Merry heart is like Medicine!

03/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

It might sound strange to some people …but the Bible has a lot to say about humour.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

That’s probably why God made our faces in such a clever way, that we use much less muscles to smile than we do to frown or be angry.

And that’s why, when one of my nephews asked me to be involved in doing a Doritos Competition Advert, I accepted.

So here are our two entries. I hope you enjoy them and that they give you a warm and happy belly laugh. It is a good tonic for us all to be able to lighten up and see the funny side of life, as well as the sobering sides of life.

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (Proverbs 15:13)

There are many medical reports that show the truth of these wise words. Humour is even used in the treatment of many diseases such as cancer and mental illnesses.

“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.” (Proverbs 15:15)

When the first Temple was dedicated to God by Solomon, the people rejoiced and kept a very happy Feast of Tabernacles. It was so good that they were all still smiling as they left to go back home.

“And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had showed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.” (2 Chronicles 7:9-10)

“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepts your works.” (Ecclesiastes 9:7)

So smile lots …we use less muscles!  J

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Is Christ’s message relevant today?

28/04/2009

by Ken E Murray

Have you ever thought what is really the central theme of Christ’s message?

What was …and still is …the message, that the ever-living Jesus Christ has for You, personally?

Our world desperately needs good news.

Today’s headlines are filled with bad news – Swine Fever killing scores of people in Mexico and spreading internationally; Taliban gaining in their takeover efforts in nuclear armed Pakistan; rising unemployment and deepening world economic crisis; famines, natural disasters, earthquakes, cholera, AIDS and other disease epidemics, and grinding world poverty.

Suffering and bad news is relentless …it’s time we had a break!

So, does Christ’s message carry any future hope …for you?

Well …the good news is that it does, but it is not the typical “turn-off” news you may have heard in the past about Christ.

Most people have heard a message about the life of Jesus …but hardly anyone has actually heard the futuristic message delivered by Jesus.

What was that message, of the real Jesus Christ …for you and me?

Here it is simply given in Christ’s own words:

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”  (Mark 1:14-15)

Did you catch Christ’s message?

The real Jesus Christ taught:

·        we need to understand the good news and begin preparing for the coming Kingdom of God on this earth, when He returns to rule the world, by establishing His Government here on this planet. (Isaiah 9:6-7);

·        we need to repent and turn to God with all our heart, mind …be baptised …and become converted, by developing the mind of Christ in our lives, with the gift of His Holy Spirit within us;

·        we need to continue faithfully to believe and live by Christ’s good news message of how we should live by God’s right way of life;

·        we need salvation, which can only come through Jesus Christ (Act 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

The message is clear …and the rewards are enormous.

Imagine being a son or daughter of God …and being able to help serve Jesus in His Government on this earth?

This is your destiny.

This is the road to eternal life being a son or daughter of God for eternity.

The real Jesus taught this message and gave His life in place of you and me …so that we might choose to take up the invitation to be in the Family of God.

Many are offered the invitation but few accept the invitation, and do something about it.

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; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)

Did you notice that?

God the Father is the Head of the Family of God.

God is a Family.

You too can be part of God’s Family.

Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (children) of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He is pure.” (1John 3:1-3)

Did you realise that?

What is the purpose that God the Father has in mind for you?

What is the purpose of the Gospel of the Kingdom, which was the true message of the real Christ?

Yes!  You can be a son or daughter of God …serve in His Kingdom when He establishes His Government on this earth …and live a happy life in His Family for eternity.

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2Corinthians 6:17-18)

Did you grasp that?

You can be considered by God …as a son or daughter of God …now.

How good is that!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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“Why was I born?”

25/04/2009

by Ken E Murray

This is the “I” generation.

For many people everything revolves around doing what satisfies I, me, my, mine, myself.

But with all the satiation in seeking what is best for self, one huge question remains?

That huge question is: “Why was I born???”

I had to laugh at a cartoon recently of a parent explaining to their little child about how they were born, to which their child responded:

“Yes, yes, I understand how I was born. But, I want to know why?”

Even some entertainers like Cher, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald have sung the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, in the Jerome Kern song, “Why was I born?”:

“Why was I born? Why am I living? What do I get? What am I giving? What can I hope for? I wish I knew.”

Atheists can’t answer the question, because they think that this life you are living is all that there is. When you die …Kapput!! That’s it, they believe.  There ain’t no more you.

The reality is …before God …you are unique.  No one else has your genes. No one else has your same personality.   What you are and who you are and the character you have developed in overcoming the things you have overcome, is unique before God.  Your life is precious.

Better than that, God has in store for you the most incredible fulfilling purpose you can imagine. It is awesome!

Have you heard the definition of an Athesist?

“An Atheist is a person with no invisible means of support.”  (John Buchan 1875-1940)

Many people never pause to consider their real purpose in life.  Sadly, most assume there is no goal or purpose, beyond this physical life.  They remain ignorant of the reason why they were born and why their lives are sustained by God.   Your ultimate future is awesome!

An Agnostic is someone who knows nothing, who is not sure of what to believe, and is proud of it.

