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From Pastor Jacqui Caetano (11Feb2024)

At our “New Wine” Hui this year I browsed the book store often and eventually settled on a book “The Wonder of Creation by Louie Giglio, a collection of 100 devotionals about God and science for 5 to 12 year olds. I am devouring it because it’s a little beyond my grandson for now, and this book is so appropriate for our topic today. Its written for Generation Alpha, the most bible illiterate generation in the modern/ postmodern era. This little devotional has captured my imagination and I’m learning so many things I do not know. Let me share one with you headed “Space Junk.” The Bible Verse is Luke 3:11. If you have two shirts, share with the person who does not have one.
Space junk – it could be anything from an obsolete satellite, satellite debris or a glove dropped by an astronaut. Apparently scientists have guesstimated over 100 million pieces of space junk orbiting the earth. Pieces as small as 10 cm zooming around at 17 000 miles per hour is a weapon that can shred a space craft or satellite into pieces adding to the debris. While scientists are working on ways to clean up the debris, satellite companies and NASA continue to explore and experiment. Apparently Elon Musk has a company called Space X, CEO of Tesla, owns X (used to be Twitter) and a bit more has sent a cherry red Tesla Roadster into space with a dummy driver carried on the back of the Falcon Heavy Rocket to clean up space. It’s the size of a shoebox that shoots out nets to pick up any junk that then burns up as Starman returns to earth. I wonder if this little red cherry convertible is considered a celestial object or space junk?
He then goes onto ask – Do you have any junk taking up space in your room? Maybe clothes that don’t fit anymore, books or toys you have outgrown or a fully packed lunchbox to school every day with a few treats in it? Evaluate what you would share, recycle, repurpose and donate that could be a huge blessing to someone else. Then follows up with a prayer: God, …. Help me share what I have with those in need Amen. Mums could like this one to help their teen keep their room tidy ☺ ☺ ☺
Pastor Jacqui


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From Pastor Jacqui Caetano (04Feb2024)

Putting two and two together, or is it joining the dots … I’m in awe of God when things come together in unexpected and wonderful ways! On the 4th of March, Pastor Brian Winslade is coming from Papamoa and preaching on EBC’s history Sunday. Brain was the pastor at Windsor Park Baptist where we settled in 2000. It turns out that he was an Epsom Baptist Church Sunday School boy and his father Norman Winslade pastored here too. He will come and share his story. - A connection that I would never have known…
As I mentioned in church, I introduced a girl I met at the Ranfurly Motel to a church 600 m from her new home. I know the pastors there so well. We met 23 years when a mutual friend introduced us. The Redemptive Family series we covered a couple of years ago was developed at this church. And, what’s more, a woman named Jan has now taken her under her wing because she offered to help Jan in the church’s ministry to people with disabilities. Jan is the sister of Bob Lockwood a pastor in EBC’s history. The fact that our Helen Evans is being visited and cared for by both Martin Sutherland and Jeff Whittaker in Christchurch is remarkable. God’s timing, He knows what Helen needed long ago.
I attended Epsom Teacher’s Training College in 2000 to align myself with the New Zealand NCEA system. Little did I know I would be ministering in the area 22 years later. God has brought me full circle. Little did I know that I would join the church Neroli attends, who I associated with at Carey Baptist College for a number of years starting in 2011.
Olwyn Dickson who spoke at History Sunday 2023 is my supervisor. She also has a history growing up at Epsom Baptist Church. A Chaplain friend of mine Rosemary Platt also settled at EBC coming off the boat from the U.K in the 50’s.
The fact that both the surgeon and the anaesthetist in my recent surgery were from South Africa made something familiar for me. The best was, we discovered in conversation that the surgeon and I attended the same university at the same time! I know NZ is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, but I think God takes care of every detail of our lives. He knows what we need. He knows who he wants us to meet and know because He has a bigger plan. In Psalm 121 the LORD promises to watch over each one of us, our coming and our going, even when we are sleeping. He promises to protect us and keep us from harm. He will watch over your whole life forever…. Even when we don’t know it, or can’t feel it, he watches over your whole life. We worship a mighty big God, so much bigger than our issues and problems. He watches over us all the time.
Pastor Jacqui


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From Pastor Jacqui Caetano (28Jan2024)

Psalm 62:1-8 is our Old Testament reading. Verse I and 5 are so profound! 1 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. 5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. The repeat “I wait quietly before God” really spoke to me in my prep and became a repeat in my head which has been quite liberating.
According to EBC’s Church Life survey results, 78% read their Bibles at least 4 x a week! That’s an awesome statistic! Reading the Bible so many times and delighting in it, meditating on it day and night changes us from the inside out! This statistic also says that you are most likely inviting others to church where they will hear about Jesus, or telling others about Him. This practice grows community! For this to be a reality, we don’t just read the Bible, but meditate on it where it reaches our hearts where the work of transformation is done and fruit is borne.
If anything, let’s reclaim Bible meditation this year if you are just reading it….. Let this be our year to go deeper in God’s Word. it’s YOUR year of invitation into greater depths of wonder, awe and revelation that will come from more meditation on God’s Word.
The Faith and Belief Report is the final report from the national survey. It highlights Bible illiteracy as one of the greatest woes in the modern church. Many Christians rarely read their Bible or just nibble on very small amounts daily. Without being legalistic, this cannot lead to spiritual maturity, which is something that Jesus requires of us His followers.
The Bible is not a rule book that beats us over the head when we do something wrong. The primary character in the Bible is not you or me. The Bible is about God and His wonderful redemptive plan for the world that God so dearly loves. The Bible shows us what God is really like, and reveals His character, His nature and glorious power.
Bible meditation includes reading God’s Word, praying God’s Word, speaking God’s Word and allowing the Spirit of God to reveal divinely given truth from God’s Word into your heart.
Bible meditation is not a momentary discipline, but rather, becomes a way of living. Psalm 62, sit quietly before our God …. Aaaahhhh, breathe …. This is truly Sabbath rest sitting and quietly waiting before the Lord.
Pastor Jacqui