He cried. He knew Lazarus was dead before he got the news but still, he cried. He knew Lazarus would be alive again in moments but still, he cried. He knew death here is not forever. He knew eternity and the Kingdom better than anyone else could yet he wept because this world is full …

Daily Food for Thought

Welcome back to Daily Food for Thought. First up, a quote from John Pavlovitz... I walked around today and I looked at people; those passing me in the grocery store, driving beside me on the highway, filling my newsfeed, walking by the house. I tried to really see them.  I tried to look beneath the surface veneer …

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Bent trees: Two gems from the Nazarenes United for Peace Facebook page this morning, reminding us of the true nature of the Church as a political force in the world. We are called to be different. #bent trees. "The reality is that for many Christians, we’ve allowed our politics to inform our theology rather than …

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Christmas. Jesus is moving into the neighbourhood. What can we expect? Love, generosity, forgiveness, hospitality, compassion, service, justice, non-violence, and simple living. Just what the neighbourhood needs. Yeah... let's put Christ back into Christmas. Immanuel... be God with skin on today...

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#Bent Trees: The call to be different... "'Treat one another justly. Love your neighbors. Be compassionate with each other. Don't take advantage of widows, orphans, visitors, and the poor. Don't plot and scheme against one another—that's evil.' Zech. 7:9-10 The Message. Just recently I was in a group of people who were doing it tough …

The Day Australia Lost Her Soul

Mark the date December 4th, 2019. If Australia hasn’t lost her soul over the last few years then it certainly did today. A secret deal between the Coalition Government and Independent Jacqui Lambie meant that the Medevac Law was repealed. (https://www.theguardian.com/australianews/2019/dec/04/medevac-repeal-bill-passes-after-jacqui-lambie-makes-secret-deal-with-coalition). To add to that human rights tragedy is the idea that the Government thinks …

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Painting "Welcome the Stranger" by Michael Adams. “I don’t think we’ll understand Advent correctly until we understand it as a preparation for a revolution.” Robert Barron. "The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him, the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge …

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The fire and the smoke were threatening to overcome me. I felt like I was choking, finding it hard to breathe... and then the hand of the firefighter appeared through the haze... God with skin on! Thank God for our firefighters.

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Lord, help me to live this day quietly, easily. Help me to lean upon Thy great strength trustfully, restfully, to wait for the unfolding of Thy will patiently, serenely, to meet others peacefully, joyously, to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously. Amen. —ANONYMOUS Gushee, David P. . A Morning and Evening Prayerbook (p. 334). Thomas Nelson. Kindle …

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… the poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order. Gustavo Gutierrez

Imagine…

Imagine… reflections of an ageing Jesus freak who believes that a world of peace, hope, and love is still possible. Imagine… A movement I was a part of in the 1970’s, and still deeply identify with, was the Jesus Movement. I grew up feeling the Church was not for me and that it was totally …

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The story is told in Matthew 9 of Jesus' disciples being criticised for not fasting. Jesus quickly jumps to their defence. It must've felt good to have someone on their side. We all need someone in our corner. David Wilson.