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Inspiration From God

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The bible has proven to be a source of inspiration to more people over time, than any other source. Aside from thesalvation message, the concept of an all powerful, creative and loving God; provides inspiration to everyone,everywhere; no matter what their life's circumstances. Most people rightly understand that there is much more to life and living than just their own allotted portion. It is very humbling to realize that God has far more influence on those who are suffering than on those who enjoy the benefits of a good life. Thus we find that humility and inspiration go hand in hand with grief and trials. The following list of well known hymns/choruses come from moments of utter despair, simple humility and joyful hope.

Spiritually Powered

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Our salvation is merely the beginning of the blessings that God has revealed to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are called into much more than a one off experience. We are now powered up, to take some truly exciting steps. Many of life's disappointments and many spiritual weaknesses will vanish away very quickly when we get the spiritual basics right. Asking, seeking and knocking is a daily routine, not something we do to receive the Holy Spirit, nor hold in reserve for emergencies once filled with the spirit! It is almost impossible to come to terms with church life and spiritual happiness, if God's priorities are not our own.

Choking to Death

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The prophetic parable of the 'sower', reveals the frightening reality that many Christian will be choked to death from bad choices and poor scriptural discipline. There is a very serious side to God which can be easily overlooked by modern, 'feel good' approaches to fellowship and eternal life. God refuses to accept anyone who knowingly waters down his word and his requirements. GAL 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Once a person responds to the salvation gospel through receiving the Holy Spirit with the God given sign of speaking in tongues, it is fully expected that a strong commitment will continue. It is easy to overlook the fact that every day, life and death are continually in play. We don't have the luxury of taking God or our fellowship for granted...there is a job to be done and the urgency only increases; it never eases.

You Cannot Handle The Truth

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

After Jack Nicholson spoke these famous words in the movie "A Few Good Men", the line became an instant classic. This short quote reveals the disappointing fact, that most people really can't "handle the truth" about serious life issues. As a result, many of humanities major problems, arise by denying or avoiding most of life's realities. The first truth is that all human life will end, but the denial comes when the cause of death and the possibility of eternal or spiritual life, is debated. Simply, we have to choose between a purposeful, God created universe, or a meaningless and loveless evolutionary accident, where we can be our own God.

Nothing Surer Than Death And Taxes

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The quote, "In this world nothing is sure but death and taxes" is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. It simply draws on the actual inevitability of death, to highlight the difficulty in avoiding the burden of taxes. Sadly, both death and taxes were never part of God's plans for humanity. Due to our arrogant attitude towards God, we are troubled by much more than death and taxes. We were warned... GEN 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. & 1SAM 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them (God lists all the taxes and burdens of human government in these Samuel verses), but again they would not listen. We are bound by death and taxes and many other human ills, but we still have a real choice on the biggest issue still to come. We are warned again of unavoidable truths; but this time it is within our own power to escape.

The Law of the Universe

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Newton's third law of motion is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Many use the term 'Karma', to extend this principle beyond a law of physics and suggest it applies to all areas of life...those who do good or evil are rewarded accordingly. Far more importantly, the bible also reveals strong spiritual laws that are equally true in every area of human application. For those filled with the Holy Spirit there are amazing opportunities to change the direction and value of our lives, if we learn to use these laws wisely. God has always been the source of energy and life, but humanity prefers to avoid the conditions associated with real spiritual awareness and power. Reality check... we are not human beings choosing to have a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings choosing much more than just our human experience.

Mankind Cannot Save Themselves

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Even the best minds in the world have come to the conclusion that life as we know it, will end unless drastic changes are made. What is missing that allows humanity to go from surviving and developing for thousands of years: to finding themselves on the brink of annihilation at their technological peak? God is not mentioned once by the most recognised minds on the earth. The difference today is that we no have the technology and numbers of people to overwhelm the earth and destroy it, thus real fears of total destruction are rising. Interestingly, the scriptures identified these problems thousands of years ago and have continually offered the only workable answer; right up to our current age.

At That Very Moment

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The bible clearly reveals an overwhelming range of events that will soon affect the whole planet. Major failings of political, military, social and religious integrity, and a number of catastrophic natural disasters will lead to the 'Armageddon' event; which will see Jesus Christ returning to save the earth from total destruction. The following samples primarily deal with the very last moment, just before/as Christ returns.

Body of Evidence

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Today, we test the world's most popular religious beliefs, by the same rule of law, which is common to the western judicial system. The following are the two main aspects the law uses in determining truth from error. *1. Weight of evidence...The strength, value and believability presented on a factual issue by one side as compared to evidence introduced by the other side.*2. Burden of proof... In a civil trial, the plaintiff's Burden of Proof is a standard based on the majority of evidence. This means that the accuser must convince the 'trier of facts' (judge or jury or you), that the evidence in support of their case outweighs the evidence offered by the defendant to oppose it.

What Most People Don't Want To Hear

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

One of the strongest themes in the bible reveals the need for every person to take responsibility for their own lives and their future direction. The 'Lord's prayer', details a simple outline of reality and responsibility along these lines ('thy will be done on earth... forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors MAT 6:9-13). In a world full of victim claiming and name calling, the ways of God have never been needed more, yet are strongly rejected by most people. What hope do our children have and what hope does our country face, if denial, victimhood and lies are the preferred options? It can only get worse as the solutions are ignored.

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