Friday, June 24, 2011

Olympic Ticket Chaos Once Again

This morning Sky News reported that "Sports fans all around the country were left frustrated today when they went online to buy tickets for next year's Olympics in the second round of sales. Thousands who logged on after the website opened at 6am received error messages.  Some were told to "try again later" even after submitting their payment details.  A statement on the London 2012 website said: "Demand is extremely high at the moment on the ticketing website but the system is still transacting.  "If you've clicked submit, don't hit refresh. Please wait and the system will process your order.  "If you receive the error 'sorry, we cannot process your payment details', your tickets will be saved in your basket. Please wait a few minutes and try again."  
Failing to deliver is a major no no in any business transaction. In fact failing to deliver in any context is harmful and often very hurtful. Many a broken heart could have been avoided if empty promises had not been made. Financial ruin could have been averted if false claims about investments had not been. Further examples readily come to mind.   
Let me remind you. God cannot lie. He does not break promises. He always delivers. He doesn't understate the case or exaggerate. His yes and no say exactly what they mean.  God says that he 'so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life'.  
Do you believe what God says?  
He loves us all! 
He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to die for our wrongdoing (sins)
Jesus came back to life on the third day! 
We are in danger of facing eternal punishment for our sins! 
If we take God at His word and trust him he will forgive us and save us! 
The love and life of God is readily available to all who accept his invitation.  
May God bless His word to you.  


Saturday, June 18, 2011

The cities of the nations fell - Revelation 16:19

I have a friend who is moving to London to tell people about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the saving grace of God. It is a big thing to do both in terms of moving your family, giving up your business and sacrificing many things that people think are their personal rights. Why would he do such a thing?

The Bible tell us (and I know my friend believes it) that one day God will judge the world. His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be the Judge and all the world will face God. Ultimately people who have died will come back to life (Daniel 12/John 5) and they too will face the day of Judgment.

HOWEVER - the bible teaches that before that happens many world wide catastrophies will take place. One of these will be that cities will be destroyed by God (Rev.16.19). My friend is going to warn of coming judgement and of personal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

Are you ready?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Which version of the bible should you read?

A lady told me while I was running a street meeting this week that she did not read the Bible because she did not know which version to read. My advice was go and buy a bible and read it because they all will tell you the same message. As a Christian I want to read an accurate translation of the bible but did you know that which ever Bible you read you will learn the same basic facts about us, God, sin, judgement, salvation, repentance and faith in God.

If you don't have a bible go and buy one today. The Lord Jesus said 'he that hears my word and believes on Him that sent me, has everlasting life and shall not come into judgement but is passed from death unto life'. The book of Romans in the Bible says 'faith comes by hearing...the word of God'.

Get a bible today, read it - may God richly bless you.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Preventative Medicine

I was amazed to read in the Daily Mail last week about a GP who is under investigation by the General Medical Counsel for giving spiritual advice to a patient which he felt was appropriate and helpful to the patients condition. In light of the fact that a health professional is taught to treat patients holistically and that part of the need could be spiritual it seems bizarre to me that giving advice about the spiritual needs of the patient in addition to general medical advice is out of order. In my view it could be highly appropriate. When did we ever decide that it was wrong to offer someone the one thing that would help them.

Christianity deals with evil, pain, suffering as to the reason, source and outcomes. Christ the founder stated profusely that he came 'to give us life'. He died to deal with the guilt and consequences of evil (in principle and personally). Those who accept His invitation enter into life as God intended it. Not a problem free life but life lived in the conscious knowledge of a great God who is in control. A God who is over all and arranges our circumstances for our ultimate development of character and for His glory.

Please could we leave people free to listen, think and decide for themselves rather than become a nanny state that decides what we are exposed to and tries to control what we believe.
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