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Love knows no bounds

JASMIN COX is a bright 11-year old girl with a mop of ginger hair, a big smile and a hug for anyone who needs it, whether they know it or not. She also has an intellectual impairment and multiple symptoms of syndromes that mean her diagnosis doesn't fit neatly into any box. But I get the feeling Jasmin (Jas) wouldn't ...

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Counting down to ncyc11

ALL OVER the country people are packing their bags and preparing to encounter God on the Gold Coast as they welcome 2011 at the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC), a biennial Uniting Church event. More than 1000 young people aged 16-25, church leaders and adult volunteers will gather on 29 December for the start of ncyc11. Attendees will be from ...

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Youth pour out in faith

SOUTH MORETON’S northern cluster of churches held their presbytery young adults service on 31 October at Broadwater Rd Uniting Church in Mansfield, Brisbane. Service co-organiser Matt Gees said, “The night was about encouraging young adults to discover within themselves ways to express and pour out their faith.” Your time is now was the underlying theme of the service which was ...

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The gifts of the wise

THE BIBLE tells us that wise men (perhaps astrologers) came from the East looking for the child born King of the Jews (Matt 2:1,2). Finally when they found the child Jesus they knelt down and paid him homage. They then opened their treasure chests and offered gifts of gold, frankincense (an expensive perfume), and myrrh (cosmetic fragrance) (Matt 2:11). That ...

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Hearing the voice of God

JOURNEY READERS are probably familiar with the stories from the Acts of the Apostles in which God speaks to those who will listen, telling Philip to go along the Gaza road, Ananias to go to Saul, Cornelius to fetch Simon Peter and Peter not to hesitate but to go to the Centurion’s house. If there is a prophetic gift inhearing ...

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Equipping God’s people

THE APOSTLE Paul promised the churches in need of good leadership in his day that “Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the ...

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ACU teams up with ecumenical Church research group, NCLS Research

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC University (ACU) has launched a new partnership with ecumenical Church research group, NCLS Research. NCLS Research comprises of the Uniting Church NSW/ACT Board of Mission, Anglicare Sydney, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and now ACU. Best known for its five‚Äźyearly National Church Life Surveys, NCLS Research has interests in developing healthy churches, growing sustainable leaders, and connecting churches and ...

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The Perfect Gift

CHRISTMAS IS a time of giving. But what plagues my mind every December is what do you give the person who has everything? When I look at my Dad I see a man who has it all. He is financially stable so if he wants something he’ll just go out and buy it himself. This makes finding a Christmas gift for ...

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Gifts that Give

AUSTRALIANS ARE great gift givers. Australian Bureau of Statistics research (Festive Facts and Figures 2008) showed Australians spending $18.12 billion at retailers during December 2007. Despite the global financial crisis and interest rate rises last year, The Australian said we spent over $20 billion on credit cards alone over the festive season. We are generous too. According to the Australian ...

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Shaping up for God

There is plenty of talk about body image issues in young women but men can also be prone to having low self esteem and self worth. We find out how some Australian Christian men perceive their own bodies and to ask whether physical appearance relates to a person’s potential. Jonathan Foye: 24, freelance journalist and a Uniting Church Chaplaincy Associate, ...

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