METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 44



Volume 4 Issue 44

Monday 9 November 2009

Hippolite Musings 


I’m sitting at the District Court, awaiting jury summons.  Isn’t it exciting? 




Craig Lauridsen and Jamin Vollebregt

in association with
Newtown Movie School
Invite you to the premiere screening of
‘Future Post’ and selected stop motion movies
7pm, Friday 13 November
Newtown Community Centre
Gold Coin entry


Craig Lauridsen and Jamin Vollebregt
Newtown Movie School
(the best holiday programme in the world)

Koinonia House News


  • Fetus Tissue Used As Skin Care IngredientNovember 03, 2009
    A San Francisco cosmetics company has ignited an outcry among pro-lifers for including an unexpected ingredient in its anti-aging creams: skin-cell proteins from an aborted fetus. Neocutis defended the use of its trademarked ingredient, Processed Skin Cell Proteins, or PSP, arguing that the fetal cell line was harvested in a responsible, ethical manner for use in treating severe dermatological injuries. "There’s just no excuse for using aborted babies in skin-care products," said Debi Vinnedge, executive director of Children of God for Life, a 10-year-old organization based in Murfreesboro, Tenn. "The reaction, the shock and anger I’ve seen is incredible." The Washington Times
  • European Court Rules Against Crucifixes in Italy’s Public SchoolsNovember 03, 2009
    The Vatican on Tuesday denounced a ruling by the European court of human rights that said the display of crucifixes in Italian public schools violates religious and education freedoms. In a decision that could force a review of the use of religious symbols in government-run schools across Europe, the court ordered Italy to pay a $7,390 fine to a mother in northern Italy who fought for eight years to have crucifixes removed from her children’s public school classrooms. The Italian government said it would appeal. AP
  • Health Care Bill Would Create 111 New ‘Federal Bureaucracies’November 02, 2009
    House Republicans claimed Monday that the health care reform bill pushed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi would create a whopping 111 new "federal bureaucracies." The House Republican Conference circulated what it called a list of "new boards, bureaucracies, commissions and programs" created in the House health care bill. Among some off the new agencies, the list cites a Health Insurance Exchange; the Public Health Investment Fund; the Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health; and about 100 other government-sponsored creations. Fox News
  • A Strong Israel Deters JihadNovember 02, 2009
    Hebrew University Prof. Moshe Sharon, a world renowned authority on Islam, sheds light on Jihad in Islam against Israel and the West: "Jihad is the strategy and, therefore, agreements are a (tactical) interlude in the war (against the infidel)," he writes. "Any sign of weakness is a clear call to renew Jihad. An agreement which contains anything beyond a limited armistice or ceasefire is null and void. The only agreement with non-believers that is permitted by Islamic law is one that enables Islam to strengthen itself, so that when the time comes it can resume Jihad in better conditions." YNet
  • Americans To Protest Health Care Bill at Capitol ThursdayNovember 02, 2009
    Lawmakers are calling on Americans to storm the Capitol on Thursday in an "Emergency House Call on Congress" to stop the House from passing the Democrats’ health-care bill THIS WEEK. A group of legislators will be holding an emergency town-hall meeting outside the Capitol at noon to protest the health-care bill set to hit the House floor. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that a vote on the bill could take place as soon as Thursday. WorldNetDaily
  • NSA To Build Cybersecurity Center in UtahOctober 29, 2009
    The National Security Agency, whose job it is to protect national security systems, will soon break ground on a data center in Utah that’s budgeted to cost $1.5 billion. The NSA is building the facility to provide intelligence and warnings related to cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity support to defense and civilian agency networks, and technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a transcript of remarks by Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, who is responsible for oversight of cyber intelligence activities in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Information Week
  • Present Obama Signs Hate Crimes LegislationOctober 28, 2009
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that adds to the list of federal hate crimes attacks on people based on their sexual orientation. Congress approved the legislation last week as part of the $680-billion FY 2010 Defense Authorization bill. Appended to the hate crimes amendment was a statement ensuring that a religious leader or any other person cannot be prosecuted on the bases if his or her speech, beliefs, or association. OneNewsNow

