Just a Thought

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                                         Rev. A. Linford

GOD GIVES WINGS

“They shall mount up with wings as eagles” – Isaiah 40:31

As we wait expectantly and patiently for God we rise above our troubles. This source of spiritual strength removes our fears and sustains our energies. No one can fail if faith prevails.

Bird on the Bough

Like the bird on the bough

That is ready to break,

She feels the bough tremble 

But gaily she sings.

What is it to her?

She has wings! She has wings!

An wings go in pairs:

Our wings are faith and prayer.  When both are executed we soar into higher reaches of spiritual experience.

And the flying eagle seems to be suspended on nothing, like the Christian whose invisible means of support is God Himself. The pull of earth is conquered as we flap our spiritual wings in joyful trust in the Lord who saves and keeps us.

From Just a Thought by the late Rev. A. Linford

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Dave’s Snippets

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                                     Dr. David Allen

BRAVO FOR GRUMPY OLD MEN!

My wife has said that I get more like Victor Meldrew with the passing years. It is probably true because – despite the swearing in it – the series entitled “Grumpy Old Men” is one of my favourites on TV!

Ubiquitous  and  loud  pop-music drives me  wild; and  my infrequent visits to HMV annoys me that, among thousands of CDs, the classical section is tucked away in a corner  that you need a satnav to discover !

Talking of the TV reminds me of one of my wife’s uncles, Uncle Tom, who hated ITV; and when the adverts came on he would cover his face with a handkerchief! My father had no time for the royals. On Christmas Day he was forced to watch the Queen’s Speech, but he did so   wearing his flat cap!

But to be more serious, some of the complaints of the Grumpy Old Men are very valid.  When we want news, why should  we have to tolerate trivia on “celebrities”?  And why does the BBC, long a national flagship, pay huge sums to such as Jonathan Ross when we can’t have cricket on the box when the Ashes are going to be contested this summer? 

Most serious of all is the fact that, in this anniversary year, we are having Darwin thrust at us from every angle; and even the excellent programmes on natural history are really thinly   disguised adverts for evolutionary theory. Charles Darwin and his televisual apostle David Attenborough are amongst the most dangerous of men, one of them long dead, but the other very much alive. His programmes are stunning, but at the foundation is a dangerous lie: every change, advance, or instance of animal intelligence, is put down to evolution and the creator is tacitly relegated to the pages of ancient mythology.

We are often told that, with advancing age, we should begin to mellow. I wish to disagree, especially when the process of mellowing means compromising and surrendering to the forces of philistinism and secularism.  So then, keep on grumping, my dear friends!  

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Word Studies

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                                   Rev. K. W. Munday

WORD STUDIES

Word Studies is presented by Rev. K. W. Munday, retired minister and former General Secretary of Assemblies of God for many years. He has served the body of Christ with grace and distinction, is an excellent, quality preacher and speaker, broadcaster, writer of books and still active in Christian service. His contributions here on Word Studies should prove a great means of blessing, inspiration and instruction.

MEMORY

What a marvellous faculty: The ability to call to mind things that happened years ago. The working of the human mind is so mysterious and wonderful.

According to the psychologists the mind operates on three levels. There is first the conscious level, which is taken up with everything that is going on at the present me and needless to say that it could only handle the present. If all that we do remains there it would be confusing so as the present passes, it is entered into the memory bank known as the sub- conscious. Just as a computer can only portray a part of one’s work at any one time on the screen, the remainder going into a fling system, so the sub-conscious mind files our previous memories, and of course though out of sight, can be recalled if necessary.

There is an interesting feature abut memory. Time has a way of enhancing the past. There is even something so wonderful abut the house where we were brought up that we go back to see it from time to time, despite the fact ifs still just as ordinary. Thomas Hood the poet caught the sentiment when he wrote, “I remember, l remember, the house where I was born, the little window where the sun came peeping in at morn . . .”

There are however some darker moments when we think of the past and they are not so comforting. We talk of skeletons in the cupboard; memories of things that haunt us, and if they persist they should be dealt with, and this can be done by repentance and seeking forgiveness.

Memory can be helpful. Neither a nation nor an individual should forget their history. Coleridge wrote, ”If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us”.

And the Bible contains encouraging remarks to remember the past. The nation of Israel were told to remember all the way that the Lord had led them during the forty years in the wilderness. And throughout the world every day millions gather in the Christian Churches to celebrate the Holy Communion, which is an act of remembrance of Jesus Who gave himself for our sins on the cross. The cross deals with the past the present and the future.

As a footnote we could mention a wonderful instance where memory is suspended. To the penitent sinner go says ”Your sins and iniquities I will remember no more. That sounds like the Divine Forgettery!

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