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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.

NOTE: This Blog is temporarily on hold, in lieu of the regular Bible Insight Weekly articles available here.


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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?

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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?

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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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Gone before us in suffering

Gone before us in suffering

Didn’t Jesus the Christ understand human weaknesses and needs before He became the son of man? Of course, He did. But He experienced them Himself. There is a difference.

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Judge ourselves

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?

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Children and the Bible

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 the Word of God - the Bible. Kim gives some practical ways to teach our children about God and His way of love through His Word.

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Is it alright to compromise with God?

Is it alright to compromise with God?

Does it really matter to God whether we adopt just any customs of the world? God loves pagan festivals; His love excludes no one, nor their festivals .... right? Let’s consider what God reveals in His Word – the Holy Scriptures.

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Unshakable faith from the book of Daniel

Unshakable faith from the book of Daniel

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?

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Mastering life’s circumstances

Mastering life’s circumstances

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed with the circumstances of life.

Have you had times in your life when you feel you have failed in a situation only to find, in hindsight, how much God helped you through those challenges?

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Where is God in our leadership?

Where is God in our leadership?

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?

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What the world needs now

What the world needs now

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?

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What is Australia Day to you?

What is Australia Day to you?

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?

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Full of possibility and hope

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.

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The decline of modern day Israel

The decline of modern day Israel

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?

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A shadow of things to come

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?

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Resilience – how we react that counts

Resilience – how we react that counts

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.

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Why go to church?

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?

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Scripture cannot be broken

Scripture cannot be broken

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?

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Fixed or growth - what's your mindset?

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?

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The only message by which we can be saved

The only message by which we can be saved

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?

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Feasts of the Lord

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?

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Remember the fallen

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.

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What we can learn from war?

What we can learn from 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?

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I chose you

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.

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Following God in a selfie-centred world

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?

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Just what do you mean … faith in God?

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.

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Thy Word is Truth

Thy Word is Truth

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.

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In what or who do we really glory?

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?

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Before the throne of grace

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?

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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; 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.

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A leader I can follow

A leader I can follow

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.

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Christmas and the true image of Jesus Christ?

Christmas and the true image of Jesus Christ?

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?

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The Trinity Theory or baptism?

The Trinity Theory or baptism?

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?

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There is no gamble with God

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.

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He’ll see us through

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?

 

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Christians Against the Odds

Christians Against the Odds

You are the underdog. And you will always be the underdog in this life and in this age! Does this surprise you?

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A fast commanded by God

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?

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How important is attitude?

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.

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Barely surviving

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.

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Let’s keep the Feast

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.

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What is man that you are mindful of him?

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?

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Submission to God: The wrestle to surrender one's agenda

Submission to God: The wrestle to surrender one's agenda

Do you try to live a Christian way of life? Or at least a ‘Christian-looking’ way of life? Have you surrendered your life and will to God? Or do you still hold on to ‘underground agendas’ which only serve to give an appearance of empowerment. What does real submission to God look like? Read Samantha’s personal journey on this topic.

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In search for extra terrestrial life

In search for extra terrestrial life

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.

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Imitate the Great Giver

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?

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The Feast of Firstfruits

The Feast of Firstfruits

God is sharing a great message with the world through His Holy Day plan. Keeping the Feast of Firstfruits is one of the most encouraging and inspiring of God's Holy Days. What do you know about the Feast of Firstfruits also known as Pentecost?

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Remembering the fallen

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.

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Contentment: our only entitlement

Contentment: our only entitlement

We are inclined to feel like we deserve something just because we want it. Our society is pervaded by a sense of individual entitlement. Is our contentment affected by what we think we are entitled?

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Speaking in tongues

Speaking in tongues

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?"

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The focus of the Feast

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?

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Wonderful lessons from the Passover season

Wonderful lessons from the Passover season

God's Holy Days have rich meaning reminding us each of the major steps in God's great plan to save all of mankind and bring us into His great Family. As the Passover and Unleavened Bread festivals draw near it is good to reflect on the meaning of the wonderful Passover season.

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A life lesson learnt from some furry friends

A life lesson learnt from some furry friends

If we observe creation, whether it be in nature, or our own pets, there is much to learn. Chontelle shares what she has learnt from some of her furry companions.

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Near-death experiences

Near-death experiences

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?

