Creation: Full of Wonder

15 05 2012

8 Gorgeous Nature Blogs for Earth Day.


Nice images, indeed!

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 19:1

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The Meta-Narrative BC

14 05 2012
  • The Everlasting God
  • The Plan: before the Foundation of the World
  • The Beginning: Creation
  • Galaxies, planets, suns, moons, stars
Image
  • The Earth as Home: plants, animals, oceans
  • Adam and Eve, Created in God’s Image
  • Marriage – Centrality and Prototype
  • The Mandate for Humanity
  • The Great Tragedy
  • Great Grace
  • Anger, Mayhem, Murder
  • Noah and the Rainbow
  • The Nations
  • Abraham: Call, Faith, Blessing
  • Isaac
  • Jacob and Esau
  • Joseph and his Brothers
  • Egypt, Power and Slavery
  • Moses
  • Community Life of Israel: Law, Culture, Worship, Wisdom
  • Joshua, Judges, Prophets
  • David: The defeat of Goliath and Charter for humanity
  • Kings, Prophets and a Recalcitrant Nation
  • 587 BC     Babylonian Captivity
  • Daniel
  • 400 BC     Malachi
  • No Prophets
  • The Rise and Fall of Empires
  • The Roman Empire
  • Alexander the Great




Yaratılış ve İtfa (Turkish)

10 04 2012

Tanrı’ya neşeli bir gürültü, bütün dünyayı (Mezmurlar 66:1) olun.

Filler boru çalmak. Martılar Screeching. Meşgul mavi dil kertenkele.Çıtır Fuji elma. Eğer dünyanın hoşlanıyor musunuz? Arkamızı oluşturma gözlemlemek bizi-hangi benzersiz bir parçasıdır – biz gerçekten ne muhteşem bir yer keşfetmek olacaktır. Böyle bir zengin, sefih çeşitliliğine sahiptir.

Eğer botanikçiler bilinen bazı 380.000 farklı türlerin bitki yaşamı vardır biliyor muydunuz? Balık türlerinin 21.000, amfibi 4000, hayvanların sürüngenler 5,200, kuş 8.700 türleri ve 4.000 vardır.Protozoa, süngerler, denizanası, solucanlar, salyangozlar, böcekler, örümcekler ve daha fazla söz değil. Toprak tek başına karbon, oksijen, hidrojen, kalsiyum, çinko gibi, 100 bilinen elemanları oluşur. Orada kayalar, metal, sıvı, gaz – ve o şekilde gidiyor. Ve düşünüyorum – bu gezegenin ötesinde yıldızlı 10,000 milyon galaksiler,. Atmosfer yağmur, rüzgar, ışık ve ısı ile, sürekli değiştirir.Orada ay ve güneş, gece ve gündüz, dağlar, ovalar ve vadiler, yüksek ve düşük gelgit, elektrik fırtınaları ve türbülanslı kasırgalar.Mevsimler. Ancak çok yaratılış, görünmeyen mikroskobik veya mağaralar ve okyanusların derinliklerinde gizli olduğunu.

Nedir bu insanlar? – Bizim için 6 milyar. Olduğunu düşünmek! 5000 farklı dil vardır. Gürültü – yumuşak ve yüksek sesle ve sessizlik.Müzik – ritim, melodi ve armoni – perküsyon, rüzgar, dizeleri ve klavyeli enstrümanlar çaldı. Tatlı veya acı, yumuşak, orta ve zor – Biz zevk için muhteşem gıdalar var. Lütfen aromalar, ve olmayan kokuları vardır!

Insan icatları ne? Kolları, jantlar, tekneler, uçaklar, arabalar, araçlar, evler, yatak, radyo, TV, DVD, MP3, güç istasyonları. Işleri yapmak için – spor, oyun ve mesleklerin yüzlerce vardır. Sanat, yazma, okuma, araştırma, hikayeler, notlar, söylev ve konuşmaları, kitap, film ve bilgisayar söylüyorum şaka vardır. Ilaç, zehir ve ağrı öldürme var. Cerrahi, masaj ve makyaj vardır. Yapmak için el sanatları, akademik bebekler için öğrenme, ABC’nin, düşünme ve pondering vardır. Duygu Her türlü: sevgi ve özlem, umut ve hayal kırıklığı ve yerine getirilmesi, şifa bekliyor. Hastalık, deformite ve yaralanma biz çok iyi biliyorlar! Doğum, çocukluk, büyüme, aşk, evlilik, arkadaşlık, olgunluk, yaşlanma ve ölüm birbirinden farklıdır. Ebedi hayat.Namaz. Amaç.

