Sunday, 29 June 2014

This Colourful Planet




Sir Duck Appleyard.

It is here that we see a unique creature indeed. Its eyes, its ability to manipulate textured colour makes it a true grand master within the animal kingdom. Furthermore this creature of artistic merit & design with its palette of fantastic fluoro illumination displays accuracy as it darts its tongue in search of prey.















As in the life of Joseph so it is in the life of the earth,
 there is also much sadness & suffering. 
This however is not a reflection of an uncaring God, 
but a consequence of reckless disobedience.

Rom 5:12-21

What was lost in Adam can be found in Christ.
The horribleness of suffering & death has been defeated.
God is making all things new.

Rev 21:5




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Gold







Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” 
So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, 
she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,  
saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

Exodus 2:9-10





Friday, 27 June 2014

Coldplay - Red



The world cup has been good for me in moderation, things are moving forward through to the knock outs & towards the final & I have seen some great soccer/football/skill/fair play thus far.

At the moment the Luis Suarez incident is hard not to notice, some of the comical responses have been funny, photoshop & popular culture have taken cartoons to an elite level of visual stimulation yet there must be a more serious side to this.

We get accustomed to a dive here & a hand ball there, even a savage response at times may not raise the eyebrow. Do we do this in our own life too…get accustomed to our failings so that we begin to dismiss them as part of our pattern, part of who we are, part of our game plan. It is a very rare thing that we should hold a constant perfect line. I am not preaching perfection here, there are things that we may struggle with without a seeming change just as the Apostle Paul did.[ 2 Cor 12 :1-10]

I heard a great sermon last Christmas where an instructor got his student to push against an unmovable object, after all was said & done nothing seemed to have changed for the student but in reality the student had become much stronger. If God calls us to a task we know from His character that it is for our good. There is nothing random about it, it comes from heaven with the greatest of concern.

Food for thought


Gal 5:15

If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.


Coldplay - Yellow


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Building to the Eternal Standard

Some things are just “a bridge too far” no matter how hard we try. At other times we may “bridge the gap” only to burn it at a later date. “Life is a journey” & along that journey there is likely to be a bridge or two, or three or four, or five or six….

Francis Schaeffer spoke of bridges when evaluating philosophy throughout history…little humpbacked bridges…

“A culture or an individual with a weak base can stand only when the pressure on it is not too great. As an illustration, let us think of a Roman bridge. The Romans built little humpbacked bridges over many of the streams of Europe. People and wagons went over these structures safely for centuries, for two millennia. But if people today drove heavily loaded trucks over these bridges, they would break. It is this way with the lives and value systems of individuals and cultures when they have nothing stronger to build on than their own limitedness, their own finiteness. They can stand when pressures are not too great, but when pressures mount, if then they do not have a sufficient base, they crash-just as a Roman bridge would cave in under the weight of a modern six-wheeled truck. Culture and the freedoms of people are fragile. Without a sufficient base, when such pressures come only time is needed and often not a great deal of time-before there is a collapse.”

Francis Schaeffer/ How should we then live



Ever heard of the wise man & the foolish man…Matt 7:24-39





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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

After the harvest






We appreciate the importance of burning off & incineration on a daily basis, 
wether it's hospital waste or a farmers field.

There is a purification process @ work, so it is with God we are told. 
He is at work now bringing  the old order of things to a completion that the new may begin.


Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be your name.

Matt 6:9-15





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Meatloaf on the menu @ the Hotel California



I suppose everyone has their very own interpretation of what or where hell is. In light of Scripture it’s a lot more than the hellish suffering that may exist here on earth from an experiential point of view. Suffering here on earth can have its purposes & benefits despite its bitterness or pain.

Hell as a defined eternal position on the other hand has less to do with the devil in the sense that what should be uppermost when considering it is our own personal address under house arrest for eternity.

