Prayer for this Weekend!

9d10fa11e9b1f904e0c291022af5ca15Hi All,

Tomorrow we have the privilege of bringing the ENGAGE 16 conference to Hamilton, NZ. This has all come about from just throwing the idea out there, and praise God it all came together! We have over 100 adults and children registered which is an awesome response as most of them don’t know that much about us, and this is our first conference in Hamilton.
We would really appreciate your prayers this weekend.  There are 7 of us traveling up to Hamilton. We leave early Friday morning and conduct a men’s meeting Friday night, followed by a condensed version of the conference on the Saturday.
Here are some prayer pointers:
  • Last minute prep to go smoothly
  • Safety and good health for the team as we travel
  • Safety and good health for our families while we are gone (like no earthquakes!)
  • For sickness not to hinder families from attending (some have got sick)
  • For God to work mightily in people’s hearts, and that He would have His way, leading to fruit that glorifies Him.
  • Provision for conference expenses
Thanks so much – we will let you know how it goes!
Blessings,
Kris
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Interview with Jeff Durbin (1 of 3)

We recently had Jeff Durbin from Apologia Church, USA in town, to teach at our church. Following the meeting I interviewed Jeff, asking some questions from the perspective of his role as a father.

This is the first of 3 videos covering 2 questions on Family Discipleship. In this video, Jeff answers questions relating to social media and the family, and also how we can prepare our children to live for Christ in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile towards Christianity. The next 2 videos will cover the subjects of The Local Church, and Evangelism.

You can find out more about Jeff and his ministry at http://www.apologiachurch.com.

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The Mountains Have Moved!!!

Just a few moments ago, I checked our national news website, Stuff News. My attention was drawn immediately to the headline which read, “Mountains have moved”

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With the recent earthquakes here in NZ, and the damaging effect it is having on so many, I couldn’t help but reference this headline in my mind with Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling”. Selah 

~Psalm 46:1-3

The word “Selah” means, “to pause, think, or meditate upon”, and I believe we would all benefit from doing exactly that. To reflect upon, and consider that as believers in Jesus Christ – we do not live in uncertainty, we do not have to worry about the future, and we do not need to panic about the present. Why? Because GOD is our refuge!

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Earthquake Damage in Kaikoura, NZ – literally the mountains moved into the sea!

Our nation does well in times like this – this has been proven. But let us as believers, pray that the Holy Spirit would do a work in people’s hearts, and help them to ‘join the dots’ and realise that the only true refuge one can find in this life, is in Christ, through the gospel. This involves repentance (inward sorrow over sins against God, and a willingness to turn from them), and trusting in Christ for salvation (turning to God through faith, for forgiveness and deliverance from sin). We will not find true refuge in our resilience, nor in optimism, nor in our self-reliance. We need God!

Let us truly “love our neighbour” in these times in which we live, by helping on a practical level of course -but not at the expense of pointing them to that eternal place of refuge, found only in Jesus Christ.

NOTE: If you would like more information about what it means to be a Christian, please contact us by using the form below – we would love to help answer any questions you may have.

 

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