Tuesday, 17 October 2017
One of the things that impressed me as to our holiday was,
the service one received. The care and courtesy was very
nice, ten out of ten ,it really did enrich our holiday. Of course
one the very important things as to being a Christian , is to be
a servant. Jesus declared , ''The greatest among you will be your
servant '' ( Matthew 23 v 11), He who spoke these words,was
a servant , and He says to all who follow Him ,serve.
''Your attitude should be the same
as that of Christ Jesus.
Who being in the very nature God,
did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped,
but made Himself nothing, taking
the very nature of a servant''.
( Philippians 2 v 5- 7 )
Monday, 16 October 2017
I want to share with you my recent holiday in the
lovely Island of Malta. Last year while visiting Malta
my wife and I where offered a holiday in a five star
holiday, at a reduced rate, which we accepted, so we
paid our money, and signed, on the dotted line, this
holiday coincided with my wife's 60th birthday. Later,
that day I had misgivings, but we had signed on the dotted
line, my misgivings continued ,but in the end we went, my
worries and misgivings ,give way to peace as we enjoyed
the weather, the hotel ,and Malta, and in looking back I
can trace the goodness of God, in all that took place.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread,
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
(Words by William Cowper )
Sunday, 15 October 2017
A.W.Tozer, wrote a wonderful little book called,' The knowledge
of the Holy,.In it he wrote , ''What is God like?', if by that
question ,''What is God like Himself'' ? there is no answer. If
we mean'' What has God disclosed about Himself ?'', there is an
answer both full and satisfying, For while the name of God is
secret and His essential nature incomprehensible, He in .....
condescending love has by revelation declared certain things
to be true of Himself. These we call attributes.''
Yes there is and always will be a mystery about God ,as to His
essential nature, and also as to His ways ,our relationship with
God is brought about by faith ,a faith in a God who is .............
incomprehensible , in His fullness, whose ways are past finding
out. It was Job that wonderful man of God, who suffered so
much , declared ,'' Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him''
That is a man of faith talking.
Jesus these eyes have never seen
That radiant form of Thine;
The veil of sense hangs between
Thy blessed face and mine.
I see Thee not, I hear Thee not,
Yet art Thou oft with me;
And earth hath ne'er so dear a spot
As where I meet with Thee.
Yet though I have not seen and still
Must rest in faith alone,
I love Thee, dearest Lord and will,
Unseen , but not unknown.
When death these mortal eyes shall seal
And still this throbbing heart,
The rending veil shall Thee reveal,
All glorious as Thou art.
( Words Ray Palmer )
Saturday, 14 October 2017
John W. Olley writing about Satan's use of scripture
when tempting Jesus, writes, ''The mere quoting of
Scripture does not guarantee correct application, ''I was
talking to a friend ,who said he found it hard to retain
scripture ,even though he had memorized it. memorizing s
scripture is beneficial, the Bible tells about hiding Gods
word in our heart ,that we may not sin against Him. ( Psalm-
119 v 11) It is like buried treasure that will enrich our lives,
and when shared can enrich other peoples lives. It may be
hidden in our hearts that does not mean that we should hoard
it, we are meant to share the word of God. But it is important
that we grow in our understanding of Gods word. The
Psalmist prays ,''give me discernment that I may understand
your statutes''( Psalm 119 v 125)
Dear God help us treat your word as the most precious
thing we have, to not neglect it, but to treasure it, that we
may be blessed, and we may bless others.in Jesus name
Thursday, 5 October 2017
It is many years since I read the life of William Carey, so I
looked briefly at his life on Internet. I would encourage you
to read his life, his achievements were extraordinary,
Translated the Bible into 34 Asian language
Started a College,
Compiled dictionaries in different languages.
Started first Indian newspaper.
Started 100 rural schools.
Encouraged the education of girls.
He established many Christian churches ,and mission stations.
During his final illness, he had a visit from a young Scottish
missionary. He said this to him, Mr. Duff, you have been
speaking about Dr . Carey. When I am gone, say nothing about
Dr. Carey- speak about Dr. Carey's Saviour.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
William Carey served God in India ( 1793 - 1834 ) ,his
wonderful challenging motto which reads, ''Expect great
things from God, attempt great things for God''. He was a
godly man, during his time in India he translated the
scriptures ,he had just about finished a translation when a
fire destroyed it, this was a great disappointment, but he
did not give up .In spite of difficulties he persevered, this
must be characteristic of every child of God .
O for a faith that will not shrink,
Though pressed by many a foe;
That will not tremble on the brink,
Of poverty and woe.
That will not murmur or complain
Beneath the chastening rod;
But in the hour of grief or pain
Can lean upon its God.
A faith that shines more bright
When tempests rage without
That when in danger knows no fear,
in darkness feels no doubt;
A faith that keeps the narrow way
Till life's last spark is fled
And with a pure and heavenly ray
lights up the dying bed.
Lord give me such a faith as this
And then, whate'er may come,
I taste even now the hallowed bliss
Of an eternal home.
( Words by W H. Bathurst )
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
It was Elijah the prophet, who challenged the backsliding
nation of Israel with the following words, ''How long will you
waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God follow Him,
but if Baal is God, follow him''. God demands an exclusive
relationship, Jesus stressed that He was only way
to God (John 14v 6]. We cannot serve to masters, the people
of Israel where trying to give their allegiance to a Canaanite
god called Baal and the Lord, so they were challenged to make
a choice. A lady said to me recently that no one would convert
her, she had made a choice, unfortunately the wrong choice ,
There is a verse in Revelation 3 v20 which reads .
Here I am , I stand at the door and knock
if anyone hears my voice and opens the
door, I will come in.