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Washing Feet

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 23/11/2021

The same notes as used for Led By The Spirit..The Holy Spirit is the energy or power of God in action, just as our deeds (as opposed to our thoughts assets) display our nature to those around us. For those who are anointed/filled with the Spirit, it's God's intention that we utilize the same power for the salvation of others, so God's purposes can be established in us. Thus, we become the children of God, because our spiritual DNA is the same as God's... we are his offspring rather than the world's and we are motivated to act accordingly.

Led By The Spirit

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 21/11/2021

The Holy Spirit is the energy or power of God in action, just as our deeds (as opposed to our thoughts assets) display our nature to those around us. For those who are anointed/filled with the Spirit, it's God's intention that we utilize the same power for the salvation of others, so God's purposes can be established in us. Thus, we become the children of God, because our spiritual DNA is the same as God's... we are his offspring rather than the world's and we are motivated to act accordingly.

My Yoke Is Easy

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 17/11/2021

In the popular Charles Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol', the mise Ebeneezer Scrooge worked his long suffering employee Bob Cratchit to breaking point (this is where we get the insulting term 'scrooge' from... meaning someone who has plenty, but is not generous or caring to those who don't). He provided only minimal heating, expected Cratchit to work on holidays and constantly displayed an air of criticism and suspicion. No one would want to work for a boss like Scrooge, who represented the worst, yet common traits of humanity.

Promises Of God

By Mitchell Lever [Brisbane] on the 7/11/2021

There are promises which surround us in everyday life, from lifetime commitments to the daily expectations towards and from other people. However, the expected outcome and fulfilment of promises made are rarely guaranteed in the fluctuating and inconsistent society in which we live, as rules, laws, and personal conflicts run interference with the decisions and commitments we seek to maintain. Only the promises of God are yay and amen, being assured to every person who walks according to His will and purpose.

Gods True Rest And Refreshing

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 7/11/2021

By the act of confusing spiritual priorities and values, it becomes clear why people build unfulfilled lives based on powerless spiritual precepts. Gods Spirit is still bound by the accuracy of his word... we cannot add nor subtract from those things which the Lord has laid down. If we start letting small things slip by, or add little things that please us that are not in his word... then they can accumulate to the point where destruction is assured!! Safety margins are an act of wisdom when it comes to conforming to God's directions. By limiting natural appreciations, stimulations and actions, we make more room for the Spirit to move... thus we end up with more accurate results. Mistakes are going to cost a large number of Gods saints their salvation. These things are written so true rest and refreshing can be attained.

Set Your Affections On Things Above

By Mick Milazzo [Brisbane] on the 31/10/2021

We choose how to spend our time. God counsels us to spend some of that time on higher purposes...setting our affections and renewing our minds in Him.

Worshipping The Creator vs The Creation

By Neil Creek [Brisbane] on the 31/10/2021

The apostle Paul, when writing in the first chapter of his epistle to the Romans, commented on how man had become focused worshipping the creation and not God... the creator of all life. Today, many in society are following the same pattern of focusing on the issues on how mankind manages the environment and fail to acknowledge God the creator. As the apostle Paul wrote "worshipping the creation and not the creator".

The Final Age Of The Victim

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 20/10/2021

If you have a victim mentality, you will see your entire life through a perspective that things constantly happen 'to' you. Victimisation is thus a combination of seeing most things in life as negative, beyond your control, and as something you should be given sympathy for experiencing, because you deserve 'better'. At it's heart, the victim mentality is a way to avoid taking any responsibility for yourself or your life. By believing you have no power then you don't have to take action... and it is not your fault. The victim mentality has gone mainstream in the West. It's through the ideology commonly known as 'identity politics', which neatly divides society into victims and oppressors. It's an ideology that tells various minorities that they're hapless victims of an oppressive system: whether of Power, Gender, Race, Age, Wealth, Bodily shape and size, Personal beliefs. In reality everyone is a victim and an oppressor at the same time.

God Knows Principles That We Dont

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 17/10/2021

The following thoughts and activity are presented in the interests of being able to follow and trust God... even if we are or a bit confused or don't understand all that is happening. We are not asked to stress or strain our understanding... rather we are asked to be obedient. Therein is our victory and therein God is given room to work. We don't know how God does what he does, but we know that he does it... that is what we stand on.

