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Spiritual Rhythms for Ordinary People

Sunday Service

  • 15 May 2016
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • Spiritual Rhythms for Ordinary People

2 Kings 18

  • Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, king of Judah.
  • In the eyes of the LORD, he was a good king.
  • He rebels against the king of Assyria (Shalmaneser).
  • The new king of Assyria (Sennacerib) responds with overwhelming force.

2 Kings 19

  • Jerusalem’s deliverance foretold (by Isaiah)
  • Hezekiah’s prayer for deliverance
  • Isaiah prophesies Sennachrib’s fall

Typical lesson:

  • If you’re in trouble, you should pray

In depth lesson:

  • We should follow the ways of the LORD
  • He had a relationship with God throughout his life.
  • He spent a lifetime connecting with God, for a moment as significant as this.

The rhythm of life means:

  • You get fit by moving regularly
  • You pray well by praying regularly
  • We need to be connected with God every day.

Worship

  • Telling God He’s amazing (partly because it helps us to remain focussed on His blessings)
  • Staying connected
  • Individual & corporate

 


 

This week:

  • I just got voted new president of Manukau City Baptist Church Toastmasters Club. There will be a transition period.
  • Completed 3 days workshop on Azure. I now know how to create a VNET.
  • Took a computer retailer to the Small Claims Tribunal. My second hand colour laser doesn’t print Cyan, so I want my money back. This was a fascinating process. A decision is due in the mail shortly.
  • Attended my first Krav Magra class. Very tough, but fun.

 

#SparkInnovation14

Does Spark need a Chaplaincy?

  • If yes, what would it do?

My Motivations in asking the question:

  • My career has peaked. There’s nowhere vertical for me to go. Therefore, in order to be more fulfilled, I have to incorporate more of my outside interests into my work. Hence, offering my marriage counselling, spiritual guidance skills.
  • Nearly every week, I observe within Spark, demotivation, depression, crises. I am fundamentally loyal to this company. I would like to offer something to help.

Relevancy:

  • The first session I attended this weekend was “Plane crashes & Ebola: are your travel plans affected?” The discussion transitioned into doomsday scenarios. I was fascinated. The veneer of civilisation very quickly disappeared in that discussion, in that people were actually contemplating bombing potentially innocent boat people. To me, this prove a lack of moral centre. We agreed that empires fall. Is the American empire about to fall?
Empire Prophet Expression
Greek Aristotle There is no good in mankind
Judaism Jeremiah The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
Christian Paul All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Humanism Philosophers Man is a helpless victim of this environment
  • The second session was “3D Printing & the Internet of Things”. 3dhubs.com provides a 3d printing & delivery service.
  • The third session was “Odd Hobbies”. We are unique human beings, with diverse enthusiasms. My contributions (from more mainstream to less so) were:
    • Squash
    • Blogging (somebody else wrote “TV & movies”
    • Attending Conferences (somebody else wrote “going to sci-fi conventions”)
    • Speaking/presenting
    • Marriage counselling
  • The fourth session was, “Business Patterns” and how to use them to improve business. The problem of entrenching success, is it makes the process inflexible. However, in order to allow flexibility, requires delegated authority, which incurs risk.
    • I liken this to fatherhood: leading the family. If they were warned, then they are being disobedient. If they weren’t warned, then they are not disobedient, they are merely childish, and shouldn’t be punished.
    • Likewise, the owner of the company decides what is best for the company, and needs to communicate that, then allow their people freedom to work within that paradigm. This is a Biblical model of hierarchy.
    • Also, I’m raising generals, not soldiers.   Therefore I’m going to teach them how to think, not what to think.
    • But, organisations like McDonalds, who have a repeatable process, want drones to follow the process.
    • But if I’m a start-up, I’m going to hire pioneers, who thrive on the chaos of creativity, and need to be entertained, and hate structure. Structure may come later, but when, and to what degree?
    • The owner is the visionary, but needs to hire either employees to follow, or consultants to recommend new directions.
    • Nobody here liked my suggestion that any organisation is like a family, in that Dad sets the direction. (I love stirring the pot.)
  • The Fifth Session, “What has technology done to humanity?”
    • Why I Think This World Should End: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ1qlSjL_9g. This video talks about the negative aspects of our society and recommends that the antidote is love.
    • Are we too loosely allowing future generations to view bad things? What has changed between the 1950’s and today? Culture, technology, expectations, values.
    • It’s feeding our insatiable appetite of inquisitiveness.
    • My slant: “there is a Book, that talks about Man’s propensity to use technology for self-advancement, instead of contentment. At the Tower of Babel, Man tried to eliminate God from their society, and failed.”
    • Computers allows us to do things quicker. We’re doing the bad things quicker. Technology amplifies what’s there.
    • In the Humanist Manifesto, which is the predominant philosophy of Western Society, the promise was that Science would solve all our ills. The problem is, that Science is driven by fallible human beings. A good case in point is fat was discovered to be “bad”, was removed, but was replaced with salt and sugar. The result: incredible obesity. So, the philosophy is corrupt, because its basis (a purely good humanity) is false.
  • The sixth session: “Does Technology enable or relieve loneliness/isolation, especially in the elderly?” What can be done to improve the situation in 2041, when 1.3M Kiwis will be over 65?
    • Is the Hugging Chair (in Japan) a good idea? Just because they built it, and it’s being used, does the need exist? Nobody doubts the need for real hugs. Can technology replace that? I doubt it.
    • My slant: The Wheton Law applies: “Don’t be a Dick.” Invest in relationships now, so that people want to interact with you later. It doesn’t really matter what technology exists in the future, if humans don’t want to talk to you. The Hugging Chair is tacky.

I’m going to blog this now, so that you get a feel for it.

METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 12

METTLE

Volume 5 Issue 12

December 2010

Hippolite Musings 

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Gentlemen,

In December, I:

  1. Finished rehearsals for Christmas Production;
  2. Attended Johnsonville Christmas Parade; watched Hamish march with St Johns (Aimee was at tap rehearsals);
  3. Attended Telecom Christmas Party at TSB Arena (see photos left);
  4. Attended Squash Club BBQ;
  5. Attended Angela Goodall’s Dance Academy end of year performance of Wonderland;  watched Aimee as a tapping blue caterpillar and Tane as a tapping Card Guard (photos and DVD available for viewing);
  6. Attended Elim One Service for Volunteers;
  7. Attended my first CAB (Change Approval Board) meeting; got my Change Request approved; implemented my final production change for the year;
  8. Gave dramatic performance as King Nebuchadnezzar in Elim production of It’s Cool in the Furnace;
  9. Immediately after the production, shaved off my beard;
  10. Attended Grenada Village Christmas Carols;
  11. Sent Christmas cards and newsletter;
  12. Had a Voice Test for a possible professional dramatic presentation (subsequently not awarded);
  13. Attended KBK (Kids Bible Klub) end of year performance; watched Aimee in a dramatic play;
  14. Attended final Dot Net User Group meeting; went out for final Geek Dinner afterwards;
  15. Attended final Squash Committee meeting re: current building crisis;
  16. Final Align leaders meeting;
  17. Took the kids to a movie; watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader;
  18. Finished work early; took an extra week’s holiday;
  19. Prepared house for painting; cleaned the house for guests; tidied up gardens (correction: Fiona and in-laws tidied up the garden; I took the trailer to the tip);
  20. Took all three kids to the orthodontist;
  21. Pickup in-laws from airport;
  22. Farewelled Daryl Burling from Microsoft;
  23. Distributed chocolate almonds to homes in Taita;
  24. Attended another BBQ; Christmas Eve party at Alan’s;
  25. hosted Align Christmas Service;
  26. Christmas BBQ at Tansley’s; and
  27. Commenced stripping, sanding; priming and painting the house.

Blessings,
James.


World Outreach

WorldOutreach

PLEASE PRAY!

