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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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This world is no friend to grace. Seeking for intimacy at any level - with God or with persons - is not a venture that gets the support of many people. Intimacy is not good for business. It is inefficient, it lacks "glamour." Eugene Peterson
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Reflection on Jeremiah 18:1-11

Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+18.1-11

Scripture
The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

Observation
The Lord tells Jeremiah to go to the house of the potter. Jeremiah goes and sees a potter working at a wheel. The vessel he is working on goes wrong so he reworks it into a different shape and purpose.

The Lord then speaks to Jeremiah and says that He is the potter shaping the nations, including Israel, to His purposes. He may declare disaster on a nation, but if that nation repents of its evil ways, He will save it. Likewise, He may plan to bless a nation, but if the nation turns to evil then He will withdraw the blessing.

He then warns Israel that He is planning judgement on the nation but there is still a chance to turn from its wicked ways.

Application
It is a sobering thought that we are clay on the Potter's wheel. We want to think that we are captains of our own destiny, but the truth is that the Lord is shaping us for His purposes.

There are few fixed points in our future. Our sin will reap its rewards, but if we repent we can avoid eternal judgement. Likewise all of our good deeds count for nothing if there is sin in our hearts. Our relationship with God, in Jesus, is the key to becoming vessels fit for use.

Only Jesus can rework our lives and reshape the vessel of our heart.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, I submit myself to you again. You are the Potter, I am the clay. Use me for your purposes. Amen
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All of you know that you are God's temple and that his Spirit lives in you.
1 Corinthians 3 CEVUK00
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But the Lord can be trusted to make you strong and protect you from harm.
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Bill Leak again nails the hypocrisy and wilful blindness of government and community leaders in this nation. No doubt there will be a twitterstorm of abuse accusing him of islamophobia
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*Reflection on Luke 14:7-14 *

Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+14.7-14

Scripture
“All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Observation
At a banquet Jesus notices that people are jockeying for the best places. He tells them that it is better to choose a lower place so that the host promotes you than to choose an honoured place and have the host move you to make space for another.

It is better to give a banquet for the poor, the crippled and the lame who cannot repay you than to only invite your friends. Jesus assures us that we will receive our reward in heaven.

Application
In a culture that relentlessly encourages self-promotion, Jesus' teaching seems crazy. Why not put yourself out there and make people take notice of you?

The pathway of humility- being realistic about ourselves and others- is actually more productive in the long term, and certainly in the Kingdom of God.

We live not for the glory of men but for the affirmation of God. At least we should live for the affirmation of God.

Is it better to have the “Well done!” of creatures of limited senses or to have our heavenly Father who created the cosmos with a word say “Great effort!”?

It is too easy to have our goals and desires shaped by sinful people. God wants us to keep our our eyes on the goal of eternity.

Prayer
Lord I understand that you are training me for an everlasting Kingdom. Please help me to set my eyes and my heart on what pleases you. Amen.
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"If You Really Love Jesus" is tomorrow's Coffee with Jesus:
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Went to the optometrist today for the first time in a few years. I was impressed by the new technology, and the staff whom I've met in their previous careers- I wasn't sure whether I was getting my car fixed, buying a prescription or ordering a pizza.

I saw a photo of my retina and scars that probably have been there from birth.

I was amused that despite all the changes, it still comes down to a man with a box of lenses saying "Is that better or worse?".

Despite the technology, they still haven't fixed the "bill shock" at the end of the session. :)
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Please listen when I pray! Have pity. Answer my prayer.
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Kind words are like honey— they cheer you up and make you feel strong.
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As a counsellor, the pastor is secularised away from being a friend in Christ into functioning as a substitute for God, which is, in effect, an act of idolatry. It is an extremely difficult process to resist, for who does not like to be treated as a god? The person who comes for counselling has the expectation that he or she, the weak one, will be helped by the strong pastor. The inferior comes to the superior. Persons look for experts to solve their problems for them so that they will not have to acquire competence to live authentically and responsibly. Eugene Peterson
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Only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge.
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  • Baulkham Hills High
    1970 - 1975
  • University of Sydney
    Chemical Engineering, 1976
  • United Theological College
    1988
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