Minister Lebo Sekgobela Rebuilding walls Tour at Petoria State Theatre | Concert ReviewBy: Billy Sigudla Friday, 11/11/2022

Minister Lebo Sekgobela Rebuilding walls Tour at Petoria State Theatre | Concert Review

By: Billy Sigudla Friday, 11/11/2022

Tags: Gospel Concert review

From the moment minister Lebo Sekgobela walked on stage until after the exit of the last song , multiple award-winning South African singer-songwriter Lebo Sekgobela, captured the attention of the crowd at her last leg of Rebuilding walls Tour November 11 concert at the Pretoria State Theatre, Opera Theatre . Backed by a 5 piece band, Sekgobela’s anointed voice powerfully filled the room for almost five hours of one women show. It was easy to turn off the outside world with all its troubles and fall under Sekgobela’s captivating anointed voice into her praise and worship world with songs.

Performing a selection of songs from all her different albums, Sekgobela opened with the a praise song “ O Modimo wa Lesedi”, with the first note immediately demonstrating his rich, deep voice. This opening song, about the courage and strength that God offers us, by showing us the light from the darkness this song set the scene for the praise and worship of the evening.

Minister Sekgobela made an announcement that from the 1st April 2023
rebuilding walls in Kimberly will be free a the concert officialy start 

With her powerful, yet warm voice she delivered “Holy is the Lord”, a song about a leader wanting to visit the afflicted, lonely, lost souls – and to care for them – rather than be enthralled with gilded houses and shiny sidewalks. We can’t help but agree, isn’t that how we want leaders to be? His voice is authentic, with pure and clear tone, portraying an honest beauty as she holds on to notes.

Sekgobela owned the stage, comfortable as she stood in front of the microphone to deliver his message. By not holding the microphone, his hands and arms are free to express more feeling to his performance. She kept the in-between song banter to a minimum, except when setting up “Liquid Spirit”; then he spoke of liking Montreal, its mild-manneredd people, with a good vibe and good spirit. He then proceeded to bring the good vibe home to the audience, getting us to clap-along, energizing us, and including us in his gospel of song.

Porter as I call her due to the way Lebo molds her magical voice knows who she is and knows his voice. She is charismatic and confident. She masters rhythm and phrasing, with perfect pitch and control. Having sung for almost 5 hours, every moment, every song, every note was exquisite, as was the music and synergy from the band, all perfectly balanced for the crystal-clear acoustics of the Opera Theatre.

Sekgobela’s music is of truth, hope and love, and his storytelling is engaging the audience of the Love the Jesus Christ has for us While many, if not most, Gospel vocalist cover standards, or revamp gospel songs , Sekgobela wrote most the songs she performed tonight. These songs are personal, heartfelt stories; the lyrics are delivered with compassion. She sings from her soul, from her testimony of what the Lord has done in her life , especially her health complications. A she sang kabelo Yaka Entle  Minister Sekgobela giving more information of concerning her health testimony: She share to the crowd that she consultef a medical Dr & was supposed to do operation but she said by faith she will skip it and professed that she is healed and I will continue to minister the gospel by singing is her calling this was her response to her doctor when she advised her to stop dancing for God as she normaly does barefoot on the stage.

Sharing his message and his truth, in a gospel-like way, he sings, we listen, we clap, we hear, we hope. She sang Kabelo Yaka Entle

One Gospel made an special announcement that they are in partnership with Minister Lebo Sekgobela at the Pretoria State Theatre and encouraged the crowd to join the team in the foyer for interview in 15 years One Gospel birthday celebration of sharing the platform for Gospel artist to perform on their television channel and they hopped in the rebuilding walls tour wargon as it aligned with their vision.

Lebo sang Igama after she went for a break and she came refreshed and with changed outfit

Lebo called her husband and thanked her for always supporting her vision

Lebo sang Thato Ya Gao e phetege introducing a guest artist to sing in vhenda the same song

Lebo sang Moya wami

Lebo sang Nyakalla fatsheng lotlhe

Lebo Sang sefapanong ke boha. Wena lefika laka

Lebo sang Haleluyah Mdumiseni
Lebo sang Theko ya lona
Lebo Sang Kelela Moya

In the end, Lebo came back on stage for las hot number. One last song to sing, one last message, one last story to share: “Ke lela Moya”, his spiritual lesson for us. As she left the stage, the audience rose again with a standing ovation, the room full of love for Minister Lebo Sekgobela

The end
Lion of Judah hit song bonus

Siphiwe Billy Sigudla Executive Editor Christian Posts

Few hours left,it will be a night for Minister Lebo Sekgobela rebuilding walls at State Theatre pretoria tonight , Friday-11 Nov, from 19:00

Few hours left,it will be a night for Minister Lebo Sekgobela rebuilding walls at State Theatre pretoria tonight , Friday-11 Nov, from 19:00

South Africans have survived the Covid-19 pandemic after the country was in lockdown, where the gathering of groups of people was prohibited, attending physical events was barred. The Covid-19 regulationd had to bè adhere to as mandated by the government on how to contain the Covid-19 virus. 

The grace of the almighty God has sustained us thus far we say ebeneza. Fast-forward the situation has changed gospel singer Lebo Sekgobela wants to spread cheer through public concert In barking in rebuilding the walls.

Few hours left,it will be a night for Minister Lebo Sekgobela rebuilding walls at State Theatre pretoria tonight , Friday-11 Nov, from 19:00

Minister Lebo Sekgobela

Rebuilding walls devotional based on

Having The Heart Of Nehemiah
Nehemiah

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said: I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.For I was the king’s cupbearer. (Nehemiah 1)

Having The Heart Of Nehemiah

The grandeur and majesty of Jerusalem had long faded into the distant memories of the few who remembered her golden days. Sprinkled among the burnt ruins and rumble of a once proud city, old men stumble along the forgotten streets of the city of God as they suffer the daily task of finding food and shelter. Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon have been laid waste many years before. The once powerful walls that repelled armies are broken down and crumbling timbers scared by fire is all that is left of the mighty gates put in place by the David and Solomon. Under the leadership of Jeshua, Zerubbabel, and Ezra the temple of the Lord had been rebuilt but paled in comparison to its original form. Jerusalem was a city still suffering from the distress and reproach of the many years of neglect. Far away in a land where the remnants of God’s people have dwelled for seven decades a heart is hearing the news of the devastated city. The powerful nation of Babylon is gone and in its place a more benevolent empire of Persians rules the world. Through the grace of God, Cyrus the Persian king allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and the Temple was rebuilt. But the walls of the city were in ruin and the gates nothing more than piles of burned rubble.

