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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.


The intercession of the Holy Spirit

The intercession of the Holy Spirit

All of the knowledge, wisdom, human ability and intelligence, mean little unless we are sustained by God especially in our infirmities. Scripture teaches us much about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and its power of intercession. How does the Holy Spirit assist Jesus Christ's true followers to assist them when they pray to their Father in Heaven.

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Halloween - harmless fun or human folly

Halloween - harmless fun or human folly

Halloween is celebrated on the eve of 31 October. Australians are indeed embracing Halloween in greater numbers and spending more money on this festival. Halloween decorations are more readily available in the shops and online and people are embracing this festivity with greater enthusiasm. Is the celebrating of Halloween just harmeless fun? What does the bible have to say about it?

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Stooping down to pick up nothing

Stooping down to pick up nothing

Have you ever wondered how incredible and enjoyable your life would be if you won the lottery? ‘You’ve got to be in to win it!’ – as they say. Is wealth, though the true source of a happy, satisfying and Godly life? Can we learn some extremely valuable lessons from a man who dedicated his entire life to this very question?

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Then He delivers

Then He delivers

Have you ever wondered where was God during the many years the Children of Israel were in captivity and under the cruelty of Egyptian taskmasters? Have you ever wondered from time to time where is God when you, your family or friends are having difficulties in life? We can learn how God delivers from the story of the exodus.

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A night to be much observed

A night to be much observed

Is there an event or celebration in your life which you particularly remember fondly? The night after the Passover is of special significance and observance to many Christians. What is this night to be much observed?

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Why should I?

Why should I?

Why should I? Why should I help out my neighbour when he never helps me? What if Jesus had thought that way? Jesus Christ didn't just die for our sins, He lived in a world full of sinners, loving and serving them every minute that He had.

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Our annual pilgrimage to Golgotha

Our annual pilgrimage to Golgotha

Do you identify yourself as a Christian? Are you a follower of Jesus Christ - the Passover for all humanity? How will you commemorate His death till He comes?

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A New Year’s Challenge for You

A New Year’s Challenge for You

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions so far this year? Are you up for a New Year’s challenge which will set you on a life changing experience and a journey of discovery?

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Seeing the old year out and the new year in

Seeing the old year out and the new year in

This time of the year is a festive season, with Christmas just passed and preparations for New Years’ eve celebrations next on the minds of many.

1st January 2018 starts a brand new year. The calendar is the time keeper for what we do in life. The calendar determines for us – those who use the Gregorian calendar - when we see the old year out, and the new year in.

But do we ever stop to give consideration as to how time began? For the Christian, whose foundation of belief is the Bible, we believe God created time.

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It is Unmistakably the Season of  Christmas.

It is Unmistakably the Season of Christmas.

Have you been looking forward to the Christmas Season with all the Christmas cheer this time of the year brings – Christmas light displays, Christmas songs in all the stores and shops or maybe the carols by candlelight? Would you be interested to learn more about the true meaning of Christmas? My wife and I some fifty years ago made the decision not to observe Christmas. Does this surprise you? We were raised in Christian families and Christmas had been a part of our religious celebration but we had taken for granted that Jesus Christ – our Lord and Saviour – was actually in Christmas.

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Cleansing and renewal

Cleansing and renewal

The world is in the “bondage of corruption” and this is the environment in which we live.

However God promises salvation. He saves us through a process that takes time – a lifetime. As Christians, genuinely seeking to follow Christ, do we know fully what is this process and how we can participate in and embrace it?

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As human beings we are incomplete

As human beings we are incomplete

Many self-help advisors claim that ‘Everything you need is already within you’. But is this really true? What does the Word of God - the Bible - have to say?

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Trick or treat .... Is It harmless?

Trick or treat .... Is It harmless?

Australians are indeed embracing Halloween in greater numbers and spending more money on this festival. Halloween decorations are more readily available in the shops and online and people are embracing this festivity with greater enthusiasm.

It all looks like so much fun and seems so harmless.

But is Halloween really harmless?

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The Miracles of Jesus – A Foretaste of God’s Coming Kingdom

The Miracles of Jesus – A Foretaste of God’s Coming Kingdom

Even those who are not Christians know of the many wonderful miracles performed by Jesus Christ throughout His human ministry which are recorded in the Bible. However, how many understand that these remarkable good deeds – which were too numerous for all to be recorded – demonstrate the kind of world He will lead as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the coming Kingdom of God?

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Good enough

Good enough

What if I'm not good enough? Many of us find ourselves asking that question often in some form – maybe even daily – perhaps even moment by moment. We can discover from the Bible that God's measure of success is very different from what we naturally expect of ourselves.

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Events of the end and beyond

Events of the end and beyond

What events are we witnessing now? Are things getting better, or rapidly getting worse? Are we heading for the time of the end and beyond?

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The poor in Christ are truly wealthy

The poor in Christ are truly wealthy

The Smyrna church had something of which Jesus took particular notice. It was not their standing in this world with respect to this world’s wealth or position. They were rich in something else that was so much more esteemed by Jesus Christ. How did He regard them as rich?

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Total change

Total change

Professed belief in the name of Jesus is what most Christians do, but repentance and turning to God through Jesus Christ results in a complete change.

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Tattoos – what does the Bible really say?

Tattoos – what does the Bible really say?

Does the bible have anything to say about tattoos and is it relevant for us today?

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The first harvest

The first harvest

The children of Israel were unaware of the greater meaning of these feasts of the Lord. To them the meaning was the representation of the harvests, and it would remind them of the blessings God would bestow on them in the harvest. Are you aware of the First Harvest in God’s plan of salvation for all humanity?

