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Stories of Forgiving

There are so many challenges waiting for you to accept:

the challenge of a new opportunity

the challenge to beat yesterday’s record

the challenge to compete against yourself

the challenge to grow personally, a little more each day.

“We must set out to do a good job,

irrespective of race, and do it so well

that nobody could do it better”.

– Martin Luther King, Jnr.

I’m currently writing a new novel titled ‘It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn”, which is already available* at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IX0MNW

(published BEFORE it is completed and “write as you go”

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn”

is already available* at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IX0MNW

*at least what he’s written to date. Watch a novel, the story “unfold” (develop)!

 

Sorry can’t seem to get rid of the underline. Dunno what I did there, but a bit “lazy” to bother re-typing

“total non-techno and lazy-bones” craig

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Pauls Letters to the Corinthians: The Mind of Christ

From http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+2&version=NIV

PAULS LETTERS TO THE CORINTHIANS

1 Corinthians 2 (written 2000 years ago!)

1 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:

   “What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”[d]

But we have the mind of Christ.

   “What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

From http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+2&version=NIV

THE BIG QUESTION: What does GOD mean to YOU?

“I experience God as an eternal loving creative presence within the world and in my own life, My belief My belief in God provides me with a framework for how I view humanity and the earth, God for me is found in the middle of daily life, in all the joys and struggles of people. It is God who encourages me to strive for loving, creative and healing relationships in the community and with people. As I reflect daily on who God is, I’m motivated to work for a world that is just and caring.”

– Campbell Roberts (National Director, Salvation Army of New Zealand)

“God is the ground of my being. St John tells us that God is love , and those that abide in love abide in God and God in them.” Such life is demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ in his total commitment to justice. Such love cannot be defeated. It is stronger, than hate, more powerful than death.”

– Rev Peter Beck, former Anglican dean of Christchurch and now Christchurch city councillor

“I find the question quite interesting: “What does God mean to you?”, rather than “Who is God for you?” For me personally, the word ‘God can be interchanged with many other words- Allah, Almighty being, creator of the universe…. I believe that a far greater being, ‘God; existed before all else. It is the Triune God – God, Son, Spirit that has a significant place in my daily life, and particularly the person of Jesus. Jesus, who is love, who came among us in the world to bring a simple message- to love one another as God loves us, an unconditional love that can never be measured. Such a simple message, but seemingly so hard to follow. It is the person of Jesus that I try to emulate each day, loving all those with whom I come into contact.”

– Sister Helen O’Sullivan, a missionary nun, is the national project co-ordinator for the Catholic Church’s office for young people.

“God centers around our Highest Thoughts and is supreme Goodness”
– a “nony mouse”
“It’s all about doing the most good. God manifests in the highest virtues, in action: things like helping one another, forgiveness, charity, humility, love, mercy, compassion and especially seeing the good, the very best in people. Love is more than an emotion – it is action
– “a writer”-
God plays a significant role in my life, and couldn’t be described in a short paragraph really.”
– anonymous reader

from Sunday Star-Times (NZ) Sunday April 8 2012

“Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.”
by Isaac Bashevis Singer

THE BIG QUESTION:

What does GOD mean to YOU?

“I experience God as an eternal loving creative presence within the world and in my own life, My belief  My belief in God provides me with a framework for how I view humanity and the earth,  God for me is found in the middle of daily life, in all the joys and struggles of people. It is God who encourages me to strive for loving, creative and healing relationships in the community and with people. As I reflect daily on who God is, I’m motivated to work for a world that is just and caring.”

– Campbell Roberts (National Director, Salvation Army of New Zealand)

“God is the ground of my being. St John tells us that God is love , and those that abide in love abide in God and God  in them.”  Such life is demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ in his total commitment to justice. Such love cannot be defeated. It is stronger, than hate, more powerful than death.”

– Rev Peter Beck, former Anglican dean of Christchurch and now Christchurch city councillor

“I find the question quite interesting: “What does God mean to you?”, rather than “Who is God for you?” For me personally, the word ‘God can be interchanged  with many other words- Allah, Almighty being, creator of the universe…. I believe that a far greater  being, ‘God; existed before all else. It is the Triune God – God, Son, Spirit that has a significant place in my daily life, and particularly the person of Jesus. Jesus, who is love, who came among us in the world to bring a simple message- to love one another as God loves us, an unconditional love that can never be measured. Such a simple message, but seemingly so hard to follow. It is the person of Jesus that I try to emulate each day, loving all those with whom I come into contact.”

– Sister Helen O’Sullivan, a missionary nun, is the national project co-ordinator  for the Catholic Church’s office for young people.

