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Federal election tip: Govern for the family and the balance follows

“WHEN government is big the people are small.” This statement sums up neatly the state of current politics at almost all levels in the western world.   Governments everywhere have ascribed themselves the honour of fixing all ills, from economic to social to family.   Government responsibility is now literally felt from the cradle to the grave with governments finding ... Read More »

How to talk to a person who is homeless

Speaking to the homeless

RECENTLY I’ve been asked for advice on “talking with homeless people”. As a volunteer and friend to people who are homeless for over 23 years I knew the best person to provide such advice was a homeless person.  On a recent outreach I put the question of “talking with people who are homeless” to a man I will call James ... Read More »

The best thing a dad can do for his kids

Family fun

“PARK Dad?” “No worries mate, let’s go”. “Icy pole Dad?” “No worries, I’ll get one out of the freezer”. “Dom, can you take the rubbish out please?” “Later, I’m tired, I need a break”. It’s a pretty standard set of conversations in my family home.  I have two kids under three and like all parents, want to do anything to ... Read More »

How to enjoy being single

HOW does one take delight or pleasure in being single, when we are made for union with an other?  The loneliness we experience in this time is not so much emptiness as is it a stirring of desire that awaits fulfilment.  We become restless for romance.  When we fall in love, that special person consumes our every thought and being. ... Read More »

Living in the lucky country is a blessing for Australians

MY parents always told me that we were lucky to be born in Australia. To a degree, I understood what they meant, but I figured that it just had something to do with the great weather, the beaches, or religious freedoms. It didn’t truly hit me until I left its safe, free, prosperous shores in pursuit of love. I’ve since ... Read More »

Why it’s ok to be a young Mum

BEING a “young mum” was never something I really thought about. I met my husband, fell in love, got married and had my first child just after my twenty-first birthday. My third child was born just before I turned 26. They were the days where all the mums were having their babies before 30 – there was a lot of ... Read More »

The Christmas gift of life together

By Dr Ryan Messmore THERE we were in the maternity ward awaiting the birth of our first son.   My wife, Karin, grimaced in pain as another contraction began.   That was my cue. I pressed “play” on my laptop computer and turned the screen toward her. Surprised and a bit confused, she watched a 60-second video of one of ... Read More »

Faith and reason: two wings to knowing truth

By Dr Ryan Messmore WHAT’S a four-letter word for a freshwater fish whose second letter is “a”?  Take five seconds and fill in the answer on the top row of the crossword puzzle (going across). Now for the far right column (going down): What’s a four letter word meaning “meat from a pig”? Chances are, you feel pretty confident that ... Read More »

Taking a rest on the Lord’s day

By Clare Burns HARVARD Medical School says sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory and learning. While these experts state they don’t know why we need sleep, without it our reasoning, problem-solving ability and attention to detail suffers. In short – rest is important. The bible often makes reference to rest, even Jesus and his disciples needed ... Read More »

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