Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent!

The season of Advent has been celebrated for nearly 2,000 years, and yet it has fallen out of favour in the modern world and in our churches. 

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Jack Hamer
Passing the Baton

This Thursday evening will be a very special time at TAC, for we will be having an MTS Supporters Night for Rachael Stabback and Leesa Vesey. 

I am so delighted that they have both agreed to join us as apprentices in 2018.

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Raj GuptaMTS
Reflecting on the Yes Vote

With 4 in 10 Australians voting no in the recent same sex marriage plebiscite, no doubt many will be disappointed with the result. I am certainly one of those people. I grieve for the trajectory of our society, the implications for future generations and, most importantly, the impact on freedoms that will no doubt have an impact on our ability to share the life saving message of Jesus.

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Raj Gupta
Vision Sunday 2017

Welcome to church today, the day we have called Vision Sunday. For the last month, we have taken time to celebrate the unity that we have in Jesus, and the diversity that he has blessed us with. We have had so much to give thanks for – with diverse people with diverse ministries and gifts serving one another because of our unity in Jesus.

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Raj Gupta
Why Celebrate the Reformation?

You may have heard that we’ve just past the day of the 500th year of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. I imagine many of you acknowledge that something significant happened but don’t really know more than that. 

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Ben Allen
Ordinary People coming to know the Extraordinary God

Today is a very special day for so many reasons. Last night was an amazing night to see the diverse ways that God is working among us. I was delighted to hear one of our youth saying that they didn’t want to miss the Boomers act! Today is also the middle of Vision Month – a time we have set aside for our church to refocus on what God has and is doing through our unity and diversity. However, today is also a special day for another reason. 

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Raj Gupta
Diversity and Unity

Today is the day that we encourage all across our church to join us in going for a “prayer walk.” Some have turned this into a prayer drive, which is totally fine (provided you don’t close your eyes and drive at the same time). 

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Raj Gupta
Welcome to Vision Month 2017

I’ve been looking forward to today for a long time.
At Toongabbie Anglican we want to maximise the impact of our church for Jesus, making the most of the time and resources God has entrusted to us. We are passionate about seeing thousands of people in our area encounter the hope, community and purpose that only comes from a true encounter with the extraordinary God. 

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Raj Gupta
Food, Faith and Camp

It’s been said that growing in your faith can be likened to the way your body feeds on meals. The analogy isn’t perfect, but it can be helpful. Your body gets its nutrition from your meals gradually. Each meal contributes to a more or less healthy diet. Skipping meals removes important nutrition from your body. Similarly, a steady diet of teaching and growing from the Bible is what feeds your faith. Poor teaching or skipping church or Growth Group or other opportunities to feed hinders your growth.

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Ben Allen
I'm proud of you!

I wanted to use this column to say a big thank you to the many people who serve Jesus across our church. As I was reflecting recently, I really was quite humbled.
 

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Raj Gupta
Why bother coming to church?

Friends, whether this is your first time at TAC (welcome!) or you’ve been coming for years, it’s so great that you’re here today to join with us as we gather together to meet with the living God!

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Kate Hamer
What a Week!

Welcome to church today. We had a wonderful “If I were God …. ” week at Toongabbie Anglican. I hope that you made the most of the week. 

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Raj Gupta
If I was God...

Welcome to the culmination of our “If I Were God …” week.

If you were God, what would you do? Different people have many different responses. For some, it is relieving pain and suffering. For others, it is trying to make a difference in the world. For others again, it is an opportunity make the confusion about God clearer. And these examples are just scratching the surface.

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Raj Gupta
Missional Disciples

A couple of weeks ago, with the help of Robert O’Donohue, I ran a session designed to help people make sharing Jesus a part of their everyday life. You see, because we believe that each and every person needs to know and trust Jesus, the most important priority is sharing Jesus with people and praying that they will indeed trust Jesus.

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Ben Allen
Just around the corner

I am a tad excited.

In 3 weeks from now, our Mission Week begins. Did you know that the Lord has left us in this world to be his agents and, in particular, so that more people will come into his glorious kingdom?

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Raj Gupta
From tragedy to triumph

Have you ever met someone whose life journey stirs genuine awe in you? In the days following the end of WWII, one fair skinned and blue eyed baby found himself alone, unclaimed, with no known name or birth date in the Babies Home in Jerusalem. A war orphan.

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Katie Smith
Gazing into the Future

In the last few weeks at TAC, we have had the great privilege of looking at Romans 1-8. Some have called Romans the greatest letter ever written, for it sets our sights on the future.

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Raj Gupta