METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 28


Volume 4 Issue 28

Monday 20 July 2009

Hippolite Musings 

Thought for the Day


I didn’t draw you attention to it last week, but I did actually advertise a lunch time meeting in the CBD this coming Wednesday.  Hopefully some of you will be able to make it.  Please RSVP me so I have an indication of numbers, and can warn the restaurant if necessary.  Details are listed below in the Events Schedule.

There wasn’t a lot of personal contribution last week, so this week I thought I would try something new.  Instead of leaving everything until the last minute, (and attempting to cram as much as possible into the newsletter, and thereby running out of time to actually think about the stuff I’m reading), I decided to add each article as I received them.  This gave me enough time at the end of the week to actually digest everything, and write a personal contribution.  Much better.

And for those of you who are wondering, yes that is how I used to do my school homework.



Hi James

I’m not sure if you have seen this article but some of my atheists work mates sent me this.

What is probably the oldest known Bible is being digitised, reuniting its scattered parts for the first time since its discovery 160 years ago. It is markedly different from its modern equivalent. What’s left out?

I really don’t know how to answer their argument due to my lack of knowledge.  Can you give me some pointers?

Kiaora Neil,

There were some really good answers in the comments section:

  • "For those who believe the Bible is the inerrant, unaltered word of God, there will be some very uncomfortable questions to answer." I doubt it. The topic has been dealt with many times through the centuries. The best discussion IMO is in St Augustine’s ‘Confessions’; it boils down to the argument that the contemporary bible is the true and only bible. The fact that older ones were different is irrelevant.
    bob, London
  • Would it be too much to ask for a balancing voice in this article? The codex has been studied for years and globally the evangelical church is growing faster than ever so there must be a response. My understanding is that this codex was compiled by a Christian sect who even then was considered unorthodox and whilst it is the oldest complete bible many earlier copies of the gospels predate this codex. It is these gospels from which modern bibles are translated. They are both more numerous and closer in age to the events describe in the New Testament.
    Frank Hill, Bristol
  • Christians have known all of this for a while. Most bibles place the story of the woman taken in adultery in brackets and state that the earliest and most reliable manuscripts do not contain the story. They also state that the ascension account in Mark’s gospel is unreliable. This is old news and there were other reasons why the 2 "extra" books were not passed by the council of Nicaea. Please check your facts before publishing the story.
    Emma, Sheffield

Foreign Correspondent

Chuck Missler’s News Roundup

  • Liddick: California Is In TroubleJuly 14, 2009
    he Golden State’s lessons for all of us: that public programs are not free, but must be paid for with public money; …that vote-buying with promises of favor is an addiction harder to break than heroin; that legislators tend to ignore the public will until forced to pay attention; that taxation and regulation have their limits; and that the habit of borrowing money to give benefits to individuals is poisonous to the very concept of "good government." May we learn those lessons soon. As California circles the drain, it looks more and more as though the rest of the nation is rushing to follow its example. But if that happens, where will there be to move? Summit Daily News
  • Senate Commitee Votes Down 4 Pro-Life Health AmendmentsJuly 14, 2009
    A Senate committee on Monday defeated four new amendments by pro-life advocates determined to stop a health care restructuring bill from paying for and promoting abortions. The committee also rejected an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to protect state laws limiting abortions and abortion funding from being nullified by federal law under the health care bill and a second that would protect the conscience rights of health care workers. Johnson told that more battles are coming up this week on abortion and health care. Life News
  • North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il Has CancerJuly 14, 2009
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has life-threatening pancreatic cancer, South Korean TV news channel YTN says. Quoting unidentified sources from both South Korea and China, the report said the disease gives Kim Jong-il a maximum life expectancy of five years. YTN said Mr Kim was diagnosed with the illness last year, about the same time he was reported to have had a stroke. Mr. Kim, 67, was seen last week looking gaunt and walking with a limp, fuelling more speculation about his health. BBC News
  • The UK’s Health Care DebateJuly 14, 2009
    The UK has had health coverage for all for years, and yet they are still struggling to figure out how to pay for it all. These are the pros and cons of the newest efforts to provide citizens with health care without bankrupting the state.
  • House Health Care Plan Equals Federal ControlJuly 01, 2009
    The US House of Representatives leadership recently unveiled a mammoth 852-page blueprint for overhauling Americans’ health care: the draft "Tri-Committee Health Reform Bill." If enacted, this comprehensive legislation would amount to federal control of the health care sector of the economy. In addition, government health benefit decisions often include coverage of controversial items such as abortion. A number of House Democrats are concerned that the House bill would become a vehicle for taxpayer subsidization of abortion coverage. The Heritage Foundation

