Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Operation Zuma and Elon Musk.

Secrecy please

It is so good to see what is going on in South Africa at this time. There is a concerted effort to get our president Jacob Zuma to stand down and allow someone else to take control of the country. This is probably the most corrupt and deceitful president South Africa has ever had. A great friend and confidant of Robert Mugabe who brought his country to it's knees while in power and now it may turn out exactly the same for South Africa. But there is one fundamental difference, Mugabe was forced out of power and South Africans know it. Pasopa wena Zuma, Which means "Be careful you Zuma" in the local language, you will not succeed in the same way.
Operation Zuma Musk style

Okay onto other more amusing observation. Elon Musk named his early January launch of his Falcon 9 rocket "Operation Zuma." How revealing. The payload was a military payload but everything about it was kept secret. What has surprised me the most about all this is that no one has picked up on the Jacob Zuma connection and the fact that Elon Musk was in fact raised here in South Africa. Well done Elon, from Geoff in South Africa. I really do like this man and his sense of humor has me in stitches often.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Last night, after struggling with my car all day (more of which I’ll write about a bit later) and finally having success and getting it running properly, I sat down to thank the Lord for His help and to read what He had to say to me today. I opened my Bible to 2 Kings 4 and started reading from verse 2 where one of the prophets with whom Elisha was acquainted had died and now the banks were on his widows case trying to claim her home and kick her and her sons out onto the street. (Paraphrased).So this widow came to Elisha to ask for his help and he does just that in a miraculous way. ( Read it, I'm sure you will enjoy this particular scripture.) Anyway I carried on reading to the end of the page, which is what I normally do, and came across the scripture where Elisha cures Naaman, commander of the king of Syria’s army, by telling him to dip himself in the Jordan seven times and thus be clean. He had leprosy which is a disease of the skin as far as I know.
Naaman of course was miffed because Elisha had only told him to dip himself in the Jordan 7 times instead of some complicated and difficult process, why not dip himself in one of the rivers in Syria. Would that not have worked just as well?  But his servants came to him and asked whether or not he would have done anything difficult Elisha had instructed him to do. “Of course I would have.”” Then why not do as the prophet has instructed you?”
He submits to their advice and goes ahead and does what he was told to do and emerged from the water with skin healed and as soft as a babies. He then pledges allegiance to the lord and goes his way healed.
Having recently written about the baptism of Joshua in the Jordan crossing and how Jesus had been baptized by John in the very same river this scripture jumped out at me in a big way. (2 Kings Chapter 5)
I’m not sure whether this was the first baptism, it was certainly after the Israelites had crossed the Jordan, which was in full flood at the time, but as far as I can tell it was the first dipping that was not a crossing. If you know of any earlier baptisms please leave a comment and let me know.
This subject I’m finding very interesting and enlightening indeed.
This is just Geoff putting his thoughts out there for your commentary and enlightenment, should you want it. I know that when I talk to people they do listen but I also know that God doesn’t want me leading other people astray so maybe that was why He gave me this scripture last night, very likely in my opinion.
So baptism isn’t only about courage and doing God’s bidding but also about cleaning up your life and leaving diseases that have accumulated in your past behind by washing them off with water.
Blessings and love from Geoff. 

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Understanding what is written in the Bible with regards to my life


This post was written before the previous one about the sacrificial lamb but was not published for some unknown reason.
I went to church yesterday morning and to tell the truth, it was very enlightening.

The sermon was taken from the book of Joshua chapter one verses two to nine:
(2) “My servant Moses is dead; now it is for you to cross the Jordan, you and this whole people of Israel, to the land which I am giving them.  (3)Everyplace where you set your foot is yours: I have given it to you, as I promised Moses. (4)From the desert and the Lebanon to the great river Euphrates, and across the Hittite country westwards to the great sea, all this shall be your land. (5)No one will ever be able to stand against you: as I was with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. (6)Be strong, be resolute: it is you who are to put this people in possession of the land which I swore to give to their fathers. (7)Only be strong and resolute: observe diligently all the law which my servant Moses has given you. You must not turn from it to right or left, if you would prosper wherever you go. (8)This book of the law must ever be on your lips: you must keep it in mind day and night so that you may diligently observe all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful in all that you do. (9)This is my command: be strong, be resolute; do not be fearful or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”(New English Version)
The sermon was about being courageous and crossing the Jordan in our lives just as Joshua had done at God’s command and achieved success. I know that I’ve lacked faith and courage on many occasions in the past. One point that was made was that if you, as a believer of what Jesus tells you, don’t follow through then God will find someone else to do what He wants and you will be left behind with regrets. I know that is true in my life.
Don’t you wish you could be as faithful and diligent in following God as Joshua was? Never deviating from His commands and faithfully following through all the days of your life. But the truth is: in today’s world of mortgages and debt, social media influencing our children and all the other pressures we have to deal with every day get in the way. I know that when I pray for things to happen in my life pressures seem to increase amazingly and the answer to my prayer goes unnoticed by me and just passes by. It irritates me no end when that happens to me.
Today I’m writing this post in courage.
As those of you have followed my blog posts in the past will know, I think very deeply on any topic written about in the bible and preached by the churches. This happened again during the communion service. The minister read from the gospel of Mathew chapter 26 verses 26 to 28.
During supper Jesus took bread, and having said the blessing he broke it and gave to the disciples with the words “Take this and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and having offered thanks to God he gave it to them with the words: “Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.” 
In Genesis chapter nine, when God gave all the living creatures into the hands of Noah and his sons for food, He instructs then not to eat any of them with the life, which is the blood, still in them. Chapter 9 Verse 4.
Now all of that I found very interesting indeed. God refers to the life as the blood. In Arabic the word for bread, written in Aramaic, is interpreted as life.
So here we have Jesus who refers to bread as his mortal body which has been, or is about to be, broken. He refers to the wine as a covenant of forgiveness between God, the father, and the many. Jesus, also called The Son Of God, being the sacrifice required to expunge the sins of those God has chosen, he being the perfect sinless sacrificial lamb. The bread they would have eaten would have been unleavened bread. In other words true. Leavened bread has yeast in it to puff it up and in so doing making it look bigger than its actual nutritional value warrants. It also looks a lot more attractive and enticing. Jesus even warns his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, I mean their hypocrisy. (Luke 12 verse 1) But the truth is that leavened bread is no more filling nor nutritional than unleavened bread. And Jesus calls himself the “Bread of Life.” (John 6 verse35.)

