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Thankfulness

Sunday Service

  • 10 December 2017
  • Pastor Al (Arnie) Hall
  • All in service (with the kids)

The Pastor Al Translation:

  • Gratitude = Great Attitude

It’s okay to recognize what we don’t have, but it’s more important to be thankful for what we do have.  This will improve our demeanour.

  • Devote yourselves to prayer
  • With an alert mind
  • And a thankful heart.

Things to be thankful for:

  • The Bible, God’s Word, Wisdom
  • Parents
  • Offerings, resources
  • Clothes
  • Leaders, teachers, Bible-in-schools

1 Thessalonians 5:18

  • Be cheerful no matter what
  • Pray all the time
  • Thank God
  • No matter what happens
  • This is the way God wants you, who belong to Christ Jesus, to live.

How gifts work

  • Accept the gift
  • Use the gift
  • g. prayer, love, music, life, worship, salvation

Gratitude completes the transaction

  • The value of the gratitude doesn’t have to match.
  • What God have given us, we cannot match.

Isaiah 9:6

  • For to us a child is born
  • To us a son is given

A gift always demands a response.

  • You can choose not to accept (Jesus)

 

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The Book of James

Sunday Service

  • 3 December 2017
  • Suzie Holmes
  • The Book of James

Most of us here (in Auckland, NZ) live in relative luxury, compared to 90% of the world.  We usually fulfil our desires without thought.

Osiligi Farm – Kenya.

  • Training school for young men.
  • The Aims family ministering there.
  • Absolute poverty

Galatians 2:20

  • My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
  • So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Unlocking the Bible

  • James the Just, was stoned to death.
  • He prayed for his persecutors.
  • He didn’t deny Christ.
  • His knees were greatly calloused.
  • The half-brother of Jesus.

James 5:1-6

  1. Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.
  2. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.
  3. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire.  You have hoarded wealth in the last days.
  4. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you.  The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
  5. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
  6. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

The West:

  • 6 percent of the global population owns 85 percent of the global wealth.
  • This means anyone who owns over $100,000.00 in assets.

Deuteronomy 6

  1. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
  2. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
  3. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
  4. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you like down and when you get up.
  5. Time them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
  6. Write them on the doorframes on your houses and on your gates.

Matthew 22:37

  • Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart all your soul and all your mind.’”

Holy Spirit

  • Teach me to love the Lord my God
  • With all my heart
  • With all my soul
  • With all my mind
  • And with all my strength

 

Vision Sunday 2017

Sunday Service

  • 26 November 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Vision Sunday

Pastor Al presented the church annual report.  Things are rosy.  Then he presented an idea to create a new pop-up mall outside our front door on the grass verge.  But only if it generated funds and ministered the gospel.  His final statement, leading into his sermon was, “Our most effective outreach is You!”

Matthew 25:14-30

  • The parable of the bags of gold.
  • Jesus is looking for our return on his investment.
  • Not just my faith and my child’s faith.

“God, I am serious about this!  I want my life and my faith to count for eternity!  I would love to have the privilege of seeing someone come to faith in the next 12 months through me.  I will pray for that, work towards that and trust you for that.”

Signed: James Hippolite

 

 

The Book of James

Sunday Service

  • 19 November 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Clarity

“The book of James is like the YouTube of scriptures.”

  • It’s there to provide us clarity.
  • You’ve seen that 3 minute video, now you can do it.

Clips:

  1. “Wisdom, just ask” clip
  2. “Words and Deeds” clip
  3. “How to live well, and how to live wisely” clip (James 3:13-18)

Want to be wise?

  • Live well
  • Live humbly
  • It’s your actions that count

A good life is about how well we serve God, and serve others.

  • Your life will be full on, and full.

What wisdom isn’t

  • Mean-spirited selfish ambition
  • Envy & boasting
  • Twisting truth to sound wise
  • Earthly, unspiritual & demonic
  • Looking better than others
  • Getting the better of others
  • … this leads to things falling apart!
  • (NOT ‘ME FIRST!’)

Unmet Expectations

  • North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, expects respect.
  • Just like abusive husbands in NZ expect respect.
  • Were these expectations conveyed well?
  • Why have the expectations not been fulfilled?
  • What needs to change?

Real Wisdom

  • From God
  • Begins with a holy life
  • Characterised by getting on with others
  • Gentle & reasonable… considerate
  • Mercy
  • Good fruit & blessings
  • Impartial & sincere

James 3:18

NIV Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness
The Message You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honour.
Amplified And the seed whose fruit is righteousness (spiritual maturity) is sown in peace by those who make peace (By actively encouraging good will between individuals).

 

My open floor speech to the Conservative Party Annual Conference

Conservative Party
Annual Conference

Saturday 18 November 2017
Holiday Inn, 2 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks.

Open floor speech
5 mins.


 

Thank you, Kevin, for giving me this opportunity to address the delegates.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is James Hippolite from Manurewa.  I address you today to give some background to why I chose to support the Conservative Party over the past three elections, and will continue to support these same policies going forward.

Where were you in 1996, when New Zealand held our first MMP election?

