Michael Kellahan executive director of Christian think tank Freedom for Faith “If Australia wants to be able to speak with credibility to places without freedoms we need to show that we take freedom for all people seriously here,” Bruce Melle minister and assembly clerk of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, called the piece a “strident, raucous overstatement” ….
Grace and mercy in time of need are ours for in Christ we are vessels of mercy who can confidently ask God to bring pour forth mercy through own lives. As Daniel in exile knew that the Lord would show mercy on account of his prayers and as Jesus in his petitions in Gethsemane had faith for coming mercy beyond a time of judgement, through the gospel this can be our expectation.
The problem with the wider Church today is that it is choked up by an immature love. Mature love doesn’t love God for his benefits, real and wonderful as they are, but loves God for his sake. It is being bathed in this love that drives out all fear of being unloved
The Church and the world desperately need men, women and children giving a clear witness of Jesus Continue Reading
Like Jesus, he understood that God has not saved us from the cross but through the cross. Any situation in life, no matter how naturally misery-inducing, when yielded with understanding to the Lord, can be transformed from an occasion for misery to a vehicle for God’s mercy to flow out to others.
2 Ki 2:1-15 ESV Ps 110: 1-7 ESV Acts 1:1-11 ESV Luke 24:44-53 ESV Introduction The ascension of Jesus is the climax of his earthly life for it is the point when his humanity is taken up into God’s home… Continue Reading
If divine mercy flows to human misery then we surely need, an insight into how the Lord sees our present spiritual state, personally, in the Church and in the nation. Then we will cry for mercy, then the Lord will touch our misery. God’s heart wants to touch our hearts through the cross, the subject of our teaching next week.
This is clear in the Old Testament, but do we realise that God’s people today have been struck by his justice so we might be moved to appeal for mercy. There is a gift of distress that earnestly entreats the divine favour
Clearly then, laws that disregard the principle that all human life has intrinsic value in all states of disability and dependence from fertilisation to life’s natural end come into this category and party policies that exhibit this disregard should not be supported.
A critical example of this is Labor policy supporting the extension of abortion – even late-term abortion – to be available through all public hospitals, free of charge, for any reason – even including “wrong-sex” of a baby. Labor also supports the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide.
ARTICLE 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
ARTICLE 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.