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These Three - Faith Hope Love!

Posted By at Wednesday, November 14, 2018

1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

Faith, Hope and Love [that is God's kind of love 'agape' love] are all Godly attributes.

Satan possesses none of these and hates everyone who does possess them.

I wonder as we go the rest of 2018, are we allowing these qualities to overflow in our lives?

God is the God of faith, the God of all hope, and God is love. These are His characteristics.

Those who genuinely possess these qualities are God possessed, for these only come from and through the Lord Himself.

Galatians 5:6 says “Faith works by love.”

Many people in today's society sometimes lack these Godly qualities, but they have existed since God breathed His life into man and they will be here as long as He continues to live in men's hearts. They abide regardless of political systems.

Men, however, under the direction of the devil, have tried to eradicate them, but their efforts have fallen short and always will.

* Love never fails according to 1 Cor 13:8

* Our Faith overcomes the world according to 1 John 5:4

* By Hope we are saved according to Romans 8:24

These are the qualities that give our lives meaning and great enjoyment.

These characteristics distinguish men from animals. Remove them and people begin to act like wild animals, as is happening in many places today.

However, when Jesus injects faith, hope, and love into the vilest heart, then it can be melted and reshaped in the image of God. Living without faith, hope and love diminishes the quality of life.

Satan seeks to strip men and women of these three God-like qualities while God never wants us to be without them. There is constant warfare between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness over these three special virtues.

Today, why not let God fill you with His faith, His hope and His love and then be a channel through which He can release these virtues to those who need faith; those who need hope and those who are starving for true agape love.

We must all determine to be all that God has already planned for us to be!

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: Our LAST First Thursday Faith Connection for 2018 is Thursday December 6, from 7.30 - 9.00pm, our last for this year. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! Supper will be provided. There will be BRIGHT SINGING and also will be a great word from Duane Sherriff. So don't miss out! If you're in the area please come and join us, you are always welcome at:

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE [PVAC Building]

160 Centenary Drive, Mill Park Vic 3082, Australia

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Do Others Want Your Light?

Posted By at Wednesday, May 16, 2018

 

We need to always remember that people around us are looking at our lives—would they want what we have?

Matt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Although we do need to be culturally relevant to the lost, at the same time we must hold fast to the integrity of God's Word and not become like them.

Rom 12:2 NLT Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

We have been called to be a reflection of Jesus Christ and let His light shine. We must show Christ, not some religious organization, and not list rules and regulations that come from that religious experience.

Very often Christians tend to remain in the comfort of their church and familiar social circle of believers. As a result, they become totally isolated and separated from people who need salvation. Then they wonder why they never have the opportunity to lead someone to Jesus.

God has done a good work in each of us; He has opened our spiritual eyes, and we have been enlightened by His wonderful Word. We are challenged to let the world see the evidence of this enlightenment through our obedience to walk in the fruit of the Spirit as Galatians 5 tells us.

So what impact have you made on the people around you?

Have you added the life of Christ to any of them?

Learn to look for and take every opportunity - whether on the job, a social function, a family gathering, in a classroom, helping the needy, or wherever your day takes you - to let your light shine before men!

Norman

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FAITH + HOPE + LOVE

Posted By at Wednesday, April 25, 2018

 

1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love."

Faith, hope and love [that is God's kind of love agape love] are all Godly attributes.

Satan possesses none of these and he hates everyone who does possess them.

I wonder as we go through this year of 2018 are these the qualities we possess?

God is the God of faith, the God of all hope, and God is love. These are His characteristics.

Those who genuinely possess these qualities are God possessed, for these only come from and through the Lord Himself.

Galatians 5:6 “Faith works by love.”

Yet many Christians who profess faith certainly do not exude this love. They often act like they have no love. How can this be?

Many people in today's society lack these Godly qualities, but they have existed since before God breathed His life into man and they will be here as long as He continues to live in men's hearts. They abide regardless of political systems.

Men, however, under the direction of the devil, have tried to eradicate them, but their efforts have fallen short and always will.

* Love never fails according to 1 Cor 13:8.

* Faith overcomes the world according to 1 John 5:4.

* Hope we are saved by it according to Romans 8:24.

