Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Loving a holy God is beyond our moral power

"Loving a holy God is beyond our moral power. The only kind of God we can love by our sinful nature is an unholy god, an idol made by our own hands. Unless we are born of the Spirit of God, unless God sheds His holy love in our hearts, unless He stoops in His grace to change our hearts, we will not love Him... To love a holy God requires grace, grace strong enough to pierce our hardened hearts and awaken our moribound souls." R.C. Sproul

Posted via email from billcockrell's posterous

Sunday, June 06, 2010

How Being Saved by Grace Frees Us to Share the Gospel

Tim Keller, /Gospel in Life: Grace Changes Everything/
,
p. 201

The gospel produces a constellation of traits in us:

1. We are compelled to share the gospel out of /love/.
2. We are /freed from the fear/ of being ridiculed or hurt by others,
since we already have the favor of God by grace.
3. There is a /humility/ in our dealings with others, because we know
we are saved only by grace, not because of our superior insight or
character.
4. We are /hopeful /about anyone, even the “hard cases,” because we
were saved only because of grace ourselves.
5. We are /courteous and careful/ with people. We don’t have to push
or coerce them, for it is God’s grace that opens hearts, not our
eloquence or persistence or even their openness.

Posted via email from billcockrell's posterous

Friday, May 28, 2010

Flip side of the Moon

Flip side of the Moon

G'day Readers;


I wonder how many can surely say they were meaning to do something and they did it a while and then they slowly lose habit or a lack of interest of one day throws the rest of the week off track; anyone dare to say Yes thats me. Well I be the first to say Yes thats me.

How about this, you been meaning to do something such as straighten the bookshelf and you continue to tell yourself day in and day out I am going to do that book shelf and you find yourself in the following month still saying it, well again I be the first to say Yes thats me.

Its annoying and why do we do this to ourselves? We find time to do things such as chatting to other people but less time spending it with our own family or doing those things we keep telling ourselves we need to do.


I am not gonna apologize for not writing sooner cause if you know me well I do it often and hey you may like suprises anyway, some people do anyway lol.


As some of you read my facebook I went to the doctor the other day as I had this sore throat and it feels like a marble on the left side of my throat when I swallow and it was getting painful; any how the doctor gave me some antibotics and I am hoping that it will go away soon. Otherwise I am doing well,please keep me in your prayers; Also in other medical news I am going to the eye doctor to get my eyes checked this coming Saturday; I am so looking forward to that as I am sick of not seeing well espically I like working with my hands making things and plus I find it useful as to reading too and typing this lol.


Today has been reasonable, we had our electricity turned off for a short period as they were changing the overhead lines and making the lines go underground instead, doesn't bother me much where they are as long as we got electricity.


I went to the Christian bookstore the other day and got the book I wanted for twenty dollars, it was based on the movie “Fireproof” if you haven't seen it I strongly suggest you do anyway the book was called the Love Dare and its a devotion for couples but recommend singles read it too as you can get some good wisdom ahead of time. I said to my eldest stepson now I get about three more books and I be happy and He said Yeah until some writers write more books that you like then you will have to get more; and I said yeah he is right about that. By the way if someone wants to donate some free Christian books that you don't want or got more than one copy,let me know what it is.

Well I watch Biggest Loser and Dr.Oz this morning; man Bob got all emotional this morning about losing some of his people to Jillian Michaels, as they were dividing teams to Blue (Bob) and Black(Jillian), what bothered me is that the young man and his dad got seperated as the young man trying to lose weight to keep his dad in, this last time the dad lost seven pounds which was good that kept them both safe and they have been lucky as they have been below the yellow line several times,but other members have kept them in. Anyway the Brown team have been seperated now so will be interested how that is going to turn out.

DoctorOz shows all kinds of medical stuff and helpful information, from Weight Loss,Diabetes, Tattoo removal and food poisoning; my youngest stepson came over and chatted to me some and saw what I was watching and He said that seems to be all that Dr. talks about is poisoning, and I said well if you ate American foods at a Fastfood place you are likely once or twice to get food poisoning, I have been there, no fun at all.

I am still going to church and enjoying and this time I stayed in longer and had a cup of tea (not coffee) and the Pastor said I look like I am been more relaxed than before; talking about the depression I have been going through. Sunday night was good to see a friend preaching,I also got a CD of him as I have always enjoyed listening to him since I met him at Grace Thelogical College a few years back when listening to his teaching.


