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Water and Fire

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The world is on the brink of an absolute, planet wide disaster that will eliminate almost all forms of human and animal life. This is the second time that the bible has recorded such far reaching disasters...the first time was the great flood and the next and soon to come calamity relates to a fiery death for almost all forms of life. God had Noah build an ark to save those who believed the prophecy of the coming flood and Jesus Christ is building another ark... called the church; which will also deliver those who prepare for the coming fire. Both destructive judgments are the results of human rebellion against the principles of God.

Get Rid of the Baggage

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

For many people, the thought of becoming a Christian is far removed from the realms of possibility. Many see no redeeming qualities in their life, nor do they see any personal strengths that will serve them. In simple terms, they don't have what it takes. You might be surprised to discover that no Christian has ever had what it takes. In fact, without God's Spirit we would all be miserable failures; the apostles included. God refuses to allow our weaknesses and failures to get in the way of his plans.

Why Temptations are Essential

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

As much as we don't like to face them, temptations are essential. Temptations build strength, build faith, develop character... open up the power of God and produce overcomers. Temptations are not just enticements to act upon weaknesses... they include pressures, doubt, fear, low confidence levels, uncertainty, time constraints, etc. Life holds many blessings, but it also assures us of many difficulties as well.

No Easy Way Out

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

There is one failing common to all men, even those who have chosen to serve God. Despite the clear blessing and great joy of salvation, most people will be tempted to look for a simpler or easier way of fulfilling their Christian obligations (other than what the Lord expects). Seeing we are already warned in advance that this church age would be noted for its selfish and materialistic viewpoints (Rev 3:17), we would do well to take heed to the Lordís encouragement. Let us never forget that we chose the Christian life because it is the difference between life and death. This fact has never changed and never will.

Excuses

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Everyone desires happiness, security, good health and a loving family, but almost everyone in the world fails to achieve these goals. The human race has been the same since its beginnings; every culture, every race and every society out of every era, has been seeking after these attributes. Not only do most people fail to achieve a quality of life; death comes along and robs them of their whole life's work. Where do they go to next? The human race normally avoids any thought or preparations relating to death. It is like a worldwide game of 'make-believe' where they simply pretend that it doesn't matter. The vast majority of people act like the ostrich... by burying their heads in the 'pleasures' of this world and hoping that all their troubles will mysteriously go away. Jesus came to the earth to refresh mankind, revealing why they have a new life through the provision of God. His words related to both now and the life after Christ's return. He established His expertise in these matters by performing countless miracles. These signs provided the evidence of the truth about the Gospel that He preached. Amazingly, most people turned their backs, preferring their dead end religious practices or their ignorance, in preference to the miracles, signs and wonders that were being put forward. Unfortunately things are no better today; the vast majority have nothing but excuses

The Good Samaritan

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Samaritans were considered a low class of people by the Jews since they had intermarried with non-Jews and did not keep all the law. Thus the Jews normally would have nothing to do with them. We do not know if the injured man was a Jew or Gentile, but it made no difference to the Samaritan, he did not consider the man's race or religion. The 'Good Samaritan' saw only a person in urgent need of assistance and assist him he did, above and beyond the scriptural requirements.

The Parable of the Cup

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Most people have no knowledge of the essential saving power of the Holy Spirit. Even fewer have any knowledge of the most important parable relating to our overcoming abilities. The parable of the cup reveals these great mysteries and empowers us to do remarkably well in our walk in the Lord.

The Wind and the Spirt

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The Spirit of God has intrigued mankind for around six thousand years and yet most people are still none the wiser to the fundamental principles involved. In Genesis 1:2 God sets the principle in action... "And the Spirit" (wind) "of God moved upon the face of the waters". Suddenly this breath of God is no longer just an inarticulate, blowing... it forms words. The same breath that produces wind, now creates language, just as our breath gets formed into words by our throat and tongue. "And God said"... is the Spirit's breath that articulates God's purpose. God speaks eight times and these eight sentences speak a world into being, the heavens and the earth, all the creatures and finally the first man and woman into which God breathes the breath of life... his own Spirit. First there is formlessness and chaos, then the breath of the Spirit speaks a new creation into being. This familiar pattern appears all through the Bible.

A Gospel For Everyone

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Life starts with expectations and dreams of great things. However, time reveals that many hopes cannot be achieved. Power, wealth and happiness do not come readily, nor are they easy to keep. Many have come to realise that their life is not going in the direction that they had hoped for. Very few ever attain their dreams and even fewer exceed them. To make matters worse, life itself is running away from us every minute of the day. No matter how well we succeed, or how poorly we fail... life ends anyway; without remedy. This is a great time to introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ... he promises success for all those who faithfully follow him. He specialises in blessing the people who have struggled and failed the most. The less you have the more he gives.

Ray Stedman Tongues Refuted

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Pastor Brad refutes some arguments about tongues that have been put forth by Ray Stedman

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