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- CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE
Our Christmas Day Family service will be at 9am. Everyone is welcome to come and Join us....
- 2013-6 Thursday Service
We recently have started a Thursday Service fortnightly. It meets at 10am for a short service with some of the favourite older songs, followed by morning tea. Everyone is welcome....
- Cambodian Fellowship
The Cambodian Fellowship meet weekly on a Sunday at 5.30pm...
- 2012-7-1 Weekly Update
Thankyou for generous giving to the Cambodian Love Offering.
Courageous Living Mens Conference. A two day conference ...
- 2012.06.10 Weekly update
Cambodian Love Offering this Sunday 10 June 2012 please put in a marked envelope
Childrens Church Parents Meeting after 10am Service on the 17th June Kids church hall.
Freedom Trust AGM 7pm Friday June the 22nd in Cafe
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- Growing in God (Feb 2014)
Growing in God
Last weekend we had an Elders retreat at the amazing lodge at Castle Hill. We revised some of our stuff from last year. We also spent time praying and seeking God for our future.
Growing as a church is not only numerical growth. We are well aware of the limitations we have due to our buildings, and we need to address this issue. However, growth can still take place.
Ministry growth, is in areas of deliberate ministries that we offer to our community; eg Mainly Music, youth, children and much more. Growth can be in the quality that we deliver, and the way we serve those around us. Ministry growth has a servant heart as the foundation for operation. (Mark 9:35)
Mission growth, is about people who respond to the gospel, and this growth provides opportunities. We appreciate new commitments to Jesus Christ, and look forward to more this year. Mission growth comes out of a heart for those who don’t know Jesus. (Luke 19:9,10)
Prayer growth, is both a personal and corporate commitment. We all know how important this is in terms of overall church growth. I’ve always found prayer more of a discipline than a desire, hence the difficulty of achieving. I’ve observed that prayer growth is a cultivated discipline.
Spiritual growth, is many things to many people, but for me, it begins with the awareness of the realm that is different from the physical. Secondly, we learn to operate in this realm. The Bible defines this realm as spiritual, hence the need for spiritual gifts. One way of spiritual growth is to exercise our spiritual gifts.
(1 Corinthians 12,13,14)
The above is a simplistic view of growing, and should be expanded. Our Cambodian fellowship is a good example of growth. The focus has not been on numbers, but growing in God and making stronger disciples. They have learned to pray for one another, and strengthen each other by serving their people. The two recent baptisms are signals of growth, and there are more to come. May the Lord anoint us for His service.
Luke 4:18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
- The Easter story is alive.
The Easter story is alive.
Easter blessings to all the Norwegians who are reading this blog.
I recently made a trip to Norway to see my father before he died. It was a privilege to be at his side and pray for him as he was letting go. Let me thank all of you who prayed for us and supported us. It was very much appreciated.
It was also a time to catch up with family and friends. I realized that a large gap had formed in my life; some friends, I had not seen for over 20 years. Life has a way of slipping away from us, and I became acutely aware of how much I wanted my life to count for something. I don’t mean being rich and famous, but impacting my friends and family with God’s love. As I have pondered on this dilemma, my best friend growing up, came to the funeral. We had gone two separate ways, or had we? It dawned on me that God was also working in his life. He had prayed, he believes in a God, he genuinely wants to know about my God. He is on a search which I now have the privilege to help. Not only because of friendship, but I can. Many others had made attempts to ask the bigger questions and it is my pleasure to help plug some of those gaps, in fact it is my duty to tell the Easter story. The apostle Peter reminds us: (1Peter 3) 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect… Notice in this passage; people are asking about your hope, rather than us thrusting it upon people. Respect is the manner we deliver our message. Very important!
Easter reminds us all about this hope. It is the pinnacle point of the year to embrace the freedom we have through the works of Jesus Christ. It was Jesus himself who said: “It is finished!” (Jn 19:30). God has done the work and we pass this message on. Some will sneer, but others will embrace the message (Acts 17:32). Keep sharing your faith lovingly and respectfully.
Last year we called the church for prayer and fasting between Easter and Pentecost (50days). Many of us did this in various ways; less TV, less Coffee, less cell phones, less food etc. Important to also replace those times with meditation and focus toward God. It certainly drew me closer to the Lord. Let me encourage you to do so again. Easter is always a good kick start to affirm our faith and experience the love of God.
- 2013-12 The Gathering
(Assembly: November 7-10)
National Assembly, or better known as the Gathering, is an annual event where all the Baptist churches are invited to send their pastors and representatives to hear what the Lord is doing amongst us. Linda and I have been regular attenders for the past 20 years. We worship, celebrate, debate, vote and listen to the prophetic voices from the Christian Communities, even beyond our own Denomination. Our wonderful hosts were Manukau Baptist Church in Auckland. We started early morning and went late into the night.
