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IMPRINTS # 4   Sunday 28th October 2012

I have promised – Now what?

The results of the fund raising dinner and pledge giving last week are:

As a local church we have raised $65,000 for the vision we shared last week.

Thanks for your generosity!

You can still give or pledge today and be part of the whole team who are giving.

Now that you have planned to give towards a Kingdom Project what is the next step?

Sow a seed to kick start your flow.

2Co 9:10  And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].

God says He gives to you the seed and the bread. He gives you seed for sowing.

As any farmer knows, seed in the barn is not producing anything, it’s only seed in the ground that is multiplying.

It is so very important hat you begin your pledge giving by putting some of it into the ground of Kingdom purpose right away. Every year some people think, “When I get some spare money I will put a chunk of it into the Kingdom Advance giving.” But as the year goes by that just never seems to happen, and when the end of the year comes there’s no opportunity to complete the giving pledge.

Ecc 11:4  If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything. (GNB)

If your seed is in the ground, something is working, you can’t see it yet, but something is happening.

Mar 4:26  And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground,

Mar 4:27  And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases–he knows not how.

Mar 4:28  The earth produces [acting] by itself–first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Mar 4:29  But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready.

Something’s going on in that soil, the seed is at work, it’s a law of nature, but you must be patient.

Pray over your seed

Just like the seed growing in the ground needs rain, so your seed needs to be watered with faith. Your expectation of the blessing of God is going to nourish and tend the miracle growing in the ground. If you are thinking all the time, “It’s hard times, I never have enough, I wish I didn’t give that money.” Then you will be making room for crop failure. God has promised to multiply your seed, so imagine it and see the vision fulfilled.

Mat 9:28  When He reached the house and went in, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, Yes, Lord.

Mat 9:29  Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you;

Rejoice that you have given to God

We rejoice in the opportunity to give to God. It is our love for God even more than our passion for the vision that inspired us to give. We are so happy that our gifts make a big difference to the lives of others, but it is our hearts to desire to show our love and appreciation to God for all that He has done for us, and so we give above and beyond.

2Co 9:7  Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. [Prov. 22:9.](AMP)

2Co 9:13  This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. (MESS)

Expect an Abundant blessing

2Co 9:7  Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. [Prov. 22:9.]

2Co 9:8  And God is able to make all grace (every favour and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

Isaac sowed in a time of famine and reaped 100 fold.

Gen 26:1  AND THERE was a famine in the land, other than the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.

Gen 26:12  Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favoured him with blessings.

In this season of the Australian economy where the future seems uncertain, you have decided to be generous. Your faith makes room for God to sustain and bless you through what ever comes your way.

We have an attitude that by faith we war a good warfare over our seed. WE are strong in faith believing that the promise of God is for His people to experience abundance. This promise is received by faith like every other promise. At times there are obstacles and challenges to faith, but we hold fast the confidence of our faith steadfast till the end.

Asking God for His provision is making a demand upon His ability.

Mar 11:24  For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]. (AMP)

Just look with me for a moment at the word “ask” and what it really means in this verse….

The word “Ask” in the original Greek language G154 αἰτέω   aiteō   ahee-teh’-o

Of uncertain derivation; to ask (in generally): – ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require. Compare G4441. (That is looking at other times words are translated as “ask” in English)

 G4441- to question, that is, ascertain by inquiry (as a matter of information merely; and thus differing from

G2065, which properly means a request as a favour; and from

G154, which is strictly a demand of something due; as well as from (That’s the one from this verse)

G2212, which implies a search for something hidden; and from

G1189, which involves the idea of urgent need); by implication to learn (by casual intelligence): – ask, demand, enquire, understand.

Thus in this verse Jesus is saying make a demand of something due. To ask here implies great desire, even craving, as well as making a demand for something.

This is not “If it be thy will, Lord” kind of prayers. This is storming the gates of heaven type prayers and “not taking no for an answer” type prayers.

We are in for a season of financial strength and great blessing. Let’s rejoice in the Lord for His goodness.

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Christian Outreach Centre, one of Australia’s largest Christian movements, has elected a new Chairman for its Oceania region covering 24 nations with a combined population of some 37.7 million people.

He is Ps Ross Abraham, former Queensland State Chairman for COC, and Lead Pastor for the Elevation multi-campus churches in Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Townsville.

