Friday, 17 November 2017
As I was out walking ,an old gospel song I used to sing, came to mind, its called
The glory of His presence'', by Oswald. J. Smith.
I have walked alone with Jesus,
In a fellowship divine.
Never more can earth allure me,
I am His, and He is mine.
On the mountain I have seen Him,
Christ my comforter and friend.
And the glory of His presence,
Will be with me to the end.
I have seen Him, I have known Him,
And He deigns to walk with me,
And the glory of His presence will
Be mine eternally.
Oh the glory of His presence,
Oh the beauty of His face,
I am His, and His forever,
He has saved me by His grace.
Thursday, 16 November 2017
When you come to read the Bible, in every book, you would expect Gods name to
be mentioned ,but it is absent in the book of Esther. Yet it is pointed out by M.
Wilcock, ''Esther's story shows His hand unmistakably at work behind the scenes''
This is one of the major aspects of God and His kingdom ,just before our Saviour
died ,He said something that many Christians have not grasped ,'' My Kingdom is
not of this world.If it were ,my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews.
but now my Kingdom is from another place''.During the Commonwealth under Olive
Cromwell there were those who felt ,that Gods earthly kingdom was being set up.
But they were wrong ,many of the Jews even among Christ's follower's expected
Him be the Messiah ,who would overthrow all the powers of earth and rule over
them,but they were wrong.The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom,totally
different from the kingdoms of this would.Davids kingdom is gone ,the Holy Roman
Empire is gone.So it will always be , when we pray Thy kingdom come, what do we
expect? for the Christians to take power, it will not happen.But Christs Kingdom
will continue and continue to grow in the hearts men and women .Nobody and
nothing can stop the growth of Gods kingdom ,many have tried,many are still trying
but they cannot stop it, for the one who said My kingdom is not of this world also
said, ''I will build my Church,,and that nothing can stop it happening ( Matthew 16 v
My thoughts are not your thoughts
neither are your ways my ways,
says the Lord..
( Isaiah 55 v 8 )
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Humanity is made up of nice people, not so nice people,cruel people ,kind people,
rich people, poor people ,white people,black people.So we could on describing the
contrasting differences of the human race,but every human being has one thing in
common ,we all without exception are sinners. That will never change ,never,no
matter how much we try, sooner or later , it manifests itself. Be it a king or a queen,
a minister,Sunday school teacher ,boy scout,girl guide,doctor ,nurse. We casually say
no one is perfect ,yes we would all agree on that, but God goes further,He says we are
all sinners,that means, we cannot relate our wrong doings,wrong attitudes, wrong words,
as something between us humans,no sin in the final analysis , involves us and a
holy God.When King David committed adultery, followed by murder , he prayed this
to God, ''Against you, you only have I sinned , and done what is evil in your sight.
(Psalm 51 v 4 ).A person may murder or rob someone,and do time in prison,when
released, they may say I have paid my debt to society.But their sinful actions remains
unforgiven ,and if there is no repentance,no seeking forgiveness, then there is still a
price to pay, That price involves judgement by God ,heaven is shut, and Hell beckons.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift
of God is eternal life ,in Christ Jesus our
( Romans 6 v 23 )
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Our Saviour knew the source of evil, the people who opposed Him, where very
religious,they observed all the religious feast.They prayed, read Gods word
kept the Sabbath,kept the food laws,etc,etc,etc.They also laid great store at being
children of Abraham,true blue Jews,yet Jesus knew the source of evil. Do you?
This is what He said out of the heart,yes out of the heart,the source of our being
out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery,sexual immorality, theft,
false testimony,slander.Yes He knows us better than we know ourselves ,why do I
pray everyday,Lord create in me a clean heart,yes a clean heart ,?, because although I
am a Christian, I have evil thoughts, evil desires,and I know how they can so easy
take over. We are told let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he falls( 1
Corinthians 10 v 12 ) . In Proverbs 4 v 23 )we read ,' Above all else, guard your
guard'.Wise words,what are you putting into your heart? what am I putting into my
heart?. In Proverbs 23 v 26 ,we read 'My Son (Daughter) give me your heart,
will you ?, I remember a little prayer children would pray when they trusted
Jesus as Saviour,why don't you pray it, right now.
