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To love or to condemn?

How do I respond to those living a lifestyle that makes me uncomfortable? How do they see me? What attitudes am I conveying to them? Praise God for leaders with the courage to speak up and put these challenges out there for us to face. Praise God for those who continually make us think, read, pray, search your Word and ponder the questions from which we’d like to run! I’m scared, I’m uncomfortable and yet I’m excited and not wanting…

Faltering Steps

Paul tells us more than once to be imitators of Christ and I woke up this morning with words from a passage in Philippians going through my mind. Our Lord Jesus Christ didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped; he didn’t hang on to this as a right. No, instead, he humbled himself…took on the very nature of a servant…the form of man. He walked in our shoes to such an extent that it led him to…

Mrs Jesus Follower…on Paul being adamant

This week’s pastors ponderings comes from our regular blog writer:  Mrs Jesus follower. You can read more of her writings on CBBC’s website christiesbaptist.org.au   The Church of the Jews and the Gentiles? I paused in my singing and listened to the words of The Creed fill the building and waft out into the street. Although my understanding of the Scriptures is limited and my doctrine basic, I knew right there and then that the truth of these words is…

To know God more

Mmm…I’m not sure if I agree with that…I thumb through my Bible searching for a passage I read just a few days ago that will prove my point…back my point of view.  Sound familiar or is that just me? Recently Daniel reminded us that our focus…our desire needs to be to know God more. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how great is God’s desire for us to know him more. I’m ashamed to say it keeps coming back to…

unity in diversity

Many years ago I worked in a Christian community where we all came from very different backgrounds…different churches…different types of worship…very different doctrines but this didn’t matter…wasn’t an issue. Why? Our leader was diligent in Bible Study; he focused on the Word of God and we all functioned as one. To me, this was unique and, as I moved on in my journey, I looked back on that time as a rare treasure. I guess it wasn’t a formalised thought…

I have no answer

I stood there listening as our CBBCers prayed. Their prayers were passionate & it was evident that these were Godly people praying Godly prayers. Without a doubt God is hearing and will honour these prayers. But my heart was heavy, my mind full of questions…what difference can we make? Can we do anything to rescue millions of people pouring from country to country looking for safety; desperate for refuge for themselves and their loved ones? Are we necessarily right in…

Living as the body of Christ

Sometimes I get so caught up in the fears and anxieties of what may happen in the future that I miss what has slipped right past me. Take marriage for example. Could future events change what we understand today as a Christian marriage? I thought so… until today when a light suddenly switched on. There was a time when Australia as a nation quite openly recognised marriage as “the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to…

about being real

‘Be real,’ say Daniel and Julie. ‘Are we actually doing what we say we believe?’ they ask And so I ask myself the question, am I willing to be real? Sometimes it’s a bit like…will the real me please stand up because I don’t know if I know the real me yet!!! To be a real group of Jesus followers here at CBBC isn’t necessarily going to come in a neat package…it could be messy! In Aussie terms, I guess…

The Simple Truth

Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s the truth…these words kept going through my head. She sat there staring out the window, her little girl playing on the floor beside her. I stood there watching this young mum who was so deep in thought. She’d been telling me of a conversation she’d had with another Christian…it had been a disturbing and confusing conversation. As she picked up her child and turned to leave she quietly said, ‘Sometimes it’s hard to know…

Real Love

I’ve been thinking. Recently I’ve heard that a Christian leader I highly respect was leading a forum on ‘The Christian response to Terrorism’. While I’d really like to hear that discussion, I began to think about my own attitude. Oh, I pray for our country that we will be protected from such attacks…for the wider Christian church and for those who are presently suffering because of terrorist attacks…but what are my true-deep-down-honest thoughts about these terrorists? Can I love these…