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Psalm 121: “Looking to the Hills”

The opening question of this Psalm resonates with all of us.  To be a human being, so often means having to face numerous problems and challenges in life.  No one is immune from that.  Sooner or later, we all find ourselves asking: Who’s going to help me?  How am I going to get through this? …
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Finding Joy

The most recent Marvel movie “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” ends with a question: “Are you happy?” How would you answer that? Are you happy? Happiness is fleeing isn’t it. I suppose in asking that question we mean, “Are you content?” It’s interesting how the Bible separates the notion of “happiness” from that…
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Life after Moses – God’s Call to be Strong and Courageous

Change is always hard, and times of transition can be quite challenging.  At Para Vista we are beginning to come to terms with the fact that Pastor Rolly will no longer be with us.  That’s a big change for us!  How will we transition successfully through this? In Joshua chapter 1, we encounter the people…
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A Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each Mum with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each Mum gives for her children. For the…
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Eyes Fixed on Jesus

On the Tuesday after Easter, it registered on my emotional gauge that I was soon finishing up here at GSPV. It has arrived quicker than I expected. This Sunday will be my last sermon as your pastor here at Good Shepherd. Last words can be poignant and impacting. The “last words” I want to share…
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Elephant on the Beach – John 21:1-19

Then he said to him, “Follow me!” ~John 21:19b Ever heard the term ‘elephant in the room’? Not sure if Peter ever encountered a real elephant in his lifetime, but I’ve got the feeling that there was an invisible one right there on the beach that day when Jesus cooked breakfast for his disciples. What…
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Taking Shelter

Some years ago I worked as a cleaner at a manufacturing jeweller. What started out as a favour to a friend turned into a task I actually enjoyed – once I got past dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn! The methodical work was a good time for prayer and reflection. The…
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Doubt Proves that Faith Exists

Doubt almost seems like a bad word in Christian circles. All too often it is equated with falling away — with losing your faith. Christians fight against doubt and are often encouraged to just have faith. But doubts are a normal part of our lives, and we live with them most of the time. Sometimes…
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The Story of Easter

The story of Easter is the story of God’s love… Broken relationships cause heartache and pain… and it often takes a lot of love, effort and commitment from both parties to see them restored. But when people chose to turn away from God, their relationship was damaged in such a significant way that there was…
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A Series of Encounters with Jesus

In our Lent-Easter series –Encounters with Jesus – we’ve heard stories from characters who knew or met Jesus: Caiaphas, Mary the sister of Lazarus, Andrew, Peter, Pontius Pilate, and Joanna the wife of Chuza. Over this coming long weekend, we will hear more stories from people who witnessed what happened to Jesus: from his betrayal…
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