The only thing we learn from history is that no-one learns anything from history.
Don’t vote! You’ll only encourage them.
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
People don’t win elections, they lose elections.
What is Donald Trumps biggest dilemma now that he’s president? Finding a cabinet position for the thing on his head…
2. Three Great Church Testimonies:
a. One on One evangelism in the Northern Illawarra:
“My friend Tim was sharing his faith on the bus recently and he found another student James* who was really interested to know about Jesus. James joined Tim’s Discovery Group and after three months asked Jesus to be Lord in his life. Tim immediately helped James to learn how to share his story (testimony) in under a minute and encouraged him to share what God has done for him with 5 friends. James did this, and one of James’ friends came to the discovery group and comitted his life to Jesus a few days later – Praise God! We are praying for Tim’s group to continue to grow in maturity in Jesus and in numbers!
Four churches are partnering to connect with our neighbours over Christmas in the Northern Illawarra. If you are interested in training to use the great good will of Christmas to connect the message of Jesus to your friendship circle (click here for a user friendly party strategy)or in visiting neighbours in your area please be in contact! We value your prayers for these initiatives!
b. Other people groups and refugees, a story from Wollongong Baptist Church
“Wollongong Baptist has been blessed by God with people from many different nations since the late 1970s – Spanish speakers, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese, Burmese, and many others. Our multi-congregational approach has meant that we have encouraged the larger ethnic groups to have services in their heart-language, while also encouraging attendance at our English services. This has led to a rich diversity in our English services, with between 35 and 40 nationalities represented in the last few years. We have found this to be a little foretaste of heaven (Rev.5:9; 7:9), but it has also given those from an ‘Anglo’ background opportunities to welcome and serve our brothers and sisters in Christ as they settle into Wollongong. We have also benefited from their testimonies of God’s work in their lives and their expressions of their faith.
God-willing, the churches of Wollongong will have increasing opportunities in the coming months to welcome the Syrian refugees who are already arriving. This provides yet another culture to understand, opportunities to show God’s love in practical ways, and a responsibility to share the good news of Christ, who calls us to make disciples of all nations. Whether it is refugees or international students who are drawn to the University of Wollongong, God is bringing the nations to us and it’s a great privilege and responsibility that we need to embrace.
Footnote: Wollongong Baptist moved to a larger premises in order that the two morning services could combine into one. Now the church has grown and it has to again split into two morning services. Great problem to have.
c. Keiraville International Church
Regarding the KIC ministry, it is going on very well and we are having a baptism service this Sunday at 2 pm Belmore Basin. We have 9 candidates came from no Christian background for baptism. Please continue to pray for them as they take this bold step of faith in obeying the Lord in the waters of baptism. In fact, this number is just the half of them who received the Lord this year. Since you know the nature of student population, most of them have left already for their home countries.
HILLSONG are coming to the Illawarra, headed up by the team from their South West CampusCampbelltown. No details just jet.
CHRISTMAS ACTIVITES WILL BE IN THE NEXT EDITION
Now Showing. The Mel Gibson movie HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa at the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without carrying a gun. We may be called upon to be conscientious objectors one day.
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am (now earlier)For prayer, fellowship and great start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra.
‘Although he is regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.’ George Mitchell.
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.
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There are currently 6 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.