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More Than Blind Faith

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Many see Christians as people who have second rate lives, artificially driven by blind faith... often associated with the denial or abstinence of many of life's pleasures. Most of these impressions result from the very negative portrayal of religious people in movies and in general life. The ongoing revelations of child molestation and other poor treatment of innocent people by some churches, is also detracting from the life of real Christians. Many church goers also expect very little from God... many are driven by powerless hope and unanswered faith. However, true Christianity is nothing like what most people believe. Blind faith is not a Christian trait... those who are Christians as defined in the bible; have a life filled with opportunity, real hope, God given power and supernatural blessings.

Identified by Signs Following

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Since Adam, God has always identified himself with miracles, signs and wonders; particularly when working with faithful people. Most miracles are not the type that people always want to see, but that choice has always been His...not ours. God introduced the power of the spirit into the temple with miraculous displays. Similarly he gave the Israelites signs and symbols so they could identify themselves at a natural level as well. God has not changed. Now revealing himself through signs, miracles and wonders as he enters our bodies (the new temple of the Spirit). Like Israel, he now identifies his people through their ability to live a natural and spiritually based life, at the same time. Thus our lives identify and symbolise God's ways and power on earth.

Without Excuse

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The need to justify our decisions (even to ourselves); is the instinctive role of the conscience in nearly all thought processes. The conscience is an inescapable part of the human mind, that compels us to justify all our actions, whether good or bad. Unwise choices lead us to making excuses (which are mostly falsehoods, manufactured to ease our conscience). Jesus Christ identified this fatal human trait, when he spoke a parable about the kingdom of heaven where it is likened to a great feast to which everyone was invited. This is a simple metaphor of the decisions people can make when facing life and death choices. LUK 14:18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. He wasn't asking them to do something unpleasant or meaningless... he was inviting them to a feast with the creator and ruler of the universe. They all had an excuse (false reason), why something else was more important than their life... all the excuses were weak and lacked integrity.

Freedom From Death

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Freedom is most commonly defined as...'the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants'. Everyone wants the freedom to live life the way they choose, but no one has the power to maintain their life indefinitely. Death makes a mockery of freedom, because the freedom to live forever, is outside human expertise. Seeing that freedom from death is impossible to legislate or implement, the vast majority of people ignore it and occupy themselves with other interests. Despite outraged mockery from those who believe in freedom of expression... the bible reveals more about death, its consequences and its solutions, than all of the writings of mankind put together. Everyone knows that our earth has a limited time before it perishes as well, but the bible foretells a catastrophic upheaval in the very near future. It also reveals all of these principles and details, completely free of political and cultural biases. There are numerous prophesies about the coming changes and they are not all that far away. Let's look at what the bible reveals.

Connecting to the Grid

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The power grid supplies energy and opportunities well beyond natural abilities. This requires specialised infrastructure, to harness electrical power in a usable manner. Devices also need to be custom built, if they are going to use electricity to energise them. A basic understanding of electricity, how it functions and how we need to be insulated from its powerful energy, are essential. Likewise, an effective connection with God, is very similar to having a working connection to the electricity grid. God also has powers beyond our natural ability, even reaching beyond physical death and outlasting every atom in the universe. The bible is Godís manual on how to make the most of his power, revealing why we have life and its true value to him.

Windows of Time

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Despite human pride and arrogance, we don't own this planet and have no more rights or powers than what the forces of nature allow. Remember, death quickly follows birth... no matter who we are. The bible reveals that God created this universe for a good reason. All things started from nothing and will return to nothing once again. As the bible says... 1PET 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: Life appears then disappears very quickly.

Propaganda Versus Reality

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Propaganda is defined as the systematic, widespread distribution of specific ideas, doctrines, practices which can help one cause or be harmful to another cause. This phrase summarizes the great gap between what people are taught about God and what is denied or mocked. God has provided a way for facts to be learned.

The Slippery Slope

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The slippery slope argument doesnít view moral (ethical) changes in isolation, but as the beginning of a trend. In general form, this argument says that if we allow something relatively harmless today, we may start a trend that results in something currently unthinkable becoming accepted. Many treat this argument as a fallacy in our modern world; because very few want to be held accountable when changes lead to unintended failings. For many, fulfilling once perverted lusts, is more acceptable than repercussions or personal responsibility.

True Greatness is the Least You Can Do

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

You are reborn to be great... that is the least of your possibilities. Someone (Jesus), has already died to give you the best possible chance to succeed and his disciples have spent 2000 years building upon this truth. The battle for the church is not to keep you in fellowship at all costs, rather to encourage you to honour the will of God. LUK 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. All those born of God are already greater than the greatest of all humans... this is our starting point as born again Christians.

God Uses a Different Measure

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Serving God is easier than you think... because he doesnít think like we do, nor does he measure life and its problems in the same way that we do. His values are far different; his rewards seem far too great for the small amount of effort required. On the other hand, some of the great things we think are exceptional, God sees as a daily norm: something he expects... who can know the mind of God? 1COR 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord; who has advised him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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