METTLE Weekly Newsletter


Volume 3

Issue 46




Hippolite Musings


Thought for the Day

Don’t forget to respond to the email survey I sent earlier in the week.  I truely believe that a Creationist-type grass-roots movement is one of the best ways to combat Humanist control of education.  Specifically, we need to highlight lies in the main stream media (MSM) and scientific publications such as Scientific American.

My good friend, Rick from Australia, commented on my survey.  His concern is that the ID movement is a subset of the Creationist movement, but their emphasis seems to be a compromise on the age of the Earth in order to make their contentions more palatable to evolutionists.  Definitely sounds like just cause for at least one presentation!

I think building a community around this topic serves several purposes:

  • We educate ourselves from the best presenters on the best topics;
  • We provide a venue (and ready-made audience!) for the best presenters to attend;
  • We generate interest in the Creationist Movement, thus paving the way for a Spiritual Revival;
  • We provide answers for genuine seekers;
  • We provide a social networking opportunity for like-minded individuals.

Sunday Service


  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Joy to the World


  • Served by Pulse (years 7-9) including my Tane.
  • Organised by Daniel Bell
  • Prayed for by Michael Foley

Things you need to know

  • Wednesday 24 December – Christmas Eve Service @ 10:30pm
  • Thursday 25 December – Christmas Day Service @ 10am
  • Sunday 28 December – 10am Service Only
  • Thursday 31 December – New Years Eve Party 10:30pm
  • CARPARKS 4 LEASE – 3 carparks on Elim property are available for lease. Enquiries please contact the Elim Office @ 385 9634
  • BUY A STAR – Look out for a Christmas tree in the foyer clad with stars! This is not just for decoration…Each star on this tree represents a need and an opportunity to give. Consider supporting SHEPHERD’S ARMS ORPHANAGE and/or the ZIMBABWE WATER CRISIS this Christmas. Take a star off the tree and place your $20+ gift in a tithe and offering box. Make sure it is appropriately marked  


  • Cecilian Cristian has New Baby: Victor Jonathan
  • Hamish’s Nose Operation
  • Baptisms today @ 3pm @ Petone Beach
  • Baker Family ACE 43 medals @ Queensland 08
  • Koro & Emily back from the Cayman Islands, Caribbean with new daughter Havana
  • Certification, Scholarship, New Job, Birthday, Return from 1 year away in SA, 1 year anniversary  

Last Week’s Message Summary

  • WOW! “After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” – Matt 17:1-2
  • Manifestation = public demonstration of power and purpose, revelation, unveiling
  • Why a manifestation? “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” – 1 John 3:8
  • “Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.” – 2 Tim 1:10
  • God is a just God – a God of Light “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.” – 2 Thes 2:8
  • The Welsh revival This astounding revival started with a message of the possibility of complete forgiveness. Evan Roberts shared 4 keys with the church:
    1. Confession of all known sin
    2. Repentance and restitution
    3. Obedience and surrender to the Holy Spirit
    4. Public confession of Christ
  • The best is yet to come “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.” – Rom 8:19

I met

  • Graham & Joan Dennis from the UK
  • Visiting Olivia their daughter, the saxophone player on the church band
  • “God is an awesome God, who reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power and might, our God is an awesome God.”
  • We pronounce our “e” like “I”. This caused some amusement, when Joan was requested to report to the “chicken counter” at the airport!  


  • Continuing the Series on “Light”
  • “Follow the Star”

A Promise from Heaven

  • “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom, his favour rests” Luke 2:14, NIV
  • “Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.” Luke 2:14, The Message

Who wants to be a favourite?

  • “You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favour to her; the appointed time has come.” Psalm 102:13, NIV
  • “For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation.” Psalm 132:13, NASB95
  • Mike’s explanation of “Zion”: the church

Wise men show us the way

  • When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men form he east came to Jerusalem and said, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” Mathew 2:1-2, CEV

What gifts can we bring?

  • Matthew 2:10: When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
  • Matthew 2:11: They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Another star gazer… Joseph

  • Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon and eleven stars bowed low before me!” Genesis 37:9
  • As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. Genesis 37:25, NIV

GOLD – we are equipped to be winners for Him!

  • Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” 1 Peter 1:7, The Message
  • Wonders of Gold – Gold is impervious to the ravages of time. It is not tarnished by air, water or most corrosives; and it can be melted down time and again without shedding any of its quality. A single ounce can be drawn out to make an unbroken wire 35 miles long or hammered into a sheet 1/250,000th of an inch thick.

FRANKINCENSE – a lifestyle of worship

  • “You must bake twelve loaves of bread from choice flour, using four quarts of flour for each loaf. Place the bread before the Lord on the pure gold table, and arrange the loaves in two rows with six loaves in each row. Put some pure frankincense near each row to serve as a representative offering, a special gift presented to the Lord” Leviticus 24:5-7, NLT

MYRRH – It’s not about me!

  • “Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. They took Jesus’ body and, following the Jewish burial custom, wrapped it in linen with the spices” John 19:39-40, The Message
  • “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:15

Praise Reports



  • Mt Victoria Track Network Gets a Spruce-up – Wellingtonians know there’s no better place to get a breathtaking view over the city than from the summit of Mt Victoria. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Mt Victoria lookout was recently refurbished – and now the tracks around the summit have been given a thorough sprucing up too.
  • New Artwork to Celebrate Freyberg Pool Facade – Freyberg Pool is about to have a facelift – from February, Wellington artist Victor Berezovsky will be working on a mural, Portal, to adorn the building’s facade.
  • Hot Town, Summer in the City – The much-anticipated NZCT Summer City line-up has finally been released, with many treats in store for Wellingtonians over the coming months.



  • Australian Christian School Cleared To Teach Creation – An Australian Christian school that teaches a biblical view of creation in science classes has been cleared of breaching state curriculum requirements for the teaching of evolution. The board’s science inspector reviewed the school’s educational programs for science, including student work samples and assessment tasks.
  • Pacific Justice Protects Those Intimidated Over Prop 8 – Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is vowing to support anyone intimidated for their support of Proposition 8, California’s recently approved constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage. According to a PJI attorney, "tactics of fear and intimidation" have been employed against individuals, businesses, and churches that supported the ballot measure

Prayer Requests


  • 2009 – that it’ll be a great and prosperous year, and that God would continue the good work He is doing in NZ
  •  Pray for protection and safety this holiday season as many people drive to their holiday destinations, and as many celebrations are going on.
  •  People who don’t know Jesus and are searching in their hearts for something more – pray that the Holy Spirit would create opportunities for them to be exposed to the gospel.


  • How bad is Labour’s legacy – We found out today how bad is Labour’s economic legacy. In 1999 National left Labour with a strongly growing economy, falling unemployment, low interest rates, and low inflation.


  • Ideas have consequences: Jesse Kilgore – Here’s a podcast with the father of 22-year-old Jesse Kilgore, who killed himself after reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Too bad young Jesse did not give himself a chance to read Alister McGrath’s The Dawkins Delusion. My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him. No doubt there was more going on than we know. It’s a very sober reminder that, in a world where many believe that young people care only about text messaging aimless gossip, some take the critical questions deadly seriously.
  • Israelis, Gazans brace for cease-fire’s end – A six-month truce with Hamas ends Friday. Violence between Israel and Gaza militants has flared in recent days.
  • Abductions of Zimbabwe activists could ruin talks – Twenty activists from the Movement for Democratic Change opposition party have been abducted since October. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Other News


  • Wellingtonians Sought for Residents’ Panel on City Plan – Wellingtonians with an interest in the city’s future are being asked to consider putting their names forward for a residents’ panel that will provide views to help Wellington City Council develop its next long term plan (2009 – 2019).
  • Fixing the Holes Where the Rain Gets In – When it rains heavily, stormwater gets into Wellington’s sewerage system – sometimes causing it to overflow into the harbour and Cook Strait – something which absolutely is not supposed to happen.
  • ‘Enclosed’ Basin Flyover an Option – Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast says the option of a raised road to separate traffic heading around the Basin Reserve appears to be the best of a number of early options being considered to streamline public transport and cross-town traffic.


  • Cabinet Committees – John Key has announced the Cabinet Committees. David Farrer is very pleased to see the Ministers from support parties are full members of appropriate Cabinet Committees. That’s a far more professional arrangement than the nonsense under Labour when the Foreign Minister wasn’t even a member of the Cabinet Foreign and Defence Committee.


