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508, 2022

Why Bother with the Trinity?

By |August 5th, 2022|

Why Bother with the Trinity? Why bother with the Trinity? You know what I’m talking about, right? The Trinity refers to our three-in-one God. God has eternally existed as three persons, Father, Son and Spirit. If you’re like me, you’re comfortable that the Scriptures reveal a Trinitarian God to us,[1] but you don’t necessarily know why it matters all that much, or why it makes much difference to life. At least, that’s how I used to think. Now, I love the doctrine of the Trinity. One of the reasons I appreciate it is because of that little word I just used, ‘love’. The Trinity shows us that the reason love matters so much to human beings is because it is grounded in ultimate reality. To desire love and to

2907, 2022

Thanksgiving

By |July 29th, 2022|

Thanksgiving How do you celebrate when something good happens? Dinner with friends? A special drink? A while ago, Pastor Adam stated that the three main ingredients of the Bible are burgers, chips and beer! I thought that was a fun way to remember that it’s really all about God’s people, God’s place and God’s blessing. Upon further consideration, I believe the burgers, chips and beer analogy can be applied to the subject of thanksgiving. Recently, I've been inspired by Leviticus, and it led me to write this note on thanksgiving. Nowadays it's all very easy to say a prayer of thanks by yourself to God and that's it. To be honest, my prayers of thanks are too quick and usually only in response to something good that has happened.

2207, 2022

The End of Everything Changes Everything

By |July 22nd, 2022|

The End of Everything Changes Everything I was on the edge of my seat. Quite literally. I could feel my heart thumping in my chest and I couldn’t stop fidgeting. I also couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. It was the final and deciding game of the 2022 State of Origin series and Queensland were in front by 4 points with ten minutes left on the clock. The whole game had been an arm-wrestle with neither team really seeming to gain the ascendancy. The whole game I’d been wound tighter than a drum. It wasn’t until Ben Hunt streaked away to score a try with only one minute remaining that I finally relaxed (after jumping off the couch and jumping up and down, of course). A few days

1507, 2022

Reformation Revisited

By |July 15th, 2022|

Our next Ridley Training short course is starting next Thursday (21st)! If you haven’t heard about our Ridley Training yet, these are short courses designed to help busy people to better understand and apply the Bible, and over the next 6 weeks we’ll be on a journey through Europe as we look at the Reformation, one of the most significant events in the history of the Christian Church. Five hundred years on from its small beginnings, the Reformation continues to play a central role in shaping the identity of Protestant Christianity today. In this subject, Rhys Bezzant gives a guided tour of Reformation Europe, bringing clarity and context to the key places, people and events that changed the church forever. Get ready for beautiful scenery, thought-provoking commentary and fresh

807, 2022

Does Prayer Work?

By |July 8th, 2022|

Does Prayer Work? A friend of mine recently asked me why I pray. In the few seconds I took considering how I’d answer... she asked a second question “Does prayer work?” I attempted to keep the answer simple and honest. I told her that prayer keeps me close to God. That it reminds me that He is sovereign and in control. That I don’t have to rely on my (failing) strength. I’ve thought a lot about that conversation with my friend. It caused me to thank God for the gift of prayer. When you think about the question ‘does prayer work?’ It really depends on what you consider the ‘work’ prayer can do. I believe that as Christians, we can say with full confidence that prayer most certainly works!

107, 2022

Are You a Do-Gooder?

By |July 1st, 2022|

Are You a Do-Gooder? Have you ever been called a “do-gooder”? I have. It doesn’t feel very nice. Although, when you think about it, it should. It should be a compliment. Doing ‘good’ is actually a positive thing. How can it not be? And as Christians, we are called by God to do ‘good’ in this world. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Hebrews 13:16 says “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” The question is, what sort of ‘good’ should we be doing? And to whom should we be doing ‘good’? The answer of the Bible to this question

2406, 2022

Why We (Absolutely, Positively) Can’t Do Without the Bible

By |June 24th, 2022|

Why We (Absolutely, Positively) Can’t Do Without the Bible Every time I visit the dentist, I know it’s coming: ‘Have you been flossing?’ It’s the question I’m asked every time and every time my answer is the same: ‘Not as much as I could be’. It’s not that I doubt the benefits of flossing, I just don’t value them highly enough to do it every day. Many Christians have a similar attitude towards reading the Bible. We know we should be reading the Bible, but if we’re honest, we don’t do it as much as we could. This Sunday we finish our series, ‘The Bible: A Story That Makes Sense of Life’. For the last 10 weeks we’ve been on a journey through the Bible. We’ve explored the big

1506, 2022

Highlights from the Bookstall

By |June 15th, 2022|

Highlights from the Bookstall Have you checked out our bookstall at the Connections Centre? It will finish next Sunday when we wrap up our series ‘The Bible: A Story That Makes Sense of Life’. The heavily discounted prices we’ve been given (which we are earning nothing from) are also ending at that time, so, make sure you check it out before next Sunday! If you aren’t sure what book to get, here are some highlights depending on what you need and where you are at in your journey of faith. “I’m a visual learner” If you like pictures, charts and visual expressions of information, The Infographic Bible is for you! This is a really cool resource, filled with detailed expressions of biblical information presented in a clear and useful