METTLE Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 5


Volume 4

Issue 5



Hippolite Musings

Thought for the Day


The Newsletter is late this week because we just back from an awesome 3 day weekend in the sunny Hawke’s Bay.  Paul and Nicola Dol were our neighbours in Woodridge, before they returned to their native Havelock North.  Now, we take the opportunity of getting our kids together as a wonderful excuse to enjoy their marvellous hospitality.  For this long weekend, we were blessed with:

I have nothing particularly profound to state about this weekend other than, Praise the Lord that He set the example of allowing times of rest. 

Foreign Corres-pondent


RV 11:10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.


  • Forgive me if I don’t share in the rejoicing and making merry as Obama is inaugurated as President of the most powerful nation ever known to man.
  • Forgive me If I don’t listen to the apostate prayers of gay Bishop Robinson (As much as I am at odds with Rick Warren I would have preferred his prayer)
  • Forgive me if I am sick to the pit of my soul over “political correctness” and how it has delegated Jesus to the role of second class citizen
  • Forgive me if I have just lost the respect of every American citizen who voted this anti-Christ into power.

Warren and Obama have continually been taking heat from members of the gay community since it was announced that the California megachurch pastor would give the invocation at the swearing-in ceremony next Tuesday. Robinson was one of the earliest critics, saying "it was like a slap in the face.”

"I’m all for Rick Warren being at the table,” Bishop Robinson told The New York Times, “but we’re not talking about a discussion, we’re talking about putting someone up front and centre at what will be the most watched inauguration in history, and asking his blessing on the nation. And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.”

There is speculation over whether Warren will pray in Jesus’ name or not. Robinson told the Concord Monitor that he doesn’t yet know what he’ll say, but he knows he won’t use a Bible.

"While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," Robinson said. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation and to many gods."

All day long I have been plagued by the images of two great prophets being stoned to death on the streets of Jerusalem, in the near future, for their belief in Christ; and the joy and merry making of those who have stoned these men of God, for what they stood for, the truth of the Word of God through His Son Jesus The Christ….. Today Barack Obama…. you have cast the first stone.

Alf Hutchinson
Obadiah Outreach

Sunday Sermon

Today we visited Celebration Church, Havelock North Christian Fellowship @ St John Ambulance Hall.  We were made most welcome. 

Leadership Team

  • Ken & Janet Jeanes (Lead Elder)
  • Ken & Lynette Breen

Praise & Worship

  • Uncreated, Self Sustaining Lord
  • Lord, we lift you high
  • One way, Jesus


  • Cafe Evening @ 6pm here tonight with Tony & Linda Johnson
  • NCMI New Zealand Leadership Training Time, 23-27 February
  • Prayer Meetings Thursdays @ 5:45pm


  • Birthdays, celebrations
  • (Remarkably similar structure to Wellington Elim)

United Prayer

  • Mission in India
  • Peace in Israel


  • Presented by visiting missionaries Tony & Linda Johnson
  • Kiwis in India
  • Any discontinuity in thought here is purely my own.  As a visitor, I felt it inappropriate to get out the laptop like I normally would at home.  So I was jotting notes on my PDA, which is never as fast or accurate.


  • Grumbling and complaining are to the Devil as
  • Worship is to God

You mind needs renewal:

  • Therefore keep giving thanks to God


  • God’s love is unconditional
  • God’s grace is conditional (on humility) ref: God opposes the proud

Romans 12:1 How to Transform your Mind to be more like Christ

  1. Hear
  2. Read
  3. Study
  4. Memorise
  5. Meditate


  • We need to be transformed so that we impact the world around us.

Gentle and Humble

  • Humble is not weak
  • Live life fully requires a strict diet

Two types of people:

  • Saved
  • Unsaved

Two Types of Christians:

  • Wise
  • Foolish


  • Don’t expect non-Christians to make wise decisions, nor hold them to same standard of accountability
  • Don’t be an intelligent fool

Prayer and benediction

Alter call

Praise Reports


  • A great holiday.


  • A great Waitangi Day.


  • For the first time, Christians in Qatar worship in church – The move is seen as part of an effort to modernize the emirate and demonstrate traditional Islam’s tolerance.

  • Judge Jones gets multiple honorary degrees, Ben Stein has his withdrawn – Judge Jones, whose distinction prior to the Dover case was running the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, now has multiple honorary doctorates for rendering his decision, which he cribbed from the ACLU’s Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. Ben Stein, who is an acclaimed actor, author, and economist, on the other hand, has just been denied an honorary doctorate at the University of Vermont.  I put this as a Praise Report because of the scripture which states "to count it as pure joy when other persecute you for Christ’s Name sake.”

Prayer Requests


  • I have a presentation to give on Thursday and would solicit your prayers that I be helpful and informative.  The topic is Microsoft SQL Server Data Services: An Introduction to SQL Server In The Cloud.  The audience is the Wellington SQL Server User Group.  It starts at 6pm.
  • Duck Pond Pollution No Quack-up – Wellington City Council is urging local residents to be careful to stop pollutants – such as paint, oil and detergent – from washing down our stormwater drains, after recent incidents where the Botanic Garden Duck Pond was polluted by stormwater discharges.


  • For the West Island of New Zealand a.k.a. Australia, that those fires would got out soon.


  • Family spat divides televangelism empire – Once one of the most popular televangelists in the US, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller is watching his life’s work crumble.  Actually, I read this article, and it’s not quite what it seems.  The church isn’t crumbling because of any perceived corruption on the behalf of the son, but because the parishioners were personally attached to the father.  Still, its lessons are salutary and worthy of our prayers.

