The Hope of Spring

Written by Steph Van Rossen Today as I drove into work I literally saw someone stop and smell the roses. Nothing obtuse – just a woman on her morning walk who saw a gorgeous red rose dangling over the fence. She decided to stop, to pause on wherever she was going and to smell the…

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Great success requires great character

Written by Tim Littleford   “Why does nothing seem to work?” I somewhat legitimately asked my wife one night. Knowing she probably did not have an answer. I had been pastoring a local church for a couple of years and I had begun to feel totally despondent that all the ‘brilliant’ ideas I had thrown…

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Redirecting

Written by Steph Van Rossen There are many questions a four year old asks which can be… difficult to answer. These aren’t always the questions we think they are going to be. Often, in my experience, they are questions asking me to unpack or define the meanings of words I use everyday. Oftentimes these words…

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Testimony (is not a scary word)

Written by Steph Van Rossen Or is it? Like many words or phrases we use in our Christian and church-circles they can turn into an overused, simplified cliché that has potentially lost all meaning. We hear the word. We know it. But when it comes to defining it, we become lost. For me, the word…

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Pageant, panic and peace

Last Saturday I watched, on TV, the Adelaide Christmas Pageant with my 6 year old daughter. It was held at the Adelaide Oval for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions. Watching it I couldn’t help but think about how different it was and therefore reflect on how COVID has impacted our lives (obviously oblivious…

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Christmas Family Faith Trail

The Intergen Team in partnership with Blueprint Ministries, Lutheran Church SA/NT, are excited to share our latest resource to equip families, of all ages, for faith formation in their homes. The Christmas Family Faith Trail resource is for households or small groups to explore the events of the Christmas story through five interactive stations across…

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Eliminating Hurry

It’s only taken nine months… to read a book about eliminating hurry. I don’t think that’s quite the point, I just didn’t prioritise the time to read it. In July I had an anxiety attack. That began my season of intentionally looking at my life, changing priorities (in truth being clearer with my priorities and…

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Family Ministry Resources

Mark Schultz, Mission Resourcing Team Leader, recently wrote and led a workshop for local churches about Family Ministry Resources. The workshop notes have been adapted for this post by Melissa Neumann. When and what made you first realise that your family was a Christian family – either when you were a child or a parent?…

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Come to me and find rest

Written by Steph Van Rossen “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay…

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