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Blurb – 17th November 2019

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Kia Ora.

Don’t know if you are but I am looking forward to our Members Meeting in a couple of weeks. Yes, we will do ‘business’ but will spend most of our time talking, discussing and discerning what God is saying and doing and asking of us as we zoom towards 2020!

One of the things we thought we were going to do at the MM was discussing and eventually voting on new elders. This will not be happening as there were no nominations. I know there were people who were asked to consider stepping into this role but they have all declined for differing reasons. But – what do we make of this. Well, we are a people who believe that God is in charge of His church and that He speaks to and through His people. So with no nominations can we presume that God and therefore the Members of HBC are happy, content and in agreement that the Eldership that we presently have are the right elders leading and serving us into the New Year? I think so. This doesn’t mean that we don’t re-visit this important role – it just means that at the moment it remains what it is.

There are other big discussion topics that will be presented at the MM so please make all effort to be there. Non-members are welcome and invited to participate in discussion but if something needs a concrete decision to be made then that’s the Members responsibility. I will be presenting a Draft Annual Plan 2020 for discussion and comment so that everyone can have their say before the AGM early next year.

Blessings,

Kevin


Blurb – 10th November

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“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 1:6-7

There is precious praise and incense that you can offer to God in a season of trial, loss or stagnancy that you cannot offer Him in seasons of blessing and increase. The difference is the COST that comes with praise BEFORE breakthrough.

When we adopt the God-given ‘heavenly perspective’ to know that we were made for an ETERNAL life with Jesus, our eyes awaken to see circumstances for what they truly are in light of the ‘big picture’: temporary and fading. We also awaken to see God for who He truly is in the midst of it all and trusting Him becomes easier. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the secret to peace and prosperity in all seasons because He is THE ONLY true firm foundation.

So, be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.

Robin van Sittert


Blurb – 3rd November

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Well family, I’ve got some news. Last week I handed in my notice at Wintec. I’ll be finishing up at the end of the year. It’s been hard work, especially juggling that role with my commitments here at Church.

I want to thank all of you who have been supportive in words of prayer and encouragement. When I leave Wintec, I will have been working there five years. It was my first paid ministry job after I finished my theology degree, and I’ve learnt a lot.

Here are three lessons from my time at Wintec.

1) God is at work everywhere. So often we wander through life without attending to what God might be doing. But He is living, active, and working all around us. Some of my favourite moments in Chaplaincy were taking opportunities where, even if I was really uncertain, I could sense God doing something.

2) God is at work in everyone. Wintec brought me into contact with a huge variety of people. With eyes to see and ears to hear, I began to recognize that God is always active. You don’t always know what your part in that is, but it’s exciting to find out.

3) God is at work in you and me. He has not closed the book; there is more story to be written. That should fill us with great hope, because even if we’re in a situation we don’t like, or are feeling stagnant, engaging with the living God means anything could happen.

To summarize: God is at work. I hope to take from my time at Wintec the habit of stopping to look around, to the person next to me, and within, and ask: ‘God, what are you up to today?’

Mark Day


Blurb – 29 September 2019

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I want to take a chance to honour a man – Mike Chu!

Mike has been faithfully waiting, waiting to see his passion become reality. You see Mike is the area ambassador for Alpha. Because of that role he isn’t allowed to run an Alpha course but he comes and sees me once or twice a year to see if the timing to run an Alpha course in this church has come. As an Eldership we think we are ready! So what is Alpha? What do they do? Who is it for? What will I have to do? Who is going to run it here at HBC? Who gets invited? And why are we ready now? All good questions and here is the thing – Most of us don’t know! Most of us can’t answer the questions! So this is what we’ve decided to do – we are going to give everyone from the church a chance to experience what Alpha is all about. It’s going to be held on Wednesday evenings next term at the gathering – open to everyone! And what are we trying to achieve? It will give you a chance to experience first-hand what Alpha is all about – which means you might get excited enough to become part of the team to run it next year – and it will give you confidence in inviting other to come and explore who Jesus is – and it gives you the chance to re-visit some of Christianity’s foundational beliefs. This is a great opportunity to learn and grow as a community to become confident in the gospel, how to share with others and the course is a great tool to start discipling others.

Please plan to be there and to commit to it fully! Thanks Mike for your patience.

Kevin Robertson


Blurb – 22nd September 2019

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This year God has been teaching and leading me deeper into prayer. It’s been a real journey and has involved some wonderful times of intimacy with Him.

At the same time I’ve been struggling with being busy and tired, and the other day, I woke up for my prayer time feeling totally flat. Tired, struggling, getting sick. I thought: I don’t have the energy to pray! Still, because I wanted to be disciplined, I went to my prayer place and sat down. Deflated, I said to God: “I’m here God. Is that enough for you?”

