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Enjoying God- Part 2

Enjoying God- Part 2

Throughout the New Testament, we are reminded to consider our trials joy (James 1:2), to rejoice in our suffering (Col 1:24), to live a life of joy (a key theme in the book of Philippians); yet in the midst of trials and heartache, joy is often far from our minds. I...

Enjoying God- Part 1

Enjoying God- Part 1

Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is God’s will for my life? Aren’t these so often the questions that each of us wrestle with? In the Westminster Shorter Catechism, it says that the chief purpose of man is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Many Bible...

My Year in Books

My Year in Books

This was originally published at The Gospel Coalition Australia. Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson This is my favourite read from 2018 and I am almost considering rereading it just to gain more of Anderson’s wisdom. The...

Biblical Fiction Author Spotlight: Tessa Afshar

Biblical Fiction Author Spotlight: Tessa Afshar

I love reading fictional books as a way of relaxing. An author I was recommended this year was Tessa Afshar, an author published by Tyndale House Publishers (also the publishing house of Francine Rivers). I think since that initial recommendation, I have read every...

Book Review: Tea & Thread- Sally Bathgate and Katrina Flett Gulbrandsen

Book Review: Tea & Thread- Sally Bathgate and Katrina Flett Gulbrandsen

"Tea & Thread: Portraits of Middle Eastern Women Far from Home" is a new collection of stories, recipes and traditional handicraft projects from refugee women. Written by Sally Bathgate and Katrina Flett Gulbrandsen, It is a beautiful book; a welcome accompaniment...

Favourite Finds: Bible Reading Options to Encourage Your Soul

Favourite Finds: Bible Reading Options to Encourage Your Soul

Over the past 12 months or so, a few resources have come across my path that I have found so helpful and encouraging. As a creature of habit, I very much like having one set resource to help guide me with my Bible Reading time. The last few years though of parenting...

Beating Boredom In Your Group Bible Study

Beating Boredom In Your Group Bible Study

This week, Bible Studies will resume across the country for the New Year. As they kick into gear, it is important to take a moment to think about the small group studies that operate in your church and the church-at-large. As the days turn into weeks, which turn into...

Book Review: Grace in Strange Disguise- Christine Dillon

Book Review: Grace in Strange Disguise- Christine Dillon

"Grace in Strange Disguise" (October, 2017, self-published) is Christine Dillon's latest book and her first work of fiction. The book follows the story of Esther, an Australian physiotherapist who attends a megachurch and appears that she has life all together. Her...

Book Review: “Workship” by Kara Martin

Book Review: “Workship” by Kara Martin

Work brings mixed emotions to the surface in all of us. For some, we think of the colleagues we call friends, the enjoyable chats at the lunch table, the stimulating work, the beautiful children we get to raise at home, the fantastic paycheque. For others of us,...

Children’s Book Review: God’s Very Good Idea

Children’s Book Review: God’s Very Good Idea

From before the beginning, God had a very good, very wonderful idea. An idea of love, of beautiful diversity and of colourful difference. God had an idea of a family of image-bearers, loving him and loving one another. God's idea is such a good idea. It is a very good...

Book and Program Review: The Zookeeper- Naomi and Stephen Reed

Book and Program Review: The Zookeeper- Naomi and Stephen Reed

"The Zookeeper"ˆ written by Naomi Reed and illustrated by her son, Stephen Reed, is a delightful allegory of the Gospel and big picture of the Bible for children. This book is the latest in The Zookeeper line by Naomi Reed that demonstrates her artful writing and...

What I’ve Been Reading: A Little Bit of Fiction

What I’ve Been Reading: A Little Bit of Fiction

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been really enjoying reading some fiction books. There is something about having a world to escape to now and then that is very relaxing and helps me recharge. Dave has even taken the kids a couple of nights after tea for some...

Easter for Kids: Resurrection Eggs

Easter for Kids: Resurrection Eggs

Easter is quickly approaching! For the last few years, I feel like I have always been a bit underprepared with Easter and I am left rushing and struggling to be intentional. In order to be a bit more prepared, I am starting my Easter posts early 🙂 One tradition we...

Love Be the Loudest: Review and Interview with Ginny Owens

Love Be the Loudest: Review and Interview with Ginny Owens

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Ginny Owens and her new album "Love Be the Loudest" makes me happy. Released in November of 2016, it is fresh and vibrant and makes me want to get up and dance along (should I admit the kids and I have been doing just this?). The music...