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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.

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.

Viable Proof

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Any argument that seeks to prove or disprove God's existence, needs to be established with credible evidence if it's to remain viable. Viability is the ability of a thing (a living organism, an artificial system, an idea, etc.) to maintain itself or recover its potential. God offers the human race proof of a viable method of friendship, salvation and long term survival, but it depends on simple obedience to scriptural principles to be established. Remember, criticism or unbelief don’t establish truth in their own right... any evidence no matter how small, still holds more weight than the largest criticism. Let’s consider God’s biblical advice for a moment or two.

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.

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