Ross and his wife Kathy both come originally from Townsville, moving to Brisbane in 1986. He joined COC’s Brisbane staff in 1988 as Youth Pastor.

Ross replaces Ps David McDonald, who had held the position of Australian National Chairman for 13 years.

COC’s Oceania region, with some 55,000 members, has 700 churches, four major schools, a State-accredited tertiary college, several child care centres and Bible and ministry schools and Global Care, a disaster relief agency with 4000 registered volunteers.

He said: “I take my new role very seriously indeed, and will dedicate my time and energy not just to building COC numerically and geographically, but even more importantly to develop stronger relationships between our churches and their local communities.

“It seems all we hear about in the news is conflict and trouble – the role of the church should be to bring harmony, and to play a positive role promoting peace and unity in our nations, cities and towns.

“Oceania is a big region, and I do not underestimate the challenges in terms of different cultures and traditions. But for me, it is more about what we are for, than what we are against.

“I believe our churches should be champions for righteousness across our great region, and I have set up core unifying values emphasising faith with stewardship, growing interpersonal relationships, winning souls, influencing communities and helping individuals to learn and be equipped for life.”

Christian Outreach Centre and its disaster recovery arm, Global Care, have been honoured publicly by the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Federal Opposition Leader and several State premiers:

  • I am pleased to send my congratulations to Christian Outreach Centre … As you champion Christian values, your devotion inspires goodwill and provides a source of support to people in times of stress and difficulty. We saw this as your members gave assistance during the Queensland floods as Global Care volunteers … your engagement with the wider community is strengthened through the care and generosity of your congregations. You continue to champion fine values and educate our youth to be respected citizens – Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Australia’s long Christian heritage stems from our earliest years as a nation … the dedicated charitable work of Christian Outreach Centre is an excellent example of this great Christian contribution to Australian society …This year I particularly commend the volunteers of Global Care, your disaster recovery arm … the Global Care motto “mates helping mates” is a marvellous illustration of the connection between Christian charity and the Australian way. – The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia
  • I am pleased to send my congratulations to Christian Outreach Centre … you have continued your mission to promote good values and engage with all members of our community. I also congratulate you for the work of Global Care …from the aftermath of the floods in Queensland to the Victorian bushfires, Global Care volunteers have been there to provide a helping hand to people and communities – The Hon Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition
  • In a world of constant change, it is reassuring to know that faith communities like Christian Outreach Centre are growing strong … your global network of churches administer an antidote for the mounting stresses and complexities of this modern age … I am proud that COC and your disaster relief arm Global Care started in Queensland, but even more proud that your ministry and charitable works now extend way beyond our State lines – The Hon Campbell Newman MP, Premier of Queensland.

For further information:

Conor Murphy email pa@elevationchurch.com.au

phone 07 5597 2955 mob 0402 862 048.

John Gagliardi email jgagliardi@coc.org.au

phone 07 3457 1079 mob 0430 739 112.Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.

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Schoolies 2012

Trust this email finds you well, refreshed and energised as we head towards the end of another year! What an incredible conference we have just had as a movement, such unity and what a blessing to be able to honour Ps David and Tricia in such a wonderful way and how exciting to hear the vision that Ps Ross and Kathy have for the future.

We are now only 5 weeks out from the first Schoolies/Leavers celebrations kicking off in full force! We would love to have you partner with Red Frogs as we send out some 1,400 volunteers to serve and influence the 70,000 Schoolies/Leavers who will be celebrating the end of their secondary education.

You can partner with us in the following ways:
1. Prayer
We would love you to join us in praying for a healthy Schoolies this year. We believe that God is constantly taking ground through the work of Red Frogs in the locations where we provide a positive presence and it is only through prayer that this is possible. We are praying corporately every Monday night for the next 5 weeks as well as establishing a prayer roster for the duration of Schoolies. It would be fantastic to have you and your congregation onboard. Please email prayer@redfrogs.com if you would like to be a part of this.
2. Volunteers
Sending your Young Adults on a missions trip into their own backyard is not only more affordable than heading overseas but it is also an incredible way for them to reach out to local Australian youth at a time when they are making life changing decisions. Our experience dictates that often it is the volunteer that walks away with a new found passion for reaching their community and they carry this passion back with them to the local church.
3. Sponsorships
We have established the Simon Campbell Memorial fund in memory of Simon and his huge involvement in beginning what is now Red Frogs. This fund has been established to be able to sponsor young people who would love to serve in Red Frogs but do not have the funds to participate. You can donate to the fund by clicking on this link.
4. Pancake Shakers
Last year we had 4,000 requests come through the Red Frog Hotline for pancakes and that doesn’t include random acts of pancakes performed by the teams or any building cook-ups that were done (equating to over 50,000 pancakes)! This means that we need a lot of pancake shakers! Click this link for more information.

