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200 Cafes

Lying awake one night, I began to ponder how much caffeine I’d had that day. One thought led to another and before long – instead of counting sheep – I began to count cafes. Still wide awake, I realised how spoilt for choice I was with come 200 cafes within a 10km radius. That’s 200 invitations to: sit with Bron, sit with a friend or even to sit alone with my thoughts (a very welcome respite from the busyness of life). The bible ...

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You will surface

Up’s and down’s, high’s and low’s, they’re all a part of the Christian life. Yet, nothing quite sucks the air from your lungs like the thought that nobody knows what you’re going through. And the enemy of our souls loves to leverage that isolated feeling. This is not new. Peter reminded the early church that anxiety, fragility and suffering are common to the family of God. However, his advice may surprise you. “Humble yourselves, therefore, u...

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Censored!

Nope, it wasn’t a bad word nor even a heretical slip. We were just protecting the name and reputation of one of my old police buddies. The videographer says to me, “So, you want me to censor his name?”. I reply, “Yep (Blank), best to remove his name.” (Blank) says to me, “I usually use a chicken noise, you want that again?”. I look at (Blank) blankly, “You usually use a what?” “A chicken noise “ (Blank) says. My mind a blank, I say to...

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Why I like Tozer.

Aiden Wilson Tozer (April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963) Many of Tozer’s published works were written during the 1940s and 1950s, a period marked by WWII and western civilisations’ efforts at recovery. After his death, a further fifty books – which were mainly compilations of his sermons and writings – appeared. In 1966, as my life began ‘Man – the dwelling place of God’ was published. Its sub-title was, ‘What it...

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You will surface, Pt.2

As I exit from immigration, a sea of faces look towards me expectantly and then avert their gaze in disappointment. Flowers, balloons and hugs await some lucky traveller and it’s fun to watch the reunions. People’s spirits are immediately lifted in the arms of their loved ones. It seems that technology can’t compete with the giddy feeling a toddler get’s when lifted up by their Dad. This is Peter’s encouragement to the church; humble yourselves b...

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Never forgotten.

I’ll never forget, standing in the massive car park of a church in the US, just two days before Christmas 2002. I’d just been asked a simple question and was now weighing up how transparent I should be. The words were ricocheting around my mind, “I hear you’re not in the position to buy any Christmas presents for your children this year – is that true?” As visions of our four little ones filled my head – along with...

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A virtual camp – a real Kingdom!

I have a picture of it in my mind’s eye, just not an actual picture. It was the closing night of our Virtual Camp, a crowd of people had gathered at the front of the auditorium and were now on bended knees. I think there’s something pretty special in the eyes of God when his people bow before him. Not because he needs it, but because we do. Our bowing before him in no way contributes to his self esteem (his estimation of who he is), for he R...

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We owed him our very lives!

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone…” – John 12:24a “We are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14 “…the Word, since it was not possible for Him to die, assumed a body that was capable of dying, so that he might offer it as His own in place of all”. -Athanásios Alexandrías; c. 296–298 – ...

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You will surface, Pt.3

With only days to go before my daughter’s 21st birthday party, Jade had a terrible let down! The culprit was the clothing rail in her wardrobe. Apparently there were too many clothes… or too few screws (who am I to judge) but either way, the railing gave way and she had a wardrobe malfunction. A real one! A well ironed dress or shirt is only as good as the railing it hangs from. The same with a promise! It doesn’t matter how persuasive...

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What’s robbed you of joy?

“What’s robbed you of your joy?” It’s a funny question possibly because it refers to something deep within our being, something that should’ve been safe, something that surely no-one can take away from us. Nonetheless, we’ve all experienced times where there has been a distinct lack of joy – so what’s that about? How did the “joy” tank empty? Who left the tap on and why didn’t it refill? ...

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