Sunday, 31 December 2017
One of the things I see as I read history is that nations history, is similar to individual
histories,in the area of forgiveness. What I mean but by that is,as many individuals
refuse to forgive wrongs committed against them , nations will not forgive.When
the first war ended, France was more concerned with punishing Germany than forgiving it.
The victors at the treaty of Versailles burdened Germany severe financially repayments,
it all paved the way for German militarism in the 1930s ,and eventually of Hitler and the
Nazi party,and all the horror that brought. If only there had been a more forgiving attitude
I believe things could have been different. We all need to to realise that unforgiveness has
serious consequences, our Saviour was not exaggerating when he told one of His disciples
that we are called on to forgive always,continually ( Matthew 18 v 22}. That is what God does,
how many sins have we all committed, I dread to think ,but our amazing God through
our wonderful Saviour He forgive us everything. So much would be so different and better ,if
we would forgive others,this also includes nations.
To err is human
To forgive is divine.
Saturday, 30 December 2017
I received a Christmas parcel from the wife of a couple I have known for years, her husband
was a minister,he is a person I admired much.We had some good times together, we used to
play table tennis,he usually won. His Christian background was that of ,'The Brethren', that
gave him a great grounding in the scripture,and also presented him with opportunities to
develop a preaching ministry. We met at Bible college,although on reflection I don't think he
needed Bible college training,not all people do,I did, and most people do.He always had a very
good library of Christian books,now he has a very large library,in contrast mine is small,but it
is growing.Now my friend is feeble,and hard of hearing,and suffers from diabetes,still I know
if I met up with him today,we would start up where we left off. Most of us value friendship,
but of course sin has distorted humanity,we are not as sociable as we will be in eternity.In heaven everyone will be our friend,for there will be no class,or racial, or social
distinctions.and we will love everyone with a perfect love. As our Saviour walked among
humanity,He loved the unlovely,the marginalised , yes He loved Judas who sold Him out,He
even loved Peter who denied Him, He even loved a thief hanging on a cross,and as the old
hymn says,''He spoke to him words of compassion and took him to Paradise,and wonder of ,
wonders He loves you ,and yes He even loves me.
He is my Lord,my Saviour, and my best Friend.
Friday, 29 December 2017
While travelling home recently,I was stuck in a lot of traffic,we where all moving very slowly,
so there was a lot of breaking and starting,it is times like that,that I am glad I have an automatic.
but I was tired.Now you can guess what happened, I dozed off, and gently hit the car in front,
the driver got out to see the damage,but thankfully there was none,he signalled that all was well,
then got back into his car. You may asked why had I not taken a brake? ,I had , but it still
happened.There was a\ reason why I was tired,not enough sleep, yes I will have to be more
disciplined in going to bed at a more reasonable time.There is an old saying which goes,' You
cant burn the candle at both ends',and that's true as I found out.We need sleep,it is important,
that seems obvious,but unfortunately we do not practise it.there are many reasons for this,
whatever the reason we need to put this into practise.There are many things of course we need
to put into practise,but let us practise one thing at a time.
Dear Lord help to see the importance of rest and
sleep,and grant us the grace we need to put this
into practise, in Jesus name Amen
Thursday, 28 December 2017
It is Michael Wilcock who describes King Hezekiah as this golden boy,there is no doubt
that he was a very good king, but it is obvious that he was not pure gold. I was listening
to a program on the radio, and a lady was expressing her view's about Prince Harry's forth
coming wedding to what would be known as a commoner,she said how it made the royal
family ordinary just like us. As one looks at the history of kings and queens it does appear
that many did think they were more than ordinary.They saw themselves as Gods anointed
separate from those they ruled, The Japaneses Emperor was considered divine, how
unlike Jesus,who was God manifest in the flesh ,we read He became poor,most monarchs
are very wealthy.They don't live in common dwellings,but in palaces ,often they enjoyed
much while those they ruled went hungry,one queen is thought to have said as regards her
hungry citizens,let them eat cake.Even king Solomon's son Rehoboam when ask to make it
easier for those he ruled,said he was going to make it harder ( 2 Chron 10) When Jesus
came to earth ,he identified with the poor and lowly,he declared Himself to be a servant.
