On the cover – June/July 2021

Getting ready – suitable clothing, comfortable shoes, food, road maps, making sure we have all we need for the journey. Getting ready for what we may encounter. Getting ready for when our Bridegroom comes to welcome us to his wedding feast. Getting ready. Do we have our lamps trimmed and burning and ready with extra oil to light the way, always prepared no matter what day or hour he arrives? Matthew 25:1–13 Anzac Bridge, Horsham, VicPhoto: Ayesha Sedgman

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On the cover – April/May 2021

“Time waits for no man” marching on relentlessly; This very moment a part of time that will never happen again. Days and seasons— they and we move on – change. Days and seasons, each in its own time and beauty; God’s wondrous creation – growing, blossoming, fruiting and dying; Beginning and ending; God is always there – the creator of time. Endless time? no, endless God. Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He has set the right time for everything. Ecclesiastes 3:1,11a. Photos: The …

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On the cover – February/March 2020

Dwell not on what has or might have been; learn through adversity. Focus on the present looking to God for his loving protection. He holds the future; commit it to him. For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. Isaiah 65:17 (ESV) And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5a Image: God’s creation renewing, Kangaroo Island, SA after the bushfires of 2019. (Photo: Annette Cavies)

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On the cover – Give thanks for families

The family unit is our heavenly Father’s special gift to humankind. When he sent his precious Son to his work of our redemption, he sent him as part of a family here on earth. Jesus, too, had an earthly father, mother and siblings. Families come in all shapes, sizes, colours and creeds but the most precious family of all is the family of God’s people. Thanks be to God! [Jesus said] Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3:35 NIV Photo courtesy Les Anderson

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On the cover – October/November 2020

Jesus continually showed his special love for the young while on this earth. He also especially reminded Peter to take care of his lambs. What better privilege can we have than to teach the young the way of the Lord, leading them by our example as children of God loved and saved by him. Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a real blessing. Psalm 127:3 (GNT) See that you don’t despise any of these little ones. Their angels in heaven, I tell you, are always in the …

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On the cover – August/September 2020

Old age is like a sunset proclaiming the wonder of the Creator in a final burst of glorious splendour before the night falls and we wake to a heavenly dawn. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:22 (NIV) Photo: Uluru by Rhiannon Evans

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Sign post at the WA SA border

On the cover – June/July 2020

Under all the different coloured skins from all the different cultures of our world, the same hearts pump the same coloured blood. Thank God for our diversity and unity. People will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down at the feast in the Kingdom of God. Luke 13:29 (GNT) Photo credit: Robert Turner

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On the back cover – April/May 2020

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) We do not suffer alone. Our heavenly Father has seen it all before. He watched his own precious Son carry the awful burden of our guilt, suffer agony, and die a cruel death for the sin of the …