1305, 2022

A Compelling Vision for the Future

By |May 13th, 2022|

A Compelling Vision for the Future An urgent need to raise up gospel workers, the importance of good management in our overseas missions, a desire to see our churches grow, and a strong value in well-grounded theology. These were repeated discussion themes during our denomination’s national gathering. Last week I got to watch on as delegates from around the country gathered in Launceston for the Synod of our denomination, the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (CRCA). These Synods run every three years, and are the place to make decisions on a range of issues and opportunities facing our denomination. I was encouraged by what I saw, and by the direction which our churches are going in, because I saw: Meaningful Decisions On most issues, delegates came well prepared and

605, 2022

Celebrating Mother’s Day

By |May 6th, 2022|

Every year as Mother’s Day approaches, I’m always very conscious of what this day means for everyone. I know for many this day is treasured. Especially for Mum’s of young children who will receive hand made gifts and have lots of sticky cuddles and kisses throughout the day. Many Mum’s look forward to having their adult children come home for the day to enjoy a meal together. But not everyone, some adult children can’t or won’t be able to see their Mum’s. I also know that there are Mum’s who ache on this day because of fractured relationships with their children or children who are perhaps wayward. Some find this day difficult because they’ve lost their Mum or they never had the opportunity to become a mother. Some Mum’s

2904, 2022

Seasons of Waiting

By |April 29th, 2022|

Seasons of Waiting I’m sure you’ve noticed in the last few days (as I have) that the temperature is finally starting to drop. I love Autumn! The shorter days, the changing colours in my garden, the amazing sunsets. Autumn won’t be with us for long, though, before the cold of winter sets in. In my garden, winter seems to be a season of quiet, a season of waiting. The colour and fun of summer is over. The plant growth slows down. There’s less sunlight. Nature seems to be dormant, sleeping. All is still. You could be forgiven for thinking nothing is happening. But of course, as any gardener will tell you, this is not the case. Under the ground, root growth is in full swing, preparing to take up

2204, 2022

The Bible and SOAP

By |April 22nd, 2022|

The Bible and SOAP This Sunday we begin a new sermon series titled ‘The Bible: A Story that Makes Sense of Life’. Throughout Term 2, we will explore the big story of the Bible and how it all fits together to form the true story of the whole world. It should be a helpful and illuminating look at the plotline of the world’s bestseller. But of course, the Bible is much more than just the story of God’s interaction with the people he made and the world he loves. It is also the ongoing way that God continues to speak to us! This series, then, is a great opportunity for each of us to be encouraged and to build up the habit of reading God’s Word regularly. There are

804, 2022

True History and Real Christianity

By |April 8th, 2022|

True History and Real Christianity “Christianity has a problem. And before you say “only one?!” what I mean is that it has a problem that is a potential vulnerability intrinsic to the core claims of Christianity. It’s not like the problem of, say, bad behaviour in the church, because by definition the problem with hateful Christianity isn’t Christianity, but the lack of Christianity! Unlike other religions, Christianity bases its spiritual claims on real events that are meant to have happened in time and space. It claims to be grounded in actual history. And as a result, people feel free to double check, and to dispute Christianity in a way which isn’t true for other religious faiths.” These are the opening lines of the first video in the short course

3003, 2022

3 ways to celebrate the hope of Easter as a family

By |March 30th, 2022|

3 ways to celebrate the hope of Easter as a family Easter is a wonderfully opportunity to spend time with our children, building traditions and sharing the wonderful hope of Jesus. Your children will hear plenty of messages from the world about Easter (bunnies, eggs, hot cross buns) and these things are all lots of fun. But let’s be sure that we share and teach our children about the great love of Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us. There are plenty of wonderful Easter family resources available but I want to share just three with you. I pray that through spending time in God’s Word and reflecting on all Jesus has done for us, the true hope of Easter will come alive for you and your children.

2503, 2022

What do you do when the church service ends?

By |March 25th, 2022|

What do you do when the church service ends? What do you do when the final song finishes at church? What we do after the service really matters, because even though the service has ended, church hasn’t. The New Testament word for church literally refers to people with a shared belief, church is a community. That’s why church isn’t a service to attend, it’s a community we belong to and gather with. I read a blog that reflected on how to use the time after the service well recently. I found it really helpful. I hope Andy’s thoughts help you to make the best use of your time with your church family after the service ends. BY ANDY HUETTE What do you usually do immediately after your Sunday morning

1803, 2022

The Golden Chain of Salvation

By |March 18th, 2022|

The Golden Chain of Salvation “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30 Romans 8:29-30 describes the sequence known as the ‘golden chain of salvation’, the unbreakable order in which God saves His people. Included in this significant passage is the stunning description of Jesus as ‘the firstborn among many brothers and sisters’ (v.29). Jesus as the only begotten Son of God is the ‘firstborn’ and rightly enjoys pre-eminence, but ‘among many brothers and sisters’! In other words, every believer in Jesus has the inestimable privilege of being adopted into his family and accorded the honour of being his