The Messenger

 

   2014

Sept/Oct

 

 

 

 

Arrivals and Departures

There are many thousands of these daily, throughout the world. The population of this world is continually on the move; some journeys are short while others are 'long-haul'. Some take us to a nearby village while others carry us to distant countries ...

 

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July/August

 

 

 

 

After this

But moments ago, I dying lay
Beside the gate where day by day,
I watched the rich man come and go,
Hoping he might some kindness show.
He passed me by, without a smile,
Though I was starving all the while,
But then a voice did kindly say...

 

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May/June

 

 

 

 

Debt crisis

It has been alarming to hear not only of individuals in debt, but also news of countries teetering on the brink of bankruptcy has sent a shudder through the entire world. For too long, governments have spent foolishly and have failed to curb reckless investments by banks and financial institutions. The result...

 

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March/April

 

 

 

 

Where a new life begins

The title of this article was seen on a large hoarding on the perimeter of a new housing development. It was meant to convey that a person buying one of these homes would be so delighted that it would be as if they were starting a new life. Admittedly the location was good; public transport connections were nearby; prestigious schools and shops were easily available; churches of all persuasions were local...

 

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Jan/Feb

 

 

 

 

Cover-up

This is a term, used increasingly, to describe a situation where the truth has been suppressed, the facts have been misreported and people misled by a string of lies and a web of deceit. This is done deliberately to obscure the truth and to allow the guilty to appear innocent...

 

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   2013

Nov/Dec

 

 

 

 

He died for strangers

On Wednesday the 19th. November 1997, the M.V. Green Lily ran aground on Bressay, near Grut Wick. After loading a cargo of approximately 3000 tonnes of frozen fish, bound for Las Palmas in the Canary Isles, the Croatian-born captain decided to set sail in foul weather, in spite of warnings from the Harbour Master not to leave the port at Lerwick, Shetland. Shortly after leaving the harbour, the ship suffered engine failure in a force 9 gale forecast to reach force 11 imminently and was left drifting in 50ft. waves, eventually running aground off Bressay …

 

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Sept/Oct

 

 

 

 

Sought and found

In Feb. 2013, an 18-year-old British backpacker went missing in the Australian outback for three days. He was young, healthy and very fit, since he was a keen long-distance runner. He had been working on a cattle station in Queensland and decided to go for a jog. In the heat of some 40oC he became disorientated and instead of running back to the cattle station and safety, he was going in the opposite direction …

 

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July/Aug

 

 

 

 

Someone's looking for you!

In this busy world, where so many prying eyes are frequently upon us, it is difficult to escape the surveillance that we are so often under. Transactions carried out, using our credit cards, mean that we can be easily tracked and our movements monitored …

 

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May/June

 

 

 

 

Greater Love

In the city of Melbourne, Australia, there is a very impressive shrine in memory of those from the state of Victoria who gave their lives for their country in times of war. The shrine was built between July 1928 and November 1934 in memory of the thousands from Victoria who served and died in the 1914 -1918 war. It has been a growing monument with other memorials added to the site as Australian soldiers fought in various campaigns. Queen Elizabeth II dedicated the forecourt in 1954 to those who served in the 1939 - 1945 war. There is a prominent inscription that declares, "Let all men know that this is holy ground" …

 

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March/April

 

 

 

 

Disappointed

To be disappointed is not a pleasant experience. This word has been on the lips of many over recent months. In the world of athletics we have heard this sentiment articulated repeatedly during the Olympic Games held in London. Some who expected to gain medals or break records were heard to express thoughts like "I am so disappointed ... years of training, dieting, hard work and all to no avail … I thought I had done enough to get the verdict …

 

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Jan/Feb

 

 

 

 

Deep Clean

One cannot fail to have noticed the changes that are taking place globally with alarming rapidity and frequency. On an unprecedented scale in the history of our world, geographically, climatically, financially, socially and morally; changes of seismic proportion are taking place. The debt crisis in the Eurozone is becoming frightening, engulfing more and more countries ...

 

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   2012

 

November/December

 

 

 

 

What next?

One cannot fail to have noticed the changes that are taking place globally with alarming rapidity and frequency. On an unprecedented scale in the history of our world, geographically, climatically, financially, socially and morally; changes of seismic proportion are taking place. The debt crisis in the Eurozone is becoming frightening, engulfing more and more countries ...

 

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September/October

 

 

 

 

Safety First

Some while ago flights in and out of Europe and elsewhere were greatly disrupted because vast clouds of ash were thrown into the sky by the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland. The various bodies that control air travel decided that it would have been too dangerous for aircraft to fly through this ash ...

 

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July/August

 

 

 

 

The survival of the fittest

 

Quite often this phrase is used as a feeble excuse for treating others dismissively, who are vulnerable and less assertive than ourselves. When we want our own way and wish to achieve something, even though it may hurt and damage others, we justify our disgusting behaviour on "the survival of the fittest" ...

 

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May/June

 

 

 

 

Immigrants - legal or not?

 

Many countries in the world are facing severe social problems due to the influx of illegal immigrants. These are people who seek to enter a country without going through the due legal processes. Such statutory requirements are usually clearly defined by the host country but there are people who will not bow to authority and others who want to get in some way of their own devising. ...

