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The Salvation Army Floreat 21st We plant the seed. Our reward is according to our labour

March 2010

We water with our tears of prayer and the teaching & living out of the Word. O u r r e w a r d is according to our labour

God makes it grow according to His purposes. He alone can do this

God protects and makes it prosper.. We rejoice as we do our part with God and for God.

Significance

I’ve always been amazed by some people’s ability to say just the right thing at the right time. I’m sure that it’s not because these people are exceptional in any way, but rather because they are open to being used by the Holy Spirit to accomplish kingdom tasks. How often do we seek a bit of wisdom in our daily living? If we are prudent people, we want to seek it all the time! Picking up the Bible is a great start, and there are bibles out there that give topics to choose from, and point you to the relevant scriptures. When I was researching the topic of wise words for this article, I had a good laugh when I found what the Bible relates wise words to. Check it out. It comes from Proverbs 24:26 “He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.” In other words, receiving wise words is like receiving a good kiss! I like that. But then it got me thinking about kissing, and what the writer of the Proverb really meant. Here’s what I came up with:Just as a good kiss needs to be in the right context, wise words are always

Proverbs 25:11 says “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Kisses are surely . Wise words are like that too. They can leave you feeling speechless, and all you can do is sigh! Proverbs 16:24 says “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Some of my most memorable kisses came from the lips of my grandmother, who often sent me cards with her lips imprinted on them with lipstick. Even though grandma was far away, I was comforted by her love, and I would hold her cards close to my heart. I think I even clutched them when I slept! Like a kiss, wise words bring too. Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned. That I should know how to speak. A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.” (I say Amen! To that me too Lord!).

and Kisses can be . So too wise words. Ecclesiastes 12:11 says “The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.” Wise words certainly drive the point home and many said to me I have never forgotten. . When I’ve Kisses are let my dearest ones down, and I’ve sough their forgiveness, I’ve been touched by the kiss of grace. Wise words are like that too. Finally, wise words can be , just like a passionate kiss. Job exclaims in Job 6:25, “How forceful are right words!” Sometimes wise words challenge us and require something of us, or require us to let something go. I want to welcome the wisdom of God into my life and daily living and pray that He will fill my mouth with wisdom as I fill my head with His Word. How about you?


WORLD EVENTS

RECOMMENDATIONS coming out of a Salvation Army international strategy conference held in London confirm that The Salvation Army will be heavily and closely involved in rebuilding Haiti well past the conclusion of the current emergency situation caused by massive earthquakes. The conference was attended by a delegation from The Salvation Army's Caribbean Territory, representatives from 10 Salvation Army territories involved in the relief and rebuilding process, personnel from The Salvation Army USA National Headquarters, Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) and The Salvation Army International Headquarters.

After a private meeting with Colonel Onal Castor (Territorial Commander, Caribbean Territory) The Salvation Army's world leader, General Shaw Clifton, in a short address to the delegates, thanked everyone for their 'ready and willing response to the crisis ‌ born out of loving hearts. We cannot begin to measure the impact of your swift responses to the crisis – responses through monetary resources, through the releasing of personnel into the crisis zone and through the supply of food, medical and other essential goods.' General Clifton said he, along with Commissioner Helen Clifton and Major Richard Gaudion (Private Secretary to the General), were in Haiti just six weeks before the earthquake struck. The hotel they had used is now collapsed.

Come and join us on Sunday Mornings 9:45am, Songster Room Terri Armstrong Arthur Jackson Colin Golding Mrs. Ellie Norwood Major Laurie Venables Cathy Marion Isabella McGuire who is unwell.

Speaking in response to what he believes has been some unfair press coverage regarding the Haitian people, the General said: 'Our Haitian Salvationist comrades are gracious and dignified people. They are prayerful, warm in worship, responsive to the gospel, joyous in praise and attentive to the message.' He said that throughout the Haitian relief effort 'God is ahead of us and will see us through. Best of all, he is with the people of Haiti and will bless them through the selfless devotion of the people throughout the world who gladly and proudly are ready to be called Salvationists.' Following the General's address leaders of The Salvation Army in the Caribbean presented a paper that outlined the territory's needs. The Territorial Commander stated that as well as the physical rebuilding that is taking place there is also a spiritual awakening. He said that since the earthquake more than 300 people at Port-au-Prince Corps (church) had committed their lives to Jesus for the first time.

