Great News Regarding the Download Archive

I’m very aware that for some people the idea of signing up to download the Podcasts has been daunting.

Even though there was no actual way to see who was downloading, or where they are in the world, I believe that it provided a barrier that should not be there that prevented people accessing the teaching in these recordings.

As a result, I have removed all requirement for anyone to have to register to download the materials. 

There is no need to Log-in or Register to Download from Open Arms Archive

All materials are provided free of charge  and may be copied to pass on to a reasonable number of friends. 

However, it would be preferable if people interested in further materials downloaded them for themselves, so that they can access the other sections of the church’s website; which will be getting a revamp in the near future.

Don’t forget, that if you have been blessed by the materials provided here, you might be led to use our Giving button to choose to partner with the ministry, or to even consider giving a one off offering.

However, above all else, remember:

“Jesus is Lord”

Listen… God is Speaking

I’ve been talking a lot lately about hearing the “Still Small Voice” of the Spirit of God and How we NEED to be led by the Holy Spirit. This short article from Bishop Randy of New Covenant Church Atlanta is concise and communicates a great lesson on just how to hear the voice of God for your own life; so that we can be a real blessing to those around us and especially our own community.

Listen… God is Speaking

In the 80’s, I was introduced to a remarkable book and teaching that forever changed my life – Prophets and Personal Prophecy by Bill Hamon. During that time in my life, I learned that God was ALWAYS speaking and that I could hear Him at any time I chose to listen. I was then hit with an equally vital revelation – I could say what God was saying, anytime. I could release the voice of God anytime God was speaking, and He was speaking all the time. When I realized this, everything changed. Now, many years later, as a member of the LGBT community, I’ve discovered that our single greatest need in this season in our community is the voice of God. Of course, we need the Presence of God equally, but right now, more than ever, we need the sound of the Voice of God in our lives and in our churches to refresh our vision, to give us new vision, to squash division, and to restore relationships and lives. We live in a very volatile time, and the release of the Voice of God is the method by which God will get His Peace into our souls no matter what is going on around us.
Today, you can tap into the Voice of God. Tapping into the Voice of God requires one thing – listening. God will always speak to you when you truly listen. When God first begins speaking, you may feel that it’s just your own thoughts or your imagination, but write it down and pray over what you see, sense, or hear.
God’s Voice doesn’t come booming from the heavens; it comes from your Spirit where the Holy Spirit dwells. He will begin speaking to you in such a way that it will sound like your own thoughts because Holy Spirit is communing with your spirit and those communications “bubble up” into your mind where your imagination, senses, and word center rests. God will show you things and speak to you in such a way that it seems that it is “just you.” Sometimes His voice will seem like a whole train of thought coming to you spontaneously, and His Voice will sometimes seem like images that come to your mind from your inner man. Knowing how to discern this will help you with so many of life’s decisions. The more familiar you become with this flow, the more the flow of His Voice will break into various life-moments bringing wisdom, comfort, direction, joy, etc.
Finally, the truest way to judge the difference between your own thoughts and God’s thoughts (as well as Satan’s thoughts), when you are listening to God, is through Scripture. If what you are hearing does not line up with the Word of God, it is not God. Here’s an example: if someone says, “God said to me that I was to leave my spouse and go be with this other person.” THAT IS NOT GOD. Don’t try to blame a lustful lapse in judgment on God by saying “God said” (see Mark 10:9). The Word of God will be the sword that divides the difference between the Mind of Christ and our own mind (the soul and the spirit). If what you are hearing doesn’t ultimately glorify Jesus, IT IS NOT GOD. If someone says, “I heard that reincarnation is real as well as multiple ways to God.” Then know that is not God (see John 14:6 and Hebrews 9:27).
Becoming skilled in hearing the Voice of God must be every believer’s goal. Knowing God’s Voice is the way we are going to fulfill God’s plans for our lives. He will guide us step-by-step when we listen.

The Welcome Light is on. Come on In, Get Refreshed. Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Need it!

If the argument regarding the ABS Marriage survey has caused you upset, or has you feeling beat up or just feeling Blah! then Open Arms Fellowship is the place you need to head to.

As our name suggests you will be welcomed with open arms no matter your opinion. All arguments  are left at the door. Because All that really matters is the relationship between you and God, even if you don’t have such a relationship yet.

Church should be your “Go To” place when you are feeling hurt, abused, marginalised and lonely. That is one of the principles that I try to convey through Open Arms Fellowship, here in Perth.

More than anything I want people to know that there is a place where they will be welcomed, loved and respected on the basis of who they are, another human being on this journey called life. David didn’t refer to it as “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” for nothing. But, one thing we do need to remember, is that the shadow of a dog cannot actually bite anyone.

In recent times here, in Australia, a social divide has evolved polarising the population along lines of support For, or Against, the extension of the Civil institution of marriage to those of the GLBTI community.

The saddest thing about this melee, is that it has created the image of ‘The church’ against the rest of the world. This is, quite frankly, not a good look. Once the dust has settled on this battlefield, it will take some time for the institution that calls itself “The Church” to recover.

