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This is another of Amanda Cook’s songs on her new album.  And again, I love it.  In fact, I am not sure if I’ve had an album where every single song speaks to my heart and has the musicality that matches my soul.  Love it.

ou taught my feet to dance on disappointment and I will worship You

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lost and heroes, csi (but not the gross bits!), the smell of my kids after a shower, chocolate, cake, pringles (esp the texan bbq flavour), coke cola, worship music like kelanie gloeckler, kim walker, misty edwards, cindy ruakere, hillsong united, and irish music like hothouse flowers and glen hadgard, movies, musicals, seven brides for seven brothers, once, lamb chops (the food), smurfs, the sound of my kids laughing, roast potatoes and parsnips, talking to friends, blogging, facebooking, watching movies with my hubby, laughing out loud, necklaces and vintage tshirts, doc marten boots, starry nights, frost on the grass, calla lillies, funky art, red, bono, taking photos….

listening to:  bless one of my friends who has long term loaned me two of her new cds ; Kim Walker “Here is my Song” and Suzy Wills Yaraei, from Morningstar.  both are live worship albums which i love, love the feel of live music vs studio produced and the crowd adding their voice to the songs…  fantastic worship.  suzy wills yaraei has awesome musicality in her songs – awesome guitar and drums… is almost hard alternative rock, but worship!  i love love love it!  there is a great song on her album called DANCE which kim walker also sings on (they hang together and sing together) and it is awesome and me and evangeline love to dance to it…  you cant help yourself!

watching on tv: still loving heroes, we’ve just had the eclipse part 2 here…  Lost starts tomorrow night… as per previous post…  otherwise there is the smattering of Dora the Explorer and Wall-E for about the 6th time…  the kids love it..

reading:  reading a Brook and Brodie Thoene book, they are christian novelists…  is good.  intersting.  entertaining.  inspiring.  a good fill in book, you know between the Excellent Books….

reading in the bible:  am “proud” of myself (in hopefully a kosher way) as i have been consistantly reading my plan this year…  am in genesis, job, mark, romans and catching up in 1 samuel and jeremiah

achieving: today i went down to church and used their puter (as mine is bust) and made Mainly Music calendars and birthday certificates… for those not in the know Mainly Music is a preschool music/dance programme for kids and mums (and dads too) – is a real community outreach thing – we have about 25 families that come (mum and kids) and 97% of them are not church people!  we sing christian songs and random dance singing movement action type songs…  i had fun making cute calendars.  felt happy :o)  small things….

This morning our pastor did a phenomenal message on caleb. i love caleb. i love caleb my son and caleb in the bible and yes we were deliberate in the name choice. most of us know the account of how the spies were sent into the land by moses and came back – with only Caleb and Joshua having a faith-filled “lets go we can do this” report and the other 10 shaking in their boots saying “no way”. as a result of their unbelif they had to wander hte wilderness for another 40 years while the whole generation died and only Joshua and Caleb went into the promised land. they took jerico dramatically, learned annd too Ai and began to win teh land. so that is the background.

our pastor then had us turn to joshua 14. this is the account of when caleb, now 85 years old, strong and still full of faith and holding on to the promise of MOses and God that he would take the land as his own where he walked. The land that Caleb claimed as his own was the city of Hebron and the land around it. He said that when he read this he was particularly drawn to the last verses…

Joshua 14:13-15 “13 So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave Hebron to him as his portion of land. 14 Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 (Previously Hebron had been called Kiriath-arba. It had been named after Arba, a great hero of the descendants of Anak.) And the land had rest from war.”

If you are prepared there is some amazing hidden treasure in teh bible. if you are prepared to dig you can elarn amazing thigns about God. our pastor dug deeper and discovered some things about HEbron.

Hebron has also been known as Kiriath-arba which was named after Arba – the biggest and bested of the giants.

it is also the only place that LEGALLY belonged to the jews. Abraham brought it as the final resting place of his wife sarah. Abraham, Issac and Jacob are also buried there. Genesis 23.

“1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. 3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. [a] He said, 4 “I am an alien and a stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.” 5 The Hittites replied to Abraham, 6 “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.” 7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. 8 He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf 9 so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.” 10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give [b] you the field, and I give [c] you the cave that is in it. I give [d] it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.” 12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.” 14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels [e] of silver, but what is that between me and you? Bury your dead.” 16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants. 17 So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.”

Genesis 35.

“Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.” Genesis 35:27

in the 400 years between when Jacob dwelt there and the Israelites went and lived and slaved in Eypt it was taken over by the giants – the Anak. it probably isnt a coincidence that the giants came and built a city over the ONE PLACE that legally belonged to the children of God. what an “insult”. they built a stronghold over this one precious location, over the heritage of the jews.

no coincidence then that Caleb wanted to claim taht land – to restore what is rightfully their heritage and their land to their people. Caleb went and destroyed the stronghold of the giants. he took back what rightfully belonged to teh people of Israel.

listening to: Emma Shaplin – contempory rock opera singer, Hothouse Flowers – irish folk rock, Hillsong United – worship

 

on the box: yay heroes was on again finally again after the christmas season… was the one where hiro spirit walked and saw some behind the scenes things like elle meeting sylar before he was truely bad and claire in the train on fire rescuing a “villian” and where the african future seer gets his head chopped off, gross!  have also watched tristian and isolde on dvd and The Lake House on tv, love that movie. love love love.

 

right now am: in bed, saturday morning, 9.50am typing this.

 

in my bible: reading the Mc’yhene plan, am in matthew, acts, genesis and nehemiah and also added a proverb to it and catching up in judges and jeremiah.  really enjoying it and though last year was consistant, it was more consistant 3-4 nights a week than 7 so pleased in myself and with God that so far we’re on teh right day with the right stuff.  and i am learning and gleaming and thinking and inspired by what i am reading.  love hte bible.

 

reading otherwise:  second touch by brock and bodie thoene, is 2nd in series of about 10 books about people in 1AD who meet jesus and are changed and their search for truth etc and all the religious postering also.  i am finding them very good!

 

would like to: dye my hair.  but i need to get it cut first.  is getting very long and thick.  so cut then dye.  but i have to find a hairdresser, as my sister, top hairdresser who lives in anotehr city, isnt coming my way for a while.  oh i’ve been spoilded.

 

weather is: warm, hot, clouded, lovely.  just right.

 

mood: happy.  tired.  good. 

 

notable notes:  i slept all night last night.  seriously taht is not smoething that happens.  i think this is hte first time in maybe a year.  so that is newsworthy!  yay!

“They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Naturally, they became heroes.” Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan

This is also true I think in “real life” – sometimes we are put in what can seem like a wrong time and place, in a stiuation that makes us go “what!?!” but in that time and place God is at work, to refine us and and to reach out to ther people. Divine appointments. Powerful faith stands. Miracles. Overcoming. But to the world they look like the wrong place, like a step backwards, like a strange move, like a mistake. But to God who orders our steps He knows where we are ment to be and ment to be doing.

Like Paul, imprisioned in Rome – wrong place and wrong time??? Right place and right time. Preaching the gospel. John the Apostle. Exiled on Patmos. wrong time and wrong place???? Right place and right time for revelation and encounter with God. Lazarus. Dead. In the tomb. Wrong place and wrong time??? Right place and right time for a miracle and resurrection.

Jesus. THe cross. Wrong place and wrong time??? Right place and right time for the salvation of our souls…

At the age of six John Wesley was rescued from the burning rectory. This escape made a deep impression on John, he believed he had a second chance and should “do something with his life” for God.

He went on to study and become a minister, and then after the death of his father went to Georgia, America in 1735 to save the native Indians, and deepen the religious lives of the new colonialists. His stint as a missionary to the new world however didn’t last long. John returned home, a depressed broken man, calling his time in America (and himself as a minister!) a failure. God led him to the Moravians, and revealed more clearly some of the fundamental truths which became the basis for his own relationship with God and the future Methodist movement. It was in a Moravian meeting in Aldergate in 1738 that John became born again. He said “I felt my heart strangely warmed” about this experience. Up to that point he had been trying to serve the Lord in his own strength and intellect. After this conversion John was totally different. God gave him a passion for souls that consumed his thoughts, prayers and energy.

Despite his training at Oxford and his passion John Wesley found himself kicked out of and subsequently shut out of the mainstream churches. Partnering with an old friend from his Oxford days, George Whitefield, John began preaching in fields. At first John was hesitant to preach with Whitefield, thinking the method as “almost a sin”, but after seeing the response to salvations from audience John Wesley continued preaching, despite the persecution by “the Church”, in fields, halls, cottages – and rarely churches – for over 50 years. He even used his father’s tombstone as a pulpit to preach from. Traveling on horseback John preached two or three times a day, seven days a week. He rose at 4am every day, beginning the day with prayer before setting of for his next preaching engagement, wherever God may lead him.

