Blue Flower

Hillsong worship
 
Spiritual Warfare, Pacifism and Strange Things: YES or NO
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
 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 
1000 = $110
5000 = $220
10000 = $330
Creative Visions Print and Design
4274 5333  0418 826 805
   
 
 
 
 
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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Blessings, Darryl  
The same sex marriage plebiscite is upon us
 
There has been a huge amount of media attention given to the plebiscite to determine whether the definition of marriage should be widened.
 
We are aware that this is a defining moment for our culture.
 
The Christian position is gravitating towards the NO vote. This is due to conviction, from heeding the experience of other nations, and from gaining a deeper understanding of the implications.
 
The Catholic church has an excellent publication Don't Mess with Marriage, which has already offended the same sex lobby who then threatened to take the Tasmanian Archbishop to the Anti-Discrimination Commission  See story 

Many large denominations including the ACL are working with the Coalition for Marriage. The general strategy is to talk to neighbours and ring friends to explain the NO position. See the range of resources and training aids.  
 
We are at the point now where, apart from urgent prayer, the last option seems to be a letterbox drop in our region.
 
This is the face page of a print ready 2 sided pamphlet from the Coalition for Marriage, just right for this purpose.
 
 
 
 
Suggestions for letterbox distribution.
 
Churches get together with other churches in their fraternal area and simply divide up the area among the churches. 
 
Christian leaders, who may not necessarily be pastors to grab some mates and hit the streets.
 
It would be terrific to have a coordinated approach.   
 
(I personally have ordered 1000 copies from a local company and will start walking our neighbourhood asap. There is no compulsion to use this particular company)
 
Printing prices 
1000 = $110
5000 = $220
10000 = $330
Creative Visions Print and Design
4274 5333  0418 826 805
   
 
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
   


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Note, our network eLink service provider has written an Anti-Spam Policy
KCI will voluntarily comply with best practice 'Permission Based Email Marketing'. We will periodically connect with our contacts who regularly show on our 'did not open' report in order to affirm a willingness to remain on our mailing list.   
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There are currently 6 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.  
  
  
Please note and forward any event items which you would like included in the website  
  
Blessings, Darryl  
 
Begin with good old fashioned praise: Sing along with To God be the Glory, Royal Albert Hall
 
Visitor Friendly Churches
 
Council Elections
 
Same Sex Marriage Items
 
New: The TV advertisement from the Marriage Alliance is 'copping flack'  
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
 A church where people bring friends. What does it look like?
 
 
When churchgoers are asked to invite friends to church, there can be a whole raft of reactions. Do we understand their thoughts and responses?
 
Some general hints to be a visitor friendly church:
 
Be true to the Gospel
Be relevant
Be friendly
Be clear, concise and easily understood at all times
Be comfortable 
 
Continually ask the regulars how public 'church' could be improved. Listen.
 
There isn't a lot on the web written from a church visitors point of view, but there are a couple of helpful items in the following sites:
Church Marketing Sucks (has further links)
 
A growing, visitor friendly church is not just designed to keep regulars 'happy', but the priority is to remove the barriers for those yet to come.
 
 
 
 
 
The Council elections are coming
NSW Local Council Elections are on Saturday 9 September 
A full list of candidates is available, follow link.
There are separate pages and candidates for Shellharbour and Wollongong 
There are lots of passionate views on how to vote, but encourage one another to seek out those candidates who are wise, strong and above reproach. 
 
 
 
Same Sex Marriage Items:
The expansion of the definition of marriage is a defining moment in our history, leaders must stand up and lead
 
Table from a Fact Sheet published by Eternity Matters (follow link) 
 
The text of the article includes an indicative No vote from: 
  • Lutheran Church
  • Salvation Army
  • C3 Churches
At the time of writing, Eternity Matters had not found a public comment from the following church denominations on same-sex marriage, even though individual ministers may have issued statements.
  • Australian Christian Churches  (now public with a NO, see link below)
  • Uniting Church of Australia
  • Churches of Christ
  • Congregational Church of Australia
  • Greek Orthodox Church of Australia
  • Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia
  • Church of the Brethren
A clear and comprehensive statement has been written by James Macpherson, a senior pastor and member of the ACC National Executive. Follow link for a copy. 
 