  • MOZAMBIQUE:  Please pray for Kotie & Rina Smit, WO missionaries based in Nacala, northern Mozambique.  They have been attacked and robbed of cash, computers, mobile phones, cameras, and other personal effects, by a band of 6 thieves. Kotie now has a broken arm, cuts and some bruising resulting from the attack.  They tried to slash him with pangas (a machete like tool) several times. Rina said the hand of the Lord was on them as Kotie could easily have been killed. She said they had a real sense of God’s protection throughout the whole incident and didn’t sense any fear. Praise the Lord!  One encouraging aspect in all this is that when the local Mozambiquan community learnt of the robbery and assault, family after family visited the Smits to apologize, to pray and encourage them,. Some came from far away villages.  This really blessed the Smits who had often wondered what effect they and their ministry was having in the region. Kotie & Rina are now in Sth Africa getting medical attention. Kotie is experiencing pain and his arm cannot be put in plaster until the wounds are healed.  Please keep them both in prayer as they recover from this terrible and traumatic time.
  • IVORY COAST.  Janvier & Claudine Yokoinele writes: “The country is going through a situation which only prayer can sort out. After this month’s Presidential elections, the country finds itself in a dangerous situation with the two main candidates claiming to have won. One (the incumbent) is officially recognized by the constitutional council and courts, while the other is self proclaimed and supported by the international community. Only through prayer can this national dilemma be solved.  Civil war could easily result.  All schools have been closed for more than a week and people have been told to stay at home. There is a strict night curfew which will remain in place for at least another week.”  The situation is critical. Please pray for the Ivory Coast.
  • NTH ASIA. Please uphold a WO team living and ministering among an unreached people group in N-W Asia. A potential security issue has arisen that could jeopardize the team’s visas and the means for them to carrying on. Pray that all team members will be safe & protected by the Holy Spirit.   
  • BANGLADESH. Bruce Hills, WOI Leadership Development Director, is ministering at a national conference in Bangladesh this week and would appreciate prayer. Bangladesh is a nation that the WOI leadership want to dedicate more time, personnel and resources to in the training & equipping of leadership and church planters. Pray that Bruce will not only enjoy God’s hand of blessing on him during this time, but also that he will have some divine appointments along the way that will play a key part in helping WOI’s future strategy planning for this spiritually needy land.
  • INDONESIA. Sam & Carol Soukotta, along with staff & students at Tawangmangu Bible College (TBC) are now waiting official word from the Central Java government about reducing the gov’ts asking price for buying the leasehold land on which the TBC campus is located. After a recent meeting with the governor, he said that he was impressed with the “professional way” in which TBC was approaching the whole issue.  Sam Soukotta writes, “So for now we continue to pray and believe the Lord will intervene, through ‘our good example’.  It pays to be in the ‘good books’ of the government!”  Please pray that the land purchase price will be reduced to the present 30% deposit that has already been paid. 
  • David Elliott would appreciate prayer for himself and the multi-national team he is leading to the Living Waters base in West Kalimantan, Indonesia this week. Daily the team will be involved in practical work relating to the ongoing building projects, and in the evenings ministering to the 400+ children that are living on the LW base. Please pray for the team’s travel protections and good health during this 2 week period, and that they will be a huge blessing to all they come in contact with. 

PRAISE!

  • INDIA. Jess Le Bleu is full of praise to the Lord and wants to thank all who persevered in prayer with her for the India visa that she needed in order for her to go and minister in Bihar province. Jess and companion Michelle, fly into India this week.  Praise the Lord!

John Elliott


Why I Am A Climate Realist

BREAKING: Hottest year ever claims based on fake data

You hear it trotted out so often it’s tiresome, but for those who still believe the climate scientists who claim 2010 is "the hottest year ever", here’s a wake-up call: the data is fake. (another perspective here)

It’s a similar stunt I pinged New Zealand’s NIWA for a year ago. It seems anyone with access to a cereal packet is licensed to be a UN endorsed climate scientist these days.

You cannot extrapolate temperatures on a global level from areas where there are no accurate temp readings for hundreds of kilometres. It’s guess work, not science.

And just to pre-empt any timewasting by Ken Perrott, who has consistently tried to defend NIWA, may I remind Ken he has offered no coherent explanation for his flawed logic exposed here:

Meanwhile, some good news.

Air Con Climategate 2010 edition has finally gone on sale in NZ bookshops after we arranged for the US files to be printed locally in Wellington.

Whitcoulls and Paperplus are the best places to try first.

Posted by iwishart on December 15,


Why I Am A Creationist

CMI

Title

Adam and His Kin

The Lost History of Their Lives and Times

Author

Ruth Beechick

Dr. Ruth Beechick is author or editor of more than 100 manuals, workbooks and other items for Bible learning, as well as several books on education topics.  She is a former teacher and professor of education, and is known for her talent in making complex topics clear and understandable.  Adam and His Kin continues in that tradition.

Published

Mott Media, Fenton Michigan,

Format

Softcover, 176 pages

Synopsis

Journey Through the World’s Forgotten Years

History doesn’t have to be drab.  This book is entertaining, informative and remarkably easy to read.  Though not a novel, it weaves into one continuous story information from many sources – including linguistics, archeology, astronomy and other sciences; the Bible and other history; and ancient traditions and religions.  It is neatly arranged within the timeline as given in the Bible  This excursion through an almost forgotten world provides startling insights on many old questions.

  • HAVE history textbooks told us the truth?
  • HOW did mankind learn language?
  • WHERE did the skills of civilization begin?
  • WHY do ancient writings refer to a year of 360 days?
  • WHAT actual events lie behind the mythologies of the world?
  • WHO kept alive the memory of the distant past?

Contents

Preface

  1. The Beginning of Time
  2. In the Garden
  3. The Punishment
  4. Adam’s Children
  5. Cain
  6. Writing in the Stars
  7. The Preachers
  8. Noah
  9. The Year of 1656
  10. The Great Flood
  11. The Calendar Puzzle
  12. Starting Up the New World
  13. Trouble at Ararat
  14. Land of the Two Rivers
  15. The Tower of Bel
  16. Aftermath
  17. Gods and Goddesses
  18. The Death of Noah
  19. Abram

Appendices

A. Writers of Genesis

B. Genesis 1:1 to 11:27a

C. Study Projects

D. Annotated Bibliography

Review

This book builds upon the work of Dr. Henry Morris’ The Genesis Record, which in my opinion is the best commentary ever on Genesis.

It is achingly simple to understand.  You could read it to your pre-teen children and they would get it.  We did.

It successfully achieves its purpose.  The preface explains the author’s decision to write a narrative because “secular history books do not balk at guessing.”  I like that.

When starting with the Bible as your yardstick, the various histories of the world make sense.  Mankind is not evolving.  We are devolving.  We originally were created in the image of God.  Everything since then has been entropy – an increase of chaos, or a decrease of order.

10/10


Why I Am Pro Maori

Get a Grip, People

Again with the foreshore and seabed.  I usually like what the ACT Party have to say about personal responsibility and small government, but when it comes to Maori, they haven’t got a clue.

The original Foreshore and Seabed Act was racist because it specifically prevented Maori from exercising the rights of any other citizen of NZ, to have their property rights tested in a court of law.

The replacement Act has to address that imbalance.  This means some Tribes may be able to prove Customary Entitlement.  This means some land will be cut off from the public estate.  Big deal.  (White) private land owners have been doing that (and profiting from it) for years.

To assume that all Maori will immediately snap up prime real estate and sell it to overseas interests, or worse yet, lock it up for spiritual reasons, is blatant scare-mongering.

Stop bashing Maori, ACT.

