Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time Stands Still – While Life Goes On

 On June 6th at Ballarat Observatory I watched the transit of Venus – a small black dot passing across the Sun. Time briefly disappeared for me, as I realised that Captain James Cook had visited Tahiti to view this event on June 3rd 1769,.

While homeward bound, Cook explored eastern Australia and New Zealand. A good call; for after the US declared independence in 1776, Britain had to look elsewhere to house its exploding prison population.  

1788 saw Australia begin as a penal colony, as thousands of prisoners arrived here for crimes like stealing bread or handkerchiefs, until the 1850s. Then, during the gold rush, English judges deduced that access to fabulous wealth was not the best punishment for petty thieves!

From 1769 until now we have seen great nations birthed by bullets and by ballots; empires rising and falling; the scope and the speed of technology and communications increasing beyond imagination; while dazzling military hardware and medical breakthroughs continue to compete for our attention in their alternating threats or affirmations on the value of life.

Increased global trade keeps injecting more options into our daily routines so, as life expectancy increases, life expectations also increase.

Yet life is not meant to be measured by how we perform, how we look or what we own. It’s designed as a do it now, do it for others and do it with Godopportunity that dissolves the fears that come along for the ride whenever we seek to change things for the better.

 

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

 


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