Monday, December 05, 2016

Surely if there is a God and He is a God of love He wouldn't punish us?


Never, I hear you say!

You may be asking ‘I thought God was love, so wouldn’t it be out of character for Him to punish us?’

Let’s look at what God tells us about ourselves and the wrong we do. Listen to His words in Ezekiel 33:11 – ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live’. God’s aim is not to punish us for our sin, He wants us to turn from sin and live!

Listen again to the word of God. ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life’. 

Think of this, God is angry with the wicked and that includes every one of us. Adam brought sin into the world so we are all sinners and continue to disobey Him. If we ignore His directions in the Bible, we will have hurt and sadness in our lives and eventually God’s judgment. God had warned that this would be the result of disobeying Him.

So would it be out of order if God was to punish us? Maybe you can now see that it would it be out of character for God not to punish us! However, the message of the Bible is that God sent His
Son to be the Saviour of the world, that the punishment which we deserve because of our sin was laid upon God’s Son, Jesus Christ. So we have a way to be freed from punishment and forgiven of our sin.

In fact, the truth is that only those who refuse to believe on the ‘name of the Son of God’ will face the eternal judgment of God for sin. 

This message is for you, so that you will be warned about God’s Day of Judgment which is coming, and so you will ‘believe on the Lord Jesus Christ’ and be saved. 


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Saturday, December 03, 2016

What has gone wrong with the world? Do you think our world is doing ok?


Do you ever hear people say - 'just has gone wrong with the world?'

As we watch the television or read the news we constantly hear of murders, abuse, cruelty and a constant stream of evil. The most unlikely people commit these crimes. We would like to think that we would not do the same, but can we be so sure?

Why is it like this? Does it have to be so? Contrary to popular belief the Bible states that we all do wrong - ‘all have sinned and come short of the glory of God’. It explains that the evil in the world came as a result of one mans actions long ago - ‘by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin’. 

The Bible says that we are in danger of eternal separation from God. What bad news! But it is the truth - God cannot lie. If we were left to die in our sins it would be so sad but there is good news! ‘God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved’. God can save each of us because the Lord Jesus ‘suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God’.

Turn from your sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today! 


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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Brexit - was it a good decison?


Brexit - Was it a good decision?
On the 24th June we in the UK woke to discover that a momentous decision had been made following the National Referendum on European Union (EU) membership conducted the previous day; that decision was to leave the EU. Even though two thirds of the people of Scotland, a significant majority in N Ireland and an overwhelming majority in Gibraltar had voted to remain, because of our links to the UK we all had to accept the consequences of Brexit, whether good or bad. The decision to leave will affect every one of us sooner or later, to some degree.

There was another decision made further back in history at the very dawn of time when the first man, created by God, decided to deliberately and defiantly disobey God. Adam had been placed in the most congenial of circumstances with one simple instruction, one sole prohibition: not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The sad facts of that fateful day are recorded in the third chapter of the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and we have had to live with the disastrous consequences since. Romans 5.12 states, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."
We tend to segregate people according to their race, religion, colour, social status, etc. but the Bible places us all, without exception on one common platform and describes us unflatteringly as ‘sinners’. Due to our links with Adam, the progenitor of the human race, we have all been affected and infected by the deadly virus of sin; we have been defiled by its contagion and its ravages are apparent everywhere in our world. We have been affected physically, psychologically, morally and spiritually. We are at a distance from God, we are accounted as enemies of God, Romans 5.10, and we are in danger of eternal banishment from God if our sins are not forgiven. The stamp of mortality is on every brow and we began the cheerless tramp to the grave as soon we arrived in the world. Hospitals, hospices, prisons and cemeteries all bear testimony to the seriousness of that decision made in the Garden of Eden. J M Davies said, "Cemeteries, the cities of the dead are more populous than the cities of the living."
Is there a solution; is there a remedy? Surprisingly we do not advocate religion, church attendance or change of lifestyle. We encourage you to live respectably and lawfully but that in itself will not eradicate the problem of sin or fit you for heaven. The Bible does not provide us with a range of options but presents an exclusive Saviour, God’s Son. He is the only Saviour for all men everywhere and "He is able also to save them to the uttermost [completely and eternally] that come unto God by Him". Peter said, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" Acts 4.12. The Lord Jesus Himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me" John 14.6.
Only by trusting Him Who died on our behalf at Calvary can we be saved and fitted for heaven and escape hell.
He took the guilty sinner’s place and suffered in his stead;
For man (O, miracle of grace!); For man the Saviour bled.
    (Anne Steele)
Like Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who officiated at the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, you have a decision to make: "What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" Matthew 27.22. We urge you to trust Christ and receive a pardon for your sins and be sure of a place in heaven forever.
Used by permission of Assembly Testimony

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Who on earth am I?






Have you ever asked yourself this question? 

There are many answers and very likely lots of them are true. You are the son or daughter of ‘so and so’. You are a man, woman, married, single, have children, no children, arty, musical, clever, practical and so the list goes on.

There are so many things that are different about each of us but we also have some common traits.
We are all human. This covers a lot of ground. Our birth, our frailty, our fears, our flaws and mistakes, our hurt, our death.

Have you ever stopped to think why there are so many things we have in common? The Bible explains the reason. God created us in the first place ‘in His image’. This among other things gives us the capacity to be creative, think and make choices. The first man, Adam, made a choice
to disobey one of the simple commands of God and as a result ‘sin came into the world’. 

