My GallBladder Operation Part 1

Tuesday,28 Oct. 2014

o From the Desk with Bill

Part I of Bill’s Gallbladder operation ~ Well as most of you know I went to Manukau Surgery Centre Friday 24th and had my gallbladder operation, so here is my story of the ordeal.

I will be truthful to say I was very nervous about it all as most of you know know I’m not the healthiest person on the block due to some health issues such as my body doesnt produce cortisol, so I have to take it by mouth through medications or shot if needed.

Delwyn and I went in and talked to a nice nurse and she checked my blood pressure etc to make sure all was okay still since the pre op appointment. She even told me the worse of it is waiting here in the waiting room for the operation or at home waiting. I agree to a point but I think its more scary being in the operating room and getting all hooked up to I.Vs and whatever, anyway she measured my legs and put these white horrible leg stockings on, they prevent blood clots to the legs and I have to wear them for couple weeks.

A few minutes later I was slipping into the latest fashion of the famous butt cheek gown trying to cover as much as possible, then we were greeted by the doctor(young bloke) and doctor in training(middle age woman) and she was telling me all the things that could go wrong and did I understand it and I agreed that I did even though I felt as if I wanted to chuck after thinking about it.

I really didnt like the thought of them cutting the wrong thing and messing up my liver which is not good at all, and as they tell you it only happens to 1 out of 1000.. I thought yeah theres that one I dont like one. Anyway I agreed that they go ahead and just get it out of me, it was painful enough.

So afterwards we were sent back to the waiting room where I really started thinking about it as the clock was ticking away on the wall (1 out of a 1000 just 1 . 1 .1 . 1 .1 hmmm I don’t like the sound of 1) I sortive just broke down and thought I really feeling sick about it all and Delwyn comfort me telling me all was going to go well.

An hour passed then the surgeon came and talked with me and read over my notes, discussed his thoughts on the cortisol. Delwyn and I was a little skeptical on the way he responded to it but then He got a hold of my Professor Holdaway the Endocrinologist and was told up front my needing of the cortisol during surgery and afterwards, so felt good about that.

Then later I was called to another room and got up on the surgery bed and lady hooking me up to heart machine and hooking up IV, and the surgeon said okay lets find a vein which was a bit hard as most of my veins are small but I have this nice one that most people use when I show them on my arm and its the biggest vein in my arm so he said yes I believe you are right this works just perfect so he stuck the needle in and said okay “Here we go” I thought okay okay ummm hmm yeah okay errr umm and then it was boom like someone closing the curtains in a well lit room and I thought as I was going out well God this is it whatever the outcome Im ready, and thought of Him wiping away my tears and thought about the no more dying and I thought of family.

Next thing this guy standing over me saying okay take a deep breath Bill take a deep breath and I was thought man I can’t breath felt like my oxygen was cut short I said man this stupid mask is not helping do you have the nose breathing one so he gave me that next thing Im waking up again – Billy take slow deep breaths and I said okay maybe this is not going to work let me take this off and just breath without them and he said no you need one of them on and I said okay then give me the mask back because this is not working and I said do you even have it on? Lol and He put it on me and I was out again and it was like this for a while and I kept thinking how many times do I have to wake up stay awake you old bird what did he say deep long breath okay deeeeppp lon…zzzzzz

Mr.Cockrell would you like a Lemon IceBlock and I said sure as my throat was sore from them putting tube down my throat, I was biting at that thing like it was the last one on earth and I got half way through it and I was like wow man I need some sleep I dont recall drinking anything why am I feeling like this and Bam it hit me I’m awake I’m still on planet earth woot woot Thank you Lord for this that I can have another day and perhaps have some more wonderful memories of my family and visit Texas at least one more tim zzzzzz

Mr Cockrell can you tell me if this is your phone number so we can call your wife and he read it out and I said yes thats it, I said so everything went okay and He said yes your surgery was a success (I thought to myself I be the judge of that lol) So He called my wife and told her so they could come and see me.

Meanwhile in the recovery room this ole bird still flying in and out of sleep for a while, finally the nurse said we are going to move you now Mr.Cockrell and I said okay sounds good.

They put me in a room and I saw Bryan,Kylee and Jessica and Delwyn they all looked at me like they had the thought nope no improvement there lol. Same ole model maybe less grumpy since he is dopey.

