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How Great is Our God?

How Great is Our God?

 We are sending a free copy of my book: ‘Jesus is God’ to our donors as a present (on their birthday). 

This book came about from thoughts that I had on a number of issues that happened to be important to me at a specific time for one or more particular reason. From several conversations I had it occurred to me that there are many people who view the Bible with some suspicion because of certain contradictions they had observed. I felt that this could cast doubt on Christianity. It might also lead to a situation, where, if no proper guidance is given by the Church, the individual Christian then interprets the Bible as he or she sees fit, depending on his or her preference. The main question then became: Does God speak to different people saying contradictory things? It was with this in mind that I kept record of situations in my life where I was forced to go back to Jesus, to see exactly what He had said on the matter. I had to see if what He had said would in any way be different to what I personally already had accepted as the truth, by my own conscience, if you like, or by the grace of His Spirit in me, as is now my personal belief. Concerning this quest, I must submit that I have not found any contradictions in anything that Jesus said, nor have I found any reason to doubt Him because of what He said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2021- newsletter

Summer 2021- newsletter

First, we want to wish you a prosperous and healthy 2021!!

If you had not yet read my thoughts for Christmas 2020, you can click on this link: Christmas message

I am sure that our prayers for health this year are more important than ever before, as the Corona virus is lurking nearer and nearer around us. Most of you have heard of someone near you that is affected by the disease. Let us all please adhere to the rules and let us all pray for the right kind of medicine and that a vaccine will be available soon. Sadly, we heard from Port Shepstone that one of the relief workers at the Rehoboth Children’s village has passed on, due to Covid 19. May we also request your urgent prayers for Jochi Maidi, who is the mother of the safe house in Nelmapius. She has tested positive and she is now in isolation.

Many thanks!

Picture: The Children of the “Share tears and grow’” safe home in Nelmapius, led by Jochi Maidi , showing the presents they received this year from Heart for Children.

You will recall that in our last  newsletter we mentioned the problem of children reaching the age 18. Unless they are full time students, they must leave the foster or safe homes that they are currently living in. In fact, we have such a situation right now in several homes, including the safe house of Jochi Maidi.

The dream of Annette and myself is for Heart for Children to establish a new young adult’s home similar to the Houses of Hope from echo. However, I am sure you will understand that for this we would need a lot of money and the time to raise it. In the meantime, we are sitting with an immediate need that has to be addressed. We will therefore investigate if our children can be placed in one of the Houses of Hope where they can get support in a similar type of family set up as what they were used to. Our idea is to try and join hands with  echo and sponsor Houses of Hope with a small amount of money each month where these young adults can be placed. This sponsorship can then be discontinued if the young adult leaves the home. May we ask for your (extra) help for this?  If you share our concern for these children, and if you would like to make a (or an extra) monthly donation for this, in the reference for payment, please mention: your name + the word “young adult”. Thanks!

We want to thank you for your wonderful support in the past and, again, we wish you God’s richest blessings for the year ahead.

Henry and Annette Pool

0836297690  henrypool7@gmail.com

0834696875  annette.pool@gmail.com

To contribute to Heart for Children or CCMSA, please click: Donations 

What happened to the Ark of the Covenant?

I am sure most of you will remember the Ark of the Covenant and, like me, you might have wondered what happened to it. Amongst a few other items, it contained the first written text of the 10 Commandments, on stone tablets. If you are not sure exactly what it is, you can watch this short video where Joseph Prince shows us what the Ark must have looked like and what it contained.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7WH_oT2XhI

When exactly did the Ark of the Covenant disappear from the Temple of Solomon?

During the holiday period I read the book from Graham Hancock about the Ark. I was amazed to find that you can indeed get good clues from the Scriptures about exactly when it must have disappeared from the Temple of Solomon. The classical viewpoint is of course that the Ark of the Covenant was lost during the invasion of the Babylonians in 598 BC (2Ch 36:18).  However, in the detailed description of items that were taken as bounty by Nebuchadnezzar, the Ark of the Covenant is not mentioned whereas other items taken from the Holy of Holies are specifically mentioned. Also, later, when items from the temple were returned, the Ark is not mentioned at all (see: Ezra 1:7-11).

The logical conclusion from all of this is of course that the Ark was already gone by 598 BC.