He healed the sick,fed the hungry,sought out those on the margin's of society,and instead
of ignoring humanities greatest need,their sinful condition ,He took it upon Himself,to deal
it,when He died on Calvary,sin can be forgiven,sin can be overcome.
Unlike Hezekiah who was not
pure gold,Jesus was pure gold.
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Well it is all over,as the saying goes, 'all good things came to an end', we will soon be taking down our Christmas tree,and putting away the decorations. But for many it is not quite over,the sales have begun,even though we have received so much we will want more,and so it goes on.Let us remember the words of Jesus ,''Watch out,be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life
does not consist in the abundance of his possessions'' (Luke 12 v 15 ).Oh yes I like things ,I like having nice clothes, I am grateful to God for the way He has blessed me, I could tell you about all
my possessions.But I know that they are only borrowed, we only have a loan of them,there comes a time when we all will leave them behind.And it's then if we know the Lord that we enter into true riches,yes enjoy what God has given you,but remember those who are less fortunate,the first thing the wise men did when they came to Jesus was they worshipped Him,and then they gave Him their
gifts,for after all God wants us ,He wants our love, loyalty,faithfulness,our worship.
When you have Jesus ,you have more wealth,in
your soul,than acres of diamonds,and mountains
Sunday, 24 December 2017
I love reading I read fictional and non fictional books,fictional are written out of the authors
imagination,non fictional, like historical are usually based on historical fact.So it is like
Christmas,so much that fictional ,at the expense of the non fictional,and unfortunately the
the non fictional has taken over,and that is very serious.For it practically blots out the real
meaning of Christmas,and that is very serious,instead of a Saviour we have Santa,instead
of of us focusing on the eternal Christ we focus on temporal things.So let me mention
briefly the true meaning of Christmas ,Christ,simple,yet true,Immanuel God with us,
also called Jesus which means a Saviour,for we are all sinners and everyone of us needs a
Saviour who is Christ the Lord.
Please do not miss the true meaning of the season
Saturday, 23 December 2017
Another aspect of Chronicles can be summed up,in the following statement ,in
relation to the kings.'' He who seeks the Lord will be blessed, while he who
abandons the Lord ,will be abandoned ''is is the reality as regards Israels leaders,
And so it appears,that as long as Uzziah sought the Lord,God gave him success,
( 2 Chronicles 26 v 5 )Uzziah was a great king,accomplished so much,but then
we read how that when he became powerful, and from them on things deteriorated,
pride took over. Here is what the word of God has to say about pride
Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall
Better to be lowly in spirit and
among the oppressed
than to share plunder with the
( Proverbs 16 v 18-19 )
Pride brought this godly king down, it can so easy bring all of us down, we need
to heed the destructiveness of sin. John Bunyan that godly man wrote.
He that is down needs fear no fall,
He that is low, no pride;
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide.
Friday, 22 December 2017
I am studying the book of Chronicles the writer Michael Wilcock, commenting on the kings
who ruled the southern kingdom ,(Judah), points out the following,when they were weak they
were strong,and when they were strong they were weak. People say the most important thing
is good health,the apostle Paul suffered from a serious health issue,that did not go away, yes
he prayed much about it ,asking for Gods healing touch,and it did not happen. No one likes
an on going health problem,or any ongoing problems and yet you have prayed often
about it, time after time, to no avail,the fact is God permits certain things to remain in our
lives. the purpose in Paul's life was, to keep him humble.Whatever the reason for our weakness
is that we rely on God, and rely on Him, and rely on Him,just as Paul had to. He also began to
realise Gods purpose,and truly did discover that Gods grace was sufficient , to such extent
that as the Message puts it, ''he quit focusing on the hardships and began appreciating the
gift'',that they were serving a good purpose in his life.In spite of his weakness ,he was
experiencing the strength he needed.
Dear Lord help us in our weaknesses,grant unto
us the grace, to not only cope, but to so experience
your grace,that we truly can say that your grace
is sufficient, Amen.
Thursday, 21 December 2017
''Everything in Christ astonishes me ,His spirit overawes me, and his will confounds me.
