No sense of Danger – or Urgency!


Many different creatures walk Pickering’s pavements, most unnoticed, until they are seen as vulnerable and in danger.

These characters caused quite a stir, some gasped, and then others sighed with relief as they set off in the direction of Pickering Beck and safety.

Ducklings in Danger.

The thought that they might finish their days under the wheels of a motor vehicle filled the pedestrians with horror.

The most puzzling

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creatures on these

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pavements are people. 

The vast majority of whom have no more sense of impending danger than these ducks.

“Are you going to heaven?” I gently enquired of one young man, “I’ve got plenty of time to think of that later”, came the almost instant retort.
Oblivious to terrible truth that many people don’t live on into old age, and that those who do often forget to give time to answering the question.

There’s Time For Steam Locomotives, Shopping and Food, but no time to settle Life’s Greatest Question.

Tornado - People traverse the country to study her lines.

Bridge Street Junction is negotiated to access the shops.

Sitting at the road side eating.

Jesus Parable of the Rich Fool exposes the danger of this mindset:
Luke 12:16–21 (NKJV)

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Though warnings of danger are freely available, as is information about God’s incredible scheme to guarantee the present safety and eternal security of everyone who seriously seeks to settle the question, yet people naively walk past as if it’s of no concern.

Good News - You Can Know Whether You Are Going To Heaven?

Well then, “Are YOU Going To Heaven?”

Jesus Christ lived, died and arose from the dead that people might believe on Him and so trust Him to take them to heaven when they die now, and then on into the New Heavens and Earth.

 Luke 23:42–43 (NKJV)

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

I would be only too glad to help you settle this question once and for all, ask for help and we’ll do our best to give it.

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A MILLION EURO QUESTION!


A Million Euro Tract

A Million Euro Question - If you died today would you go to Heaven?

IF ONLY IT WERE

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A MILLION EUROS!

Some refused to accept it, but most people just took it and read it as they walked on, or put it in a pocket or purse.

One man though, was obviously stimulated by the thought of what he’d do if he were handed a million Euros.

Lot’s of people live in a dream world, imagining all their problems would be over if they just had enough money.

Try telling that to the ex IMF chairman, or the footballer who spent so much to keep his name out of the press.

Money is useful, but it’s unable to meet our every need. Certainly can’t buy or guarantee peace with God.

Luke 9:25 (NKJV)

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

Mark 8:37 (NKJV)

Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Only two of many words Jesus spoke to challenge man’s perspective on life.

One day, only too soon your appointment with God will  demand that you leave all behind and stand before Him.

Psalm 24:1 (NKJV)

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

Matthew 18:23–24 (NKJV)

Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

THE MILLION EURO QUESTION WILL HAVE TO BE ANSWERED!

Will YOU go to heaven? – If your only answer is about what you’ve done – then the answer is NO!

Eternal life in heaven is entirely at the discretion of the Living God – through the gift of His dear Son.

John 3:16 (NKJV)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

What have you done with God’s Gift? Most refuse Him, insanely imagining that they can buy their way into heaven with their own ‘best’ efforts.

Look around, all that we do results in the creation of rubbish, the very best of our works will one day be consigned to the rubbish heap.

Refuse Removal Van

There's no end to the rubbish people produce.

Some may work hard and delay the inevitable, but we all know the final outcome.

Morris or Austin 1100

Saved by an enthusiast for a while.

Locomotive 45212

Preserved with love and care but of limited duration.

ALL MUST PREPARE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION.

Hebrews 2:3

how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?

The answer is on the leaflet, and in the many others freely available each week in the Market Place.

Tracts

Don't Waste Your Life.

Tracts 1

God allows U Turns - Do One Now!

Tracts 2

Are you good enough to go to heaven?

“Can You Be Good Without God?”


A young man stood looking at the table and I asked whether he had answered the question. “I was turning it over and over in my mind” was his reply, and thus a 20 minute conversation began.

John Blanchard’s Booklet’s title had caught his eye, and was entwined in his mind!

A Question To Engage The Thinking Mind.

 

A Vitally Important Question In This Day of Aggressive Fundamentalist Atheism.

If there is no God to set the moral standard, who or what does? 

If right and wrong are merely the consensus of human opinion, then there would be no absolute right or wrong, only what  people at that moment considered to be right or wrong.

Is that not just how modern man thinks?

See it in the so called ‘sexual revolution’, the dishonest politicians and peers who excuse their deceit by appealing to their circumstances, the drivers who turn our highways into race tracks.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SPOKE OF THIS KIND OF THINKING IN HIS LETTER TO THE CHURCH IN ROME:

Romans 1:22–25 (NKJV)

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,  who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 

At this point you need to look both ways and decide which way to go.

 I’M GLAD TO SAY THAT MY YOUNG FRIEND QUICKLY ANSWERED ‘NO’!

You have and need the 10 commandments to inform us concerning what is right and wrong, things like murder and stealing are obviously wrong“, he said. 

He went on to explain that he’d always believed there was a God since the day when, as a 7 year old child he was run over and expected to die. Miraculously, he’d lived and now had a sense of purpose in life, but just hadn’t found out what it was yet.

From the bridge on the Ropery

 

I asked him to consider the 10 Commandments for a moment, “Have you kept them perfectly, does anyone?”

” Well, no, but nobody does, do they?”

I agreed with him but immediately set out to explain that God is perfect, and that only those who are perfect have any hope of living in His presence now and in the life hereafter.

