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Faith - It’s not about us

Faith – It’s not about us

It appears inevitable that our faith fluctuates. I observe that with the different circumstances that dominate our lives, our relationship with God tends to follow our fluctuating feelings. Good times should lead to thanksgiving and praise to God but can often lead to our personal sense of accomplishment and forgetting of God. In the opposite times, struggles and challenges have the potential to cause us to blame God and suspend activities like prayers. Either way we are forgetting the essential nature of faith. Faith has an object. In our case we place......

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One Hope

One Hope

Most of us have many different hopes in our life. We hope of good health. We hope for a good job. We hope for our children that they will grow up strong and capable. We hope for fulfilling retirement. Peter talks about one true hope at the start of his 1st letter. He writes about the eternal inheritance believers have with God. He describes our time on earth as us passing through (aliens and strangers in the world). All our earthly goods and wealth will pass away. He speaks for our forever......

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What should our Goal be for 2019?

What should our Goal be for 2019?

Paul prays for the Ephesians that the Spirit will strengthen them with power in their inner being. What is the purpose? So that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith and so that we may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. I think this pictures Christians apprehending the love of God as so spiritually real that it affects how we live and feel. In John 14:15 obedience to Jesus’ teaching is the way into such spiritual community with God. God’s gift of his Holy Spirit to be “with us”......

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One Year Closer

One Year Closer

As we prepare for New Year many of us are surprised by how fast the year seems to fly by. 2018 has seen many new families inject themselves into our church family. We have started some new ministries and seen many of our existing programs flourish. Thank you to the 100’s of people who have served God through DAC this year. 2019 is one year closer to the return of Jesus which may be sooner than we think. The vision of our church is to see Jesus as Central. 2019 should provide......

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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

The whole Christmas story is unexpected. Over 300 years had passed since God had spoken through his prophets when the angels started to appear and announce the birth of Jesus. Mary and Joseph were unexpected candidates as parents being remarkable in their ordinariness. The birth of a king in a stable was unheard of and the choice of shepherds as key first witnesses was totally unexpected. God entered human history to set things right. His death in our place was a profound and unforeseen way of God dealing with our problem of......

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When God breaks in.

When God breaks in.

Often our lives settle into a predictable pattern. Families have traditional formulas for celebrations like Christmas and nations have set out public holidays and community events that come around each year. The first Christmas was God breaking into community patterns. Firstly God himself was now going to live amongst us on Earth. Secondly, the long-awaited Messiah was now to arrive but most importantly, faith in God would change forever. Instead of looking forward to what God would do to reconcile humanity and practicing animal sacrifice, now Jesus was here to be the......

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Rejoice: Now and Then

Rejoice: Now and Then

Over the last 2 years we have spent a lot of time in Paul’s letter to the Romans. He reminded us of the transforming good news about Jesus. Jesus must be central to lives that have a hope of eternity. People living for Jesus (and therefore for others) is the hope for humanity and the key for great community. Paul finishes by encouraging us to rejoice. He depicts God as being the only real wise being. He is the one working his purpose out. He is the one worthy of glory forever.......

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When reality bites

When reality bites

Last weekend was a day of great celebration of the ministry of Hilary Brown over the last 23 years. The question of what we were going to do to replace Hilary was posed on many occasions. Parish Council weighed up the budget, and because of the continuing shortfall (average of $1 per person per week), we are not in a position to afford a replacement at this time. Therefore there will be a few changes to our office operations. The office will now be open Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm. On Monday there will be......

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KEEP ON MOVING

KEEP ON MOVING

On Tuesday, John Bellany from Anglicare, is coming down to interview myself and a few members of staff. The reason is, that the percentage of newcomers attending Dapto Anglican Church is 50-60% higher than the average of Anglican Church in the Sydney/Wollongong Diocese. In addition, our youth numbers have held strong in 2018 at a time when the other Anglican Churches have lost 10-20%. The “Just Moved” program will equip us to visit families moving into our district. The goal is to increase the number of newcomers attending DAC and make Jesus......

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Living… Sacrifice

Living… Sacrifice

Everyone seems to want to get the most out of “life”. However for many of us, we get busier without necessarily living better. Today Romans 12 lays out a formula for meaningful living. Paul argues that because of Jesus our response should be to become “living sacrifices”. Research confirms that humans are happiest when they feel dedicated to a cause that transcends themselves i.e. “giving themselves to something bigger”. Paul is clear in saying that should be God and his kingdom. The passage calls to us, if Jesus is Central then serving......

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