14. God's true colours
forbid that I should ever get used to HIS all-knowing, almighty, supernatural
leading with a power, unfathomable to mortal man!
I prepared this chapter on the morning of Feb. 25th, 2017 I had no idea
that the reading in 'Our Daily Bread' was to start with the name Caleb. Two
young men will, in a moment, feature in this chapter. One of them is
more than that - the key-verse in that day's edition is taken from the
Old Testament Book of Numbers, Chapter 14. How perfectly it fits into here, into Chapter Number
servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly,
I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will
inherit it." (Numbers 14 ,24).
was a "wholehearted person. He and Joshua were part of a
twelve-man reconnaissance team that explored the Promised Land and
gave a report to Moses and the people. Caleb said: "We should
go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.
(Num. 13:30) But ten members of the team said they couldn't possibly
succeed. In spite of God's promises, they saw only obstacles
are an ideas-man or woman, who does not hesitate to make suggestions to
other group members, you know that there will always be some, who only see
obstacles. Ten limited minds around the table say: "It's too hard, it can't be
Only two are influenced by a different spirit, who says: "We
certainly can do it!" Such confidence is for those, who follow
only those, who think they don't need God to live a successful life, would
learn to rely on Almighty, all-knowing God! Their desperate struggle for
success, for lasting inner peace and life fulfillment would end at that
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22 year-old sprinter / cyclist Caleb Ewan follows God wholeheartedly, I do
not know. He certainly has his whole heart in his sport. In January 2017
Caleb won four of the six stages of our international bike race, South
Australia's famous Tour Down Under. He came first in stages 1, 3, 4 and 6.
winner, however, was Richie Porte, who took the stages that included hill
climbs. The Tasmanian champion rider's amazing speed, racing skyward up Torrens
Hill and Willunga Hill, gave him a 48 second lead. This was sufficient to be
regarded as 'almost certain winner', even before the final race on
Adelaide's street circuit. Porte went on to claim his first Tour Down
Richie Porte on the winner's podium - Stage 2, Paracombe.
this picture I had no intention to show the letters c ons, it just
turned out that way.
Likewise, the letter B*
hidden behind the flowers, leaves only MC.
It figures: The Son is the
MC (Master of Ceremonies) of the whole world).
Visitor from far away?
This spectator's T- shirt advertises
the Buck and Badger Restaurant in Madison WI. "Come to our neck of the
woods" (Been there, Bk 11,4).
Here the number 1 is hidden - the
full address is
115, not 15 State St.
*A peculiar thought,
which involved the letter B, came to me recently. I had accepted an
invitation to attend a men's group, one I had once been part of, but
not for a few years. Most men knew me and said hello afterwards. A group of three
men stood together talking.
almost left to drive home, after chatting for a few moments with two
other gentlemen in the car park. But something inside prompted me to turn
back and also say hello to the small group of three.
Almost a week later
it came to me - their surnames all start with the letter B.
this 'revelation' came another: The two men I had chatted to earlier
were both called Allan. What does it all mean? (Another trip to
- - - - - -
Paracombe the Tasmanian BMC star rider Richie Porte made history on another level. In
my diary on Wednesday 18th January I read that I was at the hairdresser
for a haircut. Talking to the barber, I casually mentioned that I'd like
Porte to win that day's race. So it was.
reason I wanted the BMC rider to win was my intention to wear my BMC shirt
and watch the finish at Paracombe, just as I had done two years earlier.
(Bk. 13, 7). There were parallels between the 2015 Tour and this years,
2017. As I did back then I donned my BMC shirt, mounted my GIANT (at Hope
Valley) and cycled up Ansteys Hill to the finish line.
had about 15 minutes to chat to my friend Richard, working as security
guard, before Richie
Porte powered up Torrens Hill to the finish line. He won by 16 seconds.
Two years earlier another BMC rider won at Paracombe. Dennis Rohan had
beat Cadel Evans ...
(I just googled it) ... by 3
seconds! Love 3 and 16 ... and 48!
Another parallel I could not very well
ignore, because I had written about it in Chapter 7, Book 13:
"The weather could not have been better, 27 deg. C,
bright sunshine, light winds." That it again would be
sunny and 27 deg. C. in 20I7 deserves an (Aussi, Aussi) OI, OI, OI.
