It may be that, like the apostle John, you know Jesus Christ intimately. Yet when He suddenly appears to you with totally unfamiliar characteristics, the only thing you can do is fall “at His feet as dead.” There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than in His majesty, and it is the awesomeness of the vision which brings you to the delight of despair. You experience this joy in hopelessness, realizing that if you are ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of God.
“He laid His right hand on me…” (Revelation 1:17). In the midst of the awesomeness, a touch comes, and you know it is the right hand of Jesus Christ. You know it is not the hand of restraint, correction, nor chastisement, but the right hand of the Everlasting Father. Whenever His hand is laid upon you, it gives inexpressible peace and comfort, and the sense that “underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27), full of support, provision, comfort, and strength. And once His touch comes, nothing at all can throw you into fear again. In the midst of all His ascended glory, the Lord Jesus comes to speak to an insignificant disciple, saying, “Do not be afraid” (Revelation 1:17). His tenderness is inexpressibly sweet. Do I know Him like that?
Take a look at some of the things that cause despair. There is despair which has no delight, no limits whatsoever, and no hope of anything brighter. But the delight of despair comes when “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells…” (Romans 7:18). I delight in knowing that there is something in me which must fall prostrate before God when He reveals Himself to me, and also in knowing that if I am ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of God. God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible.
SHOULD Labor leader Bill Shorten win office in 41 days, homosexual marriage will become a reality across Australia just 100 days later.
This has nothing to do with fairness, equality, human rights or any other humbug the homosexual lobby and the Marxists lurking close behind their agenda may wish you to believe.
This is about Labor being pushed to the Left by the Greens, radically altering customary practice, dramatically changing the way children are reared by removing either a male or a female figure from the family unit, and setting the stage for a generation who will forever be robbed of a better shot at life.
For it is the demonstrably evident fact that children raised in stable heterosexual families will, on the best available statistics, be best equipped to deal with the world.
That, as unpalatable as it may seem to those homosexual couples (as sharing, caring and warm and loving as they may be) who have chosen to adopt or create children through IVF or surrogacy, is just how it is.
The consequences of adopting homosexual marriage are not benign. It is not just about having two little Ken dolls or two little Barbies in bridal wear on top of the wedding cake.
Those who would change the Marriage Act to redefine the traditional union of a man and a woman know they are merely stalking horses for massive societal change such as are already being experienced in the US, where, in a giant grab for exaggerated victimhood status, the homosexual and gender-confused lobby have now managed to have President Barack Obama force all state schools to permit children use whichever lavatory they feel fits their sexual orientation — not necessarily their biological and chromo-somal identity.
I doubt whether many young girls will feel pressing need to express their inner manliness by fronting the urinals or even entering the boys’ (should they still be labelled as such) loos, but I suspect there will be a rush of hormonally charged teenage boys anxious to entertain their inner sheila and barge into the lavatories and change rooms traditionally set aside for females.
The new anti-gender laws have already restricted freedom of speech, and they will here, too, as there has already been a ridiculous try-on in Tasmania mounted by transgender activist and Greens candidate Martine Delaney.
Delaney lodged a complaint against the Catholic Archbishop of Tasmania Julian Porteous over a church booklet which carried the unthreatening slogan “don’t mess with marriage” and made the case accepted universally for millennia that marriage should be a “heterosexual union between a man and a woman”. To change the law, it said, would endanger a child’s upbringing.
Earlier this month, Delaney withdrew the charge in the face of the Church’s obvious defence — that it was plainly false to assert there was nothing distinctive about a man and a woman, a father or a mother.
As much as Penny Wong and her partner may delight in calling themselves parents of the children who live with them, neither is a man, neither is a father and neither can provide the male presence under their roof that is the ideal in a true family.
Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating famously noted that “two blokes and a cocker spaniel” don’t make a family, and that was Labor’s view until a few years ago.
A more recent Labor PM, Julia Gillard, crossed the floor of the house and sat with then Opposition leader Tony Abb-ott, to vote down a Labor backbencher’s private member’s bill to amend the Marriage Act and permit homosexual couples to marry.
She wasn’t alone. Her treasurer, Wayne Swan, environment minister Tony Burke, trade minister Craig Emerson and former PM Kevin Rudd, joined her in voting down the motion 98-42.
