Saturday 31st October 2009


The overnight rain passed and left us with a pleasant October day.

We were only to glad to be out to publish the Good News again!

Good News - its all about HIM.

Sir Nigel graced us with his presence, even though he was creating his own black clouds!

Sir Nigel Gresley

Sir Nigel Gresley

Their were a number of people about, enjoying the brief spell of dry weather.

The Ropery

We were set up and ready to speak:

That's Me.

Ready and waiting.

Nick, waiting.

Looking up Market Place

 The first lady to stop said she believed in God and Jesus but was interested in other religions also, especially Buddhism.

While this may seem attractive on the surface, any study of the many, so called gods, quickly reveals their total incompatibility.

In Buddhism there is no actual Supreme Being, no personal God, its actually a very ancient form of Atheism.

Life is about escaping suffering through spiritual disciplines!

The Christian Faith revolves around the existence of a self existing, personal God.

One who is pleased to reveal Himself in time, ultimately assuming real human flesh and suffering on behalf of His people.

Exodus chapter 3 verse 14:  And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Matthew chapter 1 and verse 23:  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Mark chapter 10 and verse 45:  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

 There is no common ground between Christianity and Buddhism. Like all man made religion Buddhism is at best a self improvement programme and ultimately futile! The Good News Christianity brings is that of the Saviour God who does for us what we could never accomplish by our own efforts.

Acts chapter 4 and verse 12 is very clear:

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Nick was able to explain to this dear lady that sin prevents us enjoying God’s presence here or hereafter. That if we are ever to know God and enjoy any assurance of His favour then one must be found who can remove our sin, cancel the record of our madness. That One Is Jesus Christ, and no one else, certainly not you or I with our imperfect ‘good works’.

Romans Chapter 6 and verse 23:  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If you have been labouring under the delusion that all religions are equal, perhaps even ‘drawn’ to Buddhism, then you also need to be directed to the Son of God who willingly gave His life for the sins of His people, the one and only way to God.

John chapter 14 and verse 6 is quite clear:   I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Please contact us at:  ryedaleevangelicalchurch@yahoo.co.uk if you need more information or help.

Saturday 12th September 09 – Pickering, North Yorkshire


Another Fine Saturday Morning. And what better way to spend it than making people aware of the amazing love of the God who forgives sin.

A Busy Market Place.

A Busy Market Place.

Park Street seems quieter.

Park Street seems quieter.

The Ropery is quiet.

The Ropery is quiet.

The gospel is spread faithfully here, whether there be few or many to receive it.

Graham, Vanessa and Nick, read to speak.

Graham, Vanessa and Nick, read to speak.

That's me, a clear picture this time.

That's me, a clear picture this time.

My conversation with Mark.

Just as we were about finished setting up the table a young man called Mark engaged me in conversation. He was looking for information about places to walk his dog which we were able to furnish. But with it I offered a leaflet which asks, ‘Are you good enough to go to heaven’. Its a very useful tool in bring people to understand their sinfulness and the need of the Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Our conversation went round and round on the same subjects for about half an hour, so I was able to explain the gospel and the need to personally embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour. Mark left with a collection of leaflets, may it be the pleasure of God to bring about his new birth.

Mark is typical of this sceptical generation. They know what they don’t want to believe and confirm it to themselves from a distorted understanding of the Bible.

His Argument was: Men Wrote The Bible, not God. – Now any Christian would answer that man’s involvement in giving us the Scriptures is only part of the story. 40 men did indeed record the words, but each of them was directed by God Himself. The unity of the Bible indicating that the one Supreme Being over saw those who wrote. Peter says this in his second epistle, chapter 1 and verse 21:

“prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

As Micheal Green explains in His Commentary:

“The word moved is a maritime expression (Acts 17:15,17) used of a ship carried along by the wind in its sails. The prophets raised their sails and God filled them, and carried them along in the direction He wished. … Revelation was not a matter of passive reception; it meant active co-operation. God did not use instruments, but men.”

“The Bible was written over a period of about 1,500 years by more than forty different human authors.

From a variety of backgrounds, including Joshua (a military general), Daniel (a prime minister), Peter (a fisherman), and Nehemiah (a cupbearer).

They wrote in different places, Different Continents And Languages

The wilderness (Moses), prison (Paul), and Patmos exile (John). Three different continents (Africa, Asia, Europe), and in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek).

The contents of the Bible deal with many controversial subjects.

Yet, the Bible is a unity.

