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.
It was not too long ago that it was common for pastors to be portrayed with a Bible under their arms, whereas a priest would be depicted carrying his prayer book.
The dictionary definition of hope is “to desire something with confidence in the expectation of its fulfillment”.
The state of hopelessness has been appropriately described by some as a type of “Hell on Earth”, filled with endless misery and despair.
Today, more and more people are finding themselves alone and depressed, and few of us have not at one time or another felt the sting of despondency and despair.
Last week there was a report in CINews on the Nukutere College’s cultural inter-house competition held at the Punanga Nui Market in connection with the Te Maeva Nui celebrations.
Sacrifice – one of the definitions from the Oxford Dictionary for the word “sacrifice” include an act of giving up something valued and treasured for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.
The headline might sound like the title from an old soap, but in fact, this story’s older.
I’ll paint the setting and then tell you the story as told by the original orator.
If we were to say that becoming more holy is unnecessary, that we will simply remain in known sin, then we are effectively saying that God is not holy, that sin does not involve a contradiction and conflict in us, and that God has not made provision for victory.
“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost...E teianei, te arai katoaia nei ta matou Evangelia, I arai’ia ia I te aronga e ta ia ratou uaorai” – 2 Corinthians 4:3.