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Neighbourhoods Grow Nights

by Rebecca Andrew

  Last night we had the first of our six-week Neighbourhoods Grow Nights with Duane Major and his friends from the various neighbourhood communities from South West Baptist Church. The place was buzzing! We’re getting a bit of a “taste and see” experience as we hear lots of different stories (the good and the bad) […]

Neighbourhoods Grow Nights

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

As a church, we’re taking some significant steps in our journey to participate in Christ’s love for our neighbourhoods (get used to that phrase!). Duane Major and his friends from the various neighbourhoods connected with South West Baptist Church are leading us in a six-week Grow Night course, starting Tuesday 7th August. This is an excellent […]

Staff Update

by Elliot Rice

For those who missed it, on Sunday we shared the bittersweet news that our wonderful Associate Pastor Margaret will be retiring from her role at Papanui Baptist as of October 28th. Margaret shared briefly about her journey toward this decision over the last few years, and about what’s next for her and Philip—a well-earned summer […]

FAQ about Neighbourhoods

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

As we continue to participate in Christ’s love for our neighbourhoods, we thought we’d take the chance in the next few Grains of Rice to answer a few FAQs about the neighbourhood vision. Here’s the first: Are neighbourhood groups replacing Ngage Groups? PBC has had a long wonderful heritage of small groups. Small groups have […]

Grain of Rice

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  As of Monday this week we Rices have taken up our life in our new abode on Barnes Road, Redwood. We’re hugely grateful to the many people who helped us move over the last few days—we had cleaners, gardeners, heavy lifters, packers, and unpackers—a real team effort! We’ve already enjoyed a number of neighbourhood […]

We are a family

by Sarah Rice

Last Sunday we had a special time together celebrating Jack, Bre, Ethan, Bri and Shanta’e’s baptism. When each one was lowered into the water, it reminded us of how the Son was lowered into the world as a man, even to a sinner’s death of the cross. The water represented how through Jesus, the Father has […]

Elders Retreat and Baptisms

by Rebecca Andrew

   We enjoyed a great retreat with the elders and spouses over the weekend, staying at the beautiful Te Waiora House in Hororata. Over the retreat we got to know one another better over meals, spent time dwelling in 1 John, had lengthy and profitable discussions about what it means for the people of Papanui […]

Looking Back…

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

    In the 1 John series we’ve been doing we’ve been talking about the divine dance, that is happening between the Father, Son (Jesus) and Spirit, and how God came down in Jesus to offer us his hand to lead us into God’s dance. Have you taken Jesus Christ’s hand? Do you trust him to lead you […]

The Great Dance

by Elliot Rice

It all boils down to three things: First, there is the Trinity and the great dance of life and glory shared by the Father, Son and Spirit; second, there is the incarnation as the act of the Father, Son and Spirit reaching down, extending the circle, their great dance of life to us; third, there […]

Encouragement from John

by Elliot Rice

  We’re just loving spending these weeks in the First Letter of John. Have you noticed how many times he reminds us of God’s love? On Sunday we heard that God is love, and that because of the incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ—the God-man—we are included in the love of the […]

Grow Nights Term 2

by Elliot Rice

Grow Nights are back for Term 2! Same as last year, we’re offering short courses that run simultaneously on a Tuesday night at church, 7:30-9:00pm (with tea and coffee available from 7:00pm). Courses start May 15th (next Tuesday) and run for six weeks (unless planned otherwise) until June 19th. Why not think about getting your Neighbourhood or Ngage Group along to one together? […]

Get the Guide in your hands!

by Sarah Rice

  “When you choose ethical clothing, you are voting against exploitation and for safe, fair working conditions. The Ethical Fashion Guide is a practical tool you can use to reduce worker exploitation and alleviate poverty in developing countries where clothes are manufactured. It grades fashion companies on ethical practices in their supply chains, giving you […]

