Pickering 27th June 2009

The weather was threatening but we managed to get some fruitful opportunities to pass on the goodnews of ‘sins forgiven by a great and gracious God‘.

We read these verses from Acts 17:16,17 before going:

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the MARKETPLACE daily with those who happened to be there.

Its surely not hard to imagine the Apostle’s feelings and response might be in Pickering MARKET PLACE, nor in the many similar public places of our generation.

His instruction to Timothy about preaching in 2 Timothy 4:2 stands unchanged:

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.



There Were Plenty People About but not so many stopped to talk.

Were you in Town? If you can see yourself in any of the pictures please write a comment and let us know.

Market Place

Market Place

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Nick can be seen below talking with two JW’s. They could only ‘hope that their sins were forgiven’, explaining that they needed to wait till the judgement day to find out. No hope at all! May God deliver us from religions of ‘good works’ in the freedom of redeeming grace.

Nick and JWs.Nick and JWs.

Maybe their Bibles also have these verses missing :

Ac 13:38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins.

Ps 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.

Jer 31:34 “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Eph 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

I had an interesting conversation with ‘James’, a local lad who had a surprising knowledge of the Bible, but no relationship with the author.

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Perhaps I can write for a minute about this very dangerous position!

Its a great privilege to have someone teach you the Word of God. Many thank God for faithful parents or Church workers who persistently explained and taught them the Words of Life.

Its also a solemn responsibility to know the Word’s God has had recorded, they are not designed to just educate or amuse, they are ‘the words of eternal life‘  [John 6:68].

Ro 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

God the Holy Spirit is pleased to use them to convince people of their need of forgiveness, that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour and then to give life to those who are ‘dead in trespass and sin‘. [Ephesians 2:1,5]. Only now do you understand the Good News, and enjoy ‘knowing God‘ [John 17:3].

Those who know about God but have never come to know Him are in a dangerous position, and I would plead with any to immediately flee to God for salvation. The very things you know from the Bible will accuse you before God on the Judgement day, you should have believed but have refused and there is no other way of Salvation. The Good News is that God is incredibly patient, and no matter how long you’ve dragged your feet, you may know forgiveness today:

Heb 3:15 “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Joh 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

The Locomotive was in town on Schedule, if you can tell us which class it is write in the comment box.

Sir Nigel?Sir Nigel?

Pickering, 20th June 2009

We found a gap in the rain showers and managed to get out today for just about an hour.

Table set and ready for use.

Table set and ready for use.

It turned out to be so busy today there wasn’t an opportunity to take my picture, but Nick and Vanessa were happy to be involved.

Ready to talk about the Good News.

Ready to talk about the Good News.

They spoke at length with one couple who knew about Christianity as a religion but lacked any understanding of the joy and peace that belongs to those who are trusting Jesus Christ to save them. They also spoke at length with a man about the true and offensive nature of sin.

Explaining the good news.

Explaining the good news.






The Ropery

The Ropery

Market Place

Market Place

Park Street

Park Street

I spoke with three people in particular, there was the older man who blushed as he said that asking whether ‘his sins were forgiven‘ was too personal a subject for conversation. O that all would understand that on the judgement day God’s ‘books will be opened’ and all unforgiven sin revealed!

I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

Revelation chapter 20 verse 12

Then there was the young lady with her two children who listened to all I had to say but said very little herself, she went to ‘church’ ocassionally but knew nothing of her need of forgiveness, the heart of the Good News.

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren,

that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.

Acts chapter 13 verse 38.

Last but not least was the woman from North Wales who knew her need but thought that she needed ‘more faith‘. She was labouring under the delusion that she needed to believe more, and I had the privilege of explaining that forgiveness is based on the object of our faith, Jesus Christ, not the quantity or quality of our faith. The following three verses show that faith is God’s gift and the faith He gives saves.

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 boast.

For we are His workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand

that we should walk in them.

Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 to 10.

