A Change of Direction (Matthew 4:18-22)

Many of you know I enjoy fishing. Here are two photos of my latest catches from the few opportunities I have had to fish this year! If I was to ask myself why I like fishing, I would have to say it is because my father built his own boat at our house, and took me fishing. We lived in Nelson, and that part of NZ was very good for fishing. The fish in the photo of me and my grandson are small, compared to what we used to catch. PP - My father taught me in such a way, that I too, had the skill to catch fish like he did. My father used three methods to teach me: He would tell me what to do. Secondly he would show me what to do be demonstrating the particular skill required, Thirdly he would let

Wedding Clothes

WEDDING CLOTHES Matthew 22:1-14 I guess most of you here have been to a wedding at some time in your lives and for many, of course, it was your own wedding. When we got married in Japan, a very long time ago now, I had never been to a Japanese wedding so I had an image in my head of a Kiwi wedding. So, I made my own dress because that is what most people in NZ did in those days, just used my every day make-up and actually forgot to organize a hairdresser to do my hair until the very last moment. We had both the wedding service and the reception outside so it was a very casual arrangement. It wasn't until some months later when I went to a Japanese wedding that I realized just how far off the

Equipped by the Spirit of God

Reading (Exodus 31: 1-6) (John 14: 26) Background: God wants to live among us. In previous chapters Exodus, we read God led Israelites out of Egypt. He performed many miracles, so that Pharaoh agreed to let Israelis leave. Exodus chapter 13, “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people”(21-22). God was guiding his people, led them out of slavery, running to the land that He promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In the desert, God has a job for Israelites t

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