New (Manly) Inflight AirNZ Video

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The latest AirNZ inflight video that starts today, on the back of The Hobbit one. Awesome, but don’t drink your own pee. 

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Does God Have to Always Hold Your Hand?

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From Formula to Relationship  

Our false self demands a formula before he’ll engage; he wants a guarantee of success; and mister, you aren’t going to get one. So there comes a time in a man’s life when he’s got to break away from all that and head off into the unknown with God. This is a vital part of our journey and if we balk here, the journey ends.

Before the moment of Adam’s greatest trial God provided no step-by-step plan, gave no formula for how he was to handle the whole mess. That was not abandonment; that was the way God honored Adam. You are a man; you don’t need me to hold you by the hand through this. You have what it takes. What God did offer Adam was friendship. He wasn’t left alone to face life; he walked with God in the cool of the day, and there they talked about love and marriage and creativity, what lessons he was learning and what adventures were to come. This is what God is offering to us as well. As Oswald Chambers says,

There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because his call is to be in comradeship with himself for his own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what he is after. (My Utmost for His Highest, emphasis added)

The only way to live in this adventure—with all its danger and unpredictability and immensely high stakes—is in an ongoing, intimate relationship with God. The control we so desperately crave is an illusion. Far better to give it up in exchange for God’s offer of companionship, set aside stale formulas so that we might enter into an informal friendship. ~ John Eldredge.

Even Jesus was Behind Enemy Lines

 

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Behind Enemy Lines ~ by John Eldredge
For some reason we keep forgetting that Jesus, in the Gospels, is operating in enemy territory. We project into the Gospel stories a pastoral backdrop, the quaint charm of a Middle Eastern travel brochure—picturesque villages, bustling markets, smiling children—and Jesus wandering through it all like a son come home from college. We forget the context of his life and mission. His story begins with genocid e—the massacre of the innocents, Herod’s attempt to murder Jesus by ordering the systematic execution of all young boys around Bethlehem. I’ve never seen this included in any crèche scene, ever. Who could bear it? You must picture ethnic cleansing as the twentieth century saw in Bosnia, Rwanda, Burma. Atrocity, the ground soaked with the blood of children who five minutes earlier were laughing and playing.

God the Father, knowing this is about to strike, sends an angel to warn Joseph:

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. (Matthew 2:13–15)

The little family flees the country under cover of darkness, like fugitives. The Father’s strategy is intriguing—surely God could have simply taken Herod out. Or sent angels to surround the holy family. Why must they run for their lives? It ought to make you think twice about how God goes about his plans in this world.

Surely you see that Jesus was a hunted man?

We cannot understand his actions, nor taste the richness of his personality until we set them within context—the man is operating deep behind enemy lines. This colors his extraordinary movements across the pages of the Gospels and helps to strip away that benevolent religious fog that continues to creep into our reading. It also gives depth and poignancy to moments of self-disclosure such as, “The Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). Because he was hunted.

How to be a cameraMAN! #2 (Camera Combat)

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More from Gunnery Sgt Cleaver on how to be a real cameraMAN!

The wonderful SkyTV cameraMAN! Tvc.s by DDB NZ that built up as promotion to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand featuring the unforgettable Gunnery Sgt Cleaver (loosely based on Gunnery Sgt Hartman from Full Metal Jacket. You can watch the ‘Jelly Donut’ scene here) trying to establish manliness in his cameraMEN! in anticipation of the international rugby fest.

Wild Byte 25/2 (Life is Dangerous)

into-the-wild-horses-731087A series of quotes or quips inspired by the writing of John & Stasi Eldredge (Ransomed Heart).

“Jesus assumes a dangerous world. Not an unpredictable one, but clearly a world in which we find ourselves in a great battle with evil. Oh yes, he assumes God is our ally, but not primarily to help us find a simple life. That’s not what is going on here..” 

~ J.E’s blog of today, 2013.

John is right, some of the Church comprehension of reality is false and infused with the fashion and culture of this world – that life is about comfort and achieving ease.  The reality is, that life is full of trouble and difficulty (“Jesus was a man acquainted with sorrows“). This is often more true for Christians because we have crossed a line, crossing swords with an implacable enemy.

So guys, if you acknowledge you are a warrior, accept that there is a war and that you are in it. Fight! Arm yourself with the realisation, that the battle is won, but we’re still engaged in the outcome.

Read John Eldredge’s full blog post here, “How Are You Interpreting Reality?” 

How to be a NZ cameraMAN! #1

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The wonderful SkyTV cameraMAN! Tvc.s by DDB NZ that built up as promotion to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand featuring the unforgettable Gunnery Sgt Cleaver (loosely based on Gunnery Sgt Hartman from Full Metal Jacket. You can watch the ‘Jelly Donut’ scene here) trying to establish manliness in his cameraMEN! in anticipation of the international rugby fest.

Wild Byte 22/2

ImageA series of quotes or quips inspired by the writing of John & Stasi Eldredge (Ransomed Heart).

“Women do this in marriage [resignation]. They see that they are not going to have any real intimacy with their husbands, so they lose themselves in soaps or tabloids or romance novels.”

~ J.E. Walking With God, 2008.

Ok guys, so talk to your lover and ask her plainly, do you feel connected to me?  Do I share enough of my heart with you, and are you excited about the adventure we are on together?  If not, then work together to un-package why that is, and what you can both do to make some change – not all at once – but perhaps one or two victories.  You’ll find that actually working this process through together, is actually helping to achieve the goal.

Oh, and guys…check in often with the female manifestation of God in your relationship (male and female he made THEM in the image of God).  She’s awesome and owns half the story and half the insight.  You’ll be surprised it’s not all about you. Why settle for half?

“She wanted a whole man, not just a half.”  ~ Bob Dylan.