Home to grace pregnant teenagers
When Treena and Marcus van Rijssel purchased a house in Wellington last year for the purpose of housing and supporting pregnant teenagers, two pregnant girls approached them to use the facilities which were not furnished or decorated. One of those girls has gone on to appear on Kids – a TV 2 documentary about teenage mums.
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God did his work And I am proud of the work he made. It was awesome that he rested after … Continue reading Labour’s love
Aglow New Zealand encourages women to become whole in body, soul and spirit in an age where it can be fashionable to focus on form rather than content.
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Call to boost aged care
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services is challenging the Government to sufficiently fund rest homes and hospitals of elderly people, and says a 3 percent funding increase is too little too late.
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Impacting Christians and non-Christians
“We exist so that God, working in and through us, will use us, to help people know, apply, experience, embrace and proclaim God’s truth on marriage and family. The result is godly families reaching others with God’s truth”, explains Andy Bray, Director of FamilyLife (in New Zealand), a ministry that encourages a variety of couples at different stages in life in their marriages and roles as mothers and fathers.
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Doubly successful in marriage
A retired New Zealand vicar who’s been blessed with two long, happy marriages knows the secret of success.
Cecil Marshall, now 86, was married to Barbara for 40 years. After her death 18 years ago he was devastated, but remarried and has enjoyed another 17 years of marriage to Margaret.
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“Special Presence” at Sydney Games
The YWAM New Zealand outreach team experienced a “fruitful” three weeks at the Sydney Olympic games this year says Jay Granat, team leader.
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Calling Kiwis to the Olympics!
Blood, sweat and tears is going to flow from thousands of people worldwide at the Olympics this year. And it will not be just the athletes. The YWAM 2000 Games outreach in Sydney, where the Olympic games are being held in September, will be well underway with an estimated 3000 people. Lots of travelling, little sleep and battling crowds is the order of the day, but promises to be one of the most memorable and exciting times in someone’s life. The NZ organizers are looking for 250 New Zealanders to take part.
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You know, people compare themselves with Star Wars characters. Which one are you? My mother said I am more like … Continue reading Why I wouldn’t be Luke Skywalker
Appeal for cyclone-struck Niue
Christian World Service (CWS) is raising money to contribute to the rebuilding of cyclone-damaged Niue.
Cyclone Heta devastated Alofi and the only hospital on the island on January 6.
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Caring Christian community
Twenty years ago a person who had a psychotic experience may have been admitted into a hospital ward for years.
That same person or a person with the same set of symptoms may never enter a hospital today because there is better care in the community and more support for the family. The illness can be treated without necessarily having to be admitted into hospital.
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In 2000, former City Missioner Des Britten told me a story when he was out collecting for a Christmas appeal … Continue reading Recovered
Deft defying acts, skills she said. Looking good. Cool. Beautiful. Got to, when getting the coffee. In front of you. Continue reading Keeping up Appearances
Hand of friendship to state schools
The missionary on your doorstep is something vital for the Church to recognize, says Helen McGhie, National Chaplaincy Coordinator of the Churches Education Commission (CEC).
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Advancing religious education in state schools
Religious education seems to have no place in a secular society, but there are those who want to change this.
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Whetting my appetite on a diet of malnutrition things I am supposed to not eat but eating them anyhow no … Continue reading Integrity
And some came from across the ditch
An intercessor encouraged New Zealanders to get involved supporting Australian Christians in praying for their country at the National Solemn Assembly in Canberra.
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Partners in Ministry – From relational unity to functional unity
A “rookie” pastor found that churches were not seemingly co-operating as strongly as ideal and he desired a greater unity. It was not enough to motivate Stefan Schlogl, Pastor of Victory Christian Centre, to action but when God spoke to him about initiating fellowship between ministers in the Hutt Valley he immediately sent letters to some of them sharing his vision.