It does not seem probable that Nehemiah had visited Jerusalem in his life being born in the captive land and now serving the Persian king as a cupbearer. The son of Hachaliah writes in the month of Chislev in the twentieth year he inquired of the condition of the city of God from one of his brethren, Hanani. The news was not good. Distress filled the hearts of those who remained in Judah and the city was still in shambles. Hanani explained how desperate the news of the people of God was and this greatly disturbed Nehemiah. He sat down and cried. For many days he could not get the news of his brethren in Jerusalem out of his mind and his heart was broken to know of their plight. He fasted and prayed before the Lord begging for mercy upon the people. The prayer of Nehemiah is a contrite plea of repentance and godly sorrow for the sins of the people including himself and his father’s house. Nehemiah pleaded the promises of the Lord reminding God of the covenant made through Moses for the kindness of grace to be given to Israel once again. It is one of the most powerful prayers in holy writ.

The heart of Nehemiah is remarkable for many reasons. Jerusalem was a city destroyed long before Nehemiah was born. He would never have seen the glory of Solomon’s temple or the grandeur of the once noble city of David. All he would had known of Jerusalem would come from his father telling the stories handed down to him through the generations of patriarchs. He would have heard of the Hebrews in Egypt and God’s mighty deliverance through the Red Sea. The wilderness journeys and conquest of Canaan filled the mind of Nehemiah with the might and power of a benevolent God. Hearing how Joshua led the people to conquer the land and for a period ruled over by judges. Then came Saul, David and the golden era of Jerusalem under the hand of Solomon. Nehemiah learned of the civil war that divided the nation as the tribes of Israel separated from the tribes of Judah. He would have learned of the destruction of Jerusalem and the conquest by the Babylonians as they carried away the remnant according to the word of Jehovah. Ezekiel was a prophet among the captives and Nehemiah would have been riveted by his terse message.

The heart of Nehemiah was completely devoted to a city he had never seen or visited but he knew it better than any man. What filled the heart of Nehemiah was his immense love and devotion to the cause of his Lord. Jehovah was the one that sustained the heart of Nehemiah and it pained him greatly to hear of the distress in Jerusalem. At the time he was not in a position to effect any change but he knew he could pray to the Lord and ask forgiveness and blessings for himself and the people. He poured out his heart in great sorrow pleading for the abundant mercy of God to find a way to bless the people. Hearing the news of Jerusalem caused Hachaliah’s son to sit down and weep and mourn for many days. He fasted and prayed for the city of Jerusalem. It would be three or four months before his opportunity came to speak to the king and seek permission to go to Jerusalem. The king agreed to send Nehemiah to Jerusalem to rebuild it and after arriving the cupbearer of the Persian king completed the walls in fifty-two days. All of this began because Nehemiah cared about the work of the Lord. His heart was filled with the love for the cause of Jehovah. It disturbed him greatly when he first heard the news and through the providence of God he led the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem. He had a heart devoted to the Lord.

The heart of Nehemiah is message for the people of God today. Jesus Christ died so that all men could find salvation in His blood. He died and suffered on the cross bringing hope to a world filled with darkness. The church is the kingdom of His Father so that His message could be spread to all corners of the earth. Each first day of the week saints gather to worship, praise, and honor and remember the grace of God. The Bible is a complete book of books outlining the mind of God written in every language known to man. It is available in more forms than ever imagined by man. There is more ease and opportunity to read the Bible, spend time in prayer and share the gospel with neighbors. Transportation is comfortable, warm and cool and convenient. Places of worship have all the modern tools of technology to show the word of God in color with pews padded with comfort and conveniences few have ever experienced. What is missing among the people of God is the heart of Nehemiah. Assembling with the saints is an optional matter of convenience if there is not a conflict. There are no qualms in missing times with brethren for ballgames, work, recreation or visiting company. The modern spirit of devotion to God is from a heart that would never dream of weeping about the condition of God’s people. Fellowship among brethren is rare. Homes are seldom visited by others. Speaking to a friend or neighbor about the gospel is a scarcity among the saved. Churches are dying in many places. And no one is weeping.

Nehemiah was a man of God who wept because of the condition of a city he had never seen. The heart of Nehemiah was filled with the word of God. He asked for God to forgive him and his father for the rebellion of their hearts. His heart took him to Jerusalem and his heart accomplished the incredible task of rebuilding the vast walls of Jerusalem in fifty-two days. Imagine what the church could accomplish today if we possessed the heart of Nehemiah and rolled up our sleeves to rebuild the broken walls of our own neglect in building the walls of the Kingdom of God in our community. Let us begin with a mournful heart and then through fasting and prayer beg God’s forgiveness. Seek from the Lord the opportunity to go teach the gospel and He will make a way. He did for a simple cupbearer and look what he did.

Siphiwe Billy Sigudla Executive Editor

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It was a privilege to be part of this prestigious race the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. I entered the race not sure if it will go ahead or it will be canceled again but I entered trusting that it will go ahead as I was looking forward for the Cape Town Mountain running.

Cape Town Mountain running challenge Cape Town’s most prestigious race, the Two Oceans Marathon Ultra, takes athletes on a spectacular course around the Cape Peninsula. It is often voted the most breathtaking course in the world.
The event is run under the auspices of World Athletics (WA), Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA).
 

Event Details

DISTANCE

56km (35 miles)

ENTRY LIMIT

11 000

DATE

17 April 2022

START TIME

5.20 AM

START VENUE

Main Road corner Dean Street, Newlands

FINISH VENUE

UCT Rugby Fields, Upper Campus, Rondebosch

QUALIFYING RACES

42.2km sub 5:00
50km sub 6:30
56km sub 7:00
90km sub 12:00
100+km sub: 13:30

CUT-OFF

7 HOURS MAT TO MAT

First thing first congratulations to Gerda for her winning the Ultramarathon for the third time and breaking the record read more about it on

Leaders board for the event is as follows:

We are going through a lot as country just after Covid-19 now KZN floods this event made a conducive environment for people from all walks of life to meet and socialize but most we call ourselves social runners running under hashtag running with Tumi Sole on social networks or social media.

