– Jihad Watch
James Foley’s parents cannot be faulted for this naivete. After all, the official U.S. government line is that Islam is utterly peaceful and benign. This group calls itself “the Islamic State,” and is, of course, “extremist,” but the Foleys may have hoped that they would ultimately recall some of the vaunted peaceful, tolerant, benevolent and magnanimous teachings of their holy book and prophet, and let their son go. The Foleys’ failure to realize how brutal the Islamic State really could and would be is a byproduct of the general denial by both government and media of the fact that there are texts and teachings of Islam that preach hatred and violence. Their naivete is a manifestation of the general willful ignorance and the demonization of all who speak the truth about this as “racists,” “bigots,” and “Islamophobes.”
“Foley’s parents ‘underestimated how brutal they were,’” ITV, August 22, 2014:
The mother of James Foley, the US journalist executed by Islamist militants, told NBC’s Today show that they had previously attempted to negotiate with the extremists holding their son hostage.
RUAP in local media / Qantas employee suing over religious discrimination for wearing a Christian cross0 Comments Published by Office 2 October 22nd, 2014 in Australia, Bible, Christian Church Issues, Christian Persecution, Courage, Elections, Family, Free Speech, Freedom of Religion, Government, Islam, Multiculturalism, Political Correctness, Politics, Rise Up Australia, Rise Up Australia Party, West, Women
1) You may click the following link to read an excellent article about RUAP that recently appeared in the local media.
2) You may click the following link to read an article from the Herald Sun about an employee suing their Qantas employer over religious discrimination for wearing a Christian cross.
As many of you are aware Monday the 20th of October marked a very special occasion which was Pastor Daniel Nalliah’s 50th Birthday!
On Sunday the 19th of October many family members and friends (around 200 people) gathered at Catch the Fire Ministries in Hallam to share in the landmark 50th Birthday Celebration of this very unique man of God.
Several tears were shed as many heart felt speeches were made.
One of the main highlights throughout many of the speeches was hearing the great impact that Pastor Daniel has had on people’s lives through his continuous and bold stand for righteousness and how he has been a true example of a ‘father figure’ in their lives.
Sometimes you need encouragement too, as constantly when you keep giving out, it’s refreshing when others pour their love into your heart. May I say a ‘BIG THANK YOU’ to all who came and sent greetings.
There is much to be done to win the nations back to Jesus.
Let’s join hands in one accord to rise up in Jesus’ name and take back what the enemy has stolen!”
10/13/2014 Philip Pullella/Reuters
In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.
The document, prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on the family, said the Roman Church should challenge itself to find “a fraternal space” for homosexuals without compromising Catholic doctrine on family and matrimony.
While the text did not signal any change in the Church’s condemnation of homosexual acts or its opposition to gay marriage, it used language that was less judgmental and more compassionate than past Vatican statements under previous popes.
The document will be the basis for discussion for the second and final week of the assembly, known as a synod, which was called by Pope Francis and focuses on the theme of the family.
It will also serve for further reflection among Catholics around the world ahead of another, definitive synod next year.
“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home,” said the document, known by its Latin name “relatio.”
Charisma News – 10/13/2014 Sarah Pulliam Bailey/RNS
Days ahead of an annual conference in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the founder of the Hillsong music and church empire is facing strict scrutiny for what he knew about sex-abuse allegations lodged against his father.
Hillsong is an Australian megachurch that has exported its influence to major global cities and into churches’ music across the U.S.
In 1999, Brian Houston’s father, Frank Houston, who was also a minister, confessed to sexually abusing an underage male at his New Zealand congregation 30 years before. In response, the younger Houston, who was then president of the Assemblies of God in Australia, fired his father, took control of the church and merged it with Hillsong.
The elder Houston died in 2004.
On Thursday and Friday, the son took the witness stand in Sydney and denied any attempt to cover up the allegations. Next week, Brian Houston will be in New York City for the church’s conference at Madison Square Garden.
In his testimony, Brian Houston denied trying to hide his involvement in a $10,000 compensation payment made to a man who was abused as a child by his father.