Yaratılış içinde “evde” olmak hayatın tüm hakkında ne olduğudur.Nasıl oldu da sıkılmaz? Evet, günah ve onun korkunç, sarsıcı etkileri var! Ama Redemption da var.

O, mağfireti, Oğlu aracılığıyla, Baba eve gelince çok hoş. İbadet Yaratıcımız nedeniyle, yaratılış ve kurtuluş hem de bizim Kurtarıcı.İsa Mesih tasarrufu Rabbimiz, tüm yaradılış için, ölümden yükseldiği – hayatı sonsuza kadar harika. Kutsal Ruh gel.

Tanrı’ya neşeli bir gürültü, bütün dünyayı olun.





Singers and Dancers

20 08 2011

Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.” (Psalm 87:7).

What amazing talents human beings have been given. Singing is something that most people can do—at least, to some extent. Little children, often love to sing away when they are happy.  Even so, a grand, regal, resonating singing voice is surely an extraordinary gift.   Likewise with dancing. To draw upon the presence of God in the exercise of our gifts, is surely something that we can do, consciously and unconsciously, or not. (Some even deny God’s existence, while exercising the gifts he gave). However, when looking to God, and asking him to bless the work of his hands – us – we may well be praying a good prayer, so that, we may be a blessing to others. To cause others enjoyment and encouragement and even a crisis leading to faith—with the gifts he has given us, namely, us the person he has made, has got to be a good thing, I reckon.

Proverbs 4:23 cautions one to, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life”.  Natural water springs are quite a beautiful feature of some of the farming land on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. When springs are flowing well, life surges and grows.

The theologian and teacher, Baxter Kruger, said something like this: “I knew as a child that something vast, deep, ancient and beautiful, was running through all of life—an invisible river of glory is running through our lives”.

When our springs are in the invisible river of glory, and when we are drawing upon those subterranean resources, the exercise of our gifts, and talents, flow in a river of life, and blessing into the life of others, and so into the world around us.

Jesus once cried out: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’”  Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:37-39).

Jesus was indicating that he himself, was the source of a river of glory, springs of life, to flow out to others.

Interestingly, this ‘river flow’ had an important background in the rock, that supplied water for Israel in the wilderness – as this whole blog title says: ‘And That Rock Was Christ’.

Interestingly, Moses had to smite, or strike the rock for the water to flow. Jesus was struck, or smitten upon the cross, as he was glorified, before the river of the Spirit began to fully flow. This was the place where the guilt of humanity was entered into and borne by Christ. Guilt is like a great blockage in the flow of human life, and love. Guilt is that which must be taken, to allow a true human flow of life into the world, into the future.

A river flows out from Eden, and flows into the world, and onward unto the future Eden of God, where there is a River of Life waters the Tree of Life, and the trees with fruit bring healing to the nations (Revelation 22:2).

The Word of Life, that the Ascended Jesus speaks, is the action of the outpouring of the Spirit of God—the River of Life—into the parched and dry weary world of suffering, lonely, lost, guilty and therefore uncertain humanity.  This river flushes out the old debris and brings with it new life—welling up to eternity.

To be part of the significant flow of God’s word in  Christ is to be in the flow of our true humanity, and it brings blessing and life. It is what we are created for.

How is it going with you? In the flow? Flowing? Or damn dammed up? May the Spirit flow anew, evoking life, evoking fresh participation in the invisible river of glory, the Word of the Gospel to the nations of the world: look up, receive, believe, Christ is triumphant over death; the Father is the God of ALL grace; he raised Christ and gave him into death for us all-to deal with us, fully in judgment; humanity has a new hope. Let’s begin to live that way!





A few tips for young guys

11 07 2011

Young guys: become a good catch!

Many young women would love to get married.  Many young women today are ‘a good catch’, already.