Chapman’s Peak highlights

The event was a great experience celebration of culture with variety of tribes all running as one nation. I met great people amongst them Vuvu who is a uniter in the running sphere

Not forgetting to mention my follow team of runners who we saw fit to give life to the event in terms of real time content

I made research on reviews about the race and found one which is perfect so my review on dwell much on the route per se but rather on the vibes part of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon event. see route review by Mkhululi Jack -I asked his permission to feature his article on my blog

Support was massive

I did collect the 56km finishers blue medal

My race results

Just for laughter entry from big names in the running circles including Social RunnersSA Chirman Adam:

I arrived at Cape Twon ahead of the event and this is my blog entry before the race https://siphiwebillysigudla.com/2022/04/09/i-am-excited-to-be-taking-part-in-this-2022-of-the-total-sports-two-oceans-ultral-marathon-on-17-aprilthe-2022-edition-after-two-years-of-hard-lock-down/

Review a Race review starts with key details like date, distance, and your participation status (first-timer, repeat runner, volunteer, etc). That I have done above already in my opening

Rate it: Five required ratings ask you to evaluate (on a scale of 1 to 5 shoes) your overall experience as well as course difficulty, course scenery, event production, event swag, and even (optional) your own performance. (Each rating is independent of the others.) I will rate the event 5 and my finish time result is 06:38:13

Thanks again to The Total Sports Two Oceans team

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The experience is unique. I found online a better route review so I figured let me ask permission from the author and feature it and I won’t have to worry about writing about the details of the route as someone has https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19 done that already see

This review was a contribution to the race from a participant and a continued support from first review I wrote in 2019 after I participated in the Oldmutual Two Oceans Marathon see blog entry : my Totalsports Two Oceans Ultramarathon highlight is past Erf sign 4426, Greenwood Cottage, Main Road, Hout Bay45 km 20 metres past Phantom Acres entrance, Main Road, Hout Bay46 km150 metres from top of Constantia Nek30 kmNear top of little Chapman’s Peak31 km Just around big corner above surfing spot (Noordhoek Beach), Chapman’s Peak32 kmUnder overhang 100m before tunnel, Chapman’s Peak33 km Last view site (now closed to public) before top of Chapman’s Peak34 km100m before first corner on descent, Chapman’s Peak35 km On corner at small stream, Chapman’s Peak 36 km Opposite watervalletjie sign, Chapman’s Peak Drive37 km 100m past Toll Notice Board, Chapman’s Peak38 kmOutside No 1 Chapman’s Peak Flats, Hout Bay this where I loosen up and enjoyed the race . I will stop here until next race.

Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

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Cape Town Mountain running challenge is My heading for the #TTOM22 @2oceansmarathon @totalsportssa race review

Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon Route Review Written by Mkhululi Jack (MJ)

Let me preface this Race Route Review (RRR) by sharing with you that Border Athletics (BORA) runners are the ones who insisted that I look at the Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon (TOM) route profile and use my own experience of running the race to write a RRR. I write RRRs for our local races as an attempt to help our runners to have a plan on race day. Interestingly, their request came at right time because running TOM without a plan is like cooking without eating…ooopppssss…..Is it eating without cooking? As one author said a long time ago that “Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Those words motivated me to take up the challenge and do my first ever RRR of an international race.

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It’s been two full years since we have experienced The Most Beautiful Marathon in the world, TOM. We have been starving for it, we do not even care how they treat us as they prepare for TOM 2022, we are here in Cape Town because we love them. Why do they call it Two Oceans? The reason is that it passes both oceans surrounding the South African shoreline – the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Coincidentally, TOM is a race of two halves – easy first half and a challenging second half. The first half begins at 23m above sea level and ends at 30m – the highest point on this section is 76m at 3.3kms. The second half begins at 31m above sea level and ends at 89m at University of Cape Town (UCT) – the highest point on this section is 228m at 47.4kms (Constantia Neck) and the second highest is 198m at 32.4kms (Chapmans Peak). The lowest you can go in the second half is 6m above sea level at 40.4kms (Hout Bay). Having given that elevation statistics, I feel like stopping the RRR here and ask runners the following question: Now that you have that information at your disposal, what do you think you need to do? Whatever answer I would get, that would be a plan that TOM requires. However, let me give you a blow-by-blow, KM-by-KM of what to expect and do on the route.

1. Start to 3.3kms – The first 3.3kms of TOM is an invisible climb in the dark and it needs to be treated with respect. With the staggered start that will be implemented, its going to be very difficult to start easy, force yourself to start easy in the dark.

2. 3.3kms to 12.3kms – This is the easiest section of the whole race, it’s still dark, you are still fresh and a 9km descend begins at 74m to 4m above sea level. Any easy section at TOM, you will be required to increase your pace in order to make up/bank some time that you will lose on the climbs/hills. For example, if I will be driving the sub 5hour bus, our average finish pace is 5:20/km, on this area the bus will move at the speed of 4:50-5:05 to bank some time that we will lose on the climbs. Make up some time here but do not be explosive!

3. 12.3kms to 21.1kms – The descend ends and the route becomes flat, you probably have some time iĺn your bank, the pace will need to be reduced and maintained for another 9kms. For example, my sub 5hour bus would need to play around 5:00-5:10/km. If you are struggling to maintain a steady pace on this section, reduce it and find something comfortable – if you are already working hard here, you are in for a long day, find a manageable pace and maintain it. Another challenging aspect on this section would be the windy conditions, it is important that you stick to your plan and judge your pace effectively.

4. 21.1kms to 28kms (Halfway) – The 21.1kms in the main road leads us to the ocean at Muizenberg, there you can look forward to great views of the sea and great spectator support. We get to the half marathon mark at Fish Hoek and, from there, you will leave the sea – leaving the sea means you will have to climb some ‘speed humps’ from 21.1kms to 24.1kms. In this section, after running for a long time, the sub 5hour bus will take its first big walk and have a breather – I would propose runners to do so as they leave the ocean behind. From 24.1kms to 28kms, the route goes down and becomes flat, you can bank some time here but do not be explosive. Furthermore, on this area, it is here that you need to get your mind ready because you are about to encounter the first big hill called Chapmans Peak.

5. Halfway to 34.5kms – Chapmans Peak is the iconic section of the race and its also one of the most beautiful section of road anywhere in the world – you are privileged to be running here with many other runners, don’t forget to absorb that beauty even as you tackle the challenges. The climb begins at 29kms, its 4.5kms long but it’s not that steep, if you go fast here, you may pay later for that sin. Also, do not be deceived by Lil Chappies at 31.2kms to 34.5kms, you will descend after Lil Chappies and Chapmans Peak begins at 32.6kms and ends at 34.5kms. Run and Walk strategy needs to be implemented here – the sub 5hour bus will run and walk this one.

6. 34.5kms to 39kms – The 4km descend from Chapmans Peak is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful sections of the route because of the views. Additionally, this descend is the most dangerous section of race if not respected – you need to hold back on this area and protect those quadriceps. Drop those arms and shorten those strides, there will be a temptation to go to fast, DO NOT! If you go too fast here, you race will end exactly at Hout Bay because it becomes flat there and with damaged quadriceps, you won’t move. Take it easy but make a minute or two for your bank. After losing a minute or two at Chapmans Peak, the sub 5hour bus will play around 5:05-5:10/km, hold back, drop those arms and shorten the strides.

7. 39kms to 42.2kms (Marathon) – For me, Hout Bay is one of the major milestones of the TOM race because it gives you an indication on how you behaved in a marathon. If you started too fast, flew down Chapmans Peak, your legs will be SHOCKED on this flat section and as such you will be unable to move. If you remain disciplined on your marathon, you should be able to generate your expected race average pace. For example, the sub 5hour would work towards a 5:15/km 3km split as we prepare for Constantia Neck.

