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Keith Bates
Works at New Life Christian Fellowship Narrabri
Attended Baulkham Hills High
Lived in Wolverhampton, UK
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As we say yes to God’s rule and reign in our lives not only do we participate in the practice of Kingdom activities (like healing, deliverance, justice and mercy), we experience the intimacy of being part of His life and His being a part of ours. Steve Stewart 
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I rode with MapMyRide! Distance: 21.18km, time: 52:09, pace: 2:28min/km, speed: 24.37km/h.
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The Gospel of the Kingdom is the declaration that God is not abandoning His creation; neither is it that He is one day going to take us away, like a great escape, from this irredeemable world and off to heaven. Instead, the message of the Kingdom of God is that there is a glorious future of restoration and fulfillment coming to all of creation. Jesus invites us to participate in the first fruits of its expression through engaging in His work – the signs of the Kingdom. Steve Stewart
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Weather forecasters have been parroting the Bureaus of Meterology's line that a storm near the Solomons could become the first ever July cyclone to form near Australia. The BoM will say anything to further the global warming causes more extreme weather meme.
 
Jo Nova lists a few July cyclones from Australia's not too distant past.
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http://bible.com/111/php.4.8.niv Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
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Reflection on Mark 6:1-13

Scripture
They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

Observation
Jesus returns to Nazareth and teaches in the synagogue. The amazement of the townspeople turns to resentment and anger. Consequently Jesus is not able to do many miracles there except to heal a few people.

Jesus then moves from village to village. He sends out the Twelve in pairs. They are not to take any extra clothes. When they go to a house they are to stay there until they leave that town.

The disciples go out and preach a gospel of repentance. They heal many sick people and drive out demons.

Application
Armed with only a partial understanding of the gospel, the disciples were effective in telling people about the kingdom. Although they were not yet filled with the Holy Spirit, they carried the authority and grace of Jesus to expel demons and heal the sick.

If they could do so much with so little, what can we do who know about the cross and resurrection, and who have been baptised in the Holy Spirit?

What is holding me back?

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Make me bold, Lord, in telling others about you and in healing the sick. I renounce all fear today in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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It was great to hear Senator Abetz come out in support of traditional marriage this morning on AM. As he said, the argument in the media has all been one way. And the interviewer did find it hard t...
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Here is a "Letter to the Editor" I've just sent to our local paper, The Courier

There is an old proverb that says "Before you pull down a fence find out why it was put there."

In the same sex "marriage" controversy, the proponents of redefining marriage have assumed that now we are all progressive and have mobile phones, we must therefore be much wiser than those who went before.

The Marriage Act specifies that " marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life." It also specifies that only certain men and women can be married: normally only those over the age of 18 can marry, and close relatives are not allowed to marry.

Those who want to change the Marriage Act to say that any two people can marry should also consider other changes that will follow.

Why limit marriage to two people? Why not three? If  three, why not four or five or twenty? After all who are we to limit who people can love?

Why should marriage be limited to people of a certain age? After all, 14 year-olds fall in love. Organisations such as the North American Man Boy Love Association would love to make an argument for reducing the age of marriage, as would several Muslim groups representing people who come from cultures where there is either no minimum age or else a very low age.

I have to confess that I love two women in addition to my wife- both of them are life long relationships. So it seems unfair to me that the law prohibits me from marrying either my mother or my daughter.

What's with the voluntary bit? You've never heard of a shotgun wedding? ISIS and Boko Haram lead the way here. Why not buy a slave/wife for $20 at the market? It would save all that awkwardness with dating. Arranged marriages could be the next big thing and are very popular in some places.

People will argue that these are ridiculous suggestions. Just 20 years ago nobody took the idea of gay "marriage" seriously. In fact gay activists said they were not interested in what they now call "marriage equality."

