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Spiritual Warfare, Pacifism and Strange Things: YES or NO
 
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 Worship: from the best of Hillsong: What a Beautiful Name  60,000,000 views
 
 
 
 
YES or NO, and other Battles 
 
 
The current big one, the debate over SSM has invaded our churches and is making waves. At first glance, the fuss seems way out of proportion to it's significance. However we are now realising that the implications are huge, and therefore the battle is heating up. Some high profile Christian leaders are taking a beating.   
 
"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you" 1Peter 4:12
 
Churches have people of 'yes' and 'no' persuasions in their congregations. Most denominations are now providing guidance on how to vote (usually NO). 
Members and even leaders can remain divided, caught between pastoral instincts to love everyone and a prophetic mandate to call people, and even nations, to repent.
 
Leaders can respond in many ways:
'We are going to get on top of this, see it for what it is, and respond'
'We have our own agenda'
'I'll present both sides and they can make up their own minds'
'What will be, will be'
 
But the bad news is:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12.
 
There is no room for pacifism, there is a war going on.
Things are not going to change.
Being a nice person is no defence, innocent people get hurt.
The devil does't fight fair.
Not believing in satan and the demonic does not mean they will go away.
There is a sovereign God, but unfortunately satan is the prince of this world.
 
The good news is
We have a defence structure and weapons which are designed to be used, they are spiritual. 
 
Our defences and weaponry:
 
Truth
Righteousnes
The Gospel
Faith
Salvation
The Word of God
Prayer.... all kinds of prayers.
 
 
 
In my walk with God, I've got further on my knees than on my feet  
 
 
 
Vote No flyers (2 sided) are available for distribution. See link for flyer
Contact Coalition for Marriage if you would like to be involved in handing these out.
Local contact is Joe Carolan, or through the CfM (no need to sign in)
Printing prices 
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Illawarra Church Leaders Marriage Forum Breakfast September 27th:
The Real Consequences of Redefining Marriage 
The breakfast is hosted by Wollongong Payer Breakfast, Australian Heart Ministries and Kingdom Connections Illawarra.
James is a very high profile speaker who most of us may not know. There is nothing he hasn't experienced or doesn't know about the world of gay activism and how the Gospel heals those who have been abused or are snared in all kinds of sexual byways. He has a very clear picture of where the world is heading. Follow link for more of his and event detailsBreakfast is free, however a freewill offering will be taken. Register here
 
 
 
 
Prayer: Don't give God instructions or friendly advice -- just report for duty 
 
 
 
 
Church of the 21st Century October 6th and 7th Grace Church Shellharbour
Pastor Peter McHugh leads Stairway Church one of the largest churches in Melbourne. He has many insights and lots to share. 
The seminar is at Grace Church Shellharbour City.  Contact Trisha Hart on 0414841621 for further details.
 
 
 
 
 
Coniston Unites Church 100 year celebration.
Over morning tea, there will be opportunity to reminice, catch up, tell stories and think about the future.
 
 
 
Sydney Missionary and Bible College's gap year program.
'The Bridge' is holding an information evening on 7 October, 7 pm at Albion Park Anglican Church
 
For:
Any high schoolers with potential interest in joining The Bridge in 2018 or future years 
Youth leaders who want to know more about the program with the aim of encouraging their youth to participate in the program 
Church members who would love to hear more about the course and SMBC itself.
For further enquiries, follow link or call 02 9747 4780
 
 
 
National Prayer Breakfast October 15th, 16th Canberra
 
For further details, see website
 
 
 
 
 
City Serve at Bass Point (yes this is it!)  Saturday October 28th
    
Track maintenance
Environmental weeding
Planting
Painting furniture
Signage maintenance
Staining decks, boardwalks, viewing platforms
Mulching - refurbishing gardens
Lunch will be provided
 
 
 
 
You can tell how great a person is by what it takes to discourage him
 
 
 
 
Global Leadership Summit November 10th and 11th6-9pm Sat. 9-4.30 pmSunday.
Once again we are very excited to be hosting the Global Leadership Summit (GLS). Held via videocast, be inspired and equipped as you hear from an incredible range of speakers who are international leadership practitioners.
For registration and further details, follow link or contact Figtree anglican Church
 
 
 
 
All Generations Discipleship Training School at YWAM. Beginning April 2018. 
 
 
Singles, couples and families are all welcome to come and join in this special All Generations DTS being run by YWAM Wollongong, located at Port Kembla.
This course is based on the principle that we are a community of believers and no matter what our stage of life, we can all play a part in the great commission. 
Facilitators are Al and Cheryl Cartwright. Follow link for details and a short video.
 
  
 
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It's a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
 
 
 
 
 
Humour: 
 
 
A little girl became restless as the preacher's sermon dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered, "Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?"
 
 
Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"
Annie replied, "Because people are sleeping."
     
 
                      
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
   
 
  
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