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What joy Isn't

What joy Isn't

What does the word joy bring to your mind? Happiness? Smiling a lot? Fun? Can we completely understand what joy really is? Can we have truly lasting joy?

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And the truth shall make you free

And the truth shall make you free

Last year, I came across a headline on Facebook: "Trump Collapses and Dies of Heart Attack!”. In disbelief, I immediately did a search and came up with nothing. Something so shocking and world-shaking would obviously have been all over the internet! It was fake!!

So how can we know what is truth?

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A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

The Apostle Paul writes: "Therefore let us keep the feast; not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  Because of, the sacrifice that Jesus made we should go on and keep the feast “with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  What feast is this?

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No greater love

No greater love

Jesus chose to “taste death for every person.” He experienced suffering of unimaginable magnitude, and He died – not because He sinned, but because we sinned. In this there is no greater love. In this God’s great love for you and for me is manifest.

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Where is God in our leadership?

Where is God in our leadership?by Bill Bradford

Where is God in our leadership?

God has specific criterion by which He interacts with humankind at a national and individual level. “....let him who glories, glory in this, that he knows and understands Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgement and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord”.” Jeremiah 9

These are some of the characteristics of God’s leadership. How about those who lead us – in our communities, across nations and the world?

What is Australia Day to you?

by Bruce Dean

What is Australia Day to you?

Is Australia Day nothing more than a day off work for you? Or a day to eat lamb on the barbie, or go to the cricket? It is much more than those things to most Australians. You’d agree that it is a time to reflect on who we are and why we have so many blessings. Have you heard of the amazing story of the rise to greatness of Australia which began some 4,000 years ago?

Full of possibility and hope

Full of possibility and hopeby Bill Bradford

Full of possibility and hope

Have you ever been to the south coast of New Zealand? It is extraordinarily beautiful and has an ecology quite unique from other parts of the world. It was explained to us by a naturalist that the animals particularly in this area evolved and adapted to their environment. Evolutionary theory is a cop out for serious scientific analysis. We must remember that it was God who declare it ‘good’ at creation and will accomplish everything He plans to do.

The decline of modern day Israel

by UCG-AU

The decline of modern day Israel

The peoples of the United States of America have cast their votes and a President Elect has been decided. What will be the ramifications of this presidential choice on the United States of America and the world?

Are you aware that scripture clearly speaks of the blessings and responsibilities of the 21st century descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob according to God’s promises, and what part they will play in prophetic future events?

A shadow of things to come

A shadow of things to comeby Roger Waite

A shadow of things to come

Are you amongst those who are genuinely seeking the truth or a church that is teaching the true beliefs of the Bible? Have you been challenged regarding the origin of christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter? You may have heard or read that these festivals were introduced into christian worship in Rome around the 4th century AD. Given their late establishment, this obviously meant that neither Jesus nor any of the apostles kept these days.

If so, then what days did they keep as festivals? What are the Festivals of God?

Why go to church?

Why go to church?by Bill Bradford

Why go to church?

If Jesus Christ was attending church would that motivate you to attend too?

What did Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour have to say about going to church? “...I will build my church” (Matthew 16:8) What are the benefits of going to church?

Scripture cannot be broken

Scripture cannot be brokenby Bill Bradford

Scripture cannot be broken

The word of God is the same from Gen 1:1 to Rev 22:21. This is God’s story from beginning to end and it’s kind of hard to imagine that God, being God, changed things around and departed from his original plan. However people will read into it what they want, to give them the answers they want to hear.

There is a danger of not knowing the Word of God. How well do you know the God’s truth?

Fixed or growth - what's your mindset?

Fixed or growth - what's your mindset?by Bill Bradford

Fixed or growth - what's your mindset?

The two great mindsets of people -- the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. The beginning of real learning for all of us is when we come to the point where we realize we are not everything we think we are. This is called “repentance.” Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset in your walk with God?

The only message by which we can be saved

The only message by which we can be savedby Bill Bradford

The only message by which we can be saved

When God sent Jesus Christ with the gospel message offering salvation, it was such a message that few could bring themselves to believe it. It was a message that could only be brought by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. No one else could bring such a message. Are you as excited about the gospel message as the first day you heard it?

Feasts of the Lord

Feasts of the Lordby Bill Bradford

Are you making excuses to not keep the annual Holy Days of God? They are inconvenient to your work schedule, holiday time or interrupt other of your commitments? God’s commands for His people will always be in conflict with the way of life the world demands. What would your commitments be that God’s commands can be ignored?

Remember the fallen

Remember the fallenby Reg Wright

Remember the fallen

From time to time, I have been asked questions from Christians who sincerely want to understand what the Bible teaches about war and therefore how should Christians think about war and the commemoration of war. They ask: Is it all right for a Christian to attend war memorial services such as those held on ANZAC Day.

What we can learn from war?

What we can learn from war?by Jenny Huthnance

What we can learn from 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?

I chose you

I chose youby Bill Bradford

I chose you

Do you know that you didn’t choose God but He chose you?

To be chosen by God, is to be invited into His purpose, His care, His assurances - the past is forgiven and you are more than chosen, you are valued and respected as a child of God. Once we realize this magnificent truth then we also need to consider it in light of the meaning of the Passover.

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  • Are We Alone?

    Are We Alone?

    Fifty years ago this month U.S. astronauts left the shining blue ball of earth and walked on the moon for the first time. Throughout the world people stopped and watched transfixed as human beings did something only dreamed about for centuries. Today the dream continues as we plan to send spaceships to Mars and perhaps even more distant planets. We earnestly and eagerly search for life elsewhere in the universe. What drives this quest to learn and explore? Do we really even understand that what we’re really searching for is our place in the universe, why we exist and our ultimate destiny? In this issue we explore these topics and many more! Download this issue in PDF or read online.

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