Give thanks… in everything?
May16

Give thanks… in everything?

By Annette Spurr. Give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 8:13). Everything? Even the bad things? That seems completely unrealistic and unfair. That’s what I thought, anyway… Until a near tragedy changed everything. It started out like most nights at our place… frantically getting dinner ready while my boys played noisily around my feet. Phil had just stepped outside to light the barbeque when we heard an almighty ‘thud!’ I...

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A Strategy to Boost Thankfulness
May12

A Strategy to Boost Thankfulness

By Michelle Mitchell, author, speaker, educator and ambassador for Australia’s National Day of Thanks.  It is not difficult to notice times when authentic gratitude is lacking in our homes. I have come to recognise that an indulgent life doesn’t make kids happy. The ‘Give Up’ strategy is a quick gratitude booster that any family can use when gratitude is lacking. It requires us to take something away from our children’s lives, until...

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How does a place of slaughter become a sacred place?
Apr29

How does a place of slaughter become a sacred place?

Article by Wendy Rush. On 29 April 2015 two young Australians walked the final few steps from their jail cells to stand before their executioners.  Singing praises to God, their hearts and minds were focused on the cross of Christ. Nine years earlier, in February 2006, these young men were convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia and sentenced to death by firing squad. While there were those who felt they deserved their fate, it was...

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Hands of the Carpenter
Apr17

Hands of the Carpenter

Article by Wendy Rush. Jesus was a carpenter.  And I have always known that he spent many more years at his trade than he did working in ministry.  But until now I have never paused to consider ‘why a carpenter?’  Why not a fisherman, a farmer, a builder, a viticulturist?  It would clearly have been unworkable for him to be anchored to the land when he needed to step into the role of itinerant preacher.  But is there some other...

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Welcome to a Brave New World
Apr10

Welcome to a Brave New World

By internet marketer and social media enthusiast Kaye Flack. Larry isn’t an internet junkie. He is tech-savvy though; he  checks and sends email on his mobile phone,  sends pictures of his kids’ football games  online to his folks, sends an SMS to his wife about dinner arrangements, connects online to the florist and orders flowers; connects to Facebook and writes on his kid’s wall, watches the TV news and then arrives home.  He feels...

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