10 Election Prayer Points

1. Pray for more of God’s Presence to be experienced in your community and our nation (Ps. 16:11; 2 Cor. 3:17).

2. Pray for the church to see the need to repent of personal and national sins in the fear of God (2 Chron. 7:14; 1 John 1:9; Prov. 9:10).

3. Pray for believers to pray to seek God for their neighborhoods and communities (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

4. Pray for godly candidates to be elected, regardless of party affiliation (Ps. 96:10; Ps. 1:1–3).

5. Pray for administrators, legislators and judges to serve in a way that aligns with God’s Word ( Ps. 19:7–11).

6. Pray for elections to be fair, honest, and without corruption (Prov. 16:13).

7. Pray that the Holy Spirit convicts many who do not know Christ, leading them to seek Him as Lord (1 Tim. 2:4).

8. Pray for divine protection over our nation during the critical upcoming elections (Prov. 3:5; Ps. 91).

9. Pray that those candidates who know Christ would openly and courageously speak of their faith and stand firm on their biblical principles(Matt. 5:13-16).

10. Pray that Christians across the nation will persist in seeking God’s purpose for America (and any other country for that matter) beyond the elections, and that God, in his mercy, will usher in a revival (Ezek. 37; Ps.42:1).

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A message on Father’s

Father’s day in USA is June 18th. BUT fathers day in Australia is a different date, as a matter of fact it is TODAY ( September 4th) So I want to shre with you now a message I gave last week at my church for the Sunday Night Service entitled fathers. The Bible reading for the message is John 10:22-30

It can be both a blessing and a challenge to a father like myself to look into Gods word about such a topic and as someone with only 12 years of experience as a father I may not measure up to some others reading this as far as years of hands on knowledge.

On the night I asked the congregation In 5 or less words, when you hear the word father what do you think about? and I got some good answers (most of them 1 word answers), Tell me your answer in the comment box.

In society the world seems to want to take away from the leadership of a father, in fact making it so there seems to be no leadership at all in a family. There is also some out there wanting to start a family more for themselves then for the child to come. I had only a short time to touch on only a few thing about fathers, not only about our earthly things related to the word father but also of cause about the heavenly father. This was not and still is not about pointing the finger at anyone, if I am pointing it at anyone it would be myself. As you read this I pray that you not just see truths about fatherhood, but that you apply them and most importantly that you make sure that you make sure you are a child of the heavenly father!

Throughout history there have been figureheads given the title father, a USA example would be the founding fathers or The early church father..

What does father mean?

Dictionary.com says> a male parent. a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father. any male ancestor, especially the founder of a family or line; progenitor. a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider: a father to the poor. a person who has originated or established something: the founding fathers. a precursor, prototype, or early form: The horseless carriage was the father of the modern automobile. a priest.

Adam was the father of the human race Abraham was the father of the Israelites.

The Hebrew word is Arv meaning chief principal. Look at Gen 2:24 and see its 1st appearance of the word father in the word of God 

The creation of marriage, home and family as a basic continuance of the race and training of the young is so common to human history that people don’t even blink an eye at how it came to be as seen in Genesis. It is certainly not a product of evolution!

A father does not have to be the one who was involved in making you! You may be adopted or may have never really known your father. God can bring a man into the life of an older or even younger  man/ role model. One example is seen in Joseph and Pharaoh, in Genesis 45:8

Sometimes in the life of a man comes another man who has been like a father to him. To advise him, provide for him and to have the authority respect and power of a father. We see the example of Elisha becoming a father to Elijah, 2 Kings 2:12 tells us that. The word father here is master.

One verse that speaks loud to me because my parents were divorce and thus my father was not around in my life much is Psalm 68:5.

We see in God’s word that God is the the father of the fatherless. Maybe you have never know what a father really is. God can take the place of a paren! This is one of the titles that can be given to God, it conveys one of the most striking descriptions that can be given of his character. We see his greatness , his majesty, his power in the world he made, but it is in such expressions like this that we learn what we most desire to know and cannot elsewhere learn, that he the perfect father. He is to be loved as well as feared. Nothing suggests more a state of helplessness and dependence then a condition of orphaned children and widows. Nothing gives a more effective description of the character of God, of his condescension and kindness – that he will take the place of the parent in one case and be a protector in the other. God has given us the greatest example of what a father should be. He cares and has compassion for those who are helpless, fatherless, those in want and need.

12 years ago there was a change in my life, when my son Zac Anthony Claeb Dorsett was born, I wantted more then ever to protect and provide for the need of this little life now a year from being a teen. Isaiah 9:6 we hear about the everlasting father, the title of the Messiah, the father of eternity.

Who is you father? Is it the everlasting father?

In the Old Testament we see fathers who had absolute supreme rights over their children and family and we see the obedience in many cases the children had to their fathers. In Genesis 22 we see that Isaac has total submission to his father, he trusted his father and was ready to give his total obedience over to him. As we study this account in the Bible it is great to read and meditate on the love and sacrifice of Abraham.

