I love our city of Melbourne, recent winner (again!) of the world's most livable city. Recently, the Herald Sun newspaper published a list of 50 things you will never hear a Melbournian say. Here are my favourite 10 from the list: 1. I might have instant coffee today. It all sort of tastes the same … Continue reading Melbourne – Our City
Bill Hybels is one of the most outstanding Christian leaders I know. Every year in early August, his local church in Chicago, Willow Creek Community Church, hosts a summit on the subject of leadership. They bring in the best thinkers and practitioners of leadership from both the church and business world. Via video-cast, 10s of … Continue reading Global Leadership Summit – Willow Creek
Here are some great gems of wisdom for us today from Proverbs 25 (from the Message Bible translation): Vs. 2. God delights in concealing things; scientists delight in discovering things. The world is full of mystery, hidden by God. He delights in those who seek him and the truths embedded in his amazing world. Have you settled and become … Continue reading Proverbs 25
I am sure we all heard the tragic news of actor Robin Williams death this last week. It is so sad when a person gets to the place where they think that ending their life is a better option than living it. Depression is a real challenge in our world today and many people battle with … Continue reading Don’t Say ‘Suicide’!
Two weeks ago, my family and I attended the Les Miserables stage production at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. It is one of our favourite productions. We have watched the 25th annviersary edition DVD recorded at the London O2 arena a dozen or so times and it never fails to move us (the finale, which is … Continue reading Les Miserables
Some more wisdom from the book of Proverbs (the Message Bible translation): Vs.4. Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs. Take time to draw out wisdom from those you converse with today. Vs.8. Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your … Continue reading Proverbs 18
In most marriages, one person is wired a little more relationally than the other. Often it is the wife ... but not always. If so, husbands, find a quiet time and place and ask your wife these two simple questions: 1. "How would you rate the current state/health of our marriage on a scale of … Continue reading Two Simple Questions to Improve Your Marriage
Here are a few of the gems of wisdom available for us today from Proverbs 11 (from the Message Bible translation): Vs.14. Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances. Who speaks into your life? Who do you look to for advice and counsel? Don't go it … Continue reading Proverbs 11
Divorce and Remarriage In Matthew 19:1-9, we have a record of the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus with a question about divorce, a hotly debated topic of his day. Everyone today has or knows a friend or family member who has been divorced and possibly remarried, or maybe we have even gone through that experience … Continue reading When Families Break Down
John Ortberg's latest book is called Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You. John is a well-known pastor, speaker and best-selling author from the USA. In this excellent book, he delves into the inner world of our soul, exposing what the soul needs and showing how it can be restored. John, who … Continue reading Soul Keeping
Are you feeling a bit discouraged or down? Do you feel like quitting or giving up? We've all been there at one time or another. Today I was searching through some old quotes and came upon this true story. Hopefully, it will encourage you today ... to never say die. Some people just don't know when … Continue reading Never Say Die!
The book of Proverbs chapter 4 has some terrific wisdom for us today (from the Message Bible translation): Vs.4-9. Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding! Throw your arms around her - believe me, you won't regret it;never let her go - she'll … Continue reading Proverbs 4