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Living with integrity

Friday 18 June 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Ways to walk the talk in all our daily lives The last time I wrote, my focus was on the importance of living life with integrity. If we “walk the talk” in every area of our lives, the Bible says that God is pleased because his character is truth, we influence or affect for good […]

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Stewardship and money are not the same things

Friday 11 June 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Stewardship is an old-fashioned word that basically means "management". And a steward is a manager.

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Avarua CICC youth groups rejoice

Friday 4 June 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church youth groups have been singing and dancing their praises for the lord during this week’s ‘Avarua youth week’ competition. The six ekalesia under the Avarua CICC branch namely Tupapa, Maraerenga, Takuvaine, Tutakimoa, Ruatonga and Avatiu have spent the past months practising various items for this week’s competition. The inter-ekalesia competition […]

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Our Mauke mission – sustainable living

Saturday 22 May 2010 | Published in Church Talk

People still say they can’t believe Andrew left his home and I left a good job, to work income-less on a remote piece of rocky land. I’m sure they’ve got bets down on how long we’ll last in Mauke. God only knows that, but for now we know this is our mission. The opportunity to […]

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'Passing the torch'

Friday 21 May 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Passing of the Torch before the opening of the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or even the South Pacific Games is becoming a familiar sight. The spectacular pageantry of the opening ceremonies cannot begin until the final carrier of the torch arrives in the stadium. The torch symbolically links the modern games to their 2700 years […]

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CICC follows up seminar

Friday 21 May 2010 | Published in Church Talk

In response to positive feedback from a Walk Thru the Bible seminar conducted in March, CICC is hosting another Walk Thru. The Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church will be hosting a follow-up seminar at Sinai Hall sometime in June. Those who registered for and attended the first seminar are free to re-use the same manual […]

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Justification by faith

Friday 21 May 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Paul is dealing with people caught in hypocrisy at the time. But the words he speaks can be so easily put to us today! We compel others to live in a way which we do not live ourselves. We change what we believe because of sin in our lives. If the Word says something, we […]

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In the name of Christ, stop!

Friday 14 May 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Charles Colson, in his marvellous volume ‘Loving God’, told the story of Telemachus, a fourth century Christian. He was a peace-loving, beauty-loving man who lived in a remote village, tending his garden and spending much time in prayer. One day he thought he heard the voice of God telling him to go to Rome, so […]

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The power of positive living

Friday 7 May 2010 | Published in Church Talk

No one can deny the fact that we are living in a difficult time. Every day we face personal challenges, from the satress of living in a growing high-cost, competitive environment, to the difficulty of establishing genuine, true friends and building trust-worthy relationships. Thank God we still have some measure of extended family cohesion, although […]

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Living the word

Friday 30 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Three theology students were discussing the relative merits of different translations of the Bible. One argued for the New Revised Standard Version: “It’s closer”, he said, “to the original Hebrew and Greek. Another preferred the New Jerusalem Bible: the layout made it very readable and he found the notes superb. The third student said that […]

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Catholics welcome new priest

Friday 30 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Last Thursday night Father Freddy Kaina was ordained in a moving service. He was inducted into the priesthood in front of his proud parents Kaina Kaina and Marii Kaina, family members from overseas and a huge congregation of Catholic parishioners from across the Cook Islands. The Manihiki community paid special homage to their son by […]

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Father Freddy ordained

Saturday 24 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

After a moving ordination on Thursday night, Father Freddy Kaina was to conduct his first public mass this morning at St Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral at 11am. Father Kaina was inducted into the priesthood in front of his proud parents Kaina Kaina and Marii Kaina, family members from overseas and a huge congregation of Catholic parishioners […]

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Freddy joins priesthood

Friday 23 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Thirty-eight-year-old Manihiki man Freddy Kaina will from today on be known as Father Kaina. Kaina was ordained into the Cook Islands Catholic Diocese last night at St Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral in Avarua in front of a large crowd of proud family members and parishioners. Kaina was born in Manihiki in 1972 before he moved with […]

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He is risen

Friday 23 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Wherever I travel, I try to pay a visit to the town cemetery. It is a time of contemplation, of reflection on the meaning of life and the inevitability of death. In the small cemetery in the town of Santa Clara, Utah, I remember the preponderance of Swiss names which adorn the weathered tombstones. Many […]

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Apostolic Church online

Friday 23 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

As part of an effort to unite its branches near and far, the Apostolic Church is on the Net. “Jesus the Light of the World Apostolic Cathedral II” has launched a blog in order to consolidate its church congregations here in the Cook Islands and overseas. Church member Rebekah Daniel was responsible for launching the […]

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Thanksgiving thanks

Friday 23 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Dear Editor, Please allow me to use your column, on behalf of the members of the Religious Advisory Council, to thank ALL the churches and people that came to support the Thanksgiving Service last Sunday evening at the National Auditorium. To all the pastors, bishops, elders and all the members of your churches and fellowship, […]

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Colourful mamas spread God's word

Friday 23 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Sporting stunning head eis, beautiful rito hats and colourful uniforms, the women of the Vainetini conference gathered for another day of fellowship and discussions yesterday. Hosted by the Avarua parish at the Sinai Hall, the mamas of the Cook Island Christian Church were all smiles, despite the rain. Secretary of the Avarua Women’s CICC fellowship […]

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Public call to thanksgiving

Friday 16 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Members of the public are invited to this Sunday’s thanksgiving service at the national auditorium organised by the Religious Advisory Council. The evening thanksgiving service will start at 6.30pm with representatives from the various religious denominations on the island to read key scriptures through the service. There will also be items of praise and worship […]

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Are you a Barnabas?

Friday 16 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

We all need people like Barnabas in our life, people who listen to us, affirm us and spur us on to be our best selves. After his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts chaper 9) Paul had a complete turnabout and became a passionate follower of Jesus. “He began at once to proclaim […]

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A gospel crippled by lifestyle

Friday 9 April 2010 | Published in Church Talk

God has called us to a lifestyle which glorifies Him. Are we not told to glorify God in whatever we do (1 Cor. 10:31)? How many of us do? Look at the believers in Christ of today. We see all manner of lifestyles which do not glorify Him – swearing, getting drunk, hate, sexual immorality. […]

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