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This Sunday 17th of January at 9am come hear Warwick share about Moses and being lead in the lords presence
Throughout most of our life, while we can't actually predict the future, we generally have enough confidence in the way our life is going to have a general idea of how things will turn out for us. The Christmas New Year period has for us, South of the Equator, taken on the atmosphere of a time of resetting and sometimes readjusting for what we can ascertain lies ahead. But things are not so clear this year and we are weary of resetting and readjusting and beginning to wonder when everything will return to normal.
As Christians and belonging to a culture that has Christian foundations we need to remember that things changed dramatically just over 2000 years ago. Jesus came to bring change and all the changes he desires to bring are for our good. Basically, it really depends on what we perceive to be 'normal'. Isn't it interesting that we almost always attach the words 'back to' before 'normal' when we use it?
The really important message for us to accept is that when we decide to follow Jesus, we decide to enter into a journey; a journey with Him. The thing that we often find hard to accept is that the journey we are on is one from the abnormal to the normal; that is God's eternal blessing for us. Unconsciously we become used to and "normalised" to the culture around us. J.B. Phillips paraphrased the wording of Romans 12:1-2 so well: "Don't let the world around you squeeze you into it's own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within."
As we move into 2021 blessed by an oasis of peace, health, and relative prosperity we can be reassured that as we trust in God for our future he will lead us to a life of joy and blessing.
Merry Christmas and thank you to those who joined us this morning for our Christmas service.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
For many folk in New Zealand today, and indeed throughout much of the rest of the world, the historic fact of Christmas is an inconvenient truth. Because it is an inconvenient truth people often go to extraordinary lengths to avoid and even to deny the truth that presents itself right before them every year.
There appears to still be millions of Americans who purport to be convinced that the USA election was stolen from Donald Trump and that he will remain the president after January 20. We Christians live within a community that seems to be convinced that the Christmas season remains valid and important without Jesus.
The irony of maintaining that attitude towards Christmas is, of course, that the Christmas season would not exist if it were not for the birth of Jesus, God's only Son, among us. Not only so but the culture of plenty in which we live would not exist if the government of law under which we live was not largely based on the teaching and example Jesus gave during His time among us. Even the mantra "Be kind," which became the underpinning of all that has kept us sane, healthy and functioning over the past year, stems directly from Jesus' words in Matthew 7:12.
And so we give because God first gave to us, we respect each other because, amazingly, in spite of everything, God first respected us. 1 John 4:10 tells us "This is what love is: It is not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven." Precisely because we are forgiven we should put Christ at the centre of our Christmas and the knowledge that he is there should be the most authentic gift (charis) we can give this Christmas time.
Friday morning as I watched the news, the TV went blank. There was suddenly no picture. I didn’t expect that! We have become used to the reliability of our TV broadcast signal and find an interruption very unusual. As it happens what I had been watching returned after a short break, and although there were a few minor interruptions over the next few minutes, things returned to normal.
We become so used to expecting that our future will continue as usual, don’t we? Of course, that picture of the future that we have subconsciously in our minds is built from what we have experienced in the past, although always hovering in the background is the expectation that things could change without warning. Often, when we look back we realise that there were indications that pointed towards that which we had not yet experienced.
Individual reaction to the unexpected is always personal and always emerges from our personal mindset which again has been developed from our collected experiences and learning from the past. Basically, that develops our attitude to hope and from that emerges, either joy and curiosity, or fear and despair which, in itself, depends on whether we understand that God is a creator God or something that we cannot know or experience.
We find all of that in the records we have of people’s reactions to the first Christmas 2,000 years ago and it is interesting that those same reactions occur today as we contemplate the truth of Christmas again. It asks again whether our mindset and heartset is one that expects the unexpected with joy?
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Celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus on Christmas Day at St Andrew's Church.
Join us for a Traditional Service at 9am.
Suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favour rests!"
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This Sunday's message is from one of our Elders, Gareth Williams.