8. 42.2kms to 47.4kms – The climb to Constantia Neck will be gradual for 2kms where you will be exposed to the sun, it will start to get tough here, fight hard, you are not far from the finish. The steepest section of the whole race comes at 44kms, the last 2kms to the summit has the steepest gradient of the race. The majority of us will run and walk this one, lets do it with pride and with some time in the bank.

9. 47.5kms to 50kms – After Constantia Neck, you will get a descend to the 49th km mark. Having lost some time on the last hill, it’s time to make a few seconds here. Whilst enjoying your downhill, booooom, 1km climb to the 50th km mark welcomes you without notice, puuush, you are not far from UCT, kuboooo!

10. 50kms to 56kms – After the 50th km mark, you will experience a 3km descend to the 53rd km mark – it is hoped that when you arrive here, you will not be chasing time but enjoying your race because you will be having some time in your bank. At this stage, the sub 5hour bus should be 5mins ahead of schedule and moving at 5:45/km and in some instances 6:00/km. The last 3kms has two speed humps, a 600m one (known as Chet’s Hill) at 53.4kms and a 400m one at 55.4kms to UCT. Once you reach the UCT lawns, suck it in, you have Conquered the Current, WELL DONE!

Written by Mkhululi Jack

I am excited to be taking part in this 2022 of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon on 17 April,The 2022 edition after two years of hard lock down. I think I made a mistake to go for breakfast in shorts every one @HotelSkySA have been asking me about my experience with up coming #running of Two Oceans Ultra Marathon @2OceansMarathon @TotalsportsSA #TTOM2022

All systems go

SBS

Executive Editor

Christian Posts

I am excited to be taking part in this 2022 of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon on 17 April,The 2022 edition after two years of hard lock down.

Paragliding
Paragliding
It started here. Paragliding
The Paragliding Experience is a must for everyone but it was a windy day that means accidents could have easily happened but look I had fun. The rest is history, Paragliding is a new whole experience I never had.

The feeling of flying is different but it’s risky to a point you need to fill in an indemnity form and you get the full explanation that here on the forms you are signing your life away if anything should go wrong you will die if you agree sign the form. Then FOMO here and there kicks in and says sign the form you only leave once.

I suspect the look at your condition like you don’t drink alcohol because this decisions requires a clear understanding that should the paragliding goes wrong you are dead. The experience feels new and nothing on earth can be likened to this experience and I recommend everyone to try paragliding.

To be honest the #covid19 pandemic has caused damage a lot of activities companies are closed . I always support them shame. May God restore what the pandemic destroyed in #SouthAfrica as a whole.I appreciate #prapaxsa @ParapaxSA commitment the team played for this #flyexperience #Capetown @Capetown #capetowntourism

SBS

Executive Editor

Christian Posts

To be honest the #covid19 pandemic has caused damage a lot of activities companies are closed . I always support them shame. May God restore what the pandemic destroyed in #SouthAfrica as a whole.I appreciate #prapaxsa @ParapaxSA commitment the team played for this #flyexperience #Capetown @Capetown #capetowntourism

My Cape Town recent trip for a #MarathonRunnersRetreat 10km at #campsbay #tablemountain #karbonkelberg #ReconciliationDay

Good bye Neyi Zimu, Different Newspaper articles attached

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Germiston Art Theater officially named after the slain Rhythm City Star actor Dumi Masilela.

Today 10/12/19, it was the official renaming of the New Germiston Theatre. Executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni and ANC Ekurhuleni regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina and the speaker of Council Alderman Patricia Khumalo have laid wreaths at the tree of remembrance to commemorate the lives of councillors who passed away while serving the city. At the funeral of the late Dumi Masilela the Ekurhuleni Municipality had made a commitment a year and half to Name the new Germiston Theatre in honour of the late actor.

The Rhythm City Star, who was killed in August 2017,was born and raise in the East Rand Ekurhuleni.  

I had an opportunity to attend this event as I was representing Pastor Thembi Hlophe and made sure I pass my message of condolences to Dumi’s mom and family.

It felt like a memorial service the mood was very sad.

I also met his fellow actors buddies an actor that many identify as Suffocate from Rhythm City also met Clement Maosa actor Zamokuhle Seakamela in the SABC1 soap opera, Skeem Saam, who was with Dumi Masilela’s mom at the time,

Tribute to the Late Pastor Neyi Zimu

The popular gospel star and pastor succumbed to his illness last night  on Wednesday 04 December 2019 at Busamed Modderfontein  Private Hospital.

Pastor Neyi Zimu had previously undergone chemotherapy at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital to treat mycosis
Speaking to the Sowetan, his wife, Dr Nelisiwe Zimu, said the disease had progressed quickly and they had to move forward with more intense treatments.
Before he could live his dream as Gospel Super Star for 10 years, Zimu was a sound engineer at the SABC. He then left his full-time job to pursue his passion and never looked back as he became self-employed and dedicating his time to music.
As I continue to pen this tribute to the Late Prophet Neyi Zimu born as Moses Gcinumuzi. He was raised in a small farm located in Sebokeng which is in the south of Johannesburg in 1970 .
As a child, he aspired to be a lawyer and a professional football player. Nevertheless, he started singing at six years and his musical career started in high school when he was discovered by a late friend.
Sharing the word of God through singing gave him great joy. He enjoyed reading the Bible, praying, and engaging in fellowship with other gospel artists, which has inspired and guided him in his everyday life. In One of his interview with the SABC, the songwriter said as a young child he had a vision of himself performing gospel and realizing his achievements as gospel singer was truly a dream come true.
His break through into the gospel industry started with the founding of Family Factory and Joyous Celebration, two Christian acts which have been at the forefront of establishing gospel music in South Africa.
On-going solo, the father of three said Joyous Celebration and Family Factory were large ensembles which threatened to swallow what he wanted to achieve. 
Alongside esteemed pastor Benjamin Dube, Zimu collaborated and released projects with Joyous Celebration over a span of 23 years. He went solo in 2007 with his first album, Ena ke Nako.
This was followed up by several bestselling albums, including I Trust in youThe Waiting are Over, Friends in Praise and more recently, Friends in Praise Volume 2 and Best of Neyi Zimu which was released in 2019 but His Career highlights should not not be limited to the above but also his recognition for performing the powerful a hit songs namely Jehova retshepile wena, lamb of God and Nathela Ft. Neyi Zimu & Omega Khunou who towards the end of the late Zimu’s life was performing all the events that he was billed to perform.
While Zimu was fighting cancer.
In total, Zimu had nine albums which also featured legendary gospel artists, such as Rebecca Malope, Wendy Mseleku, Sibongile Khumalo, Vuyo Mokoena and Sipho Ngwenya last but not least Omega Khunou.
Devout pastor at All Nations Revival Ministries
In 2006, Zimu founded All Nations Revival Ministries in Midrand. As the lead pastor, he held regular sermons and spearheaded revival church projects which included charity causes, counselling, leading the worship team and mentoring young people.
He said being a pastor gave him a sense of belonging and the ability to be level-headed as his popularity grew.  
Before his passing, fans in the Vaal were in the process of hosting a prayer session this coming Sunday
Open-ended questions are often just the thing to get family and friends talking, and we’ve seen first-hand how great conversations lead to deeper connection. We saw during the last moments of Pastor Neyi Zimu, all the concerts he was supposed to perform there was a time set ,dedicated for Pastor Neyi Zimu’s prayers that were lead by omega Khunou who would perform all Zimu’s hit songs as he was very sick in the Hospital. I saw how even the twitter family connected in prayer praying for his speedy healing. I want to believe Zimu is resting in heaven from all the pains he was in all this time.

