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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.

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?

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