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I got my coffee and wish time would stop because it is National Gormet Coffee Day. I would go home to have dinner, but since it’s Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day I don’t go home. My wife is trying to replace her fad diet with a real one and I want Gormet burgers with my coffee. Just imagine it if I went home. For a start, I can’t even cook my own meal…
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“People at the bottom of the heap” are the focus of Christian based Wellington City Mission.
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May our farewells speak blessings until we meet again Continue reading Until we meet again
A palatable easy rock sound coupled with some interesting philosophical lyricism leading more to unbelief than belief, in the face … Continue reading Stuck
New Zealanders will be consulted this year on climate change and related issues, initiated by the Government.
According to the Cabinet paper, early decisions and directions, more public education about energy efficiency choices and actions available in the residential, commercial and other sectors, is to be considered.
Continue reading “Circa 2001: Renewable energy generation in New Zealand – State of the nation”
First impressions of work can be favorable, but later, an objective eye may see the flaws and blemishes. It should … Continue reading Test it
Why fat is “big business”
Janeen Norwicki laughs. “The fat thing is in now,” says Janeen Nowicki. “It makes me laugh. They’re so late getting on the Ferris wheel really.”
Janeen runs Big, Bold and Beautiful aerobics. When she started the business nine years ago, she says fat was not in and she engaged the services of a marketing consultant friend who believed in her. Now, she has eleven contracts a week.
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No, not laughable Breezy, uplifting and touching A hint of how much I love you She’s rich but not annoyingly … Continue reading Appeal
Songs like, but Are they any good? Hey, does it indicate my self-centredness– That I don’t like songs like these? … Continue reading Songs like these
Forgiveness is a good choice
You could be twenty steps away from forgiving someone who has hurt you. Yes, forgiveness is a process.
Twenty steps may seem onerous. It’s a lot of work for busy, occupied people, who are under other stresses without bothering with the ones they would rather forget.
According to church consultant Dr. John Savage many people have never learned a strategy to forgive. There is advice out there however.
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Autopsy is a television series from Britain’s ITV studios that analyses the events around the untimely deaths of famous people. Dr. Jason Payne-James looks at the cause of death that is on the celebrity’s death certificate but looking closely at the evidence he concurs with the certificate or comes to another conclusion.
The subjects of the series are people well-known in film, music, and sports. The days leading up to the deaths of actors Robin Williams and Heath Ledger, and others, are analyzed.
In the episode I am looking at today, the life and death of the Irish-born, Manchester United footballer George Best is scrutinized.
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Christmas brings resurgence of faith
The ghost of Christmas past and present called on me this Christmas. Two worlds representing the spirit of a Christmas 55 years ago and the other of a Christmas transformed by the changes of time, were neatly captured in some Christmas television programming.
Wellington’s community television station, Wellington Television, played that often-repeated Christmas interlude between dinner and supper, It’s A Wonderful Life.
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There is a difference between abandoning something and abandoning ship. Abandoning ship means whatever you were occupying is abandoned for … Continue reading Abandoned
The other day (described in a previous post) I considered a devotion I was writing — based on the book … Continue reading Recovery
Some Christians embrace Christmas and take the opportunity to spread the ‘reason for the season’. Others say Christmas is a … Continue reading What is Christmas?
In my mind, Genesis 1:1-3 promised a devotion of some sort (described in a previous post), but on looking at … Continue reading Not required
To give sight to the blind
Vision 2020 is Christian Blind Mission International’s (CBMI) latest development.
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Free verse is all porridge and poetry Mixed and thrown together like a whirlwind of expressive rage Hot in the … Continue reading Porridge and poetry
The barrister winked at him. “Nothing like a change to get customers back, eh?” Secretly, she slipped something addictive into … Continue reading New story
He couldn’t kick the habit. He kept on taking the same path to the same coffee shop every day. Three times a day.
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I’m positive I can get a devotion or reflection out of the verse (described in previous post) and the next … Continue reading Extraction
I said my first review was of the album Stations for Reality magazine (republished in previous post) but it is … Continue reading Correction