Between him and whoever else in the world,there is no possible term of comparison.He
is truly a being by himself......I search in vain in history to find the similar to Jesus Christ
or anything which can approach the gospel. Neither history, nor humanity, nor the ages
nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or to explain it. Here
everything is extraordinary''.
And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of
( Isaiah 9 v 6 )
And you are to give him the name Jesus,because
he will his people from their sins
( Matthew 1 v 21 )
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
It is that time of the year again when the Christmas tree goes up, it was Prince Albert
Queen Victoria's husband who introduced the Christmas tree into this country. Has it
anything to do with the actual Christmas event ?.It is a tree, and we read in Galations
3v13 and 1 Peter 2 v24 how the cross is referred to as a tree, the NT writer see's in the
OT in Deuteronomy 21 v23, where we read that anyone hung on a tree comes
under a curse.It is also in Deut 27 v26, we are informed that those who do not keep the
law come under a curse,that means we are all under God curse.So it is we are told that
on that tree [Cross),Christ became accursed,
''Even at his most involved, and here he is invoved, one simple yet tremendous fact is
never far from the mind and the heart of Paul- the cost of the Christian Gospel..He
could never forget that the peace,the liberty, of Jesus Christ the right relationship with God
that we possess cost the life and death of Jesus Christ, for how could men have known
what God was like unless Jesus Christ had died to tell them that He loves them like that''
Monday, 11 December 2017
Philip Yancey tells of a prostitute who was in dire straits, confessing to a very, very ,wrong,
she had committed in connection with her two year old daughter ,to someone.They asked
if she ever thought of going to a church for help.She gave a look of astonishment,and cried, ' '' ''Church ''why would I ever go there? They'd just make me feel worse than I already do.''
It is dear old Shakespeare ,who wrote.
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven...
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall
( Matthew 5 v 7 )
Sunday, 10 December 2017
I read this by Michael Wilcock , ''It is at Wits' End Corner that you meet the miracles,''
so many times we read in Gods word how God delivered His people,when all seemed
lost.my mind turns to different accounts in the Bible of how God stepped in and helped
His people.In Exodus 14, Israel were in dire straights,The people were terrified the
Egyptian army was about to attack them had no where to run, they were at 'Wits'
End Corner'.But the man of God had the answer,God,and so he spoke to Gods people,
''Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you
today., and they did, God performed a miracle.God is never at Wit Ends Corner, never. In John 11, a man had died, the sister's of the man went to Jesus, one said ,''if you had
been here, my brother would not have died ( John 11v 21 )But they soon discovered
that ,Jesus was able to bring back their brother from the very dead. The words in
in v 40 challenge us all to have faith,''Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would
see the glory of God'',and they did.
Remember if we believe we will see the Glory of God
[ John 11)
Saturday, 9 December 2017
I am studying Chronicles ,and just finished looking at the life King Jehoshaphat
king of the southern kingdom, also known as Judah,Benjamin was also part of
it. Israel was split in two.the other part was known as the northern kingdom, they
were ruled by King Ahab. From the time the Northern broke away politically,
they broke away spiritually,forsaking God. Ahab had married the infamous
Jezebel ,and followed her ,into her pagan worship.Now Jehoshaphat did a foolish
thing he allied himself to Ahab, ( 2 Chron 18 v 1 ) . It is M. Wilcock who writes
''The frequent comings and goings between the two capitals no doubt originated
in Jehoshaphat's desire to thing the best of his neighbour,to foster the unity of
the two nations, and to overlook differences. Subsequent events showed the perils
of goodwill without discernment''.This nearly cost Jehoshaphat his life,and would
open the door for a down turn spiritually,that would eventually be disastrous,for
the southern kingdom.We cannot fraternise with those who do not stand for truth,that is
revealed in Gods word, if we do ,we will be pulled down. Nations are introducing
laws ,that are bound to to have serious consequences,more than ever we as Cthistians
Friday, 8 December 2017
If we turn to the book of Job we see a very godly man who had had suffered awful
loss,his ten children,had died, when a house had collapsed on them.He was a very
wealthy person,but he lost his wealth,then he lost his health. His wife thought the
best thing for him ,was to die,then his three friends came,and they began to accuse him,
of causing all the evil that had happened, on him,in other words ,he had sinned,and
God was punishing him.The debate wages to and fro,they accused him , he defending ,
himself ,in the end God sorted it out.During all of this Jobs,friend Eliphaz
said this to Job,'' As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit
my cause. ( Job 5 v 8 )That's good advice ,there are so many situations that we find
ourselves in which we are accused falsely of whatever,and all we can do is ,seek God,
and commit it all to Him. You see that's what our Saviour did,we read ,''When He was
reviled, he did not revile in return, when he suffered,he did not threaten, but continued
entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
Leave it to Him.