Situation Vacant

Senior or Intermediate .NET Developer

  • Still looking for programmers
  • 2 month full time contract initially
  • Wellington CBD
  • Email your CV to me

“Hands and heart contributing in our church”

  • Looking for volunteers
  • Do the ministry of helping others
  • Contact church office 385-9634

Why I’m An AGW Critic

Climate Change Bill Endangers US Jobs


July 14, 2009

The American Clean Energy and Security Act – the so-called "cap-and-trade" climate-change bill – that passed the US House of Representatives last month would give manufacturers in certain industries in the Communist People’s Republic of China an advantage over their US competitors and put US jobs at risk, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

James writes:

  • NZ has a very similar Bill, endangering NZ jobs too.

Sunday Service

Praise & Worship

  • With Cheryl Soukotta
  • Let Creation Sing
  • Everlasting God
  • Be Thou My Vision (I love the old hymns. This one in particular, you have to sing with an Irish accent! Otherwise, the rhymes don’t work e.g. “word” and “Lord”)
  • Glorified

Things You Need To Know

  • With Jamie Fukafuka
  • Welcome Packs include free coffee!
  • Saturday 1 August, Cultural Marketplace @ ACM Church. A night of cultural performances, exotic food, & fundraising for Victoria Uni’s Christian Union & International Christian Fellowship.
  • Sunday 2 August, guest speaker: Malcolm Bayliss
  • 13-15, Ancient Paths
  • Sunday 16 August, Soup Sunday
  • Sunday 23 August, Mission Possible Lunch
  • Sunday 23 August, guest speaker: John Elliot
  • Sunday 30 August, Family Service
  • Vision Trip to the Philippines. Meeting to discuss: Sunday 26 July – 12:30pm at Church Office Reception


  • Ann Cowan passed her exam
  • Aimee Hippolite has turned the corner in her grief over her killed pet rabbit

Tithes & Offerings

  • Absolutely Positively Wellington
  • Jeremiah 29:7, 11
  • “Work for the peace, well being and prosperity of the city I am sending you into…”

Studies in Ephesians

  • Discovering Our Inheritance
  • Ephesians 1:15-23

The Scarlet Thread

  • In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
  • Eph 1:7

The Twin Pillars of Prophecy

  1. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
    1. Gen 3:15
    2. We, the Body of Christ, the Church, walk with a limp, like Jacob walked with a limp, because our heel was struck – Mike Knott.
    3. James says: Interesting interpretation of Scripture. On one level I like it, because it excuses the Church’s apparent weakness at impacting the world for righteousness. On a deeper level, it’s disturbing, because it excuses the Church’s apparent weakness. Hmmm, I need to think
    4. “The Lord God made garments of skis for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”
    5. Gen 3:21
  • “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son…”
    1. Gal 4:4
      1. Sons and Heirs

        • What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.
        • Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God had made you also an heir.
        • Gal 4:1-7

        The Will

        • Eph 1:11 And here is the staggering thing, – that in all which will one day belong to him we have been promised a share!
        • The New Testament in Modern English – JB Phillips

        Accessing our blessings

        • Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessings in Christ
        • Eph 1:3


        • Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.
        • Eph 1:13-14

        For This Reason

        • This is an inheritance that can only be ours via the indwelling Holy Spirit. We cannot bring the reality of the Kingdom into our world without Him.
        • The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come form the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritual discerned.
        • 1 Cor. 2:14
        • “We need you, Holy Spirit”

        Paul is inspired

        • For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus, and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers (inseparable)
        • Love – our motivation
        • Faith – our activation
        • James says: “and Hope – our ?)
        • “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know (epignosis) him better.”
        • Ephesians 1:15-17
        • We need wisdom to know how to act on the revelation we receive.

