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A Worthy Vocation

The dictionary definition of vocation is, “...a calling, employment, a profession or a business…” In Ephesians, the Apostle Paul outlines clearly how he believes Christian should live their lives. Look at Ephesians 4:1-3 - “I therefore, the prisoner of the...
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Heavenly Accounting

One of the roles I have been fortunate to play in three churches iss secretary treasurer. It is a function necessary in this world, and involves reporting to the authorities on income and expenditure if you are a charitable organisation...
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Surf’s Up! – A Chat With Logan Mills

Papamoa’s Logan Mills will always remember the way his youth pastor phrased a question he once asked the group. “If you took money out of the equation, how would you describe your ultimate dream when it comes to using your...
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Howard’s Heart For A Transformed Aotearoa

“What does a ‘transformed’ Aotearoa look like? Great question.” As Howard Goold and I sit having coffee near Putaruru-based Transform Aotearoa’s office, the organisation’s CEO reflects for a moment. “Transformation starts with individual lives. Like a ripple effect, transformed people,...

Five From Five: ‘Authentically’ Our Journey – Ultimately ‘His’ Story

“The Lord has done great things for us…” - Psalm 126:3 (ESV).That’s the key reflection which comes to mind when considering the fact we marked our five-year anniversary and 20th issue in December 2022. And, it absolutely rings true for...
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Staff Snapshot: A Look Back

In December 2022, we marked our five-year anniversary - and 20th issue - at Authentic. So, we asked each Authentic staff member to reflect on a particular aspect of our journey to that point which has impacted - or encouraged...
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Am I Pulling Down My Barns?

The heading of this article is a question I regularly ask myself. It may seem a strange one, but the parable in Luke 12 is very applicable today in a nation where there is so much wealth and prosperity compared...
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Fear-Filled Evangelism, or a Relaxed Natural Flow

The flight story. Evangelists like to tell their best stories. They get more support that way.  You may have heard the story about how one of those ‘talk about Jesus all the time’ types - the ones who quietly terrify...

Waiting “For” God, Or Waiting “On” God?

Stress is one of the biggest causes of trauma facing our society - and one of the biggest causes of stress is impatience.  We are told impatience can affect our sleep, encourage a sense of frustration and helplessness, reinforce negative...