Thursday, 7 December 2017
I read recently something by a man called John Sherrill ,he said that there where
two types of promises in the Bible ,one for feeding on which we receive strength
from, then there are those premises ,that help us fight our enemy, when we are
being attacked..I have just read 2 Chronicles 20,King Jehoshaphat and his country
are faced with a combined force of three nations.Defeat was stirring them in the
face,Jehoshaphat called the people together to fast and pray.He led the people in
prayer,one of the things he prayed was this.
( v12) O our God,will you not judge them?
For we have no power to face this vast army
that is attacking us. We do not know what to
do,but our eyes are upon you.
What a prayer that this king offered in front of all his people ,humility is a great thing
especially for a king, what an example to his subjects,and to us,Jesus said without me
you can do nothing ( John 15 v 5 ) .Then a Spirit filled man spoke a message from God
Do not be afraid or discouraged , because of this
vast army, for the battle is not yours, but Gods. ( v 15 )
What a wonderful promise from God ,and so it came to pass,God Himself defeated the
enemy.,the God who promised ,fulfilled His word, and was victorious over them.
Trust those exceeding great and precious promises
REMEMBER GOD CAN BE TRUSTED.
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Freedom is the cry of so many in this world, people die for it, in recent years South
Sudan ,got their freedom,you would think every body would be happy. But not so
at this moment there is a severe conflict there,with the result many are perishing.The
term killing fields has been mentioned,we all know that comes from, Cambodia.
It appears ,as so often happens freedom politically does not free from such conflicts
.Refugee's,starvation,rape,murder ,ans so ,and so .The French revolution ushered
in the great terror,the agreement in Ireland,freedom from British rule, ushered
in a civil war, and so one could on.Prisoners are freed, only to re offend. In the West we have
material prosperity, like no other time in History ,but people still bemoan their lot
. Prosperity ,has not stopped people falling into debt . In the 1960 free love was promoted
yet sexual perversion is on increasing, millions are controlled by lust, and feast on it,on the
inter-net.Millions are addicted to so many things, over eating,gambling, alcohol,children
receive wonderful education ,yet bullying goes on everyday.We watch the Proms on the TV
and hear them sing land of free,if only that was true. Let me unashamedly tell you what my
Saviour said,''I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin, that means, all of us,
but He went on to say ,if the Son sets you free,you will be free indeed. ( John 8 v 34 v 36 )
Jesus said the truth shall set you free.
Well do you want to be free?
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
December is a bit dark and dreary, yet it is this month in which we celebrate the coming
of Christ. Most people do not fully understand or take into account what that means.Some
historians are changing,the general accepted terms,''BC/AD'',possible they want to write out
the Christ event altogether.I am reading a novel called ,'Conclave', by Robert Harris.it deals
with the election of a new Pope. The main character is Lomeli who is overseeing the affair,
he is has to preach during this process, and one of the things he said was this,''the one sin I have
come to fear more than any other is certainty . Certainty is the great enemy of unity. Certainty
is the deadly enemy of tolerance, ''I wonder what you think of these words ?,now of course
the Bible teaches us truths that are certain, the Christ event is an historical fact, and as
one reads the OT we see plenty of references as regards a Messiah coming, the purpose of His
coming is clearly shown.,to die as a sacrifice for sin.These and many other things we believe
are clearly shown and declared as a certainty. Jesus Himself declared that he is the only way to
God ( John 14 v 6 ) .The word hope as is used in parts of the NT is a sure and certain hope,so
much so that many have been prepared to die for their faith.What about intolerance ?,well
those who profess to be Christians at times have shown an intolerance ,that is unbiblical.
