METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 12


Volume 4 Issue 12

Monday 30-Mar-2009

Hippolite Musings

Thought for the Day


I’ve had some strong Christian friends encourage me to read a new novel called “The Shack.”  They found it enjoyable and thought-provoking.  Though not a Christian novel, I think they see it has potential to assist to declare the Gospel.  One of my friends has even loaned me the book to read.  It’s in the pile beside my bed right now.

Then, on Sunday, I heard Pastor Mike condemn the book as “close, but oh so far” from the Truth as to be nearly useless, if not harmful.

Now I’m in a quandary.  I wish to honour my friends by respecting their opinions and trying out the novel for myself.  On the other hand, I wish to honour my pastor by respecting his opinion, and not bothering.  Currently, this is not an issue, as I’m still busy studying for another exam (tomorrow), another presentation (Thursday) and another book (“What Darwin Didn’t Know”).

What would you do?

Last week I said I had an early morning presentation.  Well, it got postponed to this week.  I discovered I’m their first International Speaker, and we needed to sort out a few technical issues (like time-zone) properly.  This extra week has been beneficial, however, as it helped me solidify my content.







Contagious Christianity

(Part 6 of 6)

Helping Friends Cross the Line of Faith

Handling questions:

  • With members of your own family, consistency is the key: you’re in for the long haul; show you’re not a hypocrite

  • With people who don’t believe the Bible: set that aside (temporarily) in order to tell your personal story. Then offer to do “a little study” together to ascertain the reliability (or not) of the Bible (it will prove itself, you don’t have to worry about that).

Redemptive Resources

  • Books and Resources: great for free handouts (if you truly value your friend’s salvation…)

  • Outreach Events: crusades and Christian Rock Concerts work

  • Each Other: one of your Christian friends might have a closer affinity to your non-Christian friend

Five Elements (of crossing the line)

  1. Approaching the line (see above and previous lessons)

  2. Checking READINESS. Three Questions to Assess Readiness:

    1. Have you come to that point of trusting Christ, or are you still in the process of thinking it through?

    2. Where would you say you are in that process right now?

    3. Is there any reason you wouldn’t want to ask Jesus for His forgiveness and leadership right now?

  3. PROMPTING in prayer

    1. Ask for the forgiveness of Christ

    2. Ask for the leadership of Christ

    3. Give thanks for God’s forgiveness and leadership

  4. Celebrate!

  5. Next Steps: Pointing them to where they can grow

    1. The importance of praying daily

    2. The need to regularly read the Bible

    3. The importance of right relationships

(We broke here into small groups and prayed for those on our individual prayer list)

Final thoughts:

  • go for broke

  • make mistakes

  • take risks

  • fail

  • win some

  • lose some

Sunday Sermon

Praise and Worship (lead by Ike)

  • Mourning into Dancing
  • You’re Beautiful
  • He is Exalted
  • You’ll Come

Communion (lead by Mitch)

  • Isaiah 53:1 “Who’s report will you believe?”
  • Prayed for by Malakai
  • Jesus came to give us life in all its fullness Philippians 4:13

Things You Need To Know (by Duncan)

  • Two weeks until Easter! Festival here. International cuisine
    • 9:30am Good Friday Service, 1100 Faith Leong Healing Service, 7:00pm Easter Festival
    • 9:00, 10:45, 6pm, Resurrection Sunday services
  • Strikeforce Prayer Fridays 6:30am Auditorium
  • Mission Possible Lunch with Craig and France Pilcher, Sunday 24 May.
  • Cheryl Thompson, the living room (for women) 6 April @ 7:30pm. Cheryl was in the office of the PM under Helen Clark. (Glad I’m ineligible to attend. I might be tempted to be ungracious!)
  • Baptism Classes, Sunday 5th and 19th April after 6pm service.
  • Baptism Service 26 April
  • Turangawaewae = a place to stand. Is Elim your place? Sign up for Partnership. Lunch 19 April.
  • Daylight savings ends (back 1 hour next weekend)

