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Good News Update 123                                        22 March 2015

 Please Act NOW to Preserve Marriage
 
The future of marriage in Australia has once again been threatened in our Federal Parliament. Your immediate help is needed.

 

The Canberra Declaration affirms the present Marriage Act 1961 with its definition of marriage as "the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life" 


THE SITUATION 

 

18 March - Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young moved a Motion dealing with same-sex marriage and free/conscience voting in the Federal Parliament. It reads that, "the Senate agrees that all members of Parliament and senators should be granted a conscience vote on the issue of equal marriage in Australia." The Motion was agreed to by the House and carried on the voices.

 

19 March - Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he will seek leave to continue his second reading speech on his Freedom to Marry Bill 2014 on 26 March. He said it is not his intention to bring it to a vote just now as he doesn't think the numbers are there; that this is just the beginning of the debate and the first hurdle is for the Coalition to allow a conscience vote. He said the Liberal Party should use their next party room meeting scheduled for next Tuesday 24 March to discuss the issue.

 

We know that

 

  • there are some Liberal Party MPs who are in favour of same-sex 'marriage'.  
  • under our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, the Liberal Party have stood their ground and voted as a Party against same-sex 'marriage'.
  • any change in this policy "is a matter for the Party Room".
  • the recent attempted leadership-spill highlighted instability in the Party Room.


And so the future of marriage in Australia is at stake.  If a conscience vote is allowed by all parties in the House of Representatives, this Bill could soon become law. This would radically re-define marriage and impact our way of life.

 

ACTION NEEDED

 

1. Please pray that the Party Room meeting this Tuesday will not allow a conscience vote on this bill. 

  • Praise God that many have been praying and fasting for the DESTINY of Australia through the 
    40 Days of Delight. If you are one of these, we thank you and encourage you to keep going strong until Sunday. What happens this week is vital for the future of Australia.
     
  • Pray for God's wisdom and favour for Tony Abbott as he exerts leadership in the Liberal Party Room and articulates his stance for marriage as between a man and a woman.
     
  • Pray that libertarian Senator Leyonhjelm will see that his Freedom to Marry Bill actually robs the freedom of children to be raised by both a mother and a father.
 
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2. Please write to all Liberal and National MPs and Senators NOW. They need to receive your message in plenty of time before the Party Room meeting at 9.00 am Tuesday morning.

 

You can email using the excellent Australian Family Association service at www.family.org.au (click on E-mail your politician and follow the prompts).


 

  • Write a clear subject line as this will be the most noted part of your communication e.g. 'Keep Party Policy on Marriage'.  
  • Something short and to the point in the email is all that is necessary. Graciously ask them to maintain their party policy on marriage and oppose a conscience vote.

 

3. Please share this Good News Update with as many of your family, friends and contacts as you can. 

 

Australian Marriage Forum's new campaign called Think of the Child will help you to engage in discussion with others on this issue as you alert others. In this short YouTube, practising doctor, David van Gend, shares the goal of the campaign as well as their new ad, Marriage Equality? What about equality for kids?


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As we together act NOW in response to yet another threat to marriage, "let us fix our eyes on Jesus ... who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame ... Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart" (Hebrews 12:3).

 
Thank you for taking a stand for the future of our nation and our children.


David Rowsome and Warwick Marsh

 

PS For further encouragement regarding praying please check out the details below for the Delight Yourself in the Lord Day & Night Tour continuing in Australian cities until 6 April. 
 

 

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As part of the 40 Days of Delight we are pleased to help host this national tour by Bible teachers, Kirk & Dee Bennett with Worship Leaders Erica & Krista from IHOPKC (International House of Prayer - Kansas City).

 

If you can get to the meetings coming up over the next 2 weeks in

 

Melbourne       Sydney       Wollongong       Cairns       Adelaide

 

DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY 
 
Be inspired from the Word of God  
to continue to pray for Revival and Transformation for Australia

 

 SEE DETAILS BELOW

 

Website: www.24-7prayer.org.au 

 

Melbourne, Victoria

Wednesday 25/3/2015 

9:30AM - 12PM 'Delight in the Lord'  Worship Driven Prayer Workshop

7PM - 9:30PM Kirk Bennett: 'The Call to be Jesus' House of Prayer

Contact & Venue:

Karen Wilson 0412 446 739

Stairway Church

Auditorium 1

171 Rooks Rd

Vermont VIC 3133

 

Sydney, NSW

Friday 27/3/2015

7-9pm: Session 1

Contact & Venue:

Ps Paul Kim 0425811296 

The Rock International Church

Unit 6C/5 Talavera Road

Macquarie Park NSW 2113

 

Saturday 28/3/2015

2-4pm: Session 2

6-8pm: Session 3

Contact & Venue:

Ps Paul Kim 0425811296 

The Rock International Church

Unit 6C/5 Talavera Road

Macquarie Park NSW 2113

 

Sunday 29/3/2015 

10am  Sunday morning service Glory International Church with Kirk & Dee Bennett

Contact & Venue:

Ps Paul Kim 0425811296 

The Rock International Church

Unit 6C/5 Talavera Road

Macquarie Park NSW 2113

 

1.30-3.30pm: Session 4

4-6pm: Session 5

Contact & Venue:

Ps Paul Kim 0425811296

Glory International Church

North Ryde Public School

154 Coxs Road

North Ryde NSW 2113

 

Wollongong, NSW

Tuesday 31/3/2015

7PM Ministry

Contact & Venue:

Ps Shane Cook 02 4297 3549

Shellharbour City Community Church

500 Shellharbour Rd

Shellharbour NSW 2529

 

Cairns, Queensland

Wednesday 1/4/2015

7PM   Ministry

Contact & Venue:

Ps Melissa Haigh 0439 352 465

Lakes Church

102-104 Macnamara Street

Edge Hill QLD 4870

 

Thursday 2/4/2015

10AM - 3PM Marketplace Church - Delighting in God Seminar

7PM   Ministry in Cairns

Contact & Venue:

Ps Melissa Haigh 0439 352 465

Lakes Church

102-104 Macnamara Street

Edge Hill QLD 4870

 

Adelaide, South Australia

Saturday 4/4/2015

10 am-4 pm: 'Revival SA': Bring own lunch - tea/coffee provided

Contact & Venue:

Alison Ridley 0421 913 258 27

27 Sturt St

Adelaide SA 5000

 

Sunday 5/4/2015

10 am Service

Contact & Venue:

Ps  Jenny & Brian Hagger   08 8370 1256

Zion Hill Christian Community

Business SA Building

136 Greenhill Road

Unley SA 5061