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Healing from deafness

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Healing from deafness

Article by Deborah Robertson. All my life I’ve had audiologists tell me that the nerve in my left ear was dead – that I was deaf in my left ear. I was told that it shouldn’t be too much of an issue unless I became a singer in a band. Well, guess what I grew up to be?! It’s always caused me some anxiety and after a gig where the speakers were placed behind me and were blaring in my “good” ear, I began finding it more difficult to hear in social situations. I asked my pastor, along with the elders of St Matthew’s...

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Putting your Mind to it…

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Putting your Mind to it…

Business coach and entrepreneur Manuel Karkafiris points out that we choose success by choosing to think positively. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” — Henry Ford. Have you ever jumped out of bed and knocked your toe only to watch your day spiral downwards from that point with one frustrating event after another? We’ve all had those days but the good news is you have the power to change this course of events and it’s all in your mind. Our mind is a powerful organ and if we use it right,...

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Jesus Ute in Race for Life

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Jesus Ute in Race for Life

In town for the 2013 Clipsal 500, Wendy Rush spoke to Andrew ‘Fishtail’ Fisher about the Jesus branded V8 Ute that’s winning on and off the track. If you enjoy the sound (and feel) of a V8 engine at full throttle, no doubt you look forward each year to the first weekend in March in Adelaide when the Adelaide 500 (formerly Clipsal 500) again takes over the city.  Racing identity Murray Walker described the Adelaide 500 as ‘the best touring car event in the world’ and in 2018 the race attracted over 273,500 people. In 2013, for the thirteenth...

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God cares for the animals

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God cares for the animals

Article by Deborah Robertson. My son and I have recently moved back to our old street in inner-city West Footscray, Melbourne.  We had moved out to Werribee for four years to be nearer to my son’s school but we missed what, we eventually realised, was home.  In our first year in Werribee, we had acquired a 7 kg, 8-year-old ginger cat called Catsman.  My son had been yearning for a cat for years and I reluctantly caved in and bought him one, but what happened next took me by surprise.  With his affectionate nature, handsome face and kittenish...

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Live free and change the world

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Live free and change the world

Article by Wendy Rush. RISE managing editor Wendy Rush talks to Shane Willard about how we can live a life of freedom by taking possession of, and using, what we already have.  And how embracing the cross as a symbol of forgiveness and confrontation can help us change the world.  When we think of freedom, most of us think of being free from debt, or the burden of having to turn up to a job we don’t particularly like, or letting go of relationships or situations that make us unhappy.  The freedom to do what we like and to live the way we want...

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Answers, Questions and Rampaging Elephants

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Answers, Questions and Rampaging Elephants

Article by Cameron Semmens. Sure, Jesus is The Answer – but I just asked if there was any Vegemite! We all know that Jesus is The Answer. But now we’ve left the safety of Sunday School, many of us have found ourselves asking questions about life and faith that are a bit more complex than they used to be. It can make us wonder, if Jesus is the answer – then am I asking the wrong questions? Yet right or wrong, the questions keep on coming. As humans, we often seek nice, clear, black and white answers – it makes us feel secure and...

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Reputation is built on behaviour, not image

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Reputation is built on behaviour, not image

Article by Karl Faase, CEO, Olive Tree Media. Shauna Neiquist, writing in the online magazine, “Revenant” has written an article about the less than accurate way we represent ourselves in online social media forums like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Neiquist writes… “The danger of the internet is that it’s very very easy to tell partial truths—to show the fabulous meal but not the mess to clean up afterward. To display the smiling couple-shot, but not the fight you had three days ago. To offer up the sparkly milestones but not the...

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Getting Started

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Getting Started

Article by Carey Hauri. Do you have trouble crossing the starting line, let alone reaching the finish line? Life coach Carey Hauri gives us some tips on how to get on track and stay motivated. How often have we said, “I need to lose some weight and get fitter”, “I really want to start saving more” or “It would be great to start the day with a quiet time with God”?  While we often have great intentions, getting started and taking practical action isn’t always easy!  Here are five simple steps to help you get started: Clarify your vision for...

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Catching a New Wave

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Catching a New Wave

Article by Wendy Rush. Luke Drummond’s life took a U-turn as a result of a serious wake-boarding accident. He talks to RISE about how the experience led him to set up a surf school and drop in centre in the heart of Adelaide. Growing up in a Christian family, Luke Drummond made a decision to follow Jesus Christ at about the age of seven, but by 16 he had stopped going to church altogether.  Like many teenagers who grew up in the church, Luke began looking for something different and he turned his back on God to pursue a lifestyle that was far...

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Desire, romance and the mind of God

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Desire, romance and the mind of God

By Patricia Weerakoon, medical doctor and sexologist, author and speaker. It is hard to think of two topics that are further apart than sex and God. Sex is about hot passion and mind-blowing orgasms. Surely all God has to say about it is “don’t do it”? We will explore sexological research, on sexual desire; romantic love or limerance; and attachment of couple bonding. Second, we will take a critical look the role sex plays in today’s society. Finally, we will peek into the mind of God, the creator of sex. The brain in love Recent neuroscience...

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