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hat it means W to know God Father’s Day Seasons 2012 Interview with Frances Holmes Following God Bec Groves


TRANSFORMED HumeRidge Church of Christ Magazine

When the 2011 Census data was released last month, most news items reported the decline of Christianity. In reality this was overemphasized, so I thought I would use my Transformed column to bring some balance.

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The Summit 2012 Dale White

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What it means to know God 4 Neale Proellocks

My Dad Natalie Tucker

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What’s on Sundays

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August / September 10 Pull Out Calendar

SOAP Readings 12

Seasons 2012 14 Interview with Frances Holmes

My Turn to be an Old Bag 16 Heather Fletcher

Operation Mobilisation 18 Jeremy Cox

Following God 20 Bec Groves

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The data on religion did reveal a small percentage drop in the total number of Australians identifying as Christian, from 63.9% in 2006 to 61.1% in 2011; a change of 2.8%. In actual numbers, however, more that 13 million Australians are affiliated in some way with Christianity. This represents an increase of nearly 500,000 people since the previous census in 2006. Far from being an insignificant or dying part of our society, Christianity continues to be vibrant and important to the majority of Australians, with most people – more than 6 out of every 10 – identifying as Christian. By comparison, the three biggest non-Christian religions account for a total of 6 per cent of Australians. The census also showed growth in affiliation to some Christian denominations – including those with “no formal denomination” (up 50%), Baptists (up 11% growth), Seventh Day Adventists (14%), and Pentecostals (8%). What about Toowoomba? It is heartening that 73.5% identify with Christianity, and that just 15.6% identify ‘no religion’. This demonstrates a much higher degree of Christian affiliation in our region than for Australia as a whole. This is an important balance to those who cry out about the irrelevance of Christianity in society today – although I would remind people that there is a lot more to being a Christian than just writing it on a census! PS Churches of Christ account for 1.3% of people in the Toowoomba Region – compared to an affiliation of less than 0.3% nationally.

Dale White Senior Pastor


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On October 12 and 13 we will once again host the Global Leadership Summit at HumeRidge Church of Christ, and I invite YOU to consider being part of it! The summit is not just for pastors or church leaders, but for anyone who wants to make a difference for good in this world! I invite you to step out and register for this two-day event, allowing God to plant new seeds of faith and vision into your mind. The GLS is challenging, inspiring, information-giving, heart-wrenching, and mind-blowing! Alternatively, you may like to serve as a volunteer as we welcome and host leaders from many different Churches from across the region.

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2012 A CHALLENGE FROM BILL HYBELS Some years ago a number of ministers from Toowoomba went to Melbourne for a two day meeting with Willow Creek Senior Pastor Bill Hybels. I remember his challenge to pastors, ‘What are you doing to develop and train the leaders in your Church?’ For me, the Global Leadership Summit is the major leadership development program for HumeRidge Church of Christ. Whilst we run leadership training in various areas of church life – and I especially note the great work done for our youth & kids leaders – the GLS is our number one leadership training event. We require all elders and ministry staff to make the effort to be there, but invite everyone to also consider getting a slice of this training and inspiration!


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2012 FACULTY

Starting in 1995 at the Willow Creek Community Church, the Summit is now a world-wide leadership training event impacting 150,000 Christian leaders in over 400 cities in 81 countries. The guest speakers come from a variety of disciplines – from church, business, political, academic, and not-for profit backgrounds – and the teaching is brilliant. Insights from these leaders combine to provide a balanced and holistic understanding of leadership. The combination of faith, vision and action on the one hand, along with humility, vulnerability and servanthood on the other, is revealed as the way to godly and effective leadership.

The line-up of speakers this year is even better than last year, and is sure to stretch, challenge and encourage everyone who attends. Many will be familiar with pastors John Ortberg, Bill Hybels or Craig Groeschell. This year’s summit, however, will also feature former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, business leader Patrick Lencioni, and renowned author Jim Collins. The 2012 faculty is almost a ‘best of the best’ from previous summits, along with some exciting new names, and I am very excited about the impact that this summit will have on the church here in Toowoomba!