Billy Sigudla

Author

Looking back at Soweto Marathon 42 km 2019

Allow me to open my Soweto Marathon 42 km Experience with an opening paragraph of Charles Dickinson novel tale of two cities, mind you I already shared my photos and a video above for the race: It was the best of time, It was the worst of time, it was the age of wisdom, it was age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredibility.

Within a month after I participated in the Sanlam Cape town Marathon 42 Km, time was upon me to challenge the Soweto marathon, I have never two marathons which are this close  before in my entire life for obvious reasons being I take six months to prepare for a 42 km marathon now when its two consecutive months it was a bit stain for me.

I had taken a break for the whole month after the Cape Town Marathon. I even forgot about the people’s marathon as Soweto Marathon is affectionately known.  Primarily because the people from Soweto and whole over the country gather on this day and line up from the start at the FNB Stadium the whole 42 km passing through the historic Vilakazi street where South Africa Struggle heroes used to sat i.e. the late Former President Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu back to the Stadium as the finish line supporting the participants or contenders of the Race.

Only a week left I got a call from my brother Musa Sigudla who has also joined Eskom Athletics Club that in a weeks time we will be challenging Soweto Marathon,it downed to  I have to start training preparing for the race however I was not fazed since I was fit after my previous marathon.

I thereby started training right away there by formulating an emergency running plan that was obviously different form my normally three days 20 km per day run to five days straight 20 km per day run. I had never done it before but my fitness level was promising and I was very convenient and especially after the whole month rest.

I went on with scheduled training untilthe big day Sunday the 3rd November 2019 time 05:30 .

As I started the marathon by seeding platform met new faces contenders of the same race that came from different provinces and different clubs of the country even elite runners from Africa and the rest of the world where available most likely at seeding A .we eventually got time extension of 15 minutes due to technical reasons. It gave us time to socialize and sharing all different aspects pertaining our origin to the training programs we follow and other wise the mood was very high as the organizers played different hit song which one of the most played was the famous Club Controller until before the race officially started the national Anthem was sung.

The start after the gun was not so much exciting as it was over crowded and I ended up waking the first kilometer however as time went by I managed to start running with my average pace 5  until 21 km and I had an injury. As I rested I realized a differently able person supporting the runners having South African Flag. There and there I stopped further two members of the Eskom Athletics club we stopped for total of 14 minutes socializing with this young man and taking pictures and finding out how is his over all state of health that he shared with us and he had the feeling of importance as we appreciated his affords and we where his guests. The pictures can explain further as his face was filled with excitement and hope as he now feels like he was belonging to the Eskom guardians Family. We even went as much as hoe the late former President Mandela made it possible to open ways for even disabled people to now get grants to make the state of living affordable.

I continued with my race after I changed my running shoes it took me another 14 minutes to change my running timing chip from the shoes I was using of the brand Nike to another shoes which are lighter and the brand was Adidas I had conquered a lot of hills with the former pair of shoes hence I got and injury and I could only run an average pace of 11 as I was nursing the injury. And the other challenge was the sun was very hot but the water spots that are set up every 5km made the heat bearable. Again at the end of Vilakazi street I had to continue running on hill tops tha made my Average pace to increase to 11 km I even met one radio station the christian radio station radio pulpit and happen to know the presenter Pastor Jack Motswetla who I stopped to greet and even afforded me time to share words of encouragement with fellow runners and the radio air ways.i continued with a much renewed spirit as I got a chance to fellowship.

As I continued with my race I got encouragement from the crowd now shouting Eskom you can make it, you are almost there. I went back to the average pace of 9 until the end of my race.

However when I got to the last five km I met my brother who was also running at his practiced pace and joined me up to the finish line.As we entered the FNB Stadium to reach the finish line I started a video to record and capture the finishing moments as they are extremely fun as I anticipated the crowd to shout Eskom again of which they did. As I approach the finish line the crowd shouted Eskom well done and I appreciated them by shouting back thank you South Africa.as we continue to run towards the last steps into the finish line the SABC commentator also started cheering us up on the speaker and said we have backwards runners wow as we came to the cross still shouting thank you to the crowd and the feeling was exhilarating, I never had such fun as I was with my little brother who was equally excited.

To share few live tweets I participated in whist running the race,

This brings me to the end of my experience thanks for reading this my experience of the 2019 Soweto marathon 42 km.

Billy Sigudla

Author

26th edition of Soweto Marathon 42km that took place on Sunday 03 Nov 2019,review by Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

I really enjoyed it! First the race was flat followed by a down hill then and up hill then going through the historic Vilakazi street where the struggle icon former South African President Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu resided in the township. Lots of entertainment – brass bands/samba bands/metal even the people of Soweto where out in numbers to offer support to the runners !! Such a well organized event to Enjoy!

#Sowetomarathon2019 we ready

@SowetoMarathon

This race It was special before the race I got a good luck from athletics executive :

See: https://twitter.com/jjswest/status/1190841761788317696
Jakes Jacobs

@jjswest

·

Nov 3

Wishing all participants at the

@SowetoMarathon

a good race at the #PeoplesRace today

@CarolinePule

@billysigudla

and have #FunDay as

@runwithcuan

described this iconic event on

@SABC_2

#sowetomarathon2019

@SPORTATSABC

@alecriddle

@VaylenKirtley

@sportmansa

@gosharpshooter

The race started at 05:30 https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190833340737294336/photo/1

As I was running my Soweto Marathon 42km, I saw a paralytic by the name Siphiwe xaba by the side of the road supporting the participants I stopped the Eskom Gijimas bus to appreciate him and we took pictures with him, he did appreciate even Eskom on twitter did appreciate our efforts see https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1190880781348089856

My #SowetoMarathon

@SowetoMarathon

#sowetomarathon2019 was a wonder , look how I enjoyed running with my brother this was our first marathon together and he has officially joined

@eskomgijimas

#Eskom

@Eskom_SA

is a brand to be reckoned with. I am happy to be a guardian. https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190986565926957056

I just went back and thought how challenging

@SowetoMarathon

was,#sowetomarathon2019 was a real challenge to go through but mentally I was prepared, I just heard fans ask me go #eskom

@Eskom_SA

Coupons

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so at least there are some who have installed smart metres.

