Messages of the Moment

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                                       Rev. E. Anderson

HOW TO DEVELOP SELF-DISCIPLINE
by Rick Warren

“God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control” – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV)

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God wants you to develop a self-discipline that pushes you to do things, even as others are giving up.

Over the years, I’ve observed six key expressions of self-discipline:

People with self-discipline master their moods. They live by their commitments, not their emotions. People who do the right thing even when they don’t feel like it accomplish most of what gets done in the world! “A man without self-control is as defenceless as a city with broken-down walls” – Proverbs 25:28 LB.

People with self-discipline watch their words. They put their minds in gear before opening their mouths. “He who guards his lips guards his life” – Proverbs 13:3 NIV.

People with self-discipline restrain their reactions. How much can you take before you lose your cool? “If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to ignore it” – Proverbs 19:11 GNT.

People with self-discipline stick to their schedule. If you don’t determine how you will spend your time you can be sure that others will decide for you! “Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility … Make the best use of your time” – Ephesians 5:15–16 PH.

People with self-discipline manage their money. They learn to live on less than what they make and they invest the difference. The value of a budget is that it tells your money where you want it to go rather than wondering where it went! “The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets” – Proverbs 21:20 LB.

People with self-discipline maintain their health. That way they can accomplish more and enjoy their achievements. “Every one of you should learn to control his body, keeping it pure and treating it with respect” – 1 Thessalonians 4:4 PH.

The disciplines you establish today will determine your success tomorrow. But it takes more than just willpower for lasting self-discipline. It takes a power greater than yourself: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and self-control” – 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT/NCV.

The more I accept God’s control over my life, the more self-control he gives me!

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Knowing the Truth

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                                       Rev. A. Hocking

EARTHQUAKES

We have heard about some horrific earthquakes in the world over the past few months.  We even had a couple here in UK! In some cases hundreds of people have been killed or injured and there are calls for more research on forecasting when and where an earthquake is liable to take place.

An amazing thing is that animals seem to have some 6th sense that warns them of such impending catastrophes.  Birds will fly out of a threatened area, Ants will pick up their eggs and move their nests to a safe spot. Bears, tigers and so on will move out of their dens and begin sleeping in the open so as not to be trapped by rock falls.  In a recent volcanic eruption, not one cave dwelling animal on the mountain was trapped or killed!

Now God has given these creatures the ability to discern when these catastrophes are going to happen.  The Bible says that he cares more about us than he does about them!  Jesus said that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without God knowing about it, and that we are of far more value than many sparrows.  He went on to tell us not to worry about tomorrow, what you’re going to eat or drink or wear.  Your heavenly father knows you need these things, and if you put your complete trust and faith in Him, he will provide them.

Now this may seem hard to believe to some, but I have proved it myself over and over again to be true.  God does care for those who trust Him as Saviour and Lord.   Why not invite Him into your life today and trust Him for tomorrow.

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Great Stories

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                                 Rev. E. Anderson 

THERE IS GREATNESS ALL AROUND YOU

USE IT

There are many people who could be Olympic champions, All-Americans who have never tried. I’d estimate five million people could have beaten me in the pole vault the years I won it, at least five million. Men who were stronger, bigger and faster than I was could have done it, but they never picked up a pole, never made the feeble effort to pick their legs off the ground to try to get over the bar.

Greatness is all around us. It’s easy to be great because great people will help you. What is fantastic about all the conventions I go to is that the greatest in the business will come and share their ideas, their methods and their techniques with everyone else? I have seen the greatest salesmen open up and show young salesmen exactly how they did it. They don’t hold back. I have also found it true in the world of sports.

I’ll never forget the time I was trying to break Dutch WarmerDam’s record. I was about a foot below his record, so I called him on the phone. l said, ‘Dutch, can you help my? I seem to have leveled of. I can’t get any higher. He said, sure, Bob, come on up to visit me and I’ll give you all I got”. I spent three days with the master the greatest pole vaulter in the world. For three days, Dutch gave me everything that he’d seen. There were things that I was doing wrong and he corrected them. To make a long story short, I went up eight inches. That great guy gave me the best that he had. I’ve found that sports champions and heroes willingly do this just to help you be become great, too.

A John Wooden, the great UCLA basketball coach, has a philosophy that every day he is supposed to help someone who can never reciprocate. That’s his obligation.

When in college working on his masters thesis on scouting and defensive football, George Allen wrote up a 30 page survey and sent it out to the that coaches in the country. Eighty-five percent answered it completely.

Great people will share, which is what made George Allen one of the greatest football coaches in the world.

Great people will tell you their secrets. Look for them, call them on the phone or buy their books. Go where they are, get around them, and talk to them. It is easy to be great when you get around great people.

Bob Richards

Olympic Athlete

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