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I Thank God for You!

13 My friends, the Lord loves you, and it is only natural for us to thank God for you… His Spirit made you holy, and you put your faith in the truth. …16 God our Father loves us. He treats us with undeserved grace and has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope. We pray that our

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Sacrificing for Others

This Friday we celebrate Remembrance Day – that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns fell silent on the Western Front after the bloodshed of World War I. Services across Australia will allow people to pause and remember all those who have served and sacrificed in wars and

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Rest in the Lord and Wait PATIENTLY for Him

Patience is a virtue that I find difficult to live out in practice. Maybe the same is so for you. It is a quality that I do admire and respect in others. The most important step we can take to develop patience is to give God control of our life. The Bible says it is important to

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Pilgrim Paths: Using our Imagination

One of the many highlights of the recent LESNW women in leadership retreat was exploring “Our identity in Christ” through meditation on the book of Psalms.  One of the three sections focused on “Pilgrim Paths”. The pilgrim Psalms (120-134) can help us to focus on walking daily with Christ. Some of the elements of the

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The Queen

The media is saturated with commentary about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. I find it interesting to discern between what is of importance and what is just ‘noise’. One pearl I came across was an Instagram post by ‘princeandprincessofwales’ a couple days ago. Prince William wrote, I knew this day would come, but it

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Lectio Divina

This practice is all about soaking in a short passage of scripture, slowly reading it and re-reading it a few times, and inviting the Holy Spirit to speak. When we meditate upon God’s word in this practice, we don’t just “think” and only use our intellect or our mind. Rather, we bring our whole selves

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Emotions

I’ve been noticing that our recent staff Bible readings provide many examples of Jesus demonstrating a range of emotions, e.g. frustration with disciples, anger with the pharisees and law ‘obsessors’, sadness and grief, amazement, joy, peace, anxiety, love, the whole range! Emotions are part of being human, we have been created with them. Rather than

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Ministry of Service

I recently reread ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren and also read for the first time a book by Henri J.M. Nouwen entitled In The Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. Both books have led me pondering on ‘What on earth am I here for? Henri Nouwen says a number of things in his

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Psalm 23 – Aboriginal Style by Uncle Rev Ron Williams

In recognition of NAIDOC week, please enjoy ‘Psalm 23 – Aboriginal Style by Uncle Rev Ron Williams’ My big fella boss up in the sky is like the father Emu.He will always look after me and take me to green grass,and lead me to where the water holes are full and fresh all the time.He

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Setting Jesus Free

A few weeks ago I joined the ranks of those who have been ‘knocked out’ with Covid. While there is not much I remember about those first few days, as I felt so horrible, what I do remember is that Jesus was pretty active! I discovered grocery deliveries at my front door, bags of throat

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