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John 1:46 “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Nathanael asked.“Come and see,” answered Philip.


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Worth & Value

(Below is the text of the talk that went with the “You are Fearfully & Wonderfully Made” craft)

Can anyone tell me……..

Is an old car worth more than a new car?
What about if it was a rare old car and a mass produced new car? What if it was a old rusty heap and a new flash super sports car?

Here I am wearing a real gold necklace and this brooch is what they call costume jewellery – these aren’t diamonds and this is NOT gold.
Which is worth more? The necklace cost more but the brooch was my great grandmothers, so to me, the brooch is worth more.

Open wallet and take out two notes ($10 and $20) Which is worth more?
Screw up the $20 – what about now?
Throw it on the ground, and what if it was thrown in a puddle, a big dirty puddle so it’s now dirty and crumpled, maybe ripped – what is it worth now?
It is still worth $20 – it can still be used.

We have talked about the worth or value that material things have, but what about people?
Is someone worth more by what they do (someone who saves lives or someone unemployed)?
Is someone worth more if they are good (nun or a criminal)?

What about age – is someone worth more if they have experience and wisdom or if they are young and have all that to learn?

Who is worth more between me and Gail – now that’s silly — or is it? Isn’t that what we do to ourselves – compare.

God does not compare you with anyone else in the world. He cares for you. Actually God loves you. You are worth so much that maybe even you don’t believe it, understand it or even accept it.

We play small, belittling ourselves … I can’t do that  ….…

  • I’m not good enough (that was Jonah from the Bible)
  • I don’t know what to say (that was Moses from the Bible)
  • Too old (that was Abraham from the Bible)
  • Abandoned by his family (that was Joseph from the Bible).

The Bible is full of people that are not perfect and God has used them in spite of their imperfections – no he used them because of their imperfections.

So let me tell you, each of you: You are, YOU ARE of value, of worth to God. So much so He gave all He had, His only son, Jesus, to die for our sins, so that we can have a personal relationship with Him. Now that is love.

And soon as you understand that, believe that, accept that, God will change your life in the most amazing way that only God can.

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You are Fearfully & Wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

Last week we used a skit called “I’ve come to light that candle” (available from the Ready, Steady, Act Now part of Sheila Hamil’s website). Although the suggested theme of the skit is about carrying God’s light to the world, we were struck by the way the Devil put down each of the characters in turn – attacking their self worth and belief in their own value – and we decided to focus on the fact that we all have worth in the eyes of God.

For our craft we made up this mirror to emphasise that yes, that person there looking out at you is valuable and important to God.

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IMG_0159You need:

  • Mirror finish plastic plates – found these in the Just Incredible shop at NZ$5.90 for 6 (I’m sure there will be something similar available in other countries)
  • Card
  • A variety of stickers of your choice
  • Ribbon
  • A printed verse. We used “You are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) which tied in with the Father’s Love Letter that we did a few weeks ago.

IMG_0161Pre-Prepare:

  • Cut pieces of card to size so that they cover one side of the outer edge of the mirror plate (this is why I chose the square plates and not the round ones!) We provided a selection of colours for the children to choose from.
  • Print out your chosen verse and cut to size.
  • Cut ribbon to a suitable length


IMG_0168Assemble:

  • Glue your choice of card to the outer edges
  • Glue on the printed verse
  • Attach stickers to personalise.
  • Tape a piece of ribbon to the back so that the “mirror” can be hung up.

And there you have it – one personalised mirror ready to emphasise that YOU have worth!

The girls showing off their mirrors

The girls showing off their mirrors


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Let’s start at the very beginning….. – Genesis: 1

I have been asked to put on the text from the talk that went with our Creative Creation Craft, so here it is.

The reading was from Genesis Chapters  1 & 2. Genesis comes from a Greek word meaning beginning or origin. Genesis has roots in the word genealogy – the study of our beginning, our family tree. And in the story of creation we trace our beginning, our origin, our genealogy right back to God. That’s where we all started from, with a breath of God.

Now I will just get the seven days or seven ages argument over with. There are Christians who firmly believe one or the other: that Creation took 6 solar days (days as we know) or that creation took seven ages and that human kind came onto an Earth that was already very old. For me, and I make that clear FOR ME it is not important. I think the important thing is that we honour God as creator.

Firstly let’s talk about the order of Creation

The first three days God forms –

  • Day 1 God forms light and the cosmos,
  • Day 2 God forms  the sea and sky, and
  • Day 3 God forms dry land and plants.

Then over the next three days God fills it.

  • Day 4 The cosmos is filled with sun, moon and stars;
  • Day 5 The sea and sky is filled with birds and fish
  • Day 6 The land is filled animals and humankind.

The order of creation has been proven it had to be so. For example there needed to be plants   BEFORE we were created. Why – one reason, one really good reason is we need the oxygen they produce to be able to breathe. Photosynthesis (the process plants change carbon dioxide (what we breathe out) to oxygen (what we breathe in) was not known when Genesis was written. Aah but God knew.

And on the seventh day  – God rested. The Hebrew word used to describe God’s resting from his work is shabat which means to stop or to cease. It’s from this Hebrew word shabat that we get the word Sabbath. And the Sabbath is the known as the day of rest.  In Jewish tradition the Sabbath is Saturday, while Christians moved the Sabbath to Sunday to commemorate the day Jesus rose from the dead.  The Sabbath is so important it is the 4th of the Ten Commandments: Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. One way I try to honour this is by not doing anything on a Sunday that causes someone else to work – such as going to the grocery store. I know people who fast on a Sunday morning before coming to Church so that for them they are drawn closer to God.  How about doing someone else’s job for them – you know the dishes if they always do the dishes? I don’t think it matters what you do today as long as what you do is done to show God you love him, and to show others you love them too.

I love love love how God created us – from the earth (the lowest substance) and a breath from God (the highest substance).  Whether we acknowledge it or not – we have the spirit of God in us, God is a part of us. God created us in His own Image – So what does that mean. Do we all look like God: you know a head, eyes, mouth, arms and legs etc or do we have his spiritual image, the character qualities of God: morality, compassion, intelligence and so on. Amy Grant sang a song called “My Fathers Eyes” which is about people seeing God in her eyes – her soul as it is said our eyes are the window of our soul. That song has had a big impact on me as I long to have My Fathers Eyes. 

So here we are created with nothing to do so God gave us a couple of jobs: go forth and multiply (simply make more of us) and manage his creation, care for his creation: not neglect and destroy.

I marvel at God’s handiwork in the native fish in our stream that climb over rocks to go upstream, the Godwits in New Brighton who fly to Alaska each year, photos taken from space of the planets and stars, the smell of a rose, the grasp of a newborn baby’s hand over your finger, the view of our harbour as you come over the top Dyers Pass – it all takes my breath away.

Dick Tripp has written a fantastic book (The Biblical Mandate on Caring for Creation) on how the Bible tells us to care for creation. On page 123 he says that we all have different gifts and different opportunities and it is up to us to decide what we can do individually and collectively. Dick lists the 6 Rs as a way to do this:

REDUCE our consumption of non-essentials to healthy living

REUSE where possible to reduce waste

RECYCLE – this is what God does

RESIST: the temptations that abound  in our materialistic society

RESTORE what has been lost where that is possible

REJOICE in the goodness of God in all that he has made and all he provides.

I challenge you to do something specifically this week that shows God that you care for his Creation for in doing so you are not only following what is said in the Bible, you are showing God your love for him.

Vanessa