 Matthew 5:48 (NKJV)

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

I sought to explain the GOOD NEWS, that the Living God, gave His own Son to take the punishment due to sinners and to make those who admit their imperfection fit for a life in his presence, now and forever.

Loaded with information on How God Makes Sinners Perfect!

Colossians 1:28 (NKJV)

Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

Jesus’ death on the cross paid the penalty of His people’s sin and all who now come to God through Him are accepted as perfect.

We debated back and forward, interacting in a calm and reasonable manner for about 20 minutes before he left with a copy of the booklet to read for himself.

A Booklet Well Worth Reading - And Free To Any Who Will Read It.

 

 

A Spring Day In Pickering.


Normal Spring Weather has Returned to our Area.

 The ‘Steam Gala’ celebrating the 175th anniversary of the railway had to cope with the same mixture of sunshine and showers as the rest of us.

The Class A4 Steam Locomotive: The Elizabethan

Letting off Steam - Std Class 4 2-6-4t 80072

The Railway wasn’t alone in making the best of the opportunity, we were also out, ready and equipped for the rain.

Keeping the Rain Off.

Open for business when possible.

Though I did get a little bit worried when the little fella below waddled round the corner!

He came right up to the table, and stopped under my legs.

 I also had a couple of familiar faces stop to talk.

Familiar Friends.

The real Highlight of the Day though, was two conversations I had with passers by:

The first was a Vicar and her husband, we have the pattern for speaking with religious professionals in John chapter 3, where the Lord Jesus informs Nicodemus that he needed to be born again before he could see or enter God’s kingdom.

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

An interesting discussion followed on the need for forgiveness and God’s provision of forgiveness through the sacrifice of His Son,

Luke 23:34  Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” 

Acts 5:31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

She left with an assortment of literature and our prayer that she might truly know the work of God the Holy Spirit in her life.

The only explanation for the forgiveness of God and for the unfathomable depth of His forgetting is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the outcome of our personal realization of the atonement which He has worked out for us. It does not matter who or what we are; there is absolute reinstatement into God by the death of Jesus Christ and by no other way, not because Jesus Christ pleads, but because He died. It is not earned, but accepted. All the pleading which deliberately refuses to recognize the Cross is of no avail; it is battering at a door other than the one that Jesus has opened. Our Lord does not pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The atonement is a propitiation whereby God, through the death of Jesus, makes an unholy man holy.  Oswald Chambers

The Second lady took a leaflet and read it as she walked on, only to stop and return it with an abrupt, ‘no thank you‘.

‘Is there a problem, has something happened to make you so anti the Gospel’?

After a moment’s hesitation she spoke of her sad situation, a child had died when very young from a virus, parents who had recently died of cancer, a brother who was at that very moment fighting cancer, ‘I can’t believe in a God who allows things like that to happen!

She didn’t stop long, and I pray that she  will turn to God instead of away from Him. He is the only possible source of comfort, the alternative is to be destroyed by the ugly reality of life without hope.

There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them. – Clare Boothe Luce

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Hope Springs Eternal To Those Who Are Forgiven And Find The Meaning Of Life In Jesus Christ!

Does it include you?

The View from Pickering Market Place – Saturday 30th April 2011


Park Street

Park Street from Market Place

Market Place

Looking East, up Market Place

Old Friends

Some Old Friends

Steam Engine and Spectators

But even they don't always hold the crowd.

Literature Table

The Vantage Point from which I watch the World in Pickering

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My discussion with Jim followed a familiar pattern:

We’d spoken briefly before, but today he had time to spare and discuss the real issues of life.

“Do you believe in God?”

“Well, yes I do, but not so as to make me a ‘fanatic’.”

 “When you meet Him, will you get a welcome?”

 “I think I will, I’m as good as any other person.”

“Did you know that God said you need to ‘Perfect’, to be welcomed into His eternal kingdom?” 

Matthew 5:48 (NKJV) Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:20 (NKJV) For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 

“Are you perfect?”, “Well, no, but ….”

And off we go to the ‘merry go round’ of life, reflecting on good, even godly people they’ve known, or some description of their own self denial for a good cause.

The religion of their day having told them not to trust the Bible, just the clergy or church, and to do as much ‘good’ as they can, because the God of their imagination will be sure to weigh their good against their bad, and if they have more good than bad, they will be able to enter His abode, heaven. 

How very different is the Gospel, Jesus Christ came to establish, and to make available to those who knew themselves to be unable to do enough good to impress God.

Jesus message is one of Grace – undeserved favour – salvation as a free gift, from the hand of a Great Saviour.

 Romans 6:23 (NKJV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A gift which costs the receiver nothing, but the giver everything.

John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Ephesians 2:8–9 (NKJV) 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.

How much would you pay for a gift, what would be the effect of trying to pay for it? You can’t pay for a gift, or it is no longer a gift, and when you try you offend the giver.

The lie perpetrated by religions is that you can/must work to pay God for His gift, and the distinguishing teaching of Christianity is that all you must do to become righteous is receive His gift.

John 1:12 (NKJV) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name

John 6:28–29 (NKJV) Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

 Dear Reader, Abandon your efforts to win God’s favour and receive His gift, today.

The Theif on the Cross
The thief had nails through both hands, so that he could not work; and a nail through each foot, so that he could not run errands for the Lord; he could not lift a hand or a foot toward his salvation, and yet Christ offered him the gift of God; and he took it. Christ threw him a passport, and took him into Paradise.
D. L. Moody, from “Day by Day with D.L Moody,” Moody Press