A Series Investigating The Second Parts of Paul’s Epistles to learn how being in a New Covenant Union with Christ is going to transform your life.
ANSWERS TO LIFE’S ULTIMATE QUESTION:
What Happens Next!
The Grand Journey of Life Moves on Relentlessly
OLD CARS CAN BE RESTORED:
BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE?
No, we are not left to guess, our Maker and Designer has spoken plainly.
Romans 2:4-6 do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honour, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honour, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
HOW CAN ANYONE PREPARE FOR THAT DAY?
That’s the purpose of the Bible and all that other literature on the table – it’s time to ‘HELP YOUR SELF’.
I was weeping in the most bitter contritition of my heart, when I heard the voice of children from a neighbouring house chanting, “take up and read; take up and read.” I could not remember ever having heard the like, so checking the torrent of my tears, I arose, interpreting it to be no other than a command from God to open the book and read the first chapter I should find. Eagerly then I returned to the place where I had laid the volume of the apostle. I seized, opened, and in silence read that section on which my eyes first fell: “Not in revelry and drunkenness, not in licentiousness and lewdness, not is strife and envy; but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” No further would I read, nor did I need to. For instantly at the end of this sentence, it seemed as if a light of serenity infused into my heart and all the darkness of doubt vanished away. – Augustine
Romans 13:14 (NKJV) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. God.
Read about the amazing God who made us, His Holiness and Righteousness, His Love and Mercy. How He acted in time to bring about the permanent restoration of the human heart and mind so that men might live in His presence – Forever!
Romans 5:10 (NKJV) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Romans 3:26 (NKJV) to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Mary had a little pig and it was white as snow,
That is when it had had a bath, as you of course might know.
But Mary had an awful time to keep the piggy clean,
For it was just the dirtiest pig that one has ever seen.
She’d wash him and she’d scrub him, till he would squirm and squeal,
As if he wanted her to know it was an unfair deal.
And then inside his green backyard he’d plan from morn to night,
Unless he happened to sneak out and lose himself from sight.
And then when Mary found him he’d be blacker than ere before,
So Mary’d get the soap again and scrub the pig some more.
Poor Mary thought and wondered much what she could ever do
Until she figured out a plan, and this she carried through.
She took him to a doctor who put the pig to sleep, and then he
Took his heart right out, but not of course to keep.
And then he took a little lamb and took his heart out too
And put it in the little pig before the piggy knew.
When little piggy did awake he had no more desire
To wallow in the mud again or ever in the mire.
And try as hard as ere he could he never understood,
How such a pig as once he was could ever be so good.
And so you see, dear friends of mine, you need a new heart too,
Just like the little piggy did, the old will never do.
If you’ll receive a brand new heart, well, here is how you may.
Accept God’s son as Saviour now and let him in today.
NEED HELP TO UNDERSTAND ALL THIS?
A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF GOOD WORK IS DONE IN COLLECTING FOR CHARITY.
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.
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
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.
the Most Important
Characteristic of God
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.
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.
Saw The Town
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.
To The Normal
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.
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.
A FINE AUTUMN MORNING
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
TO TALK ABOUT
The town was moderately busy and some people took the time to speak with us.
The Locomotive was on time, and in a rush to be off:-
I’M GLAD TO SAY
THERE WERE SOME
PEOPLE WHO SPOKE
THE REALLY IMPORTANT
MATTERS OF LIFE.
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.”
A Fine But Cold Day, But Pickering is Packed with People.
Officially its 1943 and everyone is to dress appropriately!
An excellent opportunity to reach out and talk about the only lasting Peace Maker.
FIRST – SOME PICTURES:
If you can see yourself write a comment and we’ll send you information about finding peace with God.
While many reveled in the romance of the day, there were some who sought to speak of the reason men fight and the One who intervened to liberate man from its terrible grip.
Jas 4:1 Where do wars and fights come from among you?
Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
Many stopped to talk, listen, and face the terrible truth that man is at war with God until he is given grace to surrender and believe.
Nick Preached about the need to be rescued to an attentive audience.
Asking whether anyone on the beach at Dunkirk would refuse to get in a boat, he challenged all who heard about their refusal to be rescued by Jesus Christ.
“you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
The weather is good today, visitors are fewer, but there’s plenty of opportunity to talk about knowing God through Jesus Christ.
My main conversations today were with two separate young women .
The first one had no understanding of the Gospel, yet believed she ‘might’ meet God one day. Was she perfect? By her own admission she tried to be, but she knew she wasn’t.
Trouble is, God is perfect and His heaven is place for ‘perfect’ people.
Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
I had the privilege of explaining that ‘perfection’ is God’s gift to those who hear and obey His Son:
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
You must choose between your possessions and Jesus Christ, otherwise you become just like the the young man referred to above.
Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
The other , a young mother, knew that the Gospels were in the New Testament, but knew nothing of its message.
She stood and talked, grappling with what she was hearing about her personal sin and her need of a personal Saviour, she eventually gave way to her young man who insisted on leaving.
Reminds me of Felix when Paul sought to teach him the Truth.
Ac 24:25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”
DON’T PUT OFF TILL TOMORROWWHAT GOD REQUIRES TODAY.FOR MAN’S TOMMORROWAND GOD’S TODAY NEVER MEET.Duncan Matheson
The weather was a bit uncertain, but we managed to get out for an hour before the rain came down!
Though it was a ‘Steam Weekend’ and there was lots of steam and soot about, people were less obvious.
Only one man stopped to talk today and he kept us busy for about 40 minutes.
An interesting discussion, it ranged from his conviction that we needed to find another word for ‘sin’ because no one understood the word any more, to the merits of Barth’s theology which revealed itself in his conviction that the Bible became the Word of God when applied by the Spirit. He told us that while we spoke of ‘grace’ he would prefer to speak about ‘peace’, he’d trained for the anglican ministry but believed in baptism by immersion, his favourite portion of Scripture was the book of James!
The many doors that opened gave ample opportunity to present Jesus Christ as the one who gives peace to those who confess themselves to be ‘sinners’ and cast themselves upon His mercy.
GOSPEL PREACHERS ARE THE TRUE PEACE MAKERS.
Matthew chapter 5 and verse:
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Telling mankind how to find ‘peace with God’
Romans chapter 5 and verses:
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
That they might know the ‘peace of God’,
Philippians 4, verses:
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
and thus calling all men everywhere to throw down their arms and end their war against God,
2Corinthians chapter 5 verse:
20 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.
GOOD NEWS INDEED!
2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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!
Nick And Vanessa are Happy to Be Out Today:
I even managed to get my picture taken
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.
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.
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.