Author: Pastor Graham

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 

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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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When you enter the Foyer this is what you will see:

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Continue making your way through and allow the doors to open for you. AS you can see through these glass doors there is a lift facing you as you enter the Atrium:
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Take the lift to the first floor.

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:

Entrance to meeting

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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!

 

He Is Wonderful – Christmas 2016

Yeshua Ha’Mashiach


For a child is born to us,

a son is given to us;
dominion will rest on his shoulders,
and he will be given the name
Pele-Yo’etz El Gibbor
Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom
[Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God,
Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace],
in order to extend the dominion
and perpetuate the peace
of the throne and kingdom of David,
to secure it and sustain it
through justice and righteousness
henceforth and forever.
The zeal of ADONAI-Tzva’ot
will accomplish this.
 Adonai sent a word to Ya’akov,
and it has fallen on Isra’el.

Isaiah 9:5-7 Complete Jewish Bible

He was remarkable in his Birth.

He was remarkable in his Life.

He was remarkable in his Death.

Remarkable in his Resurrection.

He Will be remarkable in his return for both the Living and the Dead.

Yeshua Ha Mashiach, we know him in the Anglicised form as Jesus, the Anointed one. The prophecy of Yesha’yahu, we know him as the prophet Esaias, or Isaiah, is full of the promises of God to and about the future of Israel and Jerusalem, in particular. The

Isaiah provides the most detailed prophecies about the Birth, Life, Ministry Death and the Resurrection of Jesus, of all of the prophets; both major and minor,  in the Old Testament. If you’ve been anywhere near a traditional church for the vigil of both Christmas and Easter, you will have encountered, at the very least excerpts from “Messiah”, by G F Handel; in particular, we are considering the movement “For Unto Us a Child is Born”, today. Like so many parts of the bible, that have been set to music, our familiarity with the tune and even the lyric, has driven the neglect of what is actually contained within those verses. Reading is good, listening is good, writing is good, but study and meditation is even better when combined with each, if not all three, of these.

Why did Jesus come as a child? surely if God had simply stepped down from Heaven and taken charge of things we would have stood to attention and moved forwards quickly and completely to the resolution. Why could he not just wave his hand over all the sick and have them made well? Why, oh why did he have to die and if he did what is the resurrection all about? Surely, once raised from the dead it would have been ideal for him to present himself to the regular and legal authorities of the day and take over; surely it was a bit of a waste rising and then just ascending; leaving a rag-tag bag of uneducated men and women to carry out the mission with the ‘promise’ that he would one day return after all the work was done; isn’t that just grandstanding on a large scale?

If any, or even if all of these questions have gone through your mind at some stage, don’t be concerned. Everyone who is seriously seeking and genuinely looking for God has gone through these and even more questions over their journey. Yes, they are all good questions and I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not going to deal with all of them right now. For a start, you don’t have the time to do them justice, right away and equally, it would take more than a few hundred words to deal with them effectively. Suffice to say, I will deal with the most pressing right now. Why as a child?

The question of Why God came to us as a child is to do with the topic of Incarnation; God in human form. The story of humanity’s origin provides insight into why this was so essential.

Because a man was the reason for the Fall and thereby the cause of spiritual death upon ALL humanity, it was necessary for a man to rectify the imbalance. God couldn’t go back on his own word and just take back the Earth; God and his word are synonymous; to do so would have been self-annihilating. He’d given the full authority over all of the works of his hands to Adam and in bowing his knee to Satan Adam committed High treason; turning that authority over to Satan. That is why Paul writing about Satan refers to him as “the god of this world system”. He never refers to him as God; but, recognises the degree to which Adam’s authority extended. Have you never wondered why in Job chapter 1 we find Satan before the throne of God accusing God of unjustly protecting Job? Or, why we are told that the Accuser of the brethren is eventually able to be cast down from the throne-room of God?

