Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Don't keep your faith to yourself

Posted By at Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I want to remind you, that one of the greatest tragedies among God's people is that after having been saved and enlightened by the fire of God’s Spirit, we don't share our faith and experience with others.

In good times it’s easy to talk about our faith. It’s easy to see why we believe, and encourage others to 'keep the faith' when they’re feeling down. But what about periods of prolonged suffering or surprise attacks?

Jesus’s teachings and conversations were constantly about the Kingdom of God; that is the unseen realm. He talked about God His Father, he mentioned the devil and demons; all of which are in the unseen realm! He spoke and taught in His human body here on earth, and He is the One who teaches us now by His Word. He uses the Holy Spirit who is everywhere to instruct us and lead us into all truth. He already knows all our thoughts, so because He knows all things, HE is able to judge perfectly, not like earthly judges, who seem to be constantly on the side of the wrong-doer, and are so lenient in their application of the law of the land.

After Jesus was raised from the dead as The Christ, the Son of the Living God; (remember He died as Jesus the adopted Son of Joseph the carpenter). God the Heavenly Father raised Him from the dead, He appeared to a number of people for 40 days but He was no longer in His earthly body, He was in His new body, and I think that was to demonstrate to and show the new body that we would all receive some day. The Kingdom does not come with observation but exists by our faith in God’s Word.

Luke 17:20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed."

Paul says in Romans 14:17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

To let others know that we are a Christian, we don't need bumper stickers all over our cars, we just need to prove it.

The problem with Christians is not that many of us aren't where we should be. Many of us aren't who we should be, or wherever God has called us to be.

So I'm telling you, simply being open and honest with others about who you are will instantly open the doorway for future conversations with them. Just be yourself.

I am encouraging you, ‘Don’t grow weary and give up because you will see results in due season!”

Norman

Dr. Norm Campbell • PO Box 600 • South Morang • Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA • www.familyfaithcentre.org

We are a WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park. If you're not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding. There will be exciting message to share with you so don't miss out! It's wonderful what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

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Knowing God's will is not enough

Posted By at Wednesday, November 06, 2019

              

In Luke 1:37 we read, 'For with God nothing shall be impossible'.

What a great statement that is!

When the angel came to Mary to tell her about the up-coming birth of Jesus, she questioned and the angel replied, "For with God nothing shall be impossible."

If we just believed that statement, how different our lives would be! From birth we have all been trained to know our limitations. Do you recognise any of these?

You can't have this.

Don't touch that.

Don't put things in your mouth.

You can't touch the fire.

On and on the list goes.

As we grow up, it's actually a sign of maturity to recognize our limitations and learn to live within them. There are limits to everything. It's just a fact of life here on this old earth. But God has no limits. When we enter into the realm of the supernatural, when we become Christians and come into Christ, we take off all the limits in Him.

We have to renew our minds with the truth that God’s life is not like ours. He can do anything. Many of us know God’s will, but it takes more than just knowing it! We have to start and believe it completely.

We have an awesome God whose power is so great that often we can't even comprehend it. He created the universe and it didn't even tax His ability.

Yet many times we find ourselves wondering if our situation is too hard for the Lord.

Let me tell you again, it’s not too hard!

We can't always see how even God can pull us through.

The Lord said in Jeremiah 32:27 "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?"

The answer is a resounding NO!

The only thing that limits God is our unbelief!

Deut 7:17 If thou shalt say in thine heart, these nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

Today, let's start to honour God by believing that nothing is too difficult for Him, and see Him work things out for us today!

Norman

Dr. Norm Campbell • PO Box 600 • South Morang • Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA • www.familyfaithcentre.org

We are a WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park. If you're not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding. There will be exciting message to share with you so don't miss out! It's wonderful what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

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Don't Grow Weary

Posted By at Wednesday, October 30, 2019

              

Galatians 6:7 AMPC Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap.

This is a principle of God’s Word and it works exactly like Paul says it would, we will reap exactly in proportion to what we sow. This is every bit as much a law as the Law of Gravity!

Then in Vs 8 AMPC we read, For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Paul is saying it works exactly the same in the spiritual realm.

Galatians 5:22 AMPC says, But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

This lists the fruit of a Spirit controlled life! Perhaps you have sown in some of these areas but not seen any result as yet?

Galatians 6:9 says Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.

To not grow weary means do not lose heart in doing good, because in due time you will reap. I don’t know if you found this to be the case, sometimes it’s difficult to keep on loving someone who isn’t easy to love, or who makes life difficult for us. But we just read that if we do not grow weary and give up, we will reap the harvest sooner or later.

