Spur Others On

God has given me & other Christ-followers a responsibility to each other. As part of His body we're responsible to spur each other into good works. This means I must be open to accept challenges to mature from my fellow Christ Followers. It also means that I mustn't be so caught up in myself that I don't make time to think of ways motivating others to acts of love and other good deeds. I don't get Continue Reading [...]

The Silence and The Move

2013 was a great year. Besides my other blog, I also got to start a photoblog and I Am Jonah, which is this blog. I've already written about why I started I Am Jonah here. 2014 started off with some significant changes for Ingrid and me. Our big change: we moved from Johannesburg as well as where we've served for a number of years. We both worked with Youth for Christ South Africa. Ingrid for seven years and me for five. We started 2014 with a move to Cape Town to serve at The People's Church (TPC). This is where we know God would have us Continue Reading [...]

The ‘Spiritual’ Books I Read In 2013

I've published 'other' books I read in 2013 here. Everything we read shapes and impacts us. It makes a difference to our spiritual journey. There are many God-inspired books available as much as there are some to stay away from. Fortunately I haven't come across one in while. I only started, this blog, I Am Jonah later in the year and thus never wrote much about books. On the other hand, starting this blog is not primarily for reviewing books like I did here. I only will do that if it falls in like with the general theme. Not that I will always Continue Reading [...]

Where Feet May Fail

My song at the moment. Can't get enough of it... The problem: it is a dangerous prayer! Do I really know and want what I pray as I sing the song? I'm careful not to be mindless in singing and prayer to God. I find God in my helplessness... The helplessness of surrender. Complete, total abandon... Continue Reading [...]

My Convenience And ‘Their’ Commitment

I’m looking into the book of Acts as part of my theology studies. I’ve never seen things in it the way I have the last few weeks. It is amazing what God can do with people fully yielded to Him. It is amazing what happens when the Spirit of God is allowed full reign in the lives of the disciples in the early Church. Peter boldly speaks and 3,000 people repent and are baptised (Acts 2:14-41). Peter and John challenge the authorities with no fear (Acts 4:1-31). They speak God’s message with boldness. Philip follows the leading of the Holy Continue Reading [...]

My Opinions And God’s Will / Plans For Others

My Opinions And God’s Will Plans For Others I have opinions. Many opinions. I sometimes think I know more than I really do. Sometimes I convince myself of that. At other times I am so blinded by “my convictions” (whatever that is). I blindly believe and act according to what I think is best. I do this for me... The sad thing is that I also impose this on others, as well. And, worst of all, I try to recruit God to my side of the "judgment lines", when He doesn't do what I think He should be. Like He needs to be convinced I'm right... There are times I’ve had my opinions about others Continue Reading [...]

Right Now – Acts

Right now, working on an assignment on the book of Acts. My theology studies have contributed greatly to my understanding and appreciation of the Word as well as growth. Whether studying formally or not, it is important to make time for systematic study of the Word. #JonahNotes #RightNow Continue Reading [...]

Earth, Clouds And Sky

 

I never used to get, “appreciate God’s grandeur through His creation” speech when I went on camps…

Saw this not far from home today. It is beautiful.

#landscape #nature

Answers | Prayer Rehab

I Am Jonah, this blog is also, in some way, a journal of how I’m learning to follow Jesus again. Part of it is about chronicling the tension between what God wants of, in and through me. Lately, it seems God is putting me through prayer rehab. Reclaiming an appreciation of prayer and its significance. Sometimes it is not that I or we don’t know anything. It is not that we have forgotten but we need reminders. We need renewed perspective, vision, and passion. A renewed sense of weightiness… It seems, at least for me, God always takes me Continue Reading [...]

More Than A Combination Of Twenty Six Letters

I borrowed the tittle of this post from Mark Batterson's book, "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day". What I will share with you in this post is about something that struck a great chord in me. Particularly also due to my earlier post, More, Deeper Than A Craft. I get this from Mark who got it from Ted Loder's book, "Guerillas of Grace". It is about how prayer is way more than what we have reduced it to. May it resonate with you, the way it has with me: How shall I pray? Are tears prayers, Lord? Are screams prayers, Or groans or sighs or Continue Reading [...]