Tests: #3 of 8

Sunday Service

  • 17 Sep. 17
  • Ian Vale
  • 8 Tests that every follower of Christ must face

8 Tests

  1. Disappointment
  2. Time = Patience
  3. Failure


  • The Bible is the only ancient near eastern literary work that tells the story, warts and all.
  • All others build up the hero as descended from the gods, or the angels or endowed with some other supernatural virtue.
  • Therefore we can relate to the Bible heroes. They failed; so do we.

Some classic secular failures:

  • Albert Einstein
    Was told by a Munich school teacher that we would never amount to anything.
  • Colonel Sanders
    At the age of 65 he was broke, jobless and separated from his wife. He faced 1009 rejections by restauranteurs before one finally allowed him to give his recipe a go.
  • Walt Disney
    He visited 104 banks to fund Disney World. He was told he lacked creativity!
  • Michael Jordon
    Was told by his school coach that he was uncoordinated

The classic example of failure

  • 1831 Failed in business
  • 1832 Failed 1st election for state legislature
  • 1834 Failed in another business
  • 1846 Defeated for congress
  • 1860 Elected president
  • Who? Abraham Lincoln

Christopher Nolan

  • Born with severe cerebral palsy he spent much of this life strapped in a wheelchair, his face and limbs subject to spasms. He couldn’t speak but by eleven he’d learned to type.
  • It took Christopher 15 minutes to write one wold.
  • As a child, he cried bitterly that he was not like other children. One day his mother said, “Listen here, you can see, you can hear, and you can understand and you’re loved by me and your data just as you are.”
  • That day he began to fan into flame the only spark he saw, “I’m alive and more importantly, I’m loved just the way I am!”
  • At 22 Christopher was hailed as a literary genius. He won the Whitbread prize for this autobiography “Under the Eye of the clock”.


  • Failure is an event; not a person
  • Failure is momentary; not permanent

You need to:

  1. Accept your failures
  2. Own them
  3. Dare to ask God for his perspective on your failures

Numbers 10:11-13

  • In the 2nd year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, on the 20th day of the 2nd month, the cloud lifted from the tent of meeting.
  • So the Israelites set out from the wilderness of Sinai and travelled on from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the wilderness of Paran.
  • The people set out for the first time, following the instructions the Lord had given Moses.


  • They moved out from the glory (of Sinai) to glory (of Paran).
  • They had 3 failures along the way:
    • Craving flavour
    • Craving meat
    • Miriam’s rebellion

God’s purpose is always

  • To bless you
  • To pour out His Glory on you



Test#2, Time

Sunday Service

  • 10 September 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • 8 Tests that every follower of Christ must face

8 Tests

  1. Disappointment
  2. Time = Patience

Testing is

  • Inevitable
  • Continual
  • Necessary
  • Influential


  • Some are crafted by God
  • Some are allowed by God
  • Some are redeemed by God

And God takes risks when He tests us.  We can become:

  • Disillusioned
  • Distraught
  • Distracted
  • Angry
  • Bitter
  • Hardened

The purpose of testing can be:

  • To reveal what we understand
  • To reveal what we don’t understand
  • To reveal we don’t have to understand everything
  • To remind us who is God and to produce trust to mature us
  • To make us steadfast



Sunday Service

  • 3 Sep. 17
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • 8 Tests that every follower of Christ must face

Video clip about Mr Wright

  • Physics teacher
  • Catholic
  • Husband and father
  • Disabled son, Adam.

8 Tests.

  1. Disappointments.  Some guys never recover.  We blame God.  Two responses:
    1. Ongoing bitter disappointment at what has come our way.
    2. Ongoing overcoming that is greater than ourselves!
      1. Believe in God’s plan.
        Isaiah 55:8-9
        “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you come imagine.  For just as the heavens are higher than the earth so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
        Jeremiah 29:11
        “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “They are plans for Good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
      2. Grieve
      3. Pray
        Psalm 55:22
        Give your burden to the Lord…
      4. Listen & Wait
        Psalms 27:14
        Wait patiently for the Lord…
      5. Search for the good
        Psalm 118:24
        This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
      6. Believe in yourself
        Isaiah 40:28-31
        Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles…
      7. God Renews You
        Philippians 4:13
        For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.

Prayer Changes God

Sunday Service

  • 27 August 2017
  • Suzie Holmes
  • Prayer Changes God

Numbers 23:19

  • God is not a man, so he does not lie.
  • He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
  • Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
  • Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

Story 1: Genesis 18:16-33

  • Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to sent them on their way.
  • “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked.
  • “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.
  • I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”

Story 2: Jonah 3:5-10

  • The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.
  • When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from this throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes.
  • Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all.
  • People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must…

Story 3: 2 Kings 20:1-11

  • Hezekiah became deathly ill.
  • Hezekiah prayed.
  • He wept bitterly.
  • A message came to him.
  • I heard your prayer. I will heal you.
  • I will add fifteen years to your life.