Hell, heaven, Jesus Christ & the devil are words & phrases commonly used today for all manner of communication, yet probably not very often meditated upon, such is the fickleness of a self assured society in general.


This is not a fire & brimstone sermon but a brief 2.4 minute reflection on the reality of hell as defined by Jesus & taken up by J.I Packer.




Meatloaf ...Bat out of hell, I'll be gone when the morning comes.
Hotel California... Sure you can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Recognition


What goes up must come down says the science, gravity & all that stuff, probably physics to be more specific. I did a quick check on wiki (pedia) on G force, after about two or three sentences in I started to remember why I dropped out of Year 11 in high school. I was sitting in a physics class, a subject I should never have picked,(There were other forces at play also) I would have been more at home on planet Tatooine in the pirate city of Mos eisley in a Cantina (Star wars bar for short).At least that is how I felt at the time.

Mind you I have been pulling my wife’s Japanese designed east west engine &4WD gearbox out of its compartment which seems to defy all logic due to its complexity & degree of difficulty. “They don’t make em like they used to” & progress is not a word I would choose either. But now I am so much closer, a little wiser & more disciplined in my approach that I may even qualify as the last engine Samurai as I meditate before components in the engine bay.

So…apart from Sci Fi can anything defy gravity… the computer may say no, a Ninja may come close, a skeptic will object, but the Bible says yes, it has been observed in a moment in history…Pointing to the divine & supernatural. Jesus, God & man, who is not bound by what He has made, is almighty God. As far as physics goes, He has crushed death, it no longer has the power to hold.


facial recognition in heaven...









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Saturday, 21 June 2014

The good, the bad & the deadly


I happened to catch a bit of the Simpsons this evening, although it started off with Lisa getting a pet Guinea pig, things move towards the purchase of a painting at a garage sale. Homer gives in to Marg’s inclination regarding a painting as three small violins are thrown in to clinch the sale.
Soon after there is a scene with Homer humming along to a famous classical music piece while throwing the violins into the fire for fuel, which was when I got the call that dinner was ready.

Earlier this morning I read an article on the Game of Thrones written by John Piper, I have not seen an episode but it seems pretty topical at the moment. http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-watch-game-of-thrones. Piper presents some biblical insight into our modern culture, peeling back the layers & getting to the heart of the matter, it really is a battle.







Thursday, 19 June 2014

El Shaddai






Exodus 3:7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.
 I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers,
 and I am concerned about their suffering.

The God who sees.




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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

God is light & in Him there is no darkness



In as much as the ceremonies & symbols of the OT law have now ceased, modern day Christians still share in the journey of living by faith in a foreign land with foreign beliefs. Scripture, written for our encouragement, reminds the reader that God cannot & will not fail. Modern culture & belief can only create it’s version of history until God says enough, it is time. 2 Peter 3:15.



Taking hold of the tender mercies of God displayed in Christ Jesus is the one & only way in which we may be truly healed of our human earthly condition (sin) that is opposed to God in mind, body & soul. Yes, it would be an arrogant thing to say if it were not true & more arrogant still to reject the truth & Gods means of salvation. John 14:6







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Friday, 13 June 2014

Duck a l'Orange...no bull








Spain brought their passing game to the park, another contentious penalty, especially after the slow mo replay. A game of two halves & six goals…5 -1 to the Netherlands & a spectacular goal by Robin van Persie to equalise the game @ 1 all late in the first half…

goooooooaaaaaallllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!










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world cup... a birds eye view


 Brazil 3 Crowatia -1




A close game all things considered. The penalty was understandably contentious.

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

I was hiding on the backstreets



Heidelberg Catechism Lords day 4

9. Q. Does not God, then, wrong man by requiring of him in his law that which he cannot perform?

A. Not at all; for God made man capable of performing it; but man, through the instigation of the devil, by his own wilful disobedience, deprived himself and all his posterity of these gifts.

