Injustice in equality, Churches promote inflation

Guest post by Kevin O’Brien, retired Charted Accountant and former consultant to the Government of (then Western) Samoa.

The living wage claim imbroglio has done us good in having to examine wages and living costs: I am not so sure it has done us right. It took a bit of looking to find the paper setting out the claims to a “living wage” of $18.40/hr; they were not on the Anglican Church Family Centre web site [1], in whose name they were, but on the Living Wage NZ site who commissioned them. [2]

The claim then is political – a creature of the unions and the ultra left greens with the churches donning social-justice robes and blessing all, other than those who ultimately have to pay. The politics of envy are writ large: bosses and others must be richer, so they can pay, to match our spending aspirations. If the boss class hasn’t got it, then the Government must have. Someone needs to pony up to satisfy our unrequited hunger for more.

I suspect there is sin somewhere in the midst of this. Is it right to heavy employers, a.k.a. bosses, to pay more when no more is going to come their way to meet the extra demand? Is it right to set demands for pay in excess of minimum reasonable needs? Is it right to pay a single 18 year old straight from year 13 at high school the same hourly rate as an experienced single worker, or one a few years further on who has a spouse, and the population replacement minimum 2 children, the same hourly rate also? If justice is about balance where is it here? Are ability and contribution of a worker to producing residual income to be ignored? Continue reading

Making yoghurt at home

Homemade yoghurtYou will find how to make this delicious yoghurt in our ‘Living below the line’ pages on the main menu. It looks hard to do, and we had little success with a common device, so researched, experimented and made it a practical kitchen task with what we had. Go here for more…

Global cooling from UN?

Guest post by Kevin O’Brien

The UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has prepared a final draft of an updated assesment, AR5. That draft has been leaked worldwide as it shows data that strongly suggests real cooling. Previous leaked emails from some principal climate ‘scientists’ showed concerns that the data wasn’t matching up to their models with a lack of warming, despite their wishes.

Whaleoil has reported the leak and refers to James Delingpole at The Telegraph.  Another, Watts Up With That, reports in much greater detail as well as providing sources.  Here is a reproduction of an original page from the AR5 draftt report that is causing much excitement.

Data at variance with models. IPCC AR5 FIG 1-4

Data at variance with models? IPCC AR5 FIG 1-4

My modified view of the figure is below. Click on each for a larger view.

AR5 Draft Fig 1-4 modified.

AR5 Draft Fig 1-4 modified.

The observations have been joined in yellow and clearly they are lying at the bottom of the figure. Watts comments on the grey model being discredited and the observations barely make it into the AR4 model too. If this is warming, it is hardly measurable and visually, ignoring the confidence bands, it looks like it is heading in the cooler direction. Can you base public policy on such data?

The added three-year moving average shows all the observations below the models except the grey. If this was a stock market chart it would be tempting to take a short position on a market decline. Another couple of declining data points would seal that view.

How trustworthy are the models? This is the first time I have seen these and they are disturbing in their simplicity. You can almost put a ruler along the tops and bottoms of each of the 4 models’ ranges shown. That means that the projections are near linear. What is to change that? Are we seeing a lack of commonsense demonstrated: surely the model makers are not saying that they expect the climate to keep on warming continuously at a defined rate? If so, what sort of delusional disorder are they suffering from? The corollary from their models is, if they are believed to be true, we may already be facing an unstoppable disaster. Do the model makers really believe that? Can Christians really believe that?

There is an another explanation, that the models are just that and some enjoy crafting them with their bits and bytes. Others, using them, seek then to maintain the position of Canutes to appear to stop the fearful unknown process of the scenario before them. This is a recipe for political control on a grand scale. Is that what is driving this? Also there is a lot of global corporate money to be made from such control, which brings with it the rents from resources. It will not be the richest who will be paying such rents. The green watermelons who publicly despise such corporates have also  taken this on as a cause for action as fits their communist origins and belief in controlled order.

Has justice fled or been redefined so that children are even denied medicine because neighbouring trees provide shelter for other creatures.

God made all, but made people in the image of God. I do not believe he loves any tree more than any single hair on any human head.

Photo update on Josiah O’Brien’s miracle healing

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These photos from the Festival of Joy meeting held 1 November in Tawa, Wellington, have just come to hand. The Evangelist Ram Babu from India, in New Zealand for a few days, is shown praying for Josiah in the altar call lineup. Josiah’s father is alongside the wheelchair and on the platform. I believe the meeting was organised by the Tamil Christian Fellowship, Wellington who meet in the Tawa Salvation Army Hall. Their local contact in Tawa is Moses Rajasingh.