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Changing sports - it
is very rare that a football match at a professional level is
re-scheduled to a later timeslot. But on 2.10 (Feb. 10th 2017) kick-off
time for the game between Leicester United, sorry Adelaide United and
Perth Glory was not 7.20 PM, but an hour later. That Friday was the
third day in Adelaide, when the maximum temperature exceeded 40 deg. C.
known earlier about the changed starting time I would have spent more
time proof reading the chapter I had just published. (My
apologies for the spelling errors and upside down AUM picture, now corrected).
Arriving early at the
stadium was no drama. That evening I had my bicycle in the rear of my
Suzuki. It provided opportunity for an hour's exercise, a welcome change
working on the computer all
day. I had just taken my seat at Hindmarsh Stadium, when on the large
screen an advertisement was shown. I was
Cellar Door Fest - 24 - 26 FEB.
festival is taking place as
soon as I heard 'Cellar door' how
could I not have recalled the chapter I had just published two hours
earlier? 'Cellar door' in the RD Magazine had provided a little magic.
Hey - my
math brain just kicked in - doesn't 24 and 26 add to 50?
how prophetic! Adelaide that night received its biggest loss at Cooper
Stadium ever - 5:0. (Cooper is a brewery nearby).
To make those happy,
who don't drink beer, but love numbers, AUFC could have let one more goal in - 6:0
would have been a good match that night. The official number of spectators
In an weird parallel to
British Premier League Champions Leicester, Adelaide United last season
caused a sensation. Lingering last on the table for 8 weeks, they
managed win after win to become A-League champions
for the first time. Leicester City's similar rise to success was labeled as 'the
greatest sporting upset ever, or the best football fairy-tale of
current season Leicester only won 5 matches, while Adelaide managed 3. The
English club sacked their miracle-working coach, *Claudio Ranieri, days before this
writing. (I'm not suggesting anything here, merely stating facts.)
fact (peculiar, but well timed): On the morning of publishing this
chapter, on March 1, is was reported that after sacking coach Ranieri
Leicester beat Liverpool 3:1.
With my limited knowledge
of soccer coaching I see this problem: After achieving the prized
trophy, a number of experienced players left the club to take up
lucrative contracts elsewhere, i.e. Craig Goodwin. The coach is left
with younger, often inexperienced players. They have big boots to
fill, which in Adelaide's case, resulted in a disastrous season so
matters worse, Adelaide captain and goalkeeper, Eugene Galekovic, is
out with an injury at the present. I regard him as one of the best in
Mr. AMO(R) may not be the answer. Renaming Cooper Stadium 'the
King Power stadium' may do the trick? Isn't king power better than
booze? (Just kidding?)
Readers should be asking:
Why did he put the letter R in brackets? There is a reason, there always
is, read on.
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At this point let's rewind
the calendar a few months to the interstate trip of Nov./Dec. 2016.
After the weekend visit to Sydney my wife and I drove most of the day to
the north. We made an early start, while there was only light traffic. Exiting the mega-city on the harbour was a breeze,
compared to the nerve wrecking traffic gridlock on arriving.
destination was Burleigh Heads, just across the New South Wales -
Queensland border. This stretch of coastline could be called the the Australia's Riviera.
We call it the Gold Coast, which is also a large metropolis. The central
city, Surfers Paradise, is just ten kilometers to the north. In 2018 the
spotlight will be on the GC, when the CG (Commonwealth Games) will be held there.
accommodation we had secured was right on The Esplanade, around the
corner from Goodwin Terrace:
that we paid far less for this 2 bedroom 2 bathrooms,
3-balconies, spacious unit, overlooking the ocean, than we had
for an average motel in Wollongong, it was a good choice. (We
had placed a bid in a travel auction).
Burleigh Heads, Beach on Goodwin Tce.
my early morning rides to Surfers Paradise (in the distance) the feeling of "I could live
here" was very strong.
wearing yellow the person in the foreground (DF) does not belong
to the Little Lifesavers - the big Lifesavers, yes!
Queensland has never
introduced daylight saving time (summertime). The Esplanade at Burleigh was busy
with bike riders and joggers, even at 6 am. Everybody seemed to be out
to exercise, as was I on my Giant every morning. The sun, high up, made 9
am, feel like midday.