We are meant to hold on and proclaim the truths we believe,but we are never meant to
harm or,hurt anyone, we go forth, not with sword or gun ,but with the greatest power in
world, the love of God.
Monday, 4 December 2017
He was the Son of God,who was also the Son of Man that men and women could become
children of God. What we were before that wonderful experience happened , objects of
wrath , but we received mercy through Christ ( 2 Peter 2 v 10 ), now we belong to God.
William Barclay writes,
'' In any museum we will find quite ordinary things - clothes, a walking- stick, a pen, books,
pieces of furniture- which are only of value because they were once possessed and used by
some great person. It is the ownership which gives them worth.It is so with the Christian .
The Christian may be a very ordinary person , but he acquires a new value and dignity and
greatness because he belongs to God. The greatness of the Christian lies in the fact that he
is God's ''
Jesus makes us special.
Sunday, 3 December 2017
God granted Asa victory over the enemy,and as he returns from the battle ,the prophet
Azariah meets him ,The first thing he says is ,''listen to me'', and he did listen. There
are so many things that stop us from listening,the sermon was to long, our minds are
to tired,we don't want to be disturbed ,it may be surprised that God is speaking ,but
we are not listening.. The prophet tells him that God is with him,
what a wonderful word to receive ,dear fellow Christian ,the Lord is with you,( Mt 28 v
20) Think what these words meant to Asa, comfort,confidence, encouragement. But
there is a word of warning also be faithful or else I will not be with you,says the Lord.
Faithfulness is vital in our relationship with God,yes even unto death .( Revelation 2 v 10 )
Let Me have My way among you,
Do not strive, do not strive,
(Words by G. Kendrick )
We read about King Asa in 1 Kings 15, and in 2 Chronicles 14-16 who was king of Judah,
for most of his reign he acted in a godly manner, for most of his reign. He received
encouraging words from God,and sought Him and trusted him ,when faced with an enemy
who had a vast army,he prayed a wonderful prayer.'' Lord,there is no one like you to help
powerless against the mighty.Help us , O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your
name we come against this vast army.O Lord, you are our God; do not let man prevail
against you.'' What a wonderful prayer, those words ,''we rely on you'',are key words
he could run away,but no, he stands by faith, depending upon his God,and so faith was
rewarded,and God granted him the victory. Later on a prophet goes to him , with words
of encouragement, God would continue to bless him if he continued to seek God.
Trust wholly in your God ,no matter
how great the difficulties are.
Saturday, 2 December 2017
It was reported on the news recently that light pollution is increasing ,that means when
we look up into the sky at night we cannot see very many ,if any stars. Now of course this
has consequences ,we blot out one aspect of seeing the glory of God,not by means entirely.
The Westminster confession of faith begins by saying that ''the lights of nature, and
works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness,wisdom and power of
God as to leave men inexcusable''. The apostle Paul in Romans 1 v 20, writes how creation
has a wonderful message for us ,there is a God who has made all things.Of course believing
in a creator is important,but to get to know that God ,then there must be salvation, that does
not come through through looking at creation,no it comes through Christ.
Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works Thy hands hath done,
I see the stars , I hear the mighty thunder,
the power throughout the universe displayed.
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.
And when I think that God His Son not sparing,
sent Him to die - I scarce can take it in,
that on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart,
Then shall I bow in humble adoration,
and there proclaim ,my God, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul,my Saviour God, to Thee,
how great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,
how great Thou art,how great Thou art.
( Words by S.K,Hine )
Friday, 1 December 2017
What does one do with old Bible's ?, I have a number of Bible's different translations, but
one I use everyday, and for preaching, is beginning to show serious deterioration.So I have
ordered a new one.,what does one do with the old one? ,after all it is the word of God. I
remember a lady visitor , voicing concern because people placed their Bible's on the floor.
