12 Tips for 2014

31/03/2009

by Ken E Murray

I guess we all sense that we are entering unchartered waters this upcoming 2014. There’s precious little good news.

So …here’s 12 smiling tips for 2014 to consider.

1.    Do Not put Yourself into Trouble

"That's what you get for horsin' around!"

“That’s what you get for horsin’ around!”

It is obvious to any casual observer of the news that the world is in bigger trouble than it has has been for a long time. So, there is no value in putting ourselves in a bigger hole of trouble. With a good sense of humour we can reflect upon and learn from our mistakes. There is a spiritual cause for every good effect …as much as there is for every bad effect. Good spiritual causes begin with our thinking, words and actions being in tune with God, our Creator and Saviour. “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.” (Proverbs 26:2-3)

 
2.    Aim for greater heights

We sometimes limit ourselves unnecessarily, when, with our Saviour Jesus Christ helping us through His Holy Spirit within us, we can rise to greater heights than we could have previously imagined. We need to let go …and let God.

All dogs are created, but some reach for greater heights

All dogs are created, but some reach for greater heights

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

 

 

 
 

3.    Stay focussed on your job

True, we should be focussed on giving a genuine day’s work for a genuine day’s pay.

We should be first to arrive at work, and keenly do a diligent job for our employer.

On the ultimate job and focus of our life, we need to keep in mind God’s promise to resurrect us into the Family of God for eternity.

Christ tells us to focus on seeking Christ’s Kingdom to be on this Earth AND set our will in tune with God to develop the mind of Christ with loving faithfulness to God’s laws.   “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ”  (Matthew 6:33)

Focus eye to eye

Focus eye to eye

4.    Exercise to maintain good health

To be in extra good health involves being healthy spiritually, mentally and physically.

To be healthy spiritually we need to draw close to God in prayer, bible study (letting God talk to us), fasting and living by God’s laws and right way of life.

Loving God and loving all human beings is a great way to have excellent mental health.

We can also benefit ourselves with some physical exercise. “For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”  (1 Timothy 4:8)

Chin up and exercise daily

Chin up and exercise daily

5.    Practice loving Family teamwork

We have our blood line physical family to love and serve.

Similarly we have our extended family in the Church and we have our wider family in all mankind.

We have the incredible privilege that God regards us as part of His Family.  “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10)    

 “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;” (Ephesians 3:14-16)

practice loving family teamwork

practice loving family teamwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.    Watch our partner’s back

When trials come we sure find out fast, who our friends are. 

We need to make sure we are the best friend of all.

In good times and bad times, husbands love, respect, and be committed to lovingly caring for our wives tenderly …and wives likewise for your husbands. 

Make sure we tell and show our children how much we love them by loving and encouraging words and actions.

Be a rock of encouragement to our family, fellow Church brethren, and friends.  “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13)  “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17

guard your friends back

guard your friends back

7.   Save for rainy days

Governments are telling people to spend as if there are no tomorrows.

We need to ask ourselves …”who is it that is telling me to spend? 

Is this really sound advice?”

The people that survived the last Great Depression, kept their resources in tact. ‘Cash was king’ …for those who had saved a little of it. 

We need to manage our physical and spiritual resources wisely, making sure that we are keeping “oil in our lamps” (Matthew 25:1-13).   “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her meat in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.  (Proverbs 6:6-8) 

save to shelter from the rainy days

save to shelter from the rainy days

8.   Rest, relax and be refreshed

God’s people are the richest on the face of the earth. Why?

Because, God gives them a holiday every week …and bonus days and weeks throughout the year! 

Imagine if everyone kept the weekly Sabbath day that God commanded us to keep for our own good. 

Imagine if they kept God’s other holy days, like the joyous Feast of Tabernacles.  Married couples would have quality time with each other and their children, at least one day per week.

The Sabbath is a gift from God for rest, relaxation, time to worship God together, and be refreshed spiritually, mentally and physically.    “Speak you also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily My sabbaths you shall keep: for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am the LORD that does sanctify you.  (Exodus 31:13

Notice how the Sabbath is regarded by God as a sign of who God’s people are …the ones who worship the “true God” (1 John 5:20). 

time to rest and refresh

time to rest and refresh

9.    Always give your boss and fellow workers a smile

So many people take their jobs for granted and think their boss owes them a living, when in reality the reverse is true.

If we don’t look after the goose that lays the golden eggs, pretty soon there ain’t no more eggs to collect.

Witness the difficulties in the Governments, bureaucracy, politicians, banks, manufacturing, services and mining industries. 

