Categories: From the Pastor's Desk
Kia Ora Church
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come on you like a bandit… Proverbs 6:10
With this hot fine Bay of Plenty weather, it is easy to go into holiday cruise mode, but in doing so we can quickly lose touch with God’s plan and purpose for our lives. God’s rest is refreshing and readies us for action, but if we lose our focus we soon lose our sense of purpose. Heaven’s revelations must become earth’s realities. When our promises are actualised the Kingdom of Heaven advances. There is a flow on effect and others are blessed.
When considering our 2019 theme “From Glory to Glory” it is helpful to recognise it is our relationships that determine the outcome. Firstly, our relationship with God. Secondly our relationships with one another. Thirdly our relationships beyond our church. In his last sermon (16th Dec 2018) Steve Stock challenged by asking “Do we see the multitudes & do we see their needs? Jesus saw and knew what He would do but did His disciples?” Steve went on to ask us “What is in your hand? What do you have?” Like the widow we are to take what we have & bless others… Jesus is the ultimate problem solver, but we need to keep focused and remain active.
This year we are in a faith process to see our new building Is54 The Centre completed this year. We embrace a similar promise given to Zerubbabel…
What are you oh mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone with shouts of “Grace! Grace!” Then the word of the Lord came to me: The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Zechariah 4:7,9
“No more tiddlywinks this is serious!” Leanne Rolleston on Sunday reminded us “God is living out “His living hope” through us!” As Matthew 6:10 declares emphatically…
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Travel light; Listen for His voice “Come on! Keep going!” Follow in His footsteps: Be persistent and determined; Be bold, be strong for the Lord our God is with us. don’t be independent -share difficulties with others; Align with the person of Jesus Christ who is truth, courage, hope, wisdom, love, mercy… Don’t be intimidated!
This month Rod and Jan Kell return from Arusha, Tanzania after ministering for four years with Allan and Lynda Stephenson at Joshua Foundation. Rod and Jan will be employed as fulltime pastors and, with Mike and Janne’s guidance, will be transitioning into the role of senior leaders of Abundant Life Church. They come enriched by their experiences in Tanzania, including strengths in the areas of team leadership, ministry of healing and miracles, restoration and transformation of people’s lives.
This will be an exciting year for our church with transition and challenges as we go from glory to glory.
Lorraine 😊 😊