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.
One common and very notable characteristic amongst our Pacific Islands people is the “patipati” (begging and borrowing) attitude and habit.
1. Remember God’s faithfulness in my past
Over the years I have come to realise that no matter how uncertain or difficult my future seems, there is nothing more powerful than to look back at how God has taken care of me in the past.
The newly appointed Minister of Police recently expressed his concern over youth offending in the Cook Islands and is keenly interested in addressing the issue. We may not be able to isolate any one cause to this problem, but we can be sure that parenting in the home, especially by fathers, plays a significant role.
Jude 20 & 21, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost…Kareka kotou e aku au akaperepere e, e te patu anga ia kotou uaorai, I to kotou akarongo Tapu Maata ra, I te pure anga ma te Vaerua Tapu”.
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.