This morning it occurred to me that in striving to nurture a grace-filled culture in a local church that there are two expressions of grace required. The first of those is a culture of grace that frees people to be who they are; liberated from carrying the pretences and masks of self-protection that make them …

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From Sarah Condon’s book Churchy. Everyone has wounds from childhood that will follow us into the grave. Christianity is not a magic potion to make our pain vanish. but it will tell you to whom you belong. That is the best way I can describe “putting on the armor of Christ” (Ephesians 6:11) We are …

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Scotty Smith provides these words, an encouragement as Jesus’ people prepare to gather in worship tomorrow: Heavenly Father, drive the good news of these Scriptures deep, deep, deep into our hearts, for shame has marked and marred many of us. Heal and free us, by the power and truth of the gospel. “Fear not, for …

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Ray Ortlund explores the practical outworking of being reconciled to God on our personal relationships: An excerpt: Let’s ask ourselves some hard questions: Who are we keeping our distance from? Who are we avoiding? Who are we hoping we won’t run into around town? Whose presence makes us feel awkward because of some painful history? …

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Prepared for our local paper, The Border Watch. Peak-hour traffic is relative. In Mount Gambier it’s the seven or eight cars in front of me waiting at the Jubilee Highway – Wehl Street roundabout. In Brisbane it’s nose to tail traffic for kilometres for three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening. …

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Good words from Graham Nicholson at the Hawthorn Presbyterian Church blog on the danger of reducing response to rules. An excerpt: When the heart is focused on keeping rules as rules and not as a response to God or his grace, it is necessarily focused on one’s self and is blinded to true holiness. Jesus …

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