or what Paul asked for?  Why? 
5. What did Jesus Christ ask from God?
6. Ask God for three things for this day, beginning with the most important thing.

Kliek en kry: God sal voorsien 25 Mar 2013

GOD SAL VOORSIEN. SKRIF VIR VANDAG, 25 MAART 2013
Maar ek het alles ontvang en ek het meer as genoeg. Noudat ek van Epafroditos ontvang het wat julle gestuur het, het ek alles wat ek nodig het. Julle gawe is voor God 'n offer met lieflike geur, vir Hom aanneemlik en welgevallig.
En my God sal in elke behoefte van julle ryklik voorsien volgens sy wonderbaarlike rykdom in Christus Jesus.
Aan ons God en Vader behoort die heerlikheid tot in alle ewigheid! Amen. — Filippense 4:18-20.
VIR VANDAG
1. Wat sê Filippense 4: 18-20 van God?
2. Watter gesindheid vind jy in hierdie Skrifgedeelte?
3. Wat het jy vandag regtig nodig?  Identifiseer 3 groot behoeftes.
4. Watter belofte kry jy in hierdie Skrifgedeelte?
5. Glo jy hierdie belofte? 
6. Glo jy dat God jou respons hoor aangaande dit wat sy Woord aangaande Hom sê?

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY, MARCH 25, 2013
Here, then, is my receipt for everything you have given me---and it has been more than enough! I have all I need now that Epaphroditus has brought me all your gifts. They are like a sweet-smelling offering to God, a sacrifice which is acceptable and pleasing to him.
And with all his abundant wealth through Christ Jesus, my God will supply all your needs. — Php 4: 18-20.
FOR TODAY
1. What does Php 4: 18-20 say about God?
2. What attitude do you find in this passage from Scripture?
3. What do you really need today? Identify 3 major needs.
4. What promise do you find in this passage from Scripture?
5. Do you believe this promise? Why ?
6. Do you believe that God is hearing your response to what Scripture says here about Him?

Kliek en kry: My hope is built on nothing less

My hope is built on nothing less (All else is sinking sand...)

This is an outbound link to YOUTUBE: MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWdNgXSd46Y&NR=1&feature=endscreen
Art: JH Pierneef. Near Golden Gate. 1945.
Skrif vir 22 Maart: Nege woorde net vir jou
Moenie bang wees vir dié wat die liggaam doodmaak, maar die siel nie kan doodmaak nie. Nee, vrees Hom eerder wat sowel die liggaam as die siel in die hel kan laat vergaan. — Mat 10:28. Moenie dink dat Ek gekom het om vrede op die aarde te bring nie. Ek het nie gekom om vrede te bring nie maar die swaard.  — Matt 10:34. Hy wat sy vader of moeder liewer het as vir My, is nie werd om aan My te behoort nie; hy wat sy seun of dogter liewer het as vir My, is nie werd om aan My te behoort nie. Hy wat nie sy kruis opneem en My volg nie, is nie werd om aan My te behoort nie. Hy wat sy lewe wil behou, sal dit verloor; en hy wat sy lewe ter wille van My verloor, sal dit vind. — Mat 10: 37-39.

God het besluit en dit vooruit bepaal om Hom aan julle uit te lewer, en julle het Hom deur heidene aan die kruis laat spyker en Hom doodgemaak. Maar God het Hom van die smarte van die dood verlos en Hom uit die dood laat opstaan. Dit was immers vir die dood onmoontlik om Hom gevange te hou. Van Hom sê Dawid: Ek het die Here altyd voor oë. Hy is aan my regterhand; ek sal nie wankel nie. Daarom is my hart bly en my tong jubel, ja meer, ek het die verwagting dat my liggaam sal lewe, want U sal my nie aan die doderyk oorlaat nie; U sal nie toelaat dat u troue dienaar vergaan nie. U het my die paaie van die lewe geleer; u teenwoordigheid  (nabyheid) sal my met vreugde vul. — Hand 2: 23-28. 


Die boodskap van die kruis van Christus is wel onsin vir dié wat verlore gaan, maar vir ons wat gered word, is dit die krag van God. Daar staan tog geskrywe: “Die wysheid van die wyses sal Ek vernietig, en die geleerdheid van die geleerdes sal Ek tot niet maak.” — 1 Kor 1:18,19. Ons verkondig Christus wat gekruisig is. Vir die Jode is dit 'n aanstoot en vir die ander is dit onsin, maar vir dié wat deur God geroep is, Jode sowel as Grieke, is Christus die krag van God en die wysheid van God. Wat vir die wêreld die onsin van God is, is groter wysheid as die wysheid van mense, en wat vir die wêreld die swakheid van God is, is groter krag as die krag van mense. —1 Kor 1: 23-25.

Hy is die Een op wie jy jou lewe lank kan vertrou. Die kosbare besitting wat werklik kan help, is wysheid en kennis; die rykdom waarop Sion hom kan verlaat, is die diens van die Here. — Jes 33:6. In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. -Isaiah 33:6.  New Living translation.


Vir vandag
Hier is nege woorde wat jy in vandag se Skrifgedeeltes teëkom. By elkeen kry jy die kernbetekenis van elkeen van dié nege woorde, soos wat dit in Bybelse Grieks geskryf staan. Doen die volgende 4 dinge:
EEN: Bid dat die Here iets vir jou sal sê, iets persoonliks.
TWEE: Soek die 9 woorde een vir een, kyk wat elkeen beteken.
DRIE: Luister na die stem van die Heilige Gees in jou. God praat met jou oor dié woorde in sy Woord.
VIER: Bid oor wat die Here vir jou in sy Woord gesê het.
Nege woorde in die Woord
1. Siel: psuche¯ psoo-khay': die lewende gees, jou totale menswees.
2. Dink: van die veronderstelling uitgaan, aanvaar, jouself wysmaak.
3. Kruis: stauros:  stow-ros': 'n regop kruispaal van straf,  dieper betekenis: blootstelling aan die dood,  sterf aan die self en aanvaar, aangryp, lewe in die versoening wat Christus deur sy kruisdood moontlik gemaak het.
4. Verloor: Apollumi: ap-ol'-loo-mee: volledig vernietig, sterf aan homself en sy eie idees, planne, uitsprake, teorieë argumente, wysheid, voorveronderstellings, idees van hoe God moet wees, konsepte van hoe die mens gered sou kon word, paradigmas, onafhanklikheid, krag, lewe.  
5. Onsin: mo¯ria, mo-ree'-ah: onsin, silliness, absurditeit, belaglik, simpel.
6. Vergaan: saleuo¯ sal-yoo'-o: omgegooi, totaal ontwrig, vernietig,  uitmekaargeruk, uitmekaargeskud, in twyfel en huiwering vasgevang word.
7. Paaie van die lewe: Hodos.  hod-os': die roete, die manier van reis, die vorentoe beweeg. vordering, vooruitgang; verloop (siekte); lewensloop; vaart; gang; reis; ontwikkelingsgang; voortgang;
8. Krag: Dunamis: doo'-nam-is: mag, Goddelike krag, wonderwerk, magtige, oorvloedige  en wonderbaarlike  werk van God, die Allerhoogste God van hemel en aarde, die Ewige.
9. Wysheid: Sophia,  sof-ee'-ah: Hier: die wysheid van God soos in Rom 11:33, 34.  So klink die vertaling van Rom 11:33,34 in THE MESSAGE: Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?


Scripture for 22 March.  Nine words just for you
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell.  — Mat 10:28. "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. —Matt 10:34. "Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples; those who love their son or daughter more than me are not fit to be my disciples.  Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples.  Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it. —  Matt 10: 37-37. 

In accordance with his own plan God had already decided that Jesus would be handed over to you; and you killed him by letting sinful men crucify him.  But God raised him from death, setting him free from its power, because it was impossible that death should hold him prisoner. For David said about him, 'I saw the Lord before me at all times; he is near me, and I will not be troubled. And so I am filled with gladness, and my words are full of joy. And I, mortal though I am, will rest assured in hope,  because you will not abandon me in the world of the dead; you will not allow your faithful servant to rot in the grave. You have shown me the paths that lead to life, and your presence will fill me with joy.' — Hand 2:33-28.

For the message about Christ's death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God's power. The scripture says, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and set aside the understanding of the scholars."  1 Cor 1:18,19. As for us, we proclaim the crucified Christ, a message that is offensive to the Jews and nonsense to the Gentiles;  but for those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, this message is Christ, who is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For what seems to be God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and what seems to be God's weakness is stronger than human strength. — 1 Cor 1:18, 19, 23-25.

In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6.  New Living translation.

For today
Here are 9 words that you will encounter in the passages from Scripture that you are about to read. Next to each of them you will vind its core meaning, as it was written in Biblical Greek. 
Do the following 4 things:
ONE: Pray that the LORD will say something to you personally.
TWO: Find the 9 words one by one, discover the real meaning of each of them.
THREE: Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit deep within you. God will speak to you about these words in his Word.
FOUR: Pray about what God has said and is saying to you in his Word.

NINE WORDS IN THE WORD
1. Soul: psuche¯ psoo-khay':living spirit, your total being.
2. Think: : assume, tell yourself, come to the conclusion.
3. Cross: stauros:  stow-ros':a pole set up straight, deeper meaning: exposure to death, to die to one’s self, to accept and believe, to live in the reconciliation between God and man through the Cross, the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. 
4. lose their life: Apollumi: ap-ol'-loo-mee: to destroy completely, to die to oneself, one’s own ideas, plans, theories, arguments, wisdom, assumptions, concepts of God, concepts of salvation, paradigmns, independence, power and life.
5. Foolishness:  mo¯ria, mo-ree'-ah: nonsense,  silliness, absurdiy, ridiculousness, stupidity.
6. I will not be troubled/ moved:  saleuo¯ sal-yoo'-o: toppled, destroyed, ripped apart, entrapped by doubt, fear, uncertainty, despair.
7. The paths that lead to life:  Hodos.  hod-os': the route, the travel mode, the way to make progress, every step of the process.
8.  The power of God: Dunamis: doo'-nam-is: the might and power of the Almighty, supreme God; the miracle,  the abundant and wonderful work of God, the holy God of heaven and earth, the Eternal One. 
10. Wisdom :   Sophia,  sof-ee'-ah. In this context:the wisdom of God as in Rom 11:33, 34. Here’s one magnificent translation of  Rom 11:33,34:   Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? (Rom 11:33,34, THE MESSAGE.)

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 21 Mar 2013



This is an outbound link to YouTube, MAN OF SORROWS, Hillsong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALWQcPvyjJk
Art: Artist unknown:  Sons of Zebedee.  Source: http://www.laywhispers.com/uploads/4/8/1/0/4810238/4619838_orig.jpg
Skrif vir 21 Maart:  Daardie gesprek...
HERE, ek bid dat hierdie gesprek vandag keer op keer in ons gedagtes sal wees.
Op pad Jerusalem toe het Jesus voor hulle uit geloop. Dit het die dissipels verontrus en die mense wat agterna gekom het, laat bang word. Toe het Hy weer die twaalf opsy geneem en hulle begin vertel wat met Hom gaan gebeur:
“Kyk, ons gaan nou Jerusalem toe. Daar sal die Seun van die mens aan die priesterhoofde en skrifgeleerdes oorgelewer word, en hulle sal Hom tot die dood veroordeel en Hom aan die heidene uitlewer.
Jakobus en Johannes, die seuns van Sebedeus, kom toe na Jesus toe en sê vir Hom: “Here, ons wil graag hê U moet vir ons doen wat ons U gaan vra.”
“Wat wil julle hê moet Ek vir julle doen?” het Hy hulle gevra.
Hulle het Hom geantwoord: “Wanneer U as koning heers, laat ons dan langs U sit, die een aan u regterhand en die ander een aan u linkerhand.”
“Julle weet nie wat julle vra nie,” sê Jesus vir hulle. “Kan julle die lydensbeker drink wat Ek drink, of met die doop gedoop word waarmee Ek gedoop word?”
“Ons kan,” sê hulle vir Hom. Daarop sê Jesus vir hulle: “Die beker wat Ek drink, sal julle drink, ja, en met die doop waarmee Ek gedoop word, sal julle gedoop word. Maar om aan my regter- of my linkerhand te sit, daaroor besluit Ek nie; dit is vir dié vir wie God dit gereed gemaak het.”
Toe die tien ander dit hoor, was hulle verontwaardig oor Jakobus en Johannes.
Jesus roep hulle toe nader en sê vir hulle: “Julle weet dat dit by die nasies so is dat hulle sogenaamde regeerders oor hulle baasspeel en dat hulle groot manne die mag oor hulle misbruik. Maar by julle moet dit nie so wees nie. Elkeen wat in julle kring groot wil word, moet julle dienaar wees; en elkeen onder julle wat die eerste wil wees, moet julle almal se dienaar wees. Die Seun van die mens het ook nie gekom om gedien te word nie, maar om te dien en sy lewe te gee as losprys vir baie mense.” — Mark 10: 32-45
Vrae oor dié gesprek
1. Wat ontdek jy in Mark 10: 32-45 aangaande mense?
2. Soek twee sinne in dié gesprek wat daar staan asof hulle net vir jou bedoel is. Wat ervaar jy terwyl jy dié woorde lees of hoor?
3. In Mark 10: 32-45 beskryf  Jesus sy eie lewe en dié van mense wat Hom volg in twee woorde:  diakonos en doulos. Diakonos verwys na die pligte en ingesteldheid van 'n tafelbediende en  ook na dié van 'n Christenonderwyser  Doulos verwys na die ingesteldheid en styl van 'n dienskneg.  Praat vandag in jou gedagtes en woorde met Jesus Christus  jou Vriend en Meester hieroor.  Hoe voel jy hieroor?  Wat maak dit vir jou moeilik om 'n dienskneg/diensmaagd en onderdanige dissipel en werker in sy diens te wees?
4. Wat ontdek jy aangaande God die Seun in Markus 10: 32-45?

Scripture for March 21.  That conversation...
LORD, I pray that this conversation will keep on recurring to us today.
Once again, Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and told them what was going to happen to him. He said:
We are now on our way to Jerusalem where the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses. They will sentence him to death and hand him over to foreigners, who will make fun of him and spit on him. They will beat him and kill him. But three days later he will rise to life.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, will you do us a favor?"
Jesus asked them what they wanted, and they answered, "When you come into your glory, please let one of us sit at your right side and the other at your left."
Jesus told them, "You don't really know what you're asking! Are you able to drink from the cup that I must soon drink from or be baptized as I must be baptized?"
"Yes, we are!" James and John answered. Then Jesus replied, "You certainly will drink from the cup from which I must drink. And you will be baptized just as I must!  But it isn't for me to say who will sit at my right side and at my left. That is for God to decide."
When the ten other disciples heard this, they were angry with James and John.
 But Jesus called the disciples together and said: You know that those foreigners who call themselves kings like to order their people around. And their great leaders have full power over the people they rule.  But don't act like them. If you want to be great, you must be the servant of all the others.
And if you want to be first, you must be everyone's slave. The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master, but a slave who will give his life to rescue many people. — Mark 10:32-45
Questions regarding this conversation
1. What do you discover about people in Mark 10: 32-45?
2. Find two sentences in this conversation that seem to be there just for you.  What do you experience as you read /hear these words?
3. In Mark 10: 32-45 Jesus uses two words, diakonos and doulos, to describe his own life and the life of those who follow Him. Diakonos refers to the duties and mind of a waiter at a table, also to the duties and mind of  a Christian teacher. Doulos refers to the mindset and style of a servant.  Talk to Jesus Christ,  your Friend  and Master about this today.  How do you feel about this?  What makes it difficult for you to serve and submit yourself to Him? 
4. What do you discover about God the Son in Mark 10:32-45? 

Kliek en kry: Names of God

Names of God



This is an outbound link to YouTube, Names of God: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5-6gwssX0Y.
Art: Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903): Portrait of a young girl.
SKRIF VIR 20 MAART. (English version lower down on page.)
Aan die Here kom die lof toe, want Hy het sy trou op wonderbaarlike wyse aan my betoon toe ek beleër was. Ek het in my angs gedink: Dit is klaar met my, selfs U het my verwerp. Tog, U het geluister na my gesmeek toe ek na U om hulp geroep het. Betuig julle liefde vir Hom, julle almal wat die guns van die Here geniet. Die Here beskerm dié wat aan Hom getrou is, maar dié wat teen Hom opstandig is, straf Hy swaar. Wees dus sterk en hou goeie moed, julle almal wat julle vertroue in die Here stel. — Ps 31: 21-24.

Moenie bang wees vir wat julle alles gaan ly nie. Kyk, die duiwel gaan party van julle in die tronk laat gooi, sodat julle in beproewing sal kom, en julle sal tien dae lank baie swaar kry. Bly getrou tot die dood toe, en Ek sal julle die lewe as kroon gee. Elkeen wat kan hoor, moet luister na wat die Gees vir die gemeentes sê. Dié wat die oorwinning behaal, sal beslis nie deur die tweede dood getref word nie. — Op 2:10-11.

VIR VANDAG
1. Wat sê Psalm 31: 21-24 aangaande God?
2. Wat beteken die beeldspraak:   “…toe ek beleër was?”
3. Het jy al beleër gevoel?  Deur wat?  (Verantwoordelikhede, skuld, sonde, siekte?)
4. Watter gedragslyn vir Christene in so ‘n situasie  vind jy in Psalm 31: 21-24? In hierdie Skrifgedeelte kry ek kry ten minste 4 dinge wat ek  moet doen wanneer ek die gevoel kry dat ek beleër is.  Hoeveel kry jy?  Doen dit vandag!
5. Rakende  Op.2: 10-11 in jou leeftyd:  Wat beskou jy as ware lyding, beproewing, die tronk waarin die duiwel party van ons gaan laat gooi, om baie swaar te kry?
6. Watter vermaning ontvang jy in Op. 2: 10,11 van die Here?
7. Watter beloftes ontvang jy in Op 2:10,11 van die Here?

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. I had said in my alarm, "I am cut off from your sight." But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help. Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD! — Psalm 31: 21-24,  ESV

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.' — Rev 2:10-11.

