METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 17


Volume 4 Issue 17

Monday 4 May 2009

Hippolite Musings

 Baptisms 024

Thought for the Day


This week’s issue comes late, as this weekend has been a cavalcade of familial privileges and duties.

On Thursday, I presented to the combined Auckland Dot Net and SQL Server User groups on the topic of Microsoft Certification.  Thirty-two industry experts were in attendance.  I managed not to make a fool of myself was reasonably evaluated in return.

On Sunday,  I baptised my 2nd son Hamish “into the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  The wording was very specifically given to me by the pastorship.  I was honoured to be allowed to perform the baptism myself, under the auspices of the Elim Church.  Many friends and family were in attendance.  As well as being the first to pray over my son, many others were invite to also.  Pastor Mike was second, followed by Catherine Griffith, Pops (Peter Campbell), Mr Tansley and Edward Senior, Hamish’s youth leader from Kids Bible Club at Newlands Christian Assembly on Tuesday nights.

On Monday, I took annual leave, as is our family tradition, in order to spend the day with my oldest son Tane, who turned 12 of this day.  He made a mature decision to delay gratification of a children’s movie on the day, to wait until Thursday, when the new Star Trek movie will start.  That’s my boy!  For his age appropriate activity, he also has to wait until next week, when his mother will take him to hear a Christian stand-up comic perform live at the Fringe Bar.



Foreign Correspondent

Hillary Clinton

Obama/Clinton Position on Family Planning and Abortion Violates Cairo Agreement

By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM)  Last week at a United States (US) House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that there was a new administration in place with different values, beliefs and global agenda.  Nothing illustrated this rupture with previous US policy more than her admission that the Obama administration interprets the term “reproductive health” to include abortion.

[Read More]




Dear Christian Single Person

I am a member of Karori Baptist Church and I am organising the Wellington Christian Singles Ball in May this year.

Hopefully by now you might have heard of the Christian Singles Ball that is happening on May 16th?  If you haven’t let me tell you a bit about it.

There is going to be a "United Nations" themed Christian Singles Ball on May 16th at the Brierley Theatre, Wellington College aimed at those in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.  It’s going to be a great night of buffet dinner, salsa dancing/teaching, a live band (Jonny and the Dreamboats) and optional speed dating for the slightly more adventurous! 

It’s not a desperate hook up night by any means, it’s going to be all about meeting new people from other churches and making new contacts and just having a great time!  I just want to break down the barriers between churches and get as many Christian Singles together as possible for a really fun night.

We have an awesome website to answer all your questions and register….

Check out

Registrations close in 2 weeks – so people need to be quick!

I’m really keen for people to get promoting as much as they possibly can to friends, their church, lifegroups etc or anyone who might be interested! 

Would you be prepared to email around your contacts and tell as many friends who might be interested as possible?

I am in need of really boosting ticket sales.  I would be really sad if the ball happened and I heard people saying "I would have loved to have gone but I didn’t know anything about it." 

They held the first Christian Singles ball in Auckland last year and it was a huge success, I want Wellington’s to be just as good this year…

Please would you be willing to advertise this to your church and to any of your contacts as much as possible.

I would really appreciate all the support you could offer and the help to boost ticket sales!  Especially the guys tickets as they are very slow at signing up at the moment!  Girls will have to go on a waiting list soon as we have to even out the number of guys and girls, so any girls signing up are encouraged to try and sign up a guy they might know who would come too!

If you have any other ideas about possible people to advertise this to please feel free to email me their details or just pass this email around.

If you need any further info please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Thanks so much

Jo Oldfield


Hi James

This is the oddest thing I have read in a long time.

It could be all hype (e.g. "I’m an 83 year old sinner who wants to have some kind of religious experience before I leave this Earth"). Still, I thought you would be interested.


Why I’m An AGW Critic


Zombie Science, Zombie Politics

Zombie science, defn:  Science that is dead but will not lie down. It keeps twitching and lumbering around so that (from a distance, and with your eyes half-closed) zombie science looks much like the real thing. But in fact the zombie has no life of its own; it is animated and moved only by the incessant pumping of funds.

Dr Bruce M. Charlton.[1]

According to the principles laid down by Dr Bruce Charlton anthropogenic global warming (as advocated by Al Gore, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and our own Government), is zombie science. It is based on a false hypothesis that the increase in human-induced greenhouse gas emissions is causing dangerous global warming. [read more]

Sunday Service

Baptisms 063

Praise & Worship

  • Ike and Jess
  • Love the Lord
  • The Remedy
  • My Soul Sings


  • Noel (Filipino Group)
  • John 6:51: Living Bread

Things You Need to Know

  • Mother’s Day, 10th May
  • Ancient Paths Seminar, 14-16 May here @ Elim. Unlock blessing of God in relationships and more.
  • Tuesday prayer service @ 6pm
  • David, Katrina gave birth to Joel 2 weeks ago and released him to the Lord yesterday. They aren’t happy, but they’re joyful. Bitter sweet.
  • 4 weeks away from Global Day of Prayer


