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Paul Kauri: The lost and the reckless

Friday 14 February 2020 | Published in Church Talk

The lost and reckless – sounds like a title from an old soap but in fact, this story is older, writes Paul Kauri (Pastor of ArePua – home of Gateway Church)

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Rev Vakaroto Ngaro: The infinite became the infant

Friday 7 February 2020 | Published in Church Talk

OPINION: In December we discussed how the nature of Christ gives meaning to his work. Today, in the second part of this series, Rev Vakaroto Ngaro from Cook Islands Christian Church in Avarua looks at Jesus as both divine and human.

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I te tuatau tau tikai (In the best of times)

Friday 31 January 2020 | Published in Church Talk

We should not rely on oil from the Muslim Middle-East, nor soft loans from the Buddhists populations of Chinese and Asia, but instead rely on the treasures our God has given us beneath our feet, writes Bishop Tutai Pere of the Apostolic Church.

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Bishop Paul Donoghue: Our teachers show young people reality

Friday 24 January 2020 | Published in Church Talk

OPINION: As we return to school, we remember that teachers must be authentic witnesses who first live the life that they propose to others, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue, from the Catholic Church.

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Church talk: In time of turmoil, we do not need to let our fears displace our faith

Friday 17 January 2020 | Published in Church Talk

OPINION: We can continue to defend the faith, even when under heavy enemy fire, writes John Mateara from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Pastor Eric Toleafoa: How going to bed earlier can help you get closer to God

Friday 10 January 2020 | Published in Church Talk

CHURCHTALK: Would you like to be anxiety-free? Would you like to be less subject to depression? Devote time to developing intimacy with God, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa from the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Live this year with a clear plan

Friday 3 January 2020 | Published in Church Talk

If you are going to make a difference with your life in 2020, it is important that you have a clear picture of what your expectations are for the year. And if you desire those expectations to materialise, then you also must have an over-riding vision for your journey ahead.

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Greatest story has fair few additions

Friday 27 December 2019 | Published in Church Talk

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, because it calls our attention to one of the most beautiful teachings of Scripture, the Incarnation of Christ.

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The infinite became the infant

Friday 27 December 2019 | Published in Church Talk

Word of the Father made flesh, says Orometua Vakaroto Ngaro of Avarua Ekalesia.

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Christmas message: An important question to answer

Tuesday 24 December 2019 | Published in Church Talk

A question worth attempting to answer as we celebrate Christmas is, “Who is Jesus for me?” Jesus himself once questioned his own friends on who people thought he was, before challenging his own disciples: “What about you? Who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:29)

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We are caretakers of Creation

Friday 20 December 2019 | Published in Church Talk

God created the Earth and all its resources to feed and nourish mankind. He did not create those resources to be fought over and denied to the weak and poor, says Bishop Tutai Pere of the Apostolic Church.

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Who would be there for Jesus today?

Friday 13 December 2019 | Published in Church Talk

OPINION: This Christmas the world is faced by major issues like warring nations, poverty, refugees, climate change and basic human rights, writes Catholic Bishop Paul Donoghue.

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'Neither do I condemn you'

Friday 29 November 2019 | Published in Church Talk

Don’t be judgmental, Pastor Hosea Hosea from the Seventh Day Adventist Church reminds us. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

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We were never the perfect TV family

Friday 22 November 2019 | Published in Church Talk

God freed Paul Kauri from shame in his teenage children’s behaviour, and that free him from disappointment in them too, writes the Assemblies of God pastor.

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'God's love revealed on the cross'

Friday 8 November 2019 | Published in Church Talk

God’s jealousy for a lost soul is gut-wrenching as a loving husband’s jealousy when his wife cheats on him, writes Bishop Tutai Pere, from the Apostolic Church.

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Turama is to remember our dead with love

Friday 1 November 2019 | Published in Church Talk

Sister Elizabeth Browne-Russell from the Catholic Church was 35 when she nearly died in a horror road crash. Now, she writes, she never takes a day for granted.

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Ask yourself, is my home strong enough to weather the storms?

Friday 25 October 2019 | Published in Church Talk

The parable of the man who build his house upon the sand is particularly pertinent to Cook Islands as hurricane season nears, writes John Mateara, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Pastor Paul Kauri: Who am I?

Friday 11 October 2019 | Published in Church Talk

It’s one of humanity’s most oft-asked questions. But only Jesus had the answer, writes Paul Kauri, lead pastor at The Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church.

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Neither persecution nor the sword separates us from the love of Christ

Friday 4 October 2019 | Published in Church Talk

Our natural enemies in an imperfect world may be poverty, hunger, natural disasters and persecutors – but they are nothing in the face of love, says Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Cook Islands Christian church in Avarua.

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Climate crisis shows peril of turning from God

Friday 27 September 2019 | Published in Church Talk

God gave humankind dominion over the earth and all upon it – yet at the United Nations climate summit, innocent children are being coerced into confessing responsibility for harming plants and animals, writes Bishop Tutai Pere of the Apostolic Church.

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