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AC Talk June 2021
Jesus Shall Reign
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun Does his successive journeys run; His kingdom stretch from shore to shore, Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
Last time I wrote this column, we were beginning to hear about this thing called COVID-19 and I reflected then on the backlash in America and especially in Europe, against Asian members of those societies, all because of news reports suggesting that the virus had its origins in China. No one could have predicted just a year ago, how our world would be affected at every level by this pandemic. New words have been coined to describe what we live in, from “conspiracy theory” to “new normal” to “unmute” to “lockdown” and “zoom”, which is not something one does in a hurry. We have seen politicians struggle to lead effectively in territory none has ventured into before.
We have witnessed huge change in just about everything that has been our security in the past and many can testify to experiencing things that we never thought possible in our lifetime. In this period, I have welcomed two grandsons into the world and I realise that they will grow up never knowing a pre-covid world, such is the scope of changed reality for all of us. Depending on what our departure point is in regard to our faith, we can see this state of affairs either as cause for real anxiety or as an
incredible opportunity to demonstrate the reality of what we claim as followers of Christ.
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AC Talk April 2021
The Power of Kingdom Community
In this unusual time we find ourselves in, we realise the importance of Kingdom Community as part of God’s plan and strategy to deal with the effects of uncertainty, loneliness, loss and lack that has led to tremendous anxiety.
During this period of COVID-19, we’ve heard amazing stories of people that were cared for, comforted, supported, counselled, provided for both financially and with basic needs such as food because they BELONG to a community.
We also heard of people that experienced a tremendous sense of LONELINESS without any ENCOURAGEMENT and FRIENDSHIP. People that experienced LOSS without COMFORT and SUPPORT. People that experienced LACK without any SUPPLY or PROVISION due to not BELONGING and CONNECTING in a caring COMMUNITY.
As believers, we know that we've been created for community, made in the image and likeness of a God, who Himself is a community. God created us out of community, to form a community and to be blessed in community. He did not intend for us to live in isolation and autonomy but created us to thrive in two essential communities: a loving, dependent, worshipful community with Him and a loving, interdependent serving community with one another. The other forms of community flow from these two essential expressions and involve people of different walks of life, different faiths, churches and businesses.
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AC Talk September 2020
YOU KNOW WHAT!!!???
Here’s what I’ve discovered...
It was Christmas morning as we all huddled into the little old traditional church building in a quaint little coastal town on South Africa’s east coast.
It was clearly the biggest day of the year for the little ‘Humpty-Dumpty’ type figure of the local minister, who could barely see over the pulpit. One couldn’t help but feel that the occasion was bigger than him.
Things were progressing well with carols being sung with great gusto, with several little girls dressed up as angels. Eventually the sermon got underway and all was going according to plan, that was, until one ‘little fellow’ decided join in, yelling at full volume with, ‘you know what’? .... Causing the little red faced, somewhat flustered preacher and his notes to appear as if they had been caught in a wind tunnel. Dignity was duly restored, but the question was repeated on two more occasions by the little guy, much to the delight and amusement of the congregation.
Thinking about the ‘you know what’ line and having had much time to take stock and reflect over the past few months, I began to ask what I had discovered, particularly about myself over this season.
So Here goes:
The first thing I learned is that....
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AC Talk December 2020
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Won’t you guide my sleigh (life) tonight!
In the world of make believe the theme of a well known Christmas song depicts a picture of a night that was closing in with a deep fog, visibility was very low and a very important journey was in jeopardy. The hero of the song was a reindeer with a nasal abnormality that had been made fun of for much of his/her life. Then Santa said, “Rudolph won’t you guide my sleigh tonight!” A “savior” was revealed. A few days ago I read again this small article that I had kept for years.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid -December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be female, we should have known. Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost!
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