Archive for August, 2006

Do Chores Live Longer

Putterers and fidgeters, take heart!
You have just as much to gain as power walkers and
iron pumpers.

A new study of healthy older people found that
the more active a person is,
the longer he or she is likely to live.

That alone is not terribly surprising.
What’s new is that it apparently doesn’t matter
what form the activity takes.

By Dudley M. Brooks, The Washington Post
Wednesday, July 12, 2006


You could take more frequent walks in the park…


or build sandcastles on the shore…


or just go window shopping!



Audi TT 2007 is a Teutonic Triumph!!

    Audi TT power to the front wheelstt-dashboard-nuvo.jpgtt-front-door-open-nuvo.jpgtt-rear-nuvo.jpgtt-side-nuvo.jpgI love the red leather seats!Take a look at this TT video

    2litre turbocharged four cylinder engine 200bhp
    hit 62mph in 6.4s Top speed 149mph

    fuel consumption 36mpg
    £24,625 on the road in UK

the Glenn Murcutt way

Build your house the Glenn Murcutt way

1. Use Simple Materials

Forget the polished marble, imported tropical wood, and costly brass and pewter. A Glenn Murcutt home is unpretentious, comfortable, and economical. He uses inexpensive materials that are readily available in his native Australian landscape. Notice, for example, Murcutt’s Marie Short House. The roof is corrugated metal, the window louvres are enameled steel, and the walls are timber from a nearby sawmill.

2. Touch the Earth Lightly

Glenn Murcutt is fond of quoting the Aboriginal proverb touch the earth lightly because it expresses his concern for nature. Building in the Murcutt way means taking special measures to safeguard the surrounding landscape. Nestled in an arid Australian forest, Murcutt’s Ball-Eastaway House hovers above the earth on steel stilts. Because there is no deep excavation, the dry soil and surrounding trees are protected.

3. Follow the Sun

Prized for their energy efficiency, Glenn Murcutt’s houses capitalize on natural light. Their shape is long and low, and they often feature verandahs, skylights, adjustable louvres, and moveable screens. Notice the linear form and expansive windows of Murcutt’s Magney House. Stretching across a barren, wind-swept site overlooking the ocean, the home is designed to capture the sun.

4. Listen to the Wind

Even in the hot, tropical climate of Australia’s Northern Territory, houses by Glenn Murcutt do not need air conditioning. Ingenious systems for ventilation assure that cooling breezes circulate through open rooms. At the same time, these houses are insulated from the heat and protected from strong cyclone winds. Murcutt’s Marika-Alderton House is often compared to a plant because the walls open and close like petals and leaves.

5. Learn More

Every landscape creates different needs. Unless you live in Australia, you are not likely to build a house that duplicates a Glenn Murcutt design. You can, however, adapt his concepts to any climate or topography. The best way to learn about Glenn Murcutt is to read his own words. In the slim paperback Touch This Earth Lightly, Murcutt discusses his life and describes how he developed his philosophies.

Glenn Murcutt is a modernist, a naturalist, an environmentalist, a humanist, an economist and ecologist encompassing all of these distinguished qualities in his practice as a dedicated architect who works alone from concept to realization of his projects in his native Australia. Although his works have sometimes been described as a synthesis of Mies van der Rohe and the native Australian wool shed,….

a thot

“Life is not about maximizing everything,
it’s about giving something back;
like light,

be being filled

In the Greek, however, this word here, ‘be filled’, is literally ‘be being filled’. In other words, it is not a command that we be filled once-for-all or even occasionally, but that we be filled continually.

It is not a static experience.

The figure the Lord Jesus uses of the fullness of the Spirit in John 4 is of a spring of water leaping up in us. ‘The water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up unto eternal life’ (v. 14, R.S.V.). There is nothing very static about that!

Roy Hession

Grieve Not the Holy Spirit of God

The New Testament tells us that there are four possible attitudes that we may take up towards Him.

The first is to grieve Him.

‘Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice’ (Eph. 4. 30, 31). Sin is that which grieves Him, especially those sins which are mentioned here in the context; bitterness, anger, evil speaking of others, malice and unforgiveness.

