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When all is stripped away

By Nicole Barnard I wonder if you’ve ever been brave enough to swing from a trapeze or do a skydive? Personally, I couldn’t think of anything worse; I’m a risk-adverse control-freak, and yet metaphorically speaking I’ve done both in the last ten years. First, I left a secure yet stressful and ultimately demoralising job in academia with a steady income.

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Immersed

By Ross McCall in 2016, adapted by Miriam Westfall in 2021 Jesus’ command to “make disciples of all nations” is why Agapé exists as a movement. Diane Cowles, Anna McCall, Kimberley Carribine and Miriam Westfall share a powerful story of discipleship and being deeply immersed in one another’s lives.  In 2005 Diane and her family moved to Newcastle because they felt God calling them to nurture young staff members in our

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Perseverance: when weakness is strength

By Tiffany Atkins “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured

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Disconnecting to reconnect

By Greer Jones Take some time out this year to reconnect with God in a fresh way. Use our retreat guide to help you focus on Him, shut out any distractions and spend time just you and God. Bible verses to reflect on, questions to ponder and a song to breathe in.  Find it here > Retreat Guide 2021 Why? The

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A resolution of hope

By Kathy Horne Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something (Oxford dictionary) This must be the most frequently used word on the first of the year – along with hungover – qualified by “new year’s.”  But I wonder, after living through a pandemic, a dramatic US presidential election, and Brexit, do we have any energy left

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Soul Distraction

By Larry Platner I’m tired and need a break. What shall it be? A movie? Facebook? Xbox? Maybe catch up on a box set? Sports? Or read a book? Thank goodness for so many choices, otherwise I might get bored… and nobody wants that. We are awash with entertainment right at our fingertips. One press of a tv remote. One

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