Every book in the New Testament is special but Philippians is specially so as it has been described as "the Letter of Joy".
The letter to the Ephesian Church by Paul is an important message for unity.
The Galatian letter by the Apostle Paul has been called the most important letter ever written as it lead Martin Luther to the Reformation.(Ramsay) Here is a one lesson study.
A one stop look at a book of the Bible can reveal the big picture presented in that book. 2 Corinthians is a book that we often neglect. Here is an overview.
As we look at Paul's letter to the Corinthian Church we can identify many problems that exist even today. Paul's advice is relevant to every age.
Sometimes we get caught up so much in the detail of the Bible that we miss the message. This brief overview looks at the book from the view of its main message and themes.
It took some time for the early followers of Jesus who were Jews to realize that the new movement, called "The Way", was for the Gentiles also. Luke describes this progress in thought and application.
The women in Acts make an interesting study. Luke often relates their activities,
Marriage is at best challenging. Does a perfect marriage exist?
Another snapshot from the Book of Acts as prayer is considered. How, and for what did the early Christians pray. What can we learn from their example?
The only record we have of the spread of Christianity in the first century is the Book of Acts recorded by Luke, a companion of the Apostle Paul. What does he record about conversion to Christianity?
As the Message of Jesus went out it was taken by messengers, both men and women. That is how God worked.
The history of the early Church is recorded in the book of Acts by Luke and in this second "snapshot" we look at the rapid growth of the Church.
The book of Acts gives us an important look into the early history of the Christian Church as Luke records in as a second volume to his Gospel account.
With his death and burial the story should have ended but the final and conclusive sign takes place when Jesus rises from the dead.
An event planned since the beginning of time was taking place-who was really in control?
David was a man "after God's own heart" and gives good advice about life, even for today
Tent camping is a serious option when visiting Kruger National Park. It is relatively inexpensive and well catered for in all Camps in Kruger.
The other Gospels all record that Jesus spent time in prayer. In John 17 the writer of the 4th Gospel records three of the prayers.
We live I the age of the Holy Spirit; God dwelling in us. So John Explains some important fact to his disciples and to us.
John reports on the parable/example Jesus uses about the Christian life and comparing it to a Vineyard, something people in Palestine knew about.
As Jesus faces his death on the cross he prepares his disciples for his departure. The Holy Spirit is going to be there to help them in this time of desperation.
As Jesus again returns to Jerusalem he now turns his attention to his disciples. His public ministry is coming to an end as he prepares for the glorification of his Father on the cross.
Seven claims Jesus made using the claim "I am". Here he claims to be the light of the world and this drives the religious leaders to distraction.
In a divided country we all need to listen to the many different voices that need to express their feelings. The NNI sets out to achieve this.
The National Art Festival in Grahamstown every July is an event really worth attending. Here is the diary of a "Festino" who went for three nights this year.
Every now and then I find a book that moves me and this story set in the First Anglo-Boer War did just that.
South Africa has many hidden places and this Eastern Cape gem is no exception. Lying on the Sundays River near Port Elizabeth it is a great place to spend some time. The Addo Elephant park is nearby
One of the great African Game Reserves re-visited in the fall of 2017-some unusual sightings
As South Africa moved from a racially divided country to an integrated one sportsmen fought battles of their own. Here are two!
Some feel that Christianity no longer has a place in our modern world. The priciples and teachings of Jesus are actually still as important as when he lived.
400 years on Southern African History as described by a cross section of society. Covering 1490-1900 it is a great collection of letters, journals, reports and observations
It is easy to reject a belief in God, but what if you decide to believe? Here are three reasons to consider seriously before you make up your mind.
The Eastern Cape of South Africa is rich in history. What happened in the past influences the present and the future!
The Amatola Mountain in the Eastern Cape has a great Trout and Birding Venue- this week I visited it as Spring begins in South Africa
The Kalahari Desert in the North Western part of South Africa is a fascinating place to visit with several so called Arid National Parks. We visited three last week.
Different parts of the country offer different birding opportunities. The Eastern Cape has its own magic areas-here is one such area.
