It's OK to love our children...

As reformed churches, we love God’s Word and we love the ‘reformed’ faith as it gives expression to God’s word. Sometimes I wonder  by  what people say whether their desire to be ‘reformed’ actually aligns with God’s word.  Recently, I was chatting to a Christian young couple who have been blessed with a lovely family.  When I related to them that they have been blessed to have such lovely children, the husband chipped in, “Well, that may be so, but we never forget to remind ourselves and teach them that they are depraved and need to repent.”  Really?  Is that...
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“What more do you need to do?”

At the recent RTC preaching conference on Romans, Rev. Dr. Bryan Chapell asked the question, “What more can you do for God the Father to be more pleased with you than what he already is in Christ?”  The long and short answer is “Nothing.”  In Christ, we already have the 100% righteousness that we require for the Father to be most pleased with us.  Bryan Chapell then went on to speak about the ‘three deadly spiritual ‘be’s’ that preachers sometimes fall into.    The first one he mentioned was to ‘Be like’ a person mentioned in the Scriptures.   On the one hand, we...
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It's ok to say 'No" and "No" again

It seems that the devil has a great time distracting and confusing Christians by all sorts of discussions and language changes. The current discussion doing the rounds is the 'yes or no' campaign for same-sex marriage. I am not suggesting for a moment that the up-coming postal vote on this subject isn't important. It is and let us be diligent in casting our vote. However, I wonder whether this discussion isn’t distracting us from even more serious legislation that is already law, yet hardly gets any airtime at all. The Victorian Abortion Reform Act was introduced in 2008 and passed...
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Too many "if only I had..." (Father's Day)

I often find that Father’s Day can come with mixed blessings for many fathers.  I have known Dads who resent Father’s Day for it just reminds them of the poor job they did as dads.  “If only I had spent more time with them… if only I had shown that I loved them more…if only I had read bible stories to them… if only I had been home more often…”  I guess in some ways most dads can identify with those sentiments.  It’s not always easy to be a good father.  Thankfully, although certainly not an excuse, there is also forgiveness for...
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"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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