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Jesus My Hero Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:54

Jesus My Hero

I am not ashamed to tell you that Jesus is my hero. He is the most amazing person who has ever lived. He blows everyone else out of the water. Just read about his life, what he did, what he said. Read one of the Biblical gospels and be astounded. He had a clear mission in life. His life was lived for others. He was so straight and true. He spoke the truth and was never afraid. Yet he spoke the truth in love and never squashed people or put people down. When he was honest with people it was for their good; like telling someone they have a disease so they can be cured. He was always supportive of the weak, the marginalised, the poor, those in great need. And in the end this cost him his life, because of the jealousy and unrighteous anger of the religious leaders who just couldn't handle his extravagant love. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the greatest event in human history, and it is because of the person of Jesus that makes it so great. 

"Jesus the name high over all

In hell or earth or sky

Angels and men before it fall

And devils fear and fly"

 
Goodbye Blue Megane Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Friday, 14 March 2014 12:51

Goodbye Blue Megane

My beautiful metallic blue Megane is going to the scrapyard in the sky next week. Sadly it failed its MOT and the cost of repair so it could make the grade was just too much. As I drove home in silence, tenderly caressing the steering wheel for the last time (sorry getting a bit carried away now), I was in a reflective mood. I remembered those skiddy journeys in the snow, the hauling of holiday luggage and 3 bicycles on the back, the challenge of changing a headlight bulb in under an hour (just try it on a Renault, aaargghhh!!), the dodgy handbrake, and nearly 100,000 miles of journeying across the UK. And yet the cost was just too high to let the car live on.

As I drove this one last time I thought about how Jesus did not count the cost as being too high to purchase us. Like my battered Megane, we are not always very pretty, we don't work properly either, we bear the marks of living in this sinful world, and other people might look on us and thing "not worth it, better to get scrapped". But Jesus saw us differently. He saw the gold in us. He saw our true value. And he chose to give his life for us to buy us back from Satan, to give us a new life. And for Jesus the cost of his own life was a price worth paying. Wow!

Goodbye blue Megane, hello new life in Christ! Vroom vroom!! 

 
Ever Get Hungry? Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 17 February 2014 13:22

Ever Get Hungry?

Approximately 850 million people in the world do not get enough to eat, and live with almost constant hunger. Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of starvation, which means by the time you read this blog to the end of this sentence at least 3 people will have died! Within the world that God has created there is more than enough food to feed everybody. There are enough ships and transportation vessels to transport the food to where it is needed. We have the inventions of refridgeration and the likes to ensure the food reaches people in good condition. We have the skills and raw materials to build more transport and warehouses if necessary, and enough people currently employed and looking for employment to carry out these tasks. We have international bodies like the United Nations which can co-ordinate this. In short we have all that we need to feed everyone so that nobody dies.

But we don't.

And we don't because we do not have the WILL to do it. And we do not have the will because we do not CARE enough. And we do not care because we do not LOVE. And we do not love because we do not KNOW GOD.

"Lord when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?" And He will reply "I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me".

May God grant us the grace to love and care and act for those in the greatest need.

 
Come Dine With Me Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 06 January 2014 10:32

Come Dine With Me

Happy New Year! Hope all went well for you over Christmas, and that you followed the advice of one of our dinner guests who said "there are no diets over Christmas"....Amen to that, I'm still working my way through my wife's Aero Mint Cheesecake (which has got to be one of the foods served in heaven surely). Having a meal together is such an important thing to do in any relationship, and I reckon the Mediterranean families have this right in having such long drawn out meals to give as much room as possible for social interaction. In Bible times too this was the way of things, and I've always been fascinated by the number of times Jesus is recorded eating with people. Remember with Zaccheus? Or with the tax collectors and "sinners"? Even with Simon the Pharisee! And in Revelation he says he knocks at the door wanting to come in and "eat with us". In the Old Testament he spreads a table before us, and in the New he is preparing the marriage supper of the Lamb. Even our precious communion service is about eating and drinking. To me all this speaks of Jesus' love of spending quality time with us, enjoying our fellowship, laughing at our jokes, sharing a cup together. Relationship not religion, informal not formal, friendship not acquaintance only. Make time this year to offer hospitality to friends and strangers, but most of all with Jesus Himself. God bless you. 

 
Come They Told Me... Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 December 2013 13:50

Come They Told Me....

As Christmas fast approaches I ask again the question I have often pondered..... Where does a little drummer boy fit in to the Christmas Story?! I understand how the "wise men" are portrayed as bringing gifts to the manger, even though they actually visited Mary and Joseph some time later when they were in a house. But a drummer boy?! Although what with Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus, Reindeer (from Lapland about 6000 miles away), elves and fairies... I suppose a drummer boy isn't so far fetched! But the angels sent from God welcomed the shepherds to come and worship the Lord Jesus who was born to be the Saviour Of The World. And as we at Hopehall have considered the different aspects of worship this month (check the podcasts), we are so blessed because we have discovered the truth about Jesus. And you can too; just find a Bible and read the gospel of Luke and discover for yourself who Jesus is, then pray this prayer "Dear Lord I believe in you, that you are God come to earth to die on the cross for my sins. I ask you to forgive me and come and live within me. I will follow you all the days of my life. Amen." 

 
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