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A Fathers encouragement from Hebrews 11 - by Paul Bonython

Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews has great application and this application speaks to Fathers. Using the the heroes of faith mentioned in the passage, the word Father in an anagram form produces some characteristics of the Fatherhood of God. We ought to study and live by these characteristics as fathers, and become more like Him.

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Where was Adam? - by Ben Bonython

The contrast this passage offers is profound when we think about Father God.  Father God is present where Adam isn’t.  Father God comes to encourage Cain where Adam doesn’t.  The story of Cain and Abel reminds us that Father God is watching us and is near us.  Father God is one who seeks us out even when we are angry and struggling with wrong thoughts and intentions.  Father God is not far away or absent – He is with us. 

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Christ’s ministry is superior

Christ’s ministry is superior to that of Aaron because, firstly, He ministers in a superior place.  The magnificence of the heavenly sanctuary is infinitely better than the tabernacle of Moses, the Temple of Solomon, or any place on earth where God’s glory was made manifest.  Notice that our author calls this heavenly sanctuary “the true tabernacle” (Heb 8:2).  Those who are familiar with the writings of the Apostle Paul might hear in these words the faint echo of “things which are seen are passing away, but the things which are unseen are eternal.”  Secondly, because while Jesus partook of our human nature, he did not partake of our sin.  

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guarantor - by Ben Bonython

We are a guaranteed people who live this life with the utmost confidence.  We are a community who knows the favour of God.  Each one of us brings unique gifts, talents, capacities and passion and together as the body of Christ, we make a difference in the world for the sake of the Gospel.

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Most precious - by Mignon Young

My mother was capable, always made things look easy.  Nothing was too hard.  She knew the value of being a mother even when things were bleak, difficult or meaningless.  She had a higher calling.  Her God-given job as a mother was important.
I think of my mum as being sacrificial, selfless, caring, loving, mentor, guide and advice giver (even when not wanted), protector, shelter (through the storms of life), giving, and faithful in prayer.

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I am your share - by Ben Bonython

Every time you say no to temptation and no to sin, you make a sacrifice.  Every time you say yes to generous giving and giving up your time and resources to serve others, that is a spiritual sacrifice.  Every time your actions 'cost' you something here on this earth, that is a sacrifice of spiritual consequence.  So because of this, as ones who belong to this holy priesthood, what have a different value system and thought process about 'land' and 'wealth',  We realise that for us, Jesus is our share, Jesus is our portion and our inheritance. 

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Staring at Jesus is not Rude - by Elizabeth Reynolds

One day when I was riding in the back of the car beside my baby girl watching her staring up at me - again - constantly, it struck me. This is how Jesus wants us to look at him. Staring. Without blinking. It’s not rude. It’s not awkward. It’s a child looking up at its parent with total trust, a feeling of total comfort, confidence and reassurance.

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Why worry... - by Ben Bonython

My mind had moved quickly from misplaced wallet to stolen wallet - i was already worrying about tomorrow, when really, there was no need.  I was feeling stressed about tomorrow when it was all in my head.  Today has enough troubles yet i had begun to fill my head with tomorrows troubles also.

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