Come into my heart Lord Jesus.
come into day, come into stay
come into my heart Lord Jesus.
Monday, 13 November 2017
I was playing a game of indoor bowls, and one of the players had a poor
game,but next game he played better,and someone was heard to say ,'you
redeemed yourself'. The word redeemed in the context of a game, means's
to make up for a bad performance.The word redeemed appears a lot of times
in the Bible,there the word means's to buy back,to pay a price.It
has with it the meaning of delivering and bringing someone out of bondage.
It is applied to our Salvation .Humanity is seen by God as being in slavery,
as our Saviour said, everyone who sins is a slave to sin ( John 8 v 34 ),
Solomon also said ,there is no man that does not sin ( 1 Kings 8 v 46)
Because of this we are alienated from a holy God , a slave to our sinful
impulses,lost and undone,we are truly on the road to Hell. Unlike a game
we personally cannot redeem ourselves, because everything we could offer
would be tainted by sin.So God in His awesome mercy did something
He would send a redeemer into the world who would pay the price of our
redemption ,as the Psalmist wrote ,'God would redeem ,( 49 v 15 ) And
so He ,who was truly God and truly man, came and paid the price of our
redemption.,not with perishable things such as silver or gold ..............
but with His precious blood (1 Peter 1 v 18-19 ) So it is when we
trust Jesus as our Saviour, God accepts us on the bases of the price Jesus
paid on the cross.
Not the labours of my hands
Can fulfil thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could mt tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
( Words by A M Toplady )
Sunday, 12 November 2017
Martin Luther wrote ,'Nothing is more familiar or characteristic among
Christians than assertion. Take away assertions, and you take away
Christianity'. Assertion means confidence,certainty, We know that our
Redeemer lives , (19 V 23 )we know that Christ rose from read, ( 1 Corinthians
15 ) We know that Christ has forgiven us our sins ( 1 John 2 v 12 ). The
The Christian hes received eternal life [ 1 John 5 v 13 ). In a world that so
often appears in crises,confused, the Christian has a powerful message,that
comes from that wonderful relationship they have with God. It all come about
when Christ become ones Saviour,He declared that He was the light of the
world ,and that those who follow Him, would not walk in darkness ,but will
have the light of life. (John 8 v 12 ) Children are afraid of the dark ,but many
people who are not children, are afraid, darkness has engulfed them,are you one
of them ?,Look to Jesus, trust Him,follow Him, you will not walk in darkness.
' When Jesus comes the tempter's power is broken,
When Jesus comes the tears are wiped away.
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory
For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.
( Words by Dr, Smith )
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Heaven is the place where pretence is never needed; where we live in freedom
from judgement; where we will never need to pretend or assume an unreal
posture or claim an inappropriate credit. It will be a place where we can live for
the first time in all our lives in freedom from judgement- the judgement of others
and the self- judgements which in this life so regularly cripple and enslave us.We
will live in the freedom of the judgement of God. We will have accepted His just
judgement on our lives, be utterly one with Him is the embodied righteousness
of God., and be renewed in the image of the Righteous One. We will be righteous
and pursue righteousness. We will at last, and for ever, do justly....love mercy, and
walk humbly with( our ) God. ( Mic 6 v 8 av )
( From Bruce Milne's book ,Heaven and Hell )
Friday, 10 November 2017
In Matthew 18 v 1 - 9, Jesus speaks very sternly to those who cause
others to sin ,we can think of many who do that,they come under great
condemnation,and will suffer severe judgement.Child abusers will suffer
those who trap people into prostitution,.Many dear people have been lured
into evil practise's,those who do will suffer, for God is just. .He goes unto
speak , to 'cutting off' a member of the body, rather than giving into sin.
