Dr David van Gend, family, and the team need urgent and ongoing prayers

Dr David van Gend, his family, and the team at australianmarriage.org  need our urgent and ongoing prayers.

Please look at the link and make the need for prayer known. He has been battered by the press and this will be unrelenting. Physical danger cannot be dismissed. There will, no doubt, be those who report him to Medical Board. read: australianmarriage.org  “Now a former PM is trying to intimidate us”

How can it be:
that our MPs can ignore the evidence from overseas (and here) that enshrining same-sex marriage in law will be harmful for our society?

How can it be:
that so many of our church people cannot see that it would interfere with our right to bring up our children in accord with our beliefs? And interfere with our right to choose Christian teachers in our Christian schools?

How can it be:
that many Christians cannot see that it would even restrict our freedom to say – or even just admit – what we believe?

And ultimately result in increasing persecution against Christians including workplace advancement and even employment? And targeting of businesses where owners have dared to say – or even just admit – that they believe marriage should be between a male and a female and that children should ideally have both a mother and a father?


Dear Christian, please do not underestimate the severity of this spiritual attack on our faith and the future of the church in Australia and the future of our nation. It is an attack against our Creator God and His creation.

Once again I quote John Yates “the oppositional but complementary nature of heterosexual gender identity is written into the very framework of the order of the universe and the peak of the Creator’s genius. The challenge is far more profound than most Christians realise. This is a claim (for same-sex marriage) that God did not create His Image as male + female, it is an attack on the very existence and nature of God. The spiritual warfare around this issue is very intense.


REMEMBER, if we lose this battle it will be impossible to reverse it. For our children’s sake we must resist it and realise once again that

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. Therefore put on the full armour of God…  and stand firm… and pray (Eph 6)
Also Read: chooselifeaustralia.org.au “Life Just a Reminder of How Serious this Battle SSM Is


Further important reading in case you have missed it.

There is increasing pressure on Labor Party to make voting for SSM binding: Read: thesaturdaypaper.com.au  “Pressure builds same sex marriage libs and alp”

But the “it’s time to bind” push has the support of some senior figures on the left. Deputy leader Tanya Plibersek backs a binding vote. Labor senate leader Penny Wong’s spokesman says: “Senator Wong’s longstanding position is that marriage equality should not be a matter of conscience, it should be Labor policy.”


Hatred of the Gospel is boiling over into the vilification of Christians.

State violence won’t be far behind, history teaches. John Zmirak  The Stream Read: stream.org  “Gay totalitarianism coming persecution christians”

If you have been following mass media over the past few days, you will have learned from an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor that defenders of religious freedom are “Nazis.” Take a moment to ponder that assertion. Roll it around in your head for a…

Equality and Coercion:
The Antipodes of Humanism Read: reformationministries.com.au  “Equality and coercion the antipodes of humanism”  Posted on March 10, 2015

Here, we enter upon the conundrum. We subtitled this article, The Antipodes of Humanism, and we did so for this reason – Humanism cannot reconcile its two great mantras!

…the fruit of Humanist philosophy is rancid, unpalatable, and poisonous. It does so precisely because it proves that the two great Humanist mantras of Religious Freedom and Equality are completely incompatible. It proves that Humanism cannot guarantee everybody’s freedom. At some point, a person’s ideology (religion) is going to clash with another’s ideology as the fruits of that ideology (actions) are put on display.


And now from the homosexual community:

Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting

(I loved my mom’s partner, but another mom could never have replaced the father I lost.)

Read: thefederalist.com  “Dear gay community your kids are hurting” Posted 17, 2015 by Heather Barwick

We Are ‘Synthetic Children’ And We Agree With Dolce & Gabbana Read: thefederalist.com  “We are synthetic children and we agree with Dolce Gabbana” By Hattie Hart and Alana Newman  March 19, 2015

This past week has seen the outrage generated by parents of donor and invitro-fertilization children following a now-infamous Panorama magazine interview conducted with the fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana, wherein Domenico Dolce proclaimed, “You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children.” 

 Also see doctors4family.com.au A safe place for our children! Lachlan Dunjey (Mob: 0407 937 513)

by Lachlan Dunjey. Resurrection Sunday, 5 April 2015. | Original Source: chooselifeaustralia.org.au   "Dr David van Gend his Family and the Team at australianmarriage.org Need Our Urgent and Ongoing Prayers"

Global Day of Prayer (World Day of Prayer) March 04, 2016

by Timothy Tay


Looking Back G O D P

Looking Forward W D O P
World Day of Prayer 
March 04, 2016 

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1)WIN’s Robin Walker proudly unfurled the Aussie flag at the GDOP 10th anniversary conference in Cape Town [top].What started 10 years ago as a combined church gathering in Cape Town, South Africa, for prayer is now the single largest non-denominational prayer movement.

