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Keith Bates
Works at New Life Christian Fellowship Narrabri
Attended Baulkham Hills High
Lived in Wolverhampton, UK
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The Lord is good! His love and faithfulness will last for ever.
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It is a horrible thing for a man like myself to look back and see my country and my culture go down the drain in my own lifetime. It is a horrible thing that sixty years ago you could move across this country and almost everyone, even non-Christians, would have known what the gospel was. A horrible thing that forty to fifty years ago our culture was built on the Christian consensus, and now we are in an absolute minority. Francis Schaeffer

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*Reflection on Psalm 137 *


In the exile of my grief
How can I sing the Lord's song
“Cheer up and sing,” they say
“Rejoice in the Lord,” they urge
How can I rejoice and sing
When my loss if so strong?

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Reflection on Lamentations 1:1-6


Oh my city, my home
What has become of you?
The empty street and shops
Bombed out houses
In vacated suburbs
Speak of death and disaster.

Oh my city, my home
The dwelling of Yahweh
The envy of the nations
The focus of the world
We ask “Why?”
But no answer comes.

Oh my city my home
Australia's shame
We have left the ancient paths
The holy ways of God
Can our own exile be delayed?

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Twenty days ago, ironically enough on Father’s Day, we received one of those late night door knocks that only ever bring bad news. Our daughter, just 10 weeks or so from giving birth to our f…
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It is the challenges of life isn’t it. Parenthood is tough and I’m only young at it. Everyday, I always have my kids in the forefront of my mind,concerned about their safety and well being.
Perhaps being about to love and bring up children is a God given opportunity. As tough as it it, I feel like a millionaire and so blessed.

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The heart of the Same Sex Marriage war is spiritual not political or legal. A former gay activist now a christian reflects on this. From Doug Mainwaring writes: If you think the …

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Reflection on 2 Timothy 1:1-14


Yet I am not ashamed for I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

Paul thanks God for Timothy, being reminded of his sincere faith handed down from his grandmother and mother.

He reminds Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God that was imparted to him by the laying on of hands. The Spirit is not about timidity but about power, faith and self-discipline.

God saves us and calls us to a life of holiness. This grace was given in Christ before the beginning of time. But has only now been revealed. Christ has destroyed death and brought immortality through the gospel.

Two gifts from God are given to us to equip us for eternity.

Firstly there is the gospel, the message of salvation that sets us free from sin and death and brings us into the light and eternal life.

Then there is the Holy Spirit- the spirit of power, love and self-control. It is the Holy Spirit who equips us to live our lives for Christ.

Paul tells Timothy he must fan into flame the gift that was placed in him. We do this through prayer and obedience. As we take baby steps in the life of the Spirit we become mature and live in the fullness of what Christ created us to be.

Holy Spirit I receive as a deposit that gift you have placed in me. Help me to grow in all of yout gifts and become effective in your kingdom. Amen.


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You know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honour God.
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Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn't selfish or quick-tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.
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You are the one who put me together inside my mother's body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvellous! Of this I have no doubt.
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Passionately in love with God, my family, my church
  • Baulkham Hills High
    1970 - 1975
  • University of Sydney
    Chemical Engineering, 1976
  • United Theological College
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