Week 5 & 6 (Blog Update)
The grace and love of our Lord Jesus never cease to amaze me. It is that personal saving relationship that the Christian is offered when he comes to faith in who Jesus is and trusts in the atoning work of the cross. It is here where the skeptic is met with many conflicts in his heart, soul, and mind in understanding the need for Jesus’ incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection, which then takes us to the very question of our existence and why we are who we are. Every philosopher and every worldview needs to answer four extremely important questions coherently and logically and those are origin, meaning, morality and destiny. That means we need to consider:
- Where are we from?
- Why are we here?
- Where do we get a unique sense of morality from?
- Where are we going when we die?
The Christian worldview is the only worldview that can answer these questions coherently as revealed not only in History but in the scriptures, which have been well kept and preserved for over 3500 years. Now, this is not a lesson in philosophy or theology but a reminder of this time of the year when we celebrate the birth of God incarnate, Jesus Christ. The One who in the counsels of eternity past declared that He would be sent to this earth as an innocent infant, blameless, spotless, and sinless throughout His life to preach the gospel and good news to man declaring that there is hope, forgiveness, and salvation at the cross of Calvary! A redemption never heard of and one that will never be heard of again, complete and gifted to the whole world in one simple and profound statement – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16. Hallelujah!
The last two weeks have been very interesting and as always an absolute blessing as we have been shown an abundance of grace and mercy by Almighty God. We were off to the DMV and I applied for my Real ID which will hopefully be coming soon by mail. Yes folks, mail still works here. Kelly went back to her young adult years in a moment of madness! She had to according to Californian law, redo her driver’s license, not only replacing it with her South African driver’s license but having to learn the ropes from the beginning. We were off to the DMV (department of motor vehicles) to get Kelly a learner’s license book and a driver’s handbook. She studied for two days and then wrote her test with a bunch of 16-year-olds (haha). Praise the Lord she passed! We then arranged with Juan a local driving instructor to take her for a lesson in case she missed something on how her driving skills would be adjudicated in a few days. All went well and Kelly subsequently passed her driver’s test and is now a native Los Angelian driver.
This means that with Kelly’s driver’s and my ID card we need not carry our passports around and can use these two cards as a form of identification. This is for travel purposes within the US, banking, and any other place where we might need to identify ourselves. Another absolute blessing from our Lord is that we now have our wheels! We were blessed to use the church truck (bakkie) for a while which helped us get around and now we can freely move around and continue the work of the ministry! Moving along I had quite a bad fall and hurt my left leg in the calf area as well as behind the knee. It has now been two + weeks and I am feeling much better. James a brother at church has helped with physio and I might be going once a week for strengthening and training.
The ministry has been a blessing as always and we continue our series through the book of James and the book of Hebrews. Again, if you have not subscribed to our YouTube channel please do so as these studies have blessed us and I am sure will bless you (Click here to Subscribe). These two weeks other than those mentioned above have been quiet as I was home ridden for around 5 days. I couldn’t walk much and put much pressure on my leg but this is part of the parcel folks. I know that when these things happen, I look toward my Rock and my Salvation as He is faithful to walk alongside me, comfort me, and strengthen me. A quick update, little Samson is doing well and has been strengthened dramatically by our Lord. He has started warming up to me and I get a little smile now and then. We have many kids at SVCC and I pray that these kids stay steadfast in a materialistic and hedonistic society where abundance in worldly goods is the order of the day.
The houses here in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Glendale which are the sorrounding cities and areas to us put much effort into lighting their homes for the festivities with massive light displays and all sorts. Here is an example:
This evening we went to Union Train Station in Downtown Los Angeles which is right next to Olvera Street, the oldest in Los Angeles. The station is beautiful and Anton and Ina are going on a two week break to Wisconsin which is a 3 day train ride through the midwest. Please continue to pray for them as they rest up!
As I close off we have a Christmas Day service coming up which I am excited about. I will be preaching so please pray for me. As you know this is a good time to share the gospel and highlight the profundity, necessity, and reality of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. I will invite Gustavo again, as well as his manager Richard, and I have invited David who sold us our car, and his colleague Samantha who said she will join us. I shared my testimony with her and she was amazed at the work that the Lord has done in our lives, especially in our relationship at the time of my accident. Her words were and I quote after sharing the gospel, “Yes I believe”! Please pray for these folks that they come to a knowledge of the truth and salvation! Also, each one of us (you and I) must be ready to share the gospel and love of Jesus with those who do not know the things of eternal life.
We love you and miss you all!
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.