Sunday 3rd August 08 – Morning


Family Service today, with lots of visitors. I spoke on Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

A favourite text of many Christians, but today I took time to show its place in the life of Oliver Cromwell.

Oliver Cromwell – it influenced his conversion, it comforted him when he suffered the bereavement of his son Robert, and he passed it on when he was writing to one of his officers whose son was shot in battle. Then when he lay dying at Hampton Court in 1658 he asked for someone to read this very passage to him from Philippians. “He that was Paul’s Christ is my Christ too”, Cromwell commented on the day he discovered this text, at his conversion.” Dr Ivor Oakley in a sermon.

Friday 1st August 08


Remarkable fine weather today after last nights heavy rain.

So we are out in the town centre again, holding forth the Word of Life.

Conversations were rare, too many in too much of a hurry, but we did pass out lots of leaflets.

I had an interesting discussion with a lady about being born again. Like so many religious people she’d never heard of it and didn’t understand what it meant. She wasn’t very good at listening, I hope and pray that the Word of God will take root and she will indeed be born again. At one point she asked whether I thought that all the beings named as ‘god’ by the various religions weren’t just the same being, I was enabled to say there is only One God and all the rest are imposters.