Ps Wayne Alcorn, President of Australian Christian Churches (ACC), last week (23/08/17) called for a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Tuesday 12 September 2017, in the light of the proposed move to redefine marriage between a man and woman. Follow link for details.
The ACC represents 1000 churches, 3200 pastors and 350 000 constituents.
 
We are all encouraged to join with the ACC on this Day of Prayer and Fasting
 
 
Just Released
A new advert from the Marriage Alliance is 'copping flack' in high places and around Australia. Please view here (follow link)
 
 
Canon Sandy Grant from St Michael's Cathedral will be giving a public lecture on the subject of 'gay' marriage on Wednesday September 13th, 7.30 pm
 
 
The lecture's title picks up a much-discussed tweet. Is it true that #loveislove? Why defend the traditional definition of marriage?
All are welcome to attend this public lecture in the Cathedral at St Michael's on Wednesday 13 September at 7:30pm. It will be followed by Q&A.
The aim of this lecture is not to direct people how to vote, but to give a thoughtful expression of the 'No' case, as well as exploring related issues such as the connection of marriage to children, and freedoms of speech and religion. (Sandy G).
Read more, follow link.
 
 
 
 
 
New FaceBook GroupIllawarra Combined Church Events & Corporate Prayer
It's a forum for regional events and combined prayer activity in the Illawarra
 
 
This is a secure public site, and is for events and prayer items that relate to the wider church in the region. Currently there are around 300 members, and growing.
Check on the FaceBook page for further guidelines and goals of the group.
If you understand these new fangled 21st century thingies, want to pray for others, and check what's happening around the traps, join up!   
 
 
'Everyday Miracles' is up and running on Pulse 94.1
Listen in at around 6.20-30  9.20-30 12.20-30  3.20-30 am/pm most days.  
Churches and para-church groups are invited to contribute testimonies. 
 
 
 
From the DIDUNO series:
 
Centenary: 'Banjo Paterson, poet and hero. The ANZACS and the War Horses
 
                    
 
'Banjo' Paterson, one of Australia's and the English speaking world's most famous poets is immortalised on our ten dollar note. His role with the Anzac battalions in the Middle East 100 years ago is one of the lesser known parts of his life. 'Banjo led a team of men who looked after and trained thousands of horses in the Middle East. Their job entailed breaking in the feral brumbies, the farmer's nags, the wild bush horses and the occasional decent pony. His horses became the real heroes of the famous Light Horse charge at Beersheba during the liberation of the Holy Land
 
Read the exciting story, it's a great yarn! Follow link to 'Anzacs and the War Horses'.
 
 
 
U.S.A.   A new study undertaken by LifeWay Research confirmed Monday that absolutely everything that went wrong at the last church service was the sound guy's fault.
 
 
This event is at the Salvation Army Wollongong
 
 
City Women Illawarra Special Event with Letitia Shelton Sept 16th2-5 pm
Sept 16th 2-5 pm at Cedars Christian College
The key theme of this conference "Healing the pain of a City" 
Key Note Speaker Letitia Shelton (CEO of City Women). 
Plus Special Guests:
Marianne Saliba - Mayor of Shellharbour City, 
Michelle Green - Wife of NSW parliamentarian Paul Green
Topics include "Activating your influence", how you can impact government, community, media, youth, women and education in our region.
Follow link for details and booking
 
 
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.
 
 
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:


Father O'Malley answers the phone. "Hello, is this Father O'Malley?" 
"It is" 
"This is the Taxation Department. Can you help us?" 
"I can" 
"Do you know a Ted Houlihan?"
"I do"
"Is he a member of your congregation?" 
"He is" 
"Did he donate $10,000 to the church?" 
"He will"
 
            
                 
 
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
     
  
Anti Spam Policy   
Note, our network eLink service provider has written an Anti-Spam Policy
KCI will voluntarily comply with best practice 'Permission Based Email Marketing'. We will periodically connect with our contacts who regularly show on our 'did not open' report in order to affirm a willingness to remain on our mailing list.   
You are receiving this eLink because to are a Christian leader in the Illawarra. Both the Privacy Policy and the
Safe Unsubscribe links are below.   
There are currently 6 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.  
  
