Traction Engines


STEAM, SMOKE AND SOOTWonderful!

Pickering Market Place

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. 

Pickering Market Place

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.

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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.

Profitable Conversations


A table loaded with light and truth.

THERE’S USUALLY SOMEONE

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WHO WILL STOP AND TALK!

Talking about the Gospel – GOODNEWS.

These two were quite happy to engage with us on matters of great importance.

It began with a comment and complaint that people had no idea that this was ‘Whit Week’! And developed into a discussion of how to be ready to meet God.

The lady was so disillusioned with the  ‘Established Church’ that she’s been meeting with ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ for a long time.

We touched base on their familiar shibboleths: Jesus isn’t god, the Holy Spirit is just God’s energy and that God’s Name is Jehovah.

When I explained that the JW’s were a man made cult with just c.150 years of history, and that they’d gone so far as producing their own version of the Bible to  pass off their views as Biblical, she began to listen.

“Ah”, she said, “you’ve got to have hope”, so I  pursued her line of thought to show that what the JW’s call hope is no hope at all – just ‘I hope so’, and so they are no different from every other religionist on the planet, ‘hoping’ that when the meet their Maker and Judge, He will review their ‘good works’ and approve them as worthy of a place in His eternal world.

The Christian’s hope is very different, it is a personJesus Christ, who as our representative and substitute, has completely covered our sin and  made us acceptable to God, here, now and forever.

Romans 5:1–2 (NKJV) 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.

 Romans 5:5 (NKJV) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

1 Peter 1:3 (NKJV) 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,

 So desperate is our state by nature that we need rescuing, not another set of rules which no one can keep. Jesus Christ is that Saviour, those whom He saves have the ‘blessed hope’ that He will bring them into the eternal world by His strength, and His alone.

Matthew 1:21 (NKJV) And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

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

 Philippians 3:20 (NKJV) For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,

 I don’t usually quote Thomas Aquinas, but in this quotation from ‘The Imitation of Christ’ he hits the mark:

In Thee, therefore, O Lord God, I put all my hope.… For many friends shall not profit, nor strong helpers be able to succour, nor prudent counselors to give a useful answer, nor the books of the learned to console, nor any precious substance to deliver, nor any secret and beautiful place to give shelter, if Thou Thyself do not assist, help, strengthen, comfort, instruct, keep in safety…
To hope in Thee above all things is the strongest solace of Thy servants.
 

The People of Pickering, and every other place on this planet, need ‘hope’ not the ‘hope so’ of man made religion, but the  ‘Living Hope’ which God has Established through the Death and Resurrection of His Son.

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

All who pass along this street need and can find hope – that includes you!

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.

PICKERING, MARKET PLACE, 13th August 2011.


WERE YOU IN TOWN TODAY?

Here are some pictures around town, can you see anyone you know?

Twelve Thirty Two.

Twelve Forty Nine

Thirteen Twenty

The place remains the same, only the people change.

Here’s where I stand and take these pictures:

ULTIMATE QUESTIONS NEED SATISFACTORY ANSWERS

A Number of People Stopped To Talk, One Lady Even Before The Table Was Setup!

A Methodist Lay Preacher, A Christian Family From Leeds, A Little Old Lady who was frightened off by the mention of being ‘born again’.

Then finally a man who wanted to be friendly with everyone. So concerned that he should not be coerced to conform to anyone’s criteria, he’d invented a whole new set of boxes to tick!

HE RAISES THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER EVERYONE CAN BE RIGHT AT THE SAME TIME.

Can you be BOTH black and white at one and the same time, I fear not, you are simple left as a shade of gray.

Jesus clearly says, there is only one way to God, you must come through Him:

John 14:6 (NKJV)

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

That’s What Peter Understood Him To Have Said: 

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.

My friend agreed, as of course you might expect!

Then proceeded to explain that he believed each person would be judged by the light he had received.

This is often thought to be the meaning of:

Romans 2:11–16 (NKJV)

There is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

Tragically it describes the fate of ‘sinners’, whether they’ve had the privilege of the revelation of God’s Law or simply the Light of God’s Creation.

Either way they are lost and without hope, it may sound generous to talk about being ‘judged by the light you have’, but in fact its the terrible truth that:

Romans 3:10–12 (NKJV)

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

Romans 3:19–20 (NKJV)

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Those who’ve never heard of the Living God, The God of the Bible, fair no better, the light of creation defines them as sinners too:

Romans 1:20–25 (NKJV)

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God!

IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT WE ARE HONEST WITH PEOPLE.

Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and all who recognize their name, and only they, will find themselves ‘safe’ in the salvation provided in and by Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 (NKJV)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

NO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST – THEN YOU HAVE NO HOPE!

TRUSTING ON, BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST, YOU HAVE PEACE WITH GOD.

