Apostolic Summit

It’s been a fantastic few days at the Apostolic Summit here at Rockhampton, the 20th Summit.

The speakers were John Alley and Bob Hausleman. Bob Hauselman is the Senior Minister of Restoration Christian Church in Sellersburg, Indiana, and also the Apostle in charge of ARM Network. Both of these men are influential in their respective ministries, carrying a lot of spiritual authority but with great humility.

The theme of the Summit was “Exploring Apostolic Authority.” This is not just about the authority which apostles carry within their own gifting, but the authority given to the church when apostolic order is in place. Many stories were told by the two main speakers and cameo speakers such as Lloyd Gill and Ross Blamey who has the “Kick up the backside anointing.”

We caught up with our favourite ex-Narrabri teenager, Choni Smith. Choni led us to the Rockhampton Zoo.



This year we are staying at Rockhampton Serviced Apartments, in a renovated Church of Christ building now called “The Chapel”.  It’s a four- bedroom apartment on Denham St, a very pleasant place.


Tomorrow we head over to Rosslyn Bay for the Sons’ Retreat. This is a low key retreat for pastors and other ministers. It’s a great time of fellowship and encouragement.

You can find more photos from the Summit, and from the Retreat as I add them at this link https://goo.gl/photos/1Ajmm52dG9G6qDo17


ABC: Stowaway Snails Devastate Crops

If you ever watch those Customs shows and wonder why Australia is so tough on people bringing stuff into the country this might help.

From the ABC:

Stowaway snails become big pest for Yorke Peninsula farmers as expert warns of bumper year

Updated 38 minutes ago

Slimy invaders from afar have long been a staple of science fiction, thrilling and chilling audiences. Slimy invaders as a fact of farming life are much less entertaining.

Every season, before he starts seeding, Yorke Peninsula farmer Graham Hayes has to lay snail bait.

If he doesn’t do so, his crop will be destroyed by millions of Mediterranean snails.

“Well if they are in large enough numbers they’ll just eat all of the crop,” Mr Hayes said.

“There’s nothing that we grow that we can avoid having troubles with snails … if it grows, they’ll eat it.”

Those “troubles” occur right across the growing period.

In the early stages, while a crop is still green, Mr Hayes said the snails would eat it.

When the crop ripens, snails get caught up in harvesters: clogging the machinery and contaminating the grain

CSIRO scientist Geoff Baker is Australia’s foremost snail expert, having spent three decades musing over the molluscs.

He has warned this year has the potential to be a bumper snail season, for two main reasons — the recent wet and mild summer, and the snails’ ability to juggle their breeding cycles.

“This is a bet-hedging strategy that the snails use, and many other invertebrate animals use, where they’ll sit tight if the weather’s not great for reproducing or they’ll go gangbusters if it is great,” Dr Baker said.

“And that, unfortunately, is what this season is looking like.”

The snails arrived on Yorke Peninsula more than a century ago, as slippery stowaways aboard sailing ships coming to collect grain.

Dr Baker said there were four distinct species of snail.

Generically they are all called the Mediterranean snail because of where they originated.

“They have distributions all the way from Scotland down to Morocco from Portugal through to the Middle East,” Dr Baker said.

“So there’s a big, wide distribution, they’ve come accidentally to Australia and they’ve become a problem.

“They’ve hit pay dirt, they’ve escaped the natural enemies that have a huge impact on their abundance in their native habitat.”

Read the full story at the ABC

Reflection on John 14:15-22

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Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passsage/?search=John+14.15-22


“On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”


Jesus tells the disciples that if they love Him they will obey His commands. He will send the Comforter, the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him because the world does not know Him.

Jesus is going, but because He lives we also will live. We will know the unity of the Father with the Son and with us.


Often we fail to understand the true unity of the believer with God through the Holy Spirit. Jesus says that He is in the Father and also in us, and that we are in Him.

To be born again is to be born of the Spirit. We share in Christ’s death and resurrection, and the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us.

There is a close unity within the person of God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we are born again, we are brought into the union.

I am in God and God is in me. This is not some Eastern mystical idea where “god” is in the creation and everything is “god.”

No, this is about relationships. God invites us into a relational unity with Him that we were created for and which sin destroyed.

Because I am now in God, I need to protect this unity through a commitment to holiness. I do not want to risk this unity by offending God’s perfect holiness. This would be like defiling my marriage relationship by sleeping with a woman other than my wife.

We were created for a close relationship with God. Jesus died on the cross to restore the relationship. He gives us the Holy Spirit to be the centre of the relationship.


Lord, this concept of being united with you is very hard to get my mind around. I don’t understand it, but I receive it. Please help me to repent and turn away from everything that would rob that relationship. Amen.

Reflection on 1 Peter 3:13-22


Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+3.13-22


In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.


Even if we suffer for doing what is right we are blessed. We should always be ready to give an answer for the hope we have in Christ, but with gentleness and respect.

Christ died for our sins once for all to bring us to God. We was put to death but then raised to life by the Holy Spirit. He preached to spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago. Noah’s ark is a type of baptism, the pledge of a good conscience towards God.


Evangelism starts with a heart dedicated and sanctified to the Lord. We must repent of sin and live a life that honours God. This does not mean we have to have it all together before we can share our faith. It does mean that Christ must be the highest priority, the most precious desire of our heart.

Christ must be Lord in our hearts and not just the means to getting to heaven.

We must be always prepared to give the reason for our hope. People ask questions about faith at all kinds of times- often at inconvenient times. Will we take hold of the opportunity as it presents itself, or fob off a seeker because we have other things on our mind?

