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After the quake

Aug 13, 2012  |   From the minister  |   David Ratten

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In January this year Julie and I visited Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a sobering experience to see the aftermath of the terrible earthquake. The city was partitioned off into no go zones and safe zones. The clean up was completed and rebuilding was well under way. Yesterday we landed in Haiti and the Capital, Port a Prince. It too suffered a devastating earthquake 2 years ago. However, that is where the similarity ends. Here, the buildings still lie in ruins. There are no barriers preventing people going near unstable buildings. People now live in them. 200,000 people died in that earthquake and it is easy to understand why. Port a Prince is a very hilly area with houses perched on the side of steep hills. Many were swept away in landslides. There has been no enforcement of building codes for decades and so multi-story buildings collapsed. We saw the remains of the presidential residence, the cathedral, the university and the list goes on. It is utter devastation. Haiti is the p…

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I thought I had seen it all!

Aug 13, 2012  |   From the minister  |   David Ratten

I thought I had seen it all! We were flying from Chicago to Miami en route to Haiti. We were coming into land and the Captain had instructed us to buckle our seat belts and prepare to land. Just before we touched down, a woman two rows in front of me decided she needed to go to the toilet and got up from her seat. She began to walk toward the rear of the plane. The flight attended shouted to her to sit down. It wasn't a suggestion, it was a command! The woman ignored the command and kept going. She opened the toilet door as the airplane touched down. Have you heard the saying, "If you've got to go, you've got to go"? I suspect this episode falls into that category. 2 hours later we boarded a flight for Haiti and guess who I was seated next to? The same lady! I'm not normally a nervous flyer but on this occasion I made an exception! Fortunately she did not have the urge for a late dash on this fight!

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Sleep Deprivation

Aug 12, 2012  |   From the minister  |   David Ratten

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Truism No. 5  David Ratten needs a minimum 6 hours sleep per night to function effectively. I know this is the case because I am currently surviving on around 3 hours per night. This has nothing to do with a wild night-life. It has something to do with my body clock and a thing called jet lag. At 3pm I am falling asleep and struggling to string two coherent words together. At 10pm I come to life and can't sleep for love or money. Nevertheless I have loved the Global Leadership Summit. A great line up of speakers and superb music. For example, today we heard from Mario Vega senior Minister of a church in El Salvador. The church has 73,000 attenders! Each Sunday they hire a football stadium for church services and fill it twice! Inspirational! The photos of Willow creek do not do it justice but you will get an idea of how grand it is. i doubt there is an auditorium to match it in Melbourne (including the Arts Centre). Another speaker was Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard. …

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Lost and Found

Aug 11, 2012  |   From the minister  |   David Ratten

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What's the definition of a good sermon? For me, it is a sermon that grabs my attention, that accurately represents biblical truth and that causes me to live as a better follower of Jesus. It is probably also memorable. Around 14 years ago I heard such a sermon. The preacher was Bill Hybels. He is the Senior Minister at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. This is the church hosting the Global Leadership Summit I have attended this past week. What an experience! I heard some wonderful messages. 14 years ago, Bill's sermon was a simple re-counting of three stories Jesus told. The story of the lost coin, the story of the lost sheep and the story of the lost son. When we arrived at our hotel in Chicago, one of our team, Adam, from South Australia, realised he had left his i-pad on the plane. I felt so sorry for him. This is the sort of thing I would, do so I was full of empathy. Despite being so tired, Adam drove straight back to airport in the hope of finding the phone. It was 2.0…

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Who doesn't love a bargain!

Aug 10, 2012  |   From the minister  |   David Ratten

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I love it when I am able to pick something up at a discounted price. In fact I would go so far as to say I do not like to pay full price for anything. Some might describe me as cheap but I prefer to think of myself as one who appreciates good value. I remember the time many years ago when the mother of my brother-in-law Phil, saw an amazing , once in a lifetime special on cans of dog food. She stocked up as any thrifty person would. One problem - she didn't have a dog! I used to laugh when I though about this incident but these days I realise that I am more like Mrs Walker than I might care to admit. So here I sit typing this post in a Denny's Restaurant. Why? Because they offer free internet access and because of the Lumberjack Slam. The Lumberjack Slam is a breakfast item they offer 24 hours. It consists of two slices of toast, two eggs, two sausages, a large hash-brown two slices of bacon, a slice of ham, two pancakes, butter and maple syrup. Great value at $8.99. Truism No. 4. D…

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