Farewell Pastor Francois

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  Hatfield Christian Church has come to the end of an era. At his request Pastor Francois has been granted early retirement. He faithfully served the Hatfield family for 30 years – 18 of these in the role of Senior Pastor. Here’s a collection of memorable moments from a remarkable season of influence. The way forward: Pastor Francois’ retirement was …

Knowing your heavenly Father

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By Francois van Niekerk To know your earthly father is a privilege; to know that you have a Father in heaven who loves you is life changing! Although the Old Testament has very few references to God as our heavenly Father, it all changed when Jesus came to earth and showed us the Father’s heart. He made time to love …

Empowered for divine purpose

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By Francois van Niekerk “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT) Walking with the Holy Spirit and being filled with His power is a huge honour – …

Ladies Conference 2015: Jesus our anchor

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Jesus our anchor was the theme of our 8th ladies conference from 29-30 May. The décor portrayed it, the worship proclaimed it and the teaching sessions made it practical. More than 650 ladies, donned in navy T-shirts and necklaces in nautical colours, went home with nail art to remind them to stay anchored in the Lord. ‘Align your thinking with …

Taking the Holy Spirit to work

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Michael Neumann Jesus’ promise to never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), but to be with us to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20) is made good by His indwelling Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives inside us so where we go, He goes, and where we work, He works. Most of us have unintentionally allowed worldly culture to …

Life with the Holy Spirit

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Francois van Niekerk “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11 (NIV) Living in the present day has its fair share of challenges, whether spiritual, political, humanitarian or economic. Different forces, including spiritual powers, are at work in these situations – some for good and others for evil. Yet, parallel to these challenges are also opportunities …

The joy of giving

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Darlene Retief  “… remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  Acts 20:35b (NIV) The principle of giving not only forms an integral part of the Christian faith, it is also a universal truth. If you do a Google search on giving, you find quotes by secular speakers alluding to this …

Amazing grace

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Lena Katende Coming from a religious background that demanded church attendance without the need for relationship, my early years of salvation was marked by overwhelming gratitude for the grace given us by Jesus in His death and resurrection. God’s grace opens the way for us to come close to Him. It invites us to enter into a relationship where we …

Grace for the nations

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Gaerth Tarbitt During Easter we focused on the full extent of Christ’s actions to include all people everywhere in the Kingdom of God. The pace and demands of today’s society make it challenging for most of us to get involved on ground level in our local community, let alone engaging with nations or people groups beyond our own geographical area. …