Religious leaders discuss the word of God in this weekly feature. Published on Fridays, Church Talk discusses themes from the Bible as well as looking at current events in a Christian context.
"JOY TO THE WORLD" is a popular Christmas carol. The words are by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, and are based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the Bible. The song was first published in 1719.
WITH all the atrocities committed against humankind in many places around the world, during which people are hurt, wounded or killed, many are living in fear as to whether or not they will get to see another day.
THERE IS no greater news than this: “The God of the Universe knows you and loves you, and all of your sins and wrong doing. He forgives at His expense in Christ.”
Renowned activist Bishop Desmond Tutu was once quoted as saying, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
FOR THE past 18 years, it is ritual that my family and I attend a memorial service held every year, on the November 1, to commemorate the lives that were taken in the devastating Cyclone Martin, which struck our beautiful home, Manihiki.
THIS HEADLINE for this week’s column comes from a verse in the Bible, in John 10, verse 10: “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”