Wednesday, August 17, 2016

“Rio 2016 – the biggest sporting event on the planet”


“Rio 2016 – the biggest sporting event on the planet”. That’s the strap line if you have a look at the Olympic Games website. It’s quite a claim, however the set up is impressive.

Over a 17-day period 306 medal events will take place in 32 different venues spread across the 4 regions of the city of Rio De Janeiro.

10,500 athletes from 206 different countries will participate in 42 different sports with 136 women’s events, 161 men’s events and 9 mixed.


 Every four years the Olympic Games takes place. The host nation has a platform from which to show to the world their organisational skills, their high levels of efficiency and their hospitality. It’s a matter of national pride to get it right! In Rio it will take 45,000 volunteers, 85,000 outsourced staff and 6,500 employees and a lot of money and management to get the desired result.

The Rio Olympics have to be right – the stakes are too high. Much will be done to ensure that everything goes smoothly.  


 Can I remind you of another event which was planned and organised for a long time before it took place. I am talking about the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have read this far and are about to bin this leaflet or file it please bear with me. Read a little more before you decide what you think!

The death of Jesus was to rid the universe of evil in every form. Jesus’ death was a full and final payment for evil to demonstrate that God is still holy and that we humans can be forgiven and be right before God. Are you still with me?

Evil is in the world in a general sense but evil is also in the heart of the individual. You might agree with the former comment and disagree with the latter! The Bible says ‘the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it,’ Jeremiah 17:8. Please keep reading! You may be thinking – is it actually possible or realistic to rid the world of evil? This world has grappled with the problem of evil since the earliest days of planet earth.

Evil did not evolve! The question is where did it come from and why is it so normal? The bible explains! The reason why evil exists and has such a devastating effect on the world is given in Romans chapter five verse twelve -  by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin so death has passed upon all men’. The first human being, Adam, was well warned! God had told him the rules and consequences of disobedience. ‘For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die,’ Genesis 2:17. And so that's what happened.

Evil is so normal we use a variety of words to describe it. Sin, imperfection, failure or shortcomings. Evil exists in every department of life. It affects the environment, the financial world, relationships, health, education, politics indeed everything.

Preparation has been made to avoid the effect of evil at the Olympics. Athletes will take drug tests, volunteers will undertake security checks, police will be on standby to control the crowds, and paramedics will be ready to cope with illness, tragedy or any intentional campaign to infect the local population. In fact much will be going on behind the scenes to prevent disaster and tragedy because it's the only way to cope with the evil that is so normal in society. It has ever been so; this is not a modern phenomenon!
                           
God’s plan of salvation was triggered when Christ died for our sins. The effect of what Christ has done can only be felt personally at the moment. Individuals can benefit from the blessing of forgiveness and be saved when they repent (turn from) their sin and ‘believe the gospel’, Mark 1:15.

In the future (after the Lord Jesus returns to Earth as promised) God will deal with evil on a wider scale. God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness, Acts 17:31 but for now he is holding back his judgment and offering salvation to anyone who calls upon his name, Romans 10:13.

In the Rio Olympics there will be a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure people’s safety and the success of the event. So God is working behind the scenes to bring eternal blessing into your life.


Will you entrust the salvation of your soul to Him?

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Is Jesus Israel's promised Messiah?

Is Jesus Israel's Promised Messiah?

The New Testament claims that He is? The evidence stacks up to establish that He is? I believe that He is?

Jesus fulfils all the biblical predictions from Genesis 3:15 about the seed of the woman, right up to the prediction of the place of his birth in Micah chapter five. No one else has ever made and verified the claim to be the Messiah of Israel. Many have made the claim but time has proven them to be deluded or conscious imposters. The Lord Jesus Christ confirmed by his life, behaviour, miraculous powers and fulfilment of the predictions of scripture that He is.

One major issue that people had in accepting that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) the Son of the living God was that he did not come as a conquering hero. The impression that God's Son would come to rescue and deliver the Nation of Israel from all their problems was derived from Old Testament passages such as Isaiah 62 where it says that 'the gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all the kings thy glory..........thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God, (verses 2-3). Other passages such as Zechariah 12-14 explain the splendour of the coming and the deliverance that he will bring to Israel.