Dream Night: Listening Hui

by Rebecca Andrew

This Sunday evening we’re having our first Dream Night of 2018. Dream Nights are when we get together as the people of God at Papanui Baptist and put ourselves in the way of his Holy Spirit, discerning Jesus’ vision for this people and this place. We try do this in the form of a “hui.” […]

Don’t miss out on this Sunday

by Elliot Rice

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7 This Sunday the young adults who lead Y@P will be running the service and shall be inviting youth to testify to Jesus’ redemptive work in their lives. G-Reps and kids church will also be staying in the service. This […]

Prayer & Self-Denial

by Elliot Rice

  This Sunday we have the fourth and final instalment of our annual Prayer & Self-Denial series. This one’s coming from Duane Major, a pastor at South West Baptist Church (also known for helping New Zealand to buy a beach!). Duane’s been instrumental in SWBC’s move toward neighbourhood communities, so it will be hugely valuable […]

 “Neighbourhood Hui” Reflections

by Elliot Rice

  A couple of weeks ago I (Elliot) attended South West Baptist Church’s “Neighbourhood Hui”, along with Jo, Philip, and Susan from PBC, and about 250 people from various South West neighbourhoods. We went to observe, learn, and listen to what God’s doing among that church community, with a view to what God’s doing among […]

Bubbling Up  

by Elliot Rice

It takes time for water to fully boil. It doesn’t just happen suddenly. It starts with a bit of steam; tiny bubbles begin to form…. It starts boiling from the bottom up, building momentum… Before you know it, the water rages with a force that can lift lids and spill out of the vessel from […]

Puari ki Papanui cycle route

by Rebecca Andrew

  Last Sunday we did the Puari ki Papanui cycle route, which is a cycle-way that connects Northlands and the Northern Line Cycle-way to the Central City and is right on our door step here at Papanui Baptist Church. It was a beautiful ride in and out of the city. The riders rode to meet others for […]

Let the Neighbouring Begin!

by Elliot Rice

    This week marks the first of our church-wide Neighbourhood Grow Nights! Over the next six weeks (and beyond), we’re encouraging you to connect with the people in your block and suburb, meeting with those who also come to Papanui Baptist, and with those who don’t. We Rices are having a BBQ with the […]

Bike & Picnic

by Elliot Rice

Firstly, Happy Valentine’s Day! But, perhaps more importantly, today is Ash Wednesday—the first day of Lent. This is the forty-weekday season of preparation and discipline, during which we remember the sacrificial life and ministry of Jesus leading to the cross. Now is the time for us to renew our commitment to costly Christian discipleship! At […]

Euthanasia Bill

by Elliot Rice

  On Sunday, we encouraged you all to be praying for wisdom for our politicians as they respond to David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill (i.e., Euthanasia Bill – http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2017/0269/latest/DLM7285905.html) in the coming weeks and months. We also recommended making a submission to the Justice Select Committee (submissions can be made until February 20th here: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCJU_SCF_BILL_74307/end-of-life-choice-bill). This Bill […]

Youth Pastor Search: Update

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Last week Matt hosted his final graduation for Y@P—his last of twelve years of Y@P graduations! We’re so grateful Jesus called him to serve at Papanui. Matt has sought to participate in what Jesus is up to in the lives of the youth here in Papanui. As we search for a new Youth Pastor, we […]

Bike Ride & Picnic

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Christchurch City Council is building 13 new Major Cycle Routes over seven years. Puari ki Papanui is a cycle route that was finished June this year. The cycle-way connects Northlands and the Northern Line Cycle-way to the Central City and is right on our door step here at Papanui Baptist Church. It’s a beautiful ride […]

Personal Update

by Elliot Rice

  Kia ora whanau! As most of you know, Sarah and I both work part-time at Papanui Baptist (24hrs per week), which allows us both to engage in further studies on our ‘off’ days (when we get them!). I’m very happy to update that yesterday I submitted my thesis, which I’ve been working on part-time […]

