Trocairie

Trócaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has encountered resistance in response to this year’s Lenten campaign focusing on gender equality. The 30 second TV advert, featuring young female babies, has been regarded as too political for public broadcast.

Trocaire petition for Equality

Trocairie’s BANNED ADVERT

For some reason I couldnt get the advert to show on my blog and it took a while to load on youtube please have patience

A voiceover explains why we’re seeing rows and rows of babies:

“These babies have been born with something that affects more people than malaria, cancer, or even HIV and AIDS. Because of it many of them will be denied an education and condemned to a life of poverty. Thousands of them will be killed. Millions more will be victimised and abused. Because all of these babies have one thing in common: they’re female.”

The super: “Help end gender inequality”.

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI), after receiving concerns from Today FM, ordered radio and TV stations to take the 30-second commercial off-air. It has now been pulled from more than 20 radio stations and a number of TV stations. Trócaire suspects that the real offence was in a petition on its website lobbying the Government to implement UN equality initiatives.

Trócaire, which means “Compassion” in the Irish language, draws its inspiration from Scripture and the social teaching of the Catholic Church. The agency strives to promote human development and social justice in line with Gospel values. Trócaire was given a dual mandate: to support long-term development projects overseas and to provide relief during emergencies; and at home to inform the Irish public about the root causes of poverty and injustice and mobilise the public to bring about global change. Its work is also influenced by the experiences and the hopes of the poor and oppressed. Trócaire supports communities in their efforts to improve their lives, meet their basic needs and ensure their human dignity.

Trocaire includes some interesting facts on gender, in anticipation of International Womens Day, March 8:

  • 70 per cent of people living in poverty and 66 per cent of those who can’t read or write are women.
  • Worldwide, women earn 69 per cent of male wages. There is no country where women earn the same as men.
  • A total of 70 per cent of refugees and displaced people are women.
  • Women are more vulnerable than men in conflict and are more often victims of violence
  • Women produce nearly 80 per cent of the food on the planet, but receive less than 10 per cent of agricultural assistance
  • In 2006, more than twice as many young women were living with HIV as young men

I cant believe this add have been banned everyday on radio and Tv filth is dished out , unGodly images, thoughts and words and nothing is done and yet because a charity decides to focus on one problem in the third world it is seen as being politically incorrect shame on those responsible , shame on all of us for allowing it to happen

100 Places to See before I Die

I have been taking part in a fun competition being held over at Amy’s Random Thoughts. Each day she has been picking a blog of the day and today its the turn of A Southern Girl’s Guide to Almost Anything.

Why dont you pop over and pay her a visit she has a great post 100 Places to see before I Die. I thought I would give it ago . I may not manage the full 100 ( more like 10 or 20 lol) but lets see. I have been to a few already.

  1. Egypt ( Pyramids)
  2. New Zealand
  3. Vancouver
  4. Singapore*
  5. Australia*
  6. The Great Barrier Reef ( problem I don’t like water)
  7. Paris
  8. Disney world ( and a little bear in particular)
  9. The Hebrides
  10. Seychelles
  11. The Grand Canyon
  12. Athens
  13. Nepal
  14. Barcelona*
  15. Madrid
  16. Great Wall of China
  17. The Moon
  18. Empire state Building
  19. Catacombsof Kom el Shoqafa
  20. Alaska
  21. Portugal*
  22. London

Well this will do for now so many wonderful places , will add some more another time

Pleading the blood

I have been trying to hold on to what I heard about this the other night and its so hard plus I was asked what exactly was said during the time I was being prayed for . I do remember during the talkbeing told that as Christian we do this ( yes even in the COI) we do it when we take communion its just the wording is quite new almost foreign to us . So Im definately going to look into it more but I tried to find something on the good old net which had some of the essence of what I heard the other night – i was given some notes which I can start to study and I did find this

Pleading the blood

The phrase ‘pleading the blood’ is often used by Christians.

What does it mean to plead the blood of Jesus?

Pleading the blood simply means applying the blood to our life and circumstances just like the Israelites applied it to their door posts and were protected from the destroyer (Exodus 12).

Pleading the blood is simply the taking hold of the authority and power available to us by the death and resurrection of Jesus.

How do we plead the blood of Jesus?