FOR TODAY
1. What does Psalm 21:21-34 tell you about God?
2. What does the metaphor, “when I was in a besieged city” mean?
3. Have you ever felt besieged? By what?  (Responsibilities,  guilt,  sin,  sickness?) 
4. What course of action for Christians in such a situation do you discover in Psalm 31: 21-24? In this short passage I find at least 4 things that I must do when I get the feeling of being besieged.  How many do you find?  Do it today!
5. Regarding Rev 2:10-11 in your lifetime: What do you consider as suffering, to be thrown into prison by the devil, tribulation, severe testing?
6. What admonition from Jesus Christ Himself do you receive in Rev  2:10,11?
7. What promises  from the LORD do you receive in Rev 2:11,12?

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 19 Mar 2013




This is an outbound link to YOUTUBE: JEHOVAH JIREH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgU8re8b8aA
Art: Diego Riviera. 1886-1957. Woman grinding maize.
 







This is an outbound link to YouTube, SYNE, VYEBOOM. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WZNwCjEdxY. 
Skrif vir 19 Maart: DIE DRAAIPUNT.
Hierdie Skrif handel oor 'n draaipunt, die finale draaipunt in jou en my lewe.
Dit is die plek waar ons weet: ons kyk net in een rigting. Ons draai nie terug nie. En ons het nie meer planne van ons eie nie.  Dit is die essensie van onderwerping en oorgawe aan God.  Vir 'n volledige Bybelstudie om in jou selgroep of op kantoor te gebruik: Afdeling Verniet: Kliek en kry: DRAAIPUNT: OM JOU AAN GOD TE ONDERWERP.  
Maar dít sal ek ter harte neem en om dié rede bly ek hoop:
deur die liefde van die Here het ons nie vergaan nie; daar is geen einde aan sy ontferming nie,
dit is elke môre nuut. U trou is groot.
Ek sê vir myself: Die Here is my lewe, daarom hoop ek op Hom.
Die Here is goed vir wie op Hom bly hoop, vir die mens wat na sy wil vra.
— Klaagliedere 3: 21-27.
Maar een ding gaan ek onthou en dit gaan die rede bly vir al my hoop en verwagtinge:
Ek sou al ondergegaan het as dit nie vir die liefde van die Here was nie.
Sy sorg en sy genade oor my was altyd daar en sal altyd daar wees.
Elke dag sal Hy dit weer vir my gee. Hoe eindeloos getrou is U nie, Here!
Ek sê vir myself, oor en oor: DIE HERE is my alles, my alles, my alles;
YAHWEH, die Verbondsgod, is my alles, my alles, my alles
in alles kies ek om nooit aan Hom te twyfel nie.
Geseënd is die man wat aan My nie begin twyfel nie, het Jesus Christus gesê,
En dit is waar ek nou is. Ek gaan nie aan U twyfel nie.
Ek gaan in groot verwagting in U bly
En U gaan goed wees vir my. — Klaagliedere 3:21-27  en  Luk 7:23. Vertaling: Maretha Maartens. 
Draaipuntvrae
1. Wat sê Klaagliedere 3: 21-27 vir jou aangaande God?  Hoekom glo jy dit of glo jy dit nie?
2. Eugene Peterson vertaal  Die Here is my lewe, daarom hoop ek op Hom met: I am sticking with God. Wat behels hierdie besluit volgens Klaagliedere 3: 21-27?  
3. Wat gaan jy in jou huidige omstandighede van die Here verwag? Noem drie dinge. Sê dit eers, dan loer jy wat 'n ou teoloog in antwoord op dié vraag gesê het.
(Hy het gesê: I am going to wait on the Lord  for deliverance from all evils and enemies; for present supplies of grace; and for the enjoyment of future glory and happiness.  Ons familie, weer, het die afgelope tyd geweet ons moet op die Here wag vir sy vrede.  Nie vir antwoorde op raaisels nie, nie vir 'n maklike pad vorentoe nie, maar vir sy vrede.)
4. Die werkwoord, hoop op God, is ya^chal (yaw-chal) in die oorspronklike Ou Testamentiese teks. Dit beteken geduldig wag, om net daar te bly,  in die stilte in te gaan, te vertrou dat God Self iets gaan laat gebeur. Wat gaan met jou emosies, liggaam, gedagtes en wil gebeur as jy jou so aan God sou onderwerp?
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY:  TURNING POINT
KING JAMES VERSION
 This I recall to my mind, therefore 1 have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new  every morning: great  is thy faithfulness.The LORD my portion, saith  my soul;  therefore 1 will I hope  in him. The LORD is good  unto them that wait for him, to the soul  that seeketh him.  Lam 3: 21-25. KJB
GOOD NEWS BIBLE
Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing:
The LORD's unfailing love and mercy still continue,
Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.
The LORD is all I have, and so in him I put my hope.
The LORD is good to everyone who trusts in him. Lam 3:21-25, GNB.
CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH VERSION
Then I remember something that fills me with hope.
The LORD's kindness never fails! If he had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed.
The LORD can always be trusted to show mercy each morning.
Deep in my heart I say, "The LORD is all I need; I can depend on him!"
The LORD is kind to everyone who trusts and obeys him. — Lam 3:21-27, CEV.
THE MESSAGE
But there’s one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.
25-27 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.— Lam. 3:27-31, THE MESSAGE, Eugene H Peterson.
TURNING POINT QUESTIONS
1. What does Lam 3:21-27 tell you about God?  Why do you believe this about God or won’t you believe this about Him?
2. Eugene Peterson translates: The LORD is all I have, and so in him I put my hope with: I am sticking with God.  What, according to Lam 3: 21-17, does this choice entail?
3. What are you going to wait upon the Lord for in your present circumstances?
( An old theologian said that he was going to wait upon the Lord for deliverance from all evils and enemies; for present supplies of grace; and for the enjoyment of future glory and happiness.  Our family have come to realize that we should wait upon the Lord for His peace. Not for answers, not for an easy way or path in the days to come, but for His peace.) 
4. The verb, to hope, is derived from the root word,  ya^chal (yaw-chal) in the original Old Testament text. Yachal implies patient waiting, to stay,  to enter into silence, to trust that God Himself will make something happen.  What will happen to your emotions, body, thoughts and will, should you submit yourself to God in this way?

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 18 Mar 2013


This is an outbound link to YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yi1vBh3mNM. South African Mass Male Choir 2005.
Image: Nasa. The Andromeda (Spiral) Galaxy.http://www.odysseyearth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/NASA-The-Andromeda-Galaxy-M31-Spyral-Galaxy-1-Q5VNLFJ7C2-1024x768.jpg

Skrif vir 18 Maart 2013:  'n Keuse om te maak
Wees daarom verstandelik wakker en nugter, en vestig julle hoop volkome op die genade wat julle deel sal word by die wederkoms van Jesus Christus. As gehoorsame kinders moet julle nie julle lewe inrig volgens die begeertes wat julle vroeër gehad het toe julle God nie geken het nie. Nee, soos Hy wat julle geroep het, heilig is, moet julle ook in julle hele lewenswandel heilig wees. Daar staan immers geskrywe: “Wees heilig, want Ek is heilig.” Aangesien julle Hom as Vader aanroep wat oor elke mens onpartydig volgens sy dade oordeel, lewe dan in eerbied vir Hom gedurende die tyd van julle vreemdelingskap in die wêreld. Julle weet tog dat julle nie met verganklike middele soos silwer of goud losgekoop is uit julle oorgeërfde sinlose bestaan nie. Inteendeel, julle is losgekoop met die kosbare bloed van Christus, die Lam wat vlekloos en sonder liggaamsgebrek is. — 1 Petrus 1:13-17
Vir vandag
Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte aangaande God? (In 1 Petrus 1: 13-17 vind ek 6 feite aangaande God. Hoeveel vind jy?) 

Kom ons bid oor wat volg:
Here, laat my by iets uitkom wat U vir my persoonlik sê  wanneer ek nou weer 1 Petrus 1:13-17 lees, en dit hierdie keer doen met 'n lysie van die oorspronklike betekenis van die kernwoorde soos wat dit in Grieks, die taal waarin dit geskryf is, staan:    

1. VERSTANDELIK. KJV: the loins of your mind.   teelkrag,  skeppingskrag, voorbrengende krag van die verstand.   Wat bring ons verstand voort?
2. GEHOORSAME .  Aandagtige luister wat uitloop op  onderwerping en gehoorsaamheid. Attentive hearkening, that is, (by implication) compliance or submission: - obedience, (make) obedient, obey (-ing). 
3. BEGEERTES: veral na wat verbode is.  A longing (especially for what is forbidden): - concupiscence, desire, lust (after).
4. KINDERS: a child (as produced): - child, daughter, son. (Kinders van wie?)
5. INRIG: in die skema en patroon laat inpas: to fashion alike, that is, conform to the same pattern (figuratively): - conform to, fashion self according to.
6. GEROEP:  op die naam en van geroep: to “call” (properly aloud)  bid, call (forth), (whose, whose sur-) name (was [called]).
7. HEILIG: liggaamlik rein, moreel blaamloos en onskuldig, seremonieel afgestaan  en toegewy aan. Sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): - (most) holy (one, thing), saint.  Wie is die Een aan Wie ons onsself so moet gee?
8. VREEMDELINGE: From  foreign residence: - sojourning as strangers.
9. EERBIED: (to be put in fear); alarm or fright: - be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror. Wat aangaande God moet ons met  vrees en bewing vervul?
10. LOSGEKOOP: losprys betaal:  to ransom (literally or figuratively): - redeem. 
11. BLOED: blood, literally (of men or animals), figuratively (the juice of grapes) or specifically (the atoning blood of Christ); by implication bloodshed. Wat beteken die woorde, DIE BLOED VAN DIE LAM vir jou?
Scripture for 18 March 2013:  A choice to make
So then, have your minds ready for action. Keep alert and set your hope completely on the blessing which will be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Be obedient (children) to God, and do not allow your lives to be shaped by those desires you had when you were still ignorant. Instead, be holy in all that you do, just as God who called you is holy. The scripture says, "Be holy because I am holy." You call him Father, when you pray to God, who judges all people by the same standard, according to what each one has done; so then, spend the rest of your lives here on earth in reverence for him. For you know what was paid to set you free from the worthless manner of life handed down by your ancestors. It was not something that can be destroyed, such as silver or gold; it was the costly sacrifice of Christ, who was like a lamb without defect or flaw.—1 Peter 1: 13-17.

For today
What does this passage from Scripture tell you about God? (In 1 Peter 1:13-17 I find 6 facts about God. How many do you find?)
Let us pray about what is going to happen next:

LORD, take me to something specific that you want to say to me as I once again read 1 Peter 1:13-17 with a list of the original meaning of the core words at my disposal:

1. MINDS/ KJV: the loins of your mind.   Procreative power of your mind.  What is produced, generated and created by the mind? 
2. OBEDIENT .  Attentive hearkening, that is, (by implication) submission.
3. DESIRES: a longing (especially for what is forbidden): - concupiscence, desire, lust (after).
4. CHILDREN: a child (as produced): - child, daughter, son. (Whose child?)
5. TO BE SHAPED:  to fashion alike, that is, conform to the same pattern (figuratively): - conform to, fashion self according to.
6. CALLED: to “call” (properly aloud.) bid, call (forth), (whose, whose sur-) name (was [called]).
7. HOLY: sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): - (most) holy (one, thing), saint. To whom do we have to present ourselves  in this way?
8. STRANGERS: From  foreign residence: - sojourning as strangers.
9. IN REVERENCE: (to be put in fear); alarm or fright: - be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror. What about God fills us with this holy terror?
10. REDEEM:  derived from:  to ransom (literally or figuratively): - redeem.
11. BLOOD: blood, literally (of men or animals), figuratively (the juice of grapes) or specifically (the atoning blood of Christ); by implication bloodshed. What do the words, the blood of the Lamb mean to you?

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 15 Mar 2013


Because He lives I can face tomorrow.
This is an outbound link to YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M-zwE33zHA.

Scripture for 15 March 2013
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.  Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.  This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering-- since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,  and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels  in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.  To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. — 2 Th 1: 1-12.

For today
1. What does this passage from Scripture tell us about God? (What does HE give, provide, promise etc)?  
2. What does this passage from Scripture tell you about the Christian and suffering?

3. PRAY, READ, PRAY.
Pray the Lord’s prayer.
Read 2 Th 1:1-12 aloud.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer.  

Skrif vir 15 Maart 2013
Van Paulus, Silvanus en Timoteus. Aan die gemeente van die Tessalonisense wat aan God ons Vader en die Here Jesus Christus behoort.
Genade en vrede vir julle van God ons Vader en die Here Jesus Christus!  Ons moet God altyd vir julle dank, broers. En dit is ook reg, want julle geloof neem sterk toe, en sonder uitsondering word julle liefde vir mekaar altyd meer.  Daarom praat ons met trots van julle in al die gemeentes van God en vertel ons van julle volharding en geloof onder al die vervolging en lyding wat julle moet verduur. Dit alles is 'n bewys van die regverdige oordeel van God, naamlik dat Hy julle geskik geag het vir sy koninkryk, waarvoor julle nou ook ly.  God is tog regverdig: die mense onder wie julle nou so ly, sal Hy as straf ook laat ly;  en aan julle lyding, en ons s'n, sal Hy 'n einde maak wanneer die Here Jesus met sy magtige engele  in 'n vuurvlam uit die hemel verskyn. Dan sal Hy die mense straf wat nie vir God ken nie en dié wat die evangelie van ons Here Jesus nie gehoorsaam nie.  Die ewige verdoemenis sal hulle straf wees, altyd geban uit die teenwoordigheid van die Here en van sy wonderbaarlike mag. Dit sal gebeur op die dag wanneer Hy kom om verheerlik te word deur dié wat aan Hom behoort, om eer te ontvang van almal wat glo. Julle sal ook daar wees, want julle het ons getuienis aan julle geglo. Daarom bid ons ook altyd vir julle: Mag ons God julle waardig maak vir die lewe waartoe Hy julle geroep het, en mag Hy deur sy krag julle liefde vir die goeie en die werk van die geloof volkome maak.  So sal die Naam van ons Here Jesus deur julle verheerlik word, en julle deur Hom, in ooreenstemming met die genade van ons God en van die Here Jesus Christus. —  2 Tess 1: 1-12.

Vir vandag
1. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir ons aangaande God (wat gee, voorsien en beloof Hy)?
2. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir jou aangaande die Christen en lyding?
3. BID, LEES, BID.
Bid die Ons Vader gebed.
Lees 2 Tess 1:1-12.
Bid die Ons Vader gebed. 

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 14 Mar 2013

KUNS/ART: Domenico Zampieri, 1581-1641. St. Cecilia and the chorus. 


This is an outbound link to YouTube: Psalm 84 song: How lovely is your Tabernacle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78_gTwwDsRs
Skrif vir 14 Maart 2013 
Hoe lief het ek die Huis van die Here, hoe talryk is die seëninge daar!
Vir die koorleier: met musiek. Van die Koragiete. 'n Psalm. Hoe lief het ek u woning, Here, Almagtige!  Ek versmag van verlange na die tempel van die Here; met alles wat ek is, wil ek jubel oor die lewende God. Selfs 'n mossie het 'n nes en 'n swaeltjie 'n plek vir haar kleintjies daar by u altare, Here, Almagtige, my Koning en my God!  Dit gaan goed met mense vir wie u huis 'n tuiste is: hulle hou nie op om U te prys nie. Sela Dit gaan goed met mense wat hulle krag in U vind en graag na u tempel toe gaan. Vir hulle gaan daar fonteine oop wanneer hulle deur 'n dorre laagte trek en die vroeë reëns sy seëninge bring. Keer op keer ontvang hulle nuwe krag totdat hulle voor God in Sion verskyn. —Psalm 64: 1-7

Droë laagte (Bâcâ):  Die naam is afgelei van 'n woord wat geween beteken.
Sela:  Stilte. Wees stil.  Dink.
Vir vandag
1. Wat, sê hierdie baie ou psalm, doen God vir mense wat hulle krag in Hom vind en graag na sy Huis gaan?
2. Doen God dit inderdaad nog in die 21e eeu vir elke Christen wat kies om Hom nie slegs as individu te dien nie, maar spesifiek ook saam met medegelowiges in 'n gemeente ?
3. Wat kry jy in jou gemeente?  Is dit ook elders beskikbaar? Waar?
4. Wat dra jy in jou gemeente in?  Watter seëninge van die Gees en van Christus giet God deur jou in die gemeente uit, ook mense wat in julle gemeente inkom?


Scripture for 14 March 2013
How I love the Temple of the Lord, how abundant are the blessings there!

How I love your Temple, LORD Almighty! How I want to be there! I long to be in the LORD's Temple. With my whole being I sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrows have built a nest, and the swallows have their own home; they keep their young near your altars, LORD Almighty, my king and my God. How happy are those who live in your Temple, always singing praise to you.
How happy are those whose strength comes from you, who are eager to make the pilgrimage to Mount Zion. As they pass through the dry valley of Baca, it becomes a place of springs; the autumn rain fills it with pools. They grow stronger as they go; they will see the God of gods on Zion. —Psalm 84: 1-7.

Baca: a place in Palestine.  The name is derived from a word that means weeping.
Sela: Silence. Pause. Think.
For today
1. What, according to this ancient psalm, does God do for those whose strenth comes from God, those who are eager to go to God’s house? (In Old Testament times it was the temple on Mount Zion.) 
2. Does God still do this in the 21st century in the life of every Christian who chooses to serve the Lord not only as an individual, but with other Christians in a congregation?
3. What do you receive in your congregation?  Is it available elsewhere?  Where?
4. What do you bring into your congregation? What are the blessings of the Spirit and of Christ that God gives to the congregation through you and with which He also blesses those who come into your congregation from outside? 

