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1. Australia should have a Commission on International Religious Freedom similar to the US

2. Praying for Righteousness in Government

 3. National Marriage Day honours Warwick & Alison Marsh  

4.Campaigners for Marriage target Rudd for Children’s right to a Mum and Dad

5. Church of England to be Sued in Great Britain for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Marriages, Just a Month After Prime Minister Promised Protection

 6. Revival in the USA: is it on the Way?

 7. Movie that 'Debunks' Evolution Garners 160,000 Views in Five Days

 

 

 

 

 

1. Australia should have a Commission on International Religious Freedom similar to the US

 

 


http://uscirf.gov/about-uscirf.html

 

USCIRF is a bipartisan, independent federal body that was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA).  The Commission monitors the conditions of religious liberty abroad and recommends policies to the President, Secretary of State and Congress to advance this most precious right.    Our Commission highlights and responds to violations of religious freedom or belief in countries around the world that range from severe obstacles to building houses of worship to more dramatic abuses that include arbitrary detention, torture, and murder.   Supported by a highly knowledgeable and dedicated staff, we are determined to help ensure that religious freedom and related human rights are given full weight in U.S. foreign policy and that grave violations of these rights by governments across the globe are exposed to the light of day.

Why defend freedom of religion or belief?  For some, the answer is that people must respect each other’s beliefs to avoid religiously motivated strife that plagues much of the world.   For others, it means standing for a bedrock value of our nation—a basic principle of justice that is recognized in international law and treaties that also include other freedoms, such as those of expression, association and assembly.  For still others it is the fact that religious freedom is central to national and global security. As a growing number of studies indicate, religious freedom is integral to the overall health of any society. Nations that honor freedom of religion or belief tend to be less violent and more prosperous, less unstable and more democratic.  Countries that fail to uphold this vital liberty are more likely to be wracked by poverty and insecurity, and torn by tyranny and terrorism. 

For us at USCIRF, freedom of religion or belief is all of this and more.  To respect this liberty and other fundamental rights ultimately means to honor and favor our fellow human beings and the inherent dignity they possess.  It is to acknowledge that in order to flourish, people must be free to address the deepest questions of existence and meaning so they may lead lives of authenticity and integrity by following the dictates of conscience, peacefully fulfilling what they firmly believe to be their religious and moral duties.

It is in the interests of our nation and world, and human dignity and happiness, to stand firmly on the side of freedom of religion and conscience.   Our Commission is determined to fulfill our mandate in the service of this truly noble cause. 

- See more at: http://uscirf.gov/about-uscirf/message-from-the-chair.html#sthash.sfPOWuyc.dpuf

To read more on the Australian Government policy- or lack of it on the West Papuan Genocide http://sydney.edu.au/arts/peace_conflict/docs/Indo%20Solidarity%20paper.pdf
See also http://sydney.edu.au/arts/peace_conflict/practice/west_papua_project.shtmlespecially the link http://sydney.edu.au/arts/peace_conflict/docs/blundering_in.pdf- A report on military abuses in the Papuan highlands and the Australian government's dubious role in its new security treaty with Indonesia & http://sydney.edu.au/arts/peace_conflict/docs/WestPapuaGenocideRpt05.pdf

 

 

2. Praying for Righteousness in Government

DAY  1  MONDAY  12th  AUGUST

God's Righteousness  - Cry out to God for His righteousness, just nature, and rulership to be established in Australia through the Government we elect, as it is in heaven.

SCRIPTURES   -  Psalm 33:5  Psalm 36:6  Psalm 45:7  Psalm 71:19  Psalm 85:13  Psalm 89:14  Psalm 145:17  Jeremiah 9:24  Acts 17:31 

DAY   2  TUESDAY  13th  AUGUST

Australia's Unrighteousness - In the light of His perfect righteousness let us acknowledge our sin and failures as His people to pray for, and represent Him to, our nation.  In repentance and humility let us cry out for His mercy to be extended to ourselves and our nation through the outcome of this election.

SCRIPTURES  - 1 Peter 4:17  Daniel 9:4-19  1 John 1:9 

DAY   3  WEDNESDAY  14th  AUGUST

Our Righteousness before God - Let us approach His throne of grace with confidence concerning these elections, to pray that our nation will receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Pray that the Church in Australia will be like Esther and find favour and approval with our King so that He will hear and answer our prayers.  Pray that God would give His Church the prayers of Jesus so that we pray in righteousness, unity, and maturity.

