Saturday, 16 May 2020

Jesus Our Key Worker


As I travel around my county of Cornwall I see many banners of acknowledement for the key workers and quite rightly so they are doing an amazing job in unusual circumstances. Christians understand there is one key worker we must not forget, Our Lord and Saviour. The writer of Hebrews instucts us all "He always lives interceding for us" Hebrews 7:25. Jesus is constantly at work, day and night, praying for His people. Two thousand years ago Jesus did a work unique to Him. His sacraficial death was the key for all those who are willing to come to Him and be reconciled to God. The current circumstances we find ourselves in will pass but Jesus remains praying for us. Further tests may come and go but let us hold tight to this key scripture for our daily peace..."I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" John 16:33.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

The Sin Of Ridicule

The person who takes pleasure in ridiculing others has actually succumb to an evil spirit, the spirit of ridicule. When Jesus was suffering on the cross for the sin of the world many ridiculed Him. "If you are the Son of Man come down off the cross," "He saved others but He cannot save himself." They derided him, wagging their heads saying "He trusts in God let God deliver Him now" (Matthew 27:39-44. These underhanded and dirty tactics are straight from the pit of hell and people who engage in them should be ashamed.

Facebook and other social media platforms are flooded with ridicule. Many are sharing with delight memes and caricature ridiculing and mocking others. Many are seen as 'fare game.' However its easy to lose sight of the fact that this person is someones father, mother, sister, brother, husband or wife. When you throw a stone at someone the ripples of the blow are far reaching. Ridicule is a weapon  because it always pulls down, always hurts. Avoid ridiculing others because to ridicule a fellow human being indirectly insults God, since we are all created in His image. Ridicule is a form of contempt and is morally wrong no matter how many shares you may get.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

It Still Matters


Often things seem less important as time passes. People don't pay much attention or thought to medieval history or what happened in the Stone Age. Its not relevant to us because life has changed, life has moved on, we now live in a different era. I remember street preaching with a couple from Manchester when a man shouted out 'Dinosaurs.' He mirrored the thoughts of many, that Christianity is outdated and relegated to history and doesn't- shouldn't matter in the modern world. The truth is Christianity can never be irrelevant because it answers many of mankinds basic questions. The most important question is what happens when we die? To answer that question I could go on to You Tube and watch all the near life/after life videos for an answer. Or I could purchase or read the myriad of books available on the subject from Amazon, there are thousands! However I prefer to go to the God Man our Lord Jesus Christ for the answer. Why? Because he died and came back from the dead and still lives! This is the foundational belief of Christianity. We have to recieve that fact by faith because were weren't there when it happened. We have to accept the accounts of the few hundred that were privileged to see him, touch him and speak with him after his resurrection. However it isn't a blind faith because thousands are receiving him as their personal Lord and Saviour every day. They are testifying to healings and answered prayer requests in his name and the perfect peace that passes all human understanding. So it still matters, knowing Christ is as relevant today as it was over two thousand years ago. The old adage 'It's not what you know but who you know' works here. It's not so important to know what happens after death as to know the person who conquered death and has the power over it, that person is truly worth knowing.

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Finding Your Own Space


We were created to have space, be in our own space. The modern world is noisy, irritating sometimes. We love our families and our friends but sometimes is good just to be on our own. With the ongoing Covid19 lockdown for some this is proving impossible. Forced together sometimes in cramped accommodation with nowhere to go, nowhere to find a quite place. Many professionals are concerned that mental health issues will accelerate during this time because people are being forced together 24/7. Children are amazing at finding the perfect get away, the cupboard under the stairs, hiding behind the curtain or making dens out of blankets. Husbands for years have built sheds in the bottom of gardens to find that space away from everything. Someone who understood our need perfectly was the Lord Jesus Christ who often withdrew to lonely places and prayed Luke 5:16. We know from the scripture accounts that huge needy crowds followed Jesus werether he went, he took on humanity so felt fatigue. So it's not so suprising to read 'He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone Matthew' 14:23. So dont feel guilty if you need that space alone it's really important for your mental health. You might have to be imaginative to find it however it will benefit you enormously. If you haven't spoken with God for a while, perhaps now is the time, because if you are not a key worker, time is something you have a lot of.

