JUST A MINUTE: GOD’S WILL FOR US vs OUR WILL FOR GOD

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by Gustav Krös Sometime last year, I noticed for the first time how in the space of five verses Peter falls from being called ‘the rock’ on which the Lord will build His Church, to being called ‘Satan’ and ‘a stumbling block’. In Matthew 16:16 Peter declares for the first time that Jesus is the…

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A CHANCE REMAINS FOR PEACE IN YEMEN AS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

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By Donnelly McCleland THE UN envoy who is negotiating a peace settlement to end the civil war in Yemen has said that there is still “a chance for peace”, despite the Yemeni government’s rejection of his latest draft deal. The civil war in Yemen, which has forced millions to the brink of famine, has entered…

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CORONAVIRUS PROMPTS DRAMATICALLY DOWNSIZED HAJJ

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Only 1,000 people will be allowed to participate in the Hajj – the Muslim journey to Mecca – this year as Saudi Arabia continues to struggle with the coronavirus. The annual pilgrimage usually brings millions of Muslims to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site. The week-long celebration usually brings in, on average, $12 billion for the Saudi…

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COMPREHENSIVE CEASEFIRE TAKES EFFECT IN EMBATTLED EASTERN UKRAINE

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Separatist groups in eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian’s military agreed to a full and comprehensive ceasefire beginning on Monday 27 July, to try to end hostilities in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Since the start of the conflict in 2014, there have been several attempts to halt the violent clashes, but none of these have been upheld….

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KORONAVIRUS LEI TOT DRAMATIES AFGESKAALDE HADJ

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Slegs 1,000 mense sal vanjaar toegelaat word om aan die Hadj – die Moslem-reis na Mekka – deel te neem  terwyl Saoedi-Arabië steeds met die koronavirus stoei. Dié jaarlikse pelgrimstog bring gewoonlik miljoene Moslems na Mekka, Islam se heiligste plek. Die weeklange viering verdien jaarliks gemiddeld ​ $12-miljard vir die Saoediese ekonomie. Vanjaar is die…

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OMVATTENDE WAPENSTILSTAND TREE IN WERKING IN BELEËRDE OOS-OEKRAÏNE

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Separatiste groepe in die ooste van die Oekraïne en die Oekraïnse weermag het ingestem tot ’n volledige en omvattende wapenstilstand wat op Maandag 27 Julie in werking getree het, in ’n poging om vyandelikhede in die Donbas-streek, in Oos-Oekraïne te beëindig. Sedert die begin van die konflik in 2014 was daar verskeie pogings om die…

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29 JULIE ’20 | BID VIR NEPAL

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Liewe gebedsvriende Die afgelope 40 dae het Nepal buitengewoon baie reën gehad, wat tot 445 gevalle van modderstortings, kitsvloede en ander oorstromings dwarsoor die land gelei het en honderde mense haweloos gelaat het. Minstens 132 mense het omgekom, terwyl 128 beseer is en 53 mense steeds vermis word. Soek-en- reddingsoperasies duur steeds voort. Nepal is…

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29 JULY ’20 | PRAY FOR NEPAL

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Dear prayer partners, Over the past 40 days, Nepal has experienced excessive rainfall – which has resulted in 445 incidents of landslides, flash floods, and other flooding throughout the country – with hundreds being displaced. At least 132 people have lost their lives, while 128 have been injured and 53 are still missing. Search and…

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CHURCH BUILDINGS – DO THEY MATTER?

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By Donnelly McCleland Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unprecedented decree (10 July) converting Hagia Sophia once again into a mosque continues to reverberate across the region and beyond. It elicited sharp criticism, despair, and disappointment from both Christians and non-Christians alike. The 1,500-year-old UNESCO-listed site was initially an Orthodox Christian cathedral that was turned into…

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Week 5: The mystery of suffering

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By Yolandé Korkie 1 John 4:10 “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (NLT) Suffering is often considered a mystery, one which very few of us are capable of plumbing. In the Christian faith it…

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