The aim of Crystal Cathedral Ministries South Africa (CCMSA) is to advance the Christian faith, for public benefit, through ministering to all people, by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by broadcasting Christian television programs. If you would like to read our Memorandum of Association (“Constitution”), click on the link below:
The Good Life
If you want to know what is meant by the good life, direct your attention to Jesus Christ. His life was the good life incarnate. What was life like for Him? Take a look at His last days on earth and you will see the secret of His satisfying life. Shortly before He died he said to His disciples, “I would that my joy might be in you and that your joy might be complete” (John 15:11). The good life, then, is a life that has an inner joy. Then hear this: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). The good life is a life that has a deep current of profound peace, irrespective of the circumstance. Ultimately God is in control.
To any person attending His crucifixion, it must have looked as though everything was lost. No new great leader. No plan. No freedom from the Roman empire…etc. However, hanging on the cross and looking at the people below, Jesus quotes from Psalm 22 to get our attention (see Matthew 27:46). Note: There was no way that He personally could have exerted any influence on what they were doing with His clothes….. (Ps 22:17-19, compare with Luke 23:33 or John 19:23-24). It is God’s signature! Jesus is saying: It is I, your God, who hangs on this cross; for you, to bring you back to Me. It is about Me that the scriptures are speaking.
The last words from Christ’s lips, as he hung and died under the Jerusalem sky, were short and simple, but triumphant: “It is finished” (John 19:30). He had carried out His divine mission. The good life is the awareness of fulfilment. Every person’s life is a plan of God. God has a plan for you. The good life is the deep feeling that we are fulfilling God’s plan and purpose in our life.
[partly from “Hours of Power”, 16 April by Dr. R.H. Schuller/ partly by H.Pool ]
Unfortunately we had to discontinue the broadcasting of Lewende Woord due to a lack of funding, both for the making of the program and for the broadcasting.
The good news is that I have obtained special permission from Donna and Robert Anthony Schuller to do their sermons on TV starting from 9 years ago. We will be broadcasting this every Sunday morning, on Cape TV, DSTV Ch. 263 at 12h00. Don’t forget to tune in! Make sure you set a reminder or make a recording. I am sure you are going to enjoy this…..!!
News letter, Spring Day 01.09.2017
First of all, thanks to all of you who took the trouble to contact me and wish me well before I left for my vacation! I have had a good rest and feel fresh and inspired reporting for duty. As indicated in my last newsletter, the ministry has had to cope with a reduction in income of almost 40% since the beginning of the year. Contrary to what we hoped for, the situation has not improved in the past few months. I am sure that there are a number of factors at play, including the poor performance of the economy, as it appears that we are not the only charity affected by declining income. Many of you expressed their thanks to me of the Crystal Cathedral classics programs that we put on air this year on CapeTV. I REALLY appreciate this! However, as you can imagine, the directors had to sit down and plot a course ahead that included some very drastic cost cutting measures. As per Jesus’ own advice, we have had to calculate the cost of the tower of Light and Hope that we want to be! Let me inform you what decisions were taken:
1) We will extend the holiday period by another month and only start doing our Crystal Cathedral classics broadcasts again on CapeTV (Ch. 263) as from 1 October 2017. This will give us an extra breathing period to save some extra money. In the meantime, there are some programs available that you can watch via the internet: just go to www.breadonthewater.co.za and scroll down on the CCM SA page to the end, and you will find some episodes that were not yet broadcasted.
2) We will also reduce our airtime on CapeTV from 1 hour to just ½ hour. The new time slot on CapeTV (ch.263) from 1 October 2017 will be from 12h00 to 12h30 on Sundays. In this half hour we will show short versions of the more memorial episodes from the Crystal Cathedral 10 years or so ago. In this way we will also still be reaching out to the unchurched and those that are not yet saved.
3) Having reached the age of 61, I have decided that I will go on pension as from 01.01.2018. I have had a good career as a plant chemist (this was before CCM SA!) and I am blessed to find that God has multiplied my savings. The good news: as far as possible and for as long as possible, I will still carry on working for the ministry but I will now do this work again “Pro-Deo”, i.e. without salary.
We hope and pray that the net result of all of this will be that our income will cover our expenditures again and that we will be able to continue broadcasting the Gospel for the foreseeable future. Remember that this can only be achieved if our present income level can be maintained. Your continued support in the form of your prayers and your tithes and offerings are very much appreciated!!
Crystal Cathedral Ministries SA (CCM SA)/ Hour of Power is registered as a non-profit organisation (section 21 co.) reg. no. 2006/08815/08. Our Banking details are: Hour of Power, FNB Cheque acc. no. 62100887118, branch 252-645, or for internet banking use 250-655. We will provide you with a receipt if and when required as soon as we have received your gift. Regular monthly contributions are preferred so that we can plan for our airtime on TV.
We have a special CD of classical music like what we heard in the old Crystal Cathedral many years ago, i.e. different compositions of the well known hymns. What a pleasure it is listening to this music when you are feeling uptight about something or facing a traffic jam. Must have been one of my first lessons that I learned in Sunday school, namely that music calms your mind and touches your soul, e.g. you remember David playing music for King Saul – calmed the mind of the King? We will be including this CD in this newsletter as a free gift to all regular donors of CCMSA and Heart for Children and of course we will also send it to any new donors who make a contribution this year.
Crystal Cathedral Ministries SA
Tel. 012 804 3469 Fax. 086 5489449 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bank: FNB, Account name: Crystal Cathedral Ministries SA, Branch 250-645 or 250-655, Cheque acount no.: 62100887118
SHOWN BELOW ARE THE PROGRAMS THAT WERE BROADCASTED DURING THE PAST 3 MONTHS. TO PLAY, CLICK ON THE ARROW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PICTURE.
The broadcast from 12.03.2017 at 11h30 on DSTV Ch. 263 is shown below:
The broadcast from 09.04.2017 on at 11h30 on DSTV Ch. 263 is shown below:
Listen to his singing and his voice!
Watch Wintley Phipps explain to us about Amazing Grace…..
Coming up on TV soon…..