Bloggers within our church communities have important things to say! Individual concerns and world issues, the tragic, the triumphant and the trivial. These are the stuff of blogs. Each week new blogs will be added in this area. And we welcome your responses.

I hide myself in you

18th August 2017 Today, I’m reading Psalm 143. It reminds me that many days are hard. The Psalmist himself is being pursued and crushed. He feels like he’s dwelling in the darkness and going down to the pit. And some days we relate to that. This week has been hard....

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Trust in the Lord

Do you know this bible verse? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” It’s one of the bible’s better known verses from Proverbs 3:5. And it appears in the context of acquiring all the wisdom that God and his world have to...

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Emotions are complex!

One of the lovely things about young children is they don’t have a filter. They look right into your soul! At least that seems to be what’s happening when you look into their eyes, or when you give them focused attention or engage with them in conversation. But sure...

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Gladness, joy and flannel flowers

Gladness and joy will overtake them; sorrow and sighing will flee away.  Isaiah 35: 10 Flannel flowers are my favourite Australian flower. The celebrity gardener, Don Burke, calls them ‘the disaster flower’ because they thrive in harsh conditions, poor...

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Light and Dark

It is dark; inky, jet-black. I wave my hand in front of my face, the air moves but I can’t see a hint of my fingers. Once my eyes adjust, I can just make out the door of the tent. I crawl over, hunt for the zipper and peel it open. A short stumble and I am out in the...

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Press on to know him more

We’ve been studying Hosea at church this month, and it’s not a book that I read very often. Actually, it’s not familiar at all, so on re-reading, I was struck by almost everything. This is how God feels towards his people. He pursues them passionately. He longs for...

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Ancient writing for modern living

In the biblical text of Hosea, we read the following words in Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land; “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land”. Here...

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Amazing Grace – the Hymn

John Newton’s hymn “Amazing Grace” has topped the pop charts in several countries on multiple occasions, most recently when the film by that name was released in 2007. Newton’s biographer Jonathan Aitken estimates that it is performed at least 10 million times...

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