METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 9

METTLE

Volume 5 Issue 9

September 2010


Hippolite Musings

Gentlemen,

In September, I:

  • Successfully installed my sister’s new wireless home network (after two failed attempts);
  • Attended a Microsoft briefing (Telecom only) with Donald Farmer and Nicholas Dritsas;
  • Took minutes at a couple of Align Leader’s meetings;
  • Celebrated Father’s Day at Cadillac Restaurant with my family;
  • Learned to play Amazing Grace on my guitar;
  • Got prayed over by Bob Hartley at Elim Conference;
  • Taught my Align Bible Club about Joseph for the first time (3 lessons);
  • Had a WHEN committee meeting at our place, at which I divested myself of Website duties (still to handover Treasurer role);
  • Attended Promise Keepers Conference in Upper Hutt (GPS – God’s Positioning System);
  • Took boys to Transition breakout at PK Conference;
  • Took minutes at Grenada Village Association Committee meeting;
  • Attended children’s Advanced Students Concert;
  • Attended second mediation hearing between local property developer, DOC, WRC and residents.  Forced to capitulate under threat of legal proceedings;
  • Various prayer meetings; and
  • Attended Victoria University’s Engineering and Computer Science Department’s Student’s Final-Year Project Demonstrations.

Blessings,
James.


World Outreach

WorldOutreach

PLEASE PRAY!

  • PAKISTAN.  WOI humanitarian coordinator, Grahame Orpin, has just returned from Pakistan where he did an on-field audit of the 3 organizations that WOI is partnering with in flood relief distribution. Grahame was very impressed with the effort of all 3 teams. In talking with some village elders he discovered that the only help people are receiving is via friends of WOI. He was also overwhelmed by the vastness of the task to help so many with so little resources. WOI has made a commitment during the next 3 months (which are critical), to do all we can to help as many families as possible with basic food and household items. (See attached pics from one distribution team). Further donations are urgently needed – now!  They can be done online via www.world-outreach.com or cheques can be made out to World Outreach, and marked on the reverse side Pakistan Flood Relief, and posted to your nearest WOI office.  Thank you.  Please pray for Pakistan. The nations is ripe for anarchy and desperate for a move of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Answer for Pakistan!
  • Leadership Conference.  This October 05 – 08 World Outreach International is conducting a leadership conference in Karachi, Pakistan where some 500 delegates are expected. With the recent devastating floods that affected 1/5th of the land, this is a very timely event. Many of the participants will be coming from flood affected regions and in need of much encouragement. It will also be an opportunity to equip them for when they return to their churches on how to mobilize their members to go and demonstrate the practical love of Jesus Christ in their communities. Please pray for the success of this important event and for the protection of all who are involved.
  • INDONESIA. From October 11 – 14 WOI will be conducting a field retreat for all personnel serving in the province of West Kalimantan. WOI has 3 ministry bases here with large numbers of personnel and short-term workers. To reach the retreat venue in Sanggau many will have to travel long hours over hazardous roads, so please pray for the protection of all involved and for a wonderful time of both ministry and fellowship.
  • Opportunities To Serve.  Two of the WOI bases in West Kalimantan are looking for short to long term help of people with the following skills: builders, joiners, block layers, tilers, electricians, plumbers, doctors, nurses, dentists, teachers, administrators, agriculturalists, fish & chicken farmers. Know of anyone?  If so please email singapore@world-outreach.com
  • Healing.  A number of WOI personnel are in need of the Lord to heal their bodies. Indonesia: Please pray for Ben & Noah Brooks (Living Waters Ministries, West Kalimantan).  Ben is having rib problems (they keep falling out of place) which is very painful for him and requires him to travel to Malaysia (11hrs) for treatment. Pray too for his son Noah who continues to have 3 sores that continually itch. Treatment via a doctor and a specialist in Malaysia has not helped. Pray against infection and for healing. Please uphold Adi (also LWM) recently married who is very sick with tuberculosis which could easily turn into pneumonia. Sth Africa. Pray for Pastor Ana Koster who is recovering at home after a bout of pneumonia and remains very weak.
  • Nth Africa. With God’s help and provision, the WOI evangelism & church planting team in Burkina Faso is beginning a new initiative into the Nth African nation of Mali, specifically among the Senofo and Marka ethnic people groups. After research and much prayer the goal is to establish approx 1,000 village house churches a year for the next five years.  One key entry strategy is providing a water well in 5 key districts. USD1,800.00 can provide a 10 meter water well/bore & motor pump. It is hoped that 5 different wells can be sponsored. Further sponsorship is needed for both training and outreaches. Please pray for this provision and for Danny & Ruby Bayasen and team, and for the trainee graduates who will go cross-culturally to reach the Senofo and Marka people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

PRAISE!