However, so many young guys their own age are ‘just not up to speed’.  I mean, ‘what are you young guys doing?’ I am convinced that many young guys just do not know how to be a suitable ‘catch’.  Now, I am not a ‘ladies man’, nor a ‘Casanova’. And I never had my act together—far from it.  But I am acutely aware that young guys in our society really do need to learn how to become a suitable catch. Some of my tips may seem obvious, and very basic. However, many young guys just seem to be totally ignorant of them. So here goes—a few tips for young guys:

1. Think. Think about this matter. Start thinking about how you might improve your treatment of all young woman.

2. Treat all young women really well—treat all as you would both a dynamic princess, and a good friend, and a fun sister. Honor them. Regard them highly. Cherish their presence. Happily honour their integrity (Most, will notice this quality shining forth in you). Chivalry is a bit out of fashion in some parts. (So don’t be wrongly condescending, as if you are superior. You are not). But it can still have a place.

3. Talk. Learn to talk to young women, by talking to them as often as you can (without being overly invasive or pushy). Overcome some natural shyness, just by trying a few simple words—often. ‘Hello……  (‘say their name’). Ask how they are? Tell them something interesting, you saw or heard. Not all just about yourself—especially, if you have a big ego, and think you are good.  If you are a bit timid, reveal something about yourself. Share your hopes. Believe in the future. Be sensitive to their comments in conversation! Be responsive too. It is a conversation. Converse!

4. Notice. Take a moment, to notice the small and the overall details of a young woman’s appearance (don’t stare!  haha). Notice accessories and colours – jewellery, shoes, colours, ribbons, fabrics, hair cuts. Pay compliments! (Often, a lot of effort has gone into the selection of these things—why?—so that you notice!)

5. Comment. You can say: ‘You look great!’ (Some young women hope they do, but are not 100% sure. Some don’t realise how lovely they really are. Even the most beautiful women, possibly do not get so many nice comments as you think). Or ‘I like your….’  These are not pick up lines. Just comments, open hearted.  The pick-up lines, haha. Do what you like with them!

6. Discover. Discover the grand dignity of true masculinity—your own, yes, but in the light of the master of masculinity himself: yes, knowing Jesus Christ, by faith, is important here. He has all the qualities of true humanity—kindness, sympathy, understanding, acceptance, genuine strength and toughness (dying on that cross was not a simple, easy matter), a non-violent masculinity, an outward looking focus towards the needs of others, joyfulness, service, cheerfulness, seriousness and a self-giving life! Learn what

7. Include. Learn to include young women in your conversations. Help them to know that they matter to you, and that you like and value their presence in life. Some few, can be a bit shy (but definitely not all!). Include, include, include.

8. Presentability. Clean your teeth. Smell nice—not stinky. Be clean, not grotty. Shave. Wear some real nice stuff, occasionally—as you can afford it. Stand tall. Be clear eyed. Get enough sleep. Have some money in your pocket. Keep your own room clean. Clean up the crap. Start some good habits right there, now. Clean the dust. Keep the floor clean. Lose some weight, if you need to.  Put on some muscle if you need to. Give attention to your skin and diet if you need to do so—as best as possible.

9. Outward. Be outward. Be outgoing. Help. Assist. Move. Dig in. Get over yourself. Don’t just be self-obsessed, always wondering how you are coming across, and if you are looking impressive in the mirror. It is much more than that. Be active. Actively, enjoy the company of the young women. Open doors for women—even the feisty feminists who can do it themselves—it may ev en be a laugh.  If not, think twice on that one— or thrice, she could be a total gem. Be sociable. Turn up. Go to stuff. Be available.

10. Generosity. Learn to give generously, whether it is help, or inclusiveness in conversations, or in preparing some food, or buying drinks, or giving a gift. Give good gifts. When you are going out, do the flowers thing, and the small gifts and the little things. Just a bit here, and there—care enough to bother.

11. Food. Life involves food and drink. Good food and good drink is always attractive. Learn to cook, and make basic stuff—and interesting stuff. It is not that hard. Be confident with a BBQ and with  stove-top. Learn to make a nice drink. A smoothie. Coffee. Tea. Teas. Mixing nice alcoholic drinks.  Go shopping and learn about products on the shelf. Learn about specialty shops. Fruits. Vegetables—lots of interesting ones. Enjoy good foods and drink. Learn how to cook fish, catch fish, flavour fish. Be a good ‘catch’ (haha).

