METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 22

METTLE

Volume 4 Issue 22

Monday 8 June 2009

Hippolite Musings

 

Thought for the Day

Gentlemen,

I read Chuck Missler’s article about the San Diego county attempts to shut down home Bible study.  The “official” explanation for the action is because the regular home group meeting was causing a parking nuisance for the neighbours.  It still doesn’t explain why the official asked specific questions to ascertain the religious nature of the meeting, and only then threatened closure.  I hope that civil official is fired in order to send a strong message that America still supports religious freedom.

The news about the slaying of the late-term abortionist George Tiller in Wichita has many people ranting about “religious extremist hypocrisy.”  Let me lay out my thoughts:

  • No Pro-Life group has claimed responsibility; so far it seems that a lone gunman was involved.  While not condoning murder (by either side) at all, IF the gunman was NOT a Christian, but was a father or grandfather of one of Tiller’s victims, then by what standard do you condemn him?
  • I don’t know whether the lone gunman has a faith.  I don’t know whether George Tiller has a faith.  The fact that George Tiller was in church proves nothing.  His actions in murdering babies speaks volumes.
  • Can God use the ungodly for His own purposes?  The Bible has numerous examples of just this.

Blessings,
James


Correspondence

 

Elim Business Seminar

Hello Business People,

Through a series of business seminars, we here at Elim endeavour to support and better connect our business people.

We are privileged to kick our seminar series off with Jeh Sie Chan’s Dad, Tan Tek Seng at the Museum Hotel.  Tan Tek Seng is the National President for the Full Gospel Businessman Fellowship in Malaysia.  He has been a director of multi-national manufacturing companies and started his own business.  He teaches on issues such as overcoming debt and dealing with economic pressures in the business world.  On Saturday night, 20 June, at 7pm at the Museum Hotel, Tek Seng will be speaking on how to run a business in tough economic conditions and also be talking about some of his experiences of being a Christian in business. This will be followed by a question and answer session.  There will be an opportunity to mingle after the seminar.

You can find Tan Tek Seng’s testimony here: http://www.fgb.com.my/voice_7.htm

Speaker: Tan Tek Seng – How to run a business in a recession/Personal experiences of being a Christian in business
When: Saturday, 20 June at 7pm
Venue: Senna Room in the Museum Hotel, 90 Cable Street, Wellington
Cost: $10 entrance fee (this only covers cost, please be prepared to sow into future business events)

RSVP by Wednesday 17 June to andrewp@wn.elim.org.nz or (04) 385 9634. Limited seats available.

If you know any business orientated people that might like to come along, please forward this to them.


Foreign Correspondent

From Chuck Missler’s K-House News Desk

  • Pravda Opinion Piece Mourns Demise of US Capitalism – June 02, 2009
    A commentary published in the once-official newspaper of the Soviet Union heralded America’s "descent into Marxism" citing the United States’ takeover of General Motors, poor education standards, and the election of Barack Obama as president. The opinion piece in Pravda, one of the Soviet-era newspapers still published in Russia, carried the headline, "American Capitalism Gone with a Whimper," and was written by Stanislav Mishin, who runs the blog "Mat Rodina." CNS News
  • The Swine Flu Confirmed in 10,000 Americans – June 02, 2009
    Cases of the new H1N1 flu virus have now been found in all 50 U.S. states and tests have confirmed the virus in more than 10,000 people across the nation, (though the actual number of cases may be 20 times that). Seventeen deaths in the United States have been definitively linked to the swine flu virus, the CDC said Fox News
  • Dow Jumps 221 Points Despite GM Bankruptcy – June 01, 2009
    Inspired by fresh signs the US economy is slowly healing, the Dow climbed more than 200 points on Monday even as General Motors became the largest industrial bankruptcy in American history. "Obviously people knew would happen. Now that it’s out of the way, there’s almost some relief. Everyone can stop focusing on it," said Ryan Detrick, equity analyst at Schaeffer’s Investment Research. Fox Business
  • San Diego County Attempts to Shut Down Home Bible Study – May 25, 2009
    A pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold Bible studies in their home. The county employee notified the couple that the small Bible study, with an average of 15 people attending, was in violation of County regulations. 10News. 


Situation Vacant

A Storehouse of Knowledge—A Biblical Worldview Encyclopaedia

The secular world sidelines Christianity, and secular encyclopaedias such as Wikipedia are no exception.  Wikipedia has a policy of not taking sides, yet it is dominated by people opposed to Christianity, with the result that evolution and long ages are treated as fact, and the true biblical account of origins is regarded as pseudoscience.  And it’s not just on the creation/evolution issue either; their article on the Mission Aviation Fellowship, for example, snidely says that "Medical work is sometimes used as a front for evangelism and conversion efforts in non-Christian areas".

