METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 15


Volume 4 Issue 15

Monday 20 April 2009

Hippolite Musings


Thought for the Day


Just to prove I’m human, and I don’t only report about the great things I’ve done, I’m here to report to you today that I entered the Northern Racquets “B Grade and Below Tournament” this past weekend, and got whipped!


This is the 2nd year I’ve belonged to club squash, and my first tournament.  I’d played the game socially for many years, but never received any official coaching until I signed up last year.  I feel at 41 this year, maybe I’ve left my run at national selection a bit late (just kidding). 


<Obligatory “Glad” Interpretation>

However, I can also report my game is the best it has ever been, and I’m starting to see definition on my torso that hasn’t been there for a few years!  Yay!


In this week’s edition, I encourage you to read about what Andrew Vere-Jones and his wife Sharlene are up to, and prayerfully consider whether you could support them in this endeavour.

A few friends have commented on various items over the last few weeks, including: Malakai on Fiji, Renton on ‘anti-correction law’ and Ed on Easter.  I have included their thoughts for your edification.

I’m interested in your thoughts about how important (or not) are the round-up of Praise Reports, Prayer Requests and Other News.  I’m getting more material sent directly to me now, so that trawling the blogosphere for those 3 categories is the greatest portion of time I spend each week.  Are they of any use to you?  Are you prayerfully working through them, or are they merely tickling a fancy?  Please let me know.

Also, I was a bit busy this week, and didn’t have time to read and prepare a Book Review.  However, I’m always open to receiving any book reviews from any of you.  Please send them in and I’ll publish them here!




Find below a link to a new 10 minute Youtube video, entitled ‘The NZ ‘anti-correction law’ and the referendum – your ‘unemotional’ guide to Section 59’.

Its aim is to remove any confusion people may have about the law.  Clear, concise, and unemotional, it puts the issues plainly.

Please watch this for your own benefit and feel free to forward this email – or the link – on to as many people as you like, and encourage them to do the same.



Morning James,

That is a very sad but revealing article from Russell [Editor: go to last week’s blog and read Russell’s reply there] – how good men have been slowly negatively influenced by their surroundings rather than they positively influencing their surroundings.  I cannot help but think that my once beautiful country, Fiji is inexorably going down the same path as Zimbabwe.  As I type this email I got a text saying the latest is that the military have just taken over the Reserve Bank of Fiji.  Like former Zimbabweans, I have started asking what God’s plan are in all these.

Have a great week.

New Zealand

Foreign Correspondent

Hi James,

If you want to put me directly on your email list, I’m interested to follow your well-organized and interesting newsletter.

On the Easter thing, I’ve given up calling it Easter – I would prefer something with a Passover (Paschal) root, or Resurrection Day.  In the last few years I’ve given up everything relating to the church’s traditions that doesn’t relate to the Bible.  I seriously doubt He was crucified on a Friday – if you do the math and read John passages that imply there were two Sabbaths that week, the evidence points more to Wednesday, with a resurrection actually taking place Saturday towards the end of the regular Sabbath, and the discovery on the first day of the week near dawn. (you have to start with the presupposition that the Jewish day starts at Sundown).  I look at the church traditions as bizarre.  I hope that eventually it will be celebrated more in the Biblical context, as a resurrection event that was foreshadowed by Passover, without the strange English names and customs.

But hey, those are only opinions.  Great to hear NZ has politically righted itself (at least that’s what it sounds like here).  I always miss it.

Ed (Oregon, USA)

Sunday Sermon

Praise & Worship

  • Let Creation Sing
  • Might to Save
  • Your Love Oh Lord
  • Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty!

Things you need to know

  • April
    • Today, Prospective Partnership lunch here
    • Tue 21 Elim Partner’s AGM 7:15pm
    • Sun 26 Capital Care Health Centre
  • May
    • Sun 3 Baptism Service 6pm (my son Hamish is getting baptised!  I’m doing it.  All welcome.)
    • Sun 10 Mother’s Day
    • 14-16 Ancient Paths Part 1
    • Wed 20 50+ Lunch
    • Sun 24 Mission Possible Lunch 12:30pm
    • Sun 31 Global Day of Prayer


  • Selwyn and Ann Jackson moved into the city; closest couple to the church now; available 24/7? (ha ha)
  • the Baker family won just about every ACE (American Christian Education) trophy in existence, ever
  • Various celebrations

The God Factor

  • Keys to Prosperity
  • By Mike Knott
  • John from Taupo gave a testimony of being depressed last year because of the financial situation. But this Psalm 65:11 “you have crowned the year with your bounty” turned the situation around. Experience best February ever.
  • Mike wants to encourage us with some things that we can do to overcome the negative words spoken over our country and economy lately
  • Not merely financial prosperity
  • The Bible – authors were not poor:
    • Job, the wealthiest man in the East
    • Moses, $1.5 million tithe per week
    • David, his personal offering to the temple building project = $1.5 billion
    • Solomon’s wealth astounded the Queen of Sheba
  • Mike senses that, more and more, people aren’t getting into the Word for themselves. Use the Word for yourself. Get into it. Find those nuggets.


  • Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
  • For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth
  • 3 John 2-3 (NKJV)
  • Truth = non-negotiable.
  • Encounters with Truth: if the truth is contrary to us, guess which one of us needs to change?

Truth Encounters

  • Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. John 17:17-18 (NIV)
  • The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory – the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father – and he was full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NCV)
  • Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Psalm 51:6 (NIV)
  • Mike says:
    • The first soil in the parable is the footpath – where people have trodden before. Therefore if you hear a sermon, and are thinking to yourself, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve heard that before’ then you are cutting yourself off from receiving new meaning in season from that passage.
    • The second soil is shallow soil – where people try it for a week but drop off. Keep going for it; keep pressing in.
    • The third soil is weeds – stuff that chokes out the Word. The Love of This and That. “Avoid the superfluity of naughtiness” (KJV). Pluck them out; don’t have weeds in your garden.
    • The good soil – we have multiplication when you’re hungry for the Word. Joshua 1:8.

The Anointing

  • And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. Isaiah 10:27 (KJV) …because of fatness (NIV)
  • We grow by the Word of the Lord being alive in us. The yoke is shattered by our growth.
  • At this point Mike prophesised spiritual prosperity over various members of the congregation.

Mission Opportunity

Mt Hope visit 2009

Andrew and Sharlene Vere-Jones

In July 2009, Sharlene and I will be travelling to the Mt Hope Training Centre in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. As an architect, I can help with site and building design, and Sharlene’s nursing training can be used to provide health advice. The overall site usage and layout needs to be clarified as soon as possible, so that as funds for buildings become available, these can be fitted into a well thought out site layout. Drains, power, roads/paths and other services also need to be installed where these will have the capacity to service future buildings. We will also see if there are other needs with which we might be able to assist whilst there.

We hope to be there for about three months, probably with a short break during the middle of this period, when we may try to visit some of the ELTO students from South-East Asian countries whom we have helped with English practice while they were in Wellington over the last few years.

We are going in fulfilment of a long standing desire stemming from a brief vision trip to Mt Hope and other church organisations in Indonesia in 2003. During that trip we felt that while a brief visit can be very encouraging for the hosts, it is insufficient to provide any significant help for their needs. We felt that one day we would like to return for a more extended period, during which we would try to use our skills to make a significant contribution in areas where we have some experience or expertise.

We are timing our trip to coincide with Craig and Francee Pilcher who will be spending a longer period at Mt Hope. This will means there are some familiar faces, and someone to provide a bit of direction to our enthusiasm. It also builds on the design work for a dormitory building which I did for Mt Hope during 2008.

Our needs/preferences/prayer requests at the moment include:

  • Finance, both for trip expenses (airfares etc) and to cover mortgage, bills etc here in NZ while we are away.
  • Someone to look after our house while we are away, preferably whom we already know, willing to pay power & phone
  • Clarity and time to organise all the various things that must be in place while we are away, to do with work, mail, house and belongings etc
  • Clarity regarding what we can do to help once there, and what resources and information we should take to assist with this
  • A high speed internet connection to be available at Mt Hope by when we arrive, which will be a blessing in terms of the training centre’s ability to keep in touch with the world and update sponsors, as well as help us send and receive communications – apparently broadband has been installed to Balai Karangan village but just how easily this can be extended to the training centre is a bit unclear.
  • Blessing for Craig and Francee, who also need to tidy up a number of issues before they leave
  • That my father will come to know Jesus before we leave, especially because he is facing some major health issues (which in the worst case could also affect our plans)

More information on the Mt Hope training centre is on their web site

Andrew Vere-Jones

Foreign Correspondent

Shalom everyone,

Once again, the Road 90 team has the pleasure to wish you all a happy holiday.
Even if we did go out of Egypt more than 3500 years ago, there are still in this country and around its borders, a lot of people hating Jews… adults and children, with no distinction. As said Brigitte Gabriel in a video, hate is part of a certain culture…

  • Egyptian child: "Kill the Jews" [click here]
  • Brigitte Gabriel about Israel and Jihad [click here]
  • Blessing of the Sun at the Western Wall [click here]
  • Egyptian cleric justifies the Nazi Holocaust & prays for a second one [click here]
  • Movie: The Entebbe hostage rescue in 6 parts (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • Discover the Temple Mount [click here]
  • Ancient Samaritan Passover Ceremony (Part1) (Part2)

Waiting to see you on Road 90.
The Road 90 Team.
To register on Road 90 [click here]

Praise Reports


  • Kyoto deficit now a surplus – Because it’s all a have anyway!  They are made-up figures, not real ones.  They’re trying to steal your tax money and your freedom of choice for their own political ends, not to save the planet.  We know the planet gets burned up in the end when our Lord comes back!
  • Cindy Kiro is gone – Praise the Lord, the most divisive Children’s Commission is out of her old job.


