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Author: Malc

Director of Faith Christian Group (Reading), my passion is to see God's Kingdom extended to everyone through acts of compassion both large and small.

We live in an intolerably unequal world and even in an unacceptably unequal country. The U.K. is a great place to live if your annual income is over £100,000, not so bad if it is over £50,000. But what about the rest?

High salaries for those in so-called responsible positions only lead to high prices for housing, both rented and to buy, leading to inner city squalor for the poor. Many young people now face the probability of never owning their own property, unless mum and dad have considerable assets.

Low pay, zero hours contracts and ridiculously low Universal Credit all contribute to the existence of an under-class, many of whom have lost hope. They aren’t the working class anymore they are the “wish we could be working” class.

As some-one ultimately responsible for one of the U.K.’s largest food banks I have seen the growth in poverty first hand since 2008. Demand for food parcels shows no sign of levelling out let alone decreasing.

Time after time I come across the pure ignorance of the “Westminster Bubble” as regards the reality of life for many people.

At some point we have to wake up to the fact that not one of us has the right to a high income, a large house, multiple holidays, multiple cars, expensive clothes, etc. etc. “I earned it”, “I worked hard for it” doesn’t wash. The money you have came from other people. Did you simply overcharge for your services, your time, your intellect?

It is time to somehow regulate salaries. No-one deserves over 6 figure salaries, and even that is laughable. I even know of Charity bosses on massive salaries. How on earth did that happen?

Then there’s un-taxed companies …… I don’t need to go on.

Those of us on decent salaries don’t need tax cuts! We need to know that we have a working Welfare State, acceptable health care for all, great care of the elderly and protection for the vulnerable, and that old chestnut “affordable housing”. Bring back Council Houses! By the thousand.

Let’s give people back some hope.

Personal views?

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Please note that I try to represent the mainstream of Christian opinion and theology, however, occasionally I may share what some would consider the view of a particular stream of Christianity; a more narrowly held theology or at times my personal take on what I believe scripture says.

In particular these pages do not represent in any way the views of Faith Christian Group of which I have been director since 2005.

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Billy Graham

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We have just lost perhaps the most influential Christian of the 20th Century.

He was an inspiration to any aspiring evangelist …. keep it simple and to the 4 points

God loves you

You have sinned 

Christ died for you

You have to make a decision

 

I saw him in the early 60’s at Earls Court and again in 1973 in Wembley Stadium.

Memorable moments in my Christian life. A truly great man.

 

Did I say influential?

          

His last message is recorded here

A word to the wise

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This is the first time I’ve posted anything from UCB Word for today, but this is serious stuff. It may need reading more than once to take in.

“If you train yourself to listen carefully to what someone is saying, they will generally tell you who and what they are before you get into a relationship with them. Prevention is better than cure! But more times than not, when someone begins to warn us of their weaknesses and what to expect, we jump in with our motivational ‘Oh no, that can’t be true’ thoughts, and encourage them to move forward with us. We need to learn the priceless art of listening without interrupting. If you do, you’ll save yourself years of tears, secret disappointments, and negative experiences. Rather than using your optimism and persuasive style to coerce somebody into accepting your goals and objectives, you need to know when a person can’t become something just because you want them to or believe they can. They can’t run on your fuel! Your character and maturity won’t make up for their lack of it. Without your awareness of this principle, these high-maintenance relationships can weary you and drain your strength for years. In private or professional relationships, if you have to keep motivating to get started, you’ll have to keep motivating to maintain. On the other hand, if you look, listen, pray, and observe, you can decide whether it’s worth the effort to engage in the relationship in the first place. And if you ask God, He will guide you in this: His Word says, ‘Look with your eyes…hear with your ears, and fix your mind on everything I show you; for you were brought here…that I might show them to you.’ ”
Is 59-61, 1 Thess 1

It is one clear statement of how far western society has fallen that even a man of Graham’s stature has begun to be vilified in the liberal media.

We live in troubled and desperate times when people cannot discern good from evil and seem not to want to know the difference between right from wrong.

Even some elements of the established church seem to be more concerned with not causing offence and being popular rather than standing out, and setting an example to society.

Jesus said, “Do not be conformed to the world, rather be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

 

Malki

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Somewhere along the line a friend started calling me Malkimalk

Then I came across the Malkijahs in Nehemiah and was quite taken by the name

This little fellow appeared on a range of clothing, now defunct.

I still have the Tee shirt and the cap!

Does look alarmingly like a DUP supporter, but hey!

The Archer?

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Several trips to Stockholm, Orebro and other places in Sweden have given me a real heart for the country.

The Archer to the left was drawn for me by my good friend Christer Aadland

The logo on the back is the Boiler Room

The concept was based on a prophetic word about shooting arrows (young people) into other countries

One prophecy which I have not really lived up to as far as I can tell.

I am very blessed to have been able to visit Brazil several times.

I love the country. I love the passion of the Christians.

I have never visited anywhere else that can boast a city (Goiania) where 40% of the population would say that they are evangelical Christians. The photo is of an intercessory/evangelism prayer group.

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