Origen took these words literally, and was castrated.This is what John Stott
''The command to get rid of troublesome eyes,hands and feet is an example
of our Lord's use of dramatic figures of speech. What He was advocating
was not a literal self maiming, but a ruthless moral self denial. Not
mutilation but mortification was the path to holiness He taught. If your eye
causes you to sin because temptation comes to you through the eyes( objects
you see), then pluck out your eyes. That is, don' t look, Behave as though
you had actually plucked out your eyes and flung them away and were now
blind and could not see the objects which previously caused you to sin''
''Let us stop pampering ourselves''
Thursday, 9 November 2017
It was H R. Palmer who wrote that old hymn ,' Yield not to temptation,
many years ago,we seldom hear it song these days ,and yet its message is
relevant to every generation. Every day everyone one of us face temptation
it is told that this hymn stopped a riot in a women's prison,again many years
ago.Sing Sing, had a women's section. One Sunday the women were gathered
together,for a religious service, the prison officer in charge, gave which caused
an uproar .A women's riot was harder to deal with than a riot by men,the situation
was getting out of hand, when someone started to sing the following.,
Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin,
Each victory will help you, some other to win.
Fight manfully onward ,dark passions sudue
Look ever to Jesus He will carry you through.
Very soon all the lady prisoners joined in and then quietly went back to their cells.
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
I received a phone call from a friend ,he is the brother of Raymond who was my best
friend up until I was 20,and then we went our separate ways. I had just come back to
Lord, he did not know the Lord, nor wanted to follow Him. It was years later that I
found out that Raymond's brother had become a Christian, since then we have stayed in
contact with each other. He is a fine Christian man ,he witnesses to many people ,I
never thought he would become a Christian ,yet he did,for those who decry the preaching
of Hell, it was that very thing that caused my friend to trust Jesus. He told me that it as
at the funeral of his father, the reality of Hell came upon him .Many ministers will not
preach on Hell, they must have their reasons,but then we are not to lean upon our own
understanding.Hell is not an outdated truth, sadly to say ,untold millions will end up in
On the golden streets of heaven
All men hope to walk some day.
Yet so many are not will to accept
Some will tell that God's mercy
is their only hope and plea.
But I read that my dear Saviour
Died for sinners just like me.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, I'm
depending on the blood.
( Words by John Oatman.Jr. )
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Whats in a name ?,well the seven dwarfs in the story of Snowhite, reflected
their name,Snezzey,sneezed,Dopey was not to bright,Grumpy well he was crumby.
We call someone who is miserable all the time, misery guts,the children's writer
Roger Hargreaves was on a winner when he wrote the Mister Men books,Mister
Tickle,Mr Greedy, and many others.What's in a name? a lot or nothing,in Bible
times names meant something,Jacob means twister,in other words someone you
cannot trust.We read of a man in Chronicles called Jabez, which means pain.,
his mother experienced much pain in giving birth to him,so she called him pain.
He desired to be free from pain ,and God granted his request.You may not be
Jabez but you have reputation that causes you pain. Could be ,you had a father who
was not up to much,you do not want to have a reputation like him, or even your
family.God heard the prayer of Jabez and granted his request. When we think of
Jabez we remember a man of prayer a man who was changed by the power of God.
With Christ we are new creations,we need no longer live
under fear and a dark cloud,
Monday, 6 November 2017
I am reading and studying Chronicles, at this time ,one of the things that would
put one of reading this book,is the first 9 chapters are mainly names. One must
study these two books,and begin to understand why these list of names are there.
