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Kia Ora Church                         Our Theme this year:  2020 Vision.

International prophetic words for 2020 speak of a time of acceleration, and a shift in the Spirit being outworked in the natural realm. Already we are seeing evidence of this shift in circumstances and impossible situations. Doors are opening… The Christian Savings loan to enable us to complete Is54 the Centre; Hospital scheduling operations immediately after ones have prayed; other being healed; Family members encountering Jesus. 

When prayer others have “seen” doors opening before us. Doors into new levels, new dimensions in God, new destinies and God-given opportunities. Jesus is the door, but we can’t go through if we can’t see the door! There is a need to focus firmly on the Truth of God’s Word, personally seeking to hear His voice and see life through God’s 2020 vision. 😊 😊

God is giving us “space to occupy”, and by faith in obedience we walk into this “space”. In her sermon on 19th January Leanne Rolleston encouraged us Be brave! Be bold! Don’t backdown! We are manawhenua of heaven carrying the authority of our King! Understand who you are and what your mission is. Then, in obedience we partner with Him, going through the door owning His promises and purposes. Our space to be occupied! The stage is set for a move of God.

Last yearwhen visiting our church Stephen Hansen spoke of seeing a huge tsunami forming in our midst. He sensed many ones among us had felt discouraged as they seemed to be drawn back instead of moving forward. But… at that time he saw this as a good thing, because the tsunami was “drawing back” to form this huge wall of water. As we regroup and draw together in unity, we position ourselves for dramatic action. A move of God. God has a plan. We stand ready, established in the Word of God, knowing who we are and whose we are! Positioned as one body so God gets all the glory, we are then able to fully engage with this move of God!

Declaring Psalm 85 we say God will you do it again! Revival is around the corner!

This year Rod has scheduled evening healing services for every first Sunday of the month. We are expecting God to breakout as new levels of His power are released in our midst… Be activated! Receive healing! See others healed! Bring ones needing healing to tonight’s 6:30pm healing meeting.

Dynamic one-hour evening prayer meetings are scheduled every 3rd Sunday. Each one will focus on a different aspect of church life and an aspect of missions or outreach. This month we will be praying for Life Groups and their leaders, with our outreach focus praying for mainly music and 65+ Club. In the past these meetings have been powerful times of prayer!

Len and Linda Buttner will be with us for the weekend of our Commissioning Service on Sunday 23rd January. As guest speakers Len and Linda will stand with Mike and Janne as they hand over their role as senior pastors of Abundant Life Church to Rod and Jan Kell. Please continue to pray as we transition leadership, and complete then occupy Is54 the Centre. God indeed has a plan and we together as “manawhenua are occupying our space”!

Ngā mihi,

Lorraine 😊 😊

2019 has certainly been a year of transition, acceleration and perseverance. As we respond to God partnering with Him, and don’t react to all that is going on around us, mighty things will be accomplished. The key is spending time in His presence, praising Him for the roses but also for the thorns!

“We live in a tremendous hour of deception… beware of watering down the Word of God and worship. It is a time to stand for Truth, and truly love our God with all we have!”Paul Prentis (sermon 3rd November)

Flee the evil desires of youth (immaturity) and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

God is Recalibrating our Recalibrator. 😊 😊 In his sermon on 17th November Alex Larsen shared with us his heart changing experience of being at the bedside of his wife Elaine for the weeks prior to her passing to be with her Lord. We are commanded to love one another, but have we learned to love people with no expectations.

A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. John 13: 34-35

While every person is important to God, discipleship is a choice, being calibrated daily to find your right place in His Kingdom.

The Christmas season is a wonderful time of celebrating God’s gift of love expressed to the world, through the birth of His Son, Jesus.  It is a time when many get together with family and friends to celebrate Christ and enjoy our beautiful weather. For many this is a time of tremendous blessing, but for some it can be a very lonely time.  Let us be aware of ones around us living on their own, those who are sick –neighbours, friends, church family members… We have been blessed to share the blessing of Christmas with all we have contact with as ‘Jesus with skin on’

Join us as we deliver Christmas fruit mince pies to our ALC neighbours on Sunday 15th December, and on Sunday 22nd December sing carols at Bayview Care (Melrose).  How special it is to bless our neighbours in these ways. 😊 😊

You’re invited to “a taste of Beyond” Nepalese fundraising dinner Saturday 7th December. Come and hear about “the nations Beyond”.  RSVP Steve Stock.

This year, ALC Christmas service is on Sunday 22nd December. On Christmas Day Dave and Mel Zajkowski are opening their home for a shared lunch. Ring or email them if you would like to join them.

Next church picnics: bring your lunch Sunday 10th Dec & 12th January.

May each one of you have a safe, relaxed December –January. Keep in touch with your Life Group and others, alert to Holy Spirit inspired opportunities and quick to testify to the goodness of our wonderful God.  

Ngā mihi

Lorraine 😊 😊

Author: Caroline Fletcher