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We're a community of people (more a family really) who share the belief that life's greatest joy is to know God and be known by God. He's give us freedom from the past, purpose for the now and hope for the future. We've still got much to learn and are more than happy for others to join us in that journey!

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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 words of guidance to his disciples came to mind, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love”. – John 15:9-10 (NIV) On the basis of that, we felt that what we really meant to say was, “Stay obedient”. But digging deeper again, I noticed that Jesus said this in the context of an analogy, which ties the disciple’s fundamental identity to their relationship with him. “I am the vine; you are the branches”. – John 15:5 (NIV) In other words, obedience was expected to stem from their new identity in Jesus. Abide in him, fruit will come! I remembered a colleague who once told me, that each day....
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 penned these words; Now again the world is shaken, Tempests break on sea and shore; Earth with ruin overtaken, Trembles while the storm winds roar. He abideth who confideth, God is God forevermore. Thrones are falling, heathen raging, Peoples dreaming as of yore Vain imaginations, waging Man with man, unmeaning war. He abideth who confideth, Christ is King forevermore. Human wisdom in confusion, Casts away the forms it wore; Ancient error, new illusion, Lose the phantom fruit they bore. He abideth who confideth, Truth is truth forevermore. Right eternal, Love immortal, Built the house where we adore; Mercy is its golden portal, Virtue its unshaken floor. He abideth who confideth, God is God forevermore. The old word ‘abideth’ also means to remain, stand firm or steadfast. The person who stands firm then, is the person who trusts that forevermore; God is God, Christ is King and truth....
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 favour? It’s hard in adversity, but it can be just as hard in times of plenty. We know we’re underserving but we also know that God’s affection is unmerited. So why is it so difficult? Author of the bestseller “The Ragamuffin Gospel”, Brennan Manning records some wise advice he once received. “Brennan, you don’t need any more insights into the faith,” he observed. “You’ve got enough insights to last you three hundred years. The most urgent need in your life is to trust what you have received.” This remark from my spiritual director sounded simple enough. But it sparked a searing reexamination of my life, my ministry and the authenticity of my relationship with God … The challenge to actually trust God forced me to deconstruct what I had spent my life constructing, to stop clutching what I was so afraid....

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