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27 December 2020

Seeking and finding at Christmas by Joe Boot. Each Christmas, the reality of the virgin birth in the humility of the stable invites us, like the wise men, on a search for the child – that is, to discover His identity and to worship Him.   ‘For the Grace of God has appeared,… Read More

20 December 2020

Is God listening? (The Spirituality of God – 7). Is God really listening? Many times in the psalms we find the psalmist crying out desperately, feeling as though the Lord has turned His face away. “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I take counsel… Read More

13 December 2020

Spiritual stability in troubled times. There’s been a lot said over the last few weeks about the Conversion Therapy Bill currently before the Victorian Parliament.  As it now stands, the bill has been passed by the Lower House and will be brought to the Upper House when sitting commences in 2021.  It is very possible… Read More

6 December 2020

An antidote for pride (The Spirituality of God – 6). One of the problems with pride is that we’re so used to it that we find it hard to spot.  Jeremiah’s prophecy is certainly relevant when it comes to our prideful inclinations: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand… Read More

29 November 2020

We’re not entitled to anything! (The Spirituality of God – 5). Think about all the good things you have in your life.  To start with, you’ve got air to breathe.  I presume it would be a most unpleasant experience to be deprived of air.  But not only do you have air, you have wonderful lungs capable of breathing… Read More

22 November 2020

How Hospitality Weaves. True community is something that develops as the result of interwoven relationships, multiple tightly-knit relationships, and that requires an ethos of hospitality.  In order for real Christian communities to grow and develop, there has to be more.  There has to be a real understanding of… Read More

15 November 2020

Two motives for worship (The Spirituality of God - 4) Ownership is a basic biblical principle for living in God’s world.  We see it clearly in the eighth commandment: “You shall not steal” (Ex 20:15).  When someone owns something, it’s an infringement to use or steal that thing without their permission.… Read More

8 November 2020

A Latin word that will change your life… (The Spirituality of God – 3). Q.  What does it mean to say that God is spirit? A.  To say God is spirit is to say that God, being the source of all life, has and is life in and of Himself, and is self-existent, self-sufficient, invisible, simple and… Read More

1 November 2020

God is Life (The Spirituality of God – 2). Q. What does it mean to say that God is spirit? A. To say God is spirit is to say that God, being the source of all life, has and is life in and of Himself, and is self-existent, self-sufficient, invisible, simple and personal in His being and nature.… Read More

25 October 2020

Have I really encountered God? I suspect that there is much confusion, frustration, and just plain ignorance among God’s people when it comes to experiencing our spiritual life.  Consider and answer honestly for yourself the following questions: Do I know God?  Can I say that I have had a true and powerful encounter… Read More

18 October 2020

The Goodness of God. In the increasingly collapsing ruins of western civilization today, there is much confusion over the word “good.”  It is a word frequently used, yet seldom defined.  One of the causes of this confusion is that the idea behind this ill-defined word constantly mutates while no one is looking.… Read More

11 October 2020

God is Holy. In Revelation 4:8 we read: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty.”  Likewise in Isaiah 6:3: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts.”  Psalm 99 also declares: “The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!  He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!  The LORD is great in… Read More