 On May 23 2000, Pentecost Sunday, over 400 millions prayed in churches and public halls in all 200+ nations on earth.
In Perth, there were churches and prayer groups involved on the day but the one at Curtin University, anchored by Zion Praise Harvest, is worth mentioning here. The senior pastor, Patrick Chen, wrote, “We had a great time. There were great participation from many churches and organisations. The worship & prayer atmosphere was awesome!.”


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2)Graham Power G D O P started humbly when Graham Power, a businessman and a new convert, asked some church pastors with childlikeness candor on why can’t Christians get together to pray in his city considering the precarious situation the city was facing.


At that time South Africa was just a few years free from the Apartheid era. Graham was happy to report that the last bombing in his city happened just days before the prayer gathering 10 years ago and there is no repeat ever since. With the success of the initial 45,000-strong attendance at the city’s rugby stadium the event was repeated in many cities, some with 100,000s in attendance, all over the world in a short few years.

Edmund Chan from Singapore said that there is no other event in Singapore that unify the churches in his city in such a way and in such a scale as the GDOP event. Hong Kong, Jakarta and many other cities around the world reported similar experience.

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3)GDOP Perth 2007 In Perth in 2007 the GDOP event drew a few thousands into Challenge Stadium for prayer under the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation between the indigenous people and the rest of the Australian communities.

What followed were some remarkable events – the first declaration of ‘Sorry’ by the prime minister of Australia following a surprise victory in the general election that year, a noticeable and positive shift in the national conscience towards the first people of Australia and the beginning of some bold attempts to put all of these into practice like the Generation One initiative.

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
(2 Ch 7:14 -G D O P’s guiding verse from the Bible)

References   [ + ]

1. WIN’s Robin Walker proudly unfurled the Aussie flag at the GDOP 10th anniversary conference in Cape Town [top].
2. Graham Power
3. GDOP Perth 2007

Facing the Storms of Life

by Rev Gary Green
Four Corner Ministries

 

Hebrews 6:16-20 (ESV

16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 
 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20  where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
 

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Jeremiah’s Prayer

by Timothy Tay

23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;
it is not for them to direct their steps.

24 Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—
not in your anger,
or you will reduce me to nothing.

25 Pour out your wrath on the nations
that do not acknowledge you,
on the peoples who do not call on your name.

For they have devoured Jacob;
they have devoured him completely
and destroyed his homeland. 
(Jeremiah 10:23-25)

Jeremiah understood and knew God; that He is the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth (9:23-24).

When a man chooses to direct his own steps without God he is walking in darkness perils.

However, if the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand (Psalms 37:23-24).

Correct me, LORD, but only with justice because the anger of God is a consuming fire destroying everything in its path.

As God is a God of justice there is a price to be paid for sin. But God too is a God of mercy, therefore a sincere appeal for His clemency and grace will not go unheeded. Made this in no uncertain way by calling on the name of Jesus Christ – for salvation comes by no other name in heaven (Acts 12:4).

The first half of Jeremiah’s prayer is in the first person but from the context it is clear that he is praying on behalf of his nation, Israel.

He who is the Portion of Jacob . . . the Maker of all things, including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance (v16).

The prayer concludes with a warning against any nation that poured scorn and death wish on Israel will face the God of Israel who in His justice will bring down judgment against the nations that defy Him and ridiculed His chosen ones.

Over the past year there is a distinctive cold wind that is blowing against Israel from unlikely source. The once staunch allies in the West are now reviewing their support.

Sadly the benediction, I will bless those who bless you (Gen 12:3), coincidentally appears to be fading too from these nations.

Where will Israel’s help come from?

The Christian Church. Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, sensing the growing loneliness of his nation, had declared that Israel “has no better friends in the world” than Christians who love and support Israel.1)Posted on Breaking Christian News Apr 7 2008 | | |

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.
Psalms 122:6-7
Read also:  Flotillas and Falsehoods
Don’t members of the press ever resent being so used?
JUNE 1, 2010
By Mona Charen
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Read also:  OBAMA: AMERICA IS ‘NO LONGER CHRISTIAN’
Democrat says nation also for Muslims, nonbelievers
06/22/2008
by AARON KLEIN
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Read also:  Obama to CBN News: We’re no Longer Just a Christian Nation
July 30, 2007
by David Brody
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1. Posted on Breaking Christian News Apr 7 2008 | | |

Prayer for Sin City

by Charles Slack

Prayer grammar

Regarding prayer to God, the little preposition, “to” is unique and important – obviously our prayers go to him or they don’t go; they don’t avail.  No other preposition will do.

