Gods Army Ministries

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually–regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” MATTHEW 28:19‭-‬20 AMP

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It’s been almost a year now…



It’s been almost a year now. In March 2020 the government announced that there was going to be a three week long lockdown. Since then the original three weeks turned into a year.

During the lockdown we were no longer able to visit church on Sundays. Fortunately this has changed. Last Sunday, 20 March 2021 this worked out for us and we were able to visit the West Rand Biker Church for the first time since the lockdown!

Just after 06:00 we were woken up by the alarm! But this morning it was different! I woke up with a feeling of excitement! We were on our way ri church!

At about 06:30 we were ready to roll. We were finally heading to church! Round about 07:00 we arrived at the church.

We parked the bike on our usual spot. After the usual ritual of getting out of our riding gear we headed to the building. We met up with our brothers and sisters and it felt good greeting them and looking them in the eye! This process took a bit longer than usual, to such an extent that we did not even get to have a “church coffee” and i was so looking forward to it!

The service was about to start. We went inside and got to sit in our usual spot. Then the service started. As usual, it was a great service. Just like a year ago… Nothing much changed in that department!

After the service, the greeting process also took longer than usual… But we did not mind at all! It was just great to see everyone again…

Then it was time to head back home. As we were riding home I savored every moment, not only the ride but also the first church visit in a year! It just felt great…

Christo Pelser
God’s Army Ministries: Chairman of the Board.

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HOW GOD WANTS YOU TO READ THE BIBLE

Mike Brummel Wednesday, 17 Jul 19

As parents and children alike know, there is a world of difference between hearing and doing, as much of a difference as a clean room is from a messy one. In some instances, the command falls on “deaf ears,” while in other instances the hearing leads to obedience. James doesn’t hesitate to write about this same kind of phenomenon present in the life of the church.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 2:22-25)

Beware of Self-Deception

It’s not uncommon for someone to hold false beliefs about themselves. For example, you may work arduously to convince yourself and others that you don’t have a drinking problem even while you simultaneously begin sneaking drinks in throughout the workday. The word of God warns about the craftiness of sinful human nature when it says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9; Eccl. 7:29).

This duplicity can rear its ugly head when you consider your own relationship to God and his Word. Are you studying it only to be able to show others how learned you are? Are you reading it without considering that it is addressing you, the reader? Will your forgetful hearing be the same as those to whom the Lord will say on the last day, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46).

The word is speaking to you not so that you can forget about it the very next moment, like those who are “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth,” but so that you can understand how you are to strive and exercise yourself in obedience to the Lord (2 Tim. 3:7; Luke 13:24; 1 Cor. 9:25-27). You may be able to fool others, you may be able to fool yourself, but you cannot fool the God who knows the thoughts and secrets of your heart (1 Kings 8:39; Ps. 44:21; Jer. 20:12).

The Word Given to Hear and Keep

Instead of a passive kind of hearing, James calls believers to connect hearing with doing, with concrete action. Later in the letter James reminds his audience that “faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26). This is not to say that you merit your acceptance with God through works of righteousness, but that true and living faith, authentic faith, expresses itself through obedience and action (Gal 5:6; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5). This is because the gospel is not just food for your intellect, not just a seasoning or adornment for your life. By the power of God, the gospel brings life to your understanding, your will, your emotions, your imagination, in other words, to the totality of your being (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23-24; Col. 3:10). The Bible assumes that all of who you are, body and soul, will respond to his grace through thankfulness, what Soren Kierkegaard calls “a striving born of gratitude.”[1] In his good pleasure, the unchangeable God has “brought us forth by the word of truth,” making us new creations (James 1:18).

The Spirit progressively transforms our whole person to be more like Jesus, a transformation which evidences itself through conformity to the “perfect law, the law of liberty” (Jm. 1:25; Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; 5:17; Jm. 1:18; 2:25). Steadfastness under trial, slowness to anger, impartiality, love of neighbor, and confession of the truth are some of the results of this hearing connected with doing (James 1:12; 1:19-20; 2:8; 3:17).

According to James, it is no contradiction for believers to, on the one hand, rest upon Christ alone for salvation while, on the other hand, exerting themselves in self-denial, submission to God, and heartfelt obedience—these actually sweetly co-exist with each other (James 4:7). In a similar way, James wants to remind you that hearing and doing, far from being distant strangers who never meet, are in fact siblings of a common household, siblings who share their lives together without a second thought.

