In July, I:
- Played in a squash tournament (lost utterly, but at least I competed);
- Celebrated the wife’s birthday;
- Release my daughter for a sleepover (slumber party);
- Watched the All Blacks decimate the South Africans;
- Hosted my big brother and his new family at my home (for the first time ever);
- Got some outside advice on improving my marriage (always a good idea, guys);
- Attended a fund-raising movie night (the chick-flick The Blind Side, was very good);
- Learned to strum the chords for “Hotel California” and “Stand By Me” on my guitar;
- Hosted my wife’s best friend from primary & secondary school in our home for the first time;
- Attended my two son’s school holiday programme drama production “Turn Back the Clock”;
- Attended a mid-winter Christmas party put on by our neighbours at the Grenada Village Community Hall;
- BEREAVEMENTS. Dorothy Chismon’s 88 year old Mum passed away un-expectantly in NZ this week from a suspected brain aneurism. Dorothy has been able to change her schedule so as to arrive in time for the funeral this Saturday. Please uplift Dorothy (& family) in prayer during this sad time. Also remember to keep H & B before the Lord in prayer as they adjust to life without their precious (& only) son, (19yrs), who passed away suddenly earlier this month.
- EAST AFRICA. Chris, Nadine and Matthew Brittain have just completed the WO 6 week NATIONS training course in Thailand and are about to touch down in Kenya to set up home and the new WO East Africa base. They write: “Can we ask the WOI family to pray for us as we arrive in Kenya this coming Monday to begin mission mobilization. We are very grateful for the Nations course which has been excellent preparation. We would like prayer for finding suitable accommodation, a car and that we start well. Thanks.”
- S’PORE. This August 02-05 the World Outreach International Vision Team meet to sign off on a number of policies / procedures / programs that are outcomes of our WO2010 journey. The following week (Aug 10-13) the WOI Mission Council meets as part of its 2 annual gatherings. Please pray for all those involved and pray that these two weeks of leadership meetings will be mightily blessed of the Lord resulting in great outcomes that will help the many ministries in WO go forward with greater confidence and effectiveness – Praise the Lord!
- INDONESIA. Continue to pray for God’s provision for the purchase of the campus land on Mount Tawangmangu in Central Java. Sam & Carol Soukotta are very grateful to those who are praying and who have contributed to the fund to buy the land on which the Tawangmangu Bible College premises are located. To date around half of USD330K has been received / pledged. The deadline for full payment is January 2011. Please keep praying that the necessary funds will be forthcoming and this marvellous facility will continue to be used to train up Godly men & women for ministry service in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim populated nation.
- THAILAND. Testimonies from the 19 ‘students’ at the recently concluded 6 week WO Int Nations Training Course (NTC) in northern Thailand, are full of praise for how they all benefited from these studies. Participants were from Nth India, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, and all raved about the excellent material. Lorraine Dierck who heads this WO training ministry, says that this course was the best yet. The next 6 week NTC is set for Christchurch, NZ mid January to 3rd week of February. Email Lorraine firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Koinonia House News
IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES
- Olympia Food Co-op Is Boycotting Israeli Products And Tutu Agrees
July 28, 2010
South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday that he supports the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott of Israeli products. The Olympia Food Co-op, located in Olympia, Washington, announced last week that no Israeli products would be sold at its two grocery stores in the city.
- Christian Graduate Counselling Student Expelled for Opposition to Homosexuality
July 28, 2010
A federal judge has ruled in favour of a public university that removed a Christian student from its graduate program in school counselling over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. Monday’s ruling, according to Julea Ward’s attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views. “Christian students shouldn’t be expelled for holding to and abiding by their beliefs,” said ADF senior counsel David French. “To reach its decision, the court had to do something that’s never been done in federal court: uphold an extremely broad and vague university speech code.”
– Fox News
- Judge Puts Damper on AZ Law
July 28, 2010
A federal judge stepped into the fight over Arizona’s immigration law at the last minute Wednesday, blocking the heart of the measure and defusing a confrontation between police and thousands of activists that had been building for months. Coming just hours before the law was to take effect, the ruling isn’t the end. It sets up a lengthy legal battle that could end up before the Supreme Court — ensuring that a law that reignited the immigration debate, inspired similar measures nationwide, created fodder for political campaigns and raised tensions with Mexico will stay in the spotlight.
- Boy Scout Jamboree This Year Celebrates 100th Anniversary
July 28, 2010
Franks said Fort A.P. Hill becomes a city of 90,000 people every four years when the jamboree is held there. Scouts from throughout the world participate in hundreds of activities like scuba diving, camping, shooting and other outdoor activities associated with scouting. Scouts have the opportunity to work toward any badge offered by the organization including alpine skiing, Franks said. “This year is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting,” Franks said. “Traditionally, the jamboree is a way of bringing scouts across the country together to share in scouting skills and share in the fellowship of scouting.”
