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God Wins!

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"God Wins!" God wins! It's simple really. We complicate things. We worry; we fear, we become anxious. Hey, we're only human after all! But when we invite God into our messy, complicated lives, He walks in, and He stays. He's not turned off by the mess. Anxieties come, but they don't stick. Fears surface and then depart. Struggles come, for sure. But so does God. Go...

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Content with Yourself

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Last week I shared some thoughts from my son, Adam. At the risk of overplaying my hand, I'd like to share just one more thought from his core values that caught my attention. Adam lives in Tokyo, works a busy job, and was reflecting on 'Life in the Fast Lane'. Moogie is our brown Labrador. Moogie has taught me a lot about being simple. He's usually the one in the room...

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God's Church at Mission

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Our son, Adam, has been living and working in Japan for the past few years. Recently he wrote down what he considered to be his core values. He shared these with Anna and I, and after checking, he's OK with me sharing some of his thoughts with you. Here is some of what he wrote on mission: Most people quote the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20 when thinking about ...

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The Path Christ Chooses

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As we leave 2019 behind and step into 2020, let us set our hearts aright, and my poem below expresses this desire. The path Christ chooses for me- Through valleys and up peaks, Through bush and rolling meadows- Is the path that I must seek. For should I, in my foolishness, Think only I know best Risk getting lost and losing all, Bereft of manna and rest. ...

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Bildad's Advice

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Anna and I have been reading through the book of Job. It can be tough. From Chapters 3 to 31, after intense personal suffering, Job sits in mourning with three of his friends. How do you make sense life, and hope, and God when your world has completely disintegrated around you? Job's friends offer advice. They encourage, they reason, and they rebuke. Job kicks back. He ca...

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Up Close and Personal

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On our recent holiday Anna and I stayed in a house at North Arm Cove. You could look out (despite the bush fire smoke) and see, dotted below, yachts and motorboats sitting at their moorings. From a distance they looked luxurious even decadent. I could imagine myself standing at the till, sails unfurled, sunglasses on, wind in my face, drink in hand, Anna preparing a fea...

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God the Initiator

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Have you ever considered that God is the initiator of all that we do? Theologian and author, Eugene H. Peterson perhaps said it best when he said that God has always been the initiator and man the responder. Recently I have learned that true prayer is initiated by God. If I am seeking God's purpose, then I will be open to responding to Him, when He prompts me to pray. T...

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Travel Light

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How are you at packing? I hate it! I put everything on the spare bed, and I dither. How hot will it be or cold? I need to pack for all weather! My heart is always in my mouth at the airport check-in. Even though I've weighed my case at home, I'm still nervous. The rules are rigid! If your bag is overweight, the scrutiny awaits of unpacking and discarding in front of comp...

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Child Safety - Riding the Wave

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The recently completed Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended 10 child safe standards that every organisation working with children should adhere to. The NSW government has indicated that compliance with these Child Safe Standards will soon become mandatory for all organisations that provide services to children, including churc...

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Joyful Submission

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The following devotion was written by my neighbour, Colin Noble, who is Chaplain at William Clarke College in Kellyville. Can you identify the characters maybe even yourself? I set out for a morning walk with my dog, Tara. She's a rescue dog a mongrel who tips the scales at about 35 kilos. To her, dogs under 10 kilos have always been annoying rodents viewable only as p...

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