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 13 Mar 2013




This is an outbound link to YouTube: BRING THE RAIN, Old Spanish Trail. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR22SugrR2o
Skrif vir 13 Maart 2013
Van Petrus, 'n apostel van Jesus Christus. Aan die uitverkorenes van God, vreemdelinge in die wêreld, wat verspreid woon in die provinsies Pontus, Galasië, Kappadosië, Asië en Bitinië.
Soos God die Vader dit vooraf bestem het, het Hy julle uitverkies en deur die Gees afgesonder om aan Hom gehoorsaam te wees en besprinkel te word met die bloed van Jesus Christus. Mag daar vir julle genade en vrede in oorvloed wees! Aan God, die Vader van ons Here Jesus Christus, kom al die lof toe! In sy groot ontferming het Hy ons die nuwe lewe geskenk deur die opstanding van Jesus Christus uit die dood. Nou het ons 'n lewende hoop  op die onverganklike, onbesmette en onverwelklike erfenis wat in die hemel ook vir julle in bewaring gehou word. En omdat julle glo, word ook julle deur die krag van God veilig bewaar vir die saligheid wat reeds gereed is om aan die einde van die tyd geopenbaar te word.  Verheug julle hieroor, selfs al is dit nodig dat julle 'n kort tydjie bedroef gemaak word deur allerhande beproewings  sodat die egtheid van julle geloof getoets kan word. Julle geloof is baie kosbaarder as goud, goud wat vergaan. Selfs die suiwerheid van goud word met vuur getoets, en die egtheid van julle geloof moet ook getoets word, sodat dit lof en heerlikheid en eer waardig mag wees by die wederkoms van Jesus Christus.  Hom het julle lief, al het julle Hom nie gesien nie. Deur in Hom te glo, al sien julle Hom nou nie, het julle reeds deel aan die saligheid wat die einddoel van julle geloof is. En dit vervul julle met 'n onuitspreeklike en heerlike blydskap. — 1 Petrus 1: 1-6

Vir vandag
1. Ons is nou in verbondenheid (in union) met Jesus Christus. God het dit 'n werklikheid gemaak deur sy Seun. Waarheen is Hy volgens 1 Petrus 1: 1-6 met ons op pad, noudat dit so is?
2. Hoekom kry ons so bitterlik swaar?
3. Waarvan word ons veilig bewaar deur die krag van God?  (Hierdie is 'n baie belangrike vraag.)
4. Wat sê 1 Petrus 1:1-6 vir jou van God?
  
Scripture for today, March 13, 2013.
From Peter, apostle of Jesus Christ--- To God's chosen people who live as refugees scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be purified by his blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure. Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away.  They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God's power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time. Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer.
Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed.
You love him, although you have not seen him, and you believe in him, although you do not now see him. So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express, because you are receiving the salvation of your souls, which is the purpose of your faith in him. —1 Pe 1:1-9

FOR TODAY  
1. God has made it a reality that we are now in union with his Son, Jesus Christ. Where is He taking us now, according to 1 Pet 1:1-9?
2. Why do we suffer so terribly?
3. Scripture says: Through faith you are kept safe. Safe from what?  (This is an extremely important question.)
4. What does 1 Pe 1:1-9 tell you about God?

Kliek en kry: Worthy is the lamb





WORTHY IS THE LAMB

This is an outbound link to YouTUBE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x2fSxOeij4

Watter van die volgende stellings is waar:

You may never know that JESUS is all you need, until JESUS is all you have. --Corrie Ten Boom
The only cure for grief is action. -- George Henry Lewes
Enige Christen wat aanspraak op 'n maklike lewe maak, het sy eie dwaalleer geskep.

Skrif vir vandag
In die regterhand van Hom wat op die troon sit, het ek 'n boekrol gesien wat aan die voor- en aan die agterkant vol geskrywe was en wat met sewe seëls goed verseël was.  Toe het ek 'n sterk engel gesien wat met 'n harde stem uitroep: “Wie is waardig om die boek oop te maak deur die seëls daarvan te breek?”  Maar niemand in die hemel of op die aarde of onder die aarde was in staat om die boek oop te maak en daarin te kyk nie. Ek het baie gehuil omdat daar niemand gekry is wat waardig was om die boek oop te maak en daarin te kyk nie.  Toe sê een van die ouderlinge vir my: “Moenie huil nie. Kyk, die Leeu uit die stam van Juda, die Afstammeling van Dawid, het die oorwinning behaal en kan die boek met die sewe seëls oopmaak.”  Toe het ek voor die troon wat omring was deur die vier lewende wesens, tussen die troon en die ouderlinge, 'n Lam sien staan, die Een wat geslag was. Hy het sewe horings en sewe oë gehad. Die sewe oë is die sewe Geeste van God, wat oor die hele aarde uitgestuur is.  Hy het toe gegaan en die boek ontvang uit die regterhand van Hom wat op die troon sit. Net toe die Lam die boek neem, het die vier lewende wesens en die vier en twintig ouderlinge voor Hom gekniel. Elkeen van hulle het 'n siter gehad en 'n goue bak vol wierook, die gebede van die gelowiges.  Toe sing hulle 'n nuwe lied: “U is waardig om die boek te neem en die seëls daarvan oop te maak omdat U geslag is en met u bloed mense vir God losgekoop het uit elke stam en taal en volk en nasie. U het hulle 'n koninkryk en priesters vir ons God gemaak en hulle sal oor die aarde regeer.” Toe het ek rondom die troon en die lewende wesens en die ouderlinge 'n groot menigte engele gesien. Daar was duisende der duisende, ja, miljoene der miljoene. Ek het hulle hard hoor   uitroep: “Die Lam wat geslag was, is waardig om die mag en rykdom, die wysheid en sterkte, die eer, heerlikheid en lof te ontvang.”
Die hele skepping, alles in die hemel en op die aarde en onder die aarde en op die see, ja, alles wat daar is, het ek hoor sê: “Aan Hom wat op die troon sit, en aan die Lam, behoort die lof en die eer, die heerlikheid en die krag, tot in alle ewigheid.” Die vier lewende wesens het gesê: “Amen!” En die ouderlinge het gekniel en God aanbid. —Op 5: 1-14, ANV.


Hierna het ek 'n groot menigte gesien wat niemand kon tel nie. Hulle was van elke nasie, stam, volk en taal en het voor die troon en voor die Lam gestaan. Hulle het wit klere aangehad, en daar was palmtakke in hulle hande. Hulle het hard uitgeroep: “Ons redding kom van ons God, wat op die troon sit, en van die Lam!” Al die engele het rondom die troon, die ouderlinge en die vier lewende wesens gestaan. Hulle het toe voor die troon gekniel met hulle gesigte na die grond toe en het God aanbid  en gesê: “Amen! Die lof en die heerlikheid, die wysheid, die dank en die eer, die mag en die sterkte behoort aan ons God tot in alle ewigheid. Amen!” Een van die ouderlinge vra toe vir my: “Hierdie mense met die wit klere aan, wie is hulle en waar kom hulle vandaan?”“Ek weet nie, Meneer,” sê ek vir hom, “maar ú weet.” Hy sê toe vir my: “Dit is dié wat uit die groot verdrukking kom. Hulle het hulle klere gewas en dit wit gemaak in die bloed van die Lam. Daarom is hulle voor die troon van God en dien hulle Hom dag en nag in sy tempel; en Hy wat op die troon sit, sal by hulle bly. Hulle sal nie meer honger en nie meer dors kry nie; die son sal hulle nie brand nie en 'n hittegloed ook nie, want die Lam wat in die middel van die troon is, sal hulle herder wees en hulle na die fonteine met die water van die lewe lei; en God sal al die trane van hulle oë afdroog.” —Op 7:1-17. ANV.

Die antwoorde is in die Skrif
1. God die Vader, Seun en Heilige Gees is die enigste, ewige rede vir die verheerliking van God. Is hierdie stelling waar?  Waarom, of waarom nie?
2. Golgotha, met die Seun van God aan die kruis, is die keerpunt van die geskiedenis, die keerpunt van elke dag in my lewensgeskiedenis.  Is Golgotha die enigste plek waar die mens se verheerliking van God kan begin? Skryf jou gedagtes hieroor neer.

Vir 'n volledige Bybelstudie  oor die verheerliking van God, wat ook al gebeur, lees: OM GOD TE BLY VERHEERLIK, WAT OOK AL GEBEUR in die VERNIET afdeling van www.seker.co.za.

Lees ook Jesaja 53.

ENGLISH

Which of the following statements are true: :

You may never know that JESUS is all you need, until JESUS is all you have. --Corrie Ten Boom
The only cure for grief is action. -- George Henry Lewes
Any Christian who feels entitled to a comfortable life on earth has created his/her own false teaching.

Scripture for today

I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sits on the throne; it was covered with writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel, who announced in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"  But there was no one in heaven or on earth or in the world below who could open the scroll and look inside it.I cried bitterly because no one could be found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside it.  Then one of the elders said to me, "Don't cry. Look! The Lion from Judah's tribe, the great descendant of David, has won the victory, and he can break the seven seals and open the scroll."   Then I saw a Lamb standing in the center of the throne, surrounded by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb appeared to have been killed. It had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God that have been sent through the whole earth.  The Lamb went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sits on the throne. As he did so, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God's people.  They sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to break open its seals. For you were killed, and by your sacrificial death you bought for God people from every tribe, language, nation, and race. You have made them a kingdom of priests to serve our God, and they shall rule on earth."  Again I looked, and I heard angels, thousands and millions of them! They stood around the throne, the four living creatures, and the elders,
and sang in a loud voice: "The Lamb who was killed is worthy to receive power, wealth, wisdom, and strength, honor, glory, and praise!"  And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, in the world below, and in the sea---all living beings in the universe---and they were singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!"
The four living creatures answered, "Amen!" And the elders fell down and worshiped.— Rev 5: 1-14, GNB.

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds so that no wind should blow on the earth or the sea or against any tree.  And I saw another angel coming up from the east with the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels to whom God had given the power to damage the earth and the sea. The angel said, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees, until we mark the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads."  And I was told that the number of those who were marked with God's seal on their foreheads was 144,000. They were from the twelve tribes of Israel,  twelve thousand from each tribe: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin.  After this I looked, and there was an enormous crowd---no one could count all the people! They were from every race, tribe, nation, and language, and they stood in front of the throne and of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They called out in a loud voice: "Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb!" All the angels stood around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures. Then they threw themselves face downward in front of the throne and worshiped God,  saying, "Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and might belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!"  One of the elders asked me, "Who are these people dressed in white robes, and where do they come from?"  "I don't know, sir. You do," I answered. He said to me, "These are the people who have come safely through the terrible persecution. They have washed their robes and made them white with the blood of the Lamb.That is why they stand before God's throne and serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will protect them with his presence.
Never again will they hunger or thirst; neither sun nor any scorching heat will burn them,  because the Lamb, who is in the center of the throne, will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." — Rev 7: 1-17, GNB.

The answers to these questions are in God’s Word:

1. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit  is the only, the eternal reason for the exaltation of God. Is this statement true?  Why or why not?
2. Calvary (Golgotha), with the Son of God on the cross, is the turning point in history, the turning poing in every day in our personal history.  Is Calvary the only place where man’s exaltation of God can begin?  Write down your thoughts about this.

For a full Bible study in Afrikaans about the exaltation of God, whatever happens, go to VERNIET on www.seker.co.za. Click on: OM GOD TE BLY VERHEERLIK, WAT OOK AL GEBEUR.
 

Kliek en kry: Skriv vir 11 Mar 2013

Kom dank nou almal God...ons wat kan hoor saam met elkeen wat God in die 12e taal van ons land dank.
Come give thanks to the Lord: those of us who can hear with those who praise Him in the 12th language of our country.

This is an outbound link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn97Q3sIDaI

11 Maart. Skrif vir vandag
Here, ek sal U loof!
Kom ons begin hierdie week met die keuse om die rede vir ons aardse bestaan te doen en te leef.
Kom ons begin hierdie week met die keuse om te doen wat ons geestelike voorgangers —Abraham, Moses, Dawid, die apostels, ons godvresende voorouers— in voor- en teëspoed gedoen het.


Ek wil u lof verkondig, Here, want U het my gered en my vyande nie laat bly wees oor my nie. Here my God, ek het na U geroep om hulp en U het my gesond gemaak. Here, U het my gered van die doderyk, my aan die lewe gehou toe ek al op pad was na die dood toe. Sing tot eer van die Here, julle wat Hom getrou dien, loof sy heilige Naam! Waarlik, sy toorn duur net 'n oomblik, maar sy goedheid lewenslank. Gisteraand was daar nog trane en vanmôre lag ek al weer. Toe dit goed gegaan het, het ek wel gesê: “Niks sal my ooit laat wankel nie.” Deur u goedheid het U my op 'n veilige berg laat staan, Here. Maar toe U U aan my onttrek het, het ek baie bang geword. Ek het na U geroep, Here. Ek het U om genade gesmeek:“Watter voordeel is daar in my ondergang as ek die graf moet ingaan? Kan stof U loof? Kan dit u trou verkondig? Luister, Here, en wees my genadig! Help my, Here!” Ek was in die rou, maar U het my van vreugde laat dans. U het my rouklere uitgetrek en vir my feesklere aangetrek. Daarom sal ek sing tot u eer; ek sal nie stilbly nie. Here my God, vir altyd sal ek U loof! —Ps 30: 2-12. ANV


Wees altyd bly. Bid gedurig.
Wees in alle omstandighede dankbaar, want dit is wat God in Christus Jesus van julle verwag. —1 Thes 5: 16-18, ANV.
Vir vandag
1. Met wie praat die psalmskrywer hier en wat sê Hy vir Hom?
2. Op watter kenmerke van die nuwe lewe in Christus fokus Paulus in 1 Thes 5: 16-18?
3. Kan jy drie van die kenmerke in twee vingerpuntsinne in jou handpalm uittik?
4. Wat ook al jou omstandighede, wat jy ook al verwag om dié week te moet hanteer en deurgaan, sê vir God wat Dawid vir Hom gesê het. Lees Dawid se woorde vir God. Maak Dawid se woorde jou woorde wat jy vir God sê.
March  11. Scripture for today
I praise you, LORD, because you have saved me and kept my enemies from gloating over me. I cried to you for help, O LORD my God, and you healed me; you kept me from the grave. I was on my way to the depths below, but you restored my life. Sing praise to the LORD, all his faithful people! Remember what the Holy One has done, and give him thanks! His anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime. Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning. I felt secure and said to myself, "I will never be defeated." You were good to me, LORD; you protected me like a mountain fortress. But then you hid yourself from me, and I was afraid. I called to you, LORD; I begged for your help: "What will you gain from my death? What profit from my going to the grave? Are dead people able to praise you? Can they proclaim your unfailing goodness? Hear me, LORD, and be merciful! Help me, LORD!" You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance; you have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy. So I will not be silent; I will sing praise to you. LORD, you are my God; I will give you thanks forever.—Ps 30: 1-12, GNB
 Be joyful always,  pray at all times,
be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus. —1 Th 5:16-18, GNB
For today
I will give you thanks!
Let us begin this week with the choice to fulfill the very reason for our existence on earth.
Let us begin this week with the choice made by our spiritual forefathers
—Abraham, Moses, Dawid, the apostles, our god-fearing ancestors voorouers— in prosperity and adversity.
1.Whom is the psalmist talking to, and what does he say to Him?
2. On what characteristics of the new life in Christ does Paul focus in 1 Thes 5:16-18? 
3. Can you tap out three of these characteristics in two fingertip sentences?
4. Whatever your circumstances, whatever you have to handle or expect to face this week, say to God what David said to Him. Read David’s words of praise and thanks to God, making them your words of praise and thanks.

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 8 Mar 2013


Luk 11:1 When Jesus had finished praying, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his followers to pray."
Luk 11:2 So Jesus told them, "Pray in this way: 'Father, help us to honor your name. Come and set up your kingdom.
Luk 11:3 Give us each day the food we need.
Luk 11:4 Forgive our sins, as we forgive everyone who has done wrong to us. And keep us from being tempted.' 
Luk 11:5 Then Jesus went on to say: Suppose one of you goes to a friend in the middle of the night and says, "Let me borrow three loaves of bread.
Luk 11:6 A friend of mine has dropped in, and I don't have a thing for him to eat."
Luk 11:7 And suppose your friend answers, "Don't bother me! The door is bolted, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up to give you something."
Luk 11:8 He may not get up and give you the bread, just because you are his friend. But he will get up and give you as much as you need, simply because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.
Luk 11:9 So I tell you to ask and you will receive, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you.
Luk 11:10 Everyone who asks will receive, everyone who searches will find, and the door will be opened for everyone who knocks.
Luk 11:11 Which one of you fathers would give your hungry child a snake if the child asked for a fish?
Luk 11:12 Which one of you would give your child a scorpion if the child asked for an egg?
Luk 11:13 As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks.
—Luke 11: 1-13, Contemporary English Version.

1. What does this prayer and this teaching tell you about God?
2. On which  promise(s) given to you by the Son of God may you rely today?

