Jun 12, 05:32
This is worth viewing, worth posting and worth forwarding. https://youtu.be/U49nOBFv508
Jun 10, 23:40
Ready to begin a series on the book of Acts, ready to discover God's heart fort the church. A heart of salvation, restoration. A heart of relationship and healing.
Jun 08, 04:17
Heading home after an informative session with ASQA
Jun 07, 15:02
Finally arrived in Brisbane the flight was held up in sydney for more than an hour, still I am here and safe at Rydges on Southbank ready for tomorrow
Jun 07, 14:53
Jun 07, 06:46
I am on my way to Brisbane for a 4 hour ASQA seminar. If it were not so important there is no way I would be going, but thank God for frequent flyer points. $58.00 return Sydney to Brisbane. God is good.
Jun 06, 09:13
Jun 03, 06:35
Yes! and Amen! In his 17th century book The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan describes the adventures of Christian and Hopeful, who were pilgrims journeying toward the Celestial City. On one occasion, says Bunyan, they foolishly took an apparently easy bypath, and were captured by Giant Despair, who dragged them to Doubting Castle, bound them with chains, and threw them into a deep and foul dungeon. There they bravely defied the giant, so he denied them food and drink and savagely beat them with a heavy club. Near to death, and all but ready to yield to Despair, Christian suddenly remembered that he had a key in his pocket, a key called Promise, which he had been told could open any prison door! He berated himself for not remembering the key sooner, but then used it to unlock the door, so that he and Hopeful escaped from Doubting Castle. We, too, when we find ourselves prisoners of despair, chained in a dungeon of doubt, have the same key – the promise of God, which can open any cage and carry us to happy triumph in Christ! No matter how many promises God has made, they are all “Yes” to us in Christ. But then, in him we must boldly speak the “Amen”, so that God may gain glory through us. (2 Corinthians 1:20) Those promises are too many to count. But no matter how many there are, Christ has affirmed every one of them for each believer! And they encompass every imaginable need! – Spiritual; Temporal; Eternal. And if you are disposed to doubt any of the promises, or that you are entitled to claim them for yourself, then, hear it again: Christ at Calvary, and by his resurrection, has said “Yes!” to all of them on your behalf – “No matter how many promises God has made, they are all ‘YES’ to us in Christ.” Yet still nothing will happen until, responding to the “Yes!” spoken by Christ, we boldly speak our own “Amen!” Let me suggest what that means – Open Your Ears to Hear the Promise of God No Christian can be stronger in spiritual power than he or she is in the Word of God ̶ nor richer in life nor more joyful in the Lord nor closer in fellowship with God nor more prosperous in daily affairs. There is simply no substitute for reading your Bible regularly, every day if you can, from cover to cover, over, and over, and over again. Only in scripture will you see the face of God truly mirrored, and hear the voice of God truly speaking. Open Your Eyes to See the Promise of God One of the more prevalent faults among Christians is a poverty of spiritual vision. We are so much engrossed by the natural dimension that we have lost the capacity to see clearly into the spiritual realm. We are like Hagar, who could not see the water that was near her, until God opened her eyes and showed her the well. (Genesis 21:14-19) We should instead be like Zechariah, of whom we are told four times that he “lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw!” (1:18; 2:1; 5:1; 6:1) Indeed, Paul urges us to “look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Co 4:18) And there is no surer way to see the invisible than through the pages of scripture. Open Your Mind to Receive the Promise of God Jesus rebuked his disciples because they were hard of heart and slow to believe the promises of God. (Luke 24:25) Thus we are challenged to pray over, and around, and through the Word of God, until nothing seems so tangible as that Word, until beside it, all else seems insignificant and insubstantial – We never stop praying for you … for we are always asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through every kind of spiritual wisdom and insight, so that you will live the kind of lives that prove you belong to the Lord. … We also keep on asking him to strengthen you by his glorious might with all the power you need!” (Colossians 1:9-11) Open Your Mouth to Speak the Promise of God Every promise of God is certainly ours, as God's gift to us in Christ, but we must nonetheless rise up in faith and boldly pronounce the "AMEN!" This means much more than merely mouthing the promise, in some ritualistic