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Why I would never make a good farm hand

Thank you, Madam Toastmaster, for that amazing introduction.  After that, I can’t wait to hear what I’m going to say!

Introduction

The following four stories are true.  They all happened to me, and they conclusively prove why I would never make a good farm hand, much to the disgust of my father-in-law, who is a good keen Southland sheep farmer.

BTW, why do cows like being told jokes? Because they like being amoosed!

First, I have chronic hay-fever.

I always knew I suffered from this ever since I was a wee lad in Nelson.  However, I had temporary respite when I moved to study and work in Wellington.  Little did I know, this respite was only because I happened to be working in air-conditioned buildings.

Fiona is also from the South Island.  We met in Wellington.  I went down to visit the in-laws on their farm in Southland.  Pops took me out on the trailer, on the back of this quad bike.  We rode through a field of tall grasses.  He looked back once.  He saw my eyes streaming.  He sent me back to the farm house.  Basically, to him, I was useless!

BTW, did you hear the one about the convict who had allergies?  He broke out.

The second reason, is my educational philosophy.

I always wanted to go to university.  My father-in-law was not impressed with my reasoning.  I told him I wanted to get a degree, because I hated getting my hands dirty.  I didn’t realise at the time that that could be interpreted to mean I thought I was too good for menial tasks.  Whoops!

BTW, I got a job programming computers.  How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?  None; that’s a hardware issue.

Third, I’m a terrible shepherd.

Pops once asked me to help him herd the sheep into the sharing shed.  Somehow, I got in front of the pack.  They went the other way.  Not a great start.

BTW, an accountant was having a hard time sleeping and goes to see his doctor. “Doctor, I just can’t get any sleep at night.”

“Have you tried counting sheep?”

“That’s the problem – I make a mistake and then spend four hours trying to find it.”

The final reason why I would not make a good farm hand, is my lack of good tools.

This is not so much a fun story, but it is true.  I was 5 years old when my parents divorced.  I was raised practically as an only child by my mother, despite having 5 older siblings who were either out of the house or had gone with my father.  So I never got to observe my father doing odd jobs around the house.  And I never got to accumulate useful tools.  Instead, as I grew up, I had to acquire my own tools as various jobs arose.  However, this lead to my purchasing the cheapest and not always the best because I didn’t know any better.

Do you know that old saying, “a poor workman blames his tools”?  This is true on two levels.  The obvious level is that the poor workman is merely making excuses for his poor craftsmanship.  But on another level, a poor workman has poor tools.  This was certainly true for me.

BTW, some men in a pickup truck drove into a lumberyard. One of the men walked in the office and says, “We need some four-by-twos.”

The clerk replies, “You mean two-by-fours, don’t you?”

The guy scratches his head and says, “I’ll go check,” and goes back to the truck.

He returns and says, “Yeah, I meant two-by-four.”

“All right. How long do you need them?”

The guy pauses for a minute and says, “I better go check.” After a while, he returns to the office and says, “A long time. We’re gonna build a house.”

Conclusion

As you can see, I have four valid reasons why I would never make a good farm hand:

  1. I have chronic hay fever;
  2. My educational philosophy;
  3. I’m a terrible shepherd; and
  4. I have poor tools.

All I can say in my defence is, I found a job I like instead.

BTW, what do you get when you cross a robot and a tractor?
A transfarmer.

 

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Engagement Speech

Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is James, I am Tane’s dad.

I have asked to be allowed to speak: to mark this happy occasion with a few appropriate words, to which Tane has graciously granted me his permission.

First of all, I wish to thank you all for coming, to share and celebrate the occasion, but especially those who have travelled the farthest.  I see a few Wellington friends here: (name them).  Welcome to you.  Welcome to Tane’s Aunty Naomi, who travelled all the way from Dunedin.  Where have other people come from?

I wish to express my immense joy and pride in my son, especially at this time.  When they were growing up, my 3 children always knew these 3 things:

  • We loved them all equally; there are no favourites.
  • If two of them argued unreasonably, then the 3rd one won the treat. This was usually Hamish.
  • I have always been proud of each one of them.

Tane was born on Star Wars day: May 4th, 1997.  I infected him with the love of science fiction early, and we’ve enjoyed discussing many shows of that genre.

His names means “Sunday Man”.  He was born on a Sunday, and was in church the following Sunday.  I’m pleased to report, he has never chosen to leave since.

Tane, in Maori means “man”, kind of like “Adam”, because he was our first little man.

Tane lived 6 months in Africa from June to December 1997.  He left NZ as a 7 week old new-born and returned a 7 month old rug rat.

Tane was baptised July 4th, 2005, when he was 8 years old, at his original home church of Wellington Elim.  I baptised him, because we were home-schooling him at that time, and we were his Bible teachers.  A funny thing happened when I dunked him: his bottom came up.  I froze, because I didn’t know what to do next (“he’s not completely immersed!”).  Somebody had to remind me to let him up.  No harm done.

We moved into Manurewa on May 18th, 2013, when Tane was 16.

