METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 37


Volume 4 Issue 37

Monday 21 September 2009

Hippolite Musings 

Thought for the Day


I’ve been sulking.  But now I’m back.  Prepare for more of the same, only better.



Who holds the New Zealand Government to account?

13 Sept 2009
Senator Steve Fielding
Who holds the New Zealand Government to account? The voters? The press? Both might be formidable forces during an election but sadly they seem to lose influence over politicians once they are appointed.

Does NZ Need an Upper House?

13 Sept 2009
Muriel Newman
The Prime Minister has announced that the Government is planning to hold the long-awaited referendum on our MMP (Mixed Member Proportional) electoral system before or at the same time as the 2011 general election. …



  • THAILAND.  Next week, ie Sept 21 – 25 WO will be conducting a consultation in Chiangmai for WO personnel serving in mostly the Indian sub-continent & Indo-China regions, also Thailand and some Sth Pacific nations. This is a very important event related to our Vision WO2010.  Since 2003 WO has been on a journey to revisit our past, review the present and strategize for the future.  Outcomes from this journey will be presented at next week’s consultation allowing further input from the field.  Please pray for those attending that they will experience safe travels, good health, wonderful fellowship, united spirit and that we will all sense the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout our 4 ½ days together. 
  • FLOOD RELIEF.  Using what limited funds WO has available, our team in Burkina Faso, West Africa, led by Danny Bayasen, is helping supply rice, buckets, plastic plates, medicine including paracetamol & quinine, sleeping mats, soap, mosquito nets, etc to help families who lost everything during unprecedented flash flooding earlier this month.  The devastation is huge.  Tens of thousands have lost everything including their homes.   If you would like to contribute to this relief fund to help families get back on their feet after this disaster, then donations made out to: World Outreach, and designated West Africa Flood Relief, these would be gladly received via any WO office. Credit Card gifts can also be sent via the WOI website,
  • MOZAMBIQUE.  A one week ‘KAIROS’ cross cultural training course is being conducted on the WO Maziotela base this week. Please pray for each participant to have a fresh encounter with "the Lord of the harvest".  May each one discover their role in the harvest field. Also pray for Colin Ayling, and Steve Besford who are facilitating the training along with help from a Mozambiquan team.
  • TRAVEL ASSIGNMENTS. Please remember Peter van, Phil Howan, Grahame & Philippa Orpin & Belinda Vecchio who are traveling to different WO ministry bases in certain Asian countries this week.  Pray for their protection, good health, and wisdom when making future ministry plans.      
  • FAMILY SORROW. Earlier this month Sandy Potter (Thailand) and Ruby Bayasen (Burkina Faso) received word that their respective mother & father were seriously ill back in their homelands of NZ & the Philippines.  Both women quickly bought air tickets and flew back home.  Unfortunately for Ruby her Dad passed away before she arrived. Sandy’s mother was not expected to live more than a few hours after suffering a serious stroke, but she has since pulled through but still in a serious condition.  Please uphold both Ruby & Sandy (& their extended families) in prayer during this difficult time.  Pray that they will all know the comforting peace & wisdom of the Holy Spirit for the decisions that each family has to make. Pray too for Sandy’s & Ruby’s respective husbands & children back ‘on the field.’  
  • INDO CHINA.  David Elliott would appreciate prayer when he travels to an Indo-China nation after the Chiangmai consultation, to conduct discipleship training for young adults. Pray that the program will go smoothly, unhindered from any interruptions.  Pray too for safety, good health and for key new contacts for the future.   


  • VISAS.  There is much rejoicing among different WO folk / families re the news that those who were asking for prayer recently for their visas – all were APPROVED!  Eliza Diaz and Joey & Raya (Thailand), along with Benji & Daniela (S-E Asia), and Kent & Shawna (UK) are praising God for their respective breakthroughs.  For Kent & Shawna & family, their battle has been long, hard & expensive, but PTL, it is now all in the past!  Thanks for praying.   

