Eenheid

Bestaan daar iets soos christelike eenheid? Neem jy ‘n standpunt in oor wat jy glo God se woord vir ons leer en dit verskil van ‘n ander is dit nog eenheid? Kry mens iets soos goeie en slegte eenheid?

Ja, ja en ja

John 17:21 That they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me.

CHRISTELIKE EENHEID

Eenheid in die kerk is iets wat al lank op my hart is. Die afgelope tyd hou dit my denke besig. Skrifgedeeltes soos Johannes 17 roep ons op tot eenheid. Maar kom ons gee ‘n tree terug wat is eenheid?

Google beskryf dit so: unity – joined as a whole or forming a complex whole.

As ek dit dus reg verstaan is eenheid om ‘n geheel te vorm al verskil ons. Om saam in dieselfde rigting te beweeg. En as Christene beteken dit om saam Jesus Christus as verlosser te volg.

In baie Christen sirkels word eenheid gesien as jy die selfde oortuigings of teologiese siening het, beleef ons Christelike eenheid. Maar Jesus het gesê as jy die geloof van ‘n kind het behoort die hemel aan jou. Kinders kyk verby verskille en is rou eerlik. Die Bybel is waar en as jy in Jesus glo is jy sy kind. Geloof kan kompleks wees maar dit kan ook baie eenvoudig wees. Dis dalk hoekom Jesus eenvoudige vissermanne gekies het  om sy boodskap van liefde die wêreld in te dra.

As ons sê daar is iets soos Christelike eenheid is dit om in dieselfde rigting te beweeg en dit is saam na Jesus toe.

EENHEID vs VERSKIL

As ons nie oor iets saam stem nie beken dit dat daar nie meer eenheid is nie? Die dissipels het gereeld verskil en tog was daar eenheid. Wat het die eenheid tussen die dissipels gebring. Die Heilige Gees, sonder die heilige gees se leiding was en is eenheid glad nie moontlik nie. Die Heilige Gees lei ons ook om God se Woord en waarheid na te volg en dit nie te verdraai om ons te pas nie. Ons mag dis verskil maar deur die leiding van die Heilige Gees en God se Woord kan ons in eenheid met mekaar verskil en nog steeds in dieselfde rigting beweeg.

GOEIE EN SLEGTE EENHEID

Daar was eenheid tussen Herodes en Pilatus toe Jesus ter dood veroordeel is.

Daar was eenheid in die kerk toe ons uit God se woord apartheid regverdig het. (Slegte eenheid)

Is daar eenheid om God se woord te verdraai in die kerk vandag?

Daar is verseker iets soos slegte eenheid en dit kan self in die kerk gebeur. Maar daar is ook goeie eenheid in die kerk vandag. Soos die vervolgde Chinese christene wat uitgaan om mense  te bedien  in ‘n tyd waar ander in isolasie leef met die vrees vir die koronavirus. Of soos wat ek die afgelope tyd beleef het waar leiers van verskeie denominasies hulle verskille eenkant toe geskuif het om saam te leer hoe om beter te kommunikeer.

EENHEID IS HOOP

Mag ons agente van hoop en liefde wees deur Johannes 17:22 en 13:35 te leef en so die wêreld vir Christus te wen deur eenheid in Christus deur hoop en liefde te leef.

Stop it!

Dis die tyd van die jaar waar mens droom oor vakansie en rus maar daar is nog so baie om te doen en die nuwe jaar se beplanning lê honderde papier hoog op jou lessenaar. Dan vir een of ander rede is dit die tyd van die jaar wat daar duisend en een persoonlike admin goed is. Die kinders se skryfbehoeftes vir volgende jaar, die medies wat moet geupdate word en o vrek die kar se lisensie het al laas maand verval.

Dis of daar net te min jaar oor is vir alles wat nog moet gebeur.

Ek raak moeg om elke jaar dieselfde patroon te volg van stres oor alles wat nog moet gebeur en dan ook die onsekerhede van finansies wat druk.

Hoe kan ek dit die jaar anders begin doen?

Die werk raak nie minder nie en die geld nie meer nie.

Maar iets moet verander!

Dan herinner die Here my aan die begin van die jaar wat Hy my die opdrag gegee het: “ vertrou My”

Ek kom af op Jesaja 30 maar veral vers 15 uit die Message

 “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves.Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me— The very thing you’ve been unwilling to do.

Isaiah 30:15 – The Message

Dalk is dit net ons moderne lewe  en besige koppe of dalk is dit die duiwel wat ons wil ontspoor. Maar ek wil weer my hardkoppigheid belei deur dit self te doen. Ja selfs vertroue kan jy nie self doen nie.

Al wat ons kan doen is op ons Pappa God se skoot klim en rustig raak.

Sticky

A client needed a vinyl sticker for there new shop. But wanted to apply the vinyl sticker them self  Vinyl decals like small text is easy to apply, but applying a 1x2m vinyl sticker is not everyone’s job. So my client asked met to give them a step by step how to. So I went on a search to find a website that can help my client. But with no result satisfying me, I decide to write a steps by step on the application of the sticker.