James


How to… 

Engage the Culture

I’ve Been Thinking

Fiona and I have resigned from three committees each.  2011 will be our Sabbatical year.  Our responsibilities were:

  • Secretary, Northern Racquets Squash Club
  • Secretary, Grenada Village Residents Association
  • Treasurer, Wellington Home Education Network
  • Membership Secretary, Wellington Home Education Network
  • Budget Advisor, Agape Budgeting Service
  • Librarian, Wellington Home Education Network

We will be focussing on our missionary activity at Align Church Taita.  Specifically, we have voiced an interest in and willingness to head up family ministries there.  We already got a Kids Bible Club and Go Girls team running.  2011 we have been asked to put on a pre-marriage/relationships course.  This will be followed later in the year by a marriage course.

James


Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879)

What could be more different than magnetism, electricity, and light? Yet, in the nineteenth century, James Clerk Maxwell showed that these phenomena were simply different manifestations of the same fundamental laws. He described all these, as well as radio waves, radar, and radiant heat, by a unique and elegant system of equations.


Friday Fax

C-FAM

Dear Colleague,

You have another day to donate to the Friday Fax and receive a deduction on your 2010 US taxes. Go to www.c-fam.org/donate/ and please give as much as you can.
We report today on a recent victory of poor countries over rich ones on the question of homosexuality.
We also report on how one abstinence program is saving lives.
Spread the word.

Yours sincerely,
Austin Ruse
President

Countries Reject “Sexual Orientation” Language in Treaty with Europe

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
BRUSSELS, December 30 (C-FAM) Developing nations recently slapped down attempts by the European Union to add “sexual orientation” to an existing treaty.
Seventy-nine countries from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific islands sent a letter to the European Parliament that is notable for its strong demand that the EU stop pushing its homosexual agenda on developing countries.  

Supporters Say Truly Comprehensive Sex-Ed Gets Results

By Amanda Pawloski and Samantha Singson
NEW YORK, December 30 (C-FAM) Nothing gets the debate burning hotter at the UN than one over sex education for children.
Last Fall conservative UN delegations angrily protested a report claiming for children a new right to “comprehensive sexuality education.”   


Train a Child

WHEN

Tane

  • Finished third year tap lessons with Commendation for Consistent Effort.  Was an impressive White Queen’s Card Guard in Wonderland.  We all hated the costume, but that’s show business.
  • Demonstrated his prowess at several BBQ by cheerfully being volunteered by his Dad to do the cooking.
  • Finally completed his (much awaiting, long overdue and completely easy just tedious) maths workbook, thus finally earning him Dad’s hand-me-down HTC Touch (Windows 6.1) cellphone.  He’s happy.

Hamish

  • Proudly led St John Cadets in Johnsonville Santa Parade march.
  • I have commenced reading Lord of the Rings to him.  I have accepted his dyslexia unfairly prevents him from earning the right to watch the movies (a prerequisite I placed on Tane).  We are enjoying the journey together.  We finished The Hobbit last month.
  • Has happily accepted Tane’s hand-me-down Pantech 210C cellphone.

Aimee

  • Was a competent and very cute blue caterpillar in Wonderland.
  • Is demonstrating responsibility by looking after a friend’s guinea pigs and budgerigar while they are away on holiday.
  • Is having to wear a plate to correct her teeth at present.  This is preventative, to avoid braces later.  So far, she hasn’t been very diligent and has had to have the plate reset twice.  The plate is a source of some fascination at Align Church among the kids.  I can see that their parents are not able to afford good dental treatment.  I see how the poverty cycle can be hard to escape.  It is a source of concern to me.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

OneJerusalem 

Weekly Review: December 26, 2010

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • Christmas in the Palestinian Authority – A Latma Christmas Carol
  • Islamic War Against Jews, Christians, .. In Holy Land:  Nina Shea has published a troubling, enlightening, and timely essay on the Islamic war against the religions that make this season holy for most of the world. Shea writes:These figures in the Christmas story represent the principal monotheistic religions of…
  • "Israeli War Crimes" in Seattle:  A Seattle bus company has allowed an anti-Israel group to advertise anti-Israel propaganda on Seattle City buses.  A local Seattle media outlet has a poll asking for your vote.  Vote NO!…

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Humour

Husband Learns Love Is More Than Words

For the first 15 years of my marriage, I was a terrible husband. Diane held down a full-time job, became my secretary, mothered our daughters, and waited on me hand and foot without ever demanding that I lift a finger to help. I loved my wife very much, but I hadn’t yet learned how to show my love. I had a lesson to learn, and God used a vacuum cleaner to teach it.

I learned many things about vacuuming one day. First, I learned that our cat was terrified of vacuum cleaners. That kept me entertained for about an hour.

As I vacuumed in one direction, a stripe would appear. Going the opposite direction would create a stripe of a different shade. Entranced, I striped the whole room. Then I went crossways, creating a checkerboard pattern. I got so carried away that I dusted the furniture and straightened the entire house.

I was once again embedded in the easy chair, working on my crossword puzzle, when Diane came home. She struggled through the door with a bag of groceries under each arm, kicked the door shut with one foot, and then took in the house with an expert glance. Her mouth dropped open. Slowly the bags slipped from her grasp and dropped to the floor. "Who did this?" she asked.

"I did," I said. Without warning, she attacked. Diving on me before I could get out of the chair, she smothered me with kisses and hugs, showering gratitude on me for helping her. The kisses grew more passionate. We broke the chair. It was wonderful!

The vacuum cleaner taught me an important lesson that day. Love is expressed with more than just words.

—Ken Davis, Lighten Up! Great Stories from One of America’s Favorite Storytellers (Zondervan, 2000), pp. 123-124


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

8-Jan-11

Robotics Fundraiser (Sausage Sizzle)

Noel Leemings, Porirua

Hamish

9-Jan-11

Sunday Service

Wellington Elim

Sam Soukotta

10-Jan-11

Back to Work

Telecom, Grand Arcade

James

14-17 Jan

Missions for Africa

Hippolite House

Ross Campbell

16-Jan-11

Church in the Community

Stokes Valley Pool

Align Church

23-Jan-11

Sunday Morning Service

Wellington Elim

Bruce Corcoran

23-Jan-11

Church in the Community

Eastbourne/Beach

Align Church

30-Jan-11

Church in the Community

Avalon Park

Align Church

10-14 Jul-2011

PDC 10

LA

Microsoft

Bible Reading 

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


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METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 11

METTLE

Volume 5 Issue 11

November 2010

Hippolite Musings 

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Gentlemen,

In November, I:

  1. Conquered the Project Management tool which Telecom uses by entering 3 months actuals and 1 months forecast work for the 8 staff in my team.  I’m a trainee Team Lead!
  2. Finished Spring Interclub (Squash) competitions.  Harrumph.
  3. Attended Northern Squash prize giving (see photo left).
  4. Attended copious rehearsals as King Nebuchadnezzar in Elim’s production of “It’s Cool in the Furnace!
  5. Gave my Creation presentation once again, this time to a men’s group at Elim.  Took great questions.  Very positive experience.
  6. Attended Guy Fawkes Celebrations at Frank Kitts Park (courtesy of a BNZ staff friend).  Got out of the rain by going across the road (courtesy of Telecom House access card).
  7. Attended another Vex Robotics Scrimmage.
  8. Attended a mate’s birthday BBQ.  ‘Tis the season!
  9. Sent Aimee for her first camp away from home without us (St. John’s).
  10. Ran four Align Bible Club services.
  11. Received direction on how to maximise My Personal Performance (MPP) reporting.  This is corporate-speak for complying with my quarterly performance reviews.
  12. Fixing up WHEN library database in preparation for handing it over to somebody else.  Yippee!
  13. Sat and failed my Windows Communication Foundation exam.  Ah, well, there’s always next month!
  14. Studied (before and after exam) materials for said exam.
  15. Met with Martin Steel, pastor of Harbourside Church and mentor to Align Church.  Received (more) leadership training.  Asked seriously tricky questions.  Got straight answers.
  16. Took ABC class to Heaven’s Gates, Hell’s Flames drama at Avalon AOG.
  17. Took final minutes as Secretary for Grenada Village Community Association at AGM.  Presented finances as acting Treasurer.
  18. Assisted Fiona to handover Membership Secretary duties of WHEN.
  19. Align Leaders Workshop (Praise Centre, Wainuiomata).
  20. Guitar lessons.
  21. Gave promo of musical production at church.
  22. Delivered one project.  Picked up three more.  Christmas is always busy (people trying to get stuff finished before the shutdown period).