I am using a study guide from one the the Bible speaks today series and am finding
it helpful.It was written to a people who had been taken into exile in Babylon.Now
it was Jeremiah the prophet who wrote a letter to those in exile,( Jer 29 )he reminds
them why they were in exile,also that it was not permeate ,in 70 years God would
bring them back to their own land.In the mean while they were to settle down and
lead a normal life, even pray for the place they were in. The greater part of Israel
had been taken captive into Assyria, years before.So they were as a people scattered.
the writer of Chronicles was moved by God to remind them of who they are,a special
people ,rooted in God,the first 9 chapters remind them of their roots. As with Israel
of old so it is that many us who are the present Israel,made up of Jew and non- Jews,
need to be reminded of our roots, that in Christ we are children of God ,be we refugees
exiles or whatever ,yes live a normal life pray for where you live, but let us be careful,
to not forget our roots.
Friday, 3 November 2017
I read these words, ''Changeless grace in changing circumstances ''. What a
wonderful truth.A friend of mine and his wife who has been going through
a difficult time for a number of years, said how much God has upheld them.
I recently spoke at a church,a dear Christian brother came to me after I had
spoke. He said how the word preached help him.The previous week his wife
had died from cancer , he mentioned how difficult he had found it, as
the pain killers had little effect. I can only imagine how difficult it must have
been.I read recently of a dear brother in China arrested ,was experiencing
being tortured.How can they cope with such things?,the answer is Gods
changeless grace in their changing circumstances.
My grace is sufficient for you.
( 2 Corinthians 12 v 9 )
Thursday, 2 November 2017
Recently it was my wife's birthday, so we had a celebration for
her and so the family went out for a meal. There on the table
where balloons filled with gas, that float in the air.
they have ribbons attached to them , that is attached to a weight.
the question is ,what does one do with the balloons when the party
is over.? Well I took them and cut the ribbon attached to the weight,
all of a sudden they were free,to zoom up into the heavens ,and it
was if I could hear them say,' Free ,free at last'.
''If the Son sets you free
you will be free indeed.
(John 8 v 36 )
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
I am looking at a photo of a young man in a magazine ,he is dressed in
casual clothes,I think I will send him a few pound to buy a pair of trousers
for the poor lad's trousers are torn in both knees. Yes ,although I am 73 ,I
know that this is the fashion,when I was young it was a sign of poverty.
How things change ,the newspapers are no longer large, and unmanageable,
I know some still are, I wonder why.?. The thing is,things change,somethings
don't, we change physically, my hair has turned blond,although my wife keeps
telling me its grey, what does she know.?. I used to be a sweet lovely young
man but now I am a member of the old men's grumpy club.The fact is we are
finite beings, that means we will change,it is inevitable, but here is an important
thing ,God does not change, in His being,and in his attributes.people do try to
change him, even Christians,they find it hard to accept aspects of God ,like
the fact that He judges people,and will judge all mankind,oh no they say, we
do not want that sort of God.Then others who think it is wrong to say there
is only one God, and only one way to God,so they try to change it.Then there
are other people like the Jews who refuse their Messiah,because of what it
would mean, change.
We cannot change God,but He can
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
In East Africa many are suffering,this is caused by a lack of rain
In Yemen thousands of people are suffering from the worst cholera
outbreak in history.
Spain is experiencing political turmoil, which could easily break out
I could go on, this world is full of so much pain, many millions of people
have been affected by violence,
Millions of people have become refugees,living in camps, that are poorly
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.
Monday, 30 October 2017
One of the most godly kings of Israel was Josiah ( 2 Kings 22- 23 ), he sought
to turn the people back to God, but it was all in vain ,for after his death, the nation
went back to their old ways. Israel the nation had its times of spiritual life,but so
often they kept running away from God.. God loved them, but oh so often they
rejected His love,in spite of all He had done for them. Even when they became very
religious in our Lords time, their religion was hard and unloving. They had the plain
teaching of scripture,but failed to understand, the true character and purpose of the
promised Messiah.Instead of seeing the importance of a spiritual rebirth, they leaned
heavenly on their privileged position of being children of Abraham. To them the
physical ,the outward religious acts,overshadowed everything, Instead of welcoming
their Messiah with open arms,and embracing Him as their saviour, they saw Him as
a threat to their position. In the end they came to the conclusion he would have to die.