Most people know, or have at the least heard of John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This haas been the basis of many Evangelist’s sermon throughout the years.

But, sadly, for many, that’s where they have stopped. But John 3:17 follows on from there: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Yes you read that correctly: God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world”. If this is the case, then why has the greatest focus of the church been on their definition of what is and is not sin? That’s just one of the questions I like people to contemplate.

Too often there is a focus on the things that need to change before God will accept someone. Or, that they will be welcomed, as a member of this or that ‘church’ group.

In my experience God is only too happy to receive us ‘warts and all’ so that he can lavish his Love and Grace upon us as he leads us into a full and intimate relationship with himself. He did so with me.

We meet every Sunday at the UCIC hall on the first floor, 97 William St Perth, diagonally opposite the Murray St Railway station entrance. We start at 6pm and “Everyone Is Welcome”.

 

The Welcome Light is on. Come on In, Get Refreshed. Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Need it!

 

 

Resurrection Sunday

Christ is Risen

He is Risen Indeed

 

Come join us to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The event that has shaped the world as we know it today. Our resurrection service will start at 6.00pm Level 1 Meeting Hall UCIC building 97 William St Perth 6000.

Find out about the whole purpose of his Life, Death, Resurrection and Ascension and its ability to change your life.

Open Arms Fellowship: Church for all of those who’ve been told they don’t belong in church!

Maintaining the Blood Line: Keeping the Enemy Out

The Blood Line is that line in the sand; that hedge around you; the force field, if you want to think of it in those terms; that the blood of Jesus has established protecting every believer from the enemy’s attack. However, if you don’t know it’s there, or your role in both maintaining it and defending it you will be exposed to attack after attack by the destroyer who wants nothing more than to maintain your ignorance.

For a lack of knowledge the people of God perish (Hosea 4:6).

I believe that this one truth, regarding the power of the blood of Christ and our right to call upon that power has robbed many Christians and their families of the joy, peace and the prosperity that God has wanted to make available to them and even worse, it is probably the reason many Christians have gone home to be with the Lord early. How can you draw upon any resource that is available to you unless you have been told, or been made aware that it exists in the first place.

The Blood Line here is tied in with the protection provided, by God to his children, Israel, in captivity in Egypt and the command that God gave to Moses regarding the Passover. The protection provided by the blood of the lamb, in willing obedience to the command given and the Faith to be prepared to depart, as instructed is a type of the amazing level of protection that Christ’s own blood, as the final sacrifice, has been made available to all those who will call upon the power of that blood, in faith, today.

You will have the opportunity to take holy communion with us at the end of this message, so you might like to have a cup of juice and some bread gathered and ready before listening. The same anointing that was present in the room when this was recorded is available to you as you listen to the message here. I believe that it will prove to be a great blessing to you. 

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AUDIO: Maintaining the Blood Line

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Our New Regular Meeting Place

Well, after the wonderful reception we have received from the people at UCIC in the heart of the city, as well as some further enquiries; it would appear we have a new home base for a time.

We will, until further notice, be using the lovely hall at the Uniting Church In the City at 97 William St Perth.

The place is easy to find when you get to the corner of Murray St and William St. Diagonally opposite the underground railway station look for 97 William St. Go through the automatic doors, into the Atrium and up one Floor, by lift or stairs.

Praise God for his wonderful provision.

Let’s get the word out there and let’s let God demonstrate what he can do in the city of Perth.

******URGENT URGENT VENUE FOR SUNDAY 22 & 29 January 5,12 & 19 February******

As has been mentioned at meetings recently The City of Perth has decided to use the Piazza for its own purposes over the next 5 weeks. This is for The celebrations of Chinese New Year and for use as a Fringe Festival Venue.

God has provided a wonderful venue in the Heart of the City for the interim.

As you probably know Open Arms Fellowship is an Independent GLBTIQ Affirming and Welcoming FAMILY Church, open to everyone; which means we are not aligned to any denomination. The exciting thing is that in our time of need our sister church in the city has welcomed us and made available a magnificent venue for our meetings, so that there be no break in our ability to meet as a church family.

The Uniting Church In the City UCIC has kindly provided access to their Centre Meeting hall and the directions are as follows:

The UCIC building is located on the corner of Murray St and William St diagonally opposite the entrance to the underground railway station on the Murray St Mall.

The entrance is located at 97 William St 

Entrance

As you approach the doors they will automatically open. There is no need to pull on the doors and doing so may cause damage. They are wide enough for wheel chairs and make the building accessible.

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As you exit the lift turn left an you will see the entrance to the meeting place straight ahead, the door will be open for you to enter:

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Please feel free to bring as many people as you can as this is quite a large venue.

If you’ve ever thought about coming along at some time in the past, this is a great time to do so.

We extend a great big THANK YOU to our Brothers and Sisters at UCIC for their generosity and hospitality in our time of need.

Either way, we rejoice because God has greatly provided for our needs as he promised he would.

Praise God, Amen!