Wednesday 30.11.17 we took our Hyundai for a short trip to the 'Hinterland'.
Australians use this German word, lit. translated 'land behind, beyond', for
forests and hills away from the coast. The best known tourist
town on the Gold coast hinterland is Mount Tambourine.
where it happened. As soon as we arrived in the main street, I could not
help noticing the vehicle parked right in front of us - car registration
YLT 315 (slightly altered). There was a sticker or badge attached
with the word Hinterland (hint Hi NT..?)
wife Isobel disappeared into the first souvenir shop, which made it less
problematic for me to photograph what I spotted next. Take a look,
here's why the earlier AMO(R). Love, yes!
Scrabble letters (on sale.)
on a table were these letters, strangely arranged:
Clockwise - I AM OSSI ...
the 1s and 3: We could create 30 Nov (that day's date) or simply
March 1st. - the date of publishing! (On Editing, another date:
Whispers Fashion Store. Lovely colour blend, pink house with
natural carpet of blossoms.
just noticed a vague similarity in these colours to the letters in
the previous photo. (Unplanned, even a touch of green in both
A little later a special rego-plate
crossed our path in the mains street of Mount Tambourine - O.. L
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Staying in our luxurious apartment at
Burleigh Heads, we were reluctant to leave it and visit Brisbane, about
an hour away by road. The last time Isobel had visited the Queensland
capital was with her family before we were married. Should we take the
train, which would be taking much longer, or should we drive and risk
heavy traffic and parking problems?
the end it was a good decision to take our car and drive on the M1
Freeway right into the city. How lucky (blessed) we were to spot a
vacant three-hour meter parking in Margaret Street, right near the
Botanic Gardens. This gave us sufficient time for a long stroll through the
lovely Botanic park, across the Goodwill pedestrian/cycle bridge, along
South Bank before meandering back to the city for a meal.
South Bank features a beach right in the city
We found a quaint
Cafe, in an Arcade off the Queen Street Mall, where we sat down for a
light lunch. Our table number was 28. My wife ordered our meal,
which came to $ 28.20. (If I'd had my way, I would not have bothered
with the 2 tens ..., just kidding).
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Flame Trees, Burleigh Heads (my flame is resting on a seat).
Our four days in this lovely
neck of the woods passed very quickly. (Unlike four days
sitting, writing a chapter on the computer ...?)
Didn't I read somewhere - to
find out, how long one minute can be depends on which side of
the toilet door you're on? (Luckily - our unit had 2 bathrooms,
a registration plate
that does not need decoding. This car was parked right opposite
our unit as we left for Nimbin.
a sign in a souvenir shop read: TODAY is a GOOD
DAY. It was.
note again, the colour match!
When I snapped the photo I had no
idea that the rear lights of the motor car would match the
shorts and top of the lady walker in the background. (I still
have that rainbow on my head - at the end of our journey, we
shall again meet 'the cloud'.- Rev. 10, 1.)
Not that I needed any
reminder to be good. As Christians we are not called to be good, but to
seek (and do) the perfect will of God.
Here's a perfect
scripture to match above statement: "...be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God."
The date we departed
Burleigh Heads was Dec. 2. If I were to get a hundred dollar every time
my wife reminded me on this trip, regarding the speed limit, I'd could
afford to retire in a luxury unit on the Gold Coast! She was well meaning,
however. Overseas visitors be warned, in Australia the penalties for
exceeding the speed limit, or running a red light, are horrendous.
Possibly $ 500 for just a few kilometers over. In Germany the equivalent
may be $ 30?
Tweed River and
happened that morning, which makes me smile, especially since I had
highlighted the letter B earlier in this chapter. Studying the road map
before leaving I came across a very funny place name. I briefly
mentioned it to Isobel, but thought nothing more of it until about two
were driving back south, inland to Nimbin. The car radio was tuned to Brisbane Radio 100.3
FM. At 8.50 AM I became aware of a song title being played: Dum Dum.
This title by Brenda Lee goes back in the charts to 1961. It became No.4 on
Australia's Billboards top 100.
