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I want you to hear this.  (stolen from Thorsten and Claudia … who undoubtedly stole it from someone else)

What’s the answer?


I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Sir Isaac Newton

For years the book Rembrandt: Life of Christ has been a visual aid for our gospel readings, but never more regularly than at Easter time. I just love it. Of significance to me is that Rembrandt put a self portrait under the cross (figure in the blue artists beret), indicating his personal involvement in the crucifixion.

As I child, I struggled with the question “Would I have screamed out with the crowd, ‘Crucify him’?”
The nuns who taught me, stressed to me that I would have been caught up in the hysteria, but I could never really accept that. I knew I loved God. I had some comprehension (by God’s grace), even as a 7 year old girl, of the Cross as something done for me, but didn’t know then how much I needed to mature and realise (also through the grace of God) the reality of the Cross as something done by me. (see this post)

I like this girl’s blog. I like the way she writes. I like the way she thinks.

I happen to like the girl too. She happens to be my niece. Check out her archives.

In a world where just about everything you read is scandal and shame, there are still people with conviction. Read about an actor who treasures his marriage so much, he will *not* kiss another.

Fear, anxiety and insecurity are a result of doubt. Unbelief. I know this well.

I have every reason to never doubt; a loving faithful family (of redeemed sinners), encouraging friends, the Word of God.

My reading this morning spoke clearly of the answer for any who, like me, are assailed by this sin.

Psalm 109:1-5

Be not silent, O God of my praise!
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
speaking against me with lying tongues.
They encircle me with words of hate,
and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
but I give myself to prayer.
So they reward me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.

My testimony today is that *every time* I believe this and do it (give myself to prayer), God’s truth prevails.

I had to share this. It’s from the Equip bookclub blog. I’ve still got tears in my eyes from telling Alan about it. I love that God saves the lost.

This is a great article, a personal testimony, which would speak to any woman who has ever struggled at all with submission and serving God with all her heart.


“[F]eminism rises up in ordinary women in our congregations, homes, and in the least obvious place, the mirror. Feminism is in the core of our hearts apart from the saving work of the shed blood of Christ, and not simply because we are militant against male authority, but primarily because we are opposed to the greatest authority of all—our Creator. The feminist is not some abstract “out there” woman. She is staring right at us every morning…”

She continues: “My ‘recovery’ from feminism is not about learning how to bake pies or a decision to be more feminine…it is about repentance.”

Praise God for this woman’s words and the work of God in her life.

Yesterday when our English class finished, Polly told us (me and my two Chinese students; Kelly and Joyce) she could hear us in her office laughing our heads off. Each week we read some of the New Testament then work through pronunciation and new vocab usually discussing the passage as we go. Yesterday was astounding and when I reviewed the hour, this is what we covered, all from Matthew 19;

– Male reproductive anatomy and other issues

– What it means to be made in the image of God

– The two ways to live – meaning in Christ or out of Christ

– Marriage a reflection of the Trinity, not just a good social arrangement.

– History of Indigenous/Colonial Australia, stolen generation, racial/social issues in Armidale

– The balance of democratic Australian government, political parties (just the two main ones) and what they mean, extremes of this. eg: right wing/communism

**Go read it and see if you can work out which sections dictated the conversation!**

I saw this on the sovereign grace blog. i listened to the you tube clip but am wondering what do my children (who have more bandwidth than I) think of the song samples?

Read about and hear sample from shai linne and his new album.