STOP! PREPARE! CHANGE! STAY AWAKE! BE ALERT! IT’S ADVENT!!!

ADVENT means ‘ a coming’

This Sunday begins the four weeks of ‘Advent.’ The countdown to prepare as we wait in faith, hope and love for Jesus’ coming into our hearts again.

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Mark 13:33-37(Gospel for Sunday-3rd Dec.)

33 Be on guard! Be alert[a]! You do not know when that time will come.34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’

I often hear people say why are we waiting for Jesus if He has already come, TRUE!

But don”t we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations every year?

We live in a fallen world and what a great way to start with advent, to change our ways, to turn back to God, to make Jesus the centre of our lives.

I love the Advent wreath as it helps us focus on Jesus, it helps us keep track of what is to come.  Especially during Advent we open our hearts to God. I try to do that and speaking from experience, I always find myself ahead. I give money and I always have money in my wallet, I help people and there’s always someone there to help me. I fall and by the grace of God, He picks me up, I pray for people and God is there to help them too. God has promised to never leave us and  If you live your life right, God will catch up with you.

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 The first week of advent also marks the beginning of the new liturgical year Cycle B.

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As we wait and prepare this Christmas, we are also waiting and preparing for Jesus’s second coming. We do not know the hour , we do not know the day nor year. We can only be redeemed by the grace of God. He knows what’s in our hearts and we should do everything in our power to try and be the best versions of ourselves.  We should keep a heaven perspective. We prepare our holidays, a marriage, children, to buy a house, to retire etc… well then why not for our eternal future???????????

START NOW, START THIS ADVENT, IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!!!!

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YES! DOES NOT MEAN YES IN EVERY DIRECTION

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IT MAY BE A ”YES” VOTE FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE HERE IN AUSTRALIA…………OR SHOULD I SAY TRANSGENDER MARRIAGE?????

BUT IN GOD’S WORLD IT’S STILL A NO!!!!

I’m sad but not beaten, because I know that God is working moment by moment in the lives of us all. God does not interfere with our free will, God does not stop things from happening either and why should He?

We will things and brings things upon ourselves and then blame God if they don’t work out. You cannot have it both ways. God is not politically correct either, you are either for Him or against Him, there is no middle ground with God.

But I also believe that God does not forget his faithfuls, He will be there for us and not desert us. (See Deuteronomy 31:8 ) It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

As we seek to share the Gospel in an increasingly secular culture, we must demonstrate how the natural result of the Christian sexual ethic is an intact family and culture of human flourishing.(Courtesy of Family Voice Australia)

The state has no authority to change God’s law. God’s law comes before man’s law.

We must acknowledge the laws of our nation and the authority of the parliament, even if we cannot accept a redefinition of marriage as a matter of morality and ultimate truth.

We must commit to being good citizens and neighbours, even as we cannot accept a redefinition of marriage in our churches and lives. (Courtesy of Family Voice Australia)

We now need to continue to pray and write to our local members of parliament that they will vote to protect religious freedoms, freedom of speech and the right for families to say No to radical gender theories and indoctrination in schools through the programmes they teach to our children.

In saying this, we as christians have the responsibility to uphold the law of God, the law that God through Jesus Christ His Son passed on to us thousands of years ago, that now still holds true.

It is pretty clear in Mark 10 what Jesus intended about marriage and passed on to us from the Father

6“But from the beginning of creation, “God made them male and female.’ 7 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

and then we read in Genesis

“And God created man to His own image: to the image of God He created him: male and female He created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.'” (Genesis 1:27-28)

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Article 18
1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
2. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.
3. Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.
4. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions. respect the exclusive character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-General and the staff and not to seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Article 27
In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with the other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practise their own religion, or to use their own language. 

THE BIG DEAL ABOUT MARRIAGE read more FAMILY VOICE -AUSTRALIA

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If the world medical association believes assisted suicide is wrong, then why can’t politicians????

FIGHT FOR THE ONE WHO DIED TO SAVE YOU

SAY NO TO EUTHANASIA/ASSISTED SUICIDE

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EVIL PREVAILS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING!!!!!!!!!

On Thursday, in the state of Victoria, Australia the Senate members of our political system are wrapping up the debate about assisted suicide.

I just wonder if any of the Lower House members who have already passes the bill or the Senate members have even bothered to listen to expert advice from the “WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.” I just wonder if any have looked at statistics of the countries that have already passed assisted suicide bills such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Colombia, and Canada (Quebec since 2014, nationally as of June 2016). Physician-assisted suicide, excluding euthanasia, is legal in 5 US states (Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, and California) and Switzerland.

We know that euthanasia is increasing in countries that have legalized it: an increase of 18 % in the Netherlands in 2011, and another 13% increase in 2012. Moreover, according to The Lancet, 23% of cases of euthanasia are not reported. ( Read more -see link below-courtesy of “LIVING WITH DIGNITY “).