Not until weeks later did I realize, we had actually driven through a place called Dum Dum, due east of Mount Warning.
readers know, why the letter B fits in so perfectly!)
Google Maps: Dum Dum NSW, Postcode 2484.
At the time, I recall my wife talking about her Aunty AMI*, who was
from that district.
letters, again!!! As I typed, Isobel, who was sitting on the correct
side of the toilet door, called out to me the name of her Aunty. (Did
she have a smiley face? Ha, ha).
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We only stayed an hour or so in Nimbin. It
was long enough to endure the culture shock, which was worse than it had
been in 2009, when I had visited the hippy town for the first time.
Our lunch stop beside the
river in Ballina brought back far more pleasant memories. As I did all
along that coastline I kept pointing out to Isobel
certain places and experiences from my cycle adventures. At Ballina I had
unpacked and dried out all my wet gear, which had gone through a flood.
night we spent in Woolgoolga, another lovely seaside tourist town. Only
after we had checked into this particular motel did I take notice of the name -
Rosebourne. Our next prolonged stay was at Isobel's family's beach shack
at a place called Hat Head, about 50 kilometers north of Port Macquarie.
some reason my wife did not share the same excitement in visiting the
shack or the district she was brought up in. I was fascinated as I took pictures of the
street where she was born. The house she grew up in had been relocated, but her Primary School in Smithtown, as well as
High School, all still existed.
Driving through Smithtown, Postcode 2440, I
could not help taking notice of a parked vehicle, registration
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Souvenir door mat -
Fisherman lives here ...
questions arose after looking at this doormat.
who and how many kilos weight is the best catch* of his life? (I
know blokes living with BIG catches!)
why place the price sticker $30 right on top of the TH, which
leaves the letters WI ? Now, in which neck of the woods have we
seen WI a while back?
catch and big catch >>>
happened, weeks ago we had arranged a visit from old friend on
It's been years since he and his wife had been here to dinner.
love fishing. He sent this recent photo, showing his best catch
(wife) and a big catch (queen snapper). Amazing
born with the name Fischer, I never have been a keen fisherman.
Head is a Mecca for those enjoying both river fishing and those
with big ambitions in the ocean. Our highlight was the long, ten
mile long, sandy beach, which we had mostly to ourselves. It had been
decades that I swam in big waves, while Isobel read her favourite
magazine, relaxing in a folding chair on the beach. (I think, the
magazine is called - Dream Adventures, maybe not, ha ha?)
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Bay, New South Wales
While Isobel is
reading and dreaming, a group of 'Little Lifesavers' is having a
major destination was 300 km south. Neither of us had visited
Nelson Bay and Port Stephens. (I had travelled through on my bike tour in
2008). En route we dropped in to visit one of Isobel's cousins. They were
the same people I had stayed with, where I experienced the 'Amazing
story. (Read it in Book 7, Chapter 16).
choice of accommodation again was a winner, a spacious unit with panoramic
views over the town and across the bay to Hawks Nest. While
I did plenty of bike riding, Isobel enjoyed the shops downtown.
Second-hand shops have become a bit of a fashion in recent years. I bought
myself a pair of shorts and made a perfect catch at Vinnies:
A day after
my leather watchband broke, I was almost going to a jeweller to have a new
one fitted. Browsing an op-shop I spotted a silver one, brand new, exactly my size! Even the
lady volunteer serving agreed: "It was meant just for you!"
Hard to believe that this 1872
lighthouse started by using four kerosene lamps, placed on a
In 1876 they were moved into the octagonal building,
where this light saved many from shipwreck. It
was then called 'Inner
The lighthouse keeper's
cottage has been transformed into the Inner Light tea rooms. The views are
fantastic. After admiring the historic, maritime artifacts in the small museum
and a chat with a volunteer, I noticed the visitor's book. In a moment of inspiration I felt
prompted to sign my name and add this little remark: "How
important is the Light!" (Read on! It proved to be an inspired
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One of the stretches of road I
dreaded, was the bypass around Sydney, especially after the previous
nerve-wrecking experience. Never
before had I just driven through or around this huge, jam-packed city. Thankfully,
I need not have worried, the relatives we had visited had not only told us how
to best navigate the place, but assisted in registering our vehicle online to
be able to use the toll-roads, the M 7 and M 2. It was all good.
route to Narrandera, our last overnight stay 750 km away, we allowed a little
time for some brief stops. There were a number of lovely, historic towns along
the way - Yass, Gundagai, Junee and Coolamon. (Some of these I have visited
and written about in previous books).
town - Coolaman
vehicle's reg. No.
