powerful quotes

Rev. Leigh Goodwin

FAMOUS QUOTES

“If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search”Sir John Templeton

When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams”Les Brown

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome” William James

“Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends”Jawaharlal Nehru

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent”Marilyn Vos Savant

“The value of action is that we make mistakes; mistakes show us what we need to learn”Peter McWilliams

 

 

Questions answered by Rev. K. Munday

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What principles are to be observed when interpreting the Scriptures to prevent fanatical and unbalanced viewpoints?

Here are some helpful guide lines:

1. Investigate to whom the Scripture was first addressed and their particular condition and environment at the time.
2. Accept Bible statements literally except when this is obviously impossible.
3. Always interpret texts in relation to the contexts.
4. Build no doctrines on isolated verses but take the consensus of the whole Bible on the subject concerned.
 
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Can you throw any light on the ultimate state of a Christian who commits suicide?

Two points are usually raised in connection with suicide. First, does it come under the category of murder? If so, then it states that no murderer has eternal life – 1 John 3: 15., but I would think that murder motivated by hatred, whereas suicide is usually motivated by utter despair. ..and a coroner often finds the act to have been committed ‘whilst the balance of mind was disturbed’ and God is not less than men.

The other point raised is that suicide precludes any opportunity of repentance, but one must ask if suicides are the only Christians to die suddenly with unconfessed sin!

The gift of life is an important trust, and to prematurely terminate it must incur some spiritual loss. Our human existence is but a period of probation for eternity, and even despair experienced by these unfortunate folk might have been turned to ultimate good.

We cannot pronounce with finality on the question, but I would not think that suicide automatically cancels salvation.

Questions answered by Rev. K. Munday

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Shall we know our loved ones in heaven?

One of the wonderful things about the Lord is His respect for individuals. He, being infinite knows His creation. The Bible states that He calls the stars by name – Psalm 147 4, and it also says that Jesus knows His sheep.

This respect for individuality obviously implies identity, and there is no Bible teaching about our being ‘absorbed into the eternal’ in the after life as some religions teach.

In Matthew 17: 3 you read of Moses and Elijah joining Jesus and the disciples on the mount of Transfiguration, and although they had been in the spiritual world for centuries, they still emerge as personal identities, and not as ‘spirits 007 and 008’ 

In Luke 16 Jesus tells of the after-life of the rich man and Lazarus, and in verse 23 Lazarus recognizes Abraham.

Ephesians 3: 15 mentions the Church as a family, and a family is together, caring for one another, loving one another, and certainly knowing one another! In the resurrection there will be a family get-together. Obviously of course as Matthew 22 shows, the married state will no longer obtain in heaven, but these present human relationships will be transcended by deeper spiritual relationships.

I am inclined to agree with an old Hymn: ‘We shall know each other better when the mists have rolled away’!
 

Questions answered by Rev. K. Munday

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Why do churches seem to attract ‘odd-bods’?

First of all because odd-bods are in the whosoever of John 3: 16, and secondly because we must welcome all without impartiality – see the epistle of James.

Some of these unfortunate people do not fit into normal social life and they must find it frustrating. Sometimes their families despise them, their work-mates make things difficult, and they generally feel unwanted.

To come into a company where they feel wanted and share the warmth of genuine friendship must mean a lot to them.

If of course their behaviour is objectionable, they should be corrected, and who knows, after a time some of their idiosyncrasies might go. ‘It’s wonderful what God can do’ we often sing and even though our patience may be tried, remember ‘Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it unto Me’  (Jesus).

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Should a Christian gamble on the Stock Exchange?

Money is the life-blood of a capitalist society and the function of stocks and shares is two-fold. First, it makes money available for the development of industry and it provides a share of the profits for the investor.

Our money is the fruit of our labour and can be made to work for us by being on loan to business or bank. It is prudent to invest only in trustworthy projects, but as in all areas of life the element of risk is present. This risk or chance could be equated with a gamble.

What Christians must watch is the danger of covetuousness.One might play the market, which means buying, selling and speculating for highest gain. Such behaviour I think is gambling.

Questions asked and answered by Rev. K. Munday

QUESTIONS ASKED AND ANSWERED      by Rev. K. Munday

I recently heard of a person seeking an annulment of his marriage. Is this different to divorce?

