Come and join us for a night of carols to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
WHEN: Sunday 14 December 2014 @ 7.30pm
WHERE: Wee Waa Hospital lawns
Bring your own chairs and rugs
Glow sticks, etc for sale on night
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10–11)
We thank God regularly for the privilege of freedom of religion in our country – which seems to be the case in most western democracies.
What we however need to have an open eye for is that matters of faith, and therefore traditionally seen as matters of the Church, are taken from the domain of the Church and relabeled as political issues.
Marriage, an institution of God, is one of the issues which has now been labelled as a political issue. All other related issues like same-sex marriages, homosexuality, abortion, genetic engineering, etc. fall within this “political” field. The freedom of the Church in these matters are taken from the Church and put squarely in the political domain.
To claim that we have freedom of religion in our democracy, is only true in as far as the Church remains within its assigned (by politicians) corner. The principle that the Church can do its work in freedom, which includes preaching and spreading the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in its fulness, including the impact of this massage on society, is now compromised: the definition of what the work of the church is, is now in the hands of the law-makers. The principle of separating the spheres of work between Church and State has seen a paradigm shift – the State oversteps its limits and destroys this principle. After encroaching on the sphere of authority of the Church and assuming more and more rights by enlarging its own sphere of authority, it is now easy for the State to charge the Church for interfering with the work of the State.
Fact is, the boundaries have shifted. And it seems it is going to shift a lot more. The sphere of authority assigned by the State to the Church will shrink dramatically if this trends continues. Yet, in the same time, what is left for the Church will still be sold as “freedom of religion”.
For the Church to have courage and stand up for its God-given authority in the sphere assigned by Him for the Church, will be the challenge. It is probably at this junction where many martyrs of the past stood and decided it is their duty to obey God rather that the State.
The Case of Family First of New Zealand is a good example.
During the same-sex ‘marriage’ debate prior to the April 17 passage of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, Family First was a major force in educating and mobilising the public to stand up for marriage being between one man and one woman.
After passing of the Bill, Family First was deregistered as a charitable organisation. The reason:
Brendon Ward, the General Manager of Charities Services, said “Family First’s main purpose is to promote particular points of view about family life. Under the Act promotion of a controversial point of view is a political purpose.”
“The Commission argues that Family First’s efforts to represent the voice of 80%-plus of families on the anti-smacking law or half of New Zealanders on attempts to redefine marriage, for example, have no ‘public benefit’, and that it is in the ‘public interest’ for Family First to be deregistered.”
What’s going on in the USA? Will it have some implications for Australia? We better take note and be prepared to make a stand.
Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.
Christians – including chaplains – sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military could be guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” Christians sharing their faith in the military are seen as “enemies of the Constitution”.
Read the full story.
We need to pray for those in the line of fire in the USA – and other countries where this sort of thing is rearing its head.
We all rocked up for the cotton ride last Saturday night at Mike ans Wendy Weekes’s place. What a pleasant evening. Were the harvest festivals of the Old Testament something like this? I think so!
There was joy, excitement, relief, excellent fellowship, good food – and a lot of laughter.
This should e an annual event – at least; maybe followed up with a worship service of thanksgiving the next day.
Thanks a lot, Mike and Wendy – and all others who contributed and helped. It was a monster evening!
Read the story of Jordan Monge. In her own words:
So I plunged headlong into apologetics, devouring debates and books from many perspectives. I read the Qur’an and Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion. I went through The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible and looked up Christian rebuttals to apparent contradictions. But nothing compared to the rich tradition of Christian intellect. I’d argued with my peers, but I’d never investigated the works of the masters: Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Pascal, and Lewis. When I finally did, the only reasonable course of action was to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Her search for the truth that would set her free, was no walk in the park. She struggled to believe in the God, who she came to love, but not like.
God was stronger.
God revealed himself through Scripture, prayer, friendships, and the Christian tradition whenever I pursued him faithfully. I cannot say for certain where the journey ends, but I have committed to follow the way of Christ wherever it may lead. When confronted with the overwhelming body of evidence I encountered, when facing down the living God, it was the only rational course of action.
I came to Harvard seeking Veritas. Instead, he found me.
Read her full story.
God is still gathering the lost till the full number of the elect is saved.
EGYPT: As the Arab Spring gives way to a bitter Christian Winter.
The Sharia based constitution passed by the Muslim Brotherhood dominated parliament of Egypt have encouraged a resurgence of Islamic extremism and open hostility towards the large Christian minority in Egypt.
Many historic churches in Egypt have been stormed, stoned, burned and demolished by mobs of Muslims who are frequently being mobilised by Muslim leaders in mosques and through the megaphones on the minarets to throw stones and petrol bombs at Christian churches and to assault Christian worshippers.
Christians at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo came under attack yesterday. Almost three dozen were injured and one may have been killed, in an attack that took place even as mourners were attending a funeral service for four Copts killed last week in an anti-Christian rampage. After the funeral service Sunday, April 7, 2013, at St Mark Cathedral in Cairo for the Coptic victims killed by Muslims on April 4 and 5 ended, as coffins and attendants were leaving the cathedral Muslims fired shots at mourners & Molotov cocktails were hurled at the cathedral.
One of Coptic mourners at the funeral at St Marks Cathedral in Cairo, Mahrous Hanna Ibrahim, died from gun shots wounds to the head and neck.
Police also did nothing as the attackers scaled the walls of the cathedral compound.
Let us not forget our brothers and sisters under attack.