Friday, June 30, 2006

If I could be anything in the world I would be a.......

Yummy Soup


I love soup! BUT, I particularly love soup when it is a cold, chilly dark day outside. Today I had Minestrone Soup and it was yummy. If you have good soup, you have to have it with lovely thick bread.... I also love Potato and Leek soup. SP loves Pumpkin! Yummy!

What is your favorite soup?

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Church is Split

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

C S Lewis

The Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have begun thinking less of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this . Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you get neither.

Italy Training Camp


Thought you would find this funny. Even though it is what unfairly knocked the Socceroo's out of the World Cup ;(

Click Italy Training Camp

MTS Preaching to the the Heart Conference


Yesterday I went to the MTS Preachers Conference at Moore College, it was really awesome. David Jones, Murray Capill and Richard Wilson all spoke and then I went to a Women's seminar which Claire Smith spoke at. I didn't bring my notes in today but I will write up more about what they had to say tomorrow or Friday.

How amazing it is to have a job where you can sit and learn under God's word. It is a great priviledge.

I also got to hang out with the MTS guys from CIM which was fun.

Anyhoo, will write more tomorrow about what I learnt.

Monday, June 26, 2006

England are through to the Quarter Finals


England played Ecuador last night and have qualified through to the Quarter Finals. We will be playing Portugal, we need to pick up our game but I think its possible.

Portugal knocked England out of Euro 2004 and so we will be looking for a win this time.

Lets hope that it won't be us going home early Sunday morning.

Come on England!

Friday, June 23, 2006

God's Sovereignty and Human Freedom

Updated:

Every Christian will affirm that God is sovereign. This is a hugh comfort to Christians, it assures us that God is able to do what he promises to do. But one big question God's sovereignty raises is, How is God's sovereignty related to human freedom?

What do people think?

Go Australia - Go the Socceroos


What a game it was, SP and I got up just before 5am to watch the game.

It was one of the best games I have seen so far, I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, very intense.

So glad to see the Socceroos go through to the next round. Lets see what they can do against the Italians.

Spurgeon

If there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of his people, it is where he plunged deepest into the depths of woe. Come hither, gracious souls, and behold the man in the garden of Gethsemane; behold his heart so brimming with love that he cannot hold it in—so full of sorrow that it must find a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distils from every pore of his body, and falls upon the ground. Behold the man as they drive the nails into his hands and feet. Look up, repenting sinners, and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. Mark him, as the ruby drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with priceless gems the diadem of the King of Misery. Behold the man when all his bones are out of joint, and he is poured out like water and brought into the dust of death; God hath forsaken him, and hell compasseth him about. Behold and see, was there ever sorrow like unto his sorrow that is done unto him? All ye that pass by draw near and look upon this spectacle of grief, unique, unparalleled, a wonder to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched. Behold the Emperor of Woe who had no equal or rival in his agonies! Gaze upon him, ye mourners, for if there be not consolation in a crucified Christ there is no joy in earth or heaven. If in the ransom price of his blood there be not hope, ye harps of heaven, there is no joy in you, and the right hand of God shall know no pleasures for evermore. We have only to sit more continually at the cross foot to be less troubled with our doubts and woes. We have but to see his sorrows, and our sorrows we shall be ashamed to mention. We have but to gaze into his wounds and heal our own. If we would live aright it must be by the contemplation of his death; if we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering his humiliation and his sorrow.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

24 is Back!


So 24 is back and will be my "new show", it is perfect timing with Amazing Race just finishing. I can now draw my attention to 24. I only watched it for the first time last year and I loved it, SP had to tape it for me when I was away in London for 5 weeks as I just couldn't miss it.

I didn't watch it last night as I had bible study but we taped it... Might watch it tonight. I did read Soph's Blog so know a few things already but am looking forward to getting into it.

Who watches 24?

The Protestant Work Ethic

Some thoughts from CraigS on The Protestant Work Ethic Part 1 and Part 2

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dance Moves - The Worm


Check this guy out and tell me whether you can bust some moves like him.

The Worm

A few years ago when I was visiting some of my family in Colorado, my little cousins and my older cousin were all doing their fancy gymnastics, I decided to try "the caterpillar" or if you prefer "the worm", see description below.

The Worm is a move often associated with breakdancing and funk subculture in which the subject lies on the ground and forms a rippling motion through his body. This can be done if one of two ways, either forward or backwards, either shifting your weight from the upper body to the lower body (backwards) or vice-versa for forwards. As this move is very old and very well known, even by those outside the breaking community, it is generally only performed when joking around and not in serious dance battles.


