Thought for the Day
At this time, I’d like to extend a shout-out to anybody caught up in the after-effects of either the earthquake in Indonesia, the Tsunami in Samoa or the floods in the Philippines. Whew! Sounds like end-times to me. I’m looking forward to it. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
In fact, I DO believe in one form of Global Warming. When the Lord burns up this Earth and we all go home to be with Him forever.
In the meantime, keep up the good fight. Love your enemies. Build the kingdom.
What is your theology of earthquakes?
Not exactly a correspondence directly to me, but this week I overheard a “water-cooler” type discussion that I wish to address.
It seems some Christians were said to be pronouncing God’s judgement upon Indonesia for their unbelief in His Son, resulting in this week’s earthquake. At which point, the secular world responds with, “What about Samoa? They are very devout. What was their crime?” Implying that Christians that think that way, and the God they purport to represent to be hypocritical and therefore beneath contempt.
Now, just assuming for one moment there are Christians who would make such an allegation (I personally don’t know any; but I guess it’s possible they exist), then I don’t subscribe to that theology. Here’s why.
That theology seems to stem from Old Testament mentality of direct causal effect of sin brings immediate judgement and punishment. For the Israelites living in the times of the Judges, this made sense because God was shaping His people for the coming of His Son.
However, since the Incarnation of His Son, we have been living in the time of Grace, not the Mosaic Covenant. God is temporarily tolerating our trespasses, in the hope that many will turn to Him before the end.
So what about natural disasters? Doesn’t He still have the whole world in His hands?
This gets me back to the central importance of a correct understanding of Genesis. Without a literal six days of creation, with a literal man and woman in a literal garden, then you don’t have a literal Fall. It was at the Fall that God explained, He had given dominion of the whole world over to Man, and yet Man had just given dominion over to Satan.
So, God reigns in Heaven, but Satan reigns on Earth, until Jesus returns. It is Satan who has power to destroy, both the just and the unjust, in this life, but only God who has power to punish the soul.
And that is my theology of Earthquakes.
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Jack Yan’s wired about Wellington as he announces mayoral bid
Wellington, September 28 (JY&A Media) Jack Yan has announced his intention to run for the Wellington mayoralty today, with free wireless internet (wifi) a central issue in his campaign.
Mr Yan is a respected branding consultant, New Zealand’s first digital typeface designer, and the publisher of Lucire, an international fashion magazine. He promises an unprecedented level of citizen engagement if elected.
He says that he has been canvassing Wellingtonians’ opinions for three years, with many issues put up at a website, Your Wellington (yourwellington.org) since July.
According to Your Wellington and re-Tweets on Twitter, free wifi, which he proposed, is a must-have for many Wellingtonians. Mr Yan says the infrastructure exists, and he would investigate how to deliver it on city property, such as in all libraries and Civic Square. Ideally, he would like to see it city-wide.
He claims his record shows someone who has consistently been ahead of the curve for his 20-plus years in business, and that he wants to share his clear, future-oriented ideas with Wellington.
Other issues that Mr Yan wants to address, should he be successful in the October 2010 mayoral election, include the establishment of a mid-sized music venue, a single carless day each summer to allow Wellingtonians to walk around their city, and a firm opposition against the installation of water meters. He is also an advocate of transparency, putting public information on digitally into the public domain.
Mr Yan will also push for the re-establishment of the sister-city relationship with San Francisco.
‘I’m happy how Wellington is developing: it’s the best place in the country to live. But we need to do more. The last thing I want to see is a party politician get in with hidden agenda that will take us in the wrong direction.’
Wellington, the way we want it
Bands that are too important to play at pubs, and who find the Stadium too large, would favour a venue that has between 400 and 2,000 seats, he says.
Mr Yan, who campaigned to have Lucire become the United Nations Environment Programme’s first fashion industry partner in 2003, and aimed to create the first Carbon Neutral magazine in New Zealand in 2004, is keen to see other environmental initiatives in Wellington.
