Weekly Messages

16th June, 2019

Dear Friends,

There has been much concern recently over freedom of religion in Australia. Now more lately freedom of the press has become basis for concern. 

Rather than add to political comment focus on Numbers 15:41. It says “I am the Lord your God, who brought you ought of Egypt to be your God”. 

*“I am” -always the same, perfect, powerful and present-yesterday, today and forever. 

*”Your God” refers to a personal relationship that is secure because God is for you and not against you! 

*“Who brought you out” -carrying you out of the dark, bringing into Gods freeing forgiveness that puts an end to slavery and condemnation and gives you a love you can’t be separated from. 

God’s overflowing Grace and mercy fills the void of the lesser life and the loss you’ve lived with for too long. 

And now you are never the same again.

And now, wherever you go, you are sent by God. 

There is a freedom in Christ! That no one can take away! 

Yours, in Christ’s Service

Barry

 

9th June, 2019

Dear Friends,

 

God’s promises are reliable! Statements like the wages of sin is death are matched by God’s promise “they who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved!”

 

Our generation is not the first to realise you can count on Gods promises!

 

In Numbers 11:23 we read: The Lord answered Moses.

Is the Lords arm to short?

Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.

His arms are strong enough to protect you.

His arms are wide enough to embrace you.

His arms are big enough to guide you.

His arms are long enough to reach you!

His arms reached out on the Cross when he died for you.

Each and every person who calls on Jesus to be saved from the consequence of their sin will be saved, because this is Gods promise to you!

Life can have disappointments.

But have no doubt; God elects to bless His people always.

Look and see that the promises of God to you are ‘True’ and ‘Amen’ in Jesus Christ.

Yours in Christ’s Service

Barry.

2nd June, 2019

Dear Friends

 A Kalgoorlie businessman on ABC News was reported to be gearing up for an onslaught of visitors after discovery of a $100,000 Gold Nugget.

Gold is trading at something like $1200 an ounce currently so the value soon mounts up.

What’s more, if reports are right, it was found on the surface. So the prospector did not have to dig for it! 

What would you do if you found such a treasure? In Matthew 13:44-46 Jesus poses this very question in two parables. 

#v44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field”.
45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” 

The meaning is not lost on us; Jesus considers discovery of God’s Love for us is worth more than gold indeed it is the greatest find anyone can make! 

There is a song lyric that sums it up God’s call on our lives quite well it says: *Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness Bow down before Him, His Glory proclaim’. How?

With Gold of Obedience and incense of lowliness bring and adore him The Lord is His name. 

The Gold of obedience outweighs all wealth! There is a lesson here for the church and society at large if we will humble ourselves to Gods’ will. 

Yours in Christ’s Service

Barry

#NASB Bible-*Worship the Lord. 454 TIS

 

26th May, 2019

Dear Friends

Looking back on the Election; Bill Shorten stood beside his adoring wife and gave a magnanimous concession speech that called for national unity post election. 

The PM said he believed in Miracles, and then proceeded to Bless Bill Shorten and his family. He thanked his own wife and children plus all those who won or lost their seats. 

Finally he said ‘God Bless Australia.’ 

Given his public stance as a Christian his blessing rang true. 

Elections are a privilege not every nation enjoys, so the level of interest was good. 

Of more importance however is the fact God Elects to save us. 

Politicians can make promises to improve the lives of people! 

But even with the best intent, they still might faultier. 

But God’s faithful promises are always just and true! 

God promises to recreate us through faith in Jesus Christ. God invests New Life in all believers focusing our attention on a New Heaven and Earth. 

Revelations envisions a period beyond time when death, pain or sorrow will cease, because God will wipe away every tear! 

As Revelation 22:17 shares:

17 The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes,-take the water of life without cost.‘

Anyone who hears can come to faith by trusting in Christ Jesus. 

Yours in Christ’s Service, 

Barry.

 

19th May, 2019

Dear Friends,

By Sunday when you read this observation the electioneering will be over, so all the promises made during the lead up to this election can be tested over the next three years.

I recall a comment from a former PM who said some election promises were noncore promises. Which when you drill down into it says, some of those promises were lies.

Thankfully all of Gods promises are reliable! Statements like the wages of sin is death are matched by God’s promise “that they who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved!” 

Our generation is not the first to realise you can count on Gods promises! 

In Numbers 11:23 we read: The Lord answered Moses. Is the Lords arm to short? 

Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.

 

His arms are strong enough to protect you.

His arms are wide enough to embrace you.

His arms are big enough to guide you.

His arms are long enough to reach you!

His arms reached out on the Cross when he died for you. 

Each and every person who calls on Jesus to be saved from the consequence of their sin will be saved, because this is Gods promise to you! 

There may be disappointments following the Federal Election. But have no doubt; God elects to bless His people always. 

Look and see that the promises of God to you are ‘True’ and ‘Amen’ in Jesus Christ.

Barry

12th May, 2019

Dear Friends,

Congratulation to Mum’s Grandmother’s and even great Grandmothers. Where would we be without our mums?

Strictly speaking Mother’s Day has a commercial origin; starting with greeting cards, flowers and gifts. Chocolate makers have an endearing ad of a little girl trading her treasures to buy mum a bar of Chocolate.

Personally I am grateful both Mum and Dad helped me become who I am today.

Just, as I am grateful to God for creating the first family. I’m grateful for all the families that exist today! Genesis 1:27

Let us pray for any who’ve already lost their mum as today, may be tinged by sadness for them.

On a different note you may have concerns arising from the electioneering in 2019.

Scientist predicted extinction of a million species if the environment is neglected.

So that’s a real issue.

But some on fixed incomes may find certain proposals unsettling. Issues re negative gearing might not affect us, but franking credits may cause some angst. Even as the debate wrangles around the economy and affordability let’s not lose sight of what is fair and just for all our nation.

That raises the question about refugees on Manus Island

This election seems to be a minefield of social issues so believers need a different point of focus.

1 Samuel 15:22 makes the point that it is better to obey God than make sacrifices.

As God’s spoken word the bible speaks to all generations including those in 2019.

To follow God we need to listen to His voice.

You might pray; Lord keep’ me from wasting my life on anything other than you. Don’t let me settle for anything less because you make everything that matters, matter more.

Jesus help me spend my days seeking what has eternal value because that matters most.

Yours in Christ’s Service

Barry

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For those interested to know the Christians vying for the senate are in Group P.

 

5th May, 2019

Dear Friends,

Life can have its obstacles but don’t be overcome by them. 

In 1 Samuel 14:6 we read what Jonathan said to his young armour bearer…“Perhaps the Lord will act on our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving. Whether by many or by few”. 

They had gone behind enemy lines. But they went by faith. They knew their lives were in God’s hands, and there are no better hands to be found in. 

They knew that nothing can stop God doing what God plans to do! 

They knew it was not by their power or might, but the Victory belongs to the Lord! 

We go into a world that doesn’t know God and largely doesn’t want to know God. 

But the Victory is already won. 

Jesus has done it! 

Salvation still belongs to the Lord It always has! 

Knowing God’s Victory in you, live your life by trusting God in every instance by giving Glory to God. For all God has done and still does in and through our lives as we seek to bless others in Jesus’ Name.

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Please be in prayer for all those suffering from the aftermath of the cyclone in Mozambique. 

It has been described as the worst storm they’ve experienced in sixty years. Television broadcasts have shown utter devastation even though there were only three casualties. 

Yours in Christ, 

Barry