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Church Talk: A light in the darkness

Friday 10 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

When we do any good at all anywhere, whatever our religious affiliation or none, we are indeed shining a light in the darkness for others, writes Sr Elizabeth Browne-Russell sjc of the Catholic Church.

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Church Talk: Testimony of Christ

Friday 3 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

A testimony does not necessarily just happen spontaneously. Gaining a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ requires some effort, and often comes as a result of obedience to the principles of righteousness in the face of challenges or trials, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Virtues in Paradise: Too blessed to be stressed

Saturday 28 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Here in Paradise, we have an abundance of Tall Poppy Syndrome. This happens when someone has a reputation for being responsible, knowledgeable, and helpful and ends up overextended, writes Linda Kavelin-Popov.

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Nuku Day brings joy to attendees

Saturday 28 October 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features

More than 600 members from the six Ekalesia of the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) on Rarotonga came together on Nuku Day (Gospel Day) celebrations to commemorate and celebrate the arrival of Christianity.

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Church Talk: Jesus, our anchor of hope

Friday 27 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

In a world facing uncertain times, people are looking for answers. They are seeking for hope now more than ever, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Rarotonga celebrates Nuku Day with biblical dramas and joyous singing

Friday 27 October 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features

A good crowd of over 200 visitors and locals gathered at Teimurimotia Park in Titikaveka yesterday to witness the wonderful Nuku Day (Gospel Day) biblical drama presentations celebrating the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands.

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Author and historian seeks to trace the arrival of the Gospel

Wednesday 25 October 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Church Talk, Features, Local, National

Coming of the Gospel is the latest publication from author and historian Howard Henry who has published it through his Sovereign Pacific Publishing Company.

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Nuku Day commemorates Christianity

Wednesday 25 October 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features, Local, National

Each year on Gospel Day draws an assembly from each of the six Ekalesia of the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) on Rarotonga to perform their gospel dramas, or nuku to commemorate the Arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands.

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Church Talk: Standing with Israel

Friday 20 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Growing up in a Pacific Island Church in Papakura, I have semi-fond memories as a 10-year-old memorising Psalm 46 – the whole chapter for our annual “Irava Tatou”. I say semi-fond, for while I am immensely grateful now, as a passionate follower of Jesus, Psalm 46 is ingrained in my heart. However, that wasn’t the attitude I had when I was 10, no siree! Paul Kauri, lead pastor at The Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church writes.

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Prayer for Israel: Pilgrims recount Israel-Hamas war experience

Tuesday 17 October 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Church Talk, Features, Local, National, Weekend

A special prayer session for the people of Israel will be held at Terevete Park in Avarua tomorrow night. A Cook Islands couple who returned home from Israel after making it out of the war-torn country in the wake of an unprecedented attack by Hamas is calling on people to come together and pray for families that have been affected.

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Church Talk: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Friday 13 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

The peace of Jerusalem must not be disturbed because if it does, those who disturb her peace deserve to suffer the consequences and those who sustain it win great blessing, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua (Cook Islands Christian Church).

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Climate change ain’t new: ‘Kare te taui reva I te mea ou’tu

Friday 6 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in together until now… Kua kite oki tatou e, te ngunguru anake nei te au mea katoa I angaia mei te mamae anau ra e tae rava akenei ki teianei ra” – Romans/Roma 8:22.

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Church Talk : Caring for our common home, Earth

Friday 29 September 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

‘The Season of Creation’ is a major focus and theme in the Catholic Church, one month before the feast of St Francis of Assisi which the Church celebrates on October 4, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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Church Talk: Real intent in our relationships

Friday 22 September 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

There is a principle of ‘real intent’ that reflects on who we are and why we do things. Doing things with real intent is about giving your all and showing true commitment. If applied in our relationships, whether it be with family, at work, or with God, using real intent will bless our lives, writes Tamatoa Jonassen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Church Talk: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer

Friday 15 September 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Are the trials you have been through or problems you are currently facing causing you to lose hope? Writes Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Baptism in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Thursday 14 September 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Baptism marks a special day for many on the second day of convention.

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Church Talk: You’ll be remembered for how you finished

Friday 8 September 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

I’ve been reading through the book of Hebrews lately. I preached a message in Mangaia using this book as a reference, and I recently used this book for our Bible Class at Tereora College this week, writes Paul Kauri, lead pastor at The Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses return to Rarotonga to host their first large convention since 2019

Thursday 7 September 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features, Local, National

After a three-year pandemic pause, one of the world’s largest convention organisations will resume a series of worldwide programs, with Rarotonga set to host two events spanning two consecutive weekends from 9 September to 17 September.

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Church Talk: I have overcome world

Friday 1 September 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

These are the very words of the Lord Jesus Christ – John 16:33. What did Jesus mean by he overcame the world? “I have overcome the world” The word “overcome” comes from the Greek word nikos, which can be translated to overcome, but is also the word for victory writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro, Ekalesia Avarua.

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A journey of faith: Mitiaro youth leader at World Youth Day event

Monday 28 August 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Features

World Youth Day (WYD) is a recurring Catholic festival held every four years - a meeting of young people from around the world with the Pope.

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