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Category: Ministers’ letters

Marriage Once More

Ministers' letters

Finally it seems to have come to a head. There’ll be a postal plebiscite on marriage redefinition. Lyle Shelton, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, tweeted: “Well, it’s game on to save marriage, freedom & gender. This is the fight of our lives.” Regulars here know I am committed in this debate. I have…

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‘Boundless love to share…’

Ministers' letters, Missions

Friends, Thank you again for your prayers and sacrificial service so that 11am Easy English Church can share our lives and the gospel (1 Thes 2:8) amongst the nations every Sunday. But even more give thanks to God (2 Thes 1:3). God has been at work among the nations in Wollongong and at St Michael’s…

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SRE Update

Ministers' letters

I was privileged to give the Bible talks at the Youthworks ‘House’ conference for children’s and youth ministers back in May. In the queue to get our name tags, I talked to a bloke I’d never met before. Turned out he was a Youthworks employee. As we got talking I asked a question I’m always…

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Repentance and Faith

Ministers' letters

Jesus’ first recorded public word was a command to “Repent”, according to Matthew 4:17, “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” In Mark’s version (chapter 1:15), Jesus combines repentance with faith: “The time has come; the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel!”…

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Thankfulness

Ministers' letters, St Michael's Women, Women's ministry

What does it mean to be truly thankful? Thinking about gratitude and thankfulness and focusing on the positive aspects of life in order to increase our happiness has become common in recent years. It is good for us to be thankful. But is that it? Is thankfulness just a habit that will make us happier?…

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Thank you from 11am EEC!

Ministers' letters

11am Church would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone at St Michael’s. It has taken effort and sacrifice from the whole church for us to begin, and to begin so well. This would not have happened without so many from all over St Michaels helping in many ways; 8am now finish at…

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Term 2 – E for Evangelism

Ministers' letters

Term 2’s focus at St Michael’s is E for Evangelism. This week someone asked me how it was going. As it happened, he asked me at the WCCEB Coffee and Dessert Night, and it was so encouraging to hear that in 2017, our local high school Scripture board has been able to place a new…

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The Social Church: Using Facebook to share the Gospel

Ministers' letters, Missions, View from the pew

  I’m going to start with a couple of controversial statements:  It’s easier than ever to share the gospel. You can be a missionary in one of the world’s largest “countries”, today! Sometimes we use work or busyness as an excuse for not sharing the gospel. We even (embarrassingly) admit that because we spend so…

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Prayerful dependence

Ministers' letters

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” In my Minister’s Letters throughout 2017, I am spending some time unpacking each of the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement….

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Conferences, KYCK and conversions…

Ministers' letters

The Christian calendar is full of varied yet wonderful conferences; perhaps too many to choose from. Sometimes we must be careful not to go to so many that we aren’t present locally for our own Church, mission and personal evangelism. St Michael’s youth are strong attenders of a few conferences, camps and events. And KYCK…

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