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Bringing Is Better Than Inviting Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 14:40

BRINGING IS BETTER THAN INVITING

It was Andrew who brought his brother Simon Peter to Jesus; Peter who went on to become a pillar of the church. So what would have happened if ANdrew had instead said to Simon "hey Simon there's a guy called Jesus who might be worth checking out if you want to go?". Simon might have said "thanks but I'm a bit busy with the boat" or "sounds interesting I'll think about it" or "maybe later". Inviting somebody to come to church or whatever, is not nearly as effective as actually BRINGING someone. When Jesus told the story of the banquet that symbolised the Kingdom Of God, initially there were invitations given out (which were rejected). But He upped the ante and told His servants to BRING the people. So don't just INVITE someone to church, arrange to pick them up and BRING them!!

 
What Would Jesus Tweet? Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 02 February 2015 14:17

WHAT WOULD JESUS TWEET?

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The rapid growth in the use of Social Media is well documented, and challenges the church to use it to reach people with the gospel. As the Apostle Paul said "I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some (NLT)"

 
Pursuing God Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:33

GOD IS CHASING US!

I have to confess a sin to you... I watched 10 minutes of The Chase on TV (apologies to all you Chase fans)! It was a moment of weakness during a channel hopping time, but it did spark off a thought. What would it be like to be pursued by someone or something that was intent on catching you? Maybe you've had a dream like that which woke you up in a cold sweat? But do you know that we are pursued by God who is equally intent on catching us?! He wants to apprehend us so that He can bless us, but we are often running from Him. Perhaps we have a wrong idea of God, that the first thing He would do if He caught us would be to punish us or express His disappointment in us. And this is exactly the picture of God which the religious people in Jesus' day had. So Jesus told them a story about a father (representing God) who ran towards His wayward son to embrace Him and bless him. I wonder if the son was tempted to run when he saw his father running towards him? Maybe he thought "crikey I'm going to get a doing" as his father raised his arms, only to discover the warmth of his father's embrace.

God is pursuing you. Don't run like Jonah. Let Him catch you and experience His blessing!

 
Proud To Be A Christian! Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:58

Proud To Be A Christian!

What a great night it was at the Sports Personality Of The Year. The global sporting superstars like Lewis Hamilton and Cristiano Ronaldo were rightly honoured, and of course as a Scot I was proud of Sir Chris Hoy receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Proud too of the memories of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the brilliant Clydesiders. But for me the night belonged to the Invictus competitors; ex military personnel who lost limbs and received terrible injuries, and yet competed together in sporting competition with pride and passion. At that moment I was so proud to be a human being, to witness the human spirit rising above adversity in the way that God has created us to do. And of what else can we be proud? 

Well I am PROUD of being a CHRISTIAN. Society may mock, marginalise or ignore Christians but I am PROUD of the fact that Christians have been at the FOREFRONT of charitable work, abolishing slavery, feeding the poor, caring for the sick, and helping the disadvantged throughout history. I am PROUD that it is CHRISTIANS who have established humanitarian organisations like Tear Fund and Christian Aid and Barnados and 10,000 more. I am PROUD that locally it is CHRISTIANS who have set up the Renfrewshire Foodbank in partnership with the local authorities, and Street Pastors helping those in need throghout the UK.

I am PROUD to be a CHRISTIAN!

 
Stand Up For Jesus Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 08 December 2014 11:03

Stand Up For Jesus

We live in a pagan nation with increasingly pagan values. A pagan is "an irreligious person", which is the vast majority of our politicians, educators and media in Scotland. Our Christian heritage and foundation is being gradually eroded, the consequences of which will become more and more apparent as time goes on. But it is no coincidence that as Christianity has been increasingly marginalised, so there has been a tragic increase in the rates of mental ill health, suicide, divorce, abuse and the like. The Bible is clear that we reap what we sow, and if as a nation we are not sowing the Word Of God into our schools, educational establishments, political processes and wider society, then we will reap destruction.

As Christians what is to be our response? Firstly to pray for God to have mercy upon our blind and proud leaders, and open their eyes to the truth. Secondly to stand up for Jesus and not be afraid, whether in the schools where our children are educated, in our local and national authorities where decisions are made, in our local communities or families. We are called to speak out for truth and campaign for justice, and this can only come through the power of Jesus Christ. Christmas was the coming of the King Of Kings into our world, and look at the difference Jesus made to His society for the better. As Christians we have the same Spirit within us to do the same. Emmanuel. God is with us. 

God bless you all this Christmas time.

 
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