So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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God TV – moral failure

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We were really surprised when we heard that Rory Alec had stepped down as CEO. Dave and I have our disagreements with some of God TVs fundraising, not trusting some of the people they trust and haven’t given so much lately. In fact their last appeal had a huge shortfall- we didn’t like the idea of buying bricks and putting a Bible under the altar – that’s daft and non biblical.  But this explains why there was a blockage. God expects a lot more from his people in key roles, and such sin would block things spiritually.

HOWEVER!  Rory is just a man and maybe they had all forgotten this and were so super spiritual that they thought themselves immune from attack. So what now? Forgiveness, repentance and Rory needs to at some stage, when he has sorted himself with God and his wife, to be brought back into the fold. What a chance to show the love of God and how repentance and forgiveness works. Or perhaps  Rory doesn’t want to give it up, and she doesn’t want him back. Human, weak and fallible,  God uses the weak of the world. What a chance for great things to come from this.


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Helicopters

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Ok, so these are leaves, but………..

This morning while I was putting the washing out, I could hear something hitting the roof of the house next door, couldn’t see anything, then one hit me. It  was a sycamore seed, being blown by the wind, hurtling across the gardens and then spinning to its new home- we have little sycamore trees always sprouting in the flowerbeds.  Incredible as they spin like s designed toy.

This had me pondering – so much for evolution. Such a thing either doesn’t work or does. If it doesn’t the seeds fall in a heap and are unable to germinate in the shade of the tree. The tree doesn’t think to itself, I’ll send them further, oh yes, I’ll make a spinning seed that can fly in the wind, in a design that even a few hundred years ago we couldn’t create or replicate to fly. Don’t tell me the shape of the seeds gradually changed over time – the trees would have died out. No, the seeds were designed, by an intelligent being, who created the whole universe and within it a complex biological system that intertwines. So you Evolutionists, just look at a sycamore seed and wonder.


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Reflections on a funeral

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God has recently given me so much to write about, especially things for Daily readings, which I’ll get to in due course. I even have softened against my conviction not to write my auto biography, I rarely speak of my childhood to anyone, and maybe it would be interesting for the kids. Enough.

One of neighbours (86) died last week after being ill with cancer for a long time (I’m not going to use the cliché). She was a lovely lady and lived a very quiet life with her husband. They were always pleased to see you, but were self-contained. When I saw her just before Christmas she was in a lot of pain and I think had given up.

So we went to the funeral and waited outside as the custom is here. The coffin was under an awning and you went up, sprinkled some water, took a remembrance card and then went and shook hands with the family. Mr B was there, looking absolutely distraught, and shaking like a leaf. The whole family looked numb. I was glad when they got him a chair. I was thinking about Mrs B, and how the whole process must have been such a relief at the end  for her, I could almost sense it. The Priest duly arrived and we all marched in. I had never seen such outspoken grief, nor it affecting someone so much. Continue reading


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Healing

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Andrew Wommack has been teaching about Elijah he spoke about  Elijah being  fed by the ravens, and drinking from a brook in the desert. This  lead to a teaching about God working in the supernatural and the natural, and I think this is so, and we musn’t dismiss either form.

In my life, I recently had a hysterectomy, and really felt God telling me that this operation was a healing.  In the same sense, God heals us supernaturally, we have the power of the living Christ within us, and when I have a cold or stomach trouble , I rebuke it in the name of Jesus, and it works.

How often in our earthly state, do we restrict God by our small minds?

I Kings 17

    1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe[a] in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

2 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”

   5 So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 


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Evening Approaches

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Jesus has just heard that John the Baptist has been beheaded, his cousin, his Elijah, his friend and he seeks a while in grief alone, sitting on a boat,  to sort his head and talk to God. Altogether human and God. So what happens? The word gets around and a crowd is waiting for him as he lands. Maybe God and he had put him back together, or maybe he was still sad, whatever, he takes pity on the crowd and heals their sick. I’m beginning to think maybe out of the sadness had come a great power, because Jesus now perform what may be seen his greatest public miracle.  He feeds them all. If you sit and work out the logistics of doing this humanly, feeding five thousand men women and children, with just twelve helpers, it wouldn’t take between dusk and dark. (Thanks Mr Wommack for pointing this out) There are constant references to evening coming on, and night, which gets it quite right of the short time scale of this all happening.  I found myself looking for all the time frames in the other gospels, how long, do they corroborate? Then realized I was being led away from the wonder of this event. Try and feed a  family, a few friends and multiply the time……WOW!

Matthew 14, v 13 – 21

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.


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Luke 5, verses 1 – 11

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Sometimes a reading jumps out at you and the Spirit suddenly gives you an insight into a previously unremarkable passage.  He’s trying to tell us something as God‘s word is spirit. ( John 6,6)  This is one I received lately and I think it speaks to us about re-commitment. I think that God has given me the go-ahead to write a series of blogs about Bible passages that have really spoken to me, so there will now be a regular occurance!

At the time I was wondering why this was sticking so much in my mind, nothing was jumping out of the page at me but  I did re –read that this was also a re-commitment, after the original call from Jesus, the fishermen had gone back to their trade.  (Mat 4, 18 -22, Mark 1, 16 -20 ).

Then this Sunday, Mr Wishywashy (Joel Osteen) preached on the same verses.  He said that when our faith is weak and we are doubting, then God’s faith steps in, and so the fishermen were blessed with the huge catch. A set time of blessing he said. Of course I felt he’d oversimplified.  If you read it, Peter’s unbelief is countered with a little belief, ie we haven’t caught anything  but if you say so, I will. This little step produced what was for the fishermen untold riches.

Peter confessed his sin and recommitted and WALKED AWAY from the riches.  That’s a hard one.  He was so impressed he could but not believe and his belief surpassed the proof in his eyes, wow!  Still I like the idea of the blessing that is to come, and re-commitment for us to living and working here but  I don’t know if I could walk from riches away unless Jesus told me to personally!

From the New International version, Luke 5

    1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

   4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

   5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

   6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

   8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

   Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

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