Then they served me some chicken,rice, spinach and some pear custard thing I went after the chicken first and had a bite and I was like huh thats some dry stuff ferget that and dont care for the white rice. Hmmm spinach that I can handle so I munched through that and then I had some of the pear custard which was nice but I was so out of it tired and sleepy I gave the rest to Jessica and whovever else wanted it. Family left and said their goodbyes Delwyn stayed a little longer then said see everything turned out good now get some rest.. no arguments there zzzzz.

Woke up around 2:30am Saturday morning and I was like oucheee what on tarnations is going on here then I pressed the button – Nurse was there faster that I could say I’m in pain she already had panadol in her hand and gave it to me, thank you I said, then she said have you went to the toilet yet, I was thinking to myself what did she say? have I been to the toilet? Woman are you even aware that I have been operated on and you asking me if I been to the toilet yet am I suppose to be going to the toilet yet? – Mr. Cockrell have you been to the toilet yet and has your bladder moved.. thinking again.. what is wrong with this woman I havent had a drink since 9am yesterday morning and she wanting to know if my bladder moved yet what kind of question is that?.. so I answered no ma’am I havent been to the toilet yet and I dont feel the need to either. (nurse) would you like some water Mr.Cockrell.. thinking… Now your talking and thinking straight. Then I said Yes Ma’am I sure would thank you, come to think of it I’m a bit hungry too got anything bite to eat at this time of the morning since I’m awake. (Nurse) I will check for you if there is anything .. comes back within less than 5 minutes with a nice plate of Beeftips and something that look like puree mashed tators. Salad and more pear custard. I thanked her and then started eating then I thought hmmm fat of the beef tips this is good aaahhh steak nom nom nom n… wait a minute halfway through the steak, am I even supposed to be even eating this.. then I thought well they should know what I am allowed to eat so I finished the beef with no trouble lol and picked up the tators with my fork it didnt look apeitizing but I said sorry but Im gonna eat it anyway so I ate it then looked at salad well salad I normally wouldnt even touch you in my younger days but I had a good meal of beef and taters so you can chase them down so I ate that then started on the pear and finished it up and felt like a king for about 45 minutes and suddenly boom the gas that they put in you to raise your stomach so they can see to do the surgery started to move around in me and I was like oucheee and I thought I have had more than enough Im gonna lay down and sleep this off yeah right that gas moving about is not pleasant it wasnt until later after the panadol kicked in that I was able to rest.. – Please stay tune to Part II of Bill’s gallbladder op next time.

o Family News

My Aunt Fay back in Texas took a fall about 330 in the morning and got a gash and a knot on the back of her head. But other than that she is fine.

o Weather – Lately its been windy a bit of rain now and again temptures around 13C – 20C

o Cornerstone

I receive emails all the time from numerous friends and family, if you have anything you like to share please

email me at elder@gracechurch-sl.org

This one came from Robin Burnett a few years ago called but I thought it was worth a reshare.

What will Matter

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no days, no hours or minutes.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,

will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will all expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Your gender, skin color, ethnicity will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?

How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;

not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage and sacrifice

that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,

but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories of those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.

It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

~ by Michael Josephson ~

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Also I saw this on a calandar and thought I would post it.

~ If you judge people,you have no time to love them.~

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Prayers needed.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I heal from the gallbladder surgery.

Pray for Delwyn as she continues her new job.

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o Cookbook Corner

Cinnamon Rice Pudding

1/2 cup rice

1 cup water

1 tablespoon fat free milk

2 tablespoons raisins

1 teaspoon low calorie margarine

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a small saucepan, bring rice, water, milk and raisins to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat, cover tightly, and cook 15 minutes on low until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over rice to serve. 2 servings.

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories 219, Calories From Fat 20, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 29mg, Total Carbohydrate 45g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 7g, Protein 4g

Exchanges per serving: 2 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Fruit

o Health Corner

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

A recent research study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine

found a connection between insomnia and diabetes. Study participants that reported sleeping

less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours a day had an increased incidence of diabetes, compared

to those who reported sleeping 7-8 hours. Source:Netscape/CNN

On this page: What are your sleep patterns? | Tips for better daytime habits |

Tips for a better sleep environment | Tips for a better pre-sleep ritual | Tips for getting back to sleep

| Tips for keeping a sleep diary

For more information check out this website – http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm

Getting the Sleep You Need

Sleep Tips

Sleep Disorders

Insomnia Causes

Insomnia Treatments

Sleep Aids & Medications

Narcolepsy

Restless Legs (RLS)

Sleep Apnea

Snoring

Sleep & Aging

What are your sleep patterns?

Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you fall asleep easily, then wake up 5 hours later and can’t fall back

asleep? Do you wake up several times during the night and have trouble staying asleep? If so, you are one of

over 100 million Americans who experience some form of insomnia and your sleep may be improved by better

sleep habits.

Tips for better daytime habits

* Do not nap during the day. If you are having trouble sleeping at night, try not to nap during the day

because you will throw off your body clock and make it even more difficult to sleep at night. If you are

feeling especially tired, and feel as if you absolutely must nap, be sure to sleep for less than 30 minutes,

early in the day.

* Limit caffeine and alcohol. Avoid drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages for several hours before

bedtime. Although alcohol may initially act as a sedative, it can interrupt normal sleep patterns.

* Don’t smoke. Nicotine is a stimulant and can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Many

over-the-counter and prescription drugs disrupt sleep.

* Expose yourself to bright light/sunlight soon after awakening. This will help to regulate your body’s

natural biological clock. Likewise, try to keep your bedroom dark while you are sleeping so that the light

will not interfere with your rest.

* Exercise early in the day. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be

sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before

bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.

* Check your iron level. Iron deficient women tend to have more problems sleeping so if your blood is

iron poor, a supplement might help your health and your ability to sleep.

Tips for a better sleep environment

* Make sure your bed is large enough and comfortable. If you are disturbed by a restless bedmate,

switch to a queen- or king-size bed. Test different types of mattresses. Try therapeutic shaped foam

pillows that cradle your neck or extra pillows that help you sleep on your side. Get comfortable cotton

sheets.

* Make your bedroom primarily a place for sleeping. It is not a good idea to use your bed for paying

bills, doing work, etc. Help your body recognize that this is a place for rest or intimacy.

* Keep your bedroom peaceful and comfortable. Make sure your room is well ventilated

and the temperature consistent. And try to keep it quiet. You could use a fan or a “white noise”

machine to help block outside noises.

* Hide your clock. A big, illuminated digital clock may cause you to focus on the time and

make you feel stressed and anxious. Place your clock so you can’t see the time when you are in bed.

Tips for a better pre-sleep ritual

* Keep a regular schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday, even

on the weekends. Keeping a regular schedule will help your body expect sleep at the same time each day.

Don’t oversleep to make up for a poor night’s sleep – doing that for even a couple of days can reset

your body clock and make it hard for you to get to sleep at night.

* Incorporate bedtime rituals. Listening to soft music, sipping a cup of herbal tea, etc., cues

your body that it’s time to slow down and begin to prepare for sleep.

* Relax for a while before going to bed. Spending quiet time can make falling asleep easier.

This may include meditation, relaxation and/or breathing exercises, or taking a warm bath.

Try listening to recorded relaxation or guided imagery programs.

* Don’t eat a large, heavy meal before bed. This can cause indigestion and interfere

with your normal sleep cycle. Drinking too much fluid before bed can cause you to get up to urinate.

Try to eat your dinner at least two hours before bedtime.

* Bedtime snacks can help. An amino acid called tryptophan, found in milk, turkey,

and peanuts, helps the brain produce serotonin, a chemical that helps you relax.

Try drinking warm milk or eat a slice of toast with peanut butter or a bowl of cereal before bedtime.

Plus, the warmth may temporarily increase your body temperature and the subsequent drop may

hasten sleep.

* Jot down all of your concerns and worries. Anxiety excites the nervous system,

so your brain sends messages to the adrenal glands, making you more alert. Write down your worries

and possible solutions before you go to bed, so you don’t need to ruminate in the middle of the night.

A journal or “to do” list may be very helpful in letting you put away these concerns until the next day

when you are fresh.

* Go to sleep when you are sleepy. When you feel tired, go to bed.

* Avoid “over-the-counter” sleep aids, and make sure that your prescribed medications

do not cause insomnia. There is little evidence that supplements and other over-the-counter “sleep aids”

are effective. In some cases, there are safety concerns. Antihistamine sleep aids, in particular,

have a long duration of action and can cause daytime drowsiness. Always talk to your doctor or

healthcare practitioner about your concerns!

Tips for getting back to sleep

* Do visualization. Focus all your attention on your toes or visualize walking down an endless stairwell.