@eskomgijimas

#SOWETOMARATHON

I then posted the video of my finish on twitter and it is now trending it can be viewd on this link https://twitter.com/billysigudla1/status/1191191951082688512This is a finish in style,I recorded it live on twitter,what fun race we are

@eskomgijimas

#Eskom

@Eskom_SA

brand was in good hands during #SowetoMarathon

@SowetoMarathon

people kept on rooting for Eskom U even heard other clubs jealous,I enjoyed the people’s race

time for work

Thanks for taking time to read this post.

Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

Author

The @SekgobelaLebo Umusa National Tour Bloemfontein Version Concert Report

I attended the Umusa National Tour Bloemfontein Version at the Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium, 10 Rhodes Avenue Oranjesig Bloemfontein, Free State. on Tuesday 24th of September 2019.

The anointed concert started at 15:00pm to the enjoyment of the huge audience that had been waiting for this amazing gospel music extravaganza. The Umusa National Tour concerts always offer magnificent praise and worship platform for everyone and the audience in this concert was expectant to derive such praise and or more to which this time around it included healing ministry by minister Lebo Sekgobela.

It was impressive to hear pieces composed by Lebo Sekgobela and the new gospel group worshippers unleashed which formed under her new artist search worshippers unleashed.

I cannot imagine combining something as complex as Hymns and worship same powerful hymns and current and praise songs, much less actually performing it, so this aspect of the concert was particularly awe-inspiring. The concert turned into a service as minister Lebo Sekgobelas was led by the holy spirit to deliver prophetic words to a few concert attendants which lead to a healing ministry after he requested those who were in need of prayers to come forward and she ministered to them as the holy spirit had covered the whole Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium at this point.

The main performance was by Minister Lebo Sekgobela and the worshippers unleashed which performed few songs that they are busy recording in studio for their much anticipated debut album.

Members of worshippers unleashed are Norma Ntatiso, Neo Tshabalala, Nompumelelo Mtsweni and Nonhlanhla Matlenga.

Minister Lebo Sekgobela opened the concert at 3:00 PM and gave the stage to worshippers unleashed who worshipped to later give way to Minister Lebo to continue to worshipping her combination of various songs from her current Album Hymns sand Worship and also from her previous albums and the hit song Lion Of Juda took centre stage as it is an anointed number until 10:00 PM. Minister Lebo performed songs from all of her records randomly.

Allow me to share a few posts from social media:

This was another of many tours dubbed Umusa National Tour since the project inception in 2016 which I managed to follow it closely documenting it’s progress in a form of reviews as part of the last show recently being: Umusa National Tour, was held on Friday, the 5th July 2019,  in Secunda at Graceland Secunda. I am waiting in great anticipation for Minister Lebo Sekgobela to announced the date of the concert. I know few dates of the shows that Minister Lebo will be part of the lineup that is a total different set up altogether as Umusa National Tour project it is all her event more like one womanshow. I remember last year 2018 one session of her ministry tours In Witbank dubbed Emalahleni Total praise Minister Lebo Sekgobela had included other artists which it was fine but that meant I did not get to receive all the time focusing on her anointed ministry as the time tends to be too short to focus to other artists.

Billy Sigudla

Editor

A Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2 km Race Review going along with Eskom Customer survey which I felt compelled to write after I felt proud after spectators rooted for Eskom as a brand when I passed by since I represented Eskom Athletics club

I normally summarize the experience of every race I attend from arriving at the location to pulling out of the lot. I have a good report regarding this particular race since I was running Under Eskom Athletics Club better known to fans as Eskom Gijimas,

I so wish this IAAF accredited Gold Marathon can achieve the Platinum status.

I was over whelmed by how highly the fans praised Eskom as I was wearing an Eskom Athletics club running kit. I am an employee of Eskom under National Operation Section and National Control Department which fall under System Operator business unit under Transmission division

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2 km Race was held at Cape Town Start: Beach Road, corner of Granger Bay and Beach Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Finish: Vlei Road, Cape Town Stadium precinct, Green Point

Cut off time – Duration is 6 hours 30 minutes

On date: Sunday, 15th Sep 2019
06:40:00

My Start line picture with fellow @eskomgijima Members Zola and Siviwe

Qualifying race for 2020 Old Mutual Two Oceans, Comrades Ultra-Marathons and several IAAF accredited marathons around the world

It was a good race I am glad I attended the race. I received a good feedback regarding Eskom as a brand as they kept on saying many good things about it from both fellow competitors and spectators who kept on shouting Eskom keep on moving especially after my 25 km run,I even forgot about the time ,reduced my pace & relaxed and greeted with a Sanlam hand shaker that I received from one elderly woman the well wishers. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

I feel good to be an Eskomite ,I will include my race time then share all important or more exclusive tweets rather that shares the overall experience of the event

The marathon was well organised and I find it easy to fit in even the organizers are friendly let me share few of the social media presentation from the event:

My Time and thanks my review ends here the rest is Twitter experience from all the people in general.

Billy Sigudla

In conclusion let me share this :

Billy sigudla

Editor

Day 2 Victorious Conference @HopeRestoration Delegates of the #VC2019 welcomed by Ps Phindi Mathebula,Dr Nkhensani Chauke-Malinga talks to #VC2019 delegates on the the importance of taking good care of our health. Rev @mathebula_chris Ps @JadezweniJ and Ps Mutumba tackling ‘The mind of a man’ #Victorious2019 #Relentless

Day 1 Victorious Conference with Mme Busi Pefile ministering on ‘Stubborn Faith’ Rev @mathebula_chris #relentless To pray for the congregation #StubbornFaith #Victorious & guest artist Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo at @HopeRestoration #VictoriousWomenConference @YoungAtHRM a sure best way to kick start a Womens month. Theme : Relentless


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. -Psalm 37:4

Catch Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo From Today Thursday 01 August 2019 until 04 August 2019 at #hoperestorationministries @HopeRestoration Chloorkop women’s month celebration. Theme: Relentless #womensconference.

Minister @sekgobelalebo’s discovered new voices in gospel going with the name Worshippers Unleashed for the new group: @WorshippersU In studio cooking something with anointing inside #WorshippersUnleashed

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Reminder to watch Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo this coming Friday on @ONEGospel at 6PM. You get to see #UnthandoLukaBaba video for the very first time.

