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DARE TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE…

Dr Robert & Maureen (2)(March 6, 2017) Robert and Maureen McQuillan reminisce and share a challenge to dare …

An article in a magazine about movies/TV shows/comic characters grabbed our attention last week –taking us back to the fifties, yet speaking about a real need today!

In a day when some serious-minded Christians, including church leaders, are saying that we need a fresh revival, here was an article by the delighted editor about another revival, that of the renowned 1950s British comic book hero – Dan Dare.

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First Eagle, April 14, 1950

Okay… many, especially our younger generation and non-Brits will wonder who’s he? Who was Dan Dare? This editor (not an aged senior, by the  way!) stated it simply – ‘Before there was the science fiction Quartermass, before Doctor Who, before … there was Colonel Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future.

Boldly going places
We can easily add that decades before Star Trek and the Klingons or Star Wars and Dark Vader, there was Dan Dare and his arch-nemesis, the evil reptile-looking Mekon of Mekonta, ruler of the Treens! Decades before James T Kirk ever declared the Enterprise’s mission to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before’ we who were kids in the fifties can reflect and boldly declare that Dan Dare has been there, done that! (more…)

BEING DEFINITELY COMMITTED, DEFIANTLY RESISTANT AND PRAYERFULLY OUTREACHING (June 11, 2016)

James Boyd
James Boyd encourages Christian character commitment and community caring:

I was struck when I misspelled the word ‘definitely’ the other day and the auto-correct tried to get me to use ‘defiantly!’

The difference between these two words is immense – definitely ‘being certain of something’ and defiantly ‘being resistant of something.’

Certainty and resistance
There’s a lesson here: As we walk the Christian path often these two words meet in our journey. Having faith means that we can be… (more…)

با سلام! – A WARM FARSI ‘HELLO!’ (May 3, 2016)

Dr Robert & Maureen (2)Robert and Maureen McQuillan highlight a doorstep challenge…

Something else we observed about that Anglican church recently visited (https://connectingwithyou.net/2016/04/25/reflections/) is a greeting in their website – ‘با سلام!’ Pronounced ‘Salam’ this is a warm ‘Hello’ welcome to Iranian Farsi-speaking visitors and enquirers.

Iran is the world’s fastest growing evangelical population… many Muslims are discovering Jesus, often as the white-robed stranger appearing supernaturally and working miracles. (See April’s Featureshttps://connectingwithyou.net/category/features/).

Good news indeed – but churches need to realise there is a vast mission field here on our own doorstep! (more…)

IS YOUR CHURCH ‘BODY MINISTRY’ EQUIPPED? (Apr 17, 2016)

Dr Robert & Maureen (2)Robert and Maureen McQuillan raise an issue…

Ministry…some Christians foolishly think ‘That’s only the minister’ but 2 Corinthians 3:6 states we’re all ministers – competent servants!

It was great to catch up recently with dearest ‘old friends’ Hans and Ellie Rutgrink,  who almost 40 years ago faithfully assisted us in planting/establishing a new church.

This was immediately after our Bible college days and we will never forget Hans’ joyous melodic phone call: ‘Hallooo, friends. We’re coming to join you…’

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With their commitment, our church grew as we concentrated on teaching Bible truths, avoided time-demanding programs, and relied on the Spirit’s anointing to build the church by building people, Ephesians 4:11ff style. (more…)

THE CHURCH – NOT A BUILDING, BUT A BODY OF BELIEVERS!

Mike ShreveMike Shreve, evangelist, pastor and author, reminds believers of the reality of the church of Jesus Christ…

Firstly, Acts 2:47 explains, ‘The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.’ So from the start, ‘the church’ was a work of God, not a work of man.

Actually the word ‘church’ is translated from the Greek word ecclesia (pronounced ek-klay-see’-ah) meaning ‘called out ones.’ So all who are in the church have been ‘called out of darkness into his marvelous light’ (1 Peter 2:9, emphasis mine).
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THE BUZZ

October Features :

• IRAN – Over 450 Baptisms of Iranian believers
• CALIFORNIA – How Islam Progressively Takes Over Countries
• BELGUIM – Belgistan? ‘Sharia to be implemented worldwide’
• HAVANA –  Suffering Made Cuba’s Church Grow
• USA –  Playboy’s ‘Big News’ is Not what you Think it is!
• GISBORNE –  Springing Into Spring at the Community Garden

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IRAN REGION
Over 450 Baptisms of Iranian Believers

Dan Wooding 2015Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service reports that more than 240 Iranians were baptised recently in two large celebrations in the Iran region.

According to Elam Ministries a further 16 were baptised in a smaller service, and about 200 more are to be baptised at a fourth celebration.
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PHILIPPINES/ THOMASTOWN (Vic)
Frontline Foundation’s Pilot Project a continuing success

Tess  AbadillaConnect City Church’s Tess Abadilla, founder and CEO of Frontline Foundations – dedicated to empowering one Filipino community at a time – is delighted to report that its Let Us Sell Goods project is an ongoing success.

‘The Badjao Community Livelihood Cooperative Program (BCLCP) led by Pastor Albert Santiago in Libjo, Batangas City Philippines has completed its first year of implementation. It’s received the complete funding as per its original proposal,’ says Pastor Tess. (more…)

WHY?

Dr-Robert-&-Maureen-McQuillan_PhotoRobert and Maureen McQuillan share:

Why? – As an adverb the word means ‘For what purpose, reason, or cause; with what intention, justification, or motive.’ As a noun it infers ‘a reason or explanation.’

Parents soon realise that this is one of the first words their children learn. It’s so often repeated that it seems to be the only word they know! (more…)

THE INVERTED ‘T’

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Robert and Maureen McQuillan challenge:

What’s an inverted ‘T’ you ask. Simple…a viewpoint of active genuine Christianity!

Recently we’ve been challenging churches to be relational not religious. We’ve caught listeners’ attention by saying, ‘Image the letter T, then invert it – Tbut ensure the bottom bar extends widely both right and left. (more…)