and so they schemed and planned to destroy him. It is a very dark and tragic picture
I paint ,but it is a true picture,but of course the story is not over,in time God will bring
into His kingdom,a people from Israel ,which will be made up of all mankind,of Jews
and non-Jews, for Gods purposes are greater than a nation state. One day all those
who have come to know Christ, a people from every tribe and language ,,and
nation will gathered unto God and will sing the praises of Him who loved them,
Jesus the Lamb of God who took away their sins
'For the earth will be full
of the knowledge of the
Lord, as the waters cover
( Isaiah 11 v 9 )
Sunday, 29 October 2017
The story of Jonah is interesting and instructive , a prophet running away
when told by God to proclaim Gods word to Nineveh capital of Assyria..
a major world power, who conquered nearly all before them.,they were religious
believing in many gods. When they conquered a nation they believed they were
defeating that nations god., They were noted for their cruelty, when they defeated a
nation they would humiliate that nations ruler,by pulling them with ropes attached
by lips and the jaw. They were wicked,cruel, and idolaters, So when Jonah was told
to proclaim Gods judgement, instead of being obedient, he was disobedient, why?
The answer may surprise many people who see God in the OT as a tyrant, In chap 4
we see a man who knew his God ,' He prayed to the Lord,''O Lord, is this not what I
said when I was still at home? That is why I was quick to flee to Tarshish . I knew
that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love
a God who relents from sending calamity''. Is he describing a tyrant ?.
There's a wideness in God's mercy
Like the wideness of the sea;
There's a kindness in his justice
Which is more than liberty
Saturday, 28 October 2017
Did you know that God has a timetable?,we need to be reminded of this,unlike
trains and planes ,He is never late ,nor ever early,no ,whatever God has planned
will happen when He says it will happen. In Galatians 4 v 4 ,the writer ,writing
of the coming of Christ, tells us,''But when the time arrived that was set by God
the Father, God sent his Son,born among us of a woman ''. It is something we
need to be reminded of ,especially in relation to prayer. lets be honest we all
want answers to our prayers immediately, and while God does answer a degree
quickly,other times he does not, we have to wait,for God to answer according to
His timetable. Now one of the major things that some Christians struggle with is
the Lords coming again,it is the apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3 v ,who reminds his
readers and us, that God is outside of time, and that there is a reason why he has
not come. The disciples were wondering when the fullness of Gods kingdom would
come into being ,so they asked Jesus,and this is what He told them,'' It is not for
you to know times or seasons ,that the Father has fixed by His own authority''.
He followed up this statement by telling them that their task was to go into all the
world and be a witness for Him.
Stop wondering and worrying as to Gods timetable
Friday, 27 October 2017
I did not choose the body I have , God did, ( Isaiah 44 v 2 ),I did not choose the
parents ,I had ,God did, I did not choose the land I was born in, God did.You may
look at what I am declaring,and find it hard to accept. I do not have all the answers
as to Gods ways,I cannot answer all the whys in your life and mine. But what I am
called to do is to understand ,that we are not Gods plaything , He knows what
He is doing , I am 73 and as I look back I know God is silent about many things,
yet I can see by faith Gods providence. And the safest attitude is that of trust and
confidence , people are challenged to believe in God ,what does that mean to you.
It is more than words or intellectual ascent. It implies wholehearted trust ,that steps
into the unknown , and follows Him who said follow Me. We used to play a little
game called follow the leader , our leader is Jesus that is whom I am following .He
brought into being with my own peculiar personality , to fulfil His will through
me. we may think that we are of no consequence, but we are to Him, and that is
what counts.Whatever God has placed in your heart ,seek to fulfil it ,and do it.
Adelade Pollard an American lady was feeling very discouraged,and she attended
a prayer meeting,and heard a lady pray,''Lord , it really does not matter what you do
with us,just have your own way''.She went on to write the following.