Rose Haywood as she prepares for surgery on her leg this week. New initiatives being taken in Sunday School, JYG (previously known as OASIS) and Youth Group,

In an extensive report the Caribbean Territory's Chief Secretary, Lieut-Colonel Lindsay Rowe, speaking on behalf of the Territorial Commander, emphasised the fact that ministering


UPCOMING EVENTS

4th

Easter Sunday Service NO PM SERVICE

NO PM SERVICE 11th RSA Meeting-Songster Room @ 7pm

714th-18th Capt. Andrew, 10 year service review Geelong

11th NO PM SERVICE 15th RSA Meeting Perth Fortress @ 7:30am

16th 6PM YOUTH SERVICE

14th NO PM SERVICE

18th Basketball Church

23rd Pentecost Sunday

19th 2love church, Morely 7:30pm

21st GHC Cluster (C.O.’S)

Parade

GUESTS: Majors Len & Marney Turner, Territorial Candidates Secretarys

6PM SERVICE- Youth Meeting, Lower Hall

21st 6PM SERVICE 22nd Officer’s Day Apart- Floreat

25th NO PM SERVICE

23rd RSA Meeting - Songster Rooms - 7pm

27th RSA Meeting Songster Room @ 7pm

24-30th RSA Week

2nd

6th

PM METRO MEETING 30th NO PM SERVICE

27th Floreat Corps Fete 28th Palm Sunday & OW SOMS Appeal PM SERVICE - Youth Meeting Lower Hall

6PM SERVICE 6th

2nd

Good Friday Service @ 9am Metro Meeting

Corps Council Meeting, Songster Rooms @ 12:15noon

9th

RSA Breakfast Meeting, Perth Fortress @ 7:30am Mother’s Day Service

6PM SERVICE

13th 6PM SERVICE 14th Missionary Ingathering 15th H/L Missionary Ingathering 18th Divisional Youth Church GHC Cluster 20th 6PM SERVICE

to people with disabilities is one of the key areas that needs attention. 'Prior to the earthquake it was usual for those with disabilities to struggle and they rarely received an education. There are now many more disabled people.' He also stated that another vital immediate and long-term need is business development through the generation of employment opportunities for local people. The emergency phase for The Salvation Army in Haiti is expected to last for another six to nine months. During this time The Salvation Army will continue to care for 20,000 displaced people who are living in cramped camp conditions on a soccer field in Port-au-Prince. Emergency assistance will also be ongoing for

those who were adversely affected in Jacmel and Petit Goave.

increased partnerships with nonArmy donors will be part of the process.

One of the urgent challenges for The Salvation Army is the relocation of the 20,000 people from its emergency camp to transitional housing. It is hoped this housing will be constructed before the end of the year.

The Salvation Army in Port-auPrince provides essential services to one of the poorest areas in Haiti and conference delegates strongly expressed their belief that The Salvation Army's facilities needed to be rebuilt as quickly as possible. Most of its buildings have been so badly damaged that they will need to be demolished.

As well as committing to the ongoing emergency relief, at a cost of up to US$500,000 per month, the conference delegates offered funding for community and building projects costing millions of dollars that could take more than five years to complete. Despite the generous offers many more millions of dollars will be needed to complete all that needs to be done and

Lieut-Colonel Rowe said that almost all of the city of Port-auPrince will have to be demolished. It has been estimated that it will take a year just to clear away the rubble. 'This is a sensitive area as there are still many bodies in the rubble,' he added.


During the next few months prioritisation of the transitional and long-term projects will take place, applications for further funding will be processed and some projects commenced while emergency relief service continues. In working through what needs to be done the delegates divided into three groups that covered the emergency phase, community and development projects and infrastructure perspectives. These groups provided the foundational information for the final recommendations.

he was dead, he was taken down from the cross and laid in a borrowed grave through the courtesy of a friend.

ou may have seen this before but I feel sure as the Easter Season approaches it will do us all good to read these words again.