So many managers and employees have been less than diligent about their work, both in management and on the shop floor, that the whole world is now in serious financial trouble.    “Be you diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds.  

For riches are not for ever: and does the crown endure to every generation?” (Proverbs 27:23-24).  “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;   Not with eye-service, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;”  (Ephesians 6:5-6

If we grasp that we are ambassadors of Christ, working for Christ as our real boss, then it makes it a whole lot easier to be diligent and pleasant to our human boss and those we work with. 

smile and the world smiles with you

smile and the world smiles with you

10.    Nothing is impossible

Many things can seem impossible for us to achieve.  However with God to encourage us and help us to have the courage and bravery to persist we can go on to success and victory. 

Our biggest challenge is to overcome our own self imposed limitations …especially in grasping the calling God gives to be invited into His family, through faith, repentance, baptism and the laying on of hands …and growing in conversion.  “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)  “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37

nothing is impossible

nothing is impossible

11.    Never. Never. Never. Never give in!

Winston Churchill’s greatest speech was reported to be just 6 words in length. We must “never, never, never, never give in!” 

“You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.   (2 Timothy 2:3)  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:38-39

"Never, never, never, never give in!!"

“Never, never, never, never give in!!”

12.    Always be warmly kind hearted to each other

Christ showed us the most incredible example of forgiveness and kindness to us, when He asked the Father to forgive us because we know not what we do. 

He also showed us how to love even those who make themselves our enemies:  “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:44).  Well, since this is the way Jesus wants us to love our enemies …how much more should we love our family and friends as well as those that don’t like us.  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:32)

even love your enemies

even love your enemies

Yes, 2014 is going to be a really wonderful year for you and me, as we put these things into practice.

We have been given such an incredible opportunity to be in God’s family as sons and daughters in His Family (2 Corinthians 6:8).

Peter reminds us of those sure promises of God:

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love (outgoing concern for others).

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:”  (2 Peter 1:4-10)

Hey! …let’s put these tips into action in 2014 …and keep smiling!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Australia from Prince to Pauper

29/03/2009

by Ken E Murray

What on earth is happening to our Australia?

Australia was once the “Lucky Country” and now it is going from Prince to Pauper.

Our richest companies and mines are yours and my God given inheritance.

Now we are selling our birthright for less than a bowl of soup.

In less than 18 months Australia has gone from having reserves of $20 billion and $60 billion in the Future Fund …to begging for loans from China to pay for the $42 billion stimulus package.

Now the government is seeking $200 billion in loans via Government bonds.

That means you and I and our children are going to have a huge $200 billion debt to pay off.

But guess who is buying up our Government Bonds?

China has stepped up its invasion of Australia. It is buying $400 million in Government bonds per week. It is secretly helping to bankroll the Government’s “$42 billion stimulus package” as Friday’s Brisbane Courier Mail pointed out.

“No nation makes a greater espionage effort directed at Australian military and commercial technology than does China”, says Greg Sheridan in this Weekend Australian,

We need to wake up that we are being handcuffed to China politically and financially.

The Weekend Australian has also highlighted how our Government is entangled in Chinese relationships and is becoming a pawn of the Chinese Politburo.

Why is this happening to us? Why are things suddenly going wrong in Australia?

Jesus Christ warned that before the time of the End, prior to His return to this Earth, there would be a change in the World Order.

Jesus spoke of this being “the times of the Gentiles”. Luke 21:24:

“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations:

and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be

fulfilled.”

There is coming a time of Great Tribulation on the Earth and our nation is going into captivity at the hands of the Chinese and Japanese.

One third of our modern Anglo-Saxon Israelite nations are going to die in war. One third are going to die from disease and pestilence …and one third are going to go into captivity or be scattered in hiding.

“A third part of you shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of you: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about you; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.” (Ezekiel 5:12)

Australia is identified as the “land of Sinim” in Isaiah 49:12:

“Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.” (Isaiah 49:12-13) 

Yes, God is going to allow Australia to be overtaken by the Gentile powers of China and Japan, because we have sinned grossly against God and His commandments.

But for you and me there is a way to escape the Tribulation to come.

Ultimately, the good news is that God is going to deliver us out of Tribulation and bondage, when Jesus Christ returns to establish His Government upon this earth.

Meantime, we need to be seeking God while He may be found as we read in Isaiah 55:6-7:

Seek you the LORD while He may be found, call you upon Him while He is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7)

For more information why not ask for your FREE copy of the Good News magazine as well as World News & Prophecy.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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About AAA World Witness

28/03/2009

Ken Murray has been an Australian ordained minister of Jesus Christ, since 1982.