Friday, 10 April 2020

Passover 2020



The parallels between the event of Passover and the crucifixion of Christ are truly amazing. Two lambs without blemish sacrificed for the protection from judgement for Gods people. The people were instructed to choose a lamb just as we must decide today to choose the Lamb of God who takes away our sin and protects us from Gods coming judgement (John 1:29). Passover was the Day of Choosing; Will you make this day the day you choose Christ? (Joshua 24:14-15). Four days after the Day of Choosing the blood of the lamb was to be struck on the doorposts of each house. This was the Day of Application. The blood must be applied to each one of us to be of effect. The blood was a token, a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact. However faith was the key. The people still had to have faith  that the steps they had taken would give the desired results. In the same way we apply the Blood of Protection to ourselves when we believe by faith and trust that the work of the cross can and will protect us from Gods coming judgement. Good Friday is Crucifixion Day, the day Jesus of Nazareth the perfect Lamb of God was willingly sacrificed for your sin and my sin. Make this day your Salvation Day grab hold of the good news, open your heart to what He did for you and receive Him as your Lord and Saviour by faith, today!

John 1:29(ESV)
Behold The Lamb of God
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Joshua 24:14-15(ESV)
Choose Whom You Will Serve
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lordchoose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Food Banks

Just a thought the other day concerning food bank use in the UK...Are the governments purely to blame for their rise? I remember when my son was small and money was tight my parents helped out a lot with food. Is it possible that extended families live more separate lives often miles apart. Also has the encouragement to save for a rainy day been lost? Family economic priorities have also shifted with many locked in to phone contracts and media entertainment contracts that are not easy to get out of?

The previous Labour government stopped paying housing benefit direct to the Landlord and instead decided to pay it to the claimant. It was meant to empower people to budget but if you have very little money the temptation to spend the rent is a strong one! In the current system the landlord can request a direct payment but only after several months of arrears have accumulated. As a result many people are being evicted for non payment of rent and cannot be rehoused because they are seen to have made themselves homeless by not paying their rent!

This current governments Tax Credits, in some regard, seems brutal especially sanctions and the long wait to receive financial help. There will always be people in need as circumstances can change overnight, loss of work, ill health, breakdown of relationships etc. Perhaps food banks should be viewed as a welcome friend in need, funded and stocked by those within the local community who care and are pleased to have a avenue to show their concern in a practical way, rather than a embarrassment for the UK.

The Trussel Trust are campaigning to end the need for their food banks in the UK but through their charity work they are enabling families in need to come forward and request help without fear of refusal, judgement or prejudice which must be commended.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

INNOCENT MAN TAKES RAP




A private investigator claims he knows who really killed Nicole Kidman and Ron Goldman in 1994. I remember the OJ Simpson murder trial well. All the evidence seemed to point to him being at the crime scene and the killer of his ex-wife and her boyfriend and yet the jury found him not guilty. New evidence has been put forward that it was his son Jason who did the killings and OJ was only there to cover up his sons misdemeaner and take the rap.

As we draw closer to Easter another famous trial comes to mind. Jesus of Nazareth found himself before the Roman Governer Pontious Pilate accussed of stirring up the people and claiming to be a King. Pilate wanted to flog him and let him go but the vocal minority wanted him crucified. Desperate to release him Pilate reminded them at the Passover Feast it was their custom to have a prisoner released. Pilate gave them a choice, Barabbas or Jesus. They were both noteable prisoners, both accussed of inciting the people. However Jesus was declared Just by Pontious Pilate during his hand washing. Barabbas was a thief and a murderer. Interestingly Barabbas means 'son of the father.' Jesus was declared the Son of the Father but of a different father. Who would the people choose? Two sons one choice. We know they chose Barabbas.

I wonder how OJ and his son felt when the verdict was read out? If the allegations are true the wrong man stood trial. What of Barabbas? I bet he couldn't believe his good fortune. If he wasn't released that day he would have been put to death. An innocent man died in the place of a common criminal. And that my friends is the gospel message. Jesus died in our place so like Barabbas we can walk free. Unlike Barabbas who didn't have a say in the manner, we do. God has given everyone a free will to choose whose child they will be

Friday, 19 April 2019

Whose covering?

In Genesis 3:7 Adam and Eve tried to cover their sin with fig leaves. Nakedness was a word used in Hebrew thought to denote being found out - uncovered - sinful. When God saw them He could not accept their covering so animals were sacrificed and 'The Lord God made coats of skin and clothed them' Genesis 3:21. The Bible is not specific however most agree the animals would have been lambs or young sheep. Now rush forward a few thousand years and hear the words of John the Baptist on spotting Jesus "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" John 1:29. However Jesus sacrifice on the cross didn't just Cover sin it took it away from all those who are trusting in Him for their salvation. Working for salvation by being good or doing good deeds are fig leaves and unacceptable to God. The only sacrifice God will accept to cover and takeaway our sin is the sacrifice of His Son in the work of the cross. This is why Good Friday is Good news to all those who believe!

