12 Tips for 2014

11/12/2013

AAA World Witness

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

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…

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Lovely Lydia’s country Show

28/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Heyyy! Come join lovely Lydia, our grand daughter, as she guides us around the beautiful and fun things at the Clermont country Show. There’s even pig racing and fireworks, too!

Lydia, at 18 months, already knows that “where my heart is …that’s my home” and her heart is with her Mum and Dad and her family, in God’s loving care.

Children like Lydia, remind us to “take time to smell the roses” and treasure the joys of living this life of adventure that God has given us.

After all …to a child like Lydia …love is spelt quality T-I-M-E.

So, let’s take time to relax and enjoy these magnificent prize winning roses.

Our talented niece, Wick is a second cousin to Lydia, and here is her 1st and 2nd prize artworks. Notice how she has a sparkling eye for detail.

Lydia knows “should you encounter a problem along your way …change your direction, but not your destination”.

As you can guess, Lydia is a ball of energy with plenty of get up and go! So, here’s her Dad, Rob, showing her how “what you lose on the swings you can always pick up on the roundabout of life.”

Ahhh yes …Lydia is a natural …and naturally …she loves all natural things. So, for her doing some cross-country riding on a real natural Shetland pony is so much fun, too!

After a cross-country ride on a Shetland Pony, Lydia can hardly wait to watch her next fun favourite .act at the Show..the piglets race!

Of course life is not all fun, beer and skittles. Lydia knows that there are some first time challenges …that even though we might be a little bit frightened or awestruck …we face the fear  …and the fear just disappears!

…and isn’t that just so true of the ups and downs of the ferris wheel of the cycle of life?

For every low there is the sublime thrill of rising to achieve the natural highs in life.

When we apply the 7 Laws of Success we can enjoy the real joy of the excitement of fireworks in our life!

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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‘Adventure 60’ …Scawfell Island

22/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

So glad you can join my son in law Martin, my son Robert, and yours truly on another Adventure 60 to Scawfell Island, on the outer Great Barrier Reef, 50 kilometres offshore from Mackay, Queensland.

With 60 minutes in every hour and 60 seconds in every minute, we are once again out to savour every second of this great adventure that we all share …life, in God’s creation!

The abovewater and underwater world of Scawfell Island testifies to the genius intelligence of God as our Designer, Engineer, spiritual Programmer of intelligence and instinct, Creator, Lifegiver, Lawgiver, and Sustainer.

For example, in this video you will see Clown fish, which rely on Anemone Polyps for their protection and provision of food, as does the Anemone rely on the Clown fish.

It is a symbiotic relationship of dependence on each other that had to come into existence at the same time or neither creature would exist.

Polyps, including the corals and sea anemones are much more complex in their engineered design, than first meets the eye, due to the development of separate tubular stomachs leading inward from the mouth and a series of radial partitions called mesenteries.

Incredibly the Anemone stings all fish prey but not its friend, the Clown fish. They have a very mutual beneficial living relationship with each other that God has set in place.

We too can learn wonderful lessons about life by observing how God has created things.

Just as the Clown fish and its Anemone companion for life are so happy together, we should apply that principle as well in taking care of each other.

Meantime …keep pumpin’!

Ken E Murray

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‘Adventure 60’ …at Lord’s Table mountain

12/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

Welcome to ‘Adventure 60’ at Lord’s Table Mountain, between Clermont and Dysart, central Queensland.

Life is an Adventure, with 60 minutes every hour and 60 seconds every minute to enjoy to the max!

So come with us now and let’s join the talented Wick Brendan Jess and Abby on this exciting Adventure 60.

Yes, Adventure 60 highlights the values of making every 60 seconds of every 60 minutes part of the joy of living this thrilling Adventure of life, that we have all been given.

One of the best ways to instil Adventure 60 into our lives is to trek into the wilderness with some great friends and to develop adventurous talents in our lives, such as:

·        the burning desire to achieve;

·        family teamwork; and

·        loads of happy fun.

What is the answer to the great mystery, of why many people do not succeed in life, even though they might have knowledge of the 7 laws of success??

Simply …to be successful we need to apply a burning desire to succeed.

Nothing of lasting value happens automatically in life. However, with a burning desire to achieve, we can accomplish great things, through desiring:

·        close loving relationship with God and His Way of living;

·        worthwhile goals in life;

·        best education;

·        good health;

·        Godly drive and determination;

·        resourcefulness and creativity; and

·        persistence and stick-to-itiveness.

Taking on a challenging hike is like a “mini lifetime” within our lifetime, which reminds us that every obstacle, just like in life itself, is a positive opportunity to grow and develop closer caring loving relationships with each other and with our Creator God.

That’s why Family Teamwork is so important and is better than ordinary teamwork.

Family teamwork takes into account everyone’s strengths and weaknesses …utilising and make allowances for them.

In a loving family, there are all elements of talents and flaws, but when we caringly unite the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Adventure 60 family teamwork people know, that the glory does not go to the one who is first across the river, nor to the first one on top of the mountain. With Family Teamwork the reward goes to the one who helps the most other people reach the other side of the river or the top of the mountain …in the most enjoyable, pleasant, and fun way possible.

Ordinary, competitive, pecking-order Teamwork, of this world is?? …well remember at school when 2 captains were picked and each captain could alternately pick the best players down to the weakest? How did the poor weakest feel in themselves after such a debilitating experience? Lousy! Right?