Recent books I have read made me think about the top ten books I would advise someone to read about South Africa-here is my suggestion. What would you add?
My list of books every South African should read has been added to. This book should be read much wider than only in South Africa- an inspiring account of service
The problem of corruption and fraud is a huge one in African Countries and also in South Africa where I have lived all my life - growing up as a white boy in the time of apartheid and now living as an aged man in the time of the new ANC government....
Who are these people living in shacks in most African Cities and how can they be helped?
As we look at this world it is easy to despair. But remember Christ came to introduce a better world.e
Some times the best places to start birding is not out in the wilderness but right in the city. Your garden, parks and nature reserves provide a safe refuge for the bids of an area.
Visiting a water hole in a great Game Reserve is always a good option and so we did just that
Sometimes a very ordinary outing can turn into a somewhat desperate situation, all very suddenly!
Urban areas are often excellent places to start young people birding. They often offer good educational facilities. Durban in South Africa is no exception.
South Africa has a large variety of shells and collecting them makes an interesting hobby
The New South Africa offers new challenges and new opportunities. As a modern Western culture meets an African Tribal culture there are certain to be interesting times.
Birding the Komga area near East London in South Africa we came across some great birds. Here are some of the raptors. Raptors in the field are really interesting to watch as they look for food.
Many today are spiritually dead and need life that can only come through Jesus.
We have been privileged to watch one of the great political leaders of all time over the past few decades make a great contribution to our world-a tribute to Madiba.
The three big cats in Africa are the Lion, Cheetah and Leopard. Seeing them in the wild stirs the soul as nothing else does.
Africa is a continent of many countries and tribes and nations, full of contrasts, contradictions and challenges but here is why I love it!
Eagles and Hadedas do not compete for food and their build is different. Sometimes we also get confused as to who we as humans are and parents need to realize that every child is different and unique.
The variety and beauty of this country is the result of a combination of location, climate and geological history. The scenery is a wonder to be enjoyed again and again.
Often beautiful places are quite close and so we need to take the time to enjoy them!
Love comes in different forms. Romantic Love is great but Relationship Love is what it is all about. Enjoying real love is a choice we can make but unfortunately few choose it.
The journey in search of the message behind the mask has led Jennifer halfway around the world. Now they arrived in Cala in Central Mozambique confused, tired but excited.
After their long journey the four travellers approached Cala near the Zambizi River in Northern Mozambique. The quest by Jennifer to find the person who had carved the mask had brought them there.
The search for the mask maker is now seriously on with the journey into Mozambique. A group with a mission. A mysrerious mission but one never the less.
As Jennifer arrives back in South Africa to follow the path that the mask is leading her on she meets David, the man who brought the mask from Mozambique.
So many people in today's world are struggling to find happiness in their lives. This can lead to depression and poor relationships. The question is; who is responsible for your happiness?
The mask had sent Jennifer on a crazy journey into places she had never been before both geographically and emotionally. She wondered where it would end.
Is there something magical about the mask? Her husband Roy thinks she has caught a disease or gone mad. Never the less, on she goes.
The mask from Mozambique makes its way into the world. What effect will it have? Is it good or bad mask?
Sometimes things happen that are difficult to explain. Is there a way to communicate without word and to different places through the mind?
We do not understand how we sometimes just know someting. Are there powers in the mind that we have never or perhaps seldom used? Jennifer was moving into that world.
Building a good relationship is difficult and looking at how one can work at it is the first step to sucess..
Careful planning is the secret to a great wedding, but who is in charge of the weather?
On we go on our 6 month road trip. As winter approaches we move on towards Niagara Falls. Autumn in New England, a must see!
After the spring rain falls in Namaqualand on the SW Coast of South Africa in August and September the flowers come out to bloom creating one of the wonders of nature..
"Men will sometimes do strange things that even they do not know why" Jacque left his family for the diamond fields, now his daughter has found him.
Home again but now Susan and Gloria recieve an really unfxpected parcel.A big susprise that evokes a mixed response!
Susan continues the search for her father but it all becomes much more complicated. Her father and his big diamond are both lost!
