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Choking to Death

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The prophetic parable of the 'sower', reveals the frightening reality that many Christian will be choked to death from bad choices and poor scriptural discipline. There is a very serious side to God which can be easily overlooked by modern, 'feel good' approaches to fellowship and eternal life. God refuses to accept anyone who knowingly waters down his word and his requirements. GAL 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Once a person responds to the salvation gospel through receiving the Holy Spirit with the God given sign of speaking in tongues, it is fully expected that a strong commitment will continue. It is easy to overlook the fact that every day, life and death are continually in play. We don't have the luxury of taking God or our fellowship for granted...there is a job to be done and the urgency only increases; it never eases.

You Cannot Handle The Truth

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

After Jack Nicholson spoke these famous words in the movie "A Few Good Men", the line became an instant classic. This short quote reveals the disappointing fact, that most people really can't "handle the truth" about serious life issues. As a result, many of humanities major problems, arise by denying or avoiding most of life's realities. The first truth is that all human life will end, but the denial comes when the cause of death and the possibility of eternal or spiritual life, is debated. Simply, we have to choose between a purposeful, God created universe, or a meaningless and loveless evolutionary accident, where we can be our own God.

Nothing Surer Than Death And Taxes

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The quote, "In this world nothing is sure but death and taxes" is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. It simply draws on the actual inevitability of death, to highlight the difficulty in avoiding the burden of taxes. Sadly, both death and taxes were never part of God's plans for humanity. Due to our arrogant attitude towards God, we are troubled by much more than death and taxes. We were warned... GEN 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. & 1SAM 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them (God lists all the taxes and burdens of human government in these Samuel verses), but again they would not listen. We are bound by death and taxes and many other human ills, but we still have a real choice on the biggest issue still to come. We are warned again of unavoidable truths; but this time it is within our own power to escape.

The Law of the Universe

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Newton's third law of motion is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Many use the term 'Karma', to extend this principle beyond a law of physics and suggest it applies to all areas of life...those who do good or evil are rewarded accordingly. Far more importantly, the bible also reveals strong spiritual laws that are equally true in every area of human application. For those filled with the Holy Spirit there are amazing opportunities to change the direction and value of our lives, if we learn to use these laws wisely. God has always been the source of energy and life, but humanity prefers to avoid the conditions associated with real spiritual awareness and power. Reality check... we are not human beings choosing to have a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings choosing much more than just our human experience.

What Most People Don't Want To Hear

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

One of the strongest themes in the bible reveals the need for every person to take responsibility for their own lives and their future direction. The 'Lord's prayer', details a simple outline of reality and responsibility along these lines ('thy will be done on earth... forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors MAT 6:9-13). In a world full of victim claiming and name calling, the ways of God have never been needed more, yet are strongly rejected by most people. What hope do our children have and what hope does our country face, if denial, victimhood and lies are the preferred options? It can only get worse as the solutions are ignored.

How Should We Live?

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

There are numerous interesting promises and blessings relating to salvation, spiritual service and worship. The following is a simple outline of the starting points which all saved people begin their servitude to God. In every other walk of life there are biases that work for and against us, some fair and some unfair, some favourable and many not so much, so. However, the church is not bound by cultural inequalities, nor any other natural imbalances.

Ignorance Is A Choice

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

People are surrounded and overwhelmed by far too many choices in every day life. The amount of information facing everyone is beyond comprehension and increasing at a record level. Modern technology such as smart phones, social media and television; demand consistent and increased attention. There are far too many choices, thus priorities need to be put in place. These choices need to be made on a daily basis...remember, ignorance is a choice as much as any other!! Like eternal life and living an overcoming life, many of the small choices we make, shape our future as well as the important ones. The power of the Holy Spirit opens our eyes enabling us to see far better options.

God is Working

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

God has much to offer the human race and reveals his love and purposes in many ways. He wants us to have a good and happy life, but knows this is not easy when corrupted moral and social choices prevail. Jesus spoke of these opportunities and wanted us to faithfully seek them. He spoke of the coming Holy Spirit and its miraculous ability to not only provide salvation, but to also offer evidence and vastly improve our quality of life. He also gave the power and motivation to spread the Gospel to family, friends and strangers.

The Only Technique That Works

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

As Jesus revealed the structure of the New Testament, it became clear that it would only work if its basic principles were practiced and maintained. This is the offer that God has made to the world. Salvation is only possible through participating in the sacrifices that Christ suffered for us. The need to repent, be baptized and pray and receive the Holy Spirit, with God's chosen evidence of speaking in tongues... is essential. The following points of spiritual order, amplify the basic acts of faith Christians need to understand and apply.

The Battle For Your Mind

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Satan, the great deceiver, is always offering a better deal than God. He is always attacking the credibility of the church, their faith and always trying to undermine and trip them up... often using the scriptures out of context to undermine their faith. This deceit is quite evident when dealing with the forgiveness of sin and remains a stumbling block for many spirit filled people, who hold confusing and often contradictory beliefs relating to this topic. Many struggle through a false salvation model, while the true and effective one is often beyond their knowledge. The aim of this presentation is to set some clear principles that hold true and will stand the test of doubt or criticism... freeing you truly from the law of sin and death. For the church...our task is to correct the errors relating to God and Christian living and reveal the true salvation God offers.

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