Blessings,
James.


World Outreach

WorldOutreach

PLEASE PRAY!

  • INDONESIA. This coming Monday, Nov 22 the Principal of Tawangmangu Bible College (TBC) and an attorney of Justice will meet with the Governor of Central Java to request that the authorities reduce their price for the TBC campus land to the 30% deposit that has already been paid. Other land owners on Mt Tawangmangu are also protesting the gov’t’s high freehold fee on their land, with most landowners not willing to pay.  Sam & Carol Soukotta ask that we remember to pray for this very important meeting on Monday, in particular that the favour of the Lord will be toward TBC. Thank you.
    Please also remember John LeRoy in prayer as he continues to recover after contracting typhoid and dengue fever last month in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • MOZAMBIQUE. A WO team is presently in northern Mozambique ministering to some 400 Koti leaders and they request our prayers. In particular they are asking for wisdom to know how to encourage & guide some of the Koti who sense the Holy Spirit directing them to go and minister among the Mwani people group further north, near the border with Tanzania. Pray too for a rich anointing of the Holy Spirit on the Koti gathering, for healing of bodies that are afflicted with malaria and other diseases, and that the inner working of the Holy Spirit will continue to transform the Koti people from their former pagan ways, and baptize them afresh in the Father’s love.   
  • WO2010. Prayer is requested as members of the WO International leadership meet on Mon, Nov 29 to discuss and sign off on important policies relating to the organization’s journey of change that began back in 2003.  At present 90% of what was targeted to happen by the end of 2010 has been achieved. The Nov 29 meeting will help sign off on the remaining outstanding items.
  • VISAS. Please pray for Jessica (India), Tony & Annette (Thailand) and Jason & Anne (Indonesia) who all need the favour of the Lord for the approval of their visas so they can continue serving the Lord in their respective nations.   

PRAISE!

  • THAILAND.  Lorraine Dierck, WO Thailand field leader writes: “Our church-planting teams are doing well with much fruit, and continuing to baptise new believers every day. Outstanding miracles continue to happen as these uneducated brand-new believers step out in faith and pray for blind eyes to be open, lame legs to start walking – and they do! The new churches are now preparing for their first Christmas as followers of Jesus, and as you can imagine, they are wisely planning how they can use the Christmas story to bring their families and friends to faith in Jesus Christ.”
  • ETHIOPIA. Daniels’ father Tammen is an important man who leads 5 mosques in South West Ethiopia.  Through the testimonies and witness of some friends, Daniel became a believer in Jesus Christ and steadily grew in his new found faith even though he experienced much opposition and persecution. He now is pastoring a church in a Muslim community. Recently he witnessed to the leader of the local mosque and the man and his whole family eventually became followers of Jesus Christ.  Within three days of the mosque leader’s conversion his oldest son suddenly passed away. He refused to bury his son in the traditional manner but wanted his son buried at the Christian cemetery.  Some five thousand Muslims attended burial and listened intently to a clear presentation of the Gospel.  Shortly afterwards when at Friday prayers, a Mosque Sheik told his congregation that they should beat the Christians and kill Daniel. As he was about to publicly announce this over the loud speaker system, a heavy rain storm fell on the mosque and surrounding area and nobody could hear the announcement.  Then a lightning strike destroyed the crescent and moon on top of the mosque and part of the building was damaged.  The mosque sheik was shocked and frightened by what had happened so declared, “don’t touch the Christians because their God is more powerful.”   Since then there is peace and Daniel has seen the church grow with more coming to listen to the preaching of the Word of God every week.

John Elliott


Koinonia House News

KHouse

IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES

  • 69 Children Saved From Prostitution Rings
    November 09, 2010
    A three-day federal crackdown on child prostitution rings across the country has resulted in the recovery of 69 children and the arrest of 884 people, including 99 pimps, federal authorities said Monday. There are now 39 Innocence Lost task forces and working groups throughout the country. So far, those units have recovered 1,250 children, and the initiative has resulted in 438 indictments, 625 convictions, 153 criminal enterprises disrupted and 58 successfully dismantled, authorities said.
    – CNN
  • Bible Distribution Nixed At Michigan Schools
    November 09, 2010
    A school district in southern Michigan is stopping a longstanding practice of allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles in the hallways of its elementary school after a parent complained to the district’s superintendent. Superintendent Mike Potts told The Christian Post on Tuesday that the district is not taking a stand on whether Bibles are right or wrong but simply following regulations as a government agency. "We cannot condone the passing any literature of that nature regardless of who’s passing it out," said Potts.
    – The Christian Post
  • China and Russia Vow To Advance Military Cooperation
    November 09, 2010
    China and Russia, vowing to advance military ties, signed an agreement in Beijing Tuesday for developing military cooperation between their two countries. The signing came during a one-day visit to China by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, RIA Novosti reported. A spokeswoman for Serdyukov said the accord involves contracts to supply spare parts for air defense systems, aviation and navy equipment.
    – UPI
  • Oklahoma Sharia Law Ban Blocked For Now
    November 08, 2010
    A popular new law that bars Oklahoma courts from considering Islamic law, or Shariah, when deciding cases was put on hold Monday after a prominent Muslim in the state won a temporary restraining order in federal court. US District Court Judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange ruled that the measure, which passed by a large margin in last Tuesday’s elections, would be suspended until a hearing on Nov. 22, when she will listen to arguments on whether the court’s temporary injunction should become permanent.
    – Fox News
  • Intelligent Design in The Hebrew
    November 06, 2010
    In the Hebrew version of Wikipedia, the page on intelligent design translates ID with the phrase "tichnun tivoni," which means something like "intelligent planning." And so it’s translated regularly too in Ha’aretz and other Israeli news sources. The Wiki page is well supplied with the usual distortions that you’d expect from Wikipedia in any language, but never mind that. The question of how to translate "intelligent design" into the language of the Bible is an interesting one. Is there an actual Biblical phrase that captures the idea?
    – Evolution News and Views

Why I Am A Climate Realist

Climategate video of the year

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-uzNBtdYOo

James says:

This video is a hard-hitting exposé of the tactics used by Climate Alarmists to distort the truth and spread fear, uncertainty and doubt in order to advance, or at the very least maintain their grasp of tax-funded tenures.


Why I Am A Creationist

CMI

  • Pew survey reveals widespread religious ignorance
    When the Pew Forum surveyed Americans’ knowledge of various religions, no one really scored well. What are the implications for the Church? Gary Bates and Lita Cosner suggest a solution in their analysis.
  • Does chromosome fusion prove common ancestry?
    Evolutionists claim that evidence of chromosome fusion in humans, who have 23 pairs of chromosomes, proves that we were descended from apes, who have 24 pairs. But Dominic Statham shows that for evolutionists, their interpretation amounts to “Heads I win, tails you lose”.
  • Mammoth burgers served on buns?
    New Scientist has published new evidence of widespread flour production in ‘stone age’ Europe. In this article, CMI-Australia’s David Catchpoole shows how evolutionary assumptions about the diet of ancient humans caused scientists to completely overlook this evidence.
  • Creation.com classic: The evolution train’s a-comin’
    Don’t the small changes we see in living things today prove that, given millions of years, those small changes could add up to evolution? In this classic article from Creation magazine, Carl Wieland says no; because the changes are heading in the wrong direction! Read The evolution train’s a-comin’ (sorry, a’goin’—in the wrong direction).
  • Exciting new feature. Get creation.com on your mobile!
    Need an answer on the go? Now it’s easy to access our over-7500 fully searchable articles through any web-connected cell phone: just go to creation.mobi.
  • Creation talks by satellite—with a twist…
    CMI speaker and satellite scientist Dr Mark Harwood has commenced recording a series of 16 sessions of 30 minutes each for an Arabic Christian TV Channel that provides content for satellite-based channels over Australia and New Zealand, plus also for possible Middle East coverage. The interesting ‘twist’ is that the programs will be transmitted by a satellite that Mark actually designed! If you haven’t already got it, we highly recommend Mark’s latest DVD, Elephants in the Room.

