Christmas Carols with Candles at CTFMDear family & friends in Christ,

Oh, how we wish each of you were here to join us last night Sunday the 12th of December at our very special CTFM Christmas Carol service!

If you could not make it, you missed a glorious night of exuberant singing of Christmas carols, praise & worship. The CTFM Apostolic Centre in Hallam (Melbourne) was packed out with many families bringing their children to enjoy a very special night together celebrating the birth of the Christ child, enjoying delicious food and fellowship as the body of Christ. 

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The night started off with an exciting time of praise to King Jesus and then moved into a wonderful time of Christmas carol singing, starting with ‘Joy to the world, the Lord has come!’ The CTFM Sunday school children sang ‘Away in a Manger’ on stage as everyone was so blessed to see the little ones giving God the glory.

This followed by a very special couple, Victor & Christine (the parents of Tania G) singing ‘Mary’s Boy Child & Silver Bells”. The crowd joined and started singing along which was beautiful.

Then Pr Jenny Jack read the Story of the Nativity from Scripture from Luke 2:1-20  followed by a CTFM youth who read out a fantastic poem that he had written which blessed the hearts of many. There was more singing of carols and then the CTFM youth sang a special song as everyone stood on their feet giving glory to God.

Pr Daniel shared a brief message and said, “Christmas is the only possible time most people think of Jesus. When we walk into a shopping centre, you hear the name of the Lord Jesus Christ mentioned through the carols which are played. This is a wonderful time to share Jesus with everyone you know.

Some Christians tell me that Christmas is a pagan festival and that we should not celebrate it.  However, I tell them that for me Christmas means, ‘Christ for the Masses’. Without Christ there is no hope for the masses, so it is important that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, even though He was most likely not born on Christmas day.  We all know that He was supernaturally born of the virgin Mary through the Holy Spirit of God somewhere around that time.

A lady told me that she was upset because Santa has come into our church. I asked her where he was because we did not have one. She said to me ‘I can see his hat’. I said to her, maybe he left the hat and took off. This precious sister was very concerned that some Christians were wearing a Santa hat. I told her, sister don’t worry, the red and white colours on the hat tell me a very special story that the blood of Jesus has washed me clean, white as snow.

Do you know that the Muslims in the Middle East believe that Allah their god gave them oil (petrol) to use the money which comes out of it to spread Islam? Do you know that Saudi Arabia, where I lived for 2 years, prays over its oil and dedicates it to Allah.

Does this mean we stop running our cars as every time we fill petrol in our cars we are helping to spread Islam?? Of course not! We cannot as Christians get too religious and stop doing normal things. Rather we should turn things around and take back what the devil has stolen from us.

When I see a Christmas tree, I don’t rebuke people. I use it to present the gospel. I tell them, Oh what a beautiful tree. It reminds me of the tree (Cross) Jesus died for us all. Oh, the lights tell me that Jesus is the light of the world and we are called to be lights in a dark world. The beautiful decorations makes me think of the beauty of the bride of Christ.

So rather than helping the left wing secular movement and some Muslims who are all out to stop Christmas, let us thank our Victorian State Premier Ted Ballieu for challenging people to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I see nothing wrong in remembering the birth of Jesus during Christmas and doing your best to share Jesus with everyone possible, using every possible opportunity.”

After his challenging messages, many were so appreciative for the insight they received. Then Nigel & Shannen Nalliah left the crowd speechless with a fantastic song, ‘Oh Holy Night’. The people gathered just lifted their hands and worshipped God.

Then there was a big surprise when Pr Daniel & Maryse (his wife) sang together ‘For Unto Us A Child Is born & Because He lives”. Everyone was on their feet worshipping the Lord.

And then the final special item was ‘The sounds of Africa’ led by brother Ola & his family. This got everyone in the building dancing and praising God as the presence of God filled the place!

The night ended with ‘Silent Night’ being sung with candle light.  Everyone raised their candles with hands waving in the air, and lifted up awesome worship to heaven.

We give God all the glory for the extraordinary Christmas Carol service which was followed by a lovely time of fellowship and delicious food.

