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Lessons from the apple tree

I'm sorry to disappoint you, but this is not about sin in the garden, being made in the image of God, or returning to a nudist society. This lesson comes from an apple tree a bit closer to home—the one in my backyard.
  • For such a time as this—in the New Zealand Defence Force

    People don't usually believe me when I say I'm in the Army. I'm not your stereotypical Army girl. I joined the Army Reserves (Territorials) in 2008. When I signed a six-year contract then it seemed like signing my life away for eternity! How quickly those six years have passed.
  • True justice

    In a world full of injustice we are often tempted to believe that the answer to all our problems would be for everyone to simply get what they deserved: a good things come to those who do good sort of philosophy, together with an eye for an eye for those who do badly. Pretty simple, and fair.
  • How denominations destroy faith

    I love the rich frameworks and traditions of faith passed down to us through the ages. I am not anti-denomination or anti-church. I love the way that new denominations are continually popping up all over the world, seeking to understand God and explore fresh avenues for worship and connection with him and with each other.
  • How do you heal a broken heart?

    Have you ever had your heart broken? Maybe a relationship didn't work out the way you had hoped, or you missed an incredible opportunity that you had been waiting for.
  • Promotion comes from God

    I get a warm glow in my stomach whenever I hear people say things like 'promotion comes from God' or 'do you see someone man skilled in his work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank' (Psalm 22, verse 29).
  • Jesus vs Santa

    My five year old daughter made an interesting comment recently. While I was attempting to explain that fairies, unicorns, and the tooth fairy are mythical creatures and are not actually real, she stated 'You mean like Jesus and God?'
  • Jesus in people

    I always find it interesting when I meet a person who is not a Christian but is more selfless and Christ-like than I am.
  • Get excited for the summer!

    In preparation for the summer holidays hundreds of mission teams are hard at work. There are talks to write, crafts to plan, and skits to rehearse.
  • Making the most of everyday

    Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day and every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day—what would you do with the money?
  • At the end of the day

    There are different lenses and categories to consider things. There are different scopes to look at life.
  • Royal Life Saving report reveals surprising facts

    In September 2015, the annual 'Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report' was released. The results are tallied from July to June each year. The report recorded 271 drownings for this past year—an increase of 5 on the previous year's statistics.
  • Love changes everything

    Recently there has been much sobbing and wailing in our household. Juliet, one of our beloved cats, has died. However her life truly showed me the transformative power love has.
  • Could the Internet be a catalyst for faith?

    Want to be an influencer for society? Did you know some of the world's top blogs are reaching tens of millions of people every month? Huffington Post, Business Insider, and LifeHacker to name a few.
  • When the going gets tough

    It's been a big week in sport, especially for cricket fans. After some monumental batting displays from Australia, New Zealand finally came to the party.