Strange things happen when the diamond diggers finally find a big rough. A story of a father who dissapeared. Will the daughter he left behind find him?
John is a gospel that challenges the unbeliever to believe and also the believer to a deeper understanding.Here Jesus calls for witnesses to the truth of his claim.
Sometimes change is frightening. Rather stay in my comfort zone. Jesus brings about change.
Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well and breaks almost every convention before unlikely things start to happen.
Hidden in cities are little nature gems that often even the locals do not know about and certainly don't use enough. Here in East London we have the Nahoon River with two great Nature Reserves!
Small children ask interresting questions. Which is the smallest eagle is of interrest to them because they are small.
Hearing the Bible message is the way to grow faith in Jesus: Rom 10:17 -That is God's plan. John's gospel is a good place to start ti find your faith if it is lost.
John's Gospel account differs from the other three accounts. What makes it different? Does it have a message for today?
Reading the Bible is something many feel they would like to do but somehow don't get around to it. Start with John's Gospel.
What is Christianity all about. Has it losts its purpose?
Ruth arrives home. News from the war zone is mainly good.The farm is doing well but trouble still brews with the division between pro and anti- German sentiments in South African and even in their family
Ruth is returning home and arrives back in Durban Harbour to possibly be met by her father. Then the journey back to the farm in Pretoria will start. She says goodbye to her new friend Irene.
Ruth signed up for the SA Forces in Africa during WWii. Now she is returning home after her marriage and pregancy.
African people like telling stories about animals and birds. Here is an example
Why is this called the Wild Coast, perhaps these photos will explain.
Going back to the past is almost never a good experience. I return to Sodwana Bay in Northern Kwa-Zulu, South Africa after many years. This is rated as one of the top ten diving spots in the World.
Coming from the Easter Cape Nelson Mandela is a living legend. This rare flower, the Mandela Gold has been named after him and he deserves the honor. The flowers in our garden are blooming!
Jesus claimed to be the Son of God: truth or a sad delusion. Its your choice as to what you believe.Don't make a decision based on ignorance!
A story from the second world war. North Africa, love and romance, reality and heartbreak. Ruth begins her journey home because she is pregnant.
A Little bit of Birding, a little bit of golf and some History of this area. The so called "suicide of the Xhosa Nation".
Anyone who plays golf understands its joys and frustrations. Some tips from an occasional golfer that will certainly help your game and perhaps keep you sane.
One of the highlights of our road trip in the USA was to see the Manatees and then to see one underwater. As we drifted in the current I thought how priviledged I was. Wakulla State Park-Florida.
After over 16 000 miles and 35 States we found many places that are great birding venues. Where would we suggest someone visits in the USA if they only have a week or two?
For many of us poverty is something that other people experience and luckily it is not my problem.Susan is typical of many who are attempting to break the circle for their children.What can she do?
Marriage presents a great opportunity but also many challenges. Think about it as painting a masterpiece together. A joint project!
H.D.Thoreau in Walden and Solomon in Ecclesiastes come to the question about what life is all about from very different perspectives. What can we learn?
Some suggestions about getting better photos for the owner of a digital camera, from someone who is learning every day!
How do you choose 5 out of the many National Parks in a country. Only the brave or the foolish would try, but here goes! The South Africa top 5 in my opinion.
South Africa is more than Game Reserves and the big five. In a relatively small area it offers a wide diversity of attractions.A great place for a Road Trip!
Sometimes it is best to try and laugh at the problems of life. We all enjoy ups and downs (the ups more than the downs)and keeping a sense of humor helps. So smile!
It is easy to become negative about getting old, but think of the many good things that come with age. A look at the positive side of getting old, from a personal perspective.
We visit Kruger National Park and as always we meet interresting people. One is a young boy of about 3 who is travelling with his Grandfather and Dad. His name is Francious.
Birders speak a strange language and identificatiom is tricky.Here are some reflections on birding as a hobby. We also visit one of the USA top birding spots, Cheyenne Bottoms in Kansas.
Most people dream of a long road trip in the USA but we decided to do it. 16 000 miles and 35 states in 6 months. A retired couple, a tent and a 20 year old Ford Econoline on the road.