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Devotion for 6 April - A beautiful thing

Kia Ora and good morning Cambridge Baptist and friends.  Thank you all for your great feedback on our Palm Sunday Service.  Over the last few days there has been a lot of debate about whether the government made the right decision in putting up the minimum wage and doubling the winter power subsidy for the elderly last week, given how much money it take to keep the economy running during the COVID-19 crisis.  Some have gone so far to say it’s a waste of much needed money. ...

April 6, 2020

Devotion for 3 April - Dealing with injustice

Kia Ora Cambridge Baptist and our friends from Taumarunui Baptist, You know if we had any doubt about human depravity watching people fight in our supermarkets for toilet paper should have cured us of that notion.  But I must admit the news report on Wednesday that someone had stolen a a COVID-19 testing station tent in Botany was a new low on my depravity scale.  Some people would suggest that it would serve them right to catch the virus from the tent - but hey I couldn’t possibly c...

April 3, 2020

Devotion for 2 April - Letting go of our idols

Kia Ora Cambridge Baptist and our friends in Taumarunui, how’s the cabin fever going? One of the biggest ironies for me about being in lock down as a sports lover is now that I have the time to watch sports and a free pass to do so, there is no live sport to watch. No rugby, no basketball and no Premier League.  In one foul swoop the Coronavirus has taken a hammer to that Kiwi idol and laid waste to it. In today’s passage we see that God through the prophet Isaiah has a few things to sa...

April 2, 2020

Helen Vaughan - Church COVID-19 Advisor

Kia Ora church family As we are negotiating this new and strange way of life and getting into the rhythm of being at home all the time, it’s important to take care of our mental health as well as our physical health and spiritual health. Jonathan has been supporting us in our spiritual health with his frequent blog and our wonderful on line church service. Here are a few suggestions for other areas of our lives. Mental health Take time to chat with family and friends and neighbours by phone...

April 1, 2020

Devotion for 1 April 2020 - Our Deliverer

Kia Ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, In trawling through social media this week, I have noticed there has been a lot discussion about what makes a good leader in a time of crisis.  Most people’s consensus is that our prime minister is actually doing as good as job as could be expected, and certainly better than many of her overseas counterparts, although some health professionals and people in the media have questioned why the government took so long to shut New Zealand’s borders, in ...

April 1, 2020

Tania Langhorn - He makes us lie down

As John and I settle in for the next four or so weeks, I am so grateful that I am not doing this alone.  And yet I know there are so many of my friends who are in a different position to me in that they are alone. Having been in that position myself up until 12 years ago, I know just how difficult it is handling this sort of situation. That is why it is so important that we don’t just focus on ourselves but rather cast our eyes outwards to those people who will be lonely and struggling to...

March 31, 2020

Devotion for 31 March 2020 - Buying food and drink that satisfies

Kia Ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, I am sure  your household like mine is adjusting to the new normal.  One of things we have noticed in our family bubble is that shopping for food has now become much more of a chore than it used to be, with limits on certain items and long lines for staples like bread and meat. And to my two daughters’ dismay, who love baking, acute shortages on baking products like flour and yeast.  However, when it comes down to it we are so blessed ...

March 31, 2020

A devotion from our National Leader

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March 30, 2020

Devotion for 30 March - A time of shaking

Kia Ora Cambridge Baptist and friends from Taumarunui, I trust you have survived your first weekend in lock down. For those guys who are finally having to do all things you told your wife you would eventually get round to doing when you had time - I feel your pain.  In today’s devotion from Redeemer  we see that Haggai was trying to encourage the Jews to carry through with their promise to rebuild the temple of God, but the form of encouragement he gives them is not what you would e...

March 30, 2020

Being Salt and Light in Isolation

We are in unchartered territory at the moment. For most people, we have never lived through times where we are being asked to isolate from our friends, family and community. For many it’s a great worry, and the thought of not seeing people for an extended period of time can bring great anxiety. Mix this in with the worries of catching a virus which could, for some people, have serious consequences. However, this may be the greatest opportunity for evangelism that we have seen in our ...

March 28, 2020

Why does God allow suffering from Christianity Explored

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March 28, 2020

Devotion for 27 March 2020

Kia Ora Cambridge Baptist Family and friends from Taumarunui, I trust you and your family are doing well.   The COVID-19 virus became very real to Fiona and I yesterday when it was confirmed that some of the staff at the rest home where my mother-in-law is cared for have tested positive for the virus.  As a result my mother-in-law and the rest of the patients have been confined to their rooms and aren’t allowed visitors.  Because my mother-in-law has advanced dementia she...

March 27, 2020

A GOD OF MIRACLES - DELIA EDMEADES

Thoughts from 15 years ago:  As New Zealand goes into COVID 19 total lock down, I turned back to the journal Greg kept during our time in Seattle.  On March 23, 2005 we checked in to my hospital room at the University of Washington Medical Centre, where I was about to face the biggest battle of my life.  By then, just like now, we were used to social isolation – no handshakes; no hugs; no visitors except Greg. Most people we met in the hospital corridors kept a respectful 2 metr...