Kind regards
John Elliott

K-House News


  • Swine Flu Spreads Week or More After SymptomsSeptember 15, 2009
    New studies show that many people spread swine flu for a week or more after symptoms first appear, and doctors say coughing may be a better sign than fever for telling who is contagious. MSNBC
  • Bible Ban Case May Go to Supreme CourtSeptember 15, 2009
    The Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case in which a Bible reading was banned from school. The controversy began when a kindergarten class in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania was asked to read from their favourite books. ONN
  • US Worried About Venezuelan Arms Build-upSeptember 15, 2009
    The United States is concerned that Venezuela’s plan to buy 2.2 billion dollars in weapons from Russia could spark an arms race in Latin America. US officials have also expressed misgivings about the Venezuela’s possible nuclear ambitions. AP
  • Trade War Brewing With China?September 15, 2009
    The Obama administration’s decision to levy tariffs of up to 35 percent on imported Chinese tires and Beijing’s threats of reprisal against some U.S. products have raised concerns about a possible trade war that could inflict serious economic damage on both countries. CFR
  • Netanyahu Rules out Freeze on Israeli SettlementsSeptember 15, 2009
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a complete halt of Jewish settlements will not happen. Israel recently approved the construction of 455 new units – in addition to the 2,500 already in various stages of construction – in the West Bank, over the explicit objections of Washington CNN
  • Iran To Have Talks With Six PowersSeptember 12, 2009
    The ‘P-5+1’ – the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – have accepted Iran’s offer on Wednesday to hold talks (despite Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement earlier in the week that his country would neither halt uranium enrichment nor negotiate over its nuclear rights). The decision was announced in Brussels by Javier Solana, the European Union foreign policy chief who has served as an intermediary between Teheran and the six powers. The Jerusalem Post

Science Fiction News

Star Trek DVD

Out on 22 September 2009

Situation Vacant

None today


Why I’m An AGW Critic

It’s Spring.  It’s cold.  I’m really looking forward to Global Warming if/when it ever actually turns up.

Sunday Service

Praise & Worship

  • · With Naomi Johnson
  • · Everlasting God
  • · For All You’ve Done
  • · Desert Song
  • · The Anthem


  • · With Daniel Bell
  • · Lower Hutt Care Group served
  • · Prayer by David Jones

Things You Need to Know

  • · With Duncan Brown
  • · Daylight Savings next week (clocks go forward one hour)
  • · Thu 15 October Capital Prayer Breakfast
  • · Tues 20 October Leaders/Partners Meeting
  • · Sun 25 October Guest Speakers: Clinton & Jan Kelleher
  • · 30-31 October Ancient Paths II


  • · With Daniel and fiancée Diana Lafoga
  • · Birthdays
  • · Birth of a grandson
  • · Healing of relationship with mother (Jocelyn)
  • · All Blacks won against Australia last night!

Tithes & Offerings

  • · With Selwyn Jackson
  • · We’re a generous church, keep it up.


  • · Mike Knott
  • · Ephesians 5:21-6:9
  • · Some key concepts


  • · Submission is not subservience.
  • · It is a voluntary acknowledgement of God’s pattern for authority to flow.
  • · The greatest emphasis in this passage is not on submission, but on Christ-like leadership.
  • · Such submission is ultimately a way of honouring Christ and a great foundation for lasting friendships.


  • · Love, in biblical terms is a selfless regard for the welfare and destiny of another.
  • · As God’s creation, that they may become all He has destined for their lives.
  • · It is based on our values as followers of Christ, not our feelings, though feelings may well be involved.
  • · This is the sort of friend we want to be and to have.


  • · Our God, is a God of covenant.
  • · He is totally committed to us and desires that we reflect that in our lives.
  • · We should be committed to His cause, His Kingdom, His people, His Church, and to a spouse.
  • · Such commitment provides an environment in which friendships can truly grow.
  • · (Situation of some women) Marriage is for life; but if your husband is abusive, God doesn’t intend for you to remain locked into a prison of abuse.
  • · James says: A good word, Mike.


  • · Respect for God, His Word, and His authority structures builds the sort of people you can trust for true friendship.
  • · Honour is a key to building unity and empowering those around us.
  • · (Catching people doing things right)

David and Jonathan

  • · After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son.
  • · There was an immediate bond between them for Jonathan loved David.
  • · From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home.

A solemn pact

  • · And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself.
  • · Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt.
  • · 1 Samuel 18:1-4

Just like Jesus!

  • · robe = kingly garment
  • · tunic = replaced a heart of stone
  • · sword = words
  • · bow = prayers
  • · belt = truth
  • · (The only difference were the sandals. Jonathan didn’t give them. Jesus says, he will walk with us. Jonathan didn’t go that far, thus lost the kingdom.)

No greater love

  • · There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
  • · You are my friends if you do what I command.
  • · I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves.
  • · Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.
  • · John 15:13-15


  • · If you want to follow my daily devotional blog you will find it on our church website at
  • · I love getting feedback there.
  • · Mike (Coach)

Why I Am A Creationist

Two recently exposed frauds used to support evolution

  1. England’s peppered moths

    – Revealed: Dead moths were glued on to trees!

