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There Are Only Ever Two Choices

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

We live in a world where literally thousands of choices can be made every day. These collectively consume time, energy and resources; ultimately determining our personal destiny. Despite the numerous choices we make from moment to moment; there are only two primary choices we are effectively making every day... whether we live or whether we die. The right choices need to be made every day if we value our lives.

Cause and Effect

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Newton's third law of motion states...For every action, there is an equal (in size) and opposite (in direction) reaction. This law is not only true in the natural universe... it is also a spiritual law.

The Most Urgent Need

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The most urgent need facing the whole world is not peace from war, not freedom from tyranny, not hunger nor pollution, but life itself. All people from all nations face one common enemy...death!! The gospel of Jesus Christ offers the human race a solution to their greatest need and also reveals a new world, which will deal with the other issues that afflict us all. However, people are often blind to this simple reality and fight for much lesser causes while their real problems are often overlooked. The following verse tells us what to expect when the world thinks it has solved its biggest problem. 1THE 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Vessels of Life

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The human race has designed specific vessels to hold important things in safe and preserving ways. Likewise, planet earth and all that makes life possible (a vessel travelling through hostile extremes in the great vacuum of space), provides all the essentials for life to exist. The factors needed to make the earth a safe and vibrant planet are far too numerous to be an accident... rather we believe that God created the earth to be a provider and maintainer of life... a vessel of purposeful design, with a life plan than most humans fail to grasp.

The Fear of the Truth

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

In a world where science and discovery are the backbone of all our technology and living, 'truth' is perhaps the most feared of all findings. There is part of us that knows right and wrong and good and evil, but while we are ignorant of God's truth, we can feel safe, because we are measuring ourselves against flawed mortals. However, once the truth is revealed to us, there is no place to hide and no excuse to justify our wrongs. It is this fear that has led to humanities greatest failings... spiritual ignorance and spiritual death.

One For All and All For One

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The above term became popular by its use in the three musketeers, even though it's the principle theme for Christian life. This lifestyle directive from the bible isn't just a romantic slogan, but is a revelation for remarkable, powerful living. The great joy of escaping certain death and the discovery of the personal plans God has for us, is amazing in every way. We were saved through being obedient to spiritually motivated actions. We yielded to spiritual principles before the power of God could enter us. Likewise, our day to day servitude to God should be no different. We all have a job to do, but many never give God the chance to reveal what he has actually planned for them. Much of our life can be spiritually wasted, if we don't make the effort to serve God beyond the basics of reading, prayer and fellowship... for some, even this is a struggle.

Discovering Truth

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

We're witnessing a whole generation who regard facts as more or less optional. They're being taught that it's important to have views, but they're not being taught to know what they are talking about. It's essential to hear opposing viewpoints and even more important to learn how to distinguish the differences... to establish the point with the most evidence or logic behind it. However, the majority are being taught to run with whatever feels or sounds good. No science, discipline or culture can survive when built on these flawed principles.

The Flesh Versus the Spirit

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

We all know that without the spirit our body is dead, but equally, without God's intervention our spirit also faces permanent death. Thus, there is an unseen battle raging between life and death every day. It revolves around substance and ignorance, proof and theory, humility and pride. Despite overwhelming human indifference, God still offers a life preserving covenant, that links his spirit with ours. This covenant gives us an effective solution where the limitations of our humanity are counter balanced by His spiritual input.

Faith and Works Together

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

No matter what the problem, what the need, what the requirement or what the desire is, God responds best through faith and works. The first section of the following scriptures relate to pressures within the Corinthian church... a church in potentially serious trouble, with numerous divisive issues. The second segment of the following scriptures, reveal a solid working solution to these difficulties... faith and works.

Defenders of the Faith

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Most people fail to gasp that the Christian battle is between life and death, not between waring religious ideologies, nor atheistic debate. Everything of value has to be fought for and protected, whether it's democratic freedom, personal values or good health... challenges are forever forthcoming. This has also been the case with God's promises and values. There is a great reward for those who make their stand and defend their assets and values. There is an even greater reward when defending the plan of God. Remember, God has given you scripturally provable signs and doctrine, not just theory, nor religious debate.

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