John believed that God had called him to bring about revival in his generation. No persecution, physical attack or obstacles could dampen his enthusiasm for doing God’s will, the work of saving souls. Everything in his life was dedicated to this one purpose. Most of the money he received for writing was invested in local community outreach, providing for young evangelists or for establishing new Christian “churches” (which later fell under the Methodist banner). His time and energy was spent preaching, teaching, training, mentoring, praying and traveling. After getting saved John heard the heartbeat of God for the lost. It transformed his heart and gave him renewed purpose for life. It was for “such a time as this” that John Wesley was born, and rescued. He made it his highest priority to serve God where he felt he was needed most, with the lost.

“You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most…It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.”

“And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives… and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” Nate Saint (missionary to Brazil, killed in service)

Dr Livingstone I presume???

David Livingstone had a passion for souls that he gave his life to go to the untouched and unexplored areas of Africa, to reach those that would otherwise not hear the Gospel. He fought lions, buried a child and eventually his wife, suffered tropical illnesses and endured the hardships of being a pioneer in a strange land for the sake of been able to win people to his Lord.

He was born on March 13, 1813, in Blantyre, Scotland, where he lived until he was 23. His parents, devout Christians, played an important role in his life by introducing him to the subject of missions. While not a wealthy family they encouraged their son to pursue whatever he desired, to the glory of God. They were initially concerned by his love for science, as at that time science often turned young men away from God to unbelief.

In his late teens, Livingstone began to ask of himself the big question “What shall I do with my life?” He was profoundly inspired by Matthew 28 – the Great Commission.

“All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt. 28:18-20).

He read in the Bible and believed that:

“All authority is given unto me.” The same power is available!

“Go and evangelize all nations.” The same program is operative!

“Lo, I am with you.” The same Presence is assured!

Before his 21st birthday Livingstone had made up his mind to become a medical missionary, using his skills to treat physical illnesses and as a catalyst to share the Gospel. He first thought of going to China (the current hot spot for missionaries to go) but after hearing Robert Moffat, a missionary to Africa (and later becoming his father in law) preach he changed his mind to go to the “Dark Continent.” Livingstone saw a vision of “the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been” and heard a Voice saying: “Go! Preach the Gospel and explore the unknown continent. Make disciples and open a way for the Gospel.” It seemed an impossible assignment, until the Voice added: “You will never be alone and you have nothing to fear. Lo, I am with you all the way.” It was this vision that defined his purpose for life and gave him the burning desire to search out the thousand villages where no missionary had ever been before. Once the decision was made to go to Africa the Continent consumed his dreams and prayers. On the ship to his missionary post Livingstone wrote in his journal: Whatever the cost, I will find a path to the heart of Africa so that I, or my successors, might draw Africa up close to the yearning heart of God!

Livingstone was first posted to Lepelole, 700 miles from Algoa where he landed. The tribe living there called themselves Bakwena, or the People of the Crocodile – that being their sacred animal. He built a house and began to study the language. After six months he could hold a conversation or preach freely in the Bakwena language. A year after his arrival in Africa, he wrote to his father: “The work of God goes on here notwithstanding all our infirmities. Souls are being gathered continually. Twenty-four were added to the church last month.”

In another village that he settled Livingstone made it his mission to win the heart of the chief, Sechele. After hearing the Gospel the chief called all his people together and listened to the missionarys message. “This is wonderful,” exclaimed the chief. “But my forefathers were living, at the same time yours were. How is it that they never heard of the love of God and of Jesus the Saviour? Why did they all pass away into deep darkness?” The chief’s words broke Livingstone’s heart, and spurred him on in his explorations, which were not only for the sake of seeing new wonders or adding to the known map.

Livingstone was a visionary, not only planning for his own harvest, but for those to join and follow him. One of his primary goals was to find easy routes from the coast to the interior of the country so that more missionaries would be able to minister within Africa. He marked suitable sites for missionary posts, locations with water and fertile land for cultivation. He also trained Africans to work amongst their own people as pastors and missionaries, an action that the London Missionary Society with whom he was affiliated did not approve of strongly.

He travelled 29,000 miles in Africa, adding to the maps of his era about a million square miles, discovering lakes N’gami, Shirwa, Nyassa, Morero and Bangweolo, the upper Zambesi and many other rivers, and the wonderful Victoria Falls. He was also the first European to traverse the entire length of Lake Tanganyika, and to travel over the vast watershed near Lake Bangweolo.

