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Trick or treat .... Is It harmless?

Trick or treat .... Is It harmless? by Reg Wright

Trick or treat .... Is It harmless?

Australians are indeed embracing Halloween in greater numbers and spending more money on this festival. Halloween decorations are more readily available in the shops and online and people are embracing this festivity with greater enthusiasm.

It all looks like so much fun and seems so harmless.

But is Halloween really harmless?

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth by Roger Waite

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

The Apostle Paul writes: "Therefore let us keep the feast; not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Because of, the sacrifice that Jesus made we should go on and keep the feast “with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” What feast is this?

No greater love

No greater love by Reg Wright

No greater love

Jesus chose to “taste death for every person.” He experienced suffering of unimaginable magnitude, and He died – not because He sinned, but because we sinned. In this there is no greater love. In this God’s great love for you and for me is manifest.

Full of possibility and hope

Full of possibility and hope by Bill Bradford

Full of possibility and hope

Have you ever been to the south coast of New Zealand? It is extraordinarily beautiful and has an ecology quite unique from other parts of the world. It was explained to us by a naturalist that the animals particularly in this area evolved and adapted to their environment. Evolutionary theory is a cop out for serious scientific analysis. We must remember that it was God who declare it ‘good’ at creation and will accomplish everything He plans to do.

A shadow of things to come

A shadow of things to come by Roger Waite

A shadow of things to come

Are you amongst those who are genuinely seeking the truth or a church that is teaching the true beliefs of the Bible? Have you been challenged regarding the origin of christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter? You may have heard or read that these festivals were introduced into christian worship in Rome around the 4th century AD. Given their late establishment, this obviously meant that neither Jesus nor any of the apostles kept these days.

If so, then what days did they keep as festivals? What are the Festivals of God?

Just what do you mean … faith in God?

Just what do you mean … faith in God? by Roger Waite

Just what do you mean … faith in God?

How much do we REALLY believe in God? Enough to obey Him and all His laws? Enough to trust in His intervention and help no matter what the external circumstances are like? The amount we obey Him and the amount that we worry provide a window into our own souls of how much faith we REALLY have in God.

In what or who do we really glory?

In what or who do we really glory? by Bill Bradford

In what or who do we really glory?

“Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches.....” This is the beginning of scriptures in Jeremiah, directing us to consider what or who should be glorified. In what or who do we really glory?

Before the throne of grace

Before the throne of grace by Bill Bradford

Before the throne of grace

We don’t like to “feel bad” about ourselves. We have devised many ways within our lifestyles to ‘paper over’ sin. We have lived in such a way for so long that pain is the result. It is in humankind, however to want to always be good, no matter how many bad things we do.

Do we acknowledge and embrace the free gift of forgiveness which only God can grant us through his Son, Jesus Christ?

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow by Bill Bradford

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be as wool.”

This is one of the most striking elements of the gospel message and makes the Kingdom of God possible. To have your sins forgiven freely, by the Great God who has individually approached us, is the greatest hallmark of His being.

There is no gamble with God

There is no gamble with God by Bill Bradford

There is no gamble with God

Lotto and the dream of winning big seems to be a gamble that many of us are willing to wager.

But is this what life is all about? It seems to be for so many.

Is there any gamble or luck when it comes to our relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ?

As the title of this blog states – there is no gamble with God.

He’ll see us through

He’ll see us through by Bill Bradford

He’ll see us through

God has in mind a wonderful future for all of mankind. As God’s grace was shown at the beginning of creation so, too, will we see God’s grace at the end of the age. God’s plan will stand and come to pass as He said. Whatever dilemma we are in, God will see us through. We know that there is a purpose for everything that happens, and God knows all things.

With this in mind, do we have any responsibility toward God and our fellow man?

A fast commanded by God

A fast commanded by God by Reg Wright

A fast commanded by God

Today is going to be a spiritually uplifting but physical challenging day.

Why, you may ask. Today is the Day of Atonement. Did you know we are commanded to fast on the Day of Atonement? What is the significance of fasting on this very special Holy Day?

Let’s keep the Feast

Let’s keep the Feast by Bill Bradford

Let’s keep the Feast

As it has been my custom for many years, I plan once again to obey God’s command and observe the Feast of Tabernacles with my family.

God commanded the Feast Days for His people because they keep us in touch with the knowledge of His great plan and wonderful purpose for all mankind. We are reminded of God’s great purpose for mankind through the faithful observance of the Feasts of the Lord.

What is man that you are mindful of him?

What is man that you are mindful of him? by Bill Bradford

What is man that you are mindful of him?

Have you ever wondered why the Creator God would have any interest in you or me, or in humanity? David asked the very same question – “What is man that You are mindful of him ... the son of man that You visit him?” The answer to this question has gone generally unknown or misunderstood throughout human history. When we pause, meditate on and embrace the answer, our lives will be forever changed. Dare to read on?

Is Halloween harmless?

Is Halloween harmless? by Reg Wright

Is Halloween harmless?

