Dec 172017
 

I had a couple of weeks holiday last month and drove up the coast with a good friend. Though I’ve been in WA for almost 7 years, I’d never been north of Kalbarri before. And even my few trips north of Perth had been very brief and often for my previous work. The Pinnacles, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo. . . what an amazing State we live in and those are just a few of the fantastic things we get to enjoy!

While I was away I reflected on the choices that we have to make in life. We all know and experience living in a culture that has choice overload – the aisles of our supermarket is just one example of that! (And how much choice we face at this time of year!) Even on holiday there were dozens of choices to make – including which of the many things we could stop and look at, where we would eat, what we would listen to. As we made choices, particularly about what we would do and wouldn’t do (we were covering a fair bit of ground over a week), I reflected on how that is like our lives – so many options and so often feeling that there is so little time. (Really helpful research and written material has been produced on how we can help our choice and decision overload. Engaging with some of that can be extremely beneficial. It certainly has been for me.)

This led me to reflect on how Jesus lived and His relationship with His Father. Certainly, the way His culture operated was different from ours but there is so much He could have done. He had plenty of choices to make: where to go, who to spend time with, where to speak, who to heal. He knew what His priority was: to spend time with His Father, to listen to Him. He chose what He would do coming from that place.

And so I was challenged to continue to do likewise. How might our lives be different if we made choices based on spending time with God and being led more strongly by the Spirit as we live our lives? Might we feel less stressed by the choice overload, more content with our decisions and have more impact on the world?

As we celebrate the miracle of Jesus entering into our world, let’s follow His example of abiding in the Father, doing what we see the Father doing and seeing the fruit that will come as a result, in our lives and the lives of those around us.

 

Blessings,

Barb

 

Oct 292017
 

I wonder what you think it means to be a good guest? What kind of guests do you like having in your home? I’ve just got home from hearing a few great talks at an evening run by the Centre for Public Christianity. One of those talks was on what it means to be good guests in this world that we live in. One of the key principles in the talk was that to be good guests we need to [continue reading…]

Oct 222017
 

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Oct 082017
 

Malcolm and I were having a conversation on Monday as he read about what had happened in Las Vegas. My response was a small sigh of despair. Mal reminded me that we are not a people without hope. Indeed we are not. I have found myself this week wondering about how we ensure we remember that and live as a people with hope, rather than buy into the worlds lies and our fears and, consequently, live as a people without [continue reading…]

Sep 242017
 

As many of you know, some of us are heading to Augusta in January to be part of the Family Festival (Beach Mission) in the Flinders Bay Caravan Park. While we will run some programs for children, youth and families while we are there, a large part of what it is about is camping alongside other holiday-makers and joining in with what we see God doing around about us. It’s about being and bringing good news into that caravan park. [continue reading…]

Sep 102017
 

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Sep 032017
 

This Sunday James moves to two days a week here at St Philip’s in order to continue to shift his focus more towards The Common, the church plant that the Duffs and the Murthas are leading in Palmyra.  What God is doing already in and through this missional community is so exciting and we look forward to what is to come.  As well as praying for James and Jared as they work out structural and financial avenues, let’s continue to [continue reading…]

Aug 202017
 

The famous preacher and theologian Don Carson has been in Perth this week and on Tuesday night, along with more than 1000 other people, I heard him speak.  I know some others from our community have also had the opportunity to hear him at one or more of the events he’s spoken at during the week. On Tuesday night, he started his talk with a cheery statement: “If you live long enough, you’ll get kicked in the teeth.”  He then [continue reading…]

Aug 132017
 

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