PAGAN – IN PICKERING?


Market Place

Bridge Street, Park Street Junction

An Ordinary

Saturday 

Lunchtime

In Pickering.

Leaflet Display Table

More than half a dozen people stopped to talk, I’m always grateful to those Christians who want to encourage me  in my efforts to bear witness for the Lord.

The one who has left me thinking though, is the lady who cheerfully described herself as a ‘Pagan’!

She told me she believed in the ‘spiritual’ and that Jesus was the source of her morals, and left!

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WHAT IS A PAGAN?

Wikipedia [where else would you look?] defines ‘pagan’ as:

Contemporary Paganism, or Neopaganism, includes reconstructed religions such as Hellenic polytheism, Celtic or Germanic reconstructionism as well as modern eclectic traditions such as Discordianism, or Wicca and its many offshoots.Many of the “revivals”, Wicca and Neo-druidism in particular, have their roots in 19th century Romanticism and retain noticeable elements of occultism or theosophy that were current then, setting them apart from historical rural (paganus) folk religion.
 

One ‘Pagan’ web site advertises itself as:

Your one stop spot for information relating to God and/or Goddess Worship in all its many forms…  Celtic, Druid, Egyptian, Greek, Magical Traditions, Eastern, Native American, Norse Heathen, Roman, Santeria, Wicca, WitchCraft {Craft of the Wise} and other Earth Centered and Nature Based Religious Faiths.  

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary describes them as:

Those who worship a god or gods other than the living God to whom the Bible witnesses.   
 

PAGANISM

MIGHT BE 

SUMMARISED AS

Those religions which Christianity replaced, having demonstrated itself to be the only true revelation of the Supreme Being to mankind.

 The delusions Satan uses to keep people trapped in sin and condemned to hell!

When the Pagan world of the New Testament was challenged by the Good News Of Jesus Christ’s Life, death and resurrection, Paganism crumbled before it.

Acts 19:19a (NKJV)

Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. 

Paganism Flourishes Today Because The Gospel has Been Distorted,  Misrepresented, and Ignored.

The ‘light’ has gone out and darkness rules the land.

THE GOSPEL LIGHT SHINES TO GIVE HOPE TO THOSE EMBROILED IN PAGAN DARKNESS.

John 8:12 (NKJV)

 Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 12:46 (NKJV)

 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

 Jesus’ Sacrifice Established Forever That There Is Only One God, and Only One Way To Be One With God –

Ancient paganism thought of each god as bound to his worshippers by self-interest because he depended on their service and gifts for his welfare. Modern paganism has at the back of its mind a similar feeling that God is somehow obligated to love and help us, even though we don’t deserve it. This was the feeling voiced by the French freethinker who died muttering, “God will forgive—that’s his job.” But this feeling is not well founded. The God of the Bible does not depend on his human creatures for his well-being (see Ps. 50:8–13; Acts 17:25), nor, now that we have sinned, is he bound to show us favor. We can only claim from his justice—and justice, for us, means certain condemnation.
God does not owe it to anyone to stop justice from taking its course. He is not obligated to pity and pardon; if he does so it is an act done, as we say, “of his own free will,” and nobody forces his hand. “It depends not upon man’s will or exertion, but upon God’s mercy” (Rom. 9:16). Grace is free because it is self-originated and proceeds from the One who was free not to be gracious. Only when one realizes that what decides each man’s destiny is whether or not God resolves to save him from his sins, and that this is a decision which God need not make in any single case, can one begin to grasp the biblical view of grace.
Your Father Loves You by James Packer, (Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986), page for May 4

KINDNESS


People out again after the rain.

Matthew 5:45 (NKJV)  He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

“I Think

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the Most Important

,

Characteristic of God

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is His Kindness”

 That’s What ‘Jim’ Thinks Anyway! We’ve spoken now for 4 weeks or more, and he approached me to raise the matter. I’ve been thinking since last we spoke, and that’s the conclusion to which I have come.

He’d gone away the previous week to consider the searching question: ‘Am I good enough to be allowed to enter heaven?’ We’d spoken about the fact that everyone sins, and that there are no perfect people in the world.

Romans 3:23 (NKJV)  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God .