SCRIPTURES  -  Corinthians 1:30  Romans 10:10a  Esther 2:17  Esther 7:2  Hebrews 5:13-14 

DAY   4  THURSDAY  15th  AUGUST

God's Promise of Righteousness for our Nation - Pray for righteousness to come forth from the Federal elections.  Pray that Australia would be known and respected in the forums of the world as a nation of righteousness and integrity, holding to and doing what is right regardless of internal or external pressures and short term expediency.  Pray for a government we can trust to conduct our affairs righteously in every area of power.

SCRIPTURES  -  Proverbs 14:34  Isaiah 26:2,9  Psalm 75:10  Isaiah 28:17  Isaiah 32:17  Malachi 4:2-3  Psalm 125:3 

DAY   5  FRIDAY  16th  AUGUST

Righteousness in the Election Campaign - Let us pray that this election campaign, however strongly contested, will be conducted with righteousness, decency and respect.  Pray His Kingdom come His will be done in this election.  Pray that He will expose to the eyes of the nation any hidden, ruthless, unscrupulous, unrighteous motives of parties and candidates.  Pray the electors see and take to heart what is right, honourable, just and true and let it prevail in the voting on election day:  Pray that righteousness and truth rather than sensationalism will prevail in all reporting in the media.

SCRIPTURES   - Matthew 6:33  Romans 14:17-18  Amos 5:24  Psalm 85:13  Luke 12:2-3  Philippians 4:8  Psalm 85:13 

DAY   6  SATURDAY  17th  AUGUST

The Election of Righteous Candidates - In prayer, call forth from each electorate into the Federal Parliament, those who will represent us in righteousness and will be open to the influence of His Holy Spirit.

SCRIPTURES   -   Psalm 112:4-10  Isaiah 64:4-5a  1 John 3:7-10  Psalm 34:15  Psalm 37:29  

DAY   7   SUNDAY  18th  AUGUST

Pray for a Prime Minister and Government that would lead our Nation in Righteousness  - Pray in faith for a Prime Minister who will be an instrument of true righteousness in His hands.  Pray for the election of a Government that will be under His authority so that Australia can fulfil in every way the calling He has for us.  Pray that whoever is elected Prime Minister will lead Australia under His Lordship and authority and with His wisdom into paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

SCRIPTURES  - Psalm 18:20  Proverbs 14:34  Proverbs 16:7  Proverbs 21:1  Proverbs 25:5  Psalm 11:3  Hosea 10:12  Psalm 85:9-13  Jeremiah 29:11-14a

·  Prayer Points for Week 3

·  Prayer Points for Week 4

·  Prayer Points for Week 5

Australian Prayer Network http://ausprayernet.org.au/Prayer_Points/

 

 

3. National Marriage Day honours Warwick & Alison Marsh   

 The Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation is honoured that its founders Warwick & Alison Marsh have been appointed as National Marriage Day Ambassadors 2013-14.

Unfortunately this exciting appointment has coincided with the Prime Minister’s push to bring in homosexual marriage within the first 100 days of his re-election. This is a betrayal of our children’s future and as such needs to be rejected.  

 Warwick Marsh, co-founder of Dads4Kids said, “Alison and I are honoured to be appointed as National Marriage Day Ambassadors 2013-2014. We thank all

those we have worked with over many years and we receive this award on behalf of the 8 million plus people who are married in Australia.  

All the stats show that marriage and fatherhood are two sides of the same coin. Both protect the other, but the greater predictor is the one that comes first – marriage. Just as it takes a mother and a father to produce a child, it also takes a mother and a father to raise a child. Marriage is the glue that holds fathers and children together. Marriage redefined is marriage destroyed. Statistically it can be shown that as marriage decreases, fatherlessness increases.

Children without involved and loving fathers are more likely to develop behavioural problems, psychological problems, commit suicide, more likely to become criminals, use violence, become alcoholics, sex addicts and drug addicts and engage in sexual abuse, be involved in domestic violence and are more likely to end up in jail.

Fatherlessness is costing Australia over 13 billion dollars per year.  So what is the easiest and quickest way to turn the tide of fatherlessness in Australia? It’s simple: help men get married and stay married. The greatest thing a father can do for his children is to love their children’s mother. Love is being committed to being committed. Marriage is a guarantee of a child’s right to a future with their own biological mother and father. Marriage is the title deed.” 

Mr Marsh continued, “We must reject Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s call to bring in homosexual marriage in the first 100 days of his government should he be re-elected. We call for the people of Australia to condemn this proposal as a direct attack on our children and families. Vote wisely on 7September.  