And I felt He said this in response:

“Wrong question. I am enough for you.”

Whoah.

I’d forgotten that prayer is a gift, and while it takes some discipline to receive the gift, the discipline serves the relationship and not the other way around. But I’d imagined it was my job to make it happen; my responsibility to invoke a sort of prayerful feeling. Because I didn’t feel up to much, I had begun my prayer time deflated and defeated. I’m very thankful God set my thinking straight.

Earlier this year Kevin preached on learning to carry the ‘easy yoke’ of Jesus. Learning that easy yoke means continually going to Him in prayer, and even more, it means relying on Him for that prayer! Jesus intercedes for us; the spirit groans when we are wordless, and His grace is sufficient in our weakness.

After I heard that word of rebuke, I just lay there listening to some devotional worship music and giving thanks to God for the truths I was hearing. I found rest and peace for that morning. Sometimes we can get so tied up with our own ideas of what we think God wants from us, that we forget to just ask. I encourage you, in prayer and in life, to seek God, and when confronted with things you do not think you can handle, to remember that His grace is enough for you.

Mark Day


Blurb – 1st September 2019

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Have you ever wondered what Pastor’s talk about when they get together? Yes there are the regular day to day things that we always talk about and then there are the occasional discussion topics like the mistakes we have made at weddings and funerals (yikes). And then there is the stuff that we talk about that we just find unpleasant or that we dread. Amongst Baptist circles there is a familiar lament heard about Member’s Meetings! The dread of the Members Meeting – sadly, historically, the Members Meeting has developed into a time and place when people have jostled for power, tried to dominate with their particular ‘insights’ and it’s not been uncommon for there to be arguments and disagreements! BUT and that’s a big but… that is not my reality now.

For the last few Members Meetings it’s been a very rewarding and encouraging time that we have spent together. We are learning to focus on ‘we have the capacity to hear and discern the mind of Christ in our midst’ and it is creating unity and togetherness. Sunday’s evening together was just that – a time of unity as we came together to discuss our values and priorities for next year. At the end of the evening we had agreed on where God is leading us – what we need to focus on – what He is inviting us into – and it doesn’t stop there, as we will need to be courageous and change! I want to warmly thank those who came, for your involvement in prayer and discussion. You are a blessing as we seek to outwork our faithfulness to Jesus as a family.

Blessings, Kevin


Blurb – 18 August 19

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A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried off. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the hat and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again.  The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head at times. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100. This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Kevin Robertson


Blurb – 11th of August 2019

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Mark 6

35 Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. 36 Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”

37 But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money[g] to buy food for all these people!”

38 “How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”

When Jesus asked the disciples what they had, they could have said that they had nothing. All too often I feel like I have nothing to offer anyone, let alone God.

In Zechariah 4:10 it says 10 Do not despise these small beginnings.

The child who brought his 5 loaves and two fish could have thought that this was not enough, as there were five thousand men there. But God used this small amount of food to feed everyone who was there and there was some left over.

So no matter what you have, give it to God. He can multiple it to feed five thousand.

Andrew Thomas


Blurb – 28th July 2019

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Sasha is coming home! She is between courses in her degree with YWAM’s University of the Nations and will be with us for a couple of months. For those who don’t know… Sasha is one of our overseas missionaries that we as a church and some individuals support. It’s going to be great to have her back and for her to be able to reconnect with us all.

Because her finances are tight we want to bless her while she’s here and so the Connect Team have decided to have a fundraising dinner… with a twist!

Introducing … ‘The International Food Festival.’ This will be an event you won’t want to miss! Imagine experiencing food from all around the world without leaving the country.

But we do need your help. We have people from many different nations in our church community and are asking people to volunteer to make a dish representing their culture. We envisage that mostly it would be finger food and/or small dishes so that people can sample a little bit from all the countries’ cuisines. We will pay for any costs to make the food.

And of course we will need people to buy tickets and invite friends, family and neighbours to come along and support this fundraiser for Sasha. So please save the date … 31st August. 

Cheryll Robertson


Blurb – 4th August 2019

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Hi there,

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to spend some time with our Golden Oldies and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also spoke with my Mom last week (who is also a golden oldie) and she was very sad, as her brother passed away, and then there was great excitement in our staff lounge about the birth of little Olive and last but not least, my daughter took me to the movies to go see The Lion King.

The whole circle of life in one week!!! It made me think about my own life… Will I be found having spent my days on Earth being uncompromisingly righteous?

So bear with me as we read 2 Peter 2: 4-10

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;

In conclusion: Salvation belongs to our God, it is impossible for my fleshly nature to please God. It is only when I turn my back on my own flesh when the Holy Spirit convicts me and I respond to that conviction daily in obedience that I become the uncompromisingly righteous bride of Christ.

Cindy van Sittert


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