Monday, February 05, 2018


In the temple of God, when a lamb was sacrificed, its blood was poured out on the Alter stone, which doesn’t absorb the blood but instead causes it to flow over the rock in all directions. This is, in my opinion exactly what Jesus was talking about. The wine is His spirit which has indeed flowed all over the rock, to all nations, the Earth being a huge rock. We are told that when the centurion pierced Jesus’ side with a spear his blood flowed like water, how bizarre, wine also flows just like water and if the wine at the last supper was red wine, well what can I say?  


As those of you have followed my blog posts in the past will know, I think very deeply on any topic written about in the bible and preached by the churches. This happened again during the communion service. The minister read from the gospel of Mathew chapter 26 verses 26 to 28.

Image source; Dramatic times in world history indeed.

I went to church yesterday morning and to tell the truth, it was very enlightening.
The sermon was taken from the book of Joshua chapter one verses two to nine:
(2) “My servant Moses is dead; now it is for you to cross the Jordan, you and this whole people of Israel, to the land which I am giving them.  (3)Everyplace where you set your foot is yours: I have given it to you, as I promised Moses. (4)From the desert and the Lebanon to the great river Euphrates, and across the Hittite country westwards to the great sea, all this shall be your land. (5)No one will ever be able to stand against you: as I was with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. (6)Be strong, be resolute: it is you who are to put this people in possession of the land which I swore to give to their fathers. (7)Only be strong and resolute: observe diligently all the law which my servant Moses has given you. You must not turn from it to right or left, if you would prosper wherever you go. (8)This book of the law must ever be on your lips: you must keep it in mind day and night so that you may diligently observe all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful in all that you do. (9)This is my command: be strong, be resolute; do not be fearful or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”(New English Version)
The sermon was about being courageous and crossing the Jordan in our lives just as Joshua had done at God’s command and achieved success. I know that I’ve lacked faith and courage on many occasions in the past. One point that was made was that if you, as a believer of what Jesus tells you, don’t follow through then God will find someone else to do what He wants and you will be left behind with regrets. I know that is true in my life.
Don’t you wish you could be as faithful and diligent in following God as Joshua was? Never deviating from His commands and faithfully following through all the days of your life. But the truth is: in today’s world of mortgages and debt, social media influencing our children and all the other pressures we have to deal with every day get in the way. I know that when I pray for things to happen in my life pressures seem to increase amazingly and the answer to my prayer goes unnoticed by me and just passes by. It irritates me no end when that happens to me.
Today I’m writing this post in courage.
Image source: the last supper
During supper Jesus took bread, and having said the blessing he broke it and gave to the disciples with the words “Take this and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and having offered thanks to God he gave it to them with the words: “Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.” 
In Genesis chapter nine, when God gave all the living creatures into the hands of Noah and his sons for food, He instructs then not to eat any of them with the life, which is the blood, still in them. Chapter 9 Verse 4.
Now all of that I found very interesting indeed. God refers to the life as the blood. In Arabic the word for bread, written in Aramaic, is interpreted as life.
So here we have Jesus who refers to bread as his mortal body which has been, or is about to be, broken. He refers to the wine as a covenant of forgiveness between God, the father, and the many. Jesus, also called The Son Of God, being the sacrifice required to expunge the sins of those God has chosen, he being the perfect sinless sacrificial lamb. The bread they would have eaten would have been unleavened bread. In other words true. Leavened bread has yeast in it to puff it up and in so doing making it look bigger than its actual nutritional value warrants. It also looks a lot more attractive and enticing. Jesus even warns his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, I mean their hypocrisy. (Luke 12 verse 1) But the truth is that leavened bread is no more filling nor nutritional than unleavened bread. And Jesus calls himself the “Bread of Life.” (John 6 verse35.)
Image source
At the crucifixion when the Roman soldiers took the rod from Jesus’ hand and beat him about the head, the crown of thorns still on his head, I can assure you that blood flowed all over him. When the nails were driven through his hands and feet the same thing happened and when the spear was driven into his side, again the blood flowed. The disciples who took him down from the cross and wrapped him in a sheet were covered in his blood. His body had been broken, just like the bread he broke at the last supper, and his blood was poured out onto the hands of those who loved him just like the cup of wine his disciples had drunk at the last supper.
Unfortunately the Jews had handed their Messiah over to an invading army who had no love nor respect for their God, who had been so good to them for so long, to be murdered and humiliated on a wooden cross. But in truth they were only doing what had long ago been prophesised and probably had no idea, due to a lack of Joshua like courage, what they were doing. And they have been paying for their “lack of faith” act ever since. I feel sorry for them.
One last thing on this subject: Jesus was baptised in the Jordan by John the Baptist. Why the Jordan? Well maybe Joshua had to go through the water of the Jordan to reach the Promised Land and Jesus was also going through the very same waters to bring the love and forgiveness of God to the people of the rest of the world and so bring glory and praise to God the Father from everyone.
I hope this blog post has given new insights to those who have had the strength to read all the way through it. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment for me to enjoy.
With love and blessings from Geoff.