AAA World Witness has been established to assist in the Work of delivering Christ’s Gospel about His soon coming return and the establishment of His Government upon this earth (Isaiah 9:6-7) …and how we need to repent of our sins (Mark 1:15), be baptised and become converted …by developing the mind of Jesus Christ.

 “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end (of this age) will come”. (Matt 24:14)

At the end of this Age of Man’s many governments, under Satan, with all their disastrous consequences of wars, famines, disease, pain, suffering and misery …there will be a 1,000 year Millenium of Christ’s rule and Government on this Earth, of peace, prosperity, health, fulfillment and happiness.

What a wonderful contrast and lesson of enlightenment that will be for all of us.

You can be a son or daughter of God and help in serving millions of people in the Millenial rule of Jesus Christ’s Government on this earth. Daniel 7:18

AAA World Witness is offered freely, as an Australian All Around World Witness …to help people to gain Godly knowledge, understanding, and wisdom …to believe, love and respect God our Father and Jesus Christ His Son and our Lord and Saviour …our soon coming King of Kings.

Loving and believing in the “true God” (1 John 5:20) leads us to faith in God …which leads us to repentance from our sins (1 John 3:4), which is the transgression or breaking of God’s commandments, laws, principles and precepts.

We can then be baptised by immersion, and receive the gift of the power of God’s Holy Spirit within us, by the laying on of hands of one or more of Christ’s ministers. (Acts 2:38)

We then go on in life to live by God’s loving laws and God’s Way of life, to become converted Acts 3:19-21) and to develop the mind of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:5) …in the way we think, speak, and conduct ourselves.

Ultimately, it is God …who by His kindness and grace …will choose to resurrect us (1 Thessalonians 4:16) to eternal life in His Family (Ephesians 3:14-15) as Sons and Daughters of God (2 Corinthians 6:17-18) …when Jesus Christ returns to establish His Government and Kingdom on this Earth.

We can begin to be a Son or Daughter of God, now, in this life (1 John 3-14) if we will only seek God now, “while He may be found” (Isaiah 55:6-8).

As a minister of Jesus Christ, I am available to you at any time, if you wish to contact me.

Ken E Murray …email: aaaken@bigpond.com

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Lent ‘having a Loan of People’?

26/03/2009

by Ken E Murray

You know …if you were to try to tell an Australian: “Pigs fly” …they’d probably look at you with a wise smile and say … “I think you’re having a loan of me.”

Same with Lent. When churches direct people to observe Lent, they’re really ‘having a loan of people’.

Why?  Well …would Jesus observe Lent?  No.  There is no instruction in the Bible, by God, to keep Lent. On the contrary …God has commanded us to keep His Holy Days.

Alexander Hislop, in his book The Two Babylons (1959), explains how Lent was originally part of the pagan rituals of the Chaldeans of Babylon, being 40 days of fasting, leading up to Easter. “Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was . . . Ishtar” (p. 103).

Hislop explains that “the forty days’ abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess” (p. 104). In Egypt a similar 40-day period of abstinence “was held expressly in commemoration of Adonis or Osiris, the great mediatorial god” (p. 105).

How, then, did 40 days’ abstinence come to be associated with a resurrection? Hislop continues: “Among the pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz, which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing” (p. 105).

Tammuz was a chief Babylonian deity and husband of the goddess Ishtar. Worship of Tammuz was so widespread in ancient times that it even spread into Jerusalem. In Ezekiel 8:12-18 God describes that worship and calls it an abomination—something repugnant and disgusting to Him.

The Babylonians held a great festival every spring to celebrate Tammuz’s death and supposed resurrection many centuries before Christ walked the earth (see “The Resurrection Connection” on page 18). Hislop comprehensively documents evidence showing that Lent and Easter’s origins precede the modern Christian holiday by more than 2,000 years!

Hislop cites the fifth-century writings of Cassianus, a Catholic monk of Marseilles, France, on the subject of Lent and Easter’s being a pagan custom, rather than a New Testament observance. “It ought to be known,” the monk stated, “that the observance of the forty days [i.e., the observance of Lent] had no existence, so long as the perfection of that primitive Church remained inviolate” (p. 104).

Sir James Frazer describes Lent and Easter ceremonies entering into the established church: “When we reflect how often the Church has skillfully contrived to plant the seeds of the new faith on the old stock of paganism, we may surmise that the Easter celebration of the dead and risen Christ was grafted upon a similar celebration of the dead and risen Adonis [the Greek name for Tammuz], which . . . was celebrated in Syria at the same season” (The Golden Bough, 1993, p. 345).

