“he has anointed me to proclaim good news…”

“he has anointed me to proclaim good news…”

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)

In His ministry, Jesus taught about the Kingdom which He came to initiate, establish and draw people into: a Kingdom where justice ultimately prevails. On this Sabbath day, within the synagogue of Nazareth, Jesus shows how He …

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Lighting a Candle

Lighting a Candle

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

At first glance this verse from Jeremiah appears to be a very encouraging word from God and is often quoted to those facing trials. However, when you look at it in context you soon realise that what God was asking of the Jewish nation was extremely challenging given the circumstance they found themselves …

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The Value of Motherhood

The Value of Motherhood

Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying “All that I am or hope to be I owe to my mother”. This is profoundly true and underlines the goal we have in the Champions for Children programme: to empower and equip women to provide the necessary care and support for their growing children to reach their potential. As we reach Mother’s Day, we reflect on a recent graduation moment in the Champions for Children programme. We celebrated motherhood. We celebrated community. We celebrated what God …

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His Beautiful Fragrance

His Beautiful Fragrance

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)

There is such a great well of richness to the words that Paul uses. And as our team pondered upon this verse, we were so aware of the confidence with which Paul spoke. How naturally he incorporated the sovereignty of the Father in his text, and how he acknowledged that all which is outwardly done …

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Graceful Gratefulness

Graceful Gratefulness

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

Gratitude is like a precious flower. It is something that is planted, watered, protected and shared. When we are grateful, we acknowledge the very essence of what it means to be created, finite, fallen, redeemed, and sustained by the God of all grace.

Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts and mouths. We recognise that all that we …

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Racial Reconciliation

Racial Reconciliation

“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was …

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A Celebration of Connection

A Celebration of Connection

On 6 February 2016, carers and connectors from both the Heideveld and Vrygrond communities came to celebrate their graduation from the ‘Champions for Children’ programme. What a special event! I could feel warmth and gratitude from this wide range of Capetonians.  I saw smiles, hugs and great joy.  And, at the same time, I saw the bittersweet realisation that this was the end of the formal part of the Early Childhood Development programme.

Some connectors from Common Ground Church and carers from …

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Micah 6:8 Devotional

Micah 6:8 Devotional

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
  And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8 (NIV)

As the Common Good team we had the opportunity to pray through this captivating piece of scripture, where Micah addresses the injustice and oppression carried out by Judah’s elites.

Micah asks the question in verse 6:8, “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?”. Prior …

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