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Portraits of Jesus

A Year five student drew me a portrait of what she thought Jesus might look like. Perhaps it was her way of starting a conversation about Jesus. Maybe she needed to gauge my reaction to see if I recognised Jesus in her drawing. Would I scrunch up my nose and say, ‘That’s not Jesus’? Or, …

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Mission Trip 2022

Go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Mk 16:15)  In the first week of this term, the College Pastors took a team of 8 students ranging from years 10,11 &12 to Agnes Water on a Mission Trip. We did not choose Agnes because we think we are any better than the people who …

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Can we find real life online?

Is this the real life?Is this just fantasy?Caught in a landslide,No escape from realityOpen your eyes,Look up to the skies and see… Once your brain is finished singing, let’s discuss something important, it’s ok I’ll wait…. These lyrics hit home hard for many of us. Maybe it’s because it’s a really catchy tune. Maybe it’s …

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Jesus’s best joke

I laughed out loud reading my Bible recently. Matthew 7:3-5 is Jesus’s best joke. Jesus is something of a comedian at this moment. Every comedian has a manifesto for the type of comedy they perform. The likes of Stephen Colbert often have something to say about politics through comedy. Jerry Seinfeld makes a big deal …

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Who controls who?

Have you ever wondered if you control your phone or if your phone controls you?   …some researchers have estimated that an average person will have scrolled the equivalent height of the Burj Khalifa (i.e., the tallest building in the world) in a week, and Mount Everest in a year.  …an average person will likely perform …

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Like worshipping logs

The thing that does everything History won’t forget the Apple Keynote event of 2007 when the first iPhone was unveiled. Steve Jobs teases the world with promises of, ‘Three revolutionary products.’ The first is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. The third is a breakthrough internet communications device. …

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Rescuing children

On Tuesday, 16 August all of the Senior and Middle School took a stand against human trafficking. In both Chapel services, students stood rather sitting to recognise those around the world that face this horrible situation every day.  Students and staff also purchased t-shirts and gave monetary donations in order to rescue one girl.  The …

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Students taking a stand to save lives

Following a recent visit from Destiny Rescue, our faith and community leaders decided they wanted to help.    Established in 2001, Destiny Rescue is a not-for-profit charity that is dedicated to rescuing children from sexual exploitation and trafficking.  Children from poor families are being taken from their parents with the promise of a better life …

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Student collapses while VAPING in school toilets due to massive nicotine dose

This headline recently appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald after a Blue Mountains Grammar school student collapsed and had a seizure in the school toilets while vaping.  The occurrence happened as a result of inhaling a massive dose of nicotine. What is Vaping? For those who don’t know, Vaping is the term used when aerosol …

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Is your child addicted to gaming?

Parents often approach me with the problem, “My child is addicted to gaming, how do I make it stop?”  First off, what is gaming addiction? Is it a real thing? In 2018, Gaming disorder whether online or offline was included in the latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a clinically significant …

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Youth Alpha

I wonder how many of you have considered questions like: why am I here, is there more to life than this, who is Jesus and what evidence is there that he really existed? These are just a few of the questions that are explored throughout the Youth Alpha series.  Over the past few weeks, the …

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Can we have hope?

It seems like we have had quite the year so far, haven’t we? It seems like just as we have been slowly emerging from ongoing COVID restrictions, there were the impacts of the floods on communities in Queensland and NSW, which led to more school closures. On top of all of this, we see the …

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Welcome back to chapel

There was much excitement in Chapel this week as we celebrated both having the ability to meet together for the first time this year and Harmony week.  Every student was given a glow stick before entering a darkened auditorium as the Chapel band played the song Let the light in.     Some of the elements incorporated …

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A message from isolation

After a couple of tours of isolation, once for flying overseas and once for contracting the virus that I tried my best to avoid for the last two years, it is easy to see why we’re designed to do life in community. I dislike shopping for food online, everything is delivered in unfamiliar brands, sizes …

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Blocks for bibles

In Book Week, the College Pastors wanted to raise the profile of the most important book of all in our College community. Partnering with our Student Voice body and the Bible Society, we raised money to fund Bibles going overseas.  We were inspired by the story of Brother Andrew, a Polish Christian who smuggled Bibles …

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2021 Ministry Trip to 1770

How do bush dancing, magic tricks, snorkelling and God bringing down city walls by trumpet blasts and people’s shouts go together?  These are just a few of the things this year’s team got to do on our recent ministry trip to 1770.  Last week, 11 of our Senior students Pastor Syd, his wife Terry, Pastor …

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Pastor Fi’s farewell

Isaiah Chapter 43 has been a bible passage I have been reading for some time. Sometimes you find a gem in God’s word that really seems to nail what you are thinking or experiencing, and this has been the case for me. In it God reminds us that no matter what we face in life …

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The power of movies!

Are you fed up with the amount of screen time your child engages with? Are they constantly on Netflix? Have you ever stopped to think about the power in some of this screen time as a powerful teaching tool? Children rarely appreciate being lectured in life lessons. But they are far more likely to absorb …

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Harmony Day 2021

Kay-od mee-leh foyle-cha!  [céad míle fáilte] Mine Croyceo y bawb! [Mae ‘na groeso i bawb] Welcome to Harmony Day! I just welcomed you here in three different languages [the first version is a phonetic version to help you pronounce it] because they all represent cultures that are part of my identity. I have an English …

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The Joy of Christmas

Have you heard the grumbling about Christmas yet? How much it costs! Whether to invite Auntie so and so to Christmas lunch or not, because last year she upset so many people! How on earth you can fit in all the extra Christmas events into your already busy schedule! I want to revisit the first Christmas …

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Christmas Chapel

This past week at GCC we had a very special Chapel centering on Jesus’ birth found in the Gospel of Matthew 1:18-2:12. The Chapel will probably be forever remembered as the ‘Camel Chapel’. You see three real-live camels and their handlers (wise men) led all Middle and Senior School students into a very special outdoor …

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Fun in Lifehouse

Friday lunchtime is usually a time allocated for our Senior students to come to the Lifehouse to explore faith.  However, last Friday the College Pastors opened the Lifehouse to the Senior students to come in for some fun and just hangout. Working alongside our Year 12 College Leaders we managed to turn the Pastors Lifehouse into …

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Pastor’s Pen 4 September 2020

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 Imagine standing in front of about 40 Year 11 boys. They are in a different environment to their usual classes, the Pastors’ LifeHouse. The room warms up with their body heat. The ribbing jokes flow like water from a gurney. They …

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A moment we will never forget

Who loves special moments? Moments when you can’t help but smile inwardly and outwardly at what is occuring before your eyes? Shut your eyes for a moment and see if you can remember the last time you saw a newborn baby, gazed on a newborn lamb wriggle, or heard a baby chick cheep. Remember the …

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Pastors’ parenting persuasion

This semester Pastor Donna, Steph Alksne (parent volunteer) and I, have been privileged to run a parenting course for parents of High School students. We have really enjoyed sharing together and learning from each other. Although my boys are in their early 20s, we never stop learning from each other and though we did have …

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Pastor’s Pen 9 June 2017

Parenting involves wearing many hats: chef, psychologist, handyman, cleaner and nurse. I have worn all these hats and more as I raised my four children into adulthood. Yet there were times when I asked myself: Am I doing everything right? Am I doing enough? Will my child succeed in life? Psychologists at Harvard came up …

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Pastors’ Pen 12 May 2017

Do you remember the old song, “O Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way?” Hopefully you have been humble lately, but I hope you haven’t told people what you have done. Maybe you ooze humility and it comes naturally to you, but I’ve been challenged lately with this godly character …

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