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Posted in: The Inside Column- May 13, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to all this morning, especially the mothers as we celebrate Mothers Day.

There’s a saying that goes “Behind every successful man is a woman” , so today we review a book that is in the Church library, The Power of a Praying Wife by popular Christian author and speaker Stormie Omartian. In this book she pinpoints common marital struggles and reveals the miraculous way that disciplined prayer can alleviate heartache and sustain unity.

The trials and pressures of modern life can make the prospect of a fulfilled, meaningful marriage seem impossible. According to Omartian, a marriage’s success depends upon “laying down all claim to power in and of yourself, and relying on God’s power to transform you, your husband, your circumstances, and your marriage.”

Omartian attributes the success of her own 25-year marriage to dedicated prayer for every area of her husband’s life; from his finances and his work to his integrity and his temptations. Each of the 30 chapters offer ‘bite sized’ portions with insight into areas that are especially important to men, followed by “power tools” (inspiring, topical Scripture and prayers ) to guide one’s prayer life and transform a woman’s mind with regard to her husband.

This practical read will encourage women to trust God to change their spouse, and undoubtedly refocus one’s perspective on God’s power rather than one’s own personal predicament.

Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author of The Power of a Praying® books (more than 10 million copies sold worldwide), Stormie, Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On, and The Prayer That Changes Everything®. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married for 32 years and have three grown children.

Stormie O'martion The power of a praying wife

Have a blessed week!

Yours in Christ

Phil

The Inside Column

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 06, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to all this morning. “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

This week we start a new series on the Book of 1 Peter entitled Resurrection Living. Here is the background to 1 Peter:

1.The writer

Surprise it was Peter. He was one of the 12 disciples. His name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to Peter (John 1:42). ‘Peter’ means ‘a rock’ or ‘a stone’. In New Testament times many people could speak and read the Greek language. Peter wrote this letter in the Greek language. This meant that the good news about Jesus could spread easily. A man called Silas helped Peter to write the letter (see 5:12). Peter wrote this letter about 30 years after Jesus returned to heaven.

2. Written to…

In the first verse, Peter lists 5 countries. Most of these are in the country that we now call Turkey. On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) people from three of these countries were visiting the city of Jerusalem. Some of these people may have become Christians there. Perhaps they went home and started new churches. Peter wrote to Jews and Gentiles who had became Christians, Peter was the first to share the good news with the Gentiles.

3.Why he wrote this letter

Peter wants to encourage Christians who are suffering for Christ. Although Christians might suffer in this life, they will not suffer forever. This world is not their real home. Heaven is their real home. One day they will live with God in heaven and share God’s glory. Peter also wants his readers to understand the grace of God. He wants every Christian to know what God has done for them.

4. Application

This letter is very practical. Peter tells his readers how to live a good Christian life. Peter was with Jesus for about three years. He saw all that Jesus did. He heard all that Jesus said. Peter is writing to encourage Christians to live like Jesus.

Peter speaks about the Hope we have from salvation.

Yours in Christ

Phil

The Inside Column 29/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 29, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to everyone this  morning.

Today we are going to be looking at the Spiritual Discipline of simplicity.  This is the last Spiritual Discipline we will be looking at from our series and I think one of the most challenging.  We will be starting a new eight week preaching series from 1 Peter, looking at the theme of  Resurrection Living.

A couple of things coming up…

1. The St  Barnabas Quiz night is happening on 9th of June. We had a great night last year with Richard Currie putting together a fantastic Quiz and everyone enjoying the night.  Once again we will be looking for prizes for the prizes table. We are looking for new items worth over $10 that would be a great prize for someone to win, even a nice bottle of wine makes a great prize. Please bring your items to the office. We need at least 50 prizes. If you have people you know that own shops you can all ways ask them for a donations. We will advertise their generosity. Last year we had a couple of weekends away in peoples baches donated.

The second thing is for you to bring a team, the more people we have from outside the church the better but feel free to come with your home group as well. This event is a  fundraiser for the church with the money going towards the youth community work and other outreach work of the church.

2. Pentecost  Last year we had the most amazing combined churches Pentecost service; it was so much fun we thought we would do it again on Sunday 27 May from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. We will have a shared tea to start the  evening followed by the service. There will be something for the children in the hall so encourage your children to bring a friend. City of light will be leading the worship and we will be focusing on the prayer “Come Holy Spirit “ and all that it might mean. Put the event on your calendar now.

 

A big thanks to everyone that helped with the  church big clean yesterday.

 

Remember the Tuesday prayer meeting has started again if you get the chances would love to see you there.

 

Yours in Christ

Phil

The Inside Column 22/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 22, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

This week I attended the Diocese Leadership Conference at Lake Rotoiti and was struck again by the need for prayer in our lives and in the church.

The story of Jonah is a great example to us when it comes to looking at prayer.

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’ “And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

Prayer plays a significant role in the story of Jonah. On three separate occasions people who are in trouble cry out to God—first the sailors on the ship, then Jonah in the belly of the fish, and finally in Chapter 3, the Ninevites cry out to God. In all three cases, God is quick to respond.

Most people would agree that prayer is a necessary part of a healthy life in God and a necessary part of the healthy life of a church.

I say that without prayer at the centre of our church life, we are wasting our time, each others time, and also God’s time. All prayer makes a difference, wherever you are. Prayer is the heart beat of the church, it simply has to be!

I encourage the church family to come to the Tuesday morning 7.00 am prayer meeting. If we long to see the people we love, our community and our nation transformed, it has to start with prayer.

“I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to your holy temple.” (Jonah 2:7)

Yours in Christ
Phil

The Inside Column 15/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 15, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to all this Sunday morning.

We recently looked at spiritual disciplines and how to live a deeper, more spiritual life right where we are.

John Ortberg’s book The Life You’ve Always Wanted – Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People, is a recommended read for those who wish to explore this topic more.

The heart of Christianity is transformation — a relationship with God that impacts not just our “spiritual lives,” but every aspect of living. John Ortberg calls readers back to the dynamic heartbeat of Christianity — God’s power to bring change and growth — and reveals both the how and why transformation.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But this is more than just a book about things to do to be a good Christian. It’s a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the object of the journey — Jesus Christ.

As with a marathon runner, the secret to winning the race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistently — training with the spiritual disciplines.

The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor an end in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spirit—joy, peace, kindness, etc.— are the signposts along the way.

Paved with humour and sparkling anecdotes, The Life You’ve Always Wanted is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that’s worth living — a life on the edge that fills an ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and joy.

Yours in Christ

Phil

Life you've always wanted