Gary Gray’ s Marriage U-Turn

FamilyVoice reports in its July 2012 WA newsletter Western Lowdown that Brand MHR Gary Gray has come out in support of homosexual ‘marriage’ after earlier this year telling FamilyVoice representatives that he was in ‘violent agreement’ with them and urged the church to awake from its slumber on this issue. Gary Gray’s electorate covers the area south of Rowley Road, south to just north of Mandurah and includes Rockingham. Contact details for Gary Gray are here.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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Kenya violence

OpenDoors reports that at least 18 people died, while 66 were wounded, in the north eastern town of Garissa in Kenya on Sunday 1 July. Assailants wearing balaclavas simultaneously burst into the Africa Inland Church (AIC) and Lady of Consolata Catholic Church, shooting at worshippers and detonating grenades. Two policemen guarding the AIC were among those killed – four of the injured remain in critical condition in Nairobi hospitals. For story click here.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:35

Action: Open Doors asks that you pray for the Lords comfort for the bereaved and injured and for the OpenDoors workers in the country as they investigate the attacks and determine a response.

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Tanzania riots

Open Doors reports that a crowd of 400 rioting Muslim youth attacked three churches on Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island over the last weekend of May, extensively damaging two church buildings and engaging in running battles with police. At least two Christian schools were temporarily closed due to security concerns and the St. Mtendae Catholic Church in the Kwamchina area – including a Church sanctuary, college, accommodation and a convent – was also set alight. Riots continued in the Mtandae area with police again using tear gas to try and disperse the crowd.

Action: Opendoors asks people to pray for the restoration of peace in Zanzibar, for the safety of Christians living there and pray for God’s wisdom upon the Christians during these times, that they might respond in a godly manner.

Action: Opendoors is seeking to raise $854,026 by the end of the financial year sotha they can continue to equip and support persecuted believers. To make a donation click here.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Film-Believers in Muslim Africa

OpenDoors is presenting the film on believers in muslim Africa across the country. In June, the film will be in WA.

14 June, 7pm- Fremantle Church of Christ, 219 High St, Fremantle

17 June, 7.30pm, Freeway Church, 170 Bertram Rd, Wellard.

18 June, 7.30pm, Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship, 4 Penrith Pl, Balga

For complete WA listing visit here.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Philippines Reformed Conference

On May 4, 2012 about 40 people, including pastors from across the Philippines attended the Conference on Apsects of Reformed Worship and God’s Sovereignty. The annual conference was organised by the Berean Protestant Reformed Church in Manila. Speakers Revs Daniel Kleyn and Richard Smit spoke about the sovereignty of God over evil, the practice of Infant Baptism, Family Worship and Reformed Worship.

To see conference material and listen to audio click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Lao Officials Confiscate Church Buildings

Lao officials have confiscated and sealed a church building in Savannakhet Province in southern Laos after holding a two-day seminar warning against religious belief, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).  Besides sealing the church building they also warned that other unrecognized churches would soon be shut down. Communist Party officials along with the deputy chief of police, and head of religious affairs, ordered all villages to attend the seminar entitled “Tricks of the Enemy.” According to villagers present at the seminar, the officials declared that Westerners, particularly those from the United States, were using the Christian faith to destabilize the government.

They then declared that the 745 Christians in the village could only meet in private homes.

Source: Australian Prayer Network.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Green’s New Euthanasia Stand?

In the latest newsletter of Exit International, Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke expresses concern with the change in leadership of the Australian Greens. Nitschke says that Exit has lost a ‘powerful friend and ally” with the retirement of Bob Brown. He says that new Greens Leader Christine Milne is no friend of the Voluntary Euthanasia issue. “Ms Milne was educated at St Mary’s College Hobart, is a practising Catholic and has previously been employed by the Church as an advisor on environmental issues.”

Nitschke goes on to say: “I am not anti-Church or anti-faith, but I am concerned with the increasing religiosity of our politicians and the way the Church is able to systematically infiltrate public policy in this country. We’ll await with interest the new Green’s leaders first parliamentary statement on this issue.”

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Alex Schadenberg Tour

Canadian and International Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Chair, Alex Schadenberg will be in Australia and New Zealand in June. He will visit Melbourne 23 June, Adelaide, 24 June and Hobart 28 June followed by a conference in Auckland on 30 June.

The Hobart event will be held at the Hobart City Church of Christ, 7pm, 203 Liverpool St, Hobart. Alex’s visit is supported by HOPE: preventing euthanasia and assisted Suicide, the Australian Christian Lobby and FamilyVoice Australia. For more information contact Paul Russell at director@noeuthanasia.org.au

 

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Marriage Webcast

On Tuesday the 26th of June ACL is organising a national webcast on marriage. Called Defining Marriage, Does it Matter Anymore? this will be a discussion about whether the Christian understanding of marriage has any public benefit to society.

The panel will be hosted by Karl Faase from Gymea Baptist Church in Sydney and include these panel guests:

  • John Anderson, former deputy Prime Minister
  • Professor Patrick Parkinson, AM specialist in family law, child protection
  • Christopher Pearson, columnist for The Australian
  • Patricia Weerakoon, sexologist
  • Dr Allan Meyer, pastor and author
  • Helen Meyer, educator and counsellor

The event will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes and churches only will be permitted to register to receive the stream.

For information and to register your church click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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Stand Up Sunday

On the 3rd of June 2012, Open Doors invites you to stand up and say enough is enough. On this day, they are encouraging Churches across Australia to join  in Stand Up Sunday, supporting Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq. On that day Christians are urged to:

1. PRAY specifically for what is happening in Iraq, trusting that God would strengthen the believers there.
2.GIVE to support placement of Christians who have had to flee their homes and livelihoods because of threats to their lives and families.
3.WRITE to the Australian Government who gives millions of dollars in aid to Iraq to encourage them to act. We want them to ensure there are better safeguards in place for Christians who want to stay and be a witness in Iraq.

Open Doors says: “1 Corinthians tells us: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” We as Christians have a moral responsibility to speak out against injustice.”

To register your church click here.

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POSTED 22 May 2012
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