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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.
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?
by Rod Salzman
What’s your ‘church’ experience? What’s your image of ‘church’? Is it a place or a group of warm and loving people – a family? Love was found in the early testament church. How about in modern Church’s of God?
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?
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 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?
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?
Have you ever when encountered with a difficulty of life asked yourself “why me?” or “why is this happening?” Has your resilience been really tested with obstacles or trials you have faced or maybe are currently facing? Resilience is an important quality for a Christian to possess.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.