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Leviticus: Thank You Jesus

I've been reading the book of Leviticus. You'd think after all these years I'd find it easy. You know, everything fits into place and this passage means this and that passage means that and the application is obvious as I encounter 'Bible Gem' after 'Bible Gem'. Instead, I'm struggling. What is God trying to tell me? Nevertheless, certain truths have hit home, even if (fr...

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Happiness and Holiness

Here are some thoughts on happiness and holiness from Christian blogger, David Murray. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.(Nehemiah 8:9). Holiness and happiness are inseparable. You can't have one without the other. Holiness produces true happiness, and true happiness strengthens holiness. The proof? In Nehemiah 8, God'...

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Our vision for Nepal

At the end of 2015 our church adopted a vision,'Towards 2020', that encouraged us to be increasingly healthy and fruitful, with space to grow. One of our objectives is as follows:'We continue to be generous supporters of Christian ministry and good works outside of our direct sphere of influence. In recent years we have significantly increased our financial giving, praye...

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Are you paying attention?

Contrary to popular conception, real pastoral ministry is tough, draining, and emotionally taxing. It's not for the faint of heart. It requires a unique combination of battle toughness and fatherly tenderness. A pastor is closely connected to the lives of the people he serves, and vicariously experiences both the joy and heartbreak that his people experience. When a young ...

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Billy Graham

We all have our heroes. One of mine died this week. It was 1978. I, along with my school mate, Philip Martin, jumped on a bus at West Ryde Baptist Church and travelled across the Gladesville Bridge into an unknown part of the city, finally stopping with tens of thousands of others at Randwick Racecourse. We were there to listen to a preacher, an evangelist from America, B...

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Christmas Worship

Jesus is Worthy of our Worship - as an infant in the manger, and as the risen King of Glory...

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Seated In Heavenly Places

Believers enjoy the best seats in the house, seated in heavenly places with Christ. ...

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What a Gem!

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Here's a good news story. Life was tough for Big LT. He lost a leg in a car accident and was finding it hard to make ends meet. One day, watching television, LT saw a Navajo Chief's blanket appraised on Antique Road Show for $350,000-$500,000. He owned a similar blanket that had been passed down through the family. Perhaps it might be worth up to $10,000. You never know. ...

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What matters

Randy Newman, in his excellent bookQuestioning Evangelism,outlines nine guidelines to help us be more effective in sharing the hope we have in Jesus. Take note: Don't criticize, condemn, or complain. Give honest, sincere appreciation. Arouse in the other person an eager want. Become genuinely interested in other people. Smile. Remember that a person's name is to th...

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Salt and Light

Jesus said to his disciples,'You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again You are the light of the world let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven'(Matthew 5:13-16). Christians are increasingly being marginalised and demonised in Australian society. Why must...

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