Saturday, 30 September 2017

Sublime




There are various examples of godly leadership gone bad or crooked in Scripture & if the Scriptures are written for our encouragement (& they are) we can find comfort in the knowledge that God never ever turns a blind eye to sin no matter the place where it dwells & the damage that it does despite the best efforts of leadership to ice the cake in a seemingly presentable way. 



It is never enough to say we could have handled it better, or we all sin & seek to rationalise the transgression on one plane & ignore others as if there is a greater good that makes it all good again. Only God alone can do that & He will because He is almighty invisible God only wise & just & true in all His ways.






It is Good to Sing Thy Praises (Ellesdie)


180. It is good to sing Thy praises (Psalm 92)





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Friday, 29 September 2017

Charmed, I'm sure.




sort of



We have Elon Musk proclaiming that there is wisdom in relocating to and colonising the planet Mars(the new earth) because after all earth will probably be wiped out by an asteroid or something anyway, & that means it’s probably happening too in another universe in the multi scenario of untested & unobserved unlikeliness in the name of science, technology, hope & great migrations.Show me the money.

And then we have NASA telling us we need a Captain America lookout & action persons (with investment) so that we may protect planet earth from asteroid like encounters of the collision kind. Like Hollywood selling dreams & inspiration of human heroic achievement (the new god).

I suppose in some ways it is a diversion from the supposed discoveries of life origins & stuff like that, Hugh Hefner & looking for love & life in all the wrong places, Scienceology, Rabbit ology, Sexology(the new love) & Hyper Reality.Look how far we haven't really come but think we have as we shift things around.











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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning...





The Reformation created a good split or break away. The corrupt hierarchy could no longer fool the unaware regarding salvation in Christ. Scripture again & not the loosening or binding of man- made doctrines would become exalted in the church of God.

The spiritual Reformations of the Old Testament were happening in the New Testament times & last days. The Christian church should always be reforming to the likeness of Christ revealed in Scripture but just like yesteryear corruption & neglect is not that far away. This is true of the leadership just as much as the congregation.

Ministers can play politics & abuse their power/authority & the courts are geared against the not so in crowd savvy, preachers can & do fall into error & sin just as much as the church as a whole. Things get swept under rugs & people can be targeted because of factions & the like if the truth be told.

The Apostle Paul & James were not afraid to say things to the shame of the church when they had wandered away from God & fallen into temptation just like Jesus was not afraid to turn over the tables & crack a whip to drive out the money changers or rebuke those who knew better but chose not to.


Once the church has turned a blind eye to sin don’t expect it to go away if it is not dealt with properly. Favouritism or injustice & from little things big things grow in a world of actions & words. 





James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.


Rembrandt 1627


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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Brother Martin








Martin Luther wrote a lot & a lot has been written about Martin Luther, the man & his collaborators that made the Word of God accessible to the people of his time via common language & distinct doctrines. Martin Luther & the people’s Holy Bible giving glory to God.




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Monday, 25 September 2017

Daily Bread


I used to think that focusing on Martin Luther was like robbing Scripture of its relevance. It was mostly a half thought that hadn’t settled like many things in life where a deepening occurs over time. While the ripples were spreading the penny was still making its way down in another dimension.

 The more I got into His story over the years & what it was that he opposed the more relevant I saw his spiritual battle in the light of what Scripture actually teaches & what various people were trying to hide or manipulate in the name of God & Authority. Some things seem like they will never change. Corruption & anti-corruption have been big themes in the historical biblical narrative of Scripture since the fall of Lucifer & the fall of Adam & Eve.

So we head towards October with its well-known beer drinking festivals of German persuasion with costumes in the name of a good time which usually equivocates to the indulgence of getting blind drunk & what may seem like a momentary heaven of laughter & joy & song.


But there is another October celebration with Germanic influence that speaks of the everlasting & true heaven that points us to Scripture & joys which earth cannot afford that come to us in the Grace of the LORD JESUS CHRIST alone. Salvation & citizenship that is free & full to the brim & running over. Psalm 23:1-6.








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Fuel & ignition

Last Sunday after church my wife & I took a drive up the valley to visit a place called Burning Mountain. We had seen the tourist sign several times on trips to visit our daughter who was working further up the valley but we never had the time to call in.

There is a coal seam under the mountain that is estimated to have been burning for approx. 6000 years. There is a good science article on Burning Mountain here that challenges the old earth idea. https://creation.com/australias-burning-mountain.

It is a 4 km approx. walk to the current burning & back again. What starts off as standard Australian bushland becomes pretty barren, even though trees are still standing there is a lot of dead wood around(in the video).In places there is sheared rock & deep holes that speaks of underground activity. This is where the fire has been in the past. Further along to where the fire is underneath the area although small is barren, warm & fumy with a sulphur smell with colours ranging from red, pale yellow,white & light grey.

















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Friday, 22 September 2017

Taking in the sights & sounds





Celebrations !

