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The Boxer

I remember when I was in senior school I had a predicament involving someone who had frustrated me. I quickly hit upon the solution; I strolled down the class room, elbow dropped him in the back, and walked off. So what, I thought, he has asthma? Why stop yourself? The struggle will be good for him. As I returned to my desk I felt a surge of adrenaline, I could hear him winded and in pain behind me and I thought I had won. That feeling lasted for only the tiniest amount of time, however, when I remembered a few other...
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What to do when Christ isn’t enough

Have you ever been worshipping away, in a state of blissful abandon as you do, when you actually realised what you were singing? One moment you’re giving your all and the next you’re choking back a line because in your heart of hearts you feel that you probably can’t sing it at that moment without being a hypocrite. Perhaps none of the august readers of this blog have had this problem, holy as you are, but humour me and let me tell you what happened when I did a few weeks ago. I was at our new Newcastle North extension...
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Still Faithful After All These Years

I remember when I first heard the new Zion record from Hillsong United, I was in a particularly bad funk. It’s hard to describe the effect that first hearing the song Oceans had on me. It blew me away entirely as a declaration of God’s faithfulness and ministered to me where I was at. One line seared itself into my mind as though placed there with a branding iron: “You’ve never failed and You won’t start now.”  Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me You’ve never failed and You won’t start now – Oceans, Hillsong United I love it,...
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Gangnam Revival.

Korea has been in the news a lot this past year. First Psy decided to invade music charts, and minds, everywhere with the song Gangnam Style and now the tensions of the peninsula are being ratcheted up by bellicose rhetoric from the North. When I think of the Republic of Korea, however, I don’t think first of that horse riding style dance, or of the DMZ and the military tensions; when I think of Korea I think of revival. I think of a nation where 1 in 3 people are Christians and where many of the worlds largest churches are found. There...
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They that wait

Wait. It has to be one of the more frustrating words in the English language. In Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett wrote an enduring tale of two men waiting for the arrival of an enigmatic third character, Godot, who never appears. The word wait has become laden down with our feelings and fears of deferred hope, potential missed opportunities, anticipation, impatience and delay. Yet the bible talks frequently of waiting on or for God, and the positive results it brings. In the bible waiting comes across as an action, rather than the absence of action. On Friday night I had the privilege...
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