Discipleship

Prosperity versus Spirituality

Personal Matters Last week I was in Bandung Indonesia for an Asian Christian leadership conference. This Christ-centred event raised more sharply than ever the question of whether a spiritually mature Church can ever exist in a materially affluent culture. For… Continue Reading

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The Way

On the Journey with Jesus 4: Introduction The popular approach to the theme of being On the Journey with Jesus emphasises Christ as a loving companion and guide to me on my life journey. Jesus is someone who listens to… Continue Reading

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The End is Joy

SINCE HE HAS CONQUERED WE ARE LEFT WITH BUT ONE CHOICE. This is his clear call today. Will We Obey Him? Continue Reading

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The Heart of Unity

Personal Matters A number of circumstances lined up recently to bring the functionally divided state of the Church to my attention once again. Firstly I was listening to a local pastor bemoaning the seeming inability of his fellow ministers to… Continue Reading

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SHE (The Church)

Personal matters The deepest revelation comes in the context of conflict, because it involves sharing in the sufferings of Christ (Heb 10:32). Such enlightenment however does not come automatically but through willing submission to God’s profoundly exacting purposes. The intimate… Continue Reading

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Ignorant

Personal Matters God’s greatest encouragements often come from surprise turns of mind that confound our natural thinking. I was walking through the CBD last week reflecting on how today we are inundated with “experts” on the human condition. Whether it… Continue Reading

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Beware the Gift

Personal Matters The first thing that came up on ABC news radio this morning (8/6/15) was the decision of Hillsong to cancel their invitation to controversial US pastor Mark Driscoll to speak at their upcoming conference. Until his dismissal last… Continue Reading

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Andrew Chan and The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life is the title of a privately distributed communication from Andrew Chan to the Indonesian Church a few months ago. (Excerpts below retain the original wording.) Personal Matters I have a sense of deep sadness about the… Continue Reading

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The Puzzle of Humanity

 by Dr. John Yates Personal Matters Being human is a struggle. Looking back over my life I can see three phases of inner wrestling. When I was an unbeliever I nearly went crazy, especially when drunk, turning over and over… Continue Reading

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Worthy to Witness to the World

 Downloadable PDF by Dr. John Yates Introduction This message is for those who believe that in Christ “Judgement has been taken Away”1)This was the title of my last two teachings, which received the most positive response in memory., who anguish… Continue Reading

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Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done

By Pastor Teresa Tay  I have been spiritually challenged for the past months by this statement –  One day I was introduced to a lady by a friend of mine. What disturbed me was the way I was introduced by… Continue Reading

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Sanctuary/Secret Place 2015

 Downloadable PDF by Dr. John Yates Date 31 December 2014 2014 will be remembered as a year of great evils; MH 370 disappears somewhere to the west of Perth; MH 17 is shot down over Ukraine; another flight QZ8501 “goes… Continue Reading

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Relinquish “Let go and let God.”

by Dr. John Yates Text: Luke 2:25-35 Introduction Decades ago I pointed out that his opinion that that death could never be a good thing was contradicted by the story of Simeon. Luke tells us that “it had been revealed… Continue Reading

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Uncompetitive Glory

Glory (Unity/Disunity)  by Dr. John Yates Personal Matters We are all competitive by nature. This came home to me with particular power the other day when Donna was playing the card game “Snap” with our 3 year old granddaughter. Donna… Continue Reading

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The Fellowship of the Wounded

by Dr. John Yates Personal Matters Someone approached me recently saying; “The Lord said to me; ‘Speak to John, he’s a ‘wounded spirit’ too.’” This humble testimony was the foundation of our conversation and what I believe will prove to… Continue Reading

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God-sent wounding

by Dr. John Yates Personal Matters In my last article, Ignorant, I shared about my overwhelming experiences of spiritual dullness. Several people responded to this teaching saying they felt much the same about their own lives. Closely related to this… Continue Reading

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Apathetic

 Downloadable PDF by Dr. John Yates 24th Oct 2013 Personal Matters At a conference I attended recently there was lengthy discussion about the Paul’s missionary methods. The question repeatedly arose as to how we communicate the gospel effectively today given… Continue Reading

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The Presence of Christ

by Dr. John Yates 1 Cor 11:17-34 Introduction The average Australian Christian faces several enormous obstacles to do with internalising the testimony of Jesus that this passage brings to us today. If you have never been a spiritual father/mother nor… Continue Reading

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God Will Always Have His Way

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould but let God remould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands… Continue Reading

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Going on to Maturity

by Dr. John Yates v11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. v12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach… Continue Reading

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Love Thy Neighbor, Indonesia 2009

by Timothy Tay The traffic appears to be chaotic in Jakarta with or without the traffic lights functioning and for most days you do get to your destination on time provided you allow generously the time it takes to get… Continue Reading

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Tears of Lordship

lessons about Jesus from the life of Joseph  Introduction by Dr. John Yates Joseph is an outstanding type of Christ1)Parallels include, beloved by his father [Gen 37:3; cf. Mark 1:11], was sent to his brothers, but was then sold for… Continue Reading

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