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CHURCH TALK: Life is too precious

Saturday 1 October 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

I have attended so many funerals and saw grieving families and friends over their loved ones. It still raises the question: ‘What if there is no resurrection?’ Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua writes.

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Shipwrecked or ‘ship-saved’

Friday 23 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

The adversary satan subtly comes as a thief to steal, to kill and to destroy but Jesus comes to save and offers us eternal life with Him, writes Bishop Tutai Pere of the Apostolic Church.

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May she rest in peace

Friday 16 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Since last week, we have been coming to terms with the death of Queen Elizabeth II. For most of us, given she reigned for 70 years from 1952, she is the only monarch we have known. However, some of us may also have known the previous king, George the Sixth who became king in 1936, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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Serving with integrity

Friday 9 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Honesty and ethics are synonymous with integrity. The first of the eight public service values is ‘honesty’ which is described as ‘acting honestly, being truthful and abiding by the laws’, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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CHURCH TALK: How you can be the salt of the earth

Friday 2 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Last week I queued up with many others in our community to participate in a nation-wide health survey carried out by Te Marae Ora.

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CHURCH TALK: Breaking the poverty spirit Part 3

Friday 26 August 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Today we wrap up a three-part series looking at ‘Breaking the Poverty Spirit’, writes Paul Kauri, lead pastor at The Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church.

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CHURCH TALK: Our union with Christ

Friday 19 August 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Union with Christ by means of the Holy Spirit is not a peripheral matter in biblical theology, although it is widely neglected. It is a key thought in the Lord’s teaching, as this lecture will show, and it is so important to Pauline theology that one commentator rightly calls it ‘the heart of Paul’s religion’, writes Reverend Vaka Ngaro of Cook Islands Christian Church.

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CHURCH TALK: The past, the present and the future

Friday 5 August 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

I do hope that the Constitution of the Cook Islands is protecting the long-term future of the country. That it is not just being used to reward the present occupiers of this land, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue from the Catholic Church.

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CHURCH TALK: Let God prevail

Friday 29 July 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Church Talk, Features

With our General Elections shortly upon us, we as a nation and as individuals are facing important choices that will impact our future, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Church Talk: Breaking the poverty spirit

Friday 15 July 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

In the first edition of this series of Breaking the Poverty Spirit, we looked at the devastating consequences of those who did not receive or respect who God had called them to be.

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The work of John the Baptist

Friday 8 July 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Some people think that repentance is mostly about feelings, especially feeling sorry for your sin. It is wonderful to feel sorry about your sin, but repent isn’t a feelings word. It is an action word, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

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Refinement by fire – Akapakari atu ki te A’i

Saturday 2 July 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Yesterday, July 1st marked our countdown to August 1st Cook Islands General Election, another big challenge to see if all our contesting political parties can beat our one Covid death case only by setting an historic record of a zero tolerance to corruption or bribery petition claims at least for once, at this forth coming general election, writes Bishop Tutai Pere of the Apostolic Church of the Cook Islands.

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Mercy and judgement - which one is greater?

Friday 24 June 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Reflect today on being merciful and on being judgmental in your life – which one is greater? What is your primary tendency? Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church writes.

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer

Friday 10 June 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Church Talk, Features

Are the trials you have been through or problems you are currently facing causing you to lose hope?

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Church Talk: Breaking the poverty spirit

Friday 3 June 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Having this opportunity every six weeks to write articles on so many important aspects that I hope will influence all our lives is such a privilege for me.

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Church Talk: What the future holds

Friday 27 May 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Man comes into the world with a cry and goes out of it with a groan, and all between is more or less intoned with helpless wailing, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

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Grace intercepts the law – Tikoti te Aroa I te Ture

Friday 20 May 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

There is no such thing as a major or minor, big or small sin. Cast a big stone and a tiny pebble into the water or sea, they both sink. Such is sin, no white nor black lie, it is sin and its penalty – death, Bishop Tutai Pere.

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Listening to one voice

Friday 13 May 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

There are many influences we receive on a regular basis. Some are good. Others not so good, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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Does his truth still confirm your convictions and ignite your passion?

Friday 29 April 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

It’s interesting that one of our long-time family traditions is coming together as a family for whatever occasion ie. birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, or for someone who is leaving.

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What change did Easter bring?

Friday 22 April 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Given that we are seven days after the celebrations of Passover, and five days after Jesus resurrection, I was pondering the immediate aftermath of Jesus crucifixion and resurrection, writes Pastor Paul Kauri of the ArePua Church.

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