  • Abbas Wishes Netanyahu A Happy Passover – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the new Israeli Prime Minister on Sunday to offer him wishes for a good Pesah. Netanyahu’s office called the conversation warm and friendly, and both men spoke of their interest in cooperation and peace. Abbas has proven himself a relatively pragmatic man interested in economic prosperity rather than in intifada and violence.

Prayer Requests


  • Spy from the sky – Christchurch City Council wants to name and shame energy wasters.  I name and shame the Christchurch City Council.  Go find and fix a real issue.  Climate change isn’t a real issue.


  • Civil Liberties in the US – The new Cybersecurity Act is worse than the Patriot Act.
  • Obama Prepares to Bump Heads With Netanyahu – In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution. The Obama administration is expecting a clash with Netanyahu over his refusal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

  • Adam, Eve, and The Iowa Supreme Court – The Iowa Supreme Court recently declared the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and devoted several pages of its decision to attacking the "religious opposition to same-sex marriage" -which was not even on Polk County’s list of reasons to support the ban…

Other News


  • Feedback Sought on City’s Draft Long-Term Plan – We all know Wellington is a great city, but how can we keep it that way? How can we retain the special character that makes people want to live and do business here? Should we reduce some services or slow down some of our planned initiatives and developments to help keep rates down?
  • How do you describe conversion – A friend of mine blogs on the meaning of Christian conversion.



  • America No Longer The World Protector – Somewhere between apologizing for American history…announcing that he will slash the US’s nuclear arsenal, scrap much of America’s missile defense programs and emasculate the US Navy; leaving Japan to face North Korea and China alone; telling the Czechs, Poles and their fellow former Soviet colonies, "Don’t worry, be happy," as he leaves them to Moscow’s tender mercies; humiliating Iraq’s leaders while kowtowing to Iran; preparing for an open confrontation with Israel; and thanking Islam for its great contribution to American history, President Obama made clear to the world’s aggressors that America will not be confronting them for the foreseeable future…

  • Lessons from Iraq? US creates local militias to fight Taliban – With echoes of the Anbar Awakening in Iraq, the US is arming, training, and paying Afghans to set up village militias.

Why I Am A Creationist

Dealing with Christopher Hitchens

William Lane Craig talks about Hitchens Debate


Two men walk into a bar.
One says, “ouch.”

Bible Reading


Week to 26 April 2009

  1. Psalms 66:1 – 69:36
  2. Psalms 70:1 – 74:23
  3. Psalms 75:1 – 78:72
  4. Psalms 79:1 – 85:13
  5. Psalms 86:1 – 89:52
  6. Psalms 90:1 – 96:13
  7. Psalms 97:1 – 104:35

Week to 3 May 2009

  1. Psalms 105:1 – 106:48
  2. Psalms 107:1 – 111:10
  3. Psalms 112:1 – 119:32
  4. Psalms 119:33 – 119:76
  5. Psalms 120:1 – 132:18
  6. Psalms 133:1 – 140:13
  7. Psalms 141:1 – 150:6

I have written a new web application which shows the current day’s reading, specifically sized so that it fits on a PDA (personal digital assistant) or web-capable mobile phone.  The web site for this application currently is  Warning: it is hosted in the USA, so the time-zone might be a bit off.  You are most welcome to use it.  It’s free!  I found I needed it, because (believe it or not) sometimes I’m without either the particular bible with those references in it, or a PC connected to the web, so needed some other way to get quick and easy access to my daily readings list.  I’m never without my mobile phone, so this just made sense.

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


One thought on “METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 15”

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with Ed from Oregon\’s comment on Easter. I am glad that he has taken courage and changed the way he approaches it. Of course churches(the church) follow in the traditions of men (albeit religious ones) and \’celebrate\’ corrupted and distorted religious practices. Does it really matter at the end of the day? I believe it does, for if we can\’t live according to the truth of Scripture, and by this I mean what the Bible ACTUALLY records (historically and otherwise) and teaches, how on earth are we going to influence the world. Wayne Robinson


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