  
Please note and forward any event items which you would like included in the website  
 
Blessings, Darryl  
Sat PM Sept 2
 
Fathers' Day video from 'Dads for Kids' Wollongong gets effectively banned from TV. High opening rates in the electronic media.
 
The advertisement features fathers with their children with a lullaby playing in the background (have some tissues handy)
 
The Sydney Morning Herald denies the video was 'banned' (there is a technical way to stop items that are deemed political) 


 

 
 
(All below is from the previous eLink a few days ago)
 
 
 

Begin with good old fashioned praise: Sing along with To God be the Glory, Royal Albert Hall
 
Visitor Friendly Churches
 
Council Elections
 
Same Sex Marriage Items
 
New: The TV advertisement from the Marriage Alliance is 'copping flack'  
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
 A church where people bring friends. What does it look like?
 
 
When churchgoers are asked to invite friends to church, there can be a whole raft of reactions. Do we understand their thoughts and responses?
 
Some general hints to be a visitor friendly church:
 
Be true to the Gospel
Be relevant
Be friendly
Be clear, concise and easily understood at all times
Be comfortable 
 
Continually ask the regulars how public 'church' could be improved. Listen.
 
There isn't a lot on the web written from a church visitors point of view, but there are a couple of helpful items in the following sites:
Church Marketing Sucks (has further links)
 
A growing, visitor friendly church is not just designed to keep regulars 'happy', but the priority is to remove the barriers for those yet to come.
 
 
 
 
 
The Council elections are coming
 
NSW Local Council Elections are on Saturday 9 September 
A full list of candidates is available, follow link.
There are separate pages and candidates for Shellharbour and Wollongong 
 
There are lots of passionate views on how to vote, but encourage one another to seek out those candidates who are wise, strong and above reproach. 
 
 
 
 
 
Same Sex Marriage Items:
 
The expansion of the definition of marriage is a defining moment in our history, leaders must stand up and lead
 
 
 
 
Table from a Fact Sheet published by Eternity Matters (follow link) 
 
The text of the article includes an indicative No vote from: 
  • Lutheran Church
  • Salvation Army
  • C3 Churches
At the time of writing, Eternity Matters had not found a public comment from the following church denominations on same-sex marriage, even though individual ministers may have issued statements.
  • Australian Christian Churches  (now public with a NO, see link below)
  • Uniting Church of Australia
  • Churches of Christ
  • Congregational Church of Australia
  • Greek Orthodox Church of Australia
  • Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia
  • Church of the Brethren
A clear and comprehensive statement has been written by James Macpherson, a senior pastor and member of the ACC National Executive. Follow link for a copy. 
 
Ps Wayne Alcorn, President of Australian Christian Churches (ACC), last week (23/08/17) called for a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Tuesday 12 September 2017, in the light of the proposed move to redefine marriage between a man and woman. Follow link for details.
The ACC represents 1000 churches, 3200 pastors and 350 000 constituents.
 
We are all encouraged to join with the ACC on this Day of Prayer and Fasting
 
 
Just Released
A new advert from the Marriage Alliance is 'copping flack' in high places and around Australia. Please view here (follow link)
 
 
Canon Sandy Grant from St Michael's Cathedral will be giving a public lecture on the subject of 'gay' marriage on Wednesday September 13th, 7.30 pm
 
 
The lecture's title picks up a much-discussed tweet. Is it true that #loveislove? Why defend the traditional definition of marriage?
All are welcome to attend this public lecture in the Cathedral at St Michael's on Wednesday 13 September at 7:30pm. It will be followed by Q&A.
The aim of this lecture is not to direct people how to vote, but to give a thoughtful expression of the 'No' case, as well as exploring related issues such as the connection of marriage to children, and freedoms of speech and religion. (Sandy G).
Read more, follow link.
 
 
 
 
 
New FaceBook GroupIllawarra Combined Church Events & Corporate Prayer
It's a forum for regional events and combined prayer activity in the Illawarra
 
 
This is a secure public site, and is for events and prayer items that relate to the wider church in the region. Currently there are around 300 members, and growing.
Check on the FaceBook page for further guidelines and goals of the group.
If you understand these new fangled 21st century thingies, want to pray for others, and check what's happening around the traps, join up!   
 
 
 
 
 
'Everyday Miracles' is up and running on Pulse 94.1
 
Listen in at around 6.20-30  9.20-30 12.20-30  3.20-30 am/pm most days.  
Churches and para-church groups are invited to contribute testimonies. 
 