These are the qualities that give our lives meaning and great enjoyment.

These characteristics distinguish men from animals. Remove them and people begin to act like wild animals.

However, if we inject faith, hope, and love even into the vilest heart it can be melted and reshaped in the image of God. Living without faith, hope and love diminishes the quality of life.

Satan seeks to strip men and women of these three God-like qualities while God never wants us to be without them. There is constant warfare between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness over these three special virtues.

Today, let God fill you with His faith, His hope and His love and then be a channel through which He can release these virtues to those who need faith, those who need hope, and those who are starving for true 'agape' love.

Norman

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Be Careful What You Think & Look At

Posted By at Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Three Ways To Watch Your Thinking!

We all protect our homes, our cars, even our skin and some of us our time, but sometimes we may neglect to guard one of the most important areas—our thought life. We need to take control and place a guard over our thought life, our thinking and our eye gate.

How do you do that?

Take control. Don't allow your thoughts to wander like an out-of-control vehicle. Grab hold of the steering wheel and allow the Holy Spirit to direct your thoughts.

The Word of God says in 2 Cor 10:5 To take captive every thought and to bring it into the obedience of Christ.

NLT We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

You may not be able to control every thought that comes in, but you can determine whether or not it stays.

I heard Kenneth E. Hagin once say: "You can't stop the birds from flying over your head but you can stop them making a nest in your hair!"

Guard your gate. What is the gate of your mind? It's your eyes and ears. Don't put junk into your thought life by throwing open the gate. You must filter what comes in.

One of the songs we used to teach little children warns them to be careful what they do with their eyes. All of us need to remember this lesson as we decide which TV shows and movies to watch, which books to read, which songs to listen to and what to do on the Internet. If something comes on TV or across your computer screen that is not of God, shut if off, don't even spend any time on it.

Jesus said in Matt 6:22-23 "The eye is the light of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness."

Jesus is saying that we will become what we watch with our eyes. If we view good things; this will help us be good. But if we view evil things; this will encourage us to be evil.

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.

Proverbs 4:25 Keep your eyes focused on what is right and look straight ahead to what is good.

Remember the old computer term G.I.G.O. - Garbage in, garbage out.

Replace the Thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heat so is he!

When thoughts of fear or doubt come your way, replace them with love and faith. You can't think two complete thoughts at the same time.

Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.

Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.

Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.

Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.

Prov 4:23-25 NCV Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.

Isaiah 26:3 NLT You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Philippians 4:8 NLT And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Norman

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE
160 Centenary Drive, [PVAC Building]
Mill Park Victoria 3082 [Corner of Plenty Road and Centenary Drive, just a few metres before the Police Station.

FFC were able to send $40,000 to orphans in the Philippines last year. Just recently we gave our total Sunday morning offering to another local church just to bless them and encourage their young pastor.

It's exciting what God is doing!

People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday, we'd love to see you - you will be made very welcome!

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A Hundredfold Return!

Posted By at Wednesday, March 01, 2017

There has been a lot of teaching in certain quarters about the Hundredfold return and relating it solely to financial sowing, but that is not the only thing that Jesus is referring to in Mark 10.

Mark 10:29-31 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

I think it's clear first of all that Jesus is not talking about heaven; He's talking about the here and now, where you are today, right now on the earth.

There will be no persecution in heaven; the persecution is all down here in this fallen world we live in.

The hundredfold return does not only have to be financially if you read Jesus' words carefully. Whatever we do for His sake and the gospel's. But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time.

He can give you a return of His involvement in your life.

He can get involved in giving you favour or ideas or in any other way, that it will be a great benefit to you.

In order for this to happen, however, your heart must be involved in the things pertaining to the kingdom of God, His sake and the gospel's.

You must trust Him not just in what you have, or what you are. You must let Him lead and guide you by His Holy Spirit. He is the one who gave you what you have and He has the right, as your master, to tell you where and when to sow it. We here at Family Faith Centre are always blessed when people sow into our programs, especially the outreaches in Romania or Philippines. IF you want to help any time just contact us, or sow your gift online. Or read more about these missions. The Lord blesses your obedience, not the size of the gift.