 

 

For those of you in the Melbourne area, our weekly intercessory prayer meeting for Australia’s transformation is this Friday 17th December at 7:30pm.

Pr Conrad Desilva from Sri Lanka, a young man being used mightily by God in a Buddhist nation will be ministering at 9:30am worship service this Sunday 19th December.  He used to be in the same youth group where Pr Daniel was the youth leader in his church in Sri Lanka around 20 years ago.

Pr Daniel stated,  I am so excited to see one of the young men that we disciple so many years ago in Sri Lanka, now coming to preach at CTFM in Australia.”

Pr Daniel will speak at the 6.30pm service on Sunday 19th December.

Our weekly Youth / Young Adult service is at 5pm this Saturday 18th December.

All these services will be held at Catch the Fire Ministries Apostolic Centre at 23 Melverton Drive, Hallam   (Melways Ref: 96 G2)

Rising Up Australia and the Nations as His Kingdom Comes,
 
Jason Golden
Catch the Fire Ministries


18 Responses to “Jesus is the Reason for the Season / A wonderful night of Christmas Carols”

  1. 1 Pastor Victor

    Greetings in the Lord. I am happy to read yours . And trust that the Lord has brought us together for a divine reason. Will share more later on. We juts finished a wonderful revival meetings in one of our churches and were much blessed. Many people came to the Lord. We are touched at what God is doing in our Ministry this days. We are now resting as we have been very tired from that. We are also planing to visit our Narok and Turbo Churches , and therefore thinking of how you reached to as and even though you dont have anything but I know God has apurpose in between and I no the lord is time is better than the time of ahuman and what Iwant to tell you is one thing in come my main aim to email you is to acomplished what God has directed has to do AMEN. We are a humble church but rich in the grace of God with a vision to preach the word and therefore have so much to share in the knowledge of God’s Son. may Jehovah God bless you reachly pass our greetings to all of your entire familly and also the church of God.

    Pastor victor

  2. 2 Alan & Bev

    We would loved to have been there, our 2 favourite songs Because He lives and Unto us, how great we have them going and will sing them next Sunday. We make something of all Christmas decorations same as you use it all. God bless you brother Danny and your family we are very proud of you and your stance for Righteousness He is Lord!!

    love Alan and Bev.

  3. 3 Aldy

    Ok thanks and God bless us always…

    ALDY

  4. 4 Ilona

    Thank you for a lovely informed reply to all things pertaining to Christ ‘mass’

    Please also pray for the people who are being discipled here coming from Korea, Taiwan and China; faces shine as they accept Christ and as the Word touches their hearts

    Ilona

  5. 5 Dot

    Hi Jason

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!!! Your words:

    So rather than helping the left wing secular movement and some Muslims who are all out to stop Christmas, let us thank our Victorian State Premier Ted Ballieu for challenging people to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I see nothing wrong in remembering the birth of Jesus during Christmas and doing your best to share Jesus with everyone possible, using every possible opportunity.”

    Christmas trees, carols, Christmas in December and so on -which some Christians oppose on are wonderful tools to remind us of Christ.

    Last night I was fortunate to play my violin at a Christmas party run by a Chinese church. The Lord impressed upon me to play prophetically to a non-Christian man called Simon.Minutes later he gave his life to our wonderful Lord. When you prayed for my wrist to be healed, you said that the Lord would do greater things through my violin. You were so right. What greater thing is there than to be a vessel for salvation. Praise God. God bless you from Dot

  6. 6 Jerry

    Dear brother Daniel, I am not sure if I have sent you this before but it’s a good article. Just want to remind you that all true Christians should know that we have Hebraic roots not Catholic or pagan. Roman Catholics did it for their political gain as they want to control everything, that’s why I don’t want to compromise. I also use Aramaic New Testament which is original as I don’t like Greeko-Roman theology. They wanted to take everything Jewish out of the bible. Greeks are great philosophers. I believe that if one wants to have deeper understanding of God’s word he must think like a Hebrew and not a Greek.

    I think it is important for us to keep commandments of God and His feasts and not commandments of men.

    I pray that Abba Father will bless you with fresh revelation in this season.

