Friday, March 30, 2007

crashcourse in wireless internet

As you know I had to reformat my hard drive, this meant that I lost all my internet settings and all my programmes. I came up to university today with my laptop to see if I could sort out my wireless connection. It took about half an hour of trial and error, but I've finnally got it working again. Pretty proud with myself as I'm not that good at that kind of stuff. Its finnally all back up working again. Oh well, better get back to writing my seminar.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Laptops, busyness, and stress

I had one of the worst evening last night. I spent two hours trying to get my laptop to work again after I restarted it. When I turned it on again it had decided that it wanted to crash on me. It took me about an hour to decide that the best thing to do was to reformat my hard drive and start the computer back from crash. This provided me much stress as I had only one copy of my seminar on the Tupamaros and urban guerilla on the computer, usually I have a series of back ups. Anyway I recovered the file and the laptops working again, but this has meant that I didn't get a whole lot of work done that I should have last night. Now hopefully this doesn't happen again!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

More 21st Photos

Sorry that these Pictures have taken so long to put up on my blog, It is a mixture of procrastination and technical difficulties which have meant that it has taken me a longer time than I desired to put these photos up. Anyways, I hope you enjoy them, I have to go back to my books to learn how to be a successful urban guerrilla.

The Baker Family, enjoying the comapany of one another and showing thier different characteristics

Mmm Cake!!!!

The Three Baker Boys posing for the camera

A very embarassing Picture of me

Sunday, March 11, 2007

More Recommendations

Check out Mike Brantleys Latest Blog. Wrestle with the question "what is the gospel", and "who is Jesus". Remember your first love and become smitten with him and his saving power once again. Wrestle with how you are going to fulfill Gods call on all christians lifes, that is found in mathew 28:19-20 Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.

I recommend reading the gospels in thier fullness, if you like short readers digest books go for mark, if you a theologian at heart go with the dense, spiritually fulfilling book of John, ask for a heart for the lost as you read the gospels.

Christine Caine - "Stop acting like a christian and Just be one!"

I ordered a couple of sermons from parachute which there has been aparently unpresidented demand. I would like to recommend the sermon by christine caine. It is a brilliant sumary of living missionally in the world we live in.

I would like to state a few points that I've been thinking about lately
1- Read the gospels - look into these great books, look at how Jesus related to people, compare it to the criticism he gives about the religious people in those books.
2- talk to your nextdoor nieghbours - form relationships with them and find out what stuffs going on in thier life. You will be amazed at what you find out about them, what needs they have and how you can help them. It might just be caring for your next doors nieghbours kid while they go to a meeting, it might be helping someone through a viscious breakup, just be there for those around us.
3- Being is better than doing, look into the bible, being a christian is about having a relationship with jesus and letting that permeate our every action. It is about taking on the mind of christ (look at Romans 12 - sorry my references are bad or look at phillipians 2 in the context of that epistle, you will be amazed what you will discover about how to be a christian in the context of the world we live in.)
4- Read the bible, pray, listen to the heart of Jesus - let him challenge you. He will, I know. Be willing to be angry at injustice and do something about it, be willing to preach truth to the blind, be willing to listen to peoples problems, be discomforted with the words of Jesus and challenged enough to do something with them in your own life.

I know this is all hard stuff, I went through a number of years of my life knowing the truth of the gospel but not living it out in my actions. I have been at many times a performer, looking holy, acting holy, but my life not living up to what it really should look like. For me to change to the point where I am I had to go through the most painful period of questioning in my entire life, arguing, fighting with God, trying to find out what the hell he wanted from me. I was humbled severely by God, my faith has grown, developed and changed because of this. I go through periods of discomfort in my faith and thank God for this. I want to be sold out for his will for my life. I want to show the lost the way back home to thier father, I want to show people that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Life, Coffee and Stress

Life has taken on a change for the crazyness, I've just started my honours year in politics up at victoria and I now understand why people have no social life and look like a wreck by the end of the honours year. Its becuase there is just so much work to be done in so little time. I am starting to get used to this experience, even though for the last week, i've been wondering if i'm taking the right step. My prayer is that I will keep focused on the big picture, keep hooked into my relationship with my lord and saviour and that nothing really blows up in my face to badly in the next year. I will keep trying to write my thoughts on life, religion, faith, politics, mission etc. This year is the most exciting and scary year of my life, and seems to look like it is going to be one of the greatest tests of my faith ever. Bring it on!