March 27, 2020

Devotion 26th March

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and a big shout out to our friends at Taumarunui Baptist who are tuning in as well.  Be encouraged as you head into your first day of Lock down.  You are not alone - we are praying for you and help is only a phone call away if you need it.  Remember this our opportunity to show where our faith and hope is. May God's peace and protection be on you.Pastor Jonathan...

March 26, 2020

Devotion 25th March

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist family and friends, I trust you have completed all your preparations for being in isolation for 4 weeks.  Let us know if you need any help.  This morning I share some encouraging words from Isaiah 61:1-3 as even in isolation, we turn our hearts towards Easter and remember what Christ has done and is doing for those He loves.May God give you his peace and protection.Pastor JonathanP.S.  A big thank you to all those who helped fill the church freezers ...

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Kia ora church family and friends,As we head into at least 4 weeks of lock down, I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4: 8 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair”.   Undoubtedly this period of time is going to be emotionally, spiritually and financially difficult for many of us.  Relationships will be strained, tempers may fray and boredom will set in, but as Christians we do not need to despair for we have...

March 24, 2020

Some COVID-19 Advice ​- Helen Vaughan

Good day Church, here are a few suggestions to help us all through these unusual times. In addition to doing all that we have been told by the government, we can:Accept that ‘uncertainty’ is as anxiety-provoking as the disease itself. Try to stop yourself catastrophising the future and try to stay present in the moment. Remembers Jesus invitation to attend to today but leave tomorrow alone (Matthew 6:34).Do only the things that you have been instructed to do. As tempting as it may be to dig ...

March 23, 2020

Jacindamania -Just further evidence we want a king and not a servant leader

Eight weeks ago polls showed that just one in four people in New Zealand supported the Labour Party.  However, on election night that support had risen dramatically and Labour received over 36% of the popular vote, and now has a real chance with New Zealand First and the Greens of forming the next government. What ‘s interesting about Labour’s sudden rise in fortunes is that apart from a change of leadership the policies of the party haven’t really changed - they are still concerned ...

September 28, 2017

DON'T LET ALTERNATIVE FACTS KEEP YOU FROM SALVATION

On 21 January 2017, the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in his first press briefing after the election of President Trump, accused the media of deliberately underestimating the size of the crowd for President Trump's inaugural ceremony and stated that the ceremony had drawn the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration –both in person and around the globe". However, aerial pictures of Trump's and Obama's inaugurations put side by side showed that Spicer's claims were incorrect...

August 22, 2017

Don't put Jesus back in the tomb after Easter

Easter is over.The Easter buns are no longer being buttered and the Easter eggs have been eaten. All that remains is a scrap of brightly coloured tinfoil hiding under a bush in the garden, left behind after the children's Easter egg hunt. And Jesus has been put safely back in the tomb for another year. What do I mean? Well, on Good Friday, the faithful in quiet contemplation attended Good Friday services and meditated on Christ's sacrifice. On Sunday morning churches were packed with people to c...

May 11, 2017

Should Christians make New Year Resolutions?

Because it's my first blog for the year I thought I would start by answering that age old question, should Christians make New Year Resolutions? When I was younger I used to be in the habit of making New Year resolutions. Like most people it was either to exercise more, eat less or find a better work life balance. Unfortunately these resolutions never seemed to last past the month of February. So in recent years I have shied away from making resolutions because God expects us to keep our promise...

February 24, 2017

The virgin shall be with child: A sign of hope and a warning to all

Christmas is a reminder that we are called to have steadfast hope in the most bleakest of situations. As we go through life one thing is certain we all will have trouble.We may lose our job. We may experience a serious financial setback.Our health may deteriorate.We may lose a love one or be betrayed by someone we hold dear.And as these dark clouds roll in it is tempting to give into despair. Nearly 800 years before the birth of Christ there was a Judean king named Ahaz who was having one of ...

December 8, 2016

The Great Spring Clean

I love spring. Spring holds the tantalising promise of green pastures, warm summer breezes and long summer days. However traditionally, before the invention of the vacuum cleaner Spring also heralded the time for the annual "Spring Clean" of the home. Spring was often seen as the best time for dusting because it was warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for the insects to swarm through the open windows). And it was a time of year when the coal furnaces weren't running during...

November 11, 2016

Looking for a Greater Prize

The XXXl Olympic Games in Rio is now in its last week and I am sure many of you like me have spent a few hours in front of the TV willing our athletes on to gold. Personally I have to say I have been a little bit disappointed in how we have done in the rugby 7s and the rowing – but that's the Olympics. You can never be certain who is going to win. It is interesting to note that the Olympic Games is one of the few sports the Bible actually mentions. In 1 Corinthians 9:25 the apostle Paul writes...

August 18, 2016

Brexit - Not all Bad

We have all heard of buyer's remorse, when someone splashes out on an expensive item such as a car or designer clothes and then a short time later they experience a sharp sense of regret or guilt over their purchase – often when a suspicion arises that they have been taken in by the seller. However, it would now seem that many people in Britain are now developing "referendum regret" as those who voted "leave" begin to see some of the ramifications of what leaving the EU will mean. Many have in...

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