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And the truth shall make you free

And the truth shall make you free by Jill Salzman

And the truth shall make you free

Last year, I came across a headline on Facebook: "Trump Collapses and Dies of Heart Attack!”. In disbelief, I immediately did a search and came up with nothing. Something so shocking and world-shaking would obviously have been all over the internet! It was fake!!

So how can we know what is truth?

Judge ourselves

by Bruce Dean

Judge ourselves

I think we would all agree that it is easier to judge someone else than to judge one self. However we know that Jesus Christ teaches that we are to remove the ‘plank’ out of our own eye before trying to take a ‘speck’ out of someone else’s. Have you heard the story written by Ruth Knowlton?

Children and the Bible

Children and the Bible by Kim Mihalec

Children and the Bible

If we are involved with children either as a parent, friend or relative, we may wonder how to teach children to love Scripture – the Holy Bible. Kim gives some practical ways to teach our children about God and His way of love through His Word.

Why go to church?

Why go to church? by Bill Bradford

Why go to church?

If Jesus Christ was attending church would that motivate you to attend too?

What did Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour have to say about going to church? “...I will build my church” (Matthew 16:8) What are the benefits of going to church?

Fixed or growth - what's your mindset?

Fixed or growth - what's your mindset? by Bill Bradford

Fixed or growth - what's your mindset?

The two great mindsets of people -- the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. The beginning of real learning for all of us is when we come to the point where we realize we are not everything we think we are. This is called “repentance.” Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset in your walk with God?

Feasts of the Lord

Feasts of the Lord by Bill Bradford

Are you making excuses to not keep the annual Holy Days of God? They are inconvenient to your work schedule, holiday time or interrupt other of your commitments? God’s commands for His people will always be in conflict with the way of life the world demands. What would your commitments be that God’s commands can be ignored?

Remember the fallen

Remember the fallen by Reg Wright

Remember the fallen

From time to time, I have been asked questions from Christians who sincerely want to understand what the Bible teaches about war and therefore how should Christians think about war and the commemoration of war. They ask: Is it all right for a Christian to attend war memorial services such as those held on ANZAC Day.

I chose you

I chose you by Bill Bradford

I chose you

Do you know that you didn’t choose God but He chose you?

To be chosen by God, is to be invited into His purpose, His care, His assurances - the past is forgiven and you are more than chosen, you are valued and respected as a child of God. Once we realize this magnificent truth then we also need to consider it in light of the meaning of the Passover.

Following God in a selfie-centred world

Following God in a selfie-centred world by Roger Waite

Following God in a selfie-centred world

A selfie is basically a photo that one takes of oneself and posts on social media to share with family and friends. Do you find yourself taking selfies wherever you go or of whatever you’re doing? Would you say you are caught up in the world of “selfies’? Do you think taking “selfies” would be something Jesus Christ would do if He was alive in our modern era?

How important is attitude?

How important is attitude? by Bill Bradford

How important is attitude?

Some say that attitude is everything, and there is some truth in it. Do you know that the word ‘attitude’ can’t be found in the Bible, but so much of the Bible is exactly about this concept – a person’s frame of mind.

Let’s see what was (is) Jesus Christ’s frame of mind – His attitude - as an example for us imitate.

Barely surviving

Barely surviving by Kim Mihalec

Barely surviving

Does life seem like one endless meaningless merry-go-round that's anything but merry? Would you like it if you could get off that merry-go-round for a day or two? Have you thought about taking your concerns to God?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to die so that we could live forever, said that God actively provides for all. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25 & 26.

Imitate the Great Giver

Imitate the Great Giver by Bill Bradford

Imitate the Great Giver

In the opening chapters of the Bible it becomes apparent there are two ways of life – the "give" way and the "get" way. This powerful theme is followed through in the rest of the Bible -- in the Words of God, in the words and examples of His servants. 

How do we see these two ways of life in today's world?

Remembering the fallen

Remembering the fallen by Reg Wright

Remembering the fallen

From time to time, I have been asked questions from Christians who sincerely want to understand what the Bible teaches about war and therefore how should Christians think about war and the commemoration of war. They ask: Is it all right for a Christian to attend war memorial services such as those held on ANZAC Day.

The focus of the Feast

The focus of the Feast by Bill Bradford

The focus of the Feast

The Kingdom of God has always existed. God's annual Feasts described in Leviticus 23 tell of the plan He embarked on before anything was created - to bring others into his family. His family will be of His kind, the God kind, and the object of God creating everything, including the angels, was to bring "many sons to glory".

How does the Feast of Unleavened Bread provide us with a most amazing object lesson, showing our journey into the very family of our Creator and God?

To not live by half

To not live by half by Shana Heslin

To not live by half

You may have seen the iconic Aussie movie, Strictly Ballroom -- but do you remember the movie's slogan: Vivir con miedo es como vivir en medias? Do you know what this means in English and how might this slogan affect your walk with God?

Teaching your children to pray

Teaching your children to pray by Kim Mihalec

Teaching your children to pray

Who among the most important people of this world - past or present - would you like your children to meet and have a relationship with? Lady Di? Mother Teresa? Mahatma Gandhi? How about God Himself?

If you teach your children to pray, you are giving them one of the most precious gifts of all. You are setting their feet on a path towards the right and regular communication with their heavenly Father. Through which they have the special opportunity to develop a relationship with Him.

So how can I teach my children to pray?

The government budget and God's view on debt

The government budget and God's view on debt by Roger Waite

The government budget and God's view on debt

The most recent federal budget has been one of the most controversial budgets ever handed down by an Australian government. The financial reality, on either a personal or government level, is that debt-free or low debts are the best scenarios. 

In the Bible we read: "The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender".  We know all too well the pain and problems of debt.

What do you think about the recent federal budget? What would God think about it? What does God think about debt?

What can we learn from war?

What can we learn from war? by Jenny Huthnance

What can we learn from war?

Memorial Day in the United States falls on May 27th, and here in Australia and New Zealand we remember the war dead on ANZAC Day – today - April 25th. ANZAC was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on the morning of this day in 1915 during the First World War.

ANZAC Day calls to mind more than just that event in WW1. It was created to remember all who have sacrificed their lives in war. WHAT ARE THE LESSONS?

Sabbath-keeping in high school

Sabbath-keeping in high school by Chontelle Bent

Sabbath-keeping in high school

I remember the first time somebody asked me about my religious beliefs. I was about fourteen-years-old. For those of you who are past that age, think back to those awkward teenage years, when peer pressure was a daily issue, and the thoughts of those around you were constantly voiced; sometimes with detrimental effects and sometimes positive ones.

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