Vicar’s Blog


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Mar 2017

Ravi Zacharias, writes, ‘over the years I have found that praying for people can sometimes do more for them than preaching to them. ‘     Similarly it is no use preaching the Good News to people unless you are praying for them. Unless we are asking for God’s Spirit to work in people, we cannot expect to see them respond. However, more than this, praying for people acknowledges that we cannot change people, but only God can.   Praying for people acknowledges God’s grace and God’s power is the single most important......

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21
Mar 2017

John F. MacArthur wrote, ‘The true Gospel is a call to self-denial.  It is not a call to self fulfillment’.  Often when we hear these words, we think of self-denial, as an opposite to selfishness.   However, often self-denial can be  the character of not giving into our fears.  Of inviting the Lord to give us courage to act out of love rather than to act to avoid facing our fears.   Often acting in love and with courage confronts fears of rejection, and of failure.  But Christ calls us to a life not......

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Mar 2017

Decision making and God’s guidance “A life of faithfulness is made of up hundreds of thousands of small decisions that compound over time that actually lead us in the right direction. It’s not just the big things, but it’s often the small things that no one sees that result in the big impact that everyone wants. Craig Groeschel Life is made up of many, many decisions.  Some we agonise over for days.  Many are made without even thinking.   Some are made with impetuosity, Other decisions are put off and sometimes made......

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Nov 2016

               Spring is now with us and we are finally having some warmth even if it is late November.   I’m sure by March we will be starting to look for cooler weather.                  In writing this week’s message, I have found some short quotes which I have found helpful.  First, in the light of political events across the world, the perspective of Billy Graham is helpful,  ‘My hope does not rest in the affairs of this world, my......

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11
Nov 2016

  Just as the world was shocked when the British people voted to leave the EU so too the world is stunned at the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the USA.  People are asking ourselves how could the American people elect someone with,  what appears to be,  so many character flaws. Even more many Christians are probably asking,  ‘where is God in all this?’  I don’t have any great answers.                        However, I do have a couple of......

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10
Nov 2016

                    Tim Keller  writes,  ‘In religion you obey God because God is useful.  In Christianity, you obey God because God is beautiful’                       When people discover you are Christian they often defend themselves by saying that they are not religious.   The problem with this comment is that Christianity is not about being religious.   To be religious means to adhere to a set of rules and practices, by which one can gain......

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10
Jun 2016

 In John 17:4 Jesus prays to the Father, ‘I have glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do’.   Jesus was always clear that he had a specific mission on earth to accomplish.  He came to do the will of the Father.                         It is really important to note that on a number of occasions, Jesus is recorded as leaving behind a frantic ministry (people were bringing their sick to be healed), to move on......

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27
May 2016

  In Genesis Chapter 11 we read the story of the tower of Babel.  It is a narrative about humans aiming to ‘make a name for themselves’ .  Aiming to reach up to the heavens.  In essence this is a definition of pride.              Brian Rosner at our clergy Conference made the assertion that ‘ Pride is the death of community’.   The more we think about ourselves the more we want to make a name for ourselves, the less we are focused on others and the......

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May 2016

This week I have been at the Marmingatha region Ministry Conference.  At the conference we were privileged to listen to The Rev’d Dr. Brian Rosner the Principal of Ridley College for the Bible Studies. Hi talks were centred around the theme of ‘Being known by God’  His starting assumption was that the key to being human is, ‘being known’.   For Christians this means being known by God. We are often encouraged that part of the search for meaning is to know who you are.  I was struck by the fact that......

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13
May 2016

Although the weather has been rather wild the past few days it has been wonderful to have some good soaking rain across Victoria and indeed in many parts of inland Australia. Over the last week I have been encouraged to think about what it means to grow into maturity in Christ.  At a recent training day I attended the presenter, John Rietvold made this comment.  ‘We are mature in Christ when we expect God to be working through suffering’. This makes great sense to me, since it was as Jesus was suffering......

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