As I see it – Grace Bock

Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. Ecclesiastes 3:1 For those of us who live in the southern areas of Australia, where the seasons are more clearly defined, the changes in foliage and temperature serve as a timely reminder of our ever-changing world. The last twelve months have been a series of changes and challenges for us all, but when we take the time to stop and contemplate, we can see our heavenly Father’s hand has been over us, protecting, guiding and pointing us in …

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As I see it – Maureen Turner

Today (19 November 2020) is the first day of South Australia’s ‘second wave’ lockdown, for six days. As my husband, Robert, and I are retired, we have not found this issue too hard to handle. It has been interesting to think about this all over again. Yesterday evening might have been our last community service filming, for a while, to be viewed online/DVD for our congregation members and other interested people. Pastor has been thinking that he may have to do the filming in his lounge and play the guitar …

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As I see it … by Angela Ziersch

Families As December 2020 draws to a close, perhaps you will, as I will, be drawing in a collective sigh of relief. It has not been an easy year. The year of COVID-19. One we will not soon forget. We can also ponder in our hearts, as Mary did over baby Jesus, the loss to many families that came in 2020. Perhaps you shared the loss of a loved one this year, or perhaps you rejoiced, like the angels in heaven did over the birth of a Saviour, when a …

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As I see it … by Fiona Weckert

I can’t remember a time in my adult life when I wasn’t involved, in some way, in how young people engage with their faith and church life. Working and volunteering with this age group (the ‘first third’, 0–30 years) doesn’t make me an expert by any stretch, but it does make me quite passionate about the subject! Even before I had children of my own, my work allowed me opportunities to create a space and an experience for children in worship and I consider that a great blessing and privilege. …

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As I see it … from Coral Boesch

The year 2020 will leave its mark on people all over the world. I wonder how generations to come will speak about it. Here, we contended with prolonged drought, floods, and widespread and devastating bushfires which threatened the lives and livelihoods of so many. Little did we realise that a further catastrophe was lurking; a challenge that the whole world would face; wholesale infection and death, often in tragic circumstances. Such changes and challenges followed! Churches were closed. We watched services at home. Social distancing became the norm. Older people …

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As I see it … Built on Bedrock

A few years ago, the magazine I edit used the theme Built on Bedrock. Tsunamis sometimes happen and we watch on television as buildings crumble and are washed away. I think about Christ’s illustration in Matthew 7:24–27 of the different results for the man who built his house upon sand and the one who built upon rock.  Bedrock … just what does it represent in our lives? Some might identify it as sound doctrine or as strong faith. Certainly, the idea of bedrock provides a good illustration of either. But …

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As I see it – On reaching a Certain Age

Recently I decided to explore the aspect of significant women throughout my life who had influenced me in one form or another. My mother of course, but close to the top of the list was my Primary School Headmistress who I believe had significant influence on my future teaching career in both the State and in the Church. Moving to Melbourne to complete my secondary I met up with a number of Jewish students in …

As I see it … from Grace Bock

When I was a child someone wrote the following verse in my autograph book that has stuck with me throughout my life. It’s all very well to be pleasant when everything goes like a song; but the one that’s worthwhile is the one that can smile when everything goes just wrong. OK! We need to be realistic! We cannot hope to go about with a constant smile on our faces. It is impossible to be “Pollyannas” every moment of the day. We need to be able to slam the odd …

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