I Do..

…have marriage very much on my mind at the moment. I have the privilege this weekend of conducting my nephew’s wedding in a creek bed near Wilpena Pound (or Ikara, as it’s called in the local Adnyamathana language). Come 2.30pm Saturday afternoon, Dion and Jaimee will be ‘hitched’! The Adnyamathana understand that their whole society…

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Be Gruntled Everybody!

Are you feeling disgruntled??… The word disgruntled comes from the Old Eng. word, gruntle, meaning, to grumble. We get our Eng. word grunt from this word, which we use to indicate swinish utterance in beast and man alike! To then throw a dis on the front of it ‘ramps it up’ to another level of…

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God’s Amazing Grace

This morning we will sing that famous old line: ‘Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!’ I wonder if, were we to pause and linger on those words, we might gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of just how amazing God’s grace is. The song, of course, has a well-known…

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What Is The World Coming To!…

When I was young, I use to think my parents and grandparents were “fuddy duddies” saying, “I don’t know what he world is coming to!”. Now I say,… “I don’t know what the world is coming to”! As we get older things around us seem to change more and more rapidly; certainly not always for…

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Voting on God’s Law?

The TV ads have begun advising us of the forthcoming postal vote to indicate our preference on changing the definition of marriage in Australian law – i.e., from being only between a man and woman, to also being between people of the same sex. As Christians we believe that marriage is only between a man…

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Tohu Wa Bohu!…

It’s a Hebrew phrase. Say it!… it feels nice in your mouth – “Tow – who – wah – bo – who”… See, wasn’t that nice? It’s a phrase from Genesis 1:2 which we translate “formless and void”, or “chaos”, referring to the chaotic mess before God formed it into a beautiful world. The most…

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Ahh… Sabbath!

Any fans of The Young and The Restless among us? Or maybe you’re just like me – late middle-aged and restless… or perhaps old and restless! In any case, we are all sure part of a restless society these days! For many of us, activity and work just never seem to stop. We can find…

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A Good, Good Father!

God names Himself, Father. One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father,… hallowed be your name…’ (Lk 11:1,2). This can create a crisis for…

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Nowhere To Run Baby…

Psalm 139 tells us that there is nowhere on earth that we can go to escape the presence of God, if we were to go to the ends of the earth (v9), or even ‘hide’ ourselves in the grave (v8). What’s more, it tells us that God knows everything about us, every word we say,…

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Sometimes We Crash

Sometimes – perhaps even many times – we ‘crash’- quite literally, as some of us have found recently (including ‘yours truly’), finding other vehicles getting a little too ‘intimate’ with our own! (…yes, it was the other vehicle!) But we have many different types of ‘crashes’ in life: a health ‘crash’, with unexpected illness –…

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Just As If I’d Never Sinned

Because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God justifies us as a gift, and counts us to be as righteous as Jesus is Himself! (Ro 3:22-24) If that’s what it means to be justified, then that means it is just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned! Not that I have never sinned – for none of us are…

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