Wendy Sherwell and Lorraine Janetzki from St Paul’s Nhill were returning from a visit to the first Christmas tree exhibition at St Stephen Lutheran Church, Rainbow, when they were inspired to share the true meaning of Christmas with their local community.
Long Tan is arguably one of Australia’s greatest military victories, and one of its least known. The shame that cloaked much of our involvement in the Vietnam War also obscured moments of great heroism and self-sacrifice. New film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan will certainly raise that conflict’s profile. It may also raise… Read more
In the retelling of the wilderness experience, the Israelites’ reflections recount the difficulties they endured (including those they brought upon themselves) but those accounts always seem tinged with a touch of gilded longing: ‘Remember when God took care of us in the wilderness?
Reconciliation. It’s a thoroughly new relationship; an end to estrangement and hostility. For the Apostle Paul, it’s about God’s work in Jesus, the way he died, rose and brought us into a right relationship with God. But there’s more.
Never underestimate the power of a simple greeting card to touch someone’s heart. For 84-year-old Irene Joppich, the unexpected arrival of a handmade card in 1994 did just that as she faced testing times while volunteering in a remote outpost.
What is renewal and is it optional to the Christian life? No! It’s not optional. It’s the life of Christ at work in our life. God for us and in us. God loving us entirely, saint and sinner, successes and failures.
God’s messages of love are sometimes burnt onto people’s hearts through humble means. Take a sheet of plywood and wood pen, a little scroll saw, and a willing set of hands, and anything is possible, through God.