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A Reward for the Fisherman and the Shepherd

Let’s think about the final event the apostle John wrote in his story of Jesus. It’s interesting that he used a similar scene to the one he described near the beginning of his gospel. The first was on the beach … Continue reading

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Rain on the Roof

Babies suck their thumbs, or carry a favourite blanket until it’s a mere scrap. Food is a comfort for some people, while others enjoy a warm drink for relief. Many go shopping to boost their contentment-levels.  As a child, I … Continue reading

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Hope Deferred Makes the Heart Sick

I’ve often felt sorry for Hope. It’s up there with the best, but rarely gets a mention in sermons. Faith, yes. And Love? Well, it’s the best! But Hope… it seems like a second cousin to Faith, as if it … Continue reading

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Seeing Past the Brick Wall

In my 2015 post, A Brick Wall by the Family Tree, I lamented a lack of information about my husband’s maternal aunt, Irene May Hampton. Her line stopped at her 1926 marriage to Ernest Joseph Sheppard, a bachelor, we’re told. … Continue reading

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How are you, Nanni?

‘How are you, Nanni?’ I watched our dear little great-grandson talking to his paternal grandmother, and although she was far away from him, he could hear her and even see her as she waved to him from her hospital bed. … Continue reading

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The Danger of Acting on Incomplete Information

I was reading an interesting article on the website ‘Desiring God’ when some of the text suddenly became jumbled and unintelligible like this? It’s happened several times on my computer lately. In the first instance, I was typing an email to … Continue reading

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Common Sense and Other Essentials

We’ve often heard the following advice from our Victorian State Premier, ‘Commonsense is what should guide everybody’. It’s made me ask these questions: Is that always the only approach in every situation? Can everyone use gumption well? And do we … Continue reading

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Falling but not Failing

Can you imagine David, King of Israel, as an old man? Perhaps he’s sitting with his grandchildren gathered around him, plus his favourite servants, his old soldier-friends, and close family. He’s reciting Psalm 37; maybe singing it. He wants them … Continue reading

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Numbers or Words

Learning the twelve-times-table as a child in fourth grade, I wasn’t only discovering about a dozen eggs, a quarter being three, and half being six, I was imbibing a truth that God put in place for us to learn about … Continue reading

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a unique name

As my father held our toddler on his lap, he referred to my mother as Grandma, but Mum swiftly reminded him, ‘I’m Mar Mar’, she said proudly. ‘That’s their special name for me’. In later years, our son asked me … Continue reading

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