This week the Pope and the Roman Curia (inner circle of Cardinals) spend the first part of Lent in their “annual retreat”, together, which concludes this coming Saturday.

Cardinal Arinze told Vatican Radio, at the start of this month. “The first day the priest follows Jesus to encounter God, who must have first place in our life.”

It certainly would be a good move, to heed and follow the words and example of the true Jesus Christ, “who must have first place in our life”. So, just as the true Jesus kept God’s Holy Days and not pagan days, we too, should not observe Lent or Easter.

We should follow Jesus example of keeping Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread.

 “And because he (Herod) saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Passover (Greek: “Pascha”) to bring him forth to the people. (Acts 12:3-4)

Note carefully, that the Greek word “Pascha” means Passover and is connected with the Days of Unleavened Bread. These are the Holy Days that God has commanded us to keep, not Lent and Easter.

 

 

Pope says we shoud be "leavened" but Paul says "unleavened"

Pope says we shoud be "leavened" but Paul says "unleavened"

Referring to this 2009 year that the Roman Catholics have dedicated to the Apostle Paul, the Pope stated on Vatican Radio, 26 February 2008: “Paul experienced in an extraordinary way the power of the grace of God, the grace of the Paschal mystery which Lent itself lives.”

“Pascha” or “Paschal” in the scriptures refers to the Passover and has nothing to do with Lent or Easter, which are of pagan origins. So, it is quite a mystery how the Pope would think to try to syncretise Passover with Lent, when Paul never kept Lent, but he did keep Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. Any connection with Lent and Easter (Ishtar) would have been anathema and an abomination to the Apostle Paul. 

Pope Benedict XVI at Mass in the Basilica of St Sabina, 26 February, also stated: “It is a consciousness that emerges in all his (Paul’s) writings that functioned as an interior ‘leaven’ on which God was able to act to push him forward, toward ever farther frontiers, not only geographical but also spiritual.”

The Apostle Paul would have been horrified to hear those words. Notice how Paul would answer the Pope and explain to him the problems of spiritual “interior leaven” and how we should become spiritually “unleavened”, like Jesus Christ.

Fasting in Lent eating puffed up "leaven"

Fasting in Lent eating puffed up "leaven"

 “Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  Therefore let us keep the feast (of Passover and Unleavened Bread), not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:6-8) 

Paul was inspired to encourage us to keep the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread, following the example of Jesus, our Saviour.

 

 

Jesus broke 'unleavened' bread and gave to His disciples when he kept Passover. Jesus neve kept the pagan based custom of Lent

Jesus broke 'unleavened' bread and gave to His disciples when he kept Passover. Jesus neve kept the pagan based custom of Lent

Contrary to the Pope saying we should have an “interior leaven”, Paul advised us to put away spiritual leaven (sin) and become internally, in mind and spirit “unleavened” (without practicing sin). We are to become spiritually “unleavened as Christ is unleavened”, without practicing sin. 

It’s about time worldly Christianity stopped keeping pagan customs like Lent, which are ‘taking a loan of people’ …and began keeping God’s Holy Days, such as Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. 

 

That’s what we’ll be doing.

How about you?

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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China-Japan Australian Takeaway!

25/03/2009

by Ken E Murray

Time’s up!” proclaimed the headline in the Weekend Australian Financial Review, 21 Feb 2009, p19. “China’s arrival on the corporate scene brings some unprecedented challenges. Chinese investors want board seats, if not direct control. It’s all happening so fast.”

Yes, when I wrote my previous blog “Invasion of Australia Begins” a questioner asked me: “So, what if Chinese investors, want to buy into our richest Australian companies and own some of our best mines. Haven’t we always had overseas investment from Britain, Japan and America?  What does it matter if the Chinese come too?”

The big difference with Chinese investment is that it is not just some ‘private companies’ buying our assets, but it is the Chinese Government itself, buying big chunks of Australia, as well as railway lines and ports, from their huge cash reserves and strong Chinese Yuan. China does not have a history of being a national Ally of Australia, as say, Britain or America.

When a nation such as China owns our ‘turf’ it has its own ready made foothold on our neck.

“Most of the (Chinese) money is coming from companies with ownership structures that can be quickly traced back to the impassive walls of the government complex in Beijing. This is the first time Australia has been dependent on money from a country that has not been a close security ally.” (ibid)

Amazingly, our Prime Minister, who is visiting US President Barack Hussein Obama, at present, is making more statements about how we need Chinese money to deliver us from going into a deep Recession/Depression.

