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?

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