Friday, 3 February 2017

NOT MY PRESIDENT!


“He (God) removes kings and sets up kings” Daniel 2:21. 


It may seem that the world is out of control and being ruled by men and women we feel we cannot trust, but this is far from the truth, because God is in control! The bible teaches people do not come to power by accident! In fact the opposite, God is the one who sets up kings and rulers for his purposes. 


No one can take up a place of power or authority unless God has ordained it. God uses the good, the bad and the ugly. God uses the unexpected to fulfill his purposes in world history. Some are put in place to speed something up or allow something to happen. Others are raised up to slow something down or to prevent something from happening. 


God hardened the heart of the Pharaoh to set in motion his plan to release his people from evil bondage and their escape from Egypt. God used the Pharaoh for his purposes. God used a pagan king, Cyrus king of Persia, a man of bloody conquests and cut throat politics, to rebuild the holy temple in Jerusalem and call back the Israelites from the Babylonian exile. God used Cyrus for his purposes. When Pontius Pilate told Jesus he had the power to have him crucified Jesus replied “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above” John 19:11. God used Pontius Pilate for his purposes.


Do not be so hasty to write a ruler or leader off. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8. Nothing is wasted in Gods economy he could be about to use him or her for some historic event which will bring about Gods purposes for mankind. "For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?" Isaiah 14:27.


All authority begins and ends with God and God is in control. Knowing this how should we act?


Firstly we should submit to those in authority over us. “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” Romans 13:1. Secondly honour those in authority over us by having respect for their position. “Honour where honour is due” Romans 13:7. Finally pray for kings, and for all those in authority, that we might lead a peaceful life” 1 Timothy 2:1-2.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

THE DEMONIZATION OF TRUMP



2016 was an exciting year, politically, for the UK with the unexpected Brexit vote and it ended with an all-time political shocker; Donald Trump was elected President of The United States. I have seen leaders come and go but have never before witnessed the strength of hatred toward a politician as I have in the last recent days. It seemed to reach its summit during the world-wide ‘Women’s Marches’ the day following Trumps inauguration. Whilst Donald Trump was in church praying for divine help and wisdom millions were on the streets waving banners. Captions were personal ‘Not my president,’ ‘Dump Trump,’ ‘Hate Trump, ’and emotive with captions such as ‘abortion on demand & without apology’ & ‘don’t mess with my reproductive rights.’ Scenes unfolded that were more reminiscent of demonstrations on the streets of Gazza or Iran.  I was waiting for the voice of wisdom to speak out against the hysterical scenes that were being played out before the world’s eyes. The women’s marches showed forth an ugliness of humanity that has left many shocked, dismayed or even bewildered.

The demonization of any individual or people is abhorrent. I remember my visit to the holocaust museum in Jerusalem where I saw slogans, pamphlets and propaganda demonizing the Jewish people. This atmosphere paved the way for their murder. Donald Trump it would seem is fair game but I can’t help feeling a sense of unease. Trump is daring to go where other men have feared to tread, abortion, immigration, Israel and the Palestinians, all areas he is impacting. Trump is keeping his promises to those who elected him but stirring up those who didn’t. Any president who dares to take a stand on these political hot potatoes as Trump has should be at least admired for his courage.


During Trump’s campaign my overwhelming feeling was the strength of a Judgmental spiritual at work.  It cannot be denied that Donald Trump has made mistakes, doing and saying the wrong thing, but hey who hasn’t!   Jesus instructed his listeners “Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?” Luke 6:41. I have heard people repeat parrot fashion how ‘Trump is the most dangerous man in the world.’ But I feel far more dangerous is the refusal of the losing side to democratically and graciously accept that Donald Trump is in The Whitehouse.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE



FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD
The planet earth he created and all the human race, who were lost like sheep without Him, broken and in need of repair & reconciliation.
THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
Jesus a gift to the world, God became human, once born so we could become twice born, born again into a living hope.
THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM
Not in religion but in him. Jesus is the way, Jesus is the door, Jesus is the ONLY Saviour.
SHALL NOT PERISH
We all have a sell by date like perishing fruit, but Jesus has saved us from the second death if we put our trust in Him.
BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE
Death where is thy victory, where is thy sting?
You came from heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross, my debt to pay, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky. This is why we lift His name on high.
The gift of the second-birth and everlasting life is His to give to every willing heart

WILL YOU BELIEVE IN HIM TODAY?