Be like a farmer who plants his seeds and then allows the rain and sunshine to do what it is designed to do; and then just waits patiently for the harvest season. If he grows weary of waiting and abandons the sown seed, then someone else will reap his harvest.

We have 3 choices today and in life!

  1. Give up
  2. Give in, OR
  3. Give it ALL we've got!

So today I am encouraging you, ‘Don’t get tired and quit, because you will reap in due season!” When the situation looks dire, DON'T GIVE UP! When life is a struggle physically, DON'T GIVE UP! When it's easier to give up than fight another day, DON'T GIVE UP!

Jesus overcame so we could overcome!

Jesus died to give us life!

Jesus took our weakness and gave us His strength!

Jesus didn't fail and as new creations in Him, we can't fail!

Amen! 

Norman

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Promises, Promises!

Posted By at Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I wonder if someone has ever made a promise to you and then forgot to do what they said? It has happened to me on a number of occasions, people have promised but then totally forgot their promise!

Even if they did not say, “Cross my heart and hope to die,” they probably sounded sincere when they promised it.

We've all been the one who made a promise, and them forgot to fulfil that vow!

Such things have been going on since the beginning of time really. In the book of Genesis 39:1-6 we can read about Joseph was put in prison for something he didn't do, he was accused by Potiphar’s wife of seducing her, when in fact she as the one who tried to seduce him. When Joseph righteously refused, she then accused him of the act. She was a rich wife who had no children, and was obviously not in love with her husband so became infatuated with Joseph.

Prior to this Joseph’s brothers had sold him off in slavery after putting him in a pit and telling their father a wild animal had killed him.

Now in prison, wrongly accused, Joseph interprets the dreams of two other prisoners in Genesis 14 [the chief baker and the chief butler]. He tells the chief butler that his dream means he will be restored to his place in 3 days. To the chief baker he says that in 3 days he will be hanged on a tree and the birds will eat his flesh.

After interpreting the dream to the chief butler, Joseph makes a request to mention his name before Pharaoh; and in 3 days the butler was restored and the baker was hanged but the butler FORGOT his promise to Joseph. 

Joseph spent another 2 full years in the prison, and then when Pharaoh has a dream to be interpreted, the butler remembers to tell Pharaoh about how Joseph had interpreted the dreams exactly right. So eventually Joseph is released to become Prime Minister of Egypt, but I wonder how many people make promises to God to do such and such then promptly forget?

I remember as a youth before I was born again, when facing important school exams, I would pray and tell God I would be good and do what He wanted if I got through the exams, then as soon as I passed the exams I promptly forgot the promise. Have you made any promises lately? We must remember;

Matthew 5: 37 But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," be "No." For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Norman

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When I was a kid

Posted By at Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

As children we thought and acted like kids; but now we are to grow up and become all that God planned for us to be!

Luke 13:13-14 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil its lusts.

I can remember as a young child, at I was 7-8 years of age my friends, John and Peter lived next door to us in Ireland. We used to tie a towel around our necks and pretend to be super-heroes, amazingly the towel did the trick and we were all transformed into the amazing characters we had been watching on the old black & white television!

We could run fast and fly like an aeroplane or leap over tall buildings [all in our imagination of course] and save the village from alien invaders.

The principle in Christianity is the same, when we, as mere humans put on Christ, we add His super to our natural and put on His character. We dress in His superpower, but instead of a towel around our neck, it is grace and mercy and love, as we put on the New Man.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Weymouth’s Translation So that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old state of things has passed away; a new state of things has come into existence.

Ephesians 4:24 ..And put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Colossians 3:10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

Colossians 3:12-14 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

As Christ’s life covers up and changes our sad lives we become more like Him every day. We stop living for and about ourselves and start living for Him and the Kingdom, pressing into His anointing and power.

So what are you wearing today? Is it a cover-up towel, which is an imagination, or is it the REAL THING being in Christ?

Is your reflection still the old you, or are others seeing Christ when they look at you?

Norman

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Don't try to be somebody you're not supposed to be

Posted By at Wednesday, October 09, 2019

I want to encourage you today not to be somebody you’re not supposed to be, start to be the person you were designed by God to be!

We must stop trying to excel and compete with the expectations of others. Trying to emulate others and being competitive is not as good as being determined and faithful to our own calling.

I know so many who went to Bible College in the 70s and 80’s and many of them are no longer even going to church anymore. They wanted to be in ministry but when they failed to make the grade they gave up on their relationship, and some have even gone back to the ‘old’ life.

Being persistent and pushing through to be ALL that God called us to be must be the goal for each one of us.

