The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season is now known as the Black Summer. It was a period of unusually intense bushfires in many parts of Australia, but especially in the southeast of the country. It is estimated that the fires burnt 18.6 million hectares or 186,000 square kilometres, destroyed over 5,900 buildings, and killed at least 34 people.
Just one bite from an inland taipan snake, or fierce snake, has enough venom to kill 100 adult people. By volume, it’s the most venomous animal in the world to humans. But there is a far more deadly force that we encounter every day. What this force is, and how it began, is truly amazing. Surprisingly it all started during a galactic war in heaven.
On New Year’s Day, 1915, 1200 men, women and children, boarded a train consisting of a locomotive and 40 open ore trucks travelling to the annual New Year’s Day picnic at Silverton – about 20 km away from Broken Hill, a mining town in western NSW, Australia. The crowded train of excited people departed Sulphide Street Railway Station at 10 am. Shortly after departure, two gunmen attacked the passengers. Watch this video to see what happened next.
People all over the world have heard the story of Jesus’ birth. But have you ever wondered why it matters, and what difference it makes? Well, it makes a huge difference, and not just to Christians, but to everyone. The birth of Jesus was the most important event in human history – and here’s why: Jesus changed our world forever. We see and experience His influence every day.
Back in 1895, a 30-year-old Banjo Paterson was staying at Dagworth Sheep Station near Winton, when he heard the story of the recent death of a striking sheep shearer at the nearby Combo Waterhole. He wrote the tale and put the lyrics to the tune he had heard the station owner’s daughter playing on the autoharp. The new song spread rapidly, and the first public recital was at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel on 6 April. The enduring popularity of this song that uses many iconic Australian words to describe the rugged beauty and character of the outback, also is a graphic reminder of the consequences of fear. Fear is a common and powerful emotion that can interfere, restrict and cripple our lives. Are you afraid or worried about something? What’s your greatest fear? Is it embarrassment? Failure? Rejection? Disappointing others? Not fitting in? How can we better cope with fear? What do we do when fear consumes us? God doesn’t want you to live in fear, even when life is difficult and the future uncertain. Here’s another promise in Isaiah 41:10. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
A man asked a silversmith, how do you know when the silver is fully refined? The silversmith smiled at him and answered, “Oh, that’s easy – when I see my image in it.” If you’re feeling the heat of the fire today, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you. No one likes those times when stress gets turned up, deadlines mount, and expectations seem unreachable. But sometimes, God uses heat in our lives to burn off the stuff that’s holding us back and tying us down. We just need to trust God through the pain.
The Roman Emperor Constantine was one of the great, charismatic figures of the ancient world. He radically changed the Christian Church and its beliefs so that it was considerably different from that practiced by Jesus and the Apostles. But the big question is this: Was he right – and does it matter? Find out by watching this video.
The Maheno wreck has rested undisturbed in Fraser Island for decades, a silent reminder of another era, of a journey ended too soon, and a disaster. Sometimes we feel that our lives are spinning out of control and are about to be shipwrecked. We face crippling loss, heartache, pain and suffering. Life as we know it seems to be over. In despair, we search for an anchor and a lifeline.
Australia has more than 300 lighthouses scattered along its coastline of over 37,000 km to warn ships of danger, establish their position and guide them to their destinations. Like ships at sea, we also need a guide to lead us through the storms and challenges of life. God has given us His Word, the Bible, like a lighthouse. In Psalms 119:105, it says: “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
The Universal War, the war between good and evil, between God and Satan, has just about come full circle. It’s just about over. The same Jesus who was died on the cross is soon to return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The great controversy between good and evil will be over forever. Sin and evil will be destroyed. And this earth will be restored to its original perfect condition.
What are the answers to the hard questions about death? Are we born only to die? Is death the end of the story? Or is there life after death? What is the experience of those in the grave? Can we help them? Can we talk with them? Will we ever see our dead loved ones again? Where are the dead right now?
Spying a cave in the cleft of a steep rocky hillside, a Bedouin shepherd boy cast a stone into the dark interior and heard something shatter. Intrigued, he went to investigate with his cousin. After clambering up the cliff they entered the cave and found a cache of large clay jars, some of which were shattered and some that were still intact, even with lids in place. Could these ancient jars hold treasure?
At the moment more than 13 million Australians are in lockdown as the Covid Delta variant continues to spread. That’s more than half of Australia’s population in lockdown as state borders slammed shut and schools closed. But there is hope. Here’s what the Bible says about trusting God in hard times.