  • USA.  After the sudden collapse and death of their 19 year old son Adriaan in Sth Africa back in July, we in WOI rejoice with fellow missionaries H & B and their daughter Este (& her husband Matt) over the safe birth of Este & Matt’s baby daughter Monte, born 3 weeks early and weighing in at 4lb 8ounces (2.2kg).
  • THAILAND.  In the seven months since World Outreach held its first CPM training at the end of 2009, between 50 and 60 churches have been planted in the Isaan region. From these churches more than 400 new followers of Christ have been baptised!  This rate of church multiplication and baptism is unheard of in N-E Thailand. A typical church planting ministry would do well to plant one church a year and then possibly stall after 3 years.
  • Testimony.  The following is a cute story via Lorraine Dierck, WOI Thailand field leader about one of the new believers who sells water-melons in the market. “It is the rainy season here now and the melons easily go rotten. Last weekend, Mrs Nit bought 40 watermelons – but the first five she opened were rotten. Her customers said, “Forget it! We’re not buying watermelons from you.” She shared this with the rest of her group, all new believers, and told them she would give the fruit to the monkeys the next morning. But the believers said “If Jesus can heal deaf ears, can’t he heal your watermelons too?” So they prayed, just a simple prayer. When she took the watermelons to the monkeys the next day, every single fruit they cut was unusually fresh, sweet and juicy. Tough luck for the monkeys, but she made enough money to pay the rent on her house this week! God is good.”

John Elliott

Koinonia House News

KHouse

IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES

  • Intelligence Agencies Foil Multi-City European Terror Plot
    September 29, 2010
    Intelligence agencies have disrupted plans for multiple attacks on European cities by a group thought to be linked to al Qaeda, Britain’s Sky News said on Tuesday. Militants based in Pakistan were planning simultaneous strikes in London, as well as cities in France and Germany.
    – Haaretz
  • Court Allows Embryonic Stem-Cell Research To Continue
    September 28, 2010
    An appeals court has permanently lifted an injunction imposed by a federal judge, thereby allowing federally funded embryonic stem-cell research to continue while the Obama administration appeals the judge’s original ruling against use of public funds in such research. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed Tuesday to permanently lift the injunction and allow the National Institutes of Health to continue research. The court had temporarily lifted that injunction September 9 pending further consideration.
    – CNN
  • Simple, Sweet Stories Of Forgiveness
    September 28, 2010
    “In childhood, I understood the concept of admitting and apologizing when I did something wrong (though I was a well-behaved little girl) and I always felt better when my parents forgave me, showing me their love. Here’s what I didn’t get: I didn’t understand the connections between repentance and God’s forgiveness, and how it all worked… Next, I wasn’t viewing God as a “Father” who would really forgive us our sins… Let me share with you what some Canandaiguans have learned about forgiveness…”
    – Messenger Post (Canandaigua, NY)
  • Small Town Mexico Mayor Stoned To Death
    September 27, 2010
    A small-town mayor and an aide were found stoned to death Monday in a drug-plagued western state, the fifth city leader to be killed in Mexico since mid-August. Michoacan state Attorney General Jesus Montejano said the bodies of Tancitaro Mayor Gustavo Sanchez and city adviser Rafael Equihua were discovered in a pickup truck abandoned on a dirt road near the city of Uruapan.
    – AP
  • Palau Uganda Evangelistic Meeting Draws 82,000
    September 27, 2010
    The Love Kampala Festival with Andrew Palau drew around 82,000 people to Uganda’s capital city over weekend while proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ. BMX biking, freestyle motocross and skateboarding professionals – regular features at Palau festivals – also performed at four prisons, including a maximum security prison, in addition to at the festival. Team members spoke to 3,000 inmates and helped lead more than 2,000 prisoners to fill out decision cards accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. The Palau team also trained thousands of Ugandan Christians on how to follow up with decision-makers and how to engage in friendship evangelism.
    – The Christian Post

Why I Am A Climate Realist

Michael Coren with Dr Tim Ball

This is really worth watching – all parts, and recommending it to others.  What is even more worth watching is an interview between Michael Coren and Monckton which is available from the list which follows the Ball interview.  Note particularly Monckton’s explanation of the resulting re-radiation!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16bxVS-UtTA


Why I Am A Creationist

CMI

If the world was created ‘very good’—what about parasites?

Parasites cause diseases and suffering—where do they fit in a ‘very good’ creation? Read What about parasites? to find out how parasites fit into a biblical worldview.

Are ‘look-alikes’ related?

Evolutionists say that similar structures mean that creatures evolved from a common ancestor. But there are some ‘look-alikes’ that pose problems for evolutionists. See how all ‘look-alikes’ are really evidence for creation in Don Batten’s classic Creation magazine article, Are look-alikes related?

Was Eve Adam’s second wife?

