Next 5-10 Years

Let me describe the view as we look back on 2015, and look ahead to the next 5-10 years: As a typical Aussie teen, M thought withdrawing from tent group discussions was the cool thing to do. Religion is all a bit of a joke, he knew. But after the gospel logic in the 4th

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Israel 2017

Geoff Westlake will be leading a Journey to Israel, March 6-14, 2017. We will be visiting the Core Sites of the Core Stuff. You will gain personal experiences of places where: Scriptures and prophecies were faithfully recorded Ancient manuscripts are preserved today God was born into humanity Jesus grew up, taught and performed many miracles Jesus fulfilled prophecies,

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Q54 and our Central Reference Point

Life asks many questions of us, that we need to answer at least well enough in order to become responsible adults. I came across this set of cards which ask many of the relevant questions in an easy-to-use format – a deck of cards. Note – these cards are not for gambling: the backs of these cards

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RE Benefits Public Secondary Schools

Cunderdin Secondary School. After this year’s RE seminar, students and staff reported new levels of clarity about their own lives.  Geoff Westlake conducted a normal religious education seminar on seven “Different Ways of Knowing:” science, history, relationship, emotion, experiences, action, and will. These ways are applicable to all subject areas, which was helpful in itself. But by applying the

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Why Life Works

School teacher, Mr Wright, has a disabled son, who helped him to see more clearly what life’s bigger question is: Why life works, not just How. So while some work on “how life works,” and wonder “why do disabilities happen,” Mr Wright asks the bigger question, “Why does any level of ability exist?” Why do you have your God-given

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Teen Gospel Resources

Here are some great online resources for teens who want to know more about Christ and Christianity. RE:QUEST This is a simple, clear, well organised website: http://request.org.uk. You can browse and click on what interests you. Changing Lanes A simple, straightforward course to introduce the basics with good input and questions:  http://www.changinglanes.org.uk QUEST-SERIES A high budget and

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Lifesharing at Work

Why is it so hard to share faith at work? – Well it’s partly because you are supposed to be working. – And partly because casual conversations are too casual for the gravity of the Gospel. So book a lunch for a more serious chat – to share stories, deeper interests, missions, dreams. Speak from the

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Leadership By Design

A very rare opportunity for leaders in all fields of endeavour. In Perth, March 24-27, 2015, Andrew Olsen is running his Leadership by Design course. I did this course for $2000 some years ago, returned to work and said we should invest in the course for all our leaders. It changed the way I lead. When all

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Follow Up Options

“What kind of follow up are you ready to do after the camp series?” I asked. The teachers and I, around the table at this Indonesian Christian School, brainstormed what responses could be anticipated: 1) New believer. 2) Interested, but some more questions first. 3) Unmoved, because… 4) I believe but need some help. 5)

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Newfound Faith

Sometimes people just need the right opportunity to say yes to Jesus. A few weeks ago at a church camp, I presented the series ‘How We Know Jesus is True’ for 8-12 year olds. It covered all the bases afresh, then at the end I gave an invitation, to which the kids had 3 response

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