VRYDAG, 8 MAART
Luk 11:1  Jesus was êrens op 'n plek besig om te bid. Toe Hy klaar was, sê een van sy dissipels vir Hom: “Here, leer ons bid, soos Johannes ook sy volgelinge geleer het.”
Luk 11:2  En Hy sê vir hulle: “Wanneer julle bid, sê dan: Vader, laat u Naam geheilig word; laat u koninkryk kom.
Luk 11:3  Gee ons elke dag ons daaglikse brood;
Luk 11:4  en vergeef ons ons sondes, want ons vergewe ook elkeen wat teen ons oortree; en laat ons nie in versoeking kom nie.”
Luk 11:5  Verder sê Hy vir hulle: “Sê nou een van julle het 'n vriend, en jy gaan in die middel van die nag na hom toe en jy vra: ‘Vriend, leen my bietjie drie brode,
Luk 11:6  want 'n vriend van my wat op reis is, het by my aangekom, en ek het niks om vir hom voor te sit nie.’
Luk 11:7  En die ander antwoord van binne af: ‘Moet my nie lastig val nie! Die deur is al gesluit, en ek en my kinders is al in die bed. Ek kan nie opstaan om dit vir jou te gee nie...’
Luk 11:8  Ek sê vir julle: Al sou hy nie opstaan en dit vir hom gee omdat hy sy vriend is nie, sal hy tog opstaan en hom alles gee wat hy nodig het, omdat hy hom nie skaam om aan te hou vra nie.
Luk 11:9  Ek sê vir julle: Vra, en vir julle sal gegee word. Soek, en julle sal kry. Klop, en vir julle sal oopgemaak word.
Luk 11:10  Elkeen wat vra, ontvang, en elkeen wat soek, kry; en vir elkeen wat klop, sal oopgemaak word.
Luk 11:11  Is daar 'n pa onder julle wat as sy seun vir hom 'n vis vra, vir hom 'n slang sal gee in plaas van die vis?
Luk 11:12  Of as hy 'n eier vra, vir hom 'n skerpioen sal gee?
Luk 11:13  As julle wat sleg is, dan weet om vir julle kinders goeie dinge te gee – die Vader in die hemel nog baie meer! Hy sal die Heilige Gees gee vir dié wat vra.”
Luk 11: 1-13, ANV.
1. Wat leer hierdie gebed en hierdie onderrig jou aangaande God?
2. Op watter belofte(s) in hierdie stukkie onderrig deur die Seun van God kan jy vandag staatmaak?

Worship hymn: An outbound link to YouTube: Steven Sterling, Aanbiddingslied. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_9XSQW8doc

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 7 Feb 2013





This is an outbound link to YouTube: Piet Smit, Oorwinningslied (song of victory).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL6WW82kXrI

Scripture for 7 FEBRUARY
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope,  and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine.  — From 1 Pe 1: 3-7.GNB.

All of us often make mistakes. But if a person never makes a mistake in what he says, he is perfect and is also able to control his whole being.  We put a bit into the mouth of a horse to make it obey us, and we are able to make it go where we want. Or think of a ship: big as it is and driven by such strong winds, it can be steered by a very small rudder, and it goes wherever the pilot wants it to go. So it is with the tongue: small as it is, it can boast about great things. Just think how large a forest can be set on fire by a tiny flame! And the tongue is like a fire. It is a world of wrong, occupying its place in our bodies and spreading evil through our whole being. It sets on fire the entire course of our existence with the fire that comes to it from hell itself. We humans are able to tame and have tamed all other creatures---wild animals and birds, reptiles and fish. But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison.We use it to give thanks to our Lord and Father and also to curse other people, who are created in the likeness of God. Words of thanksgiving and cursing pour out from the same mouth. My friends, this should not happen! —Jas 3: 2-10, GNB.
Lord, open my I that I may see...
1. What does Scripture say to you about Jesus Christ today?
2. Because of this we have...
3. So let us...
4. As for hardships and trials....
5. What do you experience while reading Jas 3:2-10?  All of us do. Let us pray: “Lord, I ask your forgiveness.”  Now read 1 Pet 1:3 again.  And give thanks to God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!
6. If you owe someone an apology, apologize today.

Skrif vir vandag
Aan God, die Vader van ons Here Jesus Christus, kom al die lof toe! In sy groot ontferming het Hy ons die nuwe lewe geskenk deur die opstanding van Jesus Christus uit die dood. Nou het ons 'n lewende hoop op die onverganklike, onbesmette en onverwelklike erfenis wat in die hemel ook vir julle in bewaring gehou word. Verheug julle hieroor, selfs al is dit nodig dat julle 'n kort tydjie bedroef gemaak word deur allerhande beproewings sodat die egtheid van julle geloof getoets kan word.— Uit 1Pet 1: 3-7, ANV.
Ons struikel almal in baie opsigte. As iemand nooit struikel in wat hy sê nie, is hy volmaak, by magte om ook sy hele liggaam in toom te hou. Vir perde sit ons 'n stang in die bek, en dan gehoorsaam hulle ons en het ons hulle hele liggaam onder beheer. Dink ook maar aan skepe: al is hulle baie groot en al is die winde wat hulle aandryf, baie sterk, word hulle tog met 'n baie klein roertjie gestuur net waarheen die stuurman wil. So is die tong ook maar 'n klein liggaamsdeeltjie, en tog het dit groot mag. So is die tong ook maar 'n klein liggaamsdeeltjie, en tog het dit groot mag. 'n Klein vuurtjie kan 'n groot bos aan die brand steek. Die tong is ook 'n vuur, 'n wêreld vol ongeregtigheid, die deel van die liggaam wat die hele mens besmet. Dit steek die hele lewe, van die geboorte af tot die dood toe, aan die brand, en self word dit uit die hel aan die brand gesteek. Alles wat loop, vlieg, kruip of swem, elke soort dier word en is al deur die mens getem, maar geen mens kan die tong tem nie. Dit is 'n rustelose kwaad, vol dodelike gif. Met die tong loof ons die Here en Vader, en met die tong vloek ons die mense wat as die beeld van God gemaak is.Uit dieselfde mond kom lof en vloek. My broers, so moet dit nie wees nie. —Jak 3: 2-10, ANV.
Here, open my oë, dat ek mag sien...
1. Wat sê die Woord vandag vir jou aangaande Jesus Christus?
2. Op grond hiervan het ons...
3. Daarom moet ons...
4. Wat swaarkry en beproewinge aanbetref...
5. Wat ervaar jy terwyl jy Jak 3: 2-10 lees?  Almal van ons voel so. Kom ons bid: “Here Jesus, ek vra vergifnis.” Lees 1 Pet 1:3 nog 'n keer. En bring lof en dank aan God, die Vader van ons Here Jesus Christus!
6. As jy iemand 'n verskoning skuld, vra vandag om verskoning.

Kliek en kry: Do not waste your life


Bala Broers: Strome van seën .
This is an outbound link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCoq4BY42OQ.

DO NOT WASTE YOUR LIFE:  NOU OP MY TUBE, hier op www.seker.co.za. NOG NOOIT HET JY DIT SO GEHOOR NIE. 
Skrif 6 FEBRUARIE
Kom ons wy ons aan Hom toe, kom ons streef daarna om ons aan die Here toe te wy. Die Here sal verskyn, so seker as die son opkom, Hy sal na ons toe kom soos stortreën, Hy sal ons verkwik soos lentereëns die grond verkwik.”
Wat moet Ek met jou doen, Efraim? Wat moet Ek met jou doen, Juda? Julle liefde is soos 'n môrewolkie: dit verdwyn so vinnig soos dou. Dít is waarom Ek julle met my profete gestriem het, julle met my woorde vernietig het. My straf oor julle kom so seker soos die lig, want Ek verwag liefde eerder as offers, toewyding aan My eerder as brandoffers.— Hos 6:1-6

Van Dawid. 'n Psalm. Ek wil sing van u troue liefde en u geregtigheid, ek wil 'n lied sing tot u eer, Here. Ek wil my daaraan wy om opreg te lewe. Wanneer kom U na my toe? In my huis wil ek lewe in opregtheid, niks wat sleg is, wil ek nastreef nie. Ek haat wat verkeerd is. Dit mag geen houvas op my hê nie. Valsheid wil ek van my af weg hou, van kwaad wil ek niks weet nie. —Ps 101:1-4.

Vir vandag
1.Wat sê Hos 6:1-6 aangaande God?  Wat sê God vir ons?
2.Dawid sorteer homself in Ps 101 voor God uit. Hy sê (vul in):—
Ek wil...
Ek begeer om... (lees Ps 101: 1-4 ook in Engels)...
Ek wil nie...
3. Doen nou dieselfde. Vul in:
Ek wil...
Ek begeer om...
Ek wil nie...
4. In Psalm 101 word 'n vraag gevra wat reeds beantwoord is. Wat is die vraag,  die antwoord en die implikasies van die antwoord?

Scripture for today
Let's return to the LORD. He has torn us to shreds, but he will bandage our wounds and make us well. In two or three days he will heal us and restore our strength that we may live with him. Let's do our best to know the LORD. His coming is as certain as the morning sun; he will refresh us like rain renewing the earth in the springtime. People of Israel and Judah, what can I do with you? Your love for me disappears more quickly than mist or dew at sunrise. That's why I slaughtered you with the words of my prophets. That's why my judgments blazed like the dawning sun.  I'd rather for you to be faithful and to know me than to offer sacrifices.— Hos 6: 1-6, CEV.

A psalm by David. I will sing about mercy and justice. O LORD, I will make music to praise you. I want to understand the path to integrity. When will you come to me? I will live in my own home with integrity.  I will not put anything wicked in front of my eyes. I hate what unfaithful people do. I want no part of it. I will keep far away from devious minds. I will have nothing to do with evil.—Ps 101:1-4.

For today
1.What does Hos 6:1-6 say about God?  What does God say to us?
2.In Ps 101 David is sorting himself out before God. He says (fill in)
I will...
I want...
I will not....
3. Now do the same. Fill in:
I will...
I want...
I will not...
4. There is a question in Ps 101 that has now been answered. What is the question, the answer and the implications of the answer?
  
Art: Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890. Rainy landscape. Landskap in die reën.

Kliek en kry: We raise the white flag




This is an outbound link to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-HlKK8C06w
CHRIS TOMLIN: WE RAISE THE WHITE FLAG.

Vir een van die mees lewensveranderende boodskappe wat jy ooit sal hoor, gaan na My Tube, kieslys hier links op  www.seker.co.za , en hoor wat John Piper oor voortdurende gebed sê. 

Een enkele verandering kan my en jou lewe van vandag af tot jou sterfdag verander.
God empowers everyone who surrenders. God bemagtig elkeen wat oorgee.
Kry 'n Bybelstudie oor oorgawe vir jou selgroep of koshuisgang in VERNIET. Titel: Kliek en kry: Wat God vir ons almal oor oorgawe aan Hom sê. 

SKRIF VIR 5 FEBRUARIE 
 
'n Takkie sal uitspruit uit die stomp van Isai, 'n loot uit sy wortels sal vrugte dra. Die Gees van die Here sal op hom rus: die Gees wat wysheid en insig gee, die Gees wat raad en sterkte gee, die Gees wat kennis verleen en eerbied vir die Here. Die takkie sal vreugde vind in die diens van die Here. Hy sal nie regspreek volgens uiterlike skyn nie en nie oordeel volgens hoorsê nie. Hy sal die armes billik verhoor en die ootmoediges in die land regverdig oordeel. Hy sal die goddeloses in die land hard oordeel, met sy uitsprake sal hy hulle om die lewe bring. Hy sal regverdig en betroubaar regeer. — Jes 11: 1-5.

En nou doen ek 'n beroep op julle, broers, op grond van die groot ontferming van God: Gee julleself aan God as lewende en heilige offers wat vir Hom aanneemlik is. Dit is die wesenlike van die godsdiens wat julle moet beoefen. Julle moenie aan hierdie sondige wêreld gelyk word nie, maar laat God julle verander deur julle denke te vernuwe. Dan sal julle ook kan onderskei wat die wil van God is, wat vir Hom goed en aanneemlik en volmaak is. — Rom 12:1,2.

“Meneer,” vra hy, “wat is die grootste gebod in die wet?”
Jesus antwoord hom: “ ‘Jy moet die Here jou God liefhê met jou hele hart en met jou hele siel’ en met jou hele verstand. Dit is die grootste en die eerste gebod. En die tweede, wat hiermee gelyk staan, is: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhê soos jouself.’ In hierdie twee gebooie is die hele wet en die profete saamgevat.” — Matt 22: 36-40.

Vir vandag
Jes 11: 1-5:   Presies hoe regeer, lei en verander die Heilige Gees ons?  (Hoe het Hy in Jesus Christus die Mens regeer?  Hoe verander ek as Hy in beheer is?)
Rom 12:1,2.  Wat gebeur as ons doen wat in Rom 12:1,2 staan?
Matt 22: 36-40.  Watter sê hierdie Skrifgedeelte vir ons wanneer ons die bodem tref in ons uithouvermoë op enige terrein: in die land, in ons verhouding met enigiemand?  Het hierdie woorde van Jesus enigiets te doen met oorgawe?

Scripture for today

The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants.  The spirit of the LORD will give him wisdom and the knowledge and skill to rule his people. He will know the LORD's will and honor him, and find pleasure in obeying him. He will not judge by appearance or hearsay; he will judge the poor fairly and defend the rights of the helpless. At his command the people will be punished, and evil persons will die. He will rule his people with justice and integrity. — Isa 11:1-4

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. — Rom 12: 1,2.

"Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Jesus answered, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'   This is the greatest and the most important commandment.
The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'
The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments." — Matt 22: 36-40.


For today
Jes 11: 1-5.  How, exactly, does the Holy Spirit reign, lead and change us? (How did He reign in Christ, the Man?  How do we change when He is in control?)
Rom 12:1,2.   What happens when we do what Rom 12:1,2 says?
Matt 22: 36-40.  What does this passage from Scripture say to us when we hit the bottom in this country, in marriage, in our relationship with anyone.  Do these words from Christ  have anything to do with surrender?
Nog vingerpuntfeite oor oorgawe.
More fingertip facts about surrender
God helps everyone who surrenders.
God can use the surrendered,
God kan die  oorgegewenes gebruik.

Kliek en kry: Neem my lewe, laat dit Heer.



This is an outbound link to YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0mf7MWciRQ
Sanger: Oscar Ehrensperger, Neem my lewe, laat dit Heer ...

Skrif vir 4 Maart
 “Meneer,” vra hy, “wat is die grootste gebod in die wet?”
Jesus antwoord hom: “ ‘Jy moet die Here jou God liefhê met jou hele hart en met jou hele siel’ en met jou hele verstand. Dit is die grootste en die eerste gebod. En die tweede, wat hiermee gelyk staan, is: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhê soos jouself.’ In hierdie twee gebooie is die hele wet en die profete saamgevat.” — Matt 22: 36-40.

En nou doen ek 'n beroep op julle, broers, op grond van die groot ontferming van God: Gee julleself aan God as lewende en heilige offers wat vir Hom aanneemlik is. Dit is die wesenlike van die godsdiens wat julle moet beoefen. Julle moenie aan hierdie sondige wêreld gelyk word nie, maar laat God julle verander deur julle denke te vernuwe. Dan sal julle ook kan onderskei wat die wil van God is, wat vir Hom goed en aanneemlik en volmaak is. — Rom 12:1,2.
'n Takkie sal uitspruit uit die stomp van Isai, 'n loot uit sy wortels sal vrugte dra. Die Gees van die Here sal op hom rus: die Gees wat wysheid en insig gee, die Gees wat raad en sterkte gee, die Gees wat kennis verleen en eerbied vir die Here. Die takkie sal vreugde vind in die diens van die Here. Hy sal nie regspreek volgens uiterlike skyn nie en nie oordeel volgens hoorsê nie. Hy sal die armes billik verhoor en die ootmoediges in die land regverdig oordeel. Hy sal die goddeloses in die land hard oordeel, met sy uitsprake sal hy hulle om die lewe bring. Hy sal regverdig en betroubaar regeer. — Jes 11: 1-5.
Vir vandag
1.Wat sê Jesus Christus, die Seun van God, vir jou en my in Matt 22: 36-40?
2. Waar ontstaan en gebeur jou keuses: in jou hart, siel (hele menswees) of verstand?
3. Wat is die kernbeginsel wat Jesus Christus voorsien ten opsigte van elke keuse wat God se mense  maak?
4. Hoe word ons denke (manier van dink) nuut?
5. Wat doen die Heilige Gees in die hier en nou van my en jou lewe? (Jes 11:1-5).

Art: Auguste Rodin:  THE THINKER.
Scripture for today
"Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
 Jesus answered, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'   This is the greatest and the most important commandment.
 The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'
 The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments." — Matt 22: 36-40.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. — Rom 12: 1,2.
 The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants.  The spirit of the LORD will give him wisdom and the knowledge and skill to rule his people. He will know the LORD's will and honor him, and find pleasure in obeying him. He will not judge by appearance or hearsay;
he will judge the poor fairly and defend the rights of the helpless. At his command the people will be punished, and evil persons will die. He will rule his people with justice and integrity. — Isa 11:1-4
For today
1. What is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, saying to you and me in Matt 22: 36-40?
2.Where do your choices begin and happen: in your heart, soul (entire being) of mind?
3.When it comes to choices, what is the core principle given to God’s people by Jesus Christ?
4. How does transformation and the renewal of one’s mind become a reality?
5. What does the Holy Spirit do in the daily life of those who are in Christ? (Isa 11: 1-5).

Kliek en kry: Now hear wat God says

Art: Lewis Bowman, American Artist:  http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/lewis-bowman.html


This is what a real person said about this song:
I could listen to this song over and over again... I just moved to Florida from Michigan and everyone I love is up in Michigan and I've been really lonely... When I was at work I thought to myself "Why do I always feel so alone? I just want to be held again" then, I got in the car to go home the part saying "Even when if feels like no one is there holding me, be still my soul, he is" God is always there? for you :) I'm a born again Christian, sense I was 4 and thank God, I always will be!!

