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May 20, 2020

Devotion for 15 May 2020 - A God who acts in history

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,  As I suspected yesterday, after a hitting the gym for the first time in 6 weeks yesterday I am feeling a bit tender this morning, but what a joy to get out and do something different. But getting on to more important things.  Over the past week I hope you, as I have, have come to see that Psalm 77 has tremendous value for anyone who has ever asked in despair can I really depend on God? Is there any purpose to my existence? Does God really care?&...

May 15, 2020

Devotion for 14 May - Gaining control of our emotions

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,  I hope you all are enjoying the greater level of freedom that level 2 brings.  Later today I am going to me hitting the gym for the first time in 6 weeks.  It could be a painful experience.  Which brings be back to the spiritually painful but important issue I was talking about yesterday, the apparent failure of God to respond to our prayers in times of trouble.  Yesterday I finished my devotion by saying how important it is for ...

May 14, 2020

Devotion for 13 May 2020 - Why won't God answer

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,  For many of us today is our last day of lock down and working from home.  Soon the streets and shops will be teeming with people and a sense of normal will have returned to our lives, but despite this a lot of people are still going to be hurting financially and emotionally and asking God for answers.  But in my experience God seldom provides the answers we want. This certainly was the experience of the palmist in psalm 71.  With bruta...

May 13, 2020

Devotion for 12 May - Give God your emotion

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,  I have to say that I was very disappointed about the government’s decision to keep churches closed for at least another 2 weeks.  While I understand the government’s rationale, it is difficult to accept that people can go to the movies, to a sports game (practicing social distancing of course) and in a week to a tavern and bar but can’t go to church because there is a danger we might fellowship too closely.   Given few government...

May 12, 2020

Devotion for 11 May 2020 - The joy of being forgiven

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,  Yesterday I went for a walk to the Blue Spring just outside Putaruru.  The spring is so clear it’s like looking through glass that has just been cleaned.   You can watch trout swimming in the water and even though they are metres under water you feel like you can just reach out and grab them because the water is so pure.  Today, I have been mediating on Psalm 51 which talks about sin.  Sin pollutes the well spring of our li...

May 11, 2020

Devotion for 8 May - A sacrifice of thankfulness

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, I can’t tell you how excited I am about the prospect of moving down to Level 2 and re-opening the church.  We have a lot to be thankful for as a country. For being saved at least for the moment, from the worst effects of the virus, for having good leadership and for being in a country that can financially help the most needy. The psalm I have been meditating on this morning, Psalm 50, has a lot to say about thanksgiving. In verses 7-15 the writer war...

May 8, 2020

Devotion for 7 May - A bride dressed in gold

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, Yesterday Fiona and I celebrated our 25 Wedding anniversary.  I have to say celebrating in lock down wasn’t what I imagined or had planned, but its hard to complain when you get to spend so much time with the one you love.  But celebrating 25 years of marriage has made me think about our wedding and the preparations that went into it.  I remember the day before the wedding my brothers and friends helped me decorate the church hall where we...

May 7, 2020

Devotion for 6 May - Does God sustain those who look after the poor

Kia Ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, I am sure you are all hanging out for what the Prime Minister will say on Thursday about what level 2 will look like if we head into it next week.   Will we be allowed inter regional travel? Will the cafes, restaurants and malls be able to re-open.  Will people be able to gather in large groups?  Can we do church?  However, whatever happens one thing is clear - there will be a lot of people in our midst who will be struggling financ...

May 6, 2020

Mother's Day

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May 5, 2020

Devotion for 5 May 2020

Kia Ora Cambridge Baptist and friends. Wasn't it great to hear that there were no new COVID-19 infections in New Zealand yesterday?  If that continues for the next few days, it's looking promising for us to meet together in person as a church body. Over the last couple of weeks, as most of you are aware, I have been meditating on the psalms.  And one thing I have noticed is that when you spend a lot of time reading the psalms of David he often begins a psalm by recording his own person...

May 5, 2020

Devotion for 4 May 2020 - He leads through the valley

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, One the few good things about being in lockdown is that I can go to church anywhere in the world on a Sunday morning.  This Sunday I visited through the wonders of the world wide web a church in Kansas City Missouri and heard a great message by their pastor Timothy Juhnke about the importance of work.  This message was given in the context of 21 million Americans now finding themselves unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.   ...

