Whether or not to participate in Halloween activities has been a big debate among the members of the Body of Christ. As believers, we have nothing to fear when the Holy Spirit is our guide. What does He have to say about this issue?
The Bible tells us not to “copy the behavior and customs of this world” (Romans 12:2, New Living Translation). But this verse should not be an excuse for us to shut the door on the world. We also need to let our light shine, as my family and I learned a long time ago—especially on the darkest day of the year!
For years my wife, Kim, and I would not turn on our porch light at Halloween. When persistent trick-or-treaters knocked on our door anyway, our family ignored them. We would not let our girls carve pumpkins or color Halloween artwork at school or go trick-or-treating.
Then one year the Lord spoke this scripture to our family: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, New King James Version). We realized that God wanted us to reach out to our neighbors on Halloween night. So we changed our MO! We bought good candy, not the cheap stuff—you know, the kind that has bubble gum in it that loses its flavor as soon as you put it in your mouth. We got chocolate bars! And we began to minister the love of God to those who were participating in Halloween. We handed out candy to our neighborhood kids, gave them tracts, and asked them if we could pray with them about anything.
Halloween is a great time for us to get to know our neighbors. Streets are packed with parents and children. Paul said it this way: “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:22–23, NLT).
As Christians, we walk every day in the burden-removing, yoke-destroying power of God (see Isaiah 10:27). If we close our door on our neighbors at Halloween, if we “turn our lights off,” we miss a big opportunity to remove burdens and destroy yokes from other people’s lives.
RUAP Media Release: Is the 6 year old Muslim Boy a Moderate, Radical, Terrorist or a Mascot / Do DHS & the Government have the guts to remove these children??1 Comment Published by Office 2 October 30th, 2014 in Australia, Children, Christian Church Issues, Christian Persecution, Government, Insight Into Islam, Islam, Multiculturalism, Political Correctness, Politics, West
As reported on channel 7 yesterday and today, four young boys were displayed on a stage in Sydney, Australia by older men who escorted them to the stage, where the boys speak of an Islamic Caliphate in Australia & death to democracy. The youngest boy who is just 6 years old, declares that you are never too young to be a soldier.
Is the 6 year old Muslim Boy a Moderate, a Radical, a Terrorist or a Mascot ?? Do DHS & the Government have the courage to remove these children from their families into protective custody for rehabilitation to save their lives, and more so, to protect Australia from possible disaster??
You may watch the link below.
This footage which incites young Muslim children living in Australia to hate non-Muslims is appalling, and needs immediate action by the Government.
The National President of Rise Up Australia Party, Daniel Nalliah stated, “I have been warning Australia and the west for the past 15 years of the evil of fundamentalist Islam.
I recommend that these children be immediately removed into protective custody, and the adults promoting this event be imprisoned and their organization shut down.
But I dare say, neither DHS nor the Government will have the moral fortitude to remove these children because of fear of retaliation by the Muslims. Our politically correct leaders will continue to give into this nonsense until we lose our rights and become invisible prisoners in our own country.
8/15/2014 Jennifer LeClaire – Charisma News
The U.S. Navy instructed housekeepers to remove Gideon-placed Bibles from every hotel room on its military bases after it received a letter from the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation, Charisma News reported earlier this week.
After thousands of Christians contacted the Navy, it reversed its order and Bibles are now allowed to stay.
Atheists had cheered a victory after a complaint prompted the exchange to begin moving the Bibles to its lost-and-found bins this summer, Stripes.com reported, but the Navy said the decision was made without consulting senior leadership.
“That decision and our religious accommodation policies with regard to the placement of religious materials are under review,” Navy spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes. “While that review is under way, religious materials removed from Navy Lodge rooms will be returned.”
The American Family Association (AFA) sent an online Action Alert to its friends and supporters Tuesday, encouraging them to take action. It worked.
“This is great news! I know thousands of AFA supporters voiced strong objection to the purging of Bibles by the Navy from their lodges,” says American Family Association president Tim Wildmon.
“We must be alert to what the secularists are doing inside the military but this reversal proves that those who believe in religious freedom can make a difference when we take action.”
The West is embroiled in a generational struggle against a poisonous brand of Islamic extremism that will bring terror to the streets of Britain unless urgent action is taken to defeat it, David Cameron warns today.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister says the world cannot turn a blind eye to the creation of an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq.
Warning that Islamic State fighters already control thousands of square miles of territory, Mr Cameron says that if these “warped and barbaric” extremists are not dealt with now, they will create a “terrorist state” on the shores of the Mediterranean.
He warns that Britain will have to use its “military prowess” to help defeat “this exceptionally dangerous” movement, or else terrorists with “murderous intent” will target people in Britain.
The Prime Minister says he fears the struggle will last “the rest of my political lifetime”.
“The creation of an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and extending into Syria is not a problem miles away from home. Nor is it a problem that should be defined by a war 10 years ago. It is our concern here and now,” he says.