Mark Schultz: HE IS.
This is an outbound link to YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1dElIkD3hU

Now hear what God says. (English version on next page):

1 Maart 2013.
Ek is die Here die God van al die mense. Is iets vir My onmoontlik?— Jer 32:27
 Die woord van die Here die Almagtige het tot my gekom.
So sê die Here die Almagtige: Ek is hartstogtelik begaan oor Sion, Ek het woedend geword vir sy vyande, so begaan is Ek oor hom.
So sê die Here: Ek gaan na Sion toe terugkom, Ek gaan in Jerusalem woon. Jerusalem sal genoem word Stad van Trou, Berg van die Here die Almagtige, Heilige Berg.
So sê die Here die Almagtige: Daar sal weer bejaarde mans en vrouens, ryp in jare, op die pleine in Jerusalem sit, elkeen met 'n kierie in die hand.
Die pleine in die stad sal vol seuns en dogters wees wat daar speel. So sê die Here die Almagtige: As dit vir die oorblyfsel van hierdie volk vandag onmoontlik lyk, moet dit dan ook vir My onmoontlik lyk? Die Here die Almagtige het dit gesê. —Sag. 8: 1-6.
As 'n mens nie glo nie, is dit onmoontlik om te doen wat God wil. Wie tot God nader, moet glo dat Hy bestaan en dat Hy dié wat Hom soek, beloon.
 Omdat Noag geglo het, het hy God eerbiedig gehoorsaam toe hy gewaarsku is oor dinge wat nog nie gesien kon word nie. Daarom het hy die ark gebou om sy huisgesin te red. Sy geloof was 'n veroordeling van die wêreld, maar dit het hom erfgenaam gemaak van die vryspraak wat deur die geloof kom. —Heb 11:6,7.
Vir vandag
1. Wat sê God aangaande Homself?
2. Wat sê God vir jou in jou omstandighede aangaande Homself?
3. Wat, sê die Skrif, is ononderhandelbaar wanneer jy na God gaan oor enige saak?
4. Voltooi:  Here, ek glo....
5.  Formuleer 'n vingerpuntfeit of vingerpuntkeuse (5-woord-feit of -keuse)  uit wat jy gelees het.
Hier is 'n paar voorbeelde:
Niks is onmoontlik vir God
Vandag gaan ek God vertrou.
Vandag glo ek die Woord.
My God doen die onmoontlike.


SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?— Jer 32: 27

 The LORD of Armies spoke his word.
 This is what the LORD of Armies says: I am very jealous about Zion. I am fiercely possessive of it.
 This is what the LORD says: I will return to Zion and live in Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth. The mountain of the LORD of Armies will be called the holy mountain.
 This is what the LORD of Armies says: Old men and old women will again sit in the streets of Jerusalem. Each will have a cane in hand because of old age.
 The city will be filled with boys and girls playing in the streets.  This is what the LORD of Armies says: It may seem impossible to the few remaining people in those days, but will it seem impossible to me? declares the LORD of Armies.—Zec 8: 1-6
 No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.
It was faith that made Noah hear God's warnings about things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a boat in which he and his family were saved. As a result, the world was condemned, and Noah received from God the righteousness that comes by faith.  Heb 11:6,7.
For today
1. What  does God say about Himself ?
2. What does God say about Himself to you in you circumstances and situation today?
3.What is non-negotiable when one approaches God regarding any matter in one’s life?
4. Complete:  Lord, I believe...
5. Formulate a fingtertip (5 word)  fact or resolution based on what Scripture says in these passages.  Here are some examples:
To God nothing is impossible.
Nothing too hard for God.
Lord, in You I trust.

Kliek en kry: Trust and obey

Trust and obey



This is an outbound link to YouTube : Trust and Obey, Whispers of my Father, Joslin Grove Choral society. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roNPiuFzF-8

Skrif vir vandag
Vir die koorleier: met fluitspel. 'n Psalm van Dawid. Luister tog na my woorde, Here, hoor hoe ek sug. Gee tog aandag aan my hulpgeroep, my Koning en my God, want tot U bid ek. U luister na my stem in die môre, Here, in die môre terwyl ek voor U verskyn en op U wag. U is nie 'n God wat onreg verdra nie, die kwaad het by U geen plek nie. Hooghartiges durf nie voor U kom nie. U haat almal wat onreg doen, U roei alle leuenaars uit. Die Here verafsku moordenaars en bedrieërs. Maar ek, ek mag deur u groot liefde in u huis ingaan en in u heilige tempel buig met die eerbied wat aan U verskuldig is. Omdat ek vyande het, Here, leer my tog wat reg is en help my om u wil te doen. Niks wat hulle sê, is waar nie; al waaraan hulle dink, is my ondergang; hulle vlei my, maar hulle wil my in die graf laat beland. Laat hulle daarvoor boet, o God, laat hulle deur hulle eie planne tot niet gaan. Dryf hulle weg oor hulle baie sondes, want hulle is opstandig teen U. Maar laat almal wat by U skuil, bly wees, laat hulle altyd jubel. U beskerm dié wat u Naam liefhet, en hulle juig oor U. U laat dit goed gaan met die regverdige, Here, u goedheid beskerm hom soos 'n skild. — Psalm 51.
Julle geloofsvertroue moet julle dus nie prysgee nie: dit hou groot beloning in.
Volharding is wat julle nodig het om die wil van God te doen en te ontvang wat Hy beloof het. Nog net “'n kort, kort tydjie, en Hy wat kom, sal kom en nie talm nie. En wie deur My vrygespreek is omdat hy glo, sal lewe; maar as hy terugdeins, het Ek aan hom niks meer nie.” Maar ons is nie van dié wat terugdeins en verlore gaan nie; nee, ons glo en ons sal lewe. —Heb 10: 35-39.

Toe sê God vir Moses: “Ek is wat Ek is. Jy moet vir die Israeliete sê: ‘Ek is’ het my na julle toe gestuur.” Eks 3:14

Vir vandag, vir tye soos hierdie
1.Hoe is God volgens Psalm 51?
2. Het God verander? Bewys dat jou antwoord waar is.
3.Vind vingerpuntsinne in vandag se Skrifgedeeltes en spreek dié vyf woorde wat jy so jou eie maak, telkens vandag hardop uit. Hier is voorbeelde van (5 woord) vingerpuntsinne uit vandag se Skrifgedeeltes:

Moenie julle geloofsvertroue prysgee nie.
Here, u goedheid beskerm my.
Gods goedheid is my skild.
Nog net 'n kort tydjie...
Scripture for today

(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use flutes.) Listen, LORD, as I pray! Pay attention when I groan. You are my King and my God. Answer my cry for help because I pray to you. Each morning you listen to my prayer, as I bring my requests to you and wait for your reply. You are not the kind of God who is pleased with evil. Sinners can't stay with you. No one who boasts can stand in your presence, LORD, and you hate evil people. You destroy every liar, and you despise violence and deceit. Because of your great mercy, I come to your house, LORD, and I am filled with wonder as I bow down to worship at your holy temple. You do what is right, and I ask you to guide me. Make your teaching clear because of my enemies. Nothing they say is true! They just want to destroy. Their words are deceitful like a hidden pit, and their tongues are good only for telling lies. Punish them, God, and let their own plans bring their downfall. Get rid of them! They keep committing crimes and turning against you. Let all who run to you for protection always sing joyful songs. Provide shelter for those who truly love you and let them rejoice. Our LORD, you bless those who live right, and you shield them with your kindness.
—Psalm 51.

God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" — Exo 3:14.

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. — Heb 10:35-39. KJV

For today, for times like these
1. How is God, acording to psalm 51?
2. Has God changed?  Prove the truth of your answer.  
3. Find (5 word) fingertip sentences in the passages from Scripture that you are reading now. Say these 5 words aloud several times today. 
Here are some examples of fingertip sentences found in these passages:   Cast not away your confidence.
The just live by faith.
The righteous live by faith.

Kliek en kry: Want julle worstelstryd is nie teen vlees en bloed nie

Want julle worstelstryd is nie teen vlees en bloed nie...


26 Februarie 2013. Volksblad voorbladberig: SARK in skrywe aan kerke en gemeentes in die OVS: MENSE IN MAG VAN DIE BOSE. Hierdie is 'n tyd waarin die lammpit kan begin rook, die sout laf kan word, die blydskap uit die lewe van die kinders van God kan verdwyn. Hier hoor ons hoe doodgewone gelowiges wat lankal by die Here is, die lied van volharding sing. Menslike bravade sou hulle nêrens gebring het nie. Hierdie tyd is ONS VADER tyd. Dit is Ef 6-tyd. Dit is tyd vir die Woord, vir gebed, vir oorgawe aan God en vir bereidheid om die Evangelie wat 'n ander vrede gee as wat die wêreld ooit kan bied, vir mense te gee.

February 26,2013. Volksblad newspaper, front page: South African Council of Churches addresses the Church in Free State Province: People are under control of evil (forces, the evil One.) In times like these we are in danger of becoming smoking wicks and insipid salt. God's children are in danger of losing joy and hope. Today we hear the hymn of ordinary Christians who are now with the Lord. Human audacity would have brought them nowhere. It is OUR FATHER, PATER NOSTER time. It is Ephesians 6 time. It is time for God's Word, for prayer, for renewing our relationship with God. It is time for willingness to share the Gospel with people, for only the Word fills our lives with a peace that the world does not have.

This is an outbound link to YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC1Pn4V2WDg
Onward Christian Soldiers: Christian Hymns Lyrics Choir: William Booth Audio Film. 

26 FEBRUARIE
Weet dan nou: die Here jou God, Hy is God. Hy is die betroubare God wat sy verbond in stand hou en sy troue liefde betoon tot aan die duisendste geslag van hulle wat Hom liefhet en sy gebooie gehoorsaam. — Deut 7:9
Ek kies as my amptenare dié in die land wat op God vertrou; die man wat opreg lewe, hy kan in my diens wees.—Psalm 101:6 ANV.
My oë sal wees op die getroues in die land, dat hulle by my kan woon; hy wat wandel in die weg van opregtheid, dié mag my dien.—Ps 101: 6, AOV
Baie gee te kenne dat hulle getrou is, maar wie kan 'n werklik betroubare mens vind? Wie reg doen en eerlik lewe, met sy kinders gaan dit goed.— Spr 20:6,7.

Waar julle skat is, daar sal julle hart ook wees. Wees gereed, die heupe omgord en die lampe aan die brand!
Julle moet wees soos mense wat vir hulle eienaar wag tot hy van die bruilof af terugkom, sodat hulle dadelik vir hom kan oopmaak as hy kom en aanklop.  Gelukkig is die slawe vir wie die eienaar by sy koms wakker sal aantref. Dit verseker Ek julle: Hy sal hulle aan tafel laat sit, self 'n voorskoot aansit en hulle kom bedien. Gelukkig is die slawe wat hy wakker aantref, selfs al sou hy eers om middernag of met hanekraai kom. Maar dit moet julle weet: as die huiseienaar geweet het hoe laat die dief kom, sou hy hom nie in sy huis laat inbreek het nie.  Ook julle moet gereed wees, want die Seun van die mens kom op 'n tyd wanneer julle Hom nie verwag nie.” —Luk 12: 34-40.  

Moenie bang wees vir wat julle alles gaan ly nie. Kyk, die duiwel gaan party van julle in die tronk laat gooi, sodat julle in beproewing sal kom, en julle sal tien dae lank baie swaar kry. Bly getrou tot die dood toe, en Ek sal julle die lewe as kroon gee. Elkeen wat kan hoor, moet luister na wat die Gees vir die gemeentes sê. Dié wat die oorwinning behaal, sal beslis nie deur die tweede dood getref word nie. — Op 2:10,11.
Vir 'n tyd soos hierdie
1. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeeltes aangaande God?
2. Wat sê hierdie Skrifgedeeltes aangaande mense?  Terloops, wat dink jy van die praktyk van beeldpoetsing? Celebs het mos beeldpoetsers. Is dit ? Skriftuurlike praktyk?
3. Wat, sê die Skrif, maak ons ontrou in ons roeping en opdrag?
4. Hoe gaan die lewe vorentoe wees, volgens die Skrif?
5. Weet jou gesin dit? Hoe gaan julle julle hierop voorberei?
SCRIPTURE FOR TIMES LIKE THESE
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; — Deut 7: 9
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.— Psalm 101:6. KJV
My eyes will be watching the faithful people in the land so that they may live with me. The person who lives with integrity will serve me.Ps. 101:6. GW
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?  — Prov 20:6: KJV

Your heart will always be where your treasure is. Be ready and keep your lamps burning  just like those servants who wait up for their master to return from a wedding feast. As soon as he comes and knocks, they open the door for him. Servants are fortunate if their master finds them awake and ready when he comes! I promise you that he will get ready and have his servants sit down so he can serve them.Those servants are really fortunate if their master finds them ready, even though he comes late at night or early in the morning. You would surely not let a thief break into your home, if you knew when the thief was coming. So always be ready! You don't know when the Son of Man will come.  Luke 12: 34-40.

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.— Rev 2: 10,11.
For times like these
1. What do these passages say about God?
2. What do these passages say about man? By the way: hoe Scriptural is the common practice of image polishing, especially in celeb circles?
3. What, according to Scripture, makes us unfaithful in our calling and ministry?
4. What is life going to be like in future?
5. Does your family know this?  How are you going to prepare for this?

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 25 Feb 2013

25 FEBRUARIE
Skrif vir 'n dag waarop jy niks verstaan nie
Verder nog dit: Soek julle krag in die Here en in sy groot mag. Trek die volle wapenrusting aan wat God julle gee, sodat julle op julle pos kan bly ondanks die listige aanslae van die duiwel. Ons stryd is nie teen vlees en bloed nie, maar teen elke mag en gesag, teen elke gees wat heers oor hierdie sondige wêreld, teen elke bose gees in die lug. Trek daarom die volle wapenrusting aan wat God julle gee, sodat julle weerstand kan bied in die dag van onheil en, nadat julle die stryd tot die einde toe gevoer het, nog op julle pos kan bly staan. — Ef 6: 10-13.

Wie kan ons van die liefde van Christus skei? Lyding of benoudheid of vervolging, honger of naaktheid, gevaar of swaard? Daar staan immers geskrywe: “Dit is oor U dat die dood ons dag vir dag bedreig, dat ons soos slagskape behandel word.” Maar in al hierdie dinge is ons meer as oorwinnaars deur Hom wat vir ons liefhet. Hiervan is ek oortuig: geen dood of lewe of engele of magte of teenswoordige of toekomstige dinge of kragte of hoogte of diepte of enigiets anders in die skepping kan ons van die liefde van God skei nie, die liefde wat daar is in Christus Jesus ons Here. — Rom 8: 35-39.

Vir tye wanneer niks sin maak nie
1. Wat sê Rom 8: 35-39 van God?
2. Voeg die name van vriende of familie wie se lewens deur misdaad en boosheid uitmekaargeruk is, in die plek van die woord “ons” in Rom 8: 35-39  in.  En bid dan dat God wat dit in sy Woord sê, hulle dit in hierdie dae sal laat beleef op ? wyse wat Hy alleen kan doen. 
Ons het 'n vriendin wie se man vanjaar aan die skietwonde wat hy tydens 'n plaasaanval opgedoen het. Kosbare oud-gemeentelede se enigste seun is gister tydens 'n  voertuigkaping doodgeskiet. In jou lewe lyk dit dieselfde. In jou familie- en vriendekring is daar smart en pyn en verskriklik baie vrae. En almal van ons wil God se antwoord op ons vrae hoor.

Die verhaal word vertel dat 'n Kapelaan een oggend tydens die SA Bosoorlog 'n interaktiewe oggendgodsdiens met die San-spoorsnyers gedoen het
Kapelaan: Wie het vir ons die nuwe dag gegee? Aan Wie behoort hierdie dag?
Spoorsnyers:  'Die Here, prys sy Naam."
Kapelaan: Wie gaan vandag julle Krag en Leidsman wees?
Spoorsnyers: Die Here, Halleluja!
Kapelaan: Watter vyand gaan vandag rondloop rond soos ‘n brullende leeu, en soek wie hy kan verslind.?
Spoorsnyers: “Die duiwel.” Gevolg deur 'n verwensing wat ons wens ons kan herhaal.”  

Nog drie vrae:
1. Stem dit wat die spoorsnyers gesê het, ooreen met wat God vir ons in sy Woord sê? Is dit wat die Skrif oor boosheid sê?
2. Sê dit ook: Ons het te doen met die werke van die duiwel, die moordenaar van die begin af.
3. Vra die volgende van God: Here, laat my nooit aan U twyfel nie. 

For today 
Scripture for a day on which nothing makes sense. 

Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks.  For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God's armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.— Eph 6: 10-13. GNB

Who, then, can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble do it, or hardship or persecution or hunger or poverty or danger or death?  As the scripture says, "For your sake we are in danger of death at all times; we are treated like sheep that are going to be slaughtered."  No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future,  neither the world above nor the world below---there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. —Rom 8: 35-39. 

For today
1.What does Rom 8: 35-39 say about God?
2. Replace the word, “us” in Romans 8: 35-37 with the names of  people whose lives have been torn apart by crime and evil.  Then pray that God, who says this to us in his Word, will make his presence known to them in a way He alone can do. 

We have a friend whose husband died this year after being brutally shot by criminals on his farm. The son of dear friends was killed by car hijackers on Saturday. In your life things are no different.  Like us, you have lots of questions. And all of us want answers from God Himself.

The story is told that during the SA Border War a chaplain did morning devotions with a group of  San  trackers deployed to find and follow the spoor (tracks) of insurgents.  That morning it was done interactively.
Chaplain: Who has given this new day to us? To Whom does this day belong?
Trackers: The LORD. Praise his Holy Name.
Chaplain: Who will be your Protector and Guide?
Trackers: The LORD. Hallelujah!
Chaplain: What enemy , roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour? (1 Pet 5:9)
Trackers:    “Satan.” Followed by some swearwords I’d love to repeat.


Three more questions
1. Do you hear God’s  Word  — what the Word says about evil— in this story?
2. Say it now:  What we experience, are the works of Satan.
3. Pray today:  Lord, let me never lose my faith in Thee.    

Kliek en kry: What you can have

What you can have, what others can receive from God through you


Nicky Gumbel at the 2010 Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization,Cape Town.