Twenty wide centuries have come & gone, and today he is the centrepiece of the human race and the leader of all human progress. I am well within the mark when I say that all the Armies that ever marched, all the Navies that ever were built, all the Parliaments that ever sat, and all the Kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has this one solitary life. EASTER SERVICES

ONE SOLITARY LIFE Unknown

We have received the following letter from Family Voice Australia please read and if you feel inclined to make a difference fill in document attached : Please help us seek tougher action on child pornography. The WA government is acting to give children stronger protection through the introduction of the "Child Exploitation Material and Classification Legislation Amendment Bill 2009". The Bill would prohibit a wider range of material involving the exploitation of children, child pornography and cruelty to children. However, the Bill could be significantly improved by making two changes: 1. In the definition of ‘child’, the age should be increased from 16 to 18 years. 2. The 'literary' or 'artistic' merit defence for child pornography should be removed. Family Voice Australia has prepared an open letter to WA Premier Colin Barnett which argues for these two changes to be incorporated in the Bill.

Good Friday @ 9:30am Here is a man who was born in an Metro Meeting @ 3pm Morley obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in Easter Sunday @ 10:30am an obscure village. He worked in NO PM SERVICE a carpenter shop until he was thirty, & then for three years he QUOTE FROM GENERAL BOOTH was an itinerant teacher. “We hear a good deal about individ(preacher) ual prayer but we do not hear nearly He never wrote a book. He never as much as I should like to hear held an office. He never owned a nor do I see anything like as much as home. He never had a family. He I should like to see - of the congrenever went to college. He never gation, the people, praying. We travelled, except in his infancy, want to get our soldiers to pray. The more than two hundred miles matter is very simple. When you get from the place where he was united action you get remarkable born. He never did one of the results, and there is no such easy things that usually accompanies plan of securing united action on the greatness. He had no credentials part of the soldiers as getting them all to pray. Give them a chance but himself. then, encourage them to pray, and While he was still a young man, bless them when they do pray. It is the tide of popular opinion turned united prayer we want. What we against him. His friends ran have to struggle after is agreement, away. One of them denied him. in faith locking our arms about one He was turned over to his another and round about the Christ enemies. He went through a who is in our midst. If we all agree, mockery of a trial. He was nailed if we work for it and believe for it, we upon a cross between two thieves. shall receive it and go away and act His executioners gambled for the in the power of it.” only piece of property he had on earth, his seamless robe. When William Booth


Open Letter to Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett Please get tougher on child pornography Dear Premier, I welcome the move to give children stronger protection through the introduction of the Child Exploitation Material and Classification Legislation Amendment Bill 2009. Particularly welcome is the proposed prohibition of a wider range of material involving the exploitation of children, child pornography and cruelty to children. However, the Bill could be significantly improved by making two changes.

1. In the definition of ‘child’, increase the age from 16 to 18 years The definition of “child” in the Bill, currently only “a person under 16 years of age”, should be changed to “a person under 18 years of age”. The age of 18 years is used for child pornography offences in the Commonwealth, Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. This age is also used in the national classification scheme for films and publications when material involving offensive depictions of persons under 18 is Refused Classification. The age of persons covered by child pornography offences should be higher than the age of consent (16) because child pornography involves the exploitation of children, often for commercial purposes, usually by older males. This is like child prostitution and child sexual servitude. For these offences a child is defined as anyone under 18. A pornographic picture of a 16 or 17 year old girl could be circulated to thousands of men and could remain on the internet for years. Girls and boys in this age range need the protection of the law from exploitation by older adults.

2. Remove the literary or artistic merit defence for child pornography The Bill currently allows a defence against child pornography offences by an appeal to the “literary” or “artistic” merit of the material. The corresponding Commonwealth and Victorian offences do not allow for this defence and an inquiry has recently recommended that the defence be abolished in NSW law. The existence of the defence of artistic or literary merit for child pornography suggests that such pornography is acceptable if the material is sufficiently artistic or literary. I do not accept that art or literature can be a valid excuse for child pornography. Premier, please help protect our children from child pornographers. Yours sincerely,

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.......................................................................... to: FamilyVoice Australia, GPO Box 9894, Perth WA 6848 by 31 March 2010


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