SPOT THE DIFFERENCE:


Market Place

Pickering Market Place

Market Place

Pickering Market Place

Ultimate Questions

This Is The Difference

ANSWERS TO LIFE’S ULTIMATE QUESTION:

What Happens Next!

The Grand Journey of Life Moves on Relentlessly

Time to Go?

OLD CARS CAN BE RESTORED:

Classic Car – E type Jag!

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’.

Take up and Read!

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?
Just Ask!

Ready to Help – Yes It’s Me. Get in Touch.

CHARITY CASE


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

Charity Collector

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others.

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

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

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

Charity Display

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark 16:15 (NKJV)

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

Romans 1:15 (NKJV)

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

1 Corinthians 9:16 (NKJV)

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

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

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

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

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Market Place Park Street Junction

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

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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

Saturday 10th October 2009 – Pickering, North Yorkshire.


The weather is good today, visitors are fewer, but there’s plenty of opportunity to talk about knowing God through Jesus Christ.

Park Street and Station
Park Street and Station

 

The Ropery

Market Place, and yes, that's me.

Fire Brigade are out.

 

The Train is on time.
The Train is on time.

Speaking

Waiting

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

Light and Life.
Light and Life.

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 8th August 2009


Pickering Beck [Stream]

Pickering Beck /Stream

Blessed again with a beautiful day we were ready and willing to be out on the streets again. I forgot the camera so there are none of the usual pictures to view. I did take some later in the day and have included them to illuminate the text.

Pickering Town from Beacon Hill.

Pickering Town from Beacon Hill.

A 13 year old seeker:

Almost immediately on setting up the table a family on holiday stopped to talk, believers from Leeds, it became clear that their 13 year old daughter was unconverted and genuinely interested in what it meant to believe on Jesus Christ as Saviour. Our conversation revolved around the fact that John wrote his gospel with the specific purpose of providing the information needed to believe and be saved.

John chapter 20 verses 30 and 31:

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

She took the gospel away with her and to our great joy and delight, she brought it to church on Sunday and showed us how far she’d read! May God have mercy and save her.

An Older Man Who Hadn’t Heard The Gospel:

A gentleman in his 70’s stood to speak, a holidaymaker, and from my home area said that no one had ever told him of Jesus Christ dying for sinners or of his need to personally repent and believe the Good News. I found it hard to comprehend, but he insisted that what I was saying to him was entirely new.  He listened well and left with literature to read which would leave him in no doubt of his need and the Saviour’s power and willingness to save.

Mark Chapter 1 and verse 15 – Jesus says:

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

 

Tourists Waiting at the Ropery corner.

Tourists Waiting at the Ropery corner.

 

A Spiritualist

Nick and Vanessa had opportunity to lay out the Gospel before a man who claimed to be a spiritualist healer, he was very sure that everyone would judge themselves on the last day, but was gently corrected and pointed to the only safe haven on that day – Jesus Christ.

Alpha Course Casualties:

A couple explained to Nick and Vanessa that they had attended the Alpha Course and now believed themselves to be Christians. It didn’t take long before we found out that they had no concept of their sins being forgiven, their hope lay entirely in a ‘god of love’ who is a caricature of the God who so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son to pay the penalty of sin and bring life and forgiveness to believers. I heard them say they were now hearing things which they’d never heard before.

So much of modern evangelicalism is ‘another gospel’, may the Lord deliver us from modern delusions and those who spread them! Its nothing new, Paul writes in:

Galatians chapter 1 verses 6 and 7:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

 Jesus Christ came to rescue sinners from their sin and the impending judgement of God against them. God’s Love is seen in the provision of His Son as substitute, but everyone must both repent and believe before they can enjoy the benefits of Christ’s great work.

Romans chapter 5 verse 8 and 9:

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Acts chapter 16 verses 30 and 31:

 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

If you’ve read this far, I plead with you in the name of the Lord Jesus, that you flee to Him for the forgiveness of your sin. Write and tell us if you need further help, or if you do indeed cast yourself upon His mercy.

 

Crowds waith for the Traction Engines to arrive.

Crowds waiting for the Traction Engines to arrive.

 

Pickering 25th July 09


 

2 Corinthians chapter 2, verse 14 :  Now thanks be to God  who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

These were the words of our meditation and prayer before venturing out today and were are pleased to report His amazing kindness is allowing us to speak of the one who is ‘altogether lovely, the fairest of ten thousand to our soul’. [Song of Solomon 5:16, 10]. There is a great personal benefit in bearing the light of the Gospel to an indifferent world, it drives home the wondrous nature of the mercy by which God gave new life by His Word and Spirit.

His Great Love Has Made Us Children of God, a family that transcend ‘tribe and tongue and nation’. One of the joys of being out on the streets is meeting and encouraging other believers.

This week we met Adriana, a Romanian girl who is living in town and who was delighted to find like minded people to speak with. We were doubly delighted to have her join with us on Sunday Morning to worship the risen Saviour.

 

Adriana with Dwayna's cd and Nick

Adriana with Dwayna’s cd and Nick

 

 

Were You In Town Today? If you are in one of these pictures, please get in touch or leave a comment.

Market Place

Market Place

Park Street

Park Street

The Ropery

The Ropery

 

People with Whom We Spoke:

He was in town for a Lawn Bowls Competition. He was from the Lake District and said he was a Church Warden.

His willingness to listen was remarkable, I explained the priority of knowing Jesus Christ as the one who forgave sin, spoke of his need to be born again, asked whether he would get a welcome from God when he met Him? He responded with lots of information about his religion, but there did seem to be a seeking soul within, pray with me that this dear man will come to know God for himself and be graciously saved.

She was a local woman, who appeared to have a knowledge of Christ and His word but would not be drawn as to whether her sins were forgiven, typical of so many we meet, she has her own thoughts and opinions but no fellowship with believers and therefore a law unto herself.

Literature Table

Literature Table

Let me take a moment to remind you that when people are converted they are immediately part of the universal Church of Christ, but as disciples they are called to identify with a local congregation. The Lord’s purpose is plainly recorded in the Bible, He has come to build HIS Church and its members are to show their love to one another by caring and mutual encouragement and discipline.

Matthew Chapter 16, verse 18  :

I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Acts Chapter 2 verse 47 b:

And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

John Chapter 13 verse 35:

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Hebrews Chapter 10 verses 24 and 25:

Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

If you do claim to be a believer, let me encourage you to take your place in the communities of His people that we might work together to convince the world of His great salvation.

For those who are interested, I managed to photograph the 12 noon locomotive this week:

Locomotive

Locomotive