Kia ora All Saints Whānau,
What a joy it was to meet together again last week! I (Emily) feel so grateful that we could do this when so many in the world can't. Chris shared a great message with three pieces of advice Jesus gave his disciples, but the first really stood out to me: "Don’t be alarmed in the face of world turmoil." There are many things happening in the world right now which can feel alarming, but I believe Jesus’ words would be the same to us today - do not be alarmed. Through the Spirit we can have peace during hard times and confident hope that things will not always be this way. God's kingdom brings healing and restoration.
Perhaps this week you could consider how your heart is in this time. Are you feeling alarmed? Are you holding onto the hope Jesus offers? Are you finding ways to join God in bringing healing and restoration to our world (or maybe just to a friend, neighbour or stranger)?
As we meet together in our house churches this week, I encourage you to use the time to truly engage in your faith. Enjoy the smaller group setting, the conversation, the snacks (my favourite part), and encourage and spur one another on to help our hurting world. As you do, know that we are praying for you, and may the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.
Emily, Andy, Guy and Summer