Monday, 16 January 2017

Mapping Evil/Sin

I was a free citizen in a supposed free land yet I was just as enslaved as I dictated my terms as to what I did & didn’t want while the enslaved capitalists dictated what they wanted & it seemed they always wanted more. Meanwhile communism was crumbling & the corruption just as prevalent. The dictators in middle earth, the caste system in the area & the African jungle & plains where blood splattered while diamonds & gold were mined were no more holy. The Americas seem to have the same problem. Corruption is diverse & creative, an evil laundered across the globe.

You can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy. Yes somethings are deep within our hearts & political persuasion is not enough to change that & such is the power/ influence of sin.

But it’s not like that anymore for me, like being lost in a storm or at sea, I don’t need to save me from myself. Christ has come, Jesus saves effectually. In God I trust.

Heidelberg Catechism:

34. Q. Why do you call him our Lord?
A. Because he has redeemed us, body and soul, from all our sins, not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood, and has delivered us from all the power of the devil, and has made us his own possession.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Ocean Blues, Resemblance & the Deep End


 “It is little wonder we are spooked by sharks. Psychologists and shark experts almost universally agree that sensationalist media reports, negative portrayals in films like Jaws and The Shallows, and a general lack of understanding about the species have created an irrational and unjustified fear of sharks.

Personally I would have thought my healthy fear of ‘sharks do attack & kill’ was based on observational evidence & eye witness accounts relayed via the TV or computer.

Fear, being wired into our system can be for our good. The ocean already was & still is a dangerous place regardless of current populations & coastal activity. The Hollywood movies that exaggerate & dramatize also push the not so scientific “primal fear of being eaten alive is also an evolutionary hangover of our ancestors having been prey.” Ignorance is not bliss.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Recycling Worldliness

We are tempted & persuaded to believe in our own greatness… yes we are clever as we reveal the ability to fashion & shape our world. In a way we adorn ourselves with medallions of great honour & rob God of the honour due to Him. Such is our lot, such is our nature, and it is our universal trait that goes back to the fall.

Yes we can make history (& tragedy) but we can never recreate God or undo the curse as much as we try & try & think & think. God will always be God despite our image-i-nations telling us nature is all there is as we seek to imitate life & lifelessness.

That is why Christ Jesus is so important & central to our restoration. Only in him is there truth & light that can transform & break the prevailing recycled evil still so prevalent in the supposed modern age of throw away plastic & petrochemical concoctions. John 1:1-18.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Distance Education

My mum plays lawn bowls. One of the aims of the game is to bowl the large ball as close as you can to the kitty or jack (smaller white ball). At times things can get close & a measuring tape is utilised to see who is the closest.

Similarly, measurements can also be applied to the distance between the earth & the moon. The moon is moving further away from the earth each year.

“The moon is slowly receding from earth at about 1½ inches (4 cm) per year, and the rate would have been greater in the past. But even if the moon had started receding from being in contact with the earth, it would have taken only 1.37 billion years to reach its present distance. This gives a maximum possible age of the moon—not the actual age. This is far too young for evolution (and much younger than the radiometric ‘dates’ assigned to moon rocks)”.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Pre-Dodgy Dating Methods

Movie night with snacks, mixed with memories of grandma’s BBQ corn & lemon flavoured limestone water was a nice way to unwind after a hectic week out on the plains. Singing & dancing too.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Progress & Looking forward ?

Blind Spots

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. C. S. Lewis

Dan 12:4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.


Anarchy & the ark

Noah didn’t fall for all the ‘diversity’ that had gripped the modern world of his day. For all the yes we can it was a no from Noah & his family. Could the world really become so corrupted? Yes it could, the human heart can put its mind to many, many things that are contrary to the Creators call on ‘our’ life.1 Peter 3:8-22.

God is just as patient today and just as determined to save. Noah entered the ark & Christ entered Jerusalem so that we may be shielded from the wrath of God through faith in Him. Build on the rock of ages & trust in His Grace (salvation, justification, sanctification, etc). Yes He did, Yes he will.

As nations seek autonomy from God they would do well to consider what happened to Israel/Jerusalem. Ezek 14:12-23. Warnings are for our good, but only if we take head. There is more to life than the popular vote & leaders that come & go. Life is big, God is bigger still.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Created Intelligent Order (marred by the fall)

Port Macquarie has history & drama in its elevated coastline as rocks give way to pockets of rainforest amidst the tourist apartments & city living. Further along the ports entrance/exit is the estuary & modified canals with stylish houses & fancy boats that mix with oyster leases & modest homes that reflect a less affluent (less debt?) & less populated time. To get around & cross the larger waterways you have to access the ferry services, the river is not a red light you can run to get to the other side.

The crabs were funny & interesting to watch, the fish & sea birds had me filled with amazement as I pondered their complexity & design. Psalm 8:1-9.


Saturday, 7 January 2017

On the coast, by the ocean

Up until recently I have been self- employed & rarely got holidays. If we did holiday, we would choose somewhere nearby & I would travel to & from work each day. This year we got to go away together for a week as in 24/7 as part of our annual leave.

We went coastal & stayed at Port Macquarie. The weather was showers & sunshine while we filled our days with swimming, soccer on the beach, kite flying, walking , some attempts at fishing & visiting some cafes… sort of relaxing & sort of busy.

I had time to take photos when we were out & about as well as drawing on my laptop while the rest of the family played card games & chatted.