To provide an alternative, a friend of CMI has created a new encyclopaedia that, like Wikipedia, anyone can contribute to.  But unlike Wikipedia’s unstated anti-Christian bias, this new encyclopaedia has an explicit biblical viewpoint.  A Storehouse of Knowledge is looking for more Christians to contribute to it, and is inviting CMI supporters and other Christians to help out. 


Why I’m An AGW Critic

  • Ex-BBC science man slams corp: ‘Evangelical, shallow and sparse’ – Nonstop Thermageddon coverage risks ridicule.  The BBC’s environmental coverage has come under fire from a former science correspondent. Award-winning author and journalist David Whitehouse says the corporation risks public ridicule – or worse – with what he calls "an evangelical, inconsistent climate change reporting and its narrow, shallow and sparse reporting on other scientific issues."
  • BSE, Climate Change and Science Journalism – This is that article that slams the BBC by David Whitehouse.

Sunday Service

Praise & Worship

  • with Jamie
  • Your Word
  • Redeemer
  • Let Us Adore
  • and prayer for healing

Communion

  • with Selwyn
  • Malakai’s (geographic) group
  • No sacrifice: no victory
  • Philippians chapter 2:5

New Visitors

  • With Jessie
  • {snip}: Information Embargoed until Sunday 21st @ 6pm

Things You Need To Know

  • With Jamie
  • Breakthrough Prayer Tuesdays @ 6pm
  • Sing ‘n Jive Wednesdays @ 10am
  • Vision Sunday next Sunday (June 14th)
  • Sat 20th 7pm, Museum Hotel, Jessie Chan’s dad, Tan Tek Seng, will minister to business people
  • Sunday 21st , Kevin Chan’s dad, Alan Chan, will minister to us all
  • Sunday 28th, Mission Possible Lunch
  • Saturday 4 July, Warriors 4 Christ Outreach
  • Monday 6 July, Women’s Living Room
  • {snip}: Information Embargoed until Sunday 21st @ 6pm
  • Mike & Jeannie are preaching @ Christchurch Elim today

Crunchies

  • Started school
  • A+ for last assignment
  • 4th birthday
  • Son has joined the junior All Blacks

Tithes and Offerings

  • With Selwyn
  • Joshua 1

Sermon

  • With Selwyn Jackson
  • Vision

Vision

  • Believe
  • Begin
  • Become

Reference

  • Nehemiah, a man who carried an amazing vision for a city and its people
  • He was a Jew in exile, the cupbearer (butler) to the King, a trusted position

Believe

  • He believes in God’s promises for the people
  • He believes in God’s promises for he city
  • He believes something has to be done

Begin

  • Take hold of the vision/call and do something with it
  • Act on beliefs
  • Begin seeking God
  • Begin talking to the right people
  • Make plans
  • Step out of comfort zone
  • Set out and survey the scene

Become

  • They said “We’re with you. Let’s get started.”
  • They rolled up their sleeves, ready for the good work
  • (Neh 2:18)

Vision

  • It took someone to believe in something (Nehemiah, rebuild Jerusalem)
  • Who then inspired others to begin something (return from exile)
  • Resulting in them all becoming something (a nation)

Vision Sunday Next Week

  • Future Church, ministry outreach “Dream Theatre”, Alpha Room
  • Present Church, current ministries, Tennyson Room
  • The Elimites, temple workers (like the Levites), Foyer

Vision Statement

  • We are ELIM
  • From the Nations in the Capital to the Nations in the World

ELIM

  • Expecting great things from God, Attempting great things for Him
  • Lifting up Jesus
  • Influencing our community for Christ
  • Multiplying our ministries


Why I Am A Creationist

ICR June Acts & Facts is now available

In This Issue

  • Letting God Settle Matters
    Lawrence E. Ford
  • Dangerous Turn Ahead: Traveling down the road to compromise
    Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.
  • Werner Arber: An Honest Evolutionist?
    Lawrence E. Ford
  • Discovering and Defending the Certainties of Creation
    Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
  • Made in His Image: Breath of Life
    Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.
  • Human-Chimp Similarities: Common Ancestry or Flawed Research?
    Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
  • Turtles and Snakes: No Evolutionary Journey
    John D. Morris, Ph.D.
  • No Seal of Approval for Evolution
    Frank Sherwin, M.A.
  • Fossilized Biomaterials Must Be Young
    Brian Thomas, M.S.
  • More Than Star Stuff
    David F. Coppedge
  • The Calendar and the Antiquity of Genesis
    Bill Cooper, Ph.D., Th.D.
  • The Crown of Fatherhood
    Henry M. Morris IV
  • Ideas Have Consequences
    Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
  • Radio Log

Why I Am A Christian

Swine

 

Creationism got me saved

So I’m dedicating this section to another Creationist publication this week.

