Sunday, 29 June 2014

INTERESTING TIMES



Following on from this it would seem that the Pope has now been granted an audience with His Holiness Kenneth Copeland.

“What a time to be a believer!” gushes the latter.

Indeed, we live in interesting times…

Saturday, 28 June 2014

THE CHURCH OF TOMORROW



“Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews.  But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.  The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,  for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.  So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,  and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.”

                                                                                                     (Acts 11:19-26)

We live in a fast-moving world.

 Buy the latest device today and it will be obsolete in three months (some of us are old enough to remember when a tablet was something you took with a glass of water!).

Corporations survive by being able to sense the changes that are currently taking place and being amongst the first to adapt to them.If you can see what is coming before the opposition then you can gain a tactical advantage.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

CAN LUIS CHANGE HIS SPOTS?



As I recall from my college days the Shakespearean definition of tragedy describes a man who through a fatal flaw in his own character descends from a great height to utter destruction.

A kind of Shakespearean play then was being performed in Brazil last night when the brilliant but flawed Luis Saurez once again decided to begin his post-match meal early.  

Sunday, 22 June 2014

SEEK THE LORD





“We must check here to see what it is that we who are praying for revival are seeking. We are not seeking fame, miracles, success, ease, full churches, or financial deliverance. These may come. But first and foremost we seek the Lord. It is He who must come in power and glory”
                                                                                                   Leonard Ravenhill




Saturday, 21 June 2014

AN IMAGE OF GOLD



 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.  And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.  So the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered together for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

 Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,  that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”

 So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.”

                                                                                                                   (Dan 3:1-7)

Events of Mass Adoration.

 Whether it be a magnificent golden image in mighty Babylon or a far more modest wooden affair in your average Israelite village (Jud 6:25-27), the basic requirements for such events are always the same.     

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

CAN I SILENT BE?



High Force, Teesdale

“Doth not all nature around me praise God? If I were silent, I should be an exception to the universe. Doth not the thunder praise Him as it rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies? Do not the mountains praise Him when the woods upon their summits wave in adoration? Doth not the lightning write His name in letters of fire? Hath not the whole earth a voice? And shall I, can I, silent be?”

                                                                                                      C H Spurgeon

Monday, 16 June 2014

SO THAT'S WHERE ALL THAT WATER WENT...

Interesting  item especially since it is in a secular science journal. They don't seem to see how interesting though.

"We should be grateful for this deep reservoir," says Jacobsen. "If it wasn't there, it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountain tops would be the only land poking out."


Actually maybe not even the mountain tops (Gen 7:19)

Saturday, 14 June 2014

WEARING OUT THE SAINTS



 Encouraged by the devotional message delivered at our Men’s Breakfast this morning from 1 Kin 19 on the subject of Elijah and his post-Carmel collapse against Jezebel.  

As with all good ministry, it stimulates one to thinking of one’s own. And on this occasion also to articulate some burdens that have been with me for a long time.  

Elijah thought that he was alone against the power of the enemy but he was not.

He would need that companionship in due course, but the Lord apparently wanted the prophet to first know what aloneness felt like. Afterwards He would remind His servant that Israel’s true Lord yet had reserved “7,000 who had not bowed the knee to Baal.” (1 Kin 19:18).  

 Still I have to wonder just how much comfort the knowledge of that 7,000 really was to Elijah.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

CHARGES DROPPED

Tony Miano is reporting that all charges against him have been dropped.

We praise God for this though actually it is unsurprising. It seems clear that the action was taken in the first place only to add to the "chilling effect" with regard to street preaching here in the UK.

I hope Miano will choose to seek legal redress over this. It is the only deterrent that we have.

UNHAPPY PAGANS?



Superb guest post over at Adrian Warnock

Three things highlighted there that are critically important for us to understand in our witnessing.


1) The first and most important Person to consider in our witness is God Himself.

2) Unbelievers are not just unhappy people we are trying to cheer up with the Gospel

3) Unbelievers are not just confused people we are trying to educate with the Gospel.


A grasp of these three principles alone would radically alter our evangelism. 


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

IS THIS LEVEL?



“How do you know the Bible is true?”

We have all been asked the question, and I am sure that many and various have been the ways which we went about answering it.

Depending upon your level of reading in a given area perhaps you resorted to:-


-archaelogy to prove the existence of the peoples and lands described in Scripture
-history to demonstrate how biblical prophecies have been fulfilled through the years.
-geology to prove the flood
-cosmology in order to demonstrate the Anthropic Principle (look it up)
-philosophy to show the rightness of Christian thought

Sunday, 8 June 2014

BY FIRE



"For fifty days the facts of the Gospel were complete, but no conversions were recorded. Pentecost registered three thousand souls. It is by fire that a holy passion is kindled in the soul whereby we live the life of God.”

                                                                                                   Samuel Chadwick

Saturday, 7 June 2014

JUST DESSERTS?




If we will tolerate this then we richly deserve everything that is coming our way.

Perhaps you might want to help the Christian Institute to do something about it.


PREACHLESS


Hope this guy packs this in fairly soon or I will have nothing left to preach...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

INVISIBLE CHURCH




I heard of a man who said to the preacher, "I want to sing in your choir." The preacher replied, "But you don't belong here. Where do you have your membership?" He said, "I don't belong to any local church. I belong to the invisible church." The pastor said, "Then I suggest that you join the invisible choir."
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                Vance Havner

A GRIM FAIRY TALE



Fairy tales are harmful to children because they teach children the world is shaped by supernaturalism, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said.


I guess he must mean fairy tales like this one

Once upon a time there was nothing.
 After a long while nothing exploded.
Later some atoms of nothing inadvertently collided & produced Hansel & Gretel.
And they lived happily ever after.

Silly isn't it?

Monday, 2 June 2014