I was clearly trying to ripple my body forwards and backwards and I was "joking around" not participating in a "serious dance battle".

Anyhoo, I managed to flip my legs over my head - your body is certainly not meant to do this! - it's not a great idea and I ended up shifting two vertebrae in my lower back. Needless to say I had to visit a Chiropractor and have never tried this dance move again, neither "joking around" or in a "serious dance battle".

What moves can you bust without doing serious damage to yourself? Or what kinds of things have you done playing with kids, causing yourself much pain and injury?

Serious Note: The Worm dance move can be dangerous to your health. Please use caution when busting these moves.

Scientology


I don't know that much about Scientology, I have read up a little online but wondered what you might know about it?

Read More Here Scientology

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Best Team Lost


Although I want England to win the World Cup, I would still love to see Australia go far and especially get through to the next round.
I watched the game this morning at 5am and must say that they were the better team, "the better team" you might ask as they didn't win.
Yes I thought they played the better football by far BUT when it comes to finishing off and putting the ball in the net they need to do much better.
They only need a draw against Croatia to get through to the next round BUT lets hope they win.....

Come on Aussies!

Friday, June 16, 2006

To Lairdy


What was that Tony?

You heard me John - you are going down!!!



Even our political leaders are giving each other a hard time about the soccer Lairdy!

Nelson Bay - Weekend Away


SP and I are going away this weekend with three other couples from church, we are going to Nelson Bay. We did it in January when is was lovely and hot, we spent time at the beach, had BBQs and ate ice-cream. This time its Ugg Boots, movies, blankets and soups.

Last time we went I came back so relaxed and I am hoping the same will happen this time. It is so pretty there, we are saying at one of the guys parents holiday house, it has lovely views and is just a really nice location.

Nelson Bay is a cute little place, with a lovely Mariner, great fish and chips and of course plenty of ice-cream (it is unlikely we will be eating ice-cream this trip - to Brrrrrrrrrrr cold)

I love going away and even though I am tired after my "5am football watching start" I am still looking forward to a weekend away.

How do you like to relax? or Where do you like to relax? Maybe you can write down your top 5 most relaxing things!

Friends


I am blessed with so many great friends. I just love to hang out with my friends, talk to them, share the ups and downs of life.

When I moved here from London and left all my amazing friends there, I never imagined I would meet so many great people who would love and care for me. I only knew one girl here, now I have some totally amazing friends who I love dearly. Two of which I got to see last night ;)

I am surrounded by friends who desire to live a life that is pleasing to God and I find them a joy to be with. I love to spur one another on, correct each other and rebuke each other. I pray that my friends will do that for me and that I would also do that for them. That our common purpose would be to bring all glory, honour and praise to our Lord and God.

Friends Rock!

England Qualify

Well, this morning at 5.15am SP and I woke up to watch the England game. England v Trinadad and Tobago.

Though left late in the game to score, that we did, infact we scored two. First Crouch (how lanky and gangly is he??) and then a superb goal by Gerrard.

This means we qualify to go through to the next round.

Kumon England....

Yes I am just a little bit happy ;)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Human Mind


Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

How vrey wried is tihs????

Try it it rllay deos wrok....

Dreams!

Do you have them? Do you dream the same dream again and again? What do they means? Do they mean anything?

The only reference I can think of in the bible is when King Nebuchadnezzar gets Daniel to come and interpret his dreams. Daniel 4:19-37

Anyhoo, I have some repetitive dreams and I have violent dreams sometimes. Very strange.

What about you?

Adventure Club

I love Thursdays because I get to leave work early and go and teach beautiful children at Adventure Club.. One of the other leaders KM picks me up and we drive over together - she is an amazingly talented and wonderful women who uses her gifts to serve others, esp our church.

I just heard that next terms theme is "The Farm" How excited am I about that?? It has been confirmed that there will be at least one cow! I love cows (note to self: write blog on how much I love cows) I am probably more excited than the kids will be - there is absolutely nothing wrong with that....

Today we are looking at God is Love from 1 John 4.

I can't wait to see all their little faces and I do hope we sing as I love singing with them, doing actions and jumping around like a crazy goon.

Will I ever grow up??

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Rindercella


The Story of Rindercella. Once apon a time, in a coreign fountry, there lived a very geautiful birl; her name was Rindercella. Now, Rindercella lived with her mugly other and her two sad blisters. And in this same coreign fountry, there was a very prandsom hince.