This article from Living Waters explains saving faith, its written by Kirk Cameron

Our Saviour speaks thus, Your faith has saved you, because He knows that it will be understood that faith is only the connecting link with Himself—that He really works the salvation, but that the faith of the Believer is the means of obtaining it.” Charles Spurgeon

I used to be confused about how I was “saved.” Was I saved by a belief I mustered up within my own heart, or was I saved by something God did in the purpose of His own heart? Spurgeon shed more light on this crucial subject of who does the saving, when he said, “…even our repentance needs to be repented of.” The point is that no earthly faith, repentance, good works, or belief that I have ever mustered from what exists in my own natural heart has ever saved me. The Bible is clear: My faith doesn’t save me, Jesus does (Ephesians 2:8-9). A believer’s faith in Jesus is a gift from God. My faith is the connecting channel through which God saved me by His own love and grace. So if you ever wonder if “your faith has saved you,” you may find this question helpful: “Is my trust in my own ability to hold on to Jesus, or is my trust in Jesus’ ability to hold on to me?” If you have received that humble, repentant faith that causes you to love God and trust in Jesus and Lord and Savior, then I would be very confident in echoing Jesus’ words, “Your faith has saved you.” ~ Kirk Cameron

Pickering Market Place – Saturday 6th June 2009

The rain has stopped and although its much cooler than of late we were able to spend an hour passing on the Glorious Gospel of God. The Town was much quieter, but there are still plenty of people to speak with.

Almost empty streets.

Almost empty streets, were you in town?

Have a look and see:

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One older man said that he no longer believed in God, and no matter how I tried to tease this out he just stuck by his mantra.

Surely one tragic effect of the  religious confusion of our day. He claimed to have some knowledge of religion but it has left him without hope or direction.

Their is only One who gives hope and men must come to know Him if they are to discover the purpose and meaning of life.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John chapter 14 and verse 6.

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Acts chapter 4 verse 12

The young couple in the picture above stopped to talk when they turned the corner. To my great surprise they had never heard that they were sinners nor that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of sinners. The more I spoke the clearer it became that here we had two of the products of our secular education system. Where do you start to explain the Goodnews to people like this?

It would take forever to cover every detail, but we tried and sent them off home with a bundle of information to consider. Perhaps the apostle Paul’s example is a good guide:

1 Corinthians chapter 15:

3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

Christianity is no fairy tale, but firmly rooted in history. There is more documentary evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ than there is for that of Julius Caesar. People’s lives were transformed by meeting Him after his resurrection and, as they say, the rest is history.

Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

2009 06 06_1430r For this very reason Christians seek to  tell the world of Christ’s perfect life,  substituionary death and verified  resurrection. Wouldn’t you be doing  exactly the same thing?

In 1 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 19 the apostle Paul says:

For though I am free from all men,

I have made myself a servant to all,

that I might win the more.

So you see our reason for standing on draughty streets and asking passers by: –

“Have you HEARD the Goodnews”

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Unfortunately I was unable to take a picture of the locomotive this week because I was speaking to the young couple mentioned above at the time of its appearance.

30th May 2009 Pickering Market Place.

Another fine day, glorious weather and therefore a great opportunity to speak about the good news of sin forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ who most certainly died and rose again from the dead!




In obedience to His command we would have our little part of the world know, that they might prepare themselves for the day they will meet Him.

Literature Table

Literature Table

Many people pass through Pickering, visitors and locals,  too few wanted to stop and talk today, the frequent, “no thanks, I’m ok” revealing the tragic delusion that is being used to blind their minds.

Were You In Town ? Take a look at these pictures and get in touch if you were.

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Before you can appreciate the Good News you need to hear and understand how God sees you.

These words are found in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome. Chapter 3 [quoting from: Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecclesiates 7:20]

10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.

People mistakenly measure themselves against other people, and conclude they are all as good as one another. They are right – not good!

God’s standard is being ignored by a generation that has deluded itself into thinking there is no God, imagining that if they say it often and loudly enough it will be true.

Ps 14:1 The fool has said in his heart,

“There is no God.”

Its a real privilege to meet believers from other places, do stop and talk, we love  to hear of the Lord’s work elsewhere. Here are a couple of Christians who were happy to do just that:

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Acts 10 says this about Jesus Christ:

38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;

39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

[All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible]

FINALLY the Steam Locomotive made its appearance too, its amazing who and what you can see and hear in Pickering.

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