We would also like to extend an invitation to you to attend a VIP tour of a Schoolies location close to you. If you are interested in this, please email Larnie Bramley (larnie@redfrogs.com).

We look forward to your partnership in some shape or form, no matter how big or small! If you would like to have a chat about any of this in greater detail, please feel free to call us on 1300 557 123 or email info@redfrogs.com.

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Message 14 October 2012 PM

People sometimes complain about various things in church.

Someone didn’t greet me, someone spoke against me, someone hurt my feelings.

Sometimes we may even face a little persecution as people scratch our car, or let the tyres down or scream abuse at us just for being a Christian. But compare this with real challenges faced by God’s warriors the early days of the Salvation Army.


In 1865 Booth was in the East End of London, preaching to crowds of people in the streets.

Booth soon realised he had found his destiny, and later in 1865 he and his wife Catherine opened ‘The Christian Revival Society’ in the East End of London, where they held meetings every evening and on Sundays, to share the repentance that salvation can bring through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to the poorest and most needy, including alcoholics, criminals and prostitutes. The Christian Revival Society was later renamed The Christian Mission.


At one stage it was hard to find a new convert who hadn’t come out of jail, been a prostitute or a thief or a beggar before turning to Christ. Booth’s converts rarely ever backslid. In the first 16 years of the Salvation Army 250,000 came to Christ in England alone. Their war-cry was “Blood and Fire”

Slowly The Christian Mission began to grow but the work was difficult and Booth would “stumble home night after night haggard with fatigue, often his clothes were torn and bloody bandages swathed his head where a stone had struck”, wrote his wife. Evening meetings were held in an old warehouse where urchins threw stones and fireworks through the window. Outposts were eventually established and in time attracted converts, yet the results were discouraging. The Christian Mission was just one of about 500 charitable and religious groups trying to help the poor and needy in London’s East End.[6]

Booth and his fellow brethren in Christ practised what they preached and performed self-sacrificing Christian and social work, such as opening “Food for the Million” shops (soup kitchens), not caring if they were scoffed at or derided for their work.


Booth preached inside the pubs in the poverty stricken East End of London.

He was thrown out time and time again. One time after being thrown out of the pub with force and landing in the gutter he was pelted with rotten fruit and eggs.

He took off his hat and held to his chest and looking up to heaven he exclaimed, “Lord I have found my parish”


As troops marched down the street singing and playing their instruments, it was common for people to throw fruit vegetables and even dead cats at the joyful troopers.

In one season of the fiercest opposition Booth commanded his troops in one part of England to stop marching down the street as the rocks thrown by protesters caused great injury to the troopers. They marched all the same and joyfully bore the marks of their persecution.

When his daughter Evangeline was just 17 years old she went to Paris to preach the gospel with a few other young women. She would go into the pubs to preach but was thrown out over and over again. One night she tried again and they said to her if she did a jig on the bar they would let her preach, so jig she did and followed it up with a fiery sermon in French – her second language.

When Booth was starting the Salvation Army God gave him a vision.

Here is a reinactment of the vision God gave him….. http://youtu.be/xOf4Slt7S20

Soon Booth was sending Soldiers out all over the world. George Railton went to America in 1880.

Here is a part of their history on film… http://youtu.be/7coHc9SUcvY   1.40 mins   to  5.39 mins

One day in later life General William Booth was walking home, he was tired and old and on passing the bridge near his home he noticed a beggar sleeping under the bridge. Upon reaching home he chastised his oldest son Bramwell Booth who was about 40 for not seeing the beggar earlier and bringing him home for a meal.

