Monday, 25 September 2017
Daily we have witnessed on the news the terrible
devastation caused by the hurricanes in the Caribbeans.
It makes one realise the power of nature, for all our
achievements, we cannot do anything to stop the
destructive power, of such power. No one can do
anything, we just look on in helplessness. When I
say no one, I am reminded of an occasion when someone
stopped a storm in its tracks, it was Jesus ( Mark 4 v 35
-41 ). How could He do such a thing ?,the disciples
where amazed, and asked this question ,''Who is this?
Even the wind and the waves obey Him''.
Who is He in yonder stall,
At whose feet the shepherds fall.
Tis the Lord, O Wondrous story,
Tis the Lord, the King of glory.
My Lord and my God.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
In Deuteronomy 17v 14 - 20, God gave instructions
in relation to Israel wanting a king . The king was not
to acquire horses , nor cause the people to return to
Egypt to purchase them. He was not to acquire many
wives , nor was he to acquire silver and gold. Solomon
ignored all these commands. These where important
in fact the king was to write out these instructions ,
keep them, and read them all the days of his life. But
we do not read of Solomon doing the latter. Solomon
like the people at the time of the judges did what
was right in his own eyes, not ,what was good in Gods
eyes. He may have been wise, but at the same time he
acted like a fool. God we are told became angry with
Solomon ,the question I ask is this, is God angry with
you or me?.
Saturday, 23 September 2017
Where did it all go wrong, he had everything, literally
money ,power, divinely gifted by God, and a godly father.
Yet he brought more pain in the country he ruled, than
King Saul. Yes Saul was a failure ,by his disobedience,
David who followed him , the man after Gods heart, was
on the whole a good king, though he was far from perfect.
His successor was Solomon , the man who had everything,
in spite of all those advantages , he brought judgement
on the nation he ruled.
Dear God we read in your word that everyone who has been
given much, much will be demanded, help us to not fail you,
like Solomon did in Jesus name. Amen.
Friday, 22 September 2017
In 1 Kings 9 , we read how God appeared unto Solomon
and spoke to him. He said , ''If you walk before Me in
integrity of heart, and uprightness , as David your father
did, and do all I command and observe your decrees and
laws. I will establish your royal throne over Israel'' Sad
to say he failed and suffered the consequence, and sad to
say he failed miserably. The question is are we living in
disobedience?, we shut the door to blessing when we
fail to keep our part of the bargain.
To obey is better than sacrifice.
( 1 Samuel 15 v 22 )
Thursday, 21 September 2017
I travelled down a lonely road,
and no one seemed to care.
The burden on my weary back,
had bowed me to despair.
I oft complained to Jesus,
how folks were treating me.
And then I heard Him say so tenderly;
My feet were also weary upon the Calvary road.
The cross became so heavy I fell beneath the load;
Be faithful weary pilgrim, the morning I can see,
Just lift your cross and follow close to Me.
I work so hard for Jesus,
I often boast and say,
I've sacrificed a lot of things
To walk the narrow way,
I gave up fame and fortune,
I'm worth a lot to Thee,
And then I hear Him gently say to Me;
I left the throne of glory, and counted it but loss,
My hands were nailed in anger, Upon a cruel cross,
But now we'll make the journey ,with your hand
safe in Mine,
So lift your cross and follow close to Me.
O Jesus if I die upon ,A foreign field
Twould be no more than love demands,
No less could I repay,
No greater love hath mortal man,
Than for a friend to die.
These are the words He gently spoke to me;
If just a cup of water I place within your hand,
Then just a cup of water, is all that I demand,
But if by death to living ,they can Thy glory see,
I'll take my cross and follow close to Thee.
( words by Ira F. Stanphill. )
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
In Ecclesiastes 3 v 11, we read,'' He ( God ) has planted
eternity in the human heart''. What do think this means,
well animals do not consider eternity, and humanity
may not appear to give it much consideration. Yet man is
driven for meaning, for fulfilment, desire, in so many things.
Sin and Satan do their best, to lead man into so many
seemingly legitimate ,and awful things, to fulfil the hearts
desire. I read the following on the net, of a passenger on an
airplane, one the engines went on fire, fortionately the plane
landed safely. The passenger said later,'' I am an atheist, but
even I was praying''.
The unbeliever says God is nowhere,
the believer says God is everywhere.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
A Sunday school teacher once asked the children she
was teaching, imagine you are heaven, and imagine you
could send a post card to a best friend, on earth, what would
you write on it?. A little girl put her hand up, and she said
she would write,' wish you where here'.
The most precious words in the
Bible, are,'' I will dwell in the
house of the Lord for ever.
