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29 March 2020

8 Ways to Redeem the Time in This Season of Isolation Brothers and sisters, the following is a useful article from the Gospel Reformation Network (https://gospelreformation.net/). It was penned by the Rev.Dr. Jon D. Payne. I hope and trust that you will find it edifying and helpful! Soli Deo Gloria!… Read More

22 March 2020

Calm in the face of Coronavirus. How has your week been?  In some ways, that’s a tricky question to answer isn’t it?  For younger Australians, this is the first time we’ve really lived through an upheaval on this scale.  For older Australians, perhaps, memories of wars and other times of unrest will be something that you’ve… Read More

15 March 2020

Our Arena for Growth  “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,… Read More

8 March 2020

The New Covenant Meal Terry Johnson One of the great insights of the Reformation was the recovery of the biblical concept of “covenant.”  This recovery was fuelled by the “new learning” of the Renaissance humanism, the return ad fontes, “to the sources,” of theology in the original texts of the New and Old… Read More

1 March 2020

What do you desire? We are driven by our desires.  Now there’s a lot more that could be said about that, you could offer numerous qualifications, but that is the bottom line: we are driven by our desires.  Consider your average day. You get out of bed because you want to, and if you don’t want to… Read More

23 February 2020

Praying like a slave. If you are a Christian, then there is something very important that you need to know: that you are not your own.  You do not belong to yourself.  Your life will no longer be directed as you see fit.  When it comes to your life goals, ambitions, and hopes, you must sacrifice them all and replace… Read More

16 February 2020

The Curious Christian Practice of Pragmatic Unbelief. There is a curious tendency I’ve noticed amongst Christians, and I don’t exclude myself here. It seems to be quite widespread, and it can show up in all manner of ways. I’m talking about the curious Christian practice of pragmatic unbelief. Allow me to explain! According… Read More

9 February 2020

The Holiness of God Back in Tasmania growing up, I used to love swimming in the summer. In rivers and fresh-water quarries, it gave me an enduring glimpse into the glory and goodness of God revealed in his creation. Generally, I preferred fresh-water, but there were also some great salt-water locations. One of those… Read More

2 February 2020

The Problem of Scattered thoughts in Prayer So you’re about to pray. You have your quiet time each day, the time you set aside to pray, but as you kneel, where do you start? And where do you go from there? Perhaps you can relate to the following scenario: You kneel down to pray, you were disciplined enough to set… Read More

26 January 2020

The Heart of Worship Our growth or stagnation in faith comes down to this single question: are our hearts far from God? Quite simply, we make time for and put our energy into the things we love. The heart of worship is a heart of devotion towards, and desire for, that which we worship. The human heart is always… Read More

22 December 2019

CRC Report #6 – Calvinist Reformed Churches of Indonesia. When it comes to international relations, it doesn’t come much closer for us as Australians than Indonesia. For those who have been following along in this series, you will recall that earlier in the year I had the opportunity to fellowship with various other… Read More

15 December 2019

Cultivating the Habit of Constant Prayer. “Pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17. It’s been an average sort of a day for you. Not exactly great, but not too bad either. You got up later than you wanted to, mostly because you spent a bit too much time on your smart phone last night before… Read More