Halloween is an observance that is becoming a growing trend in Australia.  Every year at Halloween well-meaning parents dress their children in grotesque and ghoulish costumes, and it was no different this year. Costume parties are held and many children go trick-or-treating. 

But is Halloween really harmless? Who and what's behind this bizarre holiday?

Godly wisdom

Godly wisdom by Bill Bradford

Godly wisdom

Many go through life never knowing about one of the greatest freely given gifts -- and one we are told to ask for: "If any of you lacks wisdom ....". We are told that God possessed wisdom before anything was ever created and before He embarked on His great work to have children for Himself. We don't naturally have Godly wisdom. We are told we should ask for, indeed, seek for this kind of wisdom from the only source available – God Himself.

He will dwell with you and will be your God

He will dwell with you and will be your God by Bill Bradford

He will dwell with you and will be your God

How will you fare this coming year in the world today? We need Jesus Christ to be the ruler of our lives and for Him to be present with us. Contrary to what many may think and teach, Jesus Christ is not in the world, trying to save the world at this time. As we live in world rife with danger and temptation, we need to have Him fulfil His deepest desire - to dwell with us and be our God. Is that where Jesus Christ is?

The Feast of Ingathering

The Feast of Ingathering by Roger Waite

The Feast of Ingathering

Most people are unaware that God has given us seven holy festivals to celebrate throughout the year. Mainstream christianity keeps festivals such as christmas and easter which were never celebrated by those names until centuries after Jesus Christ had lived and died. In fact Jesus and the apostles in the decades following the crucifixion didnot keep christmas or easter but kept the holy festivals commanded by God. What do you know about these holy festivals in particular the Feast of Ingathering?

I love being a human

I love being a human by Bill Bradford

I love being a human

Do you love being a human? I do! We can experience love, peace and purpose. We can conceive of a future life in a future time and a future world. We can make choices and learn from those choices. We can believe and have hope in someone beyond our human capacity.

Not only do I love being human, I love being alive.

The blessing of fellowship on the Sabbath Day

The blessing of fellowship on the Sabbath Day by Roy Holladay

The blessing of fellowship on the Sabbath Day

I learned about the Sabbath and Holy Days when my mother, twin sister and I observed them for a year at home before I attended College. The Sabbath – the seventh day of the week - was the highlight of my week.

God created the Sabbath to be a blessing for us. One of the blessings of the Sabbath is the opportunity to assemble together on that day. Fellowshipping with the people of God is truly a great blessing from God that the Sabbath day affords. 1 John 1:3 reveals that we also have fellowship with the Father and with Jesus Christ. The Sabbath is also a special time of fellowshipping with God. In God's word He describes of a time in the future when all humankind will worship God on the Sabbath. What a wonderful day that will be!!

Faith, a miracle and healing

Faith, a miracle and healing by Bill Bradford

Faith, a miracle and healing

For years a man sat in the way where people passed to the Temple. He was born crippled, and relied on the pity of those going to the temple to worship to offer him some token of kindness. It never occurred to him that he would receive a miracle of kindness. The Apostle Peter gave him all that he had.

Why did Peter choose to heal the man on that particular day? We all need not only physical healing but also spiritual.

Will He find faith?

Will He find faith? by Bill Bradford

Will He find faith?

Jesus remarked, " .... when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).

Can we honestly say that we live by faith? Or have we come to believe in the answers and solutions the world is offering us?

The real you - worthy of God's love?

Do you sometimes feel inadequate or unworthy? The real you - worthy of God's love? by Joe Rivers

The real you - worthy of God's love?

Do you sometimes feel inadequate or unworthy? Lots of self help gurus attempt to address questions like this one but the true, life changing answer isn't found in the latest best seller. It's found in a simple little story you were told as a child.

What is the law of the rain?

Rain, in the Word of God is something God sends or withholds. What is the law of the rain? by Bill Bradford

What is the law of the rain?

Our weather scientists are able to explain weather patterns that affect our great agricultural industry in Australia. They are able to predict the amount of moisture we will receive from year to year through measurement of ocean temperatures, among other data. Predicting life giving rain leaves out one great factor. Rain, in the Word of God is something God sends or withholds.

The mind of Christ

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5). The mind of Christ by Bill Bradford

The mind of Christ

 

Do you have the mind of Christ? As a human, the mind of Christ is perhaps the greatest of all things we can acquire but it doesn't come easily.

Prayer answered

Are you ready to have your prayers answered? Prayer answered by Bill Bradford

Prayer answered

" ... many people pray without any sense of assurance that there is a living and powerful God who hears their prayers, or that they are praying to a God who has offered forgiveness for their sins ...." commented Barna from the George Barna research company.

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.

The headless horse

The headless horse by Reg Wright

The other day I saw a statue of a headless horse. I don't know the reason for it being headless. As it was displayed in a park in public view, I would think there was a legitimate reason for it being headless. It may be that those who commissioned the statue ran out of money. Perhaps it was vandalism? Whatever the reason, it was quite thought-provoking.

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