Why did God test or try Abraham? Because God wanted Abraham’s full love, the love for his heavenly father – God the Father. In Genesis 22:2 Gods says the Abraham

“And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”

It is interesting to note that this is the 1st time love is mentioned in the Bible, not love for man & wife, a mother to a child, brotherly love, love of country or even love of God. It is instead used of the love of a father for his son, in connection with the sacrificial offering of that only and beloved son!

What are your thoughts of your father or father figure? Is he loving, is he a dictator?

I believe love is the key, a father should have love for his children, he should have compassion and understanding no matter the circumstance. A father that listens and tries to understand his child’s pain and grief. It is not easy especially when you need to discipline a child. We know and we read that when we do this it ought to be with love, when God chastises us for our sins it is with love, it is for our good – Romans 8:28

Love and selflessness builds character in a child. God has character, he puts boundaries for liberty (not freedom) liberty in our environment so that we feel comfortable within it. Not get to the point where your child is thinking I can’t wait until I leave.

This of cause does not take away from God’s direct instruction in Ephesians 6:1-3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”

Obedience can produce a blessing but when they disobey there is discipline as we see in Proverbs 22:15 Show love with authority.

In Genesis 22:2 we read the line “whom thou lovest”  – Here is the account of Isaac we see the love of a father for his son, We can see the love of this Godly father for his son is a miniature picture of the love between God the father and his son Jesus. This love that existed forever, one with no beginning or end. Indeed all true love has its source in God’s love. This love that suffered the most anguish because he had to sacrifice that beloved son he loved so much. Fatherhood includes sacrifice. A father should be willing to sacrifice for his children. His time, his resources, his pride and much more.

Who’s ever heard from a child the words “I want”? Well it is not about what I want but about what my father in heaven wants me to do. What is is  our Father wants us to do? He wants me to accept the sacrifice made for me freely to become his child and if I am his child he wants obedience. The saying goes obedience is better than sacrifice.

The account of Abraham is from the Old Testament, but what about the New Testament? The first book Matthew 3:17Then Mark 1:11Next is Luke 3:22 and (The most obvious verse of all in John) John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

All these verses show the relationship between God the father and his son, more importantly the love of God the father for his son. The father, God the father is the example to us.

We also see the word father in the “Lord’s Prayer” Jesus starts this with “Our Father” OUR! Includes us all, all believers that is. Today this prayer is recited by people of all walks of life, people of the world. But if you are without Christ, if you are not a child of God then you cannot truly say Our Father and meaning it.

Who is you father? is it our father?

Maybe your father isn’t a person! You’re wondering what does that mean?  Maybe your father is a situation, a worldly possession, something self seeking. Is there something in your life that has been or is still controlling your life? Are you letting that rule you instead of God? Then it is your authority, it is your father. Like the corruption in Job 17:14

As we thins on this lets read John 8:38 – 45

“I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.”

Can you truly say that God the father is your father? Do you love the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul? Are you a part of Gods family? Are you (and am I) fully trusting and always following the leadership of the head of not just our household but our lifetime? Can you say with all truthfullness the words of Isaiah 64:8

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”

If you are a child of God then he gives you a promise in Matthew 6:8 and 2 Corinthians 6:17&18 if you obey him and not the world. He is the only 1 true father – Ephesians 4:6.

We see good and bad examples throughout Gods word of fathers. David was an indulging father, Job was a praising father, Jonadab was a commanding father, Enoch was a Godly father, Paul to Timothy was a spiritual father. Amongst all the fathers in the Bible, in this world or in the form of a possession that controls people. If nothing else got through to you in this message then know this, the most important is God the father!

Is he YOUR heavenly father?

I pray that RIGHT NOW you not leave this page without knowing for sure you are a child of God. And if you are his child that you commit to God RIGHT NOW to being a father to your child, your grandchild or the children of the community that reflects the heaven father.

I WANT TO BE THAT MAN

Campsie Food Festival

Campsie Food Festival

Horizon Theatre Company

FORMER MasterChef contestant and dessert king Reynold Poernomo was the star of the show at the Campsie Food Festival. Our colourful characters made a positive environmental impact at the Festival as they roamed up and down Beamish St. Anzac Mall were abuzz with activity with plenty of entertainment and food on offer as well.

Festival-goers descended on Campsie despite the rain on Saturday. Picture: Rob Pozo

Up to 20,000 people converged in the heart of Campsie to sample food from around the world, with about 70 stalls offering goods such as monster burgers, gozleme, dumplings, Dutch pancakes, Korean chips, and German hot dogs. Families were also entertained by cultural performances, a show by Earlwood percussion group Junkyard Beats and Horizon Theatre’s very own EK taking the stag with his Krump moves.

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Christian Science Dinosaur Study

Thinking of adding to your home school year a dinosaur study unit? or just want to teach children more about dinosaurs from a biblical perspective? Below is a sampling of many of the books and resources. Please note that we are YOUNG EARTH CREATIONISTS.
Newer Books
Harder-to-find/Older Books
Awesome Science with Noah Justice specifically the one entitled Explore Dinosaur National Monument
If you know of any others please tell us in the comment area below! #SharingGodsLuv

8 reasons you should bail on your Bible app and get back to your hardcopy

8 reasons you should bail on your Bible app and get back to your hardcopy

Griffin Paul Jackson

The Bible is not just any old book. It’s alive. The stories in it have actual power. It is the Word of God.

