Anglican Diocese of Armidale

The Anglican Diocese of Armidale exists to glorify God by introducing people to Jesus and helping them home to heaven.

 

Articles and Commentary

Lead us not into temptation

The surrender to temptation and the resultant freedom for evil has enormous implications for us personally and corporately and a myriad number of examples could follow.
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Forgive us our debts

After thirty years of ministering to people I am glad that it was only a brown snake between my son and me. That may sound strange but the snake was just passing through. Anger, resentment, bitterness and hatreds don’t just pass through and people often run sending the venom coursing through their existence.
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Our daily bread

It seems there was a time in Australia when prayer was thought to be something important enough to teach your children and the Lord’s Prayer was a good place to start.
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Your kingdom come

I once heard a speaker suggest that parliament should not begin with the Lord’s Prayer. As a young clergyman who on occasions opened the Shire Council meeting with the Lord’s Prayer, I thought that strange. As our nation changes, this prayer was something I felt we all needed to hold in common. But was the speaker correct?
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Our Father

During my Christmas break I met a young man who had never been in a church, not even for a funeral or a wedding. He knew nothing of Jesus Christ except that it had been a good swear word for him. He knew nothing of prayer and I expect that he could not even recite the Lord’s Prayer.
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Who are you when no one is watching?

With everyone watching the ball, no one had noticed that Booth had stepped back on his stumps, but Booth knew so he left the field. Earthly umpires and oppositions can miss things but Booth knew that God doesn’t and that doing the right thing is always the best and most honourable thing even if it costs you.
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Thanksgiving

We live in a nation with a myriad number of commemoration days set aside and sometimes even a whole a week to remember certain things, but do we stop as a nation to offer thanksgiving? Someone has said “The worst moment for the atheist is when he/she is really thankful and has no-one to thank.”
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Getting Christ into Christmas

This week a friend of mine who had just arrived in New Zealand sent me a message with a picture. The message read “Front page of the local paper here in NZ”. The picture carried the headline “Mum asks school to take Christ out of Christmas.”
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Broken to glow

February 2009 our daughter lay close to death in Sutherland Hospital, diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis Sepsis. They’re big words that few of us understand but most people know the implications. We’re not sure where she picked it up. We were just thankful that after a stint in ICU, with blood cleaned and body strengthened, she came home with us. Not everyone has such a good outcome. Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of her struggle for life. I sometimes wonder how that moment in her life impacted her and this week I was reminded of just how significant that event continues to be in her life and the life of her family.
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The troubling truth of the invisible God

Some of the most disconcerting moments of my life happen in my garden window chair with the Bible open. The Bible’s recent invitation for me to look into the life of the suffering Job was one of the most uncomfortable!
I think the thing that I found most confronting was the reminder that God is invisible.
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