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The following blogs have been contributed by members of the United Church of God - Australia, and aim to invoke further inspiration and thought on the Word of God.


The intercession of the Holy Spirit

The intercession of the Holy Spirit

All of the knowledge, wisdom, human ability and intelligence, mean little unless we are sustained by God especially in our infirmities. Scripture teaches us much about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and its power of intercession. How does the Holy Spirit assist Jesus Christ's true followers to assist them when they pray to their Father in Heaven.

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Halloween - harmless fun or human folly

Halloween - harmless fun or human folly

Halloween is celebrated on the eve of 31 October. 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. Is the celebrating of Halloween just harmeless fun? What does the bible have to say about it?

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Stooping down to pick up nothing

Stooping down to pick up nothing

Have you ever wondered how incredible and enjoyable your life would be if you won the lottery? ‘You’ve got to be in to win it!’ – as they say. Is wealth, though the true source of a happy, satisfying and Godly life? Can we learn some extremely valuable lessons from a man who dedicated his entire life to this very question?

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Then He delivers

Then He delivers

Have you ever wondered where was God during the many years the Children of Israel were in captivity and under the cruelty of Egyptian taskmasters? Have you ever wondered from time to time where is God when you, your family or friends are having difficulties in life? We can learn how God delivers from the story of the exodus.

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A night to be much observed

A night to be much observed

Is there an event or celebration in your life which you particularly remember fondly? The night after the Passover is of special significance and observance to many Christians. What is this night to be much observed?

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Why should I?

Why should I?

Why should I? Why should I help out my neighbour when he never helps me? What if Jesus had thought that way? Jesus Christ didn't just die for our sins, He lived in a world full of sinners, loving and serving them every minute that He had.

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Our annual pilgrimage to Golgotha

Our annual pilgrimage to Golgotha

Do you identify yourself as a Christian? Are you a follower of Jesus Christ - the Passover for all humanity? How will you commemorate His death till He comes?

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A New Year’s Challenge for You

A New Year’s Challenge for You

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions so far this year? Are you up for a New Year’s challenge which will set you on a life changing experience and a journey of discovery?

Read on!!

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Seeing the old year out and the new year in

Seeing the old year out and the new year in

This time of the year is a festive season, with Christmas just passed and preparations for New Years’ eve celebrations next on the minds of many.

1st January 2018 starts a brand new year. The calendar is the time keeper for what we do in life. The calendar determines for us – those who use the Gregorian calendar - when we see the old year out, and the new year in.

But do we ever stop to give consideration as to how time began? For the Christian, whose foundation of belief is the Bible, we believe God created time.

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It is Unmistakably the Season of  Christmas.

It is Unmistakably the Season of Christmas.

Have you been looking forward to the Christmas Season with all the Christmas cheer this time of the year brings – Christmas light displays, Christmas songs in all the stores and shops or maybe the carols by candlelight? Would you be interested to learn more about the true meaning of Christmas? My wife and I some fifty years ago made the decision not to observe Christmas. Does this surprise you? We were raised in Christian families and Christmas had been a part of our religious celebration but we had taken for granted that Jesus Christ – our Lord and Saviour – was actually in Christmas.

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Cleansing and renewal

Cleansing and renewal

The world is in the “bondage of corruption” and this is the environment in which we live.

However God promises salvation. He saves us through a process that takes time – a lifetime. As Christians, genuinely seeking to follow Christ, do we know fully what is this process and how we can participate in and embrace it?

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As human beings we are incomplete

As human beings we are incomplete

Many self-help advisors claim that ‘Everything you need is already within you’. But is this really true? What does the Word of God - the Bible - have to say?

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Trick or treat .... Is It harmless?

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?

Read more

The Miracles of Jesus – A Foretaste of God’s Coming Kingdom

The Miracles of Jesus – A Foretaste of God’s Coming Kingdom

Even those who are not Christians know of the many wonderful miracles performed by Jesus Christ throughout His human ministry which are recorded in the Bible. However, how many understand that these remarkable good deeds – which were too numerous for all to be recorded – demonstrate the kind of world He will lead as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the coming Kingdom of God?

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Good enough

Good enough

What if I'm not good enough? Many of us find ourselves asking that question often in some form – maybe even daily – perhaps even moment by moment. We can discover from the Bible that God's measure of success is very different from what we naturally expect of ourselves.