We’d considered further that God is Perfect, and looks for Perfection in those who would enter His heaven.

Matthew 5:48 (NKJV) Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Concluding therefore that no living person is ‘good enough’ to dwell with God forever.

Romans 3:10 (NKJV) As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one.

What Is Sin?
Sin is anything that is contrary to the law or will of God. For example: if you lie, you have sinned. Why? Because God has said not to lie (Ex. 20:16). If you do what God has forbidden, then you have sinned. In addition, if you do not do what God has commanded, you sin (James 4:17). Either way, the result is eternal separation from God (Is. 59:2). Sin is lawlessness (1 John 1:3) and unrighteousness (1 John 5:17). Sin leads to blindness (John 9:41) and death (Rom. 6:23).

 Serious Stuff – Jim had gone home to consider where he stood before God, and came back speaking about God’s kindness!

Like so many of his generation he was hoping in that kindness which simply overlooks imperfections and rewards ‘best efforts’, ‘good intentions’, etc..

I was able to explain a little of the revealed nature of God as holy, righteous  and committed to justice, therefore committed to consistently deal fairly with sin of every degree.

A Policeman or Judge might be able to ‘turn a blind eye’, but the living God will not, can not!

Deuteronomy 18:13 (NKJV) You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.

1 Peter 1:15–16 (NKJV)  but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Thankfully, God Is Also KIND, His KINDNESS is Shown in His Amazing Gift of His Only Son to Deliver Sinners from Judgement – That’s KINDNESS!

Titus 3:4–5 (NKJV) But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

In a world changing act of mercy He has shown mercy to millions who deserve punishment – THAT’s KINDNESS! – Love in action, according to Charles Allen.

1 Corinthians 13:4 (NKJV)  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up

Everyone knows the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’, that’s Kindness, a lesson in God’s kindness to those beaten up and left for dead by sin. Jesus [God] is the Good Samaritan who stoops down to tend our wounds, lift us out of danger and provided for all we need to bring us safe to heaven.

How?

Colossians 1:28 (NKJV) Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

Those who understand the KINDNESS of God don’t want Him to turn a ‘blind eye’, they are rejoicing and resting in the work of God’s Son on the Cross to make them perfect, and thereby fit and ready for eternal life in the presence of the Perfect One.

Table loaded with information about the KINDNESS of God.

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Locomotive leaving

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

RUN, RUN, RUN.


Group Running.

Front Runner

Running Back

Lone Runner

Hard Work, Running.

 Saturday Afternoon

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Saw The Town

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‘Overrun’ by

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Open Adventure

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Runners.

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.

 How Different

To The Normal

Pickering Pace

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of Life.

Road Side Cafe.

Train Spotting, Loco 80072.

Pickering Beck and Ducks.

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.

Ultimate Questions Need Satisfactory Answers.

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.

No sense of Danger – or Urgency!


Many different creatures walk Pickering’s pavements, most unnoticed, until they are seen as vulnerable and in danger.

These characters caused quite a stir, some gasped, and then others sighed with relief as they set off in the direction of Pickering Beck and safety.

Ducklings in Danger.

The thought that they might finish their days under the wheels of a motor vehicle filled the pedestrians with horror.

The most puzzling

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creatures on these

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pavements are people. 

The vast majority of whom have no more sense of impending danger than these ducks.

“Are you going to heaven?” I gently enquired of one young man, “I’ve got plenty of time to think of that later”, came the almost instant retort.
Oblivious to terrible truth that many people don’t live on into old age, and that those who do often forget to give time to answering the question.

There’s Time For Steam Locomotives, Shopping and Food, but no time to settle Life’s Greatest Question.

Tornado - People traverse the country to study her lines.

Bridge Street Junction is negotiated to access the shops.

Sitting at the road side eating.

Jesus Parable of the Rich Fool exposes the danger of this mindset:
Luke 12:16–21 (NKJV)

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ 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.”

Though warnings of danger are freely available, as is information about God’s incredible scheme to guarantee the present safety and eternal security of everyone who seriously seeks to settle the question, yet people naively walk past as if it’s of no concern.

Good News - You Can Know Whether You Are Going To Heaven?

