Reputations, be they good or bad, will leave an indelible mark on the opinions of others about each one of us.

Reputations are important as they carry great influence. When we are seeking the services of a person with a particular skill, some people would rather use a person based on the reputation of the person's quality of work rather than the cheapest price.

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There are many people who believe in following the stars (star signs), with some not even leaving the house without first reading what it says in the star sign for the day.

My favourite 'star sign' is the Southern Cross. This has been a very popular star constellation throughout the years featured on of course our very own Australian Flag (along with 4 other countries), and the famous Eureka Stockade flag.

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Luke 2.52

We all suffer from stress. Some types of stress are good and there are those personality types that need the stress to produce outstanding quality of work on time. There are however some other types of stress which are detrimental to our mental and physical health. Continuous stress if not dealt with correctly can lead to other mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, physical sicknesses, the feeling of isolation from God, social disconnection and withdrawal.

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1 Timothy 4.10-16

My favourite cartoon when I was a kid was The Road Runner, and it is still my favourite to this day. 

We can learn a valuable lesson from this old yet funny cartoon, and that is perseverance. 

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1 Chronicles 16:27 (NIV)

Splendour and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling-place.

The Royal Standard is always raised on top of Buckingham Palace while the Queen is in residence. Here in Australia, the same is done when the Governor General or Governor of the State is in residence at Government House.

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Psalm 150

Aussies love their sporting heroes. Over the course of the last three weeks there have been those who cheered on the modern gladiators of Aussie Rules and Rugby League. Some of us sat on the edge of our seats on the last lap as we watched the famous Ford v Holden battle in the penultimate V8 race of the year – the Bathurst 1000. Grand finals in all major sporting codes had their followers captivated.

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 2 Samuel 23.8-39

In history we find many effective leaders who had mighty men that were loyal because they believed in their leader and the cause/vision that they were being led in.

One stand out concerning loyal-to-the-core mighty men is King David in 2 Samuel 23.8-39. Here we see some impressive exploits listed about David’s Might Men, with a particular focus on three of them.

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 John 14:13-15 (NIVUK)

13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Not long ago, I was in an office where a man was delivering a parcel. He asked the office administrator for her name, of which she stated it quite clearly. The man mispronounced her name as he recorded it for the delivery. The lady said, “No. It is pronounced…” The man quickly responded with “Ah, what’s in a name.”

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