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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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tasteless salt smells bad

The Bible says we are to be the salt of the earth:

Matthew 5:13(AMP)
13You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored?

Salt is however a very interesting combination. It is a mixture of sodium and chlorine. While sodium is a harmless active element, chlorine is a poisonous gas, but combined together the result is salt.

I cannot imagine eating my food without salt. Salt brings out the flavor of food and even preserves food. But I will definitely not eat my food with chlorine alone, it is not only a poisonous gas, but also smells very bad.

In the same way we can only be salt if we are combined with another element - the Holy Spirit. We cannot be salt on our own. On our own we are almost like chlorine, a poisonous gas that smells very bad and will push people away from God.

The Message translates the same passage as follow:
 13"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?

Combined with the Holy Spirit, you are salt, giving people a taste of God’s Kingdom and drawing them into His presence. But alone you are just a bad smell that will poison people’s thoughts about God and push them away from His Kingdom!

I’ll rather taste good than smell bad!


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