Booth had a cry, this is what he lived and this is what he spoke…

I’ll fight

http://youtu.be/j9e0AFcsMyI    1.00 min

When lives like this one inspire us to live for Christ. Don’t be a complainer with tiny little troubles. Don’t think that life is just to be lived for our pleasure, the lost are calling out for help. Don’t be afraid to stand up for Christ, Australians are longing to see real Christians. We serve the same God that William Booth served. He changed the world with passion and service, it’s time for us to do the same.

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– Sunday Morning message 14OCT12

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OCTOBER is stewardship month. It’s where we plan to make a big difference in the lives of others. Next week we are holding our annual fundraising dinner – it’s called the Imprints Dinner. You’re invited. It’s free of charge and we will be inviting you to pledge an amount of money to create a lasting Imprint in the lives of others. These people are table captains and have tickets. Please se one of them for a ticket. I invite everyone in this church to donate something towards the vision of changed lives. I encourage everyone to participate in the yearly giving.

You might say…..

  1. I have nothing to give – Let me tell you about Lois McGifford. Everyone can do something. You could give $5 a week?
  2. I pledged last year and my finances fell apart and I didn’t complete my giving. This season of giving ends at 31 October. IF you haven’t completed your pledge by then it is cleared… we hit the reset button. All uncompleted pledges are forgiven. This time around, sow something; because you must have seed in the ground for God to bless. Pray over your seed. Believe that God will return to you all that you need for your family and plenty over for the donation.
  3. All the church wants is your money. The truth is, all the church wants is changed lives. All Coles wants is your money, all Woolworths wants is your money. Think how many lives are ruined by the pokies, the races, drugs and booze – these are the things that take the money from peoples lives and create ruin and destruction. The church creates life and brings answers to people to help them.

Here’s where your money will go this coming year.


  • Facility Upgrade – So we can do more in this local church
  • Community Kitchen – free lunch and dinner – feeding people every week. Now food parcels are commencing.
  • Assault on Family Violence – this church is part of the answer to help the worst family violence region in Victoria – right here on our doorstep.


  • Commencing an internship program in our bible college. Raising up the next generation of leaders to serve in the work of the church in ministries like Youth, Red Frogs, Children’s ministry etc etc. Internships will train leaders from all over Victoria


  • Destiny Rescue – saving little girls from a life of sexual exploitation. Now operating in 6 nations.

Here’s what your kind donations have achieved this year.


Community Kitchen – Provided over 5000 meals this year. The giving is not just the food but the love and acceptance of lonely and hurting people in our community.


New Church Commenced – We planted the new church into south Yarra with AJ and Bronnie. At the present time there are approximately 50 members in the church and AJ and Bronnie are seeing people saved and lives changed.


Destiny Rescue – This calendar year alone 150 girls have been rescued out of Sexual slavery in Thailand and Cambodia through the work of Destiny Rescue.

THANK YOU – THANK YOU  – THANK YOU  to everyone who gave over the last 12 months.

Do you know the story of George Muller?

There’s a story about leaving an imprint on many lives.

You have the opportunity to leave your imprint on many lives.

George Müller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_M%C3%BCller

27 September 1805 – 10 March 1898), was born in Germany and later came to England as a missionary.
His early life was not marked by righteousness – on the contrary, he was a thief, a liar and a gambler. By the age of 10, Müller was stealing government money from his father.[4] While his mother was dying, he, at 14 years of age, was playing cards with friends and drinking.[5][6]  Later, a fellow student (Beta) who invited him to a Christian prayer meeting. There he was welcomed, and he began regularly reading the Bible and discussing Christianity with the others who attended the meetings. After seeing a man praying to God on his knees, he was convinced of his need for salvation. As soon as he got home he went to his bed where he knelt and prayed. He asked God to help him in his life and to bless him wherever he went and to forgive him of his sins. He immediately stopped drinking, stealing and lying, and began hoping to become a missionary.  He was a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down orphanage in BristolEngland, which cared for 10,024[1] orphans in his life.[2] He was well known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.

