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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hebrews 4:8-16

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:8‭-‬16 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.4.8-16.NIV

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Romans 4

What shall we say, then, of Abraham, the father of our race? What was his experience? If he was put right with God by the things he did, he would have something to boast about — but not in God's sight. The scripture says, “Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous.” Those who work are paid wages, but they are not regarded as a gift; they are something that has been earned. But those who depend on faith, not on deeds, and who believe in the God who declares the guilty to be innocent, it is this faith that God takes into account in order to put them right with himself. This is what David meant when he spoke of the happiness of the person whom God accepts as righteous, apart from anything that person does:   “Happy are those whose wrongs are forgiven, whose sins are pardoned!  Happy is the person whose sins the Lord will not keep account of!”  Does this happiness that David spoke of belong only to those who are circumcised? No indeed! It belongs also to those who are not circumcised. For we have quoted the scripture, “Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous.” When did this take place? Was it before or after Abraham was circumcised? It was before, not after. He was circumcised later, and his circumcision was a sign to show that because of his faith God had accepted him as righteous before he had been circumcised. And so Abraham is the spiritual father of all who believe in God and are accepted as righteous by him, even though they are not circumcised. He is also the father of those who are circumcised, that is, of those who, in addition to being circumcised, also live the same life of faith that our father Abraham lived before he was circumcised.   When God promised Abraham and his descendants that the world would belong to him, he did so, not because Abraham obeyed the Law, but because he believed and was accepted as righteous by God. For if what God promises is to be given to those who obey the Law, then faith means nothing and God's promise is worthless. The Law brings down God's anger; but where there is no law, there is no disobeying of the law.   And so the promise was based on faith, in order that the promise should be guaranteed as God's free gift to all of Abraham's descendants — not just to those who obey the Law, but also to those who believe as Abraham did. For Abraham is the spiritual father of us all; as the scripture says, “I have made you father of many nations.” So the promise is good in the sight of God, in whom Abraham believed — the God who brings the dead to life and whose command brings into being what did not exist. Abraham believed and hoped, even when there was no reason for hoping, and so became “the father of many nations.” Just as the scripture says, “Your descendants will be as many as the stars.” He was then almost 100 years old; but his faith did not weaken when he thought of his body, which was already practically dead, or of the fact that Sarah could not have children. His faith did not leave him, and he did not doubt God's promise; his faith filled him with power, and he gave praise to God. He was absolutely sure that God would be able to do what he had promised. That is why Abraham, through faith, “was accepted as righteous by God”. The words “he was accepted as righteous” were not written for him alone. They were written also for us who are to be accepted as righteous, who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from death. Because of our sins he was handed over to die, and he was raised to life in order to put us right with God.
Romans 4:1‭-‬25 GNB
https://bible.com/bible/296/rom.4.1-25.GNB

Friday, November 3, 2017

A Day In The Life...

How important are those who serve the Lord in the Mission Field both in Australia and around the world? 

It was so encouraging to read this story of Doug and Faye Jones.

..."How does one write about a day? Which day should we choose? Most days seem to follow a regular pattern, but then the Scripture says “we don’t know what a day may bring forth”..."


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Ref:  https://ozoutback.com.au/Australia/qldgulf/slides/1982092701.html

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Living in the Model Church

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28

People in remote areas of our country receive messages via the airwaves that are negative.   They need positive messages via radio that bring hope.
Pray for our fellow countrymen who live and work in the remote areas of our country.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

When we become Christians, life is not all rosy.  We live out our Christian walk, everday.  Test us, teach us Lord so that we grow in faith.

We are taught We give our heart to the Lord and it's all rosy.  Scripture does not teach this.  We need to live out our faith.  We are just like everone else, we need Jesus Christ.  We will be asked when we get to heaven, what did we do with His Son?

In Christ, our salvation is secure.  Whether we are alive or dead, we will be in heaven with Jesus.  There are responsiblities placed on believers.

Leaders:
•  when the respect goes from the leadership of the Church, the edification of the people goes.  God appoints the leaders of the Church.   Church is not a democracy; it's a theocracy.  It's not about the person but about God.   Failure to respect the authority in leadership is failure to respect God.

•  Those who oppose us; their reward will be God's punishment.   It's important to respect the authority placed by God.  When we fail to respect what God has put in place, then we don't edify.  If someone rejects Jesus because of my witness, I answer for it. 

•  spiritual leadership is to tend and shepherd the flock of God. ( example:  Peter - do you love me, asked by Jesus)

•  example is part of our witness.  Lifestyle is important.  Example is important.   Our example, our witness is so important.

•  Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.  Power is not example. 

•  counsel people who are lazy to work.  A lot of people in Australia today don't want to work and the church has not held this accountable.

•  the Church is to care and the downtrodden, orphans and widows.

•  the world makes the same mistakes everyday.  Jesus loved the world and laid his life down for them.

•  patience with people.

•  v 15-22  believers in everyday life.  Evidence - forgiving spirit; seeking to do good to one another and all people;   the example of maturity in the church has been lacking. 

•  rejoicing; giving thanks.  Giving thanks is a big deal.  It can be hard when you help someone and it's not good enough.  They don't give thanks.
We need to praise God for who we are.

•  Quench the Spirit.  Don't do this.  It has caused a lot of damage.  Don't despise prophesy or teaching.  Abstain from all forms of evil. Walk with God and he will walk with us.

Thessalonica was a young church under enormous pressure.   This church followed Jesus.   Rules can never replace love, compassion and caring.  It can't replace edification.

People groan under the weight of endless rules.   Human nature rebels against loads of rules. 

We need to be giving the message to people that God loves them.  Rules Rules and more rules went over the top. 

The biggest issue in Australia today is male suicude.  People need to know God loves you.   So much that He died for you. 

Paul wanted the people to grow up spirituality.   Mature.  Growing up  and looking after each other.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Australia Can Still Lead The Way (c4israel)

An opinion piece from c4isarel website by Stan Goodenough...

"One hundred years ago men from the Southern Hemisphere fighting under the flag of the British Empire opened the way for the Jews to come home. Today the battle is raging over Jerusalem. Donald Trump’s disinclination to announce his embassy’s move to the Israeli capital has opened the way for other nations to take the lead. In this Centennial year of the Battle of Beersheba, will Australia make the move it knows is right?"...

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blessed Hope

•  1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

The Apostle declares no special knowledge.  The Word of the Lord - sometimes we do things we don't need to do.  Use the Lord's authority; 'the word of the Lord '.

Jesus in Luke 24:13-26 taught two of his disciples about the authority of the Lord.   He should them their plans were contrary to the word of the Lord.

•  2 Timothy 3:13-16
•  2 Peter - the origin and purpose of scripture.   From God.  Scripture revealed to those who wrote it down.  Scripture can only be understood through revelation by the Holy Spirit.

Believers alive at the return of Christ will not be given advantage.   Verse 16 - the Lord himself will return.

•  John 14

The Lord Jesus himself is coming for his church.  He is coming as a King.  It will be different to his first coming.  It will be noticed.  The return of Christ will be noticed by the whole world.

Colossians 3:4

What Christ gives to you; you will keep.   This gives us hope.  We will be in glory with Him.

A Great Way to share the Word

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