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PLU56 Ministry

5_6 Ministry

PLU56 has been running for 3 weeks now, and already everyone is asking the big questions. Why is there a '5' instead of an 'S'? How do you say the name properly? "Plus 5-6"? "Plus 6"? "PLU 56?" Surely there hasn't been this much confusion over a name since Mt Kosciuszko. Whatever the name, I can say that the ministry truly feels supported by the church. I am grateful for ...

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Lost Property

As the mother of a child in primary school, I frequently find myself engaged in the exercise of searching for lost hats, bags and drink bottles. Sometimes I meet other mums looking for stuff. We get there early and rifle through the overflowing boxes, shaking our heads in despair and exchanging knowing smiles. I search each musty lost property box thoroughly, each time g...

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Penshurst Prayer

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Dear Lord, I went to Penshurst the other day. I'd never been to Penshurst before. It's just next to Hurstville and Oatley and Beverly Hills. How is it that I've managed to miss Penshurst all these years? I saw lots of people in Penshurst, which is, I suppose, to be expected. How is it, Lord, that although I know next to nothing about Penshurst, you have an intimate knowl...

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Hear Oscar Muriu

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Last October the Baptist Association organised a church planting and evangelism conference in Nelson Bay. Given our 'Towards 2020' goal to 'Raise up and send team/s for strategic Kingdom growth', I thought I should go. Perhaps I'd learn something, but mostly I wanted to network. I really didn't want to attend. I figured I'd be hanging out with groovy church planting types...

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Resurrection People

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We are people who believe, at the core of our being and values, in the hope of resurrection. We celebrate Easter, not as an extended public holiday, but as an affirmation of the promise of new life. Jesus was crucified for our sin. On Friday afternoon He breathed his last. His body was hastily embalmed and placed in a rock tomb. A large stone was rolled over the entrance, ...

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Silver Fern Believers

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On our recent holiday, our family spent considerable time walking through lush, green Kiwi bush. Kauris, Tawas, and Rimus towered overhead, bedecked with epiphytes, as we wandered through a forest floor clogged with fernery in all shapes and sizes. Every now and then we would see the brilliant white underside of New Zealand's national emblem, the Silver Fern, lying amongs...

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Christians Like Us

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Some of you may have seen the first episode of the SBS documentary 'Christian Like Us' that aired last week. For those who haven't, imagine a documentary wanting to show "Modern Australian Christianity". Having watched episode 1, I can't help but feel the producers were only really interested in promoting "socially-acceptable religion". True, condensing a week of live foo...

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What is your Story?

Last Sunday our Church family welcomed new members and farewelling Christine Dillon as she prepares to leave for Taiwan. As I looked at the new members, I cannot help but wonder "how did you become a follower of Christ, who was your encourager?" If each one would write their story for our weekly bulletin we could get to know them better. I looked over at Christine and wo...

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The Last Word

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Dallas Willard, best-selling Christian author and academic, was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California for 47 years. During that time, he must have engaged in countless discussions with brash, young university students. John Ortberg shared one of those interactions as he gave a tribute at Dallas Willard's funeral in 2013: In one of his classes...

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Learning from the Animals

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Leah has been working as a vet for the past three years. University Vet School, whilst invaluable, must be a million miles away from the reality of handling needy animals and their anxious, wallet restrained owners, week in and week out. No doubt Leah has learnt a lot. So I asked her: 'What have you learnt from the animals?' I was expecting something like 'Their remarkabl...

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