Favourite book?

My Sister i never met, Michelle, has tagged me and my poetic freind Ric Booth has politely returned my earlier ‘favour’ – with a nice easy one this time.

“What is your favourite book (or books) of the Bible.?”

Well, i have not read ALL of them – yet. but some i have read many times. My Most favourite would be Matthew as it has some of His greatest lines and i find much uncommon Wisdom in it. i like the Gospel of John also, and Revelation appeals to me by reason of wanting to decipher it’s meanings.

So thanks for the opportunity, Michelle, Ric! πŸ™‚

In time-honoured custom i think i will ‘tag’ some fellow bloggers who are free to do what they will – or will not – as each case may be.

Ghee-chee – your’re ‘it’ πŸ™‚

Leesh – your ‘it’ too πŸ™‚

Brandy – ditto! πŸ™‚

Big Lil’ Sis – gotcha ! πŸ™‚

annnnnd… Kass! Thanks for the impromptu concert Thrusday – you were fantastic – and you’re now ‘it!’ πŸ™‚

NMFAPIMWLC

Sorry about the ruining of your eyes NE’er – but as In Worship suggested try viewing it as BUST cleavage! πŸ˜‰

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OK so – i’m not in any ‘professional’ ministry but i do tend to try to ‘convert’ people and i believe in Jesus AND i want to help support good folks in a good cause so here i am. πŸ™‚

Stats:Β  Starting.

Weight – 86Kgs (189lbs)

Chest – 116 cm ( 45 1/2 “)

Waist – 106 cm (42″)

Height – 183 cm ( 6’0′)

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after three weeks:

weight – 83 kgs (182.6 lbs)

Chest – 114cm (45″)

Waist – 103 cm (40 1/2”)

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I am not altering my diet too much other than cutting out some processed meat snacks and having more protein in place of carbohydrate, eating fruit and drinking water more than i used to.

I am walking four times a week ( to begin with) for 20 – 30 mins having become quite slothful of late. Progress is slow but positive. My goal weight is 75 Kg’s (165 lbs)

I’d like to get my waist under 100 cm again too πŸ™‚ I can for the first time in a while see the outline of a 6 pack hiding in there somewhere’s πŸ™‚

Here’s the current Honour Roll in the Challenge;

James
Brent
Kristen
Joe
Buddy
Dan
Rick
Brandy
love
Deborah
Joel
Theresa
Steven
Tawny
Kelly
Jen
Ron
Darla
Theresa
Heidi
Lynn
NatalieΒ 

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To everyone else i say stick with it – your body WILL thank you for doing things to let it be the perfect creation it always was. πŸ™‚

Spring Cleaning

OK i know it’s almost over ‘up North’ and officially it’s almost winter here in Oz…

But I’ve caught the bug that’s going around the blogsphere.

Hope you like the new look πŸ™‚

Long post – short version.

I have a long post i want to write – trouble is it’s long and it hasn’t all come out right, just yet – and even if it had some of you might get ‘lost’.

SO i am trying this first…

How do we know the difference between the ‘fleshy’ me – and the ‘spiritual’ me.

I’m convinced there IS a difference that separates those two.

Can you always know for sure where that ‘fine line’ is?

Do you REALLY know when ‘you’ are ‘in spirit’ and when you are in flesh just ‘trying hard’ to be in spirit?

Does it ever get you confused?

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I would like to know! – before i post the ‘long’ version.

Love is… being continued!

Miss Mandy (and Selena and a whole bunch of your kind ‘love’ comments) got me to thinking last night…

We sometimes try to put other’s needs above our own. ( Sometimes we have a ‘need’ to do this and then we put that (our) need first!)

But should we try to do that?

I know some consider it to be doing His Will and believe it is being un-selfish and humbling ourselves to serve others as Christ showed by the washing of the Disciple’s feet. And i am not saying we should not consider others and consider only our self. Never that.

But Jesus gave us ALLΒ One commandment above all others – to Love only God, with all your Heart, all your soul, all your mind; with all your strength ( we are strong in Him). He then said another commandment which was like unto the first – ‘Love thy neighbour AS THY SELF’.

Note he did not say ‘above’ thyself – but AS thyself.

I believe he chose these words partly because we are rarely, if ever, the best judge of what we – or others have best need of.

I think he therefore wants us to do what is best for our relationship with GOD, trusting that God will direct us to those good things and away from the bad, in terms any can understand.

“Love is putting other’s needs above your own”?

I don’t quite think so.

Love is doing things for others that bring you BOTH closer to God.

Love is not about putting you ‘down’: removing one’s ego?Β  – certainly!

Not being selfish – Definitely!

Love is Humbling – in order to remove the selfish ego!

WE are to serve – Him – and through serving Him, serve those who have ‘need’ of Him.

But in this our need of Him is ‘greater’.

Do not put ( what you think) another’s need is before your own need to perfect your relationship with Him.

Read that through again and it hopefully will make sense?

