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God’s grace. It really is amazing.

At the Bible study I attend, we’re currently going through a DVD that overviews the history of the doctrines of grace.

You’ve probably guessed that I believe in God’s predestination. However, I’m not here to get into theological debates, because there are countless resources that outline both sides of the predestination/free-will argument. Also, I hardly think that an argument for argument’s sake would be conducive to our mutual Christian encouragement.

But suffice it to say, I’m just blown away by the sheer magnitude of God’s grace to me, an undeserving sinner. I have brokenn all His laws and I totally don’t deserve His love. But God loves me unconditionally; so much so, He chooses to save me through the perfect sacrifice of His Son. Wow.

I’ve also been going through R. C. Sproul’s book, Chosen by God, that outlines the logical Biblical argument for the doctrine of election. It is a most excellent book. Again, the disclaimer in the 2nd paragraph above applies here. But Sproul just shows in a very straightforward and uncomplicated way how it’s only logical (and very Biblical) to believe in God’s sovereign act of choosing sinners to be His.

Arguably, the greatest thing I’ve benefited from at the Bible study is the fellowship I’m having, being able to encourage and be encouraged by those of us who attend. Watching God’s work in their lives is so encouraging. I’m blessed and undeserving to have such friends.

God’s good.

Word of Life Kick-off!

Word of Life’s annual youth event, Kick-off, happened tonight.

I went as a helper with a church that my good friends attend. Left home at 3 pm, got home at 11:40. it was a hectic day, but SO rewarding. Essentially, what I did was help with a bit of the A/V setup, and run a couple of the games that were there.

There were arcade games, air hockey, foosball (table soccer), a huge inflatable rock-climbing wall, and many other games which I won’t bother explaining. I personally manned the foosball table. It was a bit challenging to say the least, but all up, wonderful!

More soon.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

No, not the TV show. The real life, awesome people you hang out with.

For lunch, I hung (gr?)* with a friend who’s starting uni at a campus about 5 minutes for my house. He lives an hour’s drive away. Not entirely practical, no. But anyways, he was here for an information day. We did lunch together, which was quite awesome.

Bible study has resumed. Aaaand…I’m loving it (both the teaching and the truly wonderful fellowship & hospitality). We watched a couple of John Piper’s talks, and had a great discussion afterwards. I could write so much about Piper’s talks, but suffice it to say this: “God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him.” Piper basically had this as his core message, and everything he said reflected the truths in that statement. We were designed to appreciate beauty outside of ourselves. That’s why we’re drawn to the majesty of the stars, sunsets, and God’s amazing creation, and ultimately to God Himself. He deserves the glory. It is to our benefit that He displays His glory, because we can then truly marvel at it. Man… I can’t recall much else of what Piper said, but it was awesome. No joke yo.

I am joyful and thankful. For friends, fellowship, God’s word, God’s glory revealed, and most of all Jesus.

Superbowl 44

…was SPLENDID!

I watched a recording of the game with a group of friends. The game was played from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm Australian time. Hence the delay in watching it. I couldn’t resist checking the livescores though. So I watched the game with my friends knowing that the Saints had won. Thing is, because I didn’t watch it that morning (I only checked the scores online), I was really able to get into the game and enjoy watching it. Doing things with friends is always more fun. Mostly, anyways.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

What if you saw something you didn’t like…would you change it?

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” is a story about just that! The harsh reality of past actions is reflected to haunt seven individuals. Written and Directed by Brooke Martin for Project: Direct 2009.

Kiama day 4 – the boneyard.

Yes. Interesting name.

But it really is called the Boneyard (or Boneyard Beach, or something). The weather was cool, but tolerable.

Oh, I also built a sort of dam to hold back the water. Considering I didn’t use any mortar of cement, and not heavy machinery, I think I did a good job.

Well I’m out haha. Brb, catchin’ some ZZ’s.

The pain of buying something simple

I spent a grand total of 3 hours across 2 shopping malls to buy 2 $99 mobile phones. I can’t even manage to type it down, such is the pain at recalling that nightmarish adventure.

//here endeth the semi-jesting

I am a male. Hence, it’s naturally difficult for me, and such poor folks like me (i.e. of the same gender), to engage in that fearsome activity known as “shopping”. I think it is fair to say that we are not designed to spend hours upon hours roaming frustratedly through malls, doing said “shopping”. I usually leave that to the female members of my household. However, when the need arises, I myself embark on this epic journey.

But I still. don’t.  like. it.