Peaceful resistance   

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

As many of you are aware I’m from Zimbabwe and this week has been a cause for great celebration, last night I met with other Zimbabweans by the Cathedral and we danced and danced. Growing up I saw Christians who peacefully resisted the violence and oppression that Mugabe ruled with. Many Pastors lead peaceful movements […]

Hui 2017

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Margaret, Philip, Elliot, and Sarah attended the New Zealand Baptist National Hui last week in Taranaki. This Sunday we shall be sharing some of what we learned and experienced there. One of the highlights was spending the day at Parihaka, which is a small community located between Mount Taranaki and the Tasman Sea. In the 1870s […]

Kia ora from New Plymouth!

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  We’re here with Margaret and Philip McFedries for the annual Baptist Hui (the national gathering of Baptist Church leaders), being hosted this year at Northpoint Baptist Church. Part of the Hui will involve a day visiting Parihaka, which will no doubt be an inspiring day of learning about a radical community, as well as […]

AGM Reflections

by Elliot Rice

What’s God stirring up for Papanui Baptist? How is the Holy Spirit moving in our lives and neighbourhoods? How can we be light on our feet, ready to do the Father’s will? Across Christchurch, and throughout NZ, there are churches who are prayerfully asking where God is leading them. What is bubbling out is a […]

Grow Nights Term 4

by Rebecca Andrew

Planning Ahead: life after 65 for men (Don Jellyman and Derek Glover) This is a 6 week course to provide the opportunity to discuss and learn about options for men who are approaching retirement. This can be a pivotal point in a man’s life where he can now do the things he always wanted to do […]

Good News to Whom?

by Rebecca Andrew

Last Sunday we finished the series, Ephesians: United in the Gospel of Christ, by praying together and sharing stories about how God has been working in our lives. Sarah also encouraged us to spend some time in a graveyard reading Ephesians, and to contemplate the great hope we have in Jesus, which gives our life purpose. […]

Generosity, Love, and Finances

by Sarah Rice

If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Generosity and love are like two sides of the same coin, they are wonderful complimentary gifts from God. Generosity is a movement of people who love […]

by Sarah Rice

A close to home post) This month’s letter from the BU was spectacular in how they managed to endorse the submissive/supportive role of women to men who are doing the ‘real’ ministry. It was phrased with such creative subtleness but people will tacitly pick up on the message, which (from my experience) influences behaviour towards […]

Does it Matter?

by Sarah Rice

Paul talks a lot about the body of Christ (men and women) loving and submitting to each other, for example: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (5:21 see also in Eph 4:2, 4.25, 4.32, 5.1, 5.2).” Then later in Eph 5, it says “For the husband is the head of the wife […]

David McChesney: Complementarian and Egalitarian view

by Sarah Rice

On Sunday we examined Ephesians 5.21:33 (https://www.https://www.papbap.org.nz/multime…/christ-source-eph-521-33/) – something to consider and weigh up was the metaphorical meaning of “head,” as “source.” As you have an open heart and an open Bible to explore this possibility, I shall be putting up a resource around this topic each day this week for you to consider. This […]

The call to live among the poor

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  Philip Sapsford does an amazing job with World Vision, connecting pastors with people who have responded to God’s call to live and work alongside the poor. This week he organized a gathering at North City for us to meet Dr. Jayakumar Christian, who is a development practitioner and author of several books on development […]

From Matt Maslin

by Guest Author

  I’ve just had a great week in Auckland for a block course on ethics at Carey. I’m sure you have some clear ideas about what’s right and wrong in life, but the harder task is to explain why you have these ideas. We often take these things for granted.  It’s been said that “the […]

Ephesians 3 recap:

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

What’s your experience of the love of power or the power of love? What changes us from the love of power to the power of love? Paul’s life revolved around worship and prayer and from this place extraordinary power flowed through his actions of preaching, pastoral work, and writing. We learn that worshiping and praying […]

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  Over the last couple of weeks of this series through Ephesians, we’ve been hearing that in Christ peace has been established between Jews and Gentiles, and he has created in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace (2:11-3:6). This is part of the good news! Yet when we look to […]

Dream Night: What’s Our Soil?