“I acknowledge the courage of the victim in taking the stand today to outline the trauma he has suffered by Frank Houston,” Brian Houston said in a statement. “However I disagree with his perception of the phone call with me, and I strongly refute that I—at any time—accused him of tempting my father. I would never say this and I do not believe this. At no stage did I attempt to hide or cover up the allegations against my father.”
Now where did they get this idea? Haven’t they been listening to Barack Obama and David Cameron, the Pope of Rome and the Archbishop of Brisbane, who tell them that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, and to all the Muslim groups in the West who have condemned (in vague, non-specific terms) the Islamic State? Is the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places, dedicated to implementing Islam in every detail of life, somehow filled with misunderstanders of Islam? What an odd turn of events! How could it possibly have come about?
“92% of Saudi’s believe that ‘IS(IS) conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law’ – Poll,” Muslim Statistics, August 24, 2014:
Saudi poll to reveal public’s level of sympathy for IS
The Sakina Campaign plans to carry out a scientific survey to determine the position of the Saudi public on the “caliphate” announced by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. This comes after the results of an opinion poll of Saudis were released on social networking sites, claiming that 92% of the target group believes that “IS conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law.” Observers believe that in the current period, it is most important to “focus on the roots of extremism and to address and fight it.”
“Happy 50th Birthday Pastor Daniel!”
Would you please join with us to thank God for Pastor Daniel’s year of Jubilee as he turns 50 this weekend?
Pr Daniel stated, “I thank God for life. I thank my mother for not aborting me, even though my family was going through a very hard time then. I don’t feel 50 at all. The Joy of the Lord is my strength. I just want to thank you all for your kind greetings and wishes.
There is no time to waste. We must rise up now, stand boldly in the face of the enemy and declare the truth in Jesus name.”
You may also click the following link to watch Pr Daniel dancing with his daughter at her wedding earlier this year.
The Economist ^ | 08/21/2014
SOUTH KOREA, a dynamo of growth, is also a fire with faith. This week Pope Francis will spend five days there, for Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 early martyrs. About 5.4m of South Korea’s 50m people are Roman Catholics. Perhaps 9m more are Protestants, of many stripes.
Yoido Full Gospel Church’s 1m members form the largest Pentecostal congregation on Earth. Belief’s farther shores include the Unification Church, soon to mark the anniversary of its founder Sun-myung Moon’s “ascension”.
The late Yoo Byung-eun, the shifty and versatile tycoon behind the ferry Sewol which sank in April, killing 304 mostly teenage passengers, had also founded his own sect (and the website God.com, now in other hands); its followers hid him during Korea’s largest-ever police man-hunt.
All this is particularly striking, because Asia is mostly stony ground for Christianity. Spanish rule left the Philippines strongly Catholic, but Korea is less simple.
By David French , CP Guest Contributor – August 8, 2014
When I came home from Iraq in 2008, friends frequently asked me what I learned “most” from the experience. That’s a tough question to answer, and it depends greatly on context. I learned many things about my faith, my family, and my country, but if the question relates to the war itself, I’d tend to say something like this: “I learned the enemy is more evil than you can imagine, and I learned that a deployment is more difficult than you can imagine.” But while the deployment was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, the chance to play a very small part (surrounded by a band of brothers) to fight this extraordinary evil made it the most meaningful year of my life.
Since I’ve returned — and it’s been almost six years — I haven’t stopped talking about the nature of the jihadist enemy. I share the stories as much as I can (when the context is appropriate), yet I continue to be discouraged by how few Americans — and especially how few of my friends on the left — truly understand (or even try to understand) what the world faces. So they react in outrage when Israel strikes at Hamas, use the collapse in Iraq to once again score political points against President Bush, and use words like “irresponsible” to describe actions like launching rockets at civilians while hiding behind civilian human shields.
Why is this the case? Why can’t so many liberals understand the pure evil of Islamic jihad? I can think of three reasons:
First, they’re often in the grip of a strange kind of moral relativism. I say “strange” because it’s not true moral relativism. Actions of domestic political opponents are condemned in the strongest possible terms, and the history of Christianity is treated as if it is nothing less than one long story of war, rape, and conquest. That’s not relativism; that’s judgmental in the extreme. The relativism emerges when evaluating other cultures, where even dark deeds are excused by “culture” or “colonialism” and regions in the grips of the worst kinds of pathologies are hailed for their rich and glorious traditions.