  • Tane’s birthday (12) tomorrow
  • Hamish’s baptism tonight
  • Fiona’s parents visiting
  • Catherine Griffiths birthday
  • Russell Foley birthday
  • Craig Pilcher going to The Philippines

Tithes & Offerings

  • Prospering in Adversity
  • Even if the forest should be destroyed and the city torn down, the Lord will greatly bless his people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up; their cattle and donkey [will prosper.]
  • Isaiah 32:19-20
  • Met Leon and Kate; moving to the Hawkes Bay


  • By Mike Knott
  • Prayer: a lifelong commitment. One the of greatest challenges in all our lives. Hard to maintain when it appears as if nobody is there: this requires faith.
  • “Seek and You Shall Find”


  • Our life-long task
  • “If you are seeking the kingdom, what are you expecting to find?”

The Pursuit

  • God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls.
  • Matthew 13:45
  • That pearl costs everything. That pearl signifies my salvation. Therefore I own nothing. Therefore I must look after the car, house, wife, children, because they’re not mine; they’re His.

Our Primary Pursuit

  • But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
  • This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek your face Psalm 24:6

The Prize We Gain

  • For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)
  • For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)

The Price We Pay

  • Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him.
  • Philippians 3:7-10

It’s All About Him

  • Exodus 33:17-18
  • Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will do what you ask, because I know you very well, and I am pleased with you.” Then Moses said, “Now, please show me your glory.”

First Things First

  • But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
  • Luke 12:31-32

Why I Am A Creationist

At Russell's 50th birthday party, taking a break from dancing, standing next to Superman.

A deathbed conversion?

The question “Did Darwin change his mind over his evolution theory?” constantly comes up at question time with CMI speakers. And it’s become even more important to know the truth behind this question in this “year of Darwin.” Do you know the answer? Read Did Darwin Recant for the full story.

‘The NZ ‘anti-correction law’ PART 2

‘Why correction is needed.’

Find below a link to a new 10 minute YouTube video, :

It’s a concise, fast paced, in your face yet unemotional, analysis of the worldviews behind both the old and the new Section 59s.

It has already drawn somewhat intemperate comments…I anticipate more…:-)

Watch this for your own benefit and PLEASE forward this email – or the link – on to as many people as you like, and encourage them to do the same. If you have a website where it could suitably be posted, go ahead and embed.
Also…immediately underneath the YouTube video screen on the left is a five star system for rating the video. It would be nice if you could rate it as you see fit…if you watch it…


US Citizen Looking for a Job

John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am.

While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG.)  He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA)

After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled it with GAS (from Saudi Arabia) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer (Made In Malaysia), John decided to relax for a while.  He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in AMERICA


Book Review



Psalms Book 2


Mainly the sons of Korah 


Songs of praise and worship to the LORD.


  1. As the deer pants for the water brooks
  2. Vindicate me, O God
  3. We have heard with our ears, O God
  4. My heart is overflowing with a good theme
  5. God is our refuge and strength
  6. Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
  7. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised
  8. Hear this, all peoples;
  9. The Mighty One, God the LORD
  10. Have mercy upon me, O God
  11. Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
  12. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
  13. Save me, O God, by Your name
  14. Give ear to y prayer, O God
  15. Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
  16. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
  17. Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?
  18. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
  19. O God, You have cast us off;
  20. Hear my cry, O God;  Attend to my prayer.
  21. Truly my soul silently waits for God;
  22. O God, You are my God;
  23. Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation;
  24. Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion;
  25. Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
  26. God be merciful to us and bless us
  27. Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered;
  28. Save me, O God!
  29. Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
  30. In you, O LORD, I put my trust
  31. Give the king Your judgments, O God


In the process of typing that table of contents, I just made to observations:

  • there are many psalms which start with exactly the same wording
  • they tend to be near or exactly in the same position in the list as Book I.

So, from those two observations, I concur that some editing took place to make the order work out that way.

Nothing particularly sinister in that observation; just interesting.


Bible Reading


Week to 10 May 2009

  1. 1 Kings 1:1 – 2:27
  2. 1 Kings 2:28 – 4:34
  3. 1 Kings 5:1 – 7:51
  4. 1 Kings 8:1 – 9:9
  5. 1 Kings 9:10 – 11:43
  6. 2 Chronicles 1:1 – 5:1
  7. 2 Chronicles 5:2 – 6:42

Week to 17 May 2009

  1. 2 Chronicles 7:1 – 9:31
  2. Proverbs 1;1 – 3:35
  3. Proverbs 4:1 – 7:27
  4. Proverbs 8:1 – 10:32
  5. Proverbs 11:1 – 13:25
  6. Proverbs 14:1 – 16:33
  7. Proverbs 17:1 – 19:29

Don’t forget you can look up these references for yourselves at:

End Notes

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