Why I Am Pro Maori

KAUMATUA & RANGATAHI RUNANGA REPRESENTATIVE NOMINATIONS

Nominations for Kaumatua and Rangatahi representation on the Board of Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Inc, are now open.

The Kaumatua positions are for

  • 1 x koroua, and
  • 1 x kuia

The Rangatahi positions are for

  • 1 x kotiro, and
  • 1 x tamatane

If you would like to nominate an iwi member to the Board of Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Inc., please click here to access the nomination form on the Ngati Toa website or contact the Runanga office on the number listed below.

Nominations close on 6 December 2010 and nomination forms and supporting documents must be received at the Runanga office by 5pm, Monday 6th December 2010.

All nominees and nominators must be registered members through whakapapa, reside in New Zealand and be 18 years of age and over.

In the case of the Rangatahi (both kotiro and tamatane), the nominees must be at least 18 years of age and be no older than 27 at election day, that is 18 February 2011.

Voting papers will be sent to registered Iwi members. Postal votes will close 6pm Wednesday 17 February.

A Special General Meeting will be held Puna Ora, Takapuwahia on Thursday 18 February 2011 where a final opportunity to vote will be available. Voting will open at 10am and close at 3pm. 

WE REQUEST YOU SHARE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS EMAIL WITH WHANAU MEMBERS THAT MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMAIL OR THE INTERNET.

If there are any questions regarding this information contained in this email please phone the Runanga on 04 237 7922 or email runanga@ngatitoa.iwi.nz

Missy Te Kahu
Iwi Registration Administrator
Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Inc
Phone: (04) 237 7922
Email: missy@ngatitoa.iwi.nz
Website: http://ngatitoa.maori.nz


How to… 

Engage the Culture

What struck me as odd this month was the Pike River Mine disaster.  The outpouring of grief; the decision to hold a state funeral; the unprecedented (I was a child and didn’t notice Erebus) public attention.  For 29 coal miners nobody had ever heard of before, at a West Coast mine nobody knew existed.

God got a mention.  This was good.  Even the atheists who want to ignore Him, couldn’t resist trying to lay the blame at His feet.  Which is highly amusing, because their faith position offers no hope nor succour to the families of the miners.  Meanwhile, the churches cooperation in Greymouth contributed to a very positive image of Christian unity.

And finally, I have to agree with the lone letter to the editor who exposed an (in hind site) obvious contributing factor to the accident: that the Greens value snails over the lives of those men by forcing the mine to tunnel rather than allow open cast mining. 

Snails are not taonga.  People are taonga.


Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

Joseph Lister (1827–1912)

Imagine making a discovery so important that a whole branch of science dates its calendar by it.  That is what happened because of a Christian doctor.  Joseph Lister’s discovery of antisepsis has led some to divide the history of medicine into the eras “before Lister” and “after Lister.”  His work did more to save lives in the hospital than any other in history.  Surprisingly, it took nearly a generation for his discovery to become accepted.  He faced strong opposition from doctors and surgeons who didn’t believe him and weren’t about to change their ways.  In the end, however, because of Lister’s perseverance in teaching what he knew was right, and from the dramatic success of those who followed his procedures, his ideas finally took hold, and at his death, he was a world-wide hero.


Friday Fax

C-FAM

Dear Colleague,

Today Terrence McKeegan reports on the Holy Father’s historic vigil for all unborn human life.  People from around the world participated in their local churches, and 10,000 people participated in Rome.  

Amanda Pawloski reports on the UN Youth Conference.  For lack of money, sponsors, and organization the conference might not happen next summer.    

Spread the word. 

Sincerely,

Austin Ruse
President

Pope Leads Worldwide Prayer Vigil for Unborn Life

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

ROME, December 2 (C-FAM) Last Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI led an unprecedented global prayer vigil for unborn life in Rome that was repeated in countries around the world. Ten thousand faithful jammed St. Peter’s Basilica including many children who were presented to the Holy Father.

In his remarks, the pope offered support to those working in the pro-life movement. “I wish to express my thanks to all who have taken up this invitation and those who are specifically dedicated to welcoming and safeguarding human life in different situations of fragility, especially in its early days and in its early stages,” he said. 

Dithering Over UN Youth Conference

By Amanda Pawloski

NEW YORK, December 2 (C-FAM) If present dithering is any indication, the promised global conference celebrating the UN International Year of Youth may not happen after all.

As it stands now, governments at the UN cannot decide on a date, sponsor, funding, or venue. However, some fear that a hasty youth conference will be thrown together at the last minute, given the example set by the World Youth Conference in Mexico this past August. 


Train a Child

WHEN

Tane

  • Had rehearsals for his tap class end-of-year production of Wonderland, playing one of the Queen’s guards;
  • Had rehearsals as a guard for King Nebuchadnezzar in Elim’s production of It’s Cool in the Furnace
  • Hmm maybe there’s a theme developing here.
  • Started attending The Rock Church’s FITE (youth group) instead of Onslow Community Church’s TYG.  Not sure of the desirability or rightness of changing, but at least he’s wanting to go to something reasonably positive.

Hamish

  • Is getting jaded with the hard work of deconstructing and re-building robots now.  Now we’ll see if he has an engineer’s tenacity;
  • Is enjoying learning guitar chords from me, and we can play simple duets now;
  • Has discovered that St John’s award merit badges for community service, and that helping to lead Children’s Church at Align qualifies.  He’s much more focussed there now.
  • We sold his unused, second-hand drums on Trade Me.  He got a reasonable portion of the money.  He promptly chose a replacement toy.  We went to Dick Smith to buy a walkie-talkie set with 3km range.  We discovered the batteries were extra and expensive.  He negotiated a loan with me.  He was not entirely pleased with his new acquisition, until he’d earned some money to extinguish the debt.  Now he’s happy and learned a valuable lesson (so has Dad – I won’t do that again).

Aimee

  • Went away on St John’s camp.  Made a friend.  Talked heaps.  Slept little.  A great time was had by all.
  • House was quiet in her absence.  Ah bliss.
  • Was also in Angela Goodall’s Dance Academy production of Wonderland.  Played one of the tapping caterpillars.  Very cute.  As the oldest in her class, was a capable leader.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

OneJerusalem 

Weekly Review: November 28, 2010

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • He Didn’t Care if Children Died
    No we are not talking about Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin or Mao. We are reporting the words of a teenage Muslim who wanted to blow innocent people up at a Christmas celebration in Portland Oregon.  Mohamed Osam Mohamud is the…
  • Palestinian Blogger Arrested by Fatah: 
    The press keeps referring to Fatah as moderates, the civilized ones Israel should embrace. One Jerusalem has often documented the uncivil nature of Fatah and its Palestinian Authority (PA). To their long list of incivility to their own people you…
  • Muslims Violate French Law…While the Police Watch: 
    watch the video
  • Palestinian Authority Denies Jewish Origin of the Western Wall: 
    Over the years, One Jerusalem has recorded examples of Palestinian leaders denying an ancient Jewish presence in Jerusalem. Well this week they publicly displayed their contempt for Israel’s claim that the Western Wall was constructed by Jews. In an official…
  • Jews Are The Offspring of Pigs and Apes: 
    That Muslim children in England are learning such drivel is (unfortunately) not a great surprise. But what is surprising and encouraging is that the British news media is treating this story with the contempt it deserves.The Daily Mail, Britain’s largest…

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Humour

She Learned Her Lesson

I was the new teacher for the toddler-age Sunday school class, which included my 14-month-old daughter. During a lesson on creation, I’d ask questions like, "Who made the trees?" or "Who made the sun?" and the children would respond, "God did." I was pleased the children learned quickly that God made everything.

