Thursday, 17 November 2016

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.

This is a great picture:


From this excellent article:
http://www.mercatornet.com/features/view/why-a-fractured-nation-needs-to-remember-martin-luther-kings-message/19004

My thought - there is no monopoly of righteousness on either the left or right of politics that gives anyone on either side the ability to drive out hatred with hatred. Because only love can drive out hate...

...This is a spiritual point, and my further thought on this is that only God can help us love those who hate us, forgive those who hurt us, respond kindly to those who set out to harm us.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Where to get help when you need it.

I find life difficult at times. For a long time, I found mornings particularly difficult - just to get to work was a battle, just to get myself motivated for another day - but through all of that I've found a few things that help a lot, in getting through the day, getting through life. I'm telling you these because I am a fellow beggar, looking to find some food! And I want you to know where to find help too.

1) Call out to God, call out to Jesus, for help. God is real! He will hear your prayer.

 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (in the Bible 3 times - in Joel 2:32, Romans 10:13, and Acts 2:21) 

For that difficult period in my life, He heard my prayer for help and salvation every day, and he still does. But these days I find myself getting stronger:

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

2) Understand that you are saved by faith in Jesus Christ, not by doing good works or balancing up the scales by achieving something. To really understand this, read Paul's epistle to the Romans, or Galatians gives the short version. In fact, all of Paul's letters in the Bible emphasize this fact, as do John's letters also in the New Testament.

3) Deal with sin by putting your trust in Jesus. Jesus' blood, shed for you on the cross, is all that can cleanse sin and the past from our lives. Pushing uncomfortable thoughts away, burying them, avoiding them, will not work, but faith in Jesus will.

4) Place your hopes on Jesus. Jesus' resurrection is what gives hope, ultimately, not anything else we can think or do or wish for or imagine or hope for. We can trust God for everything else!

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

5) Read the Bible. It really is God's word, and through the words of the Bible God is able to help you and speak to you. I can't emphasize this enough - God is a living God - and He can and will speak through this book that He caused to be written. He cares enough to speak to you personally. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-19 (Yes God wants us to do good works, but these are the result of our salvation, not the cause of it.)

And

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

6) Talk to a wise counsellor - a Christian. Someone who will tell you points 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5! Someone who will guide you to follow in Jesus' way.

7) Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself. Love is, after all, what it's all about.

God is love. 1 John 4:16

Gender Reassignment Surgery - the History.

In today's media, particularly in Australia, we tend to only get one point of view on many topics. For fear of hurting people's feelings or being labelled politically incorrect the media will avoid giving the other side of controversial topics.

This article, written by Walt Heyer, a man who had a sex-change operation, then deeply regretted it, should be required reading for anyone who is thinking of having sex-change surgery:

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/the-troubling-history-of-sex-change-surgery/16113

Here is his testimonial - a really troubled life.

http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14688/

His site would be good to read for anyone thinking of having such surgery:

http://www.sexchangeregret.com

Taking cross-sex hormones is also a health risk, causing things like high blood pressure, strokes and cancer (item 6 in the following)

http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children

Monday, 7 November 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016

...and Even More Book Covers



And here are the two new Henry Lawson book covers, using an out-of-copyright image of Lawson from the New South Wales State Library as well as a copyright free image, from Darpa, of a robot (!) (not meaning to imply any endorsement by Darpa) (But those Darpa robots are pretty freaky.) 

Photoshop really makes this sort of thing so easy...

And the new Talon of Destiny book cover, below, using the picture from the previous blog post. 


New book covers for the Fantasy and Alternate History Collection!



 New book covers for the Fantasy and Alternate History Collections, featuring Aerae, the half-elven Princess. 

I based them on this rather lovely, very out-of-copyright picture of Miss Maude Fealy.  Simply inserted her face into my pre-existing image of Aerae, which was on the cover of Talon of Destiny. Thankyou Photoshop for making this possible! 



Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Panorama

Panorama of the Lockridge Bush (click on it to see the whole thing)

I've removed quite a few posts. Rethinking some things again! Going back to writing.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Love

Love is at the heart of the Christian gospel. 

God is love - no one can go past that. 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

11-22-63

The TV series based on the Stephen King book, 11-22-63, about the Kennedy Assassination 22nd November 1963, is, strangely enough, a beautifully romantic tale about what love really means, as well as a great adventure/thriller about trying to prevent one of the more horrible events of the 20th century.

The premise of the story is stated in the first five minutes or so. Al Templeton, owner of a local diner, tells history teacher Jake Epping to go into the wardrobe in his diner. Jake resists at first, but Al's friendship is enough to convince him to go in.

Jake discovers that there is a time portal inside the wardrobe that goes back in time to 1960. He returns and Al tells him that he has been trying to prevent the Kennedy Assassination, but that he's out of time and he needs Jake to take over.

Armed with a book full of sporting stats that in 1960 haven't happened yet, a fake identity, and a few other objects that are going to prove useful as well as a list of facts about the Kennedy Assassination, Jake goes back in time to prevent it from happening.

In order not to spoil the story for you I won't tell you what happened after that! But it is a brilliant, logical story in so many ways.

But the 1960s are realised really wonderfully, the scenery I presume with the aid of computer graphics and some live sets, but it is all very seamless. And the acting and the dialogue combine to give what seemed to me to be a very realistic portrait of that era in America.

As you may already know, the 22nd of November 1963 was not only the day Kennedy was assassinated, but the day CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley died as well, strangely enough. And so I thought it was interesting that Stephen King had his character go backwards in time through what was essentially a wardrobe, although perhaps it's identified as a broom cupboard in the story. Is this a small homage to CS Lewis? Who knows; it really doesn't matter anyhow. Just thought it was interesting, that's all.



Monday, 23 May 2016

Jesus shall save his people from their sins

This great sermon by the African American preacher D J Ward, mentioned in John Yates' article (link at the bottom):
https://vimeo.com/163252033 

The description of the video: "The death of Christ was an accomplishment, and our works cannot add to Christ's death. In this video, Elder D.J. Ward, the late pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Lexington, K.Y., powerfully reminds us of the sufficiency of Christ's death for all who turn to him in repentance and faith."



And John Yates' recent reflections on it: 
Promise

I read somewhere that there is little difference between the pagan clutching at idols and people who rely on religion or conscience or good deeds to save them - Jesus' salvation is on a different order, it is not something we have to do, it is complete, He has done everything for us, we can rest in what He has accomplished.