It is one thing for the Australian Government to deal with foreign companies …but it is quite another very difficult thing to try to control another Nation like China buying up Australian turf and our richest strategic mines, full of the best iron ore, coal, copper, zinc and precious metals. How will we stand against that?

It’s like having the ‘Trojan Horse’ planted in Australia as I explained in “Invasion of Australia Begins.

China’s stock of investment was only $3.6 billion in 2005 compared with $51 billion for Japan and $300 billion for the USA. But with foreign investment applications of about $10 billion over the following two years, possibly up to $30 billion last year and now as much as that again in a week, has the fourth wave (China) now become an irresistible force?” (ibid)

Japanese companies are also making bigger forays into ownership of Australia’s best companies, taking advantage of the world financial crisis, with the advantage of the strong Yen, to snap up Australia’s National Foods (Pura Milk, Berri juices, King Island Cheese, etc,) and Dairy Farmers. Kirin, the Japanese takeover company also has a 46% shareholding of Lion Nathan (Tooheys, XXXX, and West End beers).

Meanwhile Japan’s Asahi Beverages has grabbed ownership of Schweppes Australia (Pepsi (licence), Cottees, Solo, Gatorade, and Spring Valley). Japanese Suntory has taken over Frucor (Just Juice, Fresh Up, Baby foods, V drink, Mizone, and Pepsi (licence)).

What is significant about the Japanese investment is that it is being stepped up a notch, at a time when Japan and China, in 2008, have signed a Consular Agreement to co-operate together in economic, trade, social and political spheres.

Jesus prophesied these days that we are currently beginning to experience in Australia and New Zealand as “the times of the Gentiles”:

“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)

If you haven’t noticed already, our modern day Israelite-Anglo-Saxon nations of Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and USA are going into rapid decline and mounting insurmountable national debt.

Meantime, the Gentile nations spoken of in the Bible are beginning to emerge, and are burgeoning into power.

A change of the World Order is occurring before our eyes. Our modern Israelite nations are being rapidly overtaken by the modern Gentile nations of the world.

Why is this happening to our nation of Australia?

Where can you turn for the good news of how Australians can avoid the tragedy ahead?

In a nutshell …here is the reason why Australia is entering the prophesied time of “Jacob’s trouble”:

“Because you served not the LORD your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;

Therefore shall you serve your enemies which the LORD shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until he has destroyed you.

The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies; a nation whose tongue you shall not understand;

A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favour to the young:

And he shall eat the fruit of your cattle, and the fruit of your land, until you be destroyed: which also shall not leave you either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of your kine, or flocks of your sheep, until he has destroyed you.” (Deuteronomy 28:47-51)

Down-under Australia (‘Sinim’ Isaiah 49:12) will rise-above the ‘Great Tribulation’ that it will experience, but not before our people repent of their sins, which is “the transgression of God’s law” (1 John 3:4).

So, why will a Chinese-Japanese national consortium takeover Australia?  Why are we receiving wave after wave of troubles in Australia?  Why hasn’t God intervened in the dual horrific bushfires and floods disasters, debilitating our Nation at the same time?

“Say unto them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11)

It is time for our nation to heed God and to repent of our sins, nationally and personally.

To understand more of what the Bible prophesies for Australia’s future, ask for these FREE booklets: The USA and Britain in Prophecy and Are we living in the Time of the End

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Invasion of Australia Begins!

24/03/2009

by Ken E Murray

Wake up Australia!  We are being invaded!

The battle for Australians to keep ownership of Australia has begun.

Sadly, most Australians are oblivious to what is happening and are more concerned about the recent erratic form of the Australian cricket team than the silent invasion now taking place.

China has taken a leaf out of Greek military annals and has delivered a ‘Trojan Horse’ to Australia. It has opened the hatch and has begun its takeover …not by means of the bullet …not even by a phone call …but by simply waving its Yuan (wand).

“Australians have long accepted that many of our big, familiar companies are owned, or at least controlled, by firms based in London or in New York. Now we need to get used to the idea that a growing number will be run from Beijing. China’s new great leap is happening right now. Here, in Australia.” (China Digs In, The Australian 19/2/2009)

For many years now, the Church of God has been warning about a future alliance of China and Japan, that will eventually move in on Australia, while the other modern Israelite-Anglo-Saxon nations of Britain, Canada and the USA are overtaken by the upcoming European “Beast” Power bloc of nations.

