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RiseVibes: quick catch-up with singer-song writer Dan White

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RiseVibes: quick catch-up  with singer-song writer Dan White

    Dan White is a self-taught singer-song writer from Adelaide and has been playing and developing his passion for music for 15 years. He crafts songs that tell stories from the heart, evoking deep emotion from those who hear them. His goal in life is to pursue the things that he loves and to encourage others along the way to truly see the beauty that lies within them both in his personal life and through his music.     Why have you accepted an invitation to participate in LifeWell Conference? I accepted the invitation to participate in...

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I don’t want to be a “real man”

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I don’t want to be a “real man”

Article by Scott J Higgins. First published on scottjhiggins.com March 2018, used with permission. There was a great article about Tim Winton in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend magazine recently.  Winton was just 5 years old when his father was badly injured in a motor vehicle accident. After he came home from hospital Winton’s father required many weeks of intensive assistance and emotional support. Tim’s mother, who suddenly became the family breadwinner, as well as trying to look after four children under the age of five and care...

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Gardens that build communities

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Gardens that build communities

Horticultural expert Martin Crabb talks about the worldwide trend back to communal gardening, designing and building a community garden, and the many benefits that flow to those who get involved.  It’s becoming difficult to connect with other people in a personal and meaningful way, when we have the advantage of a multitude of electronic social media options at our finger tips. But the humble vegetable patch seems to be providing the opportunity for change and bringing communities back together again. Over recent decades, community gardening...

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Authentic Living in an Imperfect World

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Authentic Living in an Imperfect World

With author and pastor Karen Wilson. Genuine, original, real, actual, not false, true (as in ‘true to oneself’): just a few of the definitions you’ll find when you look up the word ‘authentic’. Rise Magazine editor Wendy Rush asked Karen Wilson, author of ‘The Inside Story’, what is ‘authentic living’ and why it is important for us to live authentically? ​Karen explains, “there are many leaders who seem to be flourishing outwardly, whilst on the inside they can be harbouring deep pain and secrets that are almost crippling. Many of...

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Out of the Water and Still Making Ripples

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Out of the Water and Still Making Ripples

RISE Magazine spoke to Duncan Armstrong about how faith is shaping his life out of the pool.  Article by Wendy Rush. How do you start a conversation with a gold medal winning Olympian?  One of an elite group of Australians who have achieved what most of us never will, or never even have dreamed of attempting?   Someone who has reached the dizzy heights of success in their field and the fame and celebrity that goes along with it?  I couldn’t help but ask – what did it feel like?  That moment in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics when Duncan touched...

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Dealing with your Thorny Bits

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Dealing with your Thorny Bits

Article by Mark Sayers. After Jesus, Paul is most definitely the main protagonist of the New Testament. Today we are still in awe of his leadership, his apostolic gifting and his pastoral insights. He was able to mix it with the best of the Rabbis and to also converse and debate with the leading Hellenic thinkers. He planted churches, healed the sick, preached the gospel throughout the Roman world and generally created a magnificently holy ruckus where ever he went. Yet in 2nd Corinthians he lets us in on an intriguing element of his life....

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Speaking to the Soul, with Niki Vasilakis

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Speaking to the Soul, with Niki Vasilakis

Article by Wendy Rush. Niki Vasilakis is regarded as one of the most exciting violinists to have emerged from Australia in recent years.  In the lead up to her appearance at a LifeWell conference she spoke to RISE about music, faith and restoration. Niki grew up in a very safe, loving Christian environment, with a strong and real faith and relationship with God from a very young age. In her teenage years and young adult life she experienced many things that challenged her faith and admits there were a lot of different influences on her. ...

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Looking ‘at’ our Lenses: Consumerism

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Looking ‘at’ our Lenses: Consumerism

By Scott Berry, pastor and music journalist Have you ever noticed that if you wear sunglasses long enough you forget you have them on, and sometimes even ask the embarrassing question “has anyone seen my sunglasses?” We are even less aware of the cultural lenses that always colour our vision of the world. The most all-pervading cultural lens that affects us in the Western world is that of consumerism. Wikipedia, the (dubious) source of all kinds of knowledge suggests “Consumerism is the equation of personal happiness with consumption and the...

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‘My Choices’ gives peace of mind to people at the end of life

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‘My Choices’ gives peace of mind to people at the end of life

Article supplied. It’s not easy to talk about dying. Which is why many of us never really have that conversation, adding to the stress and anxiety experienced by individuals and their families when the time approaches. But the launch of Baptist Care SA’s ‘My Choices: An A-Z of personal choices and practical preparations to facilitate end of life support’, has made it a little bit easier to make your wishes known. Authored by Vicky Legge and Anne Van Loon from Baptist Care SA’s Church Support Team, “My Choices” is based on an idea conceived by...

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MasterChef now savours the Sweet Life

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MasterChef now savours the Sweet Life

RISE editor Wendy Rush met 2011 MasterChef winner Kate Bracks at a City Bible Forum event in Adelaide where Kate shared something of her faith, her passion for food and her Australian reality television experience. Everyone with a television has heard of MasterChef and if we are all honest we have watched an episode or two, maybe more, since 2009 when it began airing on Australian TV. The show has been a major success with those aspiring to be chefs, those who just want to be really good cooks and those, like me, who are neither but are very...

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