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

On Sunday night about 60 of us gathered for Dream Night, where we took time to think about the ‘soil’ of our church—the fertile ground in which the body of Christ will flourish (Matt. 13). Our soil is the Good News of Jesus Christ. We had a number of stations (set up by PBC staff) inviting people […]

Good News, not Good Advice

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

In Simply Good News, the book we’ve encouraged you to get by Tom Wright, he writes: “for something to qualify as news, there has to be (1) an announcement of an event that has happened; (2) a larger context, a back story, within which this makes sense; (3) a sudden unveiling of the new future […]

Ephesians: United in the Gospel of Christ

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

This Sunday we’re starting our new series, Ephesians: United in the Gospel of Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ comes as news within a larger story. It points to a wonderful new future, and it introduces a new period of waiting that changes our expectations. During this series, each Sunday we’ll be hearing a “Gospel in 2 Minutes” (G2) talk from […]

Gathered and Scattered

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

The Holy Spirit gathers us together and unites us to Christ so that we might bring glory to the Father. He also scatters us to participate in Christ’s mission in the world. Our vocations all vary, be that teaching, bus driving, managing accounts, or mission work in the classic sense. Christ calls us in many […]

Simply Good News

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

After three weeks of Prayer & Self-Denial, our term 3 series will be “Ephesians: United in the Gospel of Christ.” The central question we’re asking is, “What’s the good news that Jesus himself announced and told his followers to announce as well?” This message of good news has been around for 2,000 years, but what’s so “good” […]

Door-to-Door

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Last year Damian did a wonderful survey of Freedom Trust group programme participants on whether they believed the Trusts programmes are effective. The feedback was very positive. This year the Trust is planning to conduct a door-to-door questionnaire in our local community. We shall be conducting the questionnaire from 23rd of July – 5th of August. The […]

Being the guest

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Throughout the week, Papanui Baptist Church and Freedom Trust host a number of programs and groups in the church building. We are a highly invitational church Monday through to Friday. What would it look like to be as invitational on a Sunday? But also, what could it also look like for us to have spaces in our local community, […]

Sarah and Elliot Rice

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

In Elliot and my first weekend in Christchurch, we met a pastor we were inspired by. He has been serving the church for a long time and we asked what sustained him. He talked about how he has one weekend off a month to grow his personal faith. We thought this sounded like a good […]

Courage

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

In Joshua 1 it says “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” What do you need courage for this week? Has anything happened that brought fear into your heart and made you feel discouraged? Jesus comes towards you […]

Dream Night

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

On Sunday evening we held our second edition of “Dream Night”. This is an important space for us as the body of Christ, gathered by the Spirit, to discern the Father’s leading together. We opened the night by discussing Rom. 15:5-6. Many people noticed how much God gives—may we increasingly live into that God-given unity! […]

In case you haven’t heard: 

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

There have been changes in the Freedom Trust Board and a 6-month review is underway. The review is so that Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust can work towards a closer partnership with Papanui Baptist Church (while keeping a distinction between the two organizations). This closer relationship is coming through the board being made up of church […]

Take time to look up: Isaiah 58:10

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

In this weeks living lent they have argued despite the economic odds being stacked against poor and vulnerable communities, there are actions that we can take from here in New Zealand that have a direct impact both on the injustices we have been looking into within the fashion industry and similar injustices. Some companies take […]

November

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Kia ora Papanui Baptist,   Baptist Hui We’re writing this from Dunedin, where we are gathering with New Zealand’s Baptist leaders for our annual gathering—the Hui. This year our theme is ‘The Grace of God TE AROHA NOA O TE ATUA’. Sam and several leaders from the Cambodian fellowship will also be joining in the […]

