Mark Paul Odendaal | My Thoughts in Words


Beach Baby

“Wait until you have a child – it will change your life” they said. Man, were they right! It’s the little things, really. The smiles. When they reach over from someone holding them because they want to be back in your arms. The morning cuddles. The falling asleep on your shoulder when you step off the pulpit. It’s those moments that change your life. No wait, let me get personal. It’s those moments that have changed my life.

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The Real South Africa

I have no idea what is happening on TV’s around the world, but here in South Africa – naturally – all other media and news is secondary to Mandela related events, which seem to...

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Another day, another scholar

Rain seemed to put a (welcomed) damper on the party scene in Ballito last night with the major party areas being a lot quieter and fewer people hanging around outside. Quieter does not mean...

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RedFrogs | Day 1 comes to an end.

Our first night in Ballito has already been a great wake up call to the realities faced by students. As I type this, it is 6:05am, and I have been out since 9pm being...

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My week ahead – Ballito

I am often overwhelmed when I step outside of my reality, and look at the things I get to do, and call my job. I hear of people who hate what they’re doing and,...



26 November 2013 LEAST TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 9:43-48 Luke 9 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Again Predicts His Death While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples,...



25 November 2013 | MUST I DO EVERYTHING? TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 9:37-42 Luke 9 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy 37 The next day, after they had come down the...



21 November 2013 | CAMPING TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 9:28-36 Luke 9 New Living Translation (NLT) The Transfiguration 28 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to...



19 November 2013 | SACRIFICE TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 9:18-27 Luke 9 New Living Translation (NLT) Peter’s Declaration about Jesus 18 One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were...

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Vessel of Provision

18 November 2013 VESSEL OF PROVISION TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 9:10-17 Luke 9 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Feeds Five Thousand 10 When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then...



15 November 2013 | REDIRECT TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 9:1-9 Luke 9 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Disciples 9 One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them...