Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Ever hear that prayer "Thank you God that we have so much freedom to worship you...." Everytime I hear it I think what would happen if the church in New Zealand was being persecuted and would it be such a bad thing? In so many places where persecution is happening the church is growing. Obviously having our freedom is a blessing, but when we trade freedom for comfort that is when we tend to get into trouble.

I often wonder if we have worked so hard at trying not to "turn people off the gospel" that we have lost the edge of "how to get them interested in the gospel". Surely the faith we have requires that sometimes we are put in a position where our faith is being persecuted (maybe not on a grand scale all the time but certainly to a higher degree then we currently see).

Oh how often I slump into a comfortable "ask me no questions and I won't step on your toes kind of faith". Oh God help me

End of the road

After over six years in the same work place I am coming to the end of the road! Today I have one week to go WOW!!! I am so looking forward to new challenges and what is in store for us up north but one part of me is sad. Few people get to work in a job where they learn something new (which they find interesting)everyday.

As I reflect on 6 years it once again reminds me of the Faithfulness of God, as he has been with me at work and grown me over the last six year so he will go ahead of me. I am so grateful for his continued favor and blessing in my life.

One more week to go YIPPPPEEEE!!!

Monday, May 30, 2005

Income splitting

United future have just released their policy on taxation and I must admit it is looking pretty good. I did not vote United Future in the last election but am quite impressed with their taxation policies. Income splitting for couples with dependent children is a fantastic way to invest into the family and give mothers a chance to stay home with their children(if they choose to). I think it would need clear guidelines around it and I would have a limitation of about 30k that could be passed to a partner.

The Threshold changes and first 3k being tax free are also quite reasonable in the context that they are also proposing income spliting

I am however very surprised for them to say that their total tax package is only going to cost 2 -3 billion and am suspicious that this may be just the threshold changes without taking into account the income splitting side of it.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Rediscovering the Cross

Time and time again I find myself having to rediscover the cross. When you really stop to think about the bible and what Jesus has done, it still is and will always be the most amazing truth ever told. What is it within me (us?) that wants to normalise it and break it down to something that doesn't give goose bumps every time I think it about.

"I cried Who nailed him their, this child of peace and mercy, who nailed him their come and face me like a man, who nailed him their and the crowd began to mock me, I cried owe my God I don't understand and then I turned and saw the hammer in my hand" - The Hammer - Ray Boltz

I don't want to live under condemnation but I want to strive to live under the constant conviction of the cross. That each day would be truely different because of what he has done for me and the power of his Spirit. In the mean time though I am having to rediscover the cross over and over again.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


With the cold snap I have been thinking about the seasons and come to conclusion, I like every season except spring. Summer is great because it is warm,fun and test cricket is on! Autumn is nice because it begins to cool off but the weather is consistant, and the trees look nice. Winter is nice because you get to rug up warm ,do nothing and it is footie season. But spring is the biggest let down (certainly in ch-ch) it is supposed to bring the hope of better weather but invaribly it rains heaps and is really incosistant. Cricket season starts but the pitches have more water on them then a hotel corrider after a visit from Dover. Yip I hate spring

Australian invasion

Thought I would do a bit of promoting for two new bloggers, who both happen to be Aussies!!
Lasalle and Shawn
Hope you don't mind the promotion fellas but I figure the point of a blog is not only a Journal but to grow from other peoples opinions.

As a side note I bet you all didn't know that I went to school with Scribe. That's right the voice of NZ hip hop and yours truely used to hang together (well not really he actually he punched me in the head in 4th form science!!!) I was friends with his cousin though,

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Thinking banished

"We live in a world of frightful givens. It is a given that you will behave like this, it is a given that you will care about that. No one thinks about the givens. Isn't it amazing? In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper but we actually banished thought" - Quote from Jurassic Park - The book(which I may add is a FANTASTIC read)

Sunday, May 22, 2005

The true problems with Student Loans

So many people are arguing against the student loan system and how unfair it is, personally I think Student Loans are not the issue, student allowances are the key issue. I have no problem with people having to borrow money to pay for their course fees. Universities are 60% government funded anyway so the fact that we have the ability to borrow the rest of our fees (interest free while we study) is a pretty good deal. I think some student bodies have focused too hard on fee increases instead of focusing on the key issue which is allowances and borrowing for living costs. I think the fact that government would even consider having a system where it will loan money to students to live is a disgrace. If they paid a universal student allowance for anyone over 18 (not 20 like United Future suggest) they could cut out the option of borrowing to cover living costs. I believe no government with a surplus should ever be forcing (or even allowing) people to borrow money to live, that is the true issue with student loans

Who will intervene?