This brings us to another common feature of humanity, we are mortal. We are naturally wayward, the Bible calls this sin. Let’s be honest, we all know that we disobey the law to varying degrees. But we also disobey God’s law. The effect of sin in our lives on a day to day basis is hurt, pain, aging and mistakes. The ultimate common effect of sin in all our lives is death. Death is an awful thing. It separates us from our loved ones, it causes pain and brings dark days into our lives. BUT, death is also the defining moment when we seal our eternal destiny. What we have believed in this life, cannot be changed after death. Death is the gateway to the next world which the Bible describes as being one of two places, heaven or hell. Heaven being a place of conscious enjoyment and bliss, hell of conscious regret and suffering.

So back to the question - who am I? I’m not just thinking of who you are as you see yourself. I’m really interested if you have discovered that you are flawed and sinful. When you make that sad but realistic discovery, you will then become aware that there is a Saviour for sinners. The Bible says ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’. This would be the greatest discovery of your life. 


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Goodnight but not Goodbye


Goodnight but not Goodbye

I have just come back from my Father in Law's funeral. This took place in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. I flew home lat night.

He was an amazing man. The Lord took him home to heaven on Saturday morning at 1:55 am. He is now in heaven, in the presence of the Lord Jesus, in the presence of God, the Father. Psalm 16:11 states 'in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore'. David McMullan is now enjoying the presence of the God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, in a way that he had never experienced before.

For those of us left behind, who are Christians there is a slight feeling of jealousy. To be with the Lord Jesus will be the most wonderful thing we could ever imagine. In fact we cannot even begin to imagine it. The only way to be sure that we end up in heaven is to agree to heaven's terms. Jesus said 'I am the way, the truth and the life no man comes unto the Father but by me'.

Death is awful. It separates from loved ones in this life and can separate us for eternity from the love of God. However if we repent of our sin and believe the gospel nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.

As I close let me remind you of what the Bible teaches about dying. This is a great comfort to all believers who have lost a loved one:

Psalms 116:15 - Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

This is true because God delights to receive into heaven those who trust Him.

2 Corinthians 5:6-9 - So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

When we die we are 'away from the body'. We abandon our bodies at death as they were only needed for this life. In the next life we will either be in hell or with the Lord in heaven.

My last verse is this:

Psalm 17:15 - As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

My father in law is finally fully satisfied having looked into the face of The Lord Jesus Christ. Where would you be if you had passed through the 'valley of the shadow of death'? Would you have reached heaven's shore safely or will you one day hear the words of Jesus Christ saying, 'depart from me I never knew you'.

For us the parting was hard but the reality is we have only said goodnight and not good bye. We will see him 'in the morning' when Jesus Christ comes back again. The parting, although painful, is only for a little while. For the scriptures teach in Hebrews 10:37 For yet “in a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay".

The Lord bless you.

Stephen


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Do you believe in God?



Do you believe in God?

Whatever your answer God loves you and is interested in you. God created us in His image. That is why we have a conscience about right and wrong and an inbuilt sense of justice and injustice.

The world we live in can be a sad and hard place. This is because of wrong doing and sin. Sin came into the world through the first man, Adam. But, God is love. He loves everyone in the world. That is why He sent His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to be the Saviour of the world!

God is pure and holy. He must punish sin. Yet He has given us a way back to Himself. By asking God for forgiveness for our sin we can have peace with God!
There is only one way. Refusal to come to God by accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour leaves God with only one option. He must judge sinners and will send them to a place of eternal punishment, the Lake of Fire.

Make sure you don't end up there!



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Friday, November 25, 2016

You'll never walk alone - LFC Anthem


Liverpool Football Club Anthem

The words 'You'll never walk alone' are well known to every Liverpool fan. Those of us who live in the city see the symbol of Liverpool Football Club so often that we probably often forget that this is the motto.

‘You’ll never walk alone - when you walk through a storm hold your head up high’
We all face storms in life. No one said that life would be smooth and easy. But why is it like this? The Bible states that it is because of evil and sin. ‘By one man sin entered into the world and death by sin so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned’.(1)

‘You’ll never walk alone - don't be afraid of the dark’.
I think most of us would admit that we have fears. Have you a fear of heights, creepy crawlies or are you afraid of the unknown. We try to conquer our fears but there are some things we find difficult to cope with. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to die for us on a cross to remove the fear of death and to give us eternal life (2).

‘You’ll never walk alone – walk on walk on with hope in your heart’.
Do you have hope in your heart? What gives you hope? A person who has turned to God and is forgiven is said to have ‘a sure and steadfast hope’ (3). That’s a lot better than worrying about the future! The Christian’s future is guaranteed because the God who cannot lie (4) promises peace with God now and eternity in heaven for all who ‘call upon the name of the Lord’ (5).

‘You’ll never walk alone’
For most of us this is not always true. At times we have been lonely and didn’t know where to turn. God loves us and ‘commends his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us’(6). We do not need to be alone because God wants to be with us in every circumstance we face.

‘You’ll never walk alone - at the end of the storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark’
I wonder if you are sure that there will be a sweet silver song for you? Or that there is a golden sky at the end of the storm. Sometimes song writer’s lyrics express dreams and deep desires. Sometimes it’s not reality! But in this case it could be. Eternal life in heaven is guaranteed to those who come to God through the Lord Jesus.

We would love you to know the blessing of God's salvation; to know the joy of your sins forgiven. It is possible to never feel entirely alone again; to have the guarantee of heaven and escape the judgment of hell. But it comes at a cost. The cost was paid by the death of the Lord Jesus. He is only one who can deliver what he promises.
                                                     

Bible References – (1) Romans 5.12 (2) Hebrews 2.14, 15 (3) Hebrews 6.19 (4) Titus 1.2 (5) Romans 10.13 (6) Romans 5.8

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