Carless days work in several European cities, such as Amsterdam and Brussels, and Mr Yan wants to bring the idea to Wellington for one summer’s day, to let citizens enjoy their city and to cut down on carbon emissions for a set period. He says he also likes the idea of London’s Freewheeling, allowing only bicycles in the central city.
He objects to water metering in homes ‘on principle,’ he says. ‘After 25 years of technocratic blunders, it’s time to say, “No.”’
He also wants to see open local government, putting publicly available data on the internet, such as air quality, zoning, and traffic flows, allowing the creative sector to come up with solutions.
Meanwhile, a sister-city relationship with San Francisco is a ‘no-brainer,’ according to Mr Yan.
‘Both cities have obvious similarities. Importantly for Wellington business, San Francisco has similar thinking when it comes to high-tech, transparency and socially responsible ventures,’ he says.
‘I want to see a productive sister-city relationship with San Francisco, where Wellington companies can have a gateway to potential alliances. And San Francisco benefits through the independent, innovative thinking of the creative capital.’
To that end, he has already approached San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, and the mayoress, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a friend of six years.
‘What Wellington does not need is same-again thinking,’ he says. ‘This is a mayoral election that is about our collective future, rather than getting into outmoded party politics.
‘Parliament might be located here, but the last thing Wellingtonians want is to be subject to the same party politics that waste our time. Wellingtonians reject being thought of as tools of the political parties.
‘We have a vibrant city, so let’s continue that, and add a real meaning and quality of life for us.’
Mr Yan says he has constantly engaged with New Zealanders via Facebook (www.facebook.com/jack.yan) and Twitter (twitter.com/jackyan). ‘People know what I stand for. I’m leaving my blogs (see jackyan.com) as they are—including all the embarrassing stuff. Wellington deserves a transparent mayor, not one with hidden agenda and ulterior motives,’ he says.
‘You might not agree with everything I say or what I stand for, but at least you won’t be left with any mystery about it.’
He says he intends to retain his Twitter and Facebook accounts should he succeed in his mayoral bid. ‘It’s important that a politician engages with people and never loses touch.’
He says he receives 3,000 emails a week and works 100 hours, without a PA, so he would find little difficulty with the workload of the mayoralty.
He cites Sir Francis Kitts, a family friend of the Yans, as his chief inspiration. ‘Sir Frank helped my family when we got here. It’s time for me to give back to Wellington.’
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About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (http://jya.net), one of the world’s first virtual firms, in 1987. His company is based or represented in over a dozen countries worldwide. Among his company’s interests are business consulting, imaging, software and media, including the fashion magazine brand Lucire. He writes on topics, ranging from branding and business responsibility to fashion and typography, in numerous publications worldwide and is a regular international speaker. His personal site is at http://www.jackyan.com, and features a highly regarded blog. He is a director of the Medinge Group (http://medinge.org), a think-tank in Sweden devoted to cutting-edge branding.
About Jack Yan & Associates
Started in 1987, Jack Yan & Associates is a communications’ company with businesses in brand consulting, font software and media. JY&A Consulting is connected to the Medinge Group think-tank of Sweden, through its founder Jack Yan. JY&A Fonts is New Zealand’s first digital typefoundry and the leading player in the country. JY&A Media is an early pioneer in online publishing, with its first digital magazine launched in 1992; its ventures include Lucire, the international fashion magazine. Jack Yan & Associates is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, but has divisions, representatives, licensees and other presences globally.
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– PRAISE –
Hi Everyone. Last week’s WO 2010 consultation was a wonderful occasion. The 81 participants came mostly from the Indo-China, Thailand, India sub-continent regions with a handful from the Sth Pacific. The days were long, the fellowship sweet, the food yummy, the different WO2010 interactive presentations were very well received, and the ministry field reports were truly inspiring.