Have Thine own way Lord,have Thine
Thou art the potter, I am the clay;
Thou art the potter, I am the clay;
mould me and make me after Thine will
while I am waiting yielded and still.
Thursday, 26 October 2017
There are millions of people who believe in reincarnation, in the west
it is not taken to serious, but as I said millions do,one of the bases of
Hinduism .Let us consider it, I heard someone say it trivialises death,
in one sense death is not real ,an allusion. Why because it just simply
means one is just changing bodies ,like the fictitious Dr Who. Well as I
said millions believe it , but it is not true ,the word of God clearly teaches
that it is appointed unto men once to die. That each individual when born
is someone who never existed ,they are a brand new individuals,with no
past history.They do not come back into an earthly existence as another
human being or animal. Hinduism proclaims not only do you come back
as you once where ,but depending how you live, you will exist as in inferior
human, or a superior human being. Many millions are treated like dirt
because they are considered inferior, no kindness should be shown them.
I once went for an interview for a job ,and was asked what would be important
to me in the service I would offer others the old, poor, mentally ill. My reply
was, I considered every human being was created in the image of God,and
so I would treat them as equally important .
God loves everyone
John 3 v16
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
T.Keller in his book ,'How to find your rival gods',,writes the following.
''Many a person thinks he has God and everything he needs when he has
money and property , in them he trusts and of them he boasts so stubbornly
and securely that he cares for no one. Surely such a man also has a god -
mammon by name, that is , money and possessions - on which he fixes his
hole heart. It is the most common idol on earth. He who has money and
property feels secure , happy , fearless , as if were sitting in the midst of
paradise. On the other hand, he who has nothing doubts and despairs as if
had never heard of God. Very few there are who are cheerful , who do not
fret and complain ,if they do not have mammon. This desire for wealth clings
and cleaves to our nature all the way to the grave.''
But God said to him, 'You fool, you will die
this night. Then who will get everything
you worked for?. Yes a person is a fool to
store up earthly wealth, but not have a rich
relationship with God.
( Luke 12 v 20 - 21 )
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
John W. Olley writes..''Faith cannot be separated from public life and decision
making''. Some people think you have to go church to pray ,some peoples
religion is only on a Sunday,some people think that because they were baptised as
a child, that's enough. There are others who only attend a church service at Christmas
or for wedding's,or for the funeral of a relative or a friend.Others who see religion
only for old people. There is an old gospel hymn which reads,
I go to church on Sunday,
The vows that I make I break
them on Monday
But come Sunday morning i'm
down on my knee's.
Enoch walked with God, 24/7
Monday, 23 October 2017
J.H.Olley writes , ''Fear affects what we see''.There comes to mind a
little child's chorus, about the 12 spies,who were sent to spy out the land of
Twelve spies went to spy
Ten were bad ,two were good.
Some saw the giants tough and tall
Some saw that God was in it all.
We can read about this in Numbers 13-14 .it was crucial point in the nations
history. God was with them ,they had witnessed His power in Egypt, and when
they left Egypt ,so what had they to fear ?. Yet in spite of what they witnessed
and experienced ,fear affected them,the ten only saw the giants ,how strong and
powerful they were.Fear took over and faith was non existent. The result was that
generation did not enter the promise land with the exception of the two who
who brought back a good report, there names were Caleb and Joshua..The ten
heard God 's word but refused to believe ,so the forfeited a great blessing. Fear
affected what the ten spies saw, and fear likewise affected the nation by what
they heard ,fear give way to unbelief.
Many missionaries were in danger during the Boxer rebellion in China ,
Hudson Taylor the head of the 'China inland mission', was receiving
reports about the dangerous situation, was heard to sing.
Jesus , I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness,
Of Thy loving heart.
