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Finding peace in a storm

Friday 26 February 2010 | Published in Church Talk

To voyage with Jesus was to voyage in peace even in a storm. Now that is universally true. It is not something which happened once; it is something which still happens and which can happen for us. In the presence of Jesus we can have peace even in the wildest storms of life. Jesus gave […]

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Replant, rebuild, restore - our Godly First Love! Tanutanu, akatu, akaoki akaou mai – to tatou Inangaro Atua Mua!

Friday 19 February 2010 | Published in Church Talk

As much relief, replanting, rebuilding and restoring efforts are being implemented and activated these days for our beloved people and island of Aitutaki, we all just need to take a little time to pause to consider what should come first in all that we do. Based upon our Judeo-Christian faith and tradition, every disaster of […]

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Rebounding from failure

Friday 12 February 2010 | Published in Church Talk

I believe that the current global economic struggle is beginning to be felt in a big way in our country. Families are not only finding it difficult to make ends meet but it is also creating stress in relationships. Some businesses are barely keeping afloat while others have failed miserably. And if life is not […]

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Look for the blessings

Friday 5 February 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Some days we feel as though challenges face us every moment. That whatever we touch, do, plan, or say presents another challenge. Sometimes this is true both in our personal and professional responsibilities. What do you do on such a day? “Look for the Blessings.” When to look for the blessings? When we are facing […]

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Apostolic ministry strong after 17 years in PNG

Friday 5 February 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Worshipping under a mango tree was just one of the many challenges a Cook Islands pastor has faced in Papua New Guinea. Pastor Ngere Tamatoa, his wife Mata and their family have called PNG home for the past 17 years and were recently back in the country on a well earned holiday. “We’re blessed to […]

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Spiritual preparedness

Friday 29 January 2010 | Published in Church Talk

The great test of life is to see whether we will hearken to and obey God’s commands in the midst of the storms of life. Most of us have thought about how to prepare for storms. We have seen and felt the suffering of women, men and children, and of the aged and the weak, […]

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New minister for Celebration on the Rock

Friday 29 January 2010 | Published in Church Talk

When Jonathan Cargill and his wife Natasha were here 20 years ago for their honeymoon, they never considered the idea that one day they’d be moving to Rarotonga to pastor a church. Jonathan is the new minister at Celebration Centre on the Rock, a church located in the old Kids in Action building directly across […]

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The brother of the Prodigal Son

Friday 22 January 2010 | Published in Church Talk

We are all very familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). Most of us, if we are honest, will admit to a feeling of empathy with the elder brother of the prodigal son. Here he is, the dutiful son, working hard year after year, doing all his father asks without complaint. “I […]

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Domestic violence is a crime

Friday 15 January 2010 | Published in Church Talk

I would like to share some concerns and insight into the issue of domestic violence. I bring this into consideration for the following reasons: • Families are the most important social units in our community • Violence and abuse are destructive in families • Ultimately Domestic Violence (DV) is about power and control • DV […]

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Get married and stay married!

Friday 15 January 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Gazing out of my hotel room in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday August 13, 2009, my mind WAS captivated at seeing one huge bill board down below with this statement: “For your children’s sake – Get married and stay married”. The longer I kept my eyes and mind focused on it, the more I got inspired […]

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What is God's plan for you?

Friday 8 January 2010 | Published in Church Talk

Exodus 5:1-23 (v.23) “Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people and has not rescued your people at all”. Pharaoh would not listen to Moses and Aaron because he did not know or respect God. People who do not know God may not listen to […]

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Oliveta celebrates centenary

Thursday 31 December 2009 | Published in Church Talk

The centennial of the Oliveta CICC church in Kimiangatau, Mauke was celebrated on December 17. A number of people, including the Queen’s Representative Sir Frederick Goodwin, CICC president Rev Tangimetua Tangatatutai, and a number of CICC ministers, attended the celebrations which began with a short service inside the church yard. Rarotonga-based orometua Tereora Tereora and […]

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Why do we celebrate Christmas?

Thursday 31 December 2009 | Published in Church Talk

The purpose of Christmas (part II). The second purpose of Christmas is SALVATION. That’s the second thing that the angel mentions when he announced the birth of Jesus. It says, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2.11). Take note, this speaks […]

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Forgiveness is part of healing

Friday 13 November 2009 | Published in Church Talk

In my dealings with people, I have found that the topic most people do not want to talk about is forgiveness. Often I’m asked, “Do I have to forgive my former husband or my former wife?” My answer is, “No, you don’t have to, you only have to forgive if you want to heal”. I’m […]

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More funding for Brethren

Wednesday 26 August 2009 | Published in Church Talk

Friday 21: SYDNEY – The federal government was criticised yesterday for increasing funding for Exclusive Brethren schools to an estimated $62 million over the next four years. The government has chosen to continue with the previous government’s controversial funding formula for private schools, which will deliver an additional $24.6 million to the Brethren schools over […]

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Domestic violence Why men abuse women

Wednesday 26 August 2009 | Published in Church Talk

Friday 21: While sitting in my office contemplating what message to prepare for a sermon to preach tomorrow at our Arorangi Seventh Day Adventist church, I came across this material. I read it and felt it will be good for the community to read and learn from it. It may help individuals and families love […]

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Church leaders told to stop abuse of power

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Church Talk

Friday 14: A Methodist church minister in Samoa is calling on the president and the general secretary of the church to stop abusing their position of power and to put an end the unlawful use of the church’s assets, Radio New Zealand International reports. The Reverend Petaia Setu has accused the two of using land […]

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Church and friends mourn loss of 'good Samaritan'

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Church Talk

Friday 14: Papa Ken – man with a passion for helping others Volunteer minister Papa Ken Mitchell passed away on Tuesday and was laid to rest at his Tupapa home yesterday. The Assembly of God Church is deeply saddened by the loss of the local man who contributed so much to the church and the […]

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Nukutere's founding fathers finishing soon

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Church Talk

Friday 14: The first Christian Brothers arrived in Rarotonga on January 26, 1976, to build and grow Nukutere College which was then less than a year old. The original community was: Brother Terence McErlane (community superior and principal), Brother Simon Coughlan (teacher), and Brother Joseph McRae (school and house manager). The young Nukutere College gradually […]

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Christian Brothers departing Rarotonga

Wednesday 19 August 2009 | Published in Church Talk

Friday 14: It is with great regret that the Catholic community of the Cook Islands will see the departure of the Christian Brothers from Nukutere College in December 2009. This announcement was made by the Province Leader of the Oceania Province of the Brothers, Brother Vincent Duggan cfc, on August 12, 2009. The leadership team […]

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