Sunday, 31 May 2015

Polduck



We have been watching Poldark recently on Sunday nights. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poldark. It’s a pretty interesting show that reveals a portion of the life & times of the people of the coastal town of Cornwell when the 18th Century moves into the 19th Century timeslot.

Poldark seems to focus on the economic & class struggles mostly but woven through that are places deep in the heart. There seems to be no significant sign of the church or Christianity so far. Poldark appears to be the struggling hero & friend of the downtrodden working class poor who mixes it up with the rich & refined at this stage.  

This time in history is considered by many to be the golden age of hymns. In our struggles, it is not economics that can ultimately help us but God, the one & only God. Some things never change.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Grace






  1. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.










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Saturday, 30 May 2015

More than This


Another soccer appointment, another set of photo’s. I only had to drop my son off as his sisters were coming along later in the day. Gresford NSW is a small town at the foot of some lovely mountains which have connecting roads & winding turquoise rivers so I took the scenic route home, of which there are many. You could spend years up there & that still wouldn’t be enough time to take it all in.

Sadly many look to nature as a guide & not to its Maker, for all its beauty & expression of wonder, personality & order they conclude through many assumptions that this marvellous handiwork filled with intelligence & information got here all by its meaningless & purposeless self.

As it is with the expanse of nature so it is with the pages of Scripture…“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years (Spurgeon).” We are not left chasing our tails (so to speak) the Author of life provides wisdom & grace for our living, all that we need & more. God is a generous God & most worthy of praise, He is in nature & in His house.











 Lost city of the paper wasps.







  Causeway(underwater crossing)




The cleared path appears like a giant python 
snaking its way through the bush towards the mountain tops










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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A Grace Filled Land...



It is a truly wonderful thing to be called out of darkness. What was black & define-less & often the cause of much stumbling & falling gives way to clarity, distance & wonder. You can’t buy a ticket to heaven but passports & safe passage are a reality.


God has names in His heart & engraved on his hand. I have memories of the old land still, how I used to live, what I used to do, but things have changed. I suppose it seems weird to those that are still in darkness & happy there & stranger still that many would think I am deluded, but they don’t know any different & now I do.





It felt strange coming across the bridge, I was leaving a lot behind as I met the new people also living there. They at times resembled the old world, but only in part. People still fall in the new land & people still bruise but we see it more clearly now, we know more clearly now. God freely moves among His people, like in the garden of old, before the darkness & lies... it is a good place filled with wisdom & love. 



 Before the Throne of God above/Sojourn











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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Getting tonal in Greyism




The new world order, in the name of equality, has changed the definition of shape & colour. There will no longer be anything resembling convex, concave or straight. As it is with shape so it is with colour….Inhabitants of the earth will now have the choice of three words, equality & postmodern. There is no such thing as vivid or dull, grey is the new black, grey is the new white, grey is the new light, grey is the new dark. Grey however will remain grey, this of course is favourtism & bias, unequal you might say.











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Saturday, 23 May 2015

He heard my cry for mercy
















The old & the new & the older things get the more newer things eventuate. But it’s really an escalation or intensity of older things when all is said & done…


But there is more to time & tides than we realise, although they are a natural phenomenon
they mirror a spiritual reality, a parable of sorts as things draw to an end.

In this we are called to stand firm in the faith, having been established in the Saviour Christ we are called to mature into fulness, not the emptiness of this world  



Eph 4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.





Psalm 116 - Sons of Korah
















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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cause, effect & purpose



The Bible paints a not so pretty prophetic picture of the last days. There will be strong opposition to Christianity which in many respects will appear like a dead corpse in an open street. Although visible & seemingly dead, God is not playing possum with his church as surrounding people build their life upon the shifting sands of time. Rev 11:1-14.


As it was with Noah & his family so it is with the family of faith. Matt 24:36-39. God who provided a rainbow in the sky as a comforting sign that the terror of the great flood as a judgement was now over also reveals more of the unfolding prophecy. In as much as God is revealing His love & mercy & is committed to redemption for humanity. Satan & all who serve him will suffer a final judgement for their self- centred rebellion.



God again uses nature & nurture to illustrate & symbolise His story of Salvation as much as His power as Creator. It’s not that we can’t study God’s world & utilise the many gifts He has given, but to become entrenched in materialism & become laws unto ourselves is to become the very people that God destroyed in the great flood because of their rebellious hearts. It’s plain to see but it’s not just optical.















