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Violence and final Revelation

Evil cannot ultimately resist the revelation of a love that bears violence against itself. Continue Reading

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Giving in God’s Gift

Money rules in most of our lives in ways that properly belong to the Lordship of Christ who should be our highest treasure Continue Reading

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Protected by Blood

The provision of a blood sacrifice to cover a sinner speaks powerfully to a guilty conscience that there is yet hope for undeserved mercy from the Judge. Continue Reading

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Fighting Women

The destructive sin of many young women today is to seek a life-partner with greater urgency than which they seek the one who alone will watch over them forever, Jesus. Continue Reading

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Ephesians 2:1-5 (Dead and Alive)

The order in which Paul teaches in Ephesians follows the truth that only those who believe in the complete sufficiency of God’s grace revealed in the Jesus’ death and resurrection can ever face up to the true wretchedness of our fallen human nature. Continue Reading

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Far Above (Ephesians 1:19-23)

INTRODUCTION:  Paul has been praying that the Ephesians “may know…” God’s great blessings, tonight’s portion of Ephesians 1 makes it plain that all these blessings are concentrated in the Christ’s exaltation for us who believe.  It is in this passage… Continue Reading

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Be Angry like your Father

 Jer 2:26-32; Ps 68:1-10; 1 John 1:1-4; John 2:13-22 INTRODUCTION Around six o’clock last night I was confronted by an angry drunk outside a friend’s house, when I went home and watched the news there were images of angry mobs… Continue Reading

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Ephesians 1:15-18 (Thankful Prayer)

Paul is moved to pray because of how the reality of God’s great blessing to the Church had shaped people’s lives. Continue Reading

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One Heart Church unity

TEXT INTRODUCTION If you’ve ever been a part of an extended family get together where from young to old everyone is talking happily and playing well together you will have experienced a little of the  pleasure of God the Father… Continue Reading

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Restoring Beauty Fatherhood

TitleNote:1)“Father” is used throughout this paper in a spiritual and so non-gendered way. The presenting problem is siloing i.e. pastors, business people, artists, scientists, lawyers, media folk etc. are isolated from one another. The seeds of the kingdom are shut… Continue Reading

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Transparent

There is no darkness in God, he is perfectly revealed in Christ and through his blood we can be forgiven of all sin and can offer up to him all the traumas of our broken lives. Continue Reading

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Glorious Ambition

Why is it that despite the clear admonitions of scripture so many believers “set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches” and not “on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (1 Tim 6:17). This issue is a… Continue Reading

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The Church at Rest

Sermon No:3: Rebuilding the Church Series. This is the third and final sermon in our “Rebuilding the Church” series and this one is titled “The Church at Rest”.  This teaching whilst very difficult to live out is urgently appropriate to… Continue Reading

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See me Up, Speak me Up

Whilst there is an unusual amount of prayer going on for revival at the moment in Australia this is not something I can join in on without raising some foundational concerns  (2 Chron 7:14; 1 Tim 2:1-7). I believe that… Continue Reading

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Resurrection Fear

The resurrection created a pure holy fear of the Lord of a sort that had never existed before. Continue Reading

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Divide the Image

Reflections on the real issue of Church unity. Continue Reading

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Wall of Fire

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.Continue Reading

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The Rejected Stone

Readings: Isa 5:1-7; Ps 118:19-29; 1 Cor 15:12-28; Today’s Text: Mark 12:1-12 Having arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus is bringing to a climax the great controversy between God and a system that perverted the temple from a place of access into… Continue Reading

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Transfiguration and humanity

Text: Ex 34:29-35; Ps 2; 2 Pet 1:16-21; Mark 9:2-13 The Transfiguration is one of the most remarkable events in the life of Jesus, but to properly understand it, we need to share its perspective. Mark has already laid down the… Continue Reading

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Mirror

Christians easily forget their true identity in Christ; “have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?”; “whoever (godly) lacks these qualities…is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” (Heb 12:5; 2 Pet 1:9). James… Continue Reading

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The Fear of a Son

Naturally speaking no one wants to experience fear, and I personally understand why.
But this does NOT mean that our lives should be completely fear-less.
Christians are greatly confused about what the fear of the Lord means. Continue Reading

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Apocalypse in You

Having recently returned from Myanmar (Burma) I have been asking (again) why God’s presence is often more powerful in places outside Australia. One of the culture shocks I encountered on my recent trip was the intensity of the devotion of… Continue Reading

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So its Christmas whats the big Deal

Well! What is CHRISTMAS? TODAY HIT LIFE’S PAUSE BUTTON. Replay the Christmas Story God’s Way! Continue Reading

