Thursday, 30 June 2016

Skint


As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.  
He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4.

A case of less is more…

Some people face incredible hardship. Acts 20:35. & others dote upon themselves & give as little as possible away in generosity. Hardship is in the eye or the heart of the beholder. It matters why we sink our money into stuff & what we sink our money into…just ask the politicians & the electorate at the moment.


But giving to God is not a tax but a gift that serves His purposes. God can use our gifts & put them to good work, bearing fruit at just the right time in the seasons of our lives & the lives of others. The tree gives & it comes from God.







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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Truth warp greater than time warps



“Let us do evil that good may result” Rom 3:8. Can you imagine the anarchy in that? It really is a picture of humans seeking to get their distorted way no matter what. A world without God is a spiritually dark, dark place, empty of good & multiplied by evil, even if it feels good it can still be evil & wrong.


That goodness remains is an indication that God upholds what He has made despite the wayward thinking. That Christ has come is an indication that God is on a mission from God, grace & salvation for the nations. Yes there actually is some good news amongst the spectrum of human nature thanks to the light of Life….Jesus. In Him we find the truth. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.Rom12:21.














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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Demented & Divine Memories



“I know where you live” Lots of funny memes there. It’s usually meant as a threat designed to make you uncomfortable & fearful…intimidation born out of anger, hatred or revenge, death even. Usually people that intimidate want something, the superiority complex. In our pride we can all struggle with that.

As much as people like to paint a picture of Christianity being the violent oppressor in history with distorted data the other side of the story is often less told, particularly of late.

And history often being repetitive God has his reminders for us. God too says “I know where you live” & the political manipulation that goes on. But He is not out to intimidate. Rev 2:12-17.


We need reminders of God’s extraordinary love, it’s not a blind love but one that is constant, strong & pure. Yahweh walks with His people…The Holy God, he lives.







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Monday, 27 June 2016

mops & brooms & a vacuum that goes vvvvrrrrroom



A moment in the day of a life as a cleaner. A cleaners work is never done, beautiful one momement, messy the next.

So move over Bob the builder, fireman Sam, postman Pat, mustang Sally, Peppa pig, Shaun the sheep, Wallace & Gromit & make a little room for cleaner Dean.

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Drivers seat


Creation & all its cleverness and functionality are evidence of God if we take God to be intelligent. Not only that we see personality & nurture time & time again. We can’t see God as such but we see what He has made in his gallery & galaxy.

We also see evidence of humanity’s fall & the curse upon the earth, not to mention the catastrophic worldwide flood. Death came through Adam & the nations came through Noah & his family. Normally we may like puzzles but this is a big one with a lot of pieces.

To think that we, terribly destructive & power seeking humans are the object of God’s love & redemption is beyond me at times. God gives us a lesson in the power of one & we should be amazed. But as usual we like to complicate things. Yes, the devil is at work too (for now) & a 3D printer can’t get you out of that bind.

God doesn’t need to act, He already is, with great precision on a grand scale, that’s what he has being doing from before we were born. We don’t have the bigger picture & our calls are often for the wrong reasons & surely our hindsight can agree with that.


God calls us to grow in trust, it’s even for our own good because God is good. If there is anyone that we should obey it is God. After all, he made us, we are purpose built for cleverness & functionality, how foolish & catastrophic it would be for our hearts to ignore it & create our own undoing.














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Saturday, 25 June 2016

World Wide Worship



It is Sunday Morning, it’s very cold, we have frost & there is said to be snow on the mountains further up the valley. Today we go to church, it is an old practical wooden building with old wooden pews (not that comfy) but thankfully we have warm air conditioning.

God & His word is central to worship & in many respects God’s people are central to Him. God’s people are a large family of faith imperfect but transformed in every way. Thanks to the Holy Spirit we grow, learn & bear fruit. It is an undeserved position to be in God’s family. Grafted into a tree that is attended daily if not hourly. It is not a place where we say we are so good, it is the place where we personally & publically declare God is so good.

There are many variations to God is so good as a song. This is the one I am familiar with.


God is so good
He took my sin
Now I am free
God is so good

He’s so good to me.





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Thursday, 23 June 2016

People Maps


The judgement of Sodom & Gomorrah has many lessons for life. I take it to be history, not allegory. The minority are being oppressed, bizarre & unnatural relationships have taken hold of the people’s imaginations & wills. Genesis 18:16-38.

God shows patience & investigation. In the end judgement comes. Not long after judgement comes upon Lots wife. After too much worry & with the use of alcohol Lots daughters manipulate their father into having sex.

If ever there was a picture of “we all like sheep have gone astray” Isaiah 53:6. This would be a good likeness.

