This week I met with a bunch of Baptist pastors to talk "Evangelism." Someone quoted a research statement that said this: "The most contented church is one that is in slow decline" This made me feel quite excited for us as a church that is undergoing change. We are certainly not "content" to be a religious group that meets solely to satisfy our own needs. There's a whole world out there that … [Read more...] about Welcoming Change
Isn't it life-giving that we serve a God far bigger than humanity? Our heavenly Father promises us eternal life, in a relationship with himself, the Son and the Holy Spirit. When we listen to the news, and all the evil things that are going on in the world today we can begin to fear doing many things. Concerts, airports, trains, market places, shopping malls, movie theatres are all places where … [Read more...] about We can trust the Father
Around 2 years ago I had a real sense that God was calling me to launch a new ministry aimed at helping restore broken lives damaged by the wounds of sexual abuse or occult practices such as Freemasonry. I met with 2 elders and shared my vision. What I saw was the auditorium filled with survivors of abuse. They were praising God to worship music. Several Connect people were sharing short messages … [Read more...] about New Ministry to Launch: Breaking Strongholds
Connect has been involved in some interesting activities this last week. Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday 17 Connect women attended our yearly women's camp held this year in Ngaruawahia. Our guest speaker was Suzanne Holmes, mother of 4 girls, who shared her story of God's faithfulness during the 10 years she nursed her husband, who suffered a terminal brain tumour at a young age. The camp was a … [Read more...] about Interesting Activities
Isn't God amazing! I want to tell you an inspiring story about my brother Aaron that reveals the lengths God goes to in bringing a person to Christ. My brother lived with me for several months about 2 years ago while he was finishing his PhD in microbiology (actually the name is longer than I can pronounce :/ ). During Aaron's stay, he proclaimed that he believed in Christ and had asked Him … [Read more...] about Take some risks in His Name.
Are you enrolled to vote in the general election on Saturday, September 23? If not, don't worry, you have until Friday, September 22 to do so. I have left enrolment applications in the bookstand in the cafe. You can also enrol online (www.elections.org.nz), or at an advanced voting place. You are eligible to enrol and vote if you are 18 years or older AND you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent … [Read more...] about Why vote?