The two pictures of Josiah O’Brien on the footpath were taken this morning, 22 November 2012  at 8:45 am, as he walked to school. Praise God.

Calendar 2013 Keep your eyes fixed on God.

We have finally done it. Our first calendar. Some of the art will look familiar but all has been freshly done for this. You will find it here.

Announcing Christian Calendar from Lambton Trading Ltd

Announcing Christian Calendar from Lambton Trading Ltd

But wait, there’s more…

Don’t overlook the Carols for Christmas on our Resources pages

Free wallpaper #13 The spirit is like the wind…

On our free wallpaper page

The spirit is like the wind that blows

wherever  it wants to… Jn 3:8 CEV.

#13 Free wallpaper --The spirit is like the wind 1440x900

#13 Free wallpaper –The spirit is like the wind 1440×900

#12 Free Wallpaper: “Let your gentle spirit lead me…”

#12 in our free Christian wallpaper series:

“Let your gentle spirit lead me in the right path…”

Ps 143:10 CEV

#12 Free wallpaper --Straight ways 1440x900

#12 Free wallpaper –Let your gentle spirit lead me…       1440×900

#11 Wallpaper: “If I take the wings of the morning…”

Another in our free wallpaper series:

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall lead me,
And your right hand shall hold me fast. Ps 139: 9-10

#11 Free wallpapers — If I take the wings…   (Example 1440×900)

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A miracle has occurred

josiah-web-10pm_1Nov2012-Healed

Josiah, home after healing

Guest post by Kevin O'Brien.

I need to speak out too after last night 1 November 2012. Josiah O’Brien, Felicity’s and my son, pushed his wheelchair from behind out of the Salvation Army Church hall and down the road to the car then after a short trip walked into Subway to get a late snack.

Since July Josiah has had to use crutches as his left leg has had a muscle causing a constant kick on awakening, about three tics every two seconds.  For the past three weeks his right leg also has become unusable and very painful to touch. When not in a wheel chair, he has got around on his side, with one leg up in the air to keep it from being touched. Despite that he has remained cheerful although a bit agitated at times.

Hospital experts from throughout New Zealand have examined him either directly or remotely. The consensus view being, that whatever it was he had, it was extreme and that there was no way he could control it. It was thought on balance to be probably of neurological origin but nothing was proven. Tuesday this week Josiah had an MRI scan under general anesthetic and results are still awaited. However the recovery nurse observed and recorded tremors while he was still unconscious tending to prove the neurological origin.

Last night Evangelist Ram Babu was ministering in Tawa and I took my boy along with expectation. Ram Babu is from India and was here for the one night before returning to India next week. Ethnically, white NZedder’s there were a small minority: God’s family has no colour.

The meeting was typical of healing meetings with praise and worship loud enough to shake the heavens. Miraculous healing took place through prayer based on words of knowledge. We all watched in awe as a woman had an arm restored to its proper place and length.

Ram Babu preached on the Corinthians text about being a new creation in Christ and that Christ does not fix or repair but makes new those who come to him.

Josiah was getting tired and I thought of taking him out but he would not go and later told me that he just blocked out the loud sounds to “wait for the healing”. Josiah responded to the altar call and I was surprised to see his little hand raised gently up without any influence from me. Indeed I had my eyes closed too most of the time. I wheeled him up to the front and Ram Babu laid hands on him and prayed for healing then continued on to pray for others.

In a minute or two an assistant came and asked Josiah to stand up and get out of his wheel chair. Josiah responded cautiously and he slowly put both feet fully on the ground and was self supporting. He then was asked to come up onto the platform and the whole church was excited watching this miracle. Josiah was running around on the platform mostly on tip toes (he had been unable previously to put either foot fully on the floor) and began to walk and run properly as he once did. He was obviously tired and appeared as though he might  be crying and I was a little concerned that he was being asked to do so much.

I was then invited to come up onto the platform too to be with him. The first thing I did after hugging him was to pinch his right leg in several places knowing that he could not previously tolerate it being touched. I touched it severely. There was no pain response. Josiah was healed!

Ram Babu encouraged him some more and sat with him a while. The whole church were in amazement. We left at the close with everyone else with Josiah asking me to return the wheelchair that very evening. I had to remind him that shops were not open at 9pm. The wheelchair coincidentally was due to be returned or rehired the following day so God’s timing was impeccable.

To God alone be the Glory.

I know that my redeemer lives.