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Money

Investing with the real long-term view

Many people in our country are feeling quite anxious at the moment.  Racism, greed, corruption and violent crime seem out of control.

What would you say South Africa needs most of all right now?

Is it a better education system; fairer distribution of economic resources; more understanding between cultural groupings; an end to all corruption; more practical love and care between the rich and poor; or the apprehension of criminals?

I dare say that all these things are sorely needed.

But what we need most of all is the gospel of Jesus.  Because only the gospel can save and transform people – for this world and the world to come.

Once people are saved and transformed by Jesus, one will see the good things, listed above, happening more and more.

If we believe this, then our priority should be gospel ministry.  Our extra time, energy and income should be invested in the gospel – helping people find eternal life.

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Sin

The Christian’s struggle with sin

Often as Christians we’re discouraged by sin in our lives.  We’ve come to faith in Jesus, we’ve received the gift of the Holy Spirit and we want to life lives that honour God.

And yet we still lose our temper, still succumb to sexual sin, still covet our neighbour’s donkey or BMW, still tell lies, still steal lustful looks, still gossip at work, and still think racist thoughts.  We continue to sin.

We may be overcome with a sense of failure and disappointment.

We may lose our assurance that we belong to God.