From beginning to end, there’s one unfolding story –

God’s plan of salvation for mankind. “

From: Answers to Tough Questions What Skeptics Are Asking About The Christian Faith Josh McDowell And Don Stewart McDowell, J., & Stewart, D. D. (1993). Answers to tough questions. Originally published: San Bernardino, Calif. : Here’s Life Publishers, c1980. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

Saturday 6th September 09


Colder but fine, what a privilege to get out to speak with people about the only Saviour and their need of His saving grace in their lives.

Some views of the Town:

If you can see yourself, get in touch we’d love to hear from you. If you can’t see yourself, get in touch anyway!

Looking up Market Place

Looking up Market Place

Looking along the Ropery

Looking along the Ropery

Looking along Park Street
Looking along Park Street

Nick And Vanessa are Happy to Be Out Today:

Ready to Serve!

Ready to Serve!

I even managed to get my picture taken

Passing out tracts

Passing out tracts

I Spoke With Three Believers Today:

Its a real delight to meet those who share the hope that comes from embracing Jesus Christ alone as Saviour.

Jude 3  Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

The first was Toby, a fine young man who was happy to have his picture taken.

Toby, with Locomotive in the Background

Toby, with Locomotive in the Background

We very quickly found that we of one mind, I’d never met him before and may never meet him again as he was in town visiting family.

A simply enquiry as to whether he was ‘born again’ brought out a hearty ‘yes’ and before long we were talking about the Saviour and the need to speak of Him to the people around us.

The concept of being ‘born again’ lies at the heart of the distinction between real and pretend Christians. We know that as our natural birth gave us life in this world, the new birth gives the life of the world to come, right here and now.

A work of God, it opens the heart to love God and turns the feet to follow Jesus. As I didn’t decide to be born naturally, I don’t decide to be born again its the gracious gift of God.

These Bible Verses Explain What Happens:

John 1:12,13  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

1Pe 1:3,4 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, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

1John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

You are ‘born again’ when God the Holy Spirit gives you new life as you hear the word of God, this new life shows itself in that you turn from sin, to God and like a new born infant cries out, you cry out to Jesus to save you.

Jesus said its absolutely essential if you are to have any hope of seeing or entering the kingdom of God. There are some religious organisations which call themselves ‘churches’  where they say you are born again when a religious official says a few words over you and sprinkles water on your head, they didn’t get that from the Bible, you can’t trust those who add their own ideas to what God has said in Scripture. A very wise man called Agur once wrote:

Proverbs 30:6  Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

Have you been born again?  Is the new birth you describe the same as that which Jesus described to Nicodemus in John chapter 5, its for adults, not babies.

The second was a lady from Staffordshire, she introduced herself as  a Gypsy Believer.

Again we quickly found that we were of the same persuasion, she looks to Jesus Christ for Salvation and Rests in the Work He has done on her behalf. So different to religious people who invariably depend on their own efforts to satisfy the justice of God. Have you ever read these words:

Romans 5:1-4  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

To be ‘justified’ is to be declared not guilty because another has borne your punishment and reconciled you to God. He who has done this is Jesus Christ, the only completely innocent man to have ever lived. The only one who could therefore bear the punishment others deserve for law breaking. As man He stands in the believer’s place, as God the merit of His sacrifice is infinite and therefore sufficient to clear the debt of all who call upon Him to save them.

This is what separates Believers from those trapped on the treadmill of Religion, God has specifically said that Jesus came to set men free, not to entrap them with religious ritual as they strive to gain merit. Let the Bible Speak:

John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Romans 4:7,8  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”

Romans 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,

This is why we are out each week talking to people about the Good News bound up in the Person of Jesus Christ.

We want to tell you about HIM!

We want to tell you about HIM!

The third person, actually a couple who live locally, worship with us regularly. They are like family, born of the same Spirit, partakers of the same hope, we expect to live forever in the presence of God because of the great work which Jesus Christ accomplished by dying and rising from the dead.

Ephesians 4:4-6  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Saturday 29th August 09


Weather’s fine but definitely cooler.

Still, the freedom to witness of the Risen Saviour gives ample cause to be out speaking to any who will hear.

Looking up Market Place.

Looking up Market Place.

Park Street

Park Street

The Ropery

The Ropery

My First Conversation was with Bob.

A gentleman, who it turned was in his 80’s, he told me he hadn’t heard the Gospel since his childhood, in Sunday school.

Part of that slowly increasing mission field [especially here in Pickering] of older people. They’ve lived a whole life without God and have little sense of urgency about needing to prepare to meet Him.

