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Facets of Preaching

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Jesus predicted a time when preaching the gospel of the indwelling kingdom would be a world wide event. With the failure of the traditional Christian nations to uphold God given values, the gospel is now being preached and well received in many developing nations. Moral, social and economic corruptions have riddled the West and are mostly irreversible.. avoidance of nuclear war is almost inescapable.

WW3 Has Already Begun

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The return of Jesus Christ in itself, has no warning sign directly revealing this age ending event. However, the scriptures give us a brief outline of prophetic events, which lead up to need for Jesus to return. An out of control and rapidly escalating world war seem to be clearly described as the trigger for such a return, but most people including political and military experts failed to predict WW1 & WW2; thus it will come as no surprise that most will miss the beginning of WW3 as well. Likewise, no matter how astute many Christians feel they might be, the return of the Lord is going to catch many unawares. The reasons behind wars and those rising to meet the Lord, begin long before being noticed by the 'experts'... by this time it is too late.

Real Life

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The realities of life are far different than what we are taught at school, see on tv, on our expectations and may differ markedly from the rest of our family. The following observations are from Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the most successful people in the world. There are spiritual principles that are similar to his observations which make it worthy of considering.

When Something Dies

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Without the death of other living matter, most forms of life on the planet would come to a halt. Plants need nutrients from the soil to grow, just like people also need food. Soil nutrients mostly come from the breakdown of mineral bearing rocks and from organic matter, which comes from the decomposition (death) of plants and animals... an endless cycle. God has revealed that the soul that is in a man is also a form of life, far more distinct than any other life form. Our soul also has a capacity to live... yet its life is not dependent on organic matter, but spiritual. This is where the salvation message revealing the purposes of Christ becomes an essential tool for life after physical death. Something has to die to make life possible... Jesus died so we might live. We need to feed our soul on spiritual food and not natural thinking... ROM 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. If we die to the deceit and demands of ungodly practices (put worldliness to death), then a new life will spring from us and will continue to grow as long as we help it develop

Things to Come

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

While God is eager to tell us of things to come... the human race is trying to shape their current world without learning from the mistakes of their past. God has already told us they we are doomed to failure... but who listens?

From Babel to Paradise

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

God placed Adam and Eve in a perfect place called paradise. They were given simple instructions on how to live forever, but they chose poorly. Death overtook them and has done so to every person ever since. James wrote... JAM 2:26 "the body without the spirit is dead". Without God's spirit (that is what was forfeited in the Eden paradise)... the body will certainly die. The same vital choices of life or death remain with us today.

Survival of the Fittest

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Despite ungodly theories promoted by evolutionists, the concept of survival of the fittest is a sound biblical doctrine. Evolutionary theory (natural selection) teaches... 'struggle for life in which only those organisms best adapted to mutate or reproduce in existing conditions are able to survive.' All life holds no purpose, nor reason for its existence. God defines life as much more than physical existence.

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 Godís 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.

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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