Speaking about the future rise of the Russian-Chinese-Japanese “Gog and Magog” end-time colossus prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39, the February 1963, Plain Truth magazine of the Church, stated: “There is an utter inevitability of the ultimate tie-up between Japan and Red China! The big question is how long China will remain “Red” and survive without a tie up with Japanese capitalism” (Plain Truth, February 1963, p.29)

At the time that article was written Japan and China, were at loggerheads with each other …as they have been for countless centuries,

Not so today!  Last year in 2008 China and Japan signed a Consular Agreement to combine more closely on matters of trade, social, and political interchange. They have even agreed to drop their age old differences and mutually drill and share in the vast natural gas reserves, in the East China Sea.

“Japan and China agreed to jointly develop a disputed natural gas field and cooperate in exploration in the East China Sea, ending a four-year argument between Asia’s biggest energy consumers over who owns the reserves.” (Bloomberg 18 June 2008)

Now the Chinese are taking advantage of the Global Financial Crisis to snap up ownership of the best of Australia’s mining companies and mines.

Last year with the help of Japanese business people, China, via its sovereign company Sinosteel bought the Australian mid-sized iron ore company in Western Australia, Midwest Corp.

Now Chinese Government owned, Minmetals, has made an offer to buy out the second biggest zinc miner in the world …none other than Australia’s Oz Minerals. The Australian Government and Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) are in a sweaty hands quandry, and have announced a 90 day stalling of time to make their decision to allow or not allow the Chinese to own our richest zinc, silver, and copper mines.

Today, Huan Valin Corp is in further negotiations to gain a larger stake, if not to takeover one of Australia’s largest iron ore companies Fortescue Metals Group, which also has its own railway line and port facilities in Western Australia.

Very recently Chinese sovereign-owned company Chinalco moved on one of the biggest miners in the world, Rio Tinto, which is in dire need of fresh $capital injection. It is likely to own an 18% slice of Rio Tinto and have 2 Chinese representatives on the Rio Tinto Board of management.

Can you imagine the Board of Rio Tinto meeting to discuss their commodities pricing policy for China …with 2 Chinese politburo Government Board members listening in and influencing their pricing policy?

Here’s a few other recent purchases in Australia, the Chinese have achieved:

China Petrochemical Corporation which is China’s biggest energy distributor secured 60% and control of the Puffin oil field in the Timor Sea from the struggling AED Oil in 2008. The deal values the assets at $1 billion.

Shanghai Baosteel Group owns 46% of the Rio Tinto-operated Eastern Range iron ore mine in Pilbara which produces 6.5 million tonnes a year worth more than $500 million a year. Chinese investment now worth more than $1 billion.

Shougang Corp spent $400 million buying 20% of WA iron ore company Mt Gibson Iron in early 2008.  This Chinese steel group also spent $56 million in March 2007 buying 13% or iron ore developer Australian Resources and agreed to fund $US2.1 billion development of the Balmoral South project and associated port project in WA

5 Chinese companies in a Consortium were given Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval in January 2008 to develop the $3 billion Oakajee port and rail project in Western Australia.

Anshan Iron & Steel paid $39 million in September 2007 for 13% of iron ore miner Gindalbie and signed $1.8 billion joint venture deal.

China Metallurgical Group paid $400 million for the Cape Lambert Iron ore project in WA in 2008.

Resource Development International headed by Gold Coast-based Clive Palmer who still claims to be worth more than $5 billion was hoping to raise more than $1 billion from Chinese investors through a float of this iron ore venture that is still to get off the ground.

Zhongjin, China’s third largest zinc producer paid $45 million to take control of Broken Hill-based Perilya in early 2009.

Can we begin to grasp the seriousness of the consequences to Australia if Chinese and Japanese interests gain further footholds on our nation?

Once these nations gain ownership of Australia’s choicest mines, they will likely manoeuvre to invoke the 457 skilled workers visa …and import their own Chinese workers on much lower contract rates of pay to work the mines.

The Australian Government has recently frittered away much of its reserves and is now busy about raising loans totalling $42 billion via bonds, which it will no doubt be expecting the Chinese government to buy.

Can we begin to see that the Australian government has unwittingly placed itself between a rock and a hard place.

With one hand raised in a stop position the Government wants to try to restrain the Chinese takeover of our richest and best resources …and with the other hand it is going to have to hold it out to the Chinese Government to beg them for money to please buy Australian Government bonds …to make up the $42 billion in loans it now desperately needs.

The Bible has much to say about why we are getting ourselves into a mess.

