Monthly Archives: November 2015

Blurb – November 29th

Category : Newsletter Blurb

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 nobody else has; and to hear someone else’s story we not only learn about them and their walk with God, but we also learn about a gracious loving God that blesses His people and hopefully learn about ourselves as well. One of the things we have to learn is that our story with God can and should be shared to build others and to proclaim His goodness and the good news. When was the last time you shared your story with someone?

But wait, there’s more
Next week we have a guest speaker coming in to share his story. It’s a ‘must not miss’ story… Derick is going to share how he coped with depression and how God ministered to him through it and bought him to a place of wholeness. Depression is often the ‘elephant’ in the room that nobody wants to talk about – but we here in this church talk about all sorts of things, so why not depression? He’s a good bloke, Derick, and so I encourage you not to make next week a ‘let’s skip church’ week.
But wait there’s more
Joel is running a concert evening at our place next Friday and Strahan is the guest artist. Strahan was here in church a few years back and we all appreciated his ministry amongst us…so for $10 you can come and enjoy…see Joel for more details.

Blessings
Kevin


blurb 29th November 2015

Category : Newsletter Blurb

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 nobody else has; and to hear someone else’s story we not only learn about them and their walk with God, but we also learn about a gracious loving God that blesses His people and hopefully learn about ourselves as well. One of the things we have to learn is that our story with God can and should be shared to build others and to proclaim His goodness and the good news. When was the last time you shared your story with someone?

But wait, there’s more
Next week we have a guest speaker coming in to share his story. It’s a ‘must not miss’ story… Derick is going to share how he coped with depression and how God ministered to him through it and bought him to a place of wholeness. Depression is often the ‘elephant’ in the room that nobody wants to talk about – but we here in this church talk about all sorts of things, so why not depression? He’s a good bloke, Derick, and so I encourage you not to make next week a ‘let’s skip church’ week.
But wait there’s more
Joel is running a concert evening at our place next Friday and Strahan is the guest artist. Strahan was here in church a few years back and we all appreciated his ministry amongst us…so for $10 you can come and enjoy…see Joel for more details.

Blessings
Kevin


blurb 22 November 2015

Category : Newsletter Blurb

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 – we could work 50 hours each, and get ourselves a 30 year mortgage to live in a Rototuna McMansion if we wanted to. The exciting part is that we are in a position to be able to buck the trend and see where it leads us!

Obviously our tiny house will have space constraints, leading us to start clearing out our stuff even this early in the game. We have been forced to consider why on earth we bought all this ‘stuff’ in the first place! We have been selling, donating and throwing out. I was always sure the experience would be a positive one, but boy did I underestimate it! We both never realised how enslaved we were to all this stuff, until we began to ruthlessly cut it out of our lives! How freeing!

Not only are we freer not to own stuff, but we are freer not to buy the stuff in the first place! Caleb takes great delight in not walking aimlessly around shopping malls while I look for rubbish to throw money at. Haha. We have honestly been surprised at all the areas in our life the tiny-house-ideas have filtered through – we’ve convinced family to all take a holiday away together this Christmas instead of buying gifts! Quality time instead of stuff – I think that’s what we all really want after all.

Hannah


Blurb : November 15th 2015

Category : Newsletter Blurb

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?

As I was day dreaming an image of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet came to mind. Imagine if it happened – if Jesus turned up today and said he wanted us to wash each others’ feet next Sunday. Literally. I reckon we’d feel a bit nervous. Feet are so personal and private and can be really messy. But that’s what Jesus came to do, right? Wash us. Make us clean.

I imagine what’d happen is at church the next week, the congregation would turn out full of people who don’t need their feet washed. Some of you went and got a pedicure. We’d fiercely pumice-scraped away all the rough dead skin, and neatly trimmed our toenails. No unsightly blisters or verrucas or ingrained dirt. Nice pretty feet.

What would it say about our belief in God, if we thought we needed to be clean before we could meet with Christ?

See I think that if Jesus wanted me to wash your smelly feet, I’d do it. “OK Jesus,” I’d say. “Let’s serve these people. Look at how humble I’m being.” But what about the other end of humility; to let someone else wash yours? What about the vulnerability it’d take to be exposed in that way, to let people see the unwashed mess that’s going on inside your shoes?

The theme for Hui this year was the acronym “Humility – Unity – Intimacy” which is meant to be a description of the church. Foot washing came up a few times. As it happens there’s two sides to that coin. Jesus challenges us to love our neighbours in all their messiness.

How much more of a challenge to let ourselves be loved by them in all of ours?

Mark Day