Moderator's Comments - Posted 6 April 2016

I have had punctuality bred into me, even now, if I am meeting my sisters, I know they will be at least 10 minutes early and sometimes I am even earlier.

Some people are habitually late, I am habitually early.

Oscar Wilde said that he was always late on principle, the principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. Evelyn Waugh believed punctuality to be the virtue of the bored, those who have nothing better to do than to be on time.

The writer of Hebrews says that there is an appointment we will all meet, none will be either early or late:

Moderator's Comments - Posted 29 March 2016

Wee Waa’s boom years were the mid 1960’s to the mid 1980’s, there was plenty of water, and cotton, as an Australian industry, was in its infancy.

American farmers led by Paul Kahl and Frank Hadley, two Christian men from California, were instrumental in establishing the industry, centred on Wee Waa.

Wee Waa Presbyterian was our first parish. We ministered there from February 1976 to December 1981. This last Easter we had the joy of going back to lead the Easter services.

How things have changed!

Moderator's Comments - Posted 22 March 2016

Toplady’s hymn expresses it well:

“Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to thy cross I cling;
Naked turn to you for dress;
Helpless look to you for grace;
Foul I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.”

By dying on that cross, Jesus won our salvation.

To do so, Jesus had to live a perfect life with no taint of sin, even his enemies had nothing of which they could accuse him, except that he ate with the wrong types of people. He had no sin of His own for which to die. Our sin was laid on him,

“we all like sheep have gone astray
Each of us has turned to his own way
And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

Alasdair Paine wrote recently,

Moderator's Comments - Posted 17 March 2016

We only watch quality TV at our place and so, were saddened at the concluding of the series, ‘Im a celebrity get me out of here’.

We became involved in the lives of the celebrities and especially enjoyed the interplay between hosts, Julia Morris and Chris Brown.

In one episode, celebrity Shane Warne had an African spider placed in the palm of his hand for 30 seconds. Shane explained that he suffered from arachnophobia and this was the hardest thing he had had to do in his life.

Moderator's Comments - Posted 1 March 2016

I live in Sydney, a beautiful city, what a pleasure to show friends from overseas around the harbour, the beaches and the mountains.

And yet, like all believers, my home is the eternal city which is above.

The writer of the Hebrews reminds his readers “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). The whole book of Revelation is focussed on the future city, where there will be no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).  The apostle Paul alludes to Isaiah when he speaks of our future hope, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).