Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
I met a guy today when I was in Liverpool City Centre at lunch time. My friend and I were handing out leaflets about Christianity and a young man asked me if I believed that the earth was only 5000 years old. I am not sure where he got his figure from but if you take the chronology of the bible literally you do come to a figure of roughly 6000 years. I am not really into arguing these kinds of issues as my knowledge in this area is limited. I know Christians who believe that the earth is millions of years old. They think that geology can prove this. Others take the bible literally (as I do) and feel that God created a mature earth that looks, feels and appears to be very old but has only been around for a more limited period of time. You see when God made the earth it was formed to be inhabited, the trees would have looked mature (they were not all young saplings), the plants, the rivers, the landscape did not grow to maturity, it was mature when created.
Think about the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. They were not born as babies, young children or even adolescents, they were created as a mature man and woman. We are not told their ages but we are told that they were capable of being responsible for their actions. This is why when sin came into the world that God held Adam responsible for his actions (Genesis.3.11). He then addressed Eve. Both were accountable for what they had done. By the way things are no different today - we will be held accountable for our beliefs, behaviours and words. The holy scriptures record God's assessment of what happened the day that sin and evil entered the world: "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" (Romans.5.12) .
I couldn't argue the case for an old earth/young earth from an intellectual point of view but I do know this - the bible is true. Sin and death are here. We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans.3.23) and the wages of sin is death. I do however love the rest of this last quotation - "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans.6.23).
Adam brought sin (Romans.5.15/1.Corinthians.15.22) but the Lord Jesus brought the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He (Jesus) purchased salvation through his death and came back from the dead so that we can be right with God.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
Everyone gets excited these days about Health and Safety. We all like to be safe but we don't like the hassle that the modern world puts us through to get there.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Can you be born a Christian?
Do you need to live to a certain standard and struggle to prove you qualify?
Can your parents make you a Christian?
Does the fact that you are born in a Christian country (so called) mean that you are a Christian?
Does going to Church or reading the bible make you a Christian?
Did I just make these questions up – no, I was asked them today by a girl in Liverpool when I was “street preaching’. She had been told that you became a Christian when you were christened and that if you are born in England you must be a Christian because it is a Christian country (that’s debatable!).
The bible actually says that a person is born into the family of God upon believing. The disciple John wrote in his gospel (John.20.31) ‘these things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ: and that believing you might have life through his name’. I would prefer to trust the teaching of a man who knew and loved Jesus than all the tradition that has built up over the years since then.
What about you, are you a Christian in the Bible sense of the term? It’s vital that you have the right answer!
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Sunday, January 01, 2012
The Oxford English Dictionary says of gratitude, ‘The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness’.
It is commonplace in many homes at this time of the year for children to write their thank-you letters to family and friends for the recent gifts received. It is courteous to show gratitude for the generosity of those who think kindly of us and give us an acceptable gift out of love and friendship.
Material value of the gift should not necessarily flavour the receiver’s thoughts about the giver, but rather that someone had expressed their thoughtful feelings towards us, and that for this we are most thankful.
Paul wrote to Timothy and said that in the last days, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” (2 Timothy 3:2) There are some ugly characteristics in that list of behaviour, selfish to the core with never a kind thought to anyone else. Unfortunately, this is the day that we are living in, so we should be more grateful for those who wear their heart on their sleeve and express their love in kind ways.
Being thankful and appreciative is not restricted to a particular season but should be daily seen as part of the makeup of our life.
I am so grateful that back in 1957 a man was prepared to cycle fifteen miles from Luton to the RAF station at Henlow, Bedfordshire, to come to Billet 454 and tell us airmen about the Bible, about the Son of God who came to bring salvation to sinners such as us. That man saw eight out of eighteen men that lived in that billet converted to Christ. Some of those men (including me) saw their wife saved too. That preacher’s name was Gordon Brind and he is in Heaven now. Down through the years I have thanked the Lord many times for Gordon’s selflessness and love for sinners, and failingly tried to emulate him.
Anyone that reads my column ‘Light Reflections’ in The Light newspaper will observe that every article is 454 words long, a weekly acknowledgement of what took place in Billet 454. Praise God!
George Hodge assured me that he had not edited one word out of the articles I send him, even though my grammar is not right on some occasions. To do this for me for 21 years deserves a public mention of gratitude to him for this good thing.
Looking in the Bible at the term ‘good thing’ I discovered that the first mention is in Deuteronomy 26:11 and says, “And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house” God is good and His character is to give, He gave His only begotten Son to die for us, that is the extent of His giving, there is nothing greater than this. When people receive Him as their Saviour their house and family becomes a joyous place to be. James 1:17 reads, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” There is no inconsistency with God, He is reliably good, never changing, One to whom we can trust for our souls salvation.
In John ch.9 we read of a man that was born blind. I will pause there to ask the question, “Do we ever thank the Lord for the precious gift of sight, and other faculties that He has given us?” The poor man that John tells us about had never been able to see, he had not lost his sight because of disease. He did not know colours or distances because he had never been able to see anything at all, he lived in permanent darkness. How blessed it must have been for him when Jesus sent him to the Pool of Siloam to wash the clay from his eyes that He had put on them. The man went, he washed and came back seeing. As that man stooped to wash his sight came, and the first thing he saw was his own face. He saw himself as he really was. That is what happens when we do what God tells us to do, we see things as God sees them and we see ourselves as we really are. He got his precious sight and wended his way home and the neighbours first saw the change in him, but some could not believe that Jesus had done this miracle. His parents told the Jews, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.” The religionists excommunicated him, but “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.” That man showed his gratitude to the Saviour in that act of worship, and there are millions of people since that have done the same.
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
What would Paul himself thank the Lord for? Top of his list would be his life changing experience on the road to Damascus, and then the many people who he led to Christ when he preached the gospel in so many places. Each of the Apostles would have cause to thank the Lord for, even being counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ.
If we could ask William Carey what he continually thanked the Lord for, would it be for the ability to translate the Bible into thirty-five languages in order that thousands might believe and be saved.
How would George Muller show his gratitude to the Lord for providing means for thousands of orphans to be housed, fed and educated in the ways of God? Or Livingston for opening up Africa to the gospel. Each with composer A.P.Gibbs could say,
‘ O Lord, from my heart I do thank Thee For all Thou hast borne in my room, Thine agony, dying, unsolaced, Alone in the darkness of doom, That I, in the glory of heaven, Forever and ever might be - A thousand, a thousand thanksgivings, I bring, blessed Savior, to Thee!’
HAPPY NEW YEAR and may the Lord bless you through 2012.
Written by Stan Burditt
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