Category: Vicar’s Blog

  • Praying for people v’s preaching to them

    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 […]

  • Self denial not self fulfillment

    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 […]

  • Decision Making – and God’s Guidance

    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 […]

  • Food for Thought

                   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 […]

  • Praying for our Government

      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. […]

  • The Difference between Christianity and Religion

                        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 […]

  • The work God has given us to do

     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.               […]

  • The Danger of Pride

      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 […]

  • Being Known

    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 […]

  • Maturity in Christ

    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 […]