It is an invitation to every human being on the planet to come to Jesus so that they can find the peace and hope and eternal life He offers. Indeed, it is a treasure that is far more valuable than all the gold of Ophir, here in New South Wales, or the Ophir of Solomon’s Mines, or anything else the world can offer. Jesus says in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” (NKJV) Friends, what Jesus has to offer us is of far greater value than the richest goldfields the world can offer.
While the Bible describes the nearness of Jesus’ coming, it also gives us a picture of how Jesus will come back. As important as it is to know that Jesus is coming soon, it is equally important to know how He will come, so we can be ready. So what does the Bible say about the manner of Jesus’ coming? Let’s look at nine simple Bible facts that describe what we can expect to see and hear when Jesus comes.
Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson was born on 17 June 1867, in a tent on the goldfields of Grenfell in Central New South Wales, Australia. It was a hard life for families on the goldfields. When Henry Lawson was just a child, he lost his hearing due to a severe ear infection. By the time he was 14, he was completely deaf, and yet, despite his disability, he became one of the most celebrated poets in Australian history.
King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of the Babylonian Empire and the most powerful person on the planet at the time, had a dream, an important one, but couldn’t remember it. He was upset and frustrated and desperately wanted to know what it was. So, what was this dream? What did it predict, and why should that matter to us now? Well, let’s look at 12 facts about Nebuchadnezzar’s remarkable dream.
For more than a quarter of a century, Arthur Stace’s shadowy, elusive figure roamed the streets of Sydney in the darkness before dawn, unseen and unknown. It was one of the city’s biggest mysteries. Who was writing in chalk, this one word, “Eternity” on the footpaths every morning? It was written about half a million times on the sidewalks of the city. Watch this video to know how this Graffiti changed the lives of many people around Australia.
Have you ever wondered who is the most famous, significant, and influential person in History? Well, if you search online you will find there are many websites with lists of thought makers or people who have influenced millions of lives and changed our world forever. But there is one name that seems to be on every list. Jesus Christ.
Happy Mother’s Day 2021! Mothers are the cornerstone of our families and our society. They are the glue that holds the family together. Their love is immense. A mother’s love is strong, unconditional and eternal, and we cannot imagine life without the love and support of a mother. Wishing all our mothers a happy and special day.
The secret to growing in Jesus is to nurture and strengthen our relationship with Him. Like any significant relationship, our relationship with God requires time and communication. We nurture our relationship with God when we choose to spend time in His word, talk to Him through prayer and share our faith in Him with others. Join me as we together learn how to grow as a Christian.
The Roman empire was one of the greatest and most influential civilisations in history and ruled the world for around 500 years. It was founded when Augustus Caesar proclaimed himself as the first emperor of Rome and lasted until 476AD. The Roman soldier was an integral part of the mighty Roman Empire. To most of us, the Roman soldier symbolises bravery, strength and power. The thousands of foot soldiers in the army were called legionnaires and were fighting machines well-equipped with a sword, dagger, spear and shield. Watch this episode below and learn more about these phenomenal warriors of ancient times and perhaps more importantly find out about the seven centurions mentioned in the Bible whose lives interacted with Jesus and the apostles.
Lucifer, who became Satan or the Devil through pride and jealousy, wanted to take the place of God. He wanted to take over and take control. He thought he could run the universe better than God. So, he started a rebellion, a war in heaven – the Universal War – a Cosmic Conflict. Watch this video to learn more about Lucifer and what happened after he rebelled against God.
Have you watched or read the news lately? The images can often be startling: Young people attacked, fatal car accidents, riots, deadly viruses, brawls, coups, terrorist attacks, family tragedies. It’s a reminder that we are living in a sad and violent world. – a broken world. So, how and where did evil, violence and destruction begin? Watch the video below to find out what happened.
How can I be saved? That’s the most important question we can ever ask. And it’s so vitally important because it deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There’s no more important issue than our eternal destiny. And that’s why people have been asking this question for thousands of years. Thankfully, the Bible provides the answer.
Dame Nellie Melba spent time teaching and investing in the lives of rising young vocalists. She focused on nurturing and cultivating their vocal talents by sharing her musical scores with them, bringing them on tour with her and opening opportunities for them to share the stage with her. Music is inherent in every society in our world and has the emotional power to touch our hearts and transform us. Watch this clip below to learn more about the story of Dame Nellie Melba.