– The Daily Reflector
- Ahmadinejad Ready to Negotiate
July 27, 2010
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad abandoned preconditions for talks over Iran’s nuclear program late Monday, saying talks would start in early September regardless of the conditions he had set. Ahmadinejad last month gave conditions for talks with the UN Security Council and Germany including their stance on Israel’s nuclear program and Iran. Ahmedinajad told state TV late Monday, however, that Iran would “follow negotiations” whether or not the conditions are met.
– The Jerusalem Post
- Obama Chooses The View Over the Boy Scouts
July 26, 2010
President Barack Obama, the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, will not speak in-person before the group on Wednesday at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, as part of the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration. However, the president is sending a videotaped message to the scouts for Wednesday, the same day he will be in Manhattan to tape an appearance for ABC TV’s talk show “The View.”
– CNS News
Why I Am A Climate Realist
Climate Conversation Group
Gluckman’s disreputable science
The government’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA), Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, treats climate questioners as “deniers.” Such tactics are the antithesis of science and deserve the firmest reproach.
His attitude emerges from an analysis of a headline speech he gave on June 9, entitled “Integrity in Science: Implications from and for the Climate Change Debate” in which he raised the topic of people sceptical of the science of global warming, justified labelling them “deniers” yet gave no evidence of the reality of dangerous human interference in the climate.
The analysis, by Richard Treadgold, Convenor of the Climate Conversation Group, in association with scientists of the NZ Climate Science Coalition, is available at Gluckman stumbles, Part 2 – Sludge. Or at a shorter URL: http://tinyurl.com/22nw8o7.
At the same time, in a related and astonishing development, the CSA and the Royal Society reveal that they refuse to talk seriously to people about climate change. Since early this year, Dr Doug Edmeades, on behalf of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, has been trying to engage our CSA, Sir Peter Gluckman, and/or the Royal Society in a conversation about global warming.
Regrettably, they have just confirmed their refusal even to talk to us, so it is time to bring the matter to the public. It is clear there have been serious failures in our public science framework in its handling of climate change. We now reveal to the people of New Zealand just how unkindly and unjustly their top scientist deals with those who disagree with him. Many will be surprised to hear the unscientific details.
Climate Conversation Group
Why I Am A Creationist
As you read this thousands have already been reached
After many years in the planning, we are incredibly excited at something that is taking place right now. CMI’s Dr David Catchpoole is currently in the early stages of a two-month ministry tour delivering the creation message in Indonesia. He is preaching in Indonesian—David spent many years working in Indonesia, and his wife Esther is Indonesian, and through attending an Indonesian-language church the last few years, his language skills have been refreshed and honed. After just a few days there, David has already spoken to over 3,000, but by the end we estimate that approximately 20,000 people will have heard him speak (and quite possibly more).
Read The (long) road to Indonesia.
A call to prayer
Many don’t realize that the islands that make up Indonesia (one of Australia’s closest neighbors) constitute the world’s most populous Muslim nation. But with a total population in excess of 200 million, the Christian minority is nevertheless huge, and feeling pressure for their faith from many directions—not the least being the increasing teaching of evolution that challenges the foundations of the gospel. The hunger, and the excitement at the message, has been immense already. Please pray for David and his wife during this long arduous tour, and also for their children who remain back home in Australia. Their tour schedule can be viewed here.
A special effort
Hearing the message is one thing, but CMI’s ministry methodology has always been about getting resources into people’s hands. We know from over 32 years of ministry feedback that the life-changing resources we take along multiply the ministry outreach when they get shared around among family members and friends. For this reason CMI commissioned special translations of the Creation Answers Book and Stones and Bones for this trip, locally printed and suitably priced. The hunger with which they were taken up in the early meetings looks like we will have to reprint to meet demand on this tour. Praise God!
You can read an article and early report on this incredible ministry opportunity called The (long) road to Indonesia that provides more insight than we can explain in this short Infobytes. It also contains short clips on David speaking in Indonesian and a video from a young Indonesian man who shares how David’s ministry impacted his life. He wrote:
“I am so grateful to Dr David Catchpoole … because he was able to help me to understand that the creation by God in the book of Genesis is indeed the truth and fact, therefore, it is not a fairy tale, and it cannot be denied by anyone even by evolutionist.”
“All the sermons and seminars run by Creation Ministries have helped me immensely and I am certain it will also help our friends in Indonesia to have a better understanding that evolutionism is truly misleading. I honestly worry because evolutionism is still taught at every school in Indonesia, started at primary level all the way to high school level even to university level.”
Another CMI initiative
Although CMI speakers from our various offices have ministered in many countries around the world as diverse as Namibia, Holland, Romania, China, Russia, Fiji, Malaysia, the scope and potential of this Indonesian tour is huge. We thank you for your support of all of our offices that allows such exciting opportunities to happen. In fact, CMI’s Dr Rob Carter only just returned from a ministry trip to Dominica (an island nation in the Caribbean Sea). Stay tuned for his report on that soon.
…Engage the Culture
Chicken Came First!
Check this out.
