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CHURCH TALK: The reason for the season

Friday 5 November 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

I mused over our recent celebrations in Aitutaki regarding the arrival of the Gospel and I wondered if we had overlooked something? By Pastor Paul Kauri.

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CHURCH TALK: Accepting the Almighty God

Friday 29 October 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

This week earmarked a memorable time in our Cook Islands history to celebrate and reflect upon the arrival of Christianity to our shores 200 years ago, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

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CHURCHTALK: The blueprint of Christianity

Friday 22 October 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

We cannot deny nor dispute the fact that our forebears were at one time or another, and so were some us today, by products and fruit of the London Missionary Society, writes Bishop Tutai Pere.

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CHURCH TALK: A ‘pricked’ conscience

Friday 15 October 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

In recent weeks in my church, the daily scripture has been concerned with the conversations between Jesus and the Pharisees. This prompted me in my last article to reflect on the accusation that Jesus called the Pharisees “hypocrites”, writes Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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CHURCH TALK: When you are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, hear Him

Friday 8 October 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Our Father knows that when we are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, what will help us the most is to hear His Son, writes Russell M. Nelson, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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CHURCH TALK: Living a contagious Christian life

Friday 1 October 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

It’s interesting when some people smile, they ignite smiles in people around them. They have contagious smiles. If that’s what a contagious smile is, what is a contagious Christian life? Pastor Eric Toleafoa from the Seventh-day Adventist Church explains.

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CHURCHTALK: Understanding our personal values

Friday 24 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

There is a particular moment in Israel’s history that my article focuses on, and a provoking thought for us today, writes Pastor Paul Kauri.

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CHURCHTALK: The parables of Jesus Christ

Friday 17 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Those who understand the parables of Jesus are genuinely blessed. Not only do they gain the benefit of the spiritual truth illustrated, but they also display some measure of responsiveness to the Holy Spirit.

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CHURCHTALK: Patience that never quits

Friday 10 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering, without shortcuts and with a mind already set on the Beholder, Creator and Giver of life, Jesus Christ, writes Bishop Tutai Pere.

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CHURCH TALK: Hypocrisy – the evil within

Friday 3 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

When we spend time alone and quietly look at our life, what do we see? What is it that makes up our interior life? Is it love or evil? By Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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CHURCHTALK: Prevention is far better than redemption

Friday 27 August 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Let it not take a lifetime before we realise that we have been there all along, that life does not offer anything sweeter than the love of dear ones and sharing of time together, writes Angaroakau Williams – Second counselor in the District Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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CHURCHTALK: Finding peace in uncertain times

Friday 20 August 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

God did not promise that bad things will not happen to us but what He did promise was the blessings of his presence in our lives and re-assurance of salvation through eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa.

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CHURCHTALK: Time pause, to ponder & pray

Friday 13 August 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Pastor Paul Kauri of The Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church is using today’s Church Talk as a ‘Devotion Time’ for our readers – a time to read through the words of Jesus and to ask questions, causing us to pause, ponder and pray.

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Thanking God for the imperfect church

Friday 6 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Church Talk, Features

Grace is always first, peace always second. This is due to the fact that grace is the source of peace. Without grace, there is and can be no peace, writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Ekalesia Avarua.

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CHURCHTALK: Unity in diversity – Rotai o te Tukeke

Friday 30 July 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Let us showcase all diversities of gifts, skills and talents that God has blessed each and every one of us so much with, from the different islands we come from, different cultures, customs and traditions, at this year’s Constitution celebrations, writes Bishop Tutai Pere of the Apostolic Church.

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CHURCH TALK: Not them and those but us

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Our first duty as Christians is to serve others, especially the poor and the marginalised, just as Jesus did. In this country in the 19th century there was an openness to encounter and welcome the stranger. Why is it then that today there is fear and alarm about being open to the stranger? By Bishop Paul Donoghue of the Catholic Church.

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CHURCHTALK: A message of encouragement

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life? By Angaroakau Williams – Second counselor in the District Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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CHURCHTALK: Wake up call

Friday 9 July 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

Who would have thought we would be here? If you don’t want to be surprised about the unexpected turns in your life, keep a watch out and be prepared, writes Pastor Taiti Toroma of the Seventh Day Adventists Church.

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CHURCHTALK: My weapon is a melody

Friday 2 July 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

You may be waiting for God to do a breakthrough in your life, but it is God who is waiting for you to start the battle in praise!, writes Pastor Paul Kauri.

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CHURCHTALK: God desires mercy, not sacrifice

Friday 25 June 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

We are fortunate that God calls sinners and not just saintly people. Jesus came to benefit those who understood their inherent need for Him (those who are sick and the poor in spirit of Matthew 5:3), writes Reverend Vakaroto Ngaro of Avarua Ekalesia.

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