Monday, 23 September 2013

Research & Development

 
 
I am having a break from blogging for the moment.
I hope to back at it in a week or so.
 
Until then...take care.
 
 
 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

In my travels


PHIL KEAGGY AS THE RUIN FALLS LYRICS

by C.S. Lewis

All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
I talk of love --a scholar's parrot may talk Greek--
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

Only that now you have taught me (but how late) my lack.
I see the chasm. And everything you are was making
My heart into a bridge by which I might get back
From exile, and grow man. And now the bridge is breaking.

For this I bless you as the ruin falls. The pains
You give me are more precious than all other gains.

 

Tragedy & pain…often equated with loss & lament. In a way some of our mourning & inward moaning can be nothing other than our concern only for our self, a willingness to hold on to something dear, even if it is to our detriment & dragging us downward.

The paternal & loving nature of God found in Christ rebukes our chosen selfish paths. He knows us better than we know ourselves & our selected paths. God breaks down our emptiness that we may be filled with living water from above…high above.

This love cannot be bought, it is freely given...this is what we should embrace, not fantasies of our own making.

 

 

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.  

The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.  “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  

So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
 
Luke 15 : 11-16
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phil Keaggy. As the ruin falls. Youtube
 
 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Core issues






In my fallen state I am an enemy of God. A measure of God’s wrath has shaken the earth & its inhabitants to the core, a greater measure is to come…be afraid, be very afraid. Not for fears sake or even for being offended at having to be fearful. The Bible is heralding a call to action, something is coming, something big…Yes, you need higher ground, and yes a safe place is needed.

For those who stay on the safer side of reckless, precautions & preparations are important considerations when it comes to safety & wellbeing. For all the beauty, our surrounds are far from safe, despite our best efforts. Limited in our knowledge & the masquerades of human endeavour it’s no wonder confusion & deception can be daily experiences.

Despite the curse being delivered in justice & the lessons there in…mercy is present. God has not hidden the antidote or remedy in some sadistic & sinister manner. The gospel, although under attack & often mocked, is plain to see in most lands now, Salvation, which is free, is proclaimed in Christ.

Of course many are comfortable just as they are, no need to prepare, no need for precaution. Self -assured confidence & a will to do it their own way is all they need & there are many like that.

 For in Scripture it says:

 “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,


“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”


and,


“A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
1 Peter 2: 6-8.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cabbage Patch Kids

 
 
 
This week has been full of activity for me. I have had very little time to devote to writing. So its an image that I had been working on sometime back, love the organic shape & deep colour in the purple cabbage & the creamy white flesh.

With it I have added another image I found on the net regarding food art.


 
So here we go...art imitates life & death 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, 16 September 2013

Like God


As far as religion goes…they are not all the same. Even infants begin to distinguish the difference between letters, numbers, shapes, colours, places & people. Whether it’s a Sesame Street song or a Play School window, kids get to learn about peculiar differences & similarities.

On the one hand I may argue how I am like God…created in His image, my humanity distinguishing me from the animal world. On the other hand I can argue how I am nothing like God, His pure & immutable character contrasting with human imperfection that can appear as if we are more like animals with their instinctive & trainable behavior. Yet like God, my soul is eternal.

In Christ we see the God/man. On earth, risen & ascended. He is like no other & there is none like Him, yet we may be like him as he was made to be like us.

 
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians  4 : 4-6

 
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—  and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2 : 14-17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"like"
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 13 September 2013

The gospel glow



Contrary to popular belief…God has not left the building @ heartbreak hotel, ”the earth is the Lord’s & everything in it” Psalm 24:1. What appears to be random acts of violence, kindness & T shirt philosophy scattered upon the rotating globe that experiences night & day is a work in progress.

While peoples & nations seek to sure up their standing & seek out a living, salvation is upper most in the mind of God according to Scripture as He expresses heartache, mercy & justice at humanities dilemma.

 
In a darkened world God ignites the flame of faith as he stoops down to a weak & wounded humanity lost in its history. A people will once again appreciate the light of life & the meaning of holiness & obedience. God, who requires purity, not perversity, illuminates the heart & mind in lessons of saving faith as the gospel is proclaimed.

 
 
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

One small step & the spiritual eclipse





Concerning Adam & Eve…Although physically alive & still bearing God’s image… they are spiritually dead. Having intellect & an awareness of right & wrong will be of assistance to them. But concerning the sweet fellowship of God it will be of no use.

It could not be said that they were starting from scratch with so much providence & abundance, but concerning original sin & its consequences they were the new kids on the block.

Due to the variations within the animal kinds what we see today would have been very different to how we see things now, also with human skin pigments, hair & eye colour, relationships also.

For all its beauty ugliness is now present. Satan roams as a spirit, the curse has been declared & God has withdrawn His intimate & sweet fellowship.
 
