Minute from a Minister


13
Aug 2017

Dear Friends, Hardly a week passes without some issue relating to Islam hitting the news headlines. It is one of the big “elephants in the room” that we would rather not have to face. As Christians, we need to be aware that Islam poses a huge threat not only to our national security but to our national identity. We cannot afford to take for granted the Christian heritage that has given us the freedoms and values that we cherish in Australia. Australians pride themselves on giving everyone a fair go, and being......

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06
Aug 2017

“… the merciful God justifies us by faith, as it is written: ‘He who through faith is just shall live.’ Here I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates.” These are famous words of Martin Luther from the 16th Century, as he finally realised that being right with God doesn’t come through trying to make ourselves right by our own efforts, helped along by God. But that you, I, and others can be in the right with the holy God by faith, a believing......

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30
Jul 2017

Minute from a Parishioner Were you or was someone you know in your family a ‘surprise baby’? One in two pregnancies in Australia are unexpected. And while a ‘surprise baby’ can become ‘surprise joy’, the situation in the beginning can be overwhelming, especially if there are other challenging circumstances. Having had its origins in 2015 at The Good Shepherd, Cairns Pregnancy Help Inc., trading as Chloe’s Place, is a not-for-profit association of volunteer professionals from across the community providing free, compassionate and confidential services to anyone needing help because of a current,......

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23
Jul 2017

The town of Aurukun, on the west coast of Cape York, 811 kms from Cairns, has experienced a remarkable movement of God’s Spirit over the past year. The Rev Craig Mischiewski, the Uniting Church minister at Weipa, visits Aurukun every fortnight. During the week he sent his greetings to everyone at The Good Shepherd Church and gave this report: “In August 2016 two hundred people responded at an evangelistic meeting in Aurukun to receive the gift of salvation or to rededicate themselves to Christ. Since then there have been a steady stream......

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