Weekly Devotional: ‘Quiet Worship’ (01 Dec 2019)

Weekly Devotional: ‘Quiet Worship’ (01 Dec 2019) The most recent National Church Life Survey results were released this week, and one area surveyed was the reason Australians who label themselves ‘Christians’ go to church (see https://www.ncls.org.au/news/reasons-for-attending-church-services). The results were contrasted between Roman Catholic and Protestant (i.e. everyone else) worshippers.  Some...

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Devotional: ‘OK With Uncomfortable’ (17 Nov 2019)

I don’t like being made uncomfortable. And yet, I know that following Jesus is not about being comfortable. Just think about Jesus’ call to take up our cross and follow him (see Mark 8:34). That’s a road to death. It seems like the ever-present tension for most Christians in the...

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Devotional: ‘Church and Commitment’ (03 Nov 2019)

A lot of church leaders I know are struggling with what we’ll call ‘low levels of commitment’ in their churches. It seems to be a broader issue too, with plenty of local and overseas Christian websites, blogs and podcasts spotlighting the issue. Average church attendance has dropped in the last...

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Devotional: ‘Let’s Not Lose Compassion’ (20 Oct 2019)

It seems that Christians are copping a lot of heat at the moment. Whether it’s about our convictions about the preciousness of human life and the preciousness of God-ordained gender categories, or about institutional sexual abuse scandals, or about a general traditionalist, conservative, failure to ‘move with the times’.  Followers...

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Devotional: Don’t Stay Away (15 Sep 2019)

There’s no denying it. Life is tough. And a whole heap of demands, challenges and responsibilities seem to eat away at our time and resources. When things get really tough (or sometimes only moderately tough), we batten down the hatches and go into survival mode, and cut things out that...

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Devotional: Our Enemy the Devil (8 Sep 2019)

From http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/our-enemy-devil/   “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”- 2 Corinthians 11:14–15 Upon our conversion to Christ, we gain several enemies who seek to impede...

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