It was my birthday this week and our daughters fiancee (who was a draughtsman & hence the above image) & two people at work & all on the same day...so much for being special. Yet we are, each in our own way unique, even identical twins  I would say.

Birthdays set us apart & give us a place in history & time as we currently measure it. Some people are famous for buildings, others for other stuff made or done & are statued or plaqued because of that but the majority of us find our image in photographs framed in rooms or stored away. Image after image after image after image.

Yet it is in our heart & in our heads that we carry memory after memory after memory of the way we are & were. Our very own archive, our very own camera, audio system, editing and production company. We were TV's & cameras & phones before they were invented.


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Thursday, 21 September 2017

The inequality of the equality god



When the state takes control of education so much that it becomes indoctrination of LGBTQI belief then the reality is we can longer proclaim that we have freedom or education but rather a program designed to esteem sexual fluidity in society that is targeting the very young.

The anti Christian spirit of the modern secular is far from neutral & can be easily seen if considered carefully amongst all the fake freedoms of rainbow ideology.

If we are not free to say no & must endorse rainbow religion then it seems to me a form of slavery. 




When the rainbow hits the road.



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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Industrial appease






God knows what it is like to toil & God is at work today just as much as in the days of Isaiah & Jesus. Each fulfils a unique role that finds its purposes in salvation from sin & misery that can only be found in the triune God, Father, and Son & Spirit. Isaiah 40:1-8.

For all our toil, for all our work & for all our advancement in technology & engineering there are just so many things we cannot do on our own or as a family or corporation or nation or combined nations. Try as we might.

In as much as we bear the image of God, as much as we bear the intelligence of God, we lack His wisdom & understanding as we seek to go it alone. Israel did that time & time again & we do the same today whether we are careless prodigals or esteemed people in society.


Everybody is beautiful sinful in their own way & God has made a way where sin is dealt with in the blood, sweat, tears & luxury of life. To see the beauty of Jesus & recognise His sacrifice on the cross that brings atonement/peace with God is to recognise God’s grand plan of Salvation that cuts & levels its way across time & eternity. Where there are ashes God gives beauty & oil. Isaiah 60:1-3.








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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Silicone Style & Plastic Chips







Memory foam… We like our sleep, we need our sleep, just as much as we need good food, exercise & a measure of things made clean.

I am not sure how it will help my memory though & maybe I should get a magnetic blanket & a holographic wrist-band to resonate with the natural energy flow of my body & while I am at it perhaps research some colour & aroma therapy techniques or consult an expert on what is best for me.


Modern living, is it all it’s cracked up to be or have we drifted away from our connection to nature & God our maker so much that we have become plastic people overly dependant on the material at the expense of the spiritual?

We are called to remember things too that we may maintain our shape & be identifiable in a world that believes in pretty much anything & everything.

So as we make plastic while the sun shines & sets & factories pump out their throw away & updateable products (buy bulk & get a discount/nothing wrong with that) it should be remembered that investing time with God has a truly greater worth that is unequalled with anything else.

Psalm 63:1-11.



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Monday, 18 September 2017

The Feeling Wars







Post-modern thought continues to twist the meaning of things to suit its own agenda. And in this free speech is no longer considered worthy for all as the LGBTQI political beast seeks to silence those that speak up in defence of time honoured traditional marriage.

At the same time a main reason for those that advocate redefining marriage are introducing the idea of a sympathy vote on the grounds of mental health & hurt feelings for some & definitely not all.


As we continually observe it is not about equality at all, this is about taking ownership of something in a demanding way that goes against the grain of nature & biology & into the mind game of a world that desires to engineer & rule society & children in the name of a freedom that robs others of freedom under a mantra of love & tolerance that is often talked about but rarely seen...Rainbow warriors on the march.




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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Clown fish terrifies Deep sea Angler fish! No Bull Shark.






I don’t follow stuff in the US much apart from a couple of Christian blogs that I find exceptionally helpful & what constitutes news every now & then. But seeing the scary clown movie is “now showing” & our own kids have seen it 2, it is a little closer to home. On top of that the FBI Insane clown posse gang cult thing has made some constituted headlines(let's cut to an orange juice commercial as we value add in advertising & drum up a bit more income).

I suppose if a food chain giant can insert a clown into its dealings then so can individuals even if it would freak me out a bit on first impressions & art & artist often like to push & breakdown boundaries as if that is what they are there for.


I think I like Rodeo clowns best(but how reckless is that anyway) & people in suits & uniforms without makeup can do some & put up with some pretty scary stuff.

Masks & masquerades & the 21st century goes 15th Century Retro or even Pagan tribal in a Comic Con kind of way as people opt for temporary insanity or a multiple personality.Crazy stuff.




Not my photo 








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Symbolic Realism, Symbolic Reality





Rev 12:5-17. This dragon is no Puff the Magic, neither is it a children’s only happy feely harmoniously rainbow coloured, tinged with drama kind of beast that is toothless or tooth filled with fire on tap.