#Videoclip of Worshippers Unleashed @WorshippersU yesterday had their first official TV interview on @ONEGospel ‘s #Destiny with @mahaliabuchanan and @XolaniMdlalose_ . @sekgobelalebo #WorshippersUnleashed

Minister Lebo Sekgobela made a big announcement: Her babies are finally on Twitter. Please follow them here @WorshippersU Worshippers Unleashed. She further gave more information:The new Group formed from Worshippers Unleashed search with Lebo Sekgobela did such an amazing job yesterday shooting #Destiny on @ONEGospel :@SekgobelaLebo · Family, my babies are finally on Twitter. Please follow them here @WorshippersU . Thank you so much. They did such an amazing job yesterday shooting #Destiny on @ONEGospel .

Worshippers Unleashed during #UmusaNationalTour in Secunda Version @gracelandcasino on 05 July 2019 #WorshippersUnleashed @WorshippersU · #tbt last week when we were performing alongside our mom @SekgobelaLebo at the #UmusaNationalTour in Secunda. Please follow our page to find out where we’ll be performing next. #WorshippersU @WorshippersU

#LeboSekgobela comes to the East Rand yay my area finally #CarnivalCity plus Oratile who appeared on Lebo’s intagram page https://www.instagram.com/p/BzxAv7hB-cn/ will also be attending the show @verushcaI confirmed. @SekgobelaLebo On the 21st of September all roads will be leading to Carnival City as we celebrate 13 years of The Sacred Space with @LifeWithThami and @khayamthethwa . Get your tickets as soon as possible before they are all gone. @sacredfest

#LeboSekgobela heads to #CarnivalCity @SekgobelaLebo :On the 21st of September all roads will be leading to Carnival City as we celebrate 13 years of The Sacred Space with @LifeWithThami & @khayamthethwa . Get your tickets as soon as possible before they are all gone @sacredfest

Umusa National Tour and Hymns and Worship Tour #Lebo Sekgobela @sekgobelalebo at Secunda Graceland Casino version review by Billy Sigudla

The Gospel Show that I attended last night on Friday 05 July 2019,The Umusa National Tour and Hymns and Worship Tour Secunda version performance pieces by Lebo Sekgobela and the discovered group Worshipers unleashed which was discovered by Minister Lebo Sekgobela which performed the songs of the debut Album they are recording the songs are composed by the group members themselves. The performance was held in Graceland Casino Arena. Worshipers unleashed got officially Launched in this event . Worshipers unleashed performance via Lebo”s Instagram :Worshipers unleashed performance

The was activities at Secunda and Mbalenhle local kasi/location prior to the show Concert flyers were distributed for Minister Lebo Sekgobela’s fans to get further information and also interact with their star, also for the audience to pick up as they entered. The Graceland Arena, and all the lights except the stage lights were dimmed. One performer talked briefly to the audience before a piece, but it was only to give background information for that piece. Aside from this, the lights got placed on towards the end of the show.

The opening songs by Minister Lebo Sekgobela where sung for Umusa Album then later her latest Album Hymns and Worship. The Holy Spirit led Minister Lebo Sekgobela to donate her car to a fan who was raising her three sisters kids .

 

 

End of the show twitter narrative.
Direct videos follows

Further more

Follow @sekgobelalebo on her twitteraccount as all major performances are available

See you on next tour

Billy Sigudla

Billy Sigudla Site editor

 

#Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo I hope you are as excited as I am. Friday is here. I can’t wait. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLeboI hope you are as excited as I am. Friday is here. I can’t wait. #UmusaNationalTour#HymnsAndWorshipTour

#Countdown #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo·Only a day and some smaller nyana hours left before #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you.

Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLebo·1hOnly a day and some smaller nyana hours left before #UmusaNationalTour#HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you.

#UmusaNationalTour Video Note from #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Family. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. Are you ready? I hope you have your tickets ready.

Family. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. Are you ready? I hope you have your tickets ready.

@sekgobelalebo: Looking forward to such precious moments. Secunda, I hope you are ready. 05/07/2019 @sekgolalebo @graceland_hotel_casino Kuzobamnandi. Sanibonani bazalwane. ❤ #HymnsAndWorshipTour #UmusaNationalTour

#HymnsAndWorshipTour#UmusaNationalTour

5 Fans Engagement #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo Thank you so much Secunda for such an overwhelming support yesterday. Also a huge thank you to @musica_africa for being such gracious hosts. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Good morning family.

3. Fans Engagement #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo ·Had such a great time yesterday. I can’t wait to see everybody I met yesterday at the show on Friday. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

#Countdown #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Can you believe it. We are only 4 DAYS away until #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. I hope you have your tickets ready.

Fans Engagement: #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Had such a great time yesterday. I can’t wait to see everybody I met yesterday at the show on Friday. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

Fans Engagement :#Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo Thank you so much Secunda for such an overwhelming support yesterday. Also a huge thank you to @musica_africa for being such gracious hosts. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Good morning family.

@sekgobelalebo: 05 DAYS and 14 Hours left until #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour @gracelandcasino . If you haven’t bought your tickets, you can do that today especially if you are in Secunda Mall and we can take pictures together. See you in an hour.

Faith

Fair-Weather Faith
 
As Jesus said I AM he,they all drew back and fell to the ground!

John 18:6

You would think Judas would have used this as an opportunity to repent. With just three words from Jesus, the crowd that came to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane fell backward. Judas was seeing the power of God once again.

But Judas continued with his plan, blindsided by greed—and perhaps by his disappointment with Jesus. Jesus wasn’t the kind of Messiah that Judas was looking for. He was kind of hoping that Jesus would overthrow Rome and establish His own kingdom.

Yet things didn’t work out as he had hoped because Jesus revealed that His kingdom was not of this world. Judas ignored all the warnings, and Matthew’s Gospel tells us that he walked up to Jesus and greeted him with a kiss.

Like Judas, there are people today who follow God yet are not interested in how they can serve Him but in how God can serve them. They will turn to the Lord in times of crisis, maybe when their marriage is falling apart or they’ve lost a job or they find themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol.

God, who is so gracious and merciful, hears their cry and rescues them. But all too often, people abandon God after He has delivered them—after He has put their marriage back on track, after He has led them to get a job, after He has freed them from their addiction. In effect, they’re saying, Thanks, God! Until the next crisis! But in doing this, they’re actually missing out.

That’s because the real blessing of coming to faith is not just being rescued from a crisis. That is one of the fringe benefits, but the real blessing is knowing God and bringing Him glory. Yet so many people miss this. They want only what they can get from God, and when they’ve gotten it, they abandon Him. The greatest blessing of all is walking with God and knowing Him.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:31-37


But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
ISAIAH 40:31
Most of us are pretty good at staying busy. We focus on the millions of things that need to get done, and forget that our strength comes from God until we find ourselves dragging. We begin to feel edgy and start to lose patience. Everything starts to feel like work, even time with family or things we usually enjoy. God tells us to cast our cares to Him, but we tend to carry all of our burdens ourselves, which causes us to become weary and discouraged. Sometimes we just have to rest in the Lord’s strength.