Then the homosexual lobby arced up its campaign.
False statistics about the percentage of homosexuals in the community were flung about (internationally, the agreed number seems to be somewhat less than 2 per cent).
Claims that bullying of gender-muddled children forced some to at least contemplate suicide, if not carry through with their intention, were laid though no statistics bear this out and the statistic which seems most available would indicate that the primary focus of anxieties among those who do report bullying is to do with their body image or ethnicity.
This has not stopped those, like Victoria’s socialist Premier Daniel Andrews, or the members of the grotesquely misnamed Safe Schools Coalition, headquartered in the truly bizarre Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society unit at La Trobe University, from supporting the teaching of such skills as “penis tucking” and “breast binding” to prepubescent children.
Shorten, should he be elected, won’t just redefine marriage, he’ll destroy it.
As lesbian Russian author Masha Gessen told the Sydney Writers Festival four years ago “fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there”.
“Because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change. It’s going to change and it should change.”
Two months ago Labor senator Joe Bullock resigned as a matter of principle over Labor’s stance.
He said he couldn’t remain in a party which proposed to deny its members a conscience vote on the homosexual marriage question.
He made his decision after attending the Labor Party’s national conference and finding himself, to the best of his knowledge, the only one to vote against this proposition.
“How can I, in good conscience, recommend to people that they vote for a party which has determined to deny its parliamentarians a conscience vote on the homosexual marriage question? The simple answer is that I can’t,” he said.
Australians should ask themselves whether they want this radical change forced on their society when they vote on July 2.
“Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”
Elijah says to King Ahab that there will be no rain or dew in the land except by his (Elijah’s) word. The Lord then tells Elijah to go to the Cherith Wadi where the ravens will feed him. So Elijah goes there, and the Lord provides for him, but the wadi eventually dries up.
The Lord sends Elijah to Zarephath, where he finds a widow gathering sticks to cook a last meal for her son and her self. Elijah declares to her that her jar of meal and jug of oil will not run out until the drought is over.
The son later becomes ill and dies. Elijah stretches himself over the child and calls out to the Lord, and the son revives.
God cares for His people. When we trust Him with our possessions, no matter how meagre, and our family and life, we can know that He will provide what we need,
It’s not always in a way that we imagine or are comfortable with. Who wants to be feed by ravens?
The Lord feeds our bodies and our spirits. The word of God is the bread of life. Without regular reading and meditation on God’s word our spirits will shrivel to nothing.
We live in a land that is the reverse of Elijah’s situation- we have plenty of material resources, but there is a famine for hearing God’s word.
Lord help me to be attentive to your word in every situation of my life. Grant me understanding and wisdom as I study the Scriptures. Amen.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.”
This is a part of Jesus’ teaching to the disciples at the Last Supper.
Jesus tells them that He has many more things still to say to them. The Spirit of truth is coming and He will lead them into all the truth.
The Spirit does not speak from His own authority but only what He hears. He will glorify Jesus by taking all that is His and passing it onto the disciples.
All that the Father has belongs also to Jesus. The Spirit will take all of this and declare it to the disciples.
The Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit- is a mystery to us. Three persons in one God. Not one God totally homogenised. Not three gods living separately. Rather, a community of love expressed in three distinctive forms.
Every follower of Jesus has the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. The Spirit is the Spirit of truth who will not allow us to be deceived. The Spirit takes all the truth about the nature and personality of the Father and the Son and leads us to a place where we “understand” the mysteries of God.
We never have to fear being alone because He is always with us. And, to the extent that we surrender our will to the Holy Spirit, He will lead us always in the ways of truth.
Blessed God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit- you are a mystery too deep for human understanding. Thank you for the grace of knowing you. Take me deeper into your ways. Amen.
Therefore, since we are justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We have been justified by faith and that brings with it peace with God. Jesus has given us access to this grace.
We can boast in our hope of glory, but Paul tells us also to boast in our sufferings. Suffering produces endurance, character and hope. Our hope is in God’s love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
When we come to God we come with nothing. God is not interested in our money, talents and achievements, not even those we direct towards Him.
The only human trait that can influence God is our faith- our ability to trust that He loves us and wants to be in relationship with us.