 

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March/April

 

 

 

 

Found Out

 

How alarming have the pictures been of the recent serious rioting in London and other cities; the true face of democracy: uncontrolled anarchy. Scenes of wanton destruction were depicted on television screens and in all the newspapers. It was headline news that we would rather not have seen; shocking and embarrassing. Those who should have known better ...

 

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Jan/Feb

 

 

Warranty

 

A friend of mine went into a store to buy a piece of electrical equipment. He had done his research and was confident that he was buying the best product within his price range. One of the things that mattered to him was the reliability of this particular brand. All the reviews that he had read had commented on the fact that it passed all the stringent tests with flying colours. When he had chosen the item and was walking to the checkout one of the store sales representatives approached him ...

 

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   2011

 

November/Decmber

 

 

Expiry date

 

I watched a lady in a supermarket buying her groceries. She lifted a packet from the front of the display and examined it. She replaced it but then began moving other similar packets so that she had access to those at the back of the shelf. One of these was selected and similarly examined and then placed in her shopping trolley. Being inquisitive I went to that shelf and examined two packets ...

 

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September/October

 

 

Saved - at last!

 

Just recently, the plight of "Los 33", the Chilean miners who were trapped 700 metres below ground in the San José gold and copper mine, engaged the attention of millions around the world. We listened daily to the news bulletins, fearing the worst but hoping for the best. For 69 days they waited, hoped and prayed ...

 

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July/August

 

 

400 years

 

What an interesting Book the Bible is! A remarkable collection of sixty-six individual books bound into one priceless volume. There are books of history, books of poetry, and books of prophecy. There are four books telling the lovely story of the life and ministry of Jesus ...

 

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May/June

 

 

Here today - where tomorrow?

 

With the speed and facility of modern travel it is possible to have breakfast in the UK and tea in the USA. In travel terms the world has shrunk and this has opened up a whole new vista on holiday destinations with many companies specialising in long haul flights to exotic and distant locations. Travellers are less restricted in their choice ...

 

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March/April

 

 

Christ is the answer

 

Three questions raised by three very different people but one answer is sufficient, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life". Christ alone is the answer to our every need ...

 

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Jan/Feb

 

 

Christ died for us

 

The first man Adam died, the oldest man Methuselah died, the wisest man Solomon died, the meekest man Moses died. Patriarchs, prophets, princes, princesses, prime ministers, presidents, politicians, philosophers, peasants and paupers all die ...

 

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   2010

 

November/December

 

 

Here is the weather forecast

 

Few of us will soon forget the meteorological blunder committed in 2009 when weather forecasters predicted a 'barbecue summer'. With what excited expectation we waited for the heat and the balmy sunshine but ...

 

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September/October

 

 

Changing Values

 

It is amazing how prices change. Many U.K. readers will remember the old currency of pounds, shillings and pence, when there were 12 pence to the shilling and twenty shillings to the pound. Half a crown (12.5p) would have gone a long way and a big white five-pound note was a king's ransom! Decimalisation dispensed with that and many would argue, led to a great price increase ...

 

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July/August

 

 

Departure Lounge

 

We had relaxed with a cup of coffee as we chatted with happy expectancy about our long anticipated holiday. We were enjoying browsing through the great range of duty free goods and wondering ...

 

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May/June

 

 

Don't know

 

It is a very rare thing to hear anyone say“I don’t know.”We are very slow to admit our ignorance. We hear people say in a general way,“everybody knows this or that.” However ...

 

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March/April

 

 

Heavenly ID

 

In the last book of the Bible we read at least four descriptions of those who will be in heaven. My dear reader, are these true of you? ...

 

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Jan/Feb

 

 

No Shelter

 

It was a beautiful, hot, sunny day and we were sitting on a grass area near to the beach having a picnic. All was most pleasant and enjoyable. The children were enjoying themselves, playing games and frolicking on the grass. Other families were on the sand, some building sand castles and others splashing about in the water. The whole scene was one of blissful joy and happiness ...

 

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   2009

 

November/December

 

 

 

The Piper Alpha Disaster

 

On 6th July 1988, one hundred and sixty seven men aboard the North Sea platform perished in what remains the world’s worst offshore disaster. Just before 10pm on the night of the tragedy, a major gas leak was followed by fire and a series of explosions ...

 

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September/October

 

 

 

Choices

 

Each day every person makes many choices. Some may be trivial as we choose what to wear or what to eat; others will influence matters in our work place; others may influence who rules over us locally or nationally; others will set the trend for life as we choose a career, a partner for life or a place to live ...

 

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July/August

 

 

 

What is God Like?

 

Many artists have used their talent to try to depict God. Some have sought to capture His likeness on canvas, others on the plaster of walls or ceilings of various buildings. All this has been futile since the Bible declares in two places that “No man hath seen God at any time”...

 

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May/June

 

 

 

Which gate?

 

More people travel by plane than ever before. Formerly this mode of travel was solely the realm of the wealthy, but in the present society it appears that nearly everyone has been on a plane...

 

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March/April

 

 

 

You're no Different

 

It has long been the desire of politicians to create a classless society where there will be real social integration and inclusively ...

 

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Jan/Feb

 

 

15 Minutes at the top

 

Sir Edmund Hillary died on 10 January 2008, aged 88. He made his name (with Sherpa Norgay Tenzing) as the first to climb Mount Everest...

 

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Bible Verse

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1.16)

 

 

 

 

 

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