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Foolish things that confound the wise – Part 3 - Baptism of Fire

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The Baptism of Fire
As I mentioned when I started out this short series on the three baptism that form part of our foundations of faith according to Hebrews 6v1-2; we are now in the part that is not only hotly disputed but mostly neglected, completely ignored or totally misunderstood. So what then is “The Baptism of Fire”?
John the Baptist said that; Matt. 3v11 – “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” – but what exactly is that fire? And what does it represent in our lives? The Bible answers its own questions, one just has to read; therefore we see the answer to this question in Luke 3v16-17 “John answered, saying to all, ‘I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal straps I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and wi…

The foolish things that confound the wise – Part 2

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I now follow up on my first article about Water Baptism with Holy Spirit baptism. This is another principle in our foundations of our faith that has been hotly disputed for centuries and still is. The common mistake is comparing the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10v34-35 and 44 to 48) with the gift of tongues (1 Cor.12v10), when in all truth you can’t have the one without the other. Here to it is a simple case of man’s wisdom trying to comprehend what it cannot control and therefore leading others into error.
The Holy Spirit is such an awesome part of our full Christian walk; He is the one thing we cannot do without. Having Him is in fact like having Jesus with us all day every day in everything we do. Everything the Lord has for us, wants to show us, and wants to give us we receive, see, hear, know and understand with the help of the Holy Spirit. We can’t be humble without Him; we can’t submit without Him we cannot obey without Him: we can’t fear the Lord without Him, everything …

The foolish things that confound the wise

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1Co 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  (1Cor.2v16) 1Co 1:11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.  1Co 1:12  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.  1Co 1:13Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 1Co 1:14  I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;  1Co 1:15  Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.  1Co 1:16  And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.  1Co 1:17  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of …

A Common Goal

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Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  It was obstacle course racing weekend this past weekend and again, many lessons or parallels to be drawn; even more so once I sifted through all the photos I took and some of the videos we captured of the day’s action. If you would bear with me a little, I’d like to share it here with you. This race was on a local Ostrich farm here in Cape Town South Africa, and as everyone knows, with the local drought, the conditions were rather extreme. Part of the beauty of obstacle course racing is the fact that the venues always change, so the natural elements are never the s…

A story on education - part 3 - a struggle of our time

The Word of God and His Church – our University
Whilst attending a Summit during April 2015 at Bergkroon in Wellington; whilst listening to all the sharing and caring happening and at the same time thinking on my journey and our journey as a family in the Lord as well as in this church and part of this Reformation move of God’s Spirit, I realised, everything I have learnt, skills I have gained, knowledge, wisdom and understanding received I learnt by meditating in the Scriptures and in church. And I learnt how to do that by faithfully going to church and Bible College and there I was taught how to hear God speak to me from an open Bible. Most of the skills and knowledge and understanding and perspective we gained in life, we gained from church and all the work and further study opportunities they are currently receiving and or can choose to accept later on in life are being provided through the church.
This made me think back on research regarding the history of education I had done as …