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.
On February 20, 2017, I entered the Christchurch Public Hospital with a very sore throat after having taken medication here in Rarotonga for over a month with little result. I presumed it was a severe case of tonsillitis.
“I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” – Galatians 2: 20
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart; as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave; the coals thereof are coals of fire which hath a most vehement flame…many waters cannot quench love neither can the floods drown it: If a man would give all the substance of his house for love it would utterly be contemned” – Song of Solomon 9: 6 & 7.
For this cause shall a man (leave) his father and mother, and shall be joined (cleave) unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh (weave)” – Genesis 2: 24, Ephesians 5: 31.
It is hard to imagine celebrating Christmas in the modern world without thinking about giving gifts. But, have you ever asked yourself why we give gifts at Christmas?”