But prayers are also “about” or “for” someone or something.  The English language has many other prepositions (in, on, into, over, outside, inside, toward, etc.)  So regarding prayer “for” the city of Perth, 45 or 50 different prepositions can replace “for” and make sense.  Most are straightforward and easy to visualize, prayer around the city, prayer across the city, or among, along, before, beyond…etc.  But even the odd ones are instructive.  Imagine “prayer underneath the city.”  One thinks perhaps of early believers down in catacombs.  Or maybe by some miracle a city becomes a Godly covering and Christians pray under its aegis.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful!  I’ll leave it to you to figure what it might mean to “pray up and down the city”, “pray after the city” or “pray out the city”.

Prayer from vs. prayer for

Recently playing the preposition game gave me an insight as to why the city of Perth has not yet been transformed by God even though righteous Christians have prayed fervently (some unceasingly) for its transformation.  Some prayer groups, even big, interdenominational ones, are showing signs of weariness.  Why?  What could be holding back God’s hand?

The answer in terms of prepositions is that the prayers have been for the city not from it.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that any prayers have been wasted.  Fervent prayer by righteous people works wonders (James 5:16) and is required.  But in transforming a city like Perth, God says he also wants to hear from the unrighteous, those who have “wicked ways” and sins that need forgiving.  He wants to hear from those who have not yet “sought his face”.  In particular, he says he wants to hear from Christians who may be in denial of their calling.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God says the heretofore unrepentant must pray.  KJV reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  Notice he doesn’t mean only already-convicted Christians like you and me.  He doesn’t say “just my people who by now believe in me” or “which already call themselves by my name”.  He also means those designated as believers even though they may deny it and call themselves something else, agnostics, other religions, New Agers or whatever.  He means the many that are “called” not just the “chosen few”.  He wants to hear from his Whole City – you, me and them – including those who have not (yet) humbled themselves, sought his face or turned from wicked ways.

So for God to forgive the sins of Perth and heal the land, it’s not enough for you and me to pray for Perth.  That’s for starters.  Now we must persuade and promote prayer from the unchurched, unsanctified, unrepentant, unbelieving, unwashed who, consciously or unconsciously, conceive or suspect that they might possibly have been called by the name of the Lord.  Maybe they were too preoccupied at the time.  Maybe they were too young to fully appreciate.  Maybe they didn’t entirely want to be called by that Name.  Maybe they were drunk or stoned.  Well, now is the time to come out of the closet of denial and into the prayer closet.

Our job, yours and mine, is to provide the means, the opportunities, the events, the venues, and the stimulus for the unrepentant to pray.

Will they do it if given the opportunity?

I firmly believe that deep down, underneath the rejection and rebellion, they know who they are.  When asked, they will often admit that they might in some way be Christian…whatever.  Furthermore, they know their current belief systems (or lack thereof) are no cause for great joy.  Something important is missing.  Their world-views are inadequate.  Their good-times are not that great.  Their bad days are getting worse.  Some are in worldly trouble as rents go up, relationships come apart, pregnancies get aborted, credit-cards max out, young ones get bullied, teens get stoned (and stabbed).  Perth is not the nice place it used to be.  Anti-depressants, low-fat diets, gym memberships, cocaine, counseling and anger-management aren’t working.  In fact it’s all not working – and they know it.  Even those who don’t believe may think it wouldn’t hurt to pray, say for example, that the grandchildren won’t get molested and become sex-addicts.  It is a worry isn’t it?  What harm could a prayer do?

Repentance

Of course the sinner’s prayer is the ultimate, asking Jesus to forgive our faults.  But prayer of any kind can be a step in the right direction.  Those who come to pray for need may stay to pray for repentance.

So our job, yours and mine, is to provide the means for us to humble ourselves and pray with the city so that prayers to God come from the city, from sin-city, itself.

It begins small:  I know an evangelist in Auckland who puts a street sign every Friday outside a Christian book shop reading “Free Prayer Inside for any need”.  Last year, among other miracles from his effort, two homeless men now walk with the Lord and pray with others.  One already has a job and an apartment.  My friend’s “Free-Prayer Ministry“ is growing and multiplying.  Keep it up and we’ll have not just “city prayer” but “Prayer City” as in “Radio City” or “Circuit City”.

Perth City Prayer

Wednesdays 12 noon to 1 pm, 97 William Street, Church in the City Offices, Queen’s Chambers, Level 1.

We gather and greet from 12:00-12:10 PM, sing and praise until 12:25 PM.  A brief testimony until 12:35.  Group Prayer and private prayer for individuals with pressing needs until closing before 1 PM.

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