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August 19, 2019

For those who are joining us in our daily Bible reading plan as a church, today we finished reading through the book of Colossians. In this last section we are reminded to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (4:2). Other translations call us to ‘...

December 14, 2018

A new King is born! God sends a delegation of angles to tell the world about the birth of Jesus, but they are not sent to Kings or rulers, nor to the religious elite, but to shepherds in a field. Yet another example of God’s Kingdom turning the expectations of the worl...

December 13, 2018

Many Christians have grown to expect that following Jesus should be easy. Whether we believe it’s just about ‘inviting Jesus into your heart’ or we believe that if we follow God’s will then everything should be easy and without conflict, at times western Christianity h...

December 12, 2018

Have you ever been overwhelmed by thankfulness?

Almost two years ago Tahlia had a fall at Jells Park on a Saturday evening when we were out with our Gospel Community. She seemed ok, so we bundled her up and took her home. In the morning I headed off to church as usual....

December 11, 2018

Any parent can tell you of the joy experienced when your first child was born. For us the pregnancy had been a surprise, but despite that, the 9 months waiting still felt like a lifetime! From the moment I found out I was pregnant, so much of my world became shaped aro...

December 10, 2018

Today’s passage is known as the ‘Magnificat’ in some Christian circles. I remember singing a version of it for a carols service at St Peter’s Cathedral when I was in high school. It was an amazing four-part choral piece that reverberated beautifully around the Cathedra...

December 9, 2018

Mary is a young woman, who has just learnt she is pregnant. She responded with fear (1:29), then confusion (1:34), and finally with belief (1:38). In her culture this would have led to a high likelihood that she would be divorced and shamed for falling pregnant out of...

November 2, 2018

Today’s passage concludes the first missionary journey that began at the beginning of Acts 13, as Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch (14:16). In this time Paul has moved from being Barnabas’ apprentice to a bold minister of the gospel. They have both seen God move thr...

November 1, 2018

Throughout today’s passage we see multiple pictures of courageous obedience to God’s command and call. Initially we see it in the opening posture of the group who were worshipping and fasting and then in response to the Holy Spirit’s leading to set apart Paul and Barna...

October 31, 2018

Have you ever been in a place where you were earnestly praying out of sheer desperation? One memory of this level of intensity is some years ago joining with family in praying earnestly for a person following an unexpected heart attack.. I remember praying earnestly wi...

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