Archive for February, 2010

Feeling good

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Look up

Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Reeds driftin’ on by
You know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Bloom

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Girly pink

Wiltering white

Cottesloe Beach, WA

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Beautiful beach

Beach bums

Just the 2 of us

Fishermen by the jetty

Westbound Sun

Building a kingdom

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Observations/Exegesis on Nehemiah 3

Back then walls meant protection and pride (Nehemiah 1:3, “trouble and disgrace”). Having walls meant that the nation was intact and the community was protected from it’s enemies. After being in captivity, they realised that the enemy which they needed protection from was not from the outside, but from the inside. It was their disobedience that caused their downfall (Nehemiah 1:4-8). They were rebuilding a physical kingdom which had been demolished and re-establishing a covenant which required their ultimate obedience (Nehemiah 1:9). The way in which this was done is clearly spelt out:

1. All hands to the plough (V1-5)
Everyone got down to doing something. Nothing was accomplished on the might of one person. Someone was always next to him, and another next to him and another next to him. We aren’t building God’s kingdom alone!

2. Clean hands for dirty work (V6-27)
A goldsmith, a merchant and a perfumer laying bricks (V8, 31-32)?! Yes, these were skilled and talented men laying bricks, mixing cement and hammering bolts. Even the women got involved in the dirty work (V12)!  The politicians (rulers) and priests stood beside each other, laying bricks! (V17-21, 22-27)! Perhaps they all did different things, but they all served the same purpose. No job was too lowly. No one was too snooty. The condition of their heart is clearly seen – a heart of servanthood. And this flowed out into humble service through their hands.

An interesting point in V20 where “Baruch son of Zabbai zealously repaired another section”. This speaks clearly of the spirit and attitude in which these repairs were done – zealously. It was such that Baruch enjoyed it so much that one was simply not enough, he had to have another. What zeal!

What height of accomplishments can the church reach when men and women, young and old, come together in unison to further the kingdom of God!

3. Closer than you think (V28-32)
The work of building the kingdom may be closer than you think. For these people, it was right at their door step!
We need not go very far or imagine a mission field in a far away land. In fact, kingdom building begins right at our door step – before we even get into the car! We all have neighbours to greet, spouses to love and children to feed! Even within ourselves (Romans 14:17)!

4. Voluntary
What is amazing is that no one was paid to do any of that. And these people weren’t rich, they were captives who were exiled to Babylon. How awesome is that! A whole kingdom built on nothing more than God’s grace (Nehemiah 2:8, “the gracious hand of God”), free will and free giving.

The God who remembers
The eventual question we ought to always ask is: what does it say about God?

These men and women had their names written into the living Word of God, the Bible, as people who built and owned a part of the Israelite kingdom. They were all named, they are all remembered. Their names will be there forever, as long as His Word endures.

God is concerned with us. He knows us by name. He wants to etch in your name as a builder of His kingdom. He wants to write your name into His living Word, Jesus Christ, the Logos.

Conclusion
Now, on the foundation and lordship of Jesus, we build a spiritual kingdom. One that cannot be demolished (Hebrews 12:28) and whose people cannot be carried away. And we have a new covenant, one that requires the obedience of only one who is entirely obedient – Jesus Christ. The enemy has already been dealt with and won over!

How much MORE should our heads be humble, our hearts be zealous, our hands be dirty and our work be voluntary when we build on this kingdom of grace! Now, lay your brick on the foundation of Jesus and claim a piece of this kingdom.

I’ve come to a bit of a block in my cover-to-cover bible reading in Nehemiah because I’ve been lazy and things have been crazy. But God is good, because He keeps passages in my head and brings it up over and over. Much like having a little bible study going on in your head with yourself.

I attended the Volunteers Party in church on Wednesday with this passage in my head, since it was the last passage I’ve read and I thought how apt it was! God is teaching me something of service, I believe. He is still showing me the depths of worship and intimacy with Him, but just for a moment, He opens my eyes to what can be accomplished when people of God put their hands together to the plough and reap the harvest.

Oh what a feeling! To be doing some exegesis again. =)

Registry of Marriage

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

2nd February 2010.

I don’t smile for the camera, I smile because I just can’t help it.

Marriage.

I hung up my singlehood and traded it for something else.

I’m not sure what the something else entails, but I’m ready to find out. Well, some call it marriage, my boss calls it “death row”. People have different ways of looking at things don’t they.

I don’t remember having a more exciting and joyous time in my life. It feels like life just started all over again. Everything is fresh and exciting. Boundless opportunities await in my life because God says so and He’s put someone in my life to tell me that. I’ve got someone to read the bible with, to pray with, to worship with, to share in Jesus with. I’ve get to share my inheritance in Christ with someone and to share in her inheritance in Christ.

I’m amazed everyday at the beauty that she is, and the genius that hides behind that wonderful frame (a polite term for smokin’ hot body). She brings a new depth to having a heart of compassion and continuously opens my eyes to things of the Spirit. A better woman cannot be found in a million lifetimes.

She says that I think too highly of her, but she only has herself to blame for that.

In the fashion of LOL cats, I say: I HAZ A WIFE!!!

Wedding.

Well, I am legally and contractually married (or registered as we would say in Singapore), but not ceremoniously wed. We have not had the wedding ceremony in the church honouring our God, the tea ceremony at my house honouring the parents and relatives and the banquet honouring everyone else. Nor do we stay together in the same house or sleep on the same bed.

So are we married?

If you’re only concerned with paper and legal matters, yes we are.
If not, we’re not.

Colour challenged weekend

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Joe's Fish Shack

Raw look

Door way girl

Shade of black

More from Frementle over the weekend.