PUB RESTORED INTO A CHURCH - Salem Danville, Pretoria, South Africa


Salem Danville's first service was under a carport on the 1st of March 2009 with 6 people. We started because the people of Danville spoke a need of a Biblical, relevant and alive church.

In December of 2009 we took over an old pub in Danville and renovated it into our church - a miracle done by God! Today we minister to about 100 people, 30 teenagers and 60 children.
Danville is a poor area in Pretoria West, South Africa - unique in a sense that there is poor people of all cultures and races.

Our vision - to bring His Peace and restoration to the people of Danville. To show them that your circumstances do not dictate God's love for you. Jesus loves all, no matter who you are, what you've done, or how much money you have!

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Kobus & Anina Homan (Pastors Salem Danville)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Is your sin too big?

Do you sometimes feel that that the sin you’ve committed is just too big to be forgiven?

I know there was a time in my life when I really took some wrong turns and thought that I have gone too far.

The Bible tells us of King Ahab. He was the most evil king Israel ever had!

1 Kings 21:25-26(GNT)
 25 There was no one else who had devoted himself so completely to doing wrong in the Lord's sight as Ahab - all at the urging of his wife Jezebel.26 He committed the most shameful sins by worshiping idols, as the Amorites has….

One time Ahab wanted a piece of land next to his palace. It was the vineyard of Naboth. Naboth however did not want to sell his vineyard, and this made Ahab angry and depressed. His wife then arranged the death of Naboth so that Ahab could have the vineyard.

But God send the prophet Elijah to confront Ahab about his sins:

1 Kings 21:27-29 (GNT)
 27 When Elijah finished speaking, Ahab tore his clothes, took them off, and put on sackcloth. He refused food, slept in the sackcloth, and went about gloomy and depressed.
 28 The Lord said to the prophet Elijah,29Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Since he has done this, I will not bring disaster on him during his lifetime; it will be during his son's lifetime that I will bring disaster on Ahab's family.

God noticed how Ahab humbled himself – even though he was one of the most evil kings ever! God showed mercy to this king, just because he acknowledged his sin.

How much more will God not notice when you humble yourself and acknowledge your sins? We don’t have to tear our clothes or be gloomy and depressed. For each one of us the price for our sin has been paid through the cross of Jesus Christ. The Bible says:

1 John 1:9(AMP)
9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

I have confessed my past sins. I now live a free life under grace. Because I have been forgiven so much, I don’t want to sin anymore, but if I fall, like all of us do some times, I ask my Father for forgiveness and He cleanses me.

God will notice if you confess your sin, no matter how big that sin was. Just confess today, He is faithful and just and will forgive your sins!


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