S N A P S H O T EASTER EDITION

Dear friends

A challenging few weeks on the South African political scene has left many of us worried, concerned about the future of our country. In my prayer time God reminded me of Joel Chapter 2. (Read for yourself) Basically the chapter is divided into four sections:

1. The army that would invade Jerusalem would bring great turmoil. I feel that this is where we are finding ourselves at the present time. Corrupt politicians, etc.

2. God's heart of grace: “Even now,” declares the Lord,“return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity." Note especially the last line"he relents from sending calamity". God listens to our prayers. He hears the cries of His people. Instead of talking negative all of the time lets talk to Him who is bigger than any of the challenges that we are facing. Lets get perspective from Him by talking to Him.

3. God's answer to the prayers of His people: "Then the Lord was jealous for his land and took pity on his people....“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you." Note God's promise of restoration

4. What that restoration will look like. In the passage God promises to pour out His Spirit on old and young. The net result is that older men (and women) will dream dreams again - not look back on what was, but on what will be. Young men (and women) will see visions. Young men and women will receive special revelation from God and be seen in their respective communities as outstanding men and women of God.

I believe this is a passage for you as you struggle through the emotions of helplessness and frustration at what seems to be so obviously wrong.

Will you pray with me:

  • For our nation
  • That our church will be a haven a safe place as we navigate not just the political challenges that all of us face.
  • For dreams and vision so that we can be a people of purpose in the middle of this. (In times of challenge we should pray scripture)

Why not join us and go and pray with us in Bloemfontein? I know that this is out of the comfort zone for many of us but lets be true to the passage in Joel 2. Lets humble ourselves before the Lord and ask Him to restore the fortunes of our land.

This week-end is Easter. Your neighbours, friends and colleagues have the same concerns that you have. They need to hear the voice of God to bring perspective. Why not bring them to our services and pray in advance that God will enter into their reality. That He will save them and give them the same hope promised in this passage.

Riaan

Don't miss out on an incredible time in Bloemfontein. Click below to 'RSVP' and we will get in contact with you about the Eastside delegation going to the Prayer Event.

Don't miss our Easter Services this week-end. Take a moment now to invite a friend. It's as easy as sending a text message!

A Morning with Janine Price

We had such a special service here at Eastside this past Sunday morning. Janine Price, a worship leader and artist from Rhema Bible Church in Johannesburg spent time ministering in song, leading worship and sharing on the Father heart of God before spending some time after the service doing a very informative Q&A with the worship team. Many people shared with us that they felt "the timing of Janine's visit was just right" - and we agree. God is certainly doing something among us and His Spirit has been moving in a very special way over the past few months. We are looking forward to so much more of that as we continue seeking His presence above all else.

We want to encourage you to be prepared for a move of the Spirit of God. Prepare your hearts for our services by praying for the services during the week; listening to worship music as you drive to church on a Sunday and listening for God's voice during the service. We will have many more opportunities for you to experience God's presence, and also want to encourage you to allow the elders and pastors to pray for and with you - either during, or after a service.

A Practical way for you to help someone in need - when you can!

As a community, we often become aware of people who are ill or who have been in hospital, or for whatever reason could just use that extra little bit of help. A great resource called take them a meal will help us as a church to serve each other in an easy, practical way.

THIS IS HOW IT WILL WORK

  • Let us know that you would like to be part of the TTAM team
  • Whenever there is a need and there is a family we can help with some meals, we will send you a web link
  • If your time and resources allow, you can click the link, see a weekly planner and type your name in on a day that suits you, when you will be able to take someone a meal. You will also be able to see what meals have been planned so that a family doesn't have 10 days of pizza in a row ;)

If you get a text message with a link and are in a busy season of your life or cannot assist this time round for whatever reason - no problem! Simply wait until there is another family in need in a few weeks time.

So - what you think? Ready to join this practical team? Click the link below and let us know you would like to be on the TTAM database.

Listen to these two new songs that will be featured during our Easter Services this week-end

SEE YOU THIS FRIDAY @ 8:30am AND SUNDAY @ 6:00am OR 8:00am

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