Pickering Saturday 11th July 2009


Another beautiful day and we are out to speak to to those whom the Lord sends our way.

We have ‘Good News’ for those who understand the ‘Bad News’ that sin separates people from God.

All this to tell you about Him.

All this to tell you about Him.

Were you in town? Have a look at the following pictures. If you see yourself, write a comment and we will send you the booklet: ‘Ultimate Questions’ by John Blanchard.

Market Place around 11:30 am

Market Place around 11:30 am

The Ropery around 11:30 am

The Ropery around 11:30 am

Market Place and Ropery

Market Place and Ropery

Sir Nigel was in town, right on schedule

Sir Nigel was in town, right on schedule

CONVERSATIONS
Nick and Vanessa, waiting ........

Nick and Vanessa, waiting ........

Though we meet many  different people each week, those who pause to talk have very similar out looks. There appears to be an almost universal idea that ‘if I don’t do anything too bad’ then the ‘good’ that I do will be enough to convince God that I am worthy of a place in heaven. Surprised? I’m not, they are held captive by the same evil spirit, a self declared opponent of God and the beings He has created in His image..
The Apostle Paul writes these words in 2 Corinthians chapter 4, verses 3 and 4:
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
I spoke with a number of professing believers today, 4 in all.
The Lord clearly has His people in other Christian groups and we are glad to meet them, but few have seem to have grasped the implications of the Great Commision.
Mark 16 verse 15 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
We are privileged to have heard the gospel and through it to have come to know the author, and therefore the best equipped to recommend Him to all who will listen. Not every one is an evangelist, but all are witnesses, sometimes the only believer with whom an unbeliever ever has contact.
My Final Conversation of the Day.
Was with a 17 year old girl and her friend who hovered in the back ground.
What significance has the Gospel for one as young as this, one who is in the prime of life and with the world apparently lying at her feet? EVERY SIGNIFICANCE! Her life could really be worth living!
I was once 17, but I’m a lot older now, most grow old, some don’t!  Average ages mean that for everyone who reaches 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 there is one who doesn’t.
No one is guaranteed another breath, never mind another day. From our earliest years we learn to take precautions to avoid danger: Walk on the pavement [sidewalk] not the road. Look both ways before you cross a road. Don’t play with fire or put your fingers in the electricity sockets. I thank God for every one of those little, life preserving rules.
But why is it thought so strange that people need to be told to avoid the danger of hell fire, by fleeing to the Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We spoke for a while and it was soon clear that she’d not thought about herself as a sinner for a long time, but she was thinking now. She left when her friend eventually persuaded her to go, but with many words about the Saviour of Sinners in her head and some good literature and music in her hands.
These words of Solomon are 3000 years old but as fresh and relevant as any spoken today:
Ecclesiastes 12 verse 1
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,
And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”
The Lord has appointed His people as lights shining in the dark, and through the truth they pass on, the Holy Spirit graciously turns on the light of faith and dispels the darkness and bondage with which Satan keeps people captive.
2 Corinthians chapter 4 and verses:
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
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.
Matthew chapter 5 verses:
14  “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
16  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Pickering Market Place – Saturday 6th June 2009


The rain has stopped and although its much cooler than of late we were able to spend an hour passing on the Glorious Gospel of God. The Town was much quieter, but there are still plenty of people to speak with.

Almost empty streets.

Almost empty streets, were you in town?

Have a look and see:

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One older man said that he no longer believed in God, and no matter how I tried to tease this out he just stuck by his mantra.

Surely one tragic effect of the  religious confusion of our day. He claimed to have some knowledge of religion but it has left him without hope or direction.

Their is only One who gives hope and men must come to know Him if they are to discover the purpose and meaning of life.

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

John chapter 14 and verse 6.

“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 chapter 4 verse 12

The young couple in the picture above stopped to talk when they turned the corner. To my great surprise they had never heard that they were sinners nor that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of sinners. The more I spoke the clearer it became that here we had two of the products of our secular education system. Where do you start to explain the Goodnews to people like this?

It would take forever to cover every detail, but we tried and sent them off home with a bundle of information to consider. Perhaps the apostle Paul’s example is a good guide:

1 Corinthians chapter 15:

3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

Christianity is no fairy tale, but firmly rooted in history. There is more documentary evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ than there is for that of Julius Caesar. People’s lives were transformed by meeting Him after his resurrection and, as they say, the rest is history.

Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

2009 06 06_1430r For this very reason Christians seek to  tell the world of Christ’s perfect life,  substituionary death and verified  resurrection. Wouldn’t you be doing  exactly the same thing?

In 1 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 19 the apostle Paul says:

For though I am free from all men,

I have made myself a servant to all,

that I might win the more.

So you see our reason for standing on draughty streets and asking passers by: –

“Have you HEARD the Goodnews”

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Unfortunately I was unable to take a picture of the locomotive this week because I was speaking to the young couple mentioned above at the time of its appearance.

Sunday Morning 31st August 08


This morning’s sermon was about Jesus calling out His first 5 followers. Each resulted in a commitment to be in fellowship with him, but each came in a different way. The Saviour is also acknowledged as Saviour, Messiah and King.

The text was John chapter 1 verses 35 to 51:- [NKJV]

35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
37 ¶ The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek? ” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).
42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
43 ¶ The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”