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In terrible times such as these...

Friday 29 March 2019 | Published in Church Talk

In the aftermath of the Christchurch attack, people everywhere are once again reminded of the vulnerability of life. That our lives today, can be taken from us in a matter of seconds.

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Many blessings of sovereignty

Friday 8 March 2019 | Published in Church Talk

We find true freedom when we are willing to accept reality as it is (including God’s rightful and effective sovereignty over all his creation) and when we allow him to make us into all that he would have us be. The matter of God’s Sovereignty, far from continuing to be an offence to us, can become a wonderful doctrine from which we derive great blessings.

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Issues of preaching and culture

Friday 28 December 2018 | Published in Church Talk

This feature on culture and preaching was written by Dr Rochelle Scheuermann, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College, Illinois. She serves as Director of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership programme. Dr Scheuermann was previously programme director and Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and vice-president of Academics at Lincoln Christian University in the US.

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Room for Christ in your Christmas?

Friday 21 December 2018 | Published in Church Talk

Not long ago, a professor of psychology at one of the world’s great universities gave a word suggestion test to his class of 40 students.

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Bible silent on remembering Christ's birth

Friday 21 December 2018 | Published in Church Talk

The Bible is totally and absolutely silent regarding Christ’s birth as an event to be remembered and celebrated.

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Plan carefully your festive season journey

Friday 21 December 2018 | Published in Church Talk

With 2018 closing in on us, it’s time once again to plan celebrations for the festive season, that’s just around the corner.

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Understanding God's sovereignty

Friday 14 December 2018 | Published in Church Talk

There are qualities in God we will never fully understand.

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No need for our 'patipati' attitude

Friday 7 December 2018 | Published in Church Talk

One common and very notable characteristic amongst our Pacific Islands people is the “patipati” (begging and borrowing) attitude and habit.

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Why fathers do matter

Friday 28 September 2018 | Published in Church Talk

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.

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The New Testament and the Sabbath

Friday 21 September 2018 | Published in Church Talk

The Gospels record six cases in which Jesus' actions resulted in controversy over the Sabbath, and two more that did not.

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Greatest and highest: maata e te teitei ope rava atu'

Friday 14 September 2018 | Published in Church Talk

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”.

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Reflections on the Book of Psalms

Friday 7 September 2018 | Published in Church Talk

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.

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Hope – even in life's darkest moments

Friday 24 August 2018 | Published in Church Talk

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.

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Love is what matters the most

Friday 17 August 2018 | Published in Church Talk

When you are in good times we take for granted that things that are happening in our lives are always going to be good.

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Remember the Sabbath day

Friday 10 August 2018 | Published in Church Talk

The word “sabath” or “sabbat” is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it’s the name of a day of the week.

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How college houses got their names

Friday 27 July 2018 | Published in Church Talk

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.

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The true meaning of 'sacrifice'

Friday 20 July 2018 | Written by Jaimie Keay | Published in Church Talk

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.

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The choices you make define who you are

Friday 13 July 2018 | Published in Church Talk

Today I ask of you, before you continue to read this Church Talk article to firstly reflect a little on your life.

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The lost and the reckless...

Saturday 7 July 2018 | Published in Church Talk

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.

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Personal holiness raises questions

Friday 29 June 2018 | Published in Church Talk

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.

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