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Events of the end and beyond

Events of the end and beyond

What events are we witnessing now? Are things getting better, or rapidly getting worse? Are we heading for the time of the end and beyond?

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The poor in Christ are truly wealthy

The poor in Christ are truly wealthy

The Smyrna church had something of which Jesus took particular notice. It was not their standing in this world with respect to this world’s wealth or position. They were rich in something else that was so much more esteemed by Jesus Christ. How did He regard them as rich?

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Total change

Total change

Professed belief in the name of Jesus is what most Christians do, but repentance and turning to God through Jesus Christ results in a complete change.

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Tattoos – what does the Bible really say?

Tattoos – what does the Bible really say?

Does the bible have anything to say about tattoos and is it relevant for us today?

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The first harvest

The first harvest

The children of Israel were unaware of the greater meaning of these feasts of the Lord. To them the meaning was the representation of the harvests, and it would remind them of the blessings God would bestow on them in the harvest. Are you aware of the First Harvest in God’s plan of salvation for all humanity?

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What joy Isn't

What joy Isn't

What does the word joy bring to your mind? Happiness? Smiling a lot? Fun? Can we completely understand what joy really is? Can we have truly lasting joy?

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And the truth shall make you free

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?

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A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

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?

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No greater love

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.

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The intercession of the Holy Spirit

The intercession of the Holy Spirit

The intercession of the Holy Spirit

All of the knowledge, wisdom, human ability and intelligence, mean little unless we are sustained by God especially in our infirmities. Scripture teaches us much about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and its power of intercession. How does the Holy Spirit assist Jesus Christ's true followers to assist them when they pray to their Father in Heaven.
Halloween - harmless fun or human folly

Halloween - harmless fun or human folly

Halloween - harmless fun or human folly

Halloween is celebrated on the eve of 31 October. 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. Is the celebrating of Halloween just harmeless fun? What does the bible have to say about it?
Stooping down to pick up nothing

Stooping down to pick up nothing

Stooping down to pick up nothing by Aaron Jennings

Have you ever wondered how incredible and enjoyable your life would be if you won the lottery? ‘You’ve got to be in to win it!’ – as they say. Is wealth, though the true source of a happy, satisfying and Godly life? Can we learn some extremely valuable lessons from a man who dedicated his entire life to this very question?

Then He delivers

Then He delivers

Then He delivers by Drew Efimov

Have you ever wondered where was God during the many years the Children of Israel were in captivity and under the cruelty of Egyptian taskmasters? Have you ever wondered from time to time where is God when you, your family or friends are having difficulties in life? We can learn how God delivers from the story of the exodus.

Why should I?

Why should I?

Why should I? by Kim Mihalec

Why should I? Why should I help out my neighbour when he never helps me? What if Jesus had thought that way? Jesus Christ didn't just die for our sins, He lived in a world full of sinners, loving and serving them every minute that He had.

Seeing the old year out and the new year in

Seeing the old year out and the new year in

Seeing the old year out and the new year in by Reg Wright

This time of the year is a festive season, with Christmas just passed and preparations for New Years’ eve celebrations next on the minds of many.

1st January 2018 starts a brand new year. The calendar is the time keeper for what we do in life. The calendar determines for us – those who use the Gregorian calendar - when we see the old year out, and the new year in.

But do we ever stop to give consideration as to how time began? For the Christian, whose foundation of belief is the Bible, we believe God created time.

It is Unmistakably the Season of  Christmas.

It is Unmistakably the Season of Christmas.

It is Unmistakably the Season of  Christmas. by Reg Wright

Have you been looking forward to the Christmas Season with all the Christmas cheer this time of the year brings – Christmas light displays, Christmas songs in all the stores and shops or maybe the carols by candlelight? Would you be interested to learn more about the true meaning of Christmas? My wife and I some fifty years ago made the decision not to observe Christmas. Does this surprise you? We were raised in Christian families and Christmas had been a part of our religious celebration but we had taken for granted that Jesus Christ – our Lord and Saviour – was actually in Christmas.

Cleansing and renewal

Cleansing and renewal

Cleansing and renewal by Bill Bradford

The world is in the “bondage of corruption” and this is the environment in which we live.

