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Protect New Shoots - Wisdom from the Garden (7)

young plants
My father-in-law was an avid gardener!   Not only did he cultivate acres of vegetables and greenhouses full of tomatoes and cucumbers, he had a knack and reputation for growing healthy young starter plants from seeds.   I knew this firsthand.   See, as a teenager, before I was married, I spent many weekends in the spring working for him in the greenhouses.   He kept reminding me, since my name was Jacob, that if I was ever to marry his daughter Jeannie, like...
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Prayerful Compassion for the Lost

PrayerPoints2015.pdf    LettertoSessions2015.pdf

As churches we have committed ourselves to pray for the lost.   This is our first task:  "To call upon God for such an outpouring of his Spirit that his people will be assured of his love through his Word, seek to please the Saviour in all things, manifest the godly life and be filled with prayerful and sacrificial compassion for the lost in all the world."

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Throughout Australia and Beyond

The power of the gospel! This is what the apostle Paul reminded the church in Colossae. He wrote to them: "All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth." (Colossians 1:6) Bearing fruit and growing! As churches of the CRCA we believe this to be our God given mission here in...
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Resting Spots - Wisdom From the Garden

One of my favourite spots in Brisbane is the Botanic Gardens near Mt Coot-tha.   There you can wander through moist bamboo groves and arid areas that look a whole lot like sub-Sahara Africa.   There are waterfalls, a tropical greenhouse, and the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in the world.   But the best parts of the gardens are the resting spots. I love gardens like the Brisbane Botanic Gardens where you...
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Joy to the World

As another calendar year draws to a close a chorus of Christmas carols fill the airwaves, city centres, and churches all over Australia.   We hear of “Joy to the World” and this could not be more timely!    We hear of over 130 children slaughtered in a Pakistani school.  A lone gunman in the Sydney Lindt café with twisted religious and political beliefs holds people hostage; Tori Johnson is found dead and Katrina Dawson is fatally wounded.  ...
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