Mt 24:44  “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Bob said he recognized life was a one way journey and that he was conscious of being statistically nearer the terminus than many others, but felt no need to get ready to get off!

He did take a copy of Ultimate Questions [You can have one too if you will just ask], I pray that the light of God’s glorious grace will shine into his heart.

Matthew records Jesus’ exhortation to get on the right road now rather than waiting till its too late.

Mt 7:13  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.
Mt 7:14  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

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.

The Locomotive is always on time.
The Locomotive is always on time.

Nick and Vanessa spoke with Linda

She took away the first of our recorded sermons, ‘Why You Can Trust The Bible’, you can have one if you request it.

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Vanessa and I spoke with a Roman Catholic Couple From Leeds.

Quite firm in their commitment to Rome’s teaching, they resisted any probing questions with something like, ‘we don’t want to get into an argument’. Truth is neither did we, but we were persuaded that man will live forever in either heaven or hell, and that only Jesus Christ Himself can save you from the latter. For this reason we dare to cross the barriers of popular convention to press home the importance of knowing Him as Lord and Saviour. Churches can’t save, men can’t forgive sin, God can, will and does!

Acts 4:12  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 5:31  Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

For this reason, God Willing and weather permitting, we count it a privilege to speak of Christ to all who will stop and listen.

Ready and Willing!

Ready and Waiting!

1Corinthians 9:22  to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Pickering 8th August 2009


Pickering Beck [Stream]

Pickering Beck /Stream

Blessed again with a beautiful day we were ready and willing to be out on the streets again. I forgot the camera so there are none of the usual pictures to view. I did take some later in the day and have included them to illuminate the text.

Pickering Town from Beacon Hill.

Pickering Town from Beacon Hill.

A 13 year old seeker:

Almost immediately on setting up the table a family on holiday stopped to talk, believers from Leeds, it became clear that their 13 year old daughter was unconverted and genuinely interested in what it meant to believe on Jesus Christ as Saviour. Our conversation revolved around the fact that John wrote his gospel with the specific purpose of providing the information needed to believe and be saved.

John chapter 20 verses 30 and 31:

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

She took the gospel away with her and to our great joy and delight, she brought it to church on Sunday and showed us how far she’d read! May God have mercy and save her.

An Older Man Who Hadn’t Heard The Gospel:

A gentleman in his 70’s stood to speak, a holidaymaker, and from my home area said that no one had ever told him of Jesus Christ dying for sinners or of his need to personally repent and believe the Good News. I found it hard to comprehend, but he insisted that what I was saying to him was entirely new.  He listened well and left with literature to read which would leave him in no doubt of his need and the Saviour’s power and willingness to save.

Mark Chapter 1 and verse 15 – Jesus says:

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

 

Tourists Waiting at the Ropery corner.

Tourists Waiting at the Ropery corner.

 

A Spiritualist

Nick and Vanessa had opportunity to lay out the Gospel before a man who claimed to be a spiritualist healer, he was very sure that everyone would judge themselves on the last day, but was gently corrected and pointed to the only safe haven on that day – Jesus Christ.

Alpha Course Casualties:

A couple explained to Nick and Vanessa that they had attended the Alpha Course and now believed themselves to be Christians. It didn’t take long before we found out that they had no concept of their sins being forgiven, their hope lay entirely in a ‘god of love’ who is a caricature of the God who so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son to pay the penalty of sin and bring life and forgiveness to believers. I heard them say they were now hearing things which they’d never heard before.

So much of modern evangelicalism is ‘another gospel’, may the Lord deliver us from modern delusions and those who spread them! Its nothing new, Paul writes in:

Galatians chapter 1 verses 6 and 7:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

 Jesus Christ came to rescue sinners from their sin and the impending judgement of God against them. God’s Love is seen in the provision of His Son as substitute, but everyone must both repent and believe before they can enjoy the benefits of Christ’s great work.

Romans chapter 5 verse 8 and 9:

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Acts chapter 16 verses 30 and 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.”

If you’ve read this far, I plead with you in the name of the Lord Jesus, that you flee to Him for the forgiveness of your sin. Write and tell us if you need further help, or if you do indeed cast yourself upon His mercy.

 

Crowds waith for the Traction Engines to arrive.

Crowds waiting for the Traction Engines to arrive.

