OXYGEN Volume 09
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WEEK 2: Pain, Protest and Prayer (Part 1)

16th Sep 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

An introduction to Lamentations Her strength gone, her food reserves exhausted, Jerusalem fell to Babylonian forces in 586 BC. For the Judeans, years of servitude and terror had culminated in conquest, occupation, siege, famine, bloodshed and exile. Their king, Zedekiah, had fled with his army towards Arabia, only to be overtaken by Babylonian forces near…

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WEEK 1: Tell It Like It Is

9th Sep 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

When did you last read Lamentations? What did you gain from it? Does the book of Lamentations have anything to offer the 21st century Christian? Lamentations provides us with eyewitness accounts and personal testimonies of survivors struggling to endure and make sense of military invasion, occupation, siege, massacre, famine and violent persecution. While Lamentations presents…

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WEEK 11: Surrender

30th Aug 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

Surrender is a foreign concept to most Christians – especially in the 21st century. Everybody likes to hear that they have “victory in Christ”, that they have “won the war” and that they are “on the winning team”. What most Christians fail to realise is that we are actually prisoners of war. Yes, it is…

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WEEK 10: Trust Fall

23rd Aug 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

“When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ He asked this only to test him, for He already had in mind what He was going to do.” John 6:5-6, NLT)   On a recent trip to the…

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WEEK 9: Hide and Seek

16th Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:8, NIV)   A couple of years ago when we were called to go into missions, God assured us from John 21 that He will “prepare our breakfast” – we just need to be obedient. My husband…

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WEEK 8: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

11th Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

“When you make a vow to the Lord your God, be prompt in fulfilling whatever you promised Him. For the Lord your God demands that you promptly fulfil all your vows, or you will be guilty of sin.” (Deuteronomy 24:21, NLT)   Not too long ago, I was reading through 2 Samuel 21 and a…

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WEEK 7: Watch Ya’ Mouth!

2nd Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3, NIV)   Our ministry team had the opportunity to have some quiet time in a beautiful wooden chapel on a farm at the foot of a mountain just more than a year ago. We were led in…

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WEEK 6: Rotten Egg

28th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT)   While on a trip abroad, I was so frustrated and upset when I realised my daughter had lice in her hair. I couldn’t get over the fact that while…

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WEEK 5: Jump the River

22nd Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NLT)   While driving through the United States on a short visit,…

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WEEK 4: Follow the Leader

14th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

“For [you seem willing to allow it] if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted. You tolerate all this beautifully [welcoming the deception].” (2 Corinthians 11:4, Amplified)   A month…

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