“Always be prepared” means to understand in our hearts how to share the gospel. It manes that we know who Jesus is and why His death saves us,

This must be done with gentleness and respect. People are not won by arguments and insults. They are won by humility, gentleness and respect. This person asking me about my faith is someone who was created in the image of God and for whom Christ died. Our faith sharing must always be done with this in mind.


Lord, who are you leading me to talk to today, this week? Let my life, my attitudes and my words speak highly of you to all that I speak. Amen.

Reflection on Acts 17:22-34


Passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+17.22-34


“In the past, God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.”


Paul is in Athens where he has a dispute with some of the city’s philosophers. They take him to the Areopagus to present and argue for the Gospel.

Paul notes that the city is very religious, even having an altar dedicated to an unknown god. Paul says that this is the true God who created all things and all people. He did this so that people would turn to Him and find Him.

In the past, God overlooked the ignorance of paganism. But now He calls all people to repent, for He has set a day of judgement by Christ whom He raised from the dead.

Some sneer at this talk of resurrection, but others believe Paul and his message.


Since Christ came into the world, the gospel has left us with a stark choice- we can accept it or reject it.

The commandment given to all people now is “repent.” The Kingdom of God has arrived, and we must turn from our sins and follow Jesus.

There once was no kingdom, but now the King has come and established His Kingdom. Once we could live as we pleased, whether it was to worship idols or to worship our bodies.

Now King Jesus tells us to worship only Him. There is a grace period but a day of judgement will come.

Jesus is justified in judging those who reject Him. He died to pay for our sin. Now we must honour Him with our lives or pay the price for rejecting His grace.

This is not religion by obeying rules. This is freedom to live the lives we were created for. I once was lost in sin, but now I am found in Him.

Repenting does not just mean turning from sinful actions. It is letting go of all our false loves to embrace the true lover of our souls.


Thank you, Lord Jesus, for delivering me from sin. Help me to honour you in every part of my life. Amen

How Porn Damages Your Sex Life

Instead of increasing sexual enjoyment, porn often leads to less satisfying sex in the long run and, for many users, no sex at all.

Porn promises a virtual world filled with sex—more sex and better sex. What it doesn’t mention, however, is that the further a user goes into that fantasy world, the more likely their reality is to become just the opposite. [1] Porn often leads to less sex and less satisfying sex. [2] And for many users, porn eventually means no sex at all. [3]

How? Well, it starts in your brain.

You see, your brain is full of nerve pathways that make up what scientists call your “brain map.” [4] It’s kind of like a hiking map in your head, with billions of tiny overlapping trails. These pathways connect different parts of your brain together, helping you make sense of your experiences and control your life.

When you have a sexual experience that feels good, your brain starts creating new pathways to connect what you’re doing to the pleasure you’re feeling. [5] Essentially, your brain is redrawing the sexual part of you map so you’ll be able to come back later and repeat the experience. [6] (SeeHow Porn Is Like a Drug). The same thing happens the first time you watch porn. Your brain starts building new pathways in response to this very powerful new experience. [7] It’s saying, “This feels great! Let’s do this again.”

But here’s the catch: your brain map operates on a “use it or lose it” principle. [8] Just like a hiking trail will start to grow over if it’s not getting walked on, brain pathways that don’t get traffic become weaker and can even be completely replaced by stronger pathways that get more use.

As you might expect, watching porn is a very powerful experience that leaves a strong and lasting impression in the brain. (SeeHow Porn Changes the Brain.) Every time you watch porn—especially if you heighten the experience by masturbating—you are strengthening the part of your brain map that connects arousal to porn. [9] Meanwhile, the pathways connecting arousal to things like seeing, touching, or cuddling with a partner aren’t getting used. Pretty soon, natural turn-ons aren’t enough, and many porn users find they can’t get aroused by anything but porn. [10]

Read the full article here

Matt Ridley: Wind power makes 0% of world energy

From Jo Nova:

Matt Ridley: Wind power makes 0% of world energy

It’s all in how you spin it. Supra-zoogle-watts of new wind power capacity was added last year. Wind and solar grew faster than fossil fuels. There are now 341,000 wind turbines around the world! Thus do Meaningless Big-Numbers flow.

Instead  Matt Ridley gets down to the small numbers that tell us what is going on: Wind Turbines are neither clean nor green.

The Spectator:  Here’s a quiz; no conferring. To the nearest whole number, what percentage of the world’s energy consumption was supplied by wind power in 2014, the last year for which there are reliable figures? Was it 20 per cent, 10 per cent or 5 per cent? None of the above: it was 0 per cent. That is to say, to the nearest whole number, there is still no wind power on Earth.

IEA world Energy Production, Graph, 2016.

Key Renewable Trends IEA 2016

The only renewables superstars are those you never hear about — wood and hydro:

Their trick is to hide behind the statement that close to 14 per cent of the world’s energy is renewable, with the implication that this is wind and solar. In fact the vast majority — three quarters — is biomass (mainly wood), and a very large part of that is ‘traditional biomass’; sticks and logs and dung burned by the poor in their homes to cook with. Those people need that energy, but they pay a big price in health problems caused by smoke inhalation.

…world energy demand has been growing at about 2 per cent a year for nearly 40 years.

If wind turbines were to supply all of that growth but no more, how many would need to be built each year? The answer is nearly 350,000, since a two-megawatt turbine can produce about 0.005 terawatt-hours per annum.

So we’d have to build 350,000 wind turbines every year just to keep up with the growth in electricity demand each year.

To be fair, apparently wind power generates nearly 5% of Australia’s total energy, which is at the same time, pretty remarkable, and also maybe why manufacturing here is dying.

Here’s a meanginless small number:

Portugal ran for four days straight once on renewable energy alone. Four whole days!

Read the whole article Wind Turbines are neither clean nor green.