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It was a lot to throw away & it’s not as if they didn’t know better. The consequence of disobedience is a bitter cup to drink from. There is no soft option when it comes to the justice of God, in an instant humanity spiritually devolves from life to death & not because God got it wrong. We reap what we sow, our first parents pass on an inheritance & it’s pretty depressing (to put it mildly) yet in all of this universal misery & glimmer of hope exists.

God did not forsake the world in all of its mess & filth, its loneliness & lostness. He came into the thick of it to lift us out of the invisible mud & mire…and so, by God’s immense & free Grace  we can sing a new song. 
Gal 1:4&5


My heart is filled with thankfulness/Townend







Backstreets/Springsteen




Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Planetary atmosphere


Things are hotting up in Brasil









My mum's family are of Dutch heritage, her three brothers all played soccer. I recall late night sessions watching big soccer games. I am hoping the Netherlands do well, also the Socceroo's, both in the group of death, but in the end it will be good just to watch some of the games for me & being in colour a bonus with respect to the older days of black & white TV.

The tournament begins... 




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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Stocktake, Scrabble & Scripture



Some words are not worth the paper they are written on, virtual or real…spoken or written, they are better served to be shredded beyond recognition. Some words although precious, are twisted beyond meaning so that their value drops to a point of worthless insignificance through complexity or falsehood.

Words can drip honey, they can be as smooth as oil [Pr 5:3] our own words can be our downfall, trapping & ensnaring [Pr 6:2]. It’s pretty clear isn’t it, we need to take stock of what we listen to, we need to take stock of what we say. In the light of Scripture words can build up & tear down, of what we say or write, we must give account. No matter whom we are or where we dwell.

Some words are trustworthy & true, our very souls & lives can be entrusted to them, come what may they will remain true, eternally so.


Ps 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.












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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Nothing random about it, an enemy did this…



I don’t mind a bit of science, especially the operational type, the theoretical though can become so stretchy that its own version of circular reasoning (science can tell us all we need to know, [eventually]) is lost to truth even though it is presented more as fact than theory.

Often, being intelligent beings & able to observe the natural world is a great blessing, other creatures function in this fashion also but humanity reigns supreme in this regard.

The earth & its surrounds is a text book of examples, past & present, but this is not enough subject matter to truly understand life & all its predicaments. In our limitedness, God the Spirit, who cannot die, provides another book & it also lives…the Bible. In this world there is the natural & supernatural working as one times two.

The parable of the weeds as taught by Jesus explains it well. Spiritually Modified Crops.
Matt 13: 24-30. Matt 13: 36-43









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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Making sense of it all



It’s Friday morning, many people are heading off to work, it’s a long weekend with the Queen’s birthday so I am expecting to see a bit of holiday traffic on the roads throughout the day & especially later this afternoon around three or four pm & on wards, even though there is a bit of rain about. It’s not really the Queen’s birthday though, that was in April & she is not really a queen either in the true sense of the word, maybe that’s why we don’t share a commonwealth either (what’s left of it) but we still have commonwealth games. So it’s all a bit waxy…like going to the wax works, it’s almost real, but it’s not, an impression of reality.

Many of us would have been fooled by the appearance of something or someone, it would be a safe thing to say there is a lot of deception, fragmented reality & replica’s around. In this type of environment it would be easy to be led astray. This can cut both ways though, tragic & terrible but also funny & humorous…
Enter Lieutenant Columbo...







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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Babe



Pr 11:22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
There is a lot I don’t know about the Bible, wisdom & pigs, women also… come to think of it. That being the case though, I still get the gist of this proverb pretty easily… Beautiful can be an ugly contradiction if it is not complimented by something far more precious, that being godly character. The same could be said of a handsome man I suppose.
Yet all around, so much of society seems geared towards the pig side of things, whether the sound is up or down the pennies & hearts are invested in ungodliness. The mud is a place of many shades of happiness & fulfillment...the pig may have an excuse but humanity does not.  



Rom1: 18-32

Ps 51:7-12





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