Sunday, 27 September 2015

Grace & Space



As a modern people with technology we love our news with a bit of sport & a bit of weather. Live news, day old news, follow up news…we fill our minds daily with this kind of thing. It keeps us in touch, to a point, with what is going on around us.

 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” says Isaiah 52:7.

This is news with an everlasting & life changing impact for all eternity. An accomplishment that was totally impossible for humanity is within our reach. God came down from heaven to share in our curse & set us free. This is news for the heart & soul of humanity. 1 Cor 2:6-16. A river of life in the desert of sin.




Grace & Space 







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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Ugly Duck



It’s not a nice thing to know you are disliked or hated, especially when you have done nothing wrong. 1 John 3:13. We see it best in Jesus who also warned His disciples that they too would be hated. The old world ‘then’ & at the time of Noah, just as much as the modern world ‘now’ is opposed to the redeeming work of Christ as it places obstacles in God’s unstoppable way.


And we walk on in love & faith, called by God. As John writes…We have overcome. Not by our own intelligence or strength or wisdom but by God’s foolishness.1 Cor 1:19. By human standards it is a most unflattering & non inclusive way but nevertheless it is the only way to God & it is absolutely free. You can’t buy or earn or fake your way when it comes to God’s undeserving love.



Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.






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Thursday, 17 September 2015

V rated (Maybe not for vegans-sorry)



Now that two of our daughters are working in health related fields & as my wife also enjoys the hospital documentaries on TV we tend to get a few more conversations about that sort of stuff. Not even the power tools & mallets raise my interest in a televised hip replacement op. (which I will probably have to have one day)


If anything, my blood & guts experiences are more attuned to the animal meat section in the supermarket. As I walk by I get to see bone & fat & meat in its various forms & cuts. At times I will hear the meat saw sound coming from the butchery but I am usually too preoccupied doing my own jobs to give it a second or third thought.


We wouldn’t normally think of the Bible being able to cut us up, I suppose in one way it is like a laser in modern terms just as much as a scalpel. It penetrates our being getting to our very hearts. It judges our thoughts & attitudes in ways that science or even a court room cant. That is not to say we shouldn’t study nature or implement justice & law but there is a supreme measure in absolute terms & undeniably so.






 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 
Heb 4:12-13.




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Monday, 14 September 2015

Managing momentum


I played a new game on my wife’s ipad or tablet the other day. The little coloured trains appear from a tunnel & work their way towards a set of points. You have to touch the points so that the train can make its way to the matching coloured shed. It starts off pretty easy but then the challenges & timing increases & not too long down the track the engines aren’t going where they are supposed to thanks to the a bit fat controller.

Under pressure it’s usually my prayer life that gets shifted into a shed & Bible reading not long after that & it becomes a game of catch up. I still pray but it’s more like an emergency telegram than deep conversation & I keep an eye out on the radio for a Christian devotion or song when able but I know it should be more.

I learnt once that steam trains can lose traction & become ineffective when carrying a load. The big round steel wheels just spin in the same spot. There is a small tube that runs next to the wheels where a gritty substance, usually sand, can be applied to the track which assists with grip.


The age of steam with all its complexity may have passed us by but the modern age is just as complex & God is just as present in our strife as we seek to maintain our godly living...Ever patient, ever faithful & always on time.


In the work shop










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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Swallows in Spring




This week we have had car drama (electrical) so I have been taking my wife into work then filling in time before my own shifts begin. So I travelled a couple of farm roads in search of images, moving or still.


I pulled up to enjoy some scenery & noticed the swallows overhead. It took me a while to figure out that they were building their nests in preparation for mating.

I have since gotten some more footage in the afternoon light & will visit again in the hope of spotting some chicks....











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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Complexity & the planet & God









Jigsaw puzzles only tell us so much & no more & waves can only come so far & no further. It’s good to have limits & it is God that has set them in place. Job 38:4 -11.






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Trending with Time












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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Wrecking Ball (Unintentional)



It was a beautiful spring morning on Monday. We were on our way into work when I spotted a family of wood ducks out amongst the grass feeding. By the time I had pulled up & walked back the mother duck had sensed danger & had gone into hiding with the ducklings in the open field. Realising my shot was no more I thought getting close to the mother & ducklings taking cover might make a good shot. So I climbed over the fence & moved in.

I actually got too close & the mother took flight & the ducklings scattered every which way. Much to my distress two crows instantly went into predator mode & singled out one of the chicks while others ran towards the road where traffic was passing.


While trying to scare the crows away I thought I heard a farmer yelling at me to get out of his field so I felt pretty terrible but the little duckling seemed to have made a break away from the crows, meanwhile I came across another duckling up near the road, laying still & flat. It was so petrified that I could pick it up & move it to a safer place. So I felt pretty terrible about wanting to get the shot after all that. 















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Monday, 7 September 2015

Sand & Stone


Throughout millennia people have raised stones in commemorations of an event or events. Stone henge gets truckloads of airplay but there are many smaller stones that are usually forgotten or disregarded.


Modern peoples also raise large rocks in the name of art or sculpture or secular ideology & praise the maker or the state. 

Some time ago in ancient Israel’s history the prophet Samuel erected a stone & named it Ebenezer. 1 Sam 7:3-12.


God alone is the one who can truly save, even when we stray He shows himself to be compassionate & gracious as He delivers us from our prodigalness & evil time & time again.


All those things in nature although filled with wonder, beauty & function cannot deliver us from evil, only God can do that & its good to sing about it.

Old hymns have depth of meaning




Chris Rice: come Thou Fount of Every Blessing






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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Let there be Father's





Father’s Day, at this point in time is public, private & personal. An opportunity to celebrate a particular role in a unique relationship that finds its spiritual roots in God & our primary original parents made in His image.


A lot has happened since those days on the organic factory floor when the first model made its way into the world that was & yet this classic passes us by each day, still clicking up the miles/kilometres in all its glory, wonder & mystery. Some things were just meant to be.



In the joy & the sorrow & responsibility God’s good design is appreciated.






Honour your father & mother










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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

R E S P L E N D E N T



Maybe not so good for those that suffer the consequences of allergy's & the like but the signs of spring have been approaching here & there for a few weeks now. Sheep & lambs in fields, horses & foals, we have had some visits from some rainbow parrots with their large chicks visiting for some solid & regurgitated apple & a duck from down the back has been nesting under the shelter of a wooden pallet I have near our shed. The air is filled with the pleasant aroma of Jonquils & naked branches are now clothed in bright blossoms of resplendent colour.







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Same Lorikeet video with different settings.

https://youtu.be/8RFiuMQ6QLo

https://youtu.be/50mTojBq9U0



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updated image from previous post












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