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March 5, 2014

The Bible and Science #3

The Bible and Science #3

The Bible and Science 3: Fossil Evidence Supports the Bible “So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds…” Genesis 1:21 (NIV)   As more fossils are discovered and knowledge about them increases, is the Theory of Evolution gaining or […]

February 20, 2014

The Bible and Science #2

The Bible and Science #2

The Bible and Science 2 Creation of the Sea, Land, and Vegetation Imagine being there watching God continuing to create our Earth. What do you see? Scientists have varying opinions about the early time of earth’s history. Some believe granite was the first rock to cover the earth. As the rock lay in a flat […]

January 22, 2014

The Bible and Science #1

The Bible and Science #1

The Bible and Science: Creation of Earth and the Universe In believing in God the Creator, a Christian is often labelled gullible, and laughed at for blindly accepting Biblical accounts as fact. Atheist scientists dismiss the Genesis story as fairy tales made up by primitive tribes. From the opposite viewpoint, many Christians feel they must […]

December 9, 2013

Gift Rapt

Gift Rapt

The land lay hushed and still beneath the star studded sky. Holding its breath. Waiting. Looking down from the plane, Kerry could see the lights of Auckland fading away. Would hope fade too? “The Windy City’s going to give us a smooth landing to celebrate Christmas Eve.” The grey-haired lady sitting beside her turned towards […]

September 4, 2013

Jump Start into Faith

Jump Start into Faith

Jump Start into Faith Shirley Jamieson (300 words excluding title) “Dad,” I said, pointing to the chart on evolution in my school Biology textbook. “It says that all life evolved slowly. Where’s God in all this?” “Remember, the theory of evolution is just that: a theory,” Dad said. He was studying all the facets of […]

August 2, 2013

Ephesus: A story of Contrasts

Ephesus: A story of Contrasts

“Ouch, my ankle!” Paula turned to see the woman next to her begin to stumble. “Here, sit down,” she said, offering her arm in support. ” I’m a retired nurse – let me take a look.” “Please do. I tripped on the uneven paving – but that’s ruined amphitheatres for you,” the woman grumbled. “Looks […]

July 9, 2013

Prison Ministry: A Light Shining in the Darkness

Prison Ministry: A Light Shining in the Darkness

First Scene: Mogadishu, capital of Somalia 1991 A young man is driving his pregnant wife to the hospital. She is in labour and her mother is there to support and comfort her daughter. Arriving at the hospital, they walk towards the building …. Civil war has broken out after militia factions ousted the totalitarian military […]

June 30, 2013

The Right Place

The Right Place

Why would anyone give a farm dog a name like Dinghy? No one seemed to know. But there was no disputing Dinghy was smart, or more like a cunning rascal. In the early 1920s my Grandparents used a horse and gig for transport and Dinghy knew when the horse was caught and harnessed the family […]

June 9, 2013

A Sticky Situation

A Sticky Situation

I loved to hear the stories my father, Harold, told me. Life on the Otaki farm when he was a small child was full of fun and action. His Dad’s father had immigrated from Shetland in 1865 but his Mum’s family had come from England over 20 years before that. There was an old family […]

May 21, 2013

Letter to the Apostle Paul

Letter to the Apostle Paul

LETTER TO THE APOSTLE PAUL Paul, I went on a trip to Turkey a number of years ago. Travelling with a group on a tour I saw many places you visited and lived in. Almost 2,000 years have passed since you were there. A great deal has changed. I didn’t go as far east as […]

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