Below is the how to on applying the vinyl sticker to a cromadeck board.

Before you get started

  • The surface must be smooth and clean.
  • Do not stretch the vinyl during application
  • The design must be rubbed down thoroughly with a squeegee before and after application. ( A plastic ruler can also be used)
  • Do not touch the sticky side of the vinyl with your fingers, the natural oils can affect the stickiness and the decal could lift from the board if you do.
  • For large vinyl spray the board with water from a spray bottle to dampen before you apply the decals. This will prevent air bubbles and allow you to move the pieces until you are happy with the application.

Applying the vinyl

  1. Start by spraying the board with water to dampen the board.
  2. Start with one corner and loosen the corner of backing paper from sticker.
  3. Apply sticker corner to board and with ruler/ squeegee rub sticker in place.
  4. One person pulls the backing paper from the sticker will a second person rub the sticker into place with the ruler/squeegee.
  5. After application rub out any visible bubbles.

WORDS …

The past 6 years I have been sharing my heart and thoughts in the form of articles in Moreleta Park congregation Magazine enRoute (Op pad). My it inspire you or give you a new perspective on what we believe and think. Click on the thumbnails below to read the articles.

Inked

There are some subjects that are controversial in Christian circles. One of these is skin art, the art of tattooing. I tried to find a unbiased answer on this question. Lets look at this from three angles. Against tattooing, for it and from my cultural background. From these three viewpoints hopeful we’ll come a unbiased conclusion.

Against tattooing

This argument usually includes the following scripture Leviticus 19:28 and 1 Corinthians 6:19 . Both of these scriptures are used out of context. You don’t need a degree in theology (which I have), to see that Leviticus is about the uses of pagan tribes. Corinthians is about sexual immorality.I’ve searched for proof that will strengthen the point against tattooing, but could not find a single one that made sense or had a Biblical founded argument. It seems that that all the arguments against it is purely based in personal opinions and preconceived ideas.

For tattooing

Lets move our focus to why it is ok to get a tattoo. There is no scripture in the Bible that forbid getting a tattoo. Tattooed Christians use Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. They say their tattoos are a conversation starter, and a tool for sharing their faith. Some get a tattoo as a symbol to remember an event or a time were some great miracle happened. This reminds me of the scripture in Deuteronomy 11:18. The finally point share this witness of a friend’s husband. God used his tattoo to save his life and the lives of his co-workers. They where in a hostages situation and every body was petrified. Through his tattoo God prompted him to take control of the situation and miraculously in a second everything turn around and they were released.

My cultural background

In my culture the view on tattoos are changing. But historically it was the ruffians and  troublemakers that sported green sailor tattoos. In the Western Cape where I grew up it was the gangster that wore tattoos as markings of their loyalty to a specific group. I asked my parents for their opinion. And they gave a amazing response: in summary they said that they would not judge any of their children or grandchildren. But the way they themselves were raised, it was an abomination and thus  they would recommend against it.

Conclusion

I truly believe that there is nothing wrong with getting a tattoo, but I have decided against it.

  1. What ever you do, do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:23-33). Is the tattoo I’m planning to get glorifying God or is it putting the focus on yourself?
  2. Absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love (Romans 8:31-39). This Scripture is not mentioned once in all my research, but I believe this scripture says it best. Nothing can get between us and God’s love. NOTHING! Not even a single drop of ink.
  3. Honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12) As a parent myself I believe that honoring your parents is something you do until the day they pasts away. with this I decided to honor my parents and not get a tattoo.

After thought

Maybe getting a tattoo is more of a relationship issue than I faith issue? (Romans 14)

What do you think about getting inked? Please leave a comment, but remember be nice.

Bottled time

I’m a life long learner. And when it comes to photography there is still  A lot I can learn. If you asked me, I would say of the thousands of photos I have taken there are some that are good. Then there are some that I like and would say they are better.

But what is it that makes a photo pop or give it that wow factor?

I started listing to my photographer friends, reading some blogs and websites and got a lot of info and advice. Some would say its all about your tools, the best camera the lighting equipment etc. Others say its knowing the technical stuff. But there are one point that stands out. One big thing that 99% photographers agree about.

Emostion

Do the photo awake emotions in the viewer? Is the photo loaded with emotion? and last do it tell a story? As I see it a photo is nothing more than time put on pause or bottled time. Example, the run down petrol station below is now a highway petrol station. My daughter below (a week old) is now fast on her way to 3 years of age. As Jim Croce sang Time in a bottle.

Conclusion:

The tools, the technical stuff is important. Focus, Lighting, Composition is noting if time is not stopped and bottled for a great story and awakening of emotions. Anyone can take stock images but the true photographer, the true artist can save time in a bottle.

What do you think makes a photo a work of art? What is the difference between a good photo and a great one? Please leave your comment.

Die skool van liefde

Skool van liefde. Dit is wat familie is. Dis waar jy leer om lief te hê, waar jy liefde deel en ontvang. Kerk is die familie van God, die God van liefde, die God wat liefde is. Is die kerk dan die Universiteit van liefde? Hoekom sien ons dit nie?

