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Renee Snell

Renee Snell is new on staff here at Hillcrest Baptist Church. She is our admin and reception person and loves talking to pre-schoolers about Jesus. She has been at HBC since her university days where she studied for a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure degree. She is married to Tim and they have 3 lovable rogues, Connie,

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Blurb August 21st 2016

My heart is heavy as I share in the grief and pain of family and friends. This past week, I received news of a shocking fishing accident that left my uncle blind in one eye. Two days later, a friend was hospitalised for a severe heart attack. Last night, a friend’s baby boy suddenly passed

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Blurb April 03 2016

Sometimes I find the decisions I make frustrate me. No I’m not talking about the washing machine saga but rather that I have made a roster for others to partake in writing the blurb for the newsletter. Now that sounds all wrong as I re-read it. I love that others are writing the blurb, honest,

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Blurb 13th March 2016

Year-Quarter Reflection on Fruitfulness I’ve got a list I’m working at: the fruit I want to bear. Achievement schemes; hopes and ancient dreams. Plants I’ve faithfully watered for years. New soils prepared as I widen the orchard walls, New varieties to explore. There’s always more to do. I hope the hard work pays off and

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Blurb 06th March 2016

Good morning. We are all sinners. It’s a statement of truth. We are all hypocrites. That’s a statement of truth and if you want to deny it – well – you crunch the numbers. Talking about crunching numbers, I’ve done a bit of that since last week’s sermon. It wasn’t a sermon I liked delivering

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Blurb 28th February 2016

Hi Church family, Do you struggle sometimes to make time to listen to God? I do. In fact, I have made it my personal goal for this year to improve in this area. Here are some of my reflections on this so far: Why is it so hard for me to listen to God? –

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Blurb 21st February 2016

This year has started as last year finished for us, which is very busy. To add to this Heidi decided to complete her Masters this year which meant she needed to be in Dunedin for a short introductory course. We utilised this time as a family to get away but it just so happen to

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Blurb 14 Feb 2016

Hi everyone I came across this poem the other day. It challenged the way I view what being poor is so I thought I would share it with you and let you come to your own conclusions. BEING POOR Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs. Being poor is having to live with

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Blurb: 07 February 2016

It’s been a funny old week. In this role as pastor I end up journeying with people and at any given moment you have to be prepared for a sudden change in circumstances. There are highs and lows around every corner. It’s been a privilege to walk with Doris and her family during this week

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Blurb 31st January 2016

I’m back. Yes, after a good break over the last month I’m back and rearing to go. As always my first message for the year sets the scene – sets the direction of where we are heading as a church for the next part of our exciting journey together. Sadly I didn’t check the calendar

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Blurb 13th December 2015

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, particularly later in his life, had little to rejoice about on Christmas. He was living under the authority of one of the most evil, unjust, racist regimes since the beginning of time. How was any German citizen to interpret the “good tidings of great joy” which had supposedly arrived with the birth of

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Blurb December 06 2015

C.S. Lewis was not very pleased with the way many who bear Christ’s name celebrate Christ’s birth: He writes in God in the Dock “What Christmas Means to Me” Three things go by the name of Christmas. One is a religious festival. This is important and obligatory for Christians; but as it can be of

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Blurb – November 29th

Last weekend I was away. This weekend I’m back. And today is a day that I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Why? I’ve asked three of our own amazing people to share a bit of their stories and their journey with God. We all have a story and it’s a unique story that

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blurb 29th November 2015

Last weekend I was away. This weekend I’m back. And today is a day that I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Why? I’ve asked three of our own amazing people to share a bit of their stories and their journey with God. We all have a story and it’s a unique story that

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blurb 22 November 2015

Caleb and I have recently embarked on the exciting adventure of building for ourselves a teeny tiny house! One of the most drastic, unexpected exciting parts has been the changes in our perception to consumerism – the preoccupation with buying more and more things. We are not building a tiny house out of material necessity

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Blurb : November 15th 2015

I hate wearing shoes. Can’t stand it. They’re hot, restrictive and I don’t see the point. I admit the exceptions, like blizzards and on worksites. They might save you from falling objects and frostbite. Otherwise, no thanks. I was thinking about this at the Baptist Hui last week: why do we wear shoes to church?

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blurb – October 11th

After the farce of last Sunday regarding our wedding anniversary and chocolate missiles, I think it appropriate I write a little about it. On Thursday 8th October Kathryn and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. Now 18 years is nothing compared to some of you and a lifetime for others. Given that the odds of

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Blurb 4th October

I’ve been interested in the evolution of the blurb in the newsletter since handing it over to other writers. I love ‘hearing’ the voice of others but todays one is from me…and so it’s going to be a basic non- amazing practical write. Firstly due to a few hiccups and running out of time last

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Blurb 27 September 2015

I’m not the most talkative person in the church, so one of the nice things about being on the elder’s team is hearing all the stories of people just getting things done. Call it vision, drive, or just scratching an itch, but we are in sum a really awesome community, and I’m proud to be

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Blurb 13 September 2015

“What’s your favourite colour, Mikaela?” I asked my granddaughter. “Blue” came the answer – but just to set the record straight, it’s now pink! What’s my favourite flower? I can’t decide as it changes with each season! How can I choose when God has done such a fantastic job? What’s your favourite verse or Psalm?