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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Eternal light









Owls have been known to inhabit desolate or vacated buildings, maybe more so in the Biblical landscapes where trees seem to be less & arid landscapes more (it’s not something I have looked into). But in this sense the owl is associated with loneliness, the night & desolate buildings.Zeph 2:13-15. Even though the Greek/wisdom connection gets the predominant notion in many modern societies. 

Modern cities & old kingdoms fade, usually due to economics, health or war we are told but Scripture tells us there is more to it when we consider God. Babel, Nineveh, Jerusalem… as much as Machu Picchu, Chernobyl, Detroit or Fukushima.

Many things change, but God remains the same…









 Every good and perfect gift is from above,
 coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, 
who does not change like shifting shadows. 
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, 
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. 

James 1:17-18






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Monday, 18 May 2015

Quiet



I have seen a few Barn Owls lately but I dont have the capacity to get them on camera. While sorting through some older images I found a nice background then inserted a drawing I had been working on working from a video. I think I have done a few left to right compositions lateley so I flipped the owl, which seemed to suit the picture better anyhow...

A pretty pleasing result for me....













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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Keep building on the rock.








You could almost call Psalm 8:1-9. the Green Psalm although there are many Psalms that delight in the wisdom of God demonstrated in the natural world.


God is into the green side of things,apart from making it all, we see it early on in the laws given in Exodus, Leviticus & Deuteronomy, Laws where animals & the land require respect & consideration, not just a resource to be utilised for the sake of profit or self-gratification. That respect & consideration is again required of human relationships where borders are maintained.


The moral law is given by God so that we may know Him & His works, but even here in following them we are but shadows. The physical reality is demonstrated in Christ Jesus & takes on a fuller dimension when Salvation comes to the Gentile world.


In that time Satan seeks to undo & unravel the Salvation Story with his self- sufficient pride & jealousy, twisting truth for the sake of a lie. Symbolically Green with envy & no genuine humility he nears his end as does this world that groans under the weight of sin.


But all is not lost, in Christ a sure hope is found…1 John 2:15-17.












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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Proportion









If God is such a monster for taking innocent (?) life as is often alleged (OT/Jericho).



 Why is it not monstrous that a woman should have a right to take the innocent life of a living foetus? & similarly…if circumcision is such an outrageous thing, how come abortion/extermination isn’t ?







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God the Transformer of human flesh



In terms of actions, Gay or Lesbian or extramarital relationships translate to a societal norm, but so do a lot of immoral things. Making something legal or illegal according to a government doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong or good or bad when it comes to God.


To think that humanity was just a freak happening & we can do as we please is to deny the living God & His purpose built world. To seek a life without God is not without its consequences, in this life & the next.


The churches prayer is that many may come to know the love of the Father demonstrated in Christ the Son through the Power of the Holy Spirit. Coming to faith in Christ freely gives us a loving relationship that cannot be bought or demanded, it is free, from first to last. There is true & lasting freedom that Christ has won for us.



For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,  just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Rom 1:17.







Breathe on me Breath of God


An older slower hymn to God that expresses 
our heart felt need of Him in all areas of our life.






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Fury Road: a review



Fury Road: The sound of music engines: a review





It was a dark & clear night…We were on time & got an OK spot, we watched the film from the back of our wagon with the seats folded down so we could relax.


Basically the film is about a lot of road rage & there are no police around & not much of a story line. The Country Women’s Association of Fury Road are more into bikes than bowls, the film had a Matrix, Duel, Smokey & the Bandit, The Banana Splits, Opera, Cinema, Debt Collector kind of feel to it with a lot of don’t try this at home or anywhere really content.


It drew me in for a while at the beginning but that was about it, a lot of creativity & a few interesting turns with some familiar Australian faces but not the Mad Max of old. There was a lot in it as far as seeking to connect with modern culture goes but I don’t think it came together as the earlier ones did. 










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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Money Trails

& God's economy of scale...


In this part of the world things are becoming much more ‘user pays’. This is in contrast to a time not that long ago when society seemed to be more cohesive between rich & poor regarding taxes & public amenities & utilities.


But as usual, things change & nothing lasts forever, as they say. Maybe it was the global financial crisis, maybe things were heading that way anyway with the world becoming more globally cohesive thanks to fast transport & communications & big corporations growing their wealth & power with cheaper labour & tax illusions (abracadabra said the accountant with an abacus). So in many ways we live in the midst of business models & undoubtedly want to mix a bit of pleasure with all that. All work & no play can be boring & too much play won’t pay the bills, or will it?


