Blue Flower

1. Tanya Plibersek seeks Malcolm Turnbull's help on gay marriage bid

 2. Responding to the Times - Ravi Zacharias in Australia

 3. Know the Times - Mark McCrindle 

4. Thousands Pray Against Pornography Following Industry Shutdown in US

5. Two Conferences for young adults in January 2014

 6. The Heaven's declare His Glory! Louie Giglio

 7. Holiday reading on Prayer - Des Higgs

8. US Survey on time consumed on media

9. Jenolan Caves Carol Service Saturday 14th December

 

 

1. Tanya Plibersek seeks Malcolm Turnbull's help on gay marriage bid

SMH December 15, 2013

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek will seek to enlist the Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in Federal Parliament as a co-sponsor to legalise gay marriage.

In a move designed to put pressure on the Coalition government over the issue, Ms Plibersek says she will introduce a private member's bill to legislate for same-sex marriage.

The move follows Thursday's High Court decision to strike down the ACT's same-sex marriage act. But crucially, Ms Plibersek says she will introduce the bill only if Prime Minister Tony Abbott allows his MPs a conscience vote.

''Mr Abbott moved to stop same-sex marriage in the ACT, and the High Court has said it's for Federal Parliament to decide,'' Ms Plibersek said.

''So now, the Prime Minister needs to give his MPs a conscience vote on this issue so that the national Parliament can do just that.''

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Meanwhile

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has called on former Liberal leader and current Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stop publicly advocating gay marriage or quit the ministry. "If Malcolm Turnbull wants to talk about fringe issues outside party policy, he should resign from the frontbench," Senator Bernardi told the ABC.

Our longstanding party position is that marriage is between a man and a woman. Our frontbenchers need to reflect that in any comments they make. When you are a frontbencher there is no room for a personal view."

On the weekend, Mr Turnbull said the Coalition should allow a conscience vote on gay marriage, which he would "certainly" vote for.

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2. Responding to the Times - Ravi Zacharias in Australia

By Ravi Zachariason December 14, 2013

How do you communicate the Gospel to a world that that not only doesn’t want to hear it, but also is seemingly content to be in an existence filled with uncertainty and meaninglessness? This week on the program, we’re listening to a message that Ravi recently delivered at the Influencers Conference in Australia.

 

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3. Know the Times - Mark McCrindle 

 

Top four trends redining society, business and families.

Presented at the the combined breakfast hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby, Business Blessings and Christian Business Network, Mark McCrindle shares some key insights into the Australian population that will benefit those in Business, Government, Education and the Church.

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4. Thousands Pray Against Pornography Following Industry Shutdown  in US

12/10/2013 Abby Carr Charisma News

Thousands  joined together Tuesday for the first of what is planned to be an annual National Day of Prayer to strengthen the fight against pornography.

Last Tuesday was the first of what is planned to be an annual National Day of Prayer to strengthen the fight against pornography. More than 40 groups and thousands of supporters  joined together. Some of the allied groups participating in this effort include Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Family Association, Family Research Council, Movieguide and Concerned Women for America.

“Those in the war on pornography and those suffering the harms of pornography need almighty God’s mercy and support, and thus we set aside an entire day of prayer for victory,” says Patrick A. Trueman, president of Morality in Media.

The prayer day comes on the heels of the porn industry shutdown last Friday—the third of the year—after a performer tested positive for HIV. Each time, medical harms to the actors are briefly attended to and production restarts. 

“This is a tragedy that repeats itself every few months, and nothing is done besides a brief halt in porn production," Trueman says. "After three strikes, it is time to do more than just shut down the industry for a few days. From addiction to abuse to the exploitation [of] women and children, people around the world are constantly affected by the porn industry.”

Pornography is inherently dehumanizing and sexually exploitative. Not only does porn lead to addiction and the breakdown of families, but it is also closely tied to sex trafficking, child abuse and violence against women.  

Harms from pornography include increased demand for sexual trafficking, increased violence against women, widespread addiction, sexual exploitation of children and a host of other debilitating problems.

Suggested prayer requests and the complete list of supporting groups can be found at pornharms.com/prayer. People of all religious backgrounds are invited to participate.

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5. Two Conferences for young adults in January 2014

Compass Summer Conference 12/19th January 2014 University of Queensland

ACL Gap Week 19/24 January 2014 Canberra

 

6. The Heaven's declare His Glory! 

Louie Giglio does a mashup of stars and whales singing God's praise.

Fouteen minute video. Click here

 

7. Holiday reading on Prayer 



Des Higgs, the Chairman of the National Gathering in 1988 when 35,000 people marched around Parliament House to open it in prayer, has written a book on that very same subject - prayer.
You can get it free online (65 pages) this month by emailing Des at
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8. Even the SDA's have their problems

SDA's Assess Why 1 in 3 Members Leave the Church

Why does the worldwide denomination lose 43 people for every 100 it converts? Hint: It’s not doctrine...

Kate Tracy

12/9/2013  Christianity Today

The Seventh-day Adventist Church boasts 18 million members worldwide. But leaders recently revealed the denomination has lost one in three members over the last 50 years.

Additionally, for every 100 people the Adventist church gains, it loses 43 previous members, according to research presented at the denomination's first Summit on Nurture and Retention, reportsAdventist News Network (ANN).

The main reason for the low rate of retention: personal problems and experiences, according to Adventist researcher Monte Sahlin. People do not drop out based on the church or its doctrines, but because of personal trouble like marital conflict or unemployment, he told ANN.

The Adventist answer to growing membership may not be in adding new faces, but taking care of the people who are already there, leaders suggested. In South Africa, for example, the rate of adding new parishioners had slowed, but retaining current numbers had significantly increased the church's membership.

Recent Adventist data reveals areas where the denomination has seen both growth and decline. Southern Asia, Latin America, and Southern Africa have pushed worldwide membership to nearly 18 million, while the 15 fastest-declining countries are in the Adventist church's Euro-Asia, Trans-European, and Inter-European divisions.

Regarding doctrine, the Adventist's North American division recently experienced a significant step toward changes on women's ordination. The division affirmed a reportsupporting women's ordination in a six-to-one vote, reportsSpectrum Magazine.

While the vote was strongly in favor, no policies have yet been changed. Religion News Service offers a lengthy reporton the ongoing debate.

CT regularly covers Seventh-day Adventists, including how the church was somewhat sad and embarrassedto be celebrating its 150th anniversary.

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9. Jenolan Caves Carol Service Saturday 14th December 

A staff member sings a Carol.

For further info please read the NaCl email 3 December 2014