The Lord in effect is promising in Mark 10: "If I give you an assignment and you follow the assignment and if there is a cost to you for obeying me, I not only will make up the cost to you before you leave this planet, but will also bless you immeasurably meantime because of it."

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

160 Centenary Drive, [PVAC Building] Mill Park Victoria 3082

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Don't Get Upset

Posted By at Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

When anger is in control, sin and the devil can have a field day in our lives. When we're angry it is bad for our health.

God says it's OK to get angry, just don't sin. Everyone gets angry. It’s a normal emotion and there’s probably a good reason why we feel that way.

It's amazing how easily many people get angry and upset by what someone says or does. It can happen to the best of us. We find ourselves completely undone by someone else’s behaviour. It could be anything from someone cutting you off in traffic, to your neighbour shouting at you. Mild to severe, other people’s actions can turn our world upside down.

Keeping short accounts makes for a life full of peace. And that's a truth that will never change.

But anger can be bad if we don't control it. Emotions such as anger and hostility ramp up our "fight for your rights” response. When that happens, stress hormones including adrenaline, speed up our heart rate and breathing.

We get a burst of energy. Our blood vessels tighten. And blood pressure soars.

We’re ready to run for our life or fight an enemy. If this happens often, it causes wear and tear on the artery walls.

Most of the things that we get upset about aren’t our issues. The driver who cut you off? Their driving is not your issue. All you need to worry about is getting safely to your destination. That lazy co-worker who isn’t doing their share of the work? Not your issue. All you need to do is focus on your own good work. 

Jesus tells us to not be angry with our brother and to initiate peace with anyone who has a problem with us and to humble ourselves and settle the matter quickly even if we think it’s their fault. Because maturity and wisdom help us realize we aren’t perfect either and there’s always something we can acknowledge—something we need to be forgiven for.

Matt 5:23-26 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24  leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

There’s danger if we don’t settle a matter quickly. Anger, bitterness and resentment will grow, and we’re subject to a prison; one that won’t let us out until we’ve suffered and agonized; until we’ve paid the full price for our foolish refusal to pursue peace.

Keeping a short account with others means we don’t leave things undone. We don’t let disagreements linger or bitterness grow. Then by doing that, we stay out of that prison in your mind and instead choose a life full of peace every single time.

Eph 4:26-27 In your anger do not sin: Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Deut 30:19 Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

It's always up to us either to react to the situation or to act in God's kind of love. It's totally our choice!

Norman
 

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God Has a Plan For You to Inherit the Promises

Posted By at Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hebrews 6:11-12

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises!

I want you to notice that not only does it take faith to inherit the promises but also it takes patience.

The word patience here has a special meaning; it means that a person has the capacity to exact revenge but instead chooses to use restraint and forgiveness. That is what God did for you. This quality is the first of the Fruit of the Spirit in a person's life, according to Galatians 5:22-23.

We need to embed God's principles in our lives so that they automatically follow us. If you have been taught the principles of giving God the first 10% of your earnings plus offerings, then that principle will follow you through life and produce harvests.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

If you've failed to follow God's plan for your life to inherit the promises, God still loves you that does never changes. You can't earn the promises, because that is all based on what Jesus did for you at Calvary but God will credit your account with the fact that you've made the change in your heart before you start acting on the change. He will give you credit for the decision. God is good! When you choose to stop making excuses and start to live by His Word and run your life on good Bible principles, the Lord will bless you again and again and you will inherit the promises.

Norman 
 

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Choose to Rejoice

Posted By at Wednesday, June 08, 2016

 

Acts 16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Your joy as a Christian should not depend on your circumstances. Joy comes from God and is already on the inside of you and therefore it cannot be affected by what is outside of you.

Joy is a fruit of a Spirit led life as Galatians 5:20-22 shows.

Don't be fooled into letting the actions of others determine your joy. True joy comes from knowing that God Himself lives within you and has fellowship with you, regardless of your environment. Real joy lies in the knowledge that Holy God has completely forgiven you of every sin, and even now, He has a home prepared in Heaven where you can spend eternity with Him. Jesus said in John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you may also be where I am."

The circumstances of your life cannot change these eternal truths.

