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STEAM, SMOKE AND SOOTWonderful!

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Steam and smoke fill the Market Place

Great Fiery Monsters Create a Sense of Admiration.

Magnificent example of dedicated hard work.

Spewing out great clouds of carbon.

A Testimony To Human Genius and It’s Limitations.

Almost Every Vehicle in Town Today has had to be Saved from the Scrap Heap and Restored.

A Fine Example.

Going Where?

The People Come in Droves to Reminisce and Admire.

The Watching Crowds.

GOD, WHO GAVE MAN THE BRAINS AND SKILL, IS ALSO IN THE RESTORATION BUSINESS!

As ‘The Master Engineer’ He knows that you need a sound power unit before He manufactures a new chassis, body and wheels.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV)  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

1 Corinthians 15:51–52 (NKJV) Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Acts 4:12 (NKJV) 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 16:31 (NKJV)  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

God has been in the business of restoration and maintenance from the beginning of life as we know it. You must be overhauled by Him or end up on the scrap heap of life. 

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Only fully functioning and approved Vehicles may enter.

HE’S OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Are you just going to stand and watch or will you put yourself in His hands for a total overhaul?

If a tramp comes to us in dire need, down and out, in rags and tatters, and sick, even starving, it will be good to give him a bath and a change of clothing, but not enough. For he is ill and undernourished. So, in addition, he needs food and hospital treatment. Similarly, we come to Christ down and out, in the rags and tatters of our sin, spiritually sick and starving. In Christ, we are at once made welcome and accepted, and given a bath and a change of clothes. God sees us as righteous in Christ. This is our new status. But it is only the beginning. The Good Physician knows we are sick. So he puts His Spirit within us to give us new life and health, and He feeds us with His Word until we grow strong and vigorous. There are no half-measures with Him.

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE:


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Ultimate Questions

This Is The Difference

ANSWERS TO LIFE’S ULTIMATE QUESTION:

What Happens Next!

The Grand Journey of Life Moves on Relentlessly

Time to Go?

OLD CARS CAN BE RESTORED:

Classic Car – E type Jag!

BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE?

No, we are not left to guess, our Maker and Designer has spoken plainly.

Romans 2:4-6   do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?  But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honour, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honour, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

HOW CAN ANYONE PREPARE FOR THAT DAY?

That’s the purpose of the Bible and all that other literature on the table – it’s time to ‘HELP YOUR SELF’.

Take up and Read!

I was weeping in the most bitter contritition of my heart, when I heard the voice of children from a neighbouring house chanting, “take up and read; take up and read.” I could not remember ever having heard the like, so checking the torrent of my tears, I arose, interpreting it to be no other than a command from God to open the book and read the first chapter I should find. Eagerly then I returned to the place where I had laid the volume of the apostle. I seized, opened, and in silence read that section on which my eyes first fell: “Not in revelry and drunkenness, not in licentiousness and lewdness, not is strife and envy; but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” No further would I read, nor did I need to. For instantly at the end of this sentence, it seemed as if a light of serenity infused into my heart and all the darkness of doubt vanished away. – Augustine

Romans 13:14 (NKJV) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. God.

Read about the amazing God who made us, His Holiness and Righteousness, His Love and Mercy. How He acted in time to bring about the permanent restoration of the human heart and mind so that men might live in His presence – Forever!

Romans 5:10 (NKJV) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Romans 3:26 (NKJV) to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Mary had a little pig and it was white as snow,
That is when it had had a bath, as you of course might know.
But Mary had an awful time to keep the piggy clean,
For it was just the dirtiest pig that one has ever seen.

She’d wash him and she’d scrub him, till he would squirm and squeal,
As if he wanted her to know it was an unfair deal.
And then inside his green backyard he’d plan from morn to night,
Unless he happened to sneak out and lose himself from sight.

And then when Mary found him he’d be blacker than ere before, 
So Mary’d get the soap again and scrub the pig some more.
Poor Mary thought and wondered much what she could ever do
Until she figured out a plan, and this she carried through.

