Writer, Arthur Gordon, writes: Last summer in California, I met a man who had been a skydiver until, on his nineteenth jump, his parachute failed to open fully and his emergency chute wrapped itself around the partially collapsed main chute. He slammed into a dry lake bed at sixty miles an hour. Doctors thought this broken remnant of a man would never leave his hospital bed. They told him so, and he sank into a bleak despair. But in the hospital he had frequent visits from another patient, a man whose spinal cord had been severed in an automobile accident. This man would never walk, would never, in fact, move a finger again. But he was always cheerful. “I certainly don’t recommend my situation to anyone,” he would say. “And yet I can read, I can listen to music, I can talk to people …”
And yet ...
... those two words shift the focus from what has been lost to what remains – and to what may still be gained. They gave such hope and determination to the skydiver that he came through his ordeal and today walks without a limp.
At one point, Paul writes a letter to a church describing the pains he went through so that others may get to know God better. He describes himself as: Dying ... Beaten... Sorrowful... Poor... Having nothing. And he had gone through all that. He had been attacked and left for dead. He had been shipwrecked. He had lost his income and he did know poverty. But against every one of those bad things, against every one of those disasters that I would probably look at and go “poor me”, Paul turns on the power of two words – “And Yet”.
[We are ] dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. (2 Corinthians 6:9-10)
When you add the ‘And yet’, you start looking at life with the eyes of faith. You make room for God in the picture. You are saying, “You know what? Things are pretty bad, but here are some awesome things in my life that haven’t changed.
- God is real – God is good. He loves me.
- He holds me in his hand.
- This is all worth it because we are living for eternity.
- God can use this stuff to make me more like him.
- And I’m gonna praise Him for that.”
It’s the same attitude that a guy called Habakkuk had 700 years before Paul wrote his words:
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Where do you need to apply, 'And Yet' in your life today?
Cornelius, Peter, and the rest of us :
This Sunday, Matt will be helping us continue our journey through the book of Acts as we look at the story of Cornelius and Peter in Acts 10, and how it relates to us today.
Kids Programmes during Lockdown
There will be not Blaze or Spark's programmes running due to covid restrictions.
Youth on Zoom
We are taking a break this week, so there will be no Youth Group this Friday. We will be back next week for the new term!
New Youth Night
We are excited to be starting our new yr 9-13 youth group in term 4! But would love to hear from you, because we need to pick which day of the week to have it on.
Please click here to vote!
Virtual Morning Tea
This Sunday at 11:30 am, after our worship service has been posted, we will be having a Virtual Morning Tea!
Get your biscuit and a cup of coffee and sit down for a Zoom chit-chat with others! Catch up on others' weeks, talk about whatever, leave whenever you wish, enjoy some fellowship!
The young people are also invited to this, and then will have a 'break-out' Ignite youth meeting using the same zoom link, which Matt will organise.
Giving to our Community During Lockdown
There are many in need in our community during lockdown. If you would like to contribute financially, a couple of good options would be to Vision West (click here) or contact Ruapōtaka Marae in Glen Innes on 09 5705340.
Due to covid restrictions, we are unable to meet in person for our mainly music sessions. However a link will be posted on out Facebook at 10am each Tuesday. We hope you can sing along (virtually) with us!
Young Adults Home Group
Every Sunday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!
Basix Small Group
Basix is a series of chat group courses looking at the basics of the Christian faith. Each course runs for four weeks, and discusses questions about who God is, life and the Christian faith. Please contact the office if you are interested.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. Contact the office for more information.
Thursday Morning Home Group
Home Group in the church lounge on the third Thursday of the month at 10am. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. Contact the office for more information.