METTLE Weekly Newsletter


Volume 3

Issue 41




Hippolite Musings

I attended a Microsoft Developer Feedback Forum on Thursday 13 November in the morning.  The contributions of others are confidential, although we were recorded! I gave some feedback on developer issues:

  • I hate the Ribbon (although a colleague of mine there loves it, so we balanced each other out).
  • Generally very pleased with development suite (Microsoft Visual Studio 2008).
  • I wish the Membership Provider didn’t insist on utilising a password all the time. This is because, in an Intranet scenario, I can ascertain the Windows login ID of the user (authentication). Therefore, all I need to do in order to verify whether the user is allowed into one of my apps (authorisation) is to check off their name from a list. No passwords required. But because that’s how the Membership Provider is structured, therefore I can’t use it.
  • I use SubSonic (a third-party, Open Source, free add-in) as my ORM of choice, although I understand with the demise of LINQ 2 SQL (a Microsoft product), that the Entities Framework will be (soon) the ORM solution offered by Microsoft.
  • I’m not involved in licensing of Microsoft Products here at Telecom, for which I am truely grateful, although I did have input into the decision to continue receiving DVDS as part of MSDN. Starting from the next annual subscription, I will be reversing my earlier recommendation and instead choose to download all MSDN content that we require.
  • I highly rate and highly value the contribution of Microsoft to the establishment and support of the .NET community events. For me, these are career enhancing opportunities to meet with like-minded individuals, learn from them, socialise with them, and give back.
  • On the question of Trust, I do not trust Microsoft to stick with any one technology, but to constantly move with the industry adoption options. I do trust them to be around for a number of years. I don’t trust them to fully support NZ (e.g. with Data Centres) any time soon. I do trust them to innovate continually (even if that means they hire innovative individuals like Rob Conery).
  • One concern I didn’t voice, because it was uncalled-for (in this context) was this: with a new socialist president in America, will he force monopolies like Microsoft to split up? NZ did it to Telecom, so don’t tell me it doesn’t happen!

Sunday Service


  • Served by Philippines group
  • Presented by Brad Dring
  • BTW, do you know the Mormon’s also partake of communion, but use water instead of wine (or, in our case, red grape juice)? The charitable explanation is their admonition against alcohol. The other explanation is they can’t handle the message that the Blood of Christ forgives us of all our sins. Thus, LDS is a works-related religion.

Things you need to know (Presented by Daniel Bell and Jamie Fukafuka [Duncan Brown is in hospital])

  • Baptism service today
  • Jessica Cooper, Centre Manager, Elim International Kids (day care), places still available
  • Prayer Line 385 3370
  • West Kalimantan Children (Indonesia) Mt Hope Ministry, presented by Craig Pilcher. Our (Elim) contributions so far:
    • 2006, built their office and furniture
    • 2007, built their fish ponds (2000 fish now), feeds the kids and funds the ministry
    • 2008, built 3x water pumps
    • Coming up, build more dorms
  • Bring your Christmas lights

Crunchies (by Brad)

  • Great grand mother
  • Pay rise, birthday, baptised (all three, one person)!
  • Lot’s of visitors
  • Work permit and full time job
  • Offering (by Mel)
  • Followed by break to socialise


  • Presented by Mike Knott
  • Prefaced by a PowerPoint slide show presentation of a story about Albert Einstein as a student, proving that God didn’t create evil.

Economic Doom and Gloom!

  • First this: God created the Heavens and Earth – all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: Light! And light appears.
  • Genesis 1:10-3, The Message

The Gloom Buster!

  • Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past eh humbled the land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honour Galilee of the Gentiles, (Isaiah 9:1, NIV)
  • The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned (Isaiah 9:2)

Light to Live By

  • What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out (John 1:4-5, The Message)
  • Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life” (John 8:12, NCV)

Turn your face to the Sun

  • But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. (Malachi 4:2, NIV)
  • Praise renews the mind
  • Worship restores the soul
  • Celebration energises the body

Get your second wind!

  • Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed-that exhilarating finish in and with God- he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he ploughed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Hebrews 12:2,3

Into the Overflow!

  • May the god of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit Romans 15:13, NIV)
  • Our gaze – eyes fixed on Jesus
  • Our praise – our words filled with hope
  • Our ways – our lives marked by faith

A Prayer

  • Father God, thank You for bringing Light into my world by sending Jesus. Today I am asking for the grace to stay in the light and to be a light for You.
  • I want to be a light to those around me and a voice of hope in their world.
  • Please draw me to worship You, fill my mouth with praise, and empower me to please you with my faith.
  • In Jesus Name I pray. AMEN!

Praise Reports

Prayer Requests

  • Atheist Ads to Run During Christmas Season – Advertisements proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake," will appear on Washington DC buses starting next week and running through December. The ads are the most recent development in what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.
  • Legislators ask California Supreme Court to Void Prop. 8 – Forty-three Democratic legislators, including leaders of the California Senate and Assembly, filed a brief Monday urging the California Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
  • Ballot Initiatives to Curtail Abortions Defeated – Voters in Colorado, South Dakota and California rejected ballot measures that would have banned or restricted abortions. The most prominent initiative was a measure put on the ballot in South Dakota to outlaw most abortions in hope of triggering a Supreme Court showdown over the landmark 1973 case Roe vs. Wade.

Other News

  • Council petition against Erotica parade – if you would like to object to the parade being repeated.  I’ve seen email petitions before, and they don’t work because they can’t be verified as accurate.  But this one is not an email petition.  This one is an on-line petition, hosted by Wellington City Council, but initiated by a private citizen, so it should work.
  • Thought you might enjoy this from the whacky world of US bail-outs. Possibly $3.5 trillion ($3,500,000,000,000) or more to keep the US economy sort-of-ticking: equivalent to a quarter of the whole US economy. "I particularly like the assurance from a Federal Reserve governor re $2 trillion in loans they’ve advanced, that he was "pretty sure that they’re OK". Try that with your local bank. A trillion here, a trillion there." — Simon

Book Review

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End Notes

  • METTLE is an acronym for Men’s Elim Team Together for Learning Experiences. We are primarily (but not exclusively) businessmen from Wellington Elim Church , who meet occasionally in the CBD to encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus. This newsletter is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from these newsletters, you are welcome to forward them along. Similarly, if your circumstances are such that membership in this distribution list is no longer relevant, then hit reply and type UNSUBSCRIBE to have it removed.
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