A Guide To The POS Podcast

We have had numerous people mention to us over the past few months that they have had issues finding and navigating our podcast. I have tried to answer all of the questions as well as show you some of the cool “hidden” features in the POS Podcast. You will learn how to listen and watch sermons on our website, subscribe and download sermons through iTunes, and navigate our podcast website on sermon.net. Hope this is helpful and please feel free to post any further questions you may have.

A New Decade

At the beginning of this year Pastor Stan preached a sermon entitled, “What To Take Into The New Decade.” It was a inspiring message about the future of the church and was preached with great passion (you can watch the entire message on our podcast). The following clip deals with the attitude and doctrine that the church must proclaim in this new decade. Pastor Stan highlights the birth of the church in Acts 2 and the founding of the church in Sydney to proclaim that the Gospel preached then will continue to be preached in this hour! We hope that this video blesses and inspires you in your walk with God.

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

While listening to Pastor preach an incredible message on this topic (you can listen to it here), I began to ponder the issue. There is no greater question facing our world, especially the South Pacific region, during the first few months of 2011. I have come to the conclusion that I believe we are asking the wrong question. The question should not be “Why do bad things happen to good people?” but rather “Why do we think bad things shouldn’t happen to good people?”

I believe this is a fair question. Why do we believe that, because we are good, nothing bad should happen to us? I’m not going to sit here and just dismiss the tragedies that have occurred but I think I want to get to the heart of the issue. I feel that as a generation we have an entitlement problem. We expect good things to happen to us solely because we do good things. At no time in human history has this topic been as hotly debated as during this generation. Atheists declare that because bad things happen (ie evil) the God of the Bible cannot exist. How could an all powerful, ever loving and perfectly good God allow evil? Of course an easily spoken, not so easy to accept, answer to that question is that God must have a good reason for allowing evil to exist (ie Free Will). But diving into that debate is not the purpose of this post. I want to explore the motive behind the question.

All throughout the Bible, and history as a whole, bad things have been happening to good people. Abel was murdered by Cain. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. David was chased by Saul for many years. Daniel was put in the lion’s den. John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod. The Apostles and the Disciples were martyred. And Jesus Christ, God Himself, was crucified. Now pause for a second and look at that list. If anybody didn’t deserve bad things to happen to them it was these men. So why, after reading through this Bible, do Christians still question bad things happening to good people? And why do Atheist believe that this is a valid question to ask a religion with a history such as the Christian faith?

Bad things happen to good people because bad things happen to people. It doesn’t matter if you are good or bad. Listen to what Jesus said during his ministry:

But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. (Matthew 5:44-45 NLT)

That basically means good things sometimes happen to bad people and bad things sometimes happen to good people. That is just a thing we call life, in this fallen world. What gives us hope is that our Saviour endured this grand injustice. The perfect man experienced the perfect evil. He who only did good was hung naked on a tree. Why? Not only to identify with our pain, but ultimately to right this horrible wrong. Peter writes this in his first book:

Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:17-18 NLT)

That is why we have hope! Jesus has made a way! Because He died I can now live. Because He rose again I can now spend Eternity with Him. When bad things happen to good people we sense the imperfections of this world and we look to the day when we will be brought Home.

 

This is a blog post from Greg Hackathorn, the Administrator of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Called

There is no greater time, no greater need in 2011 than for you and me to embrace the fact that we have been called for such a time as today!  Not tomorrow, next week, next month or next year.  My time is now.  Your time is now.

Just take a look around you at the many people who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, who are waiting for someone to give them hope…who are waiting to discover that God loves them unconditionally.

As we are now already six months into 2011, I wonder where we are at and if we have embraced the truth that I am called for such a time as right now!

I am sure if we sat down together, each one of us could tell of the highs and lows of the past six months; of times when we knew we had pleased God and other times when we had let Him down.

I am sure that there will be those who are discouraged about their purpose in this life.

Let me share two verses of Scripture with you….

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” (Micah 7:8)

And…

“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

Regardless of where I find myself today, even if I am sitting in darkness, the Lord has promised that He will be my light.  He knows me and He knows you!  When we put our lives in His hands and yield to His will, everything that comes in or out of our life, He knows about!  Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in my life that God doesn’t know about or allow.

Be encouraged…you are called!

 

This is a blog post from Jena Grech, the Assistant Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney and the President of National Women’s Ministries of the UPCA.