Every morning when Shirley Klinge looks out of her window at the Tabeel retirement village at Laidley, she gazes at the hills at Cunninghams Gap, a pass over the Great Dividing Range connecting coastal Brisbane to the Darling Downs, in southeast Queensland.
When the Brisbane Bears joined what was to become the Australian Football League (AFL) in 1987, who would have guessed the ripples of opportunity that flowed from its emergence as the first Queensland-based club?
The Bible is God’s love story to us. But how can we share his love story with those who are yet to hear it? For 92-year-old Les John, it’s as simple as listening to God. He’s felt guided by God’s hand to help the people he’s met along the way over his lifetime of ups and downs.
When I was a young Christian in high school and university, I understood that Jesus died for me, and I was forgiven. Nothing could now separate me from the love of God. And yet it still seemed to me at the time that, having settled my salvation, God now gave me a new set of rules to obey.
Matthew 19:26 assures us that, ‘with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’. Retiree Robert ‘Rob’ Krause reflects on that Bible verse when he thinks of the decades of service he has provided to his local community. It is service provided simply because he has seen a need.
‘It is better to burn out than fade away’, they say. Like a lot of people, I believed this in my younger days. I believed that I was called by God to be productive for family, for church and for the world.