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Longing

For many years I worked as a professional engineer in a design office in Wales in the United Kingdom. Most of my colleagues were fluent welsh speakers, a point that thoroughly irritated me because most of the time I could not understand what the office chat was about. So working on the principle of “If…

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King Canute and the Unstoppable Tide

King Canute was an English King in the 10th Century who is recorded as having governed very wisely and as having done a lot of good for his people. However, the story (legendary or not) is that he became so flattered by those around him as to his greatness that he believed he could control…

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The Unchanging Changer

All who claim to be Christians will say they worship God The degree to which we worship God however depends on the extent to which we actually know Him-or to put it another way which ‘god’ do we actually worship? If our knowledge of God is limited, defective or distorted by our own ideas, then…

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Crying Jesus Tears

At a recent CrossRoads meeting one of our international members told us how his heart was breaking.  I wondered why, was it because of some personal loss, a relationship break up or death of a loved one? No he told us, his heart was breaking over the spiritual status of three unsaved friends.  This was…

Have A Very Peaceful Christmas

Well it’s Christmas, as you may have noticed. I could use the opportunity here for a tirade against all the materialism, consumerism and shopping insanity I suppose. Perhaps not however, for I believe that the battle against the ‘Babylonian Captivity’ of Christmas is probably largely lost. For Christmas is well and truly captured by ‘Babylon’,…

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Resurrection – You Too Can Have A Heavenly Body

There are many human ‘Body types’-thin, fat, sturdy, slight etc. Most people when they look at themselves have ‘bits’ they would like to change and of course the ‘body industry’ always wants to help whether through plastic surgery, cosmetics etc. There is also the ‘spare part surgery’ option for the important ‘bits’ that don’t work…

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Resurrection – Fact or Fiction?

In 1930 a bright lawyer named Frank Morison started to write a book which was eventually, but not initially, titled “Who Moved the Stone?”As a scientifically minded man, his belief was that miracles do not happen. His aim therefore when he started to write was to do the world a favour by trashing the myth…

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Church Through The ‘Wormhole’

Most of us know the story of Alice in “Alice In Wonderland”, the young girl who sitting on a riverbank one day sees a white rabbit which she follows down a rabbit hole. This leads her into another weird world where everything is strange, especially the people who behave, think and speak in very peculiar…

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Anti-Social Behaviour – The Moral Collapse

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) (often criminal behaviour), such as the recent killing of an unborn baby by a drug affected driver in Wollongong and the alcohol fueled varieties often witnessed outside night clubs, is increasingly common in our society. I have particularly noticed that some examples of ASB today just did not occur a generation or…

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The Stark Reality

For part of this week I have been attending the annual Diocesan Synod (Parliament) in Sydney. I admit that it is not the most exciting event on the calendar, but it does deal with some very important ‘big picture’ issues with direct impact on CrossRoads. The Synod meeting always started with an address by the…