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CLUBS & SOCIETIES GRANTOWN AND DISTRICT BILLIARDS AND SNOOKER CLUB Meets on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays 7pm10pm at Old Church Hall in Dulnain Bridge, near Grantown-on-Spey. WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION We hold 9 meetings per year on Saturday afternoons in Elgin Library. Open to anyone with an interest in WW1. Contact Derek Bird on 01343 870562 or email chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net www.wfascotlandnorth.org.uk GRANTOWN ON SPEY U3A Meets every two weeks from October to April at Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey. See website for details: www.grantownu3a.co.uk FORUM FOR MEN Meets every Wednesday. Social group for gay, t-men & bi. Email morgan@tramstop.org or text/call 07745 930383 for info. T-EXCHANGE MAKERSPACE Make things, build things and exchange ideas. Third Friday of

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LGBT 5K RUNNING GROUP Meets every Wednesday. Email jampa40@yahoo.co.uk or text/call 07941 553620 for info. THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION The Square, Grantown-on-Spey Morayshire, PH26 3HF. Call 01479 873690. BALL - OVER 60'S CLUB Meets on Wednesdays from 10am-12:15pm at Memorial Hall, Tomintoul. THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Burnside Road, Aviemore, Highlands & Islands PH22 1SQ. Contact us on 01479 810892. TREES FOR LIFE GREEN DAYS OUT For people in Inverness-shire & Moray. Spend a day carrying out conservation tasks. Transport, tools and training free of charge. Pick ups available. Volunteers over 18 with a reasonable level of fitness. Every Wednesday & last Sunday of the month. Booking essential. Call on 01309 691292 or email mick@treesforlife.org.uk WALKMORAY - DUFFTOWN Meets Wednesdays, 10am at The Whisky Museum & Heritage Centre, Conval Street. For details, contact The Health Point on 01343 567842. ABERLOUR PARISH WOMEN’S GUILD Meetings are held monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:15pm, Aberlour Parish Church. Call Nan Thomson on 01340 871325. ALVIE STABLES Small friendly stables offering all abilities the chance to ride.

Novice to experienced riders. Mini treks for 20 minutes or 1 hour trails. Children's riding lessons are also available. For more info, call 07831 495397 or email info@alvie-estate.co.uk AVIEMORE JUNIOR YOUTH CLUB Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Call Vicki Gosling on 01479 810071 for more information. BADENOCH GARDENING CLUB Meet on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday each month in Newtonmore Village Hall (Lesser Hall) starting at 7:30pm. Annual membership £10. Meetings free for members. £2.50 for visitors, who are most welcome. BIRD WATCHING AND WILDLIFE CLUB All special events, suggested itineraries & programmes are subject to availability and liable to change without notice. BWWC Ltd, 25 The Square, Grantown-on-Spey, PH26 3HF. Call 0800 043 8585 or email: booking@bwwc.co.uk CAIRNGORM BRIDGE CLUB Meets most Tuesday evenings, arrive by 6:45pm for a prompt start, at St John's Church Hall, Rothiemurchus (opposite tennis courts, on the ski road). All welcome. It would be helpful if visitors could contact Ian on 01479 821075 to let us know. CAIRNGORM RUNNERS Monday and Wednesday club nights we meet at The Fun House rear car park (next to Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel on the Ski Road) Email: enquiries@cairngormrunners.org or visit www.cairngormrunners.org CARRBRIDGE OUTDOOR CURLING CLUB Contact Patrick Blease on 01479 841359.

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EDINVILLIE BADMINTON CLUB Meets Thursdays at the Hall. There is a junior section which starts at 6pm-7:30pm. Junior coaching for attendees only from 7:30pm-8pm. ALL juniors must be accompanied by an adult. Adult section starts at 8pm until late. Call Paula Roberts on 01340 810620 or for the Junior Club, call Andrea Fuller on 01340 871745. EDINVILLIE DARTS CLUB Meets Wednesdays from 7pm in the Edinvillie Hall. Anyone 13 years and over is welcome whatever your ability! For more information, call Heather on 01340 871322. FITNESS CLASSES AT BADENOCH CENTRE Spey Street, Kingussie. Variety of aerobic classes including aerobics, body blast, piyo, turbo kick, boxercise, circuits. Call Donna Reilly on 01540 662485. STRATHSPEY RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB Poll Creagan, Newtonmore. Contact the secretary, Ian Chadburn, on 01540 673686. THE UPHILL SKI CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN 8 Gran Cairngorm Ski, Aviemore PH22 1RB. Call 01479 861 272. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for inclusion in March’s Clubs & Societies page is Friday 1st February, 4pm. All Clubs & Societies are on a rotational basis.