Titled "Our Story", Gareth will be sharing from Genesis 45 of the great impact that the minor things we do in life can have in the grand scheme of God's plan.
Join us for one, or both, of our Sunday services, at 9am for our traditional service, and 10.30am for our family service.
I find it interesting that one of the phrases emerging from the Covid 19 experience we all have had in New Zealand, and locked in our memory, is the Prime Minister’s constant reminder to the nation to “Be kind.” For those of us who take seriously the Word of God it has added weight as it just happens to be an almost exact rendition in modern contemporary English of the Old Testament description of God’s attitude towards us of “loving kindness”.
We tend to have some difficulty in normal English usage of dealing with, and fully expressing what we are trying to convey, when we use the word love. At the core of this difficulty is the fact that we only have the one word for love and at the same time, both in our conversation and thought, tend to give less weight to our periphery usage of the words kindness, companionship, liking and attraction. Indeed, for the last, we tend to consider that it is in a category all by itself but strangely still use the word ‘love’ for it.
The contrast, and we must admit, the almost impossible challenge for those of us who know Jesus, is his command “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”. How do we fit that into our Christian understanding and into our behaviour? That, and everything that lies in between, is a challenge indeed.
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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.
I am the good Shepherd, the good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
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I have never been blind. I don’t know what it is like to never be able to really picture the immediate environment around me. So apart from when I open my eyes in the morning, and that takes some doing sometimes, I have never experienced the joy, wonder and amazement of seeing the world for the first time. For that matter, I have never experienced being dead yet either.
When John, at the very beginning of his gospel in chapter 1 verse 4 makes the statement “The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to mankind.” He transmigrates across the normally accepted boundaries between the physical life that we know and the spiritual reality that we yearn for. In doing so he re-introduces us to a metaphor that Jesus used in a number of ways as he tried to get across to his disciples and those around him the solid realities of why he came into this world.
We have been looking at Jesus statement “I am the way, the truth and the life!” and in doing so examining the implications of taking Jesus statement seriously. If he really is the only way to enjoy a close relationship with God and if he really is Truth personified, and if he truly is The Life, what are the implications for me in becoming immersed in that Life? How will that affect my worldview? Is Jesus really saying that only then will I be able to view the World?
Are you looking for somewhere to hold your next function or event?
St Andrew's is available for hire. This includes auditorium, hall, cafe, industrial kitchen, meeting room, children's area, and plenty of parking.
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Two very inexperienced and uncertain hunters were on safari through the African bush when they came on very clear lion spore heading along the track. One of them, obviously a little quicker than the other, said “Why don’t you go that way and see where he’s got to and I’ll go that way and see where he’s come from!"
It is often said that if we want to know where we are going, it helps if we know where we have come from. While this may be true, it really helps if we can have total faith in the foundations of our faith; that we know where we are going because the foundation of our faith is traveling with us and is, as Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) tells us, both “the author and finisher of our faith”.
And that is important, not because we have been told, or because we have read about it, but because we know him and trust him. When Jesus says, “I Am… the truth”, he is making a statement about truth and about himself that is on an entirely different and unique level that we will find nowhere else. So just as when you are hunting lions, knowing where Jesus has come from can be interesting, but seeking where Jesus is now can be the most dangerous but exciting thing you will ever do.
Join us on Sunday at 9am or 10.30am
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"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;"
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Yesterday we had the privilege of hearing from Glenn Carter, Director of Asian Outreach NZ.
Glenn shared of the amazing work that the Tsoogoo family, partnered with AO and supported by St Andrew's, has been able do in Mongolia. Pictured here is Glenn with one of our missions leaders, Shirley Seed. Thanks to Shirley and some amazing women working fabulously for months, Mongolian children will have a warmer winter. Some of the pieces are even hand spun Mongolian Camels wool, and some are from NZ Merino. Beautiful knitting, well done ladies!!
If you would like to learn more/support the work of the Tsoogoo family in Mongolia you can go here: https://asianoutreach.org.nz/mongolia/
Overseas Project Donations Account: 01-0434-0091261-02 (specify the project the “reference” field) Church planting, Winter Kits for kids, Lifeskills Values Education and Leadership training.
