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:
Easter Newsletter 13.03.2017
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 11h30. 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…..!!
As far as the Hour of Power is concerned, apparently also due to costs, we only have the half hour Hour of Power program now, namely on Wednesdays at 5 AM (on TBN, DSTV ch. 343). I know this is a bit disappointing. Thanks for understanding and many thanks to all of you that remained faithful in their support of our ministry. I plead for your continued faithful contributions so that CCMSA may stay strong. Know that, as your office manager, I will continue to do my best to get the gospel heard on TV, one way or another. Depending on you, as our members, [as per our constitution all donors are automatically counted as members of CCMSA], one idea that we may also consider is bringing a local English speaking church on TV. We invite our members to make submissions to the directors if they want to propose a worthy English speaking church that has the facility to record their services.
I hope you all received our 2017 calendar? If not, please let me know. I still have a few left. I noted that there were a quite a number of calendars again that disappeared in the mail. In fact, I think it was a lot worse than previous years. Seems like more people feel entitled to take what does not belong to them? Let us pray that God will bless the people that pinched them. Cannot think of any reason why they would not be blessed by it as we had mostly positive reactions about the calendars. Some complained about the smaller size. On the other hand, there were also quite a few people who liked the smaller size. What must we do a next time….? perhaps take the average of the two sizes? I am so sorry about the 14th of February, which accidently disappeared from the calendar. I remember we had been thinking about naming it ‘I love you day’ rather than ‘Valentines day’ but we got stuck there and in the end we forgot all about it.
Must say, people liked it that we had used our own pictures (in the month October you can see my wife and her sister-in-law pointing to the rainbow that appeared in the water falls). That made me start thinking: how about doing the next calendar with one or more of your favorite holiday pictures? Isn’t that a great idea? …..let me know if you can help us? (Pictures must be of good quality).
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.
May you and your family be greatly blessed as you celebrate the true meaning of Easter, from the reflection of Good Friday to the Joy of Easter Sunday and the promise of eternal life. If you are travelling during the holiday period, we pray that God’s presence go with you, wherever you go.
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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 of Sunday 26.02.2017 on Ch. 263 can also be accessed via the youtube. Note the clip about 57 minutes into the program of the German lady protesting the practice of Islam in her church
The broadcast from 05.03.2017 on at 11h30 on DSTV Ch. 263 is shown below:
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…..