A couple of months ago we celebrated Father's Day in Australia. As a proud Dad of two beautiful children, it was a great honour to be invited to speak at our church's Father's Day evening service. One of the themes that I discussed was God's characteristics as our loving Heavenly Father. Here is a portion of the text from the sermon:
I'd like you now to turn to the book of Matthew (Great name for a book!) and hang around in chapters 5 and 6. These two chapters see Jesus bringing to light some of [...]
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By Matt Clark
Have you ever been to a sporting event when the crowd noise seems to be so huge, that it feels like the whole stadium lifts?
I've been fortunate over my lifetime to experience this feeling a number of times. My first memory of being completely engrossed with this phenomenon was at the famous 1989 VFL Grand Final between Hawthorn and Geelong. Sadly, my Cats finished one goal behind the Hawks in this monumental contest, but I can remember the many times the crowd rose to a crescendo as important battles played out in front of us.
I've been fortunate [...]
Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-American stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as “Harry Handcuff Houdini” on a tour of Europe, where he challenged different police forces to try to keep him locked up. This revealed a talent for gimmickry and for audience involvement that characterised all his work. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and to holding his breath inside a sealed milk can. (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini)
There were two [...]