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My joy, my peace, my source, my life My rock, my anchor, my refuge, my strength My healer, my freedom, my restorer, my transformer My wisdom, my guide, my creator, my courage My hope, my future, my vision, my inspiration God Almighty Blessed Trinity Father, Son and Spirit Selah Pause and think about it Read more →

Church Unite (25th October 2015) - Register Now

Wow! It's only 8 weeks until Church Unite 2015 and all our teams are excited for what's in store. Have you registered? While Church Unite is a free event, you will still need to register as we expect it will be sold out. Click here to register for the 4pm service. Click here to register for the 7pm service. We're pleased to let you know that the next prayer event leading into Church Unite on October 25 will be held next Thursday September 3. Where: Bayside Church, 99-101 Argus Street, Cheltenham Time: 7.30pm We hope that you will be able... Read more →


A new day. A fresh start A clear page Wonders waiting to be discovered. New dreams yet to be born. Visions still unseen. Insights unknown. Wisdom from God's world. Yesterday is gone. Only a memory now. Lessons learnt. Experience gained. Tomorrow's not yet here. A future unrealized. Always beyond our grasp. The distant horizon. Live in this moment. Right here right now. The present is what we have. Pregnant with possibility. HE is here. All you need. Nothing lacking. Fulness revealed. Conquer fear. Walk in faith. Love is here. Trust and wait. Wide awake. Seize the day. Drink it full.... Read more →

2015 Australian Christian Book of the Year

The Australian Christian Book of the Year Award is given annually to an original book written by an Australian citizen. The award recognises and encourages excellence in Australian Christian writing. The ACBOTY Award carries a prize of $3,000 for the author, and a framed certificate for the author and publisher. Entries are judged with an eye to the: Original nature of the work. Literary style, including suitability for the target audience. Design, layout, cover, text and illustrations. Contribution that the book makes in meeting a need for Christian writing in the Australian situation and in the Australian market. Entries are... Read more →

Halftime Australia

Only one hunderd years ago the average human life span was less than 50 years. Today, we are one of the first generations to live long enough to have two considerably lengthy halves of life. Even at the age of 50, although you will have already had 30 years of work and contribution, you have a possible additional 'second half' of another 30 years or more of contribution. In our first half we tend to focus on whatever we define as 'success'. It's wise to have a good 'halftime' experience in order to reflect on our life and ensure that... Read more →

Mars Hill - The Marketplace

Paul at Athens The apostle Paul gives us an insightful example as to how to engage with our culture during his time in the pagan city of ancient Athens as recorded in Acts 17. He spent time in the synagogue, in the marketplace and then was invited to the Areopagus to engage with the philosophers there. These places can represent three different environments or spaces in our own world today. The first space is the synagogue, which is where Jews and God-fearing Greeks gathered (vs.16-17). These are people who believe in God and share a common language, experience and belief... Read more →

The Devil's Most Effective Tool - Discouragement

The following fictitious story illustrates the power of discouragement. Once upon a time it was announced that the devil was going out of business and would sell all his equipment to those who were willing to pay the price. On the big day of the sale, all his tools were attractively displayed. There was Envy, Jealousy, Hatred, Malice, Deceit, Sensuality, Pride, Idolatry, and other implements of evil on display. Each of the tools was marked with its own price tag. Over in the corner by itself was a harmless-looking, wedge-shaped tool very much worn down, but still it bore a... Read more →

Feeling Too Young or Too Old?

No matter how old you are now, you are never too young or too old for doing something meaningful and significant with your life. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished some amazing things at different ages of their life: Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5. Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.” Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank. Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13. Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that... Read more →

Bringing Out the Best in Others

I love the story of a man who had dealings with two British prime ministers, William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli. He said of Gladstone, “Whenever I came away from a conversation with him I was left with the feeling of how brilliant he was.” He said of Disraeli, “Whenever I came away from a conversation with Disraeli I was left with the feeling of how brilliant I was.” Disraeli probably earned the right then to quip: "The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” How can... Read more →

Failure - Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was one of the greatest basketball players ever to play the game, leading the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championships and winning 5 MVP awards. Near the end of his career, he said this: "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Watch TV commercial Read more →