Thinking about repetitive or mindless things will help your brain to shut down and adjust to sleep.

* Get out of bed if unable to sleep. Don’t lie in bed awake. Go into another room and do something

relaxing until you feel sleepy. Worrying about falling asleep actually keeps many people awake.

* Don’t do anything stimulating. Don’t read anything job related or watch a stimulating

TV program (commercials and news shows tend to be alerting). Don’t expose yourself to bright light.

The light gives cues to your brain that it is time to wake up.

* Get up and eat some turkey. Turkey contains tryptophan, a major building block for making

serotonin, a neurotransmitter, which sends messages between nerve cells and causes feelings of

sleepiness. Eating foods containing tryptophan raise the levels of serotonin produced in the body,

which in turn increase a person’s feeling of sleepiness. It is best to eat tryptophan on an empty stomach.

Other foods, besides turkey, that contain a notable amount of tryptophan are: milk, cottage cheese,

yogurt, ice cream, chicken, cashews, soy beans and tuna.

* Consider changing your bedtime. If you are experiencing sleeplessness or insomnia consistently,

think about going to bed later so that the time you spend in bed is spent sleeping. If you are only

getting five hours of sleep at night, figure out what time you need to get up and subtract five hours

(for example, if you want to get up at 6:00 am, go to bed at 1:00 am). This may seem counterproductive

and, at first, you may be depriving yourself of some sleep, but it can help train your body to sleep

consistently while in bed. When you are spending all of your time in bed sleeping, you can gradually

sleep more, by adding 15 minutes at a time.

Tips for keeping a sleep diary

Learn about your sleep patterns and habits by keeping a daily sleep diary. See Helpguide’s sample

sleep diary or make up your own and include:

* Time you went to bed and woke up;

* Total sleep hours;

* Quality of sleep;

* Times that you were awake during the night and what you did (e.g. stayed in bed with

eyes closed or got up, had a glass of milk and meditated);

* Amount of caffeine or alcohol you consumed and times of consumption;

* Types of food and drink and times of consumption;

* Feelings – happiness, sadness, stress, anxiety;

* Drugs or medications taken, amounts taken and times of consumption.

Changing the way I blog.


o CockadoodleDooo

Good Evening Everyone,

I have decided to go back to my very first type of blogging even though many of you haven’t seen it anyway back then I mostly did it for my family website which is no longer available.

o Family News

Bryan and Kylee got Jessica a playpen and I was cheeky when I seen it and put their cat in it and she just ran through the space, Jessica was asleep at the time. Kylee is working hard at her job and Bryan home looking after Jessica and doing a splendid job. Pawpaw(me) gets to help now and again.

Delwyn is working hard at her new job but finds it a bit stressful at times.

Allan still practicing the guitar.

o Weather – Well it was nice and sunny yesterday but this morning it spit some but later the sun was back out and shining.

o Season – Well its Spring time here in New Zealand and the temps have been rather nice, tempture around 12C ~ 23C.

o Cornerstone

Favourite read for today as to come from Ligonier Ministries

Article by Steve Lawson – http://www.ligonier.org/blog/fortress-truth-martin-luther/

o Prayers needed.

(If you have any prayer request that you don’t mind me posting on my blog please email me.)

Please continue to pray for me as I will be going in Friday 24th Oct. for my gallbladder operation.

o Recipe Corner.

(If you have a personal recipe you’d like to share, much appreciated.)

Well this past week I discovered some cool Oatmeal ideas and a sister shared with me how she does hers and so if you love oatmeal and want to have a good healthy breakfast go check out this link – http://madebyrenee.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/delicious-overnight-no-cook-oatmeal.html

o Health Corner.

Great read from this site on squeezing in a workout when your busy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_ways_to_fit_in_fitness_when_theres_no_time

Hope you enjoyed this post today, please comment if possible – Thank you and God Bless

Bill Cockrell aka RoosterNZ

Yuck Coconut oil

Good Evening Blogeyes,

I did another load of laundry and hung them out this morning and they dried rather nicely and the weather was sunny now and again but mostly cloudy and very windy, a few times I thought it would rain while the clothes were out on the line but Im grateful that it didnt.