12. Body language.  Laugh. Stand well.  Be attentive with your eyes (to their eyes! And their overall person). Stand near to girls, not distantly. Learn to do so. Let them appreciate and enjoy your masculine, physical presence. Even if you a scrawny, or a bit large. Be physically approachable, thoughtful, a bit buff, and a bit hug-able—when appropriate. Not always easy to work out, but practise. We are our bodies—a hand on a shoulder is still ok—not out of place.  Many young women will be game enough to touch your body, if they feel confident enough to do so. (And you are not some odd-dude, who is seriously unable to control your thoughts, and actions). So, let women touch you without them feeling uncomfortable, or embarrassed. Let it be natural. Let them hit you for stupid jokes. Human bodies are not just about sexual parts, and for sexual interaction. Good heavens! (And you may have to stop thinking about sex allllll the time if it is a bit obsessive, guys!).

13. Practical Man: Learn to be a bit practical at doing stuff, fixing stuff, or finding out who can fix stuff, and obtain stuff. Get your driver’s license. Look after a vehicle. Or motorcycle. Boat. Ski’s. Surf board. Help fix girls cars if you know how. Offer some advice, if they need some help. Some know heaps about cars, and gear. Some do not.

14.  Word oriented. God’s Word forwards life. His Word moves life in a noble direction. Be a person of the Word—knowing the incarnate Word, the written Word (Bible), the Implanted Word and receiving the Preached Word—the truth of Christ. Be able to be still, thoughtful and changing in your ideas. Don’t get stuck and fixed and rigid in opinions like a grumpy old man. But have an opinion. Think about life. Think—don’t be careless and manipulated by the media for all your opinions.

15. Action: Do a few dynamic things. Sport is good. So are plenty of other things. Some sport. Any type. Just some. So is activity, of all sorts shapes and sizes. Be active—it makes you appeal as a good catch.

16. Encourage: recognise and identify the gifts and talents, and hopes and dreams of women you meet. Be encouraging of them in their life, activity, family life.  It is so important to see the qualities of others and to urge them to be a significant contributor in life. Many will already be that. Some may not. True love discerns the needs of another and seeks to supply those needs.

17. Family: honour family life and families of all sorts. Honour your own parents. Highly important. Even if they have made a mess of some things. Family matters: It is good to recognise this strength in society and its importance all over the world. Welcome people, guys and girls into your own family relationships. That is where much of your identity has been formed—like it or not. Help the young women you meet to enjoy their own family—wherever possible. Many have wrecked families, and would love to be connected to stronger ones. Show an interest in children and young people. After all,. that is where things may head if you are a good catch. Family is so joyful, when it is good, and it can be so sad when it is not.

18. Culture: Be culturally alert. It is a global village now. Learn a bit. Understand some other diverse cultures. It makes you more objective, of our own cultures. It makes you more interesting, more adaptable. It inriches what you have to give to another person—to be a good catch.

19. Finance. Have some savings, if you can. Care for having a bit of money to do things. It will give her some confidence in things working out ok—in you being a good catch.

20. Mates.  Have some. Have plenty. Enjoy them. Learn from them. Accept them. But be objective about them too. And take a critical view of them if you need to. But be your own person, independent of mates. The group thing can stifle individual growth and maturity. I think this post is about maturity, in the details of life, actually.

21. Mystery: recognise that there is a lovely mystery in femininity that you and I will never, ever understand, comprehend or ‘get’. It is a marvel, a trouble, a problem and a delight—mostly. We will never be feminine, and so we shall never fully understand. It is a mystery to be lived in and appreciated, not puzzled out and solved. So receive the mystery of the Risen Christ in your life, and the mystery of womanhood, and let it be all that it is. Forgive, adapt, respond, marvel, laugh and wonder, and accept. It is a mystery!

22. Reflect: Take a good, long, hard look at yourself in terms of what a woman may think of you. It is not just about looks. If you are not great looking, let your personality and willingness to be a loving, dynamic person, be the attractive part. If you are great looking, then make sure there is more to you than that! Ha, in the whole scheme of things, when the light is off, it is not just looks that counts! Be thoughtful about what makes a good woman, and overlook, or embrace any lack some things if there is plenty of potential, otherwise. After all, she will be doing that about less-than-perfect, you!

