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Online Magazine, Edition 1

October/November 2004

Welcome to the First Edition of the Online Magazine of the Thornleigh Seventh-day Adventist Church!



by Norman Tew

The Pilot edition of the Online Magazine was posted here many months ago.  Now we are at last ready to go with the first regular edition.  As stated in the pilot edition "It is intended that the Thornleigh Church's Online Magazine will become a monthly website feature".  Whether this will work out only time will tell.

But why are we doing this? As Christians we believe we have found a better way of life.  One that follows the guidelines set out by the One who made us.  We believe that God not only made this world, but also made it to be a pleasant place.  The reason that it is not so, is not God's fault but ours.  In the beginning Adam and Eve failed to trust God, but instead trusted in one who was opposed to him.  Since then the majority of the people in the world have followed this track; in fact we do not have the natural ability to live the way God designed us to live.

One of the reasons that Jesus came to this world was to enable us again to be "called children of God"  (1 John 3:1) as was Adam (Luke 3:38).  The Bible often uses the term "son of" not in a genealogical sense but in the sense of a spiritual family. Jesus said to those who were opposing him "You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father's desires" (John 8:44).  He was saying that they lived the way the devil did and thought the thoughts of the devil so he classed them as the devil's children.

God wants us to be His children in the same way; that we act like Him and do deeds that He can approve of.  We cannot do this of ourselves, only as we allow God to take control of our lives (Galatians 2:20).

As we list articles by various writers and on a variety of Scriptural and Life Style subjects in the coming months, it is our desire that these pages will assist you to live closer to the way that Jesus would desire.

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