    Jerry

    http://www.eliyah.com/paganexp.html

  7. 7 Ron and Barbara Pirie

    Thanks Jerry for your comments of 13th December and it’s so true when you say that “if one wants to have deeper understanding of God’s Word he must think like a Hebrew and not a Greek”. We learned that truth many, many years ago in a Bethel Bible Course. COULD WE ENCOURAGE ALL READERS TO GO INTO THE LINK JERRY HAS GIVEN IN RED AT THE BOTTOM AND READ FOR YOURSELF “Should We Celebrate Christmas?” The article is extremely well put together, with the facts about ‘Christmas’ and will be enlightening to earnest seekers of truth.

    For more interesting reading plus looking at the ‘celebration’ from some other angles, COULD WE ENCOURAGE READERS TO ACCESS THE WEBSITE http://www.gnmagazine.org and in the Search Good News box on the top right-hand side of the page type in ‘The Top 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Celebrate Christmas’ then press the Search icon. The link will then appear at the top of the next page for easy access to the article.

    We pray with Jerry above, that our Abba Father will bless Pastor Daniel and also all earnest seekers with fresh revelation in this season.

    In His Shalom,
    Ron and Barbara

  8. 8 John & Marian

    A Christmas 2010 and New Year 2011 message

    Especially for you!

    At this time of wonder we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

    With our greetings this year we bring two important messages.

    In 2009 whilst we were in worship at a conference in Guildford Cathedral, John had a vision of Jesus in which He said to him “I am coming again…….soon, tell them.” Since that time John was told he must tell them that “Jesus is coming again……..soon” Tell them “The Lord is coming again soon!” TELL THEM. So that was our message last year.

    The 2010 Christmas/New Year message from the Lord Jesus Christ is:-

    “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3 v 20)

    There are many who have not opened the doors of their hearts and really let Jesus in, choosing to put it off – perhaps through being busy, or even ignoring or rejecting His message, we ask you, “examine whether this may be so in your own families or churches”.

    “I am coming soon. Continue strong in your faith so no one will take away your crown.” (Revelation 3 v 11 NCV)
    “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3 v1)
    “and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return….that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.” (Luke 12 v 36)

    “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew 25 v 36)

    1. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3 v 20 – 22)

    2. “And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” (John 19 v 5)

    3. “And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1 v 36)
    May it truly be a special time of celebration this Christmas and New Year Season.

    John emissary and Marian, prayer co-ordinator,
    ‘AWAKE’ ministry.

    “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14 v 6 )
    “For there is one God and Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (1Timothy 2 v 5)

  9. 9 Audrey & Maurice

    Dear Jason, We had a wonderful time on Saturday as we held our last Saturday afternoon of the year when we had a wonderful Christmas Lunch together. We celebrated the Lord’s Supper at the end of our meal and then sang Christmas Candles. Praise the Lord everyone was blessed and didn’t want to go home as we were so conscious of the Lord’s presence and the wonderful fellowship we enjoyed together. We rejoice that you had such a precious time at CTFM too. Audrey & I wish you all a Happy & Blessed Christmas there at CTFM.

    Love and prayers. Audrey & Maurice.

  10. 10 Richard

    Dear Christian friends

    My sincere greeting to you all in the name of LORD Thanks for the email sent me today and I am always glad when I receive mail from you.

    Richard

  11. 11 The Age Newspaper

    Belief in Christ still the biggest

    December 13, 2010 – 3:00AM
    To view the entire article, click on: http://www.theage.com.au/world/belief-in-christ-still-the-biggest-20101212-18tzy.html

  12. 12 Malcolm

    Hi, Ps. Danny et al;

    I heard this story about the Christmas Tree tradition, and have found it very helpful:

    The story goes that St. Boniface of Mainz (who came originally from Crediton in Devon) was ministering in what is now Germany, during the times when pagans made sacrifices to their local gods. Apparently, Boniface was in the forest one winters day when he came across some people about to sacrifice a child. They believed that if they did this, the cold, dark, ‘dead’ season of winter would cease, and the sun would return, bringing warmth and light with it.