Crunchies (by Mitch)

  • Glen and Sara Johnson wedding anniversary
  • Russell and Sharon Foley 22 wedding anniversary
  • 3rd birthday
  • Josh is 5
  • Dawn, 45 years married
  • Elaine first social justice awareness group yesterday, pot luck, overcoming apathy, learning about what’s happening in China
  • Jeannie is going over to Brisbane for Ric and Marissa’s 3rd child that will be born on Tuesday at 10am

Tithes and Offerings

  • Treasures in the Darkness
  • Isaiah 45:3 (NLT)
  • My Prayer of Faith


  • Pastor Mike Knott
  • “God with us”

Silver Trumpets

  • Silver symbolic of Christ’s redemption
  • Sounded when the children of Israel were travelling the wilderness into the Promised Land.
  • Calls us on to new realities and new possibilities (and new battles)
  • Mike says, “There’s a trumpet sound going through the Earth today calling us to a new awareness.”
  • There’s all kinds of negative stuff going on in the natural, however, our battle is not against people, but against the principalities and powers
  • God is wanting to raise up leaders of households so that this stuff can be nipped in the bud
  • (James interprets this to mean that Christian men are responsible for what happens to our kids. If you disagree with what school is teaching them, then either change school or change the system or remove your children from the school system.)
  • Mike gives a book review of “The Shack” and it’s not complementary. I haven’t read it yet, only some Christians have raved about it to me. It’s interesting to hear Mike’s take.

A Prophetic Generation

  • But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them all!”
  • Numbers 11:29 (NLT)
  • This wish came true in these last days (since Jesus ascended)
  • Forrest Gump is one of Mike’s heroes. “Leave no man behind.” Run, Forrest, run! With Bubba on his back. Black Hawk Down.
  • What is the ministry of the Holy Spirit?
  • “If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.” Ecclesiastes 4:10

Greater Love

  • The knowledge that his brothers will come and get him and never give up until they accomplish that mission, is what allows the soldier to put his life on the line for his mission. That’s why we never…

There from the Beginning

  • When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.
  • Genesis 3:8 (The Message)

With us on the Journey

  • the Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you , and I will give you rest.”
  • The Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up form here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?”
  • Exodus 33:14-16 (NIV)

Never Alone!

  • “I will talk to Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you…”:

The Secret of Friendship

  • This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.
  • John 15:13-15 (The Message)

How to be His friend

  • “Command?”
    • To say, to answer, to say in one’s heart, to think, to command, to promise, to intend
    • To be told, to be said, to be called
    • To avow, to promise
  • And so it happened just as the Scriptures said “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith… even called the friend of God.”
  • James 2:23 (NLT)

Praise Reports



  • Big Win in Texas as State Now Leads Nation in Requiring Critical Analysis of Evolution in High School Science Classes – In a huge victory for those who favour teaching the scientific evidence for and against evolution, Texas today moved to the head of the class by requiring students to “critique” and examine “all sides of scientific evidence” and specifically requiring students to “analyze and evaluate” the evidence for major evolutionary concepts such as common ancestry, natural selection, and mutations

  • Barak’s Labor Party Makes Agreement With Netanyahu’s Likud –With both sides making some concessions, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak worked out an agreement that could allow Labor to potentially join the Likud-led government in Israel’s Knesset. Netanyahu promised his government would seek peace with the Palestinian people and would halt illegal settlement construction. While there would be no two-state solution considered, the government would honor all previous international agreements made with the Palestinians. The Labor delegates still have to vote on whether to join the coalition government.

Prayer Requests


  • Ahead of G-20 summit, Britons alerted to ‘dirty bomb’ risk – A new government report says that a terrorist attack is now more likely than ever.
  • Jihadi dispute points to deeper radicalism among youths – A leading jihadi theologian – and adviser to the late leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq – is under fire for “moderating” his views.
  • Morning After Pill Available to 17-Year-Olds OTC – A New York federal court ruled on Monday that the morning-after pill could be given to 17-year-old girls over-the-counter. The ruling gives girls access to the pill without requiring that they first talk to parents or a doctor. Those who oppose over-the-counter status for Plan B argue that raped women or sexually abused minors might be coerced into using the pill. They also argue it encourages sexually irresponsible behaviour, and allows young women to bypass medical screenings that could detect diseases and other health problems.