05.C or the
Maps, we were walking back to our vehicle via Mann Street!
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Q: So why did I write earlier that 'How important is the light' was
A: I recalled
what transpired on the evening before commencing this chapter. That night (24/2/17)
I had just finished writing a letter. In the second sentence I had
written: "Churches are meant to be a light in the darkness."
Minutes later, before retiring
for bed I read the 'Word for Today'. That day's headline read: "Walk
in the Light". The writers, Bob and Debby Gass, quoted the Old Testament, where God spoke: "Let
there be lights ..." (Genesis 1, 14) and Jesus, when HE declared:
"Light has come into the world." (John 3, 19).
Word for Today, Fri 24 Feb. 2017
The Light - "If we walk in the light... the blood of
Jesus...purifies us from all sin" (1 John 1:7 NIV)
evening I had been reading some of the submissions that were made, and published
online, to the Senate Committee Enquiry into same-sex marriage. One particular
document, Submission No. 273 reflected the sad state of affairs in one
particular denomination here in Australia - the Uniting Church. (The total
number of submissions published was 401. There must have been more, mine among
them. I had emailed a letter on Jan.12th, well inside the deadline, and received a 'submission received'
This omission is even more
puzzling, because I know the person who headed this Committee, a
Senator in Canberra, personally.
Submission 273 was by the Rev.
Jennifer Burns of the Merewether Uniting Church, Newcastle, NSW. I knew
the Uniting Church had very liberal, tolerant views on the subject. But to
be confronted with them, seeing them publicly documented in black and white,
still was a shock to read. It made me wonder, if she and her other church
leaders, have any respect for Holy Scriptures?
Let me quote how
she expressed some of her views:
evolved greatly over time as societies have evolved, and continues to do
The Reverend obviously does not
believe in the first verse of the bible? Marriage from the beginning was between
a man and a woman. What evolved was sin, which changed the entire relationship
between God and mankind. What possibly could marriage evolve into in the future?
I would be willing to marry any consenting adult couple regardless of
gender... It is unacceptable to have same gender attracted
couples subjected to this discrimination as any discrimination is
If discrimination is the
criteria which needs to be removed via legislation, what about teenagers
under age, who want to marry? What about marrying your brother or sister or
close relative? Should they be allowed to marry or are we discriminating against them?
“I do not support them
[church ministers, wedding celebrants, business people] having choice in their professional roles to
refuse their services to same gender-attracted couples."
I hear Rev. Burns correctly? Church ministers, who know their bible and what God says about same-sex
relations, should be forced by law to give their blessing to same-sex
sure some would rather die. Christians are killed every day for standing up
what they believe!
"Giving professionals such choice will
likely result in psychological and physical harm.”
fair minded Australian must condemn any harm done to gay people. But what
psychological harm is there, if a photographer asks a gay couple to find
another professional business? He or she may find it distressing to have to be
exposed and closely engage in love poses between same gender people. I'm
totally honest - I have to look away, when I see two men kissing each other
passionately). Do law makers care at all about people like us?
the word discrimination, another deceptive word is often used by the gay lobby -
equality. Sure, men and a women are of equal value as
human beings. But even four year-old children, once they have realized
there are two different genders in the world, can tell the difference. Some
modern scientist obviously have a struggle to grasp it?
to survive needs both genders, male and female. Wouldn't the world be a better
place, if both worked together, each playing their God-given role? Let's stop
this nonsense war, where no one wins. The biggest losers are children!
the letter I sent to the Reverend I tried to be as polite as I could,
without wavering from the truth:
Need God's wisdom:
your website I sense that your church seems alive and active in the
community. Christian churches are meant to be the light, shining in
is why it’s sad to see divisions among the churches when it comes to
interpreting the scriptures. In your submission to the Senate Enquiry
into so-called same-sex marriage I read that you fully support those
people, who against all natural principles want to marry.