The work of Müller and his wife with orphans began in 1836 with the preparation of their own home at 6 Wilson Street, Bristol for the accommodation of thirty girls. Soon after, three more houses in Wilson Street were furnished, growing the total of children cared for to 130. In 1845, as growth continued, Müller decided that a separate building designed to house 300 children was necessary, and in 1849, at Ashley Down, Bristol, that home opened. The architect commissioned to draw up the plans asked if he might do so gratuitously.[16] By 26 May 1870, 1,722 children were being accommodated in five homes, although there was room for 2,050 (No 1 House – 300, No 2 House – 400, Nos 3, 4 and 5 – 450 each). By the following year, there were 280 orphans in No 1 House, 356 in No 2, 450 in Nos 3 and 4, and 309 in No 5 House.[17]

Through all this, Müller never made requests for financial support, nor did he go into debt, even though the five homes cost over £100,000 to build. Many times, he received unsolicited food donations only hours before they were needed to feed the children, further strengthening his faith in God. For example, on one well-documented occasion, they gave thanks for breakfast when all the children were sitting at the table, even though there was nothing to eat in the house. As they finished praying, the baker knocked on the door with sufficient fresh bread to feed everyone, and the milkman gave them plenty of fresh milk because his cart broke down in front of the orphanage.[18]

Although he never asked any person (only God) for anything, Müller asked those who did support his work to give a name and address in order that a receipt might be given.

Müller prayed about everything and expected each prayer to be answered. One example was when one of the orphan house’s boiler stopped working; Müller needed to have it fixed. Now this was a problem, because the boiler was bricked up and the weather was worsening with each day. So he prayed for two things; firstly that the workers he had hired would have a mind to work throughout the night, and secondly that the weather would let up. On the Tuesday before the work was due to commence, a bitter north wind still blew but in the morning, before the workmen arrived, a southerly wind began to blow and it was so mild that no fires were needed to heat the buildings. That evening, the foreman of the contracted company attended the site to see how he might speed things along, and instructed the men to report back first thing in the morning to make an early resumption of work. The team leader stated that they would prefer to work through the night. The job was done in 30 hours.[24]

By the end of February 1835, there were five Day-schools – two for boys and three for girls.[11] Not receiving government support and only accepting unsolicited gifts, this organisation received and disbursed £1,381,171[1] ( approximately $2,718,844 USD) – around £90 million in today’s terms[12] – by the time of Müller’s death, primarily using the money for supporting the orphanages and distributing about 285,407 Bibles,[1] 1,459,506 New Testaments,[1] and 244,351 other religious texts,[1] which were translated into twenty other languages.[13] The money was also used to support other “faith missionaries” around the world, such as Hudson Taylor.[14] The work continues to this day.[15]

Let’s think about George Muller’s life.

  1. There was gratefulness there for his salvation after coming to Christ from a miserable background. Are we truly thankful for what we have? Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].
  2. He immediately wanted to serve Christ from gratefulness – He travelled to England as a missionary. 1Th 1:4  It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. [MESS]
  3. He sacrificially gave of what he had opening up his own home for orphans. 2Co 8:3  I was there and saw it for myself. They gave offerings of whatever they could–far more than they could afford!– 2Co 8:4  pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians. [MESS]
  4. He had a deep trust that God would supply all that was needed. Php 4:19  You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. [MESS]
  5. God did miracles every day. Mat 21:22  And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. [AMP]

What would stop you leaving an imprint on many lives?


When we want for ourselves and we fail to see the needs in others lives, then we may end our lives richer but morally there’s nothing in the bank.

God says Pro 19:17  He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.

When you choose to be generous, you actually make room for God to bless you.

Tough times?

Isaac sowed in a time of famine and reaped 100 fold increase.

Gen 26:1  AND THERE was a famine in the land, other than the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.

Gen 26:12  Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings.

You can walk in faith. Choose to believe God that He will be your provider. Have faith in all that God has promised to you.

Failure to see the big picture?

Yes, what you do will make a huge difference. When we realize that we Australians are the richest people in the world don’t we have an obligation to do something for others?


Failure to see the joy in giving.

If I could just take you right now to the orphanage in Thailand and see the faces of the girls you helped to save this year, you would cry and you would doing everything you could to make sure that you did more for these precious lives. You’ve gotta be there for the impact, that’s why at the dinner we do video ad pics of the impact of your giving.




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Preaching 7 October 2012 AM

Across the sands of time walk the men and women of greatness, leaving behind them their imprints on changed lives.

You too can leave behind you the effects of your work and generosity in the form of changed lives.

