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  • Andrew Mercer 4:47 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    wandering in the wilderness 

    In our Christian walk we sometimes feel isolated and disconnected from God. Sometimes it is just a dry season, a winter in our faith, rather than a spring-time of refreshing.

    However, many are the times when it is not a season of our life, but a time when we are walking in a wilderness, seemingly devoid of the presence of God. What we need to realise is that the wilderness is not limitless and unending but temporary and that God has provided the way for us to make a speedy exit.

    Two instances, one in each testament, clearly indicate how we can make our exit, or how we maintain our wandering in the wilderness.

    The first, in the Old Testament sees the nation of Israel wandering for forty years due to the inability of 10 men to believe the promises of God and obey Him when He set the future path for the nation.

    Contrast this to Jesus in the New Testament as He went through the wilderness for forty days. His journey through the wilderness came to an end after He was obedient to His Father in every teat that HE faced.

    Forty years or forty days – if it wasn’t for the disobedience and lack of faith of the 10 spies, Israel’s time in the wilderness would have been massively reduced. They paid a high price for their disobedience.

    Lord, I want to be obedient.

    • Bruce 6:25 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great to read your thoughts Andrew. And when I say keep it up I mean that in the most non-pressurised way possible 🙂

  • Andrew Mercer 9:01 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    which web browser are you 

    Here is an interesting table highlighting speed performance of browsers IE8, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera.

    What becomes most interesting is that the weakest performer, IE8 and it’s older siblings, is still the one that most people use. The fastest, Chrome, still has a small share of browser users. So why has IE8 still got the greater percentage of users? Is it ignorance or apathy, because clearly all others are way faster, others (Firefox & Safari) are more secure and there is less bloat on IE8’s competitors. Clearly Firefox is gaining on IE8, and in some statistical surveys, has surpassed it in market share.

    I am amazed by some people who wouldn’t even consider trying other browsers for no apparent reason than they have been using various versions if IE since Netscape’s Navigator met its demise. For me security and speed are the key factors in determining my browser of choice, closely followed by a substantial set of features.

    My browsers of choice are Safari (Mac OSX) and Firefox 3.5 when I’m running Linux or Windows. What are yours?


    • Bruce 6:19 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Surprised at Chrome. Do they have a MacOSX version of that these days?

      I use FF, mainly out of habit as Safari has improved a lot over the past couple of updates IMO.

      IE = evidence of computer illiteracy epidemic

    • Andrew Mercer 6:35 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      No Chrome for Mac OSX yet. Originally it was pretty buggy

  • Andrew Mercer 6:57 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    how long should technology last 

    Tomorrow, our new oven arrives, less than three years after our current one was installed. The old one could have been repaired, if the manufacturer, Nobel, didn’t go bust. Unfortunately for the Mercer’s they did and we have shelled out some unexpected cash for a new one.

    Do you buy European, or “Aussie made”? It seems Aussie made is a misnomer as all these modern whitegoods are manufactured in Europe, with their cheaper, more price sensitive cousins made in South East Asia. Buying Aussie no longer guarantees accessibility to parts in the future. Price, likewise doesn’t promise long-life and customer support as the demise of Kleenmaid proved.

    Therefore are we being greedy or unrealistic to expect major household appliances to last upwards of ten years? I don’t think so. My parents’ generation were used to changing the fridges, stoves, ovens etc after 15 or 20 years – not barely 2.5 years. Are we so used to purchasing extended warranties that tacitly we expect our new purchases to break down within five years?

    It feels like we now have accepted mediocrity as a standard to aspire towards, rather than excellence. As consumers we have lost our voice, but do we have any power to convince the manufacturers to build better. Have we confused the rapid technological advances in some areas as the reason why all products need to be constantly upgraded?

    To me, certain appliances that don’t evolve rapidly still should have a long life – at least ten years.

    Here’s hoping our new oven exceeds my hopes.

  • Andrew Mercer 10:18 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    to tweet, or not to tweet, that is a question 

    I was thinking recently that Twitter seems to me a good tool for guys to share their thoughts as it is quick and easy. Facebook status updates come with so much clutter and other info about how people have scored in some game that is meaningless to me. I like Facebook for the status updates, but let’s leave it at that.
    So, what I want to know, is “Am I alone in this world in preferring Twitter to Facebook for the simplicity of the information sharing that it provides.
    Your thoughts please.
    twitter logo

    • windsurfer-sp 4:09 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Twitter to me is a little too "lol, im at the shops" for me too get into.

      Plus the occasional flash game can't hurt.

    • windsurfer-sp 4:10 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      oh windsurfer-sp = Samuel,(the poor) son of Dave.

  • Andrew Mercer 10:17 pm on September 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    everybody wants to go to heaven 

    This is not what you think it is. A great book by David Crowder – dealing with bluegrass, spirituality and death not being the ultimate bummer.

  • Andrew Mercer 11:30 am on September 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    iPhone – is it the best phone? 

    Well, I have had my iPhone for just on two months now, and I can honestly say that’s it is he best phone I have ever had. The Apps store gives access to a huge range of applications from games, utilities and, for importantly for me, great Bible software. The ability to have all types of programs at your disposal, with typical Apple use of use, is so good.

    The only downside of such a great phone, and fantastic iPod, is that both my kids now want one! Teenagers!

    Let them save up their own money.

    What a Great Phone

  • Andrew Mercer 1:48 am on September 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    two great girls 

    There is something really cool seeing your kids grow up and become independent of you. Scary, but at the same time fulfilling as you se them develop as young adults. My two girls are awesome and I am very proud of them. They are a big part of the reason as to why I am a contented man.

  • Andrew Mercer 12:12 pm on September 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    an interesting vp nominee 

    Watching the speech by the Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin was very interesting. I’m thinking, “have they chosen her to woo the Hilary supporters?”, as she made a very impressive speech. She seemed to be a confident and inspirational politician – but who had heard of her.
    By the end of her speech I was thinking “what a great choice”. Move forward a day and the commentators were saying that Sarah Palin won’t garner many of the Hilary supporters because she “is a creationist and pro-life”. What I think are positive and highly commendable beliefs appear to many commentators to be a major liability.
    How far has society fallen when being a creationist and pro-life condems you, despite you being an acknowledged person of integrity and honesty. Regardless of political preferences, surely character should be a benchmark for people.
    As the US presidential race continues, I will be a keen observer of the progress of Sarah Palin. I wish her well.

  • Andrew Mercer 12:30 pm on September 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    smooth worship, awesome praise 

    For the last four months or so, this album has had a mighty work out on my iPod, iPhone and anything else that plays music. Passionate praise, great worship – Jesus is lifted up and His name praised. Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of Revolution, from Equippers Church Auckland. You won’t regret it.
    Best tracks, Revolution, What An Awesome God and I Will Extol.

  • Andrew Mercer 12:45 pm on August 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: general, lifestyle   

    i'm back 

    Well, it’s been two years since I last blogged, but now it’s time for me to share my thoughts to anyone who wants to listen!
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