• Every Tree is known by his own fruit

    These words spoken by Jesus:

    Luke 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

    Have been sinking deeply into my heart. I spend a lot of time observing life around me as I work. One can see many types of fruit, some profitable, some selfish, some harmful and yet all of these reveal the tree from which they have their origin. Recently I shared on a sunday afternoon a message regarding the standard of Christianity. Today admitedly many hate the Christian faith because many associate to it the hurt, killing and sin of those who call themselves Christians yet produce fruits of another kind. The forerunner of Jesus Christ was John the baptist who said:

    Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    The problem with non-christians is they don't properly attribute that the same people who display hypocrasy and fruits other than that of Christ are not Christs. Every tree is known by his fruit. The problem with Christians is they do not evaluate their own personal fruit to see whether it is the fruit of Christ or if they are even a Christian at all!

    2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

    Now this comes to the point, if Jesus Christ is in you, you cannot help but live a life producing the fruits of Christ himself.

    Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ

  • Q2 2006 update

    Here it is… already half way through another year! What have I learned over the past 6 months?

    1. Spiritual related:
    – It takes time to progress in your faith
    – It takes time to understand others and their views
    – Love is a fore-most proof of Holiness
    – If you're not progressing (which takes time) your regressing.
    – Prayer is the key to having changes take place in this world.
    – Prayer is ineffective without obedience.
    – Obedience begins with a choice yes or no, then progresses from there.
    – Most people are not overly interested in your faith, they are more interested in their own things.
    – Time is precious, everyone wants your time. Give Him your time.

    2. Technology related:
    – Plugin architectures are great, flexible and save uncounted heartache for years to come when properly applied.
    – Genericly designed systems and code reap uncounted benefits for years to come and help you to be "agile"
    – Test driven development and related tools like FIT and Unit Testing are essential for the current world atmosphere, they allow change in any project within a very short time frame.
    – Time is precious, everyone wants your time. Use it wisely.

  • What Really Matters…

    Time keeps passing by. This world is a constant distraction. Cars race by to get to work, go to lunch and then make it home before… before what?

    People in the store see that you only have two items and say would you like to go ahead of me? I admit that is a polite gesture, but the 5 minutes saved… for what?

    We sacrifice to go to church on Sunday, but closely watch the clock to ensure the sharing isn’t too long so we can goto…. where?

    We sacrifice to make it to the prayer meeting (now this one seems heroic just to get there) but hurry through the requests and prayer (God forbid we make a late night of it) so we return home and… do what sleep, work, play … PEOPLE WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT?

    What really matters? Why do we save all those minutes? For ourselves! Self, me, I.

    Now The Lord Jesus already knows what we need to pray about, He doesn’t need us to tell Him what is going on and what is needed to be done. Yet he searches through the whole world to find people who give Him the time every day to breath back into His ears the things He already has on His heart that He already wants done.

    Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? (why did He say that, and what was His heart?)

    The Lord does nothing without revealing to His servants the prophets. (Why?)

    The Lord decided to include us in His plans. He loves us. Prayer is God working His Will through our lips, showing us thereafter through answered prayer that those things which would not have happened, the un-natural, now have occurred. The normal/natural path of events was disrupted through prayers power to bring about the super-natural/un-natural.

    Do we need the super-natural/un-natural in our current world and life today? That is something you must ask yourself.

    What really matters?

  • When Urban meets Rural

    All my life I have lived in a city. All my wife’s life was likewise the same.

    In recent years we finally moved out from Urban into a Rural country setting to change our lifestyle.

    Now let it be known that funny things happen during this “buffer” period. What things you ask? To explain them all would be impossible, but to explain a few might give some insight.

    In my situation I am a remote Software Engineer (as in I work from home). Now each day we have a “standup meeting” (part of our newly adopted Agile Development process) where we each communicate what our concept of what is going on in our project is and where we each stand at the moment. During these stand-ups we often share things that happened over the weekend etc.. to make it more interesting. I began to realise as I shared life events in the country that Urban and Rural are very different (much more than I thought). As I would share Rural experiences the team would break out in unanimous laughter. Not just once or twice. I agree that from an Urban point of view they were actually rediculous. Some examples are needded at this point:

    – We have laying chickens (chicken that lay eggs). Over the period of a few weeks we noticed we were getting less and less production, while the family Dog was getting a very healthy and shining black coat. We became suspicious and called an inquiry. Finally the dog was caught black-handed and rehabilitaed with education / chastisement / physical barriers. It worked well, or so we thought. One day the lunch table, just before our meal one of the children walked into the kitchen with an egg in hand. Where did it come from? A chicken was in colusion with the dog, laying in the very dog house! Now how do you stop that kind of problem? Its like having the beef cow show up at your house and present itself on the diner table in gravy roast-atire.

