Saturday, 30 January 2016

Let there be lights, camera, focus & action.


I put these videos together a couple of weeks back when the rivers were in flood mode.
I want to develop my film skills more...a make some use of my many photos.

practise, practise, practise, cut, cut, cut, practise, practise, practise.



Bridges (photo presentation)


Bees (video & voiceover)





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Friday, 29 January 2016

Twist & Shout & the crowd goes wild




Yes, in Christ we can say there is the original & the best when it comes to marriage.

The Wedding Song....Noel Paul Stookey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TekkIqNmQz4

Cover versions, improvisations & copyright breaches abound...Chinese whispers of post modernism & things get a bit twisted. 


http://michaeljkruger.com/macklemores-same-love-and-the-incoherence-of-postmodern-morality/









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Overlap & Overreach.


It seems to me, in some Christian circles, the moment you mention an Old Testament commandment the assumption is that a works based teaching is being applied. But this is not the case. Yes, we cannot earn salvation, but once our hearts experience conversion we walk a different path to the world. The old is gone, the new has come.


In following Jesus & trusting in Him we begin a walk in holiness. In a sense we move on from the cross (the atonement) to begin a life of faith & obedience being led by the Spirit. Christ came not to abolish the law but to fulfil it. Matt 5:17-20. So we begin to grow in godliness & holiness overshadowed by Grace.The Ten Commandments take on a new meaning, not works based but Word based.



The Ten Commandments are deeply embedded in the New Testament writings, this doesn’t equate to a works based belief, it is still finished & still amazing grace all the way home.





Overlapping thoughts




Overreach






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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Divine order



Rationalists probably believe they are the only ones that can recognise the absurdity of superstition, however the Holy Bible also condemns superstition. The Heidelberg Catechism spells it out in summary for us to grasp its measure for our daily life.

Q & A 94
Q. What does the Lord require in the first commandment?
A. That I, not wanting to endanger my own salvation, avoid and shun all idolatry, sorcery, superstitious rites, and prayer to saints or to other creatures. That I rightly know the only true God, trust him alone and look to God for every good thing humbly and patiently, and love, fear, and honour God with all my heart. In short, that I give up anything rather than go against God’s will in any way.

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Superstition is like talking to a wall, not to mention all the physical & mental harm it can inflict. God calls us to touch base, not touch wood or the top of a glass sliding around a board of many letters. Totems symbolise animal’s strengths & weaknesses & allude to the spirit world. Often rich in culture & respect for earth they are nevertheless lacking when it comes to understanding the Creator in His fullness. In a similar way Evolutionary dogma has no moral basis for life…we may as well live like a bird, ape, spider or plant. Eastern philosophy seeks healing, health & power through animal organs & plants but again found lacking & is harmful to our shared ecology.

It’s not as if God hasn’t shown us the way & it’s not as if many are not going to stop going their own way. But there comes a time & place when variety is not just the spice of life but a crowd of anti-discernment. If it were a traffic light green would be red & amber all at the same time…chaos. We see it now as humanity struggles with sexuality on the slippery slope of modernism with its absurdities which it believes to be true.


There is a reason why God made us the way that He did.





The equality/blend of green red & amber, 
enter at your own risk




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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

From Darkness to Light



Maybe you know the drill by now, something violent happens & we, the alleged modern & advanced people automatically cast aspersion on the cavemen or the dark ages…funny that. Domestic violence, war & destruction are just as much a modern problem & chemical & technological warfare even more so.

The science of Darwinian thought has led to horrible atrocities by alleged enlightened people & governments but somehow society’s bias conveniently discards the data from the memory bank & the modern myths continue. Personal pride & the deletion of data can lead to dark, dark places no matter how civilised they appear.

Nineveh had civilisation & brute force but what it really needed was Salvation…Matt 12: 38-45. As much as we may like to look back with an air of superiority regarding the past we are just as human as they, make just as many mistakes & are in just as much need of Salvation from something greater than ourselves...Do the math, Jesus came into our culture, not to fine art it, but redeem it…














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Monday, 25 January 2016

Friends, countrymen, lend me your hearts, mind & soul.






I appreciate my citizenship at this point in time but am generally judged by what I do as an individual. Society is really tribal in nature & the media tend to drum & amplify the assumed position or the direction they would like us to go. The myth of modernism is that we are gaining more knowledge & becoming a better people, more this & more that.

But much of what modernism seeks to attain is unproven, experimental & debunked…hardly rational at all really. It is another tribe with another agenda weaving its dark thread of deception under the canopy of heaven. Its rules & regulations are nothing more than peer reviewed thought bubbles of approval magnified by media outlets…a preferred model presented as fact, modern people drifting through time & space seeking answers amongst assumptions...The religion of rationalism.


If we want solid thinking then we must find something other than liquids, solids & gases. The answer has always been in Jesus. Rom 1.18-32. John 1:1.







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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Works in progress

Some thoughts on Australia Day...26th Jan...& the bigger picture.