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blurb 6th September 2015

There was a loud scream! Bloodcurdling scream! Much yelling! I wandered casually towards the commotion and burst out laughing…in fact I thought it was hilarious…but apparently that was not the ‘required’ text book response! Let me back up a bit…. As you know the household of one wife, one husband and one child have been

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Blurb 30 August 2015

I am not a people person. This is a fixed belief I have held about myself for decades. A friend recently challenged me on this. ‘I think you are a people person,’ he said. This took me by surprise. But as I took a fresh look at myself I saw a surprising thing. God has

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Blurb August 23rd

Love, what does it mean to you? Loving your neighbour as yourself. What does it mean to you? After all Jesus said “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have

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Blurb; August 16th 2015

Hi everyone the last couple of months as CAP Manager has been a bit of an eye opener for me. I have seen clients who are in extreme financial and physical poverty and at the same time surrounded by people who I perceive to have everything in serious spiritual poverty. I’ve come to learn that

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blurb August 9th 2015

These past few months I have been challenged by the words of a song called “I Believe in Jesus”. The song simply states the gospel. With the busyness of life I often need a reminder of what God has done for me. Why then with everything that God has done for me do I find

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blurb 02 August 2015

It’s so much fun…and a little bit stressful. The bills keep flowing and the money keeps going out to match them coming in. But it’s fun. Then on top of that, there’s all the decisions to make…but the ‘boss’ does most of that. That for me is the easy part. I just let go the

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Blurb: 26 July 2015

A verse that’s been on my mind lately is 2 Corinthians 12:9. Paul talks about boasting in weaknesses because God’s “power is made perfect in weakness”. Does this seem really weird to you? Why would we boast in our weaknesses? What does it mean to boast in our weaknesses? How does our weakness make God’s

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Blurb 19 July 2015

Let me tell you about a great bunch of kids that I get to hang out with most weeks on a Sunday morning… Clive and I do the intermediate age programme which varies in numbers from 3 one week up to 10 another week. It’s a lovely age to work with … they’re lots of

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Blurb – 12 July 2015

So you missed the Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner? That’s a shame. It was a well organised, well run and a very entertaining evening.Upon arrival guests were greeted with a drink with enough punch to break the nerves for those awkward new introductions. Standing there in the foyer your eyes were drawn to the piles of snow

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Blurb: 05 July 2015

Sometimes I worry. Sometimes I worry about the pastor of the church I go to. I mean what sort of a pastor uses the word ‘Boom’ as a theological word describing the work in the kingdom? And yet I get it – a dynamic demonstration of the power of God and the furthering of His

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Blurb 28.06.2015

I’ve been reading a book lately about the way we think.  It’s full of those “aha!” moments, where I realise that the author has stated what I do all the time, and when he does he exposes biases and twisted logic that until now I “knew” were fair. One twist to the way we think

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Blurb 21 June 2015

Welcome all. I hope you have had a great week.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts about the CAP journey so far.It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since my commissioning as CAP Manager.  Thank you again for all your support because as Paul said this is something that needs

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Blurb 14.06.2015

So often, what’s wrong in the world is actually a distortion of something which is very good. For instance food is meant to be good for us but too much or too little or the wrong kind can be very bad. Or think about sex. In relation to this question I mean. You’re probably reading this in church for

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Blurb 7th June

  Hope you’ve all had a great week. I had an interesting one, especially on Wednesday evening. I did something that I hadn’t done since way before I was married – so that’s a long time ago. It’s like the old saying about riding a bike, you never forget how; you just need to give

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Blurb 31.05.2015

We had people around the other night and someone mentioned their claim to fame. I very proudly showed of my claim to fame – my first tomato for the season. I enjoy pottering around in my garden but there is a great sense of achievement when you can grow something out of season. Mind you

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Blurb 24-05-2015

Am I allowed to be honest? I struggle. Oh no I hear you think – he’s going loopy, he will need stress leave. No, no, no, it’s not that kind of struggle! I struggle. Oh no I hear you think – he’s got a sin problem, a big hidden sin problem. No, no, no, it’s

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Blurb 10-05-2015

Hi. Been pondering about things a little and came across this from Rodger E Olsen… My experience is that the richer and more educated we evangelicals and Baptists become the less likely we are to really believe in or expect miracles. We relegate the supernatural to the inner world of persons believing that God can

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Blurb 26-04-2015

I’ve been reading. In the book that I’m ploughing through, the question is posed: What is the church? Why “church”? The author then gives his short answer – ‘the Holy Spirit forms church to be a colony of heaven in the country of death. Church is the core element in the strategy of the Holy

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Blurb 19-4-2015

What a tuff week. Two incidences in particular – the first was when I got home one day and the ‘one I love’ asked me to whack out some coprosma’s that were due for removal. I don’t mind hard yakka so I took to it with all the passion of a man in love –

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Blurb 12-4-2015

It was a pretty emotional weekend for the disciples of Jesus. They had really believed they were heading towards victory in Jerusalem. Then there was the shock of Jesus’ capture and their betrayal and abandonment of him. Judas hanged himself; Peter lingered around to see what happened but ended up denying Jesus. The rest of them were

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Blurb 29-03-2015

The season is changing. The nights are getting cooler. The leaves are starting to change colour. The lambs are fattening out nicely. In fact Rambo’s mini-me, the young ram lamb – his life is going to change dramatically soon. Every time I look at him I start salivating and reaching for the mint sauce! And

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Blurb 22-03-2015

Hi. As I promised last week – here is a poem. This was written by one of the participants who spent a few hours with God last Saturday morning at Lin Chu’s listening for God prayer time. We were encouraged to be still and allow God to speak to us from His ‘other book’ –

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Blurb 15-3-2015

I have options! To tell the story about weeds or tell the story about maggots – that is the question? Ok, weeds it is. Does God speak through nature? Last Saturday the ‘boss’ asked over breakfast what I wanted to achieve during the day. Just the word ‘achieve’ is so loaded with the ominous heaviness

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Blurb 8-3-2015

It’s a good day. A great day.  Not because I get a day off from preaching but rather that I’m so looking forward to hearing from The Principle of Carey Baptist College. He’s a good man, maybe even a great man – coz he’s a man who puts into practice what he preaches! At the

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