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Comments, Questions? πŸ™‚

Love Is…?

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A good question!

It’s something each one of us holds dear to our heart but how clear is it in our mind?

Each of us has our own understanding of the term but for this post i would like us to go just a little bit ‘beyond’ our personal feeling of what ‘love’ is -to what True Love is – God’s Love, not the thing man tries to make of it. The Thing that exists independently of our own self and can enter into us but is much, much more than we can contain entirely.

That Kind of LOVE.

The Love which Unites Everything.

The idea is you think about it a little – you try to get the ‘essence’ and then you say it in either one word, OR a sentence, beginning: ‘Love is…’

Here are a few of mine to get you ‘thinking’.

Love is Life.

Love is Patient.

Love is Courageous.

Love is Total Commitment.

Love is always open to reason.

Love is Compassionate (being together in passion)

Love is the complete opposite of Fear.

So, don’t be shy, give me your thoughts – and you don’t have to limit them to just one.

I’m compling the Definitive Little Book of Love and you may be able to help finish it. πŸ™‚

Seven Deadly Sins – Part IV: Greed.

Ok – this week has had some wonderfully thought provoking comments ‘bringing us together’ in love.

Yes – i know we don’t all see exactly eye to eye, but i feel like we are a little closer together than we were before because of the honest and open way we were able to discuss what some may see as a point of difference. You have honoured me with your faithful care and commitment to the Spirit of Christ and i thank each and every contributor (and those who lurked without getting angry – or not displaying it anyway) πŸ™‚ (is that being completely honest?? 😯 )

So forgive me this particular post coming straight after those previous ones but i’d like to get this series over with soon and the next post will be one you can relax and have a litle fun with – i hope. (and also do me a service at the same time – but more of that ‘soon’.)

Recap: idea is to discuss the ‘fabled’ Seven Deadly Sins which are not actually Biblical and don’t bear much resembance to the seven things hated by God From Proverbs 6:16-19.

Reason – to make ourselves aware of the ways we might still sin and to offer what ways we have found to overcome them so others might be better able to ward them off if they suffer from any (and i bet we all do in some way or another).

I am working through them Alphabetically and this week it is the ‘middle’ one of the Seven (because as Deb ably showed i stuffed up the first – Anger. Shoulda bin ‘Wrath’ – we live and learn) πŸ™‚ The (my) middle one is GREED.

19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. (Prov 1:19)

Greed (or avarice, covetousness) is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to the acquisition of wealth in particular. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that greed was “a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things”.

Greed, noun. – excessive or rapacious desire, esp. for wealth or possessions. (and since we’re talking wealth here, can i just remind all who may not be aware that it is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil – not the actual money itself!) πŸ™‚

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim 6:10 )

Usually , since it is my blog i get to give one example from my own life and then i pass it over to anyone kind enough to comment – Remember it’s for the benefit of others who might be ‘struggling’. And Confession is suposed to be good for the soul, so… here goes.

Actually , in all modesty i’m having difficulty here. I am by no means a wealthy man – i have never devoted much of my life to the acquisition of wealth – at least none to succesfully. While my primary ‘work’ at the moment consists of watching the Aus sharemarket and seeking to make a fortune trading shares i may just sub-consciously be shooting myself in the foot and making poor choices to my supposed aim. πŸ™‚

When i was around 12-13 i remember thinking carefully about the difference between ‘Need’ and ‘Want’ and decided then that while there was lots i ‘wanted’ there truly was not much i needed, for myself. I realised that i was not very likely to ever get everything i wanted because i would end up wanting still more and that really did not seem to make much sense. I resolved that so long as i had what i needed i would not want to want much else.

Of course i have the occasional daydream about winning a massive pile on a lottery and even buy a ticket once in a while but never with much conviction as i just do not yet have sufficient ‘need’.

So it is hard for me to come up with a personal example of Greed for wealth. Hmmmmm…..

( I dealt with gluttony before – right? πŸ™‚ )

Greed… excessive desire for possessions…???

As such greed would be in response to our ego’s fear of not having sufficient to take care of our needs. This denies God’s Ability to take care of us – of our true needs.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Matt 6:19-21 and read the rest of the Chap. “Behold the fowls of the Air…” and Consider the lilies of the field…” quotes.)

Apart from those thoughts, i have nothing – Nope – nada! As far back as i care to remember (40 years plus) The closest thing i can come up with is – I hate to throw things away – because you never know when you will have need of it or it could be used in place of something else (recycling). It’s not for the sake of clinging to materiality – it’s just that i’ve been brought up to dislike wasting things. I have a wardrobe full of clothes going back over 20 years and i use about a tenth of them.

As far as how to overcome greed – for me it was simply working out that what you NEED is enough.

And really none of us needs all that much! I was never one for keeping up with the Jones’s

I couldn’t even keep up with The Simpsons! D’Oh! πŸ˜‰

Over to you… (“greed”)