TRAFFIC JAM


Pickering Market Place

GOING NOWHERE!

A regular occurrence in Pickering Market Place. Unfortunately!

This ancient Market Town wasn’t designed with motorists in mind, so when too many of them want to traverse its Market Place there is gridlock.

The number of older residents means there’s a higher than average number of disabled drivers for whom double yellow lines are a parking space. Add to them delivery vehicles and those who think the highway code is for other people, and scenes like this become a daily event.

For all our intelligence, ingenuity, and technology there are times when we get stuck.

At the end of the line!

Jesus’ Parable about the LOST sheep, coin and son in Luke’s Gospel chapter fifteen inform us that its our choices that get us in trouble, and that only when we are ready to admit we’ve come to an end of ourselves can our mess be untangled.

The sheep was lost because it was silly, the coin through someone’s negligence, but the boy is lost because he chooses to get far away from all who love and care for him.

Luke 15:14–16 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

He’s fallen out of the good life, into a world where pigs eat better than he does! He’s in a jam!!

Back in the Market Place, there was a lot of maneuvering going on, and some even had to go into reverse.

As drivers acknowledged their mistakes, one by one the mess was unraveled and order was restored.

We don’t know how long the boy in Jesus’ parables was stuck at the end of his line, but we do know that when ‘he came to his senses’ he could see the way out: –

Admit He Was Wrong, Go Back Home and Cast Himself  Upon His Father’s Mercy.

Jesus calls it ‘repentance’ – A change of heart that results in a change of mind and then of direction.

Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Luke 5:32 (NKJV) I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Luke 13:3 (NKJV) I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

To repent is to change your mind. However, this only defines the word, not the concept, for you need to ask, Change your mind about what? …
If repentance is understood to mean changing your mind about your sin—being sorry for your sin—this will not necessarily save. There are plenty of criminals in and out of jails who are repentant in this sense. They are sorry for making certain mistakes, but this does not mean they give up a life of crime. People can be sorry for their sins without wanting to accept the forgiveness of a Saviour.
But if repentance means changing your mind about the particular sin of rejecting Christ, then that kind of repentance saves, and of course it is the same as faith in Christ. C. C. Ryrie
 
Repentance isn’t feeling. It is turning from sin to God. One of the best definitions was given by a soldier. Some one asked him how he was converted. He said:
“The Lord said to me, Halt! Attention! Right about face! March! and that was all there was in it.” D. L. Moody

The Way Out of His Jam was to turn from the tangled mess he’d made of his dead end life and go home!

Believing his father would receive him, he’s ready to consign himself to the most menial tasks necessary – To his great delight and benefit – When he reaches home there’s a welcome and he’s embraced as a long lost son.

This Is Jesus Message for All of Us – 

Left to ourselves we get get into such a jam that there’s no way forward, someone has to give way – and when you do you will find the relief and freedom of forgiveness and restoration to the family of the God and Father of all mankind.

Luke 15:21–24 (NKJV) And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

Backs Turned to God.

ISN’T IT ABOUT TIME

YOU RETURNED HOME?

Pollution!


HOW OUR COUNTRY

HAS CHANGED:

Where once dirt, soot and pollution were accepted as normal, now everyone is alert to the problem of global warming.

Soot, Steam and Pollution

Letting off Steam, and who knows what else?

Today, such emissions would only be accepted as a tourist attraction run by enthusiasts of a former time.

Clean air and control of carbon emissions are accepted as normal, allowing us to enjoy a far better living environment.

Market Place, people can now eat at the side of the street!

Whitby from Sandsend

THERE IS A FORM OF POLLUTION

WHICH IS ON THE INCREASE.

The pollution and corruption of the human heart and mind.

A young man stood reading the book titles from a distance:

Books and Tracts – And All Free

When I approached him and offered a leaflet, he declined, so I asked what he had been looking at and thinking about. “I was wondering who this ‘John Blanchard’ is”?I was able to explain that he is an author who writes to defend the Christian Faith.

This is how he’s described on his web site:

Dr. John Blanchard

Dr. John Blanchard is an internationally known Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He has written 30 books, including two of Britain’s most widely used evangelistic presentations, Right With God and the booklet Ultimate Questions. The latter has over fourteen million copies in print in about 60 languages. His major book Does God believe in Atheists?, published in 2000, was voted ‘Best Christian Book’ in the 2001 UK Christian Book Awards, and immediately became a best-seller, described as ‘a brilliant defense of belief in God’. Other books he has written include: Truth for Life, Whatever Happened to Hell, Meet the Real Jesus, and The Beatitudes for Today. Dr. Blanchard is now heavily committed to Popular Christian Apologetics, a project involving writing, speaking, teaching and broadcasting in defense of the Christian faith. Following on from Does God Believe in Atheists? further books in the series include, Has Science got rid of God?, Is God past His sell-by Date?, Meet the Real Jesus, Is Anybody Out There?, Where Do We Go From Here?, Evolution: Fact or Fiction?, Why Believe the Bible?, Why on Earth did Jesus Come?, Why the Cross? and JESUS: Dead or Alive? Click here to find out more about this project or browse the links on the right. John Blanchard is a member of Banstead Community Church, located in the Surrey village in which he lives.

 

 

 

 

Interested in reading one of them? Simply request it by email, remember to include your address, and I’ll have one sent.

When I offered him any or all of the books on view free of charge, the pollution revealed itself.

“I’m one of those Atheists, I think the Bible is a fairy tale and Religion is rubbish”. I was quickly able to point out that the very opposite was true, but his mind had been polluted, no longer able to think for himself, he turned and walked away. This pollution is spreading fast as ignorance of God, and confusion of gods is on the increase.

Psalm 14:1a The fool has said in his heart,“There is no God.”

