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Abrahm Gunn

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Being “welcoming”

This year we’re going to be hearing a lot about welcoming. In a seminar we recently hosted on the topic, the consultant highlighted that it’s the 15 minutes after the service that have the most impact on whether new people decide if your church is friendly or not.  What this…
Abrahm Gunn
February 28, 2020
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A thought on the covers of books

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a metaphor intended to capture a proverbial truth - that we shouldn’t assess a person’s value by their outward appearance, but by who they are on the inside - their character, personality and values. Unfortunately, book publishers know the truth - we…
Abrahm Gunn
January 10, 2020
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Saying “Sorry”

As children we learn early how to say the words “I’m sorry.” Parents rightfully get us to practice the behaviour when conflicts arise among siblings and playmates. Eventually, a true sense of remorse must catch-up to merely frowning and saying the words reluctantly so that we can go back to…
Abrahm Gunn
October 4, 2019
From The Heart

Some things can last forever

I’m sure many of us have struggled with this thought, “Nothing lasts forever, so is there really any point to working so hard to achieve my goals? Isn’t it all a bit meaningless?”  King Solomon struggled with this issue and deals with it heavily in the book of Ecclesiastes -…
Abrahm Gunn
September 6, 2019
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Be different, be good.

Growing up in the small town I lived in had its interesting scenarios.  Next door to us was a house that always had families changing over.  I remember one such family having its struggles. A fight had broken out, with alcohol involved and yelling echoing down the street.  We’d become…
Abrahm Gunn
August 23, 2019
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Go in Peace

The rise of programs and mobile applications trying to help us be more ‘mindful,’ ‘calm,’ or at ‘peace’ is an indicator that people are looking for remedies to quell their anxiety. The digital age aggravates our natural tendency to be anxious by giving us unlimited options to pursue and limitless…
Abrahm Gunn
February 1, 2019
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True Generosity

It was early in primary school when a classmate saw that I didn’t have any food during the first break for the day. He regarded this as a serious problem and shared with me out of the abundance of snacks his parents sent him to school with. He felt it…
Abrahm Gunn
January 17, 2019
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Encounters with Jesus

I remember studying the life of Jesus through the four Gospels at my youth group in country Victoria. It was a great youth group and followed the same formats that most churches adopt for their Friday night activities - games, music, food and Bible study. For me though, it was…
Abrahm Gunn
January 4, 2019
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Finding joy

Are we only happy when other people lose? Sarah finally receives the promise of Isaac and for a few moments she is filled with joy. She’s experienced the impossible - giving birth to a son in her old age.  However, it’s not long before her joy is smothered by the…
Abrahm Gunn
June 29, 2018
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Wait it out

Does anyone like waiting? I’m sure that our tolerance for waiting is decreasing the more we create ways of getting things we want instantly.  As a kid, I used to go to the video store to hire a physical VHS tape and bring it home. If the video was already…
Abrahm Gunn
June 15, 2018