Wisdom from Proverbs


When I was a teenager, I lived in Portland, Oregon with my family and attended Bible Temple Church, now City Bible. My youth pastor at the time was Wendell Smith. Wendell had a huge impact on my life as a young person trying to discover God and my own purpose in life.… Read the rest

Australian Christian Book of the Year 2014

The shortlist for Australian Christian Book of the Year 2014 has been released.

Join us at the 2014 SparkLit awards event.

Come and celebrate the power of words with Simon Smart of the Centre for Public Christianity and performance poet Jessica Santosa

The 2014 Australian Christian Book of the Year, Young Australian Christian Writer and Teen Writer awards will be announced and prizes presented during supper at 7:30 pm for an 8:00 pm start on Thursday 14 August 2014

Join the finalists at St Alfred’s Anglican Church, Blackburn North, Victoria, corner of Springfield Road and Koonung Road. 

$20 per guest.… Read the rest

100th Anniversary of World War 1


The first week of August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and the formal commencement of the Anzac Centenary. 

The war was one of the most destructive events in history, with almost all the countries of the world involved and affected. 

The Veteran's Affairs Brnach of the State Government are encouraging all places of worship in Victoria to participate in the commemoration, between Saturday 2 August and Tuesday 5 August, in order to: 

  • Remind their congregations of the impact of the war; 
  • Respect and honour all of those who fought and served in the war, and all conflicts since, especially Australian veterans; and 
  • Remember the service and support of all those who were not combatants but served in other ways – including medical and technical staff, chaplains and families at home. 

For more infomration, contact Alison Fraser (039651 32121, alison.fraser@dpc.vic.gov.au).… Read the rest

Re-Thinking Family

Modern Family Graphic

Let’s talk about the family. There have been many popular TV families over the years – Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, The Brady Bunch, The Cosby Show, Friends, The Simpsons and now Modern Family.… Read the rest



In the shadows 
A cold chill
Shivering spine 
Dark and dreary

Feeling down
Low mood
Flat and lifeless
Depressing thoughts

Get up
Take a step
Just one
Start to move

Toward the light
The warmth of God's love 
Feel the hope
Live again

Energy returns 
Clouds clear 
See again
God is here

[Mark Conner – 5th July 2014]Read the rest

Halftime – Mid Year Review


Today is 1st July and that means that the first half of 2014 is history – just like that. I don't know about you, but time seems to go faster as you get older, or maybe it's just that there is less of it ahead of you. 

Moses tells us to number or consider our days so we can present to God a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).… Read the rest