1. Basil Clark
On Wednesday afternoon Basil went to be with the Lord. He was 91 years. Our hearts are with Steve and Lynley and the extended family. A funeral service will be held in Whangarei at 12pm on Tuesday (a livestream link will be available).
Steve shared these words:
“On the 18th May my Dad was promoted to heaven to be with Jesus and reunited with mum. I will miss you heaps, you were my role model in life, you passed onto me a wonderful faith in God, you showed me how to give above and beyond and that going the extra mile was not a burden but a blessing. Thank you for your friendship, your love and your grace and for always being available to me. Thank you for coming and sharing the last four years of life with my family and being present in the ups and downs of family life. You were a true gentleman and man of integrity and generosity who loved to serve your Lord and to serve all those you came in contact with. What a blessing to have had you as my dad and I thank God for you and rejoice with you as you enter into the presence of God.” Steve
2. Resurrection people
Our current series “Resurrection People” has been really profound. It’s not too late to link in to the daily devotional e-book that goes alongside. To download a copy, click this link.
A number of people have also asked for a summary of the steps that I’ve found helpful over the years, “What to do with doubts and questions”. …my mum thinks it’s one of my best sermons, and she even sent me a link so that I could listen to it! 😉
What to do with questions and doubts:
- Write the questions
- Pray and be open to the Holy Spirit answering over time in different ways
- Recognise the invitation to discover Christ (the question is not a dead end – it’s a doorway to discover more about God)
- Active attentiveness (“I’m willing to actively learn”) versus passive pride (“…this is a barrier, but I can’t be bothered reading/listening/learning”)
- Seek God more than solutions (the goal of faith is relationship with Jesus, not information/answers).
3. Baptist Leader – Charles Hewlett
Here’s a link to a webpage that helps connect us with Charles Hewlett, the NZ Baptist Leader. It includes some interviews, photos, and written reflections. It’s a great way to stay in the loop with some of the things he is highlighting in the Baptist movement. https://baptist.nz/our-team/national-leader/
May you know God’s grace this week.