However God promises salvation. He saves us through a process that takes time – a lifetime. As Christians, genuinely seeking to follow Christ, do we know fully what is this process and how we can participate in and embrace it?

Trick or treat .... Is It harmless?

Trick or treat .... Is It harmless?

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

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?

The Miracles of Jesus – A Foretaste of God’s Coming Kingdom

The Miracles of Jesus – A Foretaste of God’s Coming Kingdom

The Miracles of Jesus – A Foretaste of God’s Coming Kingdom by Roger Waite

Even those who are not Christians know of the many wonderful miracles performed by Jesus Christ throughout His human ministry which are recorded in the Bible. However, how many understand that these remarkable good deeds – which were too numerous for all to be recorded – demonstrate the kind of world He will lead as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the coming Kingdom of God?

Good enough

Good enough

Good enough by Kim Mihalec

What if I'm not good enough? Many of us find ourselves asking that question often in some form – maybe even daily – perhaps even moment by moment. We can discover from the Bible that God's measure of success is very different from what we naturally expect of ourselves.

The first harvest

The first harvest

The first harvest by Bill Bradford

The children of Israel were unaware of the greater meaning of these feasts of the Lord. To them the meaning was the representation of the harvests, and it would remind them of the blessings God would bestow on them in the harvest. Are you aware of the First Harvest in God’s plan of salvation for all humanity?

What joy Isn't

What joy Isn't

What joy Isn't by Kim Mihalec

What does the word joy bring to your mind? Happiness? Smiling a lot? Fun? Can we completely understand what joy really is? Can we have truly lasting joy?

And the truth shall make you free

And the truth shall make you free

And the truth shall make you free by Jill Salzman

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?

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth by Roger Waite

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

No greater love by Reg Wright

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.

Judge ourselves

Judge ourselves

by Bruce Dean

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

Children and the Bible by Kim Mihalec

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.

Unshakable faith from the book of Daniel

Unshakable faith from the book of Daniel

Unshakable faith from the book of Daniel by Shana Heslin

Many of us have already lost friends, jobs and other life opportunities because of our faith in God, and for our commitment to His law. Many have undertaken a commitment to God with a willingness to sacrifice everything, even ones life, to honour God. However, are we really so convicted that we would stand firm in life-and-death circumstances?

Where is God in our leadership?

Where is God in our leadership?

Where is God in our leadership? by Bill Bradford

God has specific criterion by which He interacts with humankind at a national and individual level. “....let him who glories, glory in this, that he knows and understands Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgement and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord”.” Jeremiah 9

These are some of the characteristics of God’s leadership. How about those who lead us – in our communities, across nations and the world?

What is Australia Day to you?

What is Australia Day to you?

by Bruce Dean

Is Australia Day nothing more than a day off work for you? Or a day to eat lamb on the barbie, or go to the cricket? It is much more than those things to most Australians. You’d agree that it is a time to reflect on who we are and why we have so many blessings. Have you heard of the amazing story of the rise to greatness of Australia which began some 4,000 years ago?

Full of possibility and hope

Full of possibility and hope

Full of possibility and hope by Bill Bradford

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.

The decline of modern day Israel

The decline of modern day Israel

by UCG-AU

The peoples of the United States of America have cast their votes and a President Elect has been decided. What will be the ramifications of this presidential choice on the United States of America and the world?

Are you aware that scripture clearly speaks of the blessings and responsibilities of the 21st century descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob according to God’s promises, and what part they will play in prophetic future events?

A shadow of things to come

A shadow of things to come

A shadow of things to come by Roger Waite

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?

Why go to church?

Why go to church?

Why go to church? by Bill Bradford

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?

Scripture cannot be broken

Scripture cannot be broken

Scripture cannot be broken by Bill Bradford

The word of God is the same from Gen 1:1 to Rev 22:21. This is God’s story from beginning to end and it’s kind of hard to imagine that God, being God, changed things around and departed from his original plan. However people will read into it what they want, to give them the answers they want to hear.

There is a danger of not knowing the Word of God. How well do you know the God’s truth?

Fixed or growth - what's your mindset?

Fixed or growth - what's your mindset?

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

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?

The only message by which we can be saved

The only message by which we can be saved

The only message by which we can be saved by Bill Bradford

When God sent Jesus Christ with the gospel message offering salvation, it was such a message that few could bring themselves to believe it. It was a message that could only be brought by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. No one else could bring such a message. Are you as excited about the gospel message as the first day you heard it?