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6 THINGS A CHRISTIAN HUSBAND SHOULD GIVE HIS WIFE

Le Ann Trees Thursday, 26 Jan 17

Does the Bible allow a Christian husband to treat his wife any way he decides is best? Does a Christian wife have to submit to her husband at all times? The apostle Paul has the following to say to Christian husbands and wives regarding their conduct toward each other:

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. (Eph. 5:24)

However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Eph. 5:33)

The Greek word for “submit” in Ephesians 5:21–24 is hypotassó, and it refers to a wife’s “recognition of an ordered structure” in which her husband is the person to whom she should show appropriate respect “as to the Lord” (BDAG, 1042; Eph. 5:22; see also 1 Pet. 3:1–6). Similarly, the Greek word for “respect” in Ephesians 5:33 is phobētai, which means to have a profound measure of reverence/respect for someone (BDAG, 1061).

While some Christians have wrongly used these Bible verses as an excuse for husbands to mistreat their wives, the verses actually communicate the vast responsibility a husband has to care for his wife and the wife’s duty to honor her husband. In an upcoming article, we will focus on a Christian wife’s responsibilities to her husband. First, here are six things (in no particular order) every Christian husband should give his wife:

1. Love

A Christian husband should love his wife as he does himself and always protect her from all harm (Eph. 5:25–29). He should do his best to “nurture and cherish” his wife in the love of Christ as he would his own flesh and tend to her spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs (Eph. 5:29; Col. 3:19).

2. Respect

A Christian husband should always respect his wife. When Paul tells wives to submit to their husbands in Ephesians 5:24, he does not mean that wives must endure abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of any kind by their husbands. Rather, Paul is reminding the church that a wife is under the leadership of her husband (Eph. 5:23). A Christian husband must always show his wife honor, both publicly and privately, and protect her dignity and reputation from any and all slander (1 Pet. 3:7).

3. Spiritual Leadership

A Christian husband should provide his wife with spiritual leadership. Even though his wife may be well equipped in biblical doctrine and application and spend a considerable amount of time instructing their children in the faith, a husband must be diligent to oversee and guide the spiritual training of his family (Eph. 6:4).

4. Attention

A Christian husband should be attentive to his wife. He should always do his best to set aside a substantial amount of time to be with his wife, enjoy her company, and seek to understand her better. In doing so, a Christian husband and his wife can grow closer to each other and build a stronger marriage that honors God in all (Prov. 5:18–19; Eph. 5:31).

5. Devotion

A Christian husband should always be faithful to his wife. Even when times are difficult due to financial, emotional, or physical challenges, a husband’s personal happiness must always be subordinated to sacrificially loving his wife “as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25; see also 1 Cor. 7:1–5). In doing so, he honors not only his wife but also his Lord.

6. Enjoyment

A Christian husband should enjoy his wife. She is a precious gift from God given to comfort, support, encourage, and love her husband (Prov. 18:22; 31:10–12; 1 Pet. 3:1). The more a husband values, cherishes, and nurtures his wife, the more she will reflect God’s love as his radiant bride.

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What is the message of the Bible?

Answering this question in a single article is hard, and inevitably leaves out a lot of important topics. But I’ll try. I’ll phrase six key themes of the Bible.

1. Creation

God is the Creator of the universe, of this earth and of our lives. Therefore, He deserves our worship (Revelation 4:11). If we want to know how we should live, we should ask our Creator.

2. The fall

Humanity turned away from God. Sin entered the world. This affects every single human being, and therefore we are guilty before God. We are separated from Him, and we can’t live in his Kingdom as long as we are not reconciled to Him.

3. God’s invitation and warning

Although humanity turned away from God, He sent his prophets to proclaim his will. These told the people to love God with all their hearts, and to love others as themselves (Deuteronomy 10:12, Leviticus 19:18). They called people to repent of their sins and to trust God (e.g. in Ezekiel 14:6). They warned the people that God’s judgment would come over those who kept rejecting Him. But they also promised that God would send a Savior to reconcile humans with God. God showed His love for a world that rebelled against him (Romans 5:8).

4. God’s salvation through Jesus Christ

God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin. Jesus taught people Who God is, and He showed His love and power. He died on the cross for the sins of all who believe in Him, so that they could receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life (John 3:16).

5. The Holy Spirit

When Jesus returned to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convinces people concerning their sins, so that they accept Jesus as their Savior (John 16:8-11). If people come to faith, the Holy Spirit comes in their lives and leads them in God’s truth (John 16:13). He forms believers from all over the world into the one Church, the body of Christ.

6. God promises a new earth

Jesus will return. This will be on “the last day” (John 6:40). All humans will then be raised from death, and Jesus will judge them. The unbelievers will be lost forever. But whoever believes in Jesus, will live forever in God’s Kingdom, on the new earth where there will be no more death, illness or tears (Daniel 12:2, Revelation 21:4).