Revelation 12:11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (NIV)

Jesus has shed His blood and made it available for every believer to use. Our mouths play the same role as the bunch of hyssop the Israelites used. We are to use our mouths to apply the blood. Knowing about the blood is not sufficient, speaking about the power of the blood is also necessary.Speaking with our mouths is important in enforcing our victory (Romans 10:10).

We plead the blood by confessing the salvation and deliverance the blood has brought us.

Lets us a simple illustration to drive home this point.

Imagine the world as a big courtroom.

God is the Judge sitting on the throne (Hebrews 12:23)

Jesus is your advocate, standing beside you to argue your case (1John 2:1) He reminds the Judge that He died and shed His blood for you.

The devil, satan, is your accuser bringing charges and even attacks against you (Revelation 12:10, Zechariah 3:1)

When an accusation is brought against a person in a law court the defendant, if innocent, can greatly increase His or her chances of being acquitted by producing a reliable witness.

Here lies the power of pleading the blood.

Although we were not physically there when Jesus died, His shed blood bears witness to the fact that He died, rose again and defeated the powers of darkness (Colossians 2: 15). All witnesses need to speak. Remember the blood is living and speaks (Hebrews 12: 24). When we actively plead (speak out) the blood into the negative circumstances and attacks satan brings against us, we are bringing a powerful witness to speak on our behalf (1 John 5:8).

Pleading or speaking the blood causes the blood of Jesus to speak out on our behalf and stops the attacks of satan. Any time you sense the hosts of darkness coming against you plead the blood of Jesus against.

You can use whatever words the Holy Spirit lays on your heart to do this. A good example is below.

“Your forces of darkness attacking my home and life, I command you to stop in Jesus name. I hold the blood of Jesus against you. The blood of Jesus has defeated you. The blood of Jesus has set me free. The blood of Jesus avails for me. I plead the blood of Jesus over my home, my life and my family. I protect them from your attacks. I walk in the freedom Jesus’ death has brought me. Amen

eta: they also talked about putting on the armour of Christ I so love the sound of that

Praise God

Well praise God after a couple of awful weeks when I have been sick , not sleeping and in pain with my back. A couple of friends prayed over me on Sunday night and I am so much better- So much so I havent taken any meds since Sunday afternoon and had the best nights sleep on Sunday for ages – last night better again. Not just that but the heavy depressesd feeling I have been under has lifted and Im sure God hasnt finished with me yet.

Lasy Night was mothers union and I wasnt going to go at the very last minute i went – in fact I was 15 minutes late . My friends where there talking about the importance of prayer and pleading the Blood- quite hard for older church of Ireland members to take in . In fact they where asked who had heard about pleading the blood and out of a group of 50 only 2 put up their hands really good talk. Of course I started to feel God poke me in the back and for the last 10 minutes had a serious arguemnet  with him of why I should’nt say what about my back. I felt I had won so I relaxed only to hear one of the ladies say to finish of we are   going to play a song about how much God loves and cares for us – Knowing my friends I knew exactly what song it was to be – CE CE Wyann He’s concerned about you and it was – so I got up and told the group exactly what had happened a lot of who knew the pain I have been under.  Not sure how well it went down but for once I had did what I was told-

Music Monday

Days of Elijah
Words and Music by Robin Mark

These are the days of Elijah
Declaring the Word of the Lord

And these are the days of your servant Moses
Righteousness being restored

And though these are days of great trials
Of famine and darkness and sword

Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!

Behold He comes! Riding on the clouds!
Shining like the sun! At the trumpet call
Lift your voice! It’s the year of Jubilee!
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes!

And these are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming as flesh

And these are the days of your servant David
Rebuilding a temple of praise

And these are the days of the harvest
The fields are as white in the world

And we are the labourers in your vineyard
Declaring the word of the Lord!

Behold He comes! Riding on the clouds!
Shining like the sun! At the trumpet call
Lift your voice! It’s the year of Jubilee!
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes!

There’s no God like Jehovah!

There’s no God like Jehovah!

There’s no God like Jehovah!

There’s no God like Jehovah!
(Repeat 3 times)

Behold He comes! Riding on the clouds!
Shining like the sun! At the trumpet call
Lift your voice! It’s the year of Jubilee!
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes!

Behold He comes! Riding on the clouds!
Shining like the sun! At the trumpet call
Lift your voice! It’s the year of Jubilee!
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes!

And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes!

And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes!

Love singing this at our 10 o’clock service.