PEACE LIKE A RIVER TRANSCENDS THE BELIEVING SOUL.


CHARITY CASE


A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF GOOD WORK IS DONE IN COLLECTING FOR CHARITY.

Charity Collector

 It was fascinating to watch how people respond to the solitary figures with their money boxes and giving away sticker badges.

Some completely ignored them, others immediately approached, dropped their coin in the bucket and went away wearing their badge of honour .

The intriguing people were those who felt the need to explain that they’d already given but lost the badges.

Charities are well respected, and rightly so, for the opportunity they provide for donors to be generous and all the good work they do. 

The Free Dictionary defines ‘charity thus: [ http://www.thefreedictionary.com/%5D

1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.

5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others.

It goes on to describe a 6th meaning of ‘charity’:

 The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one’s neighbours as objects of God’s love.

In this 6th sense (???) the work of sharing the Goodnews of God's love for sinners, His provision of His Son as a substitute for sinners, His calling of people to believe and be saved is 'charitable' work  of the highest importance.

Charity Display

The Distinctive of This Charitable Work is that it’s about Giving Instead of Collecting.

The greatest gift anyone can give, the greatest good anyone can do is to provide you with all you need to understand the love of God for lost people.

As long as people are around there will be a need to give to those who help cancer sufferers, provide lifeboats, air ambulances and provide for human and animal welfare.

But only the gospel of God’s kindness to undeserving sinners meets mankind’s great need of a Saviour. The cancer of sin, the danger of drowning in it and just plain compassion for mankind is the primary Christian Charitable Cause.

Martin Luther wrote: “The believing man has the Holy Ghost; and where the Holy Ghost dwells, He will not suffer a man to be idle, but stirs him up to all exercises of piety and godliness, and of true religion, to the love of God, to the patient suffering of afflictions, to prayer, to thanksgiving, and the exercise of charity towards all men.” 

Because of this the Church in Pickering makes the Good News available to tourist and local people alike.

Mark 16:15 (NKJV)

 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

Romans 1:15 (NKJV)

So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in [Pickering] Rome also.

1 Corinthians 9:16 (NKJV)

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!

As A Charitable Act We Would TELL YOU About God’s Great Love and Call You to Receive His Free Gift of ETERNAL Life.

You must either be a ‘Charity Case’ or  suffer the ravages of your own sin forever.

A.B. Simpson is reported to have said that the gospel “Tells rebellious men that God is reconciled, that justice is satisfied, that sin has been atoned for, that the judgment of the guilty may be revoked, the condemnation of the sinner canceled, the curse of the Law blotted out, the gates of hell closed, the portals of heaven opened wide, the power of sin subdued, the guilty conscience healed, the broken heart comforted, the sorrow and misery of the Fall undone.”
Evangelism, A Biblical Approach, M. Cocoris, Moody, 1984, p. 29

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Market Place Park Street Junction

RUBBISH


Refuse Collection Van

Where would we be

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without someone

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who was willing

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to clean up after us?

27 Million Tonnes Of Rubbish Is Thrown Away In The U.k. Every Year.The Current Population Of The U.k. Is 60 Million. So How Much, On Average, Does Each Person Throw Away Each Year? 27 000 000 / 60 000 000 =0.45 tonnes. Therefore, each person produces 0.45 tonnes of rubbish on average in a year.

"And humans make such a fuss about us"!

Dirt and pollution is everywhere, we may love our steam locomotives, but who would want live near them?

I may look shiny, but I pour out soot all the time.

I'm no different.

Clean enough to eat from .. !

Much as we like our streets to be clean and tidy, it takes lots of work and must be repeated each and every day.

Their task is endless, the rubbish just keeps on coming – and thankfully going – so we live a healthy life in a healthy environment !

 The Physical Problem and how it’s managed pictures a far greater pollution, the crippling , all contaminating corruption of sin.

Everywhere is affected, the world itself groans under it’s weight:

Romans 8:22 (NKJV)

For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Mankind is Corrupt, to the extent that he pretends pollution is good and being clean is bad:

Genesis 6:5 (NKJV)

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Jesus Christ Came To Cleanse Believers and Restore Them To Their Original Condition:

Matthew 8:3 (NKJV)

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

 Those whom He has cleansed are kept clean by the daily application of Jesus’ sacrificial death

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The Work He completed on the Cross has changed the world forever.

1John 1:7b (NKJV)

The blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son cleanses us from all sin. 

A preacher was speaking from the text, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” Suddenly he was interrupted by an atheist who asked, “How can blood cleanse sin?”

 For a moment the preacher was silent; then he countered, “How can water quench thirst?”

 “I do not know,” replied the unbeliever, “but I know that it does.”

 “Neither do I know how the blood of Jesus cleanses sin,” answered the preacher, “but I know that it does.” —Sunday School Times