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CICC highlights youth issues

Friday 22 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

A Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) youth convention held in Rarotonga recently highlighted prevalent issues for young people in the community. CICC director of youth Rangi Henry said messages about making the right choices in life and building and maintaining healthy relationships were taken to heart by the almost 100 youth in attendance. Crime was […]

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How to face an unexpected crisis

Friday 22 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

We are living in a time where your situation in life can change suddenly for the worse. That could become an unexpected crisis. It could be in finance or business, it could be in your family relationship, or it could be in any number of areas in your life. And if a crisis is unexpected, […]

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Live conference broadcast links church members

Friday 15 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints were privileged to view and hear presentations from church leaders at the 180th Semi-Annual General Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3 via satellite. Local members and participants had to awaken early to view the […]

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A family away from home

Friday 15 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Cook Islands church-goers were a “family away from home” for Auckland-based LIFE church founders and senior pastors Paul and Maree de Jong this week. The couple were in Rarotonga as guest speakers of the Cook Islands Assemblies of God conference held at Takuvaine. Paul said there was a strong connection between Christian communities in the […]

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Protect, respect God's holy temple

Friday 15 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Introduction In the Bible, what attitude toward the human body do we find? Not how do we see it, with all our preconceptionsthe images of pencil-thin models, musclemen, voluptuous Playboy bunnies, or plump matrons hurtling from Weightwatchers to a “nothing but kumquats” dietbut as God sees these body-temples of ours. Have you ever walked into […]

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AOG conference on

Saturday 9 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

A chance to hear international pastors speaking about access to religion is set to attract hundreds of people to a conference in Rarotonga next week. The Cook Islands Assemblies of God (AOG) church is hosting its bi-annual conference at its Avarua church from Monday to Wednesday. Auckland-based pastors Paul and Maree De Jong and Scott […]

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Why remember Lot's wife?

Friday 8 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

This is one of the shortest verses in the Word of God. So what happened to Lot’s wife that we should want to remember it? What can we take from it and learn from? We can find the story of Lot and his family escaping from Sodom in Genesis 19. Two angels arrived with the […]

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CICC attends Pacific meeting

Friday 8 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Mataio represented the CICC and Henry represented not just the Cooks contingent but youth all over the Pacific at a conference that drew thinkers and church leaders from across the region. The conference touched on some big socio-political issues, and suggested ways that churches and spiritual leaders can approach them. The primary focus of discussion […]

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Anonymity – a coward's way of hiding behind hurtful words

Friday 1 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Ko te uuna I tona Ingoa tikai – e tu moa ma’u tereira I te pipini ki muri I tetai au tuatua tamamae me kare akakino tangata Some say that anonymity is the last refuge for cowards. This woman after having read so much mail and comments submitted anonymously, seemed to agree. People hiding behind […]

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Faith without works is dead

Friday 1 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

In reply to Nick Carter’s three questions of Friday September 24’s Churchtalk and based on Holy Scripture: 1. Do I try harder to be good? Yes! “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? Even so faith, if it hath not works, […]

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The Holy Spirit empowers mission

Friday 1 October 2010 | Published in Church Talk

In the Acts of the Apostles, we read St Luke’s unfolding story of the early Christian mission. The story tells of the spread of the Good News “in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts1:8). When Luke ends his story with Paul in Rome, the centre of the […]

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What must we do to be saved?

Friday 17 September 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Every church exist on earth because every member wants to be saved, otherwise why bother to pray, worship and stay in church? Every religion exist on earth because every convert wants to be saved, otherwise why bother to pray, meditate or practice whatever kinds of religious beliefs and rituals? Every human organisations, governments and institutions […]

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Biblical spiritual warfare

Friday 10 September 2010 | Published in Church Talk

It seems a common practice among churches nowadays is to be involved in spiritual warfare. There are a lot of parts to this from binding and loosing demons, to screaming at the devil and his minions, praying against the elements, attributing every bad (and inconvenient) thing to the devil, and much more. Many churches carry […]

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We will reap what we sow

Friday 10 September 2010 | Published in Church Talk

The following article was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on one of the CBS Sunday Morning Commentary. My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas […]

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New building for New Life

Friday 3 September 2010 | Published in Church Talk

New Life Church in Aro’a is holding a ceremony for the opening of its new building tomorrow at 10.30am. The church celebrates its fourth anniversary on Sunday, but until now has been meeting at Rutaki Primary School. Now it’s got a building to call its own – on a back road in Arorangi, signs clearly […]

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Finding the peace of Christ

Friday 3 September 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Many of us have grown up hearing that phrase as part of our church culture, but we never stop to ponder what it means. The words are found in Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Even after we have professed our […]

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Who does our story point to?

Friday 27 August 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Paul, here, is describing when he went out into the churches of Judea following his time with Peter (refer to verses 18-22). Who do we glorify? Is it the living God or ourselves? Do we heap glory upon other men and reduce it from what should be heaped onto Jesus? The situation of Paul was […]

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Just part of God's plan

Friday 27 August 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Nancy Watkinson says brush with death just a part of His purpose Nancy Watkinson, who together with her husband Murray founded Celebration on the Rock, walks with a limp, a residual effect of a near-fatal accident at Avarua last year. Six surgeries after the crash, she’s got plates and pins holding her pelvis and femur […]

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The Armour of God

Friday 20 August 2010 | Published in Church Talk

This is a particularly well known passage of scripture. A lot of Christians use this (and other passages) to take up arms and wage “war” on the enemy. There is no doubt we are called to go against the work of the devil but I do not believe it is in the manner that most […]

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Know the value of belonging

Friday 20 August 2010 | Published in Church Talk

We are all very familiar with attending funerals – of family, friends, work associates and acquaintances we respected. For some we attend out of a sense of respect and solidarity with the family. Each funeral has its power to move us to a greater or lesser degree, depending how close we were to the deceased. […]

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