The other point that people often miss is that God's sent messenger (Messiah) was described as coming in two modes. One was as a suffering servant, the other as a Royal deliverer. Jesus came the first time as the former and the word of God assures us that He will come a second time as a deliverer and a judge, see Acts 17:31 and Hebrews 9:27. The predictions about his coming the first time are recorded in Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 etc, etc.

The decision you have to make is if you believe what the Bible says. The promise of scripture is that 'faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God', Romans 10:17.



Acts 18:12-28
12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, 13 saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. 14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you: 15 but if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters16 And he drave them from the judgment seat. 17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.
18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. 19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;21 but bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus. 22 And when he had landed at C├Žsarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch. 23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, andmighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28 for he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Being a good citizen



What a fantastic day! It was really hot in Liverpool. I had been out on the streets of St Helens preaching at a Street Meeting with a couple of friends. We have a life changing message. If we do not get out and tell people about it we would be very selfish. Not everyone sees it the way we do. Some people on the streets think that we are imposing our views on them. Others are not really interested in anything apart from what they can see. Do you think that we should be going out to tell people the message from the Bible or do you think we should just believe what we believe and keep it to ourselves?



If I had a cure for cancer I would be a very selfish person if I did not make it available to all cancer sufferers. If you were in financial danger and were not aware of it (and I was) I would be very selfish if I did not talk to you about it. Good news and solutions to problems should be shared. One of the downsides of the busy modern age is that we have become very impersonal. Community and family in the past meant we shared a lot more and helped each other. There are still as many nice people in the world now but we tend to keep ourselves to ourselves. On occasions this has developed to the stage where we are not aware of others needs and we fail to raise the alarm when we spot people in difficulty.

I believe that as a citizen I should be responsible and responsive when I see people in need. The need might be as small as helping them in a shop or smiling when I meet them; it might be as big as being there when disaster strikes in some way in their lives. This is what being a neighbour and a responsible citizen is all about. However I also believe that this principle applies in the realm of beliefs and spiritual health. The entire human race is mortal and we all need to face up to our personal mortality. The Bible has been given to us to communicate the way of salvation and eternal life. The creator God has revealed salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ died to pay the price for our sin and was raised to life again to establish God’s satisfaction that the price for sin has been made in full. It is a foolproof salvation but if people are ignorant of the danger that they are in and we do not tell them they will face the ultimate eternal disaster – ‘the second death’.

Search the scriptures to find the truth, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Going on holiday - a wonderful feeling!


Many of you will now be on holiday. It's a great feeling to be off but often anticipation of the holiday is half of the enjoyment. I always look forward to going on holiday. For weeks and often months I dream of the mornings when I don't need to be up at the crack of dawn, when I can have lie in (and not feel guilty), when I can read my book and not think 'O no, look at the time' I'd better get to sleep'. Then the holiday comes and goes in a flash and it's back to 'brass tacks' (I don't know where the saying came from but I know what it means!).


I really enjoy my holidays. I like the time to reflect, meet my friends, discuss 'everything under the sun', eat, read, walk and doing lots of other things as well. The Bible teaches the principle of 'taking time out'. The Lord Jesus told his disciples to 'come apart' and 'rest a while'. When God made the earth he rested on the 'seventh day'. It all adds up to the fact that we need to time to think, reflect, rest and enjoy the results of what we have been busy doing.




Do you take time out? Or is time to think and reflect wasted time in your reckoning?

I encourage you to take some time to think. Think about life, why we are here? What is it all about? Ask the dangerous questions! Read the Bible (the Word of God) and discover God who has the answers.

God made us!


We will meet him one day!


He sent his Son, Jesus, into the world so that we could get to know Him.

He understands that our sin and disobedience bars us from knowing Him personally. Like a good Father He holds us to account for our wrongdoing but unlike most, He is willing to pardon our sin because His Son, Jesus, took the punishment for us when he died on the cross.

Take time out today and learn the truth about you and your life. Read and thing about John 3:16 in the Bible, turn from your sin and trust the Lord Jesus for salvation.