The incident with King Uzziah in the Temple (see 2Ch. 26-19-21) points to the fact that the Ark was still in the Temple by 740 BC, when Uzziah’s reign ended. Indeed, other scriptures, e.g., Isiah 37:14-16 & 2 Kings 19:14-15 show that it was also still there during King Hezekiah’s reign, when, on his prayer to God before the Ark, the Assyrians had fled after beleaguering Jerusalem (701 BC). So, we can narrow the time of the loss of the Ark down to between ca. 700BC and 600 BC.     

Now see here: (extract from speech made by King Josiah in the 18th year of his rule, i.e. 622 BC).

2Ch 35:2 And he (i.e King Josiah) set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD, 

2Ch 35:3  And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy Ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel, 

From this passage we note for the first time that in 622 BC the Ark is not anymore where it should be. However, King Josiah thought that the Levites still had the Ark, somewhere, carrying it around on their shoulders (to places of safety). This therefore strongly suggests the Ark must have been taken away from the Temple of Solomon at some stage before the rule of King Josiah, i.e., during the reign of either one of his two predecessors, namely Amon or Manasseh (687 BC – 642 BC). A quick bible study reveals that in that case, it most probably must have happened during the reign of Manasseh. It appears he seemed set on desecrating the Temple of Solomon, no matter what, in favor of his own Gods. See 2 Kings Chapter 21. The conclusion about the time of the Ark’s disappearance is sustained by a text written by the prophet Jeremiah in ca. 626 BC, namely Jer. 3:16, where the question on the whereabouts of the Ark is raised. Apparently in the Jerusalem Bible translation it says: ’no one will ever say again: where is the Ark of the Covenant?’ [in the subsequent verses it looks like the question is sort of dismissed here as not being that relevant, anymore. Our obedience to the Law does not depend on the presence of the Ark]

As you can see, we have established from various biblical scriptures that the Ark of the Covenant disappeared around ca. 650 BC from the Temple of Solomon.  Of course, as we all realize now, the Scriptures do not explicitly say how it happened. It also does not prove that the Ark still exists today. However, it does seem reasonable now to think that some of the Levites around the time of King Josiah’s rule knew or understood the Ark was not ‘lost’ but had simply been moved to a secret place to keep it safe and out of the hands of Manasseh. They probably had informed King Josiah accordingly, hence his order that it must be brought back to the Temple of Solomon. However, there is no confirmation later that they were able to adhere to this decree. 

What happened to the Ark of the Covenant?

 In his book “The Sign and the Seal’, Graham Hancock builds a strong case that the Ark might indeed have been taken from the Temple of Solomon around 650 BC and that it ended up somewhere in what is now called Ethiopia, after first being taken by some faithful Jewish migrants to Egypt.  

He approaches the problem from many different angles and adds layer upon layer of archaeological evidence and historic proof to each of these angles. It convinced me. Maybe the Ark even still does exist to this day. Who knows? However, I am reasonably sure that if it still does exist and if you wanted to move it, it will probably fall into 1000 pieces because of old age. It is truly remarkable to see that during the festival of the Timcat, in Ethiopia, many representatives of the various churches bring their own ‘Ark’ in the form of copies of the tablets with the 10 Commandments. This is carried on their heads and covered with expensive looking cloths. See video below.               

Must say, the voyage to Ethiopia to do the pilgrimage looks extremely attractive and interesting to me now; if only I could afford it… Note the message at the end of the video.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFxaZ-dkebw

Summer 2021- newsletter

Please pray for Jochi Maidi

One of the mothers of our children’s homes has been stricken with Covid19.  She is Jochi Maidi and, as you can see from the picture, she has quite a handful with all the children at her safe home in Nelmapius.

Can we all please pray for a speedy recovery for her? 

Picture: The Children of the “Share tears and grow'” safe home in Nelmapius, showing the presents they received this year from Heart for Children.

Letter to a prisoner (Prison Ministry)

I wrote this letter back in the days when I was doing prison ministry.  This was in the period 1995 – 2005. At some stage I turned my letter into a pamphlet. Letter writing to a prisoner friend is a good alternative to visiting. In my days visiting a prisoner was quite a challenge. I am sure it still is? I also posted this letter back in 2017 on BreadontheWater but I see it is all scrambled up now, probably due to  a problem with the software back then. It is interesting for me to notice that even though almost 2 decades have past, the message is still relevant today.  I did not make any alterations!!!

 

 Is there life behind prison bars?

