TRAIN FOR PEACE NOT WAR

July 1st, 2014 | Posted by philhurwood in Phil's Focus - (Comments Off)

I love the prophetic vision of Isaiah, who so often sees things not  just as they are but as they could be. In chapter 2  we read how  nations “will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor  will they train for war …
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The Value of Perseverance

April 1st, 2014 | Posted by philhurwood in Phil's Focus - (Comments Off)

A little known Aussie golfer ranked 339 in the world had a break-through win last weekend on the lucrative US golf tour. He triumphed with a one stroke win despite missing a one metre putt on the final hole. Steven Bowditch has battled depression for years and struggled to maintain his tour credentials. His win …
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Holy war

March 18th, 2014 | Posted by philhurwood in Phil's Focus - (Comments Off)

One of the most confronting parts of reading the Old Testament is the concept of holy war. It comes to the forefront in the book of Joshua, our current reading plan focus. Where is the God of compassion? How can such barbarity be squared with a God of love? Why does God not just permit …
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