STEAM, SMOKE AND SOOT – Wonderful!
Great Fiery Monsters Create a Sense of Admiration.
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.
The People Come in Droves to Reminisce and Admire.
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.
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.
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.
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?’
‘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:
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!”
Saw The Town
Their Web Site [www.openadventure.com] tells us that:
Open Adventure was set up by James Thurlow in 2004 in reaction to the lack Adventure Racing in the North of England.
Saturday’s event was an ‘Open 12’ – 12 hours of adventure racing in a wonderful location, and they even paid £110 to take part!
Their Dedication, Effort and Commitment was a Delight to see.
You can only begin to imagine the training and planning that went into such an event.
To The Normal
Normally the most exciting thing people do is decide which flavour of ice cream to buy!
THE TWO ALTERNATIVES RAISE MANY QUESTIONS – WHAT IS LIFE ALL ABOUT?
‘Who am I? What is my purpose in life? Why am I here? Where am I going? How can I be sure?
Challenging Physical Exercise Can Give A Sense of Well Being and Achievement.
So can a sweet cold ice cream or stroll by a pleasant stream.
But neither answer the Ultimate Questions, that relate to life and death.
The Bible alone explains the meaning of life and introduces Jesus Christ who satisfies the deepest needs of believers.
It’s pages tell us of our special status as made in God’s image, then that we are made to walk in familiar communion with our maker. It further explains that your whole life is about recovering the relationship with God that is spoilt by sin. That this can only be accomplished through personal faith in Jesus Christ, wherein He delivers you from God’s wrath and eternal judgment. Confirmed as true by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross, on the third day.
Its a lot to take in, but as you can see the table above is loaded with information, which is entirely free. Just ask and we’ll do what we can to supply your need.
John 6:35 (NKJV)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)
Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Acts 13:38 (NKJV)
Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV)
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
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 Railway wasn’t alone in making the best of the opportunity, we were also out, ready and equipped for the rain.
Though I did get a little bit worried when the little fella below waddled round the corner!
I also had a couple of familiar faces stop to talk.
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?
A Fine But Cold Day, But Pickering is Packed with People.
Officially its 1943 and everyone is to dress appropriately!
An excellent opportunity to reach out and talk about the only lasting Peace Maker.
FIRST – SOME PICTURES:
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While many reveled in the romance of the day, there were some who sought to speak of the reason men fight and the One who intervened to liberate man from its terrible grip.
Jas 4:1 Where do wars and fights come from among you?
Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
Many stopped to talk, listen, and face the terrible truth that man is at war with God until he is given grace to surrender and believe.
Nick Preached about the need to be rescued to an attentive audience.
Asking whether anyone on the beach at Dunkirk would refuse to get in a boat, he challenged all who heard about their refusal to be rescued by Jesus Christ.
“you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”