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Anglican Church of Australia

The Anglican Church of Australia was the largest Christian denomination in Australia until the 1986 census, when the Catholic Church surpassed it. The church has its origins in the Church of England in Britain. The British government appointed the first chaplain who arrived in Australia in 1788. In 1825 the Australian continent was proclaimed an Archdeaconry of the Diocese of Calcutta; in 1836 the Diocese of Australia came into being.

Beginning in 1872 representatives from all over the country have met for national dialogue at the General Synod. Since 1962, the Australian church has been headed by its own primate. The church now consists of twenty-three dioceses arranged into five provinces (except for Tasmania).

Shown left is detail from a stained glass window in St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, NSW.

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Mon, Jul 21st - 9:54AM

Morning Prayer

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Tue, Jul 15th - 4:29AM

Tweaking the Truth

Read I Samuel chapter 15 for reference

Saul, Israel's first King, was directed by God to utterly destroy the Amalekites. God was specific. He said "everything," man, woman, child, suckling baby, every animal, everything. You would suppose that Saul would understand that "everything" meant "everything," and that would include Agag, the King of the Amalekite's. What was Saul's reason for taking Agag alive, for bringing him to Israel to imprison him there? Was it for sport? Was Agag a prize in which Saul could take glory for himself? Whatever was King Saul's reason, it cost him his Throne.

v.10: Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, "It is a thing for which I repent that I have made Saul to be the king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments."

Samuel conveyed God's message to Saul, saying in content, "Why have you disobeyed what I instructed you do?" Saul said to Samuel that he had done what the Lord had told him to do. What the truth really was, is that Saul had allowed the fighting men to keep alive the best of the sheep and oxen so they could be 'sacrificed' to the Lord as a burnt offering, and Agag was alive and in Saul's possession. Later Saul did kill Agag, but it was not enough to save his Throne.

It is so easy to see Saul's fallacy. His self-deception is blatantly clear to us. Why can we not see our own fallacious tweaking of the truth? Could it be for the same reason that King Saul did it? Could it be that we think we know better than God knows, therefore, we don't call sin what God calls sin? We give 'token effort' and call it completed effort.

v. 23: "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry."

Rebellion and stubbornness cost Saul his Throne. What will it cost you? What will it cost me?

Ramona Cook 07/07/2010

Ramona, Master of Arts in Ministry, BA in Biblical Studies, is an Ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She also author of the article Thoughts on Discernment

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Wed, Jul 9th - 4:42AM

Evening Prayer

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Wed, Jul 2nd - 5:44AM

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The minister's prayer one Sunday was unceremoniously interrupted by a loud whistle from one of the back pews.

Tommy's mother was horrified and firmly clamped her hand over his mouth while silently conveying her displeasure. After church, still miffed, she asked Tommy, "Whatever made you do such a thing?"

Tommy replied soberly, "I prayed and asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did!"

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