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The Love of Gifts

In the roster for our series on 1 Corinthians Dale called this week’s sermon “The Main Game”. My guess he was referring to the repeated emphasis in this passage about the “building up” of others (vv. 3-5, 12, 17). Everyone… Continue Reading

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Seeing Nothing

How is it possible for most of us who know Jesus to walk past those considered nothing in the eyes of the world, the strangers, naked, homeless and imprisoned and not “see” the “Lord” (Matt 25:41-45 ESV)? Why do we… Continue Reading

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Angry Spirits

Personal Matters BREXIT, then the swing to independents at our elections, finally Donald Trump; everywhere angry voters are protesting against their powerlessness at the hands of an elite. Whether in political causes, or the inconvenience of everyday life, Christians can… Continue Reading

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Only Natural

Personal Matters How many Perth congregations will join in the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church this week? This is not an attempt to publicise an event, but a warning that our failure to empathetically embrace the sufferings… Continue Reading

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Church on Fire

Personal Matters The contemporary Western Church fulfils the prophetic warning of Isaiah;  (Isaiah 50:11). Instead of being a lampstand for the light of Christ we are self-enlightened about same-sex marriage or politics or prosperity or church growth or…. The only… Continue Reading

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Wisdom to Disciple

Personal Matters The discipleship crisis across the Australian churches cannot be healed by any amount of programming. There is no “hunger and thirst for righteousness” in our land and so no being “filled” with the presence of Christ’s kingdom (Matt… Continue Reading

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Revival and Bible

Personal Matters The savage decline in Bible knowledge is a common feature of Western Christianity. Even for older believers, including me, God isn’t experienced as near as he used to be in the reading of his Word. I feel we… Continue Reading

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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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Royal Sacrifice

Personal Matters We were led into prayer by this scripture, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession” called to offer “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1… Continue Reading

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The Show-Off Spirit Rise Up

Background After reading this part of my report to our AGM; “To release the expression of the diversity of gifts that Jesus gives to his whole Body remains a challenge into the future (Rom 12; 1 Cor 12; Eph 4).… Continue Reading

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For Beauty and For Glory

Prelude In a deep but often hidden way the Lord is dynamically at work in our nation “to present…to himself…a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish.” (Eph 5:27). An earthly beautification of the people of… Continue Reading

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Eat Again

“he…in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,… Continue Reading

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The Order of Truth

Personal Matters Jesus promised, “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God…the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”… Continue Reading

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Holy Smoke

Personal matters Last week one of the brothers brought this puzzling text to us; “To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap… Continue Reading

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The Silence of the Lamb

PERSONAL MATTERS Why does God sometimes not reply to our requests? This issue was raised for us by Jesus’ rebuttal to a man who sought personal justice; ““who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” (Luke 12:14). But a… Continue Reading

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2016 the Christian Vote does matter Election Australia

2016 Australian Federal Elections: Are aware there are massive implications in the coming election that will impact freedom of speech, freedom of faith, God’s design of marriage and the sexualisation of children. Continue Reading

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Jesus’ Heaven

Our dullness about the reality of heaven is a direct consequence of our idolatries. Continue Reading

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Promise

Promise                  Gen 22:1-19; Ps 105:1-11; Gal 3:15-18; John 8:39-59 St Mark’s 22.5.16 What is going to happen on July 2nd and do you expect it will make any real difference to your life…? (Australian federal election and most Australians… Continue Reading

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Which Jesus? Which Christian?

PERSONAL MATTERS Last Friday morning someone stated off with this text on God’s wrath, “Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces,… Continue Reading

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Undying Love

Personal Matters In prayer last Friday we were directed to this text; “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it… Continue Reading

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Faith and Spirit

Gen 12:1-3; Gen 15:1-6; Ps 32; Gal 3:1-9 Luke 24:44-49 Introduction Galatians 3:1-9 is a passage where Paul gets fired up against those false teachers who are trying to persuade Gentile Christians that they need to keep the Jewish law… Continue Reading

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Perplexed About Nothing

Personal Matters In our Friday prayer time last week the Lord started to speak with us from 2 Corinthians; “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck… Continue Reading

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Club or Church?