( Words by J.S.Piggit )
Sunday, 22 October 2017
A man who survived an ordeal in the Amazon rainforest said ,''Every
day I could have died; That I lived wasn't prowess, it was simply
Providence''. Now I am not sure what he meant by this, Hitler used
term Providence,but again what did he mean by that?. When I think of
Providence I am speaking about Gods ruling over all the affairs of life..
Louis Berkhof wrote, ''This may be defined as that work of God in which
He preserves all His creatures, is active in all that happens in the world
and directs all things to their appointed end ''. Psalm 36 v6b , reads
''O Jehovah , thou preservest man and be . Someone I know who is sixty
said she did not think she would live until she was 20th, but she did ,by
Gods Providence,not by her prowess,meaning not by her courage, guts ,
Dear God we rejoice that in your providence
you have preserved us,and will continue to
watch over us ,until that moment comes for us
your children ,to be called home in Jesus name
we thank you and praise you .
Saturday, 21 October 2017
We where visiting the capitol of Malta, Valletta,and I spied
four people standing at a little stand ,with letters JW's on it. So I
decided to go and speak to them ,I am not good at conversing
with them.But I have been thinking about them ,and how I can
speak more effectively to them. So I approached them ,and asked them
what did they think of the scripture ,''Great is the mystery of
godliness?''.They did not answer, and then I spoke another scripture
from Proverbs 3 v 5 ,''Trust in the Lord and lean not upon your
understanding''. Then I followed it up with a question,as to the meaning
of John 1 v 1 ,''The Word was God'',What I was seeking to do was to
challenge them, to see when we come to God it is by faith, without faith we
can never know Him.To know Him, we start at the cross ,and put our faith
in the Christ of the Bible,the one who is God and man. And when we
follow Him, it is by faith ,remembering that He moves in mysterious
Abraham believed God.
( Romans 4 v 3 )
Friday, 20 October 2017
One of the things that pleased me on holiday, I had
opportunity to speak to people about Christ . First there was
the man who picked us up from the airport ,he really was
not interested. Next was a lady in a shop that was a mission
full of Roman Catholic religious items .I heard Christian
songs being sung, one of my favourite was being played,
called, 'I can only imagine ', it is about heaven ,and arriving
there. It gave me an opportunity to talk about going to heaven
I asked was she going ?,which led on ,to making it clear that
it is the work of Christ that saves, and that alone. I explained
that works are a very important evidence that we are saved.
It is only Christ and His sacrificial death, that ,and that alone
that saves .
Not the labours of my hands
Can fulfil Thy laws demands;
Could my zeal no respite know
Could my tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save , and Thou alone.
( Words.. A. M. Toplady )
Thursday, 19 October 2017
During my holiday in Malta ,I witnessed to a number
of people ,a man who said he had religion stuffed down
his throat, and so rejected it, he was willing to converse
with me, but it appeared obvious that he did not want to
hear . One of the things I said to him was,'' If you reject
life , you choose death''. He also said how he wanted to
go his own way, and I reminded him what the word of
God says, ''There is a way that seems right unto a man,
but in the end it leads to death .'' ( Proverbs 14 v 12 )
There is always an alternative,
which one will you choose?
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Continuing events on my holiday in Malta , we were in
the capital, Valletta, I noticed a plaque on a wall with the
following words on it, 'Integrity generates confidence, '
This is the motto of Malta's stock exchange, if only that
was true in many countries of their stock exchanges and
banks, if only. But alas it is not so ,evidenced by the last
recession, we have passed through. If only it was the motto
of all of us, what does integrity mean ?. Here are some
definitions, 'honesty, on holiday I bought something, and
gave the assistant what I thought was 10 euros, he pointed
out that I had given him 50,he was being honest. Another
meaning for integrity is, 'good character', am I known as
person of good character ?.Here are a list of other meanings
'Moral , virtuous , decent , fair, sincere, truthful, trust-
worthy'. May that motto of Malta's stock exchange, be our
Jesus said without me you can
( John 15 v 5 )
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 )