For seven years in a row, Melbourne held the title of “Most Liveable City In The World”, only being overtaken by Vienna in 2018. One of the things making Melbourne so lovely to live in is how easy it is to get around. The city has an excellent public transportation system, with trains going out to the suburbs and buses operating on the smaller scale transport. But central to it all is the city’s tram system. We can compare it to the roads of our lives, which aren’t always smooth, like a Melbourne tram track, but there are ways we can get in the flow. Watch the video below.
The Roman army was an efficient killing machine, and the backbone of this army were the Centurions. They were veteran soldiers who commanded 100 men. They were known for their dedication and courage and were clearly noticed because they wore a helmet with a unique crest, a transverse crest, that went from ear to ear, so that their soldiers could see them in the heat of battle. Learn more about the two Roman Centurions that met Jesus by watching this episode.
The Bible offers us answers to life’s most pertinent questions: Why am I here? Where am I going? What happens after I die? What is it like in Heaven? Are we living near the end of the world? How can I deal with guilt? How can I have peace? And many more like these. Let’s look at ten simple, quick facts that give us a bird’s eye view of what the Bible is and how it can make a difference in our life.
Research shows that we check our phones at least every 12 minutes of the day. We feel we have to check the latest posts on social media, tik-tok, messaging apps, swipe left or right on a dating app, scroll the news for updates along with our other favourite sites. In this episode, we will discuss seven tips on how to improve your focus and to find out what is essential in your life.
Today, psychologists recognise the vital importance of a positive sense of self-worth. But you might be wondering, what exactly does that mean? Are there any warning signs that may indicate I am suffering from low self-esteem? Can my life really have value and purpose? You may be surprised to find out that the Bible has the most wonderful answers to all these questions! Find out more about it here!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a double agent who plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the Wolf’s Lair fortress. When the plot failed, Hitler made sure Bonhoeffer was executed in the final days before the German surrender. Today Bonhoeffer is hailed as a twentieth-century martyr. He voluntarily faced imprisonment and execution with determination and courage. But why did he do this? What values shaped his life, and where did these come from? Find out here.
As the year draws to an end, billions of people around the world look forward to Christmas Day, with its evergreen trees, colourful lights, carol-singing, gift-giving and parties. It’s a time when family and friends come together to celebrate and enjoy the good things they have. But how much do you know about this this special super-fun holiday? What’s the real meaning of Christmas? And, why do we have all these Christmas traditions?
The incredible change from caterpillar to the adult winged butterfly defies evolution and provides fascinating evidence of design. In fact, the whole butterfly lifecycle: egg – caterpillar – chrysalis – butterfly – shows exquisite design. None of the stages of the caterpillar-butterfly development occur by chance, which is the central pillar of the theory of evolution.
King Belshazzar of Babylon organised a big party – over one thousand people attended. Amid all the revelry, an event occurred that brought all festivities to an immediate halt. A mysterious hand appeared and in fiery letters wrote a chilling message on the wall of the king’s palace. Watch the clip below as we investigate the amazing story of the handwriting on the wall that rocked an ancient empire and brought about the demise of its insolent king.
Our modern problem is self-obsession and pride. And they are both tough and difficult things to break through. In this video, we look at how our loving and patient God dealt with the prideful and self-obsessed King Nebuchadnezzar. As you watch this clip, I invite you to consider how God has been working in your life. How far along have you come?
The issues in the book of Daniel are worship and obedience. The issues in the last days will be worship and obedience. It is important that each of us remains faithful to God. Do you want to be loyal and obedient to God now, so that you, too, might be loyal and true to God when the difficult times come? Find out how in our new program, “Daniel 3 – Facing the Fiery Furnace”
Jealous and hateful men sought to destroy a rival by throwing him into a den of lions. Watch this clip, the first in a series of six, and discover stories of dreams, visions, insanity, hatefulness, all alongside those of fidelity, trust, honour and faithfulness. Watch this clip to find out all of these stories that happened in a time and place far removed from today but is relevant in the world that we live in now.
One of the saddest things that can ever happen to a parent is to have one of their children die. It’s heart-wrenching, soul destroying and unimaginable. It’s a grief that is like no other and that lasts a lifetime. How do parents cope? How do they bear the depth of the pain? Watch the clip below and find out how you can find comfort even in the most painful situations in your life.
Our nation was horrified when an Australian woman, Hannah Clarke and her three children were incinerated in their car in a murder-suicide by her estranged husband, Rowan Baxter, on 19 February 2020. The murders created an outpouring of grief and highlighted the prevalence of domestic violence in our society.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is vital to our walk with Jesus. The disciples recognised this and prayed unceasingly for this gift leading up to Pentecost. We need to pray for the Holy Spirit too. We need to ask God to send us this gift so that we can experience guidance, comfort, conviction, and the abiding presence of truth in our lives.