( Psalm 23 v 6 )
Monday, 18 September 2017
Solomon built a temple ,it would signify the presence
God . It was important but not all important.................
Solomon prayed,'' But will God really dwell on earth? The
heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How
much less this temple I have built''. ( 1 Kings 8 v 27 ) Where
is God ,the answer is Heaven ( Matthew 6 v 9 ) John W. Olley
writes , ''We have difficulties with language to describe God
as both 'hear with us' ( immanent ) and yet far beyond us
( transcendent ),as he further writes ''God cannot be
constrained by a building''. The mystery of Christ coming into
this world is that He was God. How can one fully explain
this mystery? ,the reality is we cannot . The scripture clearly
leaves us in no doubt as to His divinity, and so we believe.
Sunday, 17 September 2017
A man who was an unbeliever attended church
the minister spoke to him, from time to time.One
morning at the communion service he noticed the
man taking communion. The minister asked him why
he had taken communion, the man replied, because
it is true.
Luke 1 v 1-4.
1 Corinthians 15 v 1 - 8.
Saturday, 16 September 2017
A joke,'' Why do the French eat snails?. They can't
stand fast foods.'' People are in so much of a hurry,
you notice this ,especially if you are a driver. So
many accidents are caused by people in a hurry.
Recently while driving home, on the motorway,
torrential rain fell. and when I arrived home ,I realised
that I had encountered no difficulties, why?. everyone
had slowed down, in fact I had not even got stressed.
Dear Lord in a world that is in such a hurry and stressed
out, grant that we may know your calmness and peace
as you lead us gently along in Jesus name Amen.
Friday, 15 September 2017
There are two songs that I know which starts
with the words,'' Soften my heart''. Jesus spoke
of the hardness of the heart . (Matthew 19 v 8)
There are many reasons why our hearts become
hard, consumed by hatred , unforgiveness, lack
of love, etc. whatever the reason, the result is
hardness of heart. A lady who was successfully
treated for cancer ,said this,'' Cancer has chipped
away at my armour, and softened me''. What will
it take to soften us?, cancer?, one thing for sure
God wants to deal with us, hard hearted people.
Ezekiel 36 v 26.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in
you; I will remove from you a heart of stone and
give you a heart of flesh.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Stay in school to keep your ageing brain agile, so
read a short article in a news paper. We are told if
we eat properly, exercise by walking then we stand a
chance of living longer, and have a better quality of life.
Now we should look after our bodies ,as best we can,
I myself go for a brisk walk each day, Now I do want
to throw cold water on these things, but the article did
not end on a high note, ''Ultimately though, whatever you
do you are merely delaying the inevitable. The level of
decline when it comes seems to be the same whatever
educational level you reach, Professor Bunge said,
'' The grim reaper comes for all of us ''.
1 Timothy 4 v 8.
For physical training is of some value , but godliness
has value for all things, holding promise for both the
present life and the life to come.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
David said to Solomon his son ''Be
strong, show yourself a man''. David had to face
many difficulties, we all know about Goliath,the
giant, and how David a young man defeated him, (1 Sam
16 ). What was the secret of his success ?, the Lord
[Psalm 27 v 1 ], it was the Lord who continually
helped him to defeat all his enemies. Solomon
in all his advantages, needed to be strong in the
Lord. David reminds his son this truth borne out
of his life time experience.
Ephesians 6 v 10
Finally , be strong in the Lord and in his mighty
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
As one reads or hears the news ,in the 21st century
why do we still have, wars and rumours of wars?. At
this time we have North Korea is developing weapons
of mass destruction. Now of course the leader of that
country is an educated man, he has travelled abroad,
and yet he has carried on where is wicked father left
off. I highlight him, but he is one of many ,Hitler,
Stalin, they where educated people, Stalin consumed
books, in many ways he was a very intelligent person.
Look at the world of religion , the awful crimes that
have been and are being committed. The history of
Christianity shows how wicked even professing Christians
can act. And so it goes on ,people seem determined
to destroy and hurt their fellow man. Why ?,because
we live in a sinful world. The cross on which Jesus died
tells us just how wicked we as humans can act, but it
but it has a greater message, that of forgiveness,
and love. We all have choice, we can stay in a kingdom
of darkness , or we can trust Jesus and enter the kingdom
God ,which is one of hope and light.
Jesus said, follow Me.
Monday, 11 September 2017
Let us consider the gospel of anger, we read in
Mark 3 v5,our Lord being angry at the hardness
of the religious leaders, also it caused Him great
I get angry when I hear of child abuse, and injustice
Alistair Campbell ,writing on the Gospel of anger, also
writes of the gospel love, and how we look again at
the kinds of situations in which anger is most readily
aroused, and then consider what a loving anger might
achieve in overcoming both enmity and apathy.