And this prandsom hince was going to have a bancy fall. And he'd invited people from riles amound, especially the pich reople. Rindercella's mugly other and her two sad blisters went out to buy some drancy fesses to wear to this bancy fall, but Rindercella could not go because all she had to wear were some old rirty dags. Finally, the night of the bancy fall arrived and Rindercella couldn't go. So she just cat down and scried. She was a kitten there a scrien, when all at once there appeared before her, her gairy fodmother. And he touched her with his wagic mand ... and there appeared before her, a cig boach and hix white sorces to take her to the bancy fall. But now she said to Rindercella, "Rindercella, you must be home before nidmight, or I'll purn you into a tumpkin!"

When Rindercella arrived at the bancy fall, the prandsom hince met her at the door because he had been watchin' behind a woden hindow. And Rindercella and the prandsom hince nanced all dight until nidmight...and they lell in fove. And finally, the mid clock strucknight. And Rindercella staced down the rairs, and just as she beached the rottom, she slopped her dripper!

The next day, the prandsom hince went all over the coreign fountry looking for the geautiful birl who had slopped her dripper. Finally he came to Rindercella's house. He tried it on Rendercella's mugly other ... and it fidn't dit. Then he tried it on her two sigly usters ... and it fidn't dit. Then he tried it on Rindercella ... and it fid dit. It was exactly the sight rize!

So they were married and lived heverly ever hapwards. Now, the storal of the mory is this: If you ever go to a bancy fall and want to have a pransom hince loll in fove with you, don't forget to slop your dripper!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Building God's People


This Sunday night at church was a very exciting evening, one of thanksgiving to our Lord for his generosity to us even though we don't deserve it.

We have been looking to raise money for our building project, we are looking to extend the building.

God has been truly working in the hearts of so many over the last few weeks - challenging people through the Building God's People Series that Dominic has been preaching on. You can find out more Here. Over the last several weeks we have looked at Faith, Service, Purpose, Commitment and Sacrifice and I know for me I have been greatly challenged by these talks and by what the bible says. Is my priority Jesus? Am I willing to give my all to follow him and put him first in my life and serve him with all that I have?

SP and I found it both exciting and hard thinking through our commitment to this project, sacrifice is hard and good all at the same time, but it always came back to this, its only because of God's generosity to us that we can give anything back, all that we have is from God and we owe it all back to him.

Anyway.. In God's goodness we were able to raise enough money to start this project, more than we ever imagined.

Lets give all praise, honour and glory to our Lord and Saviour, who for the joy set before him endured the cross - NOW THATS SACRIFICE...

Sunday, June 11, 2006

England Won

England won their first match last night against Paraguay. Hoorah!

I was so excited. The other two teams in our group Trindad and Sweden drew their first game so its looking good for us to qualify..

Yipeeeee!!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Talking of England....


Tonight is the start of the Germany World Cup 2006.

It has to be said that I am very very excited about this. England play there first game tomorrow night at 11pm Aussie time, most of the games are at 4am in the morning for us - this really is quite inconvenient. So I of course am cheering on England, I have only been in Australia two years and only married to an Aussie for two months so my alliances will not be shifted are still in tact, Australia will of course will be my second team - SP would probably not be happy otherwise :( England is his second team so I am happy.

Anyhoo, I am sure a lot of you think this is rather dull but I am just ready ready ready for it to start. My Dad in England keeps sending me little updates on the team and whos playing and who won the friendly (England won their last two I might add!), it looks like one of our star players Wayne Rooney will be able to make the final Group match - Horrah. I have also been equipped with two "Come on England" red and white wristbands. Sad but true! Thanks Dad ;)

England - 10 Things I miss



1. My Little Sisters

2. My Family

3. My Friends

4. Cold Christmas'

5. Snow (not that it snows very often but when it does - WOW)

6. Christmas Lights on Oxford Street

7. The shops (H&M, Top Shop, Boots, John Lewis, the list is endless)

8. The Tube (Yes lo and behold, it was the one thing I couldn't wait to leave and yet now it makes my top ten)

9. The variety of places to go out in London.

10. Being able to visit my family in Colorado so easily.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Problem with Evil

As some of you know I have been reading the book "Chosen by God", its taking me a while to get through it but slowly and surely I am. Here are some things that Sproul talks about and I thought I would throw it out to y'all.

Before a person can commit an act of sin he must first have a desire to perform that act. The bible tells us that evil actions flow from evil desires. But the presence of an evil desire is already sin. We sin beacuse we are sinners. We were born with a sin nature. We are fallen creatures. But Adam and Eve were not created fallen creatures. They had no sin nature. They were good creatures with a free will. Yet they chose to sin. Why?

