STOLEN WATER IS SWEET


“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
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Such are the words of  ‘Folly’ as she calls from the seat  by her door, to all who pass by.

Tragically millions believe her and indulge themselves in deadly rebellion, vainly imagining that all is well so long as no harm is done.

HYPNOTIZED  OR ENCHANTED BY HER SPELL, A DARK DELUSION POSSESSES THIS PRESENT GENERATION.

Those Alarmists Who Say Otherwise Are A Best Nuisances, At Worst An Embarrassment.

Warnings of the danger are ignored, it’s bearers reviled.

Goodnews for an uninterested audience.

Pre-occupied With Pleasure and Enjoyment, Life Is Stolen From Them Forever.

A Picture in the Making

Proverbs 9:18 (NKJV)

But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Proverbs 7:26–27 (NKJV)

For she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death.

WISDOM CALLS UPON THESE VERY SAME PEOPLE TO CHOOSE LIFE, TODAY!

Proverbs 9:6 (NKJV)

Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.

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.

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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.

Pickering – Saturday 22nd August 2009


Another Fine Day To Be Out And About, But The Town Was Quiet!

Looking down Market Place

Looking down Market Place

 

Looking up Market Place.

Looking up Market Place.

 

We were unable to be at our regular spot, so set up in the middle of Market Place.

Nick setting out the table.

Nick setting out the table.

 

Good News indeed.

Good News indeed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Few people could be persuaded to stop and talk today, our hour had almost finished before Rosalind and Ralph gave me about 30 minutes of their time.

 
An articulate Roman Catholic, Rosalind spoke gently and passionately of her religious convictions.
She was persuaded that the Church of Rome is the only true, visible, worldwide church of Christ.
She defended confessing sin to a man, spoke of the vital place of Mary as the mother of Christ.
Challenged my views as biased and based on anti Roman literature.
For her the Reformation was the Deformation, a tragedy which has resulted in people like me excluding myself from the true Church of Christ.
 

At times the debate was dramatic, but always friendly.

 
 I was able to point out that forgiveness for sin against God cannot be given by a man.
That all must speak directly with God concerning the matter, as He alone can forgive sin.
That Jesus Christ is to be approached directly and not through His mother or other imaginary representative.
Scripture like Matthew chapter 10, makes this clear:
28  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29  “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
 
Or this, from Acts chapter 13:
 
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.
 
Mary is without doubt given a unique and highly honoured position as the human mother of the Holy Child, but is given no further special role beyond this in Scripture. At one point the Saviour Himself even turns her away: [note the ‘brothers’, she isn’t a ‘perpetual virgin’!]
 
Matthew Chapter 12 records these words:
 
47  Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48  But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
49  And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
50  “For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
 
The Church of Rome has imposed the teaching of men on the people of God and must be rejected as corrupt.
Millions blindly follow its dogma and ultimately perish because they have been duped into thinking a man can pronounce their sin forgiven!

Here are a few BIBLE verses which clarify matters –

Proverbs 14:12  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

Matthew 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.

The last Word Belongs to Jesus:

John 10: 9  “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

Pickering 18th July 2009


The weather was poor but we managed to get out for an hour, and what a busy hour it was! The town was full of people from all over the country as there was a Mobile Home event in the show field on Malton Road.

If your picture is included below, write a comment and we’ll send you a gift from our stock of booklets and cds.

Market Place, full of people, with Nick in the corner.

Market Place, full of people, with Nick in the corner.

The Ropery

The Ropery

Market Place

Market Place

Park Street

Park Street

The People With Whom We Spoke:

This lady was on a motorised wheel chair, the victim of a car accident, but with a cheerful attitude. We spoke at length about the nature of the gospel, but like so many in these parts she was stuck in the ‘I’m a good person, God will see and understand I’m not perfect, but better than others’, RUT.

The regularity of this explanation is causing alarm bells to ring in my head, the delusion on our generation is strong, and they dare you to contradict them, but God does in His Word:

Paul Writes in Romans Chapter 3: [Quoting from Psalm 14]

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.”

Modern man’s delusion comes from an ever increasing ignorance of the Bible, what a privilege it is to explain the Bad News and then Follow It Up with the Good News! Jeanette left with a bundle of books, and we pray that the Living Lord might show her mercy.

Table loaded with Good News

Table loaded with Good News

She came asking for a copy of John’s gospel, her friend had received one earlier and she wanted a copy for herself. She was in a but of a hurry, so we gladly fulfilled her request and she went on her way.

Speaking about the Good News.

Speaking about the Good News.

Nick and Vanessa spoke at length with a Methodist / Anglican local preacher, there was clearly some common ground and its good to find that the Lord has people preaching the Gospel in those places.

Finally one dear old lady paused enroute to the hair dresser, she accepted a leaflet and promised to read it as she waited. She was closely followed by her daughter who took us at our word and ‘Helped Herself’ to a number of books, leaflets and cds from the table. She spoke freely as she did, revealing she was a Roman Catholic, who believed that a priest could forgive sin. As you will be glad to know we took the opportunity to impress on her the Biblical truth that priests are sinners and can’t forgive sins, that there is only one who can, and most definitely does because He wasn’t a sinner and died as God’s appointed mediator.

1 Timothy 2:

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,

 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle.

Those who believe on Him enjoy the full and final forgiveness of all unrighteousness as His free gift to men. Make sure He’s the only One you depend on for forgiveness, He alone saves.

Acts 3:

19  Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

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.”

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.

25th April 09 – Market Place, Pickering.


Another fine day and opportunity to present the goodnews of God’s love for sinners as demonstrated in the sacrifice of His Son.

Table loaded and ready for use.Table loaded and ready for use.

Town was quiet today, although there were significant surges of people passing through to board the train.

Nick, Ready and Waiting.Nick, Ready and Waiting.

William, Raedy and Waiting.William, Ready and Waiting.

We did have some useful conversations though. One couple told us they were considering moving to the area  and that as believers, they wanted to know about the Church.

Then Nick gently spoke with a man who had tragically lost his son. He was enabled to speak of the God who gave His only Son.

Too many people refused the literature by saying ‘No thanks, I’m ok’, if only they knew the truth, they’d be glad to hear of the ‘Goodnews.’

Table and Banner.Table and Banner.

Friday 8th August 08


Cooler today, but dry, Nick and I were out looking for opportunities to pass on the wonderful Good news that Jesus Christ died and rose that sinners might be saved.

Very few people were in the Market Place, but we did manage to talk with some. One or two came over for a closer look but didn’t stop.

I spoke with four people in particular. The first were believers from North Leceistershire, they encouraged us to press on. Then there was the young lad, he’d never heard the gospel and listened well taking a booklet away when he left. Another man was the most demanding person today. He came to the table to speak, a disillusioned Roman Catholic, he has been dabbling in the Occult and leans toward Buddism. He spoke at length and would hardly listen to the Gospel but did give me opportunity to be very direct about being prepared to meet the real God! Finally the older man with his family who took a leaflet as he laughed and passed by.

The great need is for the work of God’s Spirit to open eyes and give new life, may it be His pleasure to give life to the dead.