 
 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Dielemma


 
 
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. Romans 5:12


Because of sin, I am a dead duck. It is something we are born with, having no say… much like our conception. It’s part of each family tree. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

flesh & bone









There was no need of healing in Eden. The first humans, set in place to rule the creatures experienced a peaceful & productive abode in divine designer excellence. Here they could walk & talk with their maker. God the Spirit had made himself known… there was no room for misunderstanding.

The death sentence for rebellion & the cursing of the earth is hard to picture in the world of calendar images. The souvenirs of Eden that we may experience daily speak of the wonder of creation in all its goodness. Suffering however is never far away & death is always present .The ageing of our flesh & mind follows the pattern of decay despite our best efforts of up keep.


Here our lives mirror the same physical experience as the ancients, no matter the measure of technology or refinement, the same outcome awaits… Death & equality go hand in hand like a match made on earth. This is the big picture in Genesis 3, this is your life says Scripture. Death is a journey as much as the destination...


“Land of Zebulun & land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people living in darkness have seen a great light, on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned” from that time on Jesus began to preach, “repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” Matthew 4: 15-17
  

Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare him room
& heaven & nature sing
& heaven & nature sing…
 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

home made mini movie

video
 
The sign of Jonah
18 MB 45 seconds

chain reaction


Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 1 Corinthians 7:21

There are many types of slavery, in many respects slavery was a form of employment. I would say, in a way, we are slaves to our nation which enforces various requirements of its citizens. In other respects we are slaves to our jobs & the demands it places on us. Not that long ago getting married was symbolized  in society at buck’s parties by clamping a ball & chain around the groom to be’s ankle.

So slavery, like employment or citizenship can be both good & bad, depending on the circumstances. In the Old Testament in the book of Genesis Egypt is a place of refuge in a time of severe drought & famine. Yet over time it becomes a harsh place with no real regard for the Hebrew people…things change. God, who appeared to Abram, keeps his promise regarding the nation of Israel. Working in the midst of time Moses becomes an instrument in God’s symphony of deliverance.

 
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.” Exodus 6:6

 Similarly in the New Testament… “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. John 8:36

Free from the grip & tyranny of sin, free to walk with the Son, whether slave or free, rich or poor, married or single, weak or strong.
 
 

Friday, 6 September 2013

starfish

 
 
 

50 shades of grey

 
 
 




5o shades of grey or 25 pairs of socks with a few missing. Finding the matching one can be hard at times, yet I have all I need in Him who clothes the fields & feeds the birds of the air (Matt 6:26).

Praise the Lord…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalm 103:5

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Banner over me

 
 
 
 
Its more than colours for my eyes
 
 

Redeemed

Only God

Your will not mine

Great is Thy faithfulness

Behold the Lamb of God

In Christ alone

Vast beyond all measure
 
 
Sing a rainbow...


The Rainbow Lorikeet & a Bouquet Banquet

 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Gains & losses


Moving forward…A popular phrase these days. In the context of Paul the Apostle, it’s heavenward. It was Christ who shattered Saul’s plans as he persecuted the early church. It was no ordinary conversion, if there is such a thing. Wether our conviction is sudden or gradual there is something that remains the same…Christ takes hold of us.

The realisation that things are not what they seem as the veil of unbelief is lifted reveals a nearness to Christ that was inconceivable in our former position…lost.

In Christ it is not a matter of placing our regrets to that back of our mind & staying focused on the positive. In Christ our sins are completely washed away, for all eternity. In gratitude & joy we delight in our new destination & king.

Sin, like an object may appear to be closer than it appears, yet Christ is closer still.
 

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
 
Philippians (1L, 2P’s) 3:8

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
 
 
 
 

Centrality


In all good conscience Peter begins to instruct Jesus…& the response

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

Peter obviously had his own ideas when it came to Jesus, there was much to learn about the love of God & how far Jesus the Messiah would go in his battle to defeat sin in all its ugliness. Jesus wasn’t going to stand by & allow humanity to follow its obsession with self- interest & subjective experience.

If we are to follow in the steps of Jesus, in all good conscience, then our words & deeds should reflect His values found in holy writ. Christianity is not a universal love fest where we close our eyes to much of Scripture & the ignorance of unbelief. The Apostle Paul hammered this home on many occasions when the church mingled with the values of the world to its shame in Corinth.

What is central to the gospel is Christ …who declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”  John 8:11
 
Its something we all need to consider when faced with  the person & spirit of Christ


 
 
 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Shhhhh





All those years I thought Marcel Marceau was just an entertainer & an advertising platform for Kodak film. The older you get the more you learn. His story in many ways mirrors The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

Let’s not think humanity has out grown its history & nature, things can change quite rapidly & I think defence budgets would agree. The real question is …Who is the real enemy,   who are we fighting for & who are we fighting against or like some…Where is the love (The Black Eyed Peas)….

In the terrors of life, no matter the continent, Scripture says there is one that can be trusted. He himself experienced terror & wrath beyond our proportion of understanding, His almighty power & wisdom will see us through, every step of the way. In Christ only.