Monthly Archives: February 2016

Blurb 28th February 2016

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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?

– Because I don’t want to be told what to do! What if he tells me to do something I don’t want to do? I like having my own way.
Romans 7:25: This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God’s law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.

And if I don’t listen to God?

– Then I won’t be fruitful. And I’m not really serving God. Because a servant needs to hear his Master’s instructions in order to carry them out.
John 15:5 ‘I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.’

So… my reluctance to take time to listen to God is actually rebellion against him (sin). It is refusal to submit my will to His and it shows lack of trust in his goodness. (ouch!)
Jesus said: ‘I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10)
Let’s make sure we don’t miss out on the joy that comes from a life spent with God. Our Heavenly Father is infinitely wise, abundantly loving, perfectly good. Let’s allow Him to work in and through us, knowing that He wants what is best for us and we can trust Him. It all starts with taking the time to listen to Him.

Domini Martin

Blurb 21st February 2016

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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 coincide with the tenants moving out of the Knighton Road house. As the key person overseeing these houses at present I would like to publicly thank Howard and his team who spent most of Saturday cleaning the Knighton Road house and section. These efforts are very much appreciated and have ensured the house is ready for the new tenants moving in this weekend.
The new tenants are a group of student leaders from Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (TSCF). TSCF is a group on the University Campus which is run by students with the help of one or two paid staff. I was part of TSCF at Canterbury and I see having a hub established will help support and grow this group immensely. Although TSCF is not directly connected with this Church, it is exciting to see the Knighton Road house being used for outreach as this was a key reason this property was purchased.
So I would like to encourage you to pray for this house and these students as they live life, disciple others and open their flat to reach out and support others on the University campus.


Blurb 14 Feb 2016

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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 is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
Being poor is having to live with choices you didn’t know you made when you were 14 years old.
Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends’ houses but never has friends over to yours.
Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.
Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.
Being poor is hoping your kids don’t have a growth spurt.
Being poor is thinking $14.75 an hour is a really good deal.
Being poor is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.
Being poor is hoping you’ll be invited for dinner.
Being poor is your kid’s teacher assuming you don’t have any books in your home?
Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.
Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually stupid.
Being poor is people surprised to discover you’re not actually lazy.
Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.
Being poor is knowing you’re being judged.
Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.

By John Scalz

Confronted I turned to the scriptures. There were many scriptures in regards to being poor but this one scripture did give me some solace. In Deuteronomy 15:11 it says:
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘you shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

This led me to pause for a moment and I asked “God what have I done this week to help those who are poor and in need”?

Matua Mark

Blurb: 07 February 2016

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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 as they have said goodbye to David. The one thing I’ll say here is: What a difference it makes when we face the death of a loved one who is a follower of Jesus and that there is a certainty of the hope of the resurrection and eternal life!
On a totally different topic: What about resurrecting your marriage? I’m going to run a 3 week course in March – Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage -. This is for anyone who is married – doesn’t matter if it’s the worst marriage or the best, this course will give you new insights and understanding that will help you have a great relationship together. For those who want to commit to this – it is best if you are both there! If there is a problem with kids please talk to me and we will see if we can arrange a kid-sitter. This will be on Sunday evenings at the church.
Have a great day

Blurb 31st January 2016

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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 and it’s a long weekend, which, as you know, in Hamilton means ‘mass evacuation’. This means church will be smallish in number and will also be next week when we enjoy yet another long weekend. But we have to make a start so start we will.
An update on Sasha: We waited patiently for a visa for her to go to Oz but it didn’t come in time before she had to leave due to her visa running out. But God had a great plan which He unfolded in the last couple of weeks while she was here. Sasha is now in YWAM Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa. She is going to be a volunteer worker on the base until a DTS starts in late March. Please continue to pray for her as this is a massive opportunity for her and a massive change in direction for her as she is learning to be faithful to the God that loves her.
To finish and hopefully get you thinking – if you could put the vision, the direction that we should take as a church for the year that’s just started into one word…what would that word be?