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Sunday 8th of November we have Glenn Carter, Director of Asian Outreach New Zealand sharing at both our 9am and 10.30am service.
Asian Outreach NZ is a Christian, non-governmental organisation that has been empowering and transforming the lives of families across Asia for more than 45 years.
Come and be inspired by what God is doing through AO Mongolia.
There will be an opportunity to give a koha towards their Mongolia mission.
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St Andrew's is praying for our new Ordained Presbyterian Minister.
Applications are open now. Please contact our Ministry Settlement Board Convener, Rev Reece Frith with expressions of interest or for more information: [email protected]
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Pictures from Ladies Night, Talking with Your Kids about Jesus, here at St Andrew's last night. It was a powerful evening of ministry to ladies who came from Ngaruawahia, Waihi, Matamata and here. We were encouraged, inspired and equipped for our mothering journey.
Thank you to Natasha Crain for sending a special message and writing such an amazing resource for parents, to those who shared their testimony, Shirley Seed, Sarayah Smith, Lillybeth Melmoth, April Fullr, to Natalie Wye who shared a message about apologetics and engaging children in faith conversations, to Ngere Paul who led prophetic worship, to Kimber Mahoney for being a brilliant hostess, to Gayel Patterson for leading our Spirit filled corporate prayer over our families, to Lyn Bowen our sound lady, to Bev Lee and co our catering experts, to Kim Hoogstraten for all the extras, to Jessica Seed our welcome lady, to Gareth Williams and the fbc team for taking care of the children and to Truth with Grace Apologetics for bringing together an amazing group of people to build and strengthen the Kingdom of God.
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Ladies Night 'Talking with Your Kids about Jesus' is this Friday night from 6.30pm!
We have mother's testimonies, worship, childcare, supper, and a guest speaker.
Wife, mother of 3 men, and mother in-law. Shirley will be sharing an inspiring Mother's Testimony from her wealth of knowledge of raising young men with Jesus.
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Well and truly gone are the days that when an authority spoke we accepted that what they said was true. That group of authorities was generally made up of a collection of politicians, teachers, Church leaders, lawyers and any who appeared to know what they were talking about. A combination of the proliferation of news and the Internet has changed all that and has left the bewildered public struggling to work out what is truth and what is not. In some respects that has always been the case, of course, as individuals have tried to determine who to believe from the cacophony of vociferous voices. Recall Pilot’s exasperated comment as Jesus stood before him, “What is truth”?
As we are daily bombarded with competing opinions on just about everything, how are we to come to any intelligent opinion about what is true or false? Particularly when we unquestioningly rely on so many others we do not know, who also have a personal opinion, for the very information we hear and read about?
When we read in John 14: 6 that Jesus said “I am the way…”, we find that he went on to proclaim, “I am the truth…”, which immediately raises the question, was he meaning ‘truth’ as we struggle to discern it today? Surrounded by the many and various opinions that besiege us we are aware that ‘truth’ comes in various shapes, sizes, colours and even smells! In Jesus’s declaration that He is the truth at least we have an anchor or rational foundation on which we can build our personal viewpoint.
Join us this Sunday to hear more on Jesus is the Truth at either 9am or 10.30am.
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Our Sunday Family Service is looking a little different these days....
Join us in the hall for a time of fellowship and worship from 10.15am.
Our Traditional Service begins at 9am in the Church with morning tea after the service.
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A reminder of God's deep love for you this day. His love poured into your hearts through the blessing of His Holy Spirit.
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The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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Shoreline Calvary is a Christian church that meets in Mount Maunganui,New Zealand. We are affiliated with Calvary Chapel.
in Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. We offer traditional and modern Anglican services, including baptisms, weddings and funerals.
We are a community of people who have discovered this amazing life offered to us freely through Jesus Christ.
9am & 10.30am Sundays at the Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way -behind Baywave and skate park
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