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The false benevolent god


The false benevolent god is an all loving, all forgiving god, who will never punish sin, judge anyone or send them to hell for an eternity. He is largely ignored throughout the year except when he is brought out for funerals, wedding, christenings and of course Christmas and Easter. He is an idolatrous god because he has been made by the mind of man and bears little or no resemblance to the holy and righteous true God of the Bible and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Following this false god brings little comfort or joy because it lacks relationship and accountability. Accountability because the followers of this false god believe they are unanswerable and free to do whatever they choose. Relationship because intimacy is not desired or sought after but rather an arm’s length approach is adopted. 

He is widely spoken about throughout the land and promoted in the highest of religious establishments. When the true biblical God is proclaimed followers of this false god balk at the very idea of His existence. The apostle Paul entreated Christ’s followers to “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. If indeed Christ dwells in you” (2Corinthians 13:5). Are you a true Christian, or are you a counterfeit? Have you been born again, or only putting up a front?  A true Christian according to the apostle Paul is someone in whom Christ dwells. How can we know for sure? In Romans Paul says, The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children (Romans 8:16). There will be an inner witness, an assurance that cannot be moved. Look for the evidence of fruit in your life. If Christ indeed is in you there will be evidence of a changed life. Your attitudes will have changed away from self-centeredness and the dark things of the world. Sin will no longer be embraced; pleasing the Father will be uttermost in your thoughts. Jesus said “follow me.” Is it Him your are truly following or the false benevolent god? Better to check one-self today than enter into an eternity of confusion, loneliness and regret!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The death clock:When will I die?

 The death clock. The Internet's friendly reminder that life is slipping away is being accessed by millions and was featured on today's BBC2 Jeremy Vine show. Jut enter your D.O.B, Sex, BMI, Smoking Status and press the 'Check Your Death Clock' button to be given your death age.   The death lock has been predicting peoples demise since 2006 and boasts 3,101,657 death projections and counting. The disclaimer at the buttom of the page quite rightly reminds users that the death clock "should be used for fun only, this calculator is unlikely to predict your actual date of death."

Only God can know the actual time of anyones death. Jesus predicted his death multiple times, twenty-one times to be precise. Jesus taught his followers that he must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law. Jesus said to them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"

Easter remembers the death of Christ and celebrates his resurrection. Billions of people have put their eternal well-being safely in his hands. He said he was the resurrection and the life and anyone who believes in him, though he should die, shall live. What a promise. And no empty promise either, he proved that by showing he had the power to raise himself from the grave. Jesus offers forgivness of sins and the gift of everlasting life to all who trust and believe in him. For all those who have done this, clock watching is no longer needed. Have you placed your life and your future completely in God’s hands? If not, why not today?

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Sexual Sins



A women was caught in adultery and brought before Jesus to be judged. The people who brought her wanted to stone her to death according to Jewish law (back then adultery carried the death penalty). However they didn't bring the man, and the women remained silent. Jesus reminded the blood thirsty, baying crowd of their own sexual sins and asked if there was one perfect, sinless person, among them let him be the first to lift a stone. There wasn't so one by one they walked away. Actually that isn't true because there was one perfect, sinless man...Jesus. He told her to "Go and sin no more." Because Jesus payed the price for our sin upon the cross every individual has an opportunity to "Go and sin no more." 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Hot Scriptures

Many people do not understand just how hot the Bible is. Gods firey passion for humanity burns on every page. From the moment humanity fell, on that monumental day way back in time, God has been at work communicating with a word that at large doesn't want to know Him. Humanities arch enemy has been busy trying to discredit Gods finest communication piece...His Holy Bible. He will highlight the scriptures which speak of judgement and punishment and gloss over the ones which speak of Gods mercy, love and passion. He will try and belittle it by pointing out the obvious "It was written by men." Satan knows salvation knowledge cannot come about apart from Gods holy word. He goes to great lengths to keep us from it. However like a message in a bottle bobbing on the sea, Gods heart cry is... reach out, pick me up, read me and then you will find me.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Hidden Pearl

I felt dissapointed today to read the Church Of England were considering removing foundational words from the Christening service. Sin, Saviour and Devil are words thought to be out of date. I was wondering where all this dumbing down can really lead to? The COE have taken the people pleasing approach for over a decade but it hasn't added to the congragation rather the reverse!