October

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Kia ora Papanui Baptist, We’ve been thoroughly enjoying working our way through the second half of the Samuel series for the past five weeks, with just a couple of Sundays to go. We’ve been continually amazed at the God who makes his own way in these stories, humbling the proud and exalting the humble. The […]

September

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Kia ora Papanui Baptist, It seems spring has come early, and for a couple of soft Aucklanders, this is good news! We can hardly complain though… For the first three weeks of August we boarded 11 different flights for a trip through the currently hot and humid Southeast Asia. Our trip began with a week-long […]

August

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Kia ora Papanui Baptist, A highlight of the last month for us was the staff retreat. We have an    amazing staff team here at Papanui who are talented and eager to follow Christ’s leading. We spent the day at the Papanui Youth Development Centre, talking about our vision to Belong, Grow, and Influence, and how […]

July

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Tēnā koutou,   A big thank you to everyone who made the Stations of Samuel possible – it was a  tremendous time, the feedback was that people got to meet each other in new ways and that God is speaking deep within us. We now begin our series of Proud         Humbled / Humble Exalted, looking at […]

May

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  Kia ora koutou Papanui Baptist,   Firstly, we want to say thank you! We’ve been here for just over a month now, and we can’t believe how easy it’s been to settle into this new city and new     community. You’ve overwhelmed us by your generosity, and we’ve now lost count of the number of offers for […]

April

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Tena koutou Papanui Baptist Church!   It’s great to be here with you all again, and we’re so excited we get to call you our whanau! Since our arrival we’ve hit the ground running… After a glorious road trip down the country via Nelson Lakes we joined Y@P for the Southern Easter Camp, and we […]

Final chat with Donna Reid – Philip McFedries

by Guest Author

Donna Reid ends her role as Assistant Pastor at Papanui Baptist Church at the end of March.  I interviewed her a few days ago and was impressed with her commitment and vision for serving God especially among the young, our future. Donna’s first ministry role in a church was as a voluntary youth leader. She […]

Faith – Ken Newlands

by Guest Author

Today we farewell Ed & Linda. We are very thankful to God for the part they, and their son Ben, have had in the life of our church over the past nearly eleven years. As Senior Pastor Ed has lead us through some great times, and also through some very difficult times. From his first […]

Thanks to God For Papbap

by Ed Karlsen

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.   Linda and I have been blessed to be part of Pap Bap for the past near 11 years and it is time for us to let go and start something new. We know that our future […]

Agape Love Found at the Cross

by Ed Karlsen

Spare a thought for the South Africans who lost to Japan and wrote in their national newspaper the Die Rapport: “the darkest day in South African history.” Before we start to glee in their downfall and using the biblical analogy of David and Goliath; we ought to remind ourselves of Jesus on the cross. This […]

Love is still No.1

by Ed Karlsen

Love is still number one.   1 Corinthians 13 launches into the most exquisite writings of Paul the Apostle; known as the love chapter. It is a common text for marriage and funerals.   Nowhere has there been a summary of words describing the unselfish behaviour of love. In spite of trouble and persecution, Paul […]

Keeping the Unity of the Spirit

by Ed Karlsen

Keeping the unity of the Spirit   Thank you to all who participated with Linda and I on our 10th anniversary of ministry here in Papanui. Appreciated the acknowledgment but I was more intrigued with the words given for our future as a church and also the sermon by Murray Robertson.     If God […]

Prayer and Fasting

by Ed Karlsen

Prayer and fasting   We often pray: “I want to be more like Jesus”; although our thoughts tend to exclude suffering and fasting. We are not likely to do 40 days of fasting from food and water; however followers of Jesus Christ are expected to fast. Why? Immediately after Jesus instructs on prayer he talks […]

