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Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 68: Self-Control.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 68: Self-Control. As we come to the last of the fruits of the Holy Spirit we recognise how counter-cultural our Lord’s call to discipleship is. At the same time we are reminded of the nobility of His call. We are not…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 67: Meekness.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 67: Meekness. The pandemic is one of those events that can cause us either to be sour with God or grateful to Him for the way it evokes from us an acceptance that He can be trusted. This is where the…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 66: Faithfulness.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 66: Faithfulness. We move into the third trio of the Holy Spirit’s fruits today. The first three speak mainly of our relationship with God. The second three primarily of our relationship with others and the last three: faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 65: Goodness.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 65: Goodness. What God commands and expects of us, He can always be relied upon to enable us to do. This was a fundamental truth of Christian obedience that was taught to me very early on in my journey as a…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 64: Pandemical Kindness.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 64: PaNDEMICAL Kindness. “Why are Christians so mean to one another so often?” wrote a US College president. He was reflecting primarily on his experience as a leader. He wrote, “I feel the brunt of just this kind of meanness within…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 63: Pandemical Patience.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 63: PaNDEMICAL PATIENCE. Patience carries a lot of wait! This virtue, as my parents often reminded me, is well recognised as a vital aspect of our character. Proverbs from around the world attest to this: If you are patient in one…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 62: Peace.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 62: Peace. While the emperor may give peace from war on land and sea, he is unable to give peace from passion, grief and envy. He cannot even give peace of heart, for which man yearns more than even for outward…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 61: Joy.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 61: Joy. Just a couple of hours ago we heard the news of our lockdown in Perth. Do I write about the next fruit of the Spirit or take a different tack? It only took a moment to stay on track…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 60: The Fruit of Love.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 60: The Fruit of Love. But the greatest of these is love. So runs the apostle Paul’s punch line in urging the proud and selfish Corinthian believers to be like Christ to each other rather than to seek their own agendas…

Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 59: Pandemical fruits.

REFLECTIONS & ENCOURAGEMENTS: understanding and growing through the covid-19 challenge. Bishop Peter Brain Reflection 59: Pandemical fruits. The pandemic has reminded us that we are not in control. It has brought many sadnesses, interruptions to our plans, increased anxiety and, unless we take ourselves in hand, irritations, crankiness and worse. I have been increasingly convinced…

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