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Bouncing or Bearing

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The following devotion from Matthew Jacoby challenges my 'bouncing ball' personality. 'A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger' (Proverbs 15:1). Conflict is like one of those very bouncy bouncing balls. Every time it hits a hard surface it is propelled back up in the air. Likewise, conflict is perpetuated by hard hearts and anger bounces back ...

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Listen to Your Heart?

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When life is a struggle and dreams hang in the breeze, when you're not sure what's next and long for a hopeful tomorrow, what should you do? The mantra of our culture is clear. 'Listen to your heart. Be true to yourself and go wherever your heart should lead'. Celebrities tell us it's true. 'The Voice' affirms it. Disney has built an industry on this message. And pop psy...

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Israel Folau and Religious Freedom

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Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, this week issued a statement on theIsrael Folau furore that has swamped media coverage over past weeks. I quote in part: "Israel Folau's right to express his faith and act according to his conscience is of fundamental importance in any democracy, and it is of great concern to many Australians that this right is being denied a...

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A.C.T.I.V.E Prayer

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Many years ago, I was taught the 'ACTS' pattern for my personal prayers. It's a simple acronym. Begin with A Adoration (Praise and worship), then C Confession (Of sin, seeking forgiveness), then T Thanksgiving, and finally S Supplication (Make your requests to God). Oscar Muriu suggested a slight modification. He calls it ACTIVE prayer. It's an acronym. Same, same - b...

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Wisdom's Call

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Listening to Jonny's teaching from the Book of Ruth, I couldn't help but be reminded of 'Wisdom's Call' in Proverbs 8:1-11 when I thought about Naomi's response to despair. "Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? YES, they do on the heights along the way where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at entra...

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My Wildest Dreams

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When our family lived at Cedarwood Drive, Cherrybrook, I never drove to church on weekdays between 7:30am and 9:00am. It could take more than 20 minutes to travel two kilometres. There was talk that one day the government would build a North-West train line. 'One day!', I thought, 'How about today!' Seventeen years later and the Sydney Metro line is open for business. Has...

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Sacrifice and Service

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Just before I went on leave our church shared a weekend with Bishop Oscar Muriu and his wife Beatrice, from Nairobi Chapel. What a blessing that weekend was. I'm still processing the input. We had the privilege of being confronted by the godly wisdom of a world renown church leader from a different culture, who perhaps sees what we're blind to. On Monday morning Oscar and...

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Lost Property

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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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A Fading Life

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Last week I accompanied Isaac's class as a parent volunteer on an excursion to Rouse Hill House. It was a lovely day and I benefitted from the experience probably just as much as the children did. The children were given the opportunity to explore how one family lived in this property for six generations and left behind fragments of their lives. The cumulative result is on...

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PLU56 Ministry

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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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