Enter the prodigal son & a the quick fix…. Luke 15:11-12. If you have a dad like that good & well, if you don’t maybe a get rich quick scheme or some criminal activity will get you closer to the mark & the desire of your heart. But as usual, things change & nothing lasts forever, as they say. But are they right…Love never fails. 1 Cor 13:1-13











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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Dark side of the science



Religion in general but Christianity in particular is often mocked as being make believe, something conjured up to help early humanity cope with the harsh & mysterious surrounds. This fits the great primordial gig (non -living to living matter) narrative of evolutionary belief that also would have us believe wars basically stem from religion as it seeks to polarise debate without considering many of the facts. 


All is not what it seems on the surface, as usual there is more to it than meets the public & media driven eye.














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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Staff meeting








I wouldn’t usually go with an image of the Son of God, last Sunday we attended a church gathering in worship where two  stained glass windows depicted David & Jesus.

Jesus provides an illustration so that we may understand Him as the Good Shepherd. John 10:1-21. Again in Psalm 121:1-8 we are reminded that God watches over Israel as they look to Him in faith. Encouraged by His Word & fed by His Spirit, Christians find rest where others only find randomness, luck or chance.




Sons of Korah Psalm 121







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Monday, 11 May 2015

Camp David










The blues or the sad, sad sombre songs of country & music in general often travel along the airwaves of radio land reaching out into the night & hearts of listeners. The saints also have their songs of sadness sang long before the radio. David, Gospel & country (Judah)…Longing though, in the first place, is for God. It is here where true & lasting joy is found.

 Sons of Korah. Psalm 63:1-11. (Desert prayer)









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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Not left in the dark







2 Peter 3:9.











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Crude








The Mad Max film had a lot of appeal for me growing up, although horrific at times & defined as apocalyptic it’s pretty reflective of human nature, no matter what the humanists believe. Faith in the bright side of life means a lot of looking the other way.


Fury Road is about to hit the big screen, previously having Australian influence the big production was shot in Africa this time round I think.. I’m not big on films, just every now & then but I will be checking this one out, probably at the drive in when it is released a bit later.

The transport & costumes look feral & barbaric with a blend of histories, the rule of the outlaws is in…












Luke 23:31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, 
what will happen when it is dry?”








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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Mother's...A masterpiece








Well we weren’t dirt poor like these peasant farmers but we ate a lot of potatoes over the years. Eat your dinner, brush your teeth, tidy your room, do your homework, take out the bin, yada, yada. A mother trying to prepare you for life ahead, spoiling your fun & setting you up for embarrassment. Sacrificial & motherly love…not always sweet, tender & patient, but precious none the less.



“HAPPY  MOTHER’S DAY”





104. Q. What does God require in the fifth commandment?
A. That I show all honour, love, and faithfulness to my father and mother and to all those in authority over me, submit myself with due obedience to their good instruction and discipline,[1] and also have patience with their weaknesses and shortcomings,[2] since it is God's will to govern us by their hand.[3]
[1] Ex. 21:17; Prov. 1:8; 4:1; Rom. 13:1, 2; Eph. 5:21, 22; 6:1-9; Col. 3:18-4:1. [2] Prov. 20:20; 23:22; I Pet.2:18. [3] Matt. 22:21, Rom. 13:1-8; Eph. 6:1-9; Col. 3:18-21.







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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Endless Ages

Ghost trains are noisy, rackety & full of action, ghost towns however are usually quiet & still, ghost structures that bear witness to a former glory or way of life.


The present human condition also bears witness to a former glory. Once we were in active harmony with our Creator God, the curse of sin & death was nowhere to be seen but now we moan & decay under the weight & strength of sin.(Genesis 3).



It’s a never ending job to renovate or maintain our beauty & glory, try as we might, resistance is futile. We wrinkle & fade inside & outside, our bodies & minds break down. Temporal as things may seem…eternity waits, even in Vegas the lights will go out & we too must vacate the building.










Abide with me: A Christian hymn on the temporal & the everlasting. 



Isa 40:7-8. The grass withers and the flowers fall, 
because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
 Surely the people are grass. 
The grass withers and the flowers fall, 
but the word of our God endures forever.”




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