She took him to a doctor who put the pig to sleep, and then he 
Took his heart right out, but not of course to keep.
And then he took a little lamb and took his heart out too
And put it in the little pig before the piggy knew.

When little piggy did awake he had no more desire
To wallow in the mud again or ever in the mire.
And try as hard as ere he could he never understood,
How such a pig as once he was could ever be so good.

And so you see, dear friends of mine, you need a new heart too,
Just like the little piggy did, the old will never do.
If you’ll receive a brand new heart, well, here is how you may.
Accept God’s son as Saviour now and let him in today.

NEED HELP TO UNDERSTAND ALL THIS?
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Still Quiet!


But Life Continues, Each According to it’s own Timetable:

128 Bus and Tractor

Local Transport?

Though Buses Are Rare, They Trundle Through Town Each Hour.

Whether full or not they’ve a timetable to keep, making travel possible back and forth along the A170.

The car owning public usually ignore them, unless stuck behind one on our winding country roads!

Other people may need to use them, but not me, I’m independent, going where and when I choose! Perhaps I’ll even use a tractor!!

You never need to dig too deep to uncover this spirit, whether it be applied to the mighty omnibus or omnipotent God.

All is well until you find you can no longer drive, and if, for whatever reason, there is no suitable transport to hand, you are stuck!

Young or Old

Life’s Journey is Relentless, onward, forward, to where?

A friend was 90 years old this weekend, he comments frequently on the brevity of life by using these words:

Job 7:6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.

To which we could add:

Job 9:25 “Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.

Job 16:22 For when a few years are finished, I shall go the way of no return.

Psalm 103:15,16 As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

Life, Happiness in: Charlie Brown, pondering his plight in life, thought, “Yesterday, for one brief moment I was happy. But just when I thought I was winning in the game of life, there was a flag thrown on the play and life dealt me a blow.”

Life’s Journey has one direction, every step bring us closer to meeting our Maker!

Our mortal remains usually make one last journey in a procession traveling slowly,

Life here will have ended but you’ve been summoned to give account for your life by your Maker.

Genesis 50:12–14 So his sons did for him just as he had commanded them. For his sons carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite as property for a burial place.  And after he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers and all who went up with him to bury his father.

If this were all, then life is about enjoying what you have while you wait for extinction.

Shops and Cafe

Living for the present gives only fleeting comfort.

There is One Who can and does Transform Human Existence

Confronted by Life’s Futility, He Displayed His Power over It’s Claim On Us.

Luke 7:12–15 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.

By Surrendering To Its Claims on All Mankind, He Broke its Cold Clammy Grip, And Triumphed Over it for All To See.

 

Acts 13:28–31 And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead.  He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. 

His People Delight To Tell All And Sundry, that Though Life Might Seem Futile, IT ISN’T!

1 Corinthians 15:55–57  “O Death, where is your sting?  O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

One recent summer, a bee was drawn into the open window of a car traveling down the road. The bee was upset, and so was a boy in the car, who had previously suffered a severe reaction from a bee sting. But before things got out of hand, the boy’s father caught the bee in his hand and tossed it back out the window. Then he pulled the car over to comfort his son. The boy, however, was now desperately worried that his father would die from the bee sting. “Oh, no,” said the father, showing him that his hand was only slightly swollen. “The sting won’t hurt me like it would you, so I took the sting for you.” And that is just what Jesus did for us: He took the sting of death for us, and now that sting is gone. 

Goodnews of Christ's Triumph

Answers to the Ultimate Question

 

Almost No One To Speak With Today!


 Though the sun has made a

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welcome and somewhat rare visit,

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there are very few people around.

ImageImageImageYet there are opportunities to speak of life’s great issues.

No not the tennis, nor football, not even politics or bankers, interesting though they might be.

A lady from Scarborough engaged my attention for a bit.

I’d asked her if she believed in God and she said ‘sort of”!

Like so many amateur theologians, she had her own views and  wasn’t about to have them changed.