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” A location in one’s psyche (as well as externally), where the fullest concept of love reigns, leading to a calm and grounded way of meeting any situation. Like peace, God is always available to us; but can only exist when we choose this place , this never-ending source to dwell. This God-state lies deep within our nature, but requires deliberate cultivation (prayer, meditation) in the same way we have to hard to be healthy. And just like exercise, there are many paths to spirituality. Anyone who kills in the name of religion has lost God. This force unites and overcomes fear.”

– Jo Randerson, playwright, theatre director and performer, raised as an Anglican, but has a  strong interest in Buddhism and spiritual practices in general’.

“I’ve always accepted that there is a God and that provides me with a sense of security when times are adverse or appalling.”

– Michael Laws, radio host and former politician

“The death and resurrection of Christ, which is a single act and not two separate events, is the heartbeat of Christianity. It tells us God chooses a personal relationship of trust and sacrificial love with us. In short, God was in Christ reconciling Godself to humanity…and if we want to know what God looks like we need to go no further than gazing on the face of Jesus,

‘I came that you may have life… and have it abundantly’, says Jesus.”

– Bishop Victoria Matthews, Anglican Bishop of Christchurch

“As a follower of Islam, I believe in what the Koran says about God. The Koran is full of descriptions of God (Allah) throughout the text. God is the creator and sustainer of the Universe. He is merciful and  compassionate. There is nothing like Him, He is the all-hearing, the all seeing. He is the God, the everlasting refuge, who has not begotten, nor has been begotten. He is the guardian over everything. I believe characterising God in any human form or depicting Him as favouring certain individuals or nations on the basis of wealth, power or race is incorrect. He created humans as equals. They may distinguish themselves and get His favour through virtue and piety only.”

– Ashraf Choudry , former Labour MP from 2002-2011

A few quick thoughts from readers unknown…

“God is life force”

“God is another term/concept to explain life itself”

“For me God is Universal Consciousness, the Ground of All Being”

“God is the Creator…the Ultimate Creator of Life”

“God is the mystery of Life in the ‘great unknown'”

“I often think of God as the answer to a number of answerable questions.”

“God is the Ultimate , Infinite Source centering around our Highest Thoughts and is supreme Goodness”

– a “nony mouse”

“It’s all about doing the most good. God manifests in the highest virtues, in action:  things like helping one another, forgiveness, charity, humility, love, mercy, compassion and especially seeing the good, the very best in people. Love is more than an emotion – it is an action…and reveals itself most clearly, most fully in our actions to each other.”

– “a writer”

“God is a mystery, a Creative Presence, the mystery, the Ultimate Source of Life, the Fountain of all Goodness, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”

– me

God plays a significant role in my life, and couldn’t be described in a short paragraph really.”

–  anonymous reader

from Sunday Star-Times (NZ) Sunday April 8 2012

Shared by craig

PPS

This is my favourite and sums up my message, my “little” life…in trying in some small way to break down barriers between people.

“I had a good chance to meet a yogi who was so spiritual and happy all the time. I wondered how he managed his thinking and I learned a lot from him. I saw him and I thought, ‘This is the way.’ You believe in a God, but not in a religious way. We human beings like to give him names, whether that is Jesus  or whatever else. But my view is that God is ONE, whether it is Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, almost anything, and that he is everywhere. He (or she) has (no gender), colour, no religion, no race, nothing. It’s incredible how close he is to you and to everybody. You just call him (her/It) and he’s there. That’s it, simple.  This is the reality we so often forget.”

– Balbir Singh, former physio-therapist to Michael Schumacher (and student of psychology). (With my little additional few words in brackets)  from a great book by Clyde Brolin ‘Overdrive: Formula One in the Zone’   http://www.overdrivef1.com   and my book ‘God and Formula One’ at http://www.amazon.com/GOD-FORMULA-ONE-F1-ebook/dp/B005Z6BFX0

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, today let’s plant the seeds, the hope of a  better and brighter future (for tomorrow)”

The various books that Craig ‘felt inspired to write’ are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html#craig or www.lulu.com/craiglock

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE!

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn

“Here was a light behind the despair, beyond the darkness. At first a flicker of an ember, just a tiny pin-prick of dawning possibilities. Then burning slowly, brightly and bigger, a glimmer, a candle in the blackness of despair, which gave off just enough of a glow (luminescence?) to light a path. And so show the rest of us the way ahead… a path to endless possibilities…from the darkness into the eternal light.” as adapted (slightly) from Rian Malan’s powerful words in ‘My Traitor’s Heart’

From “It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IX0MNW

The various novels on South Africa that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4