I was reading a few chapters in Isaiah over the weekend and the following stood out to me.

The LORD looked and was displeased
that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no one,
he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;

God was displeased with injustice but appalled that no one would intervene. How important it is for us to intervene when we see injustice. So often we can be "asleep in the light".

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Seeing the potential in others

I have been preparing to share at a youth leaders retreat this weekend and God has reminded me of something I had forgotten. When I was 14 I did a personality profile and one of the traits that came out somewhere in the middle was leadership. At that stage I couldn't really see myself having any leadership gifting. One of the older ladies in the church who was organizing the profiling simply said "I can see some leadership in you!" At a time when I wouldn't dare to believe in myself, she believed in me! At that stage I was far from being a leader but she saw a glimmer of potential and spoke prophetically too it. Now many years later I am going to be speaking to a group of leaders and encouraging them to see the potential in their young people, it is amazing how God works and who he uses!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

A different form of tax cut

With it being election year pressure is again coming on the government to cut taxes. I think a great way of offering a tax cut would be to give rebates on private health care insurance premiums. Currently the rebates system allows for donations and childcare/housekeeper and is one of the simplest and most efficient ways for the government to refund money. Surely we should be willing to give some encouragement to those who choose to have private health insurance as it eases the burden on the public system. An often used argument against tax cuts is they only benefit the rich, well here is one that would benefit the middle class and rich (as they are generally the ones who can afford health insurance) but also benefit the poor as if more people go private it frees public health resources. Obviously the amount you could get back would be capped. What's more as the government is only giving a 1/3 of the amount back it could well pay for itself with the savings!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Why Christians shouldn't wife swap!!

I watched a tv show I had never watched the other night, it was called 'trading spouses' it is where they get two wives to swap families and they have to live the other persons life and look after their family. This particular edition had a Christian swapping with a Jew (not that Christianity and being a Jew are mutually exclusive!). The result was absolute cringe, I could not sit through the full hour as the Christian mom shared how she was going to 'bless the socks off' the other family and then proceeded to wake up teenagers on a weekend by singing "rise and shine and give God the glory glory" ARGGGHHHHHHH the ultimate cringe.

Friday, May 13, 2005

When is a marriage not a marriage?

When your spouse is under 25 and you are applying for the student allowance!! I am about to start studying and have been told that the Student Allowance people will not recognise my relationship as my wife is under 25. Was I offended? NO!! Given that it means I can claim full student allowance while my wife works full time. They may not recognise my relationship but I am sure I can still call her my wah :-)

Wasting time on bricks

Well this is my first rant on my blog! I am not sure if this will be read by many if any but I am sure I can do some shameless promoting amongst my friends

Exodus 5: 7 -13
'Do not give the people straw for bricks as before. Let them go and gather their own straw.
Meanwhile, you must require them to make the same quota of bricks as before. Do not reduce it. They are lazy, and are protesting that they want to go sacrifice to their God.
Make the work heavier for the men, and make sure they do it. Then they will stop paying attention to false ideas.'
This passage is found at a time while the Israelites were trying to get freedom from their bondage and what was Pharaoh's plan, keep them busy making bricks. How often we try to use our good works and our labour for the Lord to escape the bondage and sin we let ensare ourselves. While the bricks are good and useful for building others and the house of God, they are utterly useless in releasing us from bondage. Just like the Israelites we can only be released from our bondages through the miracle working hand of God. For them it was done through the passover. For us it is the Blood of the Lord Jesus who can free us from all bondage. How much better to be free first and then be able to build bricks, not as a slave but as a servant of the most high!! Freedom will never come through bricks but through Gods precious son Jesus! Once you have experienced the freedom make as many bricks as you can !!