Sunday Service

Praise & Worship

  • Missed it, sorry

Things You Need To Know

  • Sun Nov 15, Guest speaker: Ed Delph
  • Sun Nov 15, Mission Possible Lunch
  • Wed Nov 18, 50+ Lunch
  • Nov 20-21, Ancient Paths II
  • Sun Nov 22, Baptism Service, 6pm
  • Sat Nov 28, Living Room Christmas Breakfast at Tug Boat with Pastor Lil Corcoran. Ps Lil Corcoran is Senior Pastor, alongside her husband, Ps Bruce Cocoran, at the Equip Church in Whangarei. Lil has a passion for helping women in the community as well as the Church and being instrumental to lives being transformed by God’s power and His promise of “Beauty for Ashes”. Saturday 28 November, 9:30am to 11:00am, light buffet breakfast $15, tickets on sale in the foyer
  • Dec 4&5, Christmas Pantomime

Rapture Ruckus Update

  • Mike (Coach) introduced Rob Reid
  • Rob introduced Mark de Jong (Chief)
  • Signing a contract with BEC
  • Today we have Mark and Rob from parachute Music with us to share about some of the amazing opportunities that have opened up for Rapture Ruckus in the USA.
  • The mission and vision of RR is at the core of who we are as a church, ‘From the Nations in the Capital to the National of the World’, and we are very excited to be partnering with Brad and Mel as they take the ministry of RR to the next step.
  • If you’d like to know more or be involved in supporting RR, please contact the Elim Office 385 9634 or
  • Jonathon Scarlett made an appeal for support
  • Mike prayed


  • Granddaughter Anna from Kiribis, doesn’t need an operation!
  • Teeth pulled for first time
  • Studying research project got A+
  • Chris and Caroline moving to Christchurch to further Chris’ medical career in psychiatry. Carol has been helping (nurse, doctor?) at Capital Care.


  • I wonder where the Foleys are today. FDO?
  • I was at the 60th birthday party of Greg Tansley last night. Elaine Scott was there. I mentioned that I missed Frank Bickerton. I reckon if he hadn’t died suddenly, then maybe he would have mentored me, and I would be exercising my secular presentation skills to the church today.

A Man Just Like Us

  • Prepared for greater things
  • The way up is often preceded by first going down.
  • To get to the next peak we have to go though a valley

Grace to the humble!

  • 1 Kings 17:2-7
  • Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring your food.”

Moving us on!

  • So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.
  • When the brook dries up, don’t think this is the end. No, instead it’s the start of a new beginning. God is moving you on to a new peak.

God’s hiding place

  • Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”
  • 1 Kings 17:8-9
  • Zarephath means refined, e.g. as in by fire in preparation for a task.
  • Sidon means hunted and was the home-land of Jezebel, not somebody he wanted to meet.
  • Not an auspicious destination!

Who is our provider?

  • So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gate of the village, he saw a widow…
  • It’s about provision
  • Mike says, “When you get the vision, then provision comes for it… not the other way around.”
  • James says, “Hmmm… yes, but. In the secular realm, I become qualified for a task first, then I move into the role. Is this a case where the church should lead the world? Seems to be different. Except, very successful entrepreneurs tend to be unqualified and invent a new method to get things done. So, leaders get a vision and then fulfil it? Always? Interesting.”

The bare essentials

  • For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again.
  • 1 Kings 17:14

Prayer Works!

  • Life + Nations
  • The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous person makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]
  • James 5:16
  • Come to Tuesday prayer meetings here at 6pm

Why I Am A Christian

Darwin Was Wrong—Conference and Webcast

(hosted by Logos Research Associates and Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa)

With Dr Rob Carter

Attend in person, or on the web from anywhere in the world!

