A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies! Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours. The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Psalms 110:1-4 ESV)
The start of this year has been even busier than last year, especially with helping to organize the booth for Festival One. For all of those who prayed for this event, the Lord answered your prayers as he provided a model tabernacle that I was able to use, along with large whiteboards (like those used in real estate) which were the perfect size for the displays, he also ensured that bookmarks needed at the last minute were able to be ordered, printed, and boxed all within a few hours. Finally, on the first day of the Festival a very generous person offered to cover the cost of the booth, so that gave us a real confirmation that the Lord wanted us there, especially since the attendance fee had been a financial step of faith. So, praise the Lord with us!
CMNZ booth at Festival One
I am grateful that my home church (Coast Community Church) has generously supported me, both in terms of the ongoing use of the use of church facilities for the following events as well as practical help. In February we began Part I of the Life of Messiah course on Sunday nights, which will continue into March. It is great to be able to share insights into the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ through a thematic approach to the gospels. I appreciate Matthew Lord being willing to share some of the teaching load for this. Also, there is now a weekly Hebrew class for beginners on Monday afternoons with around 16-18 people attending. Nigel was pleasantly surprised when his eldest daughter Ariella was highly motivated to attend without any prompting from Dad. Add to this that the Kapiti Israel Dance group has started up again for 2018, meeting each Tuesday night (during the school terms), and has had a pleasing increase in numbers with Nicola reporting that about 16 turned up to the most recent night. Finally, Nigel spoke on John’s account of the Crucifixion, which uses a number of prophetic passages to show that these events did not catch God by surprise, but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31 ESV)
Beginners’ Hebrew Class
March / April 2018
As we look ahead we continue to see God giving increase. This year there are numerous bookings to run Messianic Passovers (which show this biblical feast points to Christ our Passover lamb) at different churches in Wellington, Auckland, the central North Island, and the Coromandel. Also, Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum will be in NZ in late March and early April, which Nigel is looking forward to helping out with behind the scenes while he is in Wellington (25-27th April).
March 4th 6:00-8:00 pm, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu
Life of Messiah: Session 4. A light meal is included.
March 10th 6:00-8:00 pm, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu
Life of Messiah: Session 5. A light meal is included.
March 11th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu Israeli dance beginner’s workshop. This will be a great opportunity to come and try out Israeli dance. Bring along a plate for the shared lunch, and a gold coin donation.
March 18th 6:00-8:30 pm, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu
Life of Messiah: Session 6 A light meal is included. This is an extended session as Teresa Thomas of CMNZ will be visiting and sharing both her story and music.
March 25th 10:00 -11:30 pm, Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu
John 21 The Restoration of Peter by the Good Shepherd
March 25th 10:00 -11:30 am, 2:00-4:15 pm , 7:00 – 9:15 pm Abundant Life Church, Wellington
Dr Fruchtenbaum: The Dispensations of God & the Eight covenants, The Law of Moses and the Law of Christ, The Final Restoration of Israel.
March 26-27th 7:00 – 9:15 pm Abundant Life Church, Wellington
Dr Fruchtenbaum: The Final Restoration of Israel, Ezekiel 38 & 39, How to destroy the Jews.
March 28th (Time to be confirmed) Glendowie Presbyterian Church, Auckland
March 29th (Time to be confirmed) All Nations Foursquare Church, Bucklands Beach, Auckland.
March 30th 9:30 – 10:30 am Waihi Baptist, Waihi, Hauraki.
Christ our Passover Lamb.
April 1st 10-11:30 am Coast Community Church, Paraparaumu.
Christ our Passover Lamb: A Dramatic Journey to the Cross & an Empty Tomb.
April 7th 6-9pm St Barnabas Plimmerton Presbyterian, Mana, Wellington.
Passover with Meal, please note that this is a ticketed event so please contact the Pastor Richard [email protected] if you are interested in attending.
There will also be events during the school holidays in Turangi and Whitianga.
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- Pray for Nicola’s mental and physical health, especially in light of the fact that Nigel is due to be away in the States for 6 weeks midway through 2018.
- Pray for wisdom that we don’t add anything that shouldn’t be included regarding the ministry work, or avoid anything that should be included.
- Praise the Lord for his many answers to prayer and blessings regards the CMNZ booth at Festival One. Also, pray that the Lord will add increase to the many seeds sown into the lives of people.
- Praise the Lord for the numerous opportunities he is providing for us to serve him through the ministry of CMNZ. Pray for an increase in resources to match this.
Currently, Nigel is able to be supported for 25 hours a week by CMNZ, as long as God raises up those who will support this work financially. Are you interested in supporting this vital ministry? You can safely donate by direct bank payment, cheque, or credit card. Please choose Nigel Christensen as the Special Designation. All donations will be receipted by CMNZ, and are recognised by IRD for tax credit.