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Journey asks Beatriz Skippen: What does hope mean to you?

HOPE IS very important for Prison Ministry; hope in Jesus. Christ means hope to everyone who wants to reach hope. In the prison hope is tangible. Many times when we talk with the inmates we need to share the hope of Christ. Last Friday I was in one of the prisons and one of the inmates said to me, “I’m ...

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Journey asks Kaye Ronalds: What does faith mean to you?

WHAT IS your favourite Christmas symbol? A star? A tree? An angel? A gift? My favourite Christmas symbol is a tent. In the first chapter of the gospel of John we read that God took on human flesh and came to live on earth. Another translation puts it this way: “God pitched a tent and came to live amongst us”. ...

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Faith, hope, love and pokies?

AS WE EDGE closer to Christmas, we begin to focus on the hope embedded in God incarnate in a helpless being; a newborn baby. I recently heard World Vision CEO, Rev Tim Costello, speak about the Federal Government’s proposed mandatory precommitment on pokie machines. According to Mr Costello, when the Crown Casino was opened in Melbourne, then Victorian Premier, Jeff ...

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Love is all around

IN 2005 I spent Christmas morning in hospital in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. I wasn’t sick or injured; I was singing. At that time I was the Army Chaplain deployed to support about 400 Australian Federal Police personnel and 100 Aussie soldiers who were part of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). The local ...

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Christmas Carolling

SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS has certainly been part of my heritage. As a teenager it was great fun being driven around the suburbs adjacent to the local church on the back of a truck, dangling our legs over the side, singing carols accompanied by an inadequate reed organ or an inaudible guitar. Part of the deal was that we also encouraged householders ...

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War and famine: The real East Africa story

THE MOST insidious aspect of prolonged conflict is the total destruction of the lives of survivors. Once the bullets stop ringing and the staccato of missiles is silenced, the survivors have to try to rebuild their lives from the rubble. Teachers who once dreamt of mentoring future leaders have no classrooms in which to impart knowledge; doctors do not have ...

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