or formulaic way; it is more than just repeating the two syllables “A-men” at the end of a prayer. Note that Paul used here the Greek expression, “THE Amen”. It conveys the idea of a solemn, deliberate, emphatic affirmation – not a prayer spoken carelessly and concluded indifferently, but a firm and sure decision. A prayer offered strongly; one that is brought to an end with a meaningful “AMEN!” So then, SEE, HEAR, BELIEVE, and SPEAK the wonderful Promise of God! It will stifle despair, unlock shackles, and open the way to rich liberty in Christ. You will then prove the truth of the apostle’s splendid declaration – No matter how many promises God has made, they are all “Yes” to us in Christ, so long as, in him, we boldly speak the “Amen”, so that God may gain glory through us. http://www.visioncolleges.edu.au/study-options/recognised-studies/index.html
May 31, 01:23
May 25, 04:55
It ia always good to see that we are making a difference somewhere as Christians. We can and do lose sight of the fact that our collective voice matters as we seem to be drowned out by the noise of the world and the opposition. The Christian Federation sent me this list of achievements, plenty, indeed an abundance to rejoice over Be encouraged... there's a growing synergy between champions of the Gospel who are making strategic and effective input into Australian politics and culture for righteousness' sake. Like never before, its time to stand together as one body with the one head, the Lord Jesus Christ. It's our responsibility to become a fighting force that defends righteousness across our nation. Together gospel champions across the nation have contributed magnificently in achieving the following 10 outstanding results in maintaining national integrity under Christ: 2015 Canberra Ecclesia intervention for Marriage: 10-12 Aug 2016 Chinese Christian activism in Sydney and Melbourne 2016 Federal Government defunded safe schools from end 16/17 FY 2016 Euthanasia Bill defeated in SA on 17 Nov 2016 Religious Exceptions Bill defeated in Vic on 6 Dec 2016 Birth Certificate Bill defeated in Vic on 6 Dec 2017 Abortion Bill defeated in QLD on 27 Feb 2017 (un)Safe Schools ends in NSW on 17 April from end FY 2017 (un)Safe Schools ends in TAS on 18 April from end FY 2017 Abortion Bill defeated in NSW on 11 May. So every time you write a letter to a Parliamentarian, visit a local member, add your name to a petition or join a rally you are part of a winning team that's making a huge difference for good. Please accept our thanks for your pro-active participation in implementing "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven". Please forward this email to your family, friends and colleagues and let's grow Christian Federation as a growing network of followers of Christ who are standing up for righteousness in our nation. http://firstname.lastname@example.org
May 24, 08:03
There are currently 9 students in NSW studying "Ministry of the Holy Spirit" from the "Doctrine" stream. During one of his missionary trips the Apostle Paul questioned a group of believers about the Holy Spirit. He asked if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. Their answer was, "We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost" (Acts 19:2). Paul shared the message of the ministry of the Holy Spirit with these Christians (Acts 19). Today it is equally important that believers understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God promised: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh... (Acts 2:17) The fact that God is willing at this time to pour out His Spirit upon us makes this study important. We must understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit in order to be part of this special revelation of the power of God. The study of the Holy Spirit is one of the major doctrines of the Bible. A doctrine is all the teachings which relate to a particular subject. Paul said: ...give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. (I Timothy 4:13) It is not through the natural powers of man that God moves in our world. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord. (Zechariah 4:6) This course examines the nature and personality of the Holy Spirit. It discusses the titles given the Holy Spirit and emblems which represent Him. Both reveal much about His ministry. The purposes, gifts, and fruit of the Holy Spirit are examined in detail. Practical guidelines are given for experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit, identifying spiritual gifts, and developing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
May 24, 08:00
We also have students in Qld, Vic and WA who are completing "Practical Units". These practical units include: Assist in Ministry Support Community Resources Chaplaincy - Respond Holistically to client issues.