I took my medicine this morning even though I was a bit late getting up. I don’t understand it but sometimes I’m bushy tail and wide awake in the mornings and I get up and do stuff, other mornings I wake up feel extremly tired and fall back to sleep and this can happen twice before I move and it can be 11 – 12 midday. I thought it was the depression medicine causing it and have taking it at the different times as the doctor said and this last time he said midday which is about the time I get up some mornings, anyway I hope to come to a solution soon cause I’m wanting to get up about 6am every morning and crash about 11pm. I know sometimes Im up late cause I can’t sleep at night.. anyway the story of my life.

In other news which is good news is my new book arrived from Grace books (http://www.gracebooks.co.nz/) (NZ) I ordered called Truth Endures (http://www.gty.org/products/Books/451164) ~ Landmark Sermons by John MacArthur. If you live in New Zealand, please buy your books from them and tell them I sent you!

I did the cooking dinner tonight. BBQ steak, Cabbage,Carrots and Baked Potatos and I thought I really shouldnt use any butter on my potato so I will use this Coconut oil that I bought the other day called fmf brand Premium Coconut oil which is made from fiji and I was thinking it says 100% coconut I will pour some on my food to flavour it up a bit, hahahaha flavour it up I did, that is the most nastiest taste I have ever had in my mouth besides having a Lava soap in my mouth in my younger days.. I nearly gagged on the food with the taste so I read it (yeah I know read it before eating) Suitable for Cosmetic Use,Body Massage and Traditional Use.. okay Traditional use well what exactly does that mean Traditional use, only traditional I know is eating the stuff. Well that ruined my Dinner, I did manage to wash some of it off but yeah I can still taste it. I have learned my lesson stick with coconut oil that you know is eatable and have had before, what also gets me is this stuff was in the food isle. Anyway enough of Coconut oil talk.

My plan tomorrow is to get out of bed andd try and work on my wordpress blog page and see if I can make it the way I want it and it may take me some time. I am looking to use my own picture at the top and add some gadgets on the side like my other blog.

Thats all for tonight God Bless and thanks for reading.

Bill Cockrell aka RoosterNZ

Don’t put it off to do later

Good Evening Blogeyes,

You ever had this bright idea,Tomorrow I’m going to do this task and tomorrow comes and its a total flop well today is one of those days, well perhaps not total but its a flop when its important.

I even added it to my phone to do this and it even buzzed at me and I said yeah yeah and turned it off and said to myself later when I have finished writing this email.

So here it is 10:14pm and I still haven’t gotten around to doing it and I’m tired and should be sleeping. Okay the thing I forgot was put my medicine in its containers for the following week. Its one of the easiest task to do and I hate doing it. I did accomplish to wash some dishes and do some laundry,hang them out on the line and bring them in off the line and I manage to read blogs and catch up on Goggle+,Facebook and Twitter but not my medicine ~ arrrrgghhhhhhh..

One thing I tried doing today is redoing my word-press blog with a different theme but I just cant get the handle of how these work as I do on blogger. I’m still not happy with it so I will have to experiment with it some more. Also trying to get into the habit of blogging again like I used to.

Anyway enough of this for tonight I’m off to do the thing I should have done first thing this morning sort out my medicine for the week.

Until next time God Bless

Bill Cockrell aka RoosterNZ

15.Oct.2014 Wednesday

Hello Blogeyes

The last few days has been quite nice and sunny here in South Auckland(Spring season) and I managed today to wash a basket load of laundry and put them on the line and also spent a few minutes off and on with granddaughter Jessica. She is such a blessing to our family and just amazing to watch as she grows up so quickly and learns words at such a young age. Her parents are doing an excellent job with her, granny and I (pawpaw) try and help when we are called on.

In other news some of you know I will be heading in on the 24th of October, Friday to Manukau Surgery Centre to get my gallbladder removed, I have mixed emotions about it all but the sooner its done and over with the happier Id be and less pain in that area. I am excited that its going to be near home thats a blessing. I hear people lose weight after the surgery so if thats true then I look forward to that and plus Im going to be eating better anyhow I have had to many years of eating piles of junk foods and enjoying it but this is what happens when you dont look after yourself. So please keep me in prayer. Speaking of my operation my Pastor from Covenant Presbyterian came by and visited me,prayed and let me know that God is with me every step of the way, which I believe anyway but its nice for the reassurance.

Last week my brother and friend from Grace Baptist of Second Life was absent and wanted me to take his place for a Morning devotional reading from Our Daily Bread which I did I was a bit nervous as it was my first time in ages doing something like that. This was over the microphone in the comfort of my own home it wasnt like I was facing a crowd of people but still I was nervous. I enjoyed it and He has asked me to do it again sometimes once a week if I may, so I will pray and think it over.

