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We are a small group of learners... learning to trust God more...


OUR NEXT MEETING April 4Hi everyone. YABS continues at Sam's. We will be looking at 2 Peter 3 (see below).


2 PETER 3:1-18 (April 14)

I have the study finished if you want it. Contact me and I will email it to you.

Also, check out 3 fantastic messages by Jonny Gibson HERE.



1 PETER 1:16-18 (March 7)

I have the study finished if you want it. Contact me and I will email it to you.



TOWARDS BELIEF # 6: The Church

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TOWARDS BELIEF # 5: Exclusive Faith

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A classic illustration from Francis Schaeffer:

If every little baby that was ever born anywhere in the world had a tape recorder hung about its neck, and if this tape recorder only recorded the moral judgments with which this child as he grew bound other men, the moral precepts might be much lower than the biblical law, but they would still be moral judgments.
Eventually each person comes to that great moment when he stands before God as judge. Suppose, then, that God simply touched the tape recorder button and each man heard played out in his own words all those statements by which he had bound other men in moral judgment. He could hear it going on for years—thousands and thousands of moral judgments made against other men, not aesthetic judgments, but moral judgments.
Then God would simply say to the man, though he had never head the Bible, now where do you stand in the light of your own moral judgments? The Bible points out . . . that every voice would be stilled. All men would have to acknowledge that they have deliberately done those things which they knew to be wrong. Nobody could deny it.
We sin two kinds of sin.
We sin one kind as though we trip off the curb, and it overtakes us by surprise.
We sin a second kind of sin when we deliberately set ourselves up to fall.
And no one can say he does not sin in the latter sense. Paul’s comment is not just theoretical and abstract, but addressed to the individual—“O man”—any man without the Bible, as well as the man with the Bible.
. . . God is completely just. A man is judged and found wanting on the same basis on which he has tried to bind others.
—Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century, 2d ed. (Wheaton: Crossway, 1985), 49-50.





(VERSION 8: changes will have a '#'!

# OUR TRIP TO DORRIGO IS ON THIS EVENING! Be at rendevous carpark at 6pm SHARP please.

Yes, it is on BUT it still may still rain around 7pm (50/50) - you will need to make your own call but please let me know if you cannot make it! (3.45pm today).





# MONDAY 3.45pm: I will still message everyone at about 4pm to let you know what's happening. WE are going but note that non-threatening clouds are still forming mid-state (4pm).

PLEASE NOTE: rain gear/spare dry clothes/dry shoes/dry socks just in case (winds will not be an issue). Picnic area is rain friendly.


(TUESDAY is our back-up night - & also, not looking good - but slightly better).


MONDAY: Sunny morning. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the evening. Winds westerly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 15 with daytime temperatures reaching between 19 and 28.


TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog about higher ground in the early morning. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the morning and early afternoon. Winds southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending southeast to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 7 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching between 19 and 25.


* Monday November 14th

* Please pray for fellowship & safety

* Meet at Bellingen Golf Club carpark at 6pm SHARP: (it's on the right-hand side of town!)

* You will need to have your evening meal BEFORE you go - or, on the way.

* We will head up together in a convoy from Bello

* We'll then head for Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Rd, Dorrigo NSW 2453

* And ...check out the terrific view at the Centre whilst we have daylight

* Hopefully, we can check out some tiny kangaroos in the picnic area

* Then... Hop back in our cars

* To.... a short distance travel to 'The Glade Picnic Area'

* Head out for the start of our walk to Crystal Shower Falls (this is about a 30 min walk - max??)

Head back from our walk from Crystal Shower Falls (this is about a 30 min walk - max??)

* Put our walking gear back in the car & take out our picnic "stuff"


* Turn on picnic areas electricity/lights and have a picnic

* And... gaze at the stars (weather/clouds permitting)

* Then ... fellowship! burp!... & head home!



1. Good quality torch with extra batteries

2. Warm clothes

3. Hat and/or beanie (I don't trust ticks); long pants (no skirts - not a good idea)

4. Picnic stuff eg thermos, tea/coffee, non-sugar cakes/muffins! Rug? Table cloth? We will share our goodies if that's OK. (No alcohol of course).

