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Rob Harley

Stories of Hope

Release Date: 11/23/2023

Deceit and Disingenuousness show art Deceit and Disingenuousness

Stories of Hope

Two of the early followers of Jesus lied about how generous they were and were struck down dead for their trouble. Deceit and disingenuousness is a dreadful thing and destroys authentic community. Jamie Lee Curtis once posed without flash clothes or make up to confront the unreal body image culture of our time. By the way, disingenuousness is a big word I like to use so people might think I am more clever than I really am!  

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Lyndal Barker show art Lyndal Barker

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Lyndal Barker has not had an easy life. Her first husband fell ill and died at the age of 27, her son was killed in a motor accident at the age of 19 and a few years ago her second husband died of cancer. But through it all she has stayed positive and with her deep trust in God has faithfully served as a Salvo officer impacting countless lives over many years. And at 74 - she is a keen park runner!!

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Sharing Like Family show art Sharing Like Family

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Most families and healthy community groups will share things like camping gear, tools and even cars. The first followers of Jesus shared like this too - even selling property to make sure their friends had enough to live on. This hallmark of trust and compassion marked the early church and in many ways continues to this day.

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Danielle Strickland show art Danielle Strickland

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Danielle Strickland is a world renown speaker, author and founder of various charities. Her parents were both taken in by the salvos as children and they eventually became Salvo officers. Her story is inspiring, insightful and delightful and could help you move from cynicism to hope.  

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Speaking Out Boldly show art Speaking Out Boldly

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Sometimes we need to speak our truth with confidence and boldness. The way of love can be corrupted, and strength is required to restore justice and love. The first followers of Jesus were like ancient whistle blowers against dodgy leadership and often paid the ultimate price for doing so. They got involved in the lives of the people who were suffering and it fired them up to speak out against injustice.

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Joseph Pinkard show art Joseph Pinkard

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Joseph Pinkard is the Disability Inclusion Lead for the Salvos across Australia. His journey to this role is really special and the caliber of his life experiences has contributed to him being just the right person at the right time for this important work within the church. One element of this work to educate the Salvos about disability is called "Pass the Mike". A chance for people with a disability to tell their own stories. The Lovely Sue has featured in this project and her story is here.  

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Signs and Wonders show art Signs and Wonders

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The early church leaders reported seeing signs and wonders, however these days we tend to explain everything like this through science. But almost every day we say things like, "that was amazing", or "I cant believe this". So we still live in a world where wonderful things happen that guide us towards wisdom and hope.

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Bridget Shirley show art Bridget Shirley

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Bridget had a safe and happy childhood, but at age 14 life took a turn and she suffered from Anorexia Nervosa.  From here life spiralled into cycles of addiction and a struggle to stay stable.  She eventually found herself at the Salvos and today is a regular volunteer at Streetlevel.   She is a gifted harp player and a delightful person.  Her story is remarkable.  

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The Kindness Vibe show art The Kindness Vibe

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The disciples of Jesus were largely uneducated and simple men. They had a vibe about them though, that came directly form the Love they had encountered through Jesus. Powerful, pure, humble sort of love. An undeniable force for good. It's so simple, even Bluey has it.  

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Merv Collins show art Merv Collins

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Merv Collins grew up in a tiny town in the UK called Tavistock. His dad was a baker and at just 21 years of age he migrated to Australia and joined the air force as a bandsman. 60 or so year later, he is a father and grandfather and has had a tremendous life teaching, playing music and most recently authoring two books. He led the Salvos Solid Rock Big Band for many years and I really enjoyed hearing his story as he is well humoured, articulate and just a terrific fellow.

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Rob Harley visited Melbourne to catch up with friends. While he was in town I interviewed him as he has strong links to the Salvos and an amazing story. His life as a journalist, author, church pastor and family man is rich with tragedy, friendship, restoration and the grace and goodness of God.