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

Remember the fallen by Reg Wright

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.

What we can learn from war?

What we can learn from war?

What we can learn from war? by Jenny Huthnance

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?

I chose you

I chose you

I chose you by Bill Bradford

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

Following God in a selfie-centred world by Roger Waite

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?

Just what do you mean … faith in God?

Just what do you mean … faith in God?

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

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.

Thy Word is Truth

Thy Word is Truth

Thy Word is Truth by Bill Bradford

Can I trust myself to always know what is right? And therefore do what is right? Jesus knew the Father’s word was “truth”. We have to rely on the word of God for truth and His Spirit to convict.

In what or who do we really glory?

In what or who do we really glory?

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

“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

Before the throne of grace by Bill Bradford

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

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 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.

The Trinity Theory or baptism?

The Trinity Theory or baptism?

The Trinity Theory or baptism? by Matt Sieff

Matthew 28:19 says "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". This verse can be a source of confusion as there are some who teach that the verse advocates the Theory of the Trinity. Does Matthew 28:19 support the Trinity Theory or baptism?

There is no gamble with God

There is no gamble with God

There is no gamble with God by Bill Bradford

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

He’ll see us through by Bill Bradford

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

A fast commanded by God by Reg Wright

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?

How important is attitude?

How important is attitude?

How important is attitude? by Bill Bradford

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

Barely surviving by Kim Mihalec

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.

Let’s keep the Feast

Let’s keep the Feast

Let’s keep the Feast by Bill Bradford

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?

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

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?

In search for extra terrestrial life

In search for extra terrestrial life by Bill Bradford

It is not a new endeavour for humanity to be curious about the possibility of finding and making contact with intelligent life in the universe. Stephen Hawking, teaming up with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, has renewed interest in this search. However, you may not be aware that there is a group that has already made contact with intelligent life in our universe.

Imitate the Great Giver

Imitate the Great Giver

Imitate the Great Giver by Bill Bradford

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

Remembering the fallen by Reg Wright

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.

Speaking in tongues

Speaking in tongues

Speaking in tongues by Reg Wright

A phenomenon that has grown considerably in modern times within the Christian churches is the ability to speak in tongues. The subject of "speaking in tongues" has caused considerable discussion and controversy within the Christian community. 

What does the Bible tell us about this subject of "speaking in tongues?"

The focus of the Feast

The focus of the Feast

The focus of the Feast by Bill Bradford

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?

Near-death experiences

Near-death experiences

Near-death experiences by Reg Wright

Many have used personal near death experiences or stories of near death experiences to confirm their belief that there is life after death -- that when a person dies he or she either goes to heaven or hell. But is this really what the bible teaches? How should we understand these accounts of near death experiences?

Don't lie to your children

Don't lie to your children

Don't lie to your children by Reg Wright

Are some lies really acceptable? As parents we may teach our children not to lie but what kind of message are we giving our children when we lie about the reality of Santa. When they eventually learn the truth, do we really understand the implications this lie has on our children's development of trust in us as role models.

Don't let it run your life

Don't let it run your life

Don't let it run your life by Reg Wright

Christmas is known as a time for the giving of gifts especially to ones children and loved ones. Because of this there is a subtle pressure that we must give Christmas presents whether or not we can afford them.

We wouldn't want to disappoint our children or loved ones, would we?
Have you felt that pressure? Are you really sure you can afford to celebrate Christmas?

It is time we took a stand and not let Christmas run our lives.

Beyond these perilous times

Beyond these perilous times

Beyond these perilous times by Reg Wright

We join all Australians in extending our sympathy, our concern, support and prayers for the families and friends of those innocent hostages killed in the Lindt Cafe siege. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones in these tragic circumstances.

In times like these we can draw great strength and comfort in the reality of God's promises in the Scriptures.

What is Jesus Christ’s purpose for our lives?

What is Jesus Christ’s purpose for our lives?

What is Jesus Christ’s purpose for our lives? by Ken Murray

The other day I was meditating as I was reading the Bible and I thought: "What is Jesus Christ's purpose for our lives?" On what should we setting our hearts and minds that would be pleasing to Christ? What do we understand from the Bible is Jesus Christ's purpose for our lives?