5. Sense of humour!

6. Good strong shoes; the walking paths are excellent but make sure your shoes are not slippery.

The recent rain will ensure that the paths, though good, will be slippery.

7. I take a small back-pack, water bottle and camera (just in case I see a black panther)

8. If leeches & mozzies are an issue for you, please prepare accordingly (not a big issue to be frank but you never know). Perhaps the recent rain will have brought out some leeches/mozzies. I'm going to be prepared for them - just in case.

# 9. Don't forget milk if you need it in your cuppa!



* PLEASE let me know if you can't make it.

* You may head home in fog; at least on the top of the mountain. Chances are that it will not last long.

* If the weather proves to be an issue, please keep your eye on this page... I will keep it updated.

* Expect a fun time ... even though we are unlikely to see any mammals or birds as we chat away!



TOWARDS BELIEF # 4: Religious Violence

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See also great articles about this issue here: I Need Answers

Does religion and the Christian faith in particular, cause or condone violence’? 

Christopher Hitchens and many other ‘new atheists’ claim that religion is the root of all evil and violence.

They claim that to believe in God (or gods) turns many good people into violent people. In Christianity’s case they point to some of the terrible events in church history to show how great evils have been done in Christ’s name. The Bible, especially the Old Testament, is attacked as an ancient text that occasionally encourages and regularly condones violent practices. Is this the case? 

How do we answer people who suggest that Christianity promotes violent?


TOWARDS BELIEF # 3: The Supernatural

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"Introduction: Christians believe in the supernatural. They believe in the miraculous that can't be explained away by logic or by science. The Bible is full of the supernatural from Old Testament stories like the Red Sea being parted to the New Testament stories of Jesus healing people or walking on the water and the pivotal story of Jesus rising to life from the dead. And Christians believe that the miraculous still occurs. But for many people, that's like believing in the tooth fairy or that Santa Claus will come down the chimney on Christmas Eve and give you your presents - it's child-like thinking. And yet the supernatural still seems to occur. People are healed, people see visions, people experience what they think is the presence of God. So what do we do with the supernatural? Is it reasonable or is it fairy tales for weak-minded people? " TOWARDS BELIEF





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TOWARDS BELIEF # 1: Suffering

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SPECIAL OUTING!! September 8th!

"Sons of Korah" Concert. 7.30pm at the Coffs Harbour Presbtyerian Church. $20 at the door.




'John's Prologue' is Chapter 1 of John's Gospel; verses 1-18. It is simply magnificent!

You can read it here: John 1:1-18

Read, think, reflect!




Just turn up & we'll watch a very interesting, yet provocative, documentary - then discuss it.




1. What are 'parables'? (see: GOT QUESTIONS?)

2. Why did Jesus teach via 'parables'? (see: GOT QUESTIONS?)

3. What are your favourite parables (and why)?

4. READ and think about these: 

* The Sower and the Seeds (Mark 4:3-9; Matt 13:3-9; Luke 8:5-8)
* The Pharisee and The Publican – Luke 18:9-14
* The Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21)





 We are going to "dissect" a psalm - Psalm 73 to be exact.

So, read it - think about it - then read it again - then think a little bit more about it!

In the next couple of days I'm going to add some more questions about Psalm 73 but here's a start:

1. What is Psalm 73 all about? (That is, what is the 'big picture' of the Psalm?)

2. Why do you think it was written?

3. The Psalm could be divided into 3 parts - can you see these 3 'sections'?

4. Can you personally identify with the Psalmist (Asaph) with any issues or even attitudes that he raises.

5. Are you surprised that a psalm that strongly questions the value of being a believer is even in the Bible?

6. Do you have any questions about Psalm 73?



TOPIC #1: "THE GOSPEL" (9/06/15)

Here's some questions to think about:

1. What is the 'Gospel'?

2. What isn't the 'Gospel'?

3. Is the 'Gospel' just for non-Christians or Christians as well? Prove your answer from the Scriptures.

4. Can we, as Christians, 'live' the Gospel?




For those who like it simple: What Is the Gospel? by R.C. Sproul

For deep thinkers: WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?



Short version: What is the Gospel?


Long Version: What is the Gospel?



EG: Do Christians need the Gospel too? by Stephen Cracknell (includes mp3 talk)