Hebron Blog


Coronavirus

In response to Coronavirus and the growing fear in our city.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation wa...

Reflecting on the Reformation

October 31st 2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of the day in which Martin Luther is famously said to have nailed to the doors of his Wittenburg Church '95 Theses', calling for discussion and change in how the Church understood repentance and the sale of indulgences. While that specific issue ma...

Politics in Perspective

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wan...

A 'Reactions' Reaction

The long wait is over. On Facebook, we are no longer limited to 'likes', but can now 'love', 'haha', 'wow', 'sad' and 'angry', whatever comes our way. Oh, what liberty! The success of the feature is debateable. As far as I can tell, 'likes' are still far and above the preferred reaction. But perh...

Speaking My Language

Many times over the last few months, I've found myself looked down at a screaming and crying baby, and thought to myself, "What on earth do you want?" It is in fact an almost daily occurrence… It's a moment in which I find myself wishing that I could converse with them, even at this young age, an...

The Wisdom and Folly of Christmas

What would you do if, during September or October, you were at your local supermarket and you came across Christmas advertising and Christmas products being prominently displayed? If you're anything like me, you'd probably do a bit of a double take, and then a silent frustration would slowly rise...

The Answer Is Not 42

In 1979 Douglas Adams answered one of humanity's great questions. The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, was 42. This was of course in the fictional novel titled "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" where a supercomputer called Deep Thought pondered the issue f...

Reflecting on "Side by Side: Walking with others in Wisdom and Love"

We've all been there haven't we?
That awkward silence after we've exhausted conversation about the weather and the latest TV show. Or when a friend has told us something bad that has happened and we just don't know what to do or say. Or those times when we've received some well intentioned but...

Our Triune God

Over the last few months we've had brief looks at the descriptions and functions of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit when they were considered independently. Ultimately however this was so that we would be able to more clearly understand who God is as a whole.  So today we are going to think ...

Insta-Marriage: A Reflection on Married at First Sight

Recently my Facebook feed has been inundated with posts about the new reality TV show Married at First Sight.  

For those denying knowing anything about the show, it is a reality show that first hit our TV screen in May this year.  Marketed as a "social experiment", the show featu...

God the Holy Spirit

So we've briefly discussed the Father and the Son, so now we naturally come to the Holy Spirit. Now as people, we have a tendency towards imbalance. Our inability to be completely measured means that we often move from one extreme to a...

God the Son

Having considered the Father, we now turn to Christ the Son. It can be safely assumed that out of the three persons, he is the most well known in the Trinity. The Christian faith, after all, bears his title. While it may be that our understanding of Him is most fully...

God the Father

In the previous article, we considered God's distinctiveness from humanity. It was suggested that it is a common, but also crippling, error to evaluate God and his actions according to human expectations and limitations. Well in the next few articles, we will be exam...

An Inhuman God

These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
The one ...

One Romans Story

In 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the doors of the Church in Wittenberg, he provided a catalyst event for what would be known as the Protestant Reformation. It was from here that the Christian Church, as we know it, came about. This event however was not an isolated one. It occur...

Saying Hi

"My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and ...

A Bible Reading Plan

A 5 Day a Week Bible Reading Plan 

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the s...

If Jesus Never...

If Jesus Never Died…

If Je...

Myanmar Mission Trip Journal (Part 1)

Over the Christmas and New Years period, the English Congregation sent a team to North Thailand and Myanmar in order to experience, visit and help some of the overseas ministry's that our Church supports. Here you will find a journal that we kept while we were there. For each day there is a recor...

Myanmar Mission Trip Journal (Part 2)

Day 8

Today we all woke early (at least earlier than we had been) because it was the first day of full program for the training conference that are helping with.  So we had breakfast and then grabbed our lift to the Church. We were there early but as we have been growing accustomed t...

From Martyrs to Monks (Part 2)

Last time we looked at martyrs and how their faithful testimony amidst the backdrop of persecution was ultimately an encouraging and edifying experience for the church. So then where did the church go from there? In answer of this question, we now look ...

From Martyrs to Monks (Part 1)

The Scene Back Then

Christians have experienced persecution for their faith right from the very beginnings of their existence. Indeed Jesus was the first to be persecuted, and the story that follows him in the New Testament is one in which such experiences were a norm rathe...

Short Term Mission?

After almost 24 hours of traveling and transiting, I finally arrived on the "mission field". I was tired but excited to have made it. I was eager to explore this closed country and its people. I joined the queue at customs and was glad that there were only a handful of people before me. A few min...

The Rock Was Christ

(Note: Read Exodus 17:1-7 first otherwise this sermon-blog will make no sense to you! Also NT = New Testament. OT = Old Testament).

As we've journeyed through Exodus, I trust that one of the things that has stood out is how clearly this book testifies about Jesus. For example: Exodus 12 and...

DisMembered

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. ...

reMembering

One day I went out to Yum Cha for lunch. Now this restaurant happened to be inside a Leagues Club, and I happened to live inside their membership radius. So in order to get in and have lunch with my friends, I had to pay for membership. Now it wasn't so bad a deal because yearly membership costed...

Church Membership

Christian's are (should be) people of principle. Our understanding of the way that we should live comes out of God's revelation of himself in his Word. As a result, generally speaking, we see our world in terms of right and wrong. What isn't wrong is right. And what isn't right is wrong. In our z...

Person + Something = Value?

Almost two weeks ago roughly 3.2 million people across Australia tuned in to what some called the television event of the year. It was the finale of 'The Voice', and whether they had followed the series or not, people everywhere wanted to know who the winner was. Now to be fair, 'The Voice' is pr...

How to Lose in Spiritual Warfare

The images that come to mind when I talk to Christians about the term "Spiritual Warfare" are not necessarily connected to the Biblical idea. Unfortunately they are more often influenced by fiction.

Say what? One idea of spiritual warfare today, that is not Christian at all, is what is pres...

Emotions... Taking Me Over...

I've seen a number of changes during my time at this church.  Some have been good, some bad, some neutral.  However, one change in particular has been weighing on my mind.  That is, our enthusiasm in music.  When I first came, we were fairly uninhibited.  People sang loud...

From Oww to Wow (Part 2)

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"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes h...

From Oww to Wow (Part 1)

"Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so ...

When is Easter again?

I've never thought it particularly important to know when Easter is on each year - That is until I had to reschedule a lunch I had made with a non-Christian colleague on Good Friday and his reaction was "...but it should be an important date for you to remember."

So I want to ask the questi...

Close(d)ness

"Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send greetings. All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar's household." (Philippians 4:21-22)

When we are young, the relationships that we form are almost entirely without limits. ...

Opportunities

"Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity." (Colossians 4:5)

One day, I was praying to God for an opportunity to connect with a Muslim and start a new friendship. Earlier, I had walked past a few Arabic looking guys, but I simply said 'hello' an...

What Do You Value?

About a month ago, Mission Australia came out with results from a survey they did of 46,000 young people (that is, anyone between 11-24yrs), asking them a range of questions regarding their values and concerns. They've been doing it for a few years now, which helps show the common values young pe...

Culture Spot: The X-Factor

The X Factor is a television talent show which started in Australia in 2005 and originated in the United Kingdom. The "X Factor" used as the title of the show refers to the non specific "something" that makes a singer one of star quality. From hideous auditions, to "goose bump" performances, the ...

Why?

Welcome everyone to the new online face of our Church's English Congregation!

The concept of 'place' is an interesting one. Now you might think to yourself that a place isn't a concept - that is a physical thing, a location. This is more or less true but for lack of better words, places are...