Can I suggest a good starting point to understand what is going on and why …would be to read our FREE booklet The USA and Britain in Prophecy and The Book of Revelation Unveiled

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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7 Laws of Success in 2009

23/03/2009

 by Ken E Murray

There are 3 kinds of people aren’t there?

There are those that make life happen! Those that life happens to them …and those that say “What happened??!  (Heh heh!)

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Yes, life can be successful. Life can be like a roller coaster ride …and life can be like a wild roller coaster ride with a sudden end.  Making Life Work can be risky …or rewarding.

Many people never experience the thrilling satisfaction of success, because they have never learned the 7 major laws that govern success.

One thing is certain …these 7 laws will do nothing for you, unless you have a burning desire.

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.  (Proverbs 13:19)

 

2009 has been predicted to be a year of failure for many, many people …but the good news is, no human need ever become a failure.  There is a way of Making Life Work.

For every effect there is a spiritual cause.

Here are 7 invisible spiritual laws or causes, that will give you the positive effect of success in your life.

1.      Set the right Goal

Most people never think of having any purpose in life. They are not going anywhere in particular.  Because they have no aim in life, they become the victims of circumstance.

So, the 1st Law of success is to SET THE RIGHT GOAL.  Have a clear purpose and destination in mind. 

The world makes way for the person who knows where they are going.

Imagine a magnificent passenger liner cast off from its moorings in Circular Quay, Sydney harbour.

Think …with no destination in mind, no understanding of how to get there, no charts or guidance systems, no leadership from the One- in-charge, no get-up-and-go to achieve anything …now tell me? …what chance would you give that ship of exiting the harbour safely, let alone reaching, say, New York, intact??

“Zilch!”  I hear you say …and you are absolutely correct.

So, how do we set the right goals?

Well, there are goals that include Spiritual and Physical.  Take the following suggestions. Add to them and personalise them for yourself.

Spiritual could include:

·        Being in God’s coming Kingdom of God on this earth;

·        Being a son or daughter of God in His family for eternity;

·        Being close to God now in daily prayer, bible study, and

·        Being a person who does His will of living His right way of life, now

Physical could include:

·        Being educated, knowledgeable, with understanding and Godly wisdom;

·        Being a caring loving helpful member of my community;

·        Being a loving, understanding, encouraging husband or wife;

·        Being a kindly, loving, guiding parent raising well balanced children;

·        Being successful in my trade, profession, career; and

·        Being in good health, with a healthy positive state of mind.

Consider Philippians 3:14 and 2 Peter 1:10

2.      Education

Preparation in achieving your goals by gaining the right EDUCATION is the 2nd Law of Success.

One of the first things we need to learn – is that we need to learn.

A young student asked a wise man: “Teacher, I want to learn.”  The learned teacher took his student down to the river and waded in, up to his waist. The young student followed. Suddenly, the teacher grabbed the student and held them under water.

The student fought and struggled and made it to the surface just long enough to gasp a breath, before being plunged under again. Again and again the student struggled, grappled and fought to the surface, each time, for another precious gasp of air.

Finally the Teacher lost his grip on the student and the student broke free and managed to stand up. Gasping, panting and gasping in air, the student cried: “Why on earth did you do that to me?!!!”

The Teacher calmly and wisely replied:  “You know …when you want to learn, like you want to live …then you will learn.” 

There is spiritual knowledge, understanding and wisdom and there is physical education.

Make it a goal to read the Bible daily …just use a bookmark and read it a chapter per day. You will be amazed what you will learn and the understanding and wisdom you will attain. Also, whatever date of the month …read that chapter of Proverbs (eg; 23 March …read Chapter 23 Proverbs. 24 March …read Proverbs 24, etc,)

The best education teaches true values.

Right education teaches us how to live successfully, not just how to make a living. It teaches the purpose of human life and how to fulfill it.

Consider 2 Timothy 2:15.

3.      Good Health

Maintaining GOOD HEALTH, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually is the 3rd Law of Success.

We are 16 elements of chemically functioning existence with the invisible “spirit of man”, (which makes us different from animals).

You and me are only one miraculous heartbeat away from death.

Humans, we are what we think, eat, breathe, and do.

The 5 basic food groups of fresh vegetables; fruit; grains; meat; and dairy, in balance is important. Taking time to expire stale air and exercising our lungs with fresh air is helpful.

The Bible indicates that exercise, too, profits a little in maintaining good health (1 Timothy 4:8), but having a positive mind focused in God’s purpose and His way of life, is more profitable for good health.

