Sunday, 30 June 2013

Just saying....

Yesterday when praying I got the picture of Jesus being born in a stable and the simplicity of that.  I saw how the three wise men were led by a star and that they were willing to follow that star no matter how far it took them or the cost involved, so as to find the promised Messiah.

It made me think how complex our church services are, how organised, how planned, how much advertising it takes etc etc.  And I started to laugh as I realised how far we have gone from the simplicity of the stable, from the simplicity of the leading of the star, from the cost and the journey it took made by the wise men in pursuing and finding the promised Messiah.  How Jesus, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords was not seen by the religious leaders of the time because he did not come as they expected as a King.  Instead He came opposite to the worldly thinking of the King.  He came in humility, born in a stable, available and accessible for the ordinary person.  Yet He was and Is King.  He didn't need any fancy advertising because those who were looking were found by him.

Just saying.... Lets not get ourselves distracted with things that really don't matter.  Lets keep it simple :)



Thursday, 27 June 2013

A challenge from the Book of Haggai


“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in paneled houses while this house remains a ruin?” This is the word that popped up to me this morning as I sat down and felt I needed to share it here.

Haggai is a wonderful book that reminds us of the right priorities in life, it is only a couple of pages long so take the time to read it in one sitting. 

I quote from the NIV application study bible;

      “Pressures, demands, expectations, and tasks push in from all sides and assault our schedules.  Do!  Be There!  Finish that! Call them!  It seems as though everyone wants something from us – family, friends, employer, school, church, clubs.  Soon there is little left to give, as we run out of energy and time.  We find ourselves rushing through life, attending to the necessary, the immediate, and the urgent.  The important is all too often left in the dust.  Our problem is not the volume of demands or lack of scheduling skills, but values – what is truly important to us.
Our values and priorities are reflected in how we use our resources – time, money, strength, and talent.  Often our actions belie our words.  We say God is number one, but then we relegate him to a lesser number on our “to do” lists.
Twenty-five centuries ago, a voice was heard, calling men and women to the right priorities.  Haggai knew what was important and what had to be done, and he challenged God’s people to respond.”  … Although Haggai is a small book, it is filled with challenge and promise, reminding us of God’s claim on our lives and our priorities.

The people had started to rebuild the temple but then got distracted and busy and the Lords temple got left behind.  Haggai brought the call to start again on what was important and that was to build the Lords house.  But in so doing there was great encouragement of what the Lord would do.
2:6  “This is what the Lord Almighty says; “In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.  I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord Almighty.  The silver is mine and the gold is mind. Declares the Lord Almighty.  The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house, says the Lord Almighty. And in this place I will grant peace, declares the Lord Almighty.”

This is what we look forward to as we build the house of the Lord, His glory and His peace which for me, far outweighs the place in which we often live in that natural when we seek after the temporal things.  So I want to encourage you this morning to see where you are spending your time and resources and perhaps lay aside some of those things which seem important but in reality are just distracting us from the truth and of what we can have in Christ, which is way more than we can ever hope to imagine.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Wednesday Meeting 26th June - Jordan Taylor


Jordan Taylor is coming to share on Wednesday night at Puketaha Hall - 7pm

Come along and join us for a power packed evening!

Jordan is a local who God has touched and transformed and now has been out in China and Mongolia with YWAM. He so desires to be used by God, through the Holy Spirit empowering people to be all they can be in Him. If you need healing in any way, if you need God to do something in your life then come along and allow God to meet you. All welcome!1


Monday, 10 June 2013

Short Term Missions Trip - Why do one?

If you have never done a missions trip why do one?

Matt 28:18-20  The Great Commission - "Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

God's desire throughout all of scripture, both Old Testament and New Testament has always been outward focused, always been 'missional', always been in seeing people come into relationship with himself.  And as Christians our call is also the same call as Jesus is to go into all the world making disciples of all nations.  Whether we go outside our door to our neighbour, in our workplace, or to another town, another nation, we are all called to go and make disciples of all nations.

1.  There are many reasons why to do a short term missions trip but essentially it opens your eyes to things that you have not seen or experienced, it enlarges your world view.
2.  It challenges you to step out of the box that you may find yourself in without even realising it.
3.  Often short term missions trips depending on what you are doing, tend to be more about what the Lord is showing you and teaching you personally in your relationship with Him.
4.  Also it gives opportunity for learning within a team enviornment which in itself shows you things about yourself and how you deal with people.
5.  It is also a blessing to be able to bless, refresh and bring things to those people who you are going to.

There are a lot of benefits of doing a short term missions trip and I have only listed a few that just come to mind.
Short term mission trips have many benefits and so we would encourage you that if you have never done a short term missions trip then we would suggest you pray about whether or not the Lord would have you be involved in one.
We have many resources we can point you towards, different mission organisations, different countries, different connections, so if you are interested at all please feel free to chat with us all the different options out there.

We believe right now there are people who need the next step in their walk in the Lord and this is one of those, so we are considering putting together a trip to the Islands, perhaps the Solomons, Tonga or Fiji.  The reason for this is that it is cheaper to go there, closer and not too difficult for a first time opportunity for a missions trip.  So if this jumps out at you and you believe this might be the next step for you please contact us on 07 8389009 or email us at chamberlin3@farmside.co.nz to register your interest and if we find that there is enough interest we will put together a team and trip in the next few months.

Monday, 3 June 2013

ONLY BELIEVE

The challenge that has been hitting us as seasons change and we cannot see how God is going to do what He says he will do, is simply "only believe'.
That is our entire life's as Christians is faith to believe in what we cannot see.  That is what faith is and still today that is the challenge that is facing Jim and I and I am sure many of you in different ways.  Even after so many times we have seen God come through in every situation and circumstance and then another thing happens and you wonder where your faith has gone, what you believe is it ever going to come to pass and to believe is just too much at times.  That is so easier said than done when you feel like your world is falling down all around you and you cannot see how those promises are going to happen, but to be encouraged in His word and in His grace where His strength comes in to help you believe in what you find difficult to believe in.

So the word for Jim and I at the moment is "only believe"  Someone recently challenged me with Gal 3 which was so good because it's not about our human effort but about Gods goodness.  So I challenge you to have a read of the whole of Gal 3.  In fact the whole book of Galations is great.  Anyway 3:7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.  v9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith...  v11 The righteous will live by faith.
v18  For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise. but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
So believe in the promises of God, wait expectantly for them to come to pass and they will.  It doesn't depend on human effort but on God's goodness.  He will do what he says he will do.