Educational Resources

Impelling the continent towards nationhood
Impelling the continent towards nationhood FamilyVoice Australia, February 2021 ... what we are doing by this great movement is not for us, but for ... the untold millions that will follow us; until this land of Australia shall gather within its bosom all the fruits of the culture of the world, all the lessons from the philosophy of the world, all the high examples from the brilliant courage of our great forefathers; and until the flag of freedom shall be planted here so firmly, and guarded with such a fervid patriotism, that all the powers on earth shall never assault it. - Remarks Sir Henry Parkes delivered to the New South Wales House of Assembly on 7th May 1890, (noted in Honour to Whom Honour is Due by Bruce Smith, Sydney: McCarron and Co, 1899, p14).
Learning lessons from the mistakes of Moses
Learning lessons from the mistakes of Moses David d’Lima - FamilyVoice Australia, September 2020 The Bible paints a very human portrait of the early life and calling of Moses, as a very humble man who had a great deal to be humble about! Having thrown away his princely opportunity, Moses became a murderer who fled Egypt only to serve as a shepherd, until at the age of eighty he most reluctantly accepted the divine calling to give testimony to a pagan civic authority and to rescue the descendants of God’s covenantal people. Our knowledge of the early life and work of Moses comes to us from the Book of Exodus (3-4) which records his birth to Hebrew parents who lived in Egypt among the oppressed people of God. When the Egyptian king gave orders to kill each newborn Israelite boy, the mother of Moses firstly hid him, and then launched the baby onto the waters of the Nile, in a basket. Naturally speaking that would be the end of his life.
Lessons from the Sydney Opera House
Lessons from the Sydney Opera House David d'Lima - July 2020 Looking at the history of the Sydney Opera House, which was opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1973, we can find several illustrations of biblical principles which may encourage our Christian ambition to share the message of Christ and the blessing of God. We see Danish architect Jørn Utzon dreaming and sketching a building so breathtaking in scope that those who judged the designs felt compelled to reject his brilliant proposal as impossibly ambitious - until one judge who arrived late to the adjudication insisted the design be reconsidered. We see Utzon as a dreamer and craftsman, made in the image of Almighty God (the Author of all visionary workmanship). We may also note how often the plans of God are rejected by unresponsive humanity!
Raising children in the fear of Almighty God
Raising children in the fear of Almighty God David d’Lima, FamilyVoice Australia - June 2021 Part of the privilege and responsibility of parents and teachers is to encourage young hearts and minds towards knowing God, who is both loving and holy, and who therefore is to be loved and to be feared. Indeed, all authorities in society, including parents, teachers and governmental leaders, should be loved and respected, and therefore it is good to encourage those responses among the children we nurture. The word ‘fear’ is regarded somewhat negatively within modern thinking, both in Christian and secular contexts. Hence it is valuable and necessary to restore the wise and biblically-endorsed concept of fear. The gift of fear is built into creation itself. Hence, people are rightly frightened by unexpected loud noises, and sources of pain, such as hot surfaces or sharp implements. As expressed by an Irish proverb: A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned. While such examples of fear may be called a common grace (functioning as good gifts that are granted to all humanity), other aspects of fear must be taught and learned - in response to the revelation by God concerning his character and qualities.
Reflections on Australian Citizenship
Reflections on Australian Citizenship David d'Lima, FamilyVoice Australia - August 2017 Since developing Australian citizenship in the mid-Twentieth Century, the nation has struggled to find the right approach, with five pledges used in five decades, as may be seen in the following short survey. In 1901 at Federation, Australians were not citizens of Australia, but of Britain. In 1948 Australian Citizenship was created, and it took effect from 1949. From that date, candidates for citizenship made the following Oath of Allegiance: I, A. B; swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King George the Sixth, his heirs and successors according to law, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Australia and fulfil my duties as an Australian citizen. From 1966 all persons pledging themselves as Australian citizens were required to renounce all foreign allegiance, but received the optional choice of making no reference to God when they made their promise: I, A. B., renouncing all other allegiance, swear by Almighty God [or solemnly and sincerely promise and declare] that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to law.
Rendering honour on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday
Rendering honour on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday David d’Lima - FamilyVoice Australia, June 2020 As the first and oldest Australian public holiday, the Queen’s Birthday gives the opportunity to render honour to our Sovereign Lady, along with various noteworthy people who are recognised by awards that are conferred on that day each year, under the Order of Australia, of which Her Majesty is head. Action to honour the Sovereign, as the nation’s highest authority, is a virtue that is commendable to all Australians, regardless of their political views. Such action accords with the way we have arranged our civic system in Australia. Furthermore, it is coherent with the following biblical precepts: Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour (Romans 13:7); Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him ... (I Peter 2:13); Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the king (I Peter 2:17).
Shaping the Australian identity
Shaping the Australian identity David d’Lima, FamilyVoice Australia - November 2020 The identity of the Australian people is the set of qualities that characterise those who live on our great island continental landmass. Those characteristics include the predominantly English heritage of the people, including the language, religion, customs, civic institutions, food and clothing exported by England in the colonial era. The First Fleet arrived in 1788, bringing convicts and colonists who carried the English language, the Christian faith, the Crown, with the law code and customs of Britain. Indigenous culture flourished prior to the arrival of British people, but Aboriginal influences on colonial and modern Australian mainstream identity are minimal. The greatest indigenous influence on Australian culture is perhaps the use of the didgeridoo by some musicians, and the use of certain indigenous nouns including kangaroo, koala, boomerang, Uluru, and Kata Tjuta...
Solomon David d’Lima - FamilyVoice Australia, June 2020 King Solomon is regarded as a man of tremendous wisdom as he led the united monarchy of Israel and Judah, and as he built the temple of God. Solomon was born in about 990 BC as the most famous son (and successor) of King David. He built the temple of God in Jerusalem, but is most famous as the author of three books of Scripture: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs. Solomon commenced his reign by the remarkable adjudication of a dispute between two women who both claimed one baby (1 Kings 3) as he applied a remarkable appreciation of human psychology....
Spectacular Australian Flag glasses
Spectacular Australian Flag glasses Prepared by David d'Lima May we ... lift up our banners in the name of our God (Psalm 20:5) Print these images on thick paper (perhaps 250 gsm) to make two A5 worksheets.
Sporting excellence and God’s plan for the nations
Sporting excellence and God’s plan for the nations David d’Lima - FamilyVoice Australia August 2020 Appreciating a biblical theology of sport Christian views on the value of sport arise from the Creator's interest in the goodness of the body and his pleasure in observing our astonishing physical capabilities. Those views continue as we appreciate how sporting analogies provided a compelling pattern for the early disciples, since several portions of Scripture describe the Christian life using athletic terminology. This is particularly the case in these excerpts from the Apostle Paul, whose love for athletics is clear, since sporting references are a persistent theme in his communications: “... if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace ....” (Acts 20:24). ... if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according the rules. ... (II Timothy 2:5). I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day... (II Timothy 4:7-8)...