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transforming Neale Proellocks

What it means to know

Adapted from Timothy Keller, 1991 When we believe in Him What is Christianity? Some say it’s a philosophy, others, an ethical stance, and others claim it is an experience. None of these gets at the heart of the matter. Each of those things is something a Christian has, but none of them serves as a definition of what a Christian is. Christianity has at its core a transaction between a person and God. A person who becomes a Christian moves from knowing about, to knowing God directly and intimately. “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3

Why Do I Need to Know God? Our desire for God is strong, but we fail to recognize it. When we first fall in love and get married, when we break into a chosen field, when we get that weekend house—these breakthroughs arouse in us an anticipation of something which, as it turns out, never occurs. We eventually discover that our desire for that precious something is a longing that no lover or career or achievement, even the best ones, can ever satisfy. The satisfaction fades away even as we close our fingers around our goal. Nothing ever delivers the joy it seemed to promise. “Nothing tastes,” said Marie Antoinette. 4I

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People respond in several ways: 1 Blame everything but themselves. Some people believe that a better spouse, a better career and salary would finally yield the elusive joy. Many of the world’s most successful people are like this: bored, discontented; running from one thing to the next. 2 Blame themselves. They try harder to live up to self-imposed standards. Such people are wracked with self-doubts and tend to burn themselves out. They think, “If only I could reach my goals, then this emptiness would be gone.” C. S. Lewis wrote “Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water ... If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy, that does not mean that the universe is a fraud. Probably, earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy, but only to arouse, to suggest the real thing.” 3 Blame the universe and give up seeking fulfilment at all. These people say, “When you’re young you’re idealistic, but at my age I have stopped howling after the moon.” They become cynical and decide to repress that part of themselves that once wanted fulfilment and joy. Hardened, they feel themselves losing their humanity, compassion and joy. 4 Blame and recognize their separation from God and establish a personal relationship with Him.


How Can I Know God? Understand 3 things: 1 Who We Are We are God’s creation. God created us for a relationship with Himself. We belong to Him and owe Him gratitude for every breath. Since humans were built to live for and worship God, we will always try to worship something. If not God, we will choose some other object of ultimate devotion to give life meaning. We are sinners. We have all chosen to reject God and to make our own joy and happiness our highest priority. We don’t want to worship God and surrender our self-mastery. Yet we are built to worship; so we cling to idols, centring life on things which promise to give us meaning. We are in spiritual bondage. To live for anything but God leads to breakdown and decay. When a fish leaves the water, which it was built for, it is not free, but dead. Worshipping other things besides God leads to a loss of meaning. If we achieve these things, they cannot deliver satisfaction, because they were never meant to be “gods.” 2 Who God Is God is love and justice. His active concern is for our joy and well-being. Most people love those who love them, but God loves and seeks the good, even of people who are His enemies. But because God is good and loving, He cannot tolerate evil. The opposite of love is not anger but indifference. “The more you love your son, the more you hate in him, the liar, the drunkard, the traitor.” (E.H. Gifford) Imagine God’s situation. Picture a judge who is also a father, sitting at the trial of his guilty son. A judge knows that he cannot let his son go, for without justice, society cannot survive. How much less can a loving God ignore or suspend justice for us who are loved, yet guilty of rebellion against His loving authority? Jesus Christ is God. Jesus is God Himself come to earth. He lived a perfect life, loving God completely, fulfilling all human obligations to God. He lived the life you owed, perfectly. Then,

instead of receiving His deserved reward (eternal life), Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins, taking the punishment and death you owed. 3 What You Must Do You must repent. There first must be an admission that you have been living as your own master, worshipping the wrong things, violating God’s loving laws. “Repentance” means you ask forgiveness and turn from self-mastery to a willingness to live for and centre on Him. You must believe. Faith is transferring your trust from your own efforts to the efforts of Christ. Once relying on other things for acceptance, now you consciously begin relying on what Jesus did, for your acceptance with God. All you need is nothing. If you think, “God owes me something for all my efforts,” you are still on the outside. When you make this transaction, 2 things happen at once: 1) your accounts are cleared; your sins are wiped out permanently; you are adopted legally into God’s family, and 2) the Holy Spirit enters your life and begins to change you into the character of Jesus. You must follow through. Tell a Christian friend about your commitment. Begin training in the basic Christian disciplines of prayer, worship, Bible study and fellowship with other Christians. Consider coming to God. You owe it to Him to give Him your life. He is your Creator. Come to Him in deep gratitude for sacrificing His Son. He is your Redeemer. If you have doubts, you need to doubt your doubts. No one can doubt everything at once—you must believe in something to doubt something else. Do you believe you are competent to run your own life? Where is the evidence for that? Why doubt everything but your doubts about God? You owe it to God to seek Him. Talk to a Christian friend or contact our church office - 46350350. If you were created by God, then you owe Him your life, whether you feel like it or not.

