Beater to Better

Jackie and the Better

Beater, Better… Best!

Do you remember the “Beater to Better” guitar project I undertook, completed, preached on and then gave away?

No? then please have a look at THIS POST for details or HERE to see the winning email.

I had the pleasure of handing over the guitar to Jacolene Spangenberg, and wanted to show you some photo’s of the “Better” with her new owner – Jackie!

Jackie with the better guitar

 

…Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…”

– Ephesians 5:18&19

May the “Beater” and Jackie have many happy years together and thank you to everyone who participated in this very rewarding endeavor!

 

 

 

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The winner of the Guitar

And the winner is… Ta-da!

Jacolene Spangenberg

Free Guitar Winner

Actually, ‘winner’ is not an appropriate word because this wasn’t a competition. Rather, I wanted the guitar to go to someone who would appreciate it and use it, and I also wanted it to be a truly Spirit-led exercise.

Thank you all for writing in – if I had half-a dozen more guitars available I would have been delighted to give them away because your stories were so sincere and from the heart.

In case you haven’t been following this, it all started HERE, with my “Beater to Better” project, along with a sermon I preached on this topic,  The Touch of the Masters Hand, which you can listen to HERE, or click HERE for more images of the “Beater to Better” transformation in PowerPoint.

If you would like to view all the comments submitted, take a look at THIS post.

Here is Jacolene’s letter which I posted on the site as ‘Anonymous’ because she sent me a private email. She has subsequently given me permission to use her name, and here is her original email:

“I am too shy to share my bit on your blog (hence the reason I am sending this mail).

I adore beautiful music. Always wanted to learn to play an instrument like a guitar or harp, but never got the opportunity (I only played on organs and piano’s when I was a child). Then about a month ago a Christian lady told me out of the blue that she will teach me how to play a guitar. I was so touched by the offer, but had to be honest and I told her that I do not own a guitar. She simply said, wait onto the Lord.

It really felt this morning that my heart was going to jump out of my chest when you made the announcement of the guitar. The voice was like “Write a mail. Write a mail” nonstop. I am just always so shy and not sure what words to use; not sure if my message will be clear.

Now its late (23:47) and I can’t sleep. I’m tossing and turning. I still have that pressing of the Spirit on my heart about your announcement and that’s why I’m writing to you. I just have to obey God. He shall do the rest.

I can only say that I want to be obedient to God. If He want me to play a guitar’ I shall do it with all the love, energy and power He provides. In my eyes the guitar shall always be “God’s guitar; so I shall be looking and caring after it like I do with all things God trust in my hands. And everything involving the guitar shall be done to the Glory of His Kingdom.”

Jacolene, may this guitar bless you and all those who get to hear you play. Isn’t God wonderful!

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Psalm 100:1&2

 

 

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About Me

My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.