This as an outbound link to YouTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TUneJ2GH4k

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir vandag


Skrif vir vandag  
Soos die lewende Vader My gestuur het, en Ek deur Hom lewe, so sal hy wat My eet, ook deur My lewe. Hierdie brood wat uit die hemel gekom het, is nie soos die manna wat julle voorouers geëet het nie. Hulle het dit geëet en tog gesterwe. Wie hierdie brood eet, sal ewig lewe.”  Dit het Jesus gesê toe Hy die mense in die sinagoge in Kapernaum geleer het. Toe hulle dit hoor, het baie van Jesus se dissipels gesê: “Wat Hy nou sê, is darem te erg. Wie kan daaraan gehoor gee?” Jesus het vanself geweet dat sy dissipels hieroor mor, en Hy sê vir hulle: “Skrik dit julle af? Wat dan nog as julle die Seun van die mens sien opvaar na waar Hy voorheen was? Dit is die Gees wat iemand lewend maak; die mens self kan dit nie doen nie. Wat Ek vir julle gesê het, kom van die Gees en gee lewe. Maar daar is party van julle wat nie in My glo nie.” Jesus het immers van die begin af geweet wie dit is wat nie glo nie, en wie dit is wat Hom sou verraai. Verder het Hy gesê: “Daarom het Ek vir julle gesê niemand kan na My toe kom as die Vader dit nie aan hom gegee het nie.” Hieroor het baie van sy dissipels omgedraai huis toe en nie meer saam met Hom gegaan nie. Toe vra Jesus vir die twaalf:  “Wil julle nie ook weggaan nie?” Simon Petrus het Hom geantwoord: “Here, na wie toe sal ons gaan? U het die woorde wat ewige lewe gee.En ons glo vas en ons weet dat U die Heilige van God is.” — Joh 6: 57-69.
Vir vandag
1.Wat sê Joh 6:57-69 aangaande Jesus Christus?
2. Wat sê Joh 6: 57-69 aangaande die Heilige Gees?
3. Hoe, sê Joh 6:57-69, het dit gebeur dat jy by God is (veilig by Hom is, deur Hom gehelp word, in Hom lewe, die ewige lewe het,  jou vrae aan Hom kan vra, oplossings by Hom kan soek, jou opstand en pyn na Hom mag bring, die diepste geheimenisse mag ken en alles wat onmoontlik is, in sy liefde en beloftes vind? )
4. Sommige mense wat hier lees, het vandag swartgroen kneusplekke in hulle gees en siel.  Plaas die volgende versugting van Rabindranath Tagore langs Joh 6:57-67:  "Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” ( Rabindranath Tagore, Collected Poems And Plays Of Rabindranath Tagore)  Wat wil jý vir God vra?

Scripture for today
The living Father sent me, and because of him I live also. In the same way whoever eats me will live because of me. This, then, is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread that your ancestors ate, but then later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever." Jesus said this as he taught in the synagogue in Capernaum. Many of his followers heard this and said, "This teaching is too hard. Who can listen to it?" Without being told, Jesus knew that they were grumbling about this, so he said to them, "Does this make you want to give up?  Suppose, then, that you should see the Son of Man go back up to the place where he was before? What gives life is God's Spirit; human power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to you bring God's life-giving Spirit. Yet some of you do not believe." (Jesus knew from the very beginning who were the ones that would not believe and which one would betray him.)  And he added, "This is the very reason I told you that no people can come to me unless the Father makes it possible for them to do so." Because of this, many of Jesus' followers turned back and would not go with him any more. So he asked the twelve disciples, "And you---would you also like to leave?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. And now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God." —Joh 6:57-69.

For today
1.What does John 6:57-69  say about Jesus Christ?
2.Wat does John 6: 57-69 say about the Holy Spirit?

3.How did it happen that you are now with God (safe in his Presence, being sustained by Him, living in Him, being able to bring all your questions to Him, getting solutions from Him, having the confidence to open up before Him, holding nothing back, getting to know more and more about Him, finding all that is impossible in his love and his promises?)

4. Some people who read this, are deeply hurt and bruised in their soul and spirit. Put Rabindranath Tagore’s longing prayer next to Joh 6:57-67: " Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” ( Rabindranath Tagore, Collected Poems And Plays Of Rabindranath Tagore). What do you desire from God today?  

Kliek en kry: Nana Mouskouri singing Love changes everything


Nana Mouskouri singing Love changes Everything.
This is an outbound link to YouTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsXLfnhawIs
Oh, what a message from the throne of God for all who are in Christ!
O, wat 'n  boodskap kom daar vandag die troon van God  af vir elkeen wat in Christus is!

21 FEBRUARIE
I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them.
And you are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father. You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name.  This, then, is what I command you: love one another. —Joh 15:9-17

I am listening to what the LORD God is saying; he promises peace to us, his own people, if we do not go back to our foolish ways. Surely he is ready to save those who honor him, and his saving presence will remain in our land. Love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will embrace.  Human loyalty will reach up from the earth, and God's righteousness will look down from heaven.  The LORD will make us prosperous, and our land will produce rich harvests. Righteousness will go before the LORD and prepare the path for him. —Ps 85: 8-13
For today
1.  What do you hear about God in this passage from Scripture?
2. Man’s life can be a  chaotic mess of anxiety, schemes, distrust, loneliness , conflict, stress and negative emotions.  Write down  some  attributes or distinguishing qualities of the normal Christian life as found in these passages from Scripture.  This is a great theme fora  group discussion.  
3. God is now talking to you as a man talks to his friend. Read today’s passages from Scripture once more to receive a very specific message from Him. Take it, believe it!

Skrif vir vandag
Soos die Vader My liefhet, het Ek julle ook lief. Julle moet in my liefde bly.
As julle my opdragte uitvoer, sal julle in my liefde bly, net soos Ek die opdragte van my Vader uitvoer en in sy liefde bly. Dit sê Ek vir julle sodat my blydskap in julle kan wees en julle blydskap volkome kan wees. Dit is my opdrag: Julle moet mekaar liefhê soos Ek julle liefhet. Niemand het groter liefde as dit nie: dat hy sy lewe vir sy vriende aflê. Julle is my vriende as julle doen wat Ek julle beveel. Ek noem julle nie meer ondergeskiktes nie, want 'n ondergeskikte weet nie wat sy baas doen nie. Nee, Ek noem julle vriende, omdat Ek alles wat Ek van my Vader gehoor het, aan julle bekend gemaak het. Julle het My nie uitgekies nie, maar Ek het julle uitgekies en julle aangestel om uit te gaan en vrugte te dra, vrugte wat sal hou. So sal die Vader aan julle gee wat julle ook al in my Naam vra. Dit beveel Ek julle: Julle moet mekaar liefhê! —Joh 15:9-17.

Ek wil luister na wat God die Here sê, want sy woord bring vrede vir sy volk, vir dié wat Hom getrou dien. Hulle moet net nie weer afdwaal nie. Waarlik, uitkoms is naby vir dié wat Hom dien: Hy sal sy reddende mag in ons land openbaar.  Liefde en trou sal mekaar ontmoet, geregtigheid en vrede sal mekaar omhels; trou sal uit die aarde uit opspruit, geregtigheid sal uit die hemel uit afkom. Die Here sal voorspoed skenk en ons land sal sy oes gee. Die geregtigheid sal Hom vooruitgaan en 'n pad maak vir sy koms. —Ps 85:8-13

Vir vandag
1.Wat hoor jy hier aangaande God?
2. 'n  Mens se lewe kan 'n  warboel van kommer, stres, skemas, alleenheid, planne, konflik en negatiewe emosies wees.  Maak 'n  paar aantekeninge oor die normale Christelike lewe soos wat jy dit in vandag se Skrifgedeeltes vind. Hier is nou 'n fantastiese tema vir 'n groepsbespreking.
3. God praat nou met jou soos 'n man met sy vriend. Lees vandag se Skrifgedeeltes nog 'n keer om 'n baie spesifieke boodskap vir jou in jou omstandighede te ontvang. Vat dit, glo dit!
 

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 20 Feb




20 FEBRUARIE
Ek is die ware wingerdstok en my Vader is die boer. Elke loot aan My wat nie vrugte dra nie, sny Hy af; maar elkeen wat vrugte dra, snoei Hy reg, sodat dit nog meer vrugte kan dra.  Julle is alreeds reg gesnoei deur die woorde wat Ek vir julle gesê het.  Julle moet in My bly en Ek in julle. 'n Loot kan nie uit sy eie vrugte dra as hy nie aan die wingerdstok bly nie; en so julle ook nie as julle nie in My bly nie. Ek is die wingerdstok, julle die lote. Wie in My bly en Ek in hom, dra baie vrugte, want sonder My kan julle niks doen nie. As iemand nie in My bly nie, word hy weggegooi soos 'n loot en hy verdroog. Die mense maak sulke lote bymekaar en gooi dit in die vuur, en dit verbrand. As julle in My bly en my woorde in julle, vra dan net wat julle wil hê, en julle sal dit kry. My Vader word juis daardeur verheerlik dat julle baie vrugte dra en my dissipels is. —Joh 15:1-8.

Vir vandag
1.Wat sê Joh 15:1-8 van Jesus Christus?
2. Is hierdie sin waar of nie waar nie: Die lewe van die lote en die moontlikheid van druiwe  hang volledig van die wingerdstok af.  Wat sê Jesus Christus dus hier?
3. Watter gedeelte van Joh 15:1-8 raak jou vandag persoonlik baie diep?
4. Praat met ons Vader oor wat sy Seun hier vir jou sê.

Scripture for today
"I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit.
You have been made clean already by the teaching I have given you.  Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.  "I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.  Those who do not remain in me are thrown out like a branch and dry up; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, where they are burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it. My Father's glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples. —John 15:1-8.

Art: Autumn: Georgio Luccesi, 1855-1941.
Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzFbrzUxhlw

For today
1. What does John 15:1-8 say about Jesus Christ?
2. Is this statement true or not:  The life of the branches and the possibility of grapes is wholly dependent on the vine.  What is Jesus Christ actually saying here?
3. Which part of John 15:1-8 speaks to you personally today?
4. Talk to our Father about the words of his Son in John 15:1-8.

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 19 Feb 2013

19 Februarie
Voltooi die volgende sin sonder om twee keer te dink, sonder diep nadenke: Vanoggend is ek...
Maak nou jou hele menswees oop vir wat God deur sy Woord en Gees vir jou wil sê.
 
In die begin het God die hemel en die aarde geskep. Die aarde was heeltemal onbewoonbaar, dit was donker op die diep waters, maar die Gees van God het oor die waters gesweef. Toe het God gesê: “Laat daar lig wees!” En daar was lig. Gen 1:1-3.

Vir die koorleier. Van Dawid. 'n Psalm. Here, U sien dwarsdeur my, U ken my. Of ek sit en of ek opstaan, U weet dit, U ken my gedagtes nog voordat hulle by my opkom.  Of ek reis en of ek oorbly, U bepaal dit, U is met al my paaie goed bekend. Daar is nog nie 'n woord op my tong nie of U, Here, weet wat dit gaan wees. U omsluit my van alle kante, U neem my in besit. Dié wete oorweldig my, dit is te hoog vir my begrip. Waarheen sou ek gaan om u Gees te ontvlug? Waarheen sou ek vlug om aan u teenwoordigheid te ontkom? Klim ek op na die hemel, is U daar, gaan lê ek in die doderyk, is U ook daar. Vlieg ek na die ooste, of gaan woon ek in die verre weste, ook daar lei u hand my, hou u regterhand my vas. Ek sou die duisternis kon vra om my weg te steek, of die lig rondom my om in nag te verander, maar vir U is selfs die duisternis nie donker nie en die nag so lig soos die dag, duisternis so goed soos lig. U het my gevorm, my aanmekaargeweef in die skoot van my moeder. Ek wil U loof, want U het my op 'n wonderbaarlike wyse geskep. Wat U gedoen het, vervul my met verwondering. Dit weet ek seker: geen been van my was vir U verborge toe ek gevorm is waar niemand dit kon sien nie, toe ek aanmekaargeweef is diep in die moederskoot. U het my al gesien toe ek nog ongebore was, al my lewensdae was in u boek opgeskrywe nog voordat ek gebore is. Hoe wonderlik is u gedagtes vir my, o  God, hoe magtig hulle almal! As ek hulle sou wou opnoem – hulle is meer as wat daar sand is, en as ek daarmee klaar is, sou ek nog steeds met U te doen hê. —Psalm 139: 1-18.

Nadat Jesus op die Olyfberg gaan sit het, kom die dissipels alleen na Hom toe en vra: “Sê vir ons, wanneer sal hierdie dinge gebeur en wat sal die teken van u koms en van die einde van hierdie wêreld wees?” Jesus antwoord hulle: “Pas op dat niemand julle mislei nie. Baie sal onder my Naam kom en sê: ‘Ek is die Christus,’ en hulle sal baie mense mislei. Julle sal die rumoer van oorloë en gerugte van oorloë hoor. Pas op, moenie verskrik word nie. Dit moet kom, maar dit is nog nie die einde nie. Die een nasie sal teen die ander te staan kom en die een koninkryk teen die ander; daar sal op baie plekke hongersnode en aardbewings wees. Al hierdie dinge is geboortepyne, die begin van die nuwe tyd. Die mense sal julle oorlewer om mishandel te word, en hulle sal julle doodmaak. Julle sal deur al die nasies gehaat word omdat julle my Naam bely.
In daardie tyd sal baie mense van die geloof afvallig word, en hulle sal mekaar verraai en mekaar haat. Daar sal baie vals profete kom, en hulle sal baie mense mislei. Omdat die minagting van die wet van God sal toeneem, sal die liefde by baie verkoel. Maar wie tot die einde volhard, sal gered word. En hierdie evangelie van die koninkryk sal in die hele wêreld verkondig word, sodat al die nasies die getuienis kan hoor. Eers dan sal die einde kom. —Matt 24:3-14.

Vir vandag
1.Wat sê die Skrif vir jou oor God?
2. Waar is jy vandag?  En waar is God vandag?  Wat  verander wanneer 'n mens dit insien en glo?  
3. Wat sê die Skrif vir ons oor die dekades of eeue wat nog gaan volg?

Complete the following sentence without thinking twice, without really thinking about what you are saying:  On this morning I  am ....
Now allow God to speak to you through his Word and Spirit:

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water.  Then God commanded, "Let there be light"---and light appeared. — Gen 1:1-3.

(A psalm by David for the music leader.) You have looked deep into my heart, LORD, and you know all about me. You know when I am resting or when I am working, and from heaven you discover my thoughts. You notice everything I do and everywhere I go. Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say, and with your powerful arm you protect me from every side.I can't understand all of this! Such wonderful knowledge is far above me. Where could I go to escape from your Spirit or from your sight?  If I were to climb up to the highest heavens, you would be there. If I were to dig down to the world of the dead you would also be there. Suppose I had wings like the dawning day and flew across the ocean.  Even then your powerful arm would guide and protect me. Or suppose I said, "I'll hide in the dark until night comes to cover me over."
But you see in the dark because daylight and dark are all the same to you.You are the one who put me together inside my mother's body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below, but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.
Your thoughts are far beyond my understanding, much more than I could ever imagine. I try to count your thoughts, but they outnumber the grains of sand on the beach. And when I awake, I will find you nearby. —Ps 139: 1-18.

Later, as Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him in private and asked, "When will this happen? What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?"Jesus answered: Don't let anyone fool you. Many will come and claim to be me. They will say that they are the Messiah, and they will fool many people.You will soon hear about wars and threats of wars, but don't be afraid. These things will have to happen first, but that isn't the end. Nations and kingdoms will go to war against each other. People will starve to death, and in some places there will be earthquakes. But this is just the beginning of troubles. You will be arrested, punished, and even killed. Because of me, you will be hated by people of all nations. Many will give up and will betray and hate each other. Many false prophets will come and fool a lot of people.
Evil will spread and cause many people to stop loving others.But if you keep on being faithful right to the end, you will be saved.  When the good news about the kingdom has been preached all over the world and told to all nations, the end will come. — Matt 24: 3-14. 

For today
1.What does Scripture say about God to you on this day?
2. Where are you today?  And where is God?  What happens when one begins to see and believe this?
3. What does Scripture tell us about the decades and centuries to come?

Kliek en kry: NAK Konzert in Kaapstad

NAK Konzert in Kapstadt -Take my life and let it be

This is an outbound link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSaLIgBt1y4
18 Februarie.
Die Here bepaal die koers van die mens met wie se pad Hy tevrede is, en Hy ondersteun hom. As so iemand val, bly hy nie lê nie, want die Here help hom op. Ek was jonk en ek het oud geword, maar nooit het ek 'n regverdige verlate gesien of dat sy nageslag brood soek nie.—Ps 37: 23-25

So het die Here die Almagtige gesê: Laat reg geskied aan almal, bewys liefde en barmhartigheid aan mekaar; moenie die weduwee en die weeskind, die vreemdeling en die arme verdruk nie; moenie bose planne teen mekaar bedink nie. Maar die volk het geweier om daarop ag te slaan, hulle was moedswillig, hulle het hulle doof gehou, hulle het hulle soos die hardste klip gehou en wou nie luister na die wet en na die boodskap wat die Here die Almagtige deur sy Gees, deur die vroeëre profete, gestuur het nie. Daarom was die toorn van die Here die Almagtige so groot. Hy het geroep, maar hulle het nie geluister nie, en toe het die Here die Almagtige gesê: Ek sal ook nie luister as hulle roep nie.  —Sag 7:9-13

En wanneer het ons U 'n vreemdeling gesien en U gehuisves, of sonder klere, en vir U klere gegee? Wanneer het ons U siek gesien of in die tronk en U besoek?’ En die Koning sal hulle antwoord: ‘Dit verseker Ek julle: Vir sover julle dit aan een van die geringste van hierdie broers van My gedoen het, het julle dit aan My gedoen.’ —Matt. 25:38-40.

Vir vandag
1.Ons leer God uit die Skrif ken. Wat ontdek jy aangaande God in hierdie Skrifgedeeltes?
2.Ons leer God se wil vir ons lewe uit die Skrif ken. Wat ontdek jy aangaande God se wil vir jou lewe in hierdie Skrifgedeeltes?
3.God se beloftes in die Skrif kan nooit uitgewis word nie. Watter onuitwisbare belofte(s) gee God in hierdie Skrifgedeeltes aan jou?
4. Wat op aarde beteken dít: Onvoorwaardelike geloofsvertroue ⇔  onvoorwaardelike gehoorsaamheid?
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
The LORD guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him. If they fall, they will not stay down, because the LORD will help them up. I am old now; I have lived a long time, but I have never seen good people abandoned by the LORD or their children begging for food. —Ps 37:23-25

"This is what the LORD of Armies says: Administer real justice, and be compassionate and kind to each other. Don't oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and poor people. And don't even think of doing evil to each other. "But people refused to pay attention. They shrugged their shoulders at me and shut their ears so that they couldn't hear. They made their hearts as hard as flint so that they couldn't hear the LORD'S teachings, the words that the LORD of Armies had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD of Armies became very angry. "When I called, they wouldn't listen. So now when they call, I won't listen, says the LORD of Armies. —Zec 7:9-13.