Sir Fred Hollows

Sir Fred Hollows, left behind an imprint of thousands of lives changed through provision of sight. Fred Hollows, was an ophthalmologist who became known for his work in restoring eyesight for countless thousands of people in Australia and many other countries. It has been estimated that more than one million people in the world can see today because of initiatives instigated by Hollows, the most notable example being The Fred Hollows Foundation. When people give to the foundation – lives are changed.

Andy Gourley

Andy Gourley has taken Red Frogs as an organisation around the world. This Chaplaincy Organisation that began in Christian Outreach Centre reaches out to year 12 students at Schoolies week and then later at University O week activities. They are the chaplains that serve with love to protect the brightest and best youth of today, our future leaders from harm due to binge drinking and dangerous behaviour at schoolies week. With many young people becoming Christians at schoolies week and then also later at uni campuses Australia’s future will see the imprint of the work of Red Frogs in people who’s lives took a turn for the better because of Andy Gourley. When people give to Red Frogs – lives are changed.             http://au.redfrogs.com/

Tony Kirwan

Tony and Jenni Kirwan who started Destiny Rescue in this local church, lead a massive team of people now operating in six nations, building over 30 orphanages and rescuing this year alone 150 young girls from brothels. Their work will leave an imprint in the lives of tens of thousands of young women whose destiny has been changed though vision and giving. When people give to Destiny Rescue – lives are changed.      www.destinyrescue.org

Have you considered how your life can leave an imprint in the lives of others?

Can you see behind you the imprints left behind because of where you have been with generosity and service?

This church has embarked upon a mission to leave a vast imprint in the lives of Melburnians. Through our work with Primary School mentoring, High School outreach, Community Kitchen, Police Chaplaincy, and Family Violence reduction we intend to leave behind a significant imprint in the lives of many people in this city.


I am inviting you this month to be a part of that imprint into the lives of others.

National Others week


In this local church the whole month of November will be an others focussed month, culminating in Hero Day where we celebrate people who have gone unrecognised in the community for their selfless work.

This month of October is our month when we focus on making a difference in the lives of others – leaving behind an Imprint!

Last year we raised $60,000 in pledges which has created huge impact in Destiny Rescue’s vision, the planting of a new local church into south Yarra with AJ and Bronnie Masefau and the increased impact of the Community Kitchen in this local area – in fact that was a local, national and international impact that was achieved through your giving.

This year your giving will be directed towards these three initiatives:

  1. Raising the next generation of leaders – The establishing of the internships program in our bible college next year.
  2. Destiny Rescue – Continuing our support
  3. Facility upgrade – After nearly three years our church building needs upgrading internally to refresh and improve to meet our needs.

I want to invite you to our Fundraising Dinner to be held this year on Saturday night 20th October here at church. This year our theme is Imprints. The dinner is free and at the dinner we will be asking you to pledge an amount towards the vision as I just outlined. For a ticket Please see one of these ten people:

Craig, John, Bob, Santo, Yas/Alex, Ken, Tas, Eric, Ed, Jess,

At our dinner we will be having a guest speaker Pastor John Morgan an Australian from Indiana in the USA and a guest singer Heidi Popp who has been here before.

Here’s how to make a huge difference with your life!

Let generosity become your foundation.

Jesus said: Luk 6:38  Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back–given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”[MESS]

Giving is inherent in God’s nature, and becomes part of our own nature too as we follow Jesus Christ.

But also Giving takes faith! Faith that God is your provider.

In the world economic environment right now, we have no end of doom and gloom stories about hard times ahead. China is reducing its use of your primary products like coal and iron ore. The European economic zone is a basket case with most counties experiencing national debt that exceeds their GDP.  If you don’t have faith in God as your foundation and provision then there’s not much positive news for you.

But God has a word for you this morning: Isa 35:4  Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”

And: Gen 15:1  AFTER THESE things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.

God wants to show up for you, but it is accessed through faith.

You will never receive by worrying.

You will never receive by complaining.

You will never receive by comparing with others.

You will receive by trusting in God.

Last month we spoke about getting gout of the boat. The Christian life is all about getting out of the boat. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.  – Heb 11:6 [ESV]

Living by faith is essential for true Christians. It is how we normally live. The Just shall live by faith (Rom 1:17) Everyday we practice our faith by prayer, ceasing to worry, sharing our faith, and trusting for His provision amongst other things.

