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Is God Still Good? Trusting God in the Dark Times

“Is God Still Good?” The question came into my mind as I sat in Emergency this week with my son. As we waited for results from his CT scan, that would tell us if his persistent headaches were a result of a tumour, or a brain bleed, or if in fact they were simply from...

The New Aussie Idol: Home Renovation

Like many Australians, my weekend will often include a trip to Bunnings. We pile into the car and head off to look at a new toilet, grab some more paint, or now that it is Spring, we pick-up a few plants to flesh out the garden. Clearly, we are not alone in this. Most...

Biblical Fiction Author Spotlight: Tessa Afshar

I love reading fictional books as a way of relaxing. An author I was recommended this year was Tessa Afshar, an author published by Tyndale House Publishers (also the publishing house of Francine Rivers). I think since that initial recommendation, I have read every...

The Local Church in a Digital Age

We live in the digital age. Information has never been more readily available. If I don't know something, my kids ask me to check with 'Google'. It is a time when we have podcasts (yes, we have one at PursuitsofGod!), blogs, online sermons and even conference...

Pondering Palm Sunday

This weekend, we celebrate Palm Sunday. I paused this morning, thinking of Jesus beginning his Passion week- the week leading up to his death on the cross. Jesus is at his peak of fame- crowds flocked to him, people adored him. Palm Sunday signals the start of a big...

Praising From the Well

I often think of Joseph and what it was like for him in that well. Do you think his voice gave out from trying to call to his brothers, pleading with those nearest and dearest to him to not abandon him? Thrown into a well and wondering if it was the end for him- no...

Beating Boredom In Your Group Bible Study

This week, Bible Studies will resume across the country for the New Year. As they kick into gear, it is important to take a moment to think about the small group studies that operate in your church and the church-at-large. As the days turn into weeks, which turn into...

Book Review: Grace in Strange Disguise- Christine Dillon

"Grace in Strange Disguise" (October, 2017, self-published) is Christine Dillon's latest book and her first work of fiction. The book follows the story of Esther, an Australian physiotherapist who attends a megachurch and appears that she has life all together. Her...

Longings in the Year Ahead

As we begin a new year- what does your heart long for? Acceptance into a uni course? Do you long for a baby of your own to cradle in your arms? Perhaps a husband to do life with? Maybe a promotion in that job you have been tirelessly working in? Or maybe something...

Immanuel- God with US

Waiting for anything is often a challenge. Whether it is a well-earned holiday, a countdown to Christmas, a promotion or a change in life's circumstances, waiting is something we aren't usually keen to do. Since Adam and Eve took a bite of that fruit, the world has...

Blessed is the Woman in the Busy Season of Advent

We have been in a particular busy season of life of late, and now that December has just begun, many others join us with bulging calendars. In these busy seasons of life, when tiredness seems to seep in and the crankiness can result, how do we walk in the light?...

Book Review: “Workship” by Kara Martin

Work brings mixed emotions to the surface in all of us. For some, we think of the colleagues we call friends, the enjoyable chats at the lunch table, the stimulating work, the beautiful children we get to raise at home, the fantastic paycheque. For others of us,...

Living the Good Life

We all want to live the good life. It is what everyone is working for; striving for; pursuing. We want enjoyment. We want satisfaction. We want to love and be loved. This time last month, I was setting off on a trip to Sydney (without any kids this year!) to attend...

Children’s Book Review: God’s Very Good Idea

From before the beginning, God had a very good, very wonderful idea. An idea of love, of beautiful diversity and of colourful difference. God had an idea of a family of image-bearers, loving him and loving one another. God's idea is such a good idea. It is a very good...

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