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Of Sin and Salvation

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The concept of sin and salvation is only relevant if the biblical viewpoint of a purposeful creation is considered. If the human race is merely accidental and temporary, then our existence is without purpose and our life would be pointless. Should evolution be the source of humanity, then life, love and happiness would also be totally meaningless. On this basis, we will promote the scriptural viewpoint, because it is the only approach that gives meaning to life and its values. Thus, the bible defines sin as... a breach of God's purposes, either spiritual or natural. Life is a choice (we clothe, feed and protect ourselves) and likewise eternal life is also a choice that is equally available. This is where the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes into play.

The Path to Lasting Joy

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The USA has a constitutional right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. These ideals have also been the basis for most of the western world and while loosely based on God's laws, have had a certain level of success. However, mankind always knows better than God. They keep meddling and changing their laws to better reflect their personal desires of the day (always pushing against the boundaries and morals that work best). They proclaim liberty and happiness but usually end up with more misery and pain for the human race. Not surprisingly, you cannot find or maintain joy and freedom by doing the same things that remove it. The Bible clearly points out that joy and lasting freedom will always be elusive unless they are the result of spiritual blessing. Your physical body and everything you hold dear in this world, will all cease at some point. All spiritual gains are never lost and can never be taken from you... not even by physical death. If you want something positive that lasts and will be a source of joy and contentment, then it needs to last longer than this worlds goods. God has revealed many wonderful and positive directions for those who are wise enough to make good decisions.

The Power of Fellowship Part Two

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The Holy Spirit delivers us from humanity's failings and comes with a simple list of lifestyle changes that turn our weaknesses into blessings. These verses are similar to a product service manual, that makes it possible to understand new design and management practices that will keep us alive and well. Fellowship is much more than turning up at a meeting and communion is much more than drinking and eating food elements once a week.

When God Calls

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

We are called for one reason only... to live & preach the gospel! To compensate for the sacrificial attitude needed to obey God's plan, we have a perfect arrangement where our sins and failings can be forgiven as we serve the Lord with an undivided sense of purpose. That is why the Lord told us to seek first the kingdom of God (position and purpose), then he blesses our lives with all other needs. MAT 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (natural needs and assets) shall be added unto you. This is God's way and produces doers rather than hearers... it also gives us a lifelong measure to rest upon. What is the urgent calling we have all been equipped to do? MAR 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. This requires sacrifice, faith and commitment (ongoing sense of urgency). That is, if you think your life and the life of God's children are worth saving.

The First Priority

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Newton's third law is not only universal, but is also spiritually sound as well... 'For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction'. Engineers understand that unless that which is built is stronger than the forces working against it, it will collapse! Human life is no different. Unless we exert a greater force against death, then death will prevail. Spiritual life is equally bound by this truth... that is why the bible is primarily a book that teaches us how to fight against the certainty of death, with stronger powers that offer the certainty of life. Thus, the battle for spiritual life (the preservation of the soul), should be our first priority. Paul explains this reality... EPH 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (natural forces), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (spiritual forces). This is the true battle that should be the focus for everyone, at all times.... especially us.

Always Abounding

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

There are two basic principles underlying spiritual growth and development in Godly service (love). MAT 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God (spiritual priorities), and his righteousness (free from natural obstacles); and all these (natural) things shall be added unto you. Putting God first (prayerfully) in both thought and deed, is an inescapable priority. The following verses cover two vital aspects of God's methods for our person development and effectiveness. This means that fellowship and the gifts are a priority for you.

The Right Tree

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

God not only reveals the nature of the two primary trees in creation, he also uses similar metaphors for spiritual guidance and understanding. We are reminded that we are firstly, spiritual purposed creatures.

Distractions Can Be Deadly

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Every living being is involved in a battle for survival. After that comes the emotional needs such as happiness, love, peace, etc., but when there is no apparent struggle for life, then all the emotional pleasures replace the necessities. Modern thinking would have us believe that the 'present time' is the only real thing and all else is an illusion or a distraction. This is a very dangerous attitude, because it assumes that our natural pleasures of each day is the only thing that counts. Each living person also has a soul that needs to be kept alive, because we are dual beings. While most are busy keeping the body and mind alive and happy, those who are wise are taking steps to keep the soul alive. Only the knowledge of true salvation makes this possible. 2COR 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (we no longer fight the same battle for survival and emotional comforts that the world does), but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; God reveals the real battle and the best method to win it.

Draw Near to God

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

It is amazing how some things never change. We are warned by Mark, 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches (or power) to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. We also understand that wealth and power lead to a sense of entitlement and pride, making it very hard for the essential trait of humility and patience to be practiced (these being the only effective approach to God and his blessings). It is also not surprising that the age of entitlement (vast wealth and resources on tap for all Western nations) is taking its toll on both Christians and the nations themselves. Increasingly in our narcissistic age, we see a deluded self-belief and inflated sense of importance, made possible by technology and politically correct bullying.

Prophets of Repentance and Life

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Repentance is much more than feeling bad about your failings and shortcomings. Rather, it defines a willingness to obey God and to be directed by his principles of life. Feeling sorry or guilty is not what God expects, he wants people to make changes, to make commitments and stand by them. We need to obey his directives to receive the Holy Spirit and to use it to build a truly Christian lifestyle; full of mercy and blessings. A walk with God means submission to him and a change of direction. It also means that we will take responsibility for our own actions... not blaming others nor pretending to be spiritual. Thus we agree to both live by God's word and to offer the gospel to the unsaved. We are God's prophets; a living walking testimony.

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