May 4, 2020

Devotion for 1 May 2020 - taking the right path

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,  A lot of people are saying with this COVID-19 situation we are charting unknown waters and walking untraveled paths.  The closest comparison we have is the 1917 Spanish flu pandemic, but that was over a hundred years ago - a completely different world.  So, because we can’t recall walking a similar journey, we feel a bit uneasy and a bit frightened.  We need a shepherd who will lead us to a place of safety.  And to be fair Dr Blo...

May 1, 2020

Devotion for 30 April - No one likes being a sheep

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, Being under lock down has certainly reminded us of our wants, and by looking at the long lines outside McDonald’s yesterday takeaways seems to be high up the list for many New Zealanders, but my devotion begins with a promise if the Lord is our shepherd we will not want. That is the place where God wants to bring us all.  He wants us to be dependent upon Him, to need Him alone and to be satisfied in all that he is, but sometimes we get so enamou...

April 30, 2020

Devotion for 29 April - God knows what is happening

Kia Ora, Cambridge Baptist and friends.  I trust that you are enjoying level 3.  I certainly noticed the increased traffic when I went for a walk yesterday and of course passed by a coffee shop. For those who have been tuning into my blogs over the last few days, you will be aware that I have been taking a journey through the psalms.  Today I have been meditating on psalm 22. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of...

April 29, 2020

Go to the Sanctuary

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, welcome to level three. I am still working from home, as it will be likely a few more weeks before we can hold any form of service in the church building, but for those who are heading back to their workplaces today be safe. I love the opening two verses of Psalm 20, “May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!” What a wonderfu...

April 28, 2020

Bette Gilmore talks about cancer and sharing her faith

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April 27, 2020

Interview with Glen & Mandy Stichbury about taking on the leadership of Music Ministry

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April 24, 2020

Devotion for 24 April 2020 - resetting worship

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, I want you to imagine for a moment just how good it will be when the COVID-19 crisis is over and we physically come together again as God’s people and have the opportunity to sing and praise God for bringing us through this crisis  How good will it be?  What kind of songs will we sing - our exuberant will our praise be? While there is no doubt modern worship can be loud and upbeat, after spending a lot of time in the psalms this week I wond...

April 24, 2020

Devotion for 23 April - you are the apple of God's eye

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends.Well done for surviving 4 weeks at level 4, 5 more days to level 3 and that long awaited flat white. During this lock down we all have had reason to pray more, but have you ever wondered why God would want to listen to your prayers, as opposed to the prayers of someone else.  Well King David in Psalm 17 had no doubt that God not only wanted to listen to his prayers, but also wanted to show him the great wonder of his love and shelter him in the shadow o...

April 23, 2020

Devotion for 22 April 2020 - Wanting a real superhero

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them! Psalm 16:3 (NLT) Have you become bored with watching superhero moves over this lock down period?  Are all the plots starting to seem the same? You know bad guy tries to destroy the world and the superhero  against impossible odds prevail.  Do all the villains seem to be the same?  And do all the superheroes seem to have the same powers - super strength, super speed...

April 22, 2020

Devotion for 21 April - Coping with disappointment

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, If you felt disappointed about the government’s decision not to move to alert level 3 yesterday you are not alone.   It will be another week before you get to sip on a flat white, or munch through your favourite takeaway, and at least another three weeks before you can socialise outside of your bubble and perhaps 6 weeks before we will be able return to holding services at church, and even then at reduced numbers.  As a pastor that’s what...

April 21, 2020

Cambridge Baptist calls Helen Vaughan as our Faith Community Nurse

Cambridge Baptist is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Vaughan as our Faith Community Nurse. The initial appointment is for a period of 6 months and the will be reviewed prior to our AGM. A Faith Community Nurse travels alongside people in the church providing education, advocacy, counselling and coaching when people ask for support.  A Faith Community Nurse also helps people to determine their health and wellbeing goals and helps them to enact action plans to achieve thos...

April 20, 2020

Devotion for 20 April - the value of a human life

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, Have you ever wondered what the value of a human life is?  While all life is priceless and a gift from God, every government around the world uses estimates of a “value of (a) statistical life” (VSL) to help it in making decisions about what to spend on road safety, how many fire stations we need and what drugs to fund.  In its well being budget last year our government for example placed a value of 4.7 million dollars on a statistical life.&...

April 20, 2020

Are we in the last times?

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