Articles tagged with: Christian Living

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

Sin must be defeated

Sin must be defeated

Sin must be defeated by Bill Bradford

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?

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 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.

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.

Marriage and finances

Marriage and finances

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 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?

Sabbath-keeping in high school

Sabbath-keeping in high school

Sabbath-keeping in high school by Chontelle Bent

I remember the first time somebody asked me about my religious beliefs. I was about fourteen-years-old. For those of you who are past that age, think back to those awkward teenage years, when peer pressure was a daily issue, and the thoughts of those around you were constantly voiced; sometimes with detrimental effects and sometimes positive ones.

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.

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.

Silence

Silence

Silence by Anita Anastasi

"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven...a time to keep silence" says the Ecclesiastes.

How can silence improve your relationship with God? 

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?

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.

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? – Part 4

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? – Part 4

What is the real purpose of living by God’s laws? – Part 4 by Ken Murray

This is the fourth and final part of a series of blogs about the purpose of God's law.
In this blogs I consider 3 more purposes of living by God's wonderful laws.
* God's Laws were given for us in order to prevent sin.
* Keeping God's Laws saves us from being ashamed.
* God's Law has the purpose of showing us what is right and wrong - reward or failure.

We can learn a lot from ants

We can learn a lot from ants

We can learn a lot from ants by Reg Wright

Do you have ants at your place? Is there anything we can learn from ants? Does God provide spiritual instruction for us about ants in the Bible? Read on and see how God placed valuable spiritual lessons for us in His creation.