Our 2014 New Zealand District Women's Retreat has just concluded and it was a truly blessed time! Women from all walks of life and all corners of this planet gathered together for worship, teaching, arts/crafts, great food and genuine fellowship. I am always astounded by the ethnic diversity represented at our district gatherings; it is a bit like a slice of heave here on earth! We had women from Sudan, India, Singapore, USA, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Scotland, Indonesia. . . and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few!
I was given the privilege of preaching twice this weekend on our theme of "Running the Race", based on Hebrews 12: 1-2.
since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life
of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially
the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the
race God has set before us.
do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and
perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the
cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor
beside God’s throne.