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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.
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?
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.
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.
“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?
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 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.
How can we be sure that Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith? He is the one who starts our path towards having a relationship with our Heavenly Father and He will also see us through to the finish.
Jesus Christ is represented in christmas as a babe in a manger, surrounded by devoted parents and a few animals in a field near the town of Bethlehem complete with a star above. Is this the complete story about our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ?
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?
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.
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?
You are the underdog. And you will always be the underdog in this life and in this age! Does this surprise you? Maybe we think we shouldn’t have to be the weak of this world. This is the natural condition of God’s people while we live in this world.
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?
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.
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.