Comment: Some of this looks a bit cheesy, I admit. Ok, a lot cheesy, I guess. But I hope you can see where I am going. Forgive me for serious omissions. Or let me know, and we will update the list, even to 100 things. C’mon guys, young guys, lift your game a bit. It will bless and benefit a lot of people.  (Ha, it could be a controversial post, I also agree. Being a bit of a traditionalist, myself, i guess). Even so, my aim is to say. ”c’mon young guys, c’mon”! Crikes! 

The gist of this, just had to be said!





Edenising the Whole World

25 06 2011

The term ‘Edenising’ is seldom used by theologians and preachers alike—and hardly at all, by the general public.  That is a pity really.

‘Edenising the whole world… that is God’s plan’.  It always has been his plan.

Edensing is a term which encapsulates the story of God, humanity and creation, and the purpose for which all has been created.  It is the whole story and counsel of God from Creation to the New Creation.  From the Garden of Eden, and the tragic event therein, to the “river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing … on either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, … and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations’ (Revelation 22:1, 3)

Some may be familiar with Jonathan Edward’s essay: ‘A History of the Work of Redemption (See The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1, 1834 (1990), Banner of Truth Trust, p. 533-619). He picks up the details of the biblical story and tells them as a continual flow of events, one story.  This is the story of the Edenising of the world.

The mandate of fruitfulness given to the man, Adam, and his wife Eve, was a word of blessing which forwarded that work. It continued though failure appeared to thwart the whole plan, and it continued through Noah, Abraham, Moses and the whole nation of Israel. It continued through to the coming of Jesus Christ, the most frutiful person who ever lived. His fruitful life, is flowing out into the world now, as he is Lord of creation, and Lord of all fruitfulness.

He will speak his Word and bring forth true action, love and service in that great lan of the Triune God, until that day when he makes all things new, pristine, and full of glory. The glorification, of God, man and creation will be the Edenising of the whole world.

Israel has had a unique role in all this, being elected by God to be the focal point for the revelation of his grace ad love towards all nations.

Edenising the world, how wonderful. In Paradise again, only more fully assured. What a plan. This is the work of the Word of God, as it goes out to turn the peoples of the earth towards the central focus of the people of God – Jerusalem, outside of which Jesus was crucified, so that all through his merit, may enter the New Jerusalem, holy, sanctified, justified ad glorified.

No wonder we like to enjoy a garden and take delight in fixing and tidying it up ready for enjoyment.  No wonder blessing people with love and community in Jesus Christ, is like planting a good rich, vibrant, colourful and varied garden.

Well, by faith, come home to the Gardener, who first planted Eden and placed the man, and the woman, in it. Come home to the Gardener, and share in the work of gardening.

Responsibility and freedom were given to the first couple, with one note of caution. Sadly this warning was not heeded, and so the long saga of human history, battling with sin and death began. But it began in hope, and the flow of the rivier of life continued until it flowed fully from the belly of Jesus Christ – rivers of living water (John 7:38).

As Geoffrey Bingham said of Adam and Eve ‘they are to take what is the special life of Eden and take it to the whole world.’ (G. C. Bingham, Searching For God, RBP, 2000, p. 109)

Edenising the World. That’s the go.

 

 





Dolphin Darting

6 08 2010

Darkness dies.

Day dawns.

Dog and Dog-owner, down daily dunes.

Delightful dog – dips, … drips.

Directed? Drawn? ….  dorsal-fin…. dapper!….

“Dolphin! Dolphin! Dolphin! ”

Dolphin darting, diving.

Darting, diving, darting, diving. Dolphin!

Dolphin devouring delicious delicacies!

Decisive. Decisively devouring different delicious delicacies.

Dignified Dolphin!

Devouring delicacies.

Dangerous.

Deadly: distressed, deceptive, defiant, desperate delicacies … devoured, die.

Dashing Dolphin!

Debonair Dolphin!

Dazzling dolphin!

Dog-owner delirious.

Dynamic Day.

Dear-day: day-off.

Desk.

Demands diligent documenting.

Details done!

“Dolphin Darting” . Done.

© Trevor Faggotter, 6.8.2010








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