Certain conditions must be complied with before a marriage can take place and if there is a legal impediment although the couple may have gone through a wedding ceremony it can be declared null and void.

Some disqualifying factors for instance include: a) being under age.  b) Insanity at the time of marriage.  c) If the woman is expecting another’s child, or, e) if either party refuse or are incapable of consummating the marriage. Any enquiries about impediments should be addressed to the Registrar beforehand.

An Annulment differs from a Divorce insomuch that it declares that a marriage has not been recognised.
 

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Isn’t God a Kill-Joy?

This question was asked in a way that sounded as there could only be one answer…..in the affirmative. Obviously, for may people God is regarded as a person who wishes to take the happiness out of their lives.

A wag once said, ‘People going to Church look as though they’re going to the dentist’s, and after the service, it looks as though they have been!’

It may well very well be of course that certain types of Christian unwittingly give that impression. One expects laughter at the theatre, jollity at the dance and excitement at the football match, but in the Christian world any expression of emotion or happiness is quite unexpected.

Let us look a little closer at the subject of happiness. We would all agree of course that life is not all laughter. There are times when we must think seriously: when we come to the big decisions of life such as choosing our career, or getting married, or the responsibility of the family. So also one’s religion or personal faith is a serious thing. Serious, because Christianity touches all the big questions of life. It touches character and conduct, life, death and destiny, and if anything challenges us to serious thought it is the Christian Gospel. If we are going to consider it there must come a moment when the clowning has to stop. Point one, then is that Christianity is a serious matter and claims serious thought.

When we come to consider happiness we find that there are three types. The first could be called happiness of nature. Some people are blessed with a happy disposition and are usually optimistic. Then there is a happiness derived from circumstance. Business is good, the family’s well, we are enjoying good health and perhaps basking in the sunshine on holiday. Such happiness of course depends on what is happening to us.

But there is another kind of happiness, which is of a different quality to the former. It is a spiritual joy which alone comes from a right relationship with god. It stems from the forgiveness of sins and so gives peace of mind, heart and conscience. There comes a deep sense of well-being. A consciousness of being at one with the universe and a knowledge that whatever may come, all will be well. Such happiness or joy does not show itself in a boisterous life-and-soul of the party sort of way, or in a stream of funny stories however one might enjoy them, it is rather something that one experiences deep down in the heart.

In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus repeatedly used the word ‘blessed’ which means happy, and one of the conditions for receiving this happiness is to hunger and thirst after righteousness, so to be obedient to God brings real happiness, and to regard God as a kill-joy is to believe a bit of somewhat malicious propaganda put out by the critics.

You alone can nail that lie by proving the truth, and you can do this by submitting your life to Christ and asking Him for His great salvation.

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What about Suffering?

This question was prompted when the tragedy of Aberfan was being discussed. A coal slag heap moved on to a Welsh village was but one of many deaths including 116 school children. That was but one of many tragedies that happen every day.

Sometimes we hear of a seemingly healthy person suddenly struck down with an incurable diseases, or a sportsman suffering an irrecoverable injury at the height of his career. And constantly our help is solicited to relieve the hungry millions of the world.

What has Christianity to say about these things, and perhaps more important, what has it to say to those who suffer them. Or to the mourners who are left behind?

Before we try to blame God for the mismanagement of the world, we must first see that we bear responsibility for some of our calamities. Can we blame God if a child is knocked over by a drunken driver? If a building collapses because of faulty workmanship, whose responsibility is that? And when we think of hungry millions, what about the beef mountains in Europe? Some years ago I heard of wheat being thrown into the sea because it did not fetch the required price. Whose mismanagement of affairs was that? Did God build the concentration camps? Did He trigger off the hundreds of wars that have taken place during the twentieth century? We must face the fact that men has it in his own power  to make the world a happier place.

We do recognise however that some tragedies are quite beyond human control, when for instance a little dies from cancer. Such cases are inexplicable, and we realise that they happen to all kind of people, the rich, the poor, the religious and the irreligious. And after a careful reading of the Bible one must admit that it does not give us the complete answer to the mysteries of life, but it does offer some clues that will help us to at least partly understand.

