Sunday, 30 June 2013

“Look to Jesus” by Charles Spurgeon

“Look to Jesus” by Charles Spurgeon:
“Looking unto Jesus.” –Hebrews 12:2
“It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.
He insinuates, ‘Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.’
All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that ‘Christ is all in all.’
Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits.
Therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.
We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by ‘looking unto Jesus.’
Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at night look to Him.
Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.
‘My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesu’s blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesu’s name.’”
–Charles Spurgeon, “June 28 –  Morning” in Morning and Evening (Geanies House, Fearn, Scotland, UK: Christian Focus, 1994),  378.
[HT: Nick Gardner]

Monday, 17 June 2013

Char siu pork belly


From SBS.

Char siu pork belly: Char siu pork bellyResting time 10 minutes
Marinating time Overnight

Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, sugar, garlic and five-spice powder in a non-reactive bowl. Add pork belly, toss to coat, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to marinate.

Preheat oven to 160°C. Drain pork belly pieces, discarding marinade, and place in a deep roasting pan. Season with salt and drizzle with half the honey. Roast for 40 minutes, then turn pork over, season with salt and drizzle over remaining honey. Roast for a further 40 minutes or until pork is cooked through and is sticky and charred. Remove from oven, loosely cover with foil and set aside for 10 minutes to rest. Cut into thick pieces and serve immediately with steamed gai lan and oyster sauce.

SBS cook’s notes
temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection),
reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and
cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals
250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly
packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. |
All eggs are 55–60 g, unless specified.

As seen in Feast magazine, Issue 22, pg 49.

Photography by Chris Chen

useful stuff about mundane important things.

This is from a blog by Eric Barker.

What 3 tricks will get people (including yourself) to do things right?:

do things right

What does it take to get people to do things right?

It’s an important question.
And the answer is not as hard as you might think.
But as you’ll see, a lot of people had to die before someone realized what works.

1) Make a checklist

I’ve posted before about the power of checklists and Atul Gawande’s excellent book on the subject.
We’re all prone to simple errors.
And in some fields these errors are quite costly. In medicine, people can die:
Via The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing:
Peter Pronovost is an anesthesiologist and critical-care specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Pronovost had noticed that about forty thousand people in the United States died each year from infections caused by central line catheters— intravenous tubes placed in patients as part of their treatment. These deaths typically showed up as “complications” from surgery, but were completely preventable. Yet the number of people dying from these infections was equal to the number of women dying from breast cancer each year.
Checklists are powerful for straightforward tasks like this — but only if people use them.
How often did doctors use them after Pronovost put them together?
The compliance rate was only 38%.
Thirty-eight percent.
That’s what happens when you ask very smart people to do something that saves lives.
What hope is there for less intelligent people on average tasks?
So how do you implement a checklist so that people actually use it?

2) Make it easy to comply through preparation

Pronovost put all the required elements for the checklist activities in to one accessible place.
Boom — compliance rose to 70%.
Via The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing:
He quickly realized that a major part of the problem was that the supplies were scattered in different places, requiring doctors and nurses to gather gloves, masks, drapes, and tubes from various locations. He created a “central line cart” so that everything a doctor would need was readily available in one place. Compliance rose to 70 percent…
But 70% isn’t 100% — and in this case we’re talking about human lives.
What does it take to get people to do things right — all the time?

3) Put someone in charge of compliance

You get lazy. You get overconfident in your abilities. Lists can seem demeaning, like you’re second guessing yourself.
So even when there’s a list and it’s easy to use, you can ignore it.
How do you overcome this?
Reminders are powerful.
And something in charge of reminding you — whether it’s a person or an alarm on your phone — can make all the difference.
Via The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing:
He had no doubt that the doctors wanted to take excellent care of their patients and that they could readily enumerate the items on the checklist if asked. The problem was that the physicians simply didn’t focus on the mundane tasks. So Pronovost took the unusual step of placing the nurses in charge of compliance. Hospitals, like many other organizations, are hierarchical, and doctors are at the top of the heap. But Pronovost sat down with the staff and explained what he was trying to achieve and why it was so important. At first, the doctors saw it as an effort to undermine their authority, while the nurses worried that it would open them up to criticism. But Pronovost convinced all parties to try the new approach. Within a year, the rate of infection dropped nearly to zero. 

So what do you do now?

  1. Make a checklist.
  2. Put everything needed to execute it in one place ahead of time.
  3. Make sure you have a reminder — someone or something to bug you.
If it can save lives, it can certainly make a difference in your life.
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Monday, 3 June 2013

Good news

My good friend Macca is a good friend.

Now read on:

Good news:
I’ve been overwhelmed by the encouragement I’ve received over the past couple of days. Since posting about my wonderful scan results I’ve received so many Facebook, email, phone and face to face greetings. So many have expressed their gratitude to God for his kindness.

On Thursday I was able to speak to the Brumbies after they were presented their jerseys at the Captain’s run. They encouraged me with their enthusiasm for my news. Some shared my thanks to God and others simply expressed what @#%! great news it was. Each in their own way!

I also had the privilege of sharing my news at church yesterday morning. One person tearfully hugged me, saying their family had prayed for me every day of the past eighteen months. This is very humbling. I didn’t deserve it, but so many have pleaded with God for my healing. One little boy was so excited to hear my news that he’d told his school principal! Some hugged me so strongly I was worried my weak lung might cave in!

Last night I spoke of my excellent medical outcomes again. I was introduced with the words: ‘Macca has some great news to tell us.’ It hit me that I should share the best news I have. So I did. I spoke of the news that around 2000 years ago, Jesus died by crucifixion and then rose from the dead, so that all who trust him could have hope of new life for eternity. This is by far the greatest news. And then I spoke of my scan results, and people clapped.

Let me remind you that my hope is not ultimately in NED or remission or cure. My hope is beyond cure. It’s in the news that matters most:
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NIV)

Beach boxes.

Just happiness.