We aren’t supposed to do things using sheer willpower. Sooner or later, we will just lose steam. Tonight, I have lost steam. The tears are on the brink of falling, and I just want to curl up under my blankets. Things feel too overwhelming and complicated. I am clearly doing things in my own strength and need to place my concerns at the foot of the cross. When you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, look up. God is still holding tight. He won’t let you come crashing down. He is your Father, and He loves you dearly.

Here are 4 comforting verses for those times when you feel weak and weary:

1. But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

2. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

3. A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. Psalm 121:1-8

4. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:31-37

God Wants Your Weakness
I am not brave. I recently heard someone differentiate between bravery and courage, saying that bravery is the ability to take on difficult situations without fear, while courage is taking on difficult situations even when you’re afraid

Stubbornness

Refusing to Listen

Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They stubbornly turned away and put their fingers in their ears … They made their hearts as hard as stone … Since they refused to listen when I called to them, I would not listen when they called. Zechariah 7:11-13 NLT

God warned His people that they were making mistakes and would experience the consequences of their choices unless they changed. But they refused to listen. Their hearts became as hard as stone.

Then, as God had warned, they experienced problems, the fruit of their choices. They had forgotten His warnings, though, and still expected Him to rescue them.

God wanted them to understand that when they rejected Him and refused to obey His Word, they had to experience the consequences of their choices.

This can happen to us as well. The Bible reminds us that we have choices every day. God loves us and wants to bless us and answer our prayers, but He also wants us to realize that we are responsible for our choices. We will reap what we sow. If we refuse to listen to Him, we will inevitably experience consequences.

This does not have to be the end of the matter. God gives us opportunities to repent, confess our mistakes, ask for forgiveness, change, and put His Word into practice. As He promised if we return to Him, He will return to us (Zechariah 1:3).

Surrender your life anew to God. Make Jesus your Lord. If you have made mistakes, be honest with God. Confess your sins. The Bible promises He will be faithful to forgive and cleanse you (1 John 1:9). He will give you a fresh start – over and over again if you ask Him to.

Thanks giving

Thankful Worship

This devotional I pen down today 26th November 2022 in Cape Town having 16th December 2022 the thanks giving event my dad is having for all of us at Home Brits

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Psalm 95:2

The symbolism of that first Thanksgiving is a continual reminder of principles that are still meaningful, like the importance of prayer and showing appreciation to God. We need to realize we owe everything to Him. After all, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above James 1:17 God calls us to share from the abundance He provides, help meet the needs of others, and have thankful hearts.

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Abundance

Abundant Blessings

The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” – Deuteronomy 28:12

God’s promise of abundance if His people obey Him and follow His commands (v. 1). But there is more to joy than abundant resources. This joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) that comes from fellowshiping with believers and from sharing with others.

God desires to bless us abundantly, but He also wants us to be generous, concerned with those in need, and share out of the abundance He provides.Thanksgiving feast.

Salvation

How to Know That You’re Saved
Do you have doubts about your salvation? You can settle the issue today.

1 John 5:9-13

The most important issue we must settle in this life is our eternal destiny. Throughout history, churches have been composed of both believers and unbelievers, and it’s often difficult to tell the difference. That’s why John wrote his first letter. He wanted to assure the true Christians of their salvation and warn those who professed belief but lacked saving faith. John gives a four-fold test describing the beliefs and practices of genuine believers.

Right understanding of Christ and salvation (1 John 2:18-27). To be saved, we must have the true gospel and the right Savior, as described in God’s Word.
Right attitude toward sin (1 John 1:5-10; 1 John 2:1-2). True believers hate their sin and are quick to confess and turn from it.
Right practice of obedience (1 John 2:3-6). God’s commands are not burdensome to those who belong to Christ. Although they fail at times, their life is primarily characterized by obedience.
Right relationship with God’s people (1 John 2:7-11). Christ produces within His followers both a love for fellow believers and a desire to be with them.

The Whole Earth

The Whole Earth

The LORD will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place. Zephaniah 2:11 NASB

God knows every thought – even things done in secret. He hears words whispered behind closed doors, the private plans of kings and armies, the designs of every business and tycoon. Nothing escapes His attention. And He promises to respond appropriately in His time and in His way.

Those who know Him learn to trust Him and live according to His principles. Non-believers don’t have this sensitivity and tend to be governed by their personal interests, not by God’s Word but by their own subjective desires and private interpretations. Some are even hostile toward His people.

In his time, Zephaniah prophesied the actions of nations that surrounded Judah. God assured him that He knew those who taunted His people. He promised action “in return for their arrogance” (v. 10). Every person will bow down to Him.

Zephaniah spoke about the world he knew, but his prophecies also applied to the future, even to our time. Wherever there are people, they will eventually submit to the Lord. Everyone will know that He alone is God.

We witness the continuing fulfillment of this prophecy. We still see people who taunt believers and who defy God’s Word.

The Bible assures us that the day is coming when all nations and people will bow down to Him.We are called to serve Him, so everyone will know Him. Do your part to bring the Gospel to the whole world

Giving

Giving (Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense)
Because God provides for our needs, we can give abundantly to others.

Hermit crabs are fascinating creatures. Their soft abdomen shells that they carry everywhere. When a threat comes, they simply tuck themselves tightly inside their borrowed homes until the danger passes.

It can be tempting to do that when something threatens us or our resources. Often, we hoard wealth, possessions, or even our time. But Scripture tells us to do the opposite. For instance, Proverbs 11:25-26 says, “A generous person will be prosperous, and one who gives others plenty of water will himself be given plenty. One who withholds grain, the people will curse him, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.”

Notice there are no caveats, no exceptions to this wisdom. We are meant to be givers out of a sense of gratitude toward the One who gives to us so lavishly (Matt. 7:7-12; 2 Cor. 9:6). Because we serve a God of abundance, we too can give abundantly, knowing our Father will always provide for our needs.

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Mistakes

Mistakes Make: Us Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ – 1 Corinthians 11:1 

Being imitators of Christ is a common statement in the Christian faith. It’s a powerful notion to want to imitate Jesus, but what does that really mean? We all know Paul was a wise man, but he also made mistakes. So what is Paul referring to here? He tells us to imitate him. There is more to it though, he tells us to follow his example as he follows Christ’s example. That seems a bit selfish doesn’t it? Well, no, Paul is teaching that regardless of what he does, we should imitate Christ as best we can. The fact that Paul uses himself only reminds us that just as he made mistakes, we will too. What really matters is what we do when we make those mistakes

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