Dear Tikipunga Baptist Church members and other visitors, welcome to our Blog site.
As we settle into our 'new normal' (our individual/family bubbles), the words 'CoVid19 Level Four lockdown' are becoming all too familiar for us here in NZ. Our Government has called for this drastic action for good reason, and we are called to obey those rules, for everyone's sake - people's lives really do depend upon it.
These times have been called 'unprecedented' and are certainly unknown to us, but we’re all in it together, and together we can remain strong. We will certainly miss our fellowship together and other social interaction, but technology has brought us many different ways of interacting so hopefully you are able to keep in touch with your family, friends and fellowship during this time.
We are here for you too and our blog has two purposes:
1) To help each of us keep Our Saviour, The Lord Jesus Christ, His Heavenly Father and The Holy Spirit clear in our focus.
2) To offer practical and emotional help for each other. Social isolation is not our ‘norm’.
Please be encouraged by this special verse from Jesus, when He promised to give us His special peace.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14: 27; NIV)
Secondly - please try to keep in touch with each other, but especially with those people who are on their own or those who are vulnerable for other reasons. And please do keep in contact with us via our email form, we'd love to hear from you.
A verse from Marlene today: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)