How about that, Christianity in the minority (a saviour was foretold), pressure to conform, sexist & manipulative women & men, surrogacy, incest, rape, spiritual heeding ignored, refugees, immigration, natural catastrophe & sexual immorality.

There is nothing new under the sun, says the Bible. If we want to know how it is that we should live then we need clarity, not the blurred marred life of human experience & inexperience. Left & right wing politics will only take us so far, & often round in circles or backwards while they lord it over each other. Only with God’s help can we truly break free.


God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus. Col 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. God has spoken, but are we really listening.








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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The light bulb moments & the Light of Life.

The false idea or accusation that Christians need a crutch to cope with life so they need something to believe in is similar to the idea that humanity made up religion to cope with the stress of living.

People make up the idea of no God or assert a dead God because their heart & mind hold on to other things. Rationalism is a bigoted belief system that discriminates against history, belief & truth in its search for meaning in an alleged meaningless big bang. It cannot prove nature is all there is by science so it argues & promises so much & claims it is not faith based. The rationalistic spirits approach to life needs its alleged facts & figures & books. It adores them, welcome to the church of rationalism with its tracts & outreach programs, political, cultural & educational bias.

When Christianity preaches mystery it is mocked, when science preaches mystery with all its conflicting & ever changing theories, still the scientist can do no wrong. That takes faith.

Science, Belief & Reason(not rationalism) were there in the beginning in the garden. After the expulsion from the presence & purity of God in Eden things have lost their order(look around, so much is distorted).... Distracted, they see not the sun in all its glory, it’s the shadows they are chasing. Looking for life & knowledge in all the wrong places.





Jas 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.






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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Sanctuary





I know there is a school of thought that says we have nothing to fear from deadly 
creatures & I know that some people can over react at a percieved 
danger but all in all being fenced in can be a good thing.Like the rod or staff of a good  shepherd where the sea wolves seek to strike.






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Oceanography & Theology







A lot of people seem to get pretty romantic notions about nature, & if not romantic then reverence. No doubt she/it is powerful, majestic & magnificent & the micro side of things is just as impressive. Creation has its Creator & King also, not a predator that instinctively hunts down its prey but one who provides for all living things, even after the fall. He alone is worthy of praise, anything less is short sighted. Jesus is the Alpha & the Omega. Just because you can’t see Him doesn’t mean He isn’t there no matter what materialistic bigotry may assert. Humanity has forgotten, lost & denies many things. Rom 1:18-32.


Jesus came to bind & heal our wounds, not tear us to shreds like a wild beast.



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Monday, 20 June 2016

Fishification of humanity.


I grew up with a fish tank or two, nothing big & only a couple of fish. One gold fish was orange & one was a black fish with big round eyes coming out the side of its head. They would cruise around with their flowing tails & fins.

We were often told not to feed them too much (just a pinch) & became used to seeing their poo dangling from their rear end every now & then. Eventually I learnt how to catch the fish gently & clean the tank out & re-prepare the tank.

I like to watch fish in their surrounds but I don’t buy into the story that humans & fish go way back. It’s just too fishy & not that factual.

http://creation.com/review-neil-shubin-your-inner-fish




Shoe horning the data



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Friday, 17 June 2016

the certaintity of trust & obedience






Well, yes,technically, it could be three words & technically words 
are not actions but there still is an equation or dynamic there 
where two things hinge together held by the pin, shaft or bolt.






Trust & Obey. Matt 22:40.




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Thursday, 16 June 2016

not everything is equal, reconciliation is required.



Sinonometry: It's fun they say, but it sure creates a lot of misery to the power of ten, hundred & thousand. I would need a tutor or three to help me get to the bottom of it & even then I would only be scratching the surface of a volume that deepens & deepens.


God’s calculator allows us to understand the true and false value of things, sin to the power of death can only be dealt with in the Christ equation or dynamic, in Christ we see God’s true value in the form of human flesh.Much, much more than the abstract. 




2Co 5:21.- 2 Cor 6:2.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” 
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation




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killing me not so softly


The Orlando attack was very severe, massive carnage & killing, very sad. But that should be the case whether its one or one hundred, a gunshot, starvation, drug overdose or road accident etc... 


It seems as if there is more background information trickling in. Some have been quick to condemn the negative & distasteful comments & fair enough. But do those condemners also take aim at Charlie Hebdo…Just saying.



The homophobe & hate name calling seems to be out & about again. In the so called modern world you can have casual sex and casual drugs but you can’t have casual spelling…fun da mental.

In the Christian worldview life is prescious and holds dignity, young or old, black or white, male or female. It's not ours to take.







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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Romantic Landscape & Seascape


The industrial revolution has come a long way but now it seems that nature has payed the price & provided the materials at great cost. I can sympathise with the romantic era where the medieval was favoured over the classical in the time & tide passages of political & cultural influence.

