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The Retro Jigsaw Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 07 March 2016 12:59

THE RETRO JIGSAW

I love jigsaws. I love all things retro. And I love comic book characters. Put all this together and you get one of the best birthday presents for a 50 year old man, like me. That is, a 1000 piece Superman Retro Jigsaw. The givers shall remain nameless, except to say they shall gain a great reward in heaven for their brilliant prezzie Smile. As I sat on the couch caressing my beautiful jigsaw box, thinking about the pleasure of putting it together, I thought "this is one of the things that marks me out as being different". You see, not everyone (and why ever not?!?), likes jigsaws. Not everyone likes retro stuff or comic book characters. We are all different in different ways, because God has made us that way. And yet God also calls His own followers to be DIFFERENT from the world and the trends in society which ridicule Christian faith, scoff at the Bible, and demand tolerance of every idea and philosophy. Jesus was not tolerant in this regard; he was intolerant of false teaching, of hypocrisy, of religion, of nor caring for the poor and marginalised, of sin. Jesus was very DIFFERENT; he warned about God's judgment on sin, and yet forgave the worst sinner who came to him asking forgiveness. I want to be DIFFERENT like Jesus.

 
Dare To Be Different Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 22 February 2016 14:46

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

We're starting a new teaching series under this title, so meditate on Romans ch 12 v 2 and see what comes to mind. We're all different and unique. There is no-one quite like you in the whole of human history, and that's because God creates in a bespoke way. No massed produced identical items, each person is hand crafted by the Creator and the design blueprint discarded afterwards. What makes you, you? Who are you? What is your personality mix like? What do you like, and dislike? What music are you into, or not? Are you sporty? Geeky? Posh? Do you love animals? Cats? Dogs? Iguanas? The one thing you can be sure about is that God has made you unique, that He loves your uniqueness, and that He wants to be friends with you. SO don't let the world squeeze you into its mould. Dare to be yourself. Dare to be different.

 
Wonderfully Made Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 15:19

WONDERFULLY MADE

We had a great craft night at church, taking care to create Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Bookmarks. It was fun to see everyone have a go, and give it their best shot; some of the Christmas Card designs....erm....well let's say there were some intersting abstract designs! At the end of the night we looked at the verse in the Psalms, which said that "we are fearfully and wonderfully made". God is the master craftsman who has made us in His image, and has taken such care. We are so special to Him that He sent His Son Jesus to this earth, to show us how to live the best life possible. And Jesus died for our sins so that if we believe in Him we will receive His Spirit and be able to fulfil our great potential. 

"Rejoice the Lord is King"

 
Shoe Boxes And Goats At Christmas Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 12 October 2015 12:44

SHOE BOXES AND GOATS AT CHRISTMAS

As Christmas paraphenalia begins to appear on supermarket shelves, I've come to the conclusion "if you can't beat them join them". So here's my Chrstmas appeal..... If you are wondering what to buy for Christmas, how about a shoe box or a goat?! Blythswood Care (www.blythswood.org) collects shoe boxes filled with simple Christmas goodies, and sends them to people in need in Europe, Africa and Asia. Imagine the face of an orphaned child in Romania light up as they open a Christmas box sent from someone in Scotland, knowing that someone so far away is showing love to a fellow human being. What an impact that can have upon someone's heart! Or how about buying a goat (£22) for a widow in Cambodia to provide nourishment for her children, and a little income for years to come? Or buy a chicken for only £4 for poor families in Zambia? You can do this, and many other wonderful things, through Christian Aid (www.presentaid.org). 

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these....you did for me"  (Mat 25)

 

 
Habakkuk's Prayer Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:17

HABAKKUK'S PRAYER

"Lord I have heard of your fame. I stand in awe of your deeds O Lord. Renew them in our day. In our time make them known. In wrath remember mercy." (Hab 3 v 2)

This is the prayer of Habakkuk which I am praying over and over as I walk around the church hall. It is a powerful prayer, full of meaning, 5 short sentences to meditate upon. A cry for God to come to our nation, to our church, to our workplace, to our family. Even though we deserve wrath because of our sin, we look for God's mercy to forgive and restore. What do you hear from the words of this prayer?

 
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