The idea that Adam had a wife named Lilith came from rabbinic Judaism with possible roots in Babylonian mythology, but has been popularized by some authors. Jonathan Sarfati explains in the feedback Black Holes and Lilith.

Is the Bible morally evil?

Many atheists claim that the Bible advocates behaviour that is morally abhorrent, such as rape, murder, and human sacrifice. Lita Cosner’s article Is the Bible ‘evil’? takes on some of the most common accusations against Scripture and shows how those who accuse God of moral atrocities have misread Scripture.

The rabbitfish—another ‘living fossil’

When scientists discovered the supposedly extinct rabbitfish alive and well in the sea south of Brazil, it was described as being as significant as finding a live T. rex. See the connection between such ‘living fossils’ and creation in What’s the rabbitfish-T. rex connection?


Why I Am Pro Maori

Tenei te mihi aroha kia koutou

The Marine and Coastal Area Bill, which replaces the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, was introduced to Parliament on 6 September and will have its first reading in the House today – Tuesday 14th Sept about 3.15pm after oral question time. You may wish to listen/watch the proceedings which will most probably include speeches by our Party co-leaders, and others.

As you know, the previous Labour Govt. enacted legislation denying Maori the right to go to Court to test ownership of the foreshore and seabed, which had the effect of being “the largest single land grab in history”. Subsequently, the Maori Party was spawned in protest and with the promise of pursuing repeal of that FFSB Act. It has now done that as a condition of its coalition agreement with the National party.

The new Marine and Coastal Area Bill repeals Crown ownership of takutai moana. It seeks recognition and restoration of the mana of tangata whenua in the takutai moana. It is important to note that it is not a full and final settlement ie, it allows tangata whenua and Crown to negotiate a settlement. The bill acknowledges and clarifies the role of tangata whenua as the treaty partner to engage direct with the Crown, supported by the Maori Party as an independent voice of Maori in Parliament with political influence.

The bill is expected to pass its first reading today and be referred to the Maori Affairs Select Committee for its consideration, including consultation with tangata whenua and a call for public submissions.


How to… 

Engage the Culture

A couple of groups got up my nose this month so I’m going to rant about them now.

Atheists

  • Their supposed intellectual superiority details their hubris (pride);
  • As if, were somebody sufficiently intelligent, then they would naturally be atheist;
  • This blinds them to the possibility that there are some very intelligent deists;
  • Intelligence does not define worldview and worldview does not define intelligence;
  • There are intelligent and foolish atheists;
  • There are intelligent and foolish Christians;
  • The difference is on another level;
  • “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”
  • In this sense, an intelligent atheist is “worldly wise” but still a fool (morally corrupt).
  • “Be wise as wolves but innocent as doves” means worldly wise and morally wise too.
  • Worldly wisdom, tempered with Godly instruction, is not evil per se.
  • But where evolution goes wrong is it places worldly wisdom, or man’s limited, fallible, temporal, scientific knowledge above the plain, incontrovertible, eternal truth of God.
  • True science will only confirm and expand upon Godly revelation.
  • Science which appears to contradict the Word of God is in error.
  • Not the other way around.

Greens

  • I heard a NZ Green party MP today accuse the government of being influenced by the liquor industry to do nothing about a current bill before Parliament.
  • As if this was a bad thing.
  • Let me explain.
  • What I heard was a socialist criticising the government for listening to the people, instead of ramming legislation down the throats of the people.
  • Here’s what else I thought about:
Party Rating Attributes
Body Mind Spirit
Greens Death Abortion, Euthanasia Evolution, Drugs Gaia
Ideal Life Pro-Life Creation, No Change Christ

In short, I can’t see a single reason for a Christian to vote Green.

So, if we want to get the Greens out of Parliament, the solution is simple: make more Christians!

Quake Law Dangerous

Here’s what my mate Matt has to say:

Good morning, gentlemen;

I have, for some time, been concerned regarding the level of legislative changes in New Zealand’s parliament that seems to push more and more power onto the executive arm of government. One example we have discussed is the amendment to Section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961, in how it seems to give less power to the judiciary to interpret the law and greater power to the executive. Now a group of academics have condemned recent legislation that seems to push further powers to the executive in cases deemed as emergency.

I thought I would ask your opinion on the attached letter and the article in stuff.co.nz where the letter can also be found: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/canterbury-earthquake/4176800/Quake-law-dangerous-lawyers-say

Cheers
Matt


Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

Joseph Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

Joseph Clerk Maxwell developed a comprehensive theoretical and mathematical framework for electromagnetic field theory. Einstein called Maxwell’s contributions “the most profound and most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton.” Maxwell rejected the theory of evolution and wrote that God’s command to man to subdue the earth, found in the first chapter of the book of Genesis in the Bible, provided the personal motivation to him for pursuing his scientific work. He acknowledged a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.