Church Unite Services in Melbourne at Convention Centre at 5pm & 8pm this Sunday evening 19th October0 Comments Published by Office 2 October 15th, 2014 in Australia, Bible, Christian Church Issues, Family, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Miraculous Testimonies, Prayer, Rise Up Australia
We’re very pleased to announce tha Pastor Daniel has decided to join many other pastor & churches in cancelling Sunday evening service on 19th October to unite with thousands of Christians in the Body of Christ for Church Unite Services at Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Place, South Wharf.
Please note that there are two worship services at 5pm & 8pm freely open to anyone although you must register online for a free ticket.
5pm worship service will be family friendly including children’s ministry. The service will also include amazing praise and worship, creative elements and prayer. Doors open: 4pm
Doors close: 4.55pm Service: 5pm
8pm service will incorporate vibrant worship, creative elements and prayer. Children’s ministry will not be available. Doors open: 7.30pm Doors close: 7.55pm Service: 8pm
Cost for either service is free.
An offering will be taken up at the event to help with the running of this event.
Please note that registration is required for this special event at http://www.churchunite.com.au/
6/28/2014 Joyce Meyer – Charisma News
What does it mean to be led by the Holy Spirit? Some may refer to it as being filled with … or sensitive to … or anointed by the Spirit. It probably sounds really spiritual. But being led by the Spirit is actually a very practical part of living the Christian life. Simply put, to be led by the Holy Spirit just means to be obedient to Him.
The Holy Spirit does such awesome, yet practical work in the lives of God’s children. He is our comforter, counselor, helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthener and standby. He teaches us and guides us into truth—and He even brings the things we learn back to our remembrance as we need it.
And the best part of it all is that He lives in each of us. Ephesians 3:16 tells us that He enables us to be “strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]” (AMP).
He comes to live in our hearts when we’re born again, and then He teaches and guides us according to God’s plan and purpose for us. One of the ways He does this is by convicting us of the sins in our life. Much like a child does, as Christians, we learn what’s right and wrong as we grow in our faith. We may get by with things that are not right for awhile, but the time comes when we need to grow. I remember when I would go to church every Sunday and then spend most of the afternoon gossiping about the pastor or whatever I didn’t like about the service.
What a Almighty God we serve as several thousand PRO-LIFERS in demonstrating God’s victory of LIGHT over darkness, LOVE over hate & LIFE over death at March for Babies last Saturday in Melbourne.
Well done Liberal MP Bernie Finn for organising and leading the march, also the 200 or so Victoria Police who did a fantastic job in keeping the 40-60 pro-death protesters under control, who were no match for the 5000+ Pro-Lifers.
Given the violence against the Pro-Life March last year, it was very encouraging to see more people marching this year to take a stand for the unborn.
MP Bernie Finn, Lord Christopher Monckton, Kay Painter and several others did a great job in delivering an uncompromising message.
Pr Daniel had a very interesting encounter at the March. As he got there a bit early, he and a few of his team sat down at a cafe for a cuppa. Suddenly, they heard whispers behind them, “that’s Danny”. What happened next was very interesting as a bunch of protesters from the Sex Party, who were sitting at the next table, came over to shake hands with him.
Possibly, some of them were expecting him to refuse to do so, but Pr Daniel shook their hands and spoke to them with much love. They seemed somewhat surprised and asked him, “can we take a photo with you?” It was quite interesting as several of them wanted photos.
A few minutes later the leader of the party Fiona Patten came up to him, shook hands and wished Rise Up Australia Party the very best.
Pr Daniel stated, “when I looked at the protesters, my heart went out for them as they seemed so lost and angry. We must pray for these dear people. They need Jesus. They are not our enemy. The enemy is the devil.”
You may click the following link to watch a 7 minute video of some highlights from the March.