Introduction (Continuing our series on Galatians). I was at a dinner recently where a friend described how he had been to a professional meeting and where he talked with a woman he didn’t know well. She proceeded to criticise him… Continue Reading

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Angels of Heaven

Personal Matters In prayer last Friday we began to engage with an alien topic for mainstream Western Christianity. Though there are hundreds of references to angels in scripture in practical terms for most of us they may as well not… Continue Reading

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Great Things

Personal Matters At our Friday morning prayer last week a brother quoted Paul, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the… Continue Reading

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Standing in Pain: a Good Friday Meditation

PERSONAL MATTERS The agony of Good Friday can seem distant from our contemporary experience, no matter how hard we try to “remember Jesus” (2 Tim 2:8). Yet something happened recently that has altered my awareness of Christ’s passion-filled presence in… Continue Reading

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Crucified Eyes: Offence of the cross

INTRODUCTION We are living through one of the most dramatic shifts in the history of Western Christianity, from being the most respected institution in the nation as a holy presence the Church is now tolerated by the powers that be… Continue Reading

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Find Your Voice

Introduction I was in inner city Melbourne for a conference last week and experienced an ugly contrast between the world and the Church. Walking down Swanston St I came across a very conspicuous brothel with a neon sign reading, “Come… 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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Obedience makes the difference

Obedience is EVERYTHING:

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 (NKJV) Continue Reading

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Fire: Safe or Good?

      Personal Matters       “There is nothing left in Yarloop. Everyplace we have been working in and holding services in is gone…. You can make plans for another meeting on the 17th unfortunately.” (Dr. Bob Chapman).… Continue Reading

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Reformation, Sunday 

PERSONAL MATTERS Recent encounters have challenged me to comment on the shape of Sunday church services i.e. liturgies1)The English word “liturgy” derives from a Greek word for public service and is generally used for a set order of congregational worship… Continue Reading

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The Mystery of the Word made Flesh

Text: John 1:1-18 John 1:1-18 (ESV) The Word Became Flesh v.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. v.2 He was in the beginning with God. v.3 All things were… 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 Greatest Terror

Introduction Fear has become a part of our everyday life. This time last year I was in a meeting with some older people in our area whose primary concern was street crime. One had recently been bashed by a young refugee… 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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The Shame we Need

Personal Matters Until the last few days I have never really considered the positive role shame might play in renewing the Church. Ministries devoted to releasing people from shame are numberless, but rare is that teaching which upholds shame as… Continue Reading

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Job and Jesus

St Mark’s Church on the Rise 15.11.15 Text: Job 10:1-22; Ps 38; James 5:7-11; Luke 22:31-34,39-46 Introduction There is nothing quite as startling as the story of Job. A respected, prosperous and devout family who suddenly loses everything for no apparent… Continue Reading

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Australia: The attacks are unprecedented

NEWS FLASH: WE ARE AT WAR! Continue Reading

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The Prize

The Prize                                                       Sonlife Church 8.11.15  Philippians 3:12-21 Introduction I think one sentence in today’s passage is particularly memorable because it is particularly intense; “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,… Continue Reading

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The Headless Woman

Destruction by evil powers always befalls the Bride of the Lord whenever she refuses his protection, Whoever knows resurrection power cannot fear, “whatever man may do”, because they are fully assured their Protector will never forsake them. The marginalisation of the power of the gospel in preaching leaves the Bride spiritually unprotected from evil powers. more… Continue Reading

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The Wordless Father

At the cross the rawness of human depravity and suffering was laid bare in the agonies of Christ.  In Christ the sin against heaven has been completely dealt with so that his Father is free from all driven legalistic negativity. more… Continue Reading

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Joseph of Arimathea

Gen 23:3-9, Gen 23:17-19; Ps 16:5-11; Isa 53:1-9; John 19:38-42 Introduction1)Message presented at St Mark’s Bassendean Western Australia 11/10/15 People may debate whether the gunman in the recent American massacre actually targeted Christians, but what is not debatable is that… Continue Reading

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The Beauty Parlour

Personal Matters I have not slept soundly since a church related trauma around 20 years ago, but since being on retreat recently things have been considerably worse. (When you feel tired out before 9 a.m. in the morning something is… Continue Reading

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Discerning the Spirit

Personal Matters Recently someone shared with weeping about the sudden unexpected loss of a spouse. In the midst of their grief I could sense that this was a dark episode in which the Holy Spirit was moving powerfully. Often however… Continue Reading

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The Apologist’s Evening Prayer

(to deliver from overzealousness and self-assurance) From all my lame defeats and oh! much more From all the victories that I seemed to score; From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh; From… Continue Reading

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Excommunication: the grace of the Father

“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you…Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as present, I have already pronounced judgment on… Continue Reading

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Cry Mercy

Introduction Whilst I am aware of various groups starting up to pray for revival in Australia, I see an essential ingredient missing in the prayer life of the Church; I am not hearing deep cries to God for mercy. This… Continue Reading

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Humble Love

Personal Matters The Lord is preparing his Church for a reformation as momentous as anything that has happened in the last 500 years. In this context I was privileged to attend a seminar on the relationship between Church and Marketplace… 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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Resource W.A.