Masha Gessen, a lesbian advocate for homosexual marriage said openly, "Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there-because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie."

Feminist Linda Gordon got straight to the point when she said, "The nuclear family must be destroyed".

Radical feminist Robin Morganexposed the core strategy of those advocating for political correctness when she said, "marriage must be destroyed". These feminist advocates expose the true intentions and effect of Mr Rudd’s proposal. We again call on the people of Australia to reject this attack on our children’s future.”

For more information phone Warwick Marsh: 0418 225 212

Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation: www.dads4kids.org.au

 

4. Campaigners for Marriage target Rudd for Children’s right to a Mum and Dad

 Australian Family Association Monday 12th August 2013

Yesterday, at noon on a sunny afternoon in Brisbane, protestors gathered outside the PM’s office with placards saying “…because Australia deserves a PM who supports natural marriage…Put Rudd Last” and “…Children deserve a mother and father.”  More such events are planned this week across Australia to highlight Tuesday’s celebrations of National Marriage Day.

See http://family.org.au/marriageday

Tuesday (13th August) is the anniversary of the 2004 bi-partisan amendment to federal marriage law.  The amendment enshrined the traditional understanding that marriage is between one man and one woman and was passed with support of both sides of politics just nine years ago.

The organiser of the Brisbane protest Luke McCormack (AFA spokesperson) warned, “Now Australia’s has its first ever Prime Minister who wants to redefine marriage. This is just the beginning. We have four weeks to demonstrate in marginal electorates.  Marriage revisionists will create motherless or fatherless homes …what about children’s rights?”.

National Marriage Day spokesperson Mary-Louise Fowler who is organising the NSW event said, “Children need a mother and a father –wherever possible. To define marriage as anything other than a union between a man and a woman is an attempt to remove this fundamental biological link between children and their parents.”

Events are being held on Tuesday in Victorian Parliament House, the NSW Parliament House and the Catholic Cathedral in Perth. Speakers include the Hon. Kevin Andrews MHR, Jan Kronberg MLC (Vic.), Dr Augusto Zimmerman and hosted in NSW by Greg Donnelly MLC (NSW). During the celebrations video footage of the hundreds of thousands of supporters for true marriage in Paris will be screened to participants.

 

Australian Family Association

PO Box 251

Balwyn Vic 3103

Ph: (03) 9816 0800

www.family.org.au

 

5. Church of England to be Sued in Great Britain for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Marriages, Just a Month After Prime Minister Promised Protection.

 By Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter - August 2, 2013

A gay couple in Great Britain has announced plans to pursue legal action against the Church of England for refusing to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, less than one month after the country officially legalized gay mariage, but explicitly excluded the Church from being forced to conduct the ceremonies as they go against biblical teachings.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and his partner, Tony, have been considered by many in Great Britain to be the "poster couple" for same-sex marriage legalization, as they became the first gay parents in 1999 through surrogacy, and have since had five other children through surrogacy. The couple had a civil partnership ceremony in 2006, and own a surrogate center in Chandlers Quay, Maldon. 

The gay marriage legislation approved in Great Britain earlier this year, known as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, included a "quadruple lock" meant to protect the Church of England and other religious institutions from being forced to perform same-sex marriages against their faith. Under the current law, churches may "opt-in" to perform same-sex marriages, but they cannot be forced to conduct ceremonies.

Despite that highly-publicized safeguard being included in the legislation, many critics believed that gay activists would ignore that exclusion and continue to push for churches to be forced to participate in gay marriage ceremonies against their will. Now just weeks after the legislation was passed, it appears those fears were well-founded; Drewitt-Barlow and his partner argue that they wish to "test" this protection in court. The couple have claimed that they are practicing Christians and they want their children to see them wed in a church ceremony.
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6. Revival in the USA: is it on the Way? 

 Aimee Herd (August 12, 2013) Breaking Christian News

"I want you to lift up your voice believing God intends to pour out His Spirit from Los Angeles to New York City, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and He intends to awaken an entire generation." –Banning Liebscher, Jesus Culture

It's been seen in all different aspects of the Church in America—the stirrings of revival. (Photo: Charisma News)

Citing evangelists such as Reinhard Bonnke (Christ for the Nations); the soon-coming nationwide event with Billy Graham; Greg Laurie's Harvest Crusades, and also the spreading influence of the Jesus Culture conferences, a Charisma News article follows the current events and prayers for a revival in the US.