Let’s spread the word to ‘Vote # 1 Rise Up Australia Party’ at the Victorian State Election on 29th November 2014 to change Victoria’s terrible Abortion Law Reform Act which permits the mother to have an abortion right up to birth. We must work together to save lives, as they are our next generation to ‘Keep Australia Australian’.
8/22/2014 Mark Andrews and Kyle Patterson
Before sending the first wave of military “advisers,” U.S. officials expressed reservations about putting combat “boots on the ground” in Iraq again to deal with a fierce Islamist terrorist threat in the country’s unstable northern regions.
But a Tennessee-based Christian relief organization has had its own “boots on the ground” in this dangerous territory for the past nine months and is showing no signs of backing down in the face of the ruthless militants’ convert-or-be-slaughtered ultimatum.
“Despite the atrocities being committed by ISIS [short for the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria], Iraq represents an opportunity to bring the hope and love of the Gospel,” says Crisis Response International (CRI) Director Sean Malone.
Teams of CRI responders–a combination of staff and trained volunteers–are committed to bringing a witness of God’s love in tangible ways providing food, shelter and medical needs to hundreds in Iraq daily, he said. But most importantly, CRI is praying and bringing the peace and salvation of Jesus into the hearts of hundreds of Iraq residents who are desperate for answers.
‘They would not convert and it cost them their life’. Family of eight Iraqi Christians shot in the face0 Comments Published by Office 2 October 12th, 2014 in Britain, Christian Church Issues, Christian Persecution, Courage, Family, Freedom of Religion, Gospel, Iraq, Islam, Jesus, Politics, Prayer, United Kingdom
Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad, who has witnessed extreme sufferings of Christians being killed and persecuted in recent weeks, has accused the British Government of doing nothing to help fleeing Christians. Bishops and other church leaders have added their voices his concerns.
Catholic bishops in Engand and Wales have called on Christians to join with people across Iraq “in praying for an end to the violent persecution that threatens to extinguish the ancient Iraqi Christian community.”
Church leaders in Iraq have selected Sunday, August 9 for the Day of Prayer.
Bishop of Clifton Declan Lang, who heads international affairs for the Catholic bishops, said: “Events in Iraq over the past few weeks have been disastrous. Christians have been systematically driven out of Mosul.
“A community of 60,000 before 2003 has dwindled over the years and is now down to almost nothing. For the first time in 1,600 years, no Masses are being celebrated in Mosul. Many Christians have fled to the surrounding Nineveh Plains and into Kurdistan as militants from the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIS), threaten those who do not subscribe to their fundamentalist ideology.
Charisma News – Lee Grady – 8th October 2014
Last week, late-night comics joked about the fact that yet another Christian broadcaster had gone down in flames because of a moral failure. This time it was Rory Alec, the British founder of GOD TV, who announced on Oct. 2 that he was stepping down from the network he co-founded in 1995 and putting his wife, Wendy, in charge.
Despite the giddy reaction from secular pundits, this is no laughing matter. When the world looks at us they think we are just a bunch of greedy hypocrites who can’t keep our pants zipped. The embarrassment that started in the 1980s with Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart continues today. We are now experiencing an epidemic of sexual failure in the church that threatens to discredit us.
Wendy Alec has promised to explain the details of her husband’s resignation in a statement this week, and the least we can do for our fallen brother is pray for his restoration. But beyond that, I’m also eager to help Christians who might be tempted to think that the failure of yet another high-profile minister means it’s impossible to stay sexually pure in a world full of temptation.
The truth is: Jesus can keep you from falling if you trust Him and use biblical common sense. Here’s the most honest advice I could give any sincere believer, male or female, who wants to avoid becoming a statistic in this struggle.
1. Maintain an intimate relationship with God. I can offer a 100 percent guarantee that no man or woman who prays regularly, worships God intimately, reads the Bible consistently and knows God’s grace personally will fall into sexual sin. When we are full of God’s Spirit, His fire will keep us far away from the edge of moral failure. It’s only when a person loses his first love for Jesus that he drifts toward sinful desires.
