Saturday, September 30, 2006

The things you find on the internet...

Very cool site, Simone.

Now if only I could pop this in my cassette player & find out what's on it, the current dilemmas would be solved...

You should have told us!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Week 1 Prayer Calendar

As promised, it's Friday and there's some prayer points. Some are a bit awkwardly worded so I'll try to tidy it up where I can.

This week the theme is "Prayer for the church".

Oct 1st - Thank God for the Good News of the Gospel. Pray for our denomination in particular and the church in general, that it would highly prize, passionately proclaim and faithfully live this message. (Rom 1:16, Jude 3)

2nd - Pray for the teachers of those preparing for various kinds of Christian service, including parish ministry and missionary service. Pray that they would faithfully equip their students so they commend the gospel by word and deed. (Eph 5:1-2, 2 Tim 2:2)

3rd - Pray for yourself and those aroudn you, that the Lord would greatly impress upon you the privilege of hearing the true Gospel and the need to obediently respond to its claims upon your life (Tit 2:11-14, Eph 2:1-10, Jas 1:22-27)

4th - Confess the apathy, selfishness and division that exists within the church in general and our denomination in particular. Pray that the Lord would revive us by His grace. (1 Pet 4:12-19, Dan 9, Neh 9, Ps 85)

5th - Pray that our denomination, though small, would nevertheless stand out among the branches of Christ's church in Australia with a biblically faithful, consistent and integrity-laced testimony for the Gospel. (Mat 5:13-16, Phil 2:12-16)

6th - Pray that a financially generous and socially outward-looking attitude would feature in our denomination's life so that funding for ministries and welcoming of newcomers would be a prominent characteristic of its profile (2 Cor 9:6-8, Phil 2:3-4, Jas 2:1-7)

7th - Pray for the leaders of our church: the Moderator-General, State and Presbytery Moderators and elders, who bear the privilege and responsibility of leading God's people. (Jas 3:1-2, 2 Tim 2:24-26).

That's it for this week. Next week, prayer for the nation.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

A verse of love

One of the great things about the poetry course I'm doing is that I'm learning new poetic forms. If you'd like to write a bad poem very quickley, a form can be a great help.

Take for instance, the triolet. It contains only 5 different lines and can be written in a few minutes. Furthermore, it seems to ask for overly shlucky sentimental nonsense.

I wrote this one a few minutes ago. I tried to convince Andrew that it's about my feelings for him, but he wouldn't buy it.

To write a verse of love

To write a verse of love for you
I'd press the stars onto my page
And milk the moon to catch the hue
To write a verse of love for you.
For words alone can't say what's true
I am yours from age to age.
To write a verse of love for you
I'd press the stars onto my page.

SAR 2006

Like it? Do you think you can do even better? Give it a go - it's fun!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Prayer and fasting

Prayer and fasting are definitely biblical concepts - Jesus said "when you give", "when you fast", "when you pray" - but they don't seem to get a lot of exercise; how often do you hear of people fasting so they can spend time in prayer?

The PCA "Church and Nation" committee is calling for October 1-29 (29th being Reformation Sunday) to be a period of prayer and fasting for the whole church. The idea being that we fast for one meal a week, or put aside some time that we would otherwise spend playing sport/watching TV/etc, and spend that time in prayer.

The point of it all is to repent of our sins (individual, as a denomination, and as a nation) and ask God to bring spiritual revival to Australia. The committee has made a leaflet and prayer calendar which is supposed to be on their website (www.canfederal.presbyterian.org.au) but seems to be missing at the moment. In short, week 1 is spent praying for the church, week 2 for the nation, week 3 for ethical issues and week 4 for what they call "issues of social interaction" - being salt and light.

I think it's worth doing, yet even as I write this I also battle with the thought "it's too much effort". Which is exactly why we need to do it IMHO.

Who's with me? Are you going to join in prayer and fasting for revival?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Eight reasons why I don't share my faith

Check out this video from the Rebelution blog. It shows up our 'reasons' for what they are, not reasons, but excuses. And pathetic excuses at that.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Faster than a speeding car

I've mentioned this in recent conversations with people, but I figured I may as well blog it too...

We've all received those friendly 'warning flashes' from other drivers, who think they're doing a community service by letting us know there's a speed camera/radar trap ahead.

But why is it that, even though we're Christians and should therefore be driving at the speed limit, we (or maybe just I) immediately pause and check our speed, even slowing a few k's just to be sure?

I don't know what bugs me more about it - the other drivers who were going at the posted speed but then slow down by 5 k's, or the fact that I do virtually the same thing.

I guess it all comes back to the sinful nature, doesn't it?

So I guess I've answered my own blog... oh well, other comments still welcome!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Anyone for Ice Cream?

Pretty sad article here about an anglican priest who is also a practicing Hindu! His explanation of his position as both an Anglican and a Hindu is:
He said: "Asking me to express my preference for any particular faith is like asking me to choose between an ice-cream and a chocolate. Both have their own distinct taste."
What do you all think about his analogy?

Pet Peeve #5 : "Myself"

"Please don't hesitate to contact Louise or myself* if you have any questions or concerns."

"If you'd like to help, you should come and speak to myself*."

AAAHHHHH! I hate this! Why do people use the word "myself" when they mean "me" or "I". Do they think "me" and "I" are too common for formal use? They are beautiful words! "Myself" is an awkward mouthful when used inappropriately. For the sake of our wonderful language please think about this and repent if you need to.

* Just in case you don't know... Example one should be "Louise or I" and example 2 should be "speak to me."

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bono Fatigue : It could happen to U2

Site host Andrew Billings is doing a good work here helping U2 fans suffering from Bono Fatigue. BF occurs as a result of an over-consumption of U2 music, Bono interviews, Africa-related relief ideas etc. It can manifest in many ways: mistaking Bono for Elijah (or God), feeling self righteous at the mention of Africa, inserting song titles randomly into conversations, and more. (If you don't have it, you'll know it when you get it.)

www.bonofatigue.com helps people walk through the stages of BF, offering encouragment, healing and hope for a future where moderate U2 consumption will be a possibility.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Poem

Thanks for your comments. I only post poems for a few days, just in case I ever want to do anything with them. You can email me if you want another look.