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New year's greetings for twenty eighteen.

Making box frames at home
As promised in my last post here are a few pictures of what I was making for family and friends for Christmas. They aren't finished, well not all of them, because I became extremely busy with the big one just two weeks before I left for Cape Town. With these particular box frames I hit a snag which slowed me down considerably. When I had made the frames and they were ready for gluing, I used a waterproof wood glue and made them in two parts, like two right angles. In order to keep the angles straight and correctly lined up I put the glasses in and taped them together to dry overnight and that's where the problem began.
Each frame had to be masked inside and out.

The next morning the glasses had become stuck and so I couldn't paint them before fitting the glass, RATS. What this meant was I had to mask each piece of glass inside and out before I could start painting. There are eight frames in total so all this masking took a long time, which I was running out of by the end of the masking phase.
Anyway to cut a long story short I eventually got all the frames painted to my satisfaction but had run out of time to finish the backs and to install whatever was going in each frame for whichever person it was intended.
I did get one finished for my brother Myles and hurriedly wrapped it before rushing off to the airport. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that one but will take pictures of the other completed ones, which will only be completed in the middle of January when I get back.
The morning after, RATS, stuck glass

What really took most of my time up was making a children's play house for Jason's two little girls.
Jason helped me hugely in the last week or so but I was only given two weeks to finish it before leaving and by the time we finished work each day I was exhausted and had no interest in working afterwards. We worked until about seven each day and even Jason was worn out. 
The frame on the right had been masked and painted the way I wanted.

What happened was I got some old pallets from Myles' factory, these had to be stripped and denailed before we could use any of the planking and they then had to be cut to the required length and width. I've taken photographs of the progress made at the end of each day. 
If you scroll through the pictures really quickly you can go through two weeks work and see the progress.
Setting up the floor, level and in the correct place.

After the pallets were cut to the correct size and going up.

More framing and yet to place the veranda.

veranda in place.

Cladding happening.

Balustrade under construction cladding almost complete.


Windows fitted, sans glass. Door hung and cut to create a stable door, and balustrade in Step in and painting happening.
My wish, or should I rather say prayer for all of you this 2018 is: May you have a blessed year. May you find courage in Christ and may this year not be an odd one but may everything instead even out just like the year number has, Geoff.
Imogen serving dad's breakfast from her new play house.





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas 2017. Blessings to you.

Hello everyone.
So here we are at the end of another year, well almost, and everyone seems to be making plans and preparing for their Christmas break and it's quite exciting but scary at the same time. I'm going down to Cape Town for three weeks to house sit for my son James, they're going to Spain for a couple of weeks and a visit to my sister in France.
One thing I've noticed over the years is that the odd years, such as the one we've just come through, seem to be really disjointed and tough, odd indeed. Well the new year is just around the corner and then things will, I hope, even out again. I'm going with very little money but my principal reason for going is to look after James's home and his cat and having an opportunity to visit all my friends is a real bonus, so not having lots of money to spend isn't a big deal. I'll be leaving on December 23rd and coming back in the middle of January, hopefully into a new job. I was supposed to have an interview today but because the company is closing on Thursday they are way too busy for interviews. Oh well, such is life.
I've been writing and doing a lot of thinking about superconductivity and levitation but don't really have the math to define what I'm trying to convey so now I'm reading about that language, called mathematics, and trying to come up with the equations that describe what I'm imagining, we'll see how it goes.
At home, because I don't have any work, I've been making Christmas presents for my family and friends. I've been making box frames and putting some of my more interesting knickknacks with a hand written description and explanation into them. Very interesting and really nice, much better than spending a fortune just buying things and much more personal too. So far the reaction I've had to them has been very encouraging. I'll post some pictures when I have some.
For now I'd like to wish everyone who reads this blog a fantastic Christmas and blessings from God and his son Jesus about whom this holy day is all about in the first place.
Bless you all, Geoff.