Dave’s Snippets

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                                      Dr. David Allen

MAY CONTAIN “NUTS”

On   various packets, cartons, and often prominently displayed on menus, are the words “May contain nuts”. Sadly, some who are allergic to peanuts, cashews and almonds and other nuts, which most of us enjoy, have become extremely ill and one or two have died.  A piquant and delicious curry, or a crisp salad, may conceal a fatal ingredient.

During two thousand years of Christian history, the Church has had more than its share of “nuts”. St Simeon Stylites spent many years living on the top of a sixty-foot pole in the Syrian desert;  St Antony of Egypt lived in a cave and, in order to “mortify his flesh”, every morning  jumped naked into a conveniently placed thornbush! Much later on, St Francis of Assisi, to show his utter dependence on God rather than his own father, stripped naked on the cathedral  steps!

The early Quaker, James Nayler, like Jesus on a donkey, entered into Bristol to the cries of “Hosanna” from his followers.  Poor Naylor was imprisoned, had his tongue bored through with an awl and the letter B branded, as a Blasphemer, on his forehead.

As Pentecostals, we have had some “nuts”. In the early days, to defend themselves from the Devil, some would exclaim the cry “Blood! Blood! Blood!” Forty years ago a pastor was removed from the ministry because he was trying to expel demons on and crushing the unfortunate sufferers! I knew of another who claimed that he exorcised himself every morning before shaving! It is well he did things in that order!

However, here a warning: It is sometimes said that madness and genius are only a “tad” between.  David Wilkerson was thought crazy when he left a comfortable pastorate to go and speak in court on behalf of members of a vicious gang in   New York City.  The exciting story of   Teen Challenge began with  a “nut” who gave his shoes to a penniless drug-addict.  God may demand something that seems madness; but His ways are very different from ours, and we must never  stifle and criticise creativity and some things which may at first seem crazy.

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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.

SCIENCE

Science is the embodiment of information concerning the universe around to us, and it is the work of scientists to find out how things work what is the nature of material things, what laws are operating, what new discoveries can be made and what new inventions are possible. It is a very exciting subject.

Homo sapiens has always been a curious creature. Always seeking answers to our questions and thing to find how things ‘tick’. They sometimes take years to research their projects and history has shown some of the results. Radio, TV, Computers, Mobile phones and Jet aircraft etc. But that’s not the end of the story. Science has also devised guns and bombs which have brought so much death and misery. So, has science justified itself ? The answer is both yes and no, and the flaws are to be found in human nature rather than in science per se.

Unfortunately, even amoral inventions can be mis-used. The TV can bring information education and entertainment to millions, but at the flick of a switch it can pollute the minds of the viewers. Likewise a bus may carry a nurse on the way to her ministry of mercy at a hospital, while in the seat behind her could be a burglar or a terrorist.

We live in a wonderfully complex world which is forever revealing its secrets to the seeker. New methods are adopted, new laws discovered and new inventions constantly astound the public. Many of them have brought relief to stirrers, comfort to the weary and labour-saving devices to the busy house-wives.

But afore we get carried away with all the propaganda or start worshipping at the Shrine of Technology, we must not overlook another kind of knowledge or another kind of science.

The obvious and more popular one is concerned with the material world and stops short of the meta-physical entity, which means that there is another whole world waiting to be discovered . . . and enjoyed. It’s the spiritual world, and it calls for spiritual Columbus’s to do it. In the spiritual world, (and it’s invisibility does not detract from it’s existence) the key is not in the operation of a law or the application of a theory, but in a Person, and according to the book of Revelation He has the keys . . . . He is Jesus Christ and He opens up experiences that science cannot deal with. Forgiveness of sins, a clear conscience and peace of mind, not forgetting the settling of destiny.

His word to us is ”Seek and you will find” and His prayer for us all is that we might know Him (God) whom to KNOW IS LIFE ETERNAL! That’s what you could call real science!

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Prayer Dynamics

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                                   Rev. E. Anderson

TRANSFORMATION OF EVERYDAY LIFE

Father, in these quiet moments we have caught a glimpse of Thy glory. Inspire us, our Father, to carry into the everydayness of our lives all to which we aspire at such a moment as this. May our faith have feet and hands, a voice and a heart, that it may minister to others, that the gospel we profess may shine in our faces and be seen in our lives.

May we return to face the grind of the monotonous and the humdrum routine of duty with a new vision. Wilt Thou transform for us our common tasks and glorify them with a new light, that we may this week apply ourselves to them with fidelity and devotion.

Bless the homemakers, the mothers, and the servants who minister in the home, who maintain the sanctuaries to which tired men return.

Bless that noble company in white, the doctors and nurses. May their ministrations interpret the love and the pity of God..

Bless the teachers, often unheralded and unappreciated.

Bless all who are responsible for our transportation, who move us across this lovely land; all who in silence, and sometimes in darkness, toil while others sleep, that we may enjoy life and enjoy it more abundantly.

May Thy blessing rest upon all men who minister to their fellows. May each of us in our daily round come to know the joy of partnership with Thee, our Father in Heaven. In the name of Him who came “not to be ministered unto but to minister,” we join these, our prayers. Amen.

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