Assisted suicide is wrong at many levels. God wants no part of death. He sent us His son Jesus Christ so that He could conquer death and this is not part of God’s plan. Did God not sent His Son to us to die on the cross?  Suffering unfortunately, is part of this life on earth but that’s exactly why Jesus came to us. If you have to endure pain then God will compensate you in the afterlife. GOD IS FOR SALVATION, politicians are after your approval and votes, they’re not interested in you getting to heaven.  Death without salvation is not perfect. Nothing imperfect shall enter heaven.

Think about the person pushing the button. Why should doctors be put in the predicament of assisting suicide when they don’t believe in it??? I couldn’t imagine how awful that would be. Assisted suicide is not only immoral but it affects the doers on a spiritual/personal level.

I fear for my children and their children’s children.

I personally have gone out to get petitions signed against euthanasia, written to politicians and you can too. It is not too late you can write to them to send your protest here’s the link…. https://www.aph.gov.au/senate/los

Read more below….the effects of euthanasia….

https://vivredignite.org/en/against-euthanasia/ courtesy “LIVING WITH DIGNITY”

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RELIGION AND POLITICS – WHY SEPARATE THEM?

We seem to be moving very fast at this particular point in time, with bills for euthanasia and assisted suicide, marriage equality, radical gender programmes, abortion etc…..with all these issues, who is the best at deciding what is righteous and what is bad for all of mankind? What is best for our spiritual well being?

Laws of state that govern us do not take into account what God wants of us.  What our obligation is in upholding God’s laws. God’s laws are there to protect us from getting into more strife. Laws of state have the potential to grow into something really sinister, land us into more strife and problems that affect others. You can’t remove the human element from all these, lack of monitoring and enforcement from the authorities have the potential for abuse.

Just look at our track record into some of the areas such as marriage, family law-divorce and child protection, jail sentencing and bail for criminals etc….

What is the answer to all this? The answer is in Mark 12:17

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What would the church know about the economy and fiscal policy?                              What would the state know about our spiritual well being? What would the state know about salvation and the afterlife?

As Jesus stated in Mark 12:17

Let the experts do their job and leave the matters of spirituality to God. God wants to save us, God wants us to go to Him when this life ends,  God wants for your inheritance in heaven. God can veto any or all of man’s laws. This world and everything in it belongs to Him.

The spirit of the passage (Mark 12:17) requires us to regard the rights of all beings as sacred, and to give to them all that is theirs.

I. What is due to God? Or what are the things, the property of God, which our Saviour here requires us to render to Him? “The earth is the Lord’s,” etc. Of course we, and all that we possess, are God’s property. More particularly-

1. Our souls with all their faculties.

2. Our bodies.

3. Our time.

4. All our knowledge and literary acquisitions.

5. Our temporal possessions.

6. Our influence.

He, then, who withholds from God any of these things, or any part of them, does not comply with the precept in the text.( Courtesy Studylight.org. )

So, God can veto any or all of man’s laws. He has spoken in the bible, we should follow Jesus’ example and allow Him to guide us through our heaven journey because this life is so short and eternity……  well…………….I still find it hard to fathom, but as for me, I would rather the pain now for the gain later……

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IS LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK LACKING IN THE WORKPLACE?

WE ALL DEPEND ON TEAMWORK TO GET ON IN THIS WORLD AND TO BE A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF A TEAM.

The above quote seems to have gone wayward these days. I am hearing more and more from people in the corporate world that companies are doing away with senior and in some cases, middle management, at the expense of people having no leadership, no shared responsibility, no collaboration, no team building and growth.

As a result, people in the workplace are unhappy,  undervalued and frustrated because no decisions are been made, great ideas are been neglected or not utilised, processing and group dynamics issues are not been followed up, causing delays and poor productivity overall.

I hear the frustration when people are turning up late or not turning up to meetings at all, with no consequences been given. Computers crashing and no one to fix them because the hired technicians are incompetent.

I hear how people become dissatisfied and under utilised, with no one to vent to, no one listening to them and no one to steer the ship. This results in low, productivity, low grade work and people leaving because their role is untenable.

A bit sad actually, who said structure and leaders have become obsolete? Sure saving money and paying exorbitant salaries to overseas CEOs is hitting the company’s bottom line, but wouldn’t building teams with great leaders steering the teams lead to increased self esteem, more confidence and higher productivity?

Has Australia not got any of its own skilled labour? Hiring  overseas staff  is ignoring the unique clientele or audience of the australian culture.  I believe Australia has plenty of local and great people who have all the skills and assets required to move the company forward. Investing in people power is better than any bottom line because if you take care of your team and your staff, the rest will look after itself. When people are happy in the workplace they are more likely to give more of their time than if they were unhappy, undervalued and unsupported.

Take a look at the video clip below on the “Flight of the Geese” and believe in the power of TEAMWORK -where Together , Everyone, Achieves, More.

THE FLIGHT OF THE GEESE

HORROR GENRE MOVIES……………..WHO NEEDS THEM?????????????

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I’m talking about action, adventure, animated, slashing bodies, comedy, gothic, paranormal, supernatural, dead people/zombie, scientific, sci fi horror movies etc etc. I believe that watching horror movies lets some evil into your life.