Well then, “Are YOU Going To Heaven?”

Jesus Christ lived, died and arose from the dead that people might believe on Him and so trust Him to take them to heaven when they die now, and then on into the New Heavens and Earth.

 Luke 23:42–43 (NKJV)

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

I would be only too glad to help you settle this question once and for all, ask for help and we’ll do our best to give it.

A MILLION EURO QUESTION!


A Million Euro Tract

A Million Euro Question - If you died today would you go to Heaven?

IF ONLY IT WERE

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A MILLION EUROS!

Some refused to accept it, but most people just took it and read it as they walked on, or put it in a pocket or purse.

One man though, was obviously stimulated by the thought of what he’d do if he were handed a million Euros.

Lot’s of people live in a dream world, imagining all their problems would be over if they just had enough money.

Try telling that to the ex IMF chairman, or the footballer who spent so much to keep his name out of the press.

Money is useful, but it’s unable to meet our every need. Certainly can’t buy or guarantee peace with God.

Luke 9:25 (NKJV)

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

Mark 8:37 (NKJV)

Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Only two of many words Jesus spoke to challenge man’s perspective on life.

One day, only too soon your appointment with God will  demand that you leave all behind and stand before Him.

Psalm 24:1 (NKJV)

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

Matthew 18:23–24 (NKJV)

Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

THE MILLION EURO QUESTION WILL HAVE TO BE ANSWERED!

Will YOU go to heaven? – If your only answer is about what you’ve done – then the answer is NO!

Eternal life in heaven is entirely at the discretion of the Living God – through the gift of His dear Son.

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.

What have you done with God’s Gift? Most refuse Him, insanely imagining that they can buy their way into heaven with their own ‘best’ efforts.

Look around, all that we do results in the creation of rubbish, the very best of our works will one day be consigned to the rubbish heap.

Refuse Removal Van

There's no end to the rubbish people produce.

Some may work hard and delay the inevitable, but we all know the final outcome.

Morris or Austin 1100

Saved by an enthusiast for a while.

Locomotive 45212

Preserved with love and care but of limited duration.

ALL MUST PREPARE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION.

Hebrews 2:3

how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?

The answer is on the leaflet, and in the many others freely available each week in the Market Place.

Tracts

Don't Waste Your Life.

Tracts 1

God allows U Turns - Do One Now!

Tracts 2

Are you good enough to go to heaven?

“Can You Be Good Without God?”


A young man stood looking at the table and I asked whether he had answered the question. “I was turning it over and over in my mind” was his reply, and thus a 20 minute conversation began.

John Blanchard’s Booklet’s title had caught his eye, and was entwined in his mind!

A Question To Engage The Thinking Mind.

 

A Vitally Important Question In This Day of Aggressive Fundamentalist Atheism.

If there is no God to set the moral standard, who or what does? 

If right and wrong are merely the consensus of human opinion, then there would be no absolute right or wrong, only what  people at that moment considered to be right or wrong.

Is that not just how modern man thinks?

See it in the so called ‘sexual revolution’, the dishonest politicians and peers who excuse their deceit by appealing to their circumstances, the drivers who turn our highways into race tracks.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SPOKE OF THIS KIND OF THINKING IN HIS LETTER TO THE CHURCH IN ROME:

Romans 1:22–25 (NKJV)

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. 

At this point you need to look both ways and decide which way to go.

 I’M GLAD TO SAY THAT MY YOUNG FRIEND QUICKLY ANSWERED ‘NO’!

You have and need the 10 commandments to inform us concerning what is right and wrong, things like murder and stealing are obviously wrong“, he said. 

He went on to explain that he’d always believed there was a God since the day when, as a 7 year old child he was run over and expected to die. Miraculously, he’d lived and now had a sense of purpose in life, but just hadn’t found out what it was yet.

From the bridge on the Ropery

 

I asked him to consider the 10 Commandments for a moment, “Have you kept them perfectly, does anyone?”

” Well, no, but nobody does, do they?”

I agreed with him but immediately set out to explain that God is perfect, and that only those who are perfect have any hope of living in His presence now and in the life hereafter.