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Natalie Tucker

In a ministry team full of men it seems a little funny for me to be writing about Fatherhood and yet I didn’t want to let this opportunity go by... For as long as I can remember my Dad has been one of the most, if not the most, influential figures in my life. You see my Dad was not just my “at home “Dad but also my School Principal and for 4 years my teacher. In my late teens he was also my boss. And, I like to say we got on famously and had no struggles but I and my strong will are quite possibly the reason my Dad’s grey! Dad knew how to inspire me, make me rise to the occasion and do my best. He also knew what boundaries I needed and consequences to put in place. I knew how to buck the system and make sure Dad knew what I thought, good and bad! 6I

Dad’s faith also impacted my life far more than I can share in a few words but I will never forget learning about God from the scripture and life experiences we shared together. Dad taught his children of the Lord every day and he lived what he believed with faithfulness and love to his family and those around him. My Dad was a safe place as a child and because of our relationship then he remains a safe place today. Though I’m sure he’s thankful I don’t quite let him know my frustrations in the same way I did in primary school! Over eight years ago now I became a single Mum and my relationship with my Dad became more important than ever. Dad has been my rock. He’s a wonderful source of wisdom, strength, encouragement and prayer support. Dad helps me in trying to raise my children to know God and he gives of his time


and energy to care for us in practical ways. In Dad my children have an example of a Godly father and while they might get frustrated by his “old” ways and “old” values I hope and pray they see Jesus in his words, actions and expressions of love towards them. Now I paint a great picture of my Dad, and to me he is a Godly man who I greatly admire, but I’m not blinded to his faults and imperfection and neither is he! As a family we can laugh and joke with one another as we seek to change and grow knowing full well for some of us it may be too late ... and some of you know exactly what I mean!!! When my Dad had heart surgery last December it dawned on me just how influential and significant a role my Dad had played in my life. I realised that who I was, including my relationship with Jesus, was mostly due to his influence in my life. And, I let God know in no uncertain terms that I still needed Dad here, that our family all needed Dad here! Thankfully God thought so too and Dad is still teaching lessons of love to his ever growing family. For some of you reading this I know your experience of your Dad may not be like mine. For others you may be a father trying to find your way. I am blessed to have a great Dad, but you know, I have a great Dad because he seeks to live a life in obedience to God, his Father. A day doesn’t go by when my Dad isn’t praying, studying his bible and spending time with his Father. Dad’s relationship with God is the reason he is who he is. If you haven’t experienced life with a loving Father I urge to seek after God. He is a loving Father who wants you to know and be known by Him. If you are seeking to be a great father to your children I encourage you to get out your bible, pray and spend time with God for He is the greatest Father who will teach you His ways when you seek Him.

Recently I’ve watched with my sons the movie “Courageous” [ladies have tissues on hand!]. The impact of Fathers on their families is highlighted throughout the movie as is the importance of being committed as a Father to God, your wife and children. I encourage you to watch this movie; to share it with your daughter’s so they can see good examples of Godly men, and to share it with your sons to inspire them to stand up for God and for good. Watching this movie together is a wonderful opportunity for you to build into the lives of your family. And Dads I hope it is an encouragement to you to remain firm in your faith and commitment to your family. They need you. I say again, THEY NEED YOU. Each year we celebrate Father’s Day on a Sunday. Celebrate with your Father. Wives and children celebrate the Fatherhood of your husbands and Dads. And, when you are together, in church or at home, celebrate our God, our Father, who loves us more than we can imagine and is the perfect example of Fatherhood.

And to my Dad ~ Happy ! Father’s Day . ts lo ya Love xXx

A few resources for Dads “Courageous” The Movie & Books www.families.org.au (Focus on the Family Australia) www.bringingupboys.com (Bringing Up Girls included) www.5lovelanguages.com (Couples & Children) www.drleman.com (Families & Parenting) www.crosswalk.com And check out the great collection of resources at Koorong.

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term 3 series outline Your unique family matters to God!

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August 5 “Faith Development in Families” Tim Smith, Associate Pastor

August 12 “Disappointment in Families”

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Ross Savill, Veteran Youth Worker & Pastor

August 19 “Conflict in Families” Graham Jones, Counsellor

There IS Good News

5 Week Series by Pastor Neale Proellocks – 9am only

August 26 Good News for Those Inside

September 2 Good News for Those Outside

September 9 You Share What You Have

September 16 How You Share Ultimately Matters

September 23 Our Culture – Transformed by Good News


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Genesis 34

Nahum 3

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the World

interview with Frances Holmes Seasons Conference has been the premier

women’s ministry event at HumeRidge over the last 9 years, drawing speakers, artists and delegates from all over Australia. Frances Holmes has attended every conference since its inception in 2005 and has been Seasons Chair since 2009.

