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The following blogs have been contributed by members of the United Church of God - Australia, and aim to invoke further inspiration and thought on the Word of God.
Can we entertain sin in our lives? Surely, just a little can't be that bad! Should we really be concerned about sin? Does any good come from it? Or is sin our enemy which must be defeated?
Do you love being a human? I do! We can experience love, peace and purpose. We can conceive of a future life in a future time and a future world. We can make choices and learn from those choices. We can believe and have hope in someone beyond our human capacity.
Not only do I love being human, I love being alive.
by Roy Holladay
I learned about the Sabbath and Holy Days when my mother, twin sister and I observed them for a year at home before I attended College. The Sabbath – the seventh day of the week - was the highlight of my week.
God created the Sabbath to be a blessing for us. One of the blessings of the Sabbath is the opportunity to assemble together on that day. Fellowshipping with the people of God is truly a great blessing from God that the Sabbath day affords. 1 John 1:3 reveals that we also have fellowship with the Father and with Jesus Christ. The Sabbath is also a special time of fellowshipping with God. In God's word He describes of a time in the future when all humankind will worship God on the Sabbath. What a wonderful day that will be!!
by Ken Murray
Is Polygamy sin? Does God command one thing but allow sin through polygamy?
While polygamy was practised by some of the Patriarchs and was permitted by the oriental culture and civil laws of their times, it clearly was not the ideal marital relationship blessed and approved by God. It is not even an acceptable practice in many modern cultures that permit casual living together and easy-to-obtain divorce.
God speaks and commands clearly against polygamy.
by Kim Mihalec
Who among the most important people of this world - past or present - would you like your children to meet and have a relationship with? Lady Di? Mother Teresa? Mahatma Gandhi? How about God Himself?
If you teach your children to pray, you are giving them one of the most precious gifts of all. You are setting their feet on a path towards the right and regular communication with their heavenly Father. Through which they have the special opportunity to develop a relationship with Him.
So how can I teach my children to pray?
For years a man sat in the way where people passed to the Temple. He was born crippled, and relied on the pity of those going to the temple to worship to offer him some token of kindness. It never occurred to him that he would receive a miracle of kindness. The Apostle Peter gave him all that he had.
Why did Peter choose to heal the man on that particular day? We all need not only physical healing but also spiritual.
by Roger Waite
Have you ever wanted to be a part of a great cause? Do you want to make a difference and be a part of the greatest cause ever?
You can if you understand God's plan for humanity and where He is currently with the work He is performing.
by Matt Sieff
Last Wednesday night was an evening of great relief and excitement for New South Welshmen.
The NSW State of Origin team had a breakthrough which some have attributed to their unified defence. Sport experts tell us games are won by how well a team stands together against the opposition's attack.
When we rightly respond to God's power - His Holy Spirit – we "play" on the same spiritual team.
But what does that unified response look like?
Jesus remarked, " .... when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8).
Can we honestly say that we live by faith? Or have we come to believe in the answers and solutions the world is offering us?
by Roger Waite
The most recent federal budget has been one of the most controversial budgets ever handed down by an Australian government. The financial reality, on either a personal or government level, is that debt-free or low debts are the best scenarios.
In the Bible we read: "The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender". We know all too well the pain and problems of debt.
What do you think about the recent federal budget? What would God think about it? What does God think about debt?
"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven...a time to keep silence" says the Ecclesiastes.
How can silence improve your relationship with God?
by Roger Waite
If you believe you have an immortal soul, could you prove it from the Bible?i
Do we have an immortal soul that separates from the body at death? Is there a spirit part of us that continues to have a conscious existence as soon as we die?
What does the Bible really say about this important subject?
God called us to be in His Church, which is His Body. What a wonderful and safe place to reside! The Church's environment must be healthy also to allow Jesus Christ to nourish and cherish God's children within His Body. It is an interesting analogy, don't you think?
The failed Gallipoli campaign cost Australia 10,000 lives and left a legacy of Australian and New Zealand's sacrifice in war. In all, Australia lost 100,000 of it's finest in World War 1, only 13 years after it became a Federation. Who knows what might have been without this enormous loss?
ANZAC Day doesn't glorify war. It remembers those who have given so much, but it brings us back to a fact of life. WHAT IS THE REAL CAUSE OF WAR?
Memorial Day in the United States falls on May 27th, and here in Australia and New Zealand we remember the war dead on ANZAC Day – today - April 25th. ANZAC was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on the morning of this day in 1915 during the First World War.
ANZAC Day calls to mind more than just that event in WW1. It was created to remember all who have sacrificed their lives in war. WHAT ARE THE LESSONS?