Category Archives: joy

Love and Joy

Hi everyone. Rob here. John Eldredge was once given this bit of advice: The enemy is out to steal your joy. In a year like this one – pandemic, lockdowns, economic upheaval, race protests, climate protests, school shutdowns and the … Continue reading

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Joy and Sacrifice

Hi everyone. Rob here. In John 17 Jesus prays for his disciples and for us who will follow in their footsteps. He prays for divine protection; protection of their faith and their hearts. He then says this to his Father … Continue reading

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The Practice of Delight

Hi everyone. Rob here. My daughter (8) has taken to impersonating her Mum’s dancing. It is hilarious to watch. My son (10) went off on a passionate spiel¬†the other day about a lesson he had learned at school. It was … Continue reading

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Storms Will Come

Hi everyone. Rob here. Last week New Zealand was hit by a powerful winter storm with wind, slips,¬†snow and ice closing many roads and grounding flights and ferries. Many lost power. Some became trapped and had to spend a night … Continue reading

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A Necessary Advent

Hi everyone. Rob here. You may have noticed that stores put out their Christmas decorations earlier and earlier every year. It annoys me. To them, Christmas is a marketing tool that sells more products. The constant barrage of advertisements and … Continue reading

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Hi everyone. Rob here. On Sunday at church we were holding a Baptism Day Out. We had gathered at church for the testimonies of 6 young people, then we were heading to our world-class Hamilton Gardens and the mighty Waikato … 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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When Christmas is Blue

Hi everyone, Rob here. Tomorrow our church is holding a ‘Blue Christmas’ service. It’s a time for those who are holding grief in their hearts at Christmas to lay that before Jesus, free from tinsel, canned Christmas music and naively … Continue reading

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