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Nothing hidden from Him

Nothing hidden from Him

Is it possible that we sometimes hide from God; that we don't want God to know too much about us? How well do we really know ourselves? Do we realize that God knows us better than we know ourselves?

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Is there hope for those who do not turn to God in this life?

Is there hope for those who do not turn to God in this life?

Do you have loved ones who have died and not become a Christian and you worry for them and their soul beyond the grave? Are they condemned to hell because they didn't "accept Christ"?

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Confidence in the One who sustains all

Confidence in the One who sustains all

We pass into the new year with story after story of tragedy after tragedy, sadness after sadness. As we move closer to the "end of this age," as the disciples of Christ expressed it, we of all people need to strive in hope because that hope is founded in the One who sustains all.

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Don't lie to your children

Don't lie to your children

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.

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Don't let it run your life

Don't let it run your life

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.

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Beyond these perilous times

Beyond these perilous times

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.

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What is Jesus Christ’s purpose for our lives?

What is Jesus Christ’s purpose for our lives?

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?

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Is Halloween harmless?

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?

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Godly wisdom

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 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.

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He will dwell with you and will be your God

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?

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The Feast of Ingathering

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?

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A fast commanded by God

A fast commanded by God

This past Saturday was a spiritually uplifting but physical challenging day. Why?, you may ask. Not only was it a weekly Sabbath but also an annual Sabbath of God – the Day or Atonement. Did you know we are commanded to fast on the Day of Atonement?

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Our world held captive

Our world held captive

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.

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To not live by half

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?

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The Feast of Trumpets: A turning point in history

The Feast of Trumpets: A turning point in history

Today is the Feast of Trumpets. Why is the Feast of Trumpets so valuable to you personally, and for all humankind?

Did God ever command us to observe a Holy Day about trumpets and their significance to God's plan?  Why do we call this Holy Day the Feast of Trumpets?

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The Prince of Peace

The Prince of Peace

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?

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Jesus Christ and the thief

Jesus Christ and the thief

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?

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Sin must be defeated

Sin must be defeated

Can we entertain sin in our lives? Surely, just a little can't be that bad! Should we really be concerned about sin? Does any good come from it? Or is sin our enemy which must be defeated?

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I love being a human

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.

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The blessing of fellowship on the Sabbath Day

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!!

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Is polygamy acceptable to God?

Is polygamy acceptable to God?

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.

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Teaching your children to pray

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 Ghandi? 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?

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Faith, a miracle and healing

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.

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You can be a part of the GREATEST CAUSE EVER!

You can be a part of the GREATEST CAUSE EVER!

Have you ever wanted to be a part of a great cause? Do you want to make a difference and be a part of the greatest cause ever?

You can if you understand God's plan for humanity and where He is currently with the work He is performing. 

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The drought is finally broken!

The drought is finally broken!

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?

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Will He find faith?

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?

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The government budget and God's view on debt

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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?

Wonderful lessons from the Passover season

Wonderful lessons from the Passover season

Wonderful lessons from the Passover season by Roger Waite

God's Holy Days have rich meaning reminding us each of the major steps in God's great plan to save all of mankind and bring us into His great Family. As the Passover and Unleavened Bread festivals draw near it is good to reflect on the meaning of the wonderful Passover season.

Nothing hidden from Him

Nothing hidden from Him

How well do you know yourself? Nothing hidden from Him by Bill Bradford

Is it possible that we sometimes hide from God; that we don't want God to know too much about us? How well do we really know ourselves? Do we realize that God knows us better than we know ourselves?

Submission to God: The wrestle to surrender one's agenda

Submission to God: The wrestle to surrender one's agenda

Submission to God: The wrestle to surrender one's agenda by Samantha Thomson

Do you try to live a Christian way of life? Or at least a ‘Christian-looking’ way of life? Have you surrendered your life and will to God, or do you still hold on to ‘underground agendas’ which only serve to give an appearance of empowerment. What does real submission to God look like? Read Samantha’s personal journey on this topic.

The Feast of Firstfruits

The Feast of Firstfruits

The Feast of Firstfruits by Bill Bradford

God is sharing a great message with the world through His Holy Day plan. Keeping the Feast of Firstfruits is one of the most encouraging and inspiring of God's Holy Days. What do you know about the Feast of Firstfruits also known as Pentecost?

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?"