Steam, combustion, electricity, chemical concoctions, engineering & science equals catastrophe in many respects(not to mention all things nuclear & atomic)…what have we done, are we really that smart…We would like to think so but we are just as susceptible to stupidity & lack of foresight or insight.

Dreaming big & achieving success does have its flip side, not that a CD or a download would know what that was. Even as the language barriers come down the Babels still go up heavenwards with lofty ideals. Humanity remains the same, image bearers of God justly cast out of Eden, worshiping the created rather than the creator & blaming each other while trying to make ends meet.










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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Spot the difference.

The age of reason & all the belief that flows from that says you can’t know anything for certain unless you trust the science…but how many times has the alleged scientific facts been asserted, modified then remodified like a diet (because the facts were not really facts at all) & how many times has a judge that knows very little about science ruled on such matters…Monkey business & Rainbow politics (Send me an angel, so help me God). In the wonderful world of equivocation, education has become indoctrination, ironically we are not allowed to think anymore, the ruling elite & the secular reformation do that for us with a curriculum of anything is possible as long as it’s not religion.



There are many things I can know for certain regarding the Saviour (Jesus), the whole truth & nothing but the truth. Jesus says you don’t have to know everything before you can understand & appreciate His wisdom & love. No hole is too deep, no pit too wide, no sand too quick, no ache too empty, no intellect so profound, no sin so great. Acts 2:21. Only the Holy Spirit can deliver the change required or desired for a restless humanity. It’s why John the Baptist & Jesus came preaching & teaching while the politics of the day went round & round in circles.


Dove  Wind  Flame  Stream  Seal





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Monday, 13 June 2016

Pre occupied & otherwise engaged


After becoming a Christian, forgiven, loved & adopted by God & enabled by the Spirit to grow in understanding & relationship I was amazed at the depth of insight that is revealed in the biblical texts.

Artists, crafts people & musicians know their materials & instruments, cook’s their flavours, textures & tools & ministers their texts & contexts. Like doctors & nurses that apply insight & training, teachers, fathers and mothers that seek to apply knowledge, wisdom, love & discipline….the minister prepares & delivers a sermon.

There is skill in the sermon & the presentation, prayer & training in the preparation. From the beginning God has passed on His attributes & intelligence. God relates, but do we really want to know it. Can we handle the truth or is it too much for us to endure. 


Yes the world is stuck on the idea that God is dead & no longer relevant to an alleged evolving race more focused on making history rather than paying close attention to history. The subjective utterance of secular science is very loud & persistent. So was Babylon & Rome before they fell. 

A strong government or economy is not an indication of truth, wealth & false freedoms can bring on all kinds of grand delusions & madness on a large scale. If you dont have truth youre caught in a lie, a very clever lie.








How smart was ancient man? (Creation Magazine LIVE! 3-03)





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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Photography & Carlligraphy









It’s an old work horse from a bygone era but they are very popular today & pull big money. Muscle cars & trucks pull chicks just as much as blokes (women & men). It’s a funny & serious romantic dynamic, boy meets pick up, picks up girl with some denim & boots & a couple of hundred song lyrics somewhere in there too.Welcome to the country.

In the country you need a tough motor for all the miles & a tray or tub comes in handy down at the hardware or produce supplies so you can put your stuff in or on your ve hear cull.

I like a lot about the muscle car era, the simple electrics & philosophy of generosity of space under the bonnet reflects the wide expanse & freedom of movement in the country landscape.The effortless power of the humming V8 engine, curved lines & crafted chrome to mention a bit more.

There is a bit of practical nostalgia there & art appreciation too. The modern plastics & extreme electronics are not all there cracked up to be…just like their alloy heads, secret & specialised tools & high maintenance bills.










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Your as weak as water.....Is water really weak ?







Thankfully you cant really dilute fresh water with fresh water but it can become polluted or poisened. Hearing Jesus voice amongst the competing crowd is a must. We live in a world of diluted & twisted ideas,.. muddy, muddy waters & torrents of mainstream indoctrination.To withstand the pressure we are called to stand firm. Eph 6:10.




The Holy Spirit as Water








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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Brunch



Our worship service is after breakfast & before lunch. I would say when most people think of breakfast they are thinking of what they plan to eat and drink, not so much on how long they have gone without food through the night as their body fasted. Particularly in the land of over flowing garbage bags & bins of bulk food.

Church is in many respects a time to feed, taking in the covenant mercies of God & His wisdom for our eyes, ears, hearts & minds, a truly nourishing time for the soul. Theology is a science of actions & words...some would say she is the queen of the sciences, all I know is that she has the richest of fares & contributes greatly in my life. Isaiah 55:1-13.