Others will say this is the slippery slope argument as if that makes it irrelevant. Just one week after the U.S. Supreme Court decision, a married man has applied for a marriage licence to marry another woman. It's only a matter of time before others push their own angle on this. It's not so much of a slippery slope as an invitation for everyone to push the boundaries further.

When you move that fence, it becomes really hard to re-establish the boundaries. All of the arguments used to justify  same sex "marriage" can equally be used for any other changes particular groups might want to make.

Before we rush to move the fence we might like to think about why it is there.

Why is marriage the one type of relationship that Governments regulate closely?

When we work that one out we can start thinking sensibly about who marriage is for and move past sentimental notions about romantic love.

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I am convinced that as we learn to move in the rhythm of God’s Kingdom, He takes the little that we have to offer and multiplies it. All He is looking for is a compassionate heart and willing hands. Not great gifting, not great knowledge, just enough love to step out of the familiar to where Jesus is waiting for us.  Steve Stewart
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Education
  • Baulkham Hills High
    1970 - 1975
  • University of Sydney
    Chemical Engineering, 1976
  • United Theological College
    1988
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Passionately in love with God, my family, my church
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  • New Life Christian Fellowship Narrabri
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Wolverhampton, UK - Sydney, NSW - Bellambi, NSW - Hay, NSW - Narrabri, NSW
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7 Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions
thefederalist.com

Why not believe the environmentalists on global warming? Because they have a long history of failed predictions and bogus prognostications o

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The changing face of Australian cycling road rules | Cycle Traveller
cycletraveller.com.au

Tasmania has become the latest state to adjust its road rules affecting cyclists as the country continues to slowly progress towards making

Watch Islamic State VIDEO of Pilot Being Burnt Alive with Quran Quote, J...
pamelageller.com

Unlike President Obama, King Abdullah II of Jordan did not go out and play 18 holes of golf. The Jordanian army said on Tuesday it would ave

WATCH: Atheists Want Christian Professor to Repent for This Awesome Video
www.charismanews.com

The chancellor had the audacity to share a video that showed the connection between religion and democracy, and this was the response.

New Life Christian Fellowship Narrabri - Home
www.new-life.org.au

Pastors Keith & Margaret Bates have led New Life since it was formed in 1996. They have been married for over 30 years and are passionate ab

Running from ISIS
sojo.net

I found the courage and fortitude of these displaced Iraqi Christians inspiring. Despite the hardships they faced and the daunting challenge

New Life Narrabri
newlifenarrabri.wordpress.com

Blogging about faith and life in rural Australia

xkcd: Universal Converter Box
xkcd.com

Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for

From Centrelink queue to knowing Jesus
www.biblesociety.org.au

NEWS | Madeleine Koo Sunday 3 August 2014 A Muslim man from Afghanistan asked his Christian friend: “I’ve heard that the Bible has words abo

Sea Horse -
creation.com

The sea horse's unique characteristics and mode of life defy attempts to ascribe evolutionary origins.

Girls 'escape' Boko Haram abductors in Nigeria
www.abc.net.au

Security sources say more than 60 women and girls have escaped Islamist abductors in Nigeria.

The Revenge of the Climate Reparations
wattsupwiththat.com

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Much of the current angst at the UN regarding climate has to do with the idea of "climate reparations". Thes

“To Be Honest, I’m Really Miserable” « Persecution News
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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim's Fight for Freedom against the Clenched Fists of Clan and Country. Cameron Thomas, Regional Manager for Africa. 07/03/

HardwiredGlobal.org
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Her crime? She’s a Christian in a Muslim country. She was raised a Christian and lives in America with her Christian husband. They made the

Harris's legacy in ruins as police probe fresh claims
www.abc.net.au

Rolf Harris's life and legacy are in ruins as police probe further allegations against the entertainer.

Biteman
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Bite through as many Chiellini’s as you can before the Mexican referee Marco Rodríguez catches you!

Comment: To remember a lecture better, take notes by hand
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Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class.

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