Category Archive: Spiritual Growth

Grace Amidst the Thorns?

For Christ and His truth we will ensure insults, attacks on our faith and difficulties because then we are more dependent on the Lord. It is not pleasant, but pleasure and rest are never the goal of the Christian.

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On Not Losing Heart

The following message was written during Robert’s time at Tusmore Memorial Uniting Church between 1986 and 1993. Robert experienced a great deal of tragedy and disappointment in his life and career and his… Continue reading

Christ’s Positive People

Dr. Jerome Frank is a Professor of Psychiatry at John Hopkins University. He wrote recently about a confession a co-passenger made to him while flying in the days before modern security devices were… Continue reading

Do not let your hearts be anxious.

This sermon was presented to Waikerie Uniting Church, in the late 1980s after Robert returned to Australia from studying in Los Angeles: In some ways I find it quite an emotional experience returning to… Continue reading

God is Our Shield – A reflection from Janis Iles.

The following was delivered to the Kings Baptist Grammar School staff in January 2015 by Robert’s wife, Janis: ‘Standing up here nervously, I feel a little like a student endeavouring to answer the… Continue reading

The Four Stages of Healing

One of the things we discuss from time to time is if we had to lose one of our senses, which one would we choose? If it was the sense of smell, we… Continue reading

Seeing for the First Time

John 9: 1-7 – ‘As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents… Continue reading

Secrets of a Fulfilled Life

Once there was a tiger who was brought up by a herd of goats. From the day his eyes opened, all he saw was a goat’s life. He munched grass with the rest,… Continue reading

Feed My Sheep

John 21: 1-19: ‘Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m… Continue reading

Lord of the Battlefield

It is always sad to see football teams and their coaches fighting against each other. We saw it with Port Power and John Cahill, and then Mark Williams… I’m beginning to see a… Continue reading