In 1972 as a young journalist for The Courier Mail in Brisbane I encountered a group of people who loved Jesus. I didn't believe a word they told me. But I was so impressed by their love for others so I prayed: "I don't believe you exist but if you do please make yourself known." God made Himself known. In 2016 I now live in Rockdale, Sydney. Forty-four years in between has seen me live on four continents seeking to serve Christ. So why Rockdale? On returning to Australia
A few weeks ago I preached at my church on the 'Theme of Women in the Gospel of Luke'. It was in the context of a series on Luke but I was still quite anxious. I was worried that I would be seen as getting on my hobby horse and I feared isolating people in my congregation. However I realised that considering that this would be my first time preaching on the topic in a church where I have ministered for ten years, it should be ok! And it was ok. More than that there was a good
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12.1-2
The Fixing Her Eyes site from day one has had the tag line: Gather | Encourage | Sharpen | Love | Worship | Grow
To help us to do this even better, we would love you to join us as we pray daily together throughout the month of October.
Some prayer suggestions: fix their eyes on Jesus persevere in their faith encouraged in their faith dr
- Tell us a little about you I live in Hobart, where I get to watch the moon rise over the river and set behind the mountain, all from the windows of my house. I have three children aged between 12 months and 4.5 years. I trained as a clinical psychologist but these days mostly apply that to myself while trying to stay afloat each day amidst the craziness of small kids. - What's your favourite bible passage & why? Colossians 3:12-14. Not so much a favourite as something I nee
Obedience is ‘a lively, adventurous response of faith, that is rooted in historical fact and reaching into a promised hope’. Eugene H Peterson, The Journey. A guide book for the Pilgrim Life, 149 Reflection: Obedience is a struggle all our lives. Children battle against obeying their parents, and this battle is like a mini-snapshot of our own struggles in obeying our heavenly Father. Our hearts stray as we face temptation and sometimes fall into sin. Psalm 128 paints a bea
- Tell us a little about you I’m Gemma. I’m a wife, mother of two beautiful children and I love worshiping God by singing and being good to people. I’m a Pentecostal Christian. - What’s your favourite Bible passage & why? I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11 Good News Translation (GNT) I love this verse because it totally changed my perception of God at age 16. I t
“Revenge, lust, ambition, pride and self-will are too often exalted as the god’s of man’s idolatry; while holiness, peace, contentment and humility are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought.’ Charles Spurgeon Reflection: Our society views ambition as a positive and desirable quality. And being ambitious can indeed bring about great results. Ambition can give us a vision for our lives; it can motivate us and bring out the best in us as we strive to achieve our goals. But wit
I am privileged to have been raised in the church my whole life. Recently, I’ve become aware how much each church I have attended over the years has brought different aspects of my character to light and shaped who I am today. What an incredible journey! I was raised in what I will refer to as ‘The Temple’: A church (or several, in reality) rich in history that thrived on liturgy and theology. It taught me the importance of tradition (though I certainly didn’t value this as a
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ Galatians 5:22-23 Reflection: Psalm 126 is the Psalmist’s reaction to one of the most significant events in Israel’s history: her return to Jerusalem from exile. While praying for continuing restoration, the psalmist also bubbles over with joy as he contemplates the ‘great things’ that the Lord has done for his people. We too, are a people for whom th
"Rapid change, accommodating it can be one of the great human capacities. But living through it can be the stuff of stress and often suffering."
Ron Suskind Reflection: Even though Jerusalem is on a mountain, it is lower than the tops of the surrounding mountains. For an ancient city, this was the most militarily secure position to be in, encircled by a mountain fortress. The image here is one of security for God’s people. In our world of rapid change, we can feel insecure a