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DUFFTOWN BOWLING CLUB Meets Monday & Thursday Evenings at the Memorial Hall. Call Mr D Henderson on 01340 820948 for more details.

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PASTORAL LETTER & CHURCH MEETINGS There was a programme on BBC2 that was worth unwinding to while you were waiting for the tatties to boil. It was all about buying and selling antiques and the like, with the profits going to charity. On one occasion, an old violin was bought at a car-boot sale. The buyer hoped that he had found a rare Stradivarius, but in taking it to an expert, it was found to be a replica. This made me wonder, what is so special about a Stradivarius? Antonio Stradivarius (1644-1737) was an Italian violin maker; today his violins are highly prized because of the rich and resonating sound they produce. Their unique sound cannot be duplicated. However, what is surprising is that these precious instruments were not made from the finest and most expensive wood, but instead they were made from dirty, waterlogged pieces of wood, which Stradivarius fished out of the filthy harbours where he lived. He could not afford the best of wood and so he would clean the dirty driftwood in his workshop and create instruments of rare beauty and unique sound. However, this doesn’t fully answer the question: What is so special about a Stradivarius?

It has since been discovered that the wood Stradivarius used, while it was immersed in water, had microbes enter it and these ate out the centre of cells within the wood. This left, within the fibrous infrastructure of the wood, resonating chambers for the music. Stradivarius transformed trash into treasure. God too carries out transformations: “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God” (Psalm 40:2-3a). Unlike Stradivarius, God knows fully the treasure He is creating. God not only sees the ‘instrument’s’ initial beauty (say, Saul the blasphemer and violent man converted into the loving apostle Paul) but He sees the uniqueness of the finished article: conformed to the image of Jesus, “to see Him as He is and to be like Him.” (1 John 3: 2). Yet, Jesus gives a grave warning: “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7: 21-22). Therefore, while God rescues from the ‘slimy pit’ He does so only through our belief in Jesus: “For God so loved the

Abernethy Parish Church Nethy Bridge. Sundays 9.30am: family morning service. Followed by refreshments. Traditional service at 12 noon. Tel: 01479 821280. Aberlour Parish Church The Square, Aberlour. Sunday 11.15am. Alvie & Insh Church of Scotland Our churches can be found beside Loch Insh for morning worship at 09.30am & Loch Alvie where we meet at 7.00pm. If bad weather is forecast, changes might be made to these venues. Please call 01540 661918 for confirmation of where we will meet. Badenoch Free Church Ruthven Road, Kingussie. Sundays 11am and evening service 6pm. Boat of Garten Parish Church, St Columba's Boat of Garten. Sunday morning service 10am. Evening worship at Kincardine Church, 6pm the second Sunday of most months: please check the weekly press. Contact 01479 831252. Craigellachie Church Victoria Street, Craigellachie. Sundays 9.45am. Dulnain Bridge, Church of Scotland Sunday services 12noon. Duthil Parish Church Carrbridge. Sunday morning service at 11.30am. Tel: 01479 831252.

© Karen Barc lay world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3: 16). However, what does it mean to believe? The apostle Paul answers from experience: “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame”... for “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved”” (Romans 10: 9-13). Intellectual acceptance of Christian values may cause someone to look like a Christian but if Christ is not in a person’s heart, there will be no true note of authenticity. The Expert will not accept replicas, not even for charity.

Rev. Sandy Sutherland, Fortrose Free Church Due to circumstances outwith our control, we are unable to place a pastoral letter from the Strathspey area.

Grantown Baptist Church High Street, Grantown-on-Spey. Sundays 11am and evening service at 6pm. All welcome. Contact Rev. Rick Moeller: 01479 873125. Inverallan Parish Church Church of Scotland. Grantown-onSpey. Sundays 10.30am with crèche. All welcome. Contact Rev. Morris Smith: 01479 872084. Kingussie Parish Church Sundays 11am. All welcome. www.kingussieparishchurch.org.uk Knockando, Elchies & Archiestown Parish Church of Scotland Sundays 10am. Tel : 01340 831381. Mortlach Parish Church Sundays at 10.30am Tel: 01340 820049 (session clerk). All welcome. Rothes Parish Church Sundays 11.30am. Tel: 01340 831381. Rothiemurchus & Aviemore Church of Scotland St Andrews Church, Grampian Road, Aviemore. Sundays 11.15am. Website: www.standrews-aviemore.org.uk St Columba Episcopal Church High Street, Grantown, P26 3LD. Sundays 10.30am: Holy Communion. Ven.Richard Gillings: richard.gillings698@btinternet.com or phone 01479 831365.