He met Jess at a Church Youth Group in 2014.  They have been inseparable ever since.  When Tane went with Jess to her second school ball in 2015, is when I knew this was getting serious.

I couldn’t be happier for Tane in his choice of girl.  Jess has won me over, despite my reservations about their youth, for many reasons, these are just a few:

  • She’s a most excellent cos-player. For those not initiated into geeky things, this means she makes and wears her own costumes to science fiction conventions and such.  For 2 years running, Tane & Jess have won our church costume talent show as: Tarzan & Jane one year, and Mary Poppins and Bert the next.
  • She’s beautiful. ‘Nuff said
  • I doubt she knows this, but I was very impressed by something I overheard said one particular day. In our own wedding vows, Fiona and I promised mutual love and respect, but individually, I promised to support her and Fiona promised to follow me.  This may be quaint now, but it’s a vow we’ve always kept.  What I overheard was, while Tane was trying to sort out his tertiary study options, moving back to Wellington was a possibility, to which Jess’s response was a matter-of-fact, to paraphrase a certain Bible verse, “where you go, I will go.  Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”  Jess, you won my heart then.  John and Donna, I congratulate you on raising a wonderful daughter.

Tane proposed to Jess while on holiday in Paris on 17 August 2016, which brings us up to date.

As of yet, there is no wedding date to announce, because Tane has just learned he has been accepted into Unitech’s Drama Programme.  This potentially means 3 years of tertiary study.  Realistically, I would expect a wedding before then, so watch this space.

In conclusion, an engagement is a fun, but also serious occasion.  It is a binding promise, of the further commitment to come.  It is an opportunity for them to say to us, “This is our intent” and for us to say to them, “we will support you”.

To that end, will you please be upstanding, charge your glasses, and repeat after me: “we will support you.”

Humorously Speaking Project 1

Humorously Speaking

Project 1 – Warm up your audience

Objectives:

  • Prepare a speech that opens with a humorous story.
  • Personalize the story.
  • Deliver the story smoothly and effectively.

 


 

Title: The (On-Going) Adventures of a Motorcycling Noob.

Opening joke:

  • Setup – Imagine, if you will, it’s a cold, wet, miserable morning and I’ve got school. I don’t want to go, but my mum makes me get up. It’s my first day and she wants me to make a good impression. (Pause)
  • Punchline – After all, I am the Principal. (Pause)

Introduction (honorifics)

  • Setup – What’s a Noob, I hear you ask?   A Noob is short for someone who is new to something and therefore is allowed to make mistakes. Like me, with Motorcycling. Before 2013, I’d never attempted to get a motorcycle license. (Pause)
  • Punchline – After hearing these next 3 stories, you as fellow Auckland commuters, may wish I’d never started! (Pause)

Stories:

  1. Teaching Tane to Ride
    1. Setup – At around the same time as I was learning to ride for the first time, my oldest son was also ready to learn.   So we went out to a local car park and I did the IDEER principle: Introduction, Demonstration, Explanation, Execution & Repetition. Except, we didn’t get to the Repetition phase. I had just asked him to mount the bike for the first time and ride forward 10 meters, and stop, which he did perfectly. Unfortunately, it didn’t occur to him that he needed to put his foot down.
    2. Punchline – The bike promptly fell over and smashed both mirrors.
    3. Recovery – We were done with lessons for that day.
  2. Pulling my first wheelie
    1. Setup – Most recently, and most alarmingly, I was waiting at the lights, at the head of the queue. (You know how motorbikes can just slide up the middle to the front? That’s me.) The lights went green and I started out, but my front wheel started to do a sort of shimmy. I thought I was going to fall off. I just managed to right myself and get the rest of the way home. I thought that maybe I hadn’t maintained my bike properly. Maybe some cable had come loose. So I got out the manual for the first time (as you do) to try to figure it out. However, the first pages told me exactly what I’d done wrong.
    2. Punchline – Turns out, I’d pulled my first wheelie!
  3. Motorway accident
    1. Setup – Just prior to that, I had had a serious accident on the motorway. It happened like this: I was burning up the road, just north of Manukau, when a family of ducks were in mortal danger. I had to swerve to avoid hitting them. My front wheel slipped on the extremely greasy surface, and I went down, in front of an on-coming truck. Somehow, the truck managed to stop in time, but I was already bouncing up, after having gouged out huge chunks of the motorway, and was somersaulting over the ducks (remember them?). The bike slid into the car in front (narrowing avoiding the ducks), which had to stop to render assistance (the car, not the ducks, silly. Do try to keep up.). My forward trajectory was finally arrested (in standard hero pose), and I calmly gathered up my fallen steed and wheeled it to the side of the road, forcing all 3 lanes to stop for me. The guy in the car who stopped (who actually had pulled out in front of me) was this little Chinese kiwi man, who was so shaken up, he asked me for a hug!
    2. Punchline – so I gave him one!
    3. Setup – 10 minutes later, an ambulance arrived. They asked me if I required assistance. You know, adrenaline does an amazing thing to a man’s body. I shrugged my shoulders and told them I was fine to go to work. They didn’t quite believe me, but toddled off, leaving some advice to get myself to A&E if “anything changes”. 10 minutes after that, the police arrived. They took our statements, then after about half an hour, let us go. The Chinese man was so worried about me, that he offered to drive me to work.
    4. Punchline – So I let him!
    5. Setup – I got to work, in time for a special morning tea (my real motivation for going). During that time, the adrenaline started to wear off, and I didn’t feel quite right. So I toddled off to A&E for an X-ray.
    6. Punchline – The truth is I had broken my arm in two places.
    7. Setup – I was in a cast for six weeks! I had to recount my story to my boss (in order to explain why I needed time off work).
    8. Punchline – His retelling of my story was so much better that I prefer his version to my more mundane one!

