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 … Continue reading The Millennium
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, … Continue reading A New Prime Minister
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 … Continue reading Basic Baptist Bathroom
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 … Continue reading Australian’s Foreign Aid
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 … Continue reading Integrity
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 … Continue reading Your Date with Death?
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 … Continue reading A Letter from Poor Grandma
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!). … Continue reading John Mark Ministries
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 … Continue reading Should a Christian Get a Tattoo?
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 … Continue reading Are you looking for the ‘centre’ of God’s will?
"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 … Continue reading Thought for the Day
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 … Continue reading Noah and the Ark
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 … Continue reading Sudden Death – Living in Light of Eternity
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 … Continue reading Some Wisdom for Parents
"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 … Continue reading The Power of Encouragement