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The Millennium

One area of debate amongst end time theologians is when the ‘millennium’ (spoken of in Revelation 20:1-6) will be. The millennium is a 1000 year period where believers will rule and reign with Christ on the earth as a reward for their faithfulness. Some people believe that we are in the millennium now and therefore that the second coming of Jesus will be after the millennium. They are called 'post-millennialists'. Some people believe that the millennium does not refer to a literal period of time but rather that it is symbolic of the entire period between the first and second... Read more →


A New Prime Minister

Congratulations to Kevin Rudd for his recent election as the new Prime Minister of Australia. Regardless of who you voted for, we need to pray for Mr Rudd, for his party, and for all the candidates who were elected - in both the House of Representative and the Senate. "I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God's mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This... Read more →


Basic Baptist Bathroom

Some humour for the day ... (with no offence intended to the Baptists!) A very proper lady began planning a week's camping vacation for her and her Baptist Church group. She wrote to a campground for reservations. She wanted to make sure that the campground was fully equipped and modern, but couldn't bring herself to write the word "toilet" in her letter. So, she decided on the old-fashioned term "Bathroom Commode." Once written down she still was not comfortable. Finally she decided on the abbreviation "B.C." and wrote, "does your campground have its own "B.C.?" When the campground owner received... Read more →


Australian's Foreign Aid

Currently Australia spends only 0.3 percent of it's gross national income on foreign aid. This is significantly behind the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of increasing the developed world's foreign aid giving levels to 0.7 per cent by 2015. People such as Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision in Australia, and even rock star and activist Bob Geldof are currently speaking out about this. You can express your opinion about this issue in a current online poll by clicking here. At CityLife Church, we ensure that 10% (a 'tithe') of all of our income is invested outside of our church... Read more →


Integrity

One of the greatest needs today, in people's personal lives and in every arena of society, is the quality of integrity. You can see the need for it everywhere - in government, in business, in education, in law enforcement, in sports, in the media, in the entertainment industry, in personal relationships, and also in the church. Integrity means that there is an integration of who people see on the outside and who we really are on the inside. Our walk matches our talk. Here are a few additional good thoughts on integrity for reflection ... Integrity is who you are... Read more →


Your Date with Death?

Moses once said, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom [Psalm 90:12. NIV]." The truth is that unless Jesus returns in our life time, which he could, each one of us has a date with death. None of us knows when that will be, although you can get a bit of an estimate by entering your details into the online death clock. It might seem a bit morbid but it's a reality we must face. Of course you may live longer, or you may not live as long. None of us knows.... Read more →


A Letter from Poor Grandma

Some humour for the day ... a letter from poor grandma ... "The other day I went up to a local Christian bookstore and saw a Honk If You Love Jesus bumper sticker. I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put in on my bumper. I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is and I didn't notice that the light had changed. It... Read more →


John Mark Ministries

John Mark Ministries exists to serve church leaders, pastors, and ex-pastors who want to think maturely about their faith. This ministry was founded by Rowland Croucher and is based in Melbourne, Australia. Rowland's web site has a wealth of interesting and helpful information on a wide variety of topics (including a large clean humour section!). It's definitely worth checking out - just click here. Type any topic in the search box to the left of the web site and you'll find more than enough good reading and references. Enjoy! Read more →


Should a Christian Get a Tattoo?

If you want to amuse yourself, type the question 'Should a Christian have a tattoo?' into an internet search engine and watch the sparks fly! Some people see tattoos as okay while others see them as 'evil' and inappropriate for a Christian. The Bible teaches that God is holy and that he has called us as his people to be holy also. 'Holy' means set apart to the Lord. Holiness is primarily a matter of the heart and it refers to what's happening on the inside of us. This was the focus of Jesus' teaching (see Matt.5-7 as an example).... Read more →


Are you looking for the 'centre' of God's will?

God’s will (or 'calling') for our lives is not meant to be complicated or confusing. Don’t feel like some people who think, “God loves me and has a wonderful plan for my life, but He’s not telling me!” God’s will is not some secret or hidden formula you need to discover. We like things quick and easy and get frustrated when it doesn’t happen that way. Sometimes our frustration is based on the belief that God has a detailed plan of our life that He has hidden and we need to discover. We think we must try to find the... Read more →


Thought for the Day

"How can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly... Read more →


Noah and the Ark

The recent movie Evan Almighty takes a humorous modern-day approach to the well known story of Noah building an ark in response to God's command. Let's face it, Noah had quite a task! Of course if he was building in today's environment, it would be even more difficult. Here's a funny parody ... enjoy! If Noah lived in Australia ... and the Lord spoke to Noah and said, "In one year, I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all flesh is destroyed. I want you to save the righteous people and two... Read more →


Sudden Death - Living in Light of Eternity

Yesterday an 18 year old teenager shot dead eight students at a high school in a small town in Finland. He then shot himself. What a tragedy. What a shocking and sudden end to life. Unexpected death ... entrance in eternity ... ready or not. Life is so fragile ... death so certain ... and eternity so long. David put it this way ... "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand.... Read more →


Some Wisdom for Parents

Becoming a parent is pretty easy. Learning to parent well takes a lot of time and effort. After all, kids don't arrive with instructions! Thankfully, God's Word and other experienced people offer us some helpful guidance. Here are a few wise and encouraging words for reflection, if you are a parent ... "Then Jesus took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them." [Mark 10:16. NLT] "Rules without relationships lead to rebellion." [Josh McDowell] "People do what people see." [John Maxwell] "You can con a con, you can fool a fool, but you... Read more →


The Power of Encouragement

"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." [Paul - 1 Thess. 5:11] We all thrive on praise and encouragement. It motivates us and brings out the best in us. Encouragement is like oxygen to the soul. We tend to become what the most important people in their lives think we can become. Encouragement can be given in various forms – listening (Jas.1:19), empathy (Rom.12:15), comfort (2 Cor.1:3-4) and words of appreciation. Jesus is a great encourager. The book of Acts gives us three specific examples of Jesus going out of his way... Read more →


Should Christians Gamble?

Tomorrow is Melbourne Cup Day, a public holiday held on the first Tuesday of each November here in our local State of Victoria. The day is built around the Melbourne Cup horse race held at the Flemington Racecourse - billed as 'the race that stops a nation'. Without a doubt, Aussies love to gamble - about anything and on just about everything. There's horse racing, the lottery, casinos, poker, raffles, online betting, sporting events, and the list goes on. In fact, Australians are amongst the world’s leading gamblers. Here are a few interesting statistics: By 1999-2000 Australians were gambling almost... Read more →


Kid's Letters

You've got to love children. They have such a great sense of humour. No wondered Jesus loved them. I love the story about Jesus and some children that is recorded in the Gospel of Mark (10:13-16) ... "One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. But when Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased with his disciples. He said to them, 'Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.... Read more →


Some Recommended Reading

I love reading. In fact, I love buying books. There's something rewarding about just buying a book and putting it on your shelf (even if you haven't read the last 10 books you bought!) Okay, I admit it – I'm addicted! The truth is that reading is such a great way to learn and to expand your perspective on life and God's world. Wisdom is the principal thing, so make every effort to acquire it (Prov.4:5-9). Here are twelve non-fiction books that will make stimulating reading for you from a variety of disciplines: [Culture] – Advance Australia ... Where? by... Read more →