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Contributed on Jan 11, 2021
“There is so much we still don’t know about this virus,” says a researcher. “Until we have better data, we’re just going to have a lot of uncertainty.” The world is temporarily closed. But this is not God's Waiting Room. Psalm 13.
Psalms 13 – GOD’S “WAITING ROOM”? The World is Temporarily Closed. Image by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash Psalm 13:1 “O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?” THE WORLD IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED The Covid 19 virus continues to spread with lockdowns and locked ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2017
Immorality no longer lingers in the shadows. Violence and lawlessness no longer seek to hide around corners. How do we respond to the cultural depravity around us when it touches our lives?
Genesis 34 – CAVEAT ON DEPRAVITY Immorality no longer lingers in the shadows but openly parades in the streets in the guise of normality. Violence and lawlessness no longer seek to hide around corners but carry knives and guns and bombs shouting out their chanted slogans in the guise of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 11, 2017
David has faced some impossible situations head on and can certainly answer the question better than most of us, “How do I continue to have peace in times of pressure?”
Psalm 3 - HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE PEACE IN TIMES OF PRESSURE? The door looked like a safe door and we were told to leave it locked all the time we were in our rented unit in Kiev. We don’t have to do that in Australia. When we were visited by a man from the Ukrainian Mafia and his henchmen ...read more
Contributed on Feb 8, 2017
The bible is difficult to interpret at times. it’s a codebook, which if used well, can help us decipher the enigmas of life, fight the right battles, know the real enemy and bring us peace with God.
CODEBREAKER I found it fascinating when I discovered he was a Codebreaker in the war. He looked somehow smaller now and curled up. I prayed for him, sang to him as light filtered through the window onto his old wrinkled brow. The movie “The Imitation Game” talked about ...read more
Contributed on Jan 7, 2017
Does the experience of joy really depend on who I befriend? Who is really wise enough to discern when advice is malicious and wicked? Who is able to recognize when they are keeping the wrong company? How do I detect the traps of cynicism and mockery?
Psalms 1:1 – UNFRIENDING “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.” GO TO THAT PERSON’S PROFILE If David was on facebook he would have unfriended them. Brothers Abishai and Joab are as ...read more
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Contributed on Feb 4, 2011
A HARVEST OF SERVICE Vehicles being thrown around like toys in the rushing waters and heartbreaking stories of lives lost have filled the news reports. The damage to bumper harvests was also devastating, probably in the billions of dollars, as the states of Queensland, NSW and Victoria in ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2011
TWO MEN, TWO SOILS Two of the men have impacted my life. Both of them died of cancer. For many years one of these men allowed his CIRCUMSTANCES to harden him towards those in his family and towards God. I thought my dad was about as far away from God as he could be. He seemed to be ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2011
STAYING IN THE SHALLOW END He stays at the shallow end of the pool for a long time, refusing invitations to come out into the deeper water, even with his dad. But after a long time considering it, my grandson Zion Brave Bennett thrusts himself into the pool, swimming underwater and then ...read more
Contributed on Jan 14, 2011
"MAKE ME!" They had behaved badly in class but they were equally disruptive in the detention room, swearing, acting tough and defying anything I said with a smart comment. Unacceptable behaviour. I have never really had a problem with anger, but the closest I came was in that classroom. Teaching ...read more
Contributed on Jan 13, 2011
MARGARET: THE HARD SOIL Each week I give a devotion in each of the 8 dining areas of the Shalom Centre and Margaret (not her real name) is there, with ears which will not hear. Her heart is a fortress, cold, hard, defensive. The gates are huge, old and impenetrable, bolted with fear and pride ...read more