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Featured Articles2019-02-21T23:24:31+00:00

Food, glorious food?

Gluttony is not a word we hear much today, other than when we tease someone about being a ‘glutton’ for punishment. Have you ever heard a sermon on gluttony? Have you ever reflected on whether the sin of gluttony is one you are prone to? No-one has ever confessed to me that they struggle with the sin of gluttony. Are you reading this article and you’re quietly impressed you’ve made [...]

By |August 2020|

Looking after your horse

My favourite quote on burnout comes from Robert Murray M’Cheyne. He was an especially gifted man who graduated from University as a fourteen year old and was pastoring a Presbyterian congregation of over a thousand by age twenty three. However, he worked himself not just to the point of burnout, but until his health finally broke. Before he died at age twenty nine, he wrote: “God gave me a message [...]

By |July 2020|

“Man Down!”

1 Corinthians 5 – A case in church discipline being neglected In the best police forces there must be a tight cohesion in extremely dangerous situations. The awareness and responsibility for fellow officers are part and parcel of these operations. Nowhere is this more evident than when one of them becomes wounded to the degree they are incapacitated. Then the call will go out – ‘Man Down!’ – and immediately covering [...]

By |June 2020|

Picture books as teaching tools

My husband and I have four children, aged 6 through 11, and we love books! The library is a prime destination for our household and I have bookcases at home full of a range of genres and reading levels. Many of these books are picture books as this was basically all we read when I had four children under five. Picture books are often undervalued as teaching tools for our [...]

By |April 2020|

Beauty and the Bible

I am blessed to live in the Wairarapa. In our neck of the woods it is always sunny and warm and the summer goes on forever. What is especially distinctive about our lives here is the hills. Not only the view of the sunrise as it illuminates the peaks, nor is it just the sunset as the reddish glow plays on the various slopes and valleys. It is also the [...]

By |March 2020|

Dealing with false faiths – Islam

In this series of dealing with false faiths, we have looked at two faiths that one might have knocking on their door – Mormonism and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Now, what these faiths also have in common is that they would describe themselves as Christian, because they claim to believe in the same Jesus as the Saviour. In this article, however, we are going to be concluding this series in a [...]

By |February 2020|

Speaking words of wisdom

The November 2017 issue of this magazine was themed “Bringing Christ to the Workplace” and featured articles by three young professional women and their approach to sharing their faith in three distinct work places – professional office, in the hospital and in the classroom. A common thread in all three accounts was that both “matter and manner” are important aspects of our conversations when it comes to sharing one’s faith [...]

By |December 2019|

28 ways to protect your marriage

Anything of value deserves to be protected – and your marriage is definitely valuable! To protect your relationship it’s wise to keep your eyes open, communicate well, and have some ground rules to stay on track and safe. We live in a fallen world and temptation often creeps up quietly. Every marriage has different circumstances and challenges, but there are common danger zones we are all exposed to. With those [...]

By |November 2019|

Biblical expectations for our children

What did you expect … . They’re only children!” Have you ever heard or uttered that sentiment? Those words could be rightly used to defend a child from unrealistic expectations, but those same words could also easily be used to lower genuine expectations for our children. Far too often in our modern age, children are either held up as the perfect hope for the future, or they are debased as having [...]

By |September 2019|

They still bear fruit in old age…

I remember my grandmother fondly. She was a faithful Christian, and a jovial, kind-hearted, matriarchal figure in our family. She worked hard constantly and in many different ways: in the church, in the local community, and with her large family. She was even the local mayor at one stage and has a child-care centre named after her! But what I remember and love about her most is not her achievements [...]

By |August 2019|
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