(November 18, 2016) Maureen McQuillan reminisces …
Years ago Robert and I had the opportunity of a wonderful short break away from our busy ministry schedule.
Some thoughtful friends kindly arranged a stay in the Hepburn Springs area in a miner’s cottage that was over a hundred years old.
I admit to being a little apprehensive about what the condition of that old cottage might be, especially as the weather had turned quite cold.
What we found was most unexpected!
Each room was warmly and beautifully furnished in Victorian period style, inviting seating in front of the open fireplace which had been set with logs and pine cones, ready for lighting (which we immediately put a match to!).
Panelled walls, lace and velvet curtains, a proliferation of old books (which Robert delighted in), ornaments, paintings, lamps and other items from bygone days gave the cottage a special touch and warmth. Welcoming music playing, fresh bread, fruit and farmhouse breakfast food on the table, even chocolates and a candle for a romantic evening, all added to the effect. (more…)
(September 15, 2016) Dr Jim McClure, respected theologian, continues his series on some scripture words…
The Hebrew word shalom is familiar to many people apart from Jews. Most people would say that it means ‘peace,’ and they would be right – up to a point! However, to consider shalom only in terms of the absence of war is to put severe limitations on this great word. For example, two nations may not be dropping missiles on each other, but they may still vent such hostility towards each other that the citizens of both nations may live constantly under the sense of threat and uncertainty. This would not be a definition of shalom. ‘Shalom’ means so much more than that.
When we examine how the word shalom is used in the Bible, we discover that ‘peace’ is a widely embracing word which has a plethora of meanings. It is a word of interaction – with God, between people and, indeed, with all of life. It has to do with harmonious totality. This study explores some of the depth and breadth of this most positive of Hebrew words. (more…)
Robert and Maureen McQuillan reflect …
Recently we mentioned on Facebook that we happened to visit a local Anglican church (St John’s, Highton, Geelong) the previous Sunday and were so blessed to discover several vital things that many ‘thinking outside the box’ Christians are seeking today, such as –
- Reality, not hype
- Down-to-earth approach
- Meaningful worship
- Soundly Bible-based sermon
- A feeling of spiritual safety.
Receiving lots of good feedback, emails as well as FB, we felt to add some other notations re that local church. Such as… (more…)
Stephen Hanna reminds us of a great Christmastime truth…
There’s an object that is very much part of the furniture at this time of year. In many homes, it‘s the ﬁrst thing put up and the last to be taken down. For some, Christmas would not be Christmas without it. I am, of course, referring to the Christmas tree! (more…)
David Hodgens reminds us that events that take place around us can act as markers in our life…
Can you remember where you were when the World Trade Centres were attacked in 2001?
We were working in PNG and heard the news through a New Zealand colleague. I remember walking into the subdued classroom at the time, saying to the students that the world will change forever as a result of what has happened at WTC. (more…)
Mark Ellis shares an amazing story of God’s miraculous power …
Leon Freitag thought he had a stubborn case of bronchitis, but when he couldn’t make it up a staircase without stopping to catch his breath, he knew something wasn’t right.
‘My wife Diane said to go to a doctor and he discovered I had mesothelioma,’ says the superintendent of the North Dakota district of the Assemblies of God Church. (more…)