Bethel Church Redding California story from last month.
The correction is highlighted and underlined
Redding is a third the size of Wollongong, or roughly the same as Shellharbour and Kiama combined. (The nearest major city is 370km away).
The church has over 10,000 members and around 800 staff ( which includesa school with 2,500 students, the media department making feature length films, the international music label plus off site ministries)
Bethel Church has “a commitment to community so intense it’s almost supernatural. No institution in our state (California) is better at engaging with its hometown”.
(Follow the blue link above for the full story and interview with the senior pastor, Bill Johnson)
This month: MOVIES
The Heart of Man :
The Heart of Man is a film unlike any we’ve seen before that addresses human brokenness… and the resulting shame. It brings difficult themes and topics to the surface whilst offering a beautiful, life-giving invitation to sit at the table alongside a loving Father who pursues His children relentlessly.
After recently screening the movie to 10,000 people in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand, including live Q & A events with the filmmakers, we’re convinced that many more people need to watch this film and be supported by their local church to wholeness.
Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
As the social fabric of life in rural India disintegrates in the late 1990s, journalist Manav Banerjee (Sharman Joshi) moves with his pregnant wife to the town of Orissa in hope of a better life and the promise of a lucrative career. When speculation mounts that local Australian missionary Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) is illegally proselytising leprosy patients, Manav agrees to investigate undercover for the newspaper.
What he finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to fathom and even harder to explain, and Manav is forced to make a choice between his own ambition and the truth. In the end, his actions spark a tragic event that is felt around the world.
Based on a true story and shot on location in India, THE LEAST OF THESE beautifully illustrates the power of love , hope and forgiveness to overcome hate.
Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled ‘idiots’, locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release – the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L’Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born.
Now in his 80s, and still at L’Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten – what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy.
From the producers of God’s Not Dead, comes the captivating true story of a former Planned Parenthood worker in ‘Unplanned.’ This film tells the story of Abby Johnson, the youngest director of a clinic in the nation.
In fact, she was awarded the 2008 Employee of the Year at Planned Parenthood. Altogether, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions. This included talking with women about their right to choose. But after she assisted on an abortion involving a 13-week-old foetus, her entire world changed.
Before that moment, Abby believed that an unborn baby could not feel the pain of an abortion. She soon realised that was not true. Abby walked out of the procedure and never looked back. “I can’t be part of this anymore. Everything they told us is a lie.”
After her walkout, Planned Parenthood tried to silence her and even took Abby to court. But ultimately, Abby was going to make sure her voice was heard and let it be known what was actually happening behind closed doors.
This powerful film will take a closer look at the abortion industry and the workers involved in these heartbreaking procedures. Years later, Abby now helps others in situations like her own find the confidence to leave abortion clinics and find new opportunities.
Over 80,000 people (so far) in Australia have committed to pray and fast for our nation in these days leading up to the Federal Election.
Join together with Christian leaders and churches of all denominations from all over Australia as we Pray and Fast for 21 days up to and including the Federal Election, Saturday 18 May 2019. This prayer call was inspired by Ps Margaret Court’s love for Australia, her passion “for the church to arise and be a strong voice for righteousness, truth and justice” and her love for the word of God which says that, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34. “Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that you are the LORD God, and that you have turned their heart back to you again.” 1 Kings 18:37
Forgiveness is never cheap. Someone has to pay the price. Oftentimes you bear it upon yourself.
Christ is the One who bore it all for all of humanity.
This is the leverage point of the (true) story
Ravi Zacharias commenting on the movie ‘The Least of These’
Movement Day Australia 8, 9 May.
A wonderful opportunity to catch up with people ‘from all over’, meeting in Sydney to tell their stories about what God is doing in their towns, cites and countries. See link for details.
Illawarra Prayer Breakfast
A great opportunity to get together with a whole bunch of Christians from diverse backgrounds; an expression of One Church in our region. Follow link for details.
Everyone needs a connection to the past and a light for the future. For many grandchildren, their grandparents play a unique and influential role in their lives, yet the grandparent relationship and capacity to leave a lasting legacy can be unrecognised or under-resourced in both society and the church.
When Ian Barnett, the Snr Minister of Figtree Anglican and his wife Rhonda became grandparents, Ian became more and more challenged about ‘the legacy’ he is leaving.
Every Friday 7am Prayer Breakfast . It’s a time for prayer for our region, fellowship and a godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC carpark Unanderra.
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.
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