Sunday, 17 June 2018

Trading Places






In Revelation we read the words that God is making everything new. Rev 21:1-8. He is not going to tweak things a bit here and there, He is making everything new. We get into the business of restoring things and replicating things but nowhere near the scale and level of God. We play God (because we are made in His image), but God is God.

And as God calls His children into His kingdom we get to play a role in the restoration of all things as we share and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a replication or imitation that comes from the master craftsman as He shapes our lives for service. That shaping comes in the way of trials and tribulations at times, as if battered by waves and inclement weather. God allows this for the good and growth of his children, that we shall become “all the more” like Him in every way.




[I have been working on some drawings & video based on some local history] 


A work in progress.



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Saturday, 16 June 2018

perfect timing, perfect God.






And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.

God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 

God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 
And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. Gen 1:15-19

The creation of our world, the world which we experience up close and personal serves us and assists us in our being and sublime function. There is nothing fluky, accidental or chance meeting about it.

This function stretches to the heavens, beyond our atmosphere into more and more of the unknown to us but not unknown to God, they are astounding connections of finite and infinite worth like the commands of God that suspend us for where we are meant to be.before we are clothed with eternity and worlds beyond our world. We are not evolving but we are in transit.



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Thursday, 14 June 2018

faith vs faith





One of the young students I teach in Scripture is fascinated by the idea of time travel. For him the possibility of that is just about the coolest thing, along with a whole bunch of other stuff.

The idea that in reality it is impossible to Dr Who (trademark) here and there seems non-existent, it is not a matter of how but when. There is faith in that assumption, faith that somehow mankind is going to conquer time and physics in a science type or kind of way. In real life and in entertainment mankind or an alien is the pioneer and Saviour

But when God does it in reality then it gets confronting and our possibility mode goes to impossible in society. All of a sudden things get “religious” and compartmentalised. History and recorded data and the Bible are probably the last place people would look to go to see how God can save us from sin and death through flesh and blood. John 1:1-18.

More than a natural cycle within a cycle, more than a pecking order, more than mere politics, more than time and more than physics and psychics, more than science and dreams, The Bible is more complete than we first realise. Dan 2:24-49.


[For me, there is a kind of conditioning in society, a positive reinforcement that favours belief in Materialism and unbelief in God. We see it in the sciences and psychology in particular. At its heart is an atheistic doctrine that dominates the conservation and conversation. The Christian church in the modern world is very much like tiny Israel of old, faith vs faith.]


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Multi Dimensional beyond the usual 3.







In the gallery I don’t see the artist but I see the art. In the street I don’t see the builder but I see the buildings, the structure and design. In the forest I see the trees and the biology and witness various laws at work over time.In the history books I get to understand past events in some detail( but not usually all.) There are lots of things I do not see (like what we call gravity) but only its effect.

In the same way we can know God even though we do not see Him, we can see what he has made and what he designed and sustains in this now sin cursed world full of suppression, government induced or otherwise. Rom 1:18-20.

We can also know how Satan works to undermine truth thanks to the truth and without the truth we would be ill equipped. In this we also see the wisdom of God who provided on so many levels. God is not just multi but Omni. Omnipresent, omnipotent and invisible and a lot of people don’t like that neither do they seem to tolerate it.

They don’t mind faith in other things that they cannot see or know but God is an offence to them. It is like the fear or flight response but it is deny or escape. People do that all the time with the police (even the police at times) Youtube it.

The Bible makes it plain that this is the kind of world we live in and it’s not that hard to see. And wonderfully, the Bible doesn’t just reveal the problem in great depth but it also provides the solution. Rom 3:21-24. The immortal becomes mortal to take on the devil and sin to restore all things. 





Romans 4:1-25.
Heb 11:17-19.


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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

We are all a bit dyslexic and struggle to comprehend the complexity and simplicity of it all (even experts).





So I woke up this morning and thought about war and peace, war and peace generally and then (as in the book: Leo Tolstoy) a book I have never read or never need to, but I know it sat on my mum’s book shelf for years. When I watched TV I used to read the book spines as well as looking out the window, which was easy to do because our lounge room was basically three modern glass walls in bushland. It wasn’t an attention deficit disorder, I think I just picked up on themes pretty quickly and could tell mostly where the program was going,plus TV gets boring too.

But back to war and peace and my mental state of being, I have been doing a few illustrations for my wife who is setting up a display in the school library to coincide with the world cup to be held across Russia. And just down the road Donald and Kim have been seeking agreement and picking up good vibrations on things that could go either way (like the world cup). So it’s a bit cryptic which reminds me of my dad and his crosswords.Something he still loves to do.