Eleven of us managed to attend the graduation at of Jeremy Adams, Margaret McFedries and Donna Reid. They have been on a two year probation period of study and supervision. In this process they also learn about the history of our Denomination and gain a better understanding of how we operate as a family of churches. They are now accepted by our Denomination as fully registered Ministers. This is a great achievement for our church. I can feel our vision statement; “belong, grow and influence” in their development. Congratulations!!
The topic of “the Gathering” was “Diversity”. Our main speaker was Keith Newman who is the author of: Beyond Betrayal and Ratana the Prophet. Keith delivered a sombre message around our Treaty and the injustice of our past to our present day. Fantastic!
Duncan Gibb, the CEO of SCIRT was inspirational. He shared the story of Christchurch rebuild. SCIRT leads all the underground work of water and waste. They have been recognized on the world stage for their model of unity and efficiency. Brilliant!
We heard stories of how churches have been embracing different ethnic ministries; even Sam and I got a slot to share our story. There were constant deliveries of powerful short testimonies often bringing people to tears mixed with sorrow and joy. We could attend workshops; sound, children, youth, mission, Maori ministries, and much more. Our overseas mission focus was the sad and moving story of world slavery.
The debate on same sex marriage was intense, but held in commendable manner of respect. We finished off with “the banquet” and ethnic celebration held in Mangere, and Sam and Nimol treated the large crowd with their dance.
Those of us who went are still digesting the rich layers of theology and stories.
Overall this will have to go down as one of the most stirring, moving and memorable Gatherings for Linda and myself.
Blessings Pastor Ed
- 2013 - 10 Christian Behaviour must have the courage to forgive.
Christian behaviour must have the courage to forgive.
We all need to take time to experience God in our personal lives. One of the fundamental ways to experience God’s love is to keep our relationships with people in order. This doesn’t mean that we will have sweet fellowship with everybody, but we are called to be forgiving.
1Jn 2 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
Ed Dobson was a pastor of a large church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He sadly contracted ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or better known to us as; Motor Neurone Disease. His condition forced him to retire. This gave him more time to reflect on his life and ministry. He realized he had a number of people he needed to forgive. He made a list; and made visits to seek their forgiveness. This is a brave story of forgiveness, but Christian behaviour must have the courage to forgive.
Christians want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, but often lack being filled with forgiveness. We pray for revival, but we still have people we need to forgive. Unforgiveness and revival cannot mix. Revival is a personal experience first, and it flows from hearts willing to be humbled by God.
The apostle Peter posed the question to Jesus; “how many times must I forgive; seven times?” Jesus insisted that the number was seventy seven times. He explains the essence of forgiveness in the following parable of the unmerciful servant (Mt 18). The King (God) cancelled the servant’s (us) debt. But the servant didn’t apply this same forgiveness to others. The end result is tragic; the King has the servant handed over to the tormentors. Jesus concludes the parable with the sobering words; “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Jesus himself lead the way in the stakes of forgiveness expressed so powerfully on the cross; “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. (Lk. 23:34). Stephen who was martyred (Acts 7) repeated similar words; “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” This kind of forgiveness can only be found in and through God.
Sometimes we just don’t have what it takes; it is at this point we need God to step in. If your past is too painful; invite the Lord to give you strength to forgive. Find someone who can help and pray with you. Why forgive? God’s forgiveness is not cheap; it came with a horrendous cost, paid by Jesus at the cross. Moreover, God wants us to be free from being tormented, and finally God demands and commands us to.
- 2013 - 10 How is your Health
This week I made a visit to the doctor, getting my physical warrant of fitness. He took my blood pressure with a basic overhaul to discover improvement from my previous year visit. My doctor demanded: “The only thing I’m prescribing for you is another holiday next year in the Cook Islands. Whatever you did there has worked” My initial thought, was jubilation, but I concluded something must change. Holidays are good, but they should not be the rescue package for a person’s health.
There are some practical things we can implement to assist with better health; exercise and diet. One of the churches in the Cook Islands is taking this serious, by running a health program for their people, monitoring their weight and diets. But health is more than our physical condition. The biblical view of health is also viewed in the context of the whole person; body, soul and spirit (3Jn.1;2)
The bible gives plenty of clues to good health: Proverbs 3 …. do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
The heart is generally used as the seat of our emotions and thoughts. Jesus makes the point; (Mt 15)18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Jesus also adds; Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.(Lk 11).
Jesus attributes our health to our thought patterns. However, I have a problem with my thoughts; they wander all over the place; some good, some evil. Perhaps the holiday allowed me to unclutter those thoughts and simplify them to basic living. Eat, pray, read, talk, swim and sleep. It seems to me that my Western living is in conflict with the simpler, slower paced way of life of healthy living. We drive fast, work hard, talk fast, play hard; everything in the name of progress. We are so progress driven that we run the risk of missing the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit. I’ve come to the conclusion that biblical health is governed by our relationship with God and others, and it is much slower with less clutter. Pastor Ed
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