In this year of Darwin, much of the world is now paying homage to this man. It is timely to review how profoundly wrong Darwin was on virtually every major topic he addressed. While Darwin was right about the ability of populations to adapt in a limited way to changed environmental conditions, he was wrong on key scientific issues including: the very nature of  science itself; the incompleteness of the fossil record; the complexity of life; the limits of natural selection; the tree of life; race; and the origin of human beings. More importantly, Darwin was wrong about the disastrous social and moral consequences of his ideas. Lastly and most importantly, Darwin was wrong about God.

Our very own Dr Robert Carter, CMI speaker/scientist, will be presenting two lectures at the conference on:

  • Darwin was wrong about the nature of life
  • Darwin was wrong about the origin of man

This conference includes an impressive line-up of speakers:

  • Pastor Chuck Smith (Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa)
  • Dr John Baumgardner (PhD in Geophysics)
  • Dr Steve Austin (PhD in Geology)
  • Dr Marcus Ross (PhD in Paleontology)
  • Dr E. Thomas McMullen (PhD in History and Philosophy of Science)
  • Dr Robert Carter (PhD in Marine Biology, research scientist and speaker for CMI–US)
  • Dr John Sanford (PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics)
  • Dr Jerry Bergman (PhD in Human Biology)
  • Dr Charles Ware (President, Crossroads Bible College)

Why I Am A Creationist

November Acts and Facts is now available

  • The Best Laid Plans
    Lawrence E. Ford
  • Bless the Lord
    Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
  • Manning the Booth
    Christine Dao
  • Did Humans Evolve from "Ardi"?
    Brian Thomas, M.S.
  • Made in His Image: Immune Systems, The Body’s Security Force
    Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.
  • Sir Ambrose Fleming: Father of Modern Electronics
    Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
  • Noah’s Ark: The Search Goes On
    John D. Morris, Ph.D.
  • Preadaptation: A Blow to Irreducible Complexity?
    Brian Thomas, M.S.
  • Bottom-Up Science
    David F. Coppedge
  • A Good Thing…
    Henry M. Morris IV
  • The Issues of Death
    Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.

Why I Am A Global Warming Critic

Taking a break this week

–too sunny.

Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible

Nicolaus Steno (1631-1686)

Nicolaus Steno was the father of Stratigraphy. He believed that fossils were laid down in the strata as a result of the flood of Noah. He also wrote many theological works and late in his life took up religious orders.

Friday Fax
(UN Watch)

United Nations Report Pushes for Right to Sex Change Operations

By Piero A. Tozzi

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) A week after nations criticized a United Nations (UN) special rapporteur for exceeding his mandate in order to push a redefinition of the term "gender" and a controversial "gay rights" document known as the Yogyakarta Principles, a second special report – this time on health – is sparking similar concern. Presented to the UN General Assembly late last month, "The Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health" by special rapporteur Anand Grover references not only the Yogyakarta Principles, but also a hotly-disputed "General Recommendation" by the Committee monitoring compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  

New Study Says UN Development Goals Fail to Uphold Human Dignity

By Susan Yoshihara

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) A new paper investigating the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDG) asserts that the project could do more harm than good. The paper finds the sweeping global development project generally views the poor as “a problem to be solved rather than partners in achieving their own development and success.” It explains that world leaders set forth the MDGs with high hopes in 2001, but now at the midpoint for achieving them, they have become susceptible to politicization and influence by special interests.  

Train a Child

This week at the Hippolite School for Gifted Children


  • Celebrate Fern Phoon’s 30th birthday at Lone Star.  Learn to integrate with adults.  Learn to make small talk.  Learn to share and appreciate time with friends.
  • Guy Fawkes at Queen’s Wharf.  Learn there is a time for corporate celebration.  Learn that gun powder can be pretty.
  • Visit friends at Chew Lane.  Learn how DINKYS (double-income, no kids yet) live in inner-city apartment dwelling.