Please comment here 10,000 Words

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

St Burnabas


I went past Barnies this morning on the bus and saw their sign outside which reads:

St Burnabas
"we are still on fire for Jesus"

How cool are they!

Monday, June 05, 2006

10,000 Words



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Soggy Socks


This morning was a very rainy yucky one. I mean it would be OK if you didn't have to get wet on your way to work :( If you could stay home, watch movies and drink tea all day, in your PJs then I love days like this but when you actually have to leave the house then its not so nice.
I got to work and my socks were soaked and my shoes were soaked and the bottom of my trousers were soaked. Thankfully my very smart fast thinking work colleague, we can call her O.B.1, suggested putting my socks and shoes under the drier in the ladies toilets (thankfully nobody came in when I was standing there with no shoes and socks on hogging the drier). Yes, its safe to say O.B.1 is a genius.

Now my shoes and socks are less soggy and I feel much happier :)

A Defence of Calvinism


"The old truth that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, that Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach to-day, or else be false to my conscience and my God. I cannot shape the truth; I know of no such thing as paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox's gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again." — C. H. Spurgeon

Read more here A Defense of Calvinism

Friday, June 02, 2006

Pop Rocks - Was there any other name?


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A work colleague of mine was talking about 'Pop Rocks', you know that candy that explodes in your mouth - very weird.

She has been talking with others at her church about whether or not 'Pop Rocks' used to be called something else?

Do any of you remember?

WARNING: Do not mix Pop Rock with fizzy drinks, the results are explosive.....

This is for you AB - Burger Buns!


Do you love them? Do you hate them?

I love em!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Dentist


I really don't like going to the dentist, infact I really really don't like going to the dentist. I put it off as long as possible, but now the time has come to go. Wisdom teeth growing in at bad angles (I just know they will have to be taken out), can't eat on the left side of my mouth, pain in the right side of my mouth.

The time has come. The question is, will I get the 'good girl' drill or the 'bad girl' drill? (Click on picture above)

On a scale of 1-10 how much do you dislike going to the dentist?

Dead or Alive

Not only did Isobel Lin do a great job on her talk at Equip, Carmelina Read did an equally great job on James 2:14-26
She started by saying "It is possible to have a faith which is dead", Carmelina said "the gospel is something we do, that if you have a faith that doesn't change your life it is nothing, it is DEAD".
She was not denying salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ but she was saying that if you can't see this in how we live our lives then do we really have faith. I know my response to God's grace wasn't just to say thanks very much, then sit back and not change how I live, God gives us a heart that desires to live and serve him. We don't choose to do this God enables us to.
Carmelina said "faith which is just words is useless".
I can say until I am blue in the faith 'I believe' or I can say 'I really really really want to be an olympic ski jumper, I really do honestly!' but then if I don't go skiing or practice my ski jumping then is that what I really really want to do?? You wouldn't believe me.
We can tell the lady next door we would really like to have her over for dinner, everytime we see her we might tell her that - but then we never invite her over for dinner! As James 2:15-16 says "Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed." but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?" Even Satan and the demons have faith in God James 2:19 says "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder"
Look at Abraham and Rahab they didn't have an empty faith, they both trusted and believed in God, and acted out that faith by their actions. Abraham who was prepared to offer his son Issac as a sacrifice and Rahab who protected the spies and helped them escape death from the King of Jericho. They were both considered righteous not just for having faith but for what they did. James 2:22 "You see that his faith and his action were working together and his faith was made complete by what he did"

The challenge for all of us is 'Does my faith change my life - Is it alive?'

Sovereignty of God


When we speak of divine sovereignty we are speaking about God's authority and about God's power. As sovereign, God is the supreme authority of heaven and earth. All other authority is lesser authority. Any other authority that exists in the universe is derived from and dependent upon God's authority. All other forms of authority exist either by God's command or by God's permission.
The word authority contains within itself the word author. God is the author of all things over which he has authority. He created the universe. He owns the universe. His ownership gives him certain rights. He may do with his universe what is pleasing to his holy will.
Likewise, all power in the universe flows from the power of God. All power in this universe is subordinate to him. Even Satan is powerless without God's sovereign permission to act.
Christianity is not dualism. We do not belive in two ultimate equal powers locked in an eternal struggle for supremacy. If Satan were equal to God, we would have no confidence, no hope of good triumphing over evil. We would be destined to an eternal standoff between two equal and opposing forces.
Satan is a creature. He is evil to be sure, but even his evil is subject to the sovereignty of God, as is our own evil. God's authority is ultimate; his power is omnipotent. He is sovereign.

"Chosen by God" R C Sproul