Frances, tell us about your involvement with Seasons... I first came to be officially involved in Seasons because of my “day job” as an event organiser. I felt I had something to offer the conference with the abilities and experience that God had given me. Secondly, I believe in a “living faith”. It’s walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Living faith is a hands on approach to serving God through serving others. There are so many opportunities at HumeRidge to live out our faith in this way and I feel incredibly blessed to have seen God at work transforming lives through the Seasons conference. 14 I

What are some of the conference highlights you’ve experienced? There have been so many highlights over the last 8 conferences. Amazing guest speakers, inspiring stories, breath-taking creativity and music, and of course the encouragement amongst the women who attend Seasons. Perhaps the most significant highlights for me are the messages I have received over the years about women’s lives not only being touched, but transformed, as a result of attending Seasons. The spiritual element of Seasons is hugely significant as we explore themes such as courage, confidence, wisdom, endurance and grace. I had a note sent to me from a lady who had attended Seasons for the last 5 years. She wrote to say she is a mother of a child with multiple disabilities and each year when she attends Seasons, it equips her spiritually to fight on with God’s grace. Another story was from a lady who had been molested by a family friend through her teenage years and it was at a Seasons conference (two years ago) that she finally forgave him and freed herself from his hold on her life. In her note she wrote “by the grace of God I am free at last!”. There are so many more stories like these and I believe these are the reasons Seasons has endured for as long as it has.


Saturday 11 August 2012 You’ve spoken of the impact on women’s lives locally. Last year we saw a definite shift in focus at the conference where our own women had the opportunity to reflect God’s love to other women beyond our own community.

What can we expect at Seasons 2012?

Seasons has always provided our delegates with mission support opportunities, primarily to reach out to enable and empower disadvantaged women. We’ve done this through things like our mission market place, the Seasons book club or child sponsorship through Compassion. Last year, however, we stepped up in a big way and launched “Seasons for Empowerment” and took our first mission trip to Hagar in Cambodia.

We are again very blessed to have with us two top-class guest speakers. Thanks to one of this year’s major sponsors, Focus On The Family, we have Deb Sorensen, a family counsellor and regular presenter on the popular Focus on the Family radio program. We also have Samantha Jackel, author of the book “My Purple Pants” who will share her incredible life story. Of course we will also have our regular conference features including entertainment, Everyday Women stories, fun, fellowship and inspiration. We’re also going to get a little nostalgic and take a look at our Seasons conferences over the years.

Seven ladies from the Seasons conference witnessed first hand the difference we can make in the lives of disadvantaged women. It’s encouraging to see our little mission team now encouraging others around them to get involved with mission work (locally or internationally). I’m looking forward to the Seasons for Empowerment project continuing on beyond the conference into the years ahead.

This year’s conference will explore ways in which to maximise our relationships. Our theme is “United” being united with Jesus, united with one another and united together through Jesus.

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transforming to be an Old Bag

Heather Fletcher

One of the best things about KYB is that it’s a multi-age support group for women. I never had any aunts, and both my grannies are long dead. My mother is “retired,” which means volunteer work has swallowed her whole and I see less of her now than when she was paid working. So KYB is the only place in my life where I get to mix with women of a life stage before and after the one I’m in. It’s been emotionally therapeutic and spiritually innervating. 16 I

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When I was at my wits end with an impossible toddler, Jenny from KYB knew how to help. “You’re not alone, Heather,” Jenny would say soothingly. “When my daughter was little, she would rush to the front of the church, hitch up her skirts and moon the congregation.” Jenny was a decade ahead of me and had learned a thing or two about toddler taming, which she passed on to me. And as Jenny predicted, my toddler grew up to be as sweet a girl as her adult daughter, both of whom can now be relied upon to keep their pants on in public.


When I was diagnosed with depression, Lyn from KYB knew just what to say. She’d had two decades of following Jesus through the dark valleys of mental illness. I never had to explain myself to her. “You’re not alone, Heather,” she would say soothingly, “We can be nuts together,” and we would laugh til we dribbled at the absurdities of our condition. She sent encouragement cards which had an uncanny knack of arriving when I needed them most. I don’t have depression any more. I thank Lyn for prodding me along on the path to healing. Then the way the world works rudely burst our soothing bubble of togetherness. Jenny and her generation had to go back to work and Lyn and her generation moved to be nearer family. So now, in my 30s, I get to be one of the old bags of my KYB group. Like blood and bone fertiliser, it stinks, but

