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The Price Has Been Paid Regardless

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The Abrahamic based (single God of bible fame) religions of this world, make up nearly half the worlds population. Christianity 2.1 billion, Islam 1.5 billion and the Jewish faith 14 million. Most Christians are apostate in the sense that they don't rely upon the power of God which Jesus made available in their daily lives. Islam agrees that Jesus lived, but don’t respect nor understand the role that he offers this world; while the Jews comprehensively deny the person of Christ and the New Testament writings that resulted from his ministry. These religions offer many false choices when it comes to salvation and Godly living; but as a rule, they don’t accept nor take advantage of the price Christ paid for them. The complete Bible offers Christians doctrine, in the same way that the Koran and Torah of the Old Testament, do for the Muslims and Jews. However doctrine without evidence or signs is merely a source of unproven opinions of historic origins. God's true church not only offers doctrine, but genuine, God given signs and wonders... this leaves man made doctrine exposed for what it is. As a rule, the three religious descendants of Abraham don't take advantage of the price Christ paid for them. Their church and faith is built upon doctrine without the visible power and working of the Holy Spirit... which power is still available regardless of their choices.

That is not Fair!

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisban]

Children frequently and loudly proclaim that events or decisions are unfair. Their value system is immature and blind to many of the realities of life and balanced decision making. Likewise, many adults see Christian principles as unfair or unacceptable, with many Christians themselves wrestling over scriptural principles they find 'old fashioned' or too painful to contemplate. The simple reality is that God has always elevated the common good, higher than our personal ambitions, because his values include many aspects of life and death that the human race is totally incapable of considering. The following verses give a simple but balanced approach that reveal why God’s priorities may differ from ours.

Born of God

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Every human birth is the result of a fertilized egg comprised of both male and female genes developing to maturity. The unique gene combination determines almost every aspect of your physical makeup... skin, hair and eye colour, facial features, body shape, potential life span, etc. Not only do you inherit a mixed combination of genetic strengths and weaknesses of your parents; you also are shaped emotionally and intellectually by their input during your developing years (this determines your character and values you will exercise as an adult). In normal circumstances, you will also benefit from the acquired wealth and experience of your parents and will ultimately receive your share of their life's work... this is your inheritance.

Windows of Opportunity

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The bible indicates that windows of spiritual opportunity are very rarely accepted and are only available for short periods of time. The problem isn't the windows themselves, but rather with the speed that humans get distracted when faced with powerful truths. This observation is consistent with many natural truths as well... Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened

Our Life is Our Life

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Our life is a composite of the things which we do every day... the actions we take, the things we say, the things we involve ourselves in. The conduct of daily living, the company we keep and our attitude all combine together to make us who we are… and who we are seen to be. Many people have aspirations, hopes, dreams and ideals, but they are not seen unless they are exercised... these are not your life unless you live them. In simple terms, the things which you want to do and would like to be, have no bearing on who you really are. People are not mind readers, nor do good intentions automatically qualify us as good people. We are not who we think we are, but we are who we have become. The Lord (even life itself) requires actions not thoughts, he requires deeds not just promises, he needs participants not spectators. Eternal life is the result that comes for those who live according to an eternal lifestyle, not the reward for good intentions, unspoken prayers, unfulfilled commitments, etc. Our life style determines our life, or it is our death... the choice is very personal and we make it every day.

The Adventure of a Lifetime

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The greatest secret in the universe is the value of the living soul... there are two aspects to life, not just the body. Satan is jealous of God and wants this world for himself... he will bring about total annihilation unless he is stopped. People have been blinded to this fact, because the sworn enemy of their creator and father, wants this world to worship him. This is achieved through lies, deceit and distractions, which continually focus on the pleasures of the body, while hiding the potential inheritance offered for the souls of all men. God is looking for people who are willing to take on the most exciting and daring role ever offered to any human... to save the lives of those threatened by the death of the soul. Most people won’t face the reality of physical death, let alone the death of the soul; it is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

As is often the case with bible stories, there is more being revealed than what appears on the surface. When Jesus uttered the words 'my God, my God, why have you forsaken me' he was doing much more than lamenting his fate. Jesus was quoting the first and identifying line of Psalm 22... a thousand year old prophecy that would pinpoint the identity of the true Messiah. Until this time, the Psalms were known by the opening words, as the verses and chapters were not yet applied (chapters 13th century and verses 16th century approx.,). Jesus effectively identified that he was the one that Psalm 22 referred to and that the details surrounding his death, also matched the contents of the Psalm.

The Assurance of Scriptural Salvation

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

When God saves people, he does it in such a way that leaves no room for doubt… scripturally or emotionally. Doubts and fears (even false doctrine), can only rise when people move away from full scriptural evidence and start relying upon partial or incomplete references. Faith on its own is not enough, because faith is one sided. Unless God responds in a scriptural manner, then faith is vain… faith is a ripcord, it is not a parachute...the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit is where salvation dwells. Jesus said that signs and wonders would follow true believers... this allows true bible faith to be established.

When Do Christians Rise and Meet the Lord?

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

While we are in the world we are subjected to diseases, violence, war and natural disasters; to all of which the Lord has strongly suggested, that prayer can be very effective counter measure. However, at the point when God determines that the Holy Spirit will no longer be poured out (the end of the New Testament age), and the fiery judgment of God begins… at this point the saints will be gathered together by the Lord, while the earth faces God’s wrath. This cleansing process is both catastrophic, yet vital; as it allows the earth to get a fresh start without the clutter of 6000 years of human rebellion and corruption. This study will reveal that the saints are protected from the wrath of God… the rest of the world isn’t.

The Fear of the Lord

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

A genuine and healthy fear of God, coupled with the anointing of the Spirit, is essential for salvation. It is also vital for overcoming the various temptations of this life. While many focus on 'love', they overlook the fact that a good relationship with God, is impossible without understanding the value of fear. A healthy respect for the Lord develops the true and effective love, which God describes. Fear is the attitudinal foundation upon which salvation can be built; this is the solid basis upon which true Godly love functions. We are reminded that the battle of life is only resolved, when death is defeated... this should be the primary commitment of all humans... anything less, is to be greatly feared.

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