Reset or Focus

by Ed Karlsen

Actress Diane Lane says:  “It’s always refreshing to step into another time.” Linda and I felt we had stepped into another time as we found ourselves on the water in Milford Sound. The surrounding cliff face that makes big cities look small, and the cleansing waters that stream down like vertical rivers. The analogies of […]

ANZAC – We will remember

by Ed Karlsen

ANZAC we will remember   New Zealand continues to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and our centaury commemoration is now etched as a significant part of our history and so it should. We collect the war stories and shudder as we think of family members and friends who died under the tyranny of war. […]

The Significance of the Passover (Easter)

by Ed Karlsen

The word Easter is Anglo Saxon and has its origins in a pagan festival. In contrast, other European Countries adopt the translation from the word paschal (Greek) translated from the Hebrew word Pesah, meaning Passover. Why is this important?   The Passover reminds us and it links the two monumental events in our history; both […]

GROWTH…..

by Ed Karlsen

I believe every church has potential to grow and I believe God wants us to grow. Grow in Maturity and grow new Babies. The tricky part of the growing is the work of the Holy Spirit; as we see in the parable of the “growing seed”   Mk 4 26 And He said, “The kingdom of God […]

Living Water

by Ed Karlsen

We have been spoilt with extraordinary summer weather and we are all hanging out for some rain to prosper our land and gardens. Water is precious, and I quote from Dr Ramon Pink; “clean water is still the number one health issue in our world”. Jesus alludes to himself being the living water (Jn 4) […]

Peace be with You

by Ed Karlsen

Celebration is in complete order for this time of the year. Things are coming to an end; so like a good ending to a movie we finish on a happy note; announcing a new and better living for 2015. It is a time for family reunions with lavish meals and unwrapping gifts. Most of us […]

Galatians

by Guest Author

Eugene Peterson, the writer of “The Message.” begins his introduction to the book of Galatians with these words: “When men and women get their hands on religion, one of the things they often do is turn it into an instrument for controlling others, either putting or keeping them “in their place.” The history of such […]

Introduction to Galatians

by Margaret McFedries

While Pastor Ed and Linda are away, we will be going through the book of Galatians in our Sunday Services. Let this introduction from The Message wet your appetite for following the weekly messages. “When men and women get their hands on religion, one of the first things they often do is turn it into […]

Kingdom of God Breaks the Kingdom of Darkness

by Ed Karlsen

John Wesley (founder of the Methodist) said; “I look upon the whole world as my parish”. If the world is the place of mission, the task of doing it requires much more than being awake. There are defined actions from the commission of Jesus: go and make disciples; baptizing them…… teaching them…. This task was […]

Future Building Plans

by Ed Karlsen

Many pre-earthquake plans have been changed or altered post-earthquake. We have to adjust to change, the positive aspect is our challenge to create new thinking; learning new ways to grow. Growth is a biblical mandate we carry at many levels. God called us from the beginning to multiply (Gen 1:28). Furthermore, the gospel was never […]

The Holy Spirit

by Ed Karlsen

We applaud those who recently got baptized. Baptism is the affirmation of our faith, and the challenge to live a Spirit filled life. I cannot claim it is easy, but the Holy Spirit is available because Jesus made the promise (Jn 14:25-27). Many live by God’s principles, and although this is good; we are called […]

Prayer, a Lasting Tradition

by Ed Karlsen

I am currently a board member for the Canterbury/Westland Association. Our board is made up of 5 members who work with a Regional leader (Paul Askin), Youth leader (Mike Dodge), Children’s leader (Donna Reid), and an Administrator (Nicola Rosanowski). Paul and Nicola are vacating their positions, so we have been advertising for a Regional leader […]

The Easter Story is Alive

by Ed Karlsen

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 […]

Growing in God

by Ed Karlsen

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 […]

The Gathering

by Ed Karlsen

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 […]

Christian Behaviour Must Have the Courage to Forgive

by Ed Karlsen

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 […]