Archive for June, 2013

21
Jun
13

Disturbing? (What do you do part 2)

Is it only my impression or is there something disturbingly creepy about these statements from a commenter on the Revivalschool blog?

 “For me personally I go by what Jesus told me before He went back to heaven…” (He then quotes Acts 1)

“If He wants me to know any more than the basic things which He has already shared with me in Matthew 24…”

“Anything else the Lord wants to tell me I’m open for it – but I’m not focusing on it – It wasn’t the last instruction He gave me before He left planet earth…”

 

This commenter is the same person referred to here: https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/what-do-you-do/

19
Jun
13

Dumb, sad, desperate or deluded?

spam5My latest blog stats show I’ve now received 12,096 deliveries of spam.
I don’t know Why anyone in their right mind would think that such garbled, often unintelligible babblings could be effective in promoting their cause.

But there is a more subtle way people try to promote their unwanted messages: by registering a “like” in the comments of a blog entry.
I usually try to follow-up people who “like” what I’ve posted and those who have chosen to follow my blog – in case their blog is something I’d find interesting. I’ve discovered several that are worthwhile.

However, around half of those “likers” and “followers” seem to have nothing in common with me or my blog. I’ve now lost count of the number of young American men who have blogs related to making money without working: letting a blog make money for you. I suspect these sad individuals must get payment for every hit on their blog site and they probably get a few cents from people like me who want to find out more about those who show interest in my own blog.

I had a similar experience with my (now former) phone “service”. On the two occasions when I had problems with my phone, I found their customer service was a call centre in the Philippines, and all they were interested in doing was getting me to ring them as many times as possible; putting obstacle after obstacle in the way so multiple calls had to be made. Obviously they were being paid per call – not per satisfied customer.

The volume of spam is perhaps one of the worst things about WordPress. It’s a problem I never had with my original blog through a different provider.

18
Jun
13

REVIVAL – yet another idol?

(Discussion I’ve seen on other sites made me think it was worth recycling the following article, posted to my older blog site on January 02, 2007 .)

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REVIVAL – yet another idol?

From my very first active involvement with Christianity in the mid-1970s, there has been an expressed hope for (and belief in) an impending revival. And this hope goes back much further than my own experience.

The issue of “Revival” seems to me to be another of those distracting issues that takes our eyes off the Father’s business, and places them on a historical by-product of the obedience of previous generations. It measures the success or failure of the work being done by the standard of whether “revival” is obtained.

I’m not against revivals – it’s a matter of NOT pinning our hopes on them, not expecting that experiences of the past should be repeated merely because they have happened before. Not seeing “revival” as the measure of success or a goal to achieve.

Revival seems to be one of those “romantic” ideals that have happened in the past, or happen in distant nations. If anything happens “here” it is often derided and labelled as false when it produces “fruit” contrary to our expectations.

Toronto and Brownsville have often been dismissed by many for just such reasons *, yet others proclaim these as examples of “revival”. It seems to me that revival is a very subjective term that depends on a person’s particular theology and is therefore a weak yardstick of spiritual reality or success.

While historical accounts may be inspiring they should not be the basis of our faith and expectation. They can provide encouragement but not direction. “Revival” in its historical context is a human concept created to excuse the times when “revival” is not happening. It creates an impression that “revival” and its fruit are ideals to be reached on rare occasion instead of lived in at all times. Why else would 1904 in Wales (over a hundred years ago!) still be such a notable landmark in church history?

Instead of majoring on revival, we should follow Jesus’ instruction to seek first the Kingdom of God. The Lord and His Kingdom should be our desire; not a taste of something experienced by others in the past, no matter how exciting and inspiring that experience may appear to have been.

 

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* Todd Bentley’s Lakeland’s Revival could also be added to this list. 

originall posted here: http://onefiles.blogspot.co.nz/2007/01/revival-yet-another-idol.html

17
Jun
13

Ebal or Gerizim

 

Ebal or Gerizim

I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse –  the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today;  the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.  When the Lord your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses. .. 

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17
Jun
13

Burning Bush

This is a painting I completed a few months ago without recognising that it was finished. I felt it needed something more. Last week I realised, all it needed was an appropriate title: Burning Bush.

Burning Bush

Moses looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.  Then he said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn…

…And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3)

07
Jun
13

Public Hanging

Two of my paintings have been accepted for display (and sale) in a local cafe. I was quite nervous taking them in, just in case they were rejected. They are different to the  landscapes and still-life paintings they’ve had on their walls to date and the owner didn’t seem very favourable to more abstract art when I made my initial enquiries last weekend. But she suggested I take them in today when her business partner was also in the shop.

I took the following two paintings and both of the cafe owners seemed very happy to hang them.

passoverbloodmoonThis weekend will now be very busy. I also need to choose a couple of paintings to go into an exhibition being held tomorrow in one of the town’s galleries. I was only notified about it yesterday and the art needs to be submitted later this afternoon. I’m not sure what will be suitable, considering I need to keep four “fresh”  paintings aside for an exhibition in July.

 

05
Jun
13

Psalm

Psalm




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