Halloween – Trick or Treat?

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I remember attending my first Halloween party as a kid (not long after our family moved to the USA back in the 1970s), with its eerily lit pumpkins, freaky dress-up costumes and the scary dark room we were all dared to navigate ourselves through, kind of like a pseudo-haunted house.… Read the rest

Proverbs 27

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Here is some more wisdom from the book of Proverbs as we begin a new week: 

Vs. 1. Don't brashly announce what you're going to do tomorrow; you don't know the first thing about tomorrow.

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come. Today is all we have.… Read the rest

I Will Take a Walk on Saturday … for Welcome to Australia

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Australia is marked with the beauty of diversity. People from many backgrounds, ethnicities and beliefs call this land home. Over the last several years I have had reservations about the treatment of asylum seekers, especially children in detention. The current harsh treatment of destitute people, seeking safety on our shores for a variety of reasons, does not reflect the beauty and depth of a society that embraces and celebrates diversity.… Read the rest

Re-Dig the Wells

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In the introduction to our HOME series this last weekend, I shared with our church about an Old Testament story where Isaac had to re-dig the wells his father had initially opened up but that had been filled with debris by his enemies (Genesis 26:15-18).… Read the rest

Proverbs 20

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It's time for our weekly proverb again. Today we glean some wisdom from Proverbs 20.

Vs.2. Quick–tempered leaders are like mad dogs – cross them and they bite your head off. It's a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights.Read the rest

A Place Called HOME

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Lost and Found

I heard an amazing story recently about a young boy in India who accidentally got separated from his brother and ended up lost. His name is Saroo Munshi Khan. He survived on the streets for weeks then was eventually taken into an orphanage where he was later adopted by an Australian family and grew up in Hobart, Tasmania.… Read the rest

Finding our Way Back Home

 I read an amazing story this week …

Google Maps SarooIn 1986, five-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan and his 14-year-old brother were searching the streets for spare change in their home city of Berhanpur, India. Saroo's older brother Guddu wandered beyond the station and Saroo fell asleep waiting for his brother's return.… Read the rest

Proverbs 13

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As we continue our reflections on the book of Proverbs, let's look at five proverbs from Proverbs 13 today (from the Message Bible): 

Vs.3. Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything.

Our words are very powerful. We need to engage our brain before opening our mouth.… Read the rest

Proverbs 6

Proverbs-Series

It's time for some more insight from the book of Proverbs as we look at chapter 6 today (from the Message Bible translation): 

A Lesson from the Ant

Vs.6-11. You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy––do you know what comes next? Just this:You can look forward to a dirt–poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest.Read the rest

Australians Together

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Australians Together is taking a fresh approach to building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Their web site has some inspiring stories and helpful articles. Check it out.

This coming weekend at CityLife Church, I will be sharing some of our experiences on an indigenous awareness trip we did with some Australian pastors last year, sponsored by Concilia.… Read the rest