I appreciate people treating the Bible with respect ,yet I know we are not meant to worship
the Bible, we are meant to worship the God of the Bible.The Jews of our Lords time held the
the scriptures as being very important as they do today. The Jews are the people of the Book,
in every synagogue it holds an honoured place. The Jew has only what Christians call the Old
Testament ,this holds 39 books., today it is commonly called the Tanakh..One thing Jews will
not call it,is the Old Testament. Such a label to them implies the Hebrew Bible has been been
superseded by its Christian successor.To the Jew it was everything ,to acquaint yourself with
it brought great blessings from God. Yet it is W. Barclay who points out ,''The best Bible
students in the world,the people with the greatest reverence for the scriptures ,fail to see
Jesus in their Scriptures.So it is ,that no matter how knowledgeable one is as regards the
scriptures, without a true saving knowledge of the Christ of the whole Bible ,one will never
I still have no answer to my question, what do I do with
my old Bibles? .
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Years ago when things broke down, we took it to someone to fix it,I have a little drill,
which shortly after I bought it, needed repaired. So the people I purchased it from
fixed it.that's over 40 years ago,I have used that little drill many time ,I am glad I got
it repaired. Many things do not get repaired now, sometimes it is to dear to repair,so we
dispose of whatever it is.In fact we live at a time when many things are disposed off.
All these items are good for ,is the local dump ,somethings they are recycled, the
fact is ,that's life . The question is what about humanity ?, looking through history
and scanning through the news ,it seems so very often,political ,and religious movements
often appear to class people as disposable,so millions and millions have
been disposed of in the most awful ways. In Gods eyes no one is disposable, not one,
every soul that ever lived,all were precious in His sight,even those whom He judged .
For God so loved the world,
that gave His only begotten
son, that whosoever believeth
in Him should not perish ,but
have everlasting life.
( John 3 v 16 )
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
I wonder how you would describe humanity , it was Robert L. Stevenson who wrote
about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,two names but one person. They stand for a person who
turned into a wicked destructive beast, oh yes he was not a beast in the literal sense,
but from being a reasonable person, to being a wicked person. Yet it fully describes
humanity,all humanity,many nice people belonged to the Nazi party,and did awful .
things.Hitler liked dogs,Stalin liked roses.These two may be two extreme examples,
but they had a multitude who followed and obeyed them.Those who professed to be
Christian have committed awful things,now it is the Moslem's turn,whose turn will
it be next ?.There is a fallenness in mankind something waiting to happen,a beast
no one can cure,that can manifest itself in so many ways. Even though I am a
Christian I know there is inside me,that which could take over, with dire consequences.
David the king of Israel discovered it,the road rage person shows it,the abuser shows
the beast ,they all do and so do we.In a moment we can as Oscar Wilde wrote,kill
the thing we love ,he wrote while in jail, and observed a man who was going to be hung
for murdering the one he loved. It is a wonderful poem,here are a few verses from it.
Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By this let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss
The brave man with a sword.
Some kill their love when they are young,
Some when they are old.
Some strangle with the hands of lust
Some with the hands of gold.
The kindest use a knife, because
The dead so soon grow cold.
Some love too little, some too long,
Some sell, and others buy;
Some do the deed with many tears,
And some without a sigh;
For each man kills the thing he loves,
Yet each man does not die.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory
( Romans 3 v 23 )
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners
( 1 Timothy 1 v 15 )
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
This year is the 500th year from when the reformation began,led by Martin Luther,
the monk who found Christ,through studying the word of God. Although I have
read Luther's life,I do not remember Luthers '' five Sola's'' ,so here they are,.
Sola means alone..
( 1 ) Sola scriptura meaning Scripture alone.
( 2 ) Sola Fide : Faith alone
( 3 ) Sola Gratia : Grace alone
( 4 ) Sola Christo : Christ alone
( 5 ) Sola Gloria : The Glory of
Luther used these five phrase's to emphasise the differences between the reformers
and the Roman Catholic Church..
Monday, 27 November 2017
It was budget time ,when the chancellor of the exchequer tells Parliament his
spending plans for the country.Summing up he said ,''we are looking forward, not
backward''. This reminds me of what the apostle Paul wrote ,' Forgetting what is
behind and straining toward what is ahead'. ( Philippians 3 v 13 )Life for the
Christian is about going forward, indeed life is about going forward.. I enjoy
watching football on the TV,and one thing no team can do is be satisfied with
yesterdays success. It is not that we do not take pleasure or totally forget our
yesterdays,no but we must not let the past imprison us. The challenge is forward
and upward ,pushing forward with all our might, towards our heavenly goal.
past successes,failures,disappointments,hurts,sins, must not hold us back.