 Matthew 5:48 (NKJV)

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

I sought to explain the GOOD NEWS, that the Living God, gave His own Son to take the punishment due to sinners and to make those who admit their imperfection fit for a life in his presence, now and forever.

Loaded with information on How God Makes Sinners Perfect!

Colossians 1:28 (NKJV)

Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

Jesus’ death on the cross paid the penalty of His people’s sin and all who now come to God through Him are accepted as perfect.

We debated back and forward, interacting in a calm and reasonable manner for about 20 minutes before he left with a copy of the booklet to read for himself.

A Booklet Well Worth Reading - And Free To Any Who Will Read It.

 

 

War Weekend 2010 Pickering Saturday 16th October


 

Wall to wall people.

WHAT A DAY!

 

THOUSANDS OF

PEOPLE!

CRAMMED INTO

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ONE SMALL

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MARKET TOWN!

IT’S 1943 AGAIN,

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MANY HAVE COME TO PARTICIPATE AND AS MANY COME TO WATCH.

Montage

A selection of the day.

 

A GOOD

OPPORTUNITY

TO SPEAK ABOUT

‘PEACE IN OUR TIME’.

Give us peace in our time, O Lord.

Over 700 leaflets were distributed, and so many people stopped to talk there’s not enough room to tell about them all.

Three examples will need to suffice:

The first lady saw the reference to peace and  thought we were Quakers!

I had the privilege of speaking with here about the One and only Saviour and Peace Maker, Jesus Christ.

Romans chapter 5 and verse 1:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts chapter 10 and verse 36:

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Man’s peace is just the absence of war, God’s peace is present and permanent, the kind for which  everyone is looking! You find it when you find Him!

The Second Was A Young Man, mid Twenties, Who’d never read anything from the Bible!

He gladly took away copies of booklets, but most especially, Luke’s Gospel, written to give a factual account of Jesus life, death and resurrection to a Roman Official called Theophilus.

Luke’s Gospel Chapter 1 and verses 3 and 4:

Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Christianity is based on evidence, not emotion or imagination, within a few years of His death and resurrection Godly men like Luke checked and recorded the details.

The Third was a mature lady who boasted of being an Atheist.

I briefly challenged her with the statement that “It’s illogical to be an atheist as no mere human could ever prove the non existence of God, and that He might just be where she hadn’t looked. At best you can be an agnostic, because you just don’t know”.

She went on to tell me that she’d been a Sunday School teacher but now rejected all she’d taught!

How is this possible? Because liberal teaching has robbed many Christians of confidence in God’s Word, and modern society says you can’t be definite about anything.

I’m glad to say she left with something to read, I pray that the Lord has graciously revealed Himself to her in salvation.

Psalm 14 verse 1 doesn’t mince it’s words regarding those who reject the existence of God:

The fool says in his heart,  “There is no God.”

If you’ve read this far please don’t waste any more time in the muddle of modern times,

Seek God until you find Him and He delivers you from the shackles of sin, listen to Jesus:

Matthew chapter 11 verse 28 says:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

 

Pickering Market Place 9th October 2010


YOU’VE SHATTERED MY ILLUSION!

So one young man said after a discussion about heaven.

“I thought everyone went to heaven, but you are saying this isn’t the case!”
“Actually, I definitely said the words, but they were taken from the Bible.

Especially the words of Jesus recorded by John in his gospel, chapter 14 and verse 6:

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

To this I could have added Acts chapter 4 and verse 12

“there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

It all began with a discussion of John Blanchard’s booklet ‘Ultimate Questions’.

 

John Blanchard free booklet offer.

 

“Life is full of questions. Some are trivial, some more serious – and some tremendously important.

Even as you read these words you may have questions about your health, your financial situation, your job, your family or your future.

But the greatest, the ultimate questions, are about God and your relationship to Him. Nothing in life is more important than this. Good health, financial stability, secure employment, a contented family and a hopeful future are all things that people want.

Yet even these are temporary and eventually pointless unless you have a living relationship with God, one that is clear and certain – and will last forever.

In the following pages you will discover why such a relationship is so urgently needed – and how it is possible.

The questions that follow are the most serious and important that anyone could ask. The answers are those everyone needs!

