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Issue #187

Confidence is defined in the Macquarie Dictionary to mean ‘full trust; belief in the trustworthiness or reliability of a person or thing; certitude or assured expectation’. As Christians, confidence is something we can have in great measure! We never need to lack confidence as we place our trust in God. We can fully trust Him with our lives. He is totally and utterly reliable to deliver on His word and what He has promised. We, therefore, can have incredible certitude…

Issue #186

I really admire our Olympic sports people from across many of the various sporting activities. As I watch them perform in their various disciplines I rarely think of the dedication and faithfulness they have displayed in causing their selection into the Australian Olympic Team. We often do not hear of the ‘before dawn’ training sessions almost every day of the week. We do not hear of the injuries they receive during the times of training and preparation in the build…

Issue #185

Happy Easter to my dear and special church family! How I love worshipping with you! I thank God for you and for the joy we share together in knowing who we are in Christ! How blessed we are in being assured of where we stand before God and what the future holds for each one of us! It is all because of Jesus and what He did 2017 years ago on the cross of Calvary and what He achieved three…

Issue #184

I am not sure about you but I find Paul’s teaching a little complex at times when it comes to sin, law and righteousness. I realize very clearly that I have been justified by faith through the death and resurrection of Jesus. I also understand that I am no longer living in the ‘realm of Adam’ and that I now live in the ‘realm of grace’ or, more precisely, the ‘realm of Jesus’. In this realm, sin does not mix.…

Issue #183

Sometimes I really struggle watching movies or television shows depicting slavery. I think back to Alex Haley’s sensational mini-series called ‘Roots’ from many years ago that follows the lifeline of an African slave called ‘Kunta Kinte’. It was a hugely popular series, but for me, I found the weekly exposure of ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ being portrayed in this series completely devastating. The way in which people have been abused by ruthless godless people for millennia astounds me and disturbs…

Issue #182

Sometimes when I read God’s word I can become quite overwhelmed. Often it is because of the wonder of God’s grace and His love to me. But on other occasions, when I read certain sections of Scripture, I find that living the Christian life is too hard and often just downright impossible. I quickly lose that spring in my step that goes with walking with the Lord. I begin to question my suitability of being a servant of the Lord.…

Issue #181

I trust by now that you are beginning to realize just how wonderful it is to know how blessed you are if you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. After last Sunday, each one of us should really be praising God for the situation we are presently in. We have peace with God! We have a special access line to God where we can tap into Him at any moment of any day! We have inexplicable joy in our…

Issue #180

I have been doing some reminiscing! I have been playing some old vinyl records … LPs … before CDs and MP3s! It is fun looking back over the years and touching base with music that once played a big part of earlier life. I grew up on folk music (and some classical). These songs mostly tried to get a message across. Many were poetic … some good, some bad and some were downright crazy! Such was the 70s! One song…

Issue #179

In last Sunday’s sermon I gave the analogy of the trauma of being stuck in quicksand. I hope I didn’t cause you to have any nightmares of falling into quicksand! I shared with you that once stuck it is impossible to get out unless someone comes along and helps you. The harder you try to escape using your own strength the more trapped you become. I went on to suggest that this is the position we find ourselves in when…

Issue #178

Sometimes we find ourselves ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’! This is where we come to the ‘end of the road,’ so to speak, with no chance of turning around and heading in a new direction. Life is like this sometimes. And when these events come, we feel as though we are trapped with no place to go. Sometimes we become distraught as there is nothing we physically can do to escape the predicament we find ourselves in.…
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