A Gnostic on the other hand, is someone who thinks they know things separately from God, but in so doing, separate themselves from God.

Understanding the answer to life’s biggest question: “Why was I born?” starts with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom that there is a true God.

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.” (Psalm 14:1)

Yes, it is true, only a fool says there is no God.

The Apostle Paul explains how we can find the true God, and what happens to people who don’t.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:    Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.     Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:20-22)

In actual fact, the answer to another huge question in life, gives us the answer to: “Why was I born?”

That other biggie is: “is God repoducing Himself?”

The exciting answer to that question, is found in your Bible  …and it is not what you have traditionally heard, espoused.

Why not check out this free booklet: What is Your Destiny for some real answers.

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 What is Your Destiny.

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Simple Wisdom

21/04/2009

by Ken E Murray

How often have you heard someone older and wiser say: “Ohh …it’s so hard to put an old head on young shoulders!”

 

The Wise Thinker

The Wise Thinker

Is there a way for a young person to reverse that trend? The good news is …yes there is!

Yes, the Bible  shows the way to do it. You can gain great wisdom years ahead of your time.

Does wisdom grow with old age? 

To some degree it does and to some it doesn’t. It depends on how people grow in Godly knowledge, understanding and wisdom, seasoned with grace.

Sometimes the older people get the more they become set in a rut.  Some say that they will put off turning to God , until they are old …but sadly, when they are older they are all too often, so set in their ways …they never turn to God.

Miracles can happen though. I know a very lovely lady, who recently, at 92 years young, turned to God and has been baptised.

So how can we attain a deeper level of true Godly wisdom?

1st Step in attaining wisdom?

Pray to God. Ask God to help you to gain Godly knowledge and understanding …so that you can apply Godly wisdom in your life.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8) 

2nd Step in attaining wisdom?

Read the words of God so that you can understand how He thinks, how He speaks, and how He conducts Himself.

How do you do that?

Read the Bible. Why? Because it is the inspired words of God from 40 inspired writers in 66 books. We all know, don’t we that “we become like the company we keep”.

Why not keep company with the true God?

Let me challenge you with this simple reading in wisdom.

 

Proverbs 21

Proverbs 21

How many chapters are there in Proverbs?   31, right?

How many days are there in a month?    30 to 31, right?

 

Ok, so whatever the date is in the month …ie; today is 21 April …so, read Proverbs Chapter 21, ok?

Tomorrow is 22 April …so read Proverbs Chapter 22 …do you follow my drift?

The next day is 23 April so read Proverbs 23 …and so on each day. You know what I mean?

Just imagine how much wisdom you might glean …and be able to apply in 12  months …by effectively reading and re-reading Proverbs each month …based on reading the chapter corresponding to each day that you wake up. You could do it easily while eating your breakfast.

Now something else i have learned. Whenever you come across a jewel of wisdom in a chapter of Proverbs that you are reading …underline the words that have meaning to you, and put an asterisk* beside the verse

 

Asterisk Proverbs 21:21

Asterisk Proverbs 21:21

 

Why put an asterisk* beside your personally encouraging verses?

Well, if ever you are feeling like a lift …just drop in on Proverbs and read your asterisks*.

Guarantee …you will feel great in no time.

This is especially helpful when studying God’s inspired wisdom in Psalms, which you can also read, using the same technique.

How many chapters in Psalms150, right? Ok, so divide 30 days of the month into 150 and what do you get?   5, right?

Ok, so today is 21 April …so read Psalm 21 add 30 and read Psalm 51 add 30 and read Psalm 81 add 30 and read Psalm 111 add 30 and read Psalm 141.

That’s 5 wise chapters of Psalms you just covered.  Not bad, eh?

Tomorrow is 22 April …so read Psalm 22 …and then by adding 30’s …read Psalm 52, Psalm 82, Pslam 112, Psalm 142.

Asterisk * any verses that you find personally encouraging.

Whenever one of those cloudy days come along when you don’t feel so happy …just read your asterisked* verses in Psalms.

I can guarantee, you will be feeling stratospheric in no time!   Heh heh!

God is a very loving, generous God.

Our Father and Jesus Christ our Saviour are so willing and happy to extend their wisdom to you.

The wisdom of God is yours for the asking …and the reading.

So A.S.K.  …Ask Seek and keep Knocking.

…more Steps in attaining wisdom will come.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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Psalm 21

Psalm 21

 

Psalm 51

Psalm 51

Psalm 81

Psalm 81

  

Psalm 111

Psalm 111

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 141

Psalm 141

 


9 Proofs God Exists

04/04/2009

by Ken E Murray

Most people never know the true God, because they don’t have knowledge of the pointers to the evidence.

Many get confused, because evolution is drummed into them during their schooling, and God is kept hidden from the school curriculum.

Evolutionists themselves will agree that the odds of any single living thing coming into existence by evolution is zillions of zillions to one. Yet they feel that it must be true, because this can be the only explanation if we rule out the possibility of a Creator, which they will not admit to. 

