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August 31, 2018

Having something that is new and fresh is quite special. It could be that new (or near new) car smell, the new dress that makes me feel beautiful or the newest phone that could probably run the world if it was just a little bit more independent. The experience of havin...

August 31, 2018

The recent death of Gumbuli, an elder from Arnhem Land, was cause for remembering and celebrating a significant life of a humble servant of God.  This unassuming elder in the Indigenous community of NT, Gumbuli was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his dedica...

August 30, 2018

This short passage is a great reminder about how loved we are and in whom we are to place our trust. Paul refers to letters of recommendation and the importance that the opinions of others are to the human way of thinking. Of significance however is whose opinion we le...

August 29, 2018

I am a ‘words’ person. I believe that the words we use to describe self, world and those around us, have the potential to both shape us and define the way we interact with the world. I think that today’s reading points towards a similar view point. Paul is excited to g...

August 28, 2018

Todays reading is a short but powerful passage to contemplate. The way that Christians are prompted to think about their forgiveness is unique and challenging. This passage highlights that we are called to forgive each other and not allow the person who has done the hu...

August 27, 2018

There are so many ways that we make choices in this world; smaller ones about what to eat and what to wear as well as choices that will impact our whole lives, like getting married, moving or changing jobs. Today’s passage is interesting because we see Paul outlining h...

August 26, 2018

As a parent, we often pick up a child to comfort them from injury or pain. We eagerly desire to take the pain away, and sometimes an ice pack or an appropriately placed Star Wars Band-Aid can do exactly that! Last week, however, I had the privilege of comforting one of...

August 25, 2018

Years ago, in my first year of nursing, I was talking with a patient as the end of the evening shift neared.  As I was about to go off duty, I said good night and the patient quietly said 'do you have a few minutes?'  I didn't speak, just sat on the side of the bed and...

August 23, 2018

Our bible reading today brings us almost to the end of Paul's letter to the Church in Corinth.  He wrote it so that he could encourage the Corinthian church to hold true to the faith of King Jesus, to trust him and follow him as they lived out their lives in community,...

August 22, 2018

Since a very young age, one of our children has had a concern that goods that are purchased are 'fit for service' - that is, what we buy ought to be fit for what it is intended.  If its not, take it back.  In our reading today, Paul is emphasising that God is also conc...

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