PROCESSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – Holy Spirit Background – Part 2

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The book of Acts follows the story of the apostles after Jesus has finished His earthly ministry; Acts is a loose sequel to the Gospel of Luke. And in the 4th and 5th verses of Acts Jesus tells the disciples to stay in Jerusalem to await the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  This is not the first mention of this- The old testament promised the ‘Spirit of God’; Jesus spoke on several occasions of the Holy Spirit and its part in future ministry; And John the Baptist, who Jesus often refers to when talking of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, also refers to being Baptists in the holy Spirit and Fire [Matt 3:11, Luke 3:16].

John himself was filled with the Holy Spirit; this is mentioned in Luke 1:15. Whether this is the same as baptism in the Holy Spirit is unclear. What does seem significant is that the spirit only ever seemed to be on one person at a time at this stage in history. Elijah (to whom John is often compared) had the spirit much earlier in history; Simeon had heard from the spirit while Christ was an infant [Luke 2:25]. But the moment Jesus’s ministry began John’s ministry was superseded. Christ had the Holy Spirit descend on Him like a dove shortly after John baptised Him [Matt 3:16, john 1:32]. John and his ministry moved into the background after this point.

Many time Jesus talked about His later departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit; these two events are linked, for Jesus claimed that if He did not go the Spirit would not come [John 16:7]. The Spirit is essential for the gospel ministry; it seems to exclusively work through Jesus during His time on earth, and possibly the same with John’s ministry. After Christ’s departure it came to many men and women, including several Gentiles. We seem to have either Jesus of the Holy Spirit.

But what was the Baptism of Fire? Some closely equate this with Pentecost and the flames over the people’s head; possibly it is simply an expression, spirit and fire. But others see this as an alternative for those who do not accept the Holy Spirit. Jesus say only those born of water and Spirit will see the kingdom of God; fire is not mentioned [John 3:5]. Fire may simply be the unimaginable wrath poured out on those who do not repent. This is uncertain, however; surly there will be wrath for the unrepentant, but we do not know whether baptism (immersion) in fire refers to this. The Bible say ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Fire’, rather than ‘or fire’; the matter is uncertain.

Jesus often refers to His truth as ‘living water’ [John 4:14], or the ‘water of life’ [Rev 22:17], the divine answer to what all men thirst for.  How this water reconciles with fire is uncertain, but despite being available to all only the repentant will receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

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Painting Services Sydney – the Weather

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Part of the art of painting is choosing the right time. Surface preparation, technique and environmental concerns are all important, and can ruin a job, but extreme weather can ruin an otherwise well executed job.

Rain is obviously going to ruin any outdoor painting. Water-based paint will wash off the walls, and oil based paint will be compromised by any rain. Oil based paint will take a very long time to dry in humid (wet) conditions, and the effect of the rain hitting paint will ruin surfaces. Even slight dampness on a wall will cause problems with paint adhesion. Check forecasts and avoid wet conditions. Wait till all surfaces for painting are completely dry.

Very cold weather causes paint problems. Bubbling and blistering is one issue, requiring much time consuming work to fix. Less troublesome but still bad is the uneven chalky appearance that cold conditions can bring about. And as the cold tends to come with moisture there can be problems with paint running before it dries.

Hot weather is preferable, as long as it doesn’t change. Remember to take day and night time temperatures into account; some areas go from extremely hot to extremely cool when the Sun sets. If you paint in the early morning this shouldn’t worry you, but it may well prevent you getting the whole project painted in one day.

Extremely hot temperatures can cause paint to dry before it properly adheres to the surface; direct sunlight can also cause problems with brush marks and paint setting on the brush or roller. If you must paint then alternating brushes/rollers with a spare kept in water will allow you to get some painting work done, but things will be much quicker if you wait for better weather. Testing a small patch of surface with paint will give you a good estimate of the drying conditions and results if you are in doubt.

Windy conditions are more of a safety issue than a threat to paint; never use ladders or work a height if there is anything beyond a mild wind. Remember that leaves or dirt blown onto the paintwork will ruin all you efforts.

For residential painters Sydney has reasonably good weather; there are seasonal fluctuations, but no sudden changes. We can paint most days and not worry about an unexpected weather situation causing problems with the paint.


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Ordinary aspects overlooked in office cleaning, Sydney

  • The old cliché is that the cleaner wouldn’t do windows. In domestic houses this cannot be overlooked, especially if children are present. In any offices the windows are not usually subject to the same level of use, but they still need regular cleaning.
  • Carpets get cleaned, but not always steam cleaned. If you have anybody other than yourself in the office the carpets will be subject to foot traffic. Get a steam cleaning every six months.
  • Smell – French author Proust wrote several volumes after being inspired by the smell of a pastry; our sense of smell affects us profoundly, even as we do not realize it. Make your office smell good and you might find in helps productivity. Certainly a bad smell, even if you are used to it, and compromise morale.
  • Dust on equipment. This mainly affects computers and peripherals these days, especially as they are used by individuals rather than a group. There is something about not touching other people’s belongings that prevents keyboards and other objects form being cleaned. Cleaners know that this needs to be done, and is not an invasion off security of personal space.
  • Kitchen equipment – not a matter of invading a personal space as a matter of not anybody’s specific duty. We wouldn’t out up with compromising health issue in our own kitchen; the office kitchen needs attention too.
  • Skirting boards. These just seem to accumulate dust and dirt. Carpet cleaners may not include them, and they get overlooked when the walls occasionally do get cleaned.