Paul and Silas faced some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. They were falsely accused, arrested, and imprisoned. They were beaten and shackled in the darkest, coldest section of the prison. But they refused to allow their horrific situation to dampen their joy! They did not blame God for allowing these things to happen to them. Instead, they praised Him for His goodness! In the darkness of the night, they prayed and they sang hymns.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

God brought a miracle that released them from their chains, but perhaps the greater miracle was that His Holy Spirit could so fill them that even in their painful imprisonment they could overflow with joy! The joy of the Lord truly became their strength when they choose to rejoice.

Do not allow difficult circumstances to cancel the joy of knowing you are a child of God. Choose to allow God's Spirit to fill you with His unquenchable joy and your life will be a miracle to those who watch you face the trials that come - you overcome them in His strength.

Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."

God gives you the opportunity to make the choice and He tells you what is best for you and your family. You can have joy and peace if you choose to obey His Word, it works every time. 

Norman 

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Don't Settle For Second Best

Posted By at Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 

Coming in second just means you are the first of the last.

KJV James 1:2-3 "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Vs 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."

I have to admit it's hard to be enthusiastic about going through tests and trials. But can you get excited about being totally supplied in every way and in wanting nothing?

New Living Translation "Dear brothers and sisters when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."

The Message "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way."

You must realise that God does not send trials; they are a work of the enemy to get you off course and away from what God is doing in your life. But you can turn the tables on him and use them to your benefit.

According to the Word of God, if you will use these trials to develop patience, you're going to be in precisely that position! 

Matthew Henry's Commentary says: As good people are liable to be scattered, they must not think it strange if they meet with troubles. These outward afflictions and troubles are temptations to them. The devil endeavours by sufferings and crosses to draw men to sin and to deter them from duty or unfit them for it; but, as our afflictions are in God’s hand, they are used for the trial and improvement of our graces.

You see, patience doesn't mean what you thought it meant. Most people think patience is just sitting back and letting life run over you like a freight train.

It does not mean settling for second best while someone else wins.

It does not mean standing meekly by while the devil tramps all over you. 

No, patience is a POWERFUL word. The New Testament meaning of it (as translated literally from the Greek), is: To be consistently constant or to be the same way all the time, regardless of what happens.

To understand how much power is involved in that, you have to realize that it's one of the most outstanding attributes of God Himself.

The Bible says God’s the same yesterday, today and forever. 

Malachi 3:6 Amplified "For I am the Lord, I do not change."

Heb 13:8 Amplified "Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages)."

Think about that for a minute. The one who cannot be changed by anyone or anything is an extremely powerful person, wouldn't you say?

Obviously, God has that much power. But you know what? You do too! By the power of the Holy Ghost working within you, you can be the same every day no matter what happens! If you'll put your trust in the Word of God and let patience go to work, it won't matter what happens, you still are a winner.

But you won't ever have to accept anything less than total victory again.

Now that is something to get really excited about.

Norman  

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Abiding in The Word Brings God-Type Joy!

Posted By at Wednesday, April 06, 2016

In John 17 Jesus prayed for you and for me. Part of what He prayed was:

John 17:13-14a And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word.....

Whatever Jesus said out of His mouth was pure scripture, it was the Word of God. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit as Galatians 5 says.

This joy of God comes from the Word of God. The Word of God abiding in your spirit will produce God-type joy. God-type joy is not affected by circumstances.

God-type joy cannot be over-run by the devil.

I want you to notice He said in John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Did you notice the little word 'If'? That means you choose whether or not you have the abiding Word in you. If you are not constantly re-filling yourself with that Word which produces joy, then you won't have very much of the God-type joy, not because joy is not available but because you are not diligent to put it in your heart, mind, and spirit.

Joy comes from the abiding Word. That is the reason why you need to be meditating in the Word every day. You get the Word inside of you in several ways:

  1. By mediating the Word
  2. By studying the Word
  3. By speaking the Word

Being in the Word every day gives you joy each morning when you have to face the day and whatever the devil is planning against you that day.

Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.

That God-type joy will enable you to be strong to face anything the devil may throw at you and it helps you think positively and successfully overcome his threats.

Norman