Teaching lessons at home was more of a challenge. I had tried hard to teach my daughter to pick up her toys, and she wasn’t learning very quickly. One day I walked into the living room to find toys scattered everywhere. In exasperation I asked, "Who made this mess?" My daughter looked at me with a proud smile and said, "God did!"

—Carol J. Rivest, "Heart to Heart," Today’s Christian Woman


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

4-Dec

Advanced Students Concert

Raroa Intermediate School

Tane

4-Dec

Telecom Christmas Party

TSB Arena

N/A

4-5 Dec

Angela Goodall’s Dance Academy presents Wonderland

Memorial Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington

Tane & Aimee Hippolite

10-12 Dec

It’s Cool In the Furnace

Elim Church Wellington

James et al

12-Dec

Robotics Scrimmage

Scots College

N/A

13-Dec

Christmas Carols

Grenada Village Community Hall

All

14-Dec

TechNet Unplugged

Intercontinental Wellington

Microsoft

14-Dec

Kids Bible Klub EOY performance

Newlands Christian Assembly

Aimee Hippolite

15-Dec

2010 Final Wellington Geek Dinner

TBA

N/A

19-Dec

Elim Carol Service

Wellington Elim

All

25-Dec

Christmas

Everywhere

Everyone

10-14 July 2011

PDC 10

LA

Microsoft


Bible Reading 

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


End Notes

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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

  • 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 Monthly Collaborative Blog (MCB) is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this MCB, 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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METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 8

METTLE

Volume 5 Issue 8

August 2010

Rachel Higham, WO missionary to Kolkata, flies into India this Monday, August 23 to take up an appointment with ‘Freeset’, a ministry to rehabilitate former prostitutes and teaching them work life skills to support themselves. Pray that Rachel will adjust quickly to life in India and fit quickly into her new ministry role.

  • KENYA. Please uphold Chris & Nadine Brittain as they settle into their new ministry base of Nairobi. The Brittains will head up the WO cross cultural mission awareness and mobilization training for East African churches / believers. Please pray that will know and experience the favour and blessing of the Lord.
  • PERSONNEL. Please keep H & B in prayer as they continue to adjust to life without their only son (19yrs), who passed away suddenly in Sth Africa just over one month ago.  Pray too for Janvier Yokoinele who is recovering from exhaustion in the Ivory Coast.
  • PROJECTS. A number of WO personnel have end of year projects that need an infusion of finance in order to see their ministry goals for 2010 realized. Please pray with us that the Holy Spirit will release resources both in manpower and finance that will allow these projects / programs to be achieved.

John Elliott
International Director


Hippolite Musings

Gentlemen,

In August, I:

  • Was blessed to attend the inaugural meeting of the re-booted Elim Maori group;
  • Presented the Treasurer’s report to the Wellington Home Education Network AGM;
  • Attended a function to welcome the new Israeli ambassador to NZ;
  • Failed (twice) to install my sister’s wireless modem;
  • Took the minutes at a special general meeting of the Grenada Village Resident’s Association;
  • Went skiing with Tane (son) and Duncan & Jamie Cowan at Whakapapa Ski Field;
  • Removed the kids savings from a pathetic interest bearing account which gets taxed and put it all into Bonus Bonds;
  • Celebrated a friend’s 40th;
  • Survived three days at home with the kids while Fiona was at Manifest Conference @ Hope Centre in Auckland;
  • Assisted (successfully) two friends with their home PC issues (no, I’m not taking bookings);
  • Farewelled one staff; welcomed another;
  • Received Fire Warden training;
  • Introduced Abraham, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph to 11+ kids at Align Bible Club;
  • Participated with Hamish (son) at Vex Robotics Scrimmage; and
  • Was recognized at work for my excellent attitude.

Blessings,
James.


World Outreach

WorldOutreach

PLEASE PRAY!

  • PAKISTAN.  World Outreach has established a “Pakistan Flood Relief Fund” partnering with Pakistan Sunday School Ministries (PSSM), led by director Adnan Azhar, an organization that WO has partnered with before in both ministry and relief programs.  PSSM is initially targeting 2,000 families who have lost everything with food, clothing and temporary shelter. The first financial goal is to raise USD60,000.00 to this end.  As more funds become available then more can be done and more people can be helped. (See attached photos of food distribution and flood conditions). Adnan writes, “Many roads are destroyed but our team continue to persevere in distributing food items at this time.  The needs are great almost overwhelming. We feel very sorry for those people who have lost their houses, livestock and house hold items.  Please let churches and your friends know about this crisis that they may help these people who have lost almost everything and who can be found sleeping on roads, in railway stations and govt. school premises.”  Check out the WOI website www.world-outreach.com for more information. Donations can be made via the website or via cheque made out to World Outreach and forwarded by post to your nearest World Outreach office. Please designate on the back of the cheque ‘Pakistan Flood Relief.’  Thank you.
  • INDIA.  Please pray for Jes La Bleu, WO missionary to the province of Bihar in northern India. Jes and colleague Michelle are due to fly into India this August 26. Michelle’s visa has been approved but not so for Jes. Please pray that it will be issued in the coming few days so that both ladies can arrive on schedule.

Koinonia House News

KHouse

IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES

  • Israel Will Defend Its Citizens Ayalon Tells Iran
    August 24, 2010
    Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon this week told the Iranian people by radio that a regional war initiated by Teheran was a distinct possibility, adding that “Israel is committed to defending its citizens and if attacked will act accordingly.” “A fear exists that Iran – as it becomes more pressured by sanctions – will goad those under its patronage in Hizbullah and Hamas to initiate military action against Israel. There’s also a possibility that Iran will make a military move against the Arab Gulf states and harm the flow of oil to the world, in which case the entire situation will degrade into widespread confrontations.”
    – The Jerusalem Post
  • US Must Hold The Course In Afghanistan
    August 24, 2010
    The man in charge of the United States Marines, who has just returned from a tour of Afghanistan, has said President Obama’s plan to start withdrawing troops next summer has given sustenance to the enemy. General James Conway said that it will be a few years before the time is right to hand over to Afghan forces in some key areas. He says America is growing tired of war, but his troops sense conditions are turning their way. He said their only concern was expressed by a person who told him to not let the country go wobbly on us.
    – BBC News
  • Arabic To Be Required Study In Israeli Schools
    August 24, 2010
    The Israeli authorities are introducing a new scheme to make Arabic-language classes compulsory in state schools. The programme, which will start in 170 schools in northern Israel, will make lessons mandatory for fifth graders. Education officials hope the scheme, called “Ya Salam”, will turn language into a cultural bridge and promote tolerance between Jews and Arabs. Arab students currently are required to learn Hebrew while Jewish children can take Arabic as an additional language.
    – BBC News
  • So You Want To Homeschool?
    August 24, 2010
    The new school year looms, but you’ve decided that, for the first time, you and your student aren’t going to be a part of it. No more brick-and-mortar institution for you guys. Excellent. Making your decision is, in fact, the first step. Don’t underestimate the importance of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s. Some regions are home-school friendly and encourage parents who are taking responsibility for their children’s education. On the other hand, some regions require home-schoolers to toe the line very carefully. You can save yourself a lot of grief simply by being well prepared…
    – The Washington Times
  • The Ground Zero Provocation
    August 20, 2010
    Radical Islam … has changed the course of nations and affected the lives of millions. It is the reason every airport in the West is an armed camp and every land is on constant alert. Ground Zero is the site of the most lethal attack of that worldwide movement, which consists entirely of Muslims, acts in the name of Islam, and is deeply embedded within the Islamic world. These are regrettable facts, but facts they are. And that is why putting up a monument to Islam in this place is not just insensitive but provocative.
    – National Review Online

Why I Am A Climate Realist

From Pastural Farming Climate Research

Landcare Research scientist joins Dairy NZ scientist in being unable to clarify their confused and contradictory positions.