With faith in the blood of Christ we can know peace with God the Father. Through Christ’s blood all my sins are washed away and all the power of satan is blown away like chaff.
Faith is a little thing- tinier than a seed. But when directed to God it moves the mountain of sin that separates us from Him. Instead of being at war with Him, we experience His peace, grace and love.
Lord, I thank you for your love for me. Thank you for the blood of Christ that washes me clean from all sin. Amen.
The party’s LGBTI policy, announced by sexuality spokesman Robert Simms and gender identity and intersex spokeswomen Janet Rice, also promised the end of religious exemptions in anti-discrimination law…
Vowing to strip the religious exemption from anti-discrimination laws, Senator Simms said the party wanted to stamp out sexuality and gender identity-based discrimination. “Under current anti-discrimination laws, a gay man can be fired from working at a private school and a transgender person can be turned away from a religious homeless shelter,” he said. “We shouldn’t be giving religious organisations a get-out-of-jail-free card and the right to discriminate. Allowing a right to discriminate undermines the effectiveness of these kinds of laws. These exemptions can ruin someone’s life.”
The Greens’ move comes a week after an anti-discrimination complaint against Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous was dropped. He had been accused of humiliating gay, lesbian and transgender Australians by distributing a booklet on traditional marriage.
And the Greens are meanwhile panicking Labor into restoring a program that effectively demands primary school children consider being gay or of no real gender:
Labor is considering restoring the controversial Safe Schools program after the Greens promised to roll it out fully….
Labor may reverse changes the Coalition made to the program this year amid an outcry over 11-year-olds being asked to role play as gay teenagers.
Labor’s education spokeswoman, Kate Ellis, told The Australian: “We established the Safe Schools program and we think it does incredibly important work.
“In contrast, the Liberals are cutting the program entirely next year…”
A car-sized sled powered by electromagnets has rocketed to more than 160 kilometres per hour through the Nevada desert in what the Los Angeles company developing the technology said was the first successful test of a futurist transit system called hyperloop.
Developers say system will transport passengers by 2021
Sceptics say construction costs are underestimated
Hyperloop One already has raised $80 million from backers
Hyperloop One is among several companies competing to bring to life a technical vision by Elon Musk, the founder of rocket maker SpaceX and electric car company Tesla Motors, who suggested sending pods holding passengers and cargo inside giant vacuum tubes between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
It is a matter of debate how soon — or whether — passengers and cargo will ride the system at velocities approaching 1,200 kilometres per hour, but Hyperloop One has already raised $80 million from backers including clean technology venture capitalist Khosla Ventures, high-speed railway SNCF, the French National Rail Company and GE Ventures.
Brogan BamBrogan, a former SpaceX engineer who co-founded Hyperloop One, called the test a major milestone.
“Technology development testing can be a tricky beast,” he said to a crowd of 300.
“You never know on a given day if things are going to work exactly like you want.”
The sled began on a train track and then was rocketed to 168 kilometres per hour by electromagnets as electricity was shot into copper coils. After a short ride, the sled ran into a sand trap, sending out silicon sprays. If all goes according to plan, sleds will levitate and carry pods in a test later this year.
Gigantic tubes are already scattered around the Las Vegas area test site.
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth.”
Philip says to Jesus, “Show us the Father.” Jesus replies, “”Whoever sees me sees the Father. The Father and I are one.”
Jesus then goes on to say that whoever believes in Him will also do the works that He does, and even greater things. Anything we ask for in His name, He will do it.
Jesus is going to send another Advocate, the Holy Spirit. The world cannot receive Him, but the disciples can. He abides with them and will be in them.
Jesus promises to give them the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, the Advocate.
This promise is to all who follow Jesus. The miracle of Pentecost is that the Spirit is poured out on “all flesh,” to all who call on the name of the Lord.
One of the limitations in the contemporary church (actually all through history) is the ongoing desire for a priestly class. Even in Pentecostal or charismatic churches there is a veneration of the “Man of God” who alone has the anointing.
The Bible is clear that God calls and equips certain people to lead the church. But the Holy Spirit is poured out on all believers. All followers of Jesus must engage in the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit come and fill me. Give me faith today to do the “greater things” that Jesus promised I would. Amen.