Friday, 21 July 2017

Seeing Double











God gives us family & God gives us friendship. They are & can be relationships that deepen or fade over time. Some of the best conversations & some of the most informed conversations I have had is from spending time with my grandmother, my mother’s mother.


A valid double dipping of experience gained & imparted if you like & something you just can’t buy or purchase online (as good as those things may be). Freely given & carefully chosen advice that comes from an expertise that can last a lifetime, like rain from above falling down on a parched land that absorbs the goodness & takes it all in.



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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Revealing handiwork

The last two weeks have been early starts for me & some of us have been doing extra hours to get on top of the seemingly never ending list of things to do to get things ship shape for the new school term.


I tried to leave a little early each day to catch a few photos before work of the approaching new day (not just a regurgitated concept or a window to look through but a physical reality that gets nearer & nearer).

Scripture speaks this way of our redemption as we await its coming in expectation built upon the uncompromising promises of God demonstrated in Christ Jesus. 

I used to be a shunter on a rail system & on dog watch/night shift there was nothing I longed for more than for the sun to shine in all its glory as the cold winter nights challenged my frail & tender flesh & bone rugged up in clothing.

Nature mirrors the wisdom of God like a parable & teacher that points us of to the greatest knowledge of all. Not to know about God but to know Him intimately & enjoy relationship in goodness & love.Nature is not just an intricate Eco-system or a resource centre as some seek to reduce its magnificence & complexity to merely human,animal & natural terms. This great planet points to something greater again.













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He saves


We like to have names for this & names for that to bring out the detail in things. This can create confusion as much as clarity as our limited & finite minds come to grips with the mountains of true, false & ambiguous data streaming down to our experience.

Flooded with information overload, undersized & over-sized, the world rushes on, swept by a frantic pace of anti-mundane competitive edges peoples swirl & twirl about in their ought-ism, creativity & productivity to the maximum & without grace or truth.


The newspaper says this, the media say that. People say look here & look there. But I have found what I wasn’t looking for & I can be still & truly know that there is a God. Not Gnostic or Pantheistic & unidentifiable. He has a name & His name is Jesus. Jesus, name above all other Names. Isaiah 11:1-16.

In Him is no smug & sinister satisfaction but a blessing of peace & love of immeasurable depth that goes beyond sight & sound & into the sublime as only the divine can truly do.Psalm 103:1-22.









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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Back to front & front to back














In as much as Scripture may allow some non-essential practices regarding various things (music & Lord’s Supper for e.g.) Truth is never non-essential & sin & death does not come before the fall. Rom 5:12-14. Some things are non–negotiable. Matt 4:1-11. If Jesus is central to Christianity then so is His Word, they are after all, inseparable.












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Friday, 14 July 2017

The deep love of Jesus





Jesus has power over life & death & all living & non- living things & spiritual beings because Jesus is God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit). Col 1:15-23. But what is power without justice & so a price must be payed & what if the price is too great & we need mercy.

In Scripture we read the good news of a just & merciful God interested in the affairs of the people of earth that cannot escape a captivity of their own doing, try as they might. In their attempt to find & fight for freedom they have only dug a deeper pit & a darker shadow further from the great light of the day.


And yet love comes down to rescue & redeem. In patience & purpose God demonstrates His love for His children. Not that they have deserved it, far from it, But God’s love & justice , like high soaring mountains is so great. Psalm 103:1-22. In a world of words & tongues God demonstrates actions & truth. 1 John 3:18.




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Coming out in a godless age






It was the voice of God that commanded the dead body of Lazarus to rise.
John 11:38-44.  

And still today God calls those living in the shadow of the grave & death to come & live with Him.He still is the same, the good shepherd. Almighty, invisible God only wise.




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Thursday, 13 July 2017

The gospel in the farmlands









Isaiah 44:22-23.

The sun in all its power & glory shall be revealed with majestic splendour
& the morning mist will pass away.

The children born of light & born of life anew will be filled with a joy unspeakable as heaven & nature sing.

Nature mirrors her God, her maker.



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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Noah


The last couple of days I have been sick with the flu. So I had a bit of time to rest & sort some images & in the process came up with this little production about Noah living by faith (3 min 40 sec).

Later on I may rework it to express some of the catostrophic devestation that shook the earth.




https://youtu.be/2xxTy1i0uxU

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Answers in Ninevah

We don’t have to look too far to see God is the God of diversity & we don’t have to look far to see that sin distorts diversity & turns it into a license for people to do as they please. The eye observes natural relationships that are cashed in or exchanged for unnatural ones when it comes to our biology. People have given over to greed, selfishness & brutality & a sense of pride that is damaging & lacks true humility.

The reason for this is again sin & you don’t need a microscope or a degree to understand it or recognise it. When it comes to learning & knowledge you don’t have to be an expert in order to understand godliness & sinfulness.


It is not enough to say nobody is perfect: therefore we can just do as we please as if the lowest common denominator is all that matters. God has put boundaries & borders in for our safe guarding. He watches over His children. Psalm 121:1-8. And He truly cares for the cities & towns that have lost their way. As He called out to the people of Ninevah in the days of Jonah so He calls out today in cities & towns across the earth as people share the good news that Jesus truly saves.

In a way it is all about us & our sin & thats why Jesus came. Diversity...Yes. Sin...No way. Matt 12:40-41.






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