 

Pickering 25th July 09


 

2 Corinthians chapter 2, verse 14 :  Now thanks be to God  who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

These were the words of our meditation and prayer before venturing out today and were are pleased to report His amazing kindness is allowing us to speak of the one who is ‘altogether lovely, the fairest of ten thousand to our soul’. [Song of Solomon 5:16, 10]. There is a great personal benefit in bearing the light of the Gospel to an indifferent world, it drives home the wondrous nature of the mercy by which God gave new life by His Word and Spirit.

His Great Love Has Made Us Children of God, a family that transcend ‘tribe and tongue and nation’. One of the joys of being out on the streets is meeting and encouraging other believers.

This week we met Adriana, a Romanian girl who is living in town and who was delighted to find like minded people to speak with. We were doubly delighted to have her join with us on Sunday Morning to worship the risen Saviour.

 

Adriana with Dwayna's cd and Nick

Adriana with Dwayna’s cd and Nick

 

 

Were You In Town Today? If you are in one of these pictures, please get in touch or leave a comment.

Market Place

Market Place

Park Street

Park Street

The Ropery

The Ropery

 

People with Whom We Spoke:

He was in town for a Lawn Bowls Competition. He was from the Lake District and said he was a Church Warden.

His willingness to listen was remarkable, I explained the priority of knowing Jesus Christ as the one who forgave sin, spoke of his need to be born again, asked whether he would get a welcome from God when he met Him? He responded with lots of information about his religion, but there did seem to be a seeking soul within, pray with me that this dear man will come to know God for himself and be graciously saved.

She was a local woman, who appeared to have a knowledge of Christ and His word but would not be drawn as to whether her sins were forgiven, typical of so many we meet, she has her own thoughts and opinions but no fellowship with believers and therefore a law unto herself.

Literature Table

Literature Table

Let me take a moment to remind you that when people are converted they are immediately part of the universal Church of Christ, but as disciples they are called to identify with a local congregation. The Lord’s purpose is plainly recorded in the Bible, He has come to build HIS Church and its members are to show their love to one another by caring and mutual encouragement and discipline.

Matthew Chapter 16, verse 18  :

I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Acts Chapter 2 verse 47 b:

And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

John Chapter 13 verse 35:

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Hebrews Chapter 10 verses 24 and 25:

Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

If you do claim to be a believer, let me encourage you to take your place in the communities of His people that we might work together to convince the world of His great salvation.

For those who are interested, I managed to photograph the 12 noon locomotive this week:

Locomotive

Locomotive

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, Saturday 5th July 2009


Another fine day and great opportunity to speak of the amazing grace of God.

Table Set And Ready

Table Set And Ready

WERE YOU IN TOWN?

Take A Look At These Pictures And If You See Yourself Write a Comment and Let Us Know. 

 

Looking up Market Place

Looking up Market Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Across Market Place

Looking Across Market Place

 
 

 

 

Park Street and Locomotive.

Park Street and Locomotive.

The Morning Began Quiet and Then Came A Rush Of People Ready To Talk.

Edith spoke of her childhood church attendance, but for all she’d learnt, she’d no idea whether her sin might be forgiven. What has religion done for this country of ours? Experience is showing that it has created a delusion, blinding minds and destroying any sense of need to seek and find forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy chapter 3 verse 5 describes it like this:-

“always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. “

Daisy told us she was an agnostic, we quickly explained the foolishness of such a a position, and exhorted her to make finding out the truth her priority. Though she gladly took literature and Dwayna’s new cd, the lack of urgency was obvious.

Acts chapter 24 verse 25 Describes such a scene:-

Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”

Our most dramatic and prolonged discussion was with a young man who called himself James. His response to everything we said was the same: “Its only ink and paper, anybody could have written the Bible, I could have written it”. Add to his assertions that nobody knew whether God existed, that we were wasting our lives and should go and do something useful, and you get the picture of a young man bound up in a bubble of his own making and proud of it.

 

Talking with James.

Talking with James.

 

 A proud and haughty man —”Scoffer” is his name;

He acts with arrogant pride.

2nd Peter Chapter 3 and verse 3 says:-

“knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days,

walking according to their own lusts”.

LETS BE CLEAR THAT CHRISTIANITY HAS NOTHING TO FEAR FROM HONEST INVESTIGATION. THAT IT INVITES THE SERIOUS MINDED TO EXAMINE ITS CLAIMS. THAT ITS TRUTHS ARE CONFIRMED AS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE.

2nd Peter chapter 1 verse 16 says:-

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables

when we made known to you

the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,

but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

1st Corinthians 15 is a record of the Apostle Paul’s Words:-

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.