  2. “Similar embryos”

    – It’s official: They’re not that similar after all.

Thanks to Russell for picking this one out.

Friday Fax
(UN Watch)

European Parliament Raps Lithuania for Curbing Homosexual Advocacy

By Piero Tozzi

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) The European Parliament voted 349 to 218 today to condemn Lithuania for its "law on the protection of minors" which prohibits promotion of "homosexual, bisexual or polygamous relations" among children under 18 in the Baltic nation. Conservative critics contend that the measure, crafted in reaction to the domestic legislation of a sovereign member state pertaining to the family, oversteps the Parliament’s authority. The resolution directs the Agency for Fundamental Rights to opine on whether the law contravenes European anti-discrimination standards. Any such opinion would be non-binding, though activists would likely use it to press for greater recognition of rights based on "sexual orientation."  

UN General Assembly Gives Green Light to New Super-Agency on Women

By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM)  The United Nations (UN) General Assembly voted unanimously this week to create a new, more powerful agency for women after three years of negotiations. The resolution calls for the four existing UN offices that address women’s issues to be merged into a new "super agency" headed by an under-secretary-general – the third highest ranking position in the UN system, after secretary-general and deputy secretary-general.

Why I Am A Home Educator

I’ve had some really great feedback about my confession last week.

Too many to enumerate separately.  Suffice to say, some are for and against a hard-line approach to defending ones beliefs.  I’ve tried to take on-board the constructive advice I’ve received.

Meantime, I will continue to attempt to bring a positive word on all aspect of “training up a child in the way he should go” as and when possible.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Dear friends,

This year has been full if surprises, some exciting and extraordinary one’s and some very sad one’s, like for example the sudden death of the son of the Israel’s hero Assaf Ramon.

You will find a video about that tragic event below, but also other interesting and new videos. Do not forget to forward them to your friends.

All the team of Road 90 wishes you a happy and sweet new year, may it bring to all of you and to the people and friends of Israel, peace, health and happiness.

We also want to remind you that we are currently running a campaign in partnership with IDF Pizza, to offer to Israeli soldiers Rosh Hashanah baskets. But we need your help!

Click here to buy a basket and offer some joy for Rosh Hashanah to an IDF soldier.

Shana tova!

Waiting to see you on Road 90.

The Road 90 Team.

Media Watch

Nothing specific this week, sorry.





Cartoonist: Harry Harbaugh, 1997

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?
24-Sep-09 Wellington Homeschoolers Association AGM HS Library Y
27-Sep-09 Daylight Saving New Zealand N
29-Sep-09 Presentation: Creation: Why I Believe Jeannie’s Life Group Y
29-Sep-09 A concert with Jaime Thietten St. Anne’s Parish Hall, Emmet St, Newtown N
30-Sep  – 02-Oct-09 Elim National Conference Auckland Elim N
07-Oct-09 Euthanasia and Human Dignity: Are You Concerned? Johnsonville Community Hall N
10-Oct-09 Quiz Fundraiser for Missions Wellington Elim N
15-Oct-09 Capital Prayer Breakfast Parliament N
Machol Pacifica 2009 – Israeli Dancing Wellington Performing Arts Centre N
20-Oct-09 Leaders/Partners Meeting Wellington Elim N
25-Oct-09 Guest Speaker: Clinton & Jan Kelleher Wellington Elim N
30-31 October 2009 Ancient Paths II Wellington Elim N

Bible Review

Esther / Malachi

(No, these books aren’t directly related; I just happened to finish reading them both this week.

Esther = cool story.  Bad guy (Haman = early Jew hater) gets his comeuppance.  9/10

Malachi = another boring prophet moaning about bad behaviour. 6/10

Bible Reading 

Week to 27 September 2009

  1. Job 14:1 – 17:16
  2. Job 18:1 – 21:34
  3. Job 22:1 – 26:14
  4. Job 27:1 – 30:31
  5. Job 31:1 – 33:33
  6. Job 34:1 – 36:33
  7. Job 37:1 – 40:5

Week to 4 October 2009

  1. Job 40:6 – 42:17
  2. Matthew 1:1 – 4:25
  3. Matthew 5:1 – 6:34
  4. Matthew 7:1 – 9:17
  5. Matthew 9:18 – 11:30
  6. Matthew 12:1 – 13:30
  7. Matthew 13:31 – 15:28

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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