She didn’t attend any place of worship, nor read any books on the matter, she was just persuaded that her stance was the right one.

Like Israel in the time of the Judges, or Solomon:

 Judges 21:25 (NKJV) In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

 Proverbs 26:12 (NKJV) Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Jesus met many like her, both great and small, people who have always considered themselves to be the final authority on everything important.

 Matthew 11:16–19 (NKJV) “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying:

‘We played the flute for you,

And you did not dance;

We mourned to you,

And you did not lament.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”

 We can trust our minds to determine matters of great importance, yet not when it comes to god.

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You can almost hear the cogs turning as people consider the locomotive, and some do understand how it actually works. But you need to be an engineer or an enthusiast for that.

So it is with God, if you are ever going to understand who He is and what He is like you will need to be enlightened on the matter, and not just by another person!

When it comes to knowing God there are more ‘experts’ than there are railway enthusiasts !

Matthew 15:14 (NKJV) “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

If we are to ‘know God’ then God must instruct us, ‘reveal Himself’, according to biblical language.

Jesus Christ came to make God known, and still does today.

John 1:18 (NKJV) No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

He does so today through His recorded Word and the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

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John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 15:26 (NKJV) “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

 John 16:8 (NKJV) And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Clearly there is much more to understanding God than the unenlightened mind can fathom.

Who can explain His sending His Son to suffer and die as an offering for sin?

Who can explain How He arose from the dead as predicted on the third day?

Who can then explain how sinful people can be reconciled to God?

Who can authoritatively inform people how to be ready to meet the Holy and Righteous One.

BEWARE 

Isaiah 8:20 (NKJV) To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Acts 20:29–30 (NKJV) For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.

Beware of trusting your own opinions about God, be careful about who you listen to, seek God Himself in His word, and pray that His Spirit would give you light, life and salvation. It’s a matter of eternal life or death!

“The Bible without the Holy Spirit is a sun-dial by moonlight” (D. L. Moody).

Some people say that Jesus has nothing to say to this enlightened age. The truth is that with all its intellect, this age has never come up to Jesus. His character and truth continue to challenge the slow learners of every age.

And Then It Rained!


CAUGHT OUT!

 Today Started Out Like Any Other Saturday Lunch Time.

 It was the ’60’s Weekend’ and there were a few people in town and some 60’s transport around.

60's Weekend

60’s Weekend

Pickering Station in Background
60’s Weekend

Vespa
Mod on Scooter

Motor Bike
Rocker on Bike

A number of people happily took the the ‘Real Life’ leaflet.

A man paused and looked at the table, so I asked: ‘Have you heard the Gospel?’

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Goodnews for Some

‘Oh, yes’, was his reply, ‘My sister is really into it’.

‘How about you’? ‘I used to be, but not any more.’ ‘Perhaps it’s time you reconsidered’?

‘No thanks’, was his reply and off he went round the corner and out of sight!

Matthew 7:13,14  (NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

A young woman stopped, the testimony of Debbie Flood caught her attention

Our few minutes of conversation ended abruptly when she suddenly said: ‘I don’t like to be preached at’, deposited the leaflets she’d taken back on the table and left!

Mark 4:40 (NKJV) But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”  

“Sinners never have true joy or feel inward peace, because; ‘there is no peace for the wicked,’ says the Lord (Isaiah 57:21).

  We worry too much. We follow the example of our earthly father Adam when he confessed to God, “I was afraid … and hid” (Gen. 3:10). We have become a fearful people, even though most of our fears are often unfounded or just plain silly, because we do not have our eyes on the sparrow.

 THEN THE RAIN CAME:

Pickering Station

Steaming in the Rain.

Time to pack up and go home? But wait:

Matthew 7:24–27 (NKJV) “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Every Shower Reminds Us of The Need to Be Safe on the Solid Rock of Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ. High and Dry – Are You? 