 
 
 
 
From the DIDUNO series:
 
Centenary: 'Banjo Paterson, poet and hero. The ANZACS and the War Horses
 
                    
 
'Banjo' Paterson, one of Australia's and the English speaking world's most famous poets is immortalised on our ten dollar note. His role with the Anzac battalions in the Middle East 100 years ago is one of the lesser known parts of his life. 'Banjo led a team of men who looked after and trained thousands of horses in the Middle East. Their job entailed breaking in the feral brumbies, the farmer's nags, the wild bush horses and the occasional decent pony. His horses became the real heroes of the famous Light Horse charge at Beersheba during the liberation of the Holy Land
 
Read the exciting story, it's a great yarn! Follow link to 'Anzacs and the War Horses'.
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.A.   A new study undertaken by LifeWay Research confirmed Monday that absolutely everything that went wrong at the last church service was the sound guy's fault.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This event is at the Salvation Army Wollongong
 
 
 
 
 
City Women Illawarra Special Event with Letitia Shelton Sept 16th2-5 pm
 
 
Sept 16th 2-5 pm at Cedars Christian College
The key theme of this conference "Healing the pain of a City" 
Key Note Speaker Letitia Shelton (CEO of City Women). 
Plus Special Guests:
Marianne Saliba - Mayor of Shellharbour City, 
Michelle Green - Wife of NSW parliamentarian Paul Green
Topics include "Activating your influence", how you can impact government, community, media, youth, women and education in our region.
Follow link for details and booking
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
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:


Father O'Malley answers the phone. "Hello, is this Father O'Malley?" 
"It is" 
"This is the Taxation Department. Can you help us?" 
"I can" 
"Do you know a Ted Houlihan?"
"I do"
"Is he a member of your congregation?" 
"He is" 
"Did he donate $10,000 to the church?" 
"He will"
 
 
            
                 
 
 
 
 
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
   
 
  
  
Anti Spam Policy 
  
Note, our network eLink service provider has written an Anti-Spam Policy
  
KCI will voluntarily comply with best practice 'Permission Based Email Marketing'. We will periodically connect with our contacts who regularly show on our 'did not open' report in order to affirm a willingness to remain on our mailing list.   
  
You are receiving this eLink because to are a Christian leader in the Illawarra. Both the Privacy Policy and the
Safe Unsubscribe links are below.   
  
There are currently 6 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.  
  
  
  
Please note and forward any event items which you would like included in the website  
  
  
  
Blessings, Darryl  
Begin with Prayer: Create in me a Clean Heart
 
The War on Christians 
 
Pray and Fast for the future of Marriage August 8th
 
New Facebook Group for Combined Regional Prayer and Events 
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
"Let us open in Prayer": Create in Me a Clean Heart  (Keith Green)
 
 
 
 
 
"New war on Christians only just beginning
CHRISTIANS, prepare for persecution. Open your eyes and choose stronger leaders for the dark days. I am not a Christian."
Andrew Bolt (Herald Sun July 30)
 
Yes, he's talking about Australia
 
This amazing editorial is a wake up call to the church.
Bolt wrote a long essay with 3 key thoughts:
          Detailed the recent litany of attacks on Australian Christians
          Bluntly claimed the media, especially the ABC, was anti Christian
          Described us as a weak church unprepared for persecution 
 
It's unusual to have such a significant pro Christian, well researched item in the media. The sting in the tail was the shot at the church being described as ineffectual and unprepared.
His opening sentence:
"I am not a Christian, but I am amazed that your bishops and ministers are not warning you of what is already breaking over your heads."
Points to ponder:
Are our churches a barracks or a safe haven? 
There are 1000 people per pastor in the Illawarra. 
If a church can't go underground tomorrow, it's in trouble now.
Living in a hostile environment drives prayer. We are "not against flesh and blood".
National leaders are looking to have one united, public, praying church behind them 
Which Christian leaders speak to Australia, to states, to cities and to regions?
Who is coordinating prayer for Australia, for states, for cities and for regions?
 
 
 
 
Parliament returns August 8th, and the debate on same sex marriage will be sometime 8th -17th. This is a call to pray and fast on Tuesday the 8th! 
 