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USEFUL INFORMATION

Bank Holidays and Special Days Good Friday British Summertime Begins Easter Monday Early May Bank Holiday Spring Bank Holiday

Fri 29th Mar 2013 Sun 31st Mar 2013 Mon 1st Apr 2013 Mon 6th May 2013 Mon 27th May 2013

Summer Bank Holiday British Summertime Ends St Andrew’s Day Christmas Day Boxing Day

Mon 5th Aug 2013 Sun 27th Oct 2013 Mon 2nd Dec 2013 Wed 25th Dec 2013 Thurs 26th Dec 2013

School Term Dates MORAY COUNCIL SCHOOLS

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Mid-Term Holiday Fri 15th - Mon 18th Feb 2013 Spring Term Ends Thurs 28th Mar 2013 Spring Holiday Starts Fri 29th Mar 2013 Spring Holiday Ends Fri 12th Apr 2013 Summer Term Starts Mon 15th Apr 2013 May Day Holiday Mon 6th May 2013 In-Service Day Thurs 16th - Mon 20th May 2013 Speyside High & Feeders Mon 3rd Jun 2013 Summer Term Ends Fri 5th Jul 2013 Autumn Term Starts Tues 20th Aug 2013 Autumn Term Ends Fri 11th Oct 2013 Autumn Holiday Starts Mon 14th Oct 2013 Autumn Holiday Ends Fri 25th Oct 2013 Winter Term Starts Mon 28th Oct 2013 In-Service Closure Mon 18th Nov 2013

Mid-Term Break Spring Term Ends Good Friday Holiday Easter Monday Holiday Summer Term Starts May Day Holiday Summer Term Ends Autumn Term Starts Autumn Term Ends Winter Term Starts In-service Closure Winter Term Ends Spring Term Starts Mid-term Holiday Spring Term Ends

Mon 11th - Fri 15th Feb 2013 Thurs 28th Mar 2013 Fri 29th Mar 2013 Mon 1st Apr 2013 Mon 15th Apr 2013 Mon 6th May 2013 Fri 28th Jun 2013 Tues 20th Aug 2013 Fri 11th Oct 2013 Mon 28th Oct 2013 Mon 18th - Tues 19th Nov 2013 Fri 20th Dec 2013 Mon 6th Jan 2014 Fri 14th - Mon 17th Feb 2014 Fri 28th Mar 2014

Useful Contacts Aviemore Local Police. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 810222 Regional Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 715555 Aviemore Citizens Advice Bureau . . . . . . . 01479 810919 Aviemore Registrar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 813146 Aviemore Social Work Services . . . . . . . . 01479 810251 Aviemore Tourist Information. . . . . . . . . . . 01479 810363 National Rail Enquires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08457 484950 Aberlour Post Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .01340 871201 Aviemore Post Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 811056 Dufftown Post Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 820244 Aviemore Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 813141 Badenoch Library & Learning Centre . . . . 01540 661596 Aberlour Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 871693 Dufftown Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .01340 820272 Grantown Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 873175 SCHOOLS Aberlour Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 871255 Abernethy Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 821274 Alvie Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 651238 Aviemore Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 810343 Carrbridge Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 841249 Craigellachie Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 881271 Dalwhinnie Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01528 522228 Deshar Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 831226 page 7 - February 2013

Gergask Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01528 544272 Glenlivet Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01807 590216 Grantown Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 872525 Grantown Grammar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 872649 Inveravon Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01807 500217 Kingussie Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 661354 Kingussie High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 661475 Knockando Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 810257 Mortlach Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 820268 Newtonmore Primary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 673252 Rothes Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 831269 Speyside High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 871522 Tomintoul Primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01807 580271 DENTISTS Aviemore & Kingussie Dental Practice . . . 01479 810301 Kingussie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01540 661280 NHS Highland Dental Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . 01479 811019 Speyside Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01340 871738 Your Perfect Smile Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . 01479 872107 (Grantown) Your Perfect Smile Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . 01479 812846 (Aviemore)

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COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS

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3. MATTERS ARISING 3a) Strathspey Railway B Dunlop told the meeting that the October meeting was well attended with more than 70 attendees, although the proceedings were not well reported by The Strathspey & Badenoch Herald. He summarised the programme, and highlighted important parts of the History of the SRC, notably. 1) The track had been uplifted in 1969 without consultation, much to the dismay of the Grantown Town Council, Moray & Nairn Joint County Council, and Highlands & Islands Development Board, who were considering retention as a tourist attraction. 2) The A95 realignment at Gaich had been designed by Highland Regional Council in the early 1990s, and construction was planned, but the road was trunked in 1996 without consultation, and responsibility taken out of local control. After 16 years, the realignment has still not been budgeted. The steel bridge salvaged from Ravenscraig is being refurbished and the army now need to set a date for its installation. b) Flower Baskets J Beveridge said that no invoice had been received as yet. B Dunlop will chase this up and has drained the pump. c) Grant Park Lochan B Dunlop reported that the management agreement had finally been signed with Seafield and Reidhaven Estate. This means that Anagach Woods Trust will now be responsible for the management of the site, unless there is a lack of available funding, and then the responsibility will revert to Highland Council. d) Old Speybridge Cllr Douglas had met with Gavin Miles at CNPA and is awaiting his feedback. e) Grant House Renovation Cllr Douglas informed that meeting that the renovation should be on track to be largely complete by Christmas. The biomass boiler now has permission and should be in place by the same time.

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f) Town Signs The town signs are to be subsumed into the ‘Team Grantown’ project, as they’re relevant to the whole branding/marketing aspect of the initiative. g) Ian Charles Hospital Cllr Douglas reported that the collation of each community’s requirements was ongoing. Nigel Small is to produce a paper for discussion and there will be a meeting to examine all the options. J Flannery expressed disappointment that 5 beds had been closed at the Ian Charles. This was done for access and infection control reasons. Other issues: PA System – Ongoing. Service Point Hours – Cllr Douglas informed the meeting that there is a review of the service underway and that she has requested a report on the appointment system. Cemetery – J Flannery reported that the tubs had been kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Thom. Safe Routes to School – Cllr Douglas reported that the Primary School Parent Council will meet this week coming and hopefully, something will be in place by the spring. Roads and Crossings – Cllr Douglas told the meeting that there are various lining issues outstanding and that it will be spring before the work will be done. In addition, the lights and the crossing opposite the chemist will be checked. Strathspey Hotel – Cllr Douglas to contact Bruce Luffman (CNPA Enforcement Officer) to see if there’s anything further that can be done. Dava Moor – Richard Porteous contacted J Munro and the verges have been cut. Grit and salt will be made available on the Braes of Castle Grant.

responded that all Members had been notified by email or post. There had also been some posters created and an advert taken out in the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald. E Sutton pointed out that there was no telephone number on the note sent out to members with no access to email.

12. AOCB J Beveridge commented that the Remembrance Day timing had been better than last year. It was thought that the traffic could perhaps have been stopped further back from the Memorial. B Dunlop expressed disappointment that the British Legion had got the order of the wreath placing wrong. Cllr Douglas reported that the list of legacies had been tracked down and Louise Clark was now administering them. B Dunlop had received complaints regarding the amount of dog mess in Seafield Park. Cllr Douglas will contact the Dog Warden to follow up. J Flannery reported that there are two large potholes outside the Grammar School. Cllr Douglas is to report this. George Rafferty had approached J Beveridge as to whether the Community Council were doing anything to mark the retirement of Steve Mathers GP. J Beveridge to contact Cathy Cockman at the Practice to seek advice. J Beveridge was asked by Fiona in the Tourist Office whether there were any maps for local cycle paths available. Cllr Douglas said that Fran Pothecary had been producing maps of the Core Paths Network and she would flag this up to her.

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Cllr Douglas told the meeting that Richard Porteous had moved jobs and that Shaun Finnie was to take over his role, and could be contacted by telephone.

B Dunlop indicated that the turn out for the AGM had been disappointing and the Board were still under strength. Better community support is crucial. N Miles asked where it had been publicised as she didn’t know it was happening. B Dunlop

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The severe weather we have faced over this winter has, once again, posed challenges for communities up and down the country. I know many constituents were concerned both about the dangers on our roads and the severe flooding which we saw on a national scale that perhaps few of us have seen before. In those conditions, even the shortest of journeys out to the city centre or a neighbouring town or village can be difficult. That is why, during these winter months, the services supplied by our local post offices in the heart of our communities are valued even more by their customers and deserve our support. Hilton Post Office was given a boost by the news that the DVLA had agreed to offer its Motor Vehicle Licensing service from there. That is a good example of the way I, and my LibDem colleagues in parliament, are working to ensure that our post office can become the front desk of government in our communities. By developing in this way, they can become more economically sustainable and guarantee a future for themselves as a vital resource in our communities, not just this year but through the future.