The weather here has been a bit crazy, Sunny,Wet,Damp and Dry (what I always say the weather is going to be when someone ask what the weather gonna do) It would rain for five to twenty minutes then sunshine then back again; anyway its Autumn(Fall) here anyway so can't complain really. I love the green here its absolutely beautiful year around.This evening we had a beautiful sunset,I took a picture of it with my cellphone


Ok I suppose some of you are wondering why I named this Blog “Flip side of the Moon” well this side of the Moon is not what I am used too, its funny to miss something like a moon reflection you have grown to stare at over the years, but I think its amazing that I have the chance to see more of the moon so thats it for now until next time ~ God Bless

Posted via email from billcockrell's posterous

Thursday, May 06, 2010

New Thoughts/Beginnings

New Thoughts/Beginnings


I can begin to see how important getting better is for me and for my family's sake because they do care for me more than I realized and allowed myself to realize wholeheartly (through negative past hurts).


I also realize that some people from church do care about my health & wellbeing; Not all people from church might but I don't have to accept any negative stuff from anyone, and can lean on those who uplifts me and does care. I can walk away from anyone who might make a negative remark, or know it's just their opinion and that we all are entitled to them.


I know that _I am_ capable to make schedules and stick by them, yes I accept that there will sometimes be interruptions in life that will knock my schedule to the ditch BUT that's Life and its not a constant thing and if it is it will only make me stronger as I can learn to adapt to those situations; I have that control.


I know now that I can regulate my sleeping habits, I can control when I awake or go to sleep. And realize how important sleep is; and also that I can get up with my wife and have breakfast with her or even make breakfast some mornings.


I know the importance of taking my medications on time and staying up to date with it, and calling the chemist and getting my prescriptions, and also the Chemist knows me by name and greets me with a smile.


I know I am in control of my Physical and Mental wellbeing and there is nothing wrong in asking for help from others.


Yes I can do things as working with wood, making jewellery or even writing a blog or talking with a friend on the internet, Yes others might can do the same as me but this isn't about them its about what Billy Cockrell can do and is capable of doing; and if don't know how; find out how from online or personal friends.


I can manage and or limit my time in doing things if it becomes too much.


I can manage or limit myself in any situation such as church and other activities, taking it one step at a time; one foot in front of the other one. Or as my youngest stepson says keep my chin up.


I realize the past is the past but sometimes it will bring up its ugly head in situations I am in or whatever, but I can get through it and I have family and friends as backup to help me through it; if I open up and tell them.


I will remember that not all people are alike, they might have similarities but they are not the same person and also over years people can change; just like I did over time, and also just because someone might be rude to me doesn't mean I have to be rude back or let them control my emotions.


I realize I might be partially deaf in both ears, have crooked legs or can't do certain things normal people might can but I CAN do things that Some People cannot do. I have Great Support !!


I am in control of Billy Cockrell, I am Billy Cockrell,noone can hurt me or ruin me unless I allow it to happen, which I ain't. I am loved by many, I can do great things, and I know that I can get through it all !

That's my New Beginning and Never Ending !!

Bill Cockrell

Posted via email from billcockrell's posterous

Monday, May 03, 2010

Midnight Monday

Howdy Everyone;

Its midnight here and I am really depressed, I keep telling myself to do this schedule thing, it goes over and over and over in my head daily and constantly no wonder I get a headache and want to sleep its annoying, some people say just do it, it isnt that easy, also I supposed to record on my cellphone positive things about myself or think rationally - bleh - I am sorry I haven’t kept up my writing. I also deleted the info about me and family as there is so much crud going around about being safe from internet losers that have nothing better to do than to hack and etc. Really stupid if you ask me. And plus people get all nervous about sharing info on the computer and where ya live. Ok I admit I might be stupid in this area but heck if ya that nervous about sharing why don’t ya dig yaself a cave in the middle of nowhere and hide there, I mean if people want to know anything about ya they just ask people that you come in contact with, like who is that person and etc, word is easy to get out and if its anything like Texas it will get about. Anyway I been so sick of all this internet No No that I am just about ready to shut everything down that I have including facebook,myspace and even my blogs.

Well I guess I go to bed so I get some sleep and dream this cottin pickin schedule =[

I dont like it one bit but I know it will help me get better blah blah blah blah - Yeah Negative thoughts !! =P oh Goodnight who cares !!

~Bill <---- who knows my name might be Mickey go unlucky lol

Posted via email from billcockrell's posterous

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday ( Anzac Day )

Sunday ( Anzac Day )

Hi Everyone;

Now for those who doesn't know what Anzac Day is I suggest you Google it so you learn something new. Come on it won't hurt you.

Delwyn made us breakfast this morning before we hurried off to church, We decided to sit in the back row on my behalf for now until I am comfortable and can cope with being around people.

Anyway Peter Boyd came and talked with me some and told me to relax, He being encouranging me by email and face to face, He always been nice to me from the very start; I appreciate him.