Certainly, churches all over the country have responded to Billy Graham's preparation prior to his huge nationwide event on his 95th birthday, November 7th, when the renowned evangelist will host a massive evangelistic outreach to the country. My Hope America

Over 16,000 churches and reportedly hundreds of thousands of people have registered to be a part of the My Hope outreach, which includes new messages from Graham, testimonies from others, and powerful worship.

Meanwhile Jesus Culture, emanating from Bethel Church in Redding, California, and steered by director Banning Liebscher, has been traveling throughout the country, stirring hearts with worship and intercession, and recording such events, making them available for all Believers to join in.

"The awakening is happening now," said one participant in a recent Jesus Culture event. "It's happening now, and in no time stadiums are going to be definitely filled."

Liebscher prayed for those attending the three-day conference, saying, "I believe that is what [God] wants to release. I believe He wants to release faith in your heart for your city. I want you to lift up your voice believing God intends to pour out His Spirit from Los Angeles to New York City, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and He intends to awaken an entire generation."

Billy Graham, himself—according to the article—describes a "great spiritual awakening" coming to America.

 

 

7. Movie that 'Debunks' Evolution Garners 160,000 Views in Five Days 

 http://www.evolutionvsgod.com/ 
38 minutesBy Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries Monday, August 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS) -- A new 36-minute movie by Ray Comfort that "exposes Darwinian evolution as being bogus science", has exploded onto the Internet with over 160,000 views in just under five days.

Ray Comfort

 

The "explosion" isn't just in the number of views, but in the YouTube comments section. There are over 14,000 comments, many from atheists who are furious that "Evolution Vs. God" undeniably exposes evolution.

Comfort took a camera to evolutionary scientists at USC and UCLA and pressed them for "observable and testable evidence" (the Scientific method) for Darwinian evolution. None of these "experts" could give any.

National radio talk show host, Janet Parshall, said, "Ray Comfort's got a fabulous film. Oh boy, this is going to cause the halls of academia to have a few conversations around the cafeteria." One reviewer said, "Absolutely devastating! If it were a boxing match, the ref would have stopped your interviews with all of those people, including the professors."

Comfort says, "The anger is very real because those who hold to the belief in evolution see it as a hill to die on. This is because the conviction that Darwin was right gives them an open door to guilt-free fornication, pornography, homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy, and whatever their heart desires. If there's no God, then there's no absolute morality, and that means there's no Judgment Day and definitely no Hell. Evolution says that fornication is simply primates seeking to procreate their own species.

 

Art work for the movie

 

"That's incredibly exciting news for hormone-raging youths, and "Evolution vs. God" isn't just a wet blanket--it's a tidal wave, because in its first 16 minutes it completely debunks evolution. The only recourse they have is abuse, because they have no scientific evidence for evolution. That's called Ad Hominem-when you attack the opponent's character because you have no argument."

Phil Johnson, Executive Director of John MacArthur's "Grace to You,"? tweeted, "In case you haven't seen it, here's the film by Ray Comfort that has agitated and embarrassed so many atheists [EvolutionVsGod.com]."

But as with all that Comfort does, it has provoked the ire of his critics. Here are some examples:

"You are so stupid, go learn Science." DA

"How many 100's of hours of editing and this MORON still bangs on the "observable" part..so not only is he an idiot but also doesn't understand that time needs to pass so we can see evolution....SO no PROOF of god RAY...Just another PATHETIC attempt to plug your $!?&@ videos so he can scam more STUPID Christians out of their money." TA

"I'd like to see the bits that didn't make the final cut where he cornered people on the street who made him look like a complete idiot." UA

"Here's the part you need to get in your @#^*!& head you retard: My name calling doesn't change the hard fact that evolution is true." YF

But others were more positive:

"Could you give us some clear answers to Ray Comfort's questions that seemed to stump so may science professors and students?" Bethany

"I watched this video with an open mind and it's an incredible eye-opener. I realized how much blind faith I had put into science.Thank you!" Rose

"Good job guys; you made me an Agnostic from an Atheist." MJA

Comfort, the New Zealand-born best-selling author and TV co-host added, "I would like churches across America to show this movie in their Sunday morning services. This will show their youth that evolution is unscientific and it will put something into the hands of parents, whose kids are convinced that evolution is right and Genesis is wrong."

Comfort is asking Christians to push the movie further into the secular world by watching it on line, liking it, and sending the link to others. He is also encouraging anyone who cares about the fate of the ungodly to go to www.EvolutionVsGod.com and click on "promote." There they will find instructions on how to further push it through Social Media.