4.9.02

Well I've done it. I know it's really for the best, but I still don't want them. What? I've ordered hearing aids and they should be here in a week. I was impressed with the audiologist. He was very pleasant, efficient and professional. He didn't try to sell me more than I need. In fact, these aids are $1000 less than I was quoted a year ago at another company. I was referred to this group by the specialist yesterday. I get a months free trial before an invoice is raised. That includes the initial fitting and two more visits in the month.

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I was reading Psalm 4 this morning and happened to glance at the "study" notes. It suggested that some psalms are devotional and some are didactic and doctrinal. This was one of those according to the notes. WHAT?? I find that the more I learn about God and his character, who he is and what he has done, the more my devotion is stimulated. The same is true for Bible study in general. Delving into word studies or theology often gives me moments of particular stimulation tomy prayers and my devotion as I gain further understanding of some point.

I don't know the background of the author of the supposed study notes. This looks like yet another distinction drawn between mind and devotion. A false dichotomy.

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I am so thankful to God. Some weeks ago, I was told that I had a tumour in my middle ear.(check it out, but it's a bit gruesome.Irish Medical Journal)

An ENT specialist has told me that this is not so. What a relief. Although such tumours are benign, the thought of one in my ear was pretty horrible. Fluid and infections in the ear caused the eardrum to collapse onto bone behind it, furthering hearing loss. He could operate to fix it, but advised against it. He thought the improvement was not worth the trauma involved. However, he strongly advised me to obtain hearing aids. Again I hate the thought of this, but over the last year have finally decided that I will just have to do it.

I have an early appointmant this morning for this.

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3.9.02

I enjoyed this article Graceway Baptist Church: Christian spirituality for an emerging postmodern world. I am interested in the modern church finding ways to relate to those outside and this article was interesting. Too many think that to look at the gospel from a different angle must mean watering it down or changing what it really says. I'm not one of those people. I believe we need to express ourselves so that others can understand and this is a suggestion.

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Just testing something else again

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2.9.02

"Banks may open Saturdays" and pigs may fly too. Another report suggests banks will open Saturdays so couples seeking mortgages may apply together. So they are not really providing a service but rather offering something which spins money for them. I remember when banks did open Saturdays and when there were two mail deliveries daily with one on Saturdays. And I am not so old as to have one foot in the grave yet either.

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"The state is a tinderbox" says Column 8 of the same paper. There is a great deal of jostling each year to see who produces this phrase first as we approach the warmer weather. Hopefully there will not be a repeat of last Christmas when many millions of acres were burnt. Some homes were lost, but amazingly there were no deaths.

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The back page of the Sydney Morning Herald talks of a rally for the medicinal use of cannabis for patiens with cancer or suich diseases as multiple sclerosis. There's also a piece on single mothers, many of whom do it very hard indeed. This is actually a satire, but I know a lot of people who would agree with it. Perhaps those who criticise such people have never seen how difficult it is to raise a family with one parent on social services.

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Finally, something seems to be going OK. Now to get down to some serious blogging.

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Still fiddling. Becoming a regular refrain. It's all there but the link doesn't work. I didn't write it out but cut and pasted so it should be OK.

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Have decided to try to add some comments so this is a test.

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1.9.02

Not only was I given some vouchers, but my mother, knowing my love of books and my perennial cash shortage, also gave me money. I was in Australia's largest Christian bookseller yesterday and found something I have been looking wistfully at for quite a while- James Dunn's The Theology of Paul the Apostle. It was reduced from $80 to $40, too good to leave on the shelf. I also bought some basic church history books. This is an area that my bookshelves are lacking. I was out with my friend who lectures in church history so I asked his opinion what to buy. I really only want the most basic, as I can find anything else on the net or in the library and journals. This shop is increasing its theology stock since Open Book retired hurt to its Lutheran fortress in Adelaide, South Australia. Open Book was superb. However, better some than none I suppose.

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Isn't it strange that when I don't have money to spare, (which is most of the time), I can always find things I like. When I have been given some money, there is nothing which appeals to me. I was given some vouchers as a birthday present and I know the donor would really like me to splurge on a new quilt for the recently renovated bedroom. I have picked up at least a dozen and considered them carefully. Any one of them would have satisfied me, if I had been unableto afford it. The only one I REALLY liked was way beyond my range. It was beautiful, but how could I spend $450 on a quilt. I could not do it. Much more to be done with money than to decorate bedrooms.

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This appealed to my sense of humour. I passed a shop in the local shopping mall which sells clothes to suit 17year old girls. You probably know the type. Latest trends, cheaply made, just large enough to cover someone the size and shape of a stick insect. There was a large sign in the middle of the window which proclaimed that they honoured Seniors' Cards, just ask inside! I can't quite see any of their clothing on any one classed as senior. Do the girls take their grandmas to qualify for the discount?

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