12 Tips for 2014


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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7 Laws of Success in 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!)


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?


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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