Gods Balance Between Sin And Forgiveness Pt2

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 3/10/2021

Part 2. The human race now has the ability to overcome their original fall. Jesus Christ has opened the door to the tree of life once again. Through repentance, water baptism and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we are returned to the eternal future which was ours from the beginning. However, Satan has not changed, he is still out to deceive and destroy. Satan teaches Christians first to doubt, and then to deny. We need to manage our sins as God says, not by natural logic. It's in our interest to learn what God says and get the balance right.

Gods Balance Between Sin And Forgiveness

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 12/9/2021

The human race now has the ability to overcome their original fall. Jesus Christ has opened the door to the tree of life once again. Through repentance, water baptism and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we are returned to the eternal future which was ours from the beginning. However, Satan has not changed, he is still out to deceive and destroy. Satan teaches Christians first to doubt, and then to deny. We need to manage our sins as God says, not by natural logic. It's in our interest to learn what God says and get the balance right.

The Power Without The Frills

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 29/8/2021

Two thousand years after Christ, the Holy Spirit is being poured out like never before, but the power is not properly understood. The way the Spirit is received and used is often compromised through ignorance or pride. Humans have a great need to improve or modify the effective and powerful ways of the spirit. It is Gods will that we be aware of these failings and to protect people from this type of compromise. The simple but powerful promises in the bible are more than enough for all Christians to overcome this world... but they need to know these truths and it is the duty of those who understand to promote it for the Lord.

The Great Outpouring

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 20/8/2021

The New Testament began with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit... a new and living way that is able to deal with all the sins and failings of all the people (all backed up with signs).

The Tailor Of Eden

By Chris Tankey [Brisbane] on the 11/8/2021

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden they lost their innocence and became aware of many things. They understood both their physical and spiritual nakedness and that they could not appear before God that way. God clothed them in the garden. Scripture makes it clear that the spiritual covering we need to be right before God is righteousness. We cannot clothe ourselves in righteousness no matter how hard we try.. only God can provide the robes of righteousness and the garments of salvation. He does this willingly. He paid for the material with His Son's death, and He will clothe those who come to Him in repentance, faith and humility.

The Plan Of God

By Tony Ballarin [Brisbane] on the 4/8/2021

Jesus?s crucifixion was part of God?s plan. This world celebrates the birth of Jesus in the main more than the death of Jesus. We celebrate the death of Jesus because without it we would not have the Spirit to know and understand God and his plan. Our faith is based on Christ crucified. All things are happening as part of God?s plan and he has us under his care. God?s plan is revealed to us via the Spirit.

A Bit About The Holy Spirit

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 1/8/2021

Firstly, the Holy Spirit is an intelligent, personal force... the effectual 'conscience' of God. The bible proves this point by describing the loving and caring manner of how the Spirit acts for those who faithfully obey God. So we see that the Holy Spirit is much more than a source of power alone. It is the life and breath behind all creation and life... and continues to do so.

Soul Mates

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 18/7/2021

The concept of a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament and purpose being called a 'soul mate' or 'one true love', originated from the Greek comedy playwright, Aristophanes around 450BC. It is interesting to note that the bible reveals a broader idea on the concept of a 'soul mate' and that originated 4000BC. The bible adds a new twist to this saying revealing a much bigger plan than what many imagine.

The First And Second Death

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 11/7/2021

To those that are in right standing with God; the first death at the end of natural life is a temporary sleep before being resurrected into a new spiritual body. Those who have died are not even aware of death; the dead do not know they are dead; their cycle of awareness is over. God explains that the natural life of the unsaved as being little different than being dead. We are encouraged to make wise choices before our time runs out (not just leaving it to the last moment). No one knows how long they have to live. For those of us who have the Holy Spirit, we are encouraged to keep our perspective and be mindful for the lives of others.

Glass Darkly

By Neil Creek [Brisbane] on the 27/6/2021

Our salvation has been sealed by the Holy Spirit. It is really a down payment of greater things to come. We see through the glass darkly, we see a limited view of the future. God knows more about us than we do!! God has unlimited resources (riches) to help us.

Greater Works

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane] on the 20/6/2021

There is an intriguing scripture in the gospel of John that alludes to our works surpassing that of Christ's. John 14:12. It is interesting for two reasons... the first is the statement that we will have the potential to do the works of Christ (miracles)... and the second, which is the most amazing, reveals that we have the potential to do even greater works then Christ.... how can that be? What is something that Jesus did not do, or could not do while he was on the earth as opposed to what we can do while he is in heaven? The best way to solve this question is to look at the changes that occurred after he left. We do not need to go too far into the book of Acts to find the answer.

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