It was wise old Solomon who said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
Megachurch leader Brian Houston’s response to the LGBT issue talks about “the world we live in, there’s the weight we live with, and there’s the Word we live by.” The present world we live in is no different than the world of the past. Jesus made it abundantly clear that the world of Noah’s day was no different than the world of today or that of the future. “As it was during the days of Noah so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man.” That being the case, then the weight we live with has not changed either. The issue of sin and depravity is as old as the fall of man. Likewise the Word we live by is just as relevant today as it ever was. God is not in catch up mode when it comes to being abreast of current trends, trials, and temptations.
What every spiritual leader needs to remember is that God chose His first priesthood on the basis of their willingness to separate themselves from the idolatry and immorality that the rest of His people were condoning and practicing. Allow me to jog your memory for a moment. God had originally planned for the head of every household to function in a priestly calling. We see this in operation at the first Passover when the children of Israel did not have to wait for a delegated priest to preside over the sacrificing of the Passover lamb. The responsibility was given to the head of each house. This today we refer to as the priesthood of all believers.
What brought about the change in leadership happened at the time of the golden calf. Israel, you recall, became anxious about Moses who had left the camp to meet with God. Following his departure the people pressured Aaron into giving them a god that would go before them and lead them. Aaron bowed to the pressure and created the golden calf. What followed was nothing less than a sexual orgy. Israel gave themselves over to every base and degrading sexual passion imaginable. During the height of this sex feast God issued a challenge through Moses who had now returned to the camp for anyone and everyone to separate themself and stand with God against all the carnality, immorality and idolatry. Out of the twelve tribes, only the tribe of Levi responded and answered God’s call.
theguardian.com, Tuesday 22 July 2014
More than 700 million women worldwide were married as children, with one in three of them married before their 15th birthday, according to a global prevalence study.
As activists, politicians and campaigners gather for the first Girl Summit on child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), a report by Unicef, the UN’s children’s agency, reveal the devastating situation of millions of women.
The study, the first of its kind, also reveals that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of FGM, and states that urgent efforts are needed to tackle gender inequality or the number will not reduce. If the current decline in FGM continues at the same rate, more than 63 million more girls could be cut by 2050.
About a third of child brides live in India, according to Unicef. If nothing more is done to end the practice, the number of married girls could increase to more than 1 billion by 2050. Population estimates suggest the number could leap from 700 million to 950 million by 2030 and 1.2 billion by 2050. At least 280 million girls are at risk of becoming brides by the time they turn 18.
Hillsong’s Brian Houston on Gay Marriage: ‘I Believe the Writings of Paul Are Clear on This Subject’0 Comments Published by Office 2 October 26th, 2014 in Australia, Bible, Christian Church Issues, Family, Homosexuality, Jesus, Marriage, Political Correctness, United States of America, World News
Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston has issued a statement specifying his position on marriage and homosexuality after a news outlet reported that he “won’t take (a) public position on LGBT issues.”
The news report came after Houston brought up the topics of homosexuality and same-sex marriage at a press conference held on Thursday with New York City media, on the occasion of Hillsong Conference being held at Madison Square Garden.
“I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference,” Houston says in a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Saturday.
“Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage,” he adds. “I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views. I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject.”
(Photo: The Christian Post/Scott Liu)
Pastors Brian Houston and Bobbie Houston of Hillsong Church appear at a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at The Eventi Hotel in New York City. The press conference came on the occasion of the Hillsong Conference being held at Madison Square Garden from Oct. 16-18 in NYC.
The question that resulted in Houston’s remarks on homosexuality centered on how his church tries to remain relevant. In his response, the Hillsong pastor offered homosexual marriage as an issue that is a challenge for some churches. Traditional Christian teachings define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The Flaming Herald – 10/9/2014 Bert M. Farias
Are these popular ministerial personalities great in the sight of the Lord or only in the sight of man? Are they really known in heaven or only on the Earth? Are they God-anointed or self-appointed? Is it ministry they deliver or some subtle form of hype?
“Many who are great in the sight of the Lord are living in cottages and hovels, and are scarcely known, unless to a few neighbors equally obscure,” said William Jay.
Believers, especially Christian ministers, need a baptism of clear seeing and holy discerning. Our ministry marketing budget may be soaring high, but our perception can sometimes be so low. Our motives need refinement. The refiner’s fire is near the door. Will you open it? Can you see the narrow way to holiness? Or is all the smoke blocking your view?
Before me now I see the impression I saw months ago. There are two scenes. One is of a clear and sunny horizon lined with an endless row of people. The other is of a vast forest. Dense fog covers the forest, and out of the fog comes the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ, for the most part, is not found among the general populace. People have to really look to recognize Him.
Think about it. Our Savior was not born in a big metropolis, but in the small town of Bethlehem. And He grew up in the despised region of Galilee. He was not born in a palace where kings are, but in a lowly stable. The wise men had to really search and diligently follow the star to find Him. When Jesus entered into ministry, it is written that He had no place to lay His head (Luke 9:58). He did not have a ministry headquarters. He died a criminal’s death on a cross, naked and nearly alone. His grave was a borrowed tomb. His throne was an invisible one hidden from the multitudes of those who were healed and delivered through His ministry. He was called meek and lowly; certainly not the description fitting for a king. But today, ministry is so different.
– 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 cross4 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’.