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The Best of Both Worlds

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Most people don't understand what the Holy Spirit is, nor what it offers. Terms like 'eternal life', 'salvation', etc., are lost to most people as they cannot relate to what is being said. It is usually the testimony of a spirit filled person that opens the eyes and minds of the hearer. Their real life experience reveals what these scriptural promises actually mean; being explained through their own experiences and miracles. God offers the unsaved a sign which comes with the infilling of the Spirit... speaking in tongues (also the primary form of spiritual communication with God). The Holy Spirit is God's personal power. It is able to enter our bodies and unites with our own spirit, magnifying all our abilities and opportunities. The bible teaches us how to develop these powers and skills and the best way to apply them to get results. Even though our bodies will die, our spirit is united with God who cannot die, thus eternal life is made possible for us.

The Real Sin of Sodom

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Yes, it is true that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were morally depraved, including homosexuality; but that was only a symptom of a much greater problem. The people of these cities were Godless and lacking in all forms of human kindness and support... caring only for their own opinions (much like today's developing trends). We are fortunate to have a detailed account of how God works, which is useful for our own ministry.

When God Challenges

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Each day people face potentially thousands of religions, unlimited materialism and pointless ego pampering. Is it any wonder that the real God of the bible, needs to challenge hearts and minds with much more than naturally attractive or powerless beliefs? Today we will look at how the biblical God handles such matters and see how he works today. Firstly, let look at how God evaluates the 'atheist'... the complete unbeliever. PSA 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. God's criticism is strong because He has built spiritual awareness into every human on the planet... all have the ability to accept and prove God's existence.

Blessing Roundup

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Every blessing promised in the bible is there for us to take the advantage... however, it is always a choice we need to make and act on!! The following list of seven actions may well prove to be helpful to stimulate your mind into more effective living.

Trained To Be Victims

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

There is no one who achieves 100% of their human possibility, whether it be genetic, intellectual, economic, self worthor romance. All of us suffer from being potentially short changed in one area or another. Thus we have two choices...move forward, or become victims. There is also a spiritual side to all of us, which we cannot naturally ever measure up to. God reveals how we can improve ourselves, but that means taking personal responsibility of our lives and make improvements. When God is not allowed to be part of any solution, then victimhood is the only outcome, because eventually all people die. Those who ignore God are the victims, deceived by sin. By refusing to allow God's power to bea solution, death becomes their choice.

Inspiration From God

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The bible has proven to be a source of inspiration to more people over time, than any other source. Aside from thesalvation message, the concept of an all powerful, creative and loving God; provides inspiration to everyone,everywhere; no matter what their life's circumstances. Most people rightly understand that there is much more to life and living than just their own allotted portion. It is very humbling to realize that God has far more influence on those who are suffering than on those who enjoy the benefits of a good life. Thus we find that humility and inspiration go hand in hand with grief and trials. The following list of well known hymns/choruses come from moments of utter despair, simple humility and joyful hope.

Fake News

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

All the recent talk about 'fake news' serves to remind us of the ongoing battle between truth and error. Not only have scriptural principles been corrupted by religious compromise... almost all forms of news and education have become vehicles for ideological and/or political promotion and point scoring. Most news that has any form of political content will be skewed to suit the promoters or owners viewpoint.

The New Morality Is Not New

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Throughout history, societies have granted special recognition and privileges to marriage because it is the central organizing institution of human culture. Marriage regulates relationships, sexuality, human reproduction, lineage, kinship, and family structure. Also, marriage has performed another crucial function; it defines morality. Morality is much more than a definition of sexual activity. It provides structural and ethical balances that allow every individual to be respected and valued for their character, rather than social compliance. It is moral and ethical disciplines that regulate our freedoms into sustainable practices.

The Church is Meant to be God's Testimony

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The true church should be built on the examples of Christ and the apostles, through the tangible power (rather than doctrinal theory), of the Holy Spirit. The functioning of our church needs to be representative of God's attitude and blessing to the human race, which also includes continuous refining of doctrinal issues. The positive way we treat each other, the way we respond to pressure or betrayal, should also reflect our God given testimony. Everyone in the church owes it to God, to have and continually present a positive testimony of overcoming and spiritual joy.

What Next?

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Life is considered to be the most precious thing that we have and humanity has gone to great lengths to preserve it. Technology, hospitals, medicines, machinery and all sorts of techniques have been devised to try to sustain life. Pressure groups are always pointing out the perceived dangers of smoking, pollution, nuclear arms, climate change, etc., all expressing concerns for the values that maintain life. Not surprisingly, there is a much greater problem that men wilfully ignore. What happens after you die? Is it the end? Are there any other opportunities for further life? Is there another level of existence etc? It is typical of mankind to spend so much time and money trying to preserve his natural body (which ultimately perishes), while spending too little time investigating whether they can have a future after the body dies. What agency has been set up to investigate humanities greatest need? Mankind is foolishly worrying about immediate natural concerns at the expense of their future. What comes next... after you die? God asks us to consider these things and with the consideration he offers us a valuable answer.

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