Now, you’ve gotta say co operative loving Family Teamwork, is a whole lot better than ordinary competitive, pecking-order, teamwork.

Is there anything more memorable and beautiful than to experience together …in a loving Family Teamwork atmosphere …the Adventure in a magnificent sunrise …each artwork unrepeatable …each sunrise a unique expression of the awesome creativity and loving mind of God, for us all.

Just sit back with this You Tube video …and soak up this heady sunrise atmosphere saturated with the joyous adventurous calls of scores of Currawong birds …singing to the joy of life with the dawning of each new adventurous day.

Just beautiful isn’t it!? It really heightens our God given 6 senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch and spiritual.

Adventure 60 shows us how to do what a lot of people don’t do. It stimulates us to:

·        look and to really see;

·        to hear and to actually listen;

·        to taste and to enjoy the savour;

·        to smell and to sensitively scent;

·        to touch and tenderly feel; and

·        to sense with spiritual discernment. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Adventure 60 shows that the best leader in any group is not the first one to the top of the mountain, but the one who helps the most other people reach the top of the mountain …in the best and most enjoyable fun way possible. 

Yes …as the old Chinese proverb goes… “When the best leader’s work is done …everyone says: “We did it!”” (Lao-tsu)

In Proverbs 13:19 is an adventure spirited verse: “The desire achieved is sweet to the soul” and when we take on the adventurous challenges of life together, helping each other, we can say with satisfaction: “None of us could have done this without each other!”

Adventure 60 stimulates us to think creatively in solving challenges that would otherwise be problems and headaches to lots of people.

Understanding that life is an Adventure 60, reminds us to be solution bound not problem bound.

Seeing life as an adventure, better equips us mentally, to visualise future prospects and goals and to bring them to fruition, with God’s inspiration and guidance.

We learn that the intrinsic true values of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, humility, kindness, faith, confidence in God and self control are our best weapons in the adventure of life in taking on life’s challenges. (Galatians 5:22-23)

For every effect there is spiritual cause.

Good effects have good spiritual foundational causes. Evil effects have evil causes.

Adventure 60 shows us that the way of give is better than the way of get …co operation is better than competition …love is better than the way of hatred …peace is better than war.

Working together in family minded co operative teamwork is better than competitive minded teamwork.

Just like every tree is unique and different, so each of us is unique and worthy of love and respect.

When we look at a beautiful tree it can symbolise a human being or God’s right way of life. The roots symbolise anchoring ourselves with knowledge, understanding and wisdom. The trunk symbolises Godly true character or it can be a twisted distorted nature. The branches and leaves symbolise aspects of Godly personality which gives shade to all.

Each day is the new dawning of an exciting ‘Adventure 60’ for you and me, in this miraculous body, that God has blessed you and me with.

Let’s make the most of the miracle …enjoy our Adventure, with well rooted foundation in the Word of God, trunk of the character and mind of Christ, and branches that spread out lovingly to God and loving goodwill to all humanity.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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Matty shows the Way…

05/05/2009

by Ken E Murray

As parents, because we love our children, we desire the best for them, don’t we?

We want them to grow in knowledge, understanding and wisdom and to really enjoy fun and true happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

So …Come with us now into the wonderful fun world of teaching our children.

Let’s join our grandson Matty as he takes us through the first 5 Commandments and whole lot more about loving God and having fun while enjoying God’s fascinating creation.

You know, as children begin their challenging walk of life in this confused world …we should consider the lesson of Timothy.

We know that from a young child, Timothy was taught the Holy Scriptures and knew the Word of God well. Paul said of Timothy, “from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15).

Timothy’s knowledge of Scripture came about as a result of being taught, by his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. (2 Timothy 1:5).

We too, can teach our children using the everyday experiences of life to reinforce the laws of God and related principles expounded in the Word of God.

Using situations in everyday life to point out how the Word of God works practically, is so valuable for our children.

Teaching our children directly from the book of Proverbs in the Bible is an excellent way to give your child a head start in wisdom.

To do this in a practical way, simply read to them the Chapter in Proverbs coinciding with whatever is today’s date. For example, if the day is the 7th day of the month read to them and discuss Proverbs chapter 7. The next day being the 8th day of the month, read and have fun discussing with them Proverbs Chapter 7 …and so on  …each day.

You will be amazed at the knowledge, understanding and wisdom your children will pick up. Better still …heh heh!  …you’ll be even more amazed at what you pick up in wisdom, too!

Why not teach our children inspiring stories such as Gideon and his brave 300 men, who saved the nation.

“So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.” (Judges 7:5-7 …see this applied in the attached You Tube video “Matty shows the Way…”)

In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, God plainly told us Parents …and Grandparents that we are responsible for lovingly teaching our children about God, His principles, ethics and His law.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul (life), and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Parents …lets teach our children God’s Way of life using everyday experiences, so that we enjoy . raising well-adjusted happy children …who will be able to cope with this world, with certainty and confidence.

 Beginning with teaching the 10 Commandments and Proverbs, daily, is a great place to start.

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 The 10 commandments AND Raising Well-adjusted happy Children

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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

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 The Road to Eternal Life 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

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 Is the Bible True AND How to understand the Bible.

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Psalm 21

Psalm 21

 

Psalm 51

Psalm 51

Psalm 81

Psalm 81

  

Psalm 111

Psalm 111

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 141

Psalm 141