Many today will opt for a trendy Cafe & attend the shops in the name of consumerism. Not as many will attend church & consider the salvation of God come in the Christ. The economy of the soul is far more important says Jesus. Luke 12:13-21. The come & eat, drink & be merry of consumerism will only get you so far & no further. Only God can take us through & help us understand the far finer things of life like the eye of a needle & the measures of impossibility. Luke 18: 18-30.








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Friday, 10 June 2016

Mini Beasts of the field


All things bright & beautiful 
All creatures before & after the fall
All things wise & wonderful
The Lord God made them all.




Christmas Spider Video: 2:33.



Shot over two mornings, on my second visit the webs were in tatters, a spiders work is never done it would seem.Build, rebuild, build, rebuild....






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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Soccerates




Australia vs Greece Soccer freindly clip. 1:36.

Three good goals: Aus 1  :  Greece 2.








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Monday, 6 June 2016

Economics is a spiritual science or discipline


The situation of incurring debt & being set free from debt and working for a living has been around since the time of Adam, Eve & Father Abraham, Jacob & Laban. Gen: 29:1.- Gen 31:55. It’s how we roll…like poker machines, thousands and thousands of years down the track & the human story is still the same. One for you, two for me in the improvisation of deceit & getting the upper hand, early on in the historical narrative of redemption God gives direction regarding monetary dealings.

Lord’s Day 42 regarding Thou/You  Shall/should not steal.

What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?
God forbids not only such theft1 and robbery2 as are punished by the government, but God views as theft also all wicked tricks and devices, whereby we seek to get our neighbour’s goods, whether by force or by deceit,3 such as unjust weights,4 lengths, measures,5 goods, coins, usury,6 or by any means forbidden of God; also all covetousness7 and the misuse and waste of His gifts.8

[1] 1 Cor. 6:10. [2] 1 Cor. 5:10. [3] Lk. 3:14; 1 Thess. 4:6. [4] Prov. 11:1; 16:11. [5] Ezek. 45:9–10. Deut. 25:13–15. [6] Ps. 15:5; Lk. 6:35. [7] 1 Cor. 6:10. [8] Prov. 5:10; *1 Tim. 6:10; *Jn. 6:12.

But what does God require of you in this commandment?

That I further my neighbour’s good where I can and may, deal with him as I would have others deal with me,1 and labour faithfully, so that I may be able to help the poor in their need.2


[1] Matt. 7:12. [2] Eph. 4:28; *Phil. 2:4; *Gen. 3:19; *1 Tim. 6:6–7.


With the coming of Jesus we get a greater perspective regarding the insecurity & deception of wealth. It's not what really matters the most....far from it.






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Works in progress



Some people expect Christians to be faultless & perfect but the Bible paints no such picture. It’s here that many think they can match the Christian in a test of good works. Who can be the nicest person is surely a test we have all failed miserably at regardless of what we believe. And who can measure the inner working & desires of the heart to see if the motives are pure or coming from the right place. Being ‘nice’ or the nicest can be just as much a two faced act lacking courage & truth among other things despite how things appear on the surface.


It’s why I go to church, to turn my eyes & heart to Jesus, not to proclaim I am good enough but to say He is enough. To marvel at His teachings & gracious works declared in the Bible. Day by day in the ups & downs Christ will always be sufficient. I don’t need or desire a tattoo to remind me, God has written it on my heart. Jer 31:33. 2 Cor 2:12- 2 Cor 3:6.





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Saturday, 4 June 2016

wings over the ocean




an albatross animation





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The meeting place







There is something solitary about life
We experience loneliness & the joy of return
Hours, days & nights & months
Longings filled, companionship restored
The power of two or more & the godly gathering
Created to worship & praise as one.


Never Alone: Emu Music.



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Thursday, 2 June 2016

the sheep, the goats, the wolves & the shepherd


The last month or so we have been covering the appointed coming of the kingdom of God, John the Baptist & Jesus the Saviour on a mission from God. John had first of all become an enemy of the church by challenging the pharisees & then an enemy of the state in warning Herod regarding his bizarre marriage arrangement. Mark 6:14-29.

Many people were confused about Jesus… was he Elijah come down from heaven, was he a resurrected John the Baptist? Obviously not, but they all spoke from the same spirit. Change was in the air. The Kingdom of God was going up a notch in terms of fulfilment & prophecy. God’s outcomes based plan of salvation was going to shake the ancient world. And He did.


There have been many twists & turns in world events since then yet the Gospel bears witness to a fallen world just as confused & bent on quests for power & satisfaction. As always there are countless distractions…but the kingdom of God presses on. The steadfast love of the Good shepherd never ceases.John 10:1-21.


not an actual image of God.
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