First: There is a sinister evil power in our world, working against the interests of the human race. It is not God who sends cancers, neither does He break up homes, send our loved ones to mental homes, nor ruin marriages. Living as we do in an imperfect and sinful world, these things are bound to happen, and while we close our lives to God they will continue to happen. They never happened before man walked out on God.

Second: We should not ignore what I would call the secondary result of suffering. It can cause us to think deeply about the world and our place in it. It can also strengthen character. Have you noticed how cheerful a blind person can be? And there are some people who have lost hands, but learned to paint with their feet! What triumphs these are for the human spirit. Neither must we forget the compassion that suffering arouses in others. A sickness can draw a family together, and if I was involved in an accident on my way from this studio tonight, London’s traffic would move over for the ambulance to reach me. Nurses on night duty would stand by to receive me, and if necessary the surgeon would sweat his way through the night on an operation to save me. Then loved ones would come and visit me. Even misfortunes can be opportunities for good.

The best bit of news in the Bible is that one day we shall get the answers to life’s mysteries, and if we are still thinking about suffering, remember. man has not borne it all. There is a hymn:

‘There is a green hill far away – Outside the city wall
Where the dear lord was crucified – Who died to save us all.’

Christ knows what suffering is, and undeserved suffering too, yet He bore it that you and I might know forgiveness and He’s still offering it…..if you will receive it.

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Is God Dead?

A new philosophy came up some years ago declaring that God was dead, and strange to say, some theologians, who are supposed to believe in God, were also toying with the theory.

It is not always easy to understand the language of philosophy, but to us ordinary folk, the phrase ‘God is dead’ means exactly what it says, namely, that the person known as Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, no longer exists. It appears that some of the ‘God is Dead’ school actually mean this,
While others are using it in a metaphorical way, seeming to indicate that as man matures intellectually, he supersedes a need for God, so God is no longer relevant and therefore dead as far as modern man is concerned.

To suggest that God is literally dead is of course an absolute absurdity. He was not only the creator of the universe but also its sustainer. He maintains cosmic law and order, and if He were dead, there would be no discussion, and no philosophers to take part in it.

The theory therefore seems to boil down to a simple proposition. In a scientific age, there is no longer any place for the traditional view of God as taught by Christianity. It suggests that we have grown up and away from what we were told in Sunday school and church.

It should be stated that science can never take the place of the Christian faith. The two subjects deal with entirely different areas of human existence. Science can no more take the place of faith than a man can take the place of a woman.

The scientist looks at the universe and asks the question ‘What?’

He is concerned with the structure and composition of things. But the Christian believer, on the other hand, asks the question ‘Why?’ He is concerned with the reason and purpose of things. Science is a poor substitute for faith in God, even though man thinks that by it he can find the answer to life.

Jesus said, ‘He who saves his life shall lose it, but he who loses his life for My sake, shall find it.’ On first reading that statement sounds irrational, but in experience it is found to be absolutely true. Man is more and more making himself number One, even to the extent of relegating god to the cemetery, and in the enthronement of the human ego, man has lost his true life, namely his relationship with God.

The Christian however, has decided to lose his life for Christ’s sake, I n other words he has handed it over to God, and has now learned from the experience that he has become truly himself. A person only finds that when he surrenders to God. You see, we were made for God, and there is no real lasting peace or happiness until we find Him.

It is not God who is dead, but mankind. The Bible states that we are dead in trespasses and sins, but Christ came and said, ‘I am come that you might have Life and might have it more abundantly’.

And who turn to Him can share that Life and remember that Life is eternal.

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Is the Devil a Real Person?


Some people regard the Devil as a mythological figure; in the same way as those who view Lochness monster, Santa Claus and the Abominable snowman. They just add a little colour to the literary scene, but don’t take them too seriously.
When we come to discuss spiritual beings, we can only refer to some authority on that world. Of course there are many testimonies from people who have had unusual vision of God, angels or the Devil. All such cases can only be judged on hearing all the evidence, including perhaps an interview with the person concerned.
Enlightening though these testimonies may be, we need a greater and more reliable authority than these. We can therefore only turn to the Bible, because the Bible is a book of Revelation, and a revelation is something that cannot be known unless it is specially shown to us.
From a genuine teaching of the Bible it will be noticed that evil and wrongdoing are not merely viewed as something abstract, but they are traced to a source, and that source is revealed as a person, and that person is the Devil, and just as God is shown to be the Author of righteousness and promoter of all good, so the Devil is shown to be the author of unrighteousness and all that’s evil. These revelations of Scriptures are quite logical in their explanation of the origins of good and evil.

