Read if you are in a dark place!

Carlyle Marney was one of the great preachers in the Southern states of America during the time after the Second World War. He was a mentor and role model to many ministers. One of the stories attributed to the rich legacy he left behind took place on a seminary campus where he was invited to be the speaker for a distinguished lectureship. One of the students asked, “Dr. Marney let us hear you say a word or two about the meaning of the resurrection.” It was a fair question and an appropriate one from a future preacher to one who was already a great practitioner of the art of preaching. However the young  students were taken aback by Marney’s response. Dr. Marney replied, “I will not discuss that with people like you.” Continue reading

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Poem for times of trouble

I found this on my Facebook page today:

 

We who were once far off,9994-sunrise-at-orvieto-umbria-italy-free-landscape-and-scenic-desktop_531x331
who wandered as if
in a wilderness,
searching for water,
desperate for shade,
now rest in your embrace,
feast on your word,
drink from a well
that will never run dry,
and have found the place
we were searching for,
as Christ has brought us home.

How to fly in faith

wright_brothersDon’t’ you really admire inventors who to put their lives on the line for their idea. This was certainly the case for two staunchly Christian brothers. They were of course Orville and Wilbur Wright. For these two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers are credited with  inventing the world’s first successful aeroplane.  Whilst some dispute this, certainly they are believed to have made he first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight.

This was on 17 December  1903, it lasted 12 seconds and the aircraft  with Orville on board got a mere 120 feet. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is – for Orville and on the next 3 flights Wilbur could have been killed or seriously injured.

However such faith did not come quickly  or easily. Since the brothers started their leap into the unknown  when they gained the mechanical skills by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. From 1900 until  their first powered flights 3 years later, they conducted extensive glider tests.They even built a small wind tunnel to gather more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design more efficient wings and propellers.

Put another way, invention like faith is 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration and a dash of panache for good measure!

 Here then is a reminder of how we deal with faith in our lives.

For if recently that flame has burned low or you feel a bit distant from God then remember to make the effort to phone home.

Remember to look persistently for Christ’s presence in your lives.

Remember like all relationships, it takes elbow grease to keeping it working.

Yet even more important,  it really does help, also to go flying with it.

Since there is no greater builder of certainty  than actually doing something novel, exhilarating even risky only in trust.

Have a good flight today! iss028e015556_small

Sparing a thought for those in peril..

During the British National Suicide Prevention week spare a thought and a prayer for those who suffer so badly they would take their own life.

 

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After some vexing events in my life, I have been reading up on anger management and coping with being provoked. Here is a story worth thing about and see where it fits into our way of living the Christian life in this ‘me – now!’ world today. Either way let me know what you think?

Morning Story and Dilbert

One day, at the age of twenty-eight, I was working as a salesman, driving my car through an industrial park outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Suddenly, a large semi-truck, trying to back into a receiving dock, pulled out in front of me, causing me to quickly apply my brakes to avoid hitting it.

Instead of apologizing, the driver of the truck glared down, looking at me from inside his cab and shouting profanity, calling me a name while giving me his middle finger! He looked straight into my eyes as if daring me to do something about what he had just done to me.

His belligerent invitation was clear, “You want some of this”?

Instantly, I became furious at his insult! For years after participating in college football and track, I religiously weight trained for two hours a day until I could bench press 335 lbs. and do 119 push-ups in…

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