And because there’s a spirit and a strength to this book, we treat it differently than the rest of the things we read. We have unique respect for it. We believe it differently than we believe in Divergent. We are captivated by it differently than we are captivated by Lord of the Flies. We trust it differently than we trust Mere Christianity.

And while we don’t worship the Bible, we give it a special place. In our minds, and, probably, on our bookshelves.

Over the last decade, Bible apps and digital scripture have taken off. I think that’s really good news — wordplay intended. Now the Bible can be shared more easily, reproduced more cheaply, and accessed, possibly, more conveniently.

Sentimental as I am…

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Responding as a Christian to the Paris tragedy.

The death toll is high in Paris, in what has been (if media reports are accurate) a series of multiple terror attacks (even though no group has officially claimed responsibility thus far).

How do we respond as Christians?

I will share some suggestions because I believe there are things Christians can and must do to respond to this.

1st. Pray. Pray for the families. Pray for France. Pray for Muslims (yes you are reading correctly). And pray for those who are our enemies. That’s a uniquely Christian thing to do—to pray for all, including our enemies. It’s not easy, but it is our calling. Luke 6:27 & 28

2nd. Love the hurting. Most of us are not in Paris, but we know that Christians are there, along with others, loving those who have lost so many. And, even from where we sit, we can love the French and “weep with them that weep” (Romans 12:15). It was the French newspaper LeMonde that said in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, “We are all Americans now.” Well, today, we are all Parisians.

3rd. Love our enemies. That is what makes our faith unique. This is an attack on all of humanity. When we let that sink in, love isn’t our first natural feeling. But love is what we are called to anyway. Matthew 5:43-45

That response can be hard to come by. We have to consider our own tendencies, and be ready to flee from temptation. Fresh memories come back, and strong feelings rise to the surface. It’s not enough to just give lip service to what we should be doing. We also have to commit to what we should be resisting.

There are at least three things we should NOT do as Christians.

1st. Not hate. That’s what our human nature wants to do. We feel pain, We feel anger, We remember what it feels like to be under attack. And some of us may even worry about people we know who live in France. All these emotions, especially together, can lead our souls to some troubling places. But as Christians the truth is, we are people who live with hope and a mission. We cannot hate a people and reach a people at the same time. As we pray, we must pray for our own hearts to be protected from hate.

2nd. Not take out anger on refugees. This incident certainly reminds us of the importance of security in immigration, and terrorists may very well try to infiltrate such refugees. But among these people are those just trying to live and protect their families. If we start placing blame, and drawing quick conclusions, then we are saying that innocent people should have been denied protection. The gospel frees us to always be people of compassion.

3rd. Not call for a war with Islam. Let me first give the disclaimer that. I do not think that interfaith cooperation is helpful. I do not believe that Muslims and Christians pray to the same God. I believe that ALL people need Jesus, including Muslims, Hindus, and atheists. I want to see Muslims come to Christ (even if they want to win me to Islam). And, we can’t do that by going to war with a billion people. And it is worth saying – There are plenty of people who profess to be Muslims who are not terrorists (Don’t be so lazy to assume that the worst of a group represents the entire group). Too many people make decisions about a group based on what they see on television news. Perhaps a better idea is to meet them, learn about them and treat them as your neighbor.

I must add …

It is not enough for Muslims to point out that these people do not represent the religion. Even if they don’t, Muslims need to take more active measures to protest these heinous acts. They also need to make sure that Muslim countries and societies do not in any way condone extremism, anti-modern attitudes and intolerance towards other faiths.

As we engage Muslims, we do not want, nor should we seek, to pretend that we are on the same path. We are not – Christians and Muslims both want to convert one another. Times like these are filled with emotion, and that is normal. But let’s make sure that our response is more tempered by the fruit of the spirit.

I will continue to pray for Muslims, while always seeking to reach them with the gospel that saves. Here is a short prayer that may help you if words seem hard to come by.

Heavenly Father, Almighty God, I pray today for the people of Paris, that your presence would be seen and felt among them, and that your healing power would be at work. I pray for those who are fighting for life, and for all those who’ve lost someone they love, that you would even now begin the process of strengthening and restoring them. I  pray for ourselves, that you’d show us how to respond, how to support, how to show kindness and love, and how to continue to hope in the midst of such devastating news. And most of all Lord, in a world where anger, war and hatred are often so prevalent, we pray that your Kingdom would come, Your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Foolish mistakes.

Foolish mistakes by @raycomfort

Ray Comfort's Daily Evidence

Skeptics often point to this passage in Judges 19, and accuse God of wrongdoing. However, God didn’t sanction this incident. The Bible is filled with strange, foolish, and wicked acts of men: Lot foolishly offering his daughters to homosexuals, Jephthah’s rash vow (see 11:30–34), and many others. These incidents were not instigated by God, but were recorded for our instruction (see 1 Cor. 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16), so that we wouldn’t make the same foolish mistakes.

Judges 19:23 But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage.24 Look, here is my virgin daughter and the mans concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not…

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