15.11.02

Update to rain. Sydney has had 5 mm today. (25mm=1 inch). Many more still needed.

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Music to my ears...the sound of rain running down the downpipe outside my study. It's months since Sydney had any decent rain and most of the state is in drought. Dust storms carrying away our precious, fragile topsoil have been common over the last few weeks. "Voluntary" water restrictions were introduced in our city today with compulsory ones promised if consumption is not cut drastically.

This is gentle rain and we could use a couple of weeks of it. However, this is a land of extremes of droughts and flooding rains, as Dorothea Mackellar's poem puts it. I'll enjoy it while it lasts and continue to pray for drought breaking rain for the eastern seaboard.

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"God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience
of his prosperity he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity he would be senseless."

You are Augustine!

You love to study tough issues and don't mind it if you lose sleep over them.
Everyone loves you and wants to talk to you and hear your views, you even get things like "nice debating
with you." Yep, you are super smart, even if you are still trying to figure it all out. You're also
very honest, something people admire, even when you do stupid things.

What theologian are you?

A creation of Henderson

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My World As It Is Sung :: v.4 :: Autumn Leaves Both these quizzes, the theologian one and the CS Lewis Narnia quiz, I found at Jen's blog.

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The final book of Narnia, you're a sometimes disturbing story about the end of the world and the beginning of a new one. Your characters include an evil monkey, a misguided donkey, stubborn dwarves and all the human characters from the previous books. You manage to be heartbreaking and beautiful at once.


Find out which Chronicles of Narnia book

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12.11.02

Apiarists want to wipe out all bees in the Sydney and surrounding districts for several months to eliminate a beetle which has the capacity to destroy hives. The problem is a growing market in exporting bees to Europe. Perhaps they had better do this promptly while we are still in drought. There are precious few flowers etc left here at the moment, unless some form of watering has taken place. I have had to give my lemon tree a big soak. It's the first time I've watered it in over a year. It would not have lasted much longer if I hadn't done this. Actually, a uni. lecturer in agriculture said that the plan to destroy all bees was totally impractical and impossible as well.

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Bene Diction Blogs On Lovely collection of poems for Remembrance Day in Bene Diction's comments section. I'd already put McCrae's In Flanders Fields in another journal I keep when I found these all together. I'm not a jingoistic, flag-waving rabid patriot. Not very many Australians think like that. I am a proud Aussie and I'm proud of my national heritage and proud of those who fought for the liberty of this country. I'm not ony proud, but thankful to them and thankful to God for our freedom.

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11.11.02

After prayer and consideration over quite a long time, my friend and I brought out into the open our idea of a weekend of teaching for thsoe around us who crave more than they get on Sundays at church. We were overwhelmed by the response. People are hungry for more than the motivational talk which passes for a sermon in many places. Now we need to pray some more. We think God has told us to speak on "who we are in Christ," but we have had other requests as well.

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Vale Faye. Not really a friend but certainly more than an acquaintance. Someone with whom I had intermittent contact over the years, died early on Saturday. She was on fire for God in all she did and while I disagreed with almost all her theology, I admired her heart for God. When I spoke to her several months ago and was told of the cancer of the tongue, I knew then in my heart that she would not survive it. She was a great follower of Copeland and told me she was "standing on the word and the healing promises." What could I say, except to promise to pray for her?

Her ex-fiance was the one who told me of her death. Although the engagement was broken many years ago, he was still distraught. "Why did this happen to her? Why didn't God heal her? She served him so well." Hard questions and now was not the time to say much to him.

Serving God does not let us off the nasties of this life. We suffer as others do. We live in the time of now and not yet. The victory is not totally apparent, although it is won. That is why there is suffering and why not all are healed.

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Back to the real world after several days at a conference. Also back to some reasonable temperatures. Two of those days were 40 degrees where I was, and the airconditioning could not cope at all. indeed, the whole electrical system collapsed under the weight of more fridges, urns etc and the drain by the fans and air con. A generator had to be brought in to help cope with the load.

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