Scientists from both organisations maintain that methane from a steady source does not result in an increase in the atmospheric concentration of methane.
David Whitehead of Landcare Research likened it to a bath tub filled with water (or methane). When the inflow matches the outflow the water level remains the same.  The only way the level in the bath can increase is if you increase the inflow without increasing the outflow. So methane in the atmosphere can only increase if you increase animal production.

As such there can be no global warming from enteric methane produced from a stable source.

But the same scientists from the same organisations also state that because ruminant digestion converts CO2 to CH4 and that CH4 is 21 times more potent as a greenhouse gas, a steady source of enteric methane does cause global warming.
So on one hand they are saying that if the source of enteric methane is constant there is no increase in methane levels and therefore no global warming.
They are also saying that net warming occurs when the source of methane is constant because of the difference in global warming potency of CO2 and CH4
These two positions are in contradiction with each other because with no net increase in methane there is no warming.  They have both so far been unable to clarify their contradictory positions.

What really concerns me is that Dairy NZ is an industry good organisation. It is funded by farmers for farmers. They are well aware that their two contradictory positions highlight the fact that one of these positions is wrong. So why are they not out there seeking the truth on behalf of their farmers, instead of continuing to mislead their farmers with Government propaganda?

Dairy NZ is happy to promote farmers by funding ‘Go Dairy Campaigns’ but it will do nothing to investigate and put right the contradictory and false information it broadcasts about the impact dairy farming is having on global warming.  Did they ever consider that without the continual bad press dairy farming gets about global warming they might not need to do a ‘Go Dairy Campaign’?

If you have access to your Dairy NZ rep you might want to drop them a line and ask them about Dairy NZ’s curious position on enteric menthane and global warming.
Visit the website: http://www.farmcarbon.co.nz/


Why I Am A Creationist

CMI

Does the ‘God spot’ research prove that religion is all in our heads?

Neurologists studying the right temporal lobe have created religious feelings in their subjects by stimulating a certain spot. Does this mean all religious experience is counterfeit?

Help CMI’s The Voyage

Have you seen and appreciated CMI’s Darwin documentary The Voyage that Shook the World? If so, it can help greatly if you could quickly give it a rating on the Internet Movie Database. Hardly anyone has voted for or reviewed the film at the time of writing this, which is not helpful for broadcasters still deciding whether to show it or not but without the time to view it themselves.
To comment, vote or add a review you will need to create an account with The Internet Movie Database. It’s free.

Can science ever prove the existence of God?

A correspondent asks if science can prove the existence of God. But can science even address this?
See this answer by CMI’s Dr. Mark Harwood.

Bathybius haeckelii: deliberate deception or sloppy science?

Bathybius haeckelii was one of the first instances of a false evidence being used in support of Darwin’s theory. But was it a case of deliberately fudging the data, or simply letting presuppositions influence the way the evidence was perceived?
See Bathybius haeckelii and a ‘reign of terror’.

Evolution’s pesky flea

Dawkins is fond of being called ‘Darwin’s Rottweiler’, so when Jonathan Sarfati’s latest book, The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution, came out, he simply called him ‘the latest flea.’ Other evolutionists gave similarly spiteful comments. But tellingly, none attempted to actually address Dr. Sarfati’s arguments. See Evolution’s Pesky Flea.

Genesis in the New Testament

Why is a person’s view of Genesis important for New Testament studies? See our article on The Use of Genesis in the New Testament.


Why I Am Pro Maori

I usually read Muriel Newman’s NZ Centre for Political Research

I wrote this reply to their latest article “Tribalism vs Democracy

Muriel,

I usually agree with your views, but on Maoridom, I do not.  Nowhere in your article do you acknowledge that land was stolen and needs to be returned.  Nowhere do you acknowledge that Maori may have a legitimate claim to any part of NZ.  The Foreshore and Seabed Act had to be repealed, because it prevented Maori in particular from “having their day in court” and was a racist policy.  As for “spiritual values impeding progress,” what, like ethics preventing embryonic stem cell research but approving adult stem cell research?  I have no issue with “spiritual values”, thank you very much.  Your blinkered opinion that the pakeha way (the tyranny of the majority) is the only right way is precisely why laws are made to prevent your opinions from further victimising minorities.


How to… 

…Engage with Jehovah Witnesses

I was asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. Why do we use Lord, God, Almighty instead of Jehovah in our prayer.  In the bible, Jehovah/Yahweh is the proper name.
  2. The word Trinity doesn’t exist in Bible – where did it come from.
  3. The word ‘stick’ is used by JW instead of ‘cross’
  4. Since Jesus sits on God’s right Hand, they are considered 2 ‘beings’ – how then can Jesus be One with God
  5. Christmas is [pagan] practise. Doesn’t exist in the bible – let alone 25th Dec.  Christmas is ‘daily’ celebration.

These were my answers:

  1. God is not a man, that He has a proper noun.  Jehovah (or Yahweh in Hebrew) is still just a descriptor, same as Lord, God, Almighty.  While it is good to study and reflect upon the various forms of His Name (and therefore His attributes e.g. Jehovah Jirah = Our Provider) to claim that adherence to one form of His Name (in one particular language) is folly.
  2. The word Trinity does not appear in the Bible, correct.  It is a doctrine that was worked out from the triune nature of God. In other words, it became obvious that God sent His Son and then His Holy Spirit and thus had three Beings, but was still one Person.  The Nicene Creed is a succinct, brilliant summary of the teachings from the Bible.  It’s an attempt to describe the almost indescribable.  The Trinity is a handy descriptor, nothing more.
  3. It is news to me that the JW refer to a stick rather than the Cross, but not particularly surprising.  They are not the only ones who cannot handle the message of the Cross.  The Mormon’s similarly have the same hang-up.  That message is, that “It is finished.”  No other works of man can purchase/bargain/make up for the sins of man.  The Blood of Christ is all sufficient.  We are saved by Grace alone.  So adherence to a particular Church or Denomination or Cult does not make you any more holy in God’s sight.  His Blood makes us all equally clean in His eyes.
  4. Jesus is the 2nd Person in the Godhead, the One Being Who is God.  That’s the crux of the Trinity.  I like to think of it this way:  Water has three states: solid, liquid and gas.  We call solid: Ice; liquid, water and gas, steam.  God has three Persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  Each is God, but there is only One God.  Similarly, you are body, soul & spirit.  It’s called a mystery by some, but I don’t think so.  Makes perfect sense to me.
  5. Admittedly December 25 is a celebration of a northern hemisphere Winter solstice.  Admittedly, the pagans turned it into something else.  But before it was pagan, it was a natural planetary observation.  So Christians can redeem that which pagans have corrupted.  Look at it another way: why shouldn’t we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, on a day of New Life?  There were no accurate written records to calculate His actual birth date, and even if there were, His actual birth date is irrelevant.  Yes, we should celebrate Christ’s Mass every day and we do: with communion, with grace before meals, with prayers before bedtime.  But to shun public celebration totally misses the father heart of God, who instigates feasts for the Hebrew people (almost) left, right & centre!

Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

Joseph Lister (1827-1912)

Joseph Lister founded antiseptic surgical methods. Lister’s contributions have probably led to more lives being saved through modern medicine than the contributions of any one else except Pasteur. Like Pasteur, Lister was also a Christian and wrote, “I am a believer in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.”


