Blue Flower


1. Sharing strengths among churches.

2. Praying together when we are not praying together.

3. Australian Prayer Network

4. New Christian Movie Pre-release Viewing for Leaders.

5. Pulse 941 Position Vacant

6. Regional Events

7 Humour

 

(Blue highlights are links)

1. Sharing strengths to bless and encourage other churches in your area.
When I was at theological college, we learnt the history of the church through the centuries, the major splits, the issues, the movements, the heroes, and finally the roots and history of our own denomination.

Our denomination had 'distinctives', our strengths, our highlighted doctrines, our selling points in the marketplace.

It never occurred to me that our strengths could belong to the wider church and that I could actually learn something and be blessed by other churches.

 

Yes, there are basics, as long as our basics are not more onerous than God's basics e.g.Acts 15:28,29. The war against the church is ramping up, we can't afford the luxury of 'theological isolationism', the world out there is not interested.

 

Let us relax in who we are in Christ. Let us love our brethren across the street, and make the effort to find ways to intentionally bless them. How about doing it in secret! That's how it is in the Kingdom.  

 

  

2. Still. Illawarra Prayer Centre: A prayer centre that is not a prayer centre. 

See the following links:  

1. Jason Hubbard Testimony-  Waves of Glory

2. The Whatcom Story by Light of the World Prayer Centre, see Review Article

A way forward would be for local fraternals to take the concept on as a key project.  

 

Great, short, YouTube report on the Illawarra Day of Prayer and Fasting.
See also a 2 minute locally produced clip on the power of unity in prayer 

  

God hears us better than we hear Him.

That's a good reason to say less and listen more when praying.

 


3. The Australian Prayer Network has produced some important newsletters lately. The world is changing quickly around us, we need to be a be a people of prayer. See the KCI page for a library of APN newsletters.



4. There are some great Christian movies around at the moment.
Heritage Films and other outlets like Word sell a large range.
The movie War Room is still selling well.
A couple of popular new releases are  God's not dead 2 and Risen.

There will be a FREE special advance screening of God's Not Dead 2 for Christian leaders & Ministers at two locations in the Illawarra on Thursday 14th April 2016. This independent Movie opens in Australian Cinemas on 28th April. God's Not Dead is getting rave reviews from Christian leaders in the USA where it opened on the 1st of April. It came in at number 4 in the Box Office in its opening weekend against Batman V Superman and other Hollywood blockbusters. This is an astounding result considering God's not Dead's budget at 5 million is just over 2% of Batman V Superman budget of 250 Million.

Follow links for: 

  1. Official Trailer
  2. Behind the scenes story  
  3. Melissa Joan Hart interview (lead actress)
  4. Bookings Essential for either Screening. Same password:  GND2VIP                1 PM Thursday 14th April - Gateway Church, Keira Street Wollongong: To book Follow Link                                                                                                                       7PM Thursday 14th April - Shellharbour Community Church Shellharbour Rd, Shellharbour:To book Follow Link

God is Not Dead 2 will be Playing in Greater Union Shellharbour from 28th April plus 30 Cinemas across Australia. To find a list of Cinemas,Follow LInk  

 

Any questions. Please call Penei Kurene at Crossroad Distributors



5. Pulse 941 is seeking to employ a full time Sales Executive.
From the web advertisement: "Pulse 94.1 FM is the only Christian Radio Station in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions on the South Coast of NSW. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Sales Executive to join our team. This rare opportunity is ideal for self-starter with experience in sales, and or marketing related areas.
The Sales Executive is responsible for finding and developing new sponsorship revenue from a variety of organisations, businesses and advertising agencies, through selling radio sponsorship and relationship building"
Follow Link for details

 

6. Regional Events


Shellharbour City Serve May 14. See this encouraging note from Shane Cook

"Hi Pastors, after meeting with Council it was decided that the first event be moved to Saturday 14th of May as this date works best for the sporting club. Please begin to encourage your member to be a part of our first combined event Saturday 14th May at the Ron Costello oval Shellharbour. The event details will be on the webpage, we were encouraged to hear today that council has budgeted $50000 for this year's CityServe events, how AWESOME"

 

Billy Graham Assn School of Evangelism. Monday 16th May Sydney 

From website: "Throughout more than 60 years of global ministry, God has blessed Billy Graham and his team with practical and effective strategies for proclamation evangelism and evangelistic preaching. Learn these time-tested principles commencing with a one-day seminar in Sydney on 16 May 2016, followed by a complete online evangelism training course covering Preparation, Proclamation, Power and Preservation in 12 exciting lessons".

Follow link for details and registration. 

 

Wollongong Prayer Breakfast  7am Fri May 27th. Early bird bookings are being taken. The speaker this year is His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), the 38th Governor of NSW.

The Watchman School of Intercession Fri May 27 7-9.30pm and Sat 28 9am-4pm Gerringong Uniting Church
Brian Pickering, the National Coordinator of the Australian Prayer Network will be speaking. So far 4000 people throughout Australia have attended this seminar. It is a strategic event which seeks to train and equip people to pray for our churches, our nation and the world. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or call 0405 149 602  

 

Gong Men's Day Saturday June 15th

"Nailing the Old Testament!"
Speaker: Dan Wu (Lecturer, Moore College)
Dapto Anglican Church (Moombara St Dapto) 8.30am to 2pm Repeated 5pm to 9.30pm
$35 $25 (concession)
Follow link to register. Closing date is Friday 10th June


Every Friday MorningPrayer Breakfasts 7.30 am. For prayer, fellowship and great start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra.   

               
There has been some initial interest in sponsoring a regional event of Praise and Celebration this year. Any other interested folk out there?

  

7. Humour    

 
                   

 

Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   

How is your fraternal going?

     

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