  • I was there, when Graham Lee, former National Party MP from Matakana, formed the Christian Democrats.
  • I watched, when we went into Coalition with the Christian Heritage party.
  • I was a candidate in 1996 for the Christian Coalition in Te Tai Tonga, when we achieved 4.5% of the national vote. At first, I was understandably gutted to have not achieved the 5% threshold.  Later, I understood why God prevented us moving forward at that time.
  • I observed in 1997 when Graeme Capill imploded and we had to disband the Coalition.
  • I looked on in 1998 when Pastor Anthony Walton from the Rock Church in Wellington re-formed us into the Future New Zealand Party.
  • I participated in 1999, when Future New Zealand contested, but achieved no seats.
  • I cheered on in 2000, when we formed a coalition with Peter Dunne’s United New Zealand party.
  • I was vindicated in 2002, when United Future contested and won 8 seats.
  • I was disappointed in 2005, as an electorate committee member for Peter Dunne’s Ohariu-Belmont electorate, when United Future contested but won only 3 seats.
  • I was saddened in 2007, when Peter Dunne returned to his liberal roots, to vote for Sue Bradford’s private members bill against corporal punishment of children, effectively killing my support for him.
  • I was encouraged in 2007, when Gordon Copeland left United Future to form the Kiwi Party.
  • I was thrilled in 2008, when my sister, Rahui Katene won Te Tai Tonga for the Maori Party.
  • I was cautiously optimistic in 2011, when Gordon and Larry Baldock from Tauranga, merged the Kiwi Party into the Conservative Party, under the leadership of Colin Craig.
  • I was crushed in 2014, in Elliot Ikilei’s Manurewa electorate, when the Conservative Party contested, but won only 3.97% of the party vote.
  • I was not there in 2016, when Colin Craig and the Conservative Party parted ways. I have no history and no animosity with the man.  I am grateful for his contribution.
  • I was there this year, again in Elliot’s Manurewa electorate, this time as his Electorate Chair, when Leighton Baker courageously lead us into battle, but we won no seats.

What can we learn?

  • I like how the Christian Democrats differentiated themselves as a values-based party, saying that anyone who shared the basic Christian moral outlook (whether actually Christian or not) should be able to participate.
  • I like how United Future voted against socially liberal legislation in Parliament, and supported socially conservative private member bills.
  • I like how the Kiwi Party advocated more direct democracy through referenda and a return to the “Judeo-Christian ethic in democracy”.
  • I like how the Conservative Party advocates fiscal conservatism, social conservatism and the use of binding referenda.

Where to from here?

  • Whether we change our name or not should be discussed here this weekend. I have no strong opinion either way, although I am starting to lean towards “Change is Good”.  I know, there are pros and cons to keeping the name.  I’ve been through a few name changes, so they don’t frighten me anymore.  In addition, I work for Spark, formerly Telecom.  We know a few things about changing brands!
  • We are the only pro-life party in New Zealand. We must continue to speak for those that can’t speak for themselves.   After all, without a right to life, none of the other rights matter.
  • I want to urge the members to continue to fight the good fight. If we don’t, who will?

Ladies and gentlemen, in conclusion, I like to thank the team for getting us this far.  We still have a long way to go.  I’m still in it for the long haul.  I’m hoping you will continue with me.

I roto I te ingoa o Ihu Karaiti, amene.

 

I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist

It used to be said that belief in God demonstrates a lack of scientific understanding.  That if only I understood science better, then I would let go of my childish need to believe in a “God of the gaps.”  The “God of the gaps” theory is the belief that, since we can’t explain everything about how evolution works, therefore God must have done it.  The problem with this theory for the theist, was that as science uncovers more evidence, then the gaps get smaller and the need for God diminishes.

However, contrary to the expectation of Darwin’s time, the reverse has proven to be true.  As science uncovers more evidence, then the gaps are getting larger, not smaller.  Instead of there being only 2 universal constants necessary for life to evolve (like the goldilocks zone, allowing water to exist in its liquid state), there are now recognised to be 26 universal constants (and quite possibly more to come).

This amount of fine-tuning is too perfect to be random.  No process of slow and gradual change can account for this fine-tuning which presumably took place the nano-second after the so-called Big Bang.

There are rational scientists who believe in a creator God who made this universe specially for us.  It is becoming painfully obvious to any unbiased observer of scientific literature that those who cling to a naturalistic (non-spiritual) origins of the universe and life, are doing so despite the evidence, not because of it.  In short, Darwinians are acting exactly like religious followers, content to let these mysteries coexists alongside their doctrine, secure in the knowledge that they will one day discover how the universe spontaneously created itself without God.

I am not an ardent Darwinian.  I find it much more believable, understanding, testable, provable, falsifiable and reasonable to be a theist.

James

Sunday Service

  • 12 November 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Book of James

Events

  • Announcement of Suz Holmes for consideration as new pastor. To be voted on later this month.  Must be accepted by 75% of members who vote.  Not a replacement for Gary.  Still looking for this one.
  • “Her” event coming this Saturday. I won a ticket for Fiona.  The word for “woman” in another language:
    • Maori = wahine
    • Spanish = mujer
    • French = la femme
  • 2 baptisms

James 2:14-26

  • If what I do doesn’t match up to what I say, you can rightfully conclude that I don’t really believe what I say.
  • What I believe and what I do has to have some correlation.
  • “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

Need to do:

  • Believe
  • Good Deeds
  • The intersection is called “Saving Faith”

However:

  • Good deeds without belief are just dead works.
  • Dead faith produces nothing.
  • Living faith produces good works.

James 2

  • What good is it dear Brothers and Sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?
  • Unless it’s a really busy week? (This part is not in the Bible)
  • However: Saved by Grace through faith and nothing else.

How do we reconcile these two statements?

  • Saved by grace through faith and nothing else.
  • Faith without deeds is dead.

This way:

  • Salvations always produces works, works never produces salvation.
  • Faith leads to Salvation and Good Works
  • Therefore: We are saved for works not by works.