Also my friend Collin came up and talked with me some and about the funeral he went too, and I told him about my friend Nate's granny having cancer and if he could keep her in prayer and He said he would, He is a nice guy. Later as the church was filling up, a lady took a chair from the front of me and took it elsewhere and the Associate Pastor Peter Reynolds who sit in front asked where the chair go when he sit down next to where it was taken away and his wife told him what had happen then I tapped him on the shoulder and said don't worry I can fill that spot and streached my legs out as I have long legs and he chuckled; Him and Margaret his wife are nice people too. I sometimes give him a hard time about being an ex Baptist and how he betrayed us Baptist brothers lol.

The pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church; Peter Boyd preached from Hebrews 4:1-13 “ Reaching God's Rest ( Sermon Title) Thanks to my wife keeping notes I will share them with you.


~ In a fallen world where sin has so ravished everything,it is hard to find rest conflicts continue,out in the world or inside each of us.

In rest there is the idea of future hope for human destroya rest that the human heart yearns for.

We are called to be anchored in Jesus Christ so we are not drifting.

/*Heb 3:10,11 but this rest is God's rest - Heb 4:3-5 */

After creation God rested on the 7^th day – A sabbath day of rest. This establishs a principle in human history. This is to tell us something about the future,the idea of rest for God was not to sit and do nothing.God stopped from his labour and was satisfied & and enjoyed a work well done. Resting after a day of labour is satisfying. God was willing to bring the people of Israel into rest but by their disobedience they forfeited that rest.

There is also a Great Rest to come. Rest reminds us of this great rest to come; a taste and reminder of what is to come. The Israelites missed out of the rest of the Promise Land.

Numbers 14: Joshua & Caleb told the people God would not let them enter the land.

After 40 years when the people came back Joshua led them into the land.Hebrew 4:8 However Joshua couldn't give them complete rest. Only God in the future can give us rest.Our eternal rest is given to us by God because of what God has done for us in the Lord Jesus Christ, On Sunday ,the Lord's day we rest from the labours of 6 days, and look forward to our eternal rest & wishes we will go with that rest earned for us by the death of Jesus Christ.

Sunday is a grace worship that some of us fall away. We are called to avoid the conditions of heart that causes us to turn away.

To examine our hearts, and ask if we are the true believer of Jesus Christ and true inside where only Jesus sees.

Hi Everyone;

Now for those who doesn't know what Anzac Day is I suggest you Google it so you learn something new. Come on it won't hurt you.

Delwyn made us breakfast this morning before we hurried off to church, We decided to sit in the back row on my behalf for now until I am comfortable and can cope with being around people.

Anyway Peter Boyd came and talked with me some and told me to relax, He being encouranging me by email and face to face, He always been nice to me from the very start; I appreciate him.

Also my friend Collin came up and talked with me some and about the funeral he went too, and I told him about my friend Nate's granny having cancer and if he could keep her in prayer and He said he would, He is a nice guy. Later as the church was filling up, a lady took a chair from the front of me and took it elsewhere and the Associate Pastor Peter Reynolds who sit in front asked where the chair go when he sit down next to where it was taken away and his wife told him what had happen then I tapped him on the shoulder and said don't worry I can fill that spot and streached my legs out as I have long legs and he chuckled; Him and Margaret his wife are nice people too. I sometimes give him a hard time about being an ex Baptist and how he betrayed us Baptist brothers lol.

The pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church; Peter Boyd preached from Hebrews 4:1-13 “ Reaching God's Rest ( Sermon Title) Thanks to my wife keeping notes I will share them with you.


~ In a fallen world where sin has so ravished everything,it is hard to find rest conflicts continue,out in the world or inside each of us.

In rest there is the idea of future hope for human destroya rest that the human heart yearns for.

We are called to be anchored in Jesus Christ so we are not drifting.

Heb 3:10,11 but this rest is God's rest - Heb 4:3-5

After creation God rested on the 7th day – A sabbath day of rest. The gospel of this is that there is a day of rest.This establishs a principle in human history. This is to tell us something about the future,the idea of rest for God was not to sit and do nothing.God stopped from his labour and was satisfied & and enjoyed a work well done. Resting after a day of labour is satisfying. God was willing to bring the people of Israel into rest but by their disobedience they forfeited that rest.

There is also a Great Rest to come. Rest reminds us of this great rest to come; a taste and reminder of what is to come. The Israelites missed out of the rest of the Promise Land.

Numbers 14: Joshua & Caleb told the people God would not let them enter the land.

After 40 years when the people came back Joshua led them into the land.Hebrew 4:8 However Joshua couldn't give them complete rest. Only God in the future can give us rest.Our eternal rest is given to us by God because of what God has done for us in the Lord Jesus Christ, On Sunday ,the Lord's day we rest from the labours of 6 days, and look forward to our eternal rest & wishes we will go with that rest earned for us by the death of Jesus Christ.

