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Our Deepest Fear Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:39

OUR DEEPEST FEAR

I love this quote which was used in the movie Coach Carter, and expressed by a young guy from a rough neighbourhood who had been put down all his life. His coach who was trying to help him kept asking him the question "young man, what is your greatest fear?" and eventually he replied......

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”      (A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson)

Jesus said "I have come to give you life, and life more abundant"



 
80,000 Hours Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Friday, 12 June 2015 10:47

80,000 HOURS

Here is something I discovered all by myself.... If you live your adult life for 50 years, then you have 438,000 hours at your disposal. If you subtract sleeping (8 hrs daily), working (8 hrs Monday to Friday), eating (2hrs daily), TV (1.5hrs), family time (1hr), washing (0.5hrs), Bible devotions (0.5hrs), exercising (0.5hrs), church attendance (2hrs wkly), then you are left with 81,300 hours. 

Suppose you write a novel (460hrs), learn a foreign language (360hrs), learn guitar (200hrs), fly round the world (90hrs), learn to drive (70hrs), drive across the USA (60hrs) and read through the whole Bible (60hrs). You still have 80,000 hours left!!!!!

Stop a moment and let that sink in. Having done all the above in your adult life, you still have 80,000 hours to do with as you please. And you say you don't have enough time.......

 
Passing Your Exams Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 14:50

PASSING YOUR EXAMS

I'm so thankful I'm not sitting any exams any more, although in a peculiar way I actually enjoyed it. I was interested to see how much I really knew and the exam results showed that in glorious technicoloured success or failure. God bless all those sitting exams just now! Some think they know more than they do, and some know more than they think they do. One thing is for sure and that is the final marks don't lie, even in the marking of the more subjective subjects like English writing where the examiner's mark stands.

I wonder if we were marked on our performance not in Mathematics but in parenting, or in employment relations, or in our handling of finances, or television viewing, or in other areas of life, how would we fare? And of course WHO could be relied upon to give an honest and fair mark? Each marker would surely mark differently according to their own prejudices. Unsurprisingly the answer is, as it often is in Christian circles, God! Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life" and He is the one we should aim to please. I wonder how I'm doing so far?? 

 
The Power Of Words Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:11

THE POWER OF WORDS

After the Election you would be forgiven if you never want to hear another speech again. Words, words, words coming at us from every angle. Words that inspire, words that annoy, words that build up, words that destroy (hey that rhymes!).What is certain is that words have power; for good or bad. Speak harshly to a dog or speak lovingly and see the difference (it's all in the tail). People may have spoken harshly to you and destroyed your confidence or stolen your hope. For you, hear the words of someone who loves you forever, God the Father:

"Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name, you are mine.....you are precious and honoured in my sight.....I love you" (Isaiah 43)

 
Victory In The World Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 11 May 2015 13:27

VICTORY IN THE WORLD

On 8th May the nation celebrated VE Day and rightly so; 70 years since that wonderful day when peace was secured for Europe. Unfortunately as we know our world has faced many wars since then, and a quick search on www.warsintheworld.com outlines the current conflicts including those in Central African Republic, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and Macedonia.

Why do people war in this way? The Bible as always has the answer: "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?" (James 4 v 1). And will there ever be peace in our world? The Bible once again: "You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen but the end is still to come" (Matthew 24 v 6). Only at the end of the world when Jesus Christ returns will he establish peace on the earth. He triumphed over death and hell, when he rose up from the dead after his sacrifice for sin on the cross. His VICTORY is an eternal one covering the whole world, and to be celebrated for ever!

 
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