 A Peanuts cartoon pictured Lucy and Linus looking out the window at a steady downpour of rain. “Boy,” said Lucy, “look at it rain. What if it floods the whole world?”
“It will never do that.” Linus replied confidently. “In the ninth chapter of Genesis, God promised Noah that would never happen again, and the sign of the promise is the rainbow.”
“You’ve taken a great load off my mind,” said Lucy with a relieved smile. “Sound theology,” pontificated Linus, “has a way of doing that!”

Life at the End of the Line.


http://www.nymr.co.uk/enthusiasts/locomotive-allocations/

The train might turn around, but all the passengers had to get off.

PICKERING  – THE END

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OF THE LINE FOR MANY.

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THE BEGINNING FOR SOME.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is a heritage railway in North Yorkshire, England. First opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway, the railway was planned in 1831 by George Stephenson as a means of opening up trade routes inland from the then important seaport of Whitby. The line closed in 1965. It was reopened in 1973 by the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust Ltd. The preserved line is now a significant tourist attraction and has been awarded many industry accolades.

The NYMR carries more passengers than any other heritage railway in the UK and may be the busiest steam heritage line in the world, carrying around 350,000 passengers in 2009. The 18-mile (29 km) railway is the second-longest standard gauge heritage line in the United Kingdom and runs across the North York Moors from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale, Goathland and terminating at Grosmont. Some heritage rail operations continue along Network Rail tracks to Whitby.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Yorkshire_Moors_Railway/

http://www.nymr.co.uk/

Thousands of Journeys have been made on this rolling stock, each one different yet because of the limits of the track and equipment there are obvious similarities.

You buy your ticket, take your seat,  then enveloped in oily clouds of steam and smoke you enjoy the scenery along the way, but all too soon it’s over and you return to the hum drum routine of life.

A snapshot of life itself, we are all on the same journey, whatever our individual variations of race, colour or creed we relentlessly move along the rail track of life from the cradle to the grave.

A highlight of the train journey is the arrival of the ticket inspector to check the validity of your ticket, you mustn’t travel without one. You may have to buy it yourself, or perhaps enjoy the benevolence of a generous friend, parent or companion, but not to have a ticket is to contravene the railway’s regulations. Those who break the rules must pay up, immediately or find some generous soul to bear the cost.

The Journey of Life is relentlessly traversed  by every human being, and like on the underground/metro/tube, tickets are checked at the exit barrier.

Do you have one? We begin this journey by just being born, using the amenities and consuming resources day after day after day, no one has a ticket, yet everyone needs one to exit on the right side of  the track at the end of the road.

NYMR Station, Pickering.

Wise travelers check the timetable and plan their journey.

Wouldn’t You?

Yet billions muddle along the journey of life without giving a thought to where they are going and how it will end.

Offer them a timetable or details of what to expect at the terminus and they foolishly brush you aside with a curt, ‘No thanks I’m OK’ . What a tragic mistake, for it’s not a train they miss but the privilege of knowing God and the provision He has made for all who can see their need and accept His ‘gift’ of the full and free cancellation of all charges incurred enroute, with a guaranteed welcome into His world of beautiful peace and joy at the end.

Proverbs 14:12  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Acts 13:38–39  Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;  and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Acts 16:30b–31 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Meandering through Life without Checking your Ticket is Madness.

Luke 12:20–21 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.”

No thanks, I’m Ok!


Market Place – It’s Cold!

Cold Hearts on a Cold Day.

One of the most regular responses to the offer of literature is “no thanks, I’m all right”.

While the right to think and say this must be respected, it does trouble me. It is a good example of the proverbial Ostrich burying it’s head in the sand.

Head in the sand.

How does anyone know what a piece of paper has written on it unless they read it? How can you know whether what’s being offered has any relevance to you unless you take time to read? Could it be that they are really just being polite, or is it that they are so self confident they can’t imagine that anyone offering literature on the street has anything to say worth listening to? It was cold, and I could understand people not wanting to hang about, but I don’t understand why people won’t just accept  what’s offered and read it later!

Is It Possible That There’s Another Reason For Burying Your Head in the Sand?

