Kiwi Maranatha Charitable Trust

Eraser

Eraser

If you sat down one day, and went through your daily Diary, or Journal entries, and with a great big Eraser, started to rub-out all the bad things recorded there, how long before there would be just a book full of “Blank Pages” or just a few tiny bit of text of what you did right or overcame, here or there?  In your life, what would happen if you made no more “Bad Decisions” and that from now on, all that you ever did was kind, and good and uplifting?  What would your life look like, and… Continue reading

The Branch

The Branch

There in the Garden it grew, the Pear Tree, it was already a Double Graft, as there were already two varieties of Pears on the one tree, but the gardener desired something else, so in late winter, “The Branch” was snipped off the Williams bon Chretien, and taken over to the Pear tree.  A sharp knife cut a deep vee into the trunk, and then the branch was trimmed to size, and then pressed firmly into the space, and then well bound and taped into place with Grafting Tape, and then the gardener left it to grow,… Continue reading

Development and Service

Development and Service

 

Quote; “Christian life is more than many take it to be. It does not consist wholly in gentleness, patience, meekness, and kindliness. These graces are essential; but there is need also of courage, force, energy, and perseverance. The path that Christ marks out is a narrow, self-denying path. To enter that path and press on through difficulties and discouragements requires men who are more than weaklings.  Men of stamina are wanted, men who will not wait to have their way smoothed and every obstacle removed, men who will inspire with fresh zeal the flagging efforts… Continue reading

Christ Like

Christ-Like

It is interesting that in Scripture, there are only Seven “Prayed for, or Prophesied for Babies,” and all the seven were little boys, and all did amazing things, and all have strong characteristics as latter seen in Jesus Christ.  The first is Abraham that prayed for his wife Sarah, who was by then close to 90 years old when she bare a son Isaac (Genesis 17:15-17.)  Isaac prayed for his beloved wife Rebecca (Genesis 25:21,) and she bare twins, and Jacob was the inheritor.  Jacob prayed for his most favorite wife Rachel, as her “Sister Wife”… Continue reading

The Exhumation

The Exhumation

There was a funny Country Song that circulated some years ago, and the chorus went something like this; “I’m digging up bones, I’m digging up bones, exhuming things that’s better left alone, I’m resurrecting memories of a life that’s all dead and gone, yet tonight I’m sitting alone, and digging up bones.”  Here is a Quote; “Then let us not gather together all the unpleasant pictures—the iniquities and corruptions and disappointments, the evidences of Satan’s power—to hang in the halls of our memory, to talk over and mourn over until our souls are filled with discouragement. A… Continue reading

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