First of all, the devil and evil are very real things. Spiritual warfare, the constant fight between Satan and his legions and God and his angels over human souls, is a very real thing. Demonic possession and haunted houses are real things.  Hollywood does a very good job of dramatizing these situations. As a matter of fact, Hollywood has become so bold and shameless that their movies are becoming more and more graphic, more bloodthirsty and more about evil possession, leaving no boundaries.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it were art imitating real life or even the life of a satanist, evil/demonic possessed individual. Being paranoid about evil constantly, especially if brought upon by a movie, can lead to an obsession with evil, which can lead to allowance of that evil in one’s life. Evil can be transferred from one person to the other.

Even if you are a person in Christ, would you want to be harassed by voices in your head coming from demons? Would you know what prayers to say to cast the demons out? I would say most people wouldn’t.

I have seen a couple of movie sequels to some old movie originals of late. For one, I was shocked at the difference 10 years can make. Second, the sequel to the 30 years old movie, was depressing and I had to leave after half an hour into the movie.

The very few horror movies I have seen, (some unintentional, not knowing the extent of the horror) made life to me seem worthless, they made me feel that there was no point to this life, no purpose, no matter what I did to try to change it. The destruction and horror of everyday life in the movie,  put me in a state of depression, they instilled fear into me, they started playing on my mind. I had to pray and cast out the evil.

Who needs this stuff? Isn’t life bad enough as it is? Isn’t watching the news enough to make you want to get into a bunker and never come out??????

When my kids were growing up I wouldn’t take them or let them watch horror of any kind. I protected them from all this, I thought life dishes out enough problems to us without adding horror to it.

I understand the adrenaline rush that comes from the music building up and then something popping out. But really? Is it worth the sleeplessness and disturbance to your emotional wellbeing?

Surely one can get an adrenaline rush some other perfectly innocent, healthy, wholesome ways, eg. walking along the beach, shopping, exercising, competing in sports, climbing a bridge etc…etc….

Are you hearing voices in your head that keep you awake? If they’re from the other side, you can be sure that they will get louder and louder, that they will cause you a disturbance and even lack of sleep or even suicide.

We need to focus on what is pure, praiseworthy and what is pleasing to God. We need to live a wholesome life and God will catch up with us and reward us with the desires of our hearts.

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Tragedy, upon tragedy upon tragedy, upon tragedy.

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I WRITE WITH A HEAVY HEART UPON HEARING ABOUT THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS AND THE LOCAL NEWS TODAY.

IT’S NOT GOING TO GO AWAY! YES! IT’S ENOUGH TO MAKE ONE WANT TO GO INTO HIDING.  BUT REALLY! IS THAT GOING TO SOLVE ANYTHING?                       I THINK NOT!!!!!

Despair is something I see often about all sorts of things related to pain, family, children, work, health, death,  money, etc. etc…..because the view is that there is nothing I can do so I might as well give up.  I have never seen anything getting better because of giving up.  We cannot dwell on the past, we can pray about it, we can learn from it and change the future and move forward.

What we all need is HOPE. Hope makes us think of a better way, a better future, hope makes people want to change, make the world  a better place.

Hope is not a virtue  we aspire too much these days.                                                      My philosophy in life is………………………………….. fake it till you make it.

How do I do that?

I pray for help, ask for help, go somewhere else for help, read more, speak to someone who knows more than me about the problem. Try another way. One cannot expect things to change without one doing something about it. God helps those who help themselves.

Hope in a christian context, isn’t just about feeling good and positive, it’s hope in God, trusting in His grace rather than in ourselves.

We can sin against the virtue of Hope through despair. Despair focuses on the problem, instead of God’s grace and power. Despair imagines that God can’t save us, that He doesn’t want to save us. NOT SO!!!! If we deliberately give in to despair, we are disrespecting God, we can fall upon more grief and add to our problems.

Unfortunately, society has become more secular, hedonistic and egotistical.  Hence our problems have increased. Family values have been eroded through the gradual turning away from God and the gospel values of Jesus Christ,  by looking inward rather than outward. Society-turning on itself rather than God. Our values have also been eroded by the media, commercialism and consumerism, by government policies and through sin.

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Making raising a family, more and more difficult and challenging. All you have to do is look at how the family unit is breaking down and the more that happens the more problems arise. Why?????? Because the family is the beginning, the place where faith in God is learnt, where love is experienced, where children feel they belong, where values are taught, where problems are shared and solved. If this is not present, where do people turn to? They turn to money, drugs, sex, crime etc.

We need to turn outwards, we need to turn to God. If we keep our eyes firmly fixed on God and His love, then we can’t go wrong.

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Jesus unfolded Christian hope in the beatitudes, proclaiming that those who suffer trials on earth are blessed in heaven. This hope “does not disappoint” (Rom 5:5) because Jesus has gone ahead “as a forerunner on our behalf” (Heb 6:19-20). Therefore, we can hope to gain heaven and to persevere “to the end” (Mt 10:22). The Church prays for “all men to be saved” (1 Tim 2:4) and she awaits union with Christ, the Bridegroom. “Hope, O my soul, hope. Watch carefully. Dream that the more you struggle, the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved” (St. Teresa of Avila).

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