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Working With God

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Even though the world is full of sceptics and doubters, who all make their own demands on how God should reveal himself...the bible pattern remains consistent and effective. Even when Jesus was on the cross, there were those who wanted him to do it their way, but he refused (MAT 27:42 ...If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him). God has his own plans and purposes that are far beyond limited, human imagination. It falls upon all of us to seek God through the use of the Holy Spirit's workings revealed in the scriptures... to regularly use them in a way that edifies others and ourselves.

Which God Are You Searching For?

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

A prominent English judge often met people who said they didn't believe in God. As was his custom, he often asked then to describe the god that lead to their disbelief. After hearing their negative reply, he told them that he didn’t believe in the god they had described either. Despite our views, God provides a solution.

World Realities

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Many believe that the world wide quality of life is improving everyday... let’s look at some of the relevant facts and see how they measure up. Firstly we will look at what the bible has to say about these times. The following verses prophetically outline the true nature of the human race. Worse still, these failings primarily relate to Christian families; those who should know better… who’s standard is usually much higher than the rest of the human race. 2TIM 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Six thousand years since Adam, the human race is prophesied to decline irreparably… it is called the last days.

Peace of Mind

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

True peace of mind is the most elusive condition on the planet. Our materialistic world has disregarded true and lasting values and headed down the one way street of natural fulfillment. The focus on accruing assets, life skills, education, travel, the body beautiful and individualism (good feelings), is proving to be a disater for everyone. World peace is impossible and so is true peace of mind. No one seems to want to address the real issues that affect all humanity. True peace of mind comes from self disciplines, not from natural experiences nor gains. The real problem: the elephant in the room, is the certainty of physical death and the inability to offer a solution which pleases the materialistic heart... there is none. How can you find peace of mind if your mind is facing certain extinction? Despite the corruptions of modern thinking, the bible offers a lot more than religion and tradition, relating to true and lasting peace.

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.

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.

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.

Seeing and Hearing the Invisible

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

What would we miss without sight and hearing? Even though our eyes and ears provide the vast majority of our perceptions of the world we live in; we still only see and hear, a very small portion of that which surrounds us. To give you a better picture of this, let's consider our sight. We only see 2.3% of the entire electromagnetic spectrum (97% is invisible to us). The same types of observations can be made with our senses of hearing and smell as well. We are aware of light and sound outside our senses through observation, logic and discovery. We use machines to reveal those parts of our world that our senses cannot process.

Through God's Eyes

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Reality differs according to the way our senses interpret our environment. A blind or deaf person comprehends a far different world than the one most people view. Different senses give different results. Dogs hear sounds and smell things that we can't, they know things that we don't... they are receiving information that we are not equipped to know. Likewise, our minds are able to process facts, emotions, future projections and the unknowns... the mental picture we build depends upon life experiences and social beliefs. We all interpret our life and values through our senses, our social morals and our personality. Very few people come to the same understanding, because they lack a TRUE spiritual sense of right and wrong. God offers us another capacity; he offers to show us the world through his eyes, to see things with his understanding... this is the Christian life. This is why sharing your testimony is so vital... it reveals that which is not seen nor known.

The Ark and the Church

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The following is a simple comparison between Noah's ark and the church of Christ.

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