While it’s always possible to point to Satan’s delusion of every unbeliever, let’s not forget the choices people make are their own responsibility! Acts 7:51 You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.Not just blinded by the god of this age, but an evil heart of unbelief keeping each individual from seeking and finding the Living God?

“No thanks, I’m OK”  is the worst kind of delusion found in a human being.

You are far from “OK”, you are in desperate trouble, lost, without hope, ignorant of God and His salvation, guilty, etc., etc.. Ephesians 2:12 at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Those little pieces of paper are invitations to find out the truth about yourself and the wonder of God’s love for people like you. So many said “No thank you, I’m OK” to Jesus, only to find out too late that their condition was in fact desperate. Jesus described such people as play actors: Luke 12:56 Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? HYPOCRITE — one who puts on a mask and feigns himself to be what he is not; a dissembler in religion. The only person they fool is them-self, and when the mask is finally removed it will be a time of inconsolable sorrow and suffering!

Those Little Pieces of Paper Would Have Explained God’s  Incredible Good News

Diagnosing man’s sorrowful solution and Dispensing God’s way of Salvation. You are far from “all right”, but don’t despair, Jesus Christ takes dying sinners and gives them everlasting life. Matthew 9:28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened.

 Jesus makes broken people whole, but you need to admit you are in need of help and call upon Him until He delivers you.

THAT’S WHY I’M OUT ON THE STREET ON SUCH A COLD DAY, OR ANY DAY!

Jesus’ Diagnosis and Remedy.

Cock O’ the North at Pickering Station

Bittern at Pickering Station.

Evangelical?


WHAT IS AN EVANGELICAL?

It appeared to be a genuine question, so I sought to give an honest answer.

“An evangelical is one who holds to and emphasizes the Good news revealed in the Bible of Jesus’ work to rescue lost sinners and restore them to a right relationship with the living God.” Because this is the essence of Christianity, and the only way to escape the downward drag of sin.

 I further explained that: “everyone is a lost sinner and all therefore ought to tremble at the thought of being judged by One who isn’t, One who sees and records everything anyone ever does, doesn’t do and says! One who has declared that just ‘one’ sin is ‘one’ too many, as it means that the sinner is guilty in His sight, and therefore unfit for a relationship with the holy and perfect One.

I then had the privilege of speaking of  “Jesus’ incredible work to deliver the guilty from judgment, make them acceptable to God and establish a new life, which begins now and continues without end.”

 AN EVANGELICAL has good news for sinners, explaining to them that: “they are called to ‘repent’ and ‘believe’ that Jesus Christ conquered sin and death in His death and resurrection. That He is a substitute, bearing  guilt and giving His righteousness, thereby creating a whole new person who enjoys the honour of knowing God now and looking forward to enjoying Him forever.”

 Clearly he had much to contribute to the conversation, and freely interrupted me, but no one seemed to have explained these things to him! Like so many today, he’d grown up and been educated in an atmosphere of space men and evolution, choosing rather to embrace their world view of futility, of living for the present, because when you are dead you are dead!

JESUS CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD AND WAS SEEN BY OVER 500 WITNESSES!  Death is not the end of life, just the beginning of forever.

EVANGELICALS are committed to informing mankind of God’s way of Salvation! Giving hope by dispelling darkness and ignorance.

Mark 16:15–16 (NKJV)

He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 

Romans 1:16 (NKJV)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

A Table Loaded With FREE Gospel Literature

 For God so loved the world, not just a few,
The wise and great, the noble and the true,
Or those of favored class or rank or hue.
God loved the world. Do you? Source Unknown

AS WINTER APPROACHES, THE STREET OUTREACH MUST BE PUT ON HOLD, BUT THE ‘GOSPEL’ IS THE SAME IN EVERY SEASON.

It has been a privilege to speak with so many, including those who disagree.

We are praying that even now God might open your heart and mind to understand and embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour.

Please feel free to make contact, we’d love to carry on our conversations with you.