Is vandag se kerk wees nog wat Jesus ingedagte gehad het? Ons goed beplande eredienste, kursusse vir elke gebeurtenis?

Wat maak saak?

3 goed geloof, hoop en liefde en die grootste daarvan die liefde (1 Kor 13:13). Rick Warren sê “Many people think that Christianity is a belief system, but it is a belong system.” Jy behoort aan ‘n familie maak nie saak hoe anders jy is of stukkend nie, jy hoort in God se familie.

Hoe lyk Jesus se familie? Die een waar heen elkeen van ons genooi word? Dis ‘n familie met bedrieërs, leuenaars, moordenaars, egbrekers. En dis net om ‘n paar te noem. So wat is die punt van God se familie? Dis duidelik nie perfek nie. Sy familie is waar jy leer om lief te hê en liefde te ontvang.

Hoe leer ons in die familie?

Deur te leef! Nie net deur kennis nie maar deur ervaring. Jy leer nie lief hê deur boeke nie jy leer liefhê deur te doen. Saam te huil en te bid deur moeilike tye, fees te vier in die goeie tye en saam te wonder oor vrae wat nie altyd antwoorde het nie.

So, dominee en mede gelowiges: jy is in die kol as jy sê “broers en suster”. Prediker sê daar is ‘n tyd vir alles so pak bietjie jou boeke weg, kom uit jou kantoor uit. Sit en luister na iemand, leef saam met mense, deel in hul stories, stop en bid saam met die wat drome het groter as wat logika en teologie sê moontlik is. Familie is om liefde te deel, te ontvang en so iemand RAAK te LEEF.

Wat dink jy oor kerk, die skool van liefde en familie wees?Deel jou denke hieroor in die comments hieronder!

Between the covers

Between the covers lay a great story. The saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But is it not what we do?  If you are not CS Lewis or Steven Spielberg your cover is what going to draw people to your book or dvd. It can be the main selling point.

Book covers

But the question is what make a good cover?

After some research I have found some points that all bloggers, authors, cover designers are agreeing on. Cover design is not just a beautiful picture or image and a title. The cover must capture the emotions, the message of the content.  Accompanying the capturing artwork and title is the well thought over write-up.

The big three for book covers

  1. The cover must draw the reader in, make them feel something, think like the buyer.
  2. The cover capture the book. To create a great cover, the designer must understand the content, the intended reader and author.
  3. Three basic point to remember.
  • The font and artwork  must be Legible.
  • It must be part of the “puzzle” fitting the genre and content of the book.
  • Your cover must be compatible on different platforms. (Printed, online, ebook, kindle & mobile devices)

DVD & CD covers

When you think of your favourite movie or music album you almost certainly will be able to describe the cover art in detail. Its because lots of thought went into the design.

The big three for DVD & CD covers

  1. The artwork must be relevant to the content and the design must be uncrowded and focused.
  2. Colour and contrast are important: Colour can help with setting the mood and drawing attention. Contrast helps with legibility.
  3. Text should be legible and preferably not overlaying the design or image.

thebookdesigner.com/2014/06/book-cover-success-and-failure-explaine

wired.com/2014/09/makes-brilliant-book-cover-master-explains/

lightsfilmschool.com/blog/design-the-best-dvd-cover-art

Embers of hope

Looking at the world today, it seem that all hope have left this little blue planet of ours.

Attempting  in seeking for a ember of hope my faith gives me some. But the teachers of my faith snuff it out before it could catch alight. There is hope! Where you may ask? This wild fire of hope have its origins also in faith.

If we look through the glasses of the media,  politics and even Social media. We only see racism, hatred, violence the list can go on. But what it don’t give you is hope, all that you see is the evil in the world. But through the glasses of faith in the all Mighty God the picture change completely. You see embers of life’s being changed. People giving truck loads of water and grass for drought stricken towns, students gathering across colour and race lines to pray for their  country.

A great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice. (1Kings 19:11-13)

The God of love is blowing with a small whisper over the ember of hope, he’s starting the wild fire in our country and the world. It so small that we can miss it in the storms, earthquakes and fires of the evil one. The prince of darkness is running scared.

What are we to do? What actions should we take? Is the Prince of peace working in a new why? and are we his children ready for it?

Can you see me NOW!

If banners, signboards and billboards had a them song it would be CAN YOU SEE ME NOW! But there is purpose to these forms of communication. Banners can be seen as web banners or the printed form we see all around us. Both web and printed banners serve the same purposes. Here is 4 main points on the use of banners.

Branding – Its more than just a logo, it is a the look and feel of what you want to communicate. Its what you want people to experience about your organization. A banner can help you with forming a brand identity.

Attract Attention – A well designed and placed banner can help draw the eye and attention to your message or communication.

Call to Action – A banner on the web or printed can be used to call people to action, to visit your organization, event or website. use enticing images or a though provoking question.

Invitation – A banner in what ever format can be used for the specific purpose of informing people of an event, a special gathering or sale your organization is having