  • Boys attend Youth Group.  Learn to be a follower of Jesus.
  • Meanwhile, Aimee keeps company with wife of friend, while Dad and friend play squash.  Learn to be charming.
  • On drive home, pop into home of neighbour to observe their fireworks.  Learn how to appreciate the moment.


  • Music lessons.  Learn sax, drums and recorder.
  • Attend wedding of Daniel Bell and Diana Laufoga.  Learn about Samoan marriage traditions.  Learn about Christian marriage traditions.
  • Attend 60th birthday of Greg Tansley.  Learn how to BBQ muscles, scallops & steak.  Learn how to integrate with adults.  Share special time with significant adult influencers.


  • Attend church.  Learn how to integrate with other children.
  • Attend Rock and Mineral Club.  Learn how to lathe and polish semi-precious gems.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • United Nations Agency Boosts Arab Claims to Jerusalem:  The Lebanese Daily Star is reporting that "occupied Jerusalem" has been appointed by UNESCO to be the "Arab Culture Capital 2009.""Jerusalem was chosen by UNESCO and the Arab League this year …for its unrivaled contribution to Arab culture, despite Israeli…
  • AUDIO EXCLUSIVE :: Norman Podhoretz — Full Interview!:  MP3 File Omri interviews conservative journalist and theorist Norman Podhoretz, author of the new book, ‘Why Are Jews Liberals?’. One of the leading thinkers of contemporary political discourse, Podhoretz discusses how thousands of years of history have culminated in…
  • Arab Radicals Encourage Violence in Jerusalem:  Today, Israeli riot police confronted militant Arabs holed up in the Mosque on top of the Temple Mount. The Muslims claim they have taken to the streets and are committing violence because there is a rumor that Jews are going…

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team



Say What?

One evening my parents came over to visit. Our 5-year-old son, Kyle, decided to impress his grandparents by reciting his latest memory verse. Standing at attention, he rattled off the verse, doing famously until he reached the reference, "Delusions 5:16."

—Marlene Ryks, Leduc, Alberta. "Heart to Heart," Today’s Christian Woman

— Cartoonist: Steve Phelps


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 Speaker
11-Nov-09 An Evening with Guillermo Del Toro Paramount Theatre Guillermo Del Toro
15-Nov-09 Guest Speaker Wellington Elim Edward Delph
Ancient Paths II Wellington Elim Roger Moore
22-Nov-09 Baptism Wellington Elim N/A
23-Nov-09 Residents Association AGM Grenada Village N/A
4-5 Dec 09 Pantomime Wellington Elim N/A
13-Dec-09 Christmas Party Grenada Village Santa

Book Review


Author: Galatians 1:1 clearly identifies the Apostle Paul as the writer of the Epistle to the Galatians.

Date of Writing: Depending on where exactly the book of Galatians was sent and during which missionary journey Paul started the churches in that area, the book of Galatians was written somewhere between 48 and 55 A.D.

Purpose of Writing: The churches in Galatia were formed partly of converted Jews and partly of Gentile converts, as was generally the case. Paul asserts his apostolic character and the doctrines he taught, that he might confirm the Galatian churches in the faith of Christ, especially with respect to the important point of justification by faith alone. Thus the subject is mainly the same as that which is discussed in the epistle to the Romans, that is, justification by faith alone. In this epistle, however, attention is particularly directed to the point that men are justified by faith without the works of the Law of Moses.

Galatians was not written as an essay in contemporary history. It was a protest against corruption of the gospel of Christ. The essential truth of justification by faith rather than by the works of the law had been obscured by the Judaizers’ insistence that believers in Christ must keep the law if they expected to be perfect before God. When Paul learned that this teaching had begun to penetrate the Galatian churches and that it had alienated them from their heritage of liberty, he wrote the impassioned remonstrance contained in this epistle.

Key Verses: Galatians 2:16: “Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”

Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Galatians 3:11: “Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, ‘The righteous will live by faith.’"

Galatians 4:5-6: “to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’."

Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

Brief Summary: The result of justification by grace through faith is spiritual freedom. Paul appealed to the Galatians to stand fast in their freedom, and not get "entangled again with a yoke of bondage (that is, the Mosaic law)" (Galatians 5:1). Christian freedom is not an excuse to gratify one’s lower nature; rather, it is an opportunity to love one another (Galatians 5:13; 6:7-10). Such freedom does not insulate one from life’s struggles. Indeed, it may intensify the battle between the Spirit and the flesh.

Nevertheless, the flesh (the lower nature) has been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20); and, as a consequence, the Spirit will bear its fruit such as love, joy, and peace in the life of the believer (Galatians 5:22-23).
The letter to the Galatians was written in a spirit of inspired agitation. For Paul, the issue was not whether a person was circumcised, but whether he had become "a new creation" (Galatians 6:15). If Paul had not been successful in his argument for justification by faith alone, Christianity would have remained a sect within Judaism, rather than becoming the universal way of salvation. Galatians, therefore, is not only Luther’s epistle; it is the epistle of every believer who confesses with Paul: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

The books of James and Galatians illustrate two aspects of Christianity that from the very beginning have seemed to be in conflict, though in reality they are supplementary. James insists on the ethic of Christ, a demand that faith prove its existence by its fruits. Nevertheless James, no less than Paul, emphasizes the need of the transformation of the individual by the grace of God (James 1:18). Galatians stresses the dynamic of the gospel that produces ethic (Galatians 3:13-14). Nor was Paul less concerned than James about the ethical life (Galatians 5:13). Like the two sides of a coin, these two aspects of Christian truth must always accompany each other.

Connections: Throughout Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, saving grace—the gift of God—is juxtaposed against the law of Moses, which does not save. The Judaizers, those who would return to the Mosaic law as their source of justification, were prominent in the early church, even temporarily drawing such a prominent Christian as Peter into their web of deceit (Galatians 2:11-13). So attached were the early Christians to the law that Paul had to continually reiterate the truth that salvation by grace had nothing to do with law keeping. The themes connecting Galatians to the Old Testament center around the law vs. grace: the inability of the law to justify (2:16); the believer’s deadness to the law (2:19); Abraham’s justification by faith (3:6); the law brings not salvation but God’s wrath (3:10); and love, not works, fulfills the law (5:14).

Practical Application: One of the main themes of the book of Galatians is found in 3:11: “The righteous shall live by faith.” Not only are we saved by faith (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9), but the life of the believer in Christ—day by day, moment by moment—is lived by and through that faith. Not that faith is something we conjure up on our own—it is the gift of God, not of works—but it is our responsibility and joy to (1) exhibit our faith so that others will see the work of Christ in us, and (2) increase our faith by the application of the spiritual disciplines (Bible study, prayer, obedience).
Jesus said we would be known by the fruit of our lives (Matthew 7:16) which gives evidence of the faith within us. All Christians should be diligent in striving to build upon the saving faith within us so that our lives with reflect Christ and others will see Him in us and “glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).

Recommended Resources: Galatians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur.
Galatians, NIV Application Commentary by Scot McKnight.
The Epistle to the Galatians, New International Commentary on the New Testament by R.Y.K. Fung.
Galatians-Colossians, Holman New Testament Commentary by Max Anders

Bible Reading 

Week to 15 November 2009

  1. Romans 8:1 – 9:33
  2. Romans 10:1 – 12:21
  3. Romans 13:1 – 16:27
  4. 1 Corinthians 1:1 – 4:21
  5. 1 Corinthians 5:1 – 8:13
  6. 1 Corinthians 9:1 – 11:34
  7. 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40

Week to 22 November 2009

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:1-16:24
  2. 2 Corinthians 1:1-4:18
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:1-8:24
  4. 2 Corinthians 9:1-13:13
  5. Jude
  6. Acts 21:1-23:35
  7. Acts 24:1-26:32

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 © 2009

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