There is so many amazing good things happening in the world of WO! For example, an average of 150 – 170 letters a month are received from Thai teenagers writing to the WO Good News Team stating they are no longer afraid to be known as followers of Jesus; daily baptisms of new believers in Nth India; hundreds of churches planted this year in the India sub-continent among ethnic people groups who had never heard of Jesus; breakthroughs in WO Bangkok slum ministry; for Rahab Ministries – more prostitutes in the 1st 6 months of this year (than in previous similar time periods) have left the Patpong bars and decided to follow Jesus. Not all field workers are experiencing the same level of fruitfulness / breakthrough, but even these personnel testified that they feel inspired by the testimonies they heard from others that they too are believing more than ever for similar results.
Another encouraging note was the number participants representing a younger generation of WO field workers. May this continue. A highlight was on the Wednesday night when most participants were able to dress in typical Thai outfits and enjoy delicious authentic Thai cuisine before the evening meeting.
During the last week of (this coming) November, a similar number of people will attend the 2nd WO 2010 consultation to be held in Kuching hosting the rest of WO personnel serving in Asia, eg from China, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia & Malaysia, along with a few ministering among the Australian Aborigines. Please remember to keep this coming event and the arrangements in prayer. Thank you.
Description Of Attached Photos
2211 Some of the ministry representatives of WO’s younger generation
2175 Group photo
2185 Mary & I all dressed up ready to party
2208 Thai dance celebration during praise & worship
**IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES**
- Nigeria And Christian Martyrs – September 30, 2009
The nation of Nigeria is multi-ethnic and multi-religious and this nation also suffers because of radical Islam. In truth, Nigeria is a frontline nation in the struggle between Christianity, religious pluralism and an open society against radical Islam and dhimmitude. Therefore, Nigeria, just like Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Sudan, is a frontline nation in containing the dark forces of Islam and preventing the spread of Islamic Sharia law. The Seoul Times
- Other Currencies Breathing On Dollar’s Lead Position – September 29, 2009
"The United States would be mistaken to take for granted the dollar’s place as the world’s predominant reserve currency," World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick warned Monday. "Looking forward, there will increasingly be other options to the dollar." The Washington Times
- Iran Tests Missiles ‘Capable of Hitting Israel’ – September 28, 2009
Earlier Monday, Iran said it successfully completed two days of missile tests including the launching of its longest-range missiles, weapons capable of carrying a warhead and striking Israel, US military bases in the Middle East, and parts of Europe. Iran’s defense minister warned Israel again on Monday against launching any attack on the Islamic Republic, saying, "If this happens, which of course we do not foresee, its ultimate result would be that it expedites the Zionist regime’s last breath," Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on state television. Haaretz
- Records on Abortions and STDs Can Be Left Out – September 28, 2009
Rep Patrick Kennedy (Dem-RI) says people will be able to stop doctors from including records of sexually transmitted diseases and abortions in the new national system of Electronic Health Records that was mandated by the stimulus law enacted in February. CNS News
- Netanyahu Blasts Ahmadinejad At UN – September 24, 2009
This is the full transcript and video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the UN General Assembly Thursday, in which he responded to Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial, criticized the Goldstone Report, and urged the arrest of Iran’s nuclear weapons efforts. JTA
(I’m a Geek, and I’m Proud!)
M$ giving away AV
(For those for whom the above title may be a bit cryptic, it means “Microsoft is giving away free Anti-Virus software” at the link above.)
Do I trust it? Yes.
Is this good news? Yes.
Would I use it? Already am.
Praise & Worship
- Oh For A Thousand Tongues to Sing My Saviour’s Praise
- And other stuff
- Prayed for Samoa
Things You Need to Know
- Encounter Healing Service @ 6pm Tonight
- Encounter Youth Service, Luka Robertson next Sunday @ 6pm
- Lucas & Grant’s (the fabulous Baker brothers) birthdays
- We brought cousin Rachel
- 11 years wedding anniversary
- Other birthdays
- Stan Hewett reports back that June appreciates our concern and her leg is healing.
