Prophetic Word: There’s a Flood Coming

Tonight as we were praying, the Lord gave me this word for Narrabri:

A Flood of the Spirit

There is a flood coming, but not of water. The Holy Spirit is coming in a gentle flood in which many will be saved.

Many in the church will be unprepared because they have failed to heed the flood warnings. People will come looking for salvation or healing or forgiveness of sins and the churches will not know what to do.

The flood is coming. Be ready.

Some churches are so tightly tied to their moorings that as the flood levels rise they will not be able to rise with the water and they will sink.

Be flexible and trust me.

While I was looking for Isaiah 60:22 which God gave me in the past as a promise for our church I came across Isaiah 59:10-20

“From the west, men will fear the name of the Lord,

And from the rising of the sun they will revere His glory

For He will come like a pent-up flood

That the breath of the Lord drives along.

The Redeemer will come to Zion

to those in Jacob who repent of their sins” declares the Lord.

Great Moments in Technology

I produced my first training video today- 15 minutes of me talking about stuff that ministers need to know when conducting weddings. Riveting stuff.

Producing it was a real patience tester for me!

We bought a video camera a year ago so I thought that would do the job- except the batteries were flat and the SD card has disappeared.

Then I remembered my trusty Canon camera does pretty good video. So I set it up and found that indeed it does work well.

I recorded my thing, and came up with a 15 minute video. The phone only rang once in the middle of it, so not too bad for interruptions.

Then the technical problems started piling in on me.

The file wouldn’t download to the computer via USB. I had to remove the memory card and put it into the card reader.

I wanted to trim off some bits at the beginning and the end- you know, where I reach to the camera to turn it on and then cough because that’s always the first thing you do when you’re recording a video.

That bit took over 2 hours. I tried several programs, and not one of them would simply let me select a section and hit “delete”. One of them would let me do that but then have the sound and the video out of sync. Another program told me “I’m not going to do the sound on this one.” Grrr.

Eventually I figured it out with some help from Mr Google. But somewhere along the line I deleted the “Documents” folder on my computer. Luckily I am fanatical about weekly backups, so I only lost a few vital documents. I have got no idea how that could even have happened.

Now I had a .avi file that was over 2 GB- way too big to upload to Youtube or Vimeo (and there’s something else I had to research and make a choice about!).

It turns out that handbrake, which is brilliant for ripping DVDs is also pretty good at taking your avi file and converting it into a mp4 or similar. My 2 G file shrank to 220 MB which is slowly crawling up through the tubes to Vimeo. We seem to have really slow internet this evening- but that’s just another annoyance to overcome. 🙂

So what I thought would be a great way to deliver training was a little more complicated than I expected. The learning curve was indeed steep.

Next time I might have some space in my brain to add some captions and maybe an opening clip of some sort. For now, I’m happy to have got to the end of the project.

Book Review. “A.D. 30” by Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker at his best!

This is a story of betrayal, violence, shame and honour.

A Bedouin woman, Maviah, finds herself at the mercy of conflicting kings and warriors in the convoluted politics of the Middle East around the year 30 AD.

She meets up with another king, Yeshua (Jesus), who shows her that there is another kingdom that is not of this world- a kingdom of love rather than hate, of forgiveness rather than fear.

It is different to much of Dekker’s writing, but still has his trademark action plots exploring confrontation between good and evil.

Easy Saving Plan

I really believe that God wants His people to prosper in every part of their lives, including financially. I am not a prosperity preacher, preaching a gospel of wealth for all, but it is God’s will to see us handle well the resources we have been blessed with in order to bless others.

The first step in growing in prosperity is tithing. Ten percent of your gross income to your local church- no ifs or buts. This is not a legalistic demand but it is God’s way to releasing favour in our lives.

The second step in growing in prosperity is simply saving a small part of your income each week and establishing a pattern of saving. Here is one very doable saving plan that starts easy- everyone can find $1 or $2- but builds up as you establish that pattern of saving in your life.

If you don’t do cash, set an alarm on your phone for every week and do an internet transfer straight away.

Pro tip: put this money into a Christmas saver or other savings account where you cannot withdraw it until a set date.

So here’s the plan. It’s dead simple. Whatever the week of the year is, put that amount into your savings account. Week 1= $1, Week 2= $2 and so on. By the end of the year you will be putting away $50 a week that you din’t even know you had. Then next year get serious and keep putting away $50 every single week.

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Life Site News: Outlawing Abortion is Good for Women’s Health

The world says outlawing abortions “forces” women to seek so-called backyard operators. The truth is different.

From Life Site News:

This country banned abortion and now, abortion promoters can’t believe their eyes!

“Outlaw abortion and abortion won’t stop. Women will just do it illegally and women will die!”

Or so the argument goes… But facts are pesky things, and they show that the opposite is true in Chile.

According to new research from the MELISA Institute, since Chile’s ban on abortion, not only has maternal health improved but the number of women seeking illegal abortion has plummeted!

Since Chile banned abortion in 1989, the number of maternal deaths decreased from 41.3 to 12.7 per 100,000 women (69.2% reduction). That puts Chile in second place for the lowest maternal mortality rate in the Americas (that’s right, even better than the United States).

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Prof. Elard Koch, a molecular epidemiologist and lead author of the study, says educating women enhanced their ability to access existing health care resources, and since those resources included skilled attendants for childbirth, that directly led to a reduction of maternal deaths during pregnancy and childbirth.