    – Another child was reading about how one person would “grade” the eggs to get more money for them.. you know Grade A, etc.. What our child do? Pulled out the cheese grader and asked mom if he could grade this raw (still in the shell) egg to get more money for it.

    – At one the daily standups they wanted to know what I did yesterday? After being on vacation for a while… yesterday meant a lot of things. I answered that we butchered 13 chickens yesterday and wow are they tasty! Again the roaring, of which I think it has become an expectation. What will he do next! Well between cutting down trees (some very interesting experiences there… like the barber chair, etc..) and all the other things that happen, its becoming less funny to me and more normal. I wonder when I’ll start laughing about XBox, Nintendo, The Malls, etc.. when I hear stories regarding gaming, shopping, restaurants and other Urban highlights?

  • A disease of the heart

    It all started at 6 am Friday morning December 1st 2006. I had prepared for another day of work via the long commute into town. Recently I have had a feeling inside to be prepared for the unexpected, thus I took my snow gloves and a hat. Off I pulled out of the driveway to head for work. After a short part of the drive I noticed a peculiar sound coming from the front of the car but dismissed this noise as being caused by snow and/or ice. As I pulled closer to a lighted area I decided to pull over just to check. A simple problem with a simple solution met my eyes…

    I saw the source of the noise.. a flat tire. I had a spare in the back so I fussed around the back of the car to get things going. To my disappointment there was no tire iron to remove the bolts off the rim. I thought this too was a simple issue to deal with and walked over to the phone that was at this closed gas station. The words “out of order” met my eyes, along with “NO PUBLIC use of phone inside” in bold letters. The simple problem with a simple solution was starting to get less simple. Next I decided to get everything ready (the jack under the car and the spare in place ready to swap tires). With all of these disappointments happening I’d simple hold out my thumb and ask for help from the next passerby. I use the word “passerby” on purpose! Now this is out in the country where once upon a time people looked out for each other and were more than happy to be of assistance to a needy neighbour. Many vehicles passed by, and those that did stop had this dialog repeated over and over:

    Me: Hi I have a flat tire but for some reason I am missing my tire iron, could I use yours?
    Driver: Sorry I don’t/can’t help you. (some laughed saying I don’t even have a spare tire of my own haha).

    What amazed me is that most people a) didn’t even stop to see what this stranded person on a country road at -10 C temperatures at 6 am is needing help for b) those who did stop almost exclusively tried to convince me they didn’t even have a tire iron in their vehicle. c) offered no further help such as want to use my cell phone or need a drive.

    This is easy to get discouraged and vow to never help anyone again etc.. etc.. but I choose something else. When I have been on the other side of these times, I would say 90% of the time I have stopped and gone the extra mile to help. Why? Because that is what Jesus did all His life. Why the 10% of not picking up? The 10% relates exclusively to hitch-hickers, not broken down cars needing help with a plea for help. Naturally I had expected as I do to others that something would do for me, but alas no-one would/could help me. How did thing send up….?

    After 1 hour of coming to realise the “new” world we live in I had a little talk with Jesus about the situation. I believe He was showing me a few things, that spiritually there are many who need help but many passerby’s. With the unfolding lesson forming in my heart, I drove home with the flat tire, pulled out the tire iron out of the shed and changed the tire in a total of 10 minutes. Then I drove off to work for the second attempt now 7:30 am. I was glad to find out the tire “somehow” was under warranty and would be replaced free of charge, but somehow I now have a greater burden for those people who couldn’t help, couldn’t give 10 minutes out of their day. You can fix a tire, a car, being late for work but how do you fix a diseased heart?

    My vision from this will be to train up my children to do to others what Jesus would do for them. The more this world can see Jesus, the more hearts we will see healed from this disease of self. We don’t need to see more spiritual gifts (though I don’t negate their purpose and fruit) we don’t need more programs to bring people to Christ, we don’t need anything truly but the Life of Jesus operating within. Jesus said in the book of John:

    “I pray not that you take them out of the world, but rather to keep them from the evil one”.

    … added from my wife: start…

    I just read it. Hm