When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!' —Mat 25: 38-40.
For today
1.Scripture is about knowing God. What do you discover about God in these passages?
2. Scripture is about God’s will for our life. What do you discover about God’s will for your life in these passages?
3. Scripture is about the promises of God that can never be eradicated.  What are the promises that God gives to you in these passages?
4. What on earth does this mean: Unconditional trust ⇔ unconditional obedience...? 

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 15 Feb 2013

15 FEBRUARIE
Toe het God al hierdie woorde gespreek en gesê: Ek is die HERE jou God wat jou uit Egipteland, uit die slawehuis, uitgelei het. Jy mag geen ander gode voor my aangesig hê nie. Jy mag vir jou geen gesnede beeld of enige gelykenis maak van wat bo in die hemel is, of van wat onder op die aarde is, of van wat in die waters onder die aarde is nie. Jy mag jou voor hulle nie neerbuig en hulle nie dien nie; want Ek, die HERE jou God, is ‘n jaloerse God wat die misdaad van die vaders besoek aan die kinders, aan die derde en aan die vierde geslag van die wat My haat; en Ek bewys barmhartigheid aan duisende van die wat My liefhet en my gebooie onderhou. —Eks 20:1-6.
 
Loof die Here, want Hy is goed, aan sy liefde is daar geen einde nie!—1 Kron 16:34.
 
Vir vandag
1. Wat openbaar God aangaande Homself in Eks 20:1-6?
2. Wat beveel Hy jou en my om te doen en nie te doen nie?
3. Hoe het hierdie God jou Vader geword?
4. Wat belowe God die Vader aan jou en my?
5. Wat is die loodswaar probleem wat jy in hierdie tyd moet hanteer?  
6. Plaas 1 Kronieke 16:34 langs jou probleem, tussen jou en jou probleem, om jou probleem. Sê dié geloofswoorde keer op keer vandag vir God: Loof die Here, want Hy is goed, aan sy liefde is daar geen einde nie!
 

Scripture for today
Then God spoke all these words: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of slavery in Egypt. "Never have any other god.  Never make your own carved idols or statues that represent any creature in the sky, on the earth, or in the water. Never worship them or serve them, because I, the LORD your God, am a God who does not tolerate rivals. I punish children for their parents' sins to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.  But I show mercy to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my commandments. —Exo 20:1-6.
 
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  1 Ch 16: 34. KJB.
 
For today
1.What does God reveal about Himself in Ex 20:1-6?
2. What does He command you and me to do and not to do?
3. How did this God become your Father?
4. What does God our Father promise you and me?
5. What is the rock heavy problem you have to handle right now? Place 1 Ch 16:34 next to your problem, between yourself and your problem, around your problem. Make this declaration of what you believe to God Himself today: O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Image Choir, Mansfield Christian High School
This is an outbound link to YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqQOaMVP3Yg
 
Art/Kuns: Rus/Rest. William- Adolphe Bouguereau. 1825-1905.

Kliek en kry: Valentynsdag 2013


Valentynsdag 2013.
En groter as die liefde van enige geliefde is die liefde van God vir jou.
God het die wêreld so lief gehad dat Hy sy enigste Seun gegee het, sodat dié wat in Hom glo, nie verlore sal gaan nie maar die ewige lewe sal hê. God het nie sy Seun na die wêreld toe gestuur om die wêreld te veroordeel nie, maar sodat die wêreld deur Hom gered kan word. — Joh 3:16,17.
Vir vandag, 14 Februarie 2013
1.Wat sê Joh 3:16,17 vir jou van God? 
2. Wat dink jy terwyl jy Joh 3:16,17 lees?
3. Doen vanaand iets wat baie van ons dalk jare laas gedoen het. Kniel in gebed en praat met God oor sy liefde vir jou.

Valentine’s day, 2013
Deeper than the love of your beloved is God’s love for you.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior. — John 3: 16, 17, GNB.

For today, 14 February 2013
1. What does John 3: 16,17 tell you about God?
2. What goes through your mind as you read John 3:16,17?
3. Do something tonight that many of us have not done for a long, long time. Kneel in prayer and talk to God about his love for you.  

Vocalist: Michael W Smith.  Outbound link to YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LToxyUVhPhQ 
Art/Kuns:   Rus/Rest.  William- Adolphe Bouguereau. 1825-1905.

Kliek en kry: Scripture for 13 Feb 2013

Scripture for 13 February
And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand.
But you say, "Why does he not?" Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.
"For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless." —Mal 2: 13-16.

For today
What does God  reveal about Himself in Mal 2: 13-16?
What is God’s desire and holy will for your family?
How do the people  in your sphere of contact talk about divorce?
How do you experience the issue of divorce in TV soapies?
Find God’s  description of divorce in Mal 2:13-16.
Fingertip verse: Guard yourselves  in your spirit.





This is an outbound link to  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIdnp0z0OCA


Skrif vir vandag
Daar is nog iets wat julle doen. Julle huil en kerm en sug by die altaar van die Here omdat Hy nie meer julle offers wil aanneem nie,
en julle vra: “Waarom dan nie?” Dit is omdat die Here weet wat gebeur het tussen jou en die vrou met wie jy van jou jeug af getroud is: jy was ontrou aan haar, ontrou aan jou eie vrou, die vrou aan wie jy plegtig trou belowe het.
Die Here het man en vrou een gemaak, een in liggaam en gees. En waarom een? Omdat Hy wil hê dat daar 'n nageslag moet wees, wat Hom eer. Beheers julle, moenie ontrou wees aan die vrou met wie jy van jou jeug af getroud is nie.
Die Here die God van Israel sê Hy haat egskeiding. Egskeiding is niks anders as geweld nie, sê die Here die Almagtige. Beheers julle, moenie ontrou wees nie. — Mal 2:13-16

Vir vandag
1.Wat openbaar die HERE GOD aangaande Homself in Mal 2: 14-16?
2.Wat is God se begeerte en heilige wil vir julle gesin?
3.Hoe praat die mense in jou kontaksfeer oor egskeiding?
4.Hoe beleef jy egskeidings in sepies?
5.Vind God se beskrywing van egskeiding in Mal 2:13-16.
6.Vingerpuntvers: Beheers julle, moenie ontrou wees.

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 12 Feb 2013

12 Februarie
In die plek wat die Here jou God sal kies om sy Naam daar te laat woon, moet jy bly wees in die teenwoordigheid van die Here jou God, jy en jou seuns en dogters, jou slawe en slavinne, die Leviete wat in jou omgewing woon, die vreemdelinge, die weeskinders en die weduwees by jou. Jy moet altyd onthou dat jy 'n slaaf was in Egipte. Onderhou al hierdie voorskrifte en leef daarvolgens.” — Deut 16: 11,12.

Meteens staan daar 'n engel van die Here by hulle, en die heerlikheid van die Here het rondom hulle geskyn. Hulle het baie groot geskrik. Toe sê die engel vir hulle: “Moenie bang wees nie, want kyk, ek bring vir julle 'n goeie tyding van groot blydskap wat vir die hele volk bestem is. Vandag is daar vir julle in die stad van Dawid die Verlosser gebore, Christus die Here! En dit is vir julle die teken: julle sal 'n kindjie vind wat in doeke toegedraai is en in 'n krip lê.” — Luk 2: 9-12.

Moenie in julle toewyding verslap nie, bly altyd geesdriftig, dien die Here. Verbly julle in die hoop; staan vas in verdrukking; volhard in gebed. Help die medegelowiges in hulle nood en lê julle toe op gasvryheid. Seën julle vervolgers, ja, seën hulle, moet hulle nie vervloek nie.— Rom 12: 11-14.


Oor jou gesin in julle blyplek in ons land
1. Wat hoor jy God vandag hier vir jou sê?
2. Is die volgende 'n lewensveranderende feit: Groot blydskap in jou gesin begin by 'n kindjie wat in doeke toegedraai is en in 'n krip lê.. ? Weet
3. Hoe is die daaglikse lewe volgens dié Skrifgedeeltes in elke plek of huis (in ons land) wat die Here jou God kies om sy Naam daar te laat woon?

Scripture for today
And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your towns, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are among you, at the place that the LORD your God will choose, to make his name dwell there. You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt; and you shall be careful to observe these statutes. — Deu 16: 11,12.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.— Luk 2:9-12
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.— Rom 12: 11-14.

About your family in your home in our country
1.What do you hear God saying to you here?
2. Is this a life-changing fact: Great joy in my family begins with a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger..? Yes, no?
Do your kids and other members of your family know this life-changing fact? If not, who will share it with them?
3. How is daily life in every place that the LORD your God chooses to make his name dwell there?

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 8 Feb 2013

8 February
Let me tell you, my friends, that the gospel I preach is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any human being, nor did anyone teach it to me. It was Jesus Christ himself who revealed it to me.
You have been told how I used to live when I was devoted to the Jewish religion, how I persecuted without mercy the church of God and did my best to destroy it.
I was ahead of most other Jews of my age in my practice of the Jewish religion, and was much more devoted to the traditions of our ancestors. But God in his grace chose me even before I was born, and called me to serve him.  And when he decided to reveal his Son to me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the Gentiles, I did not go to anyone for advice, nor did I go to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before me. Instead, I went at once to Arabia, and then I returned to Damascus.
It was three years later that I went to Jerusalem to obtain information from Peter, and I stayed with him for two weeks. I did not see any other apostle except James, the Lord's brother.
What I write is true. God knows that I am not lying!
Afterward I went to places in Syria and Cilicia.
At that time the members of the churches in Judea did not know me personally. They knew only what others were saying: "The man who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith that he once tried to destroy!"  And so they praised God because of me. —Gal 1:11-24
 
FOR TODAY
1. Gal 1:11-24 tells us at least four things about God. Yes, no?    
2. Gal 1:11-12 tells us something about the gospel. What?
3. Gal 1:11-12 is one man’s spiritual autobiography. Complete: Paul’s spiritual biography is about...
4. Fingertip autobiography: Place your hand on a flat surcace, tap out the 5 most signifant facts in your spiritual autobiography.
5. Talk to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ about the Gospel in your life.   
 


SKRIF VIR VANDAG
Dit moet julle goed besef, broers: die evangelie wat ek verkondig, is nie deur 'n mens uitgedink nie.
Ek het dit ook nie van 'n mens ontvang of by 'n mens geleer nie. Inteendeel, Jesus Christus het dit in 'n openbaring aan my gegee. Julle het immers gehoor van my optrede toe ek destyds nog 'n aanhanger van die Joodse leer was. Ek het die kerk van God tot die uiterste vervolg en dit probeer uitroei.
En in die Joodse leer het ek onder my volksgenote bo baie van my leeftyd uitgestyg, want ek was 'n fanatieke yweraar vir die oorgelewerde leer van my voorvaders.
Maar God het my al voor my geboorte vir Hom afgesonder, en Hy het my in sy genade geroep. Toe Hy in sy goedheid besluit het om sy Seun aan my te openbaar sodat ek die evangelie oor Hom onder die heidennasies sou verkondig, het ek nie dadelik daarna mense geraadpleeg of Jerusalem toe gegaan na dié wat voor my al apostels was nie. Nee, ek is Arabië toe, en daarvandaan het ek teruggekom Damaskus toe.  Eers drie jaar later het ek Jerusalem toe gegaan om met Sefas kennis te maak, en ek het twee weke by hom gebly. Van die ander apostels het ek niemand ontmoet nie behalwe Jakobus die broer van die Here.
Wat ek aan julle skrywe, is nie leuens nie – God is my getuie.
Daarna is ek na Sirië en Silisië toe. Die gemeentes van Christus in Judea het my toe nog nie persoonlik geken nie; hulle het net gehoor: “Die man deur wie ons vroeër vervolg is, verkondig nou die geloof wat hy destyds probeer uitroei het.” En hulle het God verheerlik oor my. — Gal. 1: 11-24.
 
VIR VANDAG
1.Ten minste vier dinge aangaande God word in Gal 1:11-24  vir ons gesê. Ja, nee?
2. Gal 1:11-12 sê vir ons iets aangaande die Evangelie. Wat?
3. Gal 1:11-12 is een man se spirituele outobiografie.  one man’s spiritual biography. Voltooi: Paulus se spirituele outobiografie gaan oor....
4. Vingerpunt outobiografie: Plaas jou hand op 'n plat oppervlakte. Tik die 5 belangrikste feite in jou spirituele outobiografie daarop uit.  
5. Praat met die God en Vader van ons Here Jesus Christus oor die Evangelie in jou lewe.   

  Kuns: Albert Anker, 1831-1910. Sondagmiddag.
  Art:  Albert Anker, 1831-1910.  Sunday Afternoon.
 
Amazing Grace, Chris Tomlin. This is an outbound link to YOU TUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I

Kliek en kry: Scripture for 7 Feb 2013

 
SCRIPTURE FOR 7 February
We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.
For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all God's people.
When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven.
The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world, just as it has among you ever since the day you first heard about the grace of God and came to know it as it really is.
Col 1:3-6. 
 
FOR TODAY
Col 1:3-6 tells us something about God. What?
I find at least 5 facts about the Gospel in Col 1:3-6.  Or are there more?
Contemplate and evaluate each of these facts. Is this what you experience when you take the Gospel seriously? Yes, no?
Finger-tip verse (5 finger- tips, 5 words) :  The Gospel keeps bringing blessings. Place your hand on your desk, tap the 5 words from thumb to little finger: The Gospel keeps bringing blessings.
What else is God saying to you in Col 1: 3-6?   
 
MORE TRANSLATIONS OF COL 1:3-6        
 
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in our prayers for you.
We thank God because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God's people.
You have these because of the hope which is kept safe for you in heaven. Some time ago you heard about this hope in the Good News which is the message of truth.
This Good News is present with you now. It is producing results and spreading all over the world as it did among you from the first day you heard it. At that time you came to know what God's kindness truly means. Col 1:3-6.  GW
 
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:  Col 1:3-9.  KJV
 
We give praise to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, making prayer for you at all times,
After hearing of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have for all the saints,
Through the hope which is in store for you in heaven; knowledge of which was given to you before in the true word of the good news,
Which has come to you; and which in all the world is giving fruit and increase, as it has done in you from the day when it came to your ears and you had true knowledge of the grace of God.  —Col 1:3-6.
 
We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
when we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love which is towards all the saints;
because of the hope being laid up for you in the heavens, in which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
 which has come to you, just as also in all the world, and is bearing fruit and growing, just as also among you, from the day which you heard and fully knew the grace of God in truth;  Col 1-3-6. Majority English Version.
 
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.
 Hearing your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have towards all the saints.
 For the hope that is laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard in the word of the truth of the gospel,
  Which is come unto you, as also it is in the whole world and bringeth forth fruit and groweth, even as it doth in you, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.- Douay-Rheims Bible 1899.
 
SKRIF VIR 7 Februarie
Wanneer ons tot God, die Vader van ons Here Jesus Christus, bid, dank ons Hom altyd vir julle
omdat ons gehoor het van julle geloof in Christus Jesus en van julle liefde vir al die gelowiges.
Hierdie geloof en liefde is gegrond op die hoop wat vir julle in die hemel bewaar word en waarvan julle reeds gehoor het toe die waarheid, die evangelie, aan julle verkondig is.
 Die evangelie het julle bereik, en net soos dit in die hele wêreld vrug voortbring en verder versprei, gebeur dit ook by julle van die dag af dat julle van God se genade gehoor het en dit leer ken het soos dit werklik is.— Kol 1:3-6.  
 
VIR VANDAG
Kol 1:3-6 sê vir ons iets aangaande God. Wat?
Ek kry ten minste 5 feite oor die Evangelie in Kol 1:3-6.  Of is daar meer? (Wenk: lees ook die Good News vertaling.)
Dink na en evalueer elkeen van dié feite.  Is dit wat jy beleef wanneer jy die Evangelie ernstig opneem? Ja, nee?  
Vingerpuntteks: (5 vingerpunte, 5 woorde):  The Gospel keeps bringing blessings. (Plaas jou hand op die lessenaarblad, tik die 5 woorde af, van die duim tot die pinkie: The Godspel keeps bringing blessings.
Wat sê God nog vir jou in Kol1: 3-6?
  
ABOUT BIBLICAL HOPE 
The Christian hope is not a desire, a wish, holding thumbs. It is a solid anchor.  It is the absolute certainty, created and established by God who cannot lie about his love for us, his purposes and reconcilliation with Him through his Son, Jesus Christ.    
We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary.  – Heb 6:19. GNB.
 
OOR BYBELSE HOOP.
Die Christelike hoop is nie 'n begeerte, 'n wens en styf duimvashou nie. Dit is 'n veilige en onbeweeglike lewensanker, die absolute en onaantasbare sekerheid, daargestel en gevestig deur God  in wie daar geen leuen kan wees nie oor sy liefde vir ons, sy  doel en ons versoening met Hom deur sy Seun, Jesus Christus.
Hierdie hoop besit ons as 'n veilige en onbeweeglike lewensanker, wat agter die voorhangsel vas is. —Heb.6:19.

 
Kunswerk: Gustave DORE, Die Hemelryk.
Art: Gustave DORE, The Empyrean.

In the past the Empyrean was used as a name for the firnament. In Christian literature it refers to the dwelling-place of God.
In one of the most beautiful and inspired illustrations in religious art, Gustave Dore (1832-1883) depicts the angels and cherubim encircling the throne of God. God Himself cannot be seen or depicted. Every time I look at this magnificent work of art, earth falls away.
On my way home, I know, I will see these angels and celestial beings, but a thousand times more beautiful, more light-filled, than mortal man can ever depict them. This is the way home... to my Father, whose light is shining in all his children.
He alone is immortal; he lives in the light that no one can approach. No one has ever seen him; no one can ever see him. To him be honor and eternal power! Amen. —1 Ti 6:16.