Sadly the Church and the name Christianity in general is having a really bad press. How can Christians hold their heads high above the barrage of criticism and continue to proclaim Christ?

I believe the answer is in THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE. To look at an oyster you could never believe it contains something extrordinarily beautiful, white and pure. The shell is scabby and dirty. Oysters are really hard to find. It takes perseverance and going deep to find one!

Jesus said "the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,  who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46

The merchant was seeking. Jesus is the pearl of great price. Jesus promised all those whom seek Him would find Him.

It's so easy to find fault with those within the church but it takes special effort to look for the pearl!

To find the pearl, go deep, persevere and look past the grubbiness and perhaps like me you will find Jesus. Pure, white, righteous King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus of Nazareth!


Friday, 27 September 2013

Living In A Chaotic World

"The more I read the news the less enchanted I am with the human race, you can go on about climate change and saving the planet, I tell you something this planet is not worth saving!" This is a comment posted by a Daily Mail reader after reading the article in which the terrible torture and death of the Kenyan Mall hostages was reported.

He has a valid point. World violence is increasing. God, the creator of man, would have sympathised with the above comment because sadly we have been here before; in the time of Noah when there was a huge population increase. In Genesis we read how "The earth was morally corrupt before God and FILLED with violence." It get's worse; God saw that the imagination and thoughts of the human heart were evil CONTINUALLY and it grieved him in his heart (yes God has a heart) that he had ever created man!"

Sadly we are living in a world where everyone does what is right in his own eyes. The only possible outcome is total world chaos.

It is true, there are pockets in the world where life is reasonably normal, but how can 'We' living in these pockets have peace of mind and security when so much of humanity is living a nightmare.

The bad news is God is just and holy and no one will escape his righteous judgement, and He will utterly destroy those who refuse his grace and mercy. The good news is "For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son to save those who would believe and trust in him."

There are more prophecies about Jesus' second coming than his first. Jesus said when he returns it would be like it was in the days of Noah just before the flood when there was violence all over the earth.   I often find myself asking Jesus "How long before you return Lord." Things upon the earth are now so desperate. Sadly the majority of the people on the planet are failing to realise just how desperate things have become. We have tried to rule and govern without God and have shown time and time again, it just cant be done! We need him, now more than ever.

Our Father, which art in heaven, Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Come Lord Jesus Come!
 

Thursday, 12 September 2013


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Friday, 30 August 2013

We All Make Mistakes


The best of us make mistakes but none maybe so public as the one in this picture! Most mistakes can be corrected easily, an apology to someone we've hurt, throwing away a failed dish and starting again or paying a speading fine. However some mistakes are not so easy to cover up. Hatred is a hard one to disguise, so is murder, lying, stealing and adultery. Some have been successful for many years to cover their mistakes only to find eventually they got caught out. 
The Bible teaches "All have fallen short of God's glory." Everyone of us has missed the mark at some time in our life. Praise God we have a loving creator who sent his Son to rescue us from our mistakes. Mistakes the Bible calls sin. Sin is the breaking of Gods Holy Law the Ten commandments. Some would saying calling sin 'a mistake' is undermining the seriousness of sin. Whichever way you look at it, if your sin eventually leads you to hell then that is a grave mistake indeed. Thankfully it is not Gods will "That any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
God sent His Son to die as a common criminal to take the punishment we all deserve, and rose on the third day proving God was satisfied with His Sons sacrifice for our sin. If we repent, change our minds about sin and judgement and trust in Jesus alone to save us, God will forgive us and grant us the gift of everlasting life. Moreover, regarding our mistakes God says, “I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs.” (Hebrews 8:12) Taking all His promises into account surely the greatest mistake anyone could make is to reject the Salvation which is only available in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Make no mistake, repent and trust in the Saviour Today!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Escaping The Trap Of The Law

Driving through a local town this evening I saw the police van with the speed trap camera. My first thought was 'I must warn oncoming vehicles.' Some would say, "Why warn them if they're speeding they deserve to be caught?" However they do not have the heart of a evangelist. An Evangelist knows The law and what's coming. The Evangelist wants to warn. So I flashed my lights and warned a few. Basically that's what I do everytime I preach. On judgement day everyone will be judged by the word of God and His Ten Commandments and everyone will fall short. Many will be found guilty and condemned. Jesus came to pay our fine, to take our punishment, that's how much He loves us. "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" Romans 8:1. The guilty will be pronounced innocent purely and soundly on the basis of what Jesus has done and their response to it. Respond wisely. Repent and trust in the Saviour today.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Make Room For God