God prophesies to Satan just exactly How his downfall will occour. But, he doesn’t give him the timeframe. It took millennia for the incarnation to be possible and the Old Testament reveals the process required to enable God to re-enter this world legitimately and legally, as a man. In Galatians, we are reminded that He lay aside ALL of the attributes and Qualities and Abilities that made him God to come in the LIKENESS (not as but, in the same image) of sinful flesh. Jesus, Yeshua Ha Meshiach, The anointed one and the anointing working together to fulfil ALL that the law required. It is also the reason that he is referred to as “The Last Adam” because he was just like Adam was before the Fall a man with a sin nature could not fulfil every aspect of the law; only a sinless man could do that and that is the reason the law was written the way it was; to expose the sin nature of humanity without God. Jesus operated AS A MAN ANOINTED WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WITH POWER, NOT as God. That is why he is our model, once we are born again, of how we can operate, once anointed with Holy Spirit Living within us, to enable us and UPON us to share the Love of God with those, around us, without him.

As a sinless man, he died a sinner’s death, unjustly

As a Sinless man he was dragged into Hell, because he had taken upon himself (by choice) all of our sinfulness and the accumulation of all of our sin (past, present and future) thereby appearing to be sin in such a fashion that even the Father could not look upon him, his own sinless spirit was crushed deep within that crusty shell made up of the sin of humanity, so much so that even satan himself was unaware of the sinless manhe was having dragged into the very bowels of Hell itself, unjustly.

As a Sinless man he was raised from the dead and pronounced Just by the Father and Ascending to Heaven regained ALL the authority and power that he had layed aside and then gave it to Us to use in his stead until he comes again.

His return will also be spectacular.

But, until then, we are called to make disciples of All nations. We are commanded to lay hands on the Sick, to Cast out the Devil wherever we find him and to be a demonstration of the Kingdom and the power and the authority of God on this Earth in the same way Adam was supposed to, in the first place.

The difference is that NOW we have an advocate with the Father who, having the form of a man, has been tested in ALL WAYS as we are daily, without sinning. So that if we do sin we can go before the father, confess our sins and be fully restored once again.

Before the resurrection, from the dead and his ascension, we had sin on our minds all of the time.

Now, we are told to look to his rightstanding with God as our own, as a breastplate even; to maintain that rightstanding and consider ourselves dead to sin; not to beat ourselves up if we do sin, but to deal with it immediately and move on towards our goal and our high calling. That takes Faith. That takes faith that can only grow if it is challenged; each challenge should be seen as just that; not as an end, but as a chance to grow and develop.

That doesn’t mean we go out of our way to seek, or commit sin. But, we are to meet it head on and if we are unable to shake off the burden; then we confess our faults to one another and get the power of agreement in on the case.

This is the Link to the Audio Message from Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016.

He Is Wonderful

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AUDIO: He Is Wonderful

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Peace In The Midst Of The Storm – Audio

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This is the Link to the Message from Sunday, November 13, 2016. Rather than delay, providing a link only with the written article, this is the recorded Audio, freely available at this time.

The Storms of Life Come – Are YOU in Peace?

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AUDIO: Peace In The Midst Of The Storm

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Therefore Choose Life – AUDIO

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“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it.
See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil. [If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which] I command you today, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land into which you go to possess… I declare to you today that you shall surely perish, and you shall not live long in the land which you pass over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”
Deuteronomy 30:14-16; 19 AMPC

This is the Link to the Message from Sunday, November 6, 2016. Rather than delay, providing a link only with the written article, this is the recorded Audio, freely available at this time.

The Choice is Yours:LIFE or DEATH Which do you choose?

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AUDIO: Therefore Choose Life

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Who Do You Say That I Am? Audio

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This is the Link to the Message from Sunday October 30 2016. Rather than delay in providing a link with the written article, this is the recorded Audio Only, that is available at this time. Please take the time to Ask yourself this important question:

Who Do You Say That I Am?

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Audio: Who Do You Say That I Am?

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