Dear God move us with a loving anger to confront the
evils that abound ,by the gospel of love, in Jesus name
Saturday, 9 September 2017
A young Solomon.
When godly ministers where near death ,it was the practise
to record their last words. In 1 Kings 2,David the King was
about to die, and so a record was made of what he had to say
The words he spoke were spoken to his son Solomon, who
was going to become king in David's place. Let us consider
what he said. The first thing he said was important ,''I am about
to go the way of all the earth''. David was reminding his son
that he great king ,great warrior was about to die. Death does
not discriminate ,the greatest, yes and the godliest of people
will die. Let us never forget this ,let us remind others of this
and let us all live in the light of eternity.
Hebrews 9 v 27 [The Message ]
Everyone has to die once, then
face the consequences
Friday, 8 September 2017
George Clooney speaking about the state of America said'' We
have still a lot of work to do from our original sin and racism''
Join the club, the fact is most countries have, and lets make it
personal ,when it comes to original sin we have all been effected
by the sinful act in the garden of evil. The word of God tells us,
''Therefore just as through one man sin entered the world, and death
through sin, and thus death spread to all men , because all sinned''.
( Romans 5 v12 ] Here the apostle Paul is telling us that when Adam
sinned we all sinned, yes that means every human being sinned.
The result is we carry on sinning , its in our nature.
Romans 6 v 23
For the wages of sin of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thursday, 7 September 2017
What does this song mean to you?
I will follow Him,
Follow Him where ever He may go,
And near Him I always be
For nothing can keep me away
He is my destiny.
I will follow Him,
Ever since He touched my heart, I knew,
There isn't an ocean too deep,
A mountain so high , it can keep,
Keep me away, away from His Love.
I love Him, I love Him, I love Him.
And where He goes, I'll follow, I'll follow,
I will follow Him, follow Him, where ever
He may go.
There isn't an ocean so high, it can keep
( Words by Frank Pourcel )
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
It is Alistair Campbell who wrote a book called ,'The
Gospel of Anger', I have not read this book ,but the
title spoke to me. Now of course the gospel is good news
so why should we associate it with anger?, because anger
is associated with so much that is wrong. I become angry
I sin, and then I have to ask forgiveness, yes there is a
very wrong type of anger, which is destructive. C P
Ephesians 4 v26, verse 27 reminds us that it gives the
devil an opportunity. We need to face up to the wrong
anger we manifest, stop making excuses, God can help us
if we seek him ,on a daily bases.
Dear Lord there are so many of us who manifest a sinful
anger, grant us grace to face up to our wrong anger, guide
guide us and help us with this severe problem, in Jesus name.
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
A.N. Wilson points to the results of this myth, how those
who were atheists or agnostics , saw it as something that
''made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist''
But as he goes unto point out it open the way for the
strong to discard the weak, to look on other human
beings as sub human ,which we are all to aware of
when Hitler came to power, and the Japanese treatment
of the Chinese. The belief of the survival of the fittest
became a religion, and brought with it dire consequences
''Darwin's , 'Descent of Man', is an absurd embarrassing book
I wonder sometimes how many Darwinians have actually read
it to the end.''
Monday, 4 September 2017
In a soon to be published book by A .N, Wilson on Darwin
he writes, ''Darwin's greatness is founded on a myth ''. I
found it an interesting article ,I do not think he is writing from
a Christian point of view. One of the things Darwin got wrong
was the finches, which he claimed to have evolved ,when in fact
they were all distinct species of finches. A. N. Wilson states
''Darwin's ,'Descent of Man', is an absurd embarrassing book. I
wonder sometimes how many Darwinians have actually
read it to the end''. The sad thing is many people do believe it.
and we will consider what that has meant for mankind ,
Sunday, 3 September 2017
When we think of peace we think of a cessation of war,
of conflict, of peace of mind. In the Bible we have a word
for peace, which goes beyond our concept of ,indeed has a
fuller meaning. It is a word called Shalom, and it covers,
physical, emotional , relational, and spiritual well being .
We have this coming across in 3 John v 2 .
Dear friend ,I pray that you may enjoy
good health, and that all will go well
with you, even as your soul is getting
That is Shalom, today in the name of Jesus, the Prince
of peace ,I wish you Shalom.