Many spaces are being filled. Spaces between houses and building plots. Vacant empolyment opportunities, gaps on supermarket shelves. However many are not finding a space in their hearts for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There are a inumerable ammount of activities and belief systems out there all designed by the master deceiver to make you think your filled with everything you can possibly need. However when all is stripped away, your money, your house, your job, your family, your health what remains? Jesus said in Matthew 16:26 "And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?" Jesus promised his followers eternal life and the infilling of the Holy Spirit...God living in him. God fills the universe with his presence so if he's in you there wont be any room for anyone else!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Closed Mindeness

 Easter is fast approaching in which we remember when Jesus Christ layed down his life to save a lost humanity. Sadly lost humanity are just not that interested! Jesus said the general atmosphere around his second coming would be "As in the days of Noah." People were eating, drinking and marrying, carrying on as normal whilst Noah followed Gods instructions to secure his salvation and that of his family. Suddenly Gods wrath was poured out, and the closed minds reasoned no more. Noah was prepared, all those who drowned just couldn't see their need and were destroyed. Worse than that they mocked Noah, viewing him as foolish. Scripture teaches that "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe" 2Corinthians 4:4. Belief is the key. The simple act of believing opens the mind to the truth about us and God. The greatest battle was not World War1 or even World War2, the greatest battle being fought is the battle for the human mind. The mind must be enlightened before salvation can follow. God will not and does not bypass the human mind. Satans knows this so he bombards the lost with thoughts and images. He has his many helpers. They work in science and the media, peddling lies and half-thruths all to fuel the mockers. We do not know how many more Easters the world will enjoy or how many more opportunities there will be to enter into safety. But we can know this for sure, the door will not be shut until the very last one to be saved has walked safely through the door. Let us leave the last word to the greatest mind who ever lived, Jesus of Nazareth "I am the door; whoever enters in through me will be saved" John 10:7.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Easy Approval

Getting credit for some is not always so easy. If you've had bad debts in the past or been bankrupted life is not so straight forward. Walk down any high street and you will see the modern day pawn broker. People need money and many have to borrow it just to survive. There are a myriad of reasons why your credit application can be turned down. The number one reason is a bad credit record. Everyone as heard the phrase "Nothing in life is free." That is true except for one ...Salvation is free! If you want to be saved from the power and consequences of sin, then meet the right requirments and you will hear the word "Approved." But hang on a minute what's this about requirments I thought you said it was free. Yes it's free but you must first BELIEVE its free! Belief is a requirment.  Salvation is free but you must believe its free because God wants you to TRUST him. Trust him... but isn't that just more more requirement? Imagine a wedding ceremony with out words or feelings expressed. When we engage in something it involves some level of emotional and intelectual commitment. Its the same with salvation. To be saved you must BELIEVE what Jesus said about himself and TRUST him with your eternal security. Its a bit like putting on a parachute shortly before you jump out of a aeroplane. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame" Romans 10:11. It doesn't matter how bad your past record has been you CAN receive approval from the Son of God today. Put you trust in him, believe he came to save you and your future security is garanteed. Will you take a step of faith toward the only Saviour today?

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Everything Everywhere

Dont you just hate it when companies change their name? My husbands pension company has changed hands so many times we have lost track! Orange phones is no longer. Not happy just to change colour they are now EE. EE stands for Everything Everywhere. I was thinking if God was marketed 21st century style EE would be a cool logo. The writer of Hebrews declares "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." The theological name is 'Omnipresent.' My grand-mother told me aged five "God sees everything" it certainly put a healthy fear of the Creator in me from an early age. The awesome thing is even though He can see us warts and all he wasn't willing to write any of us off. And that my friends is what Christmas is all about. "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" 1Tim1:15. "One God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all" Ephesians 4:6. Believers who are trusting in Christ alone for their salvation have this blessed assurance. To them Jesus truly is everything, everywhere.

Monday, 13 August 2012

2012 Olympic Closure



I found myself weeping in the opening ceremony when "Jerusalem" and "Bread of heaven" was sang in the first few minutes. However the closing ceremony had a profound closure about it. George Michael sang his new song "White light." The lyrics reflect his near death experience last year.
"Something divine, oh divine, brought me back to you," "So I just Kept breathing my friends. Was it music that saved me ? Or the way that you prayed for me ? Cause either way I thank you I'm alive."
Entering the stage singing freedom, wearing a diamante encrusted scull on his belt and a crucifix around his neck one wonders whether he is closer to the truth than he realises. "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus" Romans 6:23.