Sunday is a grace worship that some of us fall away. We are called to avoid the conditions of heart that causes us to turn away.

To examine our hearts, and ask if we are the true believer of Jesus Christ and true inside where only Jesus sees.

We are called to walk by faith and not by sight; To look beyond what our eyes see to what God has for us.

Make every effort. Heb 4:11

It is a command effect Heb. 3:13. Encourage one another.
I thought this was a good sermon to share with you guys, anyway after church service there was a Church luncheon but I didn't feel comfortable about staying and told my wife Delwyn that I was sorry for being a pain and she said Its ok, I want you to get well, your more important. (Ain't she a sweetheart.)

So we came home and had ham & cheese sandwiches and coffee. Later there was a racket outside and Jazz came home from church and said that the Sikhs were having a parade down our street down into town; and for those who watched them at the end of the road gets snacks and etc; so Me to my curosity had to see this for the first time and take pictures, so we got drinks,snacks and apples; and I thought that was nice of them lol and then we came back to the house and I asked what do they believe? So Allan quickly got on google and read what they had; a bunch of interesting stuff.

Then later Delwyn went to her mums for a while and I got on the computer and chatted with friends, later she left and went to church and I decided to stay home, later Jazz got to talking about Calorie Counter and then we got to talking about Calories then from one subject to another then I looked on Sparkpeople the group I used to belong to, then we got to talking about exercise stuff and we did measurements and weighing and etc. then I said something about the exercise ball they had at The Warehouse; and she said we should go and check it out so Jazz,Allan and myself jumped in the car and ran down to The Warehouse and I bought me a ball, and they got themselves a soccerball. Then we looked at the bicycles and got to talking and I said I don't know if any of those helments fit my big head then I saw that you can adjust them and I thought cool, so its a possibilty in the future around Christmas I may have a new bike and Helment and etc; I think it be cool to ride a bike again I can't remember the last time I rode one. Lol

Then we headed home and I said I hope we beat Delwyn back home cause she would get worried about us, but we got home in plenty of time.

When we got home we looked about trying to air up the excersise ball but we didn't think we had the right pump so I went to Bryan and asked him if he had his pump available but it wasn't in the house but in the storage shed, so we decided to wait until Morning.

Delwyn arrived home and Jazz and Allan made Tea once again, it was the same as the night before, still just as good, not leftovers but they cooked up the same meal.

I got on the computer doing some searching and looking at Cockrell family history for a friend so I can send it to her, beginning to think I am not good at this like my wife is.

Then we talked and watched some television then decided to go to bed.

So thats it for Sunday. To all the Fallen Heros & Heros that remain;Thank You for my freedom and those I love deeply. Oh and Thank you Sihks for my Treats.

Posted via email from billcockrell's posterous

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Saturday's spotlight

G’day Everyone;

Got up this morning;my wife made some breakfast for us both then we decided that we weould go to Spotlight and another place that has yarn and craft stuff, I wanted to get some necklace fasterners and Delwyn wanted to get some yarn; so we went into Manukau City for that. We spent a good time looking at all the different stuff.

As we were walking around in Spotlight Allan text me and asked where we were and I told him and he said his usual ” K ” reply lol.Later after coming out of Spotlight; Delwyn and I decided to get a bite to eat for lunch and decided on McDonalds next door to Spotlight after we left there Allan text again and was wondering when we were coming home, Delwyn said tell him 10 minutes but I misinterpeted and said 30 minutes but anyway we got there less than 10 minutes and then I rushed in and told the others we were ready, then we all got back in to go grocery shopping, we did our shopping then came back home and I was exausted and a bit jiggly because we were around alot of people but I manage well.

I did some Jewellry and Delwyn showing them off to Kylee & Bryan next door; Kylee and her family is making some nice Jewellry as well. Anyway it was nice to do some of the jewellry until I got stuck on one and decided to quit it for a while and got on the computer.

Jaz went out the door to the games at church and played turbo touch and other games of fitness; when she returned home she was red in the face and seem exausted; and she told me what she had been doing and told me about the kids telling her she better come to church tomorrow and was giving her hugs so she said she would. I thought that was nice of the kids.

Later Delwyn and Jazz went to the Church concert in different cars and when they returned I asked Delwyn how it went and she said it was ok; while they were out me and Allan stayed home and did things on the computers.

Everyone was home and Jazz and Allan made Tea which was very nice. Ham Steaks,onions Mashed Potatoes and carrots. Then we watch a movie until close to 12 midnight, Delwyn had went to bed earlier and then I decided I couldn’t stay awake to watch it and plus I needed to get sleep so I went on to bed.

I read a magazine I bought until i had enough then crashed off to sleep.

Posted via email from billcockrell's posterous