Sunday, 24 June 2018
I read this recently, ''Speculation about the might - have - been' or the ' what if' 'is always unprofitable, it might surprise us all as to how many people, think like that. No wonder we are told to not dwell to much in the past of uncertainties, we can of course learn from the past, When Hitler came into power,it is thought that if we had stood up to him, things would have been different, a what if. Looking back we consider what might have been if we had a different person, or chose not to have children. I was in the army boy service ,having spoke to an officer called lieutenant Herd, that I was unhappy as a boy soldier, I received my discharge.What if I had stayed on ?,well I will never know, I was glad at the time.Later on in my life my wife and I applied to be missionaries in Brazil, it did not happen, but what if it had?.There are so many what-might-have been's,and what if''s in all our lives, speaking personally,I look back not with disappointment, or full of regrets, but with gratitude for Gods sovereign providential working in my life. Without faith in Christ in my life , life would have no meaning,and no future, but with Him in ones life,we know a greater truth,all will be well both now and for the next life. All the way my Saviour leads me; What have I, to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my guide. ( Fanny J. Crosby )
Saturday, 23 June 2018
While in a restaurant in Northern Cyprus, I over heard a conversation of a waiter and some Hindu people, the subject of religion came up.Then the young water said,that they where not taking it serious,what he was saying,he asked them about heaven and hell,later as we were about to leave I had an opportunity to speak to him. I said that I take it serious and I believed in heaven and hell,and so followed a short conversation,when I spoke to Him ,pointing that Jesus was more than a prophet but a Saviour. As I left him I offered him a Christian booklet in Turkish, he took it ,and we shook hands and parted. Sad to say some Christians do not take the doctrine of hell serious,but I do,and my prayer is that the young Muslin will come to know Christ and to be saved from wrath to come.
Friday, 22 June 2018
The holiday we went on to northern Cyprus was fine ,we stayed in two hotels and both were fine,it was the getting there and coming back that was the problem.It took us 11 to 12 hours getting there , and for some it cast a shadow over their holiday.Coming back was better few hold ups but for my wife and I two things happened that were upsetting.My wife injured her finger in the luggage trolley , and then one of our luggage bags went missing.We reported our loss,filled in the necessary forms,and then went home. My wife kept checking to see it had been found, the Lord said to me, ''Trust Me'',and I thought or prayed that the Lord is good at finding lost things.We kept mentioning it to the Lord,and where delighted to receive the good news that our luggage had been found,and was on its way to us.Yes the Lord is good at finding that which is lost,something of greater value than a suit case, Jesus declared He had come , to seek and to save that which was lost ( Luke 1 9 v 10 ).In case you did not know who the lost is, look in the mirror,yes that means all of us, there are no exceptions, none. I once was lost, but now am found. ( John Newton )
Thursday, 21 June 2018
I have just returned from a holiday in northern Cyprus, it is a lovely place, very warm,in fact it becomes so warn that for two month,many cannot work in the heat. I did not know much about N/Cyprus before I went,but one thing I did know ,it is a place where Islam is practised.So I thought I could be even for a short time be a missionary that I wanted to be ,when I was younger in the faith. So I phoned Scripture Gift Mission requested for them to send me some suitable tracts in Turkish for that is the language they speak in N/C .When I arrived in Cyprus I divided the literature up for each day,I stayed there.In the end I accomplished my task,with much prayer. Sometimes I just gave the booklets out with a short word ,other times I left a booklet praying that someone would pick it up and read it ,but other times I was able to speak about Jesus and leaving them a booklet. I had a sense of God being in it,and every thing went so smooth,I have sown ,I have prayed that God would bless my weak efforts.I would ask you to pray also for Gods blessing on the witness that has gone forth.
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Back to the holiday in Northern Cyprus, my wife and I ,and friends where walking along beside the sea, when I saw two young boys fishing,so I went over to see if they had caught anything. They could speak English, and had just recently come to live in N/C . I asked them where they missing their friends ,they said they were and I managed to tell them about Jesus. We must never forget that children need the Saviour,parent your child needs Christ. I was very fortunate that I went to Sunday school and to children's meetings , where I heard of Jesus and His love, and trusted Him. Every day I pray for my grandchildren that they may come to know Jesus. A prayer. Dear Lord Jesus have mercy on the children in our family, in our street,in our churches , Amen.
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
We were just returning from our holiday in Northern Cyprus , as we made our out of airport with our luggage on the luggage trolley I pulled on the brakes,but unfortunately my wife had her hand on the trolley and her finger was badly crushed .fortunately it does not appear to be broken.It was all very traumatic and painful for painful for my wife and painful for me who had caused pain to the one I love. I hurt the one I love, It reminds me of a great mystery in scripture in Isaiah 53 v 4 ,''Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows ; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.'' We view the suffering inflicted on Christ by man and that's where many people stop,but the words ,''smitten by God'', go deeper far deeper, it is telling us as ,Delitzsch puts it ''Jesus was pierced and crushed for our sins....ours, which He had taken upon Himself .....they were the cause of His having to suffer so cruel and painful death''. If He had not suffered, then the whole of the human race would have had to suffer the consequence for our sin . So God was making him a substitute for all who trust Jesus ,so enabling them to be forgiven all their sins. Man of sorrows what a name For the son of God, who came Ruined sinners to reclaim, Hallelujah ,what a Saviour. Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned he stood, Sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah , what a Saviour. ( Philipp Bliss ) For God so loved us He hurt the one He loved.
Monday, 18 June 2018
One of my sons is struggling spiritually,so I am trying to help him,of course I am praying for him,and my prayer for him is simple,and yet for us all. It is that he may come through to a stronger faith, and trust God for the ,'don't knows', Paul wrote of knowing in part,or as J.B.Phillips ,''At present all I know is a little fraction of the truth'' ( 1 Corinthians 13 v 9 ),it is the trusting that is important .It is Selwyn Hughes ; writing on Job ,says ,''God never answered Job's questions ,instead he answered the real need of the questioner and provided a deeper knowledge of Himself. .....what Job needed-was to know God deeply, closely. Job had heard about God ,but now he sees Him.'I will not give answers', said God to Job; rather, it seems as if God were saying to Job,'I will give you something better - I will give you Myself'. A prayer. Dear God grant us a faith that will trust you when the 'don't knows' come into my life, In Jesus name we ask this. Amen