1708, 2018

Grateful for Another Great Camp

By |August 17th, 2018|

Last weekend at Mt. Tamborine we held our annual Youth Camp, and I’m so grateful to say that it was a great success! We had over 100 young people and leaders on-site, and everyone had a fun and impactful time. The production crew did a great job and the band led us in powerful, genuine times of worship. We had three key speakers who unpacked the biblical truth that as disciples of Jesus we are called, grown and sent. The Spirit of God convinced and challenged many of our young people with a number making the decision to follow Jesus, as well as many deep discussions about our faith and our calling. Praise God! We also got to form closer bonds with the youth from the other Reformed churches

1008, 2018

We Need Each Other

By |August 10th, 2018|

Have you ever watched ants work together? As much as they’re a pest when they infest my pantry, I find it incredible the way they work together! I read this week that an ant colony is like a factory. Nestmates work together to convert resources (food) into products, other ants take care of the queen and her brood, while worker ants go outside to gather food and defend the nest against enemies. God truly is an amazing Creator!  I don’t write this as a biology lesson, rather a wonderful illustration and example for us. Just as God has created ants to work together, just like they need each other for the colony to thrive, we too need each other for the church to thrive! 1 Corinthians 12 talks about

708, 2018

Does Jesus Really Understand?

By |August 7th, 2018|

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15) Being part of a Growth Group is such a blessing. This came home to me this week as my Growth Group dove deeper into last week’s sermon, ‘The Sexuality of Jesus’. We spent a lot of time on the first question, ‘Do you think Jesus experienced the same temptations that we experience?’. For some of us it was as simple as quoting Hebrews 4:15, but others of us needed more time to ponder what this actually looked like. Later on in the week one of the members messaged our group

2007, 2018

Why You Shouldn’t Be Cynical

By |July 20th, 2018|

Cynical (adjective): distrustful of human sincerity or integrity; doubtful as to whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile; synonyms: sceptical, doubtful, distrustful, suspicious, disbelieving, scoffing, pessimistic, negative, hardened, world-weary, disillusioned, disenchanted, jaundiced, bleak. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard not to be cynical. An endless news cycle of disease, corruption, violence, and exploitation frustrate our enjoyment of life and wear away at our optimism. Sometimes it’s hard not to close our newspapers or shut down our social media apps in the morning without a resigned sigh. But is this the way it should be? Should Christians walk through life with a permanent scoff and hardened scepticism? Dan DeWitt, author of Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World, suggests not. He provides 5 reasons

1307, 2018

Making the Best Use of Your Time

By |July 13th, 2018|

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt… (Colossians 4:5-6) Recently, these verses struck a chord in my heart in a fresh and profound way. I was reading Colossians chapter 4 and I was struck by Paul’s zeal for sharing the gospel with outsiders (especially in verses 3-6). I mean, here he is, in prison, and yet his prayer request was something quite different to what you or I might have asked. He said to the Colossians, “pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison” (Colossians 4:3). This almost seems ridiculous to me. Paul is

607, 2018

The Story Behind the Song: ‘It Is Well’

By |July 6th, 2018|

As we have just learnt in the book of Jonah, there is a ‘bit of Jonah’ in all of us. On Sunday I was really challenged when we were reminded that every good and perfect gift is from the Lord (James 1:17). And that God is faithful even when our circumstances don’t go ‘our way’. When God provided a shade in the form of a vine for Jonah (4:6), he was very happy about it. But when God appointed a worm to attack and kill the vine, Jonah was very angry (4:8). How often have you and I praised God when He has provided something good, only to sulk and complain when it has been taken away? This tension of joy and peace regardless of our circumstance is real

2906, 2018

The Life-Giving Habit of Bible Reading

By |June 29th, 2018|

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” (Joshua 1:8) To develop and maintain a habit of spending intentional time in God’s Word, away from all distractions and tasks, can be very challenging. We probably all know how important it is to do, but it can be easily pushed out of our days by other things. We are busy, and it can seem impossible to find a spare minute to just be quiet when there is so much to do. When we do begin to set time aside, we are easily distracted by social media, a text, or a phone call. The classic saying is true; ‘Good habits are

2206, 2018

Can You Help?

By |June 22nd, 2018|

I write with the hope that together we can raise the necessary funds to purchase an electric drum kit for the Youth Shed. Why? Well, each week Youth and Kids Church meet in the Youth Shed to run their weekly worship services. I am sure you would agree with me that it is wonderful our young people can corporately worship together each week. I also think you’d agree that we want to make sure the Youth Shed has adequate resources to make this possible. Over the last twelve months there have been a number of people working behind the scenes, investing their time, energy, and resources, to make some big improvements to the Youth Shed sound and audio-visual equipment. These changes have enabled Youth and Kids Church to do