Saturday 28th August 2010, Pickering

Locomotive, Pickering Station

Pickering, Park Street - empty!

Pickering Market Place - Deserted

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WHEN

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THE APOSTLE PAUL

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FOUND HIMSELF

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IN THE

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MARKET PLACE

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OF ATHENS

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HE  WAS STIMULATED

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BY THE IDOLATRY

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TO SPEAK WITH

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ANYONE WHO

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WOULD LISTEN.

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Acts of the Apostles Chapter 17 and verse 16 & 17:

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.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Ac 17:16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

CONCERNED ABOUT

IGNORANCE

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HE SPOKE

GOD’S TRUTH

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CALLING FOR

REPENTANCE.

Acts of the Apostles Chapter 17 and verse 30

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Ac 17:30). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Following his example,

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we take God’s word into

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Pickering Market Place

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for the same purpose!

God's Word calls for repentance.

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The decisive act in which a sinner turns away from sin in genuine repentance and accepts the salvation that Christ offers. The imagery in conversion is that of turning. A person is going along a road and realizes that he or she is on the wrong track. They will never reach the destination if they continue in that direction. So the person “turns,” or “is converted.” He or she ceases to go in the wrong direction and begins going in the right one. Conversion changes the direction of one’s course of life from the wrong way to the right way, the way that God wants.

The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook, Walter A. Elwell, Editor, (Harold Shaw Publ., Wheaton , IL; 1984), p. 347
Galaxie Software. (2002; 2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press.

Jimmy had trouble pronouncing the letter “R” so his teacher gave him a sentence to practice at home: “Robert gave Richard a rap in the rib for roasting the rabbit so rare.”
Some days later the teacher asked him to say the sentence for her. Jimmy rattled it off like this: “Bob gave Dick a poke in the side for not cooking the bunny enough.”
He had evaded the letter “R.”
There are a lot of people today—including Christians—who go to great lengths to avoid the “R” word of “Repentance.”

Morgan, R. J. (2000). Nelson’s complete book of stories, illustrations, and quotes (electronic ed.) (663). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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