Our Saviour say to all of us today follow me, let nothing distract us from
doing just that.
Onward and upward
Sunday, 26 November 2017
As a minister was boarding a plane, he noticed a lady who appeared to have a
problem with one of her legs,it was partially sticking out in isle.He thought
should he pray for her, but he didn't. Yet when the plane took off,he felt he
would,so he went down the isle, and asked her could he pray for her.
She agreed ,so he prayed,when he asked her if things where better,no she replied
it still hurt.. So he prayed again, a bit louder ,but the lady said no change. So
he prayed again much louder, people began to look down the isle,when he
finished praying, still no change, her leg still hurt, so back to his seat he went
feeling embarrassed, After the plane landed he went to collect his luggage
and the lady was there smiling,she beckoned him to come over,oh he thought
she was healed. But no it had not happened instead she said '' I would love to
have your faith,so he had joy of telling her about Jesus,and leading her to the
Lord. Remember the man a paralytic , was lowered down through a hole in the
roof,the first thing Jesus said to him was,''Friend ,your sins are forgiven''.That
took priority over his sickness.,for our greatest need,let me repeat this ,our greatest,
need, is to have our sins forgiven,no matter what the sickness is.
Only Jesus can meet your
Saturday, 25 November 2017
''By the 1500s the gospel of salvation by faith alone apart from works was buried
under the mountainous ,monolithic power of the Roman Catholic Church and its
man made traditions. Then came the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation was
all about recovering the truth that salvation is by faith alone and not by faith plus
works, as the Catholic system continues to claim'' So writes John MacArthur.
Ephesians 2 v 8 - 9.
For by grace you have been saved through
faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the
gift of God , not of works,lest anyone should
Friday, 24 November 2017
Now let us consider Proverbs 3 v 6,'' In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He
shall direct thy paths.'' Gods word tell us we know not what a day may bring forth''
(Proverbs 27 v 1 ),but God does. It is strange that people at funerals have the song
,' My Way', played ,as if is an achievement to boast about,and if we think of the
eternal consequences, if that person has never trusted Jesus as Saviour.Again
Gods tells us, 'There is a way that seems right unto a man ,but in the end it leads to
death.' ( Proverbs 16 v 25 ) Charles Bridges writes ''The end tests the safety of the
path''. Oh the transcendent[meaning going beyond ourselves to God) mercy of the
eyes opened to see the awful danger of our own way,and our ears opened to hear
the voice behind us saying ,this is the way ,walk ye in it'' (Isaiah 30 v 21 ).
Consider the open part of this verse ,'' In all thy ways acknowledge Him'', How
inclusive these words are, '' we need to bring God into all things,everyday, we are
are no longer doing things our way,the worlds way, but Gods way. Next consider
acknowledging God ,He will respond ,and He will direct our paths. Again
Charles Bridges writes, ''No step well prayed over will bring ultimate regret,He will
lead us forth in the right way, ( Psalm 107 v 7 )''
He led them on safely.
( Psalm 78 v 53 )
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Let consider further Proverbs 5 v 3 'Lean not on your own understanding', everyday we
are bombarded with so many things, things that challenge our faith,in relation to creation,
moral values, the person of Christ,how can he God and man.?. The miracles recorded in the
Bible,and when it comes to trials we are inclined, to stop thinking Biblically , we move from
God and His word, and make shipwreck of our faith.We need to educate our understanding
so we can, stand and having done all to stand. There is no excuse for neglecting Gods word
we need to understand what God has to say about trials of different sorts. When we do this
then we can rest in the Lord,we realise that we are not unique ,many of Gods choosiest
saints have suffered the severest of trials. yet they fixed their eyes on Jesus, who endured the
cross ,scorning its shame, for the joy that was set before Him. (Hebrews 12 v 2 ) The
unbeliever will not receive any help from that ,nothing can compensate him for the trials he
suffered.We could put it this way we need to lean on Jesus and His word, more and more,
instead of leaning on our own understanding.
