Month: April 2008

World malaria day


Glorious trinity

Q: Are there more Gods than one?
A: There is but one only, the living and true God.

Q: How many persons are there in the God head?
A: There be three persons in the Godhead, The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their personal properties.

Q: What are the personal properties of the three persons in the God head?
A: It is proper to the Father to beget the Son, and to the Son to be begotten of the Father, and to the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son from all eternity.

Q: How doth it appear that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father?
A: The scriptures manifest that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father, ascribing unto them such names, attributes, works, and worship, as are proper to God only.

(Questions VIII, IX, X and XI of the Westminster Larger Catechism.)

Bake me a cake

This week’s been a fairly good week! Monday’s football was interesting, a player or two were rather unfit, coupled with being the numerically smaller team meant we lost by a significant margin! Wednesday was spent down the snooker hall with Ed and Dave P – a 2-2-2 result in the end, with a really impressive long pot by myself where the cue ball launched into the air, hit the object ball from a height and the object ball went straight into the pocket. 🙂

Thursday’s bible study was on the 100th Psalm – Oh that the world would worship the Lord who is God.

Tonight was spent baking a cherry cake, and some of the young people came round for Perudo and then cake. 🙂 The cake itself was remarkably straight forward, with a recipe from Delia, and all the necessary ingredients and utensils to hand. There’s now a half-eaten cherry cake sitting on my kitchen counter and I’m quite pleased with myself. I forgot to put in the ground almonds, but no one seems to have noticed.

What you don’t have, you don’t miss

It would seem that, when I look around at my friends, everyone around me has a laptop. Their reasoning for having one varies from it being their main/only computer, to something which is more convenient than a desktop, through to no reasoning at all. My mum recently acquired one, and I said I’d set it up. A quick download of Xubuntu, Gutsy Gibbon, (it’s an old laptop!) and it was up and running. Web surfing is accomplished by Firefox, dial-up access and wireless networking worked out of the box. Whilst it is in my possession, I figured I might as well use it, so Pidgin, Xnest and Gnomesword/ESV were installed which enable me to chat on MSN/GTalk/ICQ, open XDMCP sessions on my Fedora 8 box and read the bible all from the comfort of my bed. (Where I am now :))

Eventually I’ll return the laptop to my mum so she can use it to check her email and browse the web. The question I’m left with now is; Do I get a laptop? Sure, it’s nice for blogging from bed, or instant messaging in front of the telly, but do I really need one? It would be useful when I’m on holiday to copy photos onto so my camera doesn’t get clogged up, to watch DVDs, to make blog posts and email, but do I really need it?

I’m not sure I need it, but it’s sure nice. We’ll see I guess…

The English Gentleman

I charge thee, fling away ambition
By that sin fell the angels. How can man then,
The image of his maker hope to win by it ?
Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee;
Corruption wins not more than honesty
Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
To silence envious tongues: be just, and fear not.
Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s,
Thy God’s and truth’s

William Shakespeare

All you need is love and to believe in yourself.

One of the advantages of having Sky is that I get to see a lot of films I’d like to have seen but never got around to viewing. The range of films is wide and varied.

Last night I watched Monster, which I’d heard about and had an interest in seeing, but as with so many other things, never got around to doing. I must admit, I wasn’t quite prepared for what I was about to see. The film is based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a girl in the United States who had a bad start in life, put her trust in the wrong ideas and people, and eventually became a serial killer.

When I started watching, I couldn’t believe it was Charlize Theron playing Aileen, and Christina Ricci looked remarkably cute and adorable as Selby. The film puts down enough groundwork to be able to begin to appreciate the childhood which made Aileen what she became, and Theron’s portrayal is remarkable. I had thought she was just another pretty face until now, but this film demonstrates her significant talent. I look forward to seeing more of her more serious work in the future. Ricci as always puts on a good performance.

As the film develops, the complexities of life unfold. From Aileen’s rather tumultuous upbringing, going from pillar to post, making bad judgements and contacts, through to her meeting Selby. The challenges of life confront the couple, from their underlying belief systems, through to the consequences of the actions they make based on those beliefs.

The few really disturbing scenes really were very disturbing, yet put forward in a very necessary way, leaving an indelible mark and showing their significance in Aileen’s life. Without these scenes it would be difficult to truly understand the events which made Aileen.

A very good film, in the same vein as American Beauty. Not something you’d show children, but would give any adult a very thought provoking insight into life.

Feeling a little bit stiff!

It must be about a month since I last played football with my work colleagues. Admittedly, I played a couple of Saturdays ago in the HWEC vs HTC match (which we lost 3-6), but lack of regular exercise was significant I think! The fact we were the team of 4 against the team of 5 didn’t help. Ah well, despite losing, it was good to get back into the routine!

And breathe….

It seems like a long time since I last blogged about daily life! Things seem to have been very busy over the past few months, so I’m not sure if this post is a resurgence, or merely a blip. It also possible that because I haven’t blogged in a while, I’m out of the routine, and I may not get back into it.

Thinking back, I can’t actually remember what I’ve been doing! There have been a few births, birthdays, and marriage engagements.

At the end of January, there was the funeral of Peter. The day went very well. A combination of sadness of losing a well-loved member of my church, but also a sense of joy as I know he is now with his Lord).

Daily life seems to have settled after a year of almost constantly buying things for the house. I think I now have all the necessities and can let my bank balance recover. Anyway, we’ll see how we go. 🙂

Count your blessings

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

John­son Oat­man, Jr.

a.m.: Jeremiah 10 p.m.: Haggai 1

God alone should be glorified. So often, we create idols, whether they be of wood and metal as in Jeremiah’s satire, or in anything else – football, jobs, fun, friends, people, acceptance, money, drugs, etc. – which are created but are not the true God. In many cases there is nothing wrong with these things in themselves, and God has given us many things to enjoy. However, so often we place them above the God who created us. For he alone is worthy of all glory and honour, of our primary devotion and effort. All of these created things may give us a certain amount of pleasure, or sense of well-being, but they do not sustain us. It is almighty God who sustains us, providing for all our needs. Yet sometimes, our time, effort and money spent on other things is disproportional to that which we spend on God. We being to think we cannot be without something, effectively making them our idol.

For many of us, our greatest idol is ourselves. So often, we want to do what we want and not what God wants. We believe we know better than the God who made us. If we are ever to glorify God and not ourselves, we must submit to his will and do what he commands. In our sinful state we are unable to do this, but through faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is able to work in us, that we might be able to do the will of the Father.