2. Never get in a sexually compromising situation with a person who is not your spouse. It’s never wise to play next to the edge of a cliff. Yet Christians today seem to think it’s spiritual to flirt, literally, with danger. The Bible says: “Flee from youthful lusts” (2 Tim. 2:22). “Flee” does not mean linger, loiter or dawdle, nor does it mean wink to see if you get a wink back. It means run for your life!
RUA Party Campaigns in Dandenong, Victoria (one of the world’s largest Multi-Ethnic Communities) & speaks to several Muslims2 Comments Published by Office 2 October 9th, 2014 in Australia, Courage, Elections, Freedom of Religion, Government, Insight Into Islam, Islam, Multiculturalism, Muslims, Political Correctness, Politics, Rise Up Australia Party, Social Justice, West
Rise Up Australia Party took to the streets of Dandenong yesterday to campaign for the upcoming Victoria State Election. Around 30-40 party members were wearing RUA Party T-shirts, led by National President Daniel Nalliah, who is also the Upper House Lead Candidate for South East Metropolitan Victoria
Rosalie Crestani the Second Upper House Candidate for the region, who is also a Councillor from the city of Casey, along with Lord Christopher Monckton, a former adviser to former PM Margret Thatcher, also joined in the campaign.
Dandenong in Victoria, which is one of the most Multi-Ethnic cities in the world and has a very large population of Muslims, was handpicked for this campaign to speak to people about the importance of keeping Australia Australian and to call on people to integrate into Australian way of life and culture.
As the RUAP team spoke to people one on one and shared the party policy principles, the response from the general public was overwhelmingly positive. Almost everyone received the party brochures, and many stopped to learn more about RUAP.
When asked whether they agreed to Islamic Sharia Law, almost every one responded NO. Even some Muslims said, “We left our country because of Sharia Law. We don’t want it here.” When asked what they thought of the burqa, most people said that they did not approve of the face being fully covered.
Mr Nalliah interviewed one Muslim man. You may click the link below to watch what he had to say. It was very interesting.
You may also click the following link to read an article from a the local newspaper “The Leader”.
Make sure to read the comments which are almost all in support of RUAP.
Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 |
Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces.
Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were “shocked” by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported.
They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town.
Aimee Herd : Oct 7, 2014 : EarthSky.org
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” –Luke 25-28
In the early morning hours before sunrise on October 8th, there will be another lunar eclipse in the northern hemisphere; turning the full moon to “blood”-red in color as it passes through the shadow of Earth.
The total eclipse will last about an hour, with a partial eclipse going in and coming out—each taking about an hour—so the entire process of the lunar eclipse will last about 3 1/3 hours.
Who will see it?
That all depends on where you are! According to an EarthSky.org report:
North and South America, the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, Australia and eastern Asia are in a good position worldwide to watch the total eclipse of the moon on October 8. If you live in the Americas or Hawaii, the total eclipse happens before sunrise October 8. In the world’s eastern hemisphere, the total eclipse happens after sunset October 8.
The annual March for the Babies is this Saturday 11 October in Melbourne.
This march for life is held on this date to mark the passing of Victoria’s awful Abortion Law Reform Act on October 10, 2008.
With the Victorian election being held at the end of November, now is the time to tell our politicians and the community that we are still concerned about this draconian law.
Date: Saturday 11 October, 2014.
Venue: Meet at Treasury Gardens – corner of Spring St and Wellington Parade.
Time: 1 pm
The march will proceed to the steps of Parliament House for a rally and speeches.
We have received a letter from Victoria Police noting that they have enhanced the police presence and arrangements for the march.
The flyer is above … click here for the online version.
Click here for the March for the Babies website.
“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” (Isaiah 62:1)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the UN General Assembly, September 29, 2014. (Photo: Avi Ohayon/ GPO)
(Click here to see how Netanyahu invokes Biblical prophecy in past UN addresses.)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Monday, warning the international community of the growing threat of militant Islam.
The prime minister jumped right in to tackling the issue of the increasing visibility and violence wrought by Islamist terrorists across the globe.
“Our hopes and the world’s hope for peace are in danger. Because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march,” Netanyahu said. “It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam.”