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He knows

Do you ever just feel like crap? Friend, Jesus knows. He knows what it's like to be rejected. Betrayed. Despised. Scorned. Shamed. Abandoned. Alone. He's borne all that for us so that: we would never have to experience eternal rejection from God we have a close friend and older brother who has gone before us we can be with him, in perfect, loving and joyful song for all et...
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Sex, Sin and Suffering

This truly is a sexual revolution. But in the fight for freedom and egalitarianism, we all lose. We devalue sex. Devalue marriage. Devalue your body. Devalue authority. Devalue life. Sex is about pleasure not about commitment. Marriage is about feelings not about covenant. Your body is only as good as others perceive it. Authority structures exist to be broken. Abortion is about choic...
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The Paradox of Self-Control

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. - Proverbs 25:28 Let's talk about being self-controlled. If you're a Christian, you know it's important, cause the bible talks about it quite a lot (1 Cor 10:13; Gal 5:22-23; 2 Pet 1:5-7; 1 Cor 9:24-27; 2 Tim 1:7; Prov 16:32; 1 Pet 4:7; Tit 2:12...) Sometimes self-control comes pretty easily, such as saying no t...
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On being the odd one out

  Sometimes in life you just feel lonely.   Often it's because you believe in a man named Jesus who supposedly walked the earth two thousand years ago. And thus, you call yourself a Christian, go to church and bible studies, and serve in ministries throughout the week.   And sometimes you feel like the whole world around you is moving on, having fun, and leaving you ...
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Youth Ministry is like the Army

Now I'm no 'youth ministry veteran', but I can say with confidence that youth ministry is like an army. An army is a country's defence force. They train and keep fit in order to protect their nation and go to battle if the need arises. In Australia, enlisting in the army is completely voluntary, but: soldiers need to work really hard (I struggle to even wake up at 8am) soldiers w...
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The Despair of Death

On Friday night, the 29th of January 2016, a beloved friend and ex-colleague innocently crossed the road only to be hit by a car running a red light, leaving her with severe head injuries. She was declared brain-dead in ICU, lying unconscious and unrecognisable due to the damage to her head. At 12pm today, less than two days on, the doctors decided to take her off life support with family and ...
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How to (Properly) Judge a Book by its Cover

The old saying "don't judge a book by its cover" has its value, but honestly, we're all time-tied busybodies who won't be able to read the entire Christian bookstore. As mentioned by Collin Hansen, the editorial director for The Gospel Coalition, "You don’t have all the time in the world. So don’t waste it on bad books"1 . If you're really going to mature in your knowledge and love of Chris...
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3 Tips for Crafting Community

At a recent meeting with the Community Group leaders of ACTS11, we sat down to brainstorm some ideas. We wanted to figure out how to foster a community within groups (hence the community + group). To begin with, we agreed that central to having community is having God himself. By his gifts of prayer and scripture we can hope to become the community that God desires. If you're reading thi...
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How to love God when you don’t feel like it

It's often called being 'spiritually dry' - periods in your life as a Christian when you don't really feel like one. It can be caused by unrepentant sin, harmful (or lack of genuine) relationships, lack of regular devotion and prayer or ministry burnout. You may go to church and even be a leader, but you can go for months without really being 'on fire' for Jesus. Just going through the moti...
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Ashley Madison and a Culture of Adultery

No doubt you've heard of the Ashley Madison hack. The records of 37 million cheating spouses have been leaked online, and the world has gone nuts. Popular opinion concerning these adulterers has been, rightly, negative. These users have been seen as 'deserving' of having their data exposed. "Serves them right," some say, "why would they cheat on their husband/wife?". This is in some sense g...
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