In the Bible baptism is a symbol of new life. In many ways, it signals a rite of passage. It’s like an initiation rite. It’s a moment in time when a believer in Jesus chooses to publicly declare their allegiance to Jesus and their intention to serve him and follow Him for the rest of their lives.
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.
Let’s take a look at some quick Bible facts about the origin of suffering and why we continue to be plagued by it day after day. So, there they are – 10 important facts about human suffering.
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 Bible says: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” Watch this video and learn about the nine essential facts about Jesus’ Second Coming.
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.
Having a vibrant, close relationship with Jesus Christ is what Christianity is all about. It’s about a friendship – a friendship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said that knowing Him is the doorway to a special relationship with God.
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!
Have you ever wanted to be a better Christian, a more faithful follower of Jesus? Spiritual growth is not automatic; it is a goal we must pursue actively every day. What are the key ingredients to Christian growth? How can we keep these at the centre of our thoughts each day? Find out 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.
Most students are happy to just achieve a “pass” on a university research project. But others have used a degree to build an empire! What makes the difference? How can you develop “moonshot thinking” and a “growth mindset”? And what difference does trust in God make? Find out here!
EQ is a popular topic today. But you may be wondering, what exactly is EQ? And how does it affect me? Watch this video to learn practical tips that will help you reach your full potential by understanding and managing your emotions!
Despite life’s challenges and uncertainties, it is reassuring to know that God still has plans for you. If you feel that you are being called by God, and you want to experience the joy, blessing and fulfilment of working in partnership with Him, then make sure you watch this clip.
Have you ever felt that surge of inner happiness that brings a smile to your face, warms your heart, gives you a positive attitude and a spring in your step? What could be so powerful?
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”
Does God really exist? Well, the ancient King, Nebuchadnezzar had an amazing dream that gives startling evidence of the existence of God. Find out all about it in our new program, “Daniel 2: Inside the King’s Head.”
Today we live in a time of prosperity, when it is relatively easy to serve God. If we cannot be obedient in this time, we will never be obedient when real trouble comes. How important, then, that we be faithful to God at all times?
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.
Your mind is your most important and precious asset. Not only do you become what you think about, but you also become what you feed into your mind on a regular basis. If you want to be positive, optimistic and happy, then watch this clip and discover the 12 steps to positive thinking for success.
In the Bible, peace is not a passive word. It’s an active word. It doesn’t only mean the absence of something, but the existence of something. That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
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.
Like most boys, my father was my hero. I loved spending time with him and thought he was invincible and could do anything. He came from the generation where nothing was too much trouble or too difficult. His big priorities in life were God, family and country.
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.
The recorded victories in the past gave us one important lesson about prayer and that is the power of intercessory prayer. Prayer can change hearts, even the most unforgiving hearts. As we’re nearing the end of time, may we forgive those who have wronged us, for Christ Himself has forgiven us too.
The human heart is always looking for conquest. There is always the prospect of a higher summit dangling tantalisingly just out of reach towards which the human mind aspires.
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.
The Bible. God’s Word. More relevant today than ever. Still the most reliable and trustworthy source of truth and information about the future. What does the Bible say about the Coronavirus?