1. When it’s all just too much
2. Mentoring, it works.
3. Don’t Mess with Marriage
4. Regional Christmas events.
(Blue highlights are links)
1. When it’s all just too much, what does a Christian leader do?
We are witnessing the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis since WWII.
7.6 million people have been displaced in Syria.The death toll stands at 250,000 plus 30,000 children. It’s still rising.
8 million people have been effected by the Nepal earthquake with 8,000 deaths
6 million children die each year from poverty and hunger.
2.4 million people have fled their homes in the Sudan.
6300 have died from the Ebola virus in Africa
130 people died in the recent Paris shootings. There were 3 deaths in a siege in Martin Place plus a 15 year old boy shot a police employee at Parramatta.
Plus our very environment and climate is changing around us.
(The headlines get bigger as incidents get ‘closer to home’)
Jesus said something about times such as these. In Matt 24 Jesus warned of persecution, wars, famine, earthquakes as preludes to His return.
Recently it would have almost been unthinkable that Christians in the West would be persecuted. But the tide is running out for Christianity in the public domain.
It’s time to think seriously about where our limits are. What are we prepared to go to jail or die for?
In the meantime we are to continue to declare the gospel of the kingdom, just like in the book of Acts.
That’s what the local pastors and churches are to do in tough times. Don’t give in…
2. Still in response to the War Room movie, it’s encouraging to find intentional mentoring and discipling happening in our churches.
The Churches of Christ have done research on the positive effects of mentoring. The focus has been enhancing church planting but is also relevant for renewing tired pastors and churches. The study is helpful and the numbers impressive.
The Uniting Church (Qld) has a mentoring program called Period of Discernment
Some Anglican Churches also have mentoring integrated into their church programs (more next month)
It’s natural to have mentoring and modelling behaviours start at an early age (although the technology may be a little different!).
3. Don’t Mess with Marriage. The Catholic church had produced an excellent pastoral letter for all their people to carefully and graciously explain their position of the definition of marriage. Follow link to the local Catholic website. When on the webpage, click onpastoral letter. Or alternatively, there is a copy on the KCI website.
This should be required reading, and in the hands of every churchgoer in Australia, no matter what denomination. One day we might have to front a court for what we believe, as with the Catholic Bishop in Tasmania. We might as well sort out what we believe now!
All are invited to an important talk entitled: “Marriage, the Rights of Children and Freedom of Speech”. by the Hon. Greg Donnelly MLC
When: Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 at 7pm
Where: Polish Association of Wollongong Hall
143 Gipps Rd, Keiraville
Cost: No charge
Greg has served as a Labor Member of the Legislative Council of NSW since 2005 where he has steadfastly upheld Christian principles especially in the defense of life and marriage and in protecting the rights of workers and families.
Please distribute invitations privately within churches and networks.
If you are seeking to obey the Lord, expect opposition. Expect obstacles. Expect difficulties. But also expect God to see you through
Expressions of interest are invited to partake in the Bethel, Redding CA, Leadership Develop Program (LDP1) in 2016. The first year is structured around 12 revival cultures. It’s a world wide program with workbooks, live video conferencing, reading and audio downloads See link to Global Legacy for details. Local contact is Darryl Stewart (0419290853) or Tara Neilsen in Queensland. Registration closes Dec 12th
Getting us to heaven is not near as great a challenge as it is to get heaven into us.
4. Regional Events
Wednesday December 2nd 7pm ‘Don’t Mess with Marriage’ (see above)
Saturday December 5th 2pm. Handel’s Messiah at the Wollongong Town Hall.
Follow link for details.
Saturday December 12th Berkeley Community Carols at the Berkeley Centre/Op Shop from 4pm. 941 Pulse Radio will be there, Children’s farm and activities, plus lots of classical community Christmas singing.
Saturday December 12th Figtree Anglican Church Carols. These carols are in their 21st year. This is a huge community event with lots to do, BBQ, coffee, activities, fireworks, as well as the main celebration time of community singing. Gates open 5pm for 5.30 pm start. See website for details.
Tuesday December 15th Albion Park Community Carols. Albion Park High School. Church St. Family activities include and Animal Zoo and BBQ. Activities start 6pm, carols 7.30 pm. Details, contact Albion Park Anglican Church
Saturday December 19th, Shellharbour Combined Churches Carols Little park Shellharbour. Family Festival activities run from 5pm to 7pm. carols 7.30 -9pm and fireworks 9pm. Details, contact Shellharbour Baptist Church
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.30 am. 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.
National Day of Prayer and Fasting7th February 2016. See link for details
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting18th Feb – 29th Mar 2016.
Friday February 26th 2016 7 – 8.30 am. Wollongong Prayer Breakfast launch
The event designed for Christian leaders who have common interests in praying for each other, for unity and the city, bringing God’s blessings and His Kingdom to the region. It will be a great time to greet, connect with other leaders and to testify God’s works in their life as well. Seats are limited to 50 people.
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.
How is your fraternal going?
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