Do you trust him for provision? Is God your provider or is your job? Your investments? Your government benefit? Your parents? Tell me, which of those is completely reliable?

The bible warns us not to trust uncertain riches. The only certain thing is God’s promise to you and to me.

Php 4:19  And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

This promise was given to the Philippians church who gave to Paul’s ministry.

Your faith is demonstrated in your regular faithful giving every week. If you gave only when you had plenty, no faith is required. If you gave only when you felt led by the spirit of God you may have trouble discerning between the voice of the Spirit and your own fears and concerns.

If you give as a matter of principle then your faith is activated and you will be a position to walk on water and grow in faith regularly. Let me tell you …. You want that, because that is the way to grow and achieve much greater things.

God sets a goal for all His people to demonstrate the principle of “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” (Matt 6:33)  It’s called Tithing.

Tithing is giving God the FIRST tenth of all your income.

“Honour the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income.”    – Proverbs 3:9-10

This is how he puts it:

Mal 3:10  Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. [Mal. 2:2.]

When we bring in the tithe or the first tenth of our income – that is a tenth of all the increase we have received this week we are acknowledging that God is the source of all our needs. Giving a tenth means that you realize you didn’t do this all by yourself, God has blessed you and is constantly providing for you.

It also comes with a promise that God will pour out the blessing upon you.

For some people, this step is not seen as a faith step, one of learning to trust God, but as an imposition. Some may say that this is only an Old Testament law and so is not applicable today. To those we must ask, then what is applicable today. To give less? Surely not? We now serve under a better covenant, now we are commanded to recognise that God owns all things and we are but stewards or managers of all that we possess.

Tithing is the base level of Giving and God wants to supply enough for you to bring the tithe into the storehouse – His church and also have enough to give to every charitable need.

2Co 9:8  And God is able to make all grace (every favour and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. [AMP]

If you wish to make an imprint in the lives of others then begin by being a tither into your local church. Chris and I have done this continually ever since we became Christians. Every year we give away between 10% and 20 % of our total income

What is the tithe for?

In the Old Testament the tithe was for the inheritance of the priestly tribe of Levi. (In other words the people called to do ministry) They did not inherit any land in the promised land. God said He was their inheritance but He commanded the whole nation of Israel to tithe and this would maintain the income and provision for he tribe of Levi so they could focus on the House of God.

Num 18:23  But the Levites shall do the [menial] service of the Tent of Meeting, and they shall bear and remove the iniquity of the people [that is, be answerable for the legal pollutions of the holy things and offer the necessary atonements for unintentional offenses in these matters]. It shall be a statute forever in all your generations, that among the Israelites the Levites have no inheritance [of land].

Num 18:24  But the tithes of the Israelites, which they present as an offering to the Lord, I have given to the Levites to inherit; therefore I have said to them, Among the Israelites they shall have no inheritance. [They have homes and cities and pasturage to use but not to possess as their personal inheritance.] (AMP)

In the New Testament God says we give to support the ministry in the body of Christ

1Co 9:13  Do you not know that those men who are employed in the services of the temple get their food from the temple? And that those who tend the altar share with the altar [in the offerings brought]? [Deut. 18:1.]

1Co 9:14  [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel. (AMP)

Of Tithing in His day Jesus said “These things ought to be done” – Matt 23:23

In our local church an anonymous survey reveals that about 64% of the members practice tithing. This is high in comparison to many churches. Our desire in bringing to you an inspiration to tithe is simply because that is what God has commanded.

Furthermore, it is for your blessing which we long to see; and lastly it is essential for the vision of the local church to prosper that we may complete all that God has given us to do.

Will you be a tither? Continue in this good work if you have already begun. Start this walk of faith if you haven’t done so yet. By doing this you can prove God as Malachi 3:10 says.

This month is about leaving an imprint on this world by our generosity and service.

It begins with Tithing and follows on with giving to Kingdom Advance which will take place at our Imprints Dinner on Saturday night October 20th.

Please consider becoming or continuing as a tither so that we can all together make a significant imprint on the lives of others. Also please pray and ask God what you can pledge to this vision over and above your tithe.

Pray for the spirit of faith.

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