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10 Things You Must Remember When Rejected

I've been reading a great book by Lysa TerKeurst called 'Uninvited: Living Loved when you feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely'. In one chapter she lists 10 things you must remember when rejected, which I've summarised/paraphrased below: 1) One rejection is not a projection of future failures. It's good to acknowledge the hurt, but don't see it as a permanent hindrance. Move on from the so...
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The Dream Wedding

Her big day had finally come, the day she had been planning since she was five - a ceremony twenty-five years in the making. As the last guests arrived and the bridal party lined up, she sat out of sight by herself in a side room, waiting for the big reveal. She stared at the old wooden door separating her from all her friends and family. The minutes crawled along like hours. A tear fell ou...
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When I Grow Up

Being raised in Sydney is such an incredible privilege. It’s a land so full of freedom and opportunity. So much so, that from as little as 5 or 6, we are encouraged to complete this sentence: “When I grow up, I want to be ____” I remember answering that I wanted to become an "animal doctor". My friends aspired to hairdressing, teaching, and firefighting. There was even a boy whose dream ...
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Making the Most of Your Uni Years

A few years ago I heard the National Director of AFES Richard Chin speaking on why anyone should bother to give up time at Uni to serve Jesus. Why not use your time at Uni to focus on study so you can have a better job to serve God in later? Why not use the rest of your week to serve God at church, and let Uni time be for getting the degree done? Why, he said... Because we are at war. We ar...
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What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those ...
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The Spiritual High, Good or Bad?

The spiritual high - that rush of emotions when you feel something take over you after that hard-hitting talk took hold... you decide to recommit; read the bible every day; stop your life of putting sin first and place God first; and you inevitably fail. I am not against a spiritual high, nor am I against the emotional response present at many events, as long as the spiritual Christian at that...
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Book Review: Talking with Catholics about the Gospel by Chris Castaldo

“There are still many who do not know the data, the gospel. Most of my Catholic students at Boston College have never heard of it. They do not even know how to get to heaven. When I ask them what they would say to God if they died tonight and God asked them why he should take them into heaven, nine out of ten do not even mention Jesus Christ. Most of them say they have been good or kind or sin...
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Lest Ye Be Judged

Recently I read on the news that the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney echoed the call of bishops around the country for Catholics around the country to stand firm in moral opposition to same-sex marriage. Two responses predominantly captured the essence of the ensuing debate that happened on social media; one side was passionately for marriage equality, the other, disapprovingly expressed t...
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Love the song, don’t love like the song

I’ll have to admit, ‘When a Man loves a Woman’ is one of the best shower songs ever. Even as I’m writing, Percy Sledge’s final heartfelt cry of forlorn love rings in my head – and so it’s a little bit sad to note that Percy Sledge recently died aged 73. But as I took some time to check out the lyrics to this iconic soul ballad, I came to recognise the destructive nature of love gone wrong. ...
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Unmarried Christian couples holidaying alone? Please don’t!

(This is reposted with permission from Pastor Pete's blog) I’m going to get straight to the point: unmarried Christian couples holidaying alone together is a really bad idea. Before I go on, let me clarify. I am talking to Christian couples. I assume that Christian couples are committed to sexual purity before marriage. If you are reading this and not Christian, this isn’t a word for you...
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