Friday Fax

C-FAM

Dear Colleague,The false veneer of the international development lobby is rapidly disappearing.  Bono, the head of the rock group U2, had his anti-poverty ONE foundation exposed as a self-serving advocacy group that funnelled most of its $15 million budget into salaries.

Tied into this story, is our exclusive reporting on a  UN head admitting to massive failure and arrogance on the part of UN agencies and donor countries in development.

Our second story digs deeper into the new UN report on maternal mortality, which grudgingly affirms the lower figures of an independent study released earlier this year.  In typical UN fashion, the report advocates for safe abortion even though no backing data is offered in support.

Spread the word.

Sincerely,

Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
Vice-President

PS – Princeton University is hosting an important conference on the abortion debate in October. Register here.

Rock Star Scandal Upends UN Development Meeting

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
NEW YORK, September 30 (C-FAM) A rock star’s scandal and a surprising critique of aid programs last week underscored heightened criticism of international development efforts.

The two incidents upended the intended message of a summit on UN development policies, reflecting a growing disconnect between rhetoric and development results.

Critics Call New Maternal Death Report Faulty

By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
NEW YORK, September 30 (C-FAM) A UN report has rankled experts for promoting abortion while also obscuring its research methods.

The new maternal health report endorses a UN strategy that recommends “safe” abortion services and family planning alongside antenatal care and skilled attendants at birth.


Train a Child

WHEN

In September,

  • Tane has volunteered to work as a shop assistant in a Christian cafe.  This is a temporary work experience.  So far, so great!  His attitude is positive, and his employer is pleased.  It gets him out of the house for a bit.  He even cycles to work.  Next step: paid employement and paying board!  (Only dreaming.)
  • Hamish has also learned to accompany me on his guitar when playing Amazing Grace.  I’m loving our time together rehearsing.  I’m also reading “The Hobbit” to him.  I’ve finally acquiesced in the face of his dyslexia, and reconciled myself that he won’t soon conquer Tolkien.  I’m now looking forward to introducing him soon to my Lord of the Rings extended DVD set.
  • Aimee has conquered cycling.  She’s now very confident.  It’s a great activity we can do together, and what’s more the weather is starting to come around to letting us get out more.  PTL!

Why I Am Pro-Israel

OneJerusalem

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • In Memory of Rabbi Hillel Lieberman:  Ten years ago when the Palestinians destroyed the Tomb of Joseph:During the High Holy Days 10 years ago, after control of the Jewish Holy Site had been turned over to the Palestinians, Joseph’s Tomb was virtually destroyed by a rampaging…
  • 9-11 Firefighter Responds to Mosque Developer:  watch the video
  • Israel’s Strange Priorities:  Once again, Prime Minister Netanyahu has publicly pleaded with the Palestinians not to leave the “peace talks.” And his Defense Minister (who did his best to give Arafat the Old City of Jerusalem) joined in by promising that a compromise…
  • Jerusalem’s Future Is In Doubt:  In response to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s recent call for Israel to continue his initiative to divide Jerusalem, several members of the current Likud Government quickly proclaimed that Jerusalem will never be divided under their watch. These declarations should…

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Humour

Who’s Marrying Whom?

My husband was performing his first wedding. Our children knew the bride well, and so for several weeks they heard comments about Daddy marrying Amie.

As the wedding approached, our 5-year-old daughter became depressed. One day I took her on my lap and asked why she wasn’t happy. In a burst of tears she said, “I love Daddy, and I don’t want him to marry Amie!”

—”Rolling Down the Aisle.” Christian Reader


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.

When What Where Who
1-2 October Godspace
Children’s worship
Hope Centre, Lower Hutt Kids
3-October The Invisible God – Getting to Know Him Align Church James Hippolite
5-October Farewell for Anne and Selwyn Jackson Elim Church Mike Knott
7-October Verdi’s Macbeth Opera House Shakespeare
11-October Grenada Village Residents Association Committee Meeting 4 Mandeville Crescent Bruce Patterson
16-October VEX Robotics Scrimmage Wellington High School James & Hamish
17-October Amber Days Discovery Christian Centre, Kelson Fiona & Align Girls
21-October SQL Server User Group Meeting Intergen, Lambton Quay TBA
23-October Screen Audition Workshop Wellington City Library Kids
29-October Aimee Hippolite’s 9th birthday Wellington James & Aimee
30-October TYG Paintball Onslow Community College Tane
31-October Halloween Event Alternative Salvation Army Johnsonville Hamish & Aimee
26-27 November 2010 Stayin’ Alive
Pro-life workshop for youth
Grace Hall, 8 Tongariro St, Paraparaumu Bob McCoskrie (Family First NZ)
Brendan Malone (FLI NZ)
Greg Flemming (Maxim Institute)

Bible Reading

You can look up for yourselves at: http://BibleReader.AlignChurch.org.nz/.


End Notes

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