Friday, 1 September 2017
Are you a romantic?, I am to some extent, I still send my wife
a Valentine's card ,but I know that love is more than this. The
wedding vow ,we make in church, declares for better or worse,
in sickness or health . When we take those vows we are saying
come what may ,we will love , and be faithful to the one we
are married to. That's a tremendous challenge ,to present society,
with its fickleness, but if we have stood before God , and made
those vows, He expects us to keep them.
Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken,
It is the star to every wand'ring bark.
Thursday, 31 August 2017
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal
but mighty through God to the pulling down of
strong holds. Casting down imaginations, and
every high thing that exalteth itself against the
knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
every thought to the obedience of Christ.
( 2 Corinthians 10 v 4- 5)
''One of the most astonishing and undeniable
arguments for the truth of the Christian
religion , and for the omnipotence of God, is
the fact that, when faced with the gospel, which
is a scandal to the human intellect and folly to
to the proud, unregenerate men, some of the most
subtle of human intellects have been led to render
submission to the Saviour. Many of the wisest
have been content to become as fools for Christ
sake, and not a few of the 'freest' of thinkers have
surrendered their ' freedom' to become slaves of
Him who took upon Himself the form of a servant''
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
David Atkinson writing on the importance of
imagination, states , 'Imagination is not the same
as fantasy.......we need the sure word of the word
of God, so that the sanctified imagination keeps in
harmony with the sanctified intellect'. It was John
Lennon who wrote and sung a very popular song
'imagine'. Much of the words one cannot go along
with. John's mind was not a sanctified mind ,so there
is much that is not in keeping with Gods word.
In 2 Cor 10 v5-6 we read ,'' For the weapons of our
warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to
the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down
imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into
captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.''
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
As I was out for my usual walk, the thought
came to me was,' why me ? '.Why am I a
Christian, my sins have been forgiven I
not going to Hell, and I am going to Heaven.
The salvation of a soul is a great mystery
and I suppose we never will fully understand.
Salvation is unmerited and undeserved ,it is a
free gift from a merciful ,gracious and loving
God. Even though this is true and we are saved
by a sovereign God, we are all responsible to
to trust Jesus, Even though people do not
attend church, the message of Christmas still
comes to us all ,most people miss the main
message, and so miss out by eating and drinking,
The deep meaning is not allowed to intrude ,
lest it spoils, their make believe ,world.
Monday, 28 August 2017
Why not me ?
We hear people say ,why me, I don't deserve
this, it is as if thy feel they have been signalled
out from others to suffer. The fact is ,suffering
goes with the territory, this is a fallen world, a
world were there are no earthly paradises. But
there is hope, there is a God who loves us, and
He has not forsaken this world, although to a
great extent the world has forsaken Him. The
prophet Jeremiah spoke the following at a time
of great suffering.
Lamentations 3 v 22-24.
Because of the Lord's great love we are not
consumed, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is Thy
faithfulness. I say to myself ,the Lord is my
portion; therefore I will wait for Him.
Friday, 25 August 2017
Many ask the question why?, whatever the answer,
it will not necessary, satisfy. As a Christian I am
called to trust in God, in every situation, like Job,
who lost all his children, all his wealth, and then
his health. His wife felt he would be better of dead,
but Job did not take that option, nor should we, life
is a very precious gift, no matter how difficult it may
Psalm 42 v11
Why are you downcast , O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
For I will yet praise Him,
my Saviour and my God.
Thursday, 24 August 2017
A thing of beauty
I was sitting in my garden enjoying the lovely
sunshine ,contrary to what people think we do
have sunny days in England, but in dear old Ulster
one sunny day is a summer. As I sat there a lovely
little butterfly landed on my shirt, the bright colours
must have attracted it. A butterfly is a beautiful
little creature, but in order to become a beautiful
creature, it had to be changed, from being a creepy
Caterpillar, to a thing of beauty.
Paul the apostle,
A demon possessed man.
These people had a Caterpillar experience, when
Christ became their Saviour.
2 Corinthians 5 v17
Therefore , if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Elijah was a prophet but that did not mean he
never struggled. My son and I were talking
and he mention some great men of God,who
all mentioned the same thing, the greatest
challenge in their lives was themselves.That
did not mean that they where totally introvert,no
it means they struggled like you and I.
When I preach the greatest critic I have is
myself, but whither its preaching, we will
all have to cope with the people we are,
and the people we should be, as Christians.
Romans 7 v 24
What a wretched man I am, Who will rescue
me from this body of death? Thanks be to God
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Jim Elliot was a young man who was killed
by the Auca Indians in Ecuador, four others
also died. They were trying to reach these people
with the Gospel. He said a number of challenging
things, here is one.
''Lord give me firmness without hardness,steadfastness
without dogmatism, love without weakness.''