Life in the Midst of Death

The Bible tells us that death is our last enemy. If you’ve attended a funeral that uses the common prayer book you will have heard the words, “Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower….

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Shipwreck

How many of you saw the movie “Titanic”? Do you remember the line, “God Himself could not sink this ship”? But sink it did, with 1500 people on board! The Bible tells us that we can shipwreck our faith. Paul writes about it to Timothy: Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in…

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Body, Soul, Spirit

There’s a great deal of talk nowadays about the body, soul and spirit in all kinds of areas from food through to health and wellbeing. A Christian may be excused for steering clear of such talk or misunderstanding the biblical definition. However, there is a great deal in scripture about this topic and so we…

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The Mind of Christ

Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. “For who has known the mind of the…

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Strangers and Aliens

If you’ve ever travelled overseas, especially to a land that does not speak the same language as you, then you may have felt like an alien and a stranger. I have just returned from a three week holiday in Europe. I have a European Passport as well as an Aussie one but there were many…

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Should Christians Do Spiritual Warfare?

Metaphors and analogies can be helpful for understanding spiritual concepts. Jesus used parables to communicate ideas, and the Bible is full of metaphors. So it’s not unusual that Christians sometimes rely on colourful comparisons to understand our walk in the Lord. A common one is to see the Christian life as a war. As in the old song,…

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Spiritual Authority

The world seems to be entering a period of increased instability. To add to economic troubles and long drawn out wars in the Middle East, we have the Brexit in Europe bringing turmoil. As well, there are contentious elections underway in the US and Australia. It seems that drama is unfolding both near and far. As Christians,…

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Looking for Answers

Sometimes it seems like life is tough. We go from crisis to crisis, never really knowing what’s wrong. Erma Bombeck, the columnist and humourist wrote, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” If you have questions in life (and who doesn’t?) it’s not so daunting if you know where to…

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Christian Wilderness Survival

Scripture tells us in Acts 17:31 that history will reach a crescendo on that great day set by God when His appointed one, the Lord Jesus Christ, will judge the world. Scripture also tells us that there are conditions to be met before we can be judged worthy to receive the promised reward of eternal…

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God’s Attitude to the World

There’s an old song called, “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.” This expression has gone into the often used expressions of our culture to mean “troubles happen to us all.” That association between rain and bad experiences doesn’t make sense here in Western Australia where every drop of rain is precious. That’s because we live…

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Resistance

Do you sometimes feel defeated as a Christian? Do negative thoughts, feelings and experiences dominate your life? If so, you need help with resistance… the ability to overcome in your spiritual walk. The following passage gives a clear guide as to how this is done: Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now…

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Pentecost: Happy Birthday Church!

Do you get excited when your birthday comes? Maybe it all depends on how old you are whether or not you look forward to getting older. Whatever your age, it is good to celebrate with your family and receive gifts. This Sunday we celebrated Pentecost which is often referred to as the birthday of the…

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Spiritual Preparation

Were you a boy scout or a girl guide? If so, you would know their motto is “Be Prepared.” It’s a preparation of mind and body to succeed in certain disciplines. The Guide or Scout chooses a sport, activity or interest, and learns under the guidance of a supervisory leader. They are presented with the guidelines,…

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The Body of Christ, The Church

How can the church be one, when we are all so different? So many denominations, so many congregations, and each of them filled with individuals of incredible diversity. It’s a mystery how the Holy Spirit brings us into unity. We need to understand how to be in harmony with the Holy Spirit’s work of building and strengthening the…

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Cleansing the Temple

Have you noticed how many complete home renovation shows there have been on TV lately? First we had The Block, House Rules and now Reno Rumble. The Treasury Secretary John Fraser says that it’s evidence of a house price bubble. A house price bubble is caused when there is easy access to finance caused by…

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