There are plenty of elephants in the room on national days of celebration. Nations have historical pasts & indigenous ones & they are not pretty. But we all know we can’t turn back time, not even the hipsters in cities, the hippies on communes & the rat rodders that cruise the highways & byways powered by old & new school technology.

With all our wealth & prosperity many go hungry & live on the street, corporate companies appear to have more sway than the average citizen as the governments chase & juggle the dollars…one for you, two for me….& all of a sudden going backwards & getting bi polar symptoms become a reality. But you can’t put a nation or government in hospital can you, the show must go on.

The gift & blessing of life & going forth & multiplying which eventuates into nation building has lost its way. The corruptible nature of humanity & the anarchy & rebellion of unbelief leaves its trails of chaos & injustice. Always look on the bright side of life & advertising does little to satisfy the heart & soul of humanity.


Yet I may & can rejoice despite the circumstances that surround me. I have sought refuge in Jesus, I have fled to Him & His rule. In him is peace & I prosper by & in His Grace. Psalm 2:1-12.Col 1:15-23.







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Thursday, 21 January 2016

The Black & The White & The Grayscale







2B or not 2B…that is the question. I can remember watching Television in gray scale as a kid, I even remember a scene or two from Hamlet. “Oh what a tangled web we weave” (not Hamlet but Marmion). Our quest for right is often overshadowed by wrong. It appears as if evil triumphs over good except when the Lone Ranger (& Tonto) or the Cisco kid (& Pancho) gallop onto the scene.

Our imaginations can run wild, even as we grow older. Lines, contours & borders assist us in staying safe but the modern world like the old black & white or sepia for that matter has trouble keeping within that which is there for our guide & our good.

It’s nothing new really… sin entangles our lives taking things deeper & deeper into the shallowness, focus can be good as much as bad & so it is with desire. It climbs on & clings to us whispering its freedom song while we become darkened & encumbered in our understanding.

There is something much greater than darkness & that is the light."The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it". John 1:5.






3D Drawing of a Lifelike Snake | 3D Painting Optical Illusion!






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Monday, 18 January 2016

Sifting through the sands of time.






The Bible really is old fashioned when it comes to the idea that we are alleged to be evolving, but in truth humanity is just as tribal today. The tribes of yesterday exercised or submitted to political influence & Satan & God are still followed on a daily basis. Eph 2:1-5. Luke 22:31-32.

The technology has advanced but the background remains the same, the inner workings of human flesh is caught in a net of sin & spiritual influence is just as prevalent. There was unbelief back in the garden along with rebellion & deception. Throughout the Old & New Testament under the influence stubborn strong self- willed humanity blew it time & again… it’s my way or the highway God, I have this project & you are an obstacle to faith in me & my way.


But God knows the way in the modern wilderness too, concrete jungles & civilised gardens & homes are just as in need when it comes to Salvation & restoration & some biological tampering cannot undo evil or create goodness for that matter. We would like to think we are in charge of our destiny, we may even have great faith in that, but maybe that earthly faith is just a stubborn will. Only Scripture can help us tell the difference no matter what appears to be fashionable at any given point in time. 






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Friday, 15 January 2016

Life is a prelude of things to come



I have been trying to extract some time from my new schedule to get some posts up. It’s been a busy time of late, first some flooding in our area which has meant extra travel, then a new job & trying to do some stuff with our children as the school holiday period is ending soon. On top of that our router packed it in & since installing our new one it has become impractical to upload files due to the time it takes. What may appear to be a mix of time & chance or a series of unfortunate or fortunate events all unfolds in the wisdom of God’s invisible yet visible purposes. Eccl 9:11. The bigger picture is sublime & requires more than to glory in humankind & the blessing & mystery of life.







Our time will come again in a way. Judgement will be passed on what we have & have not done.Eccl 12:9-14.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

God's time & timing


The process of metamorphosis is a wonder to behold. To appreciate the complexity within, the indwelling information, timing devices & structure formation is mind sparkling. Wisdom within nature before nature began.

 

On the one hand a gradual process, on the other instantaneous before time for a time. We can see God’s transforming power in the life of His people also. With the coming of Christ the old dissipates & the new begins & the gospel spreads out across the land & islands to all peoples.

 

God’s wisdom already present long ago but being revealed in glorious formation & transformation.


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:17-18.


 http://creation.com/astonishing-acrobatics-dragonflies


http://creation.com/inexplicable-insect-metamorphosis








Dragonfly Wings in Slow Motion - Smarter Every Day 91








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Friday, 1 January 2016

Brackish & Briney











The fresh water river meets & greets the mighty ocean. Two worlds interconnect. Estuaries can also be nursuries, providing an eco system or habitat for creatures to reach maturity. From little things big things grow. In the recent past much has been taken for granted.The wisdom of these places took second place to development, dumps & chemicals that have destroyed delicate systems that are important in so many ways. Progress is not always progress...it can & does lead to destruction.

Crabs (2.5 min)








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