  1. Our prayers can change God’s mind for our world.
  2. Our prayers can change God’s mind for our community
  3. Our prayers can change God’s mind towards us.

How do we reconcile the apparent contradiction?

  1. Abraham: The Lord was merciful
  2. Jonah: The Lord was forgiving
  3. Hezekiah: The Lord was loving


  • God may change his actions
  • But He never changes His character

God is pure and complete Love

  • Psalm 86:15
  • I John 4:7
  • 1 John 4;16
  • Psalm 136
  • Lamentations 3:22-23
  • (just to name a few…)

God is Holy and Righteous

  • Deuteronomy 32:4
  • Isaiah 43:15
  • 1 Samuel 2:2
  • Habakkuk 1:13
  • Revelation 15:4
  • (Just to name a few…)


  1. When we pray for others, we make God partial to the other. Just like 14-month-old Misha would tug on Suzie’s thumb to get her to respond to Baby Bonnie’s cries.
  2. When we pray, we change his lenses from his clear, pure, holy and righteous glasses, to his “Daddy Goggles”, his rose-coloured glasses, his lenses washed in the Blood of the Lamb, to his merciful lenses.

“May this be the time that is remembered as the time that the church rose to pray!”

It is time to rise and pray!

  • For ourselves
  • For our church
  • For our community
  • For our prodigals
  • For our nation
  • For revival
  • For our world


Prayer Changes Things

Sunday Service

  • 20 August 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Prayer Changes Things

John 15:7-17

  1. Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered.
  2. When you become fruitful disciples of mine, my Father will be honoured.
  3. I have loved you, just as my Father has loved me. So remain faithful to my love for you.
  4. If you obey me, I will keep loving you, just as my Father keeps loving me, because I have obeyed him.
  5. I have told you this to make you as completely happy as I am.
  6. Now I tell you to love each other as I have loved you.
  7. The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.
  8. And you are my friends, if you obey me.
  9. Servants don’t know what their master is doing, and so I don’t speak to you as my servants. I speak to you as my friends, and I have told you everything my Father has told me.
  10. You did not choose me. I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last.  Then my Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name.
  11. So I command you to love each other.

Prayer evokes the power of God that changes the atmosphere over whoever I am praying for. It makes them susceptible to the words and actions of God.


Roast of Peter Campbell

On the occasion of his 80th Birthday

Saturday 29 July 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, I stand before you today to roast the man of the hour.  A roast is a humorous look back on the life of a man who has had plenty of time to make plenty of mistakes.  Let’s begin!

My first enduring (injuring?) memory of Peter was at the wedding.  I’m sure we must have met before then, but this is what sticks out for me.  Peter was walking Fiona down the aisle to me.  Previously, Fiona had asked her father for some advice about the ceremony, as she knew she would be nervous and might forget something important.  So, he told her, “it’s easy.  Just remember to walk down the aisle.”

“Ok, I’ll remember, ‘aisle’,” said Fiona.

“Then stop at the altar,” said Peter.

“Ok, I’ll remember, ‘altar’,” said Fiona.

“Then, we’ll sing a hymn,” said Peter.

“Ok, I’ll remember, ‘hymn’,” said Fiona.

It was most disconcerting to me, to hear my bride-to-be, as she was marching down the aisle, repeating over and over under her breath, “aisle-altar-hymn, I’ll alter him!”

I was still recovering from this turn of events, when they both arrived at the front of the church.  Peter looked at me.  I looked at Fiona.  Fiona looked at her Dad.  Then Peter looked at Fiona, I looked at Peter and Fiona looked at me.  I wasn’t sure if he was going to say a few words or not.  So we waited.  This went on for an uncomfortable period of time.  Eventually Peter took the hint and sat down.

My second memory of Peter was about a year later.  We decided to meet up about half-way between Otautau and Wellington, in Picton.  That’s half-way, isn’t it?

Fiona had researched and decided we would do the Queen Charlotte Sound mail-boat run.  It’s a leisurely tourist activity, exploring the nooks and crannies of the Sound.  An unexpected bonus of the trip was visiting a mussel farm, where the skipper took possession of a bucket of fresh mussels.  He was just about to boil them all up for us, when I requested he leave me a few uncooked.  I was happily smashing them open, when I happened to glance up to see Peter’s face.  The look of shock on his face projected the thought, “Into what form of barbarism has my daughter married?”

Our next encounter was on his home turf: the farm.  I’m still not sure to this day whether he was deliberately testing my limits when he suggested we go out on the quad bike.  Of course, that meant he would drive and I would sit in the back trailer.  He eventually looked back at some stage to discover, as he was throttling through the long grasses, my hay-fever had kicked in big time.  I had tears streaming down my face.  Disgusted, Peter took me back to house.