400 new jobs at Nigg is great news for the new year. They come in addition to the 800 existing posts. I was delighted to speak alongside Global Energy Boss Roy Macgregor at Nigg just before Christmas when the announcement was made. Many readers of SpotLight who remember the days when Nigg and Ardersier employed thousands may ask how long term these opportunities are. I think that they are very good long term prospects for a number of reasons. First, we are now at the start of a second oil and gas opportunity. Last year, there were announcements of numerous new oil and gas fields with multi-million pounds worth of planned investments. These will produce oil and gas until the middle of this century and I suspect much longer. Second, the industry is now international, with one half of the money earned from overseas work. Third, we have now, as well as oil and gas projects, renewable projects planned. Put simply, the waters around the north of Scotland are the best place in Europe to develop marine energy - wind wave and tidal. Of course, there are many challenges to achieving success and no shortage of critics keen to highlight this. However, the port towns and harbour communities of the North of Scotland, from Lerwick to Peterhead, from Kirkwall to Kishhorn, from Ardsier to Arnish, are the most proximate to most of the major developments that are planned or under consideration. 2013 will be a year of further work towards these projects’ success.

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11 monday - 17 sunday forres chinese new year @ falconer museum the year of the snake. exhibition, talks and taster sessions. www.forreschinesenewyear.co.uk

12 tuesday inverness airport travel fair 2pm-6pm. free parking. airlines & travel agents will be available to advise you on breaks to various places. the pink castle philosophy club 7:30pm. riverside lounge, glen mhor hotel, inverness. your fun and friendly ‘thinking lgbt club’. www.pinkcastle.eu

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19 tuesday grantown on spey u3a: ‘cairngorm john’ an illustrated talk by author john allen 2pm. the grant arms hotel, grantown on spey. entry £2.

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25 monday “listen to your body” workshop 6:30pm. riverdale centre for complementary therapies. 105-107 church st, inverness. £10. www.therapies-inverness.co.uk 7 weeks in a tent - a modern icelandic saga 7.30pm. boat of garten community hall. 01479 831506. www.boatofgarten.com

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13 wednesday “growing alpines – secrets of success” (highland rock garden club) 7.30pm. nairn community centre. contact john owen: 01320 366246. moray and nairn floral art club 7:30pm. ramnee hotel, forres. all welcome. for information, contact caroline: 01309 651375 or jean: 01309 673552.

15 friday t.rexstasy - tribute to marc bolan and t.rex 7.30pm. ironworks, inverness. £17.50. call 0871 7894173 or visit www.ironworksvenue.com

16 saturday the western front association: “the evolution & proliferation of war memorials in the north of scotland” 2:30pm. elgin library. chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net

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19 tuesday grantown on spey u3a: ‘cairngorm reindeer’ an illustrated talk by tilly smith 2pm. the grant arms hotel, grantown on spey. entry £2.

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Whom will you these matters it is God’s Spirit striving to show you your danger, your guilt and your helplessness. There is blame if like the rich pardon for you today if you will have it. If you resist the man in Luke 16, you Spirit, God says: “My Spirit shall not always strive with die, are buried and man.” Genesis 6:3. in Hell you lift up YOU CANNOT SAY “There is plenty of time to your eyes being in settle this matter,” Listen to His solemn warning torments? against delay, “because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded...Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not YOU CANNOT BLAME GOD for God is “not answer.” Proverbs 1:24-28. willing that any should perish.” II Peter 3:9. He would have all men to be saved, “For God so loved YOU CANNOT BLAME CIRCUMSTANCES the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that for there is nothing that can keep a sinner from whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Christ if he wants to come to Him for salvation. Jesus says “Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” John everlasting life.” John 3:16 5:40.

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“I am doing the best I can,” “I have turned over a new leaf ” “I have a good heart,” “God is too good to punish me in Hell.” “I have done nothing worthy of Hell.” God says all your “righteousnesses are as filthy rags” in His sight. Isaiah 64:6. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately (incurably) wicked.” Jeremiah 17:9. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12.

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