“It is hard to celebrate Christ’s birth with joy when I read about Herod killing all the boy babies of Bethlehem. Can we find any beam of light shining through this horrible and senseless event?” * * * We could wish that Matthew’s Christmas story stopped with the Magi and the wondrous star, but it […]

How to Teach Children about Hell

  Republished with permission from How to teach children about hell written by Doug Barry author of What are your thoughts about talking with children about hell?   When dealing with children, it goes without saying that the topic of hell (the fate of the lost) needs to eventually come up. However, it also has […]

Guidance through the dark times

Mark 5:35-39 35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why still annoy the teacher?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid, just trust me.” 37 He allowed no one to follow him except […]

The Antidote of Life: Durable and True

The phrase ‘antidote of life’ leapt off the page,  even though it was couched in a text dealing with the fate of the unrepentant. The phrase was as a sharp point of light in the gloom. Irenaeus was quick to identify its source and substance: Jesus Christ. “But, being ignorant of Him who from the […]

ending it all

She was concerned. She knew her mother was working as a nurse at a hospital, some thirty minutes’ drive away. But her elderly retired father had not answered her calls, and she knew he was supposed to be home. She finally drove to her parents’ home. She knew something was wrong when she found the […]

Charles Spurgeon and Hell

Please hear my humility whispering through the words I’m about to write. Adopting conditionalism has altered my view of judgement passages. Before conditionalism, the concept of hell was so horrible that the details were usually left unattended in a shroud of smoke. Hell was awful and analyzing the details was inviting misery. That has changed. […]

2015 CIANZ Conference

 Click here to  register Saturday 16th May 2015 10:45 am to 3 pm Location: Quality Hotel Parnell , 10-20 Gladstone Rd , Parnell, Auckland Speaker: Jefferson Vann Topic: How to live like a Conditionalist | 2 Peter 3 Jefferson Vann and his wife Penny, are working part-time with ACCONZ and part-time with Advent Christian General Conference as global […]

Not whisked off

Isaiah 35:1-10 1 Wasteland and dry land will be glad and desert will rejoice and blossom like the crocus. 2 It will blossom lavishly, and it will greatly rejoice with rejoicing and exulting. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of Yahveh, […]

Up in smoke

Isaiah 34:6-11 v6 Yahveh has a bloody sword; it is blood filled. It is covered with bloody fat from lambs and goats, from fat of rams’ kidneys, because Yahveh has a sacrifice planned for Bozrah and a huge slaughter planned for the land of Edom. v7 And wild oxen will go down with them, and steers […]

Thrown away from your grave

Isaiah 14:16-21 16 Those who see you will gawk at you, they will gaze closely at you: ‘this is the man who made the land tremble, who caused kingdoms to shake, 17 who made a world like the desert and destroyed its cities, who would not let his prisoners return home?’ 18 All kings of […]