Page 3, Ultimate Questions, author, John Blanchard, published by Evangelical Press. 27th printing 2000

 

A Very quiet day.

 

Market Place - almost empty.

 

The young man and his lady friend had almost walked past, refusing the leaflet offered them, but an inquiry asking whether he believed in God caused him to stop.

He’d been raised to attend Church, even sung in the choir, but had never heard that he was a sinner, unfit and unready to meet his Maker.

We concluded that he was a ‘cultural christian’ rather than a ‘true Christian’, he’d never been ‘born again’, didn’t think he had sins that needed to be forgiven before he would find a welcome from the Almighty.

Unusual in that he had some knowledge of Christianity, he was very typical of those who are deluded into thinking God could turn a blind eye to sin.

Our discussion turned to the matter of ‘lying’, he readily confessed he’d lied and protested that everyone did, surely God realises this and will turn a blind eye!

I carefully set out to explain that ‘God has no blind eyes’, that He sees and records every detail of every  life, and I made it clear that He says there are/ will be no ‘liars’ in heaven.

Revelation chapter 21 and verse 8 says so plainly:

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

I pressed upon him their urgent need to flee to Jesus Christ, the ONLY SAVIOUR of sinners, the One Who died that people might escape the coming wrath of God.

John says it’s possible for all who will surrender to and believe in Jesus Christ, Chapter 3 and verse 36:

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him”

If this is new to you, then its time you read John Blanchard’s booklet too, write to me and I’ll do my best to get you a copy. Alternatively you could just open your Bible at John’s Gospel and read the word’s of life for yourself.

Saturday 8th November 2009 Pickering


A FINE AUTUMN MORNING

AND

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

TO TALK ABOUT

JESUS CHRIST!

The town was moderately busy and some people took the time to speak with us.

Nick and Graham

Handing over the Good News

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Park Street

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The Ropery

The Locomotive was on time, and in a rush to be off:-

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Steaming off .......

I’M GLAD TO SAY

THERE WERE SOME

PEOPLE WHO SPOKE

ABOUT

THE REALLY IMPORTANT

MATTERS OF LIFE.

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Good News Table

I spoke with a couple from Bristol where the wife was a believer and the husband wasn’t.

We quickly agreed that we didn’t want to get into an argument, so I proceeded with caution.

Its always challenging to meet couple’s like this, and its usually the husband who is the unbeliever.

He made clear that he wasn’t anti Christianity, that he had no objections to his wife’s beliefs, but simply didn’t believe.

John’s gospel is clear concerning the tragic difference between believers and unbelievers, even if married!

John chapter 3 and verse 36 says:  “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

One enjoys a life which has been given by God and will go on forever, the other a life which will soon run out and suffer the indignation of God against their unbelief!

Few people realise the offensive nature of unbelief. God made all of us, provides a beautiful world for our enjoyment, sent His Son to break the power of sin, raised Him from the dead to establish His triumph over the grave, and yet many people audaciously thumb their nose at Him.

Men are easily offended and soon show their displeasure, just cut in front of another car and you’ll soon feel the heat of ‘road rage’. So foolish when you remember there are no perfect drivers.

God’s ‘wrath’ is the expression of a perfect being’s displeasure at imperfect man’s arrogant unbelief.

The sin of taking all the Creator has provided and misusing it, of knowing that Jesus Christ died to save and choosing to drown.

Hebrews chapter 2 and verse 3 says:  how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?

1John chapter 5 and verse 10 says:  He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

Those who ‘will not believe’ will find themselves in the most aweful predicament, shut up to suffer God’s wrath, forever!

As you might imagine, our conversation took on a serious turn for I soon demonstrated that his unbelief is a choice of the will, not a lack of information.

Tragically, man’s unbelief is the clearest evidence that he is a rebel at heart, not simply uninformed.

The Good News is that God has diagnosed man’s condition and personally provided the remedy.

His own dear Son has suffered the wrath of God on the cross at Calvary that all who believe might never experience the wrath of God, surely you must abandon your unbelief and cast yourself upon His mercy. TODAY.

Hebrews chapter 3 and verse 15 says:  “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”