Tithes and Offerings
- Genesis 8:22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winder, day and night will never cease
- The LORD is exalted, for he wells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation… Isaiah 33:6
- By the von Trapp, I mean, Johnson family
- Jesus, I believe in you
- Starring Harrison Johnson
Selwyn Jackson, associate pastor
- Mike and Jeannie ministering (preaching) at Elim Cambridge
- Most Wellington staff were at Auckland Elim ONE Conference this past week
- Conference took up generous collection for Samoa
- Flew home into Wellington gale
- It bends during a storm
- It is able to stand up tall after a storm, because of the way it was designed
- Standing strong in God
Ephesians (final chapter)
- Be strong in the LORD
- How to live and overcome the physical things in our lives today
- Our physical struggle is different from our spiritual struggle
- “Finally, be strong on the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
- For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and principalities of this present dark age…”
- We need to know who our enemy is.
What is the most difficult form of attack against which to defend?
An attack from higher ground
- An attack at night.
- We are fighting against the powers of darkness
- Physical: Night vision goggles helps
- Spiritual: We have the Light within us.
- Our enemy is from the heavenly realms
- Physical: Get higher (bomb from above?)
- Spiritual: Our Commander already has the higher ground advantage
- “And pray in the Spirit…”
- Dressed for action (total Cost per [modern] soldier about $6500)
- The armour is there to protect vital and vulnerable areas
- Shield of faith, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, sword of the Spirit, helmet of salvation, belt of Truth
- Do we see everyday as a spiritual battle, in which we need to be ready?
1 Samuel 17:38-39
- “Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armour on him…”
- They didn’t fit. So he went on without them and prevailed.
- David’s battle was against flesh and blood.
- But our battle is against spiritual powers. We need the King’s armour. This is different from David’s struggle.
The difference is
- Our King’s armour fits us perfectly
- David was good with the sling
- We need to get good with the spiritual armour
- Sam (Dr Samantha Murton) Powell’s care group
Why I Am A Creationist
October Acts & Facts is now available
- Standing in the Gap
Lawrence E. Ford
- Dinosaur DNA Research: Is the tale wagging the evidence?
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D., and Brian Thomas, M.S.
- Made in His Image: The Connecting Power of Hands
Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.
- Dinosaur Protein Sequences and the Dino-to-Bird Model
Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
- A Classic Polystrate Fossil
John D. Morris, Ph.D.
- Squid Fossils, Ancient DNA, and a Young Earth
Frank Sherwin, M.A.
- Can Life Exist on Other Planets?
Danny Faulkner, Ph.D.
- Ministry Mindset in the Land of the Midnight Sun
Henry M. Morris IV
- God’s Holiness Demands a Perfect Creation
Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
- Radio Log
Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible
Matthew Maury (1806-1873)
Matthew Maury was the founder of oceanography. He believed that when Psalm 8:8 in the Bible talked about "paths in the seas," that there must therefore be paths in the seas. He dedicated his life to charting the winds and currents of the Atlantic and was able to confirm that the sea did indeed have paths, just as spoken of in the Bible.
By Austin Ruse
(NEW YORK – C-FAM) An unlikely coalition of policy groups has formed around a case of juvenile justice now being considered by the US Supreme Court. The coalition includes national security groups, libertarians and pro-life and pro-family social conservatives. The case involves two individuals sentenced to life in prison for crimes they committed as juveniles. In the state of Florida, Joe Harris Sullivan was convicted of raping an elderly woman when he was 13 years old, while Terrance Jamar Graham was found to have violated his probation by committing armed robbery when he was 17.
By Samantha Singson
(NEW YORK – C-FAM) This week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will vote on a resolution that calls on European states to achieve "universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services" including "safe abortion" by 2015. The report, "Fifteen Years Since the International Conference on Population and Development Program of Action (ICPD)," was prepared by UK parliamentarian and longtime abortion rights advocate, Christine McCafferty, who called for increased funding for "sexual and reproductive rights."
Train a Child
We had a cousin stay with us this week, always a great excuse to re-visit all the old favourite museums and other venues. Specifically, there were two great events at Botanic Gardens this week:
- Dutch celebrations, tulips and concert at the Sound Shell.
- Tree climbing & Chinese Bizarre at Chinese Anglican Church (across the road).
