Author: Simon van Bruchem

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

You’ve probably heard the term “work-life balance”. It is a mythical creature, the perfect combination of work and the rest of your life. It is what all progressive companies want to offer their employees, and what every employee wants. In Perth, at least, the perfect work-life balance probably means to have lots of time for …

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Work hard, rest properly

Work hard, rest properly

It can be difficult to relax properly. I’m sure you know the feeling, especially if you are usually a very busy person. You take a day off, or a longer period of annual leave, and for the first few days you are a little tense. You find it hard just to read a book or …

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What is going to matter in the end?

What is going to matter in the end?

As we come to the end of another year, many of us are a little reflective. We look back on what has happened in the past year. For some, it will be eventful; perhaps we moved jobs, countries, or graduated to a new stage of life. For others, it will have been uneventful; we did …

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Hearing the Christmas story again

Hearing the Christmas story again

It is Christmas. Again. There are some that love tradition, doing the same things in the same ways every year. Even if you don’t love this kind of thing, you cannot avoid it. The supermarkets are full of the same music, the decorations are dusted off and put up, and various meals are organised for …

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Non-Christian friends

Non-Christian friends

There is a pattern that repeats in the lives of so many people once they become a Christian. Before someone comes to know Jesus, commonly their families are not Christian, and all of their friends are not Christian. Now, their lives have changed in many ways. They become passionate about the Bible and church and …

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Recommended books from 2019

Recommended books from 2019

I love reading. Reading good books stretches the mind, makes you think about things you otherwise wouldn’t, and sharpens your thinking. This time of year, perhaps you have a little more time to read. Here are some brief reviews of books I have found helpful in the past year for different reasons. CHRISTIAN BOOKS The …

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Demons could beat you in a theology test

Demons could beat you in a theology test

Demons can probably get a better score on a theology test compared to most Christians. That’s a scary thought, isn’t it? We see it in Matthew 8. When Jesus comes across a man afflicted by demons, the demons know who Jesus is, they recognise his authority over them, and they know what his mission is …

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