There is nothing wrong with having a mentor or someone who can help steer us along the road, but they are only an aid to what the Holy Spirit can do when we seek God sincerely. Don’t take on the mannerisms or persona of some teacher or mentor! When I listen to young preachers I can usually tell who they have been listening to, or who they're reading about as they use the same phrases and mannerisms.

3 John 2 says, Above all God wants you to prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.

Renewing our mind is the key to success in God’s Kingdom.

God called us as individuals; first of all to be saved, so that is the FIRST step, we must receive Jesus as our SAVIOUR.

Then, if sickness has invaded our physical body, we should take the SECOND step and receive Him as our HEALER, the same way we received Him as Saviour.

Then, the THIRD step is in the area of financial needs, we should receive Him as our SOURCE BANKER the same way we received Him as your Saviour and healer.

Then, we can go further and take the FOURTH step and receive Him as the BAPTISER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT and begin to speak with other tongues, as His Spirit gives the utterance.

We are not in some competitive worldly race, so we don’t have to be in competition with others or try to measure up to their standard.

Zechariah 4:6 says "It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD!"

Just start to believe God’s Word and live the love life for the Kingdom’s sake. Accept ALL that Jesus did for you at Calvary and you can be ALL that He purposed you to be!

We must stop trying to be somebody we’re not supposed to be and instead, be all that we’re supposed to be in Christ, if we do, then when the rewards are being given out we will hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord!"

Norman

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Wisdom is the prinipal thing

Posted By at Wednesday, October 02, 2019

             

When we look to Christ’s example of how we should love, we see that in Luke 2:52 it says “Jesus increased in wisdom.”

Proverbs 15:14 is a constant challenge to me and reflects the importance of such growth stating, “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.”

To put it another way, an intelligent person purposefully seeks wisdom, but fools nibble randomly, vacantly chewing on words and ideas that have no value, no flavour, and no nutrition.

Prov 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Prov 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. and in all your getting, get understanding.

Prov 23:12 Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.

Let's consider the word ‘wisdom.’ The Hebrew definition for ‘wisdom’ is a skill for living.

This wisdom is different from ‘knowledge'. Knowledge can be learned from God vertically but also can be learned horizontally, meaning that it can be learned from the people around us. We can learn it from a textbook, or from observing other people going through similar situations.

‘Wisdom', however, is only attained vertically. It only comes from God and is sustained through a continued relationship with Him. God IS wisdom; to grow in ‘wisdom’ takes a persistent pursuit and a diligent commitment to Him.

We read in Prov 4:7, above, that wisdom is the principal thing. Would it be different if wisdom was the principle thing? We find it would.

'Principal' is most commonly used to refer to someone in a position of authority or high prominence

'Principle' refers to natural, moral or legal rules or standards

1 Cor 1:30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

So often we think that God’s just going to do something, and drop wisdom into our laps. In a sense He does, but WISDOM is a person. Wisdom IS Jesus the Christ! 

The number one way that wisdom is going to come into our lives is through the reading of the Word. The Bible says that God will give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding as we meditate in His Word. If we lack wisdom we can also ask God, as He has promised to give it to us freely.

James 1:5 NLT If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

We are not perfect. Even when we pursue wisdom, we will likely make mistakes. This is a natural part of growth. What is important is how we respond to the failures, mistakes, and setbacks. Wisdom is being able to learn from the mistakes, and continue to move forward in spite of them. 

This week I encourage you to pursue wisdom by continuing to press into God’s presence through worship, the reading of the scriptures and spending time in prayer. If God gives you wisdom in regards to something you're believing for, or something you need to do; act on it; do what He says. That, is valuing wisdom and seeking to be wise.

Norman

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Speaking in Faith

Posted By at Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Romans 8:31-32 "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not, with him, also freely give us all things?"

In the passage above we see the word 'things' repeated twice; "What shall we then say to these things?" and "...how shall He [God] not with him [Jesus] also freely give us all things."

This scripture is explaining our responsibility in relation to things.

Often in life 'things' can oppose or come against us. The verses following mention 'things' like tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and sword. What are we to do when these 'things' come against us?

We need to open our mouths and speak to these 'things', because God has given us the authority to do so. When can speak according to God's Word, we must remember, it's not our speaking that brings deliverance; it is God's Word in our mouths.

Some have the idea it is totally their responsibility to bring things into their life. God has given us the responsibility to speak His Word and stand in faith, but ultimately, it's God's responsibility to bring the manifestations.

Sometimes people have the attitude that somehow, with their words or actions, they can pray the answer out of God's hands. However, the verse says if "God didn't spare His own Son, but freely gave Him up for us all, then how shall He not with Him freely give us all things."

