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					Relevance in the 21st
      Century
 Disciples of Christ in Australia for
            Australians
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        Pain and Suffering
Then Jesus said to the congregation and his
followers: “The Christian preachers and
theologians are interpreters of God’s word.
The Seventh-day Adventists are a prime
example. So you should follow what they
say and write. But take no notice of what
they do because they don’t practice what
they preach!
         Pain and Suffering
They have made such a burden of
maintaining the right image that it breaks the
spirit of all but the very strong, or the very
ignorant. And they refuse to change their
ways to make it easier for people.
“Everything is dome for people to see. They
dress in the ‘right’ clothes, live at the ‘right’
addresses and drive in the ‘right’ cars.
        Pain and Suffering
 They go to church on the ‘right’ day and eat
the ‘right’ food. They make sure they get
themselves invited to places of honour and
importance, loving to be greeted in the
workplace and on television as ‘leaders’ and
‘experts’. Don’t you know that you are all
equal?
        Pain and Suffering
Remember, whoever puts himself up as
superior or ‘better’ than anyone else will be
considered the lowest in heaven and be the
‘blue-collar’ worker there, and whoever
simply works for their Father in heaven and
serves his fellows here will be put on the
highest pedestal in heaven.
        Pain and Suffering
“Pain and suffering is coming to you
Seventh-day Adventists and Christians, you
hypocrites! You have made the kingdom of
God such an exclusive place that not only
do you not want to go, you stop those who
are try from entering as well!
        Pain and Suffering
“Pain and suffering is coming to you
Seventh-day Adventists, you hypocrites!
You travel over land and sea, to the ‘white
harvest fields’, to make a single convert and
when he is converted you make twice as
bad as you are already are!
What if the Christian Church was given a
microphone with which it could address the
whole world only to realise it had nothing to
say that could be understood.
“The issue is not so much whether an
institution can survive but whether it should.
It would be better to cease to exist than
cease to matter.”
                  The Sower
Matt. 13:3 Then he told them many things in parables,
saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.
Matt. 13:4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along
the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Matt. 13:5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have
much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was
shallow.
Matt. 13:6 But when the sun came up, the plants were
scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
                 The Sower
Matt. 13:7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up
and choked the plants.
Matt. 13:8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it
produced a crop — a hundred, sixty or thirty times what
was sown.
Matt. 13:9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
Matt. 13:10 ¶ The disciples came to him and asked, “Why
do you speak to the people in parables?”
                  The Sower
 Matt. 13:11 ¶ He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of
the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to
them.
Matt. 13:12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will
have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what
he has will be taken from him.
Matt. 13:13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do
not hear or understand.
                  The Sower
Matt. 13:18 ¶ “Listen then to what the parable of the sower
means:
Matt. 13:19 When anyone hears the message about the
kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes
and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the
seed sown along the path.
Matt. 13:20 The one who received the seed that fell on
rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once
receives it with joy.
                   The Sower
Matt. 13:21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short
time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the
word, he quickly falls away.
Matt. 13:22 The one who received the seed that fell among
the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries
of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making
it unfruitful.
                  The Sower
Matt. 13:23 But the one who received the seed that fell on
good soil is the man who hears the word and understands
it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty
times what was sown.”
      Our Soil - Australians
The things that we find funny
      Our Soil - Australians
The things that we find funny
The songs that are sung and what they
celebrate
      Our Soil - Australians
The things that we find funny
The songs that are sung and what they
celebrate
The monuments that are erected and who
and why they were erected
      Our Soil - Australians
The things that we find funny
The songs that are sung and what they
celebrate
The monuments that are erected and who
and why they were erected
The heroes that are celebrated
      Our Soil - Australians
The things that we find funny
The songs that are sung and what they
celebrate
The monuments that are erected and who
and why they were erected
The heroes that are celebrated
The nature and type of sexual relations
      Our Soil - Australians
The things that we find funny
The songs that are sung and what they
celebrate
The monuments that are erected and who
and why they were erected
The heroes that are celebrated
The nature and type of sexual relations
The way that resources are dealt with
       Our Soil - Australians
The things that we find funny
The songs that are sung and what they celebrate
The monuments that are erected and who and
why they were erected
The heroes that are celebrated
The nature and type of sexual relations
The way that resources are dealt with
The way that authority, privacy and intimacy are
experienced
        Our Soil - Australians
Matt. 28:19 Therefore GO and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

				
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