Summary

  • Setup – I’ve come to the conclusion that as a motorcycling noob, I’ve made a significant and sufficient number of mistakes:
    • Forgetting to teach Tane to put his foot down;
    • Forgetting to read the manual; and
    • Avoiding ducks on the motorway.
  • Punchline – That I may well be, the safest motorcyclist on the road today!

 

Christmas 2011 Newsletter

January

  • Sam Soukotta guest speaker @ Elim
  • Creation at The Rock
  • Uncle Ross stayed with us
  • Church in the Community (Stokes Valley Pool)
  • Tree Top Walk with Tane
  • Travel to Londts at Te Puke
  • Ken’s family visit us.
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February

  • WHEN Camp at Brookfields Scout Camp, Wainuiomata
  • Tane @ Basic Chemistry Course, Victoria University
  • Church in the Community (Taita)
  • Vex Robotics Fundraiser
  • Hamish’s 12th birthday
  • Stan Walker Concert
  • Zirka Circus

March

  • Marriage Course at Salvation Army, Johnsonville.
  • Tennis
  • 17th wedding anniversary and celebration
  • Men’s Ministry with Pastor Cornelio Perez
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April

  • Duck Race Fundraiser (for St Johns)
  • Marriage Enrichment Dinner and Course
  • James temporary Team Leader at work
  • Messianic Passover (Knox Church)
  • Outreach at Taita Laundromat

May

  • Tane’s 14th Birthday
  • Captivating Creation Cavemen from Canada (Reformed Church of Silverstream)
  • Fiona @ Celebrate Recovery
  • Adolescence Study with Hamish
  • Tane at
    • FITE Life Group, The Rock Church
    • RAZE Youth Group, Elim Church
    • Traction Youth Group, Newlands Baptist
  • James’s 43rd Birthday
  • High School Musical (at HIBS)
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Aimee at Pulse (Kids Church) at Elim
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June

  • WHEN Science Fair
  • Adolescence Study Complete
  • Relationships Course @ Taita
  • Show Stoppers at Chilton St James School
  • Fiona @ Celebrate Recovery
  • Excellent performance appraisal
  • Dot Net Meetups

July

  • Running Relationships Course @ Taita Church
  • Kids 4 Drama Rehearsals of a Midsummer Night’s Fairtale
  • Two Gilbert & Sullivan plays
    • HMS Pinafore
    • Trial by Jury
  • Hamish at Telecom Foundation Workshop
  • James interviewed about home interest rates (just a man on the street)
  • Web training and after party
  • Visiting speaker Cecily Stoneham
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August

  • 1st Plasma Donation
  • Auckland Holiday:
    • MOTAT
    • Rainbows End
    • Auckland War Museum
    • Ice Skating
  • Rotorua & Te Puke
    • The Luge
    • The Londts

September

  • James moved into new Telecom building
  • A2 Drama Class rehearsals
  • Promise Keepers
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October

  • Naomi & Anna Visit
  • Boundaries Course – Participation Completion
  • Boundaries Course – Leaders Commencement
  • Rugby World Cup
  • Interviewing Candidates at Telecom
  • Tane @ ATC Dinner
  • Aimee’s 10th birthday.

November

  • Boundaries Course – Continuation
  • The Real Saint Nick (Rehearsals)
  • Extreme Dance
    • Tap Dancing Performance
    • at Southwards Museum Theatre
    • Smooth Criminal & Thunderstruck
  • St Johns Awards Ceremony
  • Telecom/Chorus Demerger Ceremony
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December

  • The Real Saint Nick (at Elim)
  • Boundaries Course – Completion
  • Christmas Plans

You’re Not My Clique

Verse 1

I had an attitude with the One who says,
That “Blessed are the meek.”
You see, I had a problem,
I thought He was weak.
If I ever saw Him, I was gonna say,
”You’re not my clique.”

Chorus

But then I realised that to be meek,
Is not the same as being weak.
It’s really
The ability
To control my selfish streak.

Verse 2

Now I know He’s the One,
Who was strong all along.
You see,
When he looked at me,
Thankfully,
He didn’t say,
”You’re not my clique.”

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/.


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 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.
  • 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