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16
Jul
Traditions are a valuable part of human life

Traditions: Good Or Bad?

One of my favourite movies is Ever After with Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. It has all the right ingredients for a great story – humour, romance, drama and a feel-good ending. When I think of this movie, I have a few favourite scenes that top my list, but the one where Danielle’s father leaves […]

09
Jul
Riverdove Community: What is religion?

True Religion

Religion is defined as “a cultural system of designated behaviours and practices, world views, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organisations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements.“ Yet, there is no actual consensus among scholars as to what precisely constitutes a religion. Nearly 85% of the world’s population identifies as being religious, claiming […]

02
Jul
Resilience is mental fortitude and it lives in the small moments and in the large ones

Building Resilience

Resilience can sometimes be mistaken for indifference, unaccountability or emotional disconnection but in reality, resilience is the complete opposite of these things. It is the ability to truly face reality, to be responsible for our actions and to be emotionally vulnerable, if necessary. It is the inner strength that enables us to bounce back after […]

25
Jun
The gospel is the good news of Jesus and the Kingdom of God

The Gospel Of Good News

When we think of the gospel, we can tend to think of it in only ‘New Testament’ terms. We might be of the impression that the gospel was something that came about around the time of Jesus and subsequently spread throughout the world by his followers. While this is somewhat true, upon more extensive reading […]

20
Jun
Discipleship: Developing Your Authentic Self

Discipleship: Developing Your Authentic Self

When considering the ideas and thoughts surrounding Church Burnout, it became apparent that there is another serious issue facing many Christians today – in both their personal and church lives. The issue is a lack of spiritual and emotional maturity, leading to the cultivation of a ‘false self’ and a layering over our true self. […]

04
Jun
Tips to avoid church burnout

Avoiding Church Burnout

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands, whether real or perceived. Eventually, you find you literally have nothing left to give, either emotionally or physically. This state often leads to a range of issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger […]

28
May
God sees into our heart

David’s Story: God Sees The Heart Of Us

David, the shepherd boy-turned-king and famous author of the Psalms, is perhaps one of the most complex characters in the Bible. At times, he displays examples of great faith, leadership and spirituality. Yet, these admirable qualities are often starkly contrasted against deplorable choices and wicked actions for which he was responsible. David – A Man […]

21
May
Riverdove Community - The Spirit of Giving

The Spirit of Giving

Studies have proven that the act of giving contributes to your own sense of self, well-being and happiness. Give to others and you’re also giving to yourself! There’s also a well known saying: “charity begins at home”. Often the best and most effective place to start giving is to those who are in our immediate […]

13
May
Mother's and maternal influence they give to society is valued on mothers day

Mother’s Day 2018: What Does it Mean to be a Mother?

Today is, of course, “Mother’s Day” in Australia. It’s defined as “a day reserved for celebrating and honouring the mother of the family, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society”. It’s worthwhile considering the ideas that surround motherhood and maternal bonds, as these bonds and positive influences are incredibly important to a healthy […]

07
May
Faithful Abraham is the father of us all if we choose it

Abraham: Father of the Faithful

I heard a sermon recently about the life of Abraham and it got me thinking a lot about the man, his life and the choices that he made. There’s very good reasons why he’s described in the Bible as “the father of the faithful” (Romans 4:12) and “the friend of God”. It’s worthwhile considering these […]