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How to farewell

“Stay safe”, we yelled to our youngest son as he headed out one evening. But as he disappeared into the night, something about our farewell didn’t sit right. So we asked ourselves, “Was that really the right thing to say? Where did we pick that line up from?” Filtering our parental anxieties through some well known scripture, Jesus’ farewell and ...

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Progress?

Progression is admirable, where the destination is desirable. If the “promise of progress” is every leaders chant, the question of “where” should be the followers rant. World War One would eventually result in over 41 million casualties including 18 million deaths. Around that time, the American author and hymn writer Henry Van Dyke p...

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Trust What You’ve Received

“Who am I, O Sovereign LORD… that you have brought me this far? And now… in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way…?” (2 Samuel 7:18-19 NLT) Why is it so hard sometimes to receive God’s blessing… to believe that he loves to shower us with fa...

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Satan’s Strategem

Some years ago, I mentioned my appreciation of A.W. Tozer. (http://elthambaptist.com.au/posts/why-i-like-tozer/) A friend recently passed this on, and once again I conclude, the man was a prophet… far ahead of his time. “Satan’s Stratagem” –  An extract from “The Great Deceiver” by A.W.Tozer For we have not followed cun...

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The knowledge of God

Wisdom and knowledge are not the same. From a christian perspective, whilst knowledge can be taken, wisdom must be given. Of course, this can pose a problem when trying to work out the moral good in a situation. You see, whilst we may be unfamiliar with what is right, the problem is bigger than that. The problem is that we are way too familiar with what...

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The knowledge of good and evil

Together we quickly did the math. It was twenty-five years ago that I would have sat in his theology class as an undergrad student (a fact that disturbed us both)! It was good to see Brian Edgar again after many years. As Professor of Theology, he stimulated my thinking then and he did so again last night at our “4:12” gathering. Brian was refle...

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Was it just for them?

Driving a team around an unfamiliar area of Greece to hand out bibles has it’s challenges. The narrow streets, the one-way roads etc…  On one occasion recently, I really thought I’d lost some of the team members. They turned up in the shade of a carport receiving hospitality from a local Pastor. Actually… the local Pastor. Some 30 ye...

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A leader’s prayer

I was given a book some years ago entitled “Leadership Prayers” written by Richard Kriegbaum. As we look ahead at possible options for growth, this particular prayer captured the sentiment of my heart. He writes, “I wish I could explain it all logically or factually fr everyone, God.This one I just know somehow, without all the normal ratio...

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The End Game

As I sat with the young couple for a pre-marriage counselling session, I shared with them the secret to a stress free wedding! “The secret is…” I began, “… to simply keep the glory of God as your ultimate objective.” “There’ll be so many decisions to make. Decisions you don’t feel qualified to make, lik...

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On fearing God

When the bible commends to us the ‘fear of God’, it can initially be a little unsettling. Attempts to play down the meaning of the word ‘fear’ in the New Testament can often be driven by fear. We may fear (for instance) that if taken literally, we will loose intimacy with God. However, the greek word ‘phobos’ doesn&#...