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Offer a form of peace defined by the Gospel

We live in world where the quest for peace and togetherness is ubiquitous, and where the paths put forward to achieve it are seemingly infinite. Every world religion, every political ideology, and sometimes it seems like every individual person, has their own idea of peace and their own particular plan for how it can be best brought about. Yet, when ...

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Peacemaking or Peacekeeping

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a peacemaker as “one who makes peace especially by reconciling parties at variance”. Personally, I have rarely seen proper peacemaking. Most of what I have experienced could be classified as peacekeeping, which is “the preserving of peace especially international enforcement and supervision of a truce between hostile states or communities”. This means that a show of ...

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What it really means to be at peace

Peacemaking … Peace … Shalom … Breathe in … Breath out … Be still and know that I am God. I’m sitting quietly in my sister’s beautiful garden listening to the sound of the birds melting into my daily devotion being read to me from the app on my iPhone.  Life is good—nature, beauty, family, prayer—I am at peace. Well, ...

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Dreaming the future of the church

We all dream, what we subject our brains to will determine the dreams we have. If we overstimulate the reptilian parts of the brain through media saturation, we will develop a lot of anxiety, suspicion, cynicism and confusion. In other words, bad dreams. In a recent conversation with a young man he shared with me why he is so anxious ...

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Dream Dreams—Understood through our discipleship

Dreaming is an important facet of our discipleship journey, both corporately and individually.  Dreaming encourages us to “look ahead”, to “vision cast”, to “imagine a brighter, better future”. Dreaming also enables us to trust, to hope, and to walk by faith. The Bible contains many examples of “dreamers”. People who either experienced dreams which led them onto their life path, ...

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Dreaming big dreams

You will not be surprised to learn that I dream big dreams; so much so that sometimes people even shudder when I start the sentence with “I’ve been thinking …”. However, last night I attended an event where I felt reborn into a church that has huge dreams for itself and the community in which it formed—amazing and inspiring dreams ...

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A prayer from the Raymont Christian Fellowship

Oh God, the more we pray, the more our voice blends with yours. We pray because our body wants your presence. We dream because you dreamed first. We create because you created it first. We love because you loved us first. We dream because we want to see the kingdom among us. We believe because you conquered death by resurrecting. ...

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Turning our face towards Jerusalem

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

A few people have been saying to me, “Well, you’ve only got a few months to go, I guess you’re winding down”. Anything but. This is a big year of preparation and change in the life of our church. The voice of the church through Project Plenty is an encouragement to all of us in the councils of the church ...

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Through the cracks light prevails

Through the cracks light prevails

With headlines dominated by devastating bushfires and the threat of a global pandemic there’s a real sense of brokenness in this world, but as UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor points out, Christ has always worked through the cracks. “Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There’s a crack, a crack in everything: that’s how the light gets in.” ...

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Back to the future for christian growth

Back to the future for christian growth

Despite what you may have heard, the current status of Christianity around the world is not all doom and gloom: there are still regions experiencing rapid Christian growth and their stories provide useful lessons in how we may be missionally fruitful and socially transformational. Simon Gomersall writes. Brave is the person who attempts to predict the future. Or foolish. I ...

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