    Boniface dissuaded them from doing this, using the example of the pine tree, which is evergreen, to show how even in the wintertime God causes life to continue. Further, Boniface explained to them that God had sacrificed His son , Jesus, so that no-one would have to make any further blood sacrifice.

    This is supposedly why people decorate pine trees at Christmastime- to celebrate the coming of the Christ Child, in the middle of winter, giving us the assurance that God has not abandoned us to death.

    I hope this will be as useful to you as it has been to me;

    Happy Christmas to you and all your fellowship.

    Malcolm.

  13. 13 Indri

    Dear Jason,

    I have been tossing back and forth on whether or not to send this email, but I think I need to.

    We have been praying for Oprah lately. We note that she is a new age believer and bringing negative impacts to the people who follows and idolised her.

    We have been praying around the Opera House for this past week, so that God will interfere in the meeting/s set up by Oprah. We cancelled every negative / false teachings which will be discussed in those seminars/meetings.

    Please be prayerful for this too.

    Thanks Jason

    In Christ,
    Indri

  14. 14 Joan

    Wow, just reading this message of your carols’ night has me excited.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Christmas is a pagan festival, but like you, I turn it around, because
    it’s a time when people hear the name of Jesus used in a holy way (not
    as a swear word) and it brings families together. Just love the
    “Christmas for the masses”. I had a friend who, several years ago
    cancelled Christmas in her home and sent no cards due it being “pagan”.
    What we are celebrating is a birth, God with us, Emmanuel, that’s not
    pagan, that’s a fact. Is christmas a festival or a celebration? To
    Christians, it’s a celebration of good news to ALL men. I must admit I
    felt hurt when she cancelled Christmas. For her it was a great relief,
    she said, no more expenses. WWGD. God knows our heart. If we do it
    unto Him he receives our celebration of Him, I believe. O Holy Night,
    what a song, what music. Wish you weren’t so far away. We, the Forest
    Lake Churches are combining for a Christmas Carol Celebration at the
    lake on the 18th. with a sausage sizzle at 5pm and carols and the
    nativity play !
    plus a word spoken by the Baptist minister. About 6 of our Sunday
    School children will take part and a few adults in the choir. Also
    having the baby animal farm come along, that’ll be a big hit with the
    littlies, and a few adults, particularly me. We had a prayer meeting
    tonight in preparation for the evening, seeking good weather, hearts
    touched and changed, prayer for the speaker, etc. etc. There’s us, the
    Forest Lake AOG, the Baptist, S. Army, Uniting, Elevate AOG, and God
    provided the sponsor. It will be a great night and our Lord will be
    there, and we will be listening for the Holy Spirit’s voice as He guides
    us. There is blessing in unity. Thanks again, love, in my Saviour.
    Joan

  15. 15 Hazel

    Thank you for a positive report of Danny’s Reason for the Season! I believe Jesus tells us ‘ as often as you do this, do it in rememberance of me’, He knows that we need to be reminded of the sacrifice & all it entails otherwise we can forget Jesus in the busyness of life & focus on works & not relationship with Him.So too, remember, without His birth we would not have this season to celebrate & think on Him.

    I loved the positive ways Danny expressed the red hat & the season. Now I know how to address these comments.

    God Bless you all throughtout this Season as we contemplate on Him & enjoy the celebrations with loved ones.

    Hazel

  16. 16 PETER AND LILIANA

    DEAR FRIENDS – THINKING OF YOU ALL AT THIS TIME OF YEAR AND WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND AN ABUNDANCE OF JOY, PEACE AND GOOD HEALTH IN THE COMING YEAR – WITH LOVE PETER AND LILIANA

  17. 17 June

    God Bless you all at Catch the Fire Ministries, Have a Christ filled Christmas and a miraculous New Year – Victorious in every way.

    June

  18. 18 Sister Brigitte

    Greeting to you Pastor Danny and Families,

    Thank you so very much for your good wishes. I like to wish you and your beautiful families and Brethrens a Merry Christmas season and soo much great things to follow in Jesus mission acomplishment for the year 2011 for your ministry so have a Happy New Year full of JOY and many blessings from Heaven Praise the LORD.

    from sister Brigitte

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