Monday, April 27, 2009

“The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.”

I am posting here an article of how someone experienced the devastating bush fire in Victoria this Feburary and God's miracleous intervention in protecting his people.

Sabbath 7th Feb 2009 began warm as forecast by the Bureau and temperatures rose to the predicted high 40's.
Fire Warning

At about 3.30 PM Brother Denis Stanley rang me to advise a fire was burning in our vicinity. We went outside to take a look and noticed a smoke cloud had formed over the new dormitory about an acre in size out of which warm to hot ash was falling down upon us. About four kilometres to the south west the nearby range showed a red glow along its ridge line and it was obvious that a substantial fire was burning somewhere off to the south west of Highwood. No other warnings had been received. As we surveyed the surrounding ranges other fires were seen burning as well. One particularity large billowing smoke cloud developing to the north west about five kilometers away increased our concern. Instantly we prepared for the possibility of a major fire. I checked the fire reserve water tanks, advised everyone I could find nearby, and drove to the health centre. Earlier Dr Bird had taken the health guests to Lake Mountain outside Marysville to escape the heat. This area was already in danger and Dr Bird and party rushed back to Highwood narrowly escaping the blaze. (Sunday revealed that that very blaze had burnt Dr Bird's house to the ground. All they had left was their Bibles, a few other items and the Sabbath clothes in which they stood. Fortunately they still had both their cars.)

Speedy Escape

Knowing that time is especially critical in fire situations I jumped into the van to check the only two avenues of escape, the Black Spur road to Healsville, and the highway to Narbethong. Firstly I drove toward Narbethong three kilometers away. By the time I had traveled twelve hundred metres pieces of flaming bark up to sixty centimeters long and much other debris was flying over the van crossing the road diagonally from left to right. I quickly u-turned and headed back to Highwood, also ruling out the Black Spur road to Healsville as a possibility of escape. Cars were going in both directions not knowing which way to go. It seemed that we would have to stay and prepare for the fire.

Preparing for the Fire-Storm

We were in a strong position in any case with generator power, fire hoses, abundant bore water, plenty of cleared land to provide a buffer and twenty people to assist in the emergency preparation. We hosed down the Health Centre filling the gutters with water and wet about a dozen blankets. We knew that God was watching over us as we all had prayed for deliverance.

God’s Deliverance

The main power went off at around 5pm and the generator came on line. About 8pm we lost all communications. Watching the progress of the fire, time and again the wind shifted to our advantage. As the big smoke cloud originally off to the north west rapidly spread and accelerated we could hear the eerie, echoing roar of the fire around Narbethong quickly blowing towards us from the north. At the same time as the fire hungrily sucked in large quantities of oxygen it lifted the dust on the drive way in front of the health centre ten metres into the air with the wind reaching about sixty kilometres from the south. Then suddenly the predominant northerly wind took up this southerly direction, blew back upon itself and the fire coming towards us subsided.

“The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.” -Psalms 29:7

Later our faith was lifted by God's word as Sister Hannah Higgins reminded us of Psalms 29:7 "The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire." The flames had come to within three hundred metres of the forest to the north east of Highwood and burned to the edge of the bitumen highway. It did not cross the road. Unfortunately it was this northerly fire which had already destroyed Narbethong with nine precious souls lost. As always in disasters some houses were untouched while others just metres away were inexplicably destroyed.

The Devastation

The next day when we drove through Narbethong, Buxton and Marysville we were shocked at the extent of the devastation. At Marysville, less than fifteen minutes from Highwood, there was heavy loss of life. We have nothing to bring to God except our praise and thanksgiving for His deliverance from the flames. Not a single thing had burned on the one hundred and two acres at Highwood.

Bro Gerry Romano (guest editor)

"Cooking Class ;)"

The other day or it's a while ago already I had the chance to help in the kitchen. So I will show you here how to do "SAUSAGE ROLLS":

First I will show you how to do the crust:


Before you start moisten surface of workbench (this helps it adhere), cover with plastic wrap. Also cover your rolling plastic wrap.
In a mixing bowl combine:
1 cup wholemeal flour,
1 cup oat flour
1 tsp. Celtic sea salt
handfull sesame seeds
Add 1/4 cup olive oil using a fork to 'cut' the oil thoroughly throug the flour mixture, until all the flour has been coated.

Stir through 1/2 cup water with until it starts to form a dough.

The more you work it, the tougher it gets, just press the dough together with your hands forming a flat ball and place in the centre of the plastic wrap.