Personal Matters Watching the Swan winding towards Perth then walking across an overpass for rail lines and the Freeway headed towards our CBD I sensed the Lord speaking about cities as concentration points of natural and human resources. Then at… Continue Reading

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Fear God

Preamble Readings: Luke 9:28-36 (NLT) Heb 5:7 (RSV) Mark 14:32-36; Mark 15:33-34 (ESV) Red Door CC 28.6.15 Speaking on the fear of God is more challenging than we might first imagine for fearing an Almighty God who is love cannot be… Continue Reading

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Jonah and Jesus

Text: Jonah 2; Psalm 88:1-10; Acts 2:22-24; Matt 12:38-41 Introduction The book of Jonah is a shocking book, not because it tells the story of a God who puts a prophet in the belly of a whale, but because of what… Continue Reading

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Meditation – a perspective on suffering

A Challenge for daily living Pain, grief, rejection, failure – to some extent for all of us at some time. You have no suffering at the present time? Be thankful and give glory to God. Suffering for the victorious Christian?… 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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Re-Incarnation: Faith @Work

Personal Matters Sitting in a breakfast meeting last week with a small group discussing Faith @Work I became greatly stirred up in my spirit (John 11:33; Acts 17:16). The speaker described his journeying around the world to visit a host… Continue Reading

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Prime Factors for the Christian

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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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Isaiah and Jesus

1)Since an angel witness tells us that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” the measure of any prophetic voice, old or new, will be their faithfulness in proclaiming Christ [Rev 19:10]. By this standard the spirit of… Continue Reading

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Stop the Boats

Many Perth churches minister into the Third World but few preach the plight of the global poor as an issue of biblical justice. The fate of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran incites frenzied interest but few interceded for refugee and… Continue Reading

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Easter ~ Holy Saturday

A Meditation   Prelude   Compared to Good Friday and Easter Sunday very little attention has been given to Holy Saturday, the day when Christ lay in his tomb. Much commentary on this day has focussed on the line in… Continue Reading

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A People for Crisis Time

-Becoming a Prophetic People 15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not… Continue Reading

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When the Calling becomes greater than the Call’er

by Timothy Tay It is not surprising that glory and weight go together for in Hebrew the word glory (kabod)1)http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/3519b.htm has its root meaning as weight or heaviness. Thus Paul wrote that he would gladly exchange his afflictions for a far more exceeding and eternal weight… Continue Reading

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Build on Unshakable Foundation

by Timothy Tay  Strict building codes, earthquake drills and the built up of emergency funds may be taxing but so necessary. Tragically, many hundreds lives are loss in Chile not from falling buildings and highways but from the resulting tsunami… Continue Reading

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Feeling the Kingdom

by Dr. John Yates Personal matters As far back as I can remember I have been an intensely emotional person. From embarrassed profuse weeping as a child to a systematic attempt to deaden all feelings, I was always trying to… Continue Reading

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Beauty Radiant

by Dr. John Yates “Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.” (Isa 33:17) “O Lord, You’re beautiful, Your face is all I seek” (Keith Green) “Experience and Wonder” (Travel ad… 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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Prayer of an e-Christian

by  Pastor Allen Tan (Yew Fook) Prayerful Meditation   Viruses infect my life It could be Shut Down anytime Please Upload Your grace in me That I might Download it safely Scan my life, Lord Delete all unwanted lifestyles in… Continue Reading

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What in Hell : Would you Want?

What did Jesus say would be the punishment of unrepentant sinners? Mark 9:43- 44 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into… Continue Reading

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How do I obtain Salvation

What is the first thing we must do to obtain salvation? 1 Timothy 1:16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an… Continue Reading

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The consequences of Sin

     

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Who needs to be saved

  There are some very clear guidelines within the Old and New Testament. Laying out for mankind the benchmarks (base lines), which mankind should conduct their life by – they are absolutes from God, Boundaries set by God Almighty, to… Continue Reading

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What is Sin

The word “sinned” in Romans in the Greek is “hamartano” and is spoken as (ham-ar-tan’-o; perh); meaning to “miss the mark (and so not share in the prize).” Imagine if you are an archer, you shoot your arrow at the… Continue Reading

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Sex Before Marriage

  fornicators   {noun} Sexual intercourse between a man and a woman who are not married to each other. idolaters    {noun} a.One who worships idols. b.One who blindly or excessively admires or adores another. adulterers   {noun} a person who has committed… Continue Reading

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Baptism “What”?

WATER BAPTISM Acts 2: 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 8: 36… Continue Reading

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Grace! What is this?

  Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast When we first turn to Ephesians 2,… Continue Reading

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