If evolution was accurate and true, then the egg ought to have come first. Evolution means the change from evolution is passed to the surviving species, which means gradual change at the time an egg is laid.
However, it is now seen by scientists that the chicken came first – meaning scientists cannot explain in evolutionary theory how the chicken came to exist first.
Creation science, however, believes in God’s divine hand in creation. That would concur with the concept that the chicken came first.
…Who Believed the Bible
Lord Kelvin is considered one of the all-time great physicists. He established thermodynamics on a formal scientific basis, providing a precise statement of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Lord Kelvin was a strong Christian, opposing both Lyellian uniformitarianism and Darwinian evolution. In 1903, shortly before his death, he made the unequivocal statement that, “With regard to the origin of life, science…positively affirms creative power.”
By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
NEW YORK, July 29 (C-FAM) A United Nations (UN) treaty committee notorious for its promotion of abortion and ideological positions not supported by UN treaties, concludes its session this week after launching attacks on motherhood and traditional gender roles, while calling for an ever-expanded array of new sexual and reproductive “rights”. The session was especially notable for the statement by the Russian Federation, which reported that decreasing abortion rates were helping to decrease the overall maternal mortality rates in that country.
By Amanda Pawloski and Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
NEW YORK, July 29 (C-FAM) A recent gathering of Latin America’s top economic commission issued a document praising secularism, condemning “lesbophobia,” calling for redistributive social systems, and liberally promoting sexual and reproductive rights. Delegates from more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries attended the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) Eleventh Session of the Regional Conference on Women in Brazil. The purpose of the conference was to address gender equality and women’s empowerment in economic terms. The delegates were mainly “gender” advisors, representing the government of member states.
Train a Child
- Tane & Hamish enrolled in a school holiday (ironic) programme. They learned a new drama, called Turn Back the Clock. They performed it at Newtown Community Hall.
- Aimee had a couple of sleepovers.
- I was gently rebuked by a stranger for my attitude (disparaging) towards daughter. This will improve.
Why I Am Pro-Israel
Dear Friend of Jerusalem,
Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:
Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team
Worried your Super will run short?
Senior health care solution
So you’re a sick senior citizen and the government says there is no nursing home available for you – what do you do?
Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot 2 MP’s and 2 illegal immigrants!
Of course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating, air conditioning and all the health care you need! New teeth – no problem. Need glasses, great. New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart? All covered. (And your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now).
And who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you that you they cannot afford for you to go into a home.
Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income taxes anymore.
IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT?
New Job At The Zoo
A bloke starts his new job at the zoo and is given three tasks.
The first is to clear the exotic fish pool of weeds. As he does this a huge fish jumps out and bites him. To show the others who’s boss, he beats it to death with a spade. Realizing his employer won’t be best pleased he disposes of the fish by feeding it to the lions, as lions will eat anything.
Moving on to the second job of clearing out the Chimp house, he is attacked by the chimps who pelt him with coconuts. He swipes at two chimps with a spade, killing them both. What can he do? Feed them to the lions, he says to himself, because lions eat anything. He hurls the corpses into the lion enclosure.
He moves on to the last job which is to collect honey from the South American Bees. As soon as he starts he is attacked by the bees. He grabs the spade and smashes the bees to a pulp. By now he knows what to do and throws them into the lion’s cage – because lions eat anything.
Later that day a new lion arrives at the zoo. He wanders up to another lion and says, “What’s the food like here?”
The other lions say, “Absolutely brilliant. Today we had fish and chimps with mushy bees.”
|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.
||Elim International Christian Church
||Grenada Village Residents Association Meeting
||Grenada Village Community Hall
||James and Tane leave to go skiing!
Gave this testimony at Align Church
What it means to me to be a Maori Christian
Introduction (2 min)
- Gave my mihi last month
- I want to share about my (on-going) journey of discovering what it means to be a Maori Christian
- Not holding myself up as a model Maori at all: don’t korero (much)
- But I have researched and talked through this subject with some kaumatua I respect and have something to say.
Do I have to give up my Maori-ness to be a Christian? (3 mins)
- No more so than any other culture!
- E.g. shellfish: we are Gentile believers, not Jewish. Therefore: not saved by works but by grace alone.
- E.g. carving: like English photographs of ancestors. Not automatically evil. Not necessarily an idol. Can become one, like a photograph can be pornographic.
- I have been to South Africa. I have met black SA Christians and white SA Christians. Both sides are amazed that the other side calls themselves Christian! E.g. waste vs. theft.
Are any parts of Maoridom absolutely opposite to Christianity? (2 mins)
- Makutu: cursing can only come from Satan
- Drugs: desecrating the temple of the Holy Spirit
- Sex before marriage: not God’s plan for a holy family
What parts of Maoridom are God-honouring? (3 mins)
- Art: (carving, singing, dancing, etc.) can bless or curse
- Oral tradition: an example from Genesis
- Whakapapa: mine goes back to 30AD!
- Whanau: including te awhina ora (maori adoption) are examples of extended family, particularly biblical
 Sam Chapman, Monte Ohia, Kim Workman
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