        A confident eye for the future

        • I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…
        • Hope is a confident assurance that God will do and be all that he has promised.
        • We build our future on the promises and prophecies of God – not on any other peoples predictions of the future.
          • Not tarot cards, palm reading – get out of that stuff
          • God has control and a good plan for you, not other people!
          • Séances – don’t go there
          • Dead people don’t come back – familiar spirits are lying spirits
      2. and his incomparably great power for us who believe
      3. The intensity of Paul’s thought is shown in his choice of words…
      4. “Great” (megethose)
      5. “Power” (dynamis)
        • So what shall we fear!

          • That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at this right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion and every title that can be given, not only in the present age…

          That power is like the working of his mighty strength,

          • This power is a dynamic “working”…
          • “Mighty” (kratos) is a term for authoritative power which overcomes whatever stands in the way
          • “Strength” (ischys) is the personal exercise of strength and power.
          • Paul virtually exhausts the resource of the Greek language to describe something of the magnitude of divine might.

          The Choice is Ours

          • He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.
          • He came to his own people and even they rejected him.
          • But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God
          • 1 John ??

          Why I Am A Creationist

          Episcopal Church To Affirm Gay Clergy Despite Divisions


          July 14, 2009

          The Episcopal Church moved Monday toward affirming their acceptance of gays and lesbians for all roles in the ministry, despite pressure from fellow Anglicans worldwide for a decisive moratorium on consecrating another openly gay bishop. Bishops at the Episcopal General Convention in Anaheim, California, voted 99-45 with two abstentions for a statement declaring "God has called and may call" to ministry gays in committed lifelong relationships.

          James writes:

          • If evolution is true, then homosexuality makes no sense, because it can never ensure “survival of the fittest.”
          • If creation is true, then homosexuality makes no sense, because God doesn’t make mistakes.  He made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!
          • Can somebody explain to me how a Bible-believing Christian can end up believing the lie “God made me this way”?
          • The only conclusion I can come to, is that individual is NOT a Bible-believing Christian.  Hence, that person is NOT saved.
          • Hence, a strong adherence to the inerrancy of the Bible, is a great deterrent to heresy.

          Why I Am A Christian

          The following are my notes from attending the Elim Leader’s Meeting on Friday 17 July.

          “The Second Half”

          • With Selwyn Jackson
          • Started with an introductory exercise with pipe cleaners
          • Got into groups according to pipe cleaner colour
          • Made a shape which represented our (individual) hope or desire for the future

          Shout Outs

          • Jeannie Knott – successfully prayed for healing for a lady in a dress shop.
          • Mitch Jordan – helped give a submission for Christian Education
          • Ben Patten, helped a women to pass her exams
          • Dan and Di – for being successful youth leaders
          • Richard Brader – for doing insurance assessment for church
          • Ike – for working a full-time job and helping out around church
          • Craig Pilcher – for fixing the front door
          • Hendred – for working on an early childhood grant
          • All of us – for supporting and praying for Euphrasia’s healing from cancer
          • Richard Brader – for making breakfast for Francee
          • Jamie Fukafuka – for preaching on Sunday
          • Susan Gill – social worker at Capital Care
          • Cheryl Soukotta – fundraising for Mt Hope
          • Dana Patten – for 24th birthday
          • Cathy Anso – for keeping it real
          • Mel Dring – for preschool kids
          • Jess – you rock
          • Mike’s team – they’re all so dedicated
          • Strikeforce Prayer Team – for turning up every Friday morning

          Musical Item

          • By the Elim Staff
          • Karaoke: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”


          • Mike got the staff to start blowing bubbles as a clue
          • Zerubbabel

          A Good Foundation

          • The Higher you go, the deeper you dig
          • Structure (452m high) has Foundation (120m deep)

          Arise and Build

          • “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
          • “What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”
          • Then the word of the Lord came to me: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.
          • “Who despises the day of small things?
          • Zechariah 4:6-10


          • How to declare God’s blessing over another
          • Not asking; enforcing the Word of God
          • Mobilising the whole Body of Christ
          • Utilising the gifts of the Holy Spirit

          What has Brad (aka Rapture Ruckus) been up to?