I have really started to enjoy feedly(https://feedly.com/#discover),Pocket(http://getpocket.com) and Evernote https://www.evernote.com apps thanks to David Murray(http://headhearthand.org/blog/) and Tim Challies now I can glance over titles of blogs and choose the ones I want to read first and if I really enjoy them and want to read them again I save them over to Pocket. For other great ideas and reads I suggest you go check them out.

Until next time God Bless

Bill Cockrell aka RoosterNZ

What’s on your canvas?

What’s on your canvas?

You say to yourself “well what would anyone have on canvas?” Perhaps Fine art or a child’s painting?

And Have you ever seen one of those shows where there’s an expensive art that’s stolen and the detective is finding it hard to find it but at the end finds it to be covered with some other art of less value.

Well Sorry I’m not going to be talking about that kind of Canvas but what I want to touch on is about your heart canvas. Yes whats on your heart? Are you truly speaking whats underneath?

Lets look at what the Bible says in Luke 6:45 ESV The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Also in Mark 7:14-23 ESV we see how we can become defiled.

And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Now I ask again what is on your canvas? Does any of the sins listed above sound like something that could be hidden on your canvas?

Oh but we dont want to talk about those things on our canvas we want to talk about the ugly canvas someone else has. Mr SoandSo and MsWannabe were out with MrDirtyMouth and they were just cussing up a storm… stop.. I didnt ask you what was on their canvases. I want to know what’s on yours. Well by now you are thinking well I’m not telling you what’s on my canvas, very well then why would you want to spread whats on someone elses either? Instead of pointing the fault of other people and their canvas have a better look at yours. While you think of this let me show you a story from God’s word about some people who actually caught a woman in adultry.

Careful as you read this they not only judging the woman who was guilty but they were trying to find fault in Jesus as well so they can bring some charge against Christ Jesus.

Anyway in John 8:1-11 ESV we read

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Isn’t it amazing that not one picked up a stone? Well why didn’t they? They all knew in their hearts that they couldnt pick up a stone because they were all filled with sin, even some sins you can see are listed in the scripture above that we mentioned in Mark 7:14-23.

How many of us on a day by day basic are actually throwing spiritually stones at people? I will be the first to admit I’m guilty of such things. Now dont get me wrong I do believe we are to try and show the word of God out of love to anyone if we feel they are headed down the wrong path But this isnt about them this is about you and your canvas! You and I are the guilty party here, we are the ones Caught!

What you mean we are the ones caught? Look at us We are great we have nice clothes,Paid in full homes and cars of the latest model. I believe most of us know those things might look good on the outside but it does nothing for us in the heart. Now lets look into scriptures for examples see if you can find them.

(1 Peter 3:1-18 ESV)

[1] Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,[2] when they see your respectful and pure conduct.[3] Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

[4] but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. [5] For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,[6] as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.[7] Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.[8] Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. [9] Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. [10] For“Whoever desires to love life and see good days,let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;[11] let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.[12] For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,and his ears are open to their prayer.But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[13] Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? [14] But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, [15] but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, [16] having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. [17] For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.[18] For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

The Rich Young Man in Matthew 19:16-26 ESV 16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good?There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you,it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Let’s look at some of the things said to the Scribes and Pharisees in (Matthew 23:1-36 ESV)

Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees

1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues 7 and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. 16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it. 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

So we can see we are “caught in sin” *If we are honest with ourselves*

No sir you are wrong! I’m a good person ~ Are we really?

The Bible says in Romans 3:23 ESV ~ For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Okay so now we see that we are absolutely guilty of sin. So now what? perhaps

1.)I go to Christ and 2.) say a short prayer.

We cannot go to Him, we have no desire to go to Him unless He(God) has first called us to Himself. John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

1 John 5:1 – 20 ESV says [1] Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. [2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. [3] For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. [4] For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. [5] Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?[6] This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. [7] For there are three that testify: [8] the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. [9] If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. [10] Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. [11] And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. [13] I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. [14] And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. [15] And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. [16] If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. [17] All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. [18] We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. [19] We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. [20] And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. [21] Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

John 6:43-71 ESV

[43] Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. [44] No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. [45] It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—[46] not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. [47] Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. [48] I am the bread of life. [49] Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. [50] This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. [51] I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” [52] The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” [53] So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. [54] Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. [55] For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. [56] Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. [57] As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. [58] This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” [59] Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.[60] When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” [61] But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumblingabout this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? [62] Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? [63] It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. [64] But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) [65] And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” [66] After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. [67] So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” [68] Simon Peter answered him,“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, [69] and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” [70] Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” [71] He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.

