Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Three Thoughts to Help in 2017

Posted By at Wednesday, December 21, 2016

This is my last MID WEEK BOOSTER for 2016. Let me say thanks to all who receive it and for those of you who have supported the ministry financially and otherwise during the year. Thank you and be blessed for a great Christmas and exciting 2017!

If you want to get the most out of your New Year of 2017, I suggest these three things you should do: -

[1] CONCENTRATE ON YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES - NOT YOUR RIGHTS.

We live in a fallen world and you won't always be treated fairly; that's just a fact of life today. If you want to go far, travel light spiritually; release and unload all your resentments!

Paul says in Philippians 4:8 The Message Bible Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

[2] SPEND TIME WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.

The only difference in what you are now and what you'll be by the end of 2017 is really in the books you read and the company you keep.

Henry Ford once said,  "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."

What do your friends bring out in you?

Don't let people drag you down, they should lift you up to new heights in Christ.

Solomon said in Proverbs 13:2 "He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."

[3] YOU CAN MAKE 2017 THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE.

When Shirley Temple asked her mother what the happiest moment in her life was, her mother replied, "Right now."

Shirley asked, "But what about the day you were married?"

Her mother answered, "My happiest moment then was then, but my happiest moment now is now. You see, you can live only in the moment you're in, so to me that's the happiest moment."

That's a wonderful answer!

Lamentations 3:23 His mercies are new every morning.

Psalm 68:19 He daily loads us with benefits.

That means you should get up every day and announce...

Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it."

Why not start asking for abundant blessings to share with those less fortunate than yourself this New Year?

We have a special offering at this time to help a camp for underprivileged children in Romania in 2017. You can read more about this camp at Our Missions on the FFC website. If you feel you want to contribute towards that contact us. Or you can send a check made payable to FAMILY FAITH CENTRE, and post it to Family Faith Centre, PO Box 600 South Morang, Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA (make on the envelope it's for Romania Camp).

Norman

Dr Norman Campbell

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE
We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!
160 Centenary Drive, [PVAC Building]
Mill Park Victoria 3082

We will have a New Year's Day service on Sunday January 1, 2017 from 10.30am to 12.00pm, with Worship and Word teaching to enjoy God's presence. If you're in the area please come and join us - you will be made welcome.

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Get Up and Keep Going!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This is my last MID WEEK BOOSTER for 2015, the next one will be January 6, 2016. It's time to launch out into another year in the things of God. Let me say thank you to all who read the Mid Week Faith Booster and also our Sunday NORMality Newsletter. And a special thanks to all who have purchased any of our CDs and books this year, and also those of you who have financially supported this ministry.

I was wondering how many of you who read this weekly Blog have experienced some failure this past year?

I was reading the Living Bible [by Kenneth Taylor] and got to 2 Cor 4:8-9 which says, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going."

That caused me to think about those of you who may have had some setbacks. As Willie Jolley says in his book:  "A setback is just a setup for a comeback."

When something negative is happening it's tempting just to give up. But you can't; you must 'get up again.' Failing doesn't make you a failure - it's quitting that makes failures. As someone said, 'The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee.'

A failure-free life feels safe, but it can be boring, with apathy and low self-esteem. Ever noticed that the devil never reminds you of what you've learned? No, he wants you to keep reliving all the painful details.

So learn the lesson then forget the details!

Victory requires building on what you've learned and moving on.

We have all experienced failures of some sort in our lives but don't give up just because you have experienced some setback.

My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.

Many people considered successful today have faced failure with either small or large setbacks.

  • Bill Gates' first business failed, but he went on to become one of the world's riches men.
  • Albert Einstein didn't have the best childhood. In fact, many people thought he was just plain stupid.
  • Jim Carrey the actor revealed that when he was 15, he had to drop out of school to support his family. His father was an unemployed musician and as the family went from lower middle class to poor, they eventually had to start living in a van. 
  • Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at age ten.
  • Richard Branson the successful millionaire businessman has dyslexia.
  • Stephen King the author had his first novel rejected 30 times.
  • Oprah Winfrey gave birth at age 14 and lost her baby.
  • Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the light bulb.
  • Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.
  • R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.
  • English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before publishing 564 books.

An article in a financial magazine said, 'You've failed many times although you may not remember."

You fell the first time you tried to walk.

You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim.

Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat?

Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.

The Apostle Paul said in Phil 3:8 "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ!"

H. Jackson Brown Jr, the American author best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book, gives two rules for winning:

  1. Rule One: Take one more step.
  2. Rule Two: When you can't take one more step, refer to rule number one.

I say GET UP AND KEEP GOING, God has 2016 already planned for you with amazing surprises. So have a Happy New Year!

Norman   

 

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That's a Good Idea!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Have you ever had a good idea and did nothing about it? Then find out a few years later someone else came up with the same idea and made a lot of money from it.

Convention has always been the enemy of invention in the same way tradition often impedes innovation.

The Bible teaches that we humans were created in the image and likeness of God; that is to say, every human who has the Spirit of God indwelling him or her has the capacity to invent just as God pioneered the creation of the world in the genesis of all things.  The pioneering Spirit is the spirit of creativity, innovation, cutting-edge ideas, entrepreneurship and witty inventions.

The Word confirms this by saying in Prov 8:12  I wisdom dwell with prudence and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

This scripture gives insight into creativity and innovation; it is implicitly saying that wisdom is the neighbour of the practical application of wisdom and when they take residence in your life, they help you find out clever inventions.

One God-given idea can change so much.

In 1824, Louis Braille sure did; he was a Christian and he invented a system of raised dots on paper that allowed the blind people to read. He invented 63 symbols representing every language, hence God's Word was placed into the hands of the visually impaired for the first time.

And what about communications? In part, you owe your mobile phone and your computer to a Christian named Samuel Morse. How different the world was before him! First-class news took two weeks to reach America. And the reports of a major victory could take six weeks to reach Great Britain.

One day a friend asked, 'Morse, when you were experimenting did you ever come to an absolute deadlock, not knowing what to do?'

Morse replied, 'More than once.'

His friend asked, 'What did you do then?'

Morse shared a secret, 'I got down on my knees and prayed for light, and light came, and when my inventions were acknowledged by flattering honours from America and Europe, I said, "Not unto me, O Lord, not unto me, but unto Thy name give the glory."'

That's why the first message sent by transatlantic cable read, 'What God has wrought.'

Now add another Christian named Louis Pasteur, the French scientist who showed us that infection is the result of things we cannot see, namely germs and viruses. He introduced sterilisation methods that eventually saved the lives of multitudes of people.

Do you think God has run out of good ideas?

Not a chance! He has plenty just for you too if you will spend time and ask Him.

Go ahead just ask Him for one for your life or your business!

Norman