Monday, May 30, 2005

Chilly, chilly chilly!

Man it really does feel as if winter has well and truly arrived today. Outside it is hailing and raining as I speak :/ Still, i guess i shouldnt complain too much seen as hail is about the closest it gets to snow here in Aucks! hehe.

Cool little quotes...
The other day i came across these quote thingies:

*7 days without prayer makes 1 Weak

*3 nails + 1 Saviour = 4 Given

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So yeah just thought i'd leave ya'll with that, coz i need to get off here and go do some serious study!! first exam in 10 days time!!!!!

Friday, May 27, 2005

Star Wars

Last nite, I went and saw Star Wars III wih some exchange student friends from uni. It was really good, quite enjoyed it, actually makes me want to see the originals (i only vaguely remember bits of 'Return of the Jedi' and 'Empire Strikes Back' from back in the days when my bro watched them heaps). They did a good job of showing how Anakin gradually becomes more evil, till the end you could almost mistake him for looking/being the devil himself, was quite creepy! I also liked that it was easy to follow along w/ what was happening, and how everything linked up. So yeah, worth a watch.

Your Thoughts
What would ya say if someone put these questions to you:

Would you try to convert a Catholic? Do you think presbyterianism is better than Catholicism?

Or something to that effect. B/c i was recently asked those questions, by this Catholic dude online that IMd me. Kinda catches you off-guard a bit (well it did for me at the time), but yeah i guess it comes down to the essentials of Christianity - that its the person's heart God looks at, not what denomination they are, and whether they have genuinely repented and turned from their sin. Thats the kind of answer i gave. I also said that no one denomination has it all perfect or is the best (as much as we like to think) b/c we all are humans and have our faults when it comes down to it.

**no, dont worry, i haven't gone off the idea of denominations, they have their good/bad sides to them**

So yeah, hopefully that's some food for thought 4 any1 out there who's reading this. It was for me.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Long time no blogging

Hey all...yes, yes i know corny title but yeah. take it or leave it, thats all i can come up with for now :P hmm ok...time for an update...

Well i've pretty much been in the same ol' routine of uni, work, youthgroup and church. The weeks just seem to be flying by...cant believe its only a few weeks until exams begin! Will have to start studying sooner rather than later esp. because my exams are early last one is on 15th June which is great...coz that means i have 5 weeks off for inter-semester break! =) and thatll be a proper holiday too.

The other week i had a little 5 yr old start learning piano/keyboard. Man dont let 5 yr olds start learning the piano! This little boy isn't too bad but like most 5 yr olds his attention span isnt for very long...i dont blame him esp. when he has an hour lesson to endure! I need to talk to Ken about making it just half an hour lesson - usually what happens is each lesson is an hour and yeah u can have anywhere from 1-4 kids each hour (its just done in 3hr blocks after school).

Fun Funky Foooosballll
Yes the foosball games continue each Sun nite at the flat. Im doin my very best to try and beat a certain person too....working on my attack techniques etc and *prepare yourself* less trial and error! =p hahaha. I also just discovered that there is gonna be none other than a foosball championship at TSCF conference! yay. SO my Sun nite practise will be good training 4 it so i can kick everyone @ it at the conference hehehe.

In light of...
...the recent Global Day of Prayer and also the 40 Days of Prayer challenge for EU that i've taken up i thought i'd post the lyrics to this cool song...take some time out to read them:

What if the armies of the Lord
Picked up and dusted off their swords
Vowed to set the captives free
And not let satan have one more

What if the church, for heaven's sake
Finally stepped up to the plate
Took a stand upon God's promise
And stormed hell's rusty gates

What if His people prayed
And THOSE who bare His name
Would humbly seek His face
And Turn from their own way

And what would happen if we prayed
For those raised up to lead the way
Then maybe kids in school could pray
And unborn children see light of day

What if the life that we pursue
Came from a hunger for the truth
What if the family turned to Jesus
Stopped asking Oprah what to do

Chorus:What if His people prayed
And THOSE who bare His name
Would humbly seek His face
And Turn from their own way
He said that they would hear
His promise has been made
He'll answer loud and clear
if only we would pray
If My people called by My name
If they'll humble themselves and pray
If My people called by My name
If they'll humble themselves and pray....

~ 'What if His People Prayed', Casting Crowns

Random gripes:
*Wet weather...why is it that it always seems to pour down (like it did today) when you change classes yet when you're inside it begins to clear up?!

*Culture shock? Lately i've seen a few people that have been dressed in muslim clothing walking round uni (and i'm meaning like only have a slit for their eyes). Now i know they are muslims and that they have regulations on what they dress and religious rules etc etc, but they need to continue to wear their kind of clothing when they're living here and not in their own country? Correct me if i'm wrong, but not all muslims here do. Would it hurt them if they became a bit more westernised? I know im probably being harsh here but yeah when Westerners go over to Muslim/islamic countries they are expected to have respect for the locals and their culture and to dress a little like them so that they don't offend anyone. So why shouldnt they do that here? Any thoughts on this fellow readers??