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 No! Don’t throw this pamphlet away. Just take a moment to read this message. You probably never expected earlier in your life that you would end up in prison. And now you wonder why you did. “Is there a God?” you ask deep inside yourself. Most people at some stage in their life will ask themselves this question. Let us assume you are either an atheist or agnostic. You say there is no God or you don’t know if there is a God. The question whether or not there is a God is a very important question indeed. For if there is no God, then there is no plan and there really is no purpose. Everything related to life then becomes a coincidence. The fact that your parents met and loved: –  it was probably a one in a thousand chance or less of them meeting and loving which brought you into this world as a baby. How their parents met and loved, that was perhaps also a one in a thousand chance. That makes it less than a one in a million chance for you to be born, after only the 2nd generation! Further, the off chance on their parents meeting each other, and so forth, etc., until you reach the beginning of man. In total, that is already a minute probability! Next, think of the process by which all the organs that form an intelligent person came together. Looking at it as a scientist, evolution really is a long chain of many, many chance meetings and interactions with nature, sometimes even collisions with celestial bodies like comets and asteroids, where it is believed that eventually intelligent life evolved from animal life and animal life from amphibian life and amphibian live from marine life and marine life from the first living cell. The thing is, if you do not believe that there was a plan to begin with, then everything connected to this chain of events really was just a lucky lotto draw and a one in a 100 billion chance or less in each of these stages.

For example, consider this: How exactly do you think was the first living cell formed? What came first, the chicken or the egg? This actually is a relevant scientific question. Scientists have been able to do modifications on existing cells and seeds by genetic engineering but no scientist has ever been able to produce a living cell or seed out of the (dead) atoms and molecules that they consist of. Why is that, you ask? Well, scientists say, if you mix all the atoms and molecules that make up the first living biological cell or seed together, and you have the right conditions of temperature, light, concentration, electrical charge, radiation etc, then apparently you would still have to wait for millions and millions of years for a “chance reaction” to take place that would produce the first living cell. So, in fact no one has ever been able to make a “living” cell or seed synthetically. Some scientists simply claim that this is due to a lack of time. 

Taken altogether, though, statistically we can say that there really is only a very, very small probability indeed that you came into existence; in fact that chance is so small that we can call it near impossible. I think that is why I would say that life itself, and yes, your life in particular, is a miracle! Forget about finding anything like “intelligent life” in the rest of the universe. It is just (statistically) impossible, because the chances of life developing elsewhere are so small that it outweighs the argument of there being enormous amounts of stars with planets available in the universe. 

Nevertheless, you say that you still believe there is no God or you don’t know if there is a God. You think it is reasonable to believe that everything you see around you came by accident. Life did not come forth by creation (a plan) but by evolution. You believe in Murphy’s law (Murphy’s law = given that there is a chance that something will happen, then, if there is enough time available, eventually it will happen). You still refuse to accept that the creation of the whole universe was part of God’s plan for us to be born. Now I will ask you: never mind the question about how life came into being and how incredibly small the chance is that you are alive today. What about the next question: where does matter itself come from? Where did all the atoms that form the person that you are and the earth that you are living on and the air that you are breathing, came from? If you believe there is no God, then obviously in the beginning there must have been absolutely nothing. Good for you if you believe in the Big Bang theory. But the question still remains: where did all the matter that forms the universe, originate from? You see what the problem is? It does not make sense to believe that there is no God because it is not logical. In fact, if you believe there is no God, you are actually saying that you believe that out of absolutely nothing and guided by absolutely nobody, an incredible intelligent and intellectual person (like yourself) with a material body came into being. Now, for you to believe that such a miracle could have happened, you must actually have a much bigger faith than that of a person simply believing and admitting that there is a Higher Power, a God who created him for a specific plan and purpose!

 So, now we come to the point, where you may acknowledge that there is in fact a God who created us. The bible teaches that every man should be able to see this if he just takes the time to observe nature, and watch the incredible miracles happening in nature on a daily basis. Somehow you also already knew instinctively that your sense of right and wrong, i.e. your conscience, is directly connected to the very fact whether you do – or do not believe there is a God… That is why when you are feeling remorseful for the sins that you committed, you are in fact on your way into believing in God!

