22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
A walk through Hagley Park today provided (as usual I would almost say) for stunning scenery. The oranges and yellows of Autumn are hard to beat. At the same time the beautiful greens of the Native Garden with all the ferns and was like a green oasis in the middle of the park.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Matthew 6: 28-30
Hard to beat isn’t it?
It was strange seeing such a colorful, almost spring like display of colors.
11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
Song of Songs 2
The winter has yet to start for real! However snow is predicted for today. It reminded me of a sing from my childhood in the Netherlands:
Het leek opeens een beetje Mei in October
(translated: Al of a sudden it seemed like May in October)
And here we would have to turn that around and say it seemed like October in May.
I came to John with about 30 years of being self taught (kicked off by 1/2 dozen group lessons at age 18).
Having dabbled in a range of methods from finger style to conventional rock/pop/blues using books DVD’s and YouTube, I had reached a plateau in my DIY approach to learning (and in-grained a number of poor techniques!).
What an amazing time the past months have: Chris Gore and Chuck Parry, Sean Feucht and Aaron Walsh November 2012, James Maloney in December, The Family Fun Day in February this year, The Prophetic and Fatherheart Seminar by Vicky Trustrum in March, Chad Dedmon in March, Easter Service in the Park and Harmony, my home church. And now coming weekend the Grace and Glory Conference with speakers Rob Rufus and Chad Mansbridge.
Last year the Grace and Glory conference was amazing. I remember well the incredible responses from people attending and the breakthrough moments for so many.
I HOPE YOU ALL COME (AGAIN).
While looking forward to this conference again, I am also aware that there appears to be some confusion what exactly it is that Rob Rufus and Chad Mansbridge are teaching. Last year a generous amount of time was set aside to answer some of these questions and to address some of the concerns. For those who may have doubts or questions or those of you that may be curious what this is all about. The complete recordings of last year’s Grace and Glory conference can be listened to and downloaded here >>> (search by church Harmony and the conference including the Leaders Lunch talk can be found there page 2). Since there is some confusion and hearsay as to what Rob is preaching and since there are some questions regarding what the grace message is all about: I recommend reading your Bible as the message is literally in there (Ephesians is a good place to start) and a large part of the questions and concerns that are brought up have been eloquently addressed in a special Q&A session during the conference which can be listened to here >>>.
Again I look forward to seeing you there.
For those interested here are the links to all of last years conference session by session (that saves you looking for them)
johndierckx’s photostream on Flickr.
I uploaded a large series of flower photos that I have shot recently. I don’t know about you but flowers never cease to amaze me. Flowers, seen through a lens, were what first made me think how impossible it is to imagine a world that was the result of random chance as opposed to created by God. They will always be special to me. In a way they’ve been instrumental in leading me back to God, in their own very special and quiet way.
johndierckx’s photostream on Flickr.
A great place to go to! Beautiful Dunedin and lots of amazing nature. More pictures to follow.