The disciples of Jesus were united in a common goal. They prayed together, they had harmonious relationships with one another, and they had a clear, common goal. These three aspects made their prayers extremely powerful. It is this type of prayer that can truly cause seismic shifts across the globe. Watch this clip to know more about the power of prayer that brought the Holy Spirit down.
It’s easy to be happy when the sun is shining, and everything is rosy, but it is almost impossible to find joy in the dark and trying times. Learning to trust God, even in our darkest moments, can bring us happiness. The Bible promises us that if we choose to trust God, regardless of our circumstances, we will find happiness in the most unexpected places. Watch the story of Jehoshaphat and find a glimpse of how we too can experience lasting happiness.
We are currently in a unique and challenging situation. Our country and our leaders are pushed to the limit, and we need to spend more time on our knees praying for them as they make tough decisions ahead. Our intercessory prayers can make a huge difference in the outcome of their actions. Watch this incredible clip to find out more about the power of intercessory prayer and how it can help empower and enlighten others.
It can be easy to think we’re in control of our lives but the truth is we need God and the good news is He is only a prayer away. We can always talk to Him, always call on Him in every situation we face. We are never alone. In victory or defeat, may we always lean on God through prayer and seek Him for the courage and wisdom we need to face what lies ahead. Watch this clip if you would like to know more about prayer and how you can face the future with faith and courage.
Do you sometimes wonder if God hears your prayers? Are there times when you pray and pray but it feels like those prayers don’t go any higher than the ceiling? Prayer can create a small space of time, where we can clear our minds and wait for God to speak to us, as clearly and as certainly as we speak to him. Watch this clip if you would like to know more about prayer and how it can help you deal with the challenges of life.
Imagine a new pandemic. No, not a killer, but a healer. A new pandemic of Prayer and Bible Study. Our world badly needs hope, it needs healing, it needs help, assurance, salvation. Our world needs Jesus. He offers a spirit of peace in place of fear, and a spirit of hope in place of worry. As Covid – 19 and the protests send the world into crisis – it sends us to our knees and to our Bibles. Let’s start a pandemic of prayer and be released from the chains of sin.
Talking to God – prayer – is an important part of developing a lively and dynamic relationship with God. Do you find that you have trouble keeping your prayer life going? Have you ever wished you found more joy in prayer? More meaning? Would you like to open up a channel of communication with heaven, that can bring you into direct contact with God Himself? Watch this clip to discover 10 simple steps to a powerful prayer life.
The times we are living in are terrifying and fraught with so much insecurity. So, what is the answer? Should we give in to fear? Jump back in terror when someone coughs a metre from us? During a time like this, it is important that we anchor our life in Jesus. He is able to keep us safe even in the midst of the worst storms. We can turn to Him for wisdom, comfort and guidance but above all, we can turn to Him for peace.
When a crisis looms or drops in your lap, how do you cope? Do you get angry, do you panic, do you pretend it’s not happening? It’s easy to have an emotional response to the circumstances around us. The difficulty lies in bringing balance to our emotions, so they don’t consume us. If you’d like to develop your emotional intelligence or your ability to cope better, regardless of what life throws at you, watch this clip.
Is it possible to prepare ourselves emotionally and spiritually to meet any and every crisis we might face in the future? Is there a simple guide that can keep our minds and our hearts sane during a time of chaos? Watch this video and learn how to plug into an infinite and unfailing source of strength to help us through dark and difficult days.
Have you ever felt isolated and lonely, even when you are not on your own? Have you ever felt hurt and rejected? Have you stayed isolated, lonely and hurting as a result? In this video, Gary Kent shares 3 principles, from the Bible, for dealing with isolation and having a fulfilling life regardless of the circumstances.
Feeling lonely and isolated? You’re not alone. More than a quarter of Australians and New Zealanders report being lonely. And nearly 55% of the population said they feel they lack companionship at least sometimes. Even before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, loneliness was recognised as a social and emotional epidemic. But what can we do to quell loneliness? Especially during these unusual times? Join Gary Kent as he looks into what the Bible says about loneliness and true joy and fellowship that can be found first in Jesus.
Television, radio and social media are filled with information about the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re all concerned and worried about our well-being. However, do you know there are a few things you can do to help strengthen your immune system? And none of them involve wearing a full hazmat suit. Gary Kent gives us 8 simple steps on how to boost our immunity.