  • My good friend Martin, the climate-change skeptic has found a couple of great sites:
  • Matt found an interesting story where
    • Evolutionists fabricate events to gain funding
    • The true view about intelligent design – that they see it as evil rubbish that cannot even be tolerated, leave alone be included in “intelligent” debate.
    • E.g The “discovery” on camera of an “important” fossil:
    • “I was very excited because we’d been looking for it for a long time. And we were very fortunate because Des Bartlett, a professional photographer, was due to come down and photograph the work here.
    • So we covered it up and waited until he arrived two days later. So we have a film of the whole of the uncovering of the skull, which is very fortunate.
    • The discovery of the Zinjanthropus skull created a stir. And following that, the National Geographic Society decided to fund the work at Olduvai, which they still do to this day."
  • OPEC announces historic cuts to buoy oil prices – The petroleum cartel said it will slash production by 2.2 million barrels per day in hopes prices will climb back toward $75 per barrel.

Humour by Wayne

A Christmas Story for people having a bad day:

When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you Where would you like me to stick it?’

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Magazine Review

Magazine Cover


Creation Magazine


Volume 31, Issue 1


Creation Ministries International, December 2008


NZ$35 for 1 years quarterly subscription
NZ$68 for 2 years quarterly subscripton
NZ$98 for 3 years quarterly subscription







Editorial: Blinkered thinkers
by Don Batten


Focus—creation news and views


How is Genesis relevant to Christmas?
by Jonathan Sarfati


All at once
by Carl Wieland


With no apology!
Calvin Smith interviews Christian apologist, Pastor Joe Boot


Bird behaviour beliefs overturned: a tale of the hummingbird and the starling
by Philip Bell


The ‘face’ on Mars
by Gary Bates


Creation for kids
Cain’s wife—who was she?
by Russell Grigg


A river like no other
by Emil Silvestru


The aye-aye: Madagascar’s mysterious ‘one-of-a-kind’
by Jeffrey Dykes


The Architect
by Patricia Mondore


The ‘Pioneer anomaly’
by Russell Humphreys


Rooted in truth
David Catchpoole and Don Batten chat with plant physiologist Gina Mohammed


The island rule—recipe for evolution or extinction?
by Garry Graham.


Fibre optics in the eye
by Jonathan Sarfati


Mining mountains in West Virginia
by Tas Walker


‘Unique’ two-headed reptile fossil
David Catchpoole


Stalin: from choir boy to communist butcher
by Russell Grigg


‘Seashells in the desert’
by David Catchpoole


Daddy, don’t swallow me!
by David Cook


Brilliant, as usual.

Situations Vacant

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  • Gain exposure to broader Telecom business as you build on your career through involvement in a range of commercially focussed projects. Experienced in vendor management, broaden your commercial experience in our diverse and change rich environment.
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  • Infrastructure Supply Chain, in conjunction with various business owners, manages the myriad of suppliers such as hotels to larger complex commercial businesses ensuring we have the necessary infrastructure to carry out your day to day job. There hasn’t been a better time to join this committed team and contribute to its evolution.
  • So, are you ready for the challenge? Apply today

Operational Delivery Manager – Release Manager

Places to go, people to meet…

  • Time to take a step up and really go places, working on one of our biggest ICT accounts. A major account of huge value, this will get you heading in the direction that you’ve being planning. It’s not for the light hearted though, you won’t just participate in change; you’re expected to influence and lead thinking too!
  • Get your kick out of delivering quality solutions as you anticipate your client’s every need. Closely aligned to a Service Delivery Manager, you’ll be the operations and support service champion and will orchestrate the technical teams to provide optimum technical and support solutions. It’s not a 9 to 5, we work around our customer to ensure uninterrupted service, and flexibility is a must.
  • You’ll be in your element alongside the customer, building the type of partnership that becomes invaluable to them. Innovative by nature, you certainly see the value in effective service and can share that worth with our broad virtual team. Combine your ICT project management and exceptional communication and org skills to manage service expectations and drive operational outcomes.
  • Providing a breadth of services unparalleled in the New Zealand market, Gen-i is NZ’s ICT market leader. We are a dedicated team helping our client to generate greater value from their IT and telecommunications spend, while managing the transition from legacy networks and systems to converged technologies that will meet their needs today and beyond.
  • So get ready to go places and apply today.

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 Weekly Collaborative Blog is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this WCB, 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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  • Published by The Voice of Reason, New Zealand, copyright (C) 2008


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