Other News


  • Get Online and Help Shape Wellington’s Future – Wellington City Council has launched two new online tools – a budget simulator and a discussion forum – that give Wellington residents an opportunity to have their say on how the Council should best prioritise spending while keeping rates rises to a minimum.

  • Recycling Under the Spotlight – Green kerbside recycling bins could be replaced by plastic bags – which may eventually be sold to residents – in one of a number of suggested changes to the Capital’s kerbside recycling system.


  • Um, dunno.


Situations Vacant

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Get involved in the rapidly changing, growing and complex business of Wholesale. Push the boundaries and drive towards delivering a transformed customer experience and operational capability and efficiency. Lead superior customer excellence, and be at the centre of shaping Wholesale’s new frontier.

Play a critical part in determining Wholesale’s future mode of Operation for either fulfil, assure or billing activities. You’ll achieve this by defining the strategy and operational capability roadmap and plan (process, people & platform) through maintaining a strong linkage with the Product, Customer and Technology teams to ensure that processes for all new products, services and technology releases are delivered in a timely and seamless manner. Ensure our capability strategy and roadmaps are well understood by all of the Wholesale business unit.

You know how to put the customer at the heart of the choices, decisions and direction you take. In the past you have been pivotal in providing strategic thought leadership into operating strategies, customer experience strategies, transformation delivery and release plans. A people and process champion, you’ll enjoy the challenge of working alongside senior stakeholders to shape best practice and lead the evolution of improved wholesale operations. Tap into your breadth of programme management, consulting and/or operations knowledge as you define and enhance our capability through your effective and innovative ideas. You’re equipped with previous experience managing large scale technology and business transformation roadmaps and are courageous and driven by nature.

Join a high performing team that has collective force and passion! Wholesale customers are at the heart of our business. As a NZ industry leader, we’re responsible for servicing communications carriers and service providers and for taking the lead in shaping the future of the Wholesale market. We’re focused on growth and totally committed to excellent customer service and to making the new regulatory environment succeed.

Make it a reality – apply today


Andrew Lahde | Hedge Fund Closure Letter to Investors

This appears legit (although I would suggest hunting around the Net for any details that this is a hoax letter – there are so many of these on the Net and it is getting harder and harder to tell the difference).

I don’t agree with everything this guy says (especially the part about the hemp), but it is interesting.


And from Sparrow Chatter:

Book Review





The book of the Law










God demonstrates His Holiness and the sacredness of worshipping Him.  It was not to be done lightly, nor ignorantly.  He gives hygiene rules for a travelling nation. 


  1. The Burnt Offering
  2. The Grain Offering
  3. The Fellowship Offering
  4. The Sin Offering
  5. The Guilt Offering
  6. The Burnt, Grain & Sin Offerings
  7. The Guilt & Fellowship Offerings.  Eating Fat and Blood Forbidden.  The Priests’ Share
  8. The Ordination of Aaron and His Sons
  9. The Priests Begin Their Ministry
  10. The Death of Nadab and Abihu
  11. Clean and Unclean Food
  12. Purification After Childbirth
  13. Regulations About Infectious Skin Diseases & Mildew
  14. Cleansing From Infectious Skin Diseases & Mildew
  15. Discharges Causing Uncleanness
  16. The Day of Atonement
  17. Eating Blood Forbidden
  18. Unlawful Sexual Relations
  19. Various Laws
  20. Punishments for Sin
  21. Rules for Priests
  22. Unacceptable Sacrifices
  23. The Sabbath, Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles
  24. Oil and Bread Set Before the Lord; A Blasphemer Stoned
  25. The Sabbath Year; The Year of Jubilee
  26. Reward for Obedience; Punishment for Disobedience
  27. Redeeming What Is the Lord’s


Kind of anti-climatic, after the grandeur of Genesis, and the drama of Exodus, but still important.

As a code of conduct for a burgeoning civilisation, “an eye for an eye” has been greatly maligned.  But in an era when, if you annoyed a king, he would have your entire village wiped out, by contrast, the Mosaic law was the world’s first Statute of Limitations!


Bible Reading

Week to 9 Feb 2009

  1. Leviticus 20:1 – 22:33
  2. Leviticus 23:1 – 25:55
  3. Leviticus 26:1 – 27:34
  4. Numbers 1:1 – 3:51
  5. Numbers 4:1 – 6:27
  6. Numbers 7:1 – 10:10
  7. Numbers 10:11 – 13:33

Week to 16 Feb 2009

  1. Numbers 14:1 – 16:35
  2. Numbers 16:36 – 19:22
  3. Numbers 20:1 – 22:21
  4. Numbers 22:22 – 25:18
  5. Numbers 26:1 – 29:11
  6. Numbers 29:12 – 32:42
  7. Numbers 33:1 – 36:13

Week to 23 Feb 2009

  1. Deuteronomy 1:1 – 2:37
  2. Deuteronomy 3:1 – 5:22
  3. Deuteronomy 5:23 – 8:20
  4. Deuteronomy 9:1 – 11:32
  5. Deuteronomy 12:1 – 15:23
  6. Deuteronomy 16:1 – 19:21
  7. Deuteronomy 20:1 – 23:25

End Notes

  • METTLE is an acronym for Men’s Evangelical Team Together for Learning Experiences. We are primarily Christian businessmen from Wellington, who meet occasionally in the CBD to encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus. This Fortnightly Collaborative Blog is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this FCB, 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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  • If this fortnight’s newsletter has been of benefit to you, why not drop a line and say so.  Or better yet, visit the TVORNZ website to read past issues and add a comment!
  • Published by The Voice of Reason, New Zealand, copyright (C) 2009


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