The CRCA

A Church Reforming to Reach the Lost for Christ

“It’s not about the view...”

When we lived on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, there were some spectacular views along the coastline, especially when one drove along the cliffs and could see the beaches below. Perhaps one of the best views was from the Bible Garden looking down to Palm Beach. Interestingly, some people (not all) who have spent megabucks purchasing their dream mansion along the coastline were soon bored with the view and after a while rearranged their furniture so that they didn’t have to look at the ocean all day or sold their mansion. I am not too sure how you could be bored...
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How to fight the good fight...

One annoying thing that keeps niggling at our assurance of salvation on occasions is whether we will be like some others who have at one time done their profession of faith but now seemingly have given their Christian faith away. One trap we fall into as Christians is looking for assurance of salvation in the wrong places. It is so easy to be what I call ‘belly-button’ gazers and continually look at ourselves to see if we can somehow qualify or quantify what God is doing in our lives. For instance, we may be looking at our own spiritual growth or...
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Renewal and revival

As most of you would know, we have been in Europe this past month, catching up with some family and friends and seeing some spectacular scenery. One of the highlights of the trip was being able to see the history of Europe, which included some of the early architecture, the narrow streets that are sprinkled with little shops and of course the Cathedrals. Of all the Cathedrals seen, perhaps the Milan Cathedral was the most spectacular of all, at least from the outside. It took six centuries to complete. It's hard to imagine that people worked on that structure all their...
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Onya, Kiwis...!

Onya, Kiwis...!
Back in the days when I briefly served the Christchurch Reformed Church as interim pastor, Australia was going through a spate of trans-Tasman sporting wins. We beat our New Zealand cousins in just about everything from basketball to cricket... I’m not sure, but we may even have beaten them at rugby...! At the time there was a New Zealand election taking place and at church the following morning someone asked, “Who won the elections yesterday?” Quick as a flash someone retorted, “The Aussies.” Well, just recently the Kiwis beat the Aussies at something far more important than sport – and (I...
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Eating Bibles? Really?

Eating Bibles? Really?
When the Scottish missionary, David Livingstone went to Africa in 1841 it was as a medical missionary with full medical qualifications. His Christian commitment is well expressed in his saying, “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the Kingdom of Christ.” His concern for the people of Africa was also evident in his struggle for the abolition of slavery. The French-German theologian, organist, philosopher and physician, Albert Schweitzer, was a somewhat more controversial figure. But when, in 1913, he went to the part of Africa that is now known as Gabon it...
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