If then the Devil is a real person, what was the origin, and what sort of person is he?  From the Bible evidence, the Devil or Satan is a created Being of an order much higher than the human. His former name was Lucifer, which means ‘Light-bearer’, and like everything else created by God; he was perfect, good and very beautiful. He was given a position of some eminence in the Court of God, and it was this lofty position together with his beauty that became his downfall. He became proud and conceited, and decided to challenge the almighty for His throne. He did not succeed and was ejected from the Divine presence. From that critical moment for the whole universe, the Light-bearer became ‘the prince of darkness’’ and Lucifer became Satan which means adversary.
He seems to have an intense interest in this planet, and for some possible six thousand years has exercised a considerable control over its inhabitants. A formidable figure indeed!
Those who heard my question about being saved will recall that I used an example to describe man’s disobedience. I said that he stepped outside God’s circle. I would add that when that happened he found himself to be within the range and influence of Satan, and the call of the Gospel is to return to within the circle where we truly belong. To quit the realms of darkness and come to the Light. To leave sin and embrace righteousness, or to use a Bible phrase, ‘turn from the power of Satan to God and receive forgiveness of sins’. This can be done by a simple act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Terry heads what is known as Lifeline Ministries and you can get more info from his website on this which is as follows: www.lifelineministries.co.uk

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Must a Christian Go to Church?

The questioner shows some sympathy with Christianity, but appears to have some reservations on the matter of church-going.

It must be said at the outset that a person can become a Christian without going to a church, because conversion is an experience which takes place between oneself and Jesus Christ.

It is very interesting when reading the New Testament to note the variety of places in which people decided to follow Christ.

Zaccheus, the little man we heard about in Sunday School, was converted in his own home. Another convert, this time a woman, acknowledged Christ at an eastern well in the countryside. The apostles of Jesus who were fishermen had their experience by the sea-side; whilst a criminal turned to the Saviour during the process of judicial punishment hanging on a cross. In our days people also make their decisions in all kinds of places. Some have done so while listening to a radio programme. Becoming a Christian then can happen anywhere, because it happens when one receives Christ into their life.

Now about going to Church. The straight answer is this. One can become a Christian without going to a Church, but one cannot continue to be a successful Christian without going. Let me say why.

First, Church-going is an obvious thing to do for a Christian, because people who share a common interest always want to get together. A keen photographer will join a photographic club, not merely for friendship, but also to pick up tips which will improve his own expertise. The golfers or tennis players will often be found with their sporting colleagues. A child must take its place with others at school, and the soldier ha no objections in being identified with his regiment, in fact, he’s rather proud of it.

So the Christian must not be isolated from the Church. When our Lord founded it, He knew the deepened within our personalities for friendship and fellowship, and really, the person who continually remains aloof is sometimes looked upon as somewhat unusual and even eccentric.

The Church then is the meeting place for the family of God, and to meet with that family is a great privilege because it is spiritually strengthening. It is there too that we shall find qualified men who can teach us the great truths of the Faith.

Church-going is also a challenge. When you go to Church, the neighbours will know, your friends will know; so it becomes a public witness. It means that you must watch you Ps and Qs! I do hope that the non-Church goer is not doing so to avoid the challenge. It’s easy to criticise members and ministers, but why not receive Christ and come into the Church and strengthen it?

Most people who have been to a football match have at some time see Johnny know-all. He’s the supporter who never misses a match; he knows all the rules of the game, and how it should be played. It appears that he has a confidential optician’s report on the referee’s eyesight, and Johnny could tell him a thing or two. He knows all the players by their Christian names, and if nobody has scored by half time he knows some names that are not very Christian.

Yes, its easy to stand on the touchline and criticise but why not come in and enjoy the salvation which Christ freely offers?

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