This dragon is out for power & is happy to deceive to reach its objective & in its deception many, many, people put their trust. Not even Smaug comes close even though though they are one & the same.


Ordinarily we see the dragon with wings but here it is the woman that is lifted up like a powerful eagle that takes flight. “With one hope she presses with every grace endued” (Samuel J. Stone.1839-1900) while the dragon pursues her with an inner stoked enmity of hate & a doom that is secured at the time of God’s own choosing.





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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Local Knowledge



Growing up in Australia I have had a bit of time to take in the circumstances that are unique here in a general awareness way, in comparison to visitors and in particular snakes (even though other things are equally deadly & harmful here & abroad) We have a reputation for living in the land where snakes can easily put you down under because we lay claim to having a host of these deadly and venomous creatures that slither & muscle along the ground.


The truth is many are deadly, some are aggressive & some are not. People talk about the Taipan & the King Brown, the Tiger and the Red Belly Black & they all deserve healthy respect & reverence/fear for the power they possess. One of the smaller of these deadly reptiles is the Death Adder (serious music in background).



We ought to take note of this silent subtle creature that covers itself with leaves in a camouflaged coiled state with fangs in wait & a worming lure at the end of its tail to attract a passer buy. Not humans of course & that is why they are considered less harmful but I would say no less deadly either all things being equal.The Death Adder does not discriminate when it comes to a surging bite full of deadly venom.

{The common death adder venom contains highly toxic neurotoxin which can cause paralysis or even death. It can deliver the fastest strike among all venomous snakes recorded in Australia. Human death can occur within six hours after the bite.[2]}


Australian Death Adder Encounter









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What about Jonah's feelings? What about Nineveh ?



As far as earthly milestones go I am a few kilometres past 50 with a life that does not belong to me. In as much as I bear the responsibility of my actions etc. I do not own my life or my death. Born in the 60’s, grew up in the 70’s & so on. But no matter the ‘age’ or ethos or spirit of the time the past & the future have always been side by side, back to front & facing each other as time is clocked across the fading & thermodynamic universe as we know it today.

In this, I was hoping for a pretty cool life of enjoyment & fun filled with good things on the whole, but as they say, reality bites & swallows whole & like Jonah in a nothing's gonna change my world plan A, I cried out to the LORD who not only purposed me to know Him but also wanted me to grow up & mature & even suffer as He did.

I know that is true of many people regarding life in general regardless of belief & similarity but the difference will always be Jesus, the Jesus found in the Holy Scriptures & the Jesus who was there when the world began, the Jesus that is eternal, the Jesus who proclaims there is only one way to God & therefore peace, joy, purity, relationship etc.


That a cross or crucifix should be a sign in pointing people to God seems absurd, just as much a man in the belly of a huge fish. Yet Jesus calls us to take note of both & connect the dots, symbolic & real at the same time. Matt 12:38-41.












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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Rain man



The last few months have been very dry & the temperature readings of late have been warmer than usual. It was kind of nice as we had had enough of winter & we were looking forward to spring. But without the blessing of rain things have not been so great with bushfires in the parched, weary & waiting land.

I know there can be a certain kind of beauty, toughness & abundance in arid places but closer to the coast with its rivers, creeks & farmland, water in greater measure is part of the equation on a more frequent basis.

The forecast was for rain today & it was right. And many people have been praying for rain too. So it was nice to awaken to, or be woken by the falling rain in good measure, it has been like that for an hour or so. You can hear the drops hitting the tin roof & the water on the road splashing with the tyres as cars go by as birds sing in the rain as the sky slowly lights up the new day.


A lot of people don’t see God in this nor are they willing to acknowledge design or intelligence. For them it is blind chance & faith in prepositional materialism, luck, chance or whatever. But when something ingenious & intelligent is created that mimics nature it is hailed as brilliant design & we pat ourselves on the back as to how clever we are.

This has more to do with blind spots rather than blind chance. People don’t see it, but walking by faith & trusting in God has a certainty that is rock solid.To walk by faith & not by sight is trusting in God's radar, a guidance system in a dimension that is much more than the material that helps us navigate in both good & bad places. 2 Cor 5:1-10.


Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside. Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960)

https://creation.com/origin-of-life-research


















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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Televised Vision






Be not afraid
He(the Lamb) shall overcome
He careth for the little flock
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Monday, 11 September 2017

Imagine a state of no critical thought





Day in, day out & into the night, politicians slog it out to get stuff across or onto the table. So often they will not budge until all the detail is hammered out & accounted for in the name of a fair go or deal.

Yet when it comes to the Yes campaign for the redefinition & undermining of marriage & all the other stuff, much radical that is without a doubt connected, they want you to close your mind, tick the box & imagine everything is going to be alright.


Ask no questions, apply no discernment…just tick the box & let everything take care of itself comrades.



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