I extracted revenge on my final encounter on the farm; Peter decided to let this townie try to help him move his prize sheep.  “Somehow”, I managed to get in front of the herd.  They went the other way.  Peter sent me home, again.

Peter loves gadgets.  He loves upgrading to the latest and greatest.  Peter and I finally bonded.  He would buy the gadgets, then I would visit and help him set them up.  I’m not saying he’s technologically challenged, but I am saying there was plenty to do to keep me occupied on my one week’s vacation.

Peter has gotten involved in setting up the Otautau Museum.  A fitting place, for a dinosaur.

Peter is a gentleman farmer.  This doesn’t mean he farms gentlemen.  It means he now keeps gentlemen’s hours.

Peter finds it difficult to sleep.  He used to be a banker.  He would lie in bed, counting sheep, but then realised he’d made a mistake.  He’d spend the next four hours trying to find the error.

Peter was asked whether he would organise a special birthday party for his mother’s 90th.  His response?  “Awww, I thought we’d wait until her 100th.”

Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, it is Peter’s 80th birthday.  Please charge your glasses and be upstanding, so we can share a toast to Peter, before it’s too late.

To Peter, Before It’s Too Late!


Summary of Toastmaster Presidency 2017

04714198 MCBC Toastmasters


20 August 2016 – Club Humorous Speech

Participants: Nora Ah Poe, Tina Brockway, Jane Crosbie, James Hippolite, Barry Shaw, Florence David, Lynette Wall, Jane Crosbie, Ross Middleton

3rd: Barry

2nd: James

1st: Tina

3 September 2016 – Club Table Topics

Participants: Fiona Hippolite, Lynette Wall, Ruth Malo, Melanie Alican, Elliot Ikilei, Ashlyn Hart, Ross Middleton

3rd place: Elliot

2nd place: Fiona

1st place: Ruth

11 February 2017 – International Speech

Participants: James Hippolite, Ross Middleton, Molino Garcia, Jonas Kuhn

1st: James.  James went on to place 3rd in the Area contest.

11 February 2017 – Club Evaluations

Participants: Ashlyn Hart, Patrick Mariner, Lynette Wall, Molino Garcia, James Hippolite

1st James: James did not place in the Area contest.


Turning Tides – Wellington – 12-14 May 2017

  • Keynote speaker: 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking, Mohammed Qahtani of Saudi Arabia.
  • Banner Parade
  • District Council Meeting: voting on new national Executive
  • International Speech Contest: hearing the best of the best.
  • Dinner & Dance

Hold on to Your Dreams – Invercargill – 18-20 November 2016

  • Keynote Speakers: Mike Alsop, John Parsons
  • Humorous Speech Contest
  • Banner Parade
  • District Council Meeting: deciding to split the country into 2 districts.
  • Dinner & Dance


Competent Communicator (6)

  • James Hippolite
  • Barry Shaw
  • Fiona Hippolite
  • Molino Garcia
  • Florence David
  • Steve Lamb

Advanced Communicator (2)

  • James Hippolite (ACB)
  • Jane Crosbie (ACB)

Competent Leader (3)

  • Fiona Hippolite
  • James Hippolite
  • Ruth Malo


10 new members:

July 2016 Ashlyn Hart
Steve Lamb
March 2017 Amit Sharma
April 2017 John Chen
Manju Malik
May 2017 Desiree Crosby
Eva Hutchison
June 2017 Manu John
Sonia Ng
John Barben


  • Iliganoa (Nora) Ah Poe
  • Tina Brockway
  • Jane Carswell
  • Florence David
  • Manohar David
  • Min Hu
  • Steve Lamb
  • Christine MacDonald
  • Trish Stack
  • Fritz Tuaa
  • Joe Tuilua
  • Lynette Wall

New Executive

Role Start 2016 End 2017 New
President James Hippolite James Ruth Malo
VP Education Tina Brockway Jane Crosbie Jane
VP PR Melanie Alican Ruth Melanie
VP Memberships Barry Shaw Barry Amit Sharma
Treasurer Barry Barry Manju Malik
Secretary Christine MacDonald Warren Christie Barry
Sargent-At-Arms Molino Garcia Molino Patrick Marriner

Distinguished Club Programme

How did we achieve it?

Goals to Achieve    Goal    To Date Status
Education (A maximum of 6 will count toward DCP credit.)
1 Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 2
2 More Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 4
3 Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1
4 More Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1
5 Leadership Awards (CL, ALB, ALS) or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award 1 1
6 More CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award 1 2
7 New members 4 4
8 More new members 4 6
9 Club officers trained June-August 4 6
Club officers trained December-February 4 5
10 Membership-renewal dues on time Y 2

Setting the record straight.