Commander to the Commander, Apostle to the Apostles - God's Upside-Down Kingdom

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Jesus said the first would be last, the weak would be strong, and the best leaders are servants. These are part of the upside-down kingdom of God. There is another. God often chose women when human societies expected men. Beulah Wood takes a look at some of the female leaders of the Bible.

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Why Pākehā need to know who they are

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Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Unlocking Revelation: 10 keys to unlocking the Bible's final words

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Need a hand understanding the book of Revelation? This could be a good place to start!

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Speaking Life into the World

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You only have to read a little about Jesus’ life to see his compassion for people and ability to bring about change in lives. Can we learn from this? Gary Colville considers this here.

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I Believe in the Church

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It’s no secret that church attendance is falling. Arguments rage about what we should do to regain the size and status we once had. But in the midst of all these debates and challenges, hope has not failed us, as Greg Liston explains.

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What Are We Fighting For? Part II

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This is the second article in this series which considers our response to war and conflict. Having reflected on some gut-wrenching statistics, asked why war happens in the light of this knowledge, and looked briefly at what Scripture shows us, Mick Duncan turns to examine three stances towards war.

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A Faithful Presence

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Euthanasia, war, the next US president - these are just a few of the widely debated issues in today’s society. You probably have some kind of response to each of these topics. But how do we respond God’s way? Rhett Snell considers this.

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Life-Changer

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Engaging young people authentically with the Bible today can be daunting, but it is an amazing opportunity to wrestle with big questions, go deeper, and walk closely through life with others. Adrian Blenkinsop, from Bible Society Australia, gives us some ideas to help young people see the Bible as an essential resource for life.

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Childhood Norms

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Think of the changes in the past two millennia – they are extensive! Our children live lives that would in many regards be unimaginable for the children of Jesus’ time. In this two-part article, Sarah Harris considers a childhood in the Nazareth of Jesus’ day.

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A Glorious Mess - Sharing in the Eternal Worship of the Triune God

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“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.” How do you respond to these six words? Alan Burnett reflects on our response to the beauty of God.

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Hurt in Church

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This month we approached Craig Vernall, our Baptist National Leader, to reflect on hurt in church life. Craig sometimes has to get involved with the fallout when things go wrong in our churches. He shares some of his learnings and reflects on this sensitive subject here.

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The Greatest Journey

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Some mornings after I wake up, I switch on my radio to hear the news. On the hour the announcer begins, “Here is the news read by [whoever is on that morning].” On reflection it seems most of the news these days is bad or troublesome, however I am going to remind us in this article of some really good news which is worthy to embrace... Jim Hurn writes of the hope and joy of eternal life.

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How do you respond?

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How do you respond to the daily complexities and pain in the world? Do you jump right in to help? Do you bury yourself in other things? Andy Shudall reminds us that God was here before any troubles, and he remains faithful - will we remain dependent on God? Roland Peapell provides some thoughts on prayer as part of this reflection.

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It's All About Restoration - Addressing Conflict In Church

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The church is God’s amazing gift to a needy world. But it’s populated by a whole heap of sinners, who may be forgiven and given opportunities for multiple new beginnings, but are nevertheless fallible sinners— actually just like me and maybe even you. And so from its very beginning, followers of Jesus seemingly on a Spirit-led journey, have fought with each other. Rodney Macann shares some biblical reflections on conflict resolution.

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What Are We Fighting For? Part I

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We are presented almost daily with stories of war and conflict, with inevitable associated tragedy. For some, war is a valid response to atrocities in our world. For others, there can never be anything that justifies war. Is there a correct Christian response to war and conflict in our world? Can Scripture help us out? Mick Duncan begins our exploration with the first of a series of articles on this issue.

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October/November 2016 Churches in Action

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Here you will find the births, deaths, marriages, engagements, special birthdays, baptisms, wedding anniversaries and pastoral moves for the period August - September 2016

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“The Light Shines in the Darkness”

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When we work together to transform our world into a place where peace and justice brighten the dark and dangerous places on the planet, we share something of the light of Christ.

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Building Re-Creation into your Life: The Blessing of Sabbatical

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It may just be a psychological game that my mind and body plays on me, but like an athlete in a race who crashes over the finishing line, sabbaticals have always come at the right time for me. Craig Vernall shares his insights about sabbaticals.

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October / November 2015 Churches in Action

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Here you will find the births, deaths, marriages, engagements, special birthdays, baptisms, wedding anniversaries and pastoral moves for the period October/November 2015

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A Conversation with a Neighbour

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Yesterday a neighbour reminded me of something so simple, and yet so vital to my spirituality. Something so simple I often neglect it, put it to the back of my mind, saying it is for other people. Tim Shallard, he does more important things, he doesn't waste his time like that...

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