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JOY! Magazine May 2018

JOY! Magazine is one of the premier Christian Family Magazines in the world, covering a range of content including breaking Christian news, relevant current affairs, articles on marriage and family, devotional teachings and much more!

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never stop praying for your children

“Train up a child in the way he should go, then when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 What a privilege for moms to be celebrated on Mothers’ Day each year. God blessed my husband and I with three children over the past 35 years, but the greatest gift of all is that they all serve the Lord. I was so fortunate to learn Proverbs 22:6 shortly after my first child was born. I determined there and then to establish a nightly prayer time with each child and to read Bible stories to them. It became our family custom to give thanks before each meal and they were taught to always ask Jesus to help them find something –…

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why do our lives bear little correlation to the faith we profess?

Profound words from a Zimbabwean Atheist: It’s not often I hear the words ‘Zimbabwean’ and ‘atheist’ in the same sentence. In the middle of a pre-election debate, a Zimbabwean atheist and lawyer made a profound statement concerning the state of the Church, which could apply not only to Zimbabwe, but much of Africa and the world at large. She said: “Zimbabwe is not a Christian country. Zimbabwe is a country of people who go to church. And to me there is a very big difference. Because I do not understand how in a Christian country, you can have the kind of horrible crimes that people commit against each other, I do not understand how in a Christian country, you can have this incredible divide between our political parties, and…

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a new era

I prophesied 2018 to be the year of rejuvenation, which ushered in a new era both in the Church and nationally. Pentecost signifies the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and prayer always precedes worldwide revivals. Compare Acts 1 & 2. The Lord has often had to bring a nation to its knees so that the Church can experience renewal and a fresh anointing. Prayer always brings us into the presence of God and is God’s key to revival and healing of nations. South Africa has come through a major transition, which we can truly ascribe to the constant prevailing prayer of the Church. I believe this to be a worldwide phenomenon that is ushering in the preparation and coming of our Lord Jesus. We, as the Body of Christ,…

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prophets in the bible

Marc & Mickaelle Bredenkamp TRUE PROPHETOne of the fruits of a true prophet is that they have been ‘personally appointed’ by God Himself. God has come to them in a vision or a dream, or by some other means, and spoken to them personally – ‘you are a prophet’. If someone calls themself a prophet, the first question to ask is: ‘who said so?’. If they cannot, without hesitation, say that God visited them and told them so, then they are not a prophet. 25 years ago the Lord came to me and said, ‘Now you may step into the door of the office of the prophet.’ So I never called myself a prophet, God did! Many call a ‘true prophet’ false if their prophecies don’t come to…

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bishop tshalo katshunga conquering a crisis

I have observed that even seemingly insurmountable crises can turn around. When facing difficult and preoccupying situations, one needs to do the following in order to come out on top: • Learn to look at a crisis from God’s perspective From God’s perspective, a crisis is nothing more than an opportunity in disguise to learn, adjust, change, improve, grow, and even refocus on what is essential. Therefore, decide to always follow this cardinal rule: “Never react to a crisis, always respond to it.” When faced with a crisis, do not react based on emotions, but respond having thought things through. • Refuse to lose sight of what is really at stake The snare of a crisis is that it often reduces your ability to view the crisis as…

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repositioning your heart

“Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him,…