Kiwi Maranatha Charitable Trust

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Praise ye the Lord

 Praise Ye the Lord

We so often talk about “Praising God” and we often go to The Book of Psalms and from there we read and treasure the wonderful and inspiring words, which are Poetic, as the Psalms were actually set to Music, and were sung.  Praise ye the Lord, usually is set as a concept of; Words, Speech and Song, but the concept is way much wider, as it covers our Character, the way we live and the way we act, the way we treat others.

Zechariah 4:6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This… Continue reading

Disasters Immanent

Disasters Immanent

 

All was going great, the weather was amazing, and the terrain had lots of different patches of gravel, sand, slopes and puddles, and the quad bike was tearing it up, soil and dust spraying out behind as the power came on propelling the rider forwards with even more enthusiasm, and then disaster struck with the world spinning, dust everywhere, and then silence as the safety cord attached to the ignition system pulled out shutting down the howling motor.  As the dust settled, the rider found that fortunately the bike had rolled away from him and was… Continue reading

The Pot Lady

The Pot Lady

Adapted from 2 Kings 4:1-7.

The family lived in a small village in Israel, Daddy was the Pastor, Mummy does all those many jobs that mummies do, as well as all those extra jobs that only the Pastor’s wife is expected to do, so they had a busy household.  To add to the household, there were amazing children, two strapping boys.

Life was wonderful, always lots to do in the village with home life and village life.  You remember the story of Lazarus, well this sort of happened here in this village, except Daddy who… Continue reading

Unforgiving

Unforgiving

Jesus tells us an interesting Parable in Matthew 25:14-28 about an extremely wealthy man who entrusts some of his Servants, or executive employees, and one gets 10,000 talents, or around 340,000 kilograms of gold {340 Tons}, valued at about USD$13.7 Billion, worth about 200,000 years work – more than 3,000 lifetimes.  Then there is the other man who owed a mere 100 denarii, or about 100 day’s wages.

To get this in perspective, you have worked for 20 years and have now earned 6,000 denarii. That’s enough to pay back one talent. You only have 9,999… Continue reading

Wallpaper

Wallpaper

In years back, Newspapers often printed, and often in the Weekend Special, a centre pull out section with nice pictures, and even the Calendars of the day had high quality pictures on them of a good large size.  These were well utilized by the working class, for they were placed in “Picture Frames,” or used as “Wallpaper,” for they carefully cut them out, mixed up some flour from the kitchen with water to make a paste, which was also a great glue, and this was liberally applied to the pictures, and literally plastered to the walls, and as… Continue reading

The Artist

The Artist

The painter sat quietly, patiently and intently; just studying “The Subject” looking carefully at every feature, then studying very carefully the feature that they were about to reproduce, looking at the colours, textures, tones, shadows and uniqueness.  Then when they had it exactly impressed on their mind, the brush and paint were picked up, the correct brush selected, the mixing and blending of the paint to gather the exact toning, apply a little, step back and re-study the subject, adapt and try again, and then skilfully it was perfectly reproduced on the canvas.

Hour by hour and… Continue reading

Obedience and Oneness

Obedience and Oneness

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.” Ephesians 5:2.  Quote; “In all the fullness of His divinity, in all the glory of His spotless humanity, Christ gave Himself for us as a full and free sacrifice, and each one who comes to Him should accept Him as if he were the only one for whom the price had been paid. As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive, for the obedient… Continue reading

Crucified Afresh

Crucified Afresh

Quote; “When the world is at last brought up for trial before the great white throne… what a reckoning will have to be made for nailing to the cross one who came to our world as a living epistle of the law. God will ask each one the question, What have you done with My only-begotten Son? What will those answer who have refused to accept the truth? They will be obliged to say, we hated Jesus, and cast Him out. We cried, Crucify Him, crucify Him. We chose Barabbas in His stead. If those to whom the… Continue reading

Adoption

Adoption

This is an interesting subject, which Paul uses quite often to try to describe a “Heavenly Concept” but we are all stuck with only “Earthly Concepts.”  Romans Chapter 8 is well worth another read, and especially contemplating on this concept.  Adoption is as old as the hills, and from ancient Hebrew, this is often how it played out in an Israelite Household.  Say, a daughter, slave or servant girl finds herself pregnant out of wedlock.  The child is born, and is brought before the head of the household, a decision is then made as to… Continue reading

Transformed

Transformed

There the house stood, buried in a dense forest of decades of neglect, there was a house somewhere in amongst the dense undergrowth, large trees, and even ivy grew up trees, and was crawling out through and under everything.  Great trees grew up hard against the house, just missing the spouting, which had rotted and fallen off years ago, and then large limbs grew up, way up leaning over on the roof, drinking up the sunshine and trying to get away from the dense undergrowth around, and hiding even more the house in a sea of green mature… Continue reading

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