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Work officially commenced today on the new accommodation complex at Huonville for older members of the Huon Valley community, when head of the Anglican Church in Tasmania, Bishop John Harrower, turned the first sod.
Click here for the latest From The Bishop’s Desk (FTBD 10.10, 22/4/2010).
[mon 19.apr.10 rob] John Piper is a man who has written many many wonderful Christian books, and they sell exceptionally well. What is amazing is that you can download many of them as electronic books for free. Just go to his website at http://www.desiringgod.org/ by clicking on this link.
Click on the video below to watch a clip of John Piper’s video on "Jesus Satisfies All Your Thirsts".
If you enjoyed this video, click here to see the full video of this sermon on the Desiring God website. If you like this one and would like to see more of John Piper’s sermons either as video or audio, click here to see four decades worth of his sermon recordings, all available for free. Enjoy!
Who is John Piper? (Click here)
Click here for the article in the Times (Dated 5th April, 2009)
The good news? While the printed version is delayed, the online version is up and working. So if you want to have a look while you wait for the hard copy, please go to our sister site: http://www.tasmaniananglican.com/
I checked it out for myself, and found a great update on our Imagine Project. Click on these links below to go directly to each page of the Imagine Project article:
1. Introduction from Bishop Ross
2. In Partnership: The Imagine Project within BCA’s Mission
3. Introducing Andy: The Imagine Project in Launceston
4. Heartz and Horses
5. Somerset Imagine Project
6. Beyond the Borders: Southern Midlands
Please have a look at these wonderful expressions of God’s work in Tasmania... and please pray for Tasmania.
What seems to have drawn attention was not the families enjoying their time in the Cathedral, the painting of Easter Eggs nor the painting of faces, but comments made by the Dean with regard to Doughnuts! Apparently, the Dean prefers the idea of the doughnut as a symbol of Easter over the traditional egg.
Bishop John notes in one of his blog posts that he was interviewed by The Advocate about a strip club operating in North West Tasmania. It is near the Anglican Church, “Any comment, Bishop?’ Bishop John replied along the following lines:
"This type of activity debases our humanity wherever it occurs. The fact that it is occurring near community centres including schools, shops and a church adds to the destructive influence on our young. The commercialization and exploitation of human sexuality destroys relationships. It devalues both the women involved and the men, who are usually plied with alcohol, watching the artificial spectacle. We all need to learn how to build and nurture healthy relationships. Relationships are at the centre of who we are. Our social cohesion depends on healthy relationships."
It’s nice to know we have a Bishop willing to speak publicly in defence of healthy Tasmanian communities. Praise God!
"Peter Hitchens, brother of atheist champion Christopher Hitchens (author of ’God is not Great’), tells of his own atheism, rebellion, Bible burning and becoming a Christian. The very personal story of re-establishing relationship with his brother is captivating. He serves some insightful soul food. Also some Christian responses to atheists’ criticisms of Christian belief. Good stuff."
Click here to go to Bishop John’s website and read his post... and you might continue on to the original article.
"Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.
Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear."
Click here to read this passage from the bible online.
"He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Click here to read this passage from the bible online.
In real life, evil finds an echo in the heart of even the best of people. The “echo” or resonance or character of evil within our hearts is our rebel nature, our rebellion against God and the ways of God in the world.
Like Tiger Woods, all of us have a secret life that no one sees. No one except God, that is. Like Tiger Woods, we would like aspects of our past to be forgotten – but what we really need is for those wrongs in our past to be forgiven.
We all get things wrong from time to time. To put things right we need to admit to the wrong done, ask forgiveness of the person(s) concerned and commit ourselves to new ways. The healing power of forgiveness is central to healthy relationships.
In our relationship with God we also get things wrong from time to time. Just as we put things right with people, so we put things right with our Loving Creator.
Our saying, “Loving God, I am sorry, will you please forgive me?” is made easier because Jesus’ dying words from the cross apply to us, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
How do these words apply to us? Jesus’ death on the cross is God’s offer of forgiveness to us for both our wrong acts (sins) and our rebellious nature (sin).
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to seek God’s forgiveness by praying, “forgive us our sins”. Of course, we can choose not to use these words. It is up to us to decide if we want the healing, peace and purposes that reconciliation with God will bring.
The cross of Christ is God’s offer of forgiveness and healing.
The resurrection of Christ is triumph over evil and the removal of death’s sting.
May these truths be to you, your trust and your life.
In the love of the cross and the hope of the resurrection.
[sat 20.mar.10 rob] When we live in a world as busy as ours, what did Jesus mean when he said, "Come to me and I will give you rest"?
My wife came home from the Women’s Conference this afternoon and said the speakers, especially the guest speaker Ali Street, were great. One of the speakers highly commended a book by Tim Chester, "The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness". I did a search on the internet, and found this video by Tim Chester talking about his book and why he wrote it. Now I think I want to read it.
Why not have a look at the video for yourself. It’s nice and personal and a wonderful introduction to his book. If it’s not a good book, I will be looking for someone else to answer the questions Tim raises. [insert smilie here]
For more information on Tim Chester, have a look at his website: www.timchester.co.uk
AnglicanTas frontpage editor: Rob Stanley