Using plastic wrap covered rolling pin, roll out to desired size.

This recipe is also great for making your own crackers!!

We will need this crust later but first I will show you how you do the filling.

Sausage Rolls (Serves 6)

2 cups nuts - pecan/brazil
1 med. cooked potato mashed
1 Tbs. Braggs All Purpose Seasoning (or Soy sauce)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 Celtic sea salt
1 onion chopped
1/2 tsp. of sage, basil, thyme
1/2 cup liquid veggie stock (I used the water the potatoe was cooked in)

Place nuts in food processor and whiz briefly, add onoin and potato and whiz again the add the rest of the ingredients, whiz until clumps together.

Then roll in the pastry. And this is the hardest part, because the crust is so thin. It is also good to cut the pastry as you can see here before filling and rolling. To roll it lift up the plastic wrap.

Takes 20-30 minutes in 180º C oven.

In this picture you see the outcome. Please note that the rolls in the front are different ones which are gluten and nightshade free.

For the pastry I used brown rice flour and aramanth flour instead of whole meal flour and oat flour. I the filling I replaced the rolled oats with rolled rice and cooked potatoes with cooked carrots.

And ready to go for lunch :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The past two days at Cedarvale

going for a walk to the front gate with our guests
Renee is doing the "pantry tour" explaining different grains, legumes, nuts and seeds

me working in the kitchen

having lunch together

The entrance to Banksia Park the place I went olive picking yesterday :)

having fun picking olives at a local olive oil producer in Kangaroo Valley

we just picked and raked them on the trailer

The harvest: what you can see here are olives from two different types of olive trees; the big dark ones and the smaller green and purple ones. All are used for olive oil

The reward: one bottle of finest olive oil from handpicked olives just from that farm :)

Youth & Family Bible Convention in Morrisset

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Romans 13: 11-12

Awake, Awake was the theme of this camp meeting and appealed to be fully on the Lord's side. To be awake and to know in what times we are living in today. We all need a personal, living realationship with Jesus Christ our Savior!

some young people took songservice

singing in the youth meetings "Taste and see that the Lord is good"

Derrol and Cindy Sawyer having some meetings with us

Hal Mayer from the keep the faith ministry

with Cindy and Derrol :)
meeting Sunshine again after I met her in Germany over a year ago

The work will never go away

for more music visit

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Signs of the Times in Australia

In Australia we all have seen these pictures over and over again. One place is extreamly dry while the other gets so much rain that it floods. In the terible bushfires of Victoria over 200 people lost their lives and many more lost their homes and all their possessions.

The question that arises is again: Why does God permit these disasters to happen, allowing so much pain, grief and suffering? Does God care?

God is just. God is love. He changes not, "no variableness, neighter shadow of turning." James 1:17 He is touched with our feelings, and when we suffer he suffers too.
He is "longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

"As men depart further and further from God, Satan is permitted to have power over the children of disobedience. He hurls destruction among men. There is calamity by land and sea. Property and life are destroyed by fire and flood. "Maranatha p. 176

"The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, disasters by sea and by land, follow one another in quick succession. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause." Maranatha p. 175

God allows those things to happen, that you and me may come to our senses and turn to God before it is too late!

"Today the signs of the times declare that we are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. Everything in our world is in agitation. Before our eyes is fulfilling the Saviour's prophecy of the events to precede His coming: "Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. . . . Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

The present is a time of overwhelming interest to all living. Rulers and statesmen, men who occupy positions of trust and authority, thinking men and women of all classes, have their attention fixed upon the events taking place about us. They are watching the relations that exist among the nations. They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every earthly element, and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take place--that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis." Maranatha p. 68

But amidst all this we can have peace. Jesus envites you: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:28,29 Only through a living realtionship with Jesus Christ can we have peace of mind and a safe insurance that he is in control. To be in God's will is the safest palce on earth!!

Read your bible today! It is God's loveletter for you!

Area around Cedarvale

View over the kangaroo valley in the early morning

in the rain forest on our property

On top of the escarpment. It's an hike about 1 hour from our house. In the bordering Morton National Park

Camping at Husskison; Jervis Bay

waiting for the sunrise

Beautiful spot not only to watch the sunrise but also dolphins :) This morning

I saw several of them just about 30 m from me!

Having my time with God at the beach in the morning

crystal clear water :)

It's said to have the whitest sand of the world!

yes, and that's me ;)