Other News


  • Meeting to Discuss Lyall Bay Proposals – A meeting of the Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay-Rongotai Progressive (Residents) Association next Tuesday 31 March will give locals a chance to discuss several developments and issues in the area.
  • Deadline for Grants Applications Rapidly Approaching – Wellington City Council is urging not-for-profit community groups and organisations undertaking projects that benefit the city socially, culturally, economically or environmentally to get their applications in for the next round of general grants – which closes on Tuesday 31 March.



Why I Am A Creationist

Reproductive system shows design — Guliuzza

Dr. Guliuzza gives key arguments of detecting design in sexual reproduction, in contrast to evolution and order caused by natural law.


Time Travelling the Multiverse:


Book Review



The First Book of Samuel


Probably orally passed down from Samuel to Nathaniel to Ezra or Nehemiah.


The First Book of Samuel records the transition in Israel from the period of the judges to the monarchy.


  1. The Birth of Samuel; Hannah Dedicates Samuel
  2. Hannah’s Prayer; Eli’s Wicked Sons; Prophecy Against the House of Eli
  3. The LORD Calls Samuel
  4. The Philistines Capture the Ark; Death of Eli
  5. The Ark in Ashdod and Ekron
  6. The Ark Returned to Israel
  7. Samuel Subdues the Philistines at Mizpah
  8. Israel Asks for a King
  9. Samuel Anoints Saul
  10. Saul Made King
  11. Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh; Saul Confirmed as King
  12. Samuel’s Farewell Speech
  13. Samuel Rebukes Saul; Israel Without Weapons
  14. Jonathan Attacks the Philistines; Israel Routs the Philistines; Jonathan Eats Honey; Saul’s Family
  15. The LORD Rejects Saul as King
  16. Samuel Anoints David; David in Saul’s Service
  17. David and Goliath
  18. Saul’s Jealousy of David
  19. Saul Tries to Kill David
  20. David and Jonathan
  21. David at Nob; David at Gath
  22. David at Adullam and Mizpah; Saul Kills the Priests of Nob
  23. David Saves Keilah;  Saul Pursues David
  24. David Spares Saul’s Life
  25. David, Nabal and Abigail
  26. David Again Spares Saul’s Life
  27. David Among the Philistines
  28. Saul and the Witch of Endor
  29. Achish Sends David Back to Ziklag
  30. David Destroys the Amalekites
  31. Saul Takes His Life


There aren’t many examples in modern literature which shows healthy loving non-sexual manly relationships.  It’s almost uncomfortable to read of David and Jonathan’s.  But it’s good.

I read somewhere that the reason David picked up 5 smooth stones for his confrontation with Goliath was because Goliath had 4 brothers.  David was just getting prepared to finish the job in case his brothers came wanted revenge!

Another exciting read.


Bible Reading


Week to 5 April 2009

  1. 2 Samuel 7:1 – 11:27
  2. 2 Samuel 12:1 – 14:24
  3. 2 Samuel 14:25 – 17:29
  4. 2 Samuel 18:1 – 20:3
  5. 2 Samuel 20:4 – 22:51
  6. 2 Samuel 23:1 – 24:25
  7. 1 Chronicles 11:1 – 13:14

Week to 12 April 2009

  1. 1 Chronicles 14:1 – 17:27
  2. 1 Chronicles 18:1 – 22:1
  3. 1 Chronicles 22:2 – 26:19
  4. 1 Chronicles 26:20 – 29:30
  5. Psalms 1:1 – 8:9
  6. Psalms 9:1 – 17:15
  7. Psalms 18:1 – 21:13

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 Weekly Collaborative Blog (WCB) 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) 2009


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