In addition, these were other happenings this week we either attended, or were informed about:
- A birdie informs me the Art Exhibition at the Civic Centre was also a spectacular experience.
- The Weta Cave is a kid’s dream museum visit.
- H20 Xtreme is a favourite swimming hole.
Well worth attending, if you were in Wellington this week.
Subjects covered: social studies, music, art, physical education, dance, swimming, film.
Why I Am Pro-Israel
Dear Friend of Jerusalem,
Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:
- Quartet Joins Obama in Dividing Jerusalem and ….: On the footsteps of President Obama’s speech at the United Nations, the Quartet led by Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated President Obama’s call for Israel to stop all building activities in East Jerusalem and the territories. In a…
- VIDEO: Netanyahu’s Full Address at the UN: Part I: Part II: Part III:…
- VIDEO: Protesting Ahmadinejad at the UN: Yesterday, tens of thousands gathered across the street from the UN to protest Ahmadinejad and his repressive regime. Here are some video highlights. Father Jordan: A Rabbi from the New York Board of Rabbi’s: NY Governor David Paterson: Nobel Laureate…
- President Obama Puts Israel on the Chopping Block: One would expect the President of the United States to stand firm against America’s enemies and support its allies. Today however, President Obama used the forum of the United Nations to abandon Israel and embrace the unfounded demands of the Palestine…
MEN ARE JUST HAPPIER PEOPLE
- If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
- If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Eyes
- When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50.. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
- When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
- A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
- A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.
- A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel ..
- The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
- A woman has the last word in any argument.
- Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
- A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
- A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
- A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
- A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
- A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
- A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.
- A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
- A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
- Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
- Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
- Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
- A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house….
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!
SO, send this to the women who have a sense of humour and who can handle it and to the men who will enjoy reading it.
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.
||Euthanasia and Human Dignity: Are You Concerned?
||Johnsonville Community Hall
||Quiz Fundraiser for Missions
||Capital Prayer Breakfast
|Machol Pacifica 2009 – Israeli Dancing
||Wellington Performing Arts Centre
||Guest Speaker: Clinton & Jan Kelleher
|30-31 October 2009
||Ancient Paths II
Job is a gentile man in the Book of Job in the Hebrew Bible, as well as a prophet in Islam. In brief, the book begins with an introduction to Job’s character — he is described as a blessed man who lives righteously. Satan, however, challenges Job’s integrity, proposing to Yahweh (God) that Job serves him simply because of the "hedge" with which God protects him. God progressively removes that protection, allowing Satan to take his wealth, his children, and his physical health and to thereby tempt Job to curse God. However, despite his desolation, he does not curse God’s name or accuse God of injustice but rather seeks an explanation or an account of his wrongdoing. The main portion of the text consists of the discourse of Job and his three friends concerning why Job was so tested, after which God steps in to answer Job and his friends. God invites Job to "Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me."  After God’s reply, Job is overwhelmed and says, " I am unworthy – how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth."  Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning and he lived 140 years .
Besides Job and his friends, Yahweh and Satan are the only characters, and there is no mention of the patriarchs of the nation of Israel nor any other biblical characters; therefore it is thought to be perhaps the oldest book of the Bible.
I love parts of this book. Specifically, chapters 40-41, discusses dinosaurs. The rest of it is a depressing discourse of a failed interventionist counselling session.
Week to 11 October 2009
- Matthew 15:29 – 18:14
- Matthew 18:15 – 20:34
- Matthew 21:1 – 22:46
- Matthew 23:1 – 24:51
- Matthew 25:1 – 26:56
- Matthew 26:57 – 28:20
- James 1:1 – 3:12
Week to 18 October 2009
- James 3:13 – 5:20
- Luke 1:1 – 2:20
- Luke 2:21 – 3:38
- Luke 4:1 – 5:39
- Luke 6:1 – 7:35
- Luke 7:36 – 8:56
- Luke 9:1 – 10:24
Don’t forget you can look up these references for yourselves at: http://biblereader.cloudapp.net/.
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