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The ‘Fear’

“God is our refuge and strength”   I still remember ‘the Fear’, the knot in the stomach that came with the drone of Vulcan bombers flying over the school yard, bombers that we knew were loaded with primed nuclear bombs just waiting for the order. It didn’t matter from whom it would come, American J…

The Eye Of The Storm

It is 41 years since Cyclone Tracy hit the northern Australian city of Darwin, on that momentous Christmas Eve in 1974. The Christmas festivities were well underway as that massive hurricane moved over the Arafura Sea and then in the darkness made its final and unnoticed turn, and with 300 kph winds churned its way…

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What’s Not In The Bible

Now and again one hears people quoting things that are allegedly in the Bible, and which they allow to shape their attitude to life. Perhaps the most notorious ‘not in the Bible’ alleged quote is “God helps those who help themselves”. In actual fact what the Bible teaches is the very opposite, which is that…

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Never On A Sunday

Recently I accidently tuned into a radio station playing the song ‘Never On A Sunday’. The singer was Melina Mercouri who in the film of the same name played a woman of ill repute the details of which it is not perhaps appropriate to explain here! As I listened I heard couple of the lines…

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Visions That Go Nowhere

The very beginning of the Bible (Genesis 1:26) we are told that humans are made in the image of God, and while this image is defaced by our sinfulness Christians are being recreated in that image (Colossians 3:10). One of the characteristics of God’s image is passion, that is passion for the lost, those outside…

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Cogito Ergo Sum – Or Am I?

“Cogito, Ergo Sum”. “I think therefore I am”, is a famous and profound statement made by the 17th Century French philosopher Rene Descartes. His point was that the evidence that he really exists is the fact that he can actually think about his existence! This is a somewhat convoluted but valid argument about the relationship…

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Cross-less Christians

It would be an unusual person who has never asked in some way or other the question ‘Why am I here?’ The answer to that question is in fact central to the shaping of the Christian life and Jesus answered it for us in two places in particular. Firstly, he said that his followers are…

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When It Hurts – There Is God

One of the great promises of the Bible is that God promises a life to come, a life of perfection, joy, peace, no pain, no death, no suffering or bereavement. This promise is one that Christians particularly at certain times need to hang on to, because our current life of course is not always like…

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Green Shoots and the Melancholy Sadness

During my recent travels through the United Kingdom I took the opportunity to visit, in some cases revisit, a number of famous cathedrals, abbeys etc. as well as more humble local churches. As I did so I felt an overwhelming sense of melancholic sadness, for here was I in the ‘Valley of Dry Bones’. For…

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Over The Escarpment

Wollongong is a great place to live! I think this because it has two of my personal preferences for an area to live in – namely the sea and the hills. We are indeed blessed with being located where we are, however, I think that there can be a disadvantage in being situated below the…