Category Archives: freedom

Great Expectations

Hi everyone. Rob here. One of the greatest burdens we bear is the burden of expectation. These expectations are sometimes spoken but are often unspoken and sensed. They are often not even real but perceived. There are the expectations we … Continue reading

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No Longer Condemned

Hi everyone. Rob here. One of the biggest struggles we face in this life is believing what God truly thinks of us. Most people I know, Christians included, find it very easy to sink into self-condemnation, self-pity or self-hatred. At … Continue reading

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Choking and Flourishing

Hi everyone, Rob here. In our backyard is a large punga tree – a New Zealand fern. Over the years it has been slowly choked by an ivy plant coming over from the neighbours. My daughter Jaz (7) and I … Continue reading

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Goodness and Glory

Hi everyone. Rob here. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That’s how the Bible begins in Genesis 1:1. The Creation story in Genesis 1 and 2 is important for us to know; not in a Sunday … Continue reading

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He Gives us Freedom

Hi everyone. Rob here. There’s a verse in Galatians that gnaws at my soul: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. It gnaws at me because I know that I have barely scratched the surface of living … Continue reading

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Rescued

Hi everyone, Rob here. I’m reading Galatians in preparation for a sermon series and am struggling to get past the introduction. Here’s part of it: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who … Continue reading

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Free to be Holy

Hi everyone. Rob here. Psalm 119 is an extensive meditation on holiness. Many think that it’s about law keeping but it’s main narrative is about the heart. The psalmists plea is that his heart be pure and turned towards God … Continue reading

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Communal Joy

Hi everyone, Rob here. Last night I was with my family watching our New Zealand cricket team beat our closest rivals and neighbours Australia. It was exhilarating stuff. The crowd was noisy and excited. It was joyous. I’m sure that … Continue reading

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Invited not Needed

Hi, Rob here, The family and I have just had 2 nights in Christchurch visiting mum and catching up with other family members. It was good but it meant another Sunday away from church on top of the many days … Continue reading

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