  • Swine flu—is it evolution? – In this “year of Darwin”, the anticreationists are seemingly not letting any opportunity pass to try to embellish evolution in the minds of the masses. The swine flu outbreak is the hot media topic of the moment and evolutionists are citing this disease as evidence of evolution occurring right before our eyes. But is this the case? Are the changes in viruses really proof of evolution? It’s also clear that many of their comments are aimed at the creation-believing community (a clear sign that the establishment is worried).
    Medical doctor Carl Wieland and biologist Dr David Catchpoole reveal the simple truth behind the facts in their article Swine flu—is it evolution? Such a topical subject would also be a great way to start a conversation about evolution and creation.
  • Can’t drink milk? You’re “normal”! – Many people today are unable to drink milk. This is commonly known as lactose intolerance and for many years it was regarded as abnormal and viewed as evidence of human evolution. I.e., it fitted the evolutionary stereotype of some “races” being less evolved than others. But now researchers have discovered that it’s the other way round. Lactose intolerance in adults is actually “normal”, while those of us who can digest milk as adults are in reality “mutants”! For more on this read Can’t drink milk? You’re “normal”!
Cuttlefish
  • Cuttlefish camouflage – Cuttlefish are known as the “chameleons of the sea” due to their ability to produce an incredible array of bright colours at astonishing speeds. The knowledge of their ability to do this has inspired scientists to design a new type of TV screen, with very low power requirements—under 1% of normal screens. Once more we see God’s incredible design features in the natural world being copied by man.
  • Did Adam have an immune system? – This insightful question prompted a response for our regular weekend feedback on our website. If everything was created perfect, why would Adam need a biological defence system for harmful viruses, etc.? To find the answer read Adam and the immune system.
  • Seven signs of evolution in action – Well at least that’s what cable-news broadcaster MSNBC claimed. Once more this seems to be an attempt to counter the increasing questioning of Darwinian evolution this year, and indeed, the article itself pays homage to Darwin by mentioning this double-anniversary year. In the article they list seven evidences occurring around us that allegedly prove evolution. Most of these have already been answered on our website. However, we have responded to the article point by point as it provides a concise and useful rebuttal to the “best evidences” for evolution, because MSNBC’s “seven signs of evolution” actually all point to creation.
  • Episode 14—Radioisotope dating—An evolutionists best friend? – Does radioisotope dating provide solid scientific evidence for ‘billions of years’? Richard and Calvin discuss the huge problems with this dating method and summarize recent research results that support a young earth.


Why I Am Pro-Life

  • Social Conservatives to Descend Upon Amsterdam for Global Meeting – WASHINGTON, DC – C-FAM)  Up to 4,000 social conservatives are expected to descend upon liberal Amsterdam, Netherlands, on August 10-12 for the biennial World Congress of Families, a meeting that brings together scholars, academics, policy makers, elected officials, and activists for four days of speeches, lectures, and networking. The Netherlands beat out four other countries in its bid to host what is the largest gathering of social conservatives in the world. Russia, Bolivia, Latvia and Nigeria lost out after the Dutch proposal included support from the government though a promise the liberal government would not interfere with what will be a politically conservative program.
  • UN Population Awards Honor Former “Reproductive Rights” Advocates – (NEW YORK – C-FAM)  This week, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted its annual population award ceremony at the United Nations (UN) to honour an individual and an organization for “outstanding contribution” in the population field, including family planning and “reproductive rights” advocacy — Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla, a former advisor to both the World Health Organization and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and a Nicaraguan-based non-government organization that has been critical of the Nicaraguan government for instituting a complete ban on abortions. 


Why I Am A Homeschooler

Court Rules No Reading Bible To Kindergarten Class

Date: June 02, 2009
Source: AP

A kindergartner’s mother cannot read Scripture during show and tell, even if the Bible is the boy’s favourite book, a US appeals court said Monday in the latest challenge over religion in public schools. Schools can more tightly control speech presented to younger students, who may not distinguish a parent from their teacher, the ruling said. Busch argued that the class heard stories related to Passover, Christmas and other religious holidays, but the court concluded there was a "significant difference" between identifying such holidays and reading from Scripture.