As Dr. Koch explains, “it is a unique natural experiment conducted in a developing country.” During the fifty-year period under study, the overall maternal mortality rate dramatically declined by 93.8%, from 270.7 to 18.2 deaths per 100,000 live births, making Chile a leader in maternal healthcare outcomes in the Americas.

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But wait. If abortion is legally banned, wouldn’t we expect to see the number of women hospitalized due to illegal abortion procedures increase? Aren’t women just seeking abortions outside of proper healthcare facilities?

No. Not only is Chile one of the safest places in the world for women to give birth, but the number of women actually seeking abortion is also declining. According to data from the Chilean Ministry of Health, the country displays a continuous decreasing trend of hospital discharges due to complications of abortions suspected to be illegally induced at a rate of 2% per year since 2001. In contrast, a decreasing trend was not observed in hospital discharges due to miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, which have remained constant during the same period.

Dr. Koch’s research also found that a large sample of abortion-minded women in Chile displayed a vulnerability profile marked by coercion and fear, which accounted for nearly 70% of the reasons women considered abortion. Moreover, the research indicated that support programs directed to vulnerable women can prevent most illegal abortions, with an outcome of live birth (with or without adoption) ranging between 69% and 94% depending on the risk group.

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It’s not sheer coincidence that Malta, The Republic of Ireland, and Chile, all of which have prohibited abortion, have lower maternal mortality rates than the United States. In Africa, where 56% of all maternal mortalities occur, abortion-related maternal mortality is less than half what it is in developed countries. Yet there are more restrictions on abortion in Africa than in developed countries! So what’s the deal? In countries with higher abortion restrictions, fewer women have to seek treatment for “unsafe abortion” than in countries where abortion is “safe and legal.”

The result’s of Chile’s natural experiment is bad news for the pro-abortion lobby. But it’s great news for mothers and the unborn!

Reflection on Luke 1:26-38

Scripture

Mary responded, “I’m the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Observation
The angel Gabriel appears to a virgin named Mary and says, “Greetings favoured woman! The Lord is with you!”

The angel then goes on to tell Mary that she will conceive and give birth to a son she will name Jesus. He will be the Son of the Most High and He will reign over Israel for ever.

Struggling to understand, Mary asks him how this can be. The angel tells her that the Holy Spirit will overshadow her and the baby will be called the Son of God.

Mary responds, “I am the Lord’s servant.”

Application
To a young girl in a tiny village these events must have seemed incredible, An angel brings a revelation of an impossible event with world-changing implications. And she is in the middle of it all.

It is Mary’s response that really sets her apart from most if us. “I am the Lord’s servant,” she says,

This is the attitude God is looking for in all of us. My life is all about serving the Lord, not about serving me.

God is looking for people with that kind of humility that enables them to be entrusted with great destiny.

Prayer
Lord, I am your servant. May I be found obedient to your plans for my life. Amen.

Skylon Space Plane

This is just breath-taking. I was blown away by the thought of a heat exchanger cooling air from 1000 degrees to 150 in a few hundredths of a second. You can take the man out of chemical engineering….

From The Week

Skylon space plane ‘could reach Sydney in four hours’

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Approval for British Sabre jet engine marks another step towards hypersonic Skylon passenger plane

​​​​The European Space Agency has given its approval to technology developed by a British firm which could transform space travel – and lead to the development of an airliner capable of taking 300 passengers from Europe to Australia in four hours.

The Skylon aircraft is still at the theoretical stage, but the government is funding its development.

Reaction Engines Ltd, based in Oxfordshire, has developed a new type of jet engine, known as Sabre (Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine), which they say could power the space plane. The company has not yet built a full version of the engine, but it has constructed a critical component.

The heat exchanger made by Reaction is the key to the new technology, says The Independent. It cools air from 1,000C to 150C in one hundredth of a second, allowing the engine to use air as fuel, rather than oxygen from a tank.

Existing space rockets must carry tanks of oxygen with them – and the weight slows everything down. Reaction believe their new technology could make space travel 95 per cent cheaper.

The latest development is that the ESA have looked at Reaction’s data and agreed that the heat exchange technology is viable and workable. The next stage is to build working prototype of the full Sabre engine.

Last year, says the Daily Mail, the government announced it was investing £60m in building just such a prototype.

The Sabre technology could make space travel much cheaper and easier, allowing a jet aircraft to carry satellites and other spacecraft beyond the earth’s atmosphere before returning to the planet below. It could also be used to transport passengers quickly between distant locations on earth.

Reaction have designed an aircraft, the Skylon, which would use Sabre engines to carry 300 passengers from Europe to Australia within four hours. They hope to launch it as soon as 2019.

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Reflection on Romans 16:25-27

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Scripture

All glory to the only wise God, though Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

Observation

The Good News, the gospel of Jesus Christ, was hidden in the past but is now made plain. The message is now preached to the Gentiles everywhere.

Praise be to God!

Application

Hallelujah! God’s grace is open to everyone, not just Jews but every human being is able to respond to the gospel and brought into God’s kingdom.

People from every tribe, tongue and nation will be in God’s kingdom. Nobody is excluded except by their own choice.

Prayer

What an awesome God you are Father! You love everyone and have made salvation open to all. Thank you. Amen