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April 14, 2019

Today, in the protestant tradition, we celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the week leading up to the week Passover occurred somewhere approximately 33AD (forgive my approximating with the calendar, I wasn't actually there...) It was the week before the crucifixion of Jesus as remembered in the Christian calendar. It's called Easter, though where the name came from I'...

April 25, 2017

God is not known around here for doing things quickly. He said “soon” to me once… fifteen years ago!

He is known for doing things thoroughly. A job isn’t done until every little part is turned over and examined for faults, cracks, flaws and anything found which doesn’t let the Son shine through, is dealt with properly, until you can’t see the welds, the mends, the fixed up spots… It all loo...

April 11, 2017

How did I get to this place of Peace anyhow? It was both simple and required work at the same time. You remember the story about the rich young ruler in the NT who comes to Jesus, asks what he must do to be saved and Jesus replies ‘give up your wealth, your lifestyle, give all your money to the poor and follow me.’ (Matthew 19:16-30 Anita paraphrase) Yeah well.

I didn’t have any wealth...

April 4, 2017

Still being ok even when I’m not ok is a new experience in my life. It’s not particularly brand spanking new, it is a lesson I have been learning over several years, but it is one of the more foundational, or more life stabilising ones…if that makes sense!

Being human means we have stuff to deal with. Even after we find Jesus, the junk doesn’t always miraculously go away. Sometimes it...

March 21, 2017

There are two kinds of ‘taking yourself seriously’.  I got caught in the trap of the first kind for many years.

I am a little bit little.  At 5 foot 3 inches (on a good day) with dark curly hair and a complexion which is olive around the edges, I am the human equivalent of a Hobbit. I used to be a lot rounder than I am now too, which only added to the allusion…!

I also have a left-of-ce...

March 14, 2017

One of the perceptions of Christianity which floats around out there is the “religion for old people and a crutch for the feeble minded”. I don’t come across it as much as I used to, unfortunately it’s more likely to be because people dismiss Christianity completely rather than peoples’ perception having been changed.

In reality, the only place in the body of Christ where it is possibl...

March 7, 2017

Have you ever spent a long time working in agreement with God for something which seems to always just be around the corner, or just over the edge, or so close you can smell it…but never quite happening?

I used the word “working” for a reason.

I’m talking about being actively involved in pursuing things with God. Doing our part in the things He is bringing about in our lives. Participating i...

February 28, 2017

Has anybody ever said something and you’ve gone “Oh yeah, nah-der!” because what they’ve said has turned a great big light bulb on in your head and suddenly explained everything you’ve been dealing with about an issue you didn’t realise you had?

Like the lotto people have shown up on your doorstep, with a marching band, a parade, baton twirlers and a cheque for a million dollars i...

February 21, 2017

Several years ago, Jesus delivered me from a bunch of fear. All the nasty, horrible kind. The stuff in the shadows and the dark, being afraid of my reputation, of people’s reactions, my past; all the hooks and rights of access the enemy had which allowed fear to maintain control over my actions and my emotions.

Having gotten rid of all the overwhelming fear however, there is another kind of...

February 14, 2017

What do we have to give? We know we are to serve the world, however we often try to do this- to serve our communities, even our families, from the resources we have inside ourselves, and it is never enough. We are in danger of closing off from the world Jesus wants us to serve. Of closing off from our own call, because we are not equipped and are not taught how to access the fullness of th...

February 7, 2017

Have you ever heard about a fasted lifestyle? We mostly associate fasting with the laying aside of food. We think of it in regards to a period of sacrifice and denial of the body in some form, applying our will to putting aside some luxury or perceived necessity for a period in order to focus specifically on prayer and intercession.

In part, that’s what fasting is. However, for those of us...

February 1, 2017

Emotions are not the sum total of who we are. They may be an indicator of part of our health, and God made them for a very good reason.

Emotions connect us to each other, they help us to remain human and relate to one another through compassion and mercy, live alongside each other fairly with the sense of justice, to understand consequence and provide reasons to manage our own behaviour bec...

January 25, 2017

 What Is Offence?

Offence today is politically and socially loaded. It is an increasing currency we display, trade and use as a weapon in defence and attack. It has also become a tool used to control people.

We either tiptoe around unwilling to speak truth because we fear offending someone; or singly or collectively we beat our truth into each other no matter if it’s appropriate, t...

January 18, 2017

Humans have a tendency to look for short-cuts. We prefer to find the quick way, the most efficient and effective way. The long way round doesn’t suit us past the first time; a pioneer might thrive on doing the hard yards, but even a pioneer doesn’t want to do the hard way the second time through if a short cut can be found-  Speaking from experience!

The difficulty we face on...

January 11, 2017

When I was in primary school, I remember a fable printed in our pew sheets one Sunday about stewardship. It was about a child who wanted a horse or a dog or some other large animal pet that took lots of care. After a lot of begging and pleading, the kids’ grandfather gave them a pet mouse in a box with a wheel and all the accoutrement that go with pet mice. The grandfather checked in weekl...

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