May 24, 07:57
A NSW student is studying "Building the Church God Wants" from the "Church Studies" stream. Perhaps no myth is so prevalent in the church as the idea that the ministry is a difficult profession, wearying to the soul and exhausting to the body. That is not how Jesus saw it. He called his yoke comfortable, and his burden light! The operative word is no doubt "his". The yoke that is easy is "his". The burden that is light is "his". There is nothing in the work Christ gives a pastor to do that could ravage him or her emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. The things that destroy us do not come from the Lord’s appointment; they arise from the cargoes we either pack ourselves or allow others to stow on us. When we do what God has called us to do, we have full access to his enabling grace and strength. When we take up extraneous burdens, we are on our own. To carry those loads, we have nothing more to draw upon than personal wisdom and ability. People who labour with such scant resources will surely find their work toilsome, sapping their vitality, wrecking their health, deadening their spirits. Of course, the gospel does demand from its workers extraordinary sacrifices. The Master’s service can bring nakedness, cold, hunger, violence, even death. Yet those sufferings are external to Christian ministry. They are a price we are willing to pay to glorify the name of our God. They may hurt us, but the gospel cannot, for in the task of God itself there is nothing to ulcerate a man’s stomach. Preaching Christ cannot block your arteries, or shatter your nerves, or bankrupt your finances! Those disasters are the consequences of things we do outside the divine purpose, carrying burdens God never gave us.
May 24, 07:55
A Qld student is studying a course "Provide Ethical & Pastoral Care" within Chaplaincy from the "Counselling" stream.
May 24, 07:51
A student in WA is studying "Knowing God's Voice" from the "Doctrine" stream. "What is God's will for me?" This question is perhaps the one most often asked by believers. It is also a question that frequently confronts Christian leaders as men and women turn to them for guidance in decision-making. In everyday situations of life, believers are constantly making choices that determine whether or not they will do the perfect will of God. It is essential to know God's voice, understand His will, and make right decisions each day. It is important because each minor decision affects the finding of God's will for a lifetime. Man must make choices in relationship to God's will. God instituted this plan when Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden (Genesis l-3). God's will for Adam and Eve was to name the animals, tend the Garden, have companionship with each other, and reproduce to populate the earth. Most important, they were to maintain intimate fellowship with God. Adam and Eve were also warned about what was not God's will. They were forbidden to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Including the story of Adam and Eve, the entire Bible is a history of decisions that individuals and nations made in relation to God's will. You can learn from both the successes and failures of these men and women. One of the most exciting revelations in the Bible is that God has a definite plan for every individual for this life and eternity. In order to fulfill these plans you must come to know God's voice. You must learn how He has communicated in times past and how He speaks today. This course explains how God speaks to man and how to find God's will for your life. Guidelines are given on knowing the voice of God and determining His will. The pattern of God's will and Scriptural examples of how God reveals His will are discussed. A Scriptural model for decision-making is explained. Guidelines are presented on overcoming wrong decisions, what to do if you have missed the will of God, and handling questionable practices. Six stages of revelation of a plan of God are also identified. The curriculum focuses on what Jesus taught to equip men and women to reach their world with the Gospel. One of the great truths He revealed was that God does speak to men: I am the good shepherd and know my sheep, and am known of mine. . ..And other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd. . . My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:14,16,27) God has a plan for intimate relationship with mankind. Man is known by God and can know Him personally. You can know the voice of God!
