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Love, Broken Mirrors and Love.

Category: God and Church
Published: Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Written by The Kiwi

Biblehand

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (NIV)

A boy is bouncing a ball in his father’s up-market shop full of expensive ornaments. His father asks him to stop bouncing the ball – he can play with it outside a little later. The boy disobeys, and in a few minutes he has smashed a valuable mirror worth $10 000.

The father still loves the boy as much as before. The boy’s disobedience has not affected how much his father loves him, because the father’s amount of love for the boy does not vary according to what the boy does or doesn’t do. But the boy has broken a $10 000 mirror that now needs to be replaced, and he has broken his father’s trust by disobeying, and that needs repairing.

Painful Trust.

Category: God and Church
Published: Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Written by The Kiwi

BiblehandIt is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (NIV)

“I hate him,” Harry muttered as he stumbled along the course he was meant to be running while his coach rode just in front in an open convertible.

“Come on, Harry!” Coach shouted. “Is that all you’ve got?”

Is McDonalds Evil?

Category: God and Church
Published: Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Written by The Kiwi

Biblehand

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (NIV)

McDonalds took legal action against a social football team in Australia who called themselves McBrats and printed the name on their uniforms. McBrats was the nickname of one of the people involved in the team, but McDonalds was concerned that it was too similar to their McKids clothing line in America (a clothing line that most people in Australia have never heard of). They wanted the team to stop using such a commercially threatening handle. Astounded and annoyed by McDonald’s claim to the name, one of the players asked that people around Australia boycott McDonald restaurants on St Patrick’s Day.

Paula and I decided that we would join the boycott.

Jesus teaches us to talk to trees and mountains.

Category: God and Church
Published: Sunday, 14 June 2015
Written by The Kiwi

These couple of paragraphs caused me a bit of trouble in 2009. If you have the patience, this sermon I gave around the same time ought to give some context. If you don't have the patience, just ask me about it. Or don't.

Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.

Mark 11:23

Wrongs Don't Make Love Not Right.

Category: God and Church
Published: Tuesday, 09 June 2015
Written by The Kiwi

Biblehand

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (NIV)

When Nate was getting quotes from builders for some work on his house, he quizzed them thoroughly.

Nate: “How long have you been in the building trade?”

The builder would tell him.

Nate: “What type of building have you been involved in?”

Again the builder would reply.

Nate: “How many times have you been caught speeding?”

My Own Personal Temper Tantrums.

Category: God and Church
Published: Tuesday, 02 June 2015
Written by The Kiwi

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (NIV)

Do you remember Supernanny? It was a TV programme about a British woman, Jo, who goes into homes where the children are running riot and helps the parents bring some order to their family. It was really quite interesting.

One episode we watched featured an American family with an older boy and 4 year-old twin girls. The girls were a nightmare! They disobeyed their parents, slapped their mother and kicked her in the stomach, refused to go to sleep until their mother lay down with them at bedtime. When she fell asleep they would get up and demand attention from their dad. It was a horrendous situation.