Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Aquaculture



There is a place called Raymond Terrace that is not far from where we live. It is here that two rivers merge into one as it makes its way to the ocean. I had to make a trip in last Monday to pick up some craft items & on the way home I drove past the riverbank & noticed the trawlers working their nets.

They were looping a section then pulling up the nets, their catch was poured out onto the sorting table & the nets were reset. As the boat made its way along the river again the fishermen would sort the catch. The seagulls, pelicans & shags would follow & compete for the food that was discarded. The boats looked in pretty good nick, particularly the older timber ones. 


Many in my family are all year round seafood lovers & we have a favourite fish & chip shop at Raymond Terrace too.













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Monday, 30 March 2015

Palm Sunday







 Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God.
God, whose word cannot be broken,
formed thee for his own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation's walls surrounded,
thou may'st smile at all thy foes.

John Newton





But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
 Finally two came forward and declared, “This fellow said, 
‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ” 

Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? 
What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”
 But Jesus remained silent.

 Matt 26:60 - 63.





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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Country Colors & Composition




The Crimson Rosella/Mountain Lowry is a parrot that I get a glimpse of if I head out of town & closer to the hills. Often in pairs it will feed on seeds,
 its rich red crimson & contrasting blues make for a feast of colour itself.







A setting sun tinges the landscape golden 
before the evening shades give way to a cool ebony sky.





A goods train cuts through the landscape at speed rattling & rolling along






I only got 20 minutes on Main Creek Rd NSW 
before having to turn back to pick up my son for another soccer game. 







On the way from one game to another
 we stopped off at the top of a mountain to appreciate the view.







There were some black shiny crows mucking about in this olive grove
 but they were right up the back. 








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More than meets the eye





Q: When is a meal more than just a meal…

A: See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Hebrews 12:16

Food for thought…


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Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘People do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4: 1- 4.

A journey into the wilderness, a long period of fasting & then a time of temptation or encouragement to follow the will of Satan…it’s here that living by faith has one of its more defining moments. If ever hunger is more prevalent it is after a long period without natural food.

What’s the big deal anyway, Jesus was God & He would have been hungry & Satan knew who Jesus was anyway. Satan wants to enslave Jesus to his own will, it is not out concern for Jesus physical weakness.


Jesus brings to mind a piece of redemptive history. Duet8:1- 20. & in particular, verse 3 that sits in a passage of text where God warns Israel about the deceitfulness of wealth or abundance. For all the power that alone belongs to God, Israel are prone to forget & prone to wander when it comes to keeping their side of the agreement. To think that we can live without God is what the deceiver wants us to believe however if there is a will to be followed it is God’s.













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Monday, 23 March 2015

Bursting Forth





Biblical revelation 

"Here is the image of God's mind, the transcript of His thoughts, the declaration of His Grace, the verbal embodiment of all the treasurs of wisdom & knowledge that are hid in His Son. And here faith rests." 

J.I Packer. New Bible Commentary 3rd Editon. IVP.










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Saturday, 21 March 2015

shooting in & out of range.



I have had an interesting time with the camera lately

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Came across the remnants of a Federal truck where my son attended a sleepover party.






Caught up with some wedge tailed eagles… 
not as close as I would have liked & almost ended up in a spider’s web.








Spotted some Jabiru’s, which have really long red legs & are not common to the area.




  

And went walkabout/driveabout while my son had his first referee’s appointment for the soccer season somewhere behind these hills.







These young 'noisy minor' birds were not abandoned, the large branch had recently broken off & the parents were maintaining a close watch & keeping up the supply of food.







I got some video as well of the minors,
 some butcher birds calling, kangaroos & millpedes on the move. 

After some unusually hot & busy days
 it was nice to enjoy the rain drenched land & cooler weather.




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Of the Spirit


Heb 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active.


“When God sets it home by his Spirit, it convinces powerfully, converts powerfully, and comforts powerfully. It makes a soul that has long been proud, to be humble; and a perverse spirit, to be meek and obedient. Sinful habits, that are become as it were natural to the soul, and rooted deeply in it, are separated and cut off by this sword. It will discover to men their thoughts and purposes, the vileness of many, the bad principles they are moved by, the sinful ends they act to. The word will show the sinner all that is in his heart. Let us hold fast the doctrines of Christian faith in our heads, its enlivening principles in our hearts, the open profession of it in our lips, and be subject to it in our lives. “ 
Matthew Henry.







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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Farming is not a fashion



As it is with St Patricks Day so it is with Easter. The leprechauns & the luck with alcoholic content give way to something more naturally defined… bunny rabbits, chicks & eggs & don’t forget the chocolate that can be marketed & manipulated, value adding income from a cultural celebration. Dualism is alive, but still dead, in the 21st Century.