Is Halloween harmless?

Is Halloween harmless?

Is Halloween harmless? by Reg Wright

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

Godly wisdom by Bill Bradford

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

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

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

The Feast of Ingathering by Roger Waite

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?

Our world held captive

Our world held captive

Our world held captive by Reg Wright

Our world is indeed a paradox – on the one hand there is tremendous good, but on the other there is tremendous evil. With all our wonderful progress, the world is in perhaps the biggest mess it has ever been in human history. It is held captive. But a time is coming when it will be freed from this captivity.

To not live by half

To not live by half

To not live by half by Shana Heslin

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?

The Prince of Peace

The Prince of Peace

The Prince of Peace by Roy Holladay

In this present evil age the strong rule out of greed, lust and personal desires. They impose their style of leadership, culture and values on those they control. Isaiah 59:8 tells us that "The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways ....... ". If this be so will there ever be a time when humankind will live in complete peace and harmony? Will humankind learn from history and create political, economical and social structures which will result in global, lasting peace?

Jesus Christ and the thief

Jesus Christ and the thief

Jesus Christ and the thief by Ken Murray

Did the thief on the cross and Jesus Christ go to heaven the same day they died?

In most cases translators and publishers of the Bible have done an admirable job but this is one case where their doctrinal bias has regrettably obscured the meaning of Christ's words.

Could a simply misplaced coma conceal the true meaning of Christ words?

I love being a human

I love being a human

I love being a human by Bill Bradford

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

The blessing of fellowship on the Sabbath Day by Roy Holladay

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!!

Is polygamy acceptable to God?

Is polygamy acceptable to God?

Is polygamy acceptable to God? by Ken Murray

Is Polygamy sin? Does God command one thing but allow sin through polygamy?

While polygamy was practised by some of the Patriarchs and was permitted by the oriental culture and civil laws of their times, it clearly was not the ideal marital relationship blessed and approved by God. It is not even an acceptable practice in many modern cultures that permit casual living together and easy-to-obtain divorce.

God speaks and commands clearly against polygamy.

Teaching your children to pray

Teaching your children to pray

Teaching your children to pray by Kim Mihalec

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?

Faith, a miracle and healing

Faith, a miracle and healing

Faith, a miracle and healing by Bill Bradford

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.

The drought is finally broken!

The drought is finally broken!

The drought is finally broken! by Matt Sieff

Last Wednesday night was an evening of great relief and excitement for New South Welshmen.

The NSW State of Origin team had a breakthrough which some have attributed to their unified defence. Sport experts tell us games are won by how well a team stands together against the opposition's attack.

When we rightly respond to God's power - His Holy Spirit – we "play" on the same spiritual team.

But what does that unified response look like?

Will He find faith?

Will He find faith?

Will He find faith? by Bill Bradford

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 government budget and God's view on debt

The government budget and God's view on debt

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

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?

Do you have an immortal soul?

Do you have an immortal soul?

Do you have an immortal soul? by Roger Waite

If you believe you have an immortal soul, could you prove it from the Bible?i

Do we have an immortal soul that separates from the body at death? Is there a spirit part of us that continues to have a conscious existence as soon as we die?

What does the Bible really say about this important subject?

War and rumours of wars

War and rumours of wars

War and rumours of wars by Bill Bradford

The failed Gallipoli campaign cost Australia 10,000 lives and left a legacy of Australian and New Zealand's sacrifice in war. In all, Australia lost 100,000 of it's finest in World War 1, only 13 years after it became a Federation. Who knows what might have been without this enormous loss?

ANZAC Day doesn't glorify war. It remembers those who have given so much, but it brings us back to a fact of life. WHAT IS THE REAL CAUSE OF WAR?

 

What can we learn from war?

What can we learn from war?

What can we learn from war? by Jenny Huthnance

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?

Pursuing peace

Pursuing peace

Pursuing peace by Bill Bradford

Most people don't realize that waging peace is more challenging than waging war! We have to work at peace – we must make it our goal and do all we can do to bring it about.

The Passover and unleavened bread reveals steps to salvation

The Passover and unleavened bread reveals steps to salvation

The Passover and unleavened bread reveals steps to salvation by Bill Bradford

Last week I wrote about how physical observances help us to understand the depths of God's spiritual plan of salvation. It is important to really understand God's plan of salvation as pictured in the Holy Day seasons, so I would like to continue our journey and discuss some astounding truths.

