Monthly Archives: August 2014


31
Aug 2014

No, I’m not talking about the pews! … At the Oxygen conference one of the speakers (Paul Tripp) said: ‘Jesus will take you where you have not planned to go in order to produce in you what you could not. It’s grace.’ He called this ‘theology of uncomfortable grace’, which might sound strange, but it really is very helpful for you and me. Let me explain— In Mark 6:45 Jesus makes his disciples get into the boat in order to go to the other side … except that the wind is against......

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24
Aug 2014

Luke 14:33 records Jesus saying: “any of you who does not give up everything he has, cannot be my disciple.” Wow! What a big call! So does that mean that every single one of us (if we are really followers, not fans) must sell our homes, cars, clothes … in fact, every possession we have? Well, ‘no’. So then, what does Jesus mean? He means that to be truly following him means that he is Number One in your life … if you are a spouse, it means that you want Him......

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17
Aug 2014

It was encouraging to see a group of nine from TGS attend this recent conference in Sydney. It is the second one that has been run by KCC (Katoomba Christian Convention), the first being in 2011. To put you in the picture as to what it’s about, I have copied below, part of what the Chairman of KCC, Al Stewart, said, in his welcome: “Like ploughing concrete” – that’s how I’ve heard Christian ministry described by a few people lately. I’m sure some of us will have felt that way. But we......

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10
Aug 2014

Are you like me and cringe when you hear the word evangelism or feel guilty knowing you are not sharing your faith as you should? I know that evangelism is such an important area in the life of the church and in the life of the Christian. Yet it is an area I struggle with a lot. As I write this I am at the Oxygen conference and have enrolled in the evangelism elective because I know it is an area I need to be encouraged in and work on personally more......

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