Dead  people were prominent. John Lennon sang from a large video screen accompanied by a choir of children singing a line of the lyric "Imagine there is no hell" and Freddie Mercury lead the 80,000 capacity crowd on four giant video screens posthumously from his famous gig in Rio. Ed Sheridan sang Pink Floyds "Wish you were here" "So you think you can tell heaven from hell" a lament for a dead friend. Eric Idle ex-member of 'Monty Python' & amp; 'Life of Brian' controversy sang "Forget about your sin," "always look on the bright side of life."

 The 2012 opening and closing ceremonies prove we are much more than physical beings. We have a spiritual side which is expressed through our songs and our music. The Olympics is seen as the showcase for human achievement, however whatever one achieves in life, the shadow of death is ever present. The doctrines of sin, death and hell were featured, not preached from any pulpit but declared as truth by a rebellious and unbelieving nation. As the lights fade and the stages are taken down many will go back to living their Godless lives. The living church must continue to point them, in which ever way they can, to salvation from sin, death and hell to the one and only Saviour of the world, The Lord Jesus Christ. The cauldron may have been extinguished last night but His light remains forever.









Wednesday, 11 July 2012

There are only two kinds of people in the world...those who are connected to God and thoses who are dis-connected. Do you know you were created by God? "You formed my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb" Psalm 139:13;  “Before I created you in the womb I knew you" Jeremiah 1:5. Do you know you where created with value and worth? "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life" John 3:16. "The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest" John 10:10. What stops us connecting with God? In a word...sin! "All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory" Romans 3:23. Sin separates us from a Holy God. "Your misdeeds have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden his face from you so that you aren’t heard" Isaiah 59:2. Tragically sin eventually leads to death and eternal punishment in Gods holding place called Hell. To be reconnected to our creator sin must be dealt with. Sadly there is nothing we can do in ourselves to deal with the sin problem. "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags" Isaiah 64:6. Whenever we try and cover our sin, guilt, and shame, God sees that covering as a filthy worthless unacceptable rag. Its Gods way or its no way! Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6.  "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8. So get connected today. Repent, change your mind about living your life without God, and believe Jesus paid the price for your sin upon the cross at Calvary. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved" Acts 4:12.













Monday, 9 July 2012

Opening And Closing Doors

Imagine the scene in this picture. For 120 years God warned the people of the Old World they could not continue as they where and escape judgement. All around was a spirit of indifference, unconcern and apathy. Jesus said people were just carrying on as normal, eating, drinking and marrying. Despite this he offered a means of escape to a man named Noah, along with his family. Everday as Noah was building the ark passers by scoffed and ridiculed him. But Noah stood strong. You see he trusted God. He knew if God said it, it would come to pass. When the time had fully come God invited Noah and his family into the ark through the only way in. It was God who shut the door, but not until everyone he was saving had entered in safely. God knows to secure understanding humans need messages to be repeated. In the New World he sent his Son the new ark, a new a living way. Jesus said "I am the door, if any man enters in by me he shall be saved" John 10:9. What a glorious and great Salvation Jesus secures for all those who will eventually trust in him.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Signs From God?

A pastor told me yesterday how a Lutheran Church voted to allow homosexual leaders at the same time as lightning hit the church cross and knocked it clear off the roof! Apparently many inside said it wasn't to be taken on board! I suppose there's a balance here. There is a danger of seeing everything as a sign from God or of seeing nothing as a sign. However Jesus made it clear that God does use signs to warn.

The extraordinary picture of the clock split in two belonging to the bell tower in northern Italy was interesting. Only one person has ever split history into two and our Lord Jesus Christ. I also remember the New Zealand earthquake in which the Christ church Cathedral with stook tremendous damage to its main tower. Jesus taught that any effort to reach God in the heavens through man made means would eventually fail. 

The Chilean miners trapped underground in the blackest hell as the world watched with baited breath hoping that that one of the four drills would eventually secure their salvation. Eventually they were all lifted up to safety through a tight space. Jesus said narrow is the way to life and few will find it. 

Who could forget the 1992 Windsor Castle fire which began in the Queens private chapel
shortly after she attended her first multi-faith service. The fire began when a curtain ignited on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month. Jesus said his servants must not become lazy thinking he will not return. He warned he might come quickly when they least expect it at the eleventh hour.