2.) ok then perhaps that little prayer?

If God has called you and has opened your heart to His truth here then I believe your prayers will not be little but a ongoing thankful prayer of graitude and pray for His guidance in life to do His will. I pray that are you realise that God gave His only begotten son on the cross for our sins, Yes God made a way that we can have life and thats through Christ Jesus; even though we know that Christ is alive and sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven He intercedes for us and also that He sent us another comforter to guide us into the Father’s word, dont take my word for it but take God’s word and truth thats written only in the Word of God. If nothing lines up with the scriptures then its proably something straight from the evil one himself. Finishing this I pray that your canvas is no longer tainted with sin within but is that beautiful Masterpiece inside and out. Please read the following scriptures and know that you are reconciled to Him that saves you and I and nothing can change that. So please heed to His call and share the good news with others.

Romans 5:1-11 ESV [1] Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [2] Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [3] Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, [4] and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, [5] and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.[6] For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. [7] For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—[8] but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Since, therefore,we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. [10] For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. [11] More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

17.March.2014

Good day Blogeyes

 Sorry I havent written in a while but a lot has happened lately in the family.

 First thing I want to mention is the awesome arrival of Jessica McKenzie( 1st granddaughter) What a blessing she is and a very attentive and cute. And the parents are just awesome and doing a magnificent job! Okay will stop bragging but Pawpaw and Granny is proud!

 Well as for Hurricane Lusi – she is making a mess along New Zealand but nothing New Zealand wont get through. Speaking of New Zealand, this morning at Covenant Presbyterian we had the Girls Brigade give us a Presentation and together we sang The National Athem of New Zealand, and as we sang ‘guard Pacific’s triple star’ I got sidetrack in thinking triple wait theres four stars, then I recall someone saying the triple stars represent the North Island, South Island and Stewart Island rather thats true or not I do not know but makes sense. Then I got to thinking about the idea of a “New” New Zealand as there has been talk of changing it, I have mix feelings about it really and if we are to change it is it going to represent the whole New Zealand as one and its culture, I have seen different flags drawn up I think the two I like most is here – http://johnansell.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/nz-flag-white-fern-on-black-red-stars.jpg and here http://johnansell.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/nz-flag-red-stars-on-black-southern-cross-layout.jpg

Anyway its all excited and interesting what the future holds for New Zealand and its flag. I’ll be happy whichever way it goes if we have either of these two flags or keep the same flag.

 On SecondLife(3D virtual community) I have been involved with a loving CyberChurch called Grace Baptist Church and they have selected me as Deacon there. You can listen to them livestream at http://206.190.130.180:8010/stream or visit our webpage http://gracechurch-sl.us/.

If you go to the top you can see links to our Youtube page and Prayer wall and if you are ever on Second Life look us up we would love to have you join in with us.

 

At my local Church ~ Covenant Presbyterian Church, its been great to see old faces in our combined church service of sister Churches, our old Pastor Peter who has gone to plant a new Church with some of the members who has also gone and helped in this process, but it was a blessing to see them last Sunday then this Sunday it was a blessing to see Loraine and Pastor Ross who was one of the founders of our Covenant Presbyterian Church. I had to give him a brotherly hug it was so great to see him. I was hoping he was preaching today but we had a good message from our Pastor Peter Reynolds you can watch this message “a Mary heart in a Martha world” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IFhlb2bUg along with other sermons. We have been in the book of Ephesians which is a favourite book of mine.

 Well I have been having all kinds of problems with back and side, Im guessing its a mixture from passing out from heat one week and or the corner of my bed leg as come loose and not sure how long its been like that, but since I have found that leg off I repaired it temporaly and my back as improved much but still comes and goes and also had a stomach bug apprently there is one going around in New Zealand. My depression also comes and goes but I keep praying and pressing on.

 The rest of the family here in New Zealand have been busy either in their jobs or being an busy vital family member. I’m truly blessed.

 Well I suppose that wraps it up for now so until next time God Bless

 Bill Cockrell/RoosterNZ