also causes major growth. When the KYB generation in its 20s say things like I want to throttle my toddler or my marriage is in trouble or I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder or I think I’m an alcoholic or I’ve got same-sex attraction, I feel old before my time. But it’s my turn. I think of Jenny and Lyn and I rise to the challenge. My KYB notes tell me that was God’s plan all along: Make sure the old bags revere God with their whole lives, not busy being gossips, whingers, drunks and shopaholics, but doing stuff that’s helpful to their community. Then they’ll have credibility to teach young whippersnappers how to cooperate with their husbands, care for their kids, manage domestic duties, be selfcontrolled, and work on their marriages, so God’s name doesn’t get a bad reputation. Titus 2:3 in the Heatherkiah version.

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“To whom much is given, much will be required.” Luke 12:48

Luke 12:48 says: “To whom much is given, much will be required.” It is no wonder that we are blessed to live in such an affluent and prosperous part of the world when we consider verses such as these. We have been given much so that we have the privilege of seeking out and helping those in need, both physical and spiritual. Europe is a beautiful country. Full of rich history and abundant in vast cultures, it is a popular destination for many Australians to travel. While it may be the birthplace of Christianity, Europe is in many ways in spiritual dire straits. One friend recently told me, that in France for each priest, there are four people practicing witch-craft. Whilst religion is well known, the story of Jesus Christ is not. 18 I

Countries such as France are not without physical needs either; over 1 million homeless dwell amongst the local French people. It boggles me to consider who will live up to the Lord’s famous last words “Go and make disciples of all nations…” OM (Operation Mobilisation) is one missionary organisation who partners with Churches to achieve just that. Their goal is the 10/40 principal. Within 10 and 40 degrees latitude north, live the world’s most unreached people. They seek not to establish and uphold their own name, but rather equip and help local people spread the Gospel throughout this part of the world. On July 15 this year, I will have the privilege of being part of team a who will travel


transforming World Changers Support Locally Scripture Union Chaplains Middle Ridge State School Rangeville State School Centenary Heights State School Regional Manager - David Jutsum Student Life Jeremey Cox

Queensland and Victoria Director - Cameron Fletcher Toowoomba City Care

throughout these parts of Europe. For five months, we will travel to various countries and help the already established long-term missionaries in their work. With such a long time away, we will be involved in a range of ministries such as serving in homeless shelters, assisting builders, running youth events as well as many evangelistic outreaches. Missionaries never go alone. Indeed those who stay and pray are just as important as those who go. If you would like to give financially or pray for our team, or if you feel led to help out another mission or missionary our Church supports, please contact the missions team. You might like to join our youth group who passionately support the work of Hagar. Whatever it is you feel led to do, remember God loves a cheerful giver, so enjoy the joy of giving!

Toowoomba Business Chaplain - David Millican Radio 92.9 Toowoomba Globally Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship PNG – Dan & Shannon Perrett Chrysalis Program Cambodia Global Mission Partners – Churches of Christ Vietnam – John & Lam Dean HAGAR International Cambodia International Christian College Manilla Philippines

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bec Groves

For me the journey in missions started in 2009. However, God started to stir my heart in this calling many years before that. It started with a challenge from my Grandmother. We were sitting in her kitchen having a chat and she said, ‘Have you ever thought about missions?’ I sat there as a young 19 year old with options galore about my future and what I could do with my life. Missions began to pop up in conversations, articles, websites and more. I pushed it to the back of my mind wondering if God could use me. It took a few years for me to realise the desire to be involved in missions was from God. To be honest, I was nervous and wondered if God could use me to make a difference in the lives of others in missions. God has shown me that it’s not necessarily all about talent or abilities but about being willing and God’s desire for people to be transformed through relationship with Him. Of the places I have had the opportunity to go, the one that breaks my heart the most 20 I

is Papua New Guinea. I have found that 40% of the population live in poverty. The lack of healthcare and people dying of preventable diseases is heartbreaking. The communities I have been to have a longing for hope and are open to knowing about God. They are generous, welcoming and such beautiful people. From July to October I will be returning with the YWAM Medical Ship ‘Pacific Link’ to Western Province, Papua New Guinea. My heart is to express the love of Jesus through healthcare, compassion, serving and hospitality. It is with a thankful heart that I have an opportunity to be serving onboard medical ship and in the villages. I look forward to lives being touched, people being healed and hope being restored. Please consider praying for the missions outreaches in the Western Province, Papua New Guinea. I believe prayer is such an important part of the ministry and through prayer we can see lives and communities of Papua New Guinea transformed.


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Transformed - August/September 2012