It’s not something that takes Christianity by surprise though, some things never change in the field of the farmer as two similar crops grow together. The farmer sowed his seed in the light of day only to have an enemy come in & sow a different seed in the darkness of night, competition gives way to sabotage…Matt 13:24-30.



As Scripture reveals...God, who is not dead, is totally aware of all the happenings on earth, the date of the harvest also. While many assert that religion & Christianity in particular is old fashioned, & it is old, but not a fashion & it is still as new as the day we call today.









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Monday, 16 March 2015

Feeling Green & not with envy



Take a little bit of history & culture, a little bit of legend, a splash of green, a bit more green, then some more green, somethin bout Leprechaun & Shaun & Paddy & Craic but most of all Patrick who wouldn’t approve of all the excessive drinking. Patrick would preach that there are better things to be had, things that wild horses could not drag him away from & it’s not a specimen of clover. Yes, it's St Patrick's Day & many heads will be swirling round & round to be sure, to be sure...







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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Design



There is a certain amount of beauty when & man loves a woman & a woman loves a man. It is a coming together & walking together relationship, biologically unequal yet able to create, sustain & function as a natural family. It is in the family that children get to experience the male & female image bearers of God first hand up close & personal.

The similarities & differences, the personalities, the failings & the fights come with living in a sin cursed world, yet for all the difficulties, marriage & the family has been there in an endless way throughout the thousands of years.

God has given us families & friendships, sexuality & celibacy, boundaries, borders & points of no return. To ignore such things is to ignore the gift of life itself.

Within this world of wonderful beginnings, yet so distorted by sin & desolation, exists the message of hope & restoration…In Christ alone, as one key can unlock a door to so much, so one Saviour can undo our condition that stems from the original sin, & only He is able.2 Tim 1:10-14.



Illustrations by Edie Harper at the bottom of the article.











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Monday, 9 March 2015

Family Tree



Lately at Scripture we have been looking at Moses. The kids have lots of questions which gets us off track at times, but it seems to be going OK thankfully. Last year we looked at the life of Joseph so that side of things is tying in well understanding how the Israelites ended up in a foreign land as did Moses upon entering Midian, marrying Zipporah & having a son, then naming him Gershom.


Reflecting upon it tonight my thoughts go back to where it began when God revealed himself to Abraham. Gen 12:1-9. 






Phil Keaggy
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Saturday, 7 March 2015

No need to roar like a rocket though

It’s International Women’s Day (08 03 15)


The pages of Scripture reveal the wonderful place & honour that women (boots and all. Prov 31.10-31) have been given, created in the image of God.


As a child, it was my mother, grandmother & female school teachers that assisted me in being shaped & influenced as a person when it comes to women. There were others also throughout my days & years thus far, too many to mention. You would think in this blurry world of non-gender attribution that there might be outrage at such a day, but apparently not.


In celebrating women I celebrate humanity & the wonderful way God has made me understand part of His character & creation.


As an adult I have come to appreciate women, their joys, sorrows & struggles with more understanding & with more to come probably, as the mystery more mysterious than Venus & Mars is observed right before my very eyes.












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From little things big things grow



There was a time when I found Romans 1 & the language of the Apostle Paul to be judgemental, but having said that I was just getting into Scripture & holiness. After being drawn to Christ I found that although Christians can be judgemental so too can anti Christians along with apathy & easy goingness.

I have come to appreciate the power of sin that can consume an individual even after they have been redeemed…small steps & all that. It is not that Christ is not enough but Christians experience a deposit & not the full measure of the Spirit, they also have an opponent who seeks to drag them down.

This is where a fatal error may occur regarding the faithless or unbelieving… measuring by appearance they imagine themselves not to be that bad by comparison. The Christian has come to see their darkness by the power of the Spirit but they also see Christ. The faithless come to see their light by the power of darkness.

This is not just true for individuals but cultures also, or cultures within cultures. Rom 1:32. The Apostle Paul or Christ the Risen Son, one & the same in Spirit speak of justice & judgement. Faith is not a popularity contest or an entertainment ritual. We do not walk according to the pattern of this world but of the one to come. Rom 12:2.



Without judgement we wouldn’t know what was right &what was wrong…





Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Bamboozled at times






I read this devotion this morning, at times I will read what others have to say more than the Bible, this can be good & not so good but usually I catch up one way or another. For me, the devotion is a can’t see the forest for the trees kind of thing.



As Christians we can be so busy seeking to do what would please Jesus that that becomes an all-encompassing thing, so much so that we forget His presence. Like He was standing right next to us & we didn’t even realise it. The connection to our holy, personal & loving God matters just as much as what he calls us to do…& each require investment.












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