I read correctly, you and your church, are not only in favour of these
new laws, but you also would be in favour of Christian Ministers being
forced to obey the state; i.e. give their blessing to gay people or
face jail for refusing to conduct their ‘wedding’ ?
do you justify your stance in the light of Romans 1? The practice of
homosexuality is labelled in clear terms: “...uncleanness ...they
dishonour their bodies ... exchanged the truth for a lie... vile
passion, which is against nature... men burning with lust... debased
with all due respect of your choice of belief, the above is not my
opinion, but God’s Holy Word. (Romans, 1, 24 ff. New King James
Version). If you think, who is this to judge me, read Verse 2 of the
next chapter: “God is the judge against all those who practice
Christians, especially those leading a flock, are no longer standing
up for the truth of God’s Word, how can they be the a light, shining
in this dark, sad world, which is living the way of Sodom and
leaders, religious and political, should ask for God’s wisdom before
making laws that alter humanity’s most basic building block, the
and Ph. No. supplied)
How strange is it that gay couples go to all this length to get
married, when many normal heterosexual people just live together and
don’t bother one iota about marriage?
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Thank God there are still
people, mostly Christians, who stand on the truth of the Word of God.
On February 26th a small number gathered on the steps of South Australia's Parliament to
pray for the community, especially politicians.
banners read: Stop ungodly legislation, God is mighty to save, Jesus
is the hope of the nations...
one at the bottom deserves special attention. It's part of the prayer,
which is said at the opening of every parliamentary sitting day. It
concludes with The Lords Prayer.
RELYING ON THE BLESSING OF ALMIGHTY GOD.
Could any politician honestly vote for same-sex
marriage (or abortion) after earnestly asking God (praying)
"What is your will, Lord?"
If humble politicians are
not an oxymoron, they certainly are on the endangered species list. In their
arrogance they made laws that allow crushing the skulls of a tiny, unborn, perfectly healthy,
near-born babies, but they forbid the cutting down of trees as not to harm the environment. Bulldust!
few Christians, who speak up against these barbarians are threatened with laws,
that could sent them to jail ! Hypocrites!
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calm! We must
complete our journey home!
the final day of our interstate holiday we took the familiar, tedious highway from
Narrandera ( ! ) over the Hay Plains to Mildura to Renmark. If there
was an Oscar for the most luxurious, cleanest public toilet in the world,
Renmark would win it.
May I suggest, even if you don't have to, it's worth a
visit. I trust you don't get the doors mixed up, and know exactly which to
The evening of Sunday December 11th,
2016 was one of those, where you don't want to go home, but enjoy the final rays
of sunshine of the day. Only an hour from
home we stopped at Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley and ordered fish and chips in
the main street cafe. It was rather busy. Everyone was given a number in the queue.
we waited I had an inkling that the people knew us, or about us. If it's a
remnant of my past, I do not know. But then ...
|NO 75 >>>
Please retain and present when your number is
|That morning we
had passed the exact spot near Narrandera, where on 12.7.07 that
strange, L-shaped cloud appeared in the sky. Ever since then number 75 became
a holy symbol throughout my books. (Bk 5. Ch. 27.)
One day, my friend, your number will be called. If
you have retained faith in Christ who became man, you
may enter into eternal life. (Blessed are those, who do His commandments
that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gate
into the city. (Rev. 22, 14).
This will be followed by a banquet such as the
world has never seen. And it won't fish and chips!
As my wife and I strolled the
main street of Nuriootpa, nibbling on our fish and chips, we passed a sign, which
didn't make sense. Their upcoming Christmas service was
advertised as Friday 25 December. In 2016 Christmas Day fell on a Sunday.
there was more. The church happened to be the Barossa Uniting Church. The lady
Reverend's name, shown on their sign outside, made me take a picture. I saw the
simplest of Christmas messages in it:
Christ became man. HE [is] victor.
I do not know, where the Barossa Uniting
Church stands, or if the rainbow colours on their website indicates
something. One thing I do know - the scriptures! The rainbow colours are
another look at Romans:
"For the wrath
of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men (AND women) who suppress the truth in
No excuses - Verse 19: "What may be
known of God is manifest to them, for God has shown it to them."
- Verse 22: "Professing to be wise, they became fools."
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God ...
and it will be given to him (AND her!)