Life in Africa in the 1800’s certainly held lots of challenges. Livingstone was attacked and bitten by a lion, and had various other encounters with dangerous wildlife, not to mention the native Africans! The land was harsh and the climate unforgiving. There were droughts, floods, mosquito storms, relentless disease. He lost a child, his wife Mary, and almost his own life to illness in Africa.

Despite the obstaces Livingstone pressed on in spreading the Gospel. Speaking about missionary work Livingstone said “A missioanry will be exposed to great trials of his faith and patience from the indifference, distrust, and even direct opposition and scorn of those for whose good he is laboring; he may be tempted to despondency from the little apparent fruit of his exertions, and exposed to all the contaminating influence of heathenism.” He faced the trials head on because he knew he was never alone, that God had promised to be with him always and that God never failed in keeping His word.

Livingstone are that he was not only a world changer in spiritual terms, leaving such a mark for the Gospel in Africa that generations on is still evident, but he was a powerful voice for social change and social action. He fought hard to destroy slavery, not only by preaching the Gospel, but by opening up trade routes, and then teaching the people how to create profit from the resources of their land, not the sale of their people. Using his public fame as a explorer and discoverer he also wrote essays and letters voicing his hate of slavery, calling it “an open sore in the world”, which were published in England.

David Livingstone died on April 30, 1873, after a long illness. His African companions reported they found him kneeling beside his bed, as if he was still praying. His body, along with his belongings, papers and maps, was transported to England, where he is buried in Westminster Abbey. As per his instructions, his heart was removed and buried under a mvula tree in Africa, the land he loved.

Florence Nightingale said this upon hearing his death : “God has taken away the greatest man of his generation . . .”

Heroes….
1) Do great exploits
2) Stand in the face of great obstacles
3) Stand beside people
4) Have great hope
5) Realize that the world may not change in their lifetime – but that they are a critical part of change

Heroes do great exploits.
Heroes for God do great exploits

DANIEL 11:32
Those who know their God will be strong and do exploits.

JOHN 14:12
(CEV) I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father.
(GNB) I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father.

GREAT WORKS ARE:

most people when they read about the “great works” mentioned in the verses above may jump to the conclusion that these are just spiritual things. i have made a list though of things that i consider fall into categories of spiritual and “unspiritual…” i hope you get the intention.

“SPIRITUAL THINGS”
Healing
Miracles
Prophecy
Words of knowledge
Witnessing

“UNSPIRITUAL THINGS”

Giving
Serving
Compassion
Being a friend
Being faithful in your workplace
Being honest
Encouraging others
Living a life led by the Spirit of God
Allowing God to work in us
Being confident in hard times
Giving your time
Befriending those who “are uncool”
Standing up for righteousness
Making a stand
Being a great person

Heroes stand with confidence in times of trouble.

JOHN16:33
(BBE) I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.
(ISV) I have told you this so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but be courageous-I have overcome the world!”
(MSG) I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

Hebrews 10:35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.

What do we have confidence in?

Not so much a WHAT but a WHO – Jesus Christ. The Rock. The Savior. The Good Shepherd. The Lord of Lords. The Creator of the Universe. The One who died for us. The One who in all things works together for good. The One who gives us peace. The One who holds the keys to death and life. The One who sits at the right hand of God. The One who chose us and made a way for us to be righteous and have relationship with the Father. The One who gave Himself so that we would have life. The One that became sin for us, though he knew no sin, that we would be saved.

Romans 8:31-32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Truly He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

1Jo 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Heroes stand beside their friends – beside PEOPLE.

Hebrews 10:24 and let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works,

Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak.

1Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn those who are unruly, comfort the faint-hearted, support the weak, be patient toward all.

Isaiah 35:3 Make the weak hands strong and make the feeble knees sure.

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed ones go free, and that you break every yoke?

Heroes have hope

Romans 15:13 And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice on the hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we glory in afflictions also, knowing that afflictions work out patience, and patience works out experience, and experience works out hope. And hope does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us.

Heroes are world changers

But they realize that the world may not change in their lifetime – but that they are part of a great picture, a great plan, but they have a critical part in change.

How do we change things?

Our responses and our reactions – to ordinary circumstances, to extraordinary circumstances, to life’s issues, to societies issues

By living according to the Word of God – allowing it to transform us – we are a light on the hill, we are different.

By standing for righteousness – society issues, personal issues

BY PRAYER – the prayer of a righteous person avails much – it is effective

BY OBEDIENCE – as God leads God does!

PS Heroes is also a very good tv programme! bring on season 3 to New Zealand!

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