Romans 1:18–23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 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.  

George Bernard Shaw(July 26, 1856–November 2, 1950),wrote: The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, have led directly to the suicide of Europe. I believed them once. In their name I helped to destroy the faith of millions of worshipers in the temples of a thousand creeds, and now they look at me and witness the great tragedy of an atheist who has lost his faith.”

POLLUTION INDEED!

Yet there is hope for all, let them once see the irrationality of unbelief, call on Christ and they and their world will be freed from the pollution of the sin of unbelief.

Put Him to the test, you will find what billions have discovered down through the ages, He cleanses and purifies men and will ultimately purge the universe of all pollution.

Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)  Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 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 moment you repent open your heart and invite Christ in, He cleanses you so absolutely that “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1:18). He removes your sin “as far as the east is from the west” (Ps. 103:12), and then casts them “into the depths of the sea” (Mic. 7:19). He says, “I will remember their sin no more” (Jer. 31:34).

When you were saved, He made you absolutely pure so that you can enter into the presence of God covered in His absolute righteousness: “For he has made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21). When you were saved, you were absolutely purified. Past, present, and future, every sin was done away with, and forever you’ll be pure.

And Then It Rained!


CAUGHT OUT!

 Today Started Out Like Any Other Saturday Lunch Time.

 It was the ’60’s Weekend’ and there were a few people in town and some 60’s transport around.

60's Weekend

60’s Weekend

Pickering Station in Background
60’s Weekend

Vespa
Mod on Scooter

Motor Bike
Rocker on Bike

A number of people happily took the the ‘Real Life’ leaflet.

A man paused and looked at the table, so I asked: ‘Have you heard the Gospel?’

Pickering Market Place

Goodnews for Some

‘Oh, yes’, was his reply, ‘My sister is really into it’.

‘How about you’? ‘I used to be, but not any more.’ ‘Perhaps it’s time you reconsidered’?

‘No thanks’, was his reply and off he went round the corner and out of sight!

Matthew 7:13,14  (NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

A young woman stopped, the testimony of Debbie Flood caught her attention

Our few minutes of conversation ended abruptly when she suddenly said: ‘I don’t like to be preached at’, deposited the leaflets she’d taken back on the table and left!

Mark 4:40 (NKJV) But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”  

“Sinners never have true joy or feel inward peace, because; ‘there is no peace for the wicked,’ says the Lord (Isaiah 57:21).

  We worry too much. We follow the example of our earthly father Adam when he confessed to God, “I was afraid … and hid” (Gen. 3:10). We have become a fearful people, even though most of our fears are often unfounded or just plain silly, because we do not have our eyes on the sparrow.

 THEN THE RAIN CAME:

Pickering Station

Steaming in the Rain.

Time to pack up and go home? But wait:

Matthew 7:24–27 (NKJV) “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Every Shower Reminds Us of The Need to Be Safe on the Solid Rock of Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ. High and Dry – Are You? 

 A Peanuts cartoon pictured Lucy and Linus looking out the window at a steady downpour of rain. “Boy,” said Lucy, “look at it rain. What if it floods the whole world?”
“It will never do that.” Linus replied confidently. “In the ninth chapter of Genesis, God promised Noah that would never happen again, and the sign of the promise is the rainbow.”
“You’ve taken a great load off my mind,” said Lucy with a relieved smile. “Sound theology,” pontificated Linus, “has a way of doing that!”

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!

REAL LIFE, putting the extra into the extraordinary


The Leaflet We Give Away.

Tells the story of Olympic

 ..

Silver Medalist Debbie Flood.

Her accomplishments in the games at Athens and Beijing are a great testimony to her hard work and determination.

In Her own words, there is something more special than her well earned success as an athlete.

"In my teenage years a local worker in a church challenged me about where I stood before God. Despite going to church and praying every-so-often I knew I needed to accept Jesus into my life. I needed to say sorry to Him for the wrong in my life and ask Him to forgive me, change me and be King of my life."
"I knew that I couldn't fool God - He created me - and there were things in my life that were far from what God would want. God the Judge said there has to be a penalty for the sin in my life."
But Jesus died for me and paid the sentence for my sin. Asking Him to become my Lord and Saviour is something that no Olympic success could bring. He has given me more than any Olympic medals could. However sorted my life might be, without Jesus it means nothing."

Another leaflet taken away to read.

It Was Our Privilege to hand out this leaflet, and many gladly received it:

Will you take a Christian leaflet?

Inside you will find a description of the One whom Debbie, and many others, depend upon to deliver them from sin and to give meaning and purpose to life. The One to whom you must turn in repentance and faith if you would find the kind of peace which she has found.

 

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

John 11:26 whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Hebrews 11:6  he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Sir Nigel at Pickering Station

 

 

 

 

 


			

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.

EASTER 2012


EASTER WEEKEND 2012

A cold but pleasant day finds us out sharing the Good News of God’s Salvation with whoever will stand to talk.

But this is the first time I’ve had a conversation with an Easter Bunny!

Easter Bunny, my Buddy!

Our conversation turned to the subject of sin: ‘Are you a Sinner I asked?” “Not me” he quickly replied.

“Have you ever told a lie?”, “Well, every one has at one time or another”. “What does that make you?” – A LIAR.

“Have you ever stolen anything, even something small?” “Well, I suppose most folks have?”  “What does that make you?”  – A THIEF

“Have you ever used God’s name as a Swear Word?” “Come on now, everyone says OMG now, don’t they?” “What does that make you?” – A BLASPHEMER

So even an Easter Bunny, collecting money for charity is shown to be a sinner and in need of The Saviour.

“The wages of Sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans chapter 6 verse 23.

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”  Acts 17:30–31 (NKJV)