Friday Fax

C-FAM

Dear Colleague,

We report today from the floor of the UN conference on youth that commenced this week in León, Mexico. The scene is one of almost total chaos and ideological rigidity. The sexual left are also on the hunt for what they call “infiltrators.” Heck, I thought these UN conferences were democratic and welcomed all points of view.

We also report on how the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights actually campaigned for homosexual marriage and adoption in Mexico. The Deputy High Commission actually said the UN has always supported these things. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sexual orientation has never been approved by the General Assembly as a category of non-discrimination. The Deputy High Commissioner knows this, too.

Spread the word.

Sincerely,

Austin Ruse
President

Chaos and Ideology Reign at UN Conference on Youth in Mexico

By Austin Ruse, Samantha Singson and Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

LEÓN, MEXICO, August 26 (C-FAM) Early reports from participants at the World Youth Conference that commenced this week in León, Mexico are that the conference is the scene of ideological rigidity and yet almost total chaos. There seem to be four conferences going on at once, one for youth, one for governments, one for parliamentarians, and one called the Global Interactive Forum.

A measure of the chaos at the governmental forum is that early yesterday it was announced the president of Mexico would appear and speak. The room gathered, quieted, music played, and then nothing happened and no one explained anything. The president never appeared, at least as of this writing.

UN Bureaucracy Campaigns for Homosexual Adoption in Mexico

By Amanda Pawloski
Co-authored by Dianelle Martinez

NEW YORK, August 26 (C-FAM)  In the midst of a controversial judicial consideration of homosexual adoption earlier this month, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ran an ad campaign that appeared to support the effort to overturn Mexico City’s law against homosexual adoption. According the website of the Office of High Commission, an estimated 5 million people a day carried subway tickets with the message, “Embrace diversity; End discrimination.” The purpose of the campaign was to remind citizens of Mexico City that they “are entitled to the full range of human rights.”


Train a Child

WHEN

In August,

  • Tane learned to ski.  He goes fast.  He doesn’t stop.  Great fun.  He’s also got girls batting their eyelashes at him.  It helps that he’s shot up to 1.7m (and growing).  We are monitoring the situation closely.
  • Hamish leads his guitar class (it helps that he’s the oldest) and loved Vex Robotics Scrimmage.
  • Aimee makes friends quickly and they seem to be lasting.  She can be a good friend, indeed.  She’s a little evangelist, too.  If not her first question, “Are you a Christian?” can often be heard to come out at some stage.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

OneJerusalem

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • Mosque Developer Starts Public Relations Offensive
    A few weeks ago, we met with Alan Craig, the man who launched the successful campaign to defeat a proposed Mega-Mosque in London (across from the Olympic Stadium.) Mr. Craig told us that when he started making his points about…
  • Obama, Abbas and Netanyahu: What Can We Expect?
    This week, the Obama Administration will host the re-launching of the “peace talks” between Israel and its neighbors. Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas will meet this week with President Obama and Secretary of Sate Clinton. Then negotiators will…
  • Civil Libertarian Nat Hentoff Opposes the Mosque
    Unlike Mayor Bloomberg, Nat Hentoff looks at all the facts and comes to the conclusion that the Mosque is a bad idea. You can read his essay here. Hat Tip: Andy McCarthy….
  • Mayor Bloomberg Hosts Muslims and Defends 9-11 Mosque
    The Wall Street Journal reports that Mayor Bloomberg defended the Ground Zero location of the proposed mosque. The Mayor did this at a dinner he hosted for  Muslims, including the owner of the site and the wife of the Imam….
  • Obama and 9-11 Imam Have A Long-Term Relationship
    Our colleague Gateway Pundit reports that Imam Rauf has claimed that he was the author of the main concepts in Obama’s much publicized Cairo Speech.Do you remember these concepts? The ones where the President of the United States proclaimed the…
  • Is Jerusalem In Play?
    When Secretary of State Clinton announced the planned resumption of talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis, we immediately searched for information about the meeting’s agenda. Our research concluded that the talks are expected to go on for a year…
  • Wife of Imam Compares Opposition to Mosque to Anti-Semitism
    Appearing on an ABC news  with a Jewish adviser to the Mosque project, the Imam’s wife said, “We are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized antisemitism,” said Daisy Khan, who is spearheading the project with her husband, Imam Feisal…

Sincerely,
The One Jerusalem Team


Humour

CT_Humour

Daddy’s Girl

My husband admired our 6-year-old daughter while she was dancing around the kitchen. Finally, he stopped her with a hug.
“You know,” he said, looking Amy in the eyes, “you’re cute–just like your father.”
Amy was silent for a moment. “You mean my heavenly father or you?”

—Jane Stanford, Fort Fairfield, Me. “Kids of the Kingdom,” 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
Wednesday 1-Sep-10
12pm-1pm
Business Leaders Meeting Elim Auditorium Bob Hartley
Thursday
2-Sep-10 12pm-1pm
Business Leaders Meeting Elim Auditorium Bob Hartley
Friday
3-Sep-10
7-9:30pm
A Weekend of HOPE Elim Auditorium Bob Hartley
Saturday
4-Sep-10
10-12:30pm
2:00-4:00pm
7-9:30pm
A Weekend of HOPE Elim Auditorium Bob Hartley
Sunday
5-Sep-10
09:00
A Weekend of HOPE Elim Church Juan & Beulah Swart
Sunday
5-Sep-10
10:45am
A Weekend of HOPE Elim Church Bob Hartley
Friday
10 Sep
7pm-10pm
Promise Keepers Conference Upper Hutt Christian Fellowship Lots
Saturday
11 Sep
9-1pm
Vex Robotics Scrimmage Wellington College None
Saturday
11 Sep
1:30-5:15pm
Promise Keepers and Transition Upper Hutt Christian Fellowship Lots
Monday
13 Sep
7:30pm
Grenada Village Committee Meeting Patterson Residence All
Fridays @ 7pm Align Foundation Course Taita Community Hall Isimali Tukua
Friday 17 Sep @ 7:30pm Kids 4 Drama Musical Theatre Production TBA Hippolite Kids
Thursday 23 Sep @ 5:30pm Final-Year Project Demonstrations Victoria University Engineering & Computer Science students

Bible Reading

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


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 Monthly Collaborative Blog (MCB) is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this MCB, 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.
  • If you choose to respond to any item raised in this MCB, please indicate clearly which items you wish to remain Private, as any correspondence may be considered Public and could be published.
  • If this 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 © 2006-2010

METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7

METTLE

Volume 5 Issue 7

July 2010


Hippolite Musings

Gentlemen,

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;

Blessings,
James.


World Outreach

WorldOutreach

PLEASE PRAY!

  • 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.

PRAISE!

  • 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 lorraine@goodnewsteam.com for more info.

Blessings.
John Elliott
International Director


Koinonia House News

KHouse

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.
    – Haaretz
  • 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.
    – AP
  • 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.

Richard Treadgold
Convenor
Climate Conversation Group

Murrays Bay
Auckland, NZ.
09-479-3396
0275-340-641
richard@wordshine.co.nz
www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz


Why I Am A Creationist

CMI

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.


How to… 

…Engage the Culture

Chicken Came First!

Hi James

Check this out.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/3919550/Chicken-or-egg-question-finally-answered

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.

Matt


Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)

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.”

Friday Fax

C-FAM

UN Committee Attacks Motherhood, Demands New “Rights” for Women

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.

Latin American Economic Summit Promotes Abortion, Condemns “Lesbophobia”

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

WHEN

In July,

  • 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

OneJerusalem

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Humour

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?


Humour

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.”


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
2-Aug-10 Maori Group Elim International Christian Church Regina Tito
9-Aug-10 Grenada Village Residents Association Meeting Grenada Village Community Hall Bruce Patterson
12-Aug-10 WHEN AGM WHEN Library All
18-Aug-10 James and Tane leave to go skiing! National Park None

Testimony

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[1] 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

[1] Sam Chapman, Monte Ohia, Kim Workman


Bible Reading

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


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