 

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 Immediately when you come to realize that there is a God, you will also note that now there is a plan and a purpose. Remember, God sees the beginning and the end all at the same time, because He is beyond time and space. The interesting part of life really is to find out what God’s plan and purpose for your life is! At times you may feel insecure and inadequate, but remember that God never makes mistakes. He does not make misfits. He has a plan and a purpose with each and every one of us, His children. Just think of a few biblical figures like Joseph and Paul. If it were not for them having been in prison, where would we be today? Through the imprisonment of one man, Joseph, a whole nation was saved from starvation (see Gen. 45:5-8). The apostle Paul wrote all his letters to the believers from prison. Imagine the New Testament without Paul’s letters! (see Phil. 1:12-14). Your time in prison is not the end of your life. In fact, God wants to use the prison circumstances in your life. He wants to be with you, right there in prison! Our God is a God of miracles. 

At this stage you may ask me: I accept that there is a God, who created me, and who cares about me, but how do I know which religion is the right religion? This is an interesting question. If you want to, you can study a number of religions and decide for yourself. The five major world religions are Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. I did not really study Buddhism or Hinduism. I do know that in Buddhism there is no God, so that is really a dead end to start with. In Hinduism, there is a great number of Gods – that could be a bit of a labyrinth. Many religions and even some sects in Christianity believe in imposing on their members and believers a multitude of rules and regulations, as if it were possible to please God by stepping up on an imaginary ladder and trying to reach Him or get closer to Him by keeping to more and more religious rules. The real Christian faith is different. Christianity really is: God revealing Himself to us (you), in the person of Jesus Christ. You can say it is like: God coming down that (imaginary) ladder to earth, picking us up where we were injured or broken, putting us together again and showing and revealing Himself and His character to us. The bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the image of the living God. God has left us His picture, in the form of the example of the life that He lived on earth. After that, He also proclaimed that His Spirit, the Spirit of God, is in all of us who accepts Him! Millions of people all over the world who became Christian can testify to this fact. One day soon, you too will acknowledge this. At the same time He challenges us to become more and more like Him, to live like He lived His life on earth, doing miracles in the lives of other people.….

 If you want to learn more about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, please ask the inmate who distributed this tract for more information. He may have some books and guides for you that you can use to study. May God bless you and help you. 

 

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Jesus said: I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly! (John 10: 9 & 10).

Christmas: Our Ticket to Heaven!

Dear All,

Making and writing Christmas cards before Christmas is an old common tradition. Come Christmas time, I often take an extra turn at our post office, (still) hoping to find some cards in our box. If there are any, I am curious to know: who send them? Is it perhaps from someone that we, ourselves forgot? Let me send a card to him/her, as well; yes, that would be considered something like a duty?! Unfortunately, it seems our post office is forever in dispute with its employees and now almost everyone refers to our normal post as: ‘snail mail’. Indeed, it can now take a few months before a card reaches its destination. That requires some specific planning if you do want to send someone a card.

 In our electronic age we can now send our best wishes much faster and cheaper. It is just that the receiver can no longer hang rows of cards on the wall. What a pity. Nobody can see how popular we are…. I suppose this is not important, but I am sure some of the older people (like me) do still like it if they get the real thing. Here at CCMSA and Heart for Children, we decided to keep up with the old tradition and send all our regular monthly donors a real Christmas card. A special word of thanks here goes to Annette, Adele and Annatjie who quite literally spent a whole week making all the Christmas cards that we needed!

 On receiving Christmas cards from our relatives and friends, I could often already guess what was written on them. Still, I was always incredibly happy with every card that I got. The words are always the beautiful, good words and blessings for Christmas and the New Year. However, most of you know that that is not the only reason why we send Christmas cards. The reason for Christmas is the happy message: “JESUS IS BORN”! That is the most wonderful and beautiful message of all time and for all people. You do not keep that to yourself… you want to pass it on to all who are important and dear to you. Jesus’ message was, “I am the Light of the world”. The night is gone, the light has come, there is no fear: God is among us. His Spirit is in us. There is joy in my soul! Jesus said, for those who believe in Me, I prepare a residence in Heaven. (John chapter 14).

 I accepted this good news when I was still a teenager and, miraculously, Jesus was born in my heart. That makes me intensely happy, every day. I am hoping that this is in fact the message that is conveyed on every Christmas card that I write. Somehow I am reminded now of times gone by when we had these tickets to Heaven that showed our broadcasting times at the back. I was amazed that I still found the artwork, somewhere on my computer. Here it is: 

May I offer you one of these tickets? You do not have to pay for it, and that is a good thing because you could never afford to buy it. Truth is:  It is for free!! The only question is: Have you signed up yet? It will change your life forever.

We wish you a very blessed Christmas and a healthy and a happy New Year!!

Henry and Annette Pool