May 24, 07:44
A Victorian student is studying "God's Provision for Healing" from the "Doctrine" stream. This powerful teaching on healing lays a solid Word foundation which releases the faith of the students to receive their own healing, walk in health, and boldly minister healing to others. Many will be healed as this revelation comes alive in their spirits. According to the book of Mark, Jesus' final words of instructions before leaving this earth were, “they shall lay their hand on the sick and they shall recover.” This book gives practical instructions on how to minister healing to the sick. We suggest that before teaching this course, you watch or listen to the video or audio tapes on this series, and read the books that are listed as Suggested Reading. The more you saturate yourself with the truths of God's Word concerning healing, the more these truths will move from your mind into your spirit. This manual will then provide the outline for you to use as you impart these truths to others. Personal life illustrations are a must for effective teaching. The authors have omitted these from this work so that the teacher can provide illustrations from his or her own rich experiences, or from those of others to which the students will be able to relate. It should always be remembered that it's the Holy Spirit who has come to teach us all things, and that when we are studying, or when we are teaching, we should always be empowered and led by the Holy Spirit. This study is excellent for personal or group studies, Bible schools, Sunday schools and home groups. It's important that the teacher and the student have copies of this manual during the course of the study. The best books are written in, underlined, meditated upon and digested. We have left space for your notes and comments. The format has been designed with a fast reference system for review and to assist you in locating topics. The special format makes it possible for each person, once they have studied through this material, to teach the contents to others. Paul wrote to Timothy, And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2b This course is designed as a practical participation Bible course in the MINDS (Ministry Development System) format which is a specially developed approach to programmed learning. This concept is designed for multiplication in the lives, the ministry, and the future teaching of the students. Former students, by using this manual, can teach this course easily to others.
May 24, 07:41
A NSW student is studying "Patterns of Destruction" from the "Counselling" stream. Introduction: The Family Violent It was 1984 when my former associate and I first began working as counselors with the Domestic Violence and Youth Diversion programs of the San Diego City Police Department. I never thought that much of my focus in therapy over the next few years would be with victims of family abuse, either past or present. My leading in that direction should not have seemed such a surprise. We had long been desirous of developing our counseling ministry with specializations in what seemed to be the most needed fields of concern: dysfunctional families, adult children of alcoholics, adults molested as children, etc. These kinds of individual and family problems had for some time been on a steady increase. Yet, my personal interest stemmed from my own family background, since my family of origin was intensely dysfunctional and frequently disruptive. This is not necessarily the best reason to develop a counseling practice or ministry, but the combination of the exercise of personal demons and clinical training has been highly therapeutic for many, including me. My hope is that my knowledge and experience will be expressed in wisdom for those who suffer and for clinicians and pastors who desire to be "wounded healers." How to Use this Book and the Study Guide First, this manuscript is written for those preparing themselves for effective counseling ministry in this growing arena of concern. This manuscript was meant to be used with the study guide and teaching/seminar tapes provided for students matriculating in University or Bible College programs. The focus is to first present the various facts and figures related to family violence, and then to provide various plans of intervention for families caught in the web of violence. Secondly, in the section on victims and victimizers, the dynamics of abuse in various areas is fully detailed. Finally, the section on treatment and recovery details the process of change. The strategies presented are tested over time, and useful for most people, perpetrators and victims alike. When combined with God's power and good clinical wisdom, positive and permanent results glorifying to the Lord will be the result. It is my hope that the reader will grow as he/she processes through the material.
May 24, 07:37
A Qld student is studying "Spiritual Warfare II" from the "Christian Life" stream. Part II of this study builds on the principles and foundations set out in Spiritual Warfare Part I.... There is a great war being waged in the world today. It is not a conflict between nations, tribes, or government leaders. It is not a rebellion or coup. It is an important invisible battle taking place in the spirit world. The Bible states that God's people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). One of the main areas in which believers are being defeated due to lack of knowledge is in spiritual warfare. The early Church viewed their spiritual experience in terms of warfare. Military terminology is used throughout the New Testament. Protection was seen in the armor of God. The Word of God was compared to a sword. Satan's attacks were called fiery darts. Faith was the "good fight" and believers were told to "war a good warfare." The early Church knew they were engaged in an intense spiritual struggle. The same spiritual battle continues today but instead of fighting the enemy, believers are often building great church buildings, producing musical dramas, holding fellowship meetings, and fighting one another while this great spiritual battle wages around them. Satan has even intensified his attacks against a church that has withdrawn from the front lines of battle. As the end of time approaches it is even more important for believers to understand spiritual warfare than in the early days of church history. The Apostle Paul warned: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (II Timothy 3:1) In order to be properly prepared for these perilous times, renewed emphasis must be placed on the strategies of spiritual warfare. The Christian life is war. The sooner we recognize and prepare for it, the sooner we will experience victory. Luke 14:31 says, "What king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?" No king ever entered into a battle without a careful examination of his resources and development of battle strategies. In essence, that is what we are doing in this course. We are making a careful evaluation of the strategy, weapons, and power available to us to win the war against our enemy, Satan.
