|Posted by Pastor Jono on January 25, 2016 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
I haven't posted an article in a while but last night as a church we wrote letters to the Health select committee that is collecting submissions on the proposed assisted suicide bill that has been added to the Parliamentary ballot for debate this year. This is a very important issue. Will this country take another step down t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on March 17, 2015 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
When I was ten years old I went eel fishing with a mate a long walk down a gully creek on the edge of town. Somehow us two adventurers managed to catch an eel using a fence standard post for a fishing rod, number 8 wire for fishing line, and a small hook with a piece of liver on it. We pulled that thing out of the creek and on to the grass with great excitement. However it quickly fell off the hook and started wriggling its way back to the water! I ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on December 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
I AM NOT THE AUTHOR OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE, IT WAS WRITTEN BY A YOUNG FIRST-TIME MOTHER IN OUR CHURCH. I KNOW IT WILL BE A BLESSED ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALL WHO READ IT...
These past few months have been blissful. I have been enjoying my precious little girl, Arceska. She brightens up our home with her squeals of delight, her wide toothless smiles, her playfulness, and her mere presence. I would catch myself just staring at her serene face as she sleeps. I want to be the...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on December 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
This Christmas day, 2014 will bring the 200 year anniversary of the first recorded gospel preaching in NZ.
Samuel Marsden, an Anglican minister with a Methodist background preached to a crowd of around 400 Maori and a few Pakeha at Oihi Bay in the beautiful Bay of Islands. How this momentous event transpired is a fascinating story.
Ruakawa was a Ngapuhi chief from the Oihi area. It was he who had invited Marsden to visit NZ. Ruakawa had been i...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on March 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
Following on from the last post, I suggested we ask ourselves three questions before deciding whether or not to watch that movie we are considering. Remember, our decision centers on the call of the disciple ("If any man come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me") and the essence of the first commandment ("Thou shalt have no other gods before me"). Our choice will either bring glory to our Saviour or not.
The first question to...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on February 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
I firmly believe we glorify God when we, with our free will and full understanding of our Christian liberty, deliberately make decisions that will honour God over and above satisfying our own desires. I think that is the heart of the first commandment. I don't believe a pastor's job is to be the censor for his church people and control what they do (1 Peter 5:1 & 3). But I do know a pastor is to exercise leadership (Hebrews 13:7 & 17) an...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on December 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
I confess I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas. I love the extra motivation it gives me to meditate on the coming of the God-man, our Saviour Jesus Christ - our gift from the Father! I love the opportunites it presents to share the gospel with others. I love the family time we enjoy, as an immediate family and also the dinners and reunions with others.
But when it comes to Christmas it is a case of "nevertheless I have ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on October 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
When Steve Jobs, the founder of the Apple company, was 13 he asked a Lutheran pastor a hard question at a church meeting. He inquired, "Does God know everything?" The pastor's response was "Yes, God does indeed know everything." At this, Steve pulled out a copy of Newsweek magazine which had a picture on the front cover of a starving child in an African famine. Steve then asked, "Does God know about this?" The pastor kindly replied, "I know you don't underst...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on June 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
“...as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” - John 17:21
What is the number one thing Jesus would have us BE? The answer is in the prayer Jesus prayed with the disciples at the Last Supper. Jesus prayed that we would be unified with Him and the Father. Unified in our desire to be holy, to love God and love one another, but also unified in purpose. That brings us to t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Pastor Jono on June 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
‘ It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.’ - Lamentations 3:22-23
We sing much about the ‘mercy’ and ‘faithfulness’ of God. Those two words are often found as a pair in Scripture. For example; Psalm 89:1 - “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD f...Read Full Post »