God gave us His Son, and through the new birth, He brought us out of darkness and into the light, He brought us out of Satan's kingdom and into His kingdom.

Why then would He want to withhold any good thing from us? Why would He withhold healing, or financial blessing if He gave us His greatest and best gift; His one and only Son, at the new birth? 

God did the most for us at salvation. What will He do after salvation? 

He can give us more! Only God can give more than the most! The most was salvation, Jesus Christ, the blood of Jesus, forgiveness of sins and taking us out of the kingdom of darkness and bringing us into the kingdom of light.

God is not stingy. In the same way He provided His Son for us, He will provide all we ever need in our lives. 

When we begin to explain to God all the works we have done to obtain the promises, we are, in essence, telling God it's His fault we haven't received. If we say, "I've done everything I'm supposed to do, so why isn't it working God?" If we believe God is the problem, we immediately stop His blessings and help, because of our own closed attitude toward His grace.

Romans 8:31-32 is saying, "If God freely gave us Jesus Christ and poured out the greatest blessing at the new birth, then surely He has not forgotten about the food you need on your table, or the finances you need this month!"

Why don't you determine today to have a grateful heart toward God for all He did through the cross?

Begin to speak to the opposition, the 'things' that are holding back. It's not God that is withholding, He has already given. It's satan and his demonic forces that are doing the withholding and opposing. Our God is the Lord of the breakthrough. The minute we get in agreement with His Word, and speak it out of our mouths, standing in our God-given authority, is the minute God can release the healing, or provision and finances we need.

Today, begin to use your God-given authority to speak to the circumstances, (and then don't allow anything negative to be spoken either!), and watch and receive as God freely gives you all these things!

Norman

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When is the right time?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 18, 2019

                   

Many times in the Word we read NOW, or TODAY, as the time the Lord sees as important. So what are the things God has told us to focus on TODAY?

- To be saved! 2 Cor 6:2 NLT For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the 'right time' is now. Today is the day of salvation! 

John 5:25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live."

1 Cor 12:27 Now you are Christ's body, and individually, members of it. 

1 Peter 2:10 ..for you once were not a people, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 

Romans 13:11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

- To accept His righteousness! Romans 4:26 ...So now, because we stand on the faithfulness of Jesus, God declares us righteous on his eyes!

Romans 5:9 For through the blood of Jesus we have heard the powerful declaration, "You are now righteous in my sight."

Romans 5:17 But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!

- To have faith and believe! Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

- To be teachable! Hebrews 4:7 He again fixes a certain day, "Today," saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, "Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."

- To praise our Heavenly Father! Isaiah 33:10 "Now I will arise," says the Lord, "Now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up."

- To worship our Heavenly Father! John 4:23 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers."

- To live in peace! Romans 15:3 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

2 Thess 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all. 

- To walk in love! 1 Cor 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Romans 5:5 This hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can no experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!

Romans 8:38 So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God's love.

- To be an encourager! Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

- To live in the Spirit! Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

I'm sure there are some I've missed, why not search more out this week, and add them to the comments below. 

God bless.

Norman

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Our God is ABLE!

Posted By at Wednesday, September 11, 2019

           

I was looking at the phrase "He is able" and thought you might enjoy this short study.

Daniel 3:17 The God we serve He is able to deliver us.

Daniel 4:37 "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honour the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride."

Romans 4:21 ...and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. 

Romans 16:25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, 

2 Cor 1:4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  

2 Cor 9:8 God is able to make all grace abound toward you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 

Heb 2:18 He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Heb 7:25 Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Jude 24 Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling.

Philippians 3:21 ...according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

This same power is at work in us right now; He is still able!

It's the same power that calmed the wind and waves on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus spoke to the storm.

It's the same power that caused Lazarus to come out of the tomb, even though he was bound by grave clothes and had been dead for four days.

It's the same power that healed ALL those who came to the Lord on the hillsides of Judea.

It's the same power that multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed thousands.

It's the same power that cast out devils and defeated ALL the works of evil.

It's the same power that raised Christ from the tomb in spite of the fact that His body had been lacerated, tortured and all his bones put out of joint just three days before.

  • He is ABLE
  • He is ABLE to do
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond all we can ask
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond all we can ask or think
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond all we can ask or think, pray or imagine!

God is able to do all this according to the power that is, right now, at work in each of us who believe Him!

His enabling power is in His Word. When we speak His Word in faith, we release His power to achieve what it is we need because He is still able, and through Him, we are able too! What a mighty God we serve, praise Him forever!

Have a wonderful week.

Norman