Sunday 1 August 2021

It is Sunday, later than expected, and the dog is inside near the fire on a damp, cold Winter’s evening. This morning was spent listening to two of my sons, for we were where they live and work. Kea was quietly worrying about the other kids as well. We have had a phone call from my Mum, and messages from some of our siblings. This is as it should be: we should care for those who are family, by blood and adoption, and those who are friends of the family so long that they become family themselves.

In this we have been feeding people: helping others, and being helped. This physical and material help is the lesser part of what we have been really doing. Which is spending time, supporting, and showing love.

To look only at the material is to miss the point of family.

As we are made in the image of God, and as the word of God indicates, it is our expression of love to God, which is worship, that matters much. The material provision is part of this, but it is not all there is. The gift is a symbol of the underlying affection.

But this should be as obvious to all as knowing the map is not the territory.

Collect One

Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee,
the spirit to think and do always
such things as be rightful;
that we, who cannot do any thing
that is good without thee,
may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Exodus 16:2-4

2 But the whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The sons of Israel said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread until we were full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this entire assembly with hunger!”
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, so that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.

John 6:24-35

24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats and came to Capernaum, looking for Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate some of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” 28 Therefore they said to Him, “What are we to do, so that we may accomplish the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” 30 So they said to Him, “What then are You doing as a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work are You performing? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; the one who comes to Me will not be hungry, and the one who believes in Me will never be thirsty.

Ephesians 4:1-16

4 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you also were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,

“When He ascended on high,
He led captive the captives,
And He gave gifts to people.”

9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) 11 And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of people, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, that is, Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

I do not do prophecy as such, but Vox Day called pattern recognition a gift. That I do, and I’m not liking what I’m seeing. We have a world that continues to tell… fibs.

If the fibs do not work, the use force to make us act according to the lie.

These quotes are from the last 24 hours or so…

But trust is earned, and these people act like it is their right to have our trust, that we owe them to take it on faith that whatever these people say is the Gospel. Except they are wrong all the time, and instead of owning up to it, they treat you like some sort of idiot for noticing. When you don’t trust people who are perpetually wrong, that’s not denying science. That is science – you are making observations, and drawing reasonable conclusions. In this case, the observation is that our establishment sucks, and that it can’t be trusted.
How far would a little humility gone? Very far. Imagine, and this will be hard, these masterminds getting up and saying, “America, we were wrong about something. We thought it was right, but we tested it and we found we were not right. Here is the data, and now that we have better information, we are changing our recommendation.”
What would we say? “Oh, okay. They were doing the best they can and being straight with us. People make mistakes. We need to learn from them. After all, it’s been a century since the last pandemic so we have a lot of lessons to re-learn. Let’s move forward.”
But no. No, there’s no humility. They make a mistake and they don’t stand up and admit it. Instead, they just change the narrative and act as if the narrative du jour was always the narrative. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia. But we’re not blind or stupid for noticing.

Kurt Schlicter, Town Hall

Chaser.

Despite media endorsement, the harsh economic realities of lockdown and the government’s snail-like vaccine rollout indicate Ardern followers may have quietly parted company with her, accounting for the apathetic 15% response from Group 3 qualifiers.
South Auckland politicians blame the lack of vaccine response on not enough messaging in Maori and Pasifika languages. On the AM show, Dr Nikki Turner agreed, citing a range of reasons and suggesting the new approach including “…different ways of supporting communities to get vaccinated, Maori services, Pasifika services, in ways that we’ve never done before” to turn the tide. The thinking that Maori and Pasifika cannot smell the effluent flowing from a bull’s rear end, as well as anyone else, is laughable.

In support of the NZ government’s singular approach to ending the pandemic, AM show hosts Ryan Bridge, Mark Richardson and Amanda Gillies suggested ways to address vaccine reluctance.
BFD Partial Transcript
Bridge:
“Just a suggestion, when it comes to the immunisations, or the vaccines, what if we jabbed everybody at the Bledisloe Cup and you got a free ticket… if you get a jab on your way in, then the ticket is free?
Richardson:
“Yeah, handy but I still don’t think motivating. I think I’ve come up with some pretty solid policy actually, in terms of incentives. It’s a little bit negative reinforcing but I think what will actually get people off their backsides, more than a free beer or a joint, is if you tell people… you come up with a list of things you can and can’t do if you’re not vaccinated.
Once your number has come up, once your group is able to get vaccinated, if you are not vaccinated you can’t go to the pub. You can’t go to a sporting event. It’s unfair on those groups we don’t have a supply for, alright, but if you in… over 60 now, you get a month to do it. If you’re not vaccinated – fully vaccinated – in that time frame, you don’t get to do stuff, you don’t get to enjoy the freedoms.”
Gillies:
“I would have to… it’s the passport, that’s what I reckon we should have – the Covid passport and it’s your (pointing at Richardson) way to get into things, to carry on living life, and I think that is the right incentive because you just miss out on the other stuff.”
Bridge:
“You do.”

The BFD, quoting TV3 Am show, paid for by the NZ Good Journalism Fund

The reason that we are given spiritual gifts, talents, knowledge, skills, from borth or by divine intervetion (and God will show us which was our doing at the end, which will be very little to none of it) is so that we will become mature. We will see the pattern and not be destroyed by the storm that follows. We will not fall into the moral incontinence of this age.

The spirit of this age is brewing conflict and fear and pain, for in that he considers there is power.

But God is greater, and God is love.