What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
( Words E.A. Hoffman )
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Trust in the Lord ,so v 5 of Proverbs 3,many say they believe in Jesus who have never
trusted in Him as Saviour. When seeking to witness to people we discover that people
dislike the Saviour, they may even hate him.People trust in many different things,the
rich trust in their riches, the strong man trust in his physical strength.But the Bible
exhorts us to trust in the Lord, why?, because we all need a Saviour and only the
Lord can save.There are to be no half measures when it comes to trusting the Lord,
with all our hearts, some would say that's a bit extreme,is He not worthy of our trust ?
of course He is. Likewise when it comes to love there are again no half measures,
consider what Jesus said ,'' Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul, and with all your mind''(Matthew 22 v 37. Total trust and total love ,to do
otherwise we will be heading for trouble ,whatever life brings at us.wherever He may
God says simple , trust Me ,
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
There are two verses in the Bible that have helped and challenge me right
through my Christian life,they are Proverbs 3 v 5 - 6 ,I prefer the AV translation
of these verses,I am going to leave these two wonderful and instructive verses
with you,and then possible comment on them tomorrow.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,
and lean not upon thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He
shall direct thy path.
Monday, 20 November 2017
The first heavy frost arrived ,on my daily walk , I could see a number of people
scraping the frost of their cars windows ,it is like someone has sprinkled icing sugar
over everything . We knew it was coming ,for we live in a land of seasons ,now Autumn
is giving way to winter,the season come and the seasons go.It was the prophet Jeremiah
who prophesied for over 40 years ,to what became known as the southern kingdom.
His ministry was hard and unrewarding for things became worse and worse spiritually.
Jeremiah just kept on going, his task was to faithfully tell the people Gods
word. He challenged them time and time again, to no avail. In chap 8 v 20 we read
words that caused him great sorrow,they
''The harvest is passed,
the summer is ended,
and we are not saved.''
They where about to enter a season of great suffering ,no matter what God said, no
no matter how he pleaded with them,through the prophet, their opportunity to be
saved from the coming judgement was slipping away. Now us let apply these sad words
to the here and now,could it be that God has been speaking to you about being saved.
And you are still not saved, that's a deep tragedy.Remember now is the day of salvation
now is the time to accept Christ as your Saviour, before it is to late.
The choice is your's
Sunday, 19 November 2017
It felt like one of those days, things where getting me down, as I did my daily walk,
instead of talking to God, I put my words into a song. It was a song from my heart to
His ,and in that song I felt we were communicating with each other.Me expressing how
I felt, and He expressing His love ,comfort, and assurance that blessed me. I thought
how David wrote many of his Psalms,those Psalms that expressed the heart of a man ,
and the heart of God. I want to leave you words from one of Davids Psalms
I will lift up my eyes to the hills,
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved,
He who keeps you will not slumber,
Behold, He who keeps Israel,
Shall neither slumber or sleep.
The Lord is your keeper,
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night .
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil,
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out,
And your coming in,
From this time forth,and even for evermore.
Saturday, 18 November 2017
During the communist reign of East Berlin, there was built a giant television tower,
near the top of it was huge globe structure, housing a restaurant and other facilities.
The remarkable thing was, that once it was finished , it was discovered that sunlight
always reflected off the globe in the shape of a cross.The authorities had tried everything
they could to prevent this optical phenomenon ( known as asterism ) , but nothing worked.
No matter how hard they tried they could not get rid of the Cross.
We sing the praise of Him who died,
Of Him who died upon the cross;
The sinner's hope let men deride,
For this we count the world but loss.
Inscribed upon the cross we see
In shining letters God is love;
He bears our sins upon the tree;
He brings us mercy from above.
The Cross, it takes our guilt away;
It holds the fainting spirit up;
It cheers with hope the gloomy day,
And sweetens every bitter cup.
It makes the coward spirit brave,
And nerves the feeble arm for fight;
It takes the terror from the grave,
And gilds the bed of death with light.
The balm of life,the cure of woe.
The measure and pledge of love,
The sinner's refuge here below,
The angel's theme in heaven above.
(Words ...Thomas Kelly )