Hiring office cleaners Sydney

Office cleaners should be reliable and trustworthy. An established company willing to work outside of business hours will allow you to work without disruption. Having your office cleaned this way allows you to get on with the more important things in life.

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Airport Shuttle Sydney – Travel Humour

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Jokes, or at least practical jokes that might be misconstrued as terrorism, are banned at airports. But there is no law about airports jokes and travel in general.

A sign said ‘Airport left’, and people wondered why it was still there.

Why don’t you see penguins at the airport? They know they can’t fly.

What can travel around the world but stay stuck in one corner? A stamp.

A map on the wall has pins in it to indicate which countries I have visited. Of course, I had to travel to the four corners of the world first; you need pins in the corners to hold the map up.

Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Douglas Adams

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist invents the parachute.
George Bernard Shaw

The do not disturb signs discourage people from entering you hotel room. Do not put them on backwards or you won’t be able to leave.

Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

Sat in good humour and use an airport shuttle, Sydney public transport is not super convenient for travellers to the airport.

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Dental Implants Sydney

Dental implants are the development of an accidental discovery. When it was noticed that a titanium implant would bond to bones scientists realized this could be used for medical and dental problems. Dental implants have a titanium shaft for this reason. The titanium shaft bonds to the jawbone, holding a realistic looking porcelain tooth firmly in position.

There has been archaeological evidence of tooth replacement extending back several thousand years, and even some shell implants that successfully bonded to the jawbone. Human teeth are important for both appearance and function. We tend to not notice this till they are compromised. It is part of human nature to show concern for what is important rather than what is urgent. We neglect to brush our teeth, but will spend money on replacing them when they are damaged.

During most of the 20th century teeth tended to be replaced with bridges; before that most people resorted to dentures. The bridged teeth required the artificial tooth to be joined to the surrounding teeth, which meant healthy teeth had to be compromised to hold a replacement tooth. Denture treatment could produce pleasant looking teeth, but eating was always difficult. Dental implants do away with all these issues. Once they are surgically fitted they require only the same maintenance need for regular teeth.

Dental implants have been known to last for more than 40 years, and counting. Given their realistic appearance, complete functionality and extended lifespan – to say nothing of their low maintenance- they are the best option available, short of growing a new set of teeth.

If you thing you need dental implants Sydney has many good practicing dentists, all with contact detail on the internet.


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Wedding Cakes Sydney

Like other aspects of wedding a wedding cake owes something to both art and tradition.  There is a tension here, but probably a good one. Art never exists in a vacuum. Rather, it makes something new out of the materials and influences of the past. A wedding cake can be original by using domestic and foreign traditions and the personal history of the happy couple. Any design that the couple finding appealing is worth considering.

As with everything we should consider what happens in the long term. How will the photo of the wedding cake look? I do hear a few people talk about how the cake tasted, but far more people talk about how it was decorated. This is reinforced by the number of people who latter see the wedding photos. The cake is meant to look good.

Of course the design should be remembered for all the right reasons; it should be impressive. Many people are still reasonably young when they marry, and may hold iconoclastic views, or still be attached to some passing fad. Consider how the photos of the cake (and of the whole wedding) will look in a few years’ time. The last thing you want is something that makes you cringe. If in doubt it is better to be a little more conservative. And remember that the idea is to be artistic and maybe a little innovative, not outrageous and countercultural.

In reality most people don’t design a wedding cake from scratch; they look at various other designs and ask for a few changes to be made. This is not a bad approach.

If the cake looks too good to eat, you’ve probably doing something right. Remember, this is supposed to be a once in a lifetime event; you don’t get a second chance. Feel free to be a little indulgent.

A Few Point to Remember:

– Make arrangements for your cake several months in advance.

–Beware of the weather. You might need to talk to the cook if the cake is to will survive a hot summer day.

–Find a tablecloth, table and decorations that match, compliment or somehow suit the cake.

–Some venues charge a ‘cutting fee’, ostensibly to cover the cost of extra plates and cutlery for cake. $2.oo per head isn’t unusual.

–The group that makes the cake should delivery it. Delivery is a tricky job, and mistakes are unthinkable!

–Some individuals may wish to keep their piece of cake. Little boxes are preferable to folded napkins (that remind you of children’s birthday parties). Unfortunately there is no way to know these things in advance.

–  Arrange for some really great photos of the cake.

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