Internet highlights w/c 25 May 2014

31 05 2014

Not every great thing on the internet is funny. A lot is, but there’s a bit of a mixture of moods in the below

Things you didn’t know about Pitch Perfect

Examples of female logic

How to nap for the best benefit – not a humorous thing, actual useful information about the lengths of naps!

Why Coca-Cola doesn’t belong in the human body – I knew it!

Spurious Correlations – margarine sales linked to divorce levels?!

Thinking the kids got raptured

40 adverts that powerfully highlight social issues in a different way

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This week’s internet highlights

23 05 2014

I want to cut back on my facebook and twitter posting a bit, and so I thought it might be more effecient if I save the things I see on the internet that I like and amalgamate them into a weekly blog post. I’ll try and settle on a regular date at some point, but as I’m internetless all weekened, this week I’m just posting a few bits from the latter half of this week since I decided this would be fun (and one from last week, that’s just too good not to include).

People who are too stupid for their own good – a bit hit and miss, and rude in places, but some are fantastic!

The first time I saw this one I claimed it was one of the best things I’ve seen on the internet:

And something nice and topical to finish with…





Another Clewer

19 05 2014

Yesterday I went to church in a little village near Salisbury where my Dad’s cousin was speaking. I’ve not heard him speak before, but just knew he’s very clever with an excellent sense of humour. Well – cheesy, but to me that’s excellent!

I know I haven’t done a sermon notes blog in a while, but I think for our current sermon series at Heathervale I want to just do one overall one, but this of course was a complete one off yesterday, so here goes – the subject was prayer.

  • If we spent as much time praying as we did watching Emmerdale [insert other soap/tv show/hobby here] then we’d be a powerful church. We’d easily spend 30 minutes on the phone to a friend.
  • Our prayer time often consists of us talking to God but we don’t wait for a reply or for the Holy Spirit to guide us. Imagine ringing a friend, talking, and hanging up without giving them a chance to reply!
  • The Holy Spirit gives us three things to help us in prayer.
    • Boldness
      “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10 vv 19-23

      The most wonderful prayers we hear other people pray are the bold and honest ones

      “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” – James 1 vv 6-8

    • Ability…
      • …to pray for those who persecute us.
        It allows us to love them.

        “You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” – Matthew 5 vv 43-44

      • …not to lose heart.
        We often do

        “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” – Luke 18 v 1

      • …to pray without ceasing.

        “pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5 vv 17-18
        Notice that that says in all circumstances, not for all circumstances.
        God had to put the prophets into the right place before He moved, and so things were tough for a while.

    • A sure reward
      “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11 v 6

      “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6 v 33

      Putting Him first means listening to what He has to say. Not necessarily actively doing lots of things, but stopping and listening.

      “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4 vv 4-7

      To get the peace in verse seven, you have to do the things before it!





Friday Five Favourite: Eurovision 2014

16 05 2014

Eurovision is a bit of an event in our house, an institution almost, there is takeaway, there are snacks, and there is an epic spreadsheet scoring over various categories. Here’s how my top five ended up this year 🙂

#1 France: Moustache – Twin Twin

To be fair, we watched the show with the English subtitles, which made this so much better – complete nonsense 🙂

#2 The Netherlands: Calm after the storm – The Common Linnets

Not very Eurovision, but great!

#3 Denmark: Cliche love song – Basim

“the Bruno Mars one”

#4 Iceland: No Prejudice – Pollapönk

There were several songs about unity, equality, freedom and peace this year, not just standard pop – some good messaging!

#5 Malta: Coming Home – Firelight

“the Mumford and sons one”, also not very Eurovision-y but loved it

Special mentions to a few countries who did best in their categories but didn’t make my top five:
Azerbaijan for staging and costume
Spain for staging
Montenegro for choreography
Belarus for their song (called “Cheesecake”)
and Romania, for their circular piano!
circular piano





Sin & Fruit

14 05 2014

I’m an NIV girl most days, my main bible is NIV, my study bible is NIV, at 6th form the bible I had at the bottom of my rucksack getting tattier by the day was TNIV. But I also have a copy of The Message, which I like to use to get almost a different perspective on a passage sometimes. At the moment I’m going through the Psalms in it, as they’re quite poetic, it seems to work really well. (Although there was one time I compared a bit to the NIV and have absolutely no idea where they got it from – so a pinch of salt is often handy!).

This is just a passage we read at housegroup last week to help with the study, the second part is familiar to most, but in the first part some of the words were a bit complicated, so I grabbed my Message as well to help. And I just thought merging the two versions across both halves of the passage may be an interesting experiment – let me know what you think!

Galatians 5 vv 19-23 (NIV in bold, The Message in italic)

The acts of the flesh are obvious: It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: sexual immorality, repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; impurity a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; and debauchery; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; idolatry trinket gods; and witchcraft; magic-show religion; hatred, paranoid loneliness; discord, cutthroat competition; jealousy, all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; fits of rage, a brutal temper; selfish ambition, an impotence to love or be loved; dissensions, divided homes and divided lives; factions small-minded and lopsided pursuits; and envy; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; drunkenness, uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; orgies, ugly parodies of community. and the like. I could go on.

I warn you, as I did before, This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

But the fruit of the Spirit is But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like love, affection for others, joy, exuberance about life, peace, serenity. forbearance, We develop a willingness to stick with things, kindness, a sense of compassion in the heart, goodness, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. faithfulness, We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, gentleness not needing to force our way in life, and self-control. able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

Against such things there is no law. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.

What do you think? Confusing? A list of definitions? Something to think about? Is it helpful?

Original versions split out here.





What I know about Hamlet

11 05 2014

The Lion King came up in discussion last week, I was telling someone how it’s based on Hamlet. But to me that doesn’t mean a whole lot, I’ve never seen or read it.

The only very brief summary I ever heard was from Just William, by Richmal Crompton. I think it’s brilliant!

“This man was called Hamlet, and his uncle had killed his father because he wanted to marry his mother.”
“What did he want to marry his mother for?” said William, “I’ve never heard of anyone wanting to marry their mother.”

Still makes me chuckle even now 🙂

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