Sufficient sleep, means getting to bed early, for the best value. “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy wealthy and wise”, as the old proverb goes.

Starting each day with prayer and bible study, makes your day poised for success.

Going for a daily brisk walk can be fun.  In mine, I have adopted a long street, where I also stretch and bend over from time to time to pick up the litter.

I know my old mentor, who lived over 92yrs …spoke of having a brisk rub down with a towel after a shower, to stimulate the blood circulation, even to the extremities of toes and fingers. It is something that I have found of great value as well.

One thing that is common to all successful people, is positive mental attitude.

Think constructively; positively in a mental attitude of God given confidence.  Allow no crevices for fear, worry or discouragement. 1 John 4:18; 2 Timothy 1:7.

Harbour no time for grudges, griping, or complaining  …but rather reach for emotional balance, good humour, and harmony with God’s loving and forgiving way of thinking.

Consider Proverbs 3:7-8; Proverbs 14:30; and Proverbs 17:22

4.      Drive

DRIVE is doing and DRIVE is the 4th Law driving Success.

Success is accomplishment. It is doing.  Any old fish can float downstream, but it takes a really live one to swim upstream.

An inactive person will not accomplish. We need to have fun and keep a prod on ourselves. When difficulties come, see them as challenges and opportunities.

In every disaster is an opportunity.

Think about it. Each day is a living miracle. Do you have to think about making your heart beat? What about breathing? What about your thyroid making the 125 millionths of a gram of thyroxine each day that stimulates your pituitary under your brain, that then stimulates your brain to stimulate your heart and lungs to work so miraculously?  No you don’t, do you?

God miraculously gives life to the just and the unjust, every waking and sleeping moment.

Often workers never rise above whatever job they do, because they have no drive to use this incredible miracle God gives to us each split second of every day we live.  They slow down, poke around, sit down and waste time.  Without a boss over them to drive them they’d starve.

It takes energy, drive, constant propulsion for a person to become truly successful.

Consider Proverbs 6:4-11.

5.      Resourcefulness

When complications, obstacles, and unexpected circumstances block our paths we need to apply the 5th Law of Success – RESOURCEFULNESS.

Think solution …not problem.  Be solution bound …not problem bound.

Overcoming …and understanding its rich value to our lives, in building the character of Christ within us, is a great key to having resourcefulness.  Trials and problems take on a whole new fun challenge, which stimulates resourcefulness.

When sudden emergencies arise, we need a clear mind, calm nerves, rapid thinking and sound reasoning, with prayerfully received inspiration from God.

Consider 1 Peter 5:10 and Philippians 4:13.

6.      Persistence

So many have come so close to success and fallen just short, because they didn’t apply the 6th Law of Success – PERSISTENCE.

Quitters never win and winners never quit!

Faith in God, perseverance, stick-to-it-iveness turns defeat into victory and failure into success, time and time again.

I know a man in Toowoomba, who bought an opal mining lease from a person who’d been digging it for years and found nothing. Yes, you guessed it …with the next backhoe scoop, my friend hit the reef of opal.  He went on to persist in learning the fine art of cutting precious stones.

Winston Churchill gave his shortest and greatest speech of 6 words to a spellbound audience:

“Never!  …Never!  …Never!  …Never give up!”

Keep shooting arrows.  Keep shooting quiver after quiver of arrows.  Never give up.

Consider the lesson of Joash – 2 Kings 13:14-19.

7.      Contact, Guidance and Continuous Help from God

Yes, the 7th Law of Success is the all encompassing need for close contact, wise guidance and continuous HELP FROM GOD. This comes from loving and respecting God and keeping His laws.

Is it possible that the very living God who made us all, just might be a factor in determining the success or failure of our personal life?

Absolutely!

It is “only a fool that says there is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)  …and it is only a bigger fool that does not “call upon God while He may be found.” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

Yes …a wise person will heed the advice of the Wisest …God the Father and His son Jesus Christ.

And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD your God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command you this day, that the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth:   And all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall hearken unto the voice of the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 28:1)

 

Going God’s way makes all of the 7 Laws of Success work for us.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:   That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave unto him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

Loving and respecting God and keeping His laws, is the most important way of making our lives work for real lasting success.

Great success to you this year, my friends!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

PS:  You can obtain FREE copies of this literature and the FREE Good News Magazine by contacting the United Church of God-Australia, Office on FREE CALL 1800 356202 or write to: PO Box 535, Brisbane, Qld 4001 OR as shown under Literature Request  on the Church webpage  …OR you can FREE download by clicking on to:  Bible Study Course AND Making Life Work

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