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A Welcome Place for Faith

  But the one sown on the good ground – this is one who hears and understands the word, who does produce fruit and yields: some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times what was sown. (Matthew 13:23) I think far too often, I read this passage and understand it from the analogical perspective of…
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Welcome Rest!

“I want you to enjoy me more than just doing stuff for me!” These are the words I once heard from the Lord.  It wasn’t audible, but rather his Spirit communicating with my spirit.  As one who likes doing stuff, I am still working this out in my life – not because I’m under a…
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Well, Come In!

‘Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me… And whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, they will never lose their reward.’ Matthew 10:40, 42 It seems insignificant, doesn’t it? If I welcome a disciple with…
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What Jesus Says about Doing the Father’s Will

If you’re doing a road trip and arrive at a T-junction, chances are that one choice will take you towards your destination; while the other will lead you further away. I usually try to find the most direct route from A to B.  So I find taking any wrong turn most exasperating!!!  To avoid this,…
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What Jesus Says About Judging Others

One technique for learning at Good Shepherd Primary School is to use a line of questioning that goes like this: What do I see? What do I think?    What do I wonder? When looking that the picture to the right, use this method of questioning. Then, think about your answers in light of  Matthew 7:1-2: Do…
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What Jesus Says About Worry

Remember that catchy song by Bobby McFerrin in 1988: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?  In the following years, rumours spread of him committing suicide.  But it was not true! What things do you worry about most? Some common triggers for worry: • Struggling finances, paying bills or repaying the mortgage; • Finishing complex tasks or assignments on time,…
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Pentecost 2020

The Birthday of the Church We celebrate it every year. Pentecost – the birthday of the church. We light the candles, we talk about the Holy Spirit sounding like wind and looking like fire, then we extinguish the candles and go about our business, just as if it were own birthday. One year older, one…
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What Jesus Says About Money

Pastor’s Questions for the Week What Jesus says about Money No one can serve two masters, since either since they will hate one and love the other, or they will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 The traditional translation of the English word ‘money’…
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What Jesus Says About Showing Off

Pastor’s Questions for the Week What Jesus says about Showing Off One thing about Aussies is that they know when people are being real or pretentious; whether they’re fair dinkum or fake.  We tend to loathe ostentatious displays people put on just to impress others. People may comment: “He’s a bit full of himself!” Or: …
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What Jesus Says About Anger Management

Pastor’s Questions for the Week Vengeance, Destruction or Something Far Worse “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ but I say… Don’t get revenge, destroy them! Okay, that’s not the direct translation of the Bible, and many of you will probably figure out where our Sermon…
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