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Break Camp and Advance!

God’s word for today: “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country … Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants (Deut.1:6-8).” Breaking it down: Moses and Israel had been in a certain state and stage of their journey long enough. It was now time to move on – to move forward. It was time to change. God... Read more →

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

John the Baptist predicted that Jesus would be the “baptiser in the Holy Spirit” (Mt.3:11). Jesus himself promised his disciples that although he was going away, he would send the Holy Spirit to be their Comforter or Helper (Jn.14:15-18; 25-27; 16:12-15). After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to his disciples and imparted the Holy Spirit to them. I believe it was in this moment that they were ‘born again’. The moment we become a Christian we receive the person of the Holy Spirit who comes to live inside of us and help us live the Christian life (Jn.20:19-23). But in addition... Read more →

Reflections on Psalm 46 (by Nicole Conner)

Psalm 46 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is... Read more →

My Favourite Meals to Cook (Pt.3)

Here is one last BLOG post of my favourite recipes to cook. 1. Bircher Muesli. This is a terrific way to start the morning and you can vary the fruit. I like bananas or berries with my muesli. 2. Pasta dishes are a tasty way to warm up any winter's evening dinner table. Here are some good easy recipes for pumpkin and bacon pasta, bolognese and chicken lasagna. 3. Salads are a healthy and delicious supplement to any meal, and even make a good meal all by themselves. Some of my favourites are a rocket, cherry tomato and pine nuts,... Read more →

My Favourite Meals to Cook (Pt.2)

Yes, cooking is a bit of a hobby for me now. I find it really enjoyable and it's a great way to unwind after a busy day of work or ministry. Plus, it is a big help to my wife, Nicole, who has been doing most of the cooking for our 25 years of married life! Here are another 5 recipes that I really like: 1. We love Japanese food. Why not start with some miso soup and a cabbage salad, then finish with some fresh sashimi. 2. Be sure to try some chicken quesadillas. Great Mexican food! 3. I... Read more →

My Favourite Meals to Cook (Pt.1)

Irish playright, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), once said, "There is no love sincerest than the love of food." Okay, a bit exaggerated, but let's face it, eating is one of the enjoyable pleasures God has given us in this life. The wise man Solomon said, "People should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God (Ecc.3:13)." I have always enjoyed eating. When I was young, I could eat like a horse and never put on weight. At 50 years of age, it's a different story. I have to be more selective in... Read more →

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life? There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years... Read more →

Some Final Thoughts on Relationships

Over the last week or so, we have shared some thoughts and reflections on a variety of issues, including singleness, dating, marriage, parenting, family conflict, sexuality, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Hopefully, this has been helpful, even though we haven't been able to address every possible question. I pray that these thoughts will be part of an ongoing conversation - with the Scriptures, with our world, and within our faith communities. Each one of us find ourselves in a current situation or circumstance. We can't change the past, though we can seek to repair broken relationships and find a place of... Read more →

Some Thoughts on Divorce and Remarriage

Divorce Here in Australia, 43% of first marriages end in divorce, 50% of second marriages end in divorce and 70% of subsequent marriages have the same fate. This is so sad. We can hardly imagine the heartache and pain represented by those statistics ... for everyone involved, but especially for the children. God clearly hates divorce. His will is for marriage to be a life-long commitment. However, because of sin, marriages (like other relationships) sometimes break down and become irreparable. Even God himself eventually divorced the nation of Israel during Old Testament times for repeated spiritual unfaithfulness. When debating the... Read more →