Discouragement

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Questions, doubts, disappointments
Like a wet blanket settling down
Lower, deeper, darker
Feels like your going to drown 

Can't cope, can't breathe
Intense pressure mounting
Will it ever ease? 
A burden, a weight, heaviness

Dark clouds, stormy wind, rainy days

Frazzled mind
Numb heart 
Spirit down
Weak will 

Is there a light?… Read the rest

Australia’s Defining Traits

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As a nation, there are traits that have defined Australia for decades, but as the times shift and trends emerge McCrindle Research takes a look at the extent to which these are still relevant in defining us today. 

1. The Lucky Country

Statistics show that Australia is doing better than ever when it comes to health, education, economic opportunities, and even political participation. 

The economy is on a steady increase, even despite a recent global economic crisis.… Read the rest

Proverbs 26

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Today we glean some more wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Here are a few thoughts from Proverbs 26 in the New Living Translation.

Vs.2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an unfair curse will not land on its intended victim. 

Curses can’t affect you unless there is a reason for them to do so – like a ‘foothold’.… Read the rest

Lighthouse

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Be a light
In stormy sea
and gusty wind
Show the way

Faithful and true
Solid and strong
Built on the rock
Unmovable

Shine bright
Be clear
Stay at your post
True to your calling

[Mark Conner – 6th January, 2015]

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Should We Move Australia Day?

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On Monday, the 26 of January, we celebrate 'Australia Day' – the official national day of Australia. I love Australia. I have travelled to around 30 countries in my short time on earth and I love different cultures and places … but there is no place like home. 

Amidst the fireworks and BBQs we remember the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788.… Read the rest

Seasons

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Seasons come and seasons go
The sun rises then sets
Day turns to night
Summer to winter

Time is always moving
It never stops
Ceaseless forward motion
The cycle of life

The past is gone
The future’s not yet here
The present is all we have
Right here, right now

Be at peace
Let anxiety go
Say goodbye to regret
Worry’s a waste, you know

Live in this moment
Fully present
Fully alive
God is the great I AM

Feel His love
Never far away
Wake up!… Read the rest

Life’s Journey

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The journey is difficult at times

Shadows fall
Can’t quite see
A little dark
Sunshine is far away

The path is narrow
Seems confined
Can’t go back
But can’t see far ahead

Take the ancient path
Ways well trodden
Pilgrim travellers
Spirit led

Going home
That’s the call
Keep on walking
Not alone

[Mark Conner – 5th January, 2015]

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The Dark Side of Charisma

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When we think of charisma, we think of inspiring, bold, self-confident leaders who attract many followers who believe in their clear and compelling vision. But is there a danger in an organisation becoming too dependent on a particular person and of a cult of personality developing?… Read the rest

In Memory of Andrae Crouch

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Gospel singer, Andrae Crouch, passed away last Thursday at the age of 72. [Read the full story]

I'll never forget listening to my first Andrae Crouch album and being touched by the life, the energy, and the love for Jesus that exuded through Andrae's music. 

Here are my favourite Andrae Crouch albums:

  • Live at Carnegie Hall –  a classic!
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Leadership Myths

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What do you think of when you hear the word 'leader'? We all have different idea and perceptions of what a leader is and what they are supposed to do. Often this is based on our own upbringing, our environment, our personal experience and our learning.… Read the rest

New Year’s Resolutions?

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One week of 2015 is already over. Did you make any New Year's Resolutions?

Research tends to support the view that New Year's Resolutions don't work for most people. Consider the following statistics:

  • 25% of people abandon their New Year's Resolutions after one week.
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