Why I Am Pro-Israel

Hope Under Fire

Shalom everyone,

Tuesday 2nd of June, Israel underwent the biggest military exercise of its history, as all the population of the country had to run to a shelter when they heard the siren this morning. While the threat of a nuclear Iran is more serious than ever, Israel put its hope in its young men and women serving bravely in the IDF. This is what this beautiful country is about, an eternal hope, even under fire.

Enjoy the videos below, and do not forget to share them with all your friends.


Humour

Cartoon 

Copyright 1992, Wendell Simons and Christianity Today International.  Used with permission.  Click to see a larger image.


Book Review

What Darwin Didn't Know: A Doctor Dissects the Theory of Evolution

Title

What Darwin Didn’t Know

A Doctor Dissects the Theory of Evolution

 

Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 01 Jan 2004

Author

Geoffrey Simmons, M.D.

Description

Endorsed by William Dembski, Ph.D., the scientist at the forefront of the intelligent–design movement.

Darwin might have thought twice about publishing his theories if he had had access to today’s medical and microbiological discoveries. Drawing on years of research, Dr. Simmons demonstrates that the almost infinite complexity of the human anatomy simply could not have developed by chance. For example:

  • the body runs on “battery power”…from the hundreds of mitochondria in each cell
  • the two sexes—evolutionary theory cannot explain why they exist
  • every cell is its own pharmacist, chemist, and metallurgist

Accessible, clearly presented, and utterly fascinating, What Darwin Didn’t Know shows the human body to be a marvellous system constructed by an infinitely wise Designer.

Contents

Part I: Basic Issues

  1. The Scope of the Challenges
  2. The Cell
  3. Reproduction: Macroscopic
  4. Reproduction: Microscopic
  5. The Beginning

    Part II: External Connections

  6. The Neurological System
  7. Vision
  8. Hearing
  9. Balance
  10. Smell
  11. Taste
  12. Touch
  13. Skin

    Part III: Internal Systems

  14. The Endocrine System
  15. The Respiratory System
  16. The Gastrointestinal System
  17. The Circulatory System
  18. The Excretory System
  19. The Musculoskeletal System

    Part IV: More Enigmas

  20. Self-Protection
  21. Gifts
  22. Biorhythms
  23. The Differences Between Man and Monkey
  24. Purposeful Design

Darwin Dissected

Review

It’s good to have a resource that so clearly and succinctly sums up the case for an Intelligent Designer in the authors one area of expertise.  This is that book.

However, I found this book tough going, because I’m not an MD and most of the science went over my head.

The author may consider himself a Christian, I don’t know; he didn’t stipulate.  He is a long-ager, as most ID proponents tend to be.  His graphic description of reproduction is not suitable for young readers.

I’m glad Dr Simmons wrote this book.  It is another tome in the arsenal of Biblical Creationists and Intelligent Designers.

7/10


Book Review

 

Title

1 Kings 

Author

A couple of prophets,  I guess?

Description

This book continues the history of the Israelite monarchy begun in the Books of Samuel.  1 Kings falls into three parts:

  1. The succession of Solomon as king of Israel and Judah, and the death of his father David.
  2. The reign and achievements of Solomon.  His building of the Temple in Jerusalem was a significant achievement.
  3. The division of the nation into the northern and southern kingdoms, and the stories of the kings who ruled them down to the middle of the ninth century BC.

In 1 and 2 Kings, each ruler is judged according to his loyalty to God, and national success is seen as depending on this loyalty.  On the other hand, idolatry and disobedience lead to disaster.  The kings of the northern kingdom all fail the test, while the record of Judah’s kings is mixed.

Prominent in 1 Kings are the prophets of the LORD, those courageous spokespersons for God who warned the people not to worship idols and not to disobey God.  Especially notable is Elijah and the story of his contest with the priests of Baal (chapter 18).