May 24, 07:34
A student in WA is studying "Developing a Biblical Worldview" from the "Missions" stream. Many people have a limited view of the world. They are concerned only about their own village, city, or nation. They do not recognize that the area where they live is only a small part of a great planet called “earth.” They do not know about the special plan of God that includes the entire world, people of all races, cultures, and languages. The first Chapter of this book introduces the world in which we live. It starts at the beginning of time to explain the creation of the world and of man who inhabits it. Chapter Two continues this introduction as it explains how the world was divided into nations and languages. In every culture there are different beliefs about the creation of the world. The true story of the creation of the world is recorded in the Bible. Genesis 1:1 summarizes the entire first chapter: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) The God of whom this verse speaks is the one true God. The Bible is the written record of the acts and words of God. When we speak of developing a “Biblical world view”, it means we base our understanding of the world on what is revealed by God in His written Word, the Bible.
May 24, 07:31
Students in Tasmania are studying "When the Trumpet Sounds" from the "Doctrine" stream. During his ministry in Palestine the Lord Jesus Christ often spoke of his going back to heaven and then of his coming again to earth. He said – In my Father’s house are many mansions. If this were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also (Jn 14:1-3, KJV). Notice how Jesus placed the proof of his return on the fact of his resurrection and ascension. He said, “If I go ... I will come again.” Did he go? Then he will come again! The resurrection of Christ is one of the most well attested facts in all history. But quite apart from historical evidence, the doctrine itself is one of the strongest arguments for its truth. Here is a doctrine completely foreign to every other trend of religious teaching. How can anyone explain its existence apart from its truth? All the great religious leaders of the world – Buddha, Mahomet, Confucius – were deeply venerated by their followers. Tremendous pains were taken to preserve the mortal remains of these famed leaders. There are magnificent temples in India which enshrine one of the Buddha’s teeth. The same human characteristic can be seen in the Orthodox and Catholic bodies of Christendom. How greatly people honour the relics of the saints – they revere all manner of robes, statues, and ancient articles. This world-wide and prolific testimony to the ordinary trend of human nature leaves no doubt at all that, had it been possible to do the same with the body of Jesus, it too would have been preserved and venerated. But there are no relics of Jesus. His tomb was empty on resurrection morning! If Jesus, therefore, was true in prophesying his death and resurrection, he must have been true also in prophesying his return to the earth in power and glory, for it is hardly likely that he would be correct in the first prediction but wrong in the second. The marvel of his return is not greater than the marvel of his victory over death
May 24, 07:30
Students beginning studies often start with "Dynamic Christian Foundations". We currently have students in NSW, VIC and Africa studying "Dynamic Christian Foundations" from the "Foundational Studies" stream. The series of books which comprise Dynamic Christian Foundations have been written as a beginner’s manual for those who have never studied God's word and need something to start them on their way. It may be undertaken as simply a foundation course and will attract its own certificate or it may be used as the first part of your studies toward your certificate or diploma. All nine subjects are downloaded in a single file and form the course, "Dynamic Christian Foundations". The topics in Dynamic Christian Foundations are: The Way of Salvation Jesus the Healer The Power of Pentecost Today Signs Wonders and Gifts Law and Grace How to Pray Successfully The Amazing Power of Faith Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper Christ is Coming
|Electronic subjects from||$65.00|
|Hard copy distance education (by mail)||$95.00|
|Accredited Studies Cert III||$175|
|Cert IV to Advanced Diploma||$250.00|
|Religious Exempt Bachelors||$175.00|
|Grad Certificate and Diploma||$350.000|
Dr Ken Chant shares his vision of ministry training