In die verlede is die hemelruim die “Empyrean” genoem. In Christelike literatuur verwys die woord na die woonplek van God.
In een van die lieflikste en mees geïnspireerde illustrasies in spirituele kuns, beeld Gustave Dore (1832-1883) die engele en gerubs om die troon van God uit. God Self kan nie gesien of uitgebeeld word nie. Telkens wanneer ek na hierdie wonderlike kunswerk kyk, val die aarde weg.
Op pad huis toe, weet ek, sal ek die engele en hemelwesens sien, maar duisendmaal skoner, duisendmaal meer gevul met lig as wat ? sterflike mens hulle ooit kan uitbeeld. Dit is die pad huis toe... na my Vader, wie se lig in al sy kinders skyn.
Hy alleen besit onsterflikheid; Hy woon in ontoeganklike lig. Geen mens het Hom gesien of kan Hom sien nie. Aan Hom kom toe eer en ewige mag! Amen. – 1 Tim 6: 16.  

Kliek en kry: Scripture for 6 Feb 2013

6 Februarie
Tyd: Ongeveer 1220 vC. Op 'n keer het Moses vir die Here gesê: “Kyk, U beveel my om met hierdie volk te trek, sonder om my mee te deel vir wie U saam met my stuur. Tog het U gesê: ‘Ek ken jou op jou naam; Ek is jou goedgesind.’ As U my dan goedgesind is, maak my u wil bekend, sodat ek U kan leer ken en kan doen wat U verwag. Onthou tog hierdie nasie is u volk.”

Toe het die Here gevra: “Moet Ek self saamgaan en vir jou vrede gee?”

Toe het Moses vir Hom gesê: “As U nie self saamgaan nie, moet U ons nie van hier af laat wegtrek nie. Hoe sal die mense weet dat ek en u volk u goedgesindheid geniet as U nie saam met ons gaan nie? Dit is juis deurdat U met ons saamgaan dat ons, ek en u volk, anders is as al die ander volke op die aarde.”

Die Here het vir Moses geantwoord: “Ook wat jy nou gevra het, sal Ek doen. Ek is jou goedgesind en Ek ken jou op jou naam.”

Toe sê Moses: “Laat ek tog net u magtige verskyning sien!”

Maar die Here sê: “Ek sal al my voortreflikheid voor jou laat verbykom en Ek sal die Naam ‘die Here’ vir jou uitroep, want Ek betoon genade aan wie Ek genade wil betoon en Ek ontferm My oor wie Ek My wil ontferm. Vir My kan jy nie sien nie, want geen mens kan My sien en bly lewe nie.” Die Here het verder gesê: “Maar hier by My is 'n plek waar jy op die rots kan staan. As Ek in my magtige verskyning verbykom, sal Ek jou eers in 'n rotsskeur sit en jou met my hande toemaak totdat Ek verby is. Dan sal Ek my hande wegvat sodat jy My van agter kan sien. Niemand mag my gesig sien nie.” — Eks. 33:12-23
 
Tyd: Tussen 690 en 540 vC: Maar hy (my kneg) gaan baie nasies laat opspring van verbasing. Konings sal sprakeloos wees oor hom, want hulle sal iets sien wat nie aan hulle vertel is nie, hulle sal iets te wete kom wat hulle nog nooit gehoor het nie. — Jes. 52:15.
 
Tyd: Ongeveer 55 nC. En 6 Februarie 2013. Ek (Paulus) het my voorgeneem om met julle oor niks anders te praat nie as oor Jesus as die Christus, en wel oor Hom as die gekruisigde.  Soos daar geskrywe staan: “Wat die oog nie gesien en die oor nie gehoor het nie,” en wat in die hart van 'n mens nie opgekom het nie, dit het God gereed gemaak vir dié wat Hom liefhet. — 1 Kor. 2:2,9.
 
7:7  Matt 7:7: Vra, en vir julle sal gegee word; soek, en julle sal kry; klop, en vir julle sal oopgemaak word.  

1. Wat sê Eks. 33:12-23 van God?
2. Wat is die skakel tussen Jes 52:15 en 1 Kor 2:2,9?   
3. Wat is dit “wat in die hart van 'n mens nie opgekom het nie?” (1 Kor 2:9)
4. Kan dit vandag ? dag van verbasing in jou lewe wees? Lees weer en kies dan vir of teen die lewensveranderende ervaring van Christus-gefokusde verbasing. 

Kunswerk: Gustave DORE, Die Hemelryk.
Art: Gustave DORE, The Empyrean.

In the past the Empyrean was used as a name for the firnament. In Christian literature it refers to the dwelling-place of God.
In one of the most beautiful and inspired illustrations in religious art, Gustave Dore (1832-1883) depicts the angels and cherubim encircling the throne of God. God Himself cannot be seen or depicted. Every time I look at this magnificent work of art, earth falls away.
On my way home, I know, I will see these angels and celestial beings, but a thousand times more beautiful, more light-filled, than mortal man can ever depict them. This is the way home... to my Father, whose light is shining in all his children.
He alone is immortal; he lives in the light that no one can approach. No one has ever seen him; no one can ever see him. To him be honor and eternal power! Amen. —1 Ti 6:16.

In die verlede is die hemelruim die “Empyrean” genoem. In Christelike literatuur verwys die woord na die woonplek van God.
In een van die lieflikste en mees geïnspireerde illustrasies in spirituele kuns, beeld Gustave Dore (1832-1883) die engele en gerubs om die troon van God uit. God Self kan nie gesien of uitgebeeld word nie. Telkens wanneer ek na hierdie wonderlike kunswerk kyk, val die aarde weg.
Op pad huis toe, weet ek, sal ek die engele en hemelwesens sien, maar duisendmaal skoner, duisendmaal meer gevul met lig as wat ? sterflike mens hulle ooit kan uitbeeld. Dit is die pad huis toe... na my Vader, wie se lig in al sy kinders skyn.
Hy alleen besit onsterflikheid; Hy woon in ontoeganklike lig. Geen mens het Hom gesien of kan Hom sien nie. Aan Hom kom toe eer en ewige mag! Amen. – 1 Tim 6: 16.   
  
Scripture for today 
Time: About 1220 BC. Moses said to the LORD, "It is true that you have told me to lead these people to that land, but you did not tell me whom you would send with me. You have said that you know me well and are pleased with me.Now if you are, tell me your plans, so that I may serve you and continue to please you. Remember also that you have chosen this nation to be your own."

The LORD said, "I will go with you, and I will give you victory."
Moses replied, "If you do not go with us, don't make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you are pleased with your people and with me if you do not go with us? Your presence with us will distinguish us from any other people on earth."

The LORD said to Moses, "I will do just as you have asked, because I know you very well and I am pleased with you."
Then Moses requested, "Please, let me see the dazzling light of your presence."

The LORD answered, "I will make all my splendor pass before you and in your presence I will pronounce my sacred name. I am the LORD, and I show compassion and pity on those I choose. I will not let you see my face, because no one can see me and stay alive,
but here is a place beside me where you can stand on a rock. When the dazzling light of my presence passes by, I will put you in an opening in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take my hand away, and you will see my back but not my face." —Exo 33:12-23.
 
About 690-540 BC.  But now many nations will marvel at him, and kings will be speechless with amazement They will see and understand something they had never known."— ISA  52:15
 
Time: About 55AD.  And February 6, 2013. For while I (Paul) was with you, I made up my mind to forget everything except Jesus Christ and especially his death on the cross. As the scripture says, “What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him —1 Cor. 2:2,9.
 
7:7 Mat 7:7: "Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

1. What does Exo. 33:12-23 say about God?    
2. What is the link between ISA 52:15 and 1 Cor 2:2,9?
3. What is the thing that no one ever thought could happen? (1 Cor 2:9.)
4. Is it possible to have a day of amazement and marvel? Read again, then say yes or no to the life-changing experience of Christ-focused amazement.   

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 5 Feb 2013

Skrif vir 5 Februarie.
Jesus sê toe vir hulle: “Julle moet geloof in God hê! Dit verseker Ek julle: Elkeen wat vir hierdie berg sê: ‘Lig jou op en val in die see,’ en daarby nie in sy hart twyfel nie, maar glo dat wat hy sê, gebeur, vir hom sal dit gebeur. Daarom sê Ek vir julle: Alles wat julle in die gebed vra, glo dat julle dit al ontvang het, en dit sal vir julle so wees. — Mark 11: 22-24

Toe die manne by Hom kom, sê hulle: “Johannes die Doper het ons na U toe gestuur om te vra: Is U die Een wat sou kom, of moet ons 'n ander een verwag?” ... Sy antwoord aan die boodskappers was: “Gaan vertel vir Johannes wat julle gesien en gehoor het: blindes sien, lammes loop, melaatses word gereinig, dowes hoor, dooies word opgewek, aan armes word die evangelie verkondig. En gelukkig is die man wat nie aan My begin twyfel nie.” — Luk 7:20-23
Toe het ek gesien die hemel is oop. Daar was 'n wit perd. Sy Ruiter word die Getroue en die Betroubare genoem. Hy het klere aangehad wat met bloed deurweek was, en sy Naam is: “Die Woord van God.” — Op. 19:11, 13.

Vir vandag
Wat sê die Skrif hier oor God?
 
Gebed
Here, elkeen wat hier lees, soek na iets . Ek het Desembermaand tevergeefs in die see na my verlore bril gesoek. Wat ek nodig gehad het, het in die onmeetlike waters verdwyn. Maar  vir ons is daar die Gees en die water en die bloed, en die drie se getuienis stem ooreen. (1 Joh. 5:7, 8.)  Vir ons is daar  die water wat U gee  (Joh. 4:13,14).  Laat elkeen wat  in hierdie helder water na iets soek, nou deur die werking van u Heilige Gees kry wat U hier vir hom/haar in bewaring gehou het.

Kunswerk: Gustave DORE, Die Hemelryk.
Art: Gustave DORE, The Empyrean.
 
In the past the Empyrean  was  used as a name for the firnament. In Christian literature it refers to the dwelling-place of God.
In one of the most beautiful and inspired illustrations in religious art, Gustave Dore (1832-1883) depicts the angels and cherubim encircling the throne of God. God Himself cannot be seen or depicted. Every time I look at  this magnificent  work of art, earth falls away. 
On my way home, I know, I will see these angels and celestial beings, but a thousand times more beautiful, more light-filled, than mortal man can ever depict them. This is the way home... to my Father, whose light is shining in all his children.  
He alone is immortal; he lives in the light that no one can approach. No one has ever seen him; no one can ever see him. To him be honor and eternal power! Amen. —1 Ti 6:16.
 
In die verlede is die hemelruim die “Empyrean” genoem. In Christelike literatuur verwys die woord na die woonplek van God.
In een van die lieflikste en mees geïnspireerde illustrasies in spirituele kuns, beeld Gustave Dore (1832-1883) die engele en gerubs om die troon van God uit. God Self kan nie gesien of uitgebeeld word nie. Telkens wanneer ek na hierdie wonderlike kunswerk kyk, val die aarde weg.
Op pad huis toe, weet ek, sal ek die engele en hemelwesens sien, maar duisendmaal skoner, duisendmaal meer gevul met lig as wat ? sterflike mens hulle ooit kan uitbeeld. Dit is die pad huis toe... na my Vader, wie se lig in al sy kinders skyn.
Hy alleen besit onsterflikheid; Hy woon in ontoeganklike lig. Geen mens het Hom gesien of kan Hom sien nie. Aan Hom kom toe eer en ewige mag! Amen. – 1 Tim 6: 16. 
 

Scripture for 5 February
Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. I assure you that whoever tells this hill to get up and throw itself in the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. For this reason I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for. —Mark 11: 22-24.

And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?'" ....And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.  And blessed is the one who is not offended by me." (ESV) Whoever doesn't lose his faith in me is indeed blessed." (GOD’S WORD version).

Then I saw heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True. The robe he wore was covered with blood. His name is "The Word of God." — Rev. 19:11,13.

For today, for you
What does Scripture say about God here?

A prayer
LORD, every person who reads this, is searching for something. In December I searched in vain in the sea for my glasses. I needed them, but they were lost in the endlessness of the waves and the deep waters . For us, however, there  are three that testify:  the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.  (1 John 5: 7,8.)  For us there is the water that comes from You. (John  4:13,14).  Let everyone who is now looking for something in this clear water find that which You have  kept in trust for him or her.

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 4 Feb 2013

Vir 4 Februarie
Ek sal die roem van die Here sing; dié wat swaar kry, sal dit hoor en daaroor bly wees. Sing saam met my oor die grootheid van die Here en laat ons saam sy Naam prys. Ek het die Here aangeroep en Hy het my geantwoord, Hy het my gered uit alle doodsgevare. Dié wat swaar kry, sien op na Hom en straal van blydskap, hulle word nie teleurgestel in hulle verwagting nie. Ek is een van die ellendiges wat geroep het. Die Here het gehoor, uit al my benoudhede het Hy my gered. Die Engel van die Here slaan sy laer op rondom dié wat die Here dien, en red hulle. Kom ondervind en sien self dat die Here goed is! Dit gaan goed met die mens wat by Hom skuil. Julle wat aan die Here behoort, dien Hom! Wie Hom dien, het geen gebrek nie. Selfs leeus ly gebrek en kry honger, maar wie die Here se hulp vra, kom niks kort van al die goeie dinge nie. —Ps.34:2 -10.
 
Toe het ek gesien die hemel is oop. Daar was 'n wit perd. Sy Ruiter word die Getroue en die Betroubare genoem. Met regverdigheid oordeel Hy en voer Hy oorlog. Sy oë het soos vuur gevlam, en op sy kop was daar baie heerserskrone. Daar was 'n Naam op Hom geskrywe wat niemand anders ken nie, net Hy self.  Hy het klere aangehad wat met bloed deurweek was, en sy Naam is: “Die Woord van God.” — Op. 19:11-13.
 
Lig vir vandag
Lees Ps.  34:1-10 en Op 19:11-13 'n paar keer vandag, totdat die lig vir jou deurbreek. Die Heilige Gees sal iets wat van God af kom, in jou sal doen terwyl jy dié Skrifgedeeltes van Hom aanvaar. Iets waarna jy smag, sal in jou gebeur, want Hy is die Gees wat wysheid en insig gee, die Gees wat raad en sterkte gee, die Gees wat kennis verleen en eerbied vir die Here. (Jes. 11:2.)
 
Kunswerk: Caravaggio: Aandete, Emmaus.
Art: Caravaggio: Supper at Emmaus. 1606. 

For February 4 
I will praise the LORD for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad!  Proclaim with me the LORD's greatness; let us praise his name together! I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. The helpless call to him, and he answers; he saves them from all their troubles. His angel guards those who honor the LORD and rescues them from danger. Find out for yourself how good the LORD is. Happy are those who find safety with him. Honor the LORD, all his people; those who obey him have all they need. —Ps. 34:1-10.
 
Then I saw heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True; it is with justice that he judges and fights his battles. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and he wore many crowns on his head. He had a name written on him, but no one except himself knows what it is. The robe he wore was covered with blood. His name is "The Word of God." — Rev. 19:11-13.
Light for today
Read Ps. 34:1-10 en Rev 19:11-13 a few times today.Keep on doing so, till light comes. The Holy Spirit shall surely do something great and Godly in you while you accept God’s Word as coming from Him to you. Something you long for will happen deep within you, for He is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.  (Isa  11:2)  
      

Kliek en kry: Skrif vir 1 Feb 2013

SKRIF, 1 FEBRUARIE 2013.

Ek wil u lof verkondig, my God en Koning, ek wil u Naam altyd loof. Elke dag wil ek U loof, ek wil u Naam altyd prys. Die Here is groot, alle lof kom Hom toe, sy grootheid is ondeurgrondelik. Ek wil van u grootheid vertel.Genadig en barmhartig is die Here, lankmoedig en vol liefde. Die Here help almal op wat geval het. Hy ondersteun dié wat bedruk is.Die oë van almal is op U gerig, en U gee hulle kos op hulle tyd. U maak u hand oop en skenk u guns in oorvloed aan al wat leef. Die Here is regverdig in al sy handelinge, getrou in alles wat Hy doen. Die Here is naby almal wat Hom aanroep, almal wat Hom in opregtheid aanroep. Aan dié wat Hom dien, gee Hy wat hulle vra, Hy hoor as hulle om hulp roep, en Hy red hulle. — Ps 145:1-3,6,8, 14-19, ANV.
 
Lig vir vandag

Wat sê dié Skrifgedeelte vir jou aangaande God?

Voltooi die volgende sinne in lofprysing:

HERE, U is my God en Koning....
U is groot ....
U is genadig...
U is barmhartig...
U is lankmoedig...
U is vol liefde...
U help en ondersteun dié wat geval het en bedruk is...
U is naby elkeen wat U in opregtheid aanroep...
En, HERE, verder is U...

Kunswerk: Caravaggio: Aandete, Emmaus.
Art: Caravaggio: Supper at Emmaus. 1606.  


Scripture. February 1,2013. 
 
I will highly praise you, my God, the king. I will bless your name forever and ever. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and ever. The LORD is great, and he should be highly praised. His greatness is unsearchable. I will tell about your greatness. The LORD is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive. The LORD supports everyone who falls. He straightens the backs of those who are bent over. The eyes of all creatures look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand, and you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD is fair in all his ways and faithful in everything he does. The LORD is near to everyone who prays to him, to every faithful person who prays to him. He fills the needs of those who fear him. He hears their cries for help and saves them. Psa 145:1-3,6,8, 14-19, God’s Word Translation.
 
Light for today
What does this passage from Scripture tell you about God?
Complete the following in worship:

LORD, You are my God and King....
You are great ....
You are merciful...
You  are compassionate...
You are near to everyone who prays in sincerity....
You hear our cries.....
And, LORD. You are also....  

 
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