 
 
"No government is lawful or innocent that does not recognise the moral law as the only universal law, and God as the Supreme Lawgiver and Judge, to whom nations in their national capacity, as well as individuals, are amenable."
Charles Finney 
 
 
 
 
Great News!
 
New FaceBook GroupIllawarra Combined Church Events & Corporate Prayer
It's a forum for regional events and combined prayer activity in the Illawarra
 
 
This is a secure public site, and is for events and prayer items that relate to the wider church in the region. Currently there are around 300 members, and growing.
Check on the FaceBook page for further guidelines and goals of the group.
If you understand these new fangled 21st century thingies, want to pray for others, and check what's happening around the traps, join up!   
 
 
 
 
'Everyday Miracles' is planned to start on Pulse 941 next week!
We have around 150 stories so far
 
 
 
 
From the DIDUNO series:
 
 
                
On January 1, 2000 an estimated 2 billion people around the world were transfixed on the city which was soon to host the Olympic Games.  But there was more to come when the bridge was lit up with the word eternity, and the audience around the foreshores, applauded as one.
 
Somewhere in their inner being they recognised the significance of this single word.

This was the legacy of a misfit in Sydney's society who had a new start in life when he was introduced to the teachings of Jesus. It is estimated that he wrote this word eternity over 500,000 times on the streets of Sydney in a thirty-three-year period. His name Arthur Stace.

John Bradfield, who designed and built the bridge and many other significant Australian projects, also had a deep faith in Jesus
 
 
 
EVENTS:
 
 
 
Church in Hard Places Workshop. Friday August 18th
 
 
Fairy Meadow Anglican will be hosting this workshop on 18th August with Mez McConnell author of "Church in Hard Places"  This workshop seeks to give insights into how to reach and disciple people from poor and low education backgrounds.  
Follow link for details and bookings
 
 
 
 
From Shellharbour Community Church: 
 
OPEN DOORS COMBINED CHURCHES NIGHT Sunday August 20th 6:30 pm
 
Be inspired by stories of faith from the persecuted church which will strengthen your faith. Invite your Christian and non Christian friends to hear about what is happening around the globe from Open Doors guest speaker, Tim Reid. This will be a combined churches night as we come together as the body of Christ to be informed and pray for our brothers and sisters around the world.
 
Sunday 27th Morning & Night Pastor Fakhry from the INC church in Egypt will be here to share about his ministry among Christians and Muslims in the Middle East. You will be encouraged to hear how the gospel is spreading in Egypt even in the midst of persecution.

SUNDAY NIGHT VIBES Sunday August 27th from 5:30pm for coffee, 6:30pmservice, 7:45pm dinner (These services are open to all churches)
 
We are loving the Sunday Night Vibes nights each month where we have the opportunity to invite a friend for a night out together at church to hear testimonies on relevant topics and enjoy a fire pit and dinner or coffee together. For August we have Pastor Fakhry sharing his experiences working with Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.
 
 
 
 
The Northern Beaches Churches are praying for and getting to know their neighbours. Come and check it out.
 
 
A (partly humorous) note from Hazel Nizbet, contact for this initiative:  
"We had churches from Dapto to Austinmer last Thursday night and on Saturday Bulli Anglican and Woonona Presbyterian Church spoke with neighbours in Sandon Point (and I did not covet balconies overlooking the sea and indoor swimming pools no I did not!)"
 
 
 
This event is at the Salvation Army Wollongong
 
 
 
City Women Illawarra Special Event with Letitia Shelton Sept 16th2-5 pm
 
Sept 16th 2-5 pm at Cedars Christian College
The key theme of this conference "Healing the pain of a City" 
Key Note Speaker Letitia Shelton (CEO of City Women). 
Plus Special Guests:
Marianne Saliba - Mayor of Shellharbour City, 
Michelle Green - Wife of NSW parliamentarian Paul Green
Topics include "Activating your influence", how you can impact government, community, media, youth, women and education in our region.
Follow link for details and booking
 
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:

An atheist scientist came to God and said, "We've figured out how to make a man without you."
God said, "OK, let me see you do it."
So the atheist bent down to the ground and scooped up a handful. But God stopped him and said, "Oh, no you don't. Get your own dirt!"
 
           
 
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How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
  
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