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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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
What will you be doing next week? Anything special? Or will next week be just like any other week? My family and I will be observing one of the most important commands of God.
Next week begins God's Holy Day calendar with the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. Does God really require us to follow physical observances like these?
We need forgiveness of sin more than we need anything else. 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.
Do you sometimes feel inadequate or unworthy? 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.
Rain, in the Word of God is something God sends or withholds. 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.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5). 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 carrot, the egg and the coffee bean by Reg Wright
The carrot, the egg, and the coffee bean - which one are you?
Increase in violent incidents and the severity of violence in younger people is a most disturbing trend in Australia. The "king hit" now seems to be so common that we are no longer surprised when we hear reports on the nightly news.
by Bruce Dean
Forget unruly in-laws or irritating habits, research shows one of the biggest causes of marital discord is Australians hiding personal debt from partners. Is this a concern in your marriage?
What is the best way to give an apology? by Matt Sieff
What is the best way to give an apology? Christ gave us a depth of divine instruction during His Sermon on the Mount. Much of His teachings centered around getting our relationship right with God, and with others.
by Ken Murray
The reason why we have so much suffering in this world is because human beings have rejected and forsaken God and stubbornly will not turn and seek God now while He may be found. God has allowed humankind to write into history the vitally important lesson, that humankind's way, apart from God, does not work.
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?