"I'm am not my own but..."

We are all confronted with death and perhaps no one more so than medical staff, especially those who serve in palliative care wards and perhaps to a lesser extent those who serve in emergency wards and ICU.  As most Victorians know, the Andrew’s government are in the process of introducing ‘assisted dying’ legislation into the Victorian Parliament.  Premier Daniel Andrews announced that all 66 recommendations from an independent advisory panel have been accepted by Cabinet.  Interestingly, politicians in favour of the new proposed legislation try to steer clear of using the word ‘euthanasia’, instead preferring to call it ‘Assisted Dying”...
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“God’s holiness and our access”

One of the things that concern me on occasions is the loss of our sense of God’s holiness.  I expect to see that a little from people who have no regard for God but Christians know that God is not just holy but three times holy (Isa 6:3; Rev 4:8) and therefore is deserving of proper respect and reverence.   In the OT, God’s people were often reminded of God’s holiness.  For instance, Moses in Exodus 3:5ff; the nation of Israel at Mt Sinai (Exo 19); the process the High priest had to go through to enter the Holy of Holies...
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Avoid the ivy!

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Sometimes we have strong urges that we definitely should not give in to. One such urge came upon me yesterday while looking for a couple of shrubs to replace some that had died. There in front of my eyes were a row of pots with ivy in them. This creeper vine had already wound its way around a small trellis that had been put in the pot. My urge was to smash the pots and destroy the plants. Not a good idea. Mr Bunnings would have kicked me out of his store, never to allow me to return. You may...
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“The beauty of heeding the Lord’s call.”

One of the clear teachings of Scripture alone is that our coming to faith alone in Christ alone for our salvation is all by grace alone.  Yet it is this very teaching that causes some confusion in people’s minds about God’s sovereignty and our responsibility in the process of salvation.  Some are quick to say that God is unfair in choosing some to be saved in Christ and not others.  Others suggest that since it is all up to God’s choosing anyhow,  why  worry about it.   If there is nothing we can do, let’s just sit back and let God...
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It's dangerous saying 'no' to God

Have you ever thought about the fact that it is only the pinnacle of God’s creation who can actually say 'no' to God?  It is true that all creation groans under the weight of sin, but it is only human beings who can disobey and say 'no' to God. It is a foolish thing to say ‘no’ to God as Jonah also experienced when he was asked to go to the city of Nineveh.  However, it is not only foolish, it is downright dangerous to say ‘no’ to God, for you may not be given too many opportunities to say ‘yes’...
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