These are the odds for even one creature coming into existence. What would the odds have to be, to have just two living creatures come into existence at the same time, even if they were clones of each other?

What would be the odds of them being male and female?

What would be the odds of them living for more than a few seconds?

What would be the odds of the non-living world, involving lightning, the rain cycle, the seasons, the nitrogen cyle, the carbon dioxide to oxygen cycle, elements, minerals, vitamins, etc, etc, all being in place to support an impossibly evolved creature?

Now we would have to calculate the odds of a MALE and a FEMALE coming into existence at the same time and surviving long enough to mate, even if you are given the capability of procreation being evolved in them both at the same time.

Now all these calculations have been considered for ONE PAIR of ONE SPECIES let alone the astronomical odds that we would have to calculate for ALL SPECIES coming into existence both MALE and FEMALE at the same time.

All creatures are dependent upon their sustained life upon non-living and living systems being in place …or else they turn up their toes and die, pronto!

Yes, the creation itself, in its complexity, design, dynamic life, and awesome variety reveals evidence of the great God who made it.  This is evidence of God external from the Bible.

Thought I’d share with you however, a few internal evidences of God’s existence from the Bible.

Actually, you might be surprised to see how the Bible has numerous revelations and evidence about God’s existence for those who are not so blind as to use these pointers, to really see, investigate, and prove it for themselves.

For example Psalm 14:1 and Pslam 53:1 ..”The fool has said in his heart there is no God”. It’s funny but true …from God’s point of view only a fool would say there is no God …because …from His perspective …the reports of His death and non-existence are grossly exaggerated.

 1. GOD is the great CREATOR:

The Bible reveals the true God, who created matter, living and non-living. 

“For since the CREATION of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

“You are worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were CREATED.” (Revelation 4:11)

“You send forth Your Spirit, they are CREATED; and You renew the face of the earth.” (Psalm 104:30)

“I have made the earth, and CREATED man on it. It was I–My hands that stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.” (Isaiah 45:12)

2. GOD the great LIFEGIVER

Life comes from life, and our life comes from the ever-living God, who created living things. 

“Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all LIFE, breath, and all things. And has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.  (Acts 17:25-26)

3. GOD is the great LAWGIVER

There is a myriad of immutable incredible laws in effect that govern living and non-living matter.

“For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our LAWGIVER, the Lord is our King; He will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)

“There is one LAWGIVER, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” (James 4:12)

4. GOD is the great SUSTAINER

It is one thing to create, and to engender life, and the laws to govern it all. It then needs powerful sustaining from the most potent energy source in the universe. God, the supreme sustainer. 

“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord SUSTAINED me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” (Psalm 3:4)

5. GOD is the great DESIGNER

The remarkable, intricate, magnificent design of all living and non-living, points to the evidence of an intelligent Designer. Everything meshes together in the designed systems that are sustained by our great Designer God. 

“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among these does not know that the hand of the Lord has DONE (or designed) this, in whose hand is the LIFE of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind? Does not the ear test words and the mouth taste its food?” (Job 12:7-11)

6. GOD is the great ANSWERER OF PRAYER

One of the great evidences that God exists, is found personally, by answers to our personal prayers. 

“I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications (prayers). Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.” (Psalm 116:1)

7. GOD is the SUPREME PROPHET

The Bible is full of detailed prophecies that have been already fulfilled. It also contains hundreds of prophecies yet to be fulfilled in the future, including Christ’s return and establishment of His Government on this Earth for 1000 years. (Isaiah 9:6-7; Revelation 20:4-6)

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He REVEALS His secret to His servants the PROPHETS.” (Amos 3:7)

“The King answered Daniel and said ‘Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of Kings, and a REVEALER of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” (Daniel 2:47)

8. We Prove His existence by DOING His laws and Way of life

Another evidence of God’s existence, comes to us personally, when we live by His laws, statutes, ordinances, principles, precepts, and God’s Way of Life. 

We prove it is right and it really works …by living it the way God wants us to live.

Doing and seeing the positive results shows us God’s Way is the best.

“If any man will do His will he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17)

WE PROVE GOD BY DOING IT! By the good fruits or results of living God’s Way compared to Satan’s worldly way, we learn through experience that God’s Way of Living is definitely better with longer lasting fun, blessings and automatic rewards. (Revelation 12:17; Revelation 14:12; and Revelation 22:14)

9.  Resurrection from the Dead

Jesus Christ’s Resurrection to life and the reality that as a result we can be resurrected to life in the 1st or 2nd Resurrection (and not have to face the 3rd Resurrection) is perhaps the greatest and most reassuring hope of God’s existence (see Revelation 20,  etc). 

”I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:25)

I have only scratched the surface of some of the scriptures that give us pointers, to help us understand the evidence that God exists.

You might like to find and add to this skeletal list.

Also, check out this: Radio interview – Does God Exist?

For heaps more information about the proofs of God’s existence why not also check out our FREE booklets Does God Exist? AND Creation or Evolution?  

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:  FREE booklets Does God Exist? AND Creation or Evolution? AND Radio interview – Does God Exist?

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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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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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