New Habits for a New Year

HabitsAs we prepare to finish another year and start a new one, it’s always good to pause and reflect. There are so many things to think about – our relationship with God, our relationship with people, our sense of contribution and life purpose, as well the seasons and stages of our life.… Read the rest

The REAL Christmas Story (Pt.2)

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After presenting an extensive genealogy, something that would have been very important to his Jewish readers (a high value for heritage, inheritance, legitimacy and rights), Matthew moves on to tell us about the birth of Jesus … It’s a unique story about a unique person with a unique conception and a unique message and ministry.… Read the rest

The REAL Christmas Story (Pt.1)

NatThe Christmas season is upon us again and with
it all sorts of nice Christmas stories.

One of my favourite is the The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss (1957). The Grinch hates Christmas and wants to stop it from coming.… Read the rest

What if the Three Wise Men Were Women?

WomenWhat would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men? 

  • They would have asked directions, 
  • arrived on time, 
  • helped deliver the baby, 
  • cleaned the stable, 
  • made a casserole, 
  • and brought practical gifts, and
  • there would be peace on earth.
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Jesus, Born to be King

KingChristmas draws our attention to the arrival of Jesus on the
earth as a small baby over 2,000 years ago. It provides an opportunity to
reflect on his life and how He intersects with our life, wherever we may be on
our journey. Jesus is known by many titles, each describing part of who
he is and/or a role that he fulfils.… Read the rest

Australian Government Considering Diverting Money from Poverty-Reducing Aid

OzNEWSFLASH: The Government is considering diverting money from poverty-reducing aid. The Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, recently admitted plans to divert at least $375 million of Australia's poverty-focused aid program to fund rising refugee support costs at home in Australia.
Not only would this reduce the amount available for poverty-focused programs overseas, but it would make Australia the third largest recipient of Australian aid.… Read the rest

Christmas Joy

JoyRegardless of personality, most people when asked what they want out of life usually answer something like, "I want to be happy" (in addition to world peace, of course). We want to experience positive feelings. As a result, for many people, life is a pursuit towards happiness.… Read the rest

Bible Engagement in Churchgoers Hearts, but not Always Practiced

BLifeway Research reports:

While the majority of churchgoers desire to honor Christ with their lives and even profess to think on biblical truths, a recent study found few actually engage in personal reading and study of the Scriptures.

"Bible engagement" is one of the eight attributes of discipleship identified in the Transformational Discipleship study conducted by LifeWay Research.… Read the rest

Cats or Dogs?

DosSo what's your favourite – cats or dogs? I grew up loving cats (especially kittens) but ended up having a number of dogs after getting married (my wife, Nicole, was allergic to our first cat!). Here's something funny my daughter just sent me …

A dog's daily diary:

8:00 am – Dog food!… Read the rest

A Letter to the Church at Laodecia

RevHere is a challenging message from Jesus to the church at Laodecia:

Revelation 3:15-19. I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!Read the rest

A Letter to the Church at Sardis

SardJesus had John write another letter to the church at Sardis. 

Revelation 3:1-6. I see right through your work. You have a reputation for vigor and zest, but you're dead, stone dead. Up on your feet! Take a deep breath! Maybe there's life in you yet.Read the rest