What were you designed for?

    In the building industry there are hundreds of thousands of products designed for specific uses. Some are highly engineered and others are quite simple but efficient. When a product is used for it’s designed purpose things go well and we live safe, warm and dry in our homes and venues that we visit or work in. But on the other hand sometimes a product is used for something it wasn’t intended for. The picture on the left was (is?) a nail. It is made of steel and is about 90mm x 4mm. Shot from a gas powered nail gun it is highly efficient for some aspects of carpentry. It was made in the last decade and now has very little value of what it was originally intended to do. What you see in the photo is not it’s original design! The other building product... Read More

Part 2 Spirituality In Culture

SPIRITUALITY IN CULTURE Part 2 (This blog will conclude our series on Spiritual Warfare) So what spiritual beliefs does the Bible teach? There are nine Spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit referred to in 1 Corinthians 12. Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment of Spirits, Faith, Working of Miracles and Healings, Tongues, Prophecy and Interpretation of Tongues. The Holy Spirit gives the gifts as they are needed. A Word of Knowledge is when The Lord tells you about a specific situation, so that you can help the person. In 2 Samuel 11, 12 God sends Nathan the prophet to David to confront him about David’s sin with Bathsheba. Likewise a Word of Wisdom can be encouraging, correcting and bring Biblical truth to a person. 1 Kings 3:16-28 shows Solomon’s wisdom with the two mothers. Praying in the... Read More

Spirituality in Culture Part 1

  SPIRITUALITY IN CULTURE Part 1 (Continuing our series on Spiritual Warfare) As I look beyond the shores of comfortable, tangible, middle-class Australia, I see lands where spirituality is boldly and passionately flaunted, in the culture of its people. I am envious. Around me I see uncertainty and emptiness in the eyes of some of my fellow Christians. Why does it seem easier for people from other cultures to embrace spiritual concepts? Let’s take a look at the Javanese culture in Indonesia. Their gods are specific and have faces. They believe in powers of the unseen world affecting their day-to-day life. When they pray to their nature and ancestral spirits they expect a change to occur. Mysticism has become a part of their modern society; even their Politian’s visit... Read More

Part 2 Miracles

MIRACLES Part 2 (Continuing our series on Spiritual Warfare) The devil will stop at nothing to stop us from our miracle, tempting us with healings that are not of God. The devil has a certain amount of power here on this earth so we have to be wary of new treatments, products and services the world has to offer. Simply by purchasing a product or participating in a procedure can let us in for a lot of spiritual junk, we never anticipated. Deception can be as easy as a cute email/text message telling us if we pass it on we will receive something in return. This type of letter sending started many years ago as chain letter curses. So press the delete button and instead, send your own personal uplifting message to a friend. Decline that tempting invitation for a free massage. Look up... Read More

Miracles Part 1

                      MIRACLES Part 1 (Continuing our series on Spiritual Warfare) Wouldn’t it be a wonderful if miracles really happened? If untreatable sickness and disease, could be healed by a simple prayer we would spend half the day on bended knee and the rest rejoicing. That, of course, depends on what our expectation of a miracle really is. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes. To limit miracles as only large impossible feats would mean we are limiting God to what we believe he is capable. I suppose that is saying we humans can deal with the little tasks of living on the planet, without interrupting the God of the universe—no little task at all. God likes to be included in our lives. He wants us to come to him in... Read More

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