My Pleasure

God gives us many pleasures in life to enjoy.  Yet, while enjoying life’s pleasures, we must never let our love for pleasure compete with our love of God thus disempowering us. 2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,...

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Act Now

In 2007 Russ Harris wrote a really interesting book called ‘The Happiness Trap’.  This book challenges the Australian expectation that we should be seeking happiness.  As a psychologist, Russ Harris also explained ACT, a tool to help people escape this trap. “ACT gets its name from one of its core...

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April Fools!

This year Easter Sunday fell on April Fools’ Day – what a coincidence!  On the day of practical jokes we celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.  Are we fools for believing and celebrating this?  ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23...

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Passionfruit

Have you ever wondered why Passionfruit is called Passionfruit?  Is this little fruit some sort of aphrodisiac? The “Passion” in passionfruit refers to the passion (suffering) of Jesus Christ. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish missionaries went to South America and used the structure of the passionfruit flower, a...

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Passion of Christ

What is Jesus passionate about?  Jesus is passionate about drawing people towards himself.  As the Son of God, He has been calling people to Him for hundreds of years before He came to earth! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood...

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Passion #2

Is being passionate about what you do, a good thing or a bad thing? …one of the most fiercely driven executives to ever live, once said, “I value passion probably more than any other attribute.” As CEO of a $60 billion company, he saw to it that only the most...

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Passion

‘Passion’ is a 12th Century French word that comes from the Latin word ‘passionem’ which means ‘suffer’.  The ‘Passion of Christ’ is literally ‘the suffering of Christ’.  Today we use the word to speak about extreme desires like ‘passionate love’ or ‘my passion in life’.  Ironically the passion of Christ...

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The jihadi who turned to Jesus

ISTANBUL — When 22 Christian refugees gathered in the basement of an apartment in Istanbul early on a recent Sunday afternoon, it was quickly clear that this was no ordinary prayer meeting. Several of them had Islamic names…. Strangest of all, they jokingly referred to their host — one of...

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Death by Selfie

Since 2011, 259 people have died taking ‘selfies’ … photos of themselves.  The deaths were varied;  being hit by trains or cars, drowned, burned by fires, falling down stairs, and even being attacked by animals.  Today people are so self-absorbed that they miss the big picture and what is going...

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Strength

When the Holy Spirit spoke to Moses, he gave one command to him and Moses was to pass this on to his children, and his children’s children. 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and...

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