Cryptic crosswords seemed so stupid when I was growing up but the more I think about most of the music I listened to in my teens and early twenties was cryptic and obscure & I am still discovering the lyrics and the meaning behind the lyrics decades later, musical puzzles(I think I was mesmerised by pop culture). So now I am thinking of Samson and the ancients who also liked puzzles and riddles,things within things like dolls within dolls.

A lot of people treat the Old Testament like a puzzle and in particular the first eleven chapters of Genesis, they look for a story within a story, even to the point of denying its historical validity (Something Jesus never did). But taking away the miraculous is something even atheists don’t do!War and Peace and God and science.







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Monday, 11 June 2018

Ruach









Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matt 5:17.

There are times when Jesus commands us not to think! And that is because we do lots of thinking and in our thinking we can easily make wrong assumptions about God, His Word and His world.

The Jews were thinking along political lines, the Romans were not that interested in religion as much as thinking about power and just about everybody had their finger in the pie regarding economics.

But Jesus has righteousness and God’s kingdom foremost in His heart and head and He will not be drawn away from that. That’s what we need to think about most of all. Matt 5:18-20.This radical, this teacher, this thinker, traveler and doer has attitude…godly attitude.

That man, the messiah, the loser, the God of all sorts (no patron saints required) who supposedly accomplished nothing on the cross has changed the face of western civilisation and it doesn't end there.



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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Living Fossil record









There’s a place where the fresh water flows round a bend towards the distant ocean where a deeper cut allows for big boats to near tall timbers and low land plains that make farming possible. It was tidal back then and the rivers and oceans were our assumed rite of passage to explore, discover and conquer. It was a place where cultures clashed and skin colour contrasted. Rich cultures of intelligence and industry and equally brutal and harsh if the truth be told, each in their own way as our histories record.

From the great dispersion and estrangement from the hope of Babel, what goes around comes around on the face of the earth and a small and beautiful world caught up in the judgement and mercy of God. It’s a story with a great scattering and much pain and much suffering. We are living fossils from the place of the tower when our language and dialect was thrown into confusion. It’s in our spirit and in our DNA. Our traditional land beyond our traditional lands that sweeps back to the garden of old where peace, industry and relationship dwelt in the abundance of Eden with closed gates and now washed away in the turmoil and tribulation of the great flood that tore up the world in judgement and mercy.


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Friday, 8 June 2018

without God = choas






We are still living in the enlightenment (we even have steampunks and hipsters for a visual stimulus and the whitecoats now present in day to day casual attire).With the discovery within genetics that is now taking place and now being debated & mutated, Atheists continue to employ materialistic faith & Theists continue to appeal to science & Theological reason.

It’s not easy to put it all together, especially when on another level the education system indoctrinates rather than educates the young minds of today and tomorrow and the mainstream media are complicit and bias and no longer function in an objective sense.
Even the church on the surface in various places can get wishy-washy and looks at times obscure or compromised.


A political atheistic/materialistic education department has been implemented. It’s good for a lot of things I suppose, but not when it comes to truth or freedom. Hotel Utopia, Hotel California & the Gold fever of Rainbow ideology where reason is no longer reason because truth and freedom and biology no longer matters, except if you wish to disagree with consensus and authority. 


After the flood, after babel, after migration and immigration and after another gold rush of sorts, looking for bridges that we have burned over troubled waters as we turn our backs on primarily important families and relationships for euphemistic dysfunction in the name of feelings or inclinations. This is no dream but there are plenty of illusions and only God is real and that is what matters most of all.








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All in all






It takes me a while to adapt to the various strategies employed by the world, the devil and myself to bring about my undoing.Like Peter, I look at the waves instead of at Christ.

There is a fair bit of overlap in Christianity and tricky things, thanks to the natural, unnatural and supernatural side of things and thanks to our limited nature in comparison to God's vast and ordered creation,not to mention the vast chasm of sin that can only be attempted, but not conquered by human endeavour with all its consensus on mass. Isa 41:1-10.

But with Christ in my vessel and Christ at the centre of my vessel I can smile at the storms. His promises and His wisdom are all that I need as I look to His Grace for redemption and renewal as I cross over land and sea and sky.



Nicene Creed

Sicilian Mariners











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Monday, 4 June 2018

The beating and bagging goes on









Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and Christianity will give you a good endorphin hit? Sounds weird to me and would have also sounded weird to Jesus, Paul & Silas among others but some person on the net tried to tell me I don’t need Christianity anymore because other things can make me feel happy? I couldn’t trust the Bible either because of something about grasshopper legs (which may have been a translation, interpretive or theological error.)

There is and are lots of games people play in order to wedge Christians from the Bible and faith in God. It goes back to when Satan pursued Eve in the garden. Enticement and encouragement to forsake the wisdom of God is as they say “as old as the hills” Beware of the science of the mind that claims this and that, for we are heart, soul and body also. Acts 16:31-40.





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