When we understand that the One whom He has come to reveal to us is called by that precious name of the Lamb, meek and lowly in heart, and that He Himself is likened to the gentle dove, we can see the sort of things that do grieve Him. Whenever we manifest a disposition other than that of the Lamb (sometimes it is far more like that of the lion!) especially in our relationships with others, we cause Him grief.

Although we have been forgiven so much ourselves, we sometimes stand on our rights and refuse to forgive another. He cannot go further with us in His work of blessing, until we see these sins and repent of them. For that reason, He proceeds to convict us of them, and strive with us. But it is ever the work of love; our sins do not anger Him, but rather grieve Him.

The second attitude is to resist Him.

Stephen said to the Jews of his day, ‘Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye’ (Acts 7. 51). When He convicts us of sin, we can resist Him. We can refuse to call something sin which He calls sin. We sometimes work out a complete alibi for ourselves, which proves us guiltless.

We do so because we know that to say ‘yes’ to the Spirit’s conviction would humble us, for we should have to repent and put the thing right. This is what the scriptures call being ‘stiff-necked’, and it is indeed a serious condition to be in, and may lead to solemn judgments upon us, if persisted in. ‘He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy’ (Prov. 29:1).

Our resistance to the Holy Spirit’s conviction is seen so often in our refusal to accept the challenge of some brother or sister in Christ. We would not mind if His conviction were direct from Himself to our hearts, but very often He uses somebody else’s penetrating words to show us our sin. And that makes it doubly hard to receive, because of our pride. But we must receive it none the less, if we are to be blessed.

The third attitude is quenching Him.

Says Paul, ‘Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings’ (1 Thess. 5.19, 20).

This is the word concerning the more corporate activities of the Holy Spirit in our midst, as is seen by the phrase that follows, that we are not to despise prophesyings. We quench a fire when we pour water upon it, and we can quench the fire of the Holy Spirit’s working in another, in a fellowship, or in a meeting, by ‘pouring cold water upon it’, by way of discouraging or actually forbidding it. The Holy Spirit demands to have right of way in the assemblies of God’s people and in their fellowship. But so often we have a mental picture of the way in which He must work and we forbid all forms of His working which do not conform exactly to our ideas—especially those forms that would seem to by-pass our own pet methods and would seem to make nothing of our own special position. How prone we are to think that, if revival is to come, it must come through the Minister or the Missionary or only through those who have a special training.

The Spirit, however, often brings revival through the back door, through someone of no account at all and of little official position. How often has not the Lord Jesus come knocking at the door of a situation, a Church or a Mission Station but the door has been bolted against Him because He did not come through the proper channels or along normal lines, and thus He had sadly to turn away from a situation that needed Him so desperately.

The fourth attitude is to be filled with Him.

The Epistle of the Ephesians tells us, ‘Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit’ (Eph. 5. 18). The One whom we were grieving, resisting and quenching is now filling us and possessing us. What a capitulation and what a reversal this implies on our part! We have at last consented to bow to His conviction and call sin, sin. He is now able without hindrance to give us continual sight of Jesus as all we need to our immense joy, release and empowering.

When thinking of this matter of being filled with the Holy Spirit, it is important always to do so in the context of these three other attitudes to the Spirit. If we do not do so, we shall always be regarding the fullness of the Holy Spirit as a special blessing, extra to our inheritance in Christ, and that attitude will lead us only to striving and frustration.

If we are not filled with the Spirit at any given moment, it is only because of one thing—sin. Through sin we have grieved Him, and are resisting Him where He has convicted us. Maybe we have been in a dry, unsatisfied condition for years, but it is all due to an accumulation of this same one thing, sin.

But we have only to humble ourselves in repentance under the Holy Spirit’s conviction, and He will witness in our hearts to Jesus and His Blood, and enable us to believe that His Blood cleanses what we have confessed. Then where the Blood cleanses, the Holy Spirit fills, and that without further waiting on our part.

One of the Simplest Things You Can Do to Get a Creative Boost

to get a creative boost is to try something new

or do a routine task differently, each day.

the more the better; do this several times a day.

When we keep doing the same things in the same ways,

research shows that the brain stops producing new neurons

— in effect, it shuts down.

But when we stimulate the brain with new experiences,

neurogenesis (the creation of new neurons) occurs.