Contents

  1. Adonijah Sets Himself Up as King; David Makes Solomon King
  2. David’s Charge to Solomon; Solomon’s Throne Established
  3. Solomon Asks for Wisdom; A Wise Ruling
  4. Solomon’s Officials and Governors; Solomon’s Daily Provisions; Solomon’s Wisdom
  5. Preparations for Building the Temple
  6. Solomon Builds the Temple
  7. Solomon Builds His Palace; The Temple’s Furnishings
  8. The Ark Brought to the Temple; Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication; the Dedication of the Temple
  9. The LORD Appears to Solomon; Solomon’s Other Activities
  10. The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon; Solomon’s Splendour
  11. Solomon’s Wives; Solomon’s Adversaries; Jeroboam Rebels Against Solomon; Solomon’s Death
  12. Israel Rebels Against Rehoboam; Golden Calves at Bethel and Dan
  13. The Man of God From Judah
  14. Ahijah’s Prophecy Against Jeroboam; Rehoboam King of Judah
  15. Abijah King of Judah; Asa King of Judah; Nadab King of Israel; Baasha King of Israel
  16. Elah King of Israel; Zimri King of Israel; Omri King of Israel; Ahab Becomes of King of Israel
  17. Elijah Fed by Ravens; The Widow at Zarephath
  18. Elijah and Obadiah; Elijah on Mount Carmel
  19. Elijah Flees to Horeb; The LORD Appears to Elijah; The Call of Elisha
  20. Ben-Hadad Attacks Samaria; Ahab Defects Ben-Hadad; A Prophet Condemns Ahab
  21. Naboth’s Vineyard
  22. Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab; Ahab Killed at Ramoth Gilead; Jehoshaphat King of Judah; Ahaziah King of Israel

Review

Quite gripping; a rollercoaster ride of good kings vs. bad kings.  If the book of Judges could be summarised as the book of “cyclic rebellion, oppression, repentance and redemption”, then the book of 1 Kings is the northern kingdom’s inexorable descent into the level of unrighteousness that resulted in Samaria being a bye-word of ungodliness in the time of Jesus.  Not merely mock-rivalry like Australia and NZ, but real rivalry like modern Israel and modern Palestine.

8/10


DVD Review

Title

God of Wonder

Exploring the Wonders of Creation, Conscience, and the Glory of God

Publisher

© 2008 Eternal Productions www.eternal-productions.org

85 minutes

Description

God’s wonders surround us, and these marvels reveal much about our Creator.  through creation we glimpse His power and wisdom, His majesty and care.  Creation is speaking to those who will listen…

God of Wonders is a breathtaking tour of God’s creation wonders, visible and invisible, and the greatest wonder of all – His redeeming love!

Contents

Join us on a remarkable journey of discovery as we explore the Creator’s handiwork and what His creation reveals about His character.  Survey the unimaginable size of the universe and ponder the vast energy present in all matter.  Examine the elegant water molecule essential to all life and discover how God combines these molecules to form beautiful and symmetrical snow crystals.  Learn about the incredible complexity of DNA and the miraculous workings of the tiny seed.  From the functional design of birds to the transformation of butterflies, these and many other features of creation are highlighted in this visually stunning presentation.

  1. God of Wonder
  2. God of Power
  3. God of Wisdom
  4. God of Justice
  5. God of Love

Review

I’ve waited many years for a nature documentary I could enjoy with my family, without being bombarded by evolutionary non-sense.  This is that documentary.  The many experts in their fields combine to encourage viewers that it’s okay to look at a design, and infer a Designer.  The many Scripture quotations put the limitations of human knowledge properly in perspective. 

From the philosophical axiom that the Universe is finite therefore requires a beginning (and its corollary that God is infinite therefore doesn’t require a beginning) to its discovery that Information Science proves information never comes from Nature, but instead requires a Mind, this DVD covers all bases.

You’ll love it.  I did.  Thanks to Pastor Mike for recommending it to me.

10/10


Bible Reading

 

Week to 14 June 2009

  1. 2 Kings 10:1 – 12:3
  2. 2 Chronicles 23:1 – 24:27; 2 Kings 12:4 – 12:21
  3. 2 Kings 13:1 – 14:29
  4. 2 Chronicles 25:1 – 25:28
  5. Jonah 1:1 – 4:11
  6. Amos 1:1 – 3:15
  7. Amos 4:1 – 6:14

Week to 21 June 2009

  1. Amos 7:1 – 9:15
  2. 2 Kings 15:1 – 15:38; 2 Chronicles 26:1 – 27:9
  3. Hosea 1:1 – 4:19
  4. Hosea 5:1 – 9:9
  5. Hosea 9:10 – 14:9
  6. 2 Kings 16:1 – 17:41; 2 Chronicles 28:1 – 28:27
  7. 2 Kings 18:1 – 20:21

Don’t forget you can look up these references for yourselves at: http://biblereader.cloudapp.net/.


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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