This book is not of human origin. Long had I despised it; long had I deemed it a class-book for the credulous and ignorant; until, having investigated the Gospel of Christ, with an ardent desire to ascertain its truth or falsity, its pages proffered to my inquiries the simplest knowledge of man and nature, and the simplest, and at the same time the most exalted system of moral ethics. Faith, hope and charity were enkindled in my bosom; and every advancing step strengthened me in the conviction that the morals of this book are as infinitely superior to human morals as its oracles are superior to human opinions.—M. L. BAUTIN.

 

 

Proverbs chapter 21 verse 24 says:-

Pickering 27th June 2009


The weather was threatening but we managed to get some fruitful opportunities to pass on the goodnews of ‘sins forgiven by a great and gracious God‘.

We read these verses from Acts 17:16,17 before going:

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the MARKETPLACE daily with those who happened to be there.


Its surely not hard to imagine the Apostle’s feelings and response might be in Pickering MARKET PLACE, nor in the many similar public places of our generation.

His instruction to Timothy about preaching in 2 Timothy 4:2 stands unchanged:

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

GOOD NEWS INDEED!

GOOD NEWS INDEED!

There Were Plenty People About but not so many stopped to talk.

Were you in Town? If you can see yourself in any of the pictures please write a comment and let us know.

Market Place

Market Place

Park StreetPark Street

The RoperyThe Ropery

Nick can be seen below talking with two JW’s. They could only ‘hope that their sins were forgiven’, explaining that they needed to wait till the judgement day to find out. No hope at all! May God deliver us from religions of ‘good works’ in the freedom of redeeming grace.

Nick and JWs.Nick and JWs.

Maybe their Bibles also have these verses missing :

Ac 13:38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins.

Ps 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.

Jer 31:34 “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Eph 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

I had an interesting conversation with ‘James’, a local lad who had a surprising knowledge of the Bible, but no relationship with the author.

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Perhaps I can write for a minute about this very dangerous position!

Its a great privilege to have someone teach you the Word of God. Many thank God for faithful parents or Church workers who persistently explained and taught them the Words of Life.

Its also a solemn responsibility to know the Word’s God has had recorded, they are not designed to just educate or amuse, they are ‘the words of eternal life‘  [John 6:68].

Ro 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

God the Holy Spirit is pleased to use them to convince people of their need of forgiveness, that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour and then to give life to those who are ‘dead in trespass and sin‘. [Ephesians 2:1,5]. Only now do you understand the Good News, and enjoy ‘knowing God‘ [John 17:3].

Those who know about God but have never come to know Him are in a dangerous position, and I would plead with any to immediately flee to God for salvation. The very things you know from the Bible will accuse you before God on the Judgement day, you should have believed but have refused and there is no other way of Salvation. The Good News is that God is incredibly patient, and no matter how long you’ve dragged your feet, you may know forgiveness today:

Heb 3:15 “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Joh 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

The Locomotive was in town on Schedule, if you can tell us which class it is write in the comment box.

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30th May 2009 Pickering Market Place.


Another fine day, glorious weather and therefore a great opportunity to speak about the good news of sin forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ who most certainly died and rose again from the dead!

SOMEONE HAS COME BACK FROM THE DEAD,

THERE SHOULD NO LONGER BE ANY DOUBT

THAT LIFE CONTINUES BEYOND THE GRAVE!

In obedience to His command we would have our little part of the world know, that they might prepare themselves for the day they will meet Him.

Literature Table

Literature Table

Many people pass through Pickering, visitors and locals,  too few wanted to stop and talk today, the frequent, “no thanks, I’m ok” revealing the tragic delusion that is being used to blind their minds.

Were You In Town ? Take a look at these pictures and get in touch if you were.

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Before you can appreciate the Good News you need to hear and understand how God sees you.

These words are found in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome. Chapter 3 [quoting from: Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecclesiates 7:20]

10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.

People mistakenly measure themselves against other people, and conclude they are all as good as one another. They are right – not good!

God’s standard is being ignored by a generation that has deluded itself into thinking there is no God, imagining that if they say it often and loudly enough it will be true.

Ps 14:1 The fool has said in his heart,

“There is no God.”

Its a real privilege to meet believers from other places, do stop and talk, we love  to hear of the Lord’s work elsewhere. Here are a couple of Christians who were happy to do just that:

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Acts 10 says this about Jesus Christ:

38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;

39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

[All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible]

FINALLY the Steam Locomotive made its appearance too, its amazing who and what you can see and hear in Pickering.

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