John 3:16 says  "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"

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Famous Last Words





Sooner or later it happens to all of us. The time comes for us to draw our last breath and pass from this life into the next. Over the years history has recorded some fascinating "famous last words"....

  • "Oh, my poor soul, what is to become of you? Where do you go?" Cardinal Mazarin
  • "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." Pancho Villa, Mexican Revolutionary
  • "All my possessions for a moment of time!" Elizabeth 1, Queen of England.

These words were expressed by men and women at the point when they were about to leave this world through death. Some people are prepared to die; they have made their peace with God. But others are completely caught off guard. They are not ready to go. Their last moments are filled with uncertainty - even fear and dread.







There is hope for every human being! God sent his Son, Jesus, from heaven to earth ("The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world" - the Bible - 1 John 4:14) so that we might have real life and that the fear of dying might be removed (The Bible - Hebrews 2:15).

How about you? 

Do you know the peace of God? 
Do you know the God of peace? 

You can know both today if you would pray to him telling you need his forgiveness.



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Thursday, July 28, 2016

What on earth is happening to the world?



Are you frightened about the state of the world at the moment? Many people find it very scary, as every day seems to bring another disaster. Murder seems to be so commonplace! On a daily basis we hear of someone else going on the rampage and killing people! Individual acts of terrorism are on the increase resulting in the tragedy of people being deprived of their loved ones by an act of violence. Events of yesterday seem so long ago as we wake up to hear of another tragic evil act being perpetrated.


I find it all very distressing and yet I, sadly, can see the inevitability of the way the world is going. The Bible teaches that conditions in society will get worse and worse as time progresses. Paul, an old man, wrote to Timothy, a young man – ‘but understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with deceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying its power,’ 2 Timothy 3:1-5. I think what the Bible is saying in these verses is staring us in the face. Do you recognize a description of our society?


If we reject the moral compass of the Bible then ultimately there are consequences. In effect morality becomes subjective and personal. There is no absolute standard of right and wrong. Everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes. This is not a new problem. It happened in Bible times, and many times since but every time is happens the results are disastrous. The old book says ‘there is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way of death,’ Proverbs 14:12.

If we don’t get back to the Bible we can expect society to get worse and worse. We need to educate the next generation so that they don’t make the mistakes that we have made. The Bible says ‘train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it,’ Proverbs 22:6


I'm also glad to say that the Bible states that ‘where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,’ Romans 5:20. This means that the gospel of Jesus Christ can meet the needs of a wicked society. Forgiveness starts with the individual. The promise of scripture is still true – ‘If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,’ 1 John 1:9. Society will never change by enforcement but by the transforming power of God working in the each individual’s life through the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Are you fearful? Scripture says ‘perfect love casts out fear,’ ‘the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord’.



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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Radicalised Christians!


In recent times we have all become familiar with a rather sinister word - radicalisation. After an act of terrorism, investigations will begin to determine how the terrorists were radicalised. A person is considered radicalised when they take the words of their prophet and their holy book literally.
I was wondering what a radicalized Christian would look like, someone who takes the words of Christ literally.
Would people in shopping malls or concert halls or school classrooms have anything to fear from radicalized Christians?
Radicalised Christians will love their families, their neighbours, and their enemies.
They will seek to save life, not to destroy it.
They will forgive those who wrong them, and bless those who hate them.
They will pray for their government and pay their taxes.
They will give honour to whom honour is due.
They will live sacrificial lives for the blessing and relief of others.
They will comfort those who mourn.
They will hunger after righteousness, show mercy, seek to be pure, make peace, will not kill, will not commit adultery, will turn the other cheek to those who smite them.
They will live their lives for the glory of God and for the welfare of their fellow men.
They will be thankful, kind, honest, faithful, pure and forgiving.
They will travel enormous distances and make huge sacrifices to share the gospel with others.
Their great motivation in life will firstly be love for God, and secondly love for their neighbour.
Do you know any radicalized Christians?
Written for Seek the Truth Bible Media by John Parkinson of Ballymena

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