Category Archives: heart

Made for Beauty

Hi everyone. Rob here. Winter isn’t over yet but last week a perfect daffodil appeared in our garden. Blossom has started to emerge on the trees near my children’s school. I took a Sabbath in the coastal town of Raglan … Continue reading

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Hungry for God

Hi everyone. Rob here. I can always tell when my children are having a growth spurt – they’re always hungry! For a time no meal is big enough and no banana is safe. The same thing applies to spiritual growth … 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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The Ache

Hi everyone, Rob here. In The Message paraphrase the final verse of Philippians says this: Receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within yourselves. This speaks to the ache in my heart that I’m … Continue reading

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Masterpieces

Greetings everyone. Rob here. Sometimes we need to step away in order to see beauty. I’ve just come back from 5 nights in Australia’s biggest city, Sydney. The two most famous landmarks in that city are the Harbour Bridge and … Continue reading

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Consecration

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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Sunburn and the Spiritual Life

Hi everyone, Rob here. Last week we tried to make the most of the last week of school holidays and took our family camping at Papamoa Beach. It was great except for the fact that on our first full day … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Daily Battles

Hi everyone, Rob here. It’s hot. This is the season of electric fans, humid and restless nights, sweat and the burning desire to jump in a swimming pool or a cool lake. But the holiday is over and work is … 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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