          • In talks with a substantial US Christian record label
          • Mark de Jong (of Parachute Productions) has been over looking to do a licensing deal
          • Very exciting time

          Mike’s Analysis

          • Isaiah 62:10 – somebody goes out and raises a standard and prepares a way
          • Inspires others to follow track
          • Mike believes NZ music is unique – a raw and real edge
          • E.g. Maori memorised scripture via song, Garret’s Songs of Praise

          Capital Care Health Centre

          • Small beginnings
          • Good foundation
          • Substantial influence now


          • Whatever you’re involved in, don’t despise the day of small beginnings.
          • Don’t assimilate into the Western style; we are an international (inter-cultural) influencer church
          • E.g. Communion service is being opened up to more cultural difference here (Samoan, Indonesia, Romanian)

          Jeannie’s Battle

          • The cross on Mt Victoria is being contested.
          • There is a $9000 price tag on renewing it.
          • Jeannie is on the Council of Wellington Churches.
          • Kim Campbell-Boyce of Vertical Studios has put together a video documenting why keeping it is a positive aspect.
          • It is a high-place.

          Mike’s Explanation of Current Methodology

          • Attempting to teach/show people how to get into the Word for themselves
          • Study on Ephesians: want people to read ahead
          • Encourage people to begin to become students of the Word
          • Give them a shovel in their hands, so they can dig for themselves
          • Will put up “chunks” on the web site, for people to read ahead

          Mike’s Desire for Church Methodology

          • Wants everybody involved in doing the work of the ministry
          • If you spot somebody who needs prayer, do it!
          • If you spot somebody sitting alone, join them!
          • If you spot somebody who put their hand up for salvation, but isn’t walking forward, grab them!

          Our People

          • Daniel needs to sell more paintings
          • Cathy will be (prophetic) a school principal
          • Noel is doing great job leading Filipinos group
          • GP Fipi

          Why I Am Pro-Life

          Nations Reject Abortion Language at UN Geneva Meeting

          By Samantha Singson

          (NEW YORK – C-FAM)  Last week in Geneva, Switzerland, negotiations went down to the wire as the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) wound down its high-level meeting on health. After a marathon negotiating session that lasted until the wee hours of the morning, delegates adopted the Ministerial Declaration on "implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health" rejecting a push by the United States (US) and most European Union (EU) countries to include language that some interpret to include abortion.  

          Amnesty Again Agitates for Abortion – This Time in Peru

          By Piero A. Tozzi

          (NEW YORK – C-FAM)  The human rights organization Amnesty International has just issued a report on maternal mortality in Peru that promotes abortion in the pro-life nation while advancing controversial interpretations of international law. The report, "Fatal Flaws: Barriers to Maternal Health in Peru," also acknowledges that lack of emergency obstetric care – and not access to abortion – is the largest contributing factor to high maternal death rates in the Andean nation, while listing obstacles faced by poor, often indigenous, women in gaining access to basic maternal and newborn care. 

          Why I Am A Homeschooler

          This Week’s Top 3

          1. Compulsory School “Donations” vs. Education Tax Refund
          2. Mainstreaming vs. Special Education. 
            We just had Hamish assessed and confirmed he is dyslexic.  This is a relief as we’ve been doing everything anybody could have anyway.  I would hate to think what a mess mainstreaming would have done to his self-esteem.
          3. Sick teachers, students told to stay home vs. You’re already there!

          Why I Am Pro-Israel

          Islam is Zionist!

          It is written in the Holy Qur’an that Allah granted the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel and ordered them to settle therein (Qur’an, Sura 5:21).
          Is peace simple as that? Just to ask our neighbours to read their Holy Book?


          Proofreading, a dead art?

          Newspaper reporting that could do with a bit of rewording…

          Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

          This one was caught in the SGV Tribune.  The Editorial Room was called and asked who wrote this.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day. 

          Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

          No, really? Ya think?

          Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

          Now that’s taking things a bit far!

          Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

          What a guy!

          Miners Refuse to Work after Death

          No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!

          Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

          See if that works any better than a fair trial!

          War Dims Hope for Peace

          I can see where it might have that effect!

          If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile

          Ya think?!

          Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

          Who would have thought!

          Enfield Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide 

          They may be on to something!

          Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

          You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape?

          Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge

          He probably IS the battery charge!

          New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

          Weren’t they fat enough?!

          Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

          That’s what he gets for eating those beans!

          Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

          Do they taste like chicken?

          Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

          Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

          Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

          Boy, are they tall!

          And the winner is….

          Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

          Did I read that right?

          Events Schedule

          In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I’m available for bookings.

          Date Event Venue James Talk?
          17-Jul-09 Wellington Elim Church Leaders Meeting Wellington Elim N
          18-Jul-09 GeekZone Wellington Pizza Evening One Red Dog N
          19-Jul-09 Life Group Leaders Lunch Wellington Elim N
          20-Jul-09 Squash Coaching Northern Racquets N
          21-Jul-09 Khandallah Arts Theatre Club Night KAT N
          22-Jul-09 METTLE Lunch The Oaks Y
          26-Jul-09 Guest speaker: Kevin Peat “father heart of God” Wellington Elim N
          01-Aug-09 Cultural Market Place Wellington Elim N
          11-Sep-09 – 12-Sep-09 Promise Keepers Wellington Conference Lane Park, Wallaceville,
          Upper Hutt
          Sep-09 Presentation: Creation: Why I Believe Jeannie’s Life Group Y
          30-Sep-09 – 02-Oct-09 Elim National Conference Auckland Elim N

          Bible Review

          2 Kings

          The Second Book of Kings continues the history of the two Israelite Kingdoms where 1 Kings leaves off.  The book falls into two parts: (1) The story of the two kingdoms from the middle of the ninth century BC down to the fall of Samaria and the end of the northern kingdom in 722 BC; (2) The story of the kingdom of Judah from the fall of the kingdom of Israel down to the capture and destruction of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia in 586 BC.  The book ends with an account of Gedaliah as governor of Judah under the Babylonians, and a report of the release of King Jehoachin of Judah from prison in Babylon.

          These national disasters took place because of the unfaithfulness of the kings and people of Israel and Judah.  The destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of many of the people of Judah was one of the great turning points of Israelite history.

          The prophet who stands out in 2 Kings is Elijah’s successor Elisha.

          Outline of Contents

          • The divided kingdom 1:1 – 17:41
            1. The prophet Elisha 1:1 – 8:15
            2. The kings of Judah and of Israel 8:16 – 17:4
            3. The fall of Samaria 17:5 – 41
          • The kingdom of Judah 18:1 – 25:30
            1. From Hezekiah to Josiah 18:1 – 21:26
            2. Josiah’s reign 22:1 – 23:30
            3. The last kings of Judah 23:31 – 24:20
            4. The fall of Jerusalem 25:1-30


          Grrr.  Stupid people doing stupid things.  Just like the days of the Judges, a period of cyclic obedience and rebellion.  The more things change, the more things stay the same.  An historic example of the New Testament declaration, “there are none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3).

          It’s hard to enjoy reading about our tendency to sin.  It’s hard to enjoy seeing the 3rd law of thermodynamics being proved in human nature (entropy always increases; chaos always increases; the universe is wearing out).


          Book Review

          None this week, sorry

          Don’t forget to email me your reviews if you see something this week.

          Two movies I’m looking forward to seeing soon (watch this space for an announcement of venue and date):

          Bible Reading 

          Week to 26 July 2009

          1. Jeremiah 19:1 – 22:30
          2. Jeremiah 23:1 – 25:14
          3. Jeremiah 25:15 – 27:22
          4. Jeremiah 28:1 – 30:24
          5. Jeremiah 31:1 – 32:44
          6. Jeremiah 33:1 – 35:19
          7. Jeremiah 36:1 – 38:28

          Week to 2 August 2009

          1. Jeremiah 39:1 – 42:22
          2. Jeremiah 39:1 – 42:22
          3. Jeremiah 47:1 – 49:22
          4. Jeremiah 49:23 – 50:46
          5. Jeremiah 51:1 – 51:64
          6. Jeremiah 52:1 – 52:34; Habakkuk 1:1 – 3:19
          7. Lamentations 1:1 – 2:22

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

          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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          • 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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