Monthly Archives: May 2016


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May 2016

“Few subjects evoke a greater sense of guilt in the hearts of believers than when we begin to talk about prayer. We know that we ought to pray, we know that we need to pray, and yet, the vast majority of us know that we don’t pray.”            (Del Fehsenfeld) Some of us from TGS went to a course on prayer last weekend, held in Cairns, at The Lakes’ church. On the Friday night we were first given a definition of prayer: Prayer is an activity of humans that requires the cooperation of God......

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22
May 2016

So at the Parish Annual Meeting this year, Cameron wrote in his report a brief description of his average week. It was requested that Trevor and I do the same to give people a better idea of what we do. While it will always be hard to see and understand the demands and ever-changing week of a minister, here are some of the constants in my role: Monday: Staff meeting from 9:30-11:30am. Follow up from that meeting. Responding to Care and Communication Cards. Writing thank you / encouragement notes. I spend time......

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15
May 2016

On Wednesday Trev, Chris and I took part in meetings with Bishop Bill Ray, one of which included a renewal of Ordination Vows. It is very good for us to annually renew our commitment to ministry in a formal way. However, as all Christians are ministers (the word means ‘servants’ cf. e.g. Jn. 12:26; Gal. 5:13; Col. 3:23-24) much of what the three of us said can be applied to all of us. So here are a few excerpts of what was said/promised/prayed — “God our Father, in the name of Christ......

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08
May 2016

Well, we’ve just been handed down the Federal Budget for 2016 and beyond, and all I keep hearing from the media, as well as various people is: What’s in it for me? I think it is a very sad reflection of where we are now at, as a society, that all we tend to be interested in, is ourselves. It reminds me of what a former deputy Prime Minister and brother in Christ, John Anderson, said at a Men’s Katoomba Christian Convention. In the excellent talk he gave, he said upfront that......

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