The first Holy Day season, Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, is special in that it reveals and describes the two major steps a person must experience to attain eternal life.

Three days and three nights

Three days and three nights

Three days and three nights by Reg Wright

Good Friday is the day that the Christian world in general commemorates the death of Jesus on the Cross, and the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated on Easter Sunday.

But was Jesus crucified on a Friday, and did He rise from the grave on Sunday morning?

Why do some Christians eat fish on Good Friday?

Why do some Christians eat fish on Good Friday?

Why do some Christians eat fish on Good Friday? by Roger Waite

When I was young my mother was always insistent that on Good Friday we would have fish and chips for dinner that night. When I questioned her and asked her why, her answer was that Jesus didn't eat meat on Good Friday and so we eat fish to commemorate that.

Do you know where this tradition of eating fish on Friday originated?

The power of the Passover

The power of the Passover

We need forgiveness of sin more than we need anything else. The power of the Passover by Bill Bradford

The man knew it was to be soon. The results of His teachings and works astounded people at the beginning. But, slowly, things began to change. The storm clouds were brewing. At the beginning He was popular, new, refreshing. Lame people walked at His Word. Lepers were cleansed, the blind were able to see for the first time, loved ones were raised from their deathbeds, and good news was declared to them as it came from God.

When Jesus came on the scene He preached a message of hope and deliverance.

The real you - worthy of God's love?

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

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?

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

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

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

 

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.

The key

The key

The key by Richard Bent

As he walked, Henry could feel the weight of the old brass key in his pocket. His mind drifted back to that day over a year ago to when he received the key.

Henry had gone away to enjoy the sights and attractions of the world. But he found no real happiness and contentment in those activities. It was only when he returned home to his Father that he had peace of heart and mind.

The letter read "My dear son, ever since you left all those years ago, my greatest desire has been for you to someday return home to us and to put God once again in your life. This key opens a box that is on the shelf behind my desk in the workshop office. It contains my most precious possessions. They are yours whenever you need them."

Do you have a 'Key' which will open the way back to your, our Father? Isn't it time you used it to return home?

I can resist everything but temptation (and chocolate)

I can resist everything but temptation (and chocolate)

I can resist everything but temptation (and chocolate) by Roger Waite

The famous Irish writer Oscar Wilde once jokingly said, "I can resist everything but temptation." Most of us struggle with habits and even addictions that get the better of us over and over again. If we are trapped with such problems how do we break free?

When we fall victim to sin we do so because we believe certain lies that accompany those sins. In order to be freed from sin we need to recognize those lies and counter those lies with the truth. There are a whole host of different lies and different lines that Satan uses on us to lure us into sin. Let's look at two of the most common lies as examples of this point of countering the lies of sin with the truth.

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? – Part 3

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? – Part 3

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? – Part 3 by Ken Murray

This is the third part of a series of blogs about the purpose of God's law. In this series of blogs we are considering the real purpose of living by God's wonderful laws.

Has God given His 10 Commandments, His statute laws regarding God's Sabbath, Holy Days, eating clean meats and not unclean meats, tithing, and many other laws, principles and precepts of how to live, for us to earn salvation?

Prayer answered

Prayer answered

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

" ... 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.

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? - Part 2

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? - Part 2

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? - Part 2 by Ken Murray

This is the second part of a series of blogs about the purpose of God's law.

In the first part of this series, we considered what God's law is in conjunction with His Word. We also looked at how these laws will be taught in the future Kingdom of God.

In this blog post, we will explore how the love of God is expressed through obedience of God's laws, how the keeping of God's laws helps us to know and be like Christ, and how God's law is to be our guide to conversion.

The greatest treasure

The greatest treasure

The greatest treasure by Richard Bent

What's your greatest treasure?

Some have gone to great lengths to find their treasure and then to hide it away in fear of losing it. However there is a treasure which when given is not to be locked away in a dark hiding place, but nurtured, fed and watered, sharpened and tempered, held precious in our hearts and minds, until a future time. It is a treasure worth fighting for, this is a treasure worth the discipline and sacrifice of a Christian life. It is the a most precious gift from God - a treasure so magnificent it pales into insignificance all the vast wealth of this world.

What's that treasure?

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