Market Place

Moors Explorer

Locomotive, turning around, will you?

Raining Again.


All Covered Up.

Nothing to do but hand out some leaflets.

For the first time someone crumpled one up and put it in the bin!

Surprised? No! Disappointed? Yes!!

Most folks take them and at least seem to wait until they get home before they decide what to do with them.

Jesus wept for people like that:

 Luke 13:34 (NKJV)

 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!

 Like The Prodigal Son of old, they’d rather have a good time now than live in God’s World and Presence.

The encouraging thing is that the Prodigal came to his senses –  and returned to enjoy God’s Love and Favour.

 Luke 15:17–19 (NKJV)

 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’

I hope you know the conclusion of the story, and that you will be encouraged to turn back to God!

Take note thought of that little word ‘sin’ – it’s really gone out of fashion.

Man calls sin an accident; God calls it an abomination. Man calls sin a blunder; God calls it blindness. Man calls sin a chance; God call it a choice. Man calls sin a defect; God calls it a disease. Man calls sin an error; God calls it enmity. Man calls sin fascination; God calls it fatality. Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it fatality. Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it iniquity. Man calls sin luxury; God calls it lawlessness. Man calls sin a trifle; God calls it tragedy. Man calls sin a mistake; God calls it madness. Man calls sin a weakness; God calls it willfulness. There is only one remedy for sin—the precious blood of Christ, which was shed for the remission of sins on Calvary’s Cross.—Author Unknown

Fashion aside, it’s the reason people treat the gospel with contempt and through away any reminders.

Unbelief is the most destructive sin known to man, but it can all change, and does in those who have the change of mind that works repentance and takes you back to confess your folly to our God and Father.

Jesus used only 504 words to tell the Parable of the Prodigal Son, judged by some to be the greatest story ever written. James Hastings

 There is hope today, even for the young lady who threw the leaflet away, if she will but ‘come to her senses’, repent and return home.

 Mark 1:15 (NKJV) [The words of Jesus’ first recorded sermon]

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

 Jesus Christ, lived and died that Prodigals might be welcomed home.

The Gospel is for all who've come to their senses.

Don't huff and puff, turn back to God today.

 

 

Capital ‘C’ or small ‘c’?


She’d Stood at a Distance

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Studying the Banner

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around the Table.

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“Have you got the answers?”

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I asked as she drew near

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and was about to pass by.

“No”,  she chirped, “I suppose I’m a Christian with a small “c”!

 “So you think there are two kinds of Christian“, “Yes” was her prompt reply!

The conversation developed to the point where she informed me that she regularly attends one of the local churches, but that she wasn’t one of those ‘born again’, capital ‘C’ christians.

She liked to hear about Jesus, but knew not that transformation wrought  by the Spirit of God whereby He removes the shutters and floods the inner man with the light of the world.

BUT , there is only one kind of ‘Christian’, the biblical kind, those who have experienced the life transforming power of the Word of God applied by the Spirit of God :  

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV)

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:22–23 (NKJV)

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,  having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.

The words ‘Born Again‘ may have been robbed of  meaning by over zealous enthusiasts, but when used in context, they describe that wondrous work of God in which He acts on a sinner to give them life, life which expresses itself in a heart cry to God for salvation and reaches out in repentance and faith toward Jesus Christ for salvation.

James 1:18 (NKJV)

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

1 John 5:1 (NKJV) Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,  

Everyone Needs to be ‘Born Again‘, Jesus says it’s a ‘must’ and so essential to ‘seeing’ or ‘entering’ the ‘Kingdom of God’ . [John  chapter 3 and verses 3 and 5]

2 Corinthians 5:17  (NKJV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

A strange phrase that has crept into our vocabulary in recent years is “born again Christian.” The phrase is redundant. It is like saying “dog dog.” The phrase suggests there is more than one kind of Christian. There is not! If you are born again, you are a Christian. If you are a Christian in the scriptural sense, you have been born again!

Nothing less than this revolutionary transformation provides the answer to the questions on the banner!

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