Sometimes the signs are loud and clear, other times more subtle.  Whichever may you view the world, God is a living God who wishes to communicate with his people. It is his will that no-one should perish but come to repentance and a saving knowledge of him. Let he who has eyes to see, see and he who has ears to hear, hear.


Friday, 13 April 2012

Pictures



Someone said a picture paints a thousand words and they were right. Sometimes God speaks to people through pictures. He probally is the greatest picture maker of all time...move over Warner Brothers! He certainly speaks to me in pictures. He famously spoke to William Booth founder of the Salvation Army on one of his many train journeys. He called it the vision of the lost. In it lost people are drowning in the sea sorrounding an island in which saved people were engaged in various activities, none evangelical! The central message of the vision was God saves people to save people. 

Last night while counting sheep I saw a great sea with many ships on it, ships of all shapes and sizes, close by was a safe harbour. Coming out from the safe harbour was a radio call for all ships to return. All the ships received the message but the majority looked around, saw the calm sea, the blue sky and decided to ignore it. A few decided to take head of the warning and enter the safe harbour. The safe harbour is of course Our Lord Jesus Christ, the boats unsaved people and the radio call the Gospel Message. That unfortunatly has been my experience...the majority ignore it. Heres another picture that got me...Its a qoute from a Rabbi.."If a man shot an arrow how far would it travel? One or two feilds? However repentance is so powerful when released it reaches the very throne of God." I can picture the arrow flying through the sky. Release yours and see how far it will travel. You might be suprised!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Exaltation Of Whitney Houston




As another big name in the world unexpectedly dies I couldn't help but notice the publics need to deify celebrities. Heather small from the 80s band the M People said on the Jeremy Vine show "Whitney was the Messiah." Kevin Costner co-star in the film The Bodyguard said in his funeral address that she was being taken to heaven by hundreds of angels. It reminds me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 26:53 "Do you think I cannot call on my Father and he will at once put at my disposal 12 legions of angels?" So Whitney gets hundreds coming to her side just like Jesus! Sarcasm aside it is clear when looking at Whitney's life she was a troubled human being. She was a recognised drug addict from her late teens. A newspaper heading reads "Just another dead drug addict.'' Sad but true. What unsettled me greatly was the 'performance' at her 'going home' party. I say performance because 'God fearing' funeral service it was not. If Whitney was trusting in Christ then she was not a good advert for Christianity or the power of the cross. Can a drug addict become a Christian? A resounding yes! But they wont be able to stay that way. If they do they are denying the power of the cross and the shed blood of Christ to overcome the power of sin. It my well be that Whitney began as a gospel singer in her church choir but we know that going into a bakery does not make you a baker neither does attending 'church' make you a Christian. What we heard from the leaders of the church she once attended was nothing less than good old fashioned 'rhetoric.' It sounded good but was lacking any real biblical substance of truth.


Salvation is a free gift which is found through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. It cannot be won by good works which includes singing in a church choir. A friend told me about the time she attended a funeral service for a known 'Spiritualist' in a Anglican church (Yes you read correctly). She said she expected the deceased to jump up from the coffin at any moment because of the pure fancy of the things being said. I wonder if Whitney would have felt the same?






Saturday, 11 February 2012

Win Some Loose Some



Yesterday was a day of interest for all UK Christians. My friend Michael Overd was found not guilty of causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress to two homosexual passers-by as he preached from 1Corinthians 6:9-10. I was there when it turned nasty and was a witness for the defence. Stephen Green from Christian Voice came to support and has a very good article about the case on his web-site. Michaels defence lawyer Paul Diamond was a pleasure to watch. In his closing comments he talked about free speech and the right of every Christian to proselytize all people groups including homosexuals. The truth of the matter is the two homosexuals who made the complaint did not like what the Bible said about them and wished to silence Mike Overd and mistakingly thought they could use the law to do it. On the back of this two guesthouse owners lost their appeal against a ruling and fine for only letting married couples rent a double room and Bideford Town Council were told in another hearing that holding prayers before a meeting was in fact illegal. The next round will be David Camerons attempt to redifine marriage and allow homosexuals to marry in church. Out of the three cases heard yesterday I believe God was showing his priority and his continued blessing for the preaching of the gospel in the UK. God is interested in the salvation of souls. It is the sacrificial death of Christ upon the cross for the redeeming of lost sinners which is the greatest message for mankind. This is what God wants Christians to proclaim and concentrate on. When we do, His Son is gloryfied and so is He, and His righteousness shines forth. Perhaps if the established Church had not lossed this focus the other two cases would never have arisen.