Monday, July 29, 2013

Who gave you the right?




Mark 11:27-31
The Authority of Jesus Challenged

And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him? ’

Some questions to think about?

1. Who was Jesus?
2. Why did he have such authority and who gave it to Him?
3. He claimed that he had, and still has, power on earth to forgive sins! Do you believe you need forgiveness and that Jesus Christ is the only one qualified to provide forgiveness?

Thanks for thinking!


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Who gave you the right?




Mark 11:27-31
The Authority of Jesus Challenged

And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him? ’

Some questions to think about?

1. Who was Jesus?
2. Why did he have such authority and who gave it to Him?
3. He claimed that he had, and still has, power on earth to forgive sins! Do you believe you need forgiveness and that Jesus Christ is the only one qualified to provide forgiveness?

Thanks for thinking!


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Day 3 - Aberdeenshire CYC

Great excitement after a rather wet day. Today was wet and as a result the planned activity of walking to Pitlochry was cancelled. Life's a bit like that! The word of God says 'boast not yourself of tomorrow for you know not what a day will bring forth'.

Tonight's activity involved building a balloon tower. The tallest won the competition. I think the young people enjoyed bursting the balloons at the end as much as building the tower. All good fun.

The messages today included the one about the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-31) who claimed to have observed all the points of the law raised by the Lord Jesus but failed on the test of 'thou shalt not covet'. His wealth got in the way of following Christ. There is nothing wrong with money in itself but "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10). I wonder what could stop you from following Christ. Nothing is worth losing your soul!

















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Location:Faskally House, Pitlochry

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Day 3 - Aberdeenshire CYC

Great excitement after a rather wet day. Today was wet and as a result the planned activity of walking to Pitlochry was cancelled. Life's a bit like that! The word of God says 'boast not yourself of tomorrow for you know not what a day will bring forth'.

Tonight's activity involved building a balloon tower. The tallest won the competition. I think the young people enjoyed bursting the balloons at the end as much as building the tower. All good fun.

The messages today included the one about the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-31) who claimed to have observed all the points of the law raised by the Lord Jesus but failed on the test of 'thou shalt not covet'. His wealth got in the way of following Christ. There is nothing wrong with money in itself but "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10). I wonder what could stop you from following Christ. Nothing is worth losing your soul!

















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Location:Faskally House, Pitlochry

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Photos and update CYC Day 2

Great day at CYC apart from getting soaked at the 'Wet n Wild' water event. Being the visiting speaker it was my privilege to be the target for the young people to throw water bombs at. Good fun but drenched at the end.

In the meetings we talked about The Lord Jesus being the only way to God and salvation and the 'breastplate of righteousness' which believers have to take for their protection. Great truths.

The pictures are of the campers evening activities. Lots of fun.









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Location:Faskally, Pitlochry

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Photos and update CYC Day 2

Great day at CYC apart from getting soaked at the 'Wet n Wild' water event. Being the visiting speaker it was my privilege to be the target for the young people to throw water bombs at. Good fun but drenched at the end.

In the meetings we talked about The Lord Jesus being the only way to God and salvation and the 'breastplate of righteousness' which believers have to take for their protection. Great truths.

The pictures are of the campers evening activities. Lots of fun.









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Location:Faskally, Pitlochry

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Day 1 - Aberdeenshire CYC

A sample of team banners prepared on Saturday evening.








Team activities in the sun.





Rehydrating in front of Faskally House.



We had a good day at CYC. The weather continues to be brilliant (literally) and the attention in the meetings was really good.

This morning we talked about the lady who met the Lord Jesus at Sychar's well. What a shock she got when she discovered that Jesus was the Messiah (the one sent by God) and that he is the Saviour of the world. I wonder if it has ever dawned on you who Jesus really is? If you believed that He is the Son of God, that He came into the world to save sinners (you and I) and that he really came back to live three days after his death it would revolutionise your life.

I remember reading the comments of an atheist who said to a Christian "if I really believed what you claim to believe about Jesus Christ, sin, God's judgment and salvation I would tour the world until my last pound was spent and my last ounce of energy gone telling people about the great way of salvation".

I believe it! Do you? If so what are you doing about it.

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Location:Faskally, Pitlochry

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Day 1 - Aberdeenshire CYC

A sample of team banners prepared on Saturday evening.








Team activities in the sun.





Rehydrating in front of Faskally House.



We had a good day at CYC. The weather continues to be brilliant (literally) and the attention in the meetings was really good.

This morning we talked about the lady who met the Lord Jesus at Sychar's well. What a shock she got when she discovered that Jesus was the Messiah (the one sent by God) and that he is the Saviour of the world. I wonder if it has ever dawned on you who Jesus really is? If you believed that He is the Son of God, that He came into the world to save sinners (you and I) and that he really came back to live three days after his death it would revolutionise your life.

I remember reading the comments of an atheist who said to a Christian "if I really believed what you claim to believe about Jesus Christ, sin, God's judgment and salvation I would tour the world until my last pound was spent and my last ounce of energy gone telling people about the great way of salvation".

I believe it! Do you? If so what are you doing about it.

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Location:Faskally, Pitlochry

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Off to CYC @ Faskally House
























Off for a week of bible teaching and gospel work at CYC Camp at Faskally near Pitlochry.

The train journey involved standing for a while (see first picture) and considerable rerouting due to problems earlier in the day but the scenery and sights made up for it. It is good to know that whatever rerouting takes place on earth one day we will make the final journey into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. For those who believe there is "a place prepared" (John 14). I wonder where the final stage of your journey will take you. To be sure it's heaven remember that Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14.6). Peter adds in Acts 4.12 "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”



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Location:Faskally, Pitlochry

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Setting Sun over the Mersey


























It was fun watching the sun set from the beach tonight. We had over 50 at a young people's barbecue. Great fun. The serious part was the message and warning about getting up the estuary to the port of Liverpool safely.

You can't get up the River Mersey safely without a pilot.

You can't get to heaven without Jesus Christ in your life. You can only get Him in when you confess your sin and trust Him to save you.

Trust that the Lord blesses you with these thoughts.

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Location:New Brighton

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Driven People can be Contented People






This week has been a lovely one as far as weather is concerned in the UK. We have not had such good weather for a long time. Temperatures have been in the high 20's and low 30's and as we are not use to such heat most of us struggle with it. It is one thing to relax and enjoy the heat it is quite another thing to work in it. Not that I am complaining. It's a lot better than rainy days.

One major feature of modern life seems to be people's constant ability to complain. If it's too hot we moan, if it's too cold we complain and so on. The bible encourages us to be 'be content'.  In fact in 1 Timothy 6.8 it states that if we have clothes on our back and food in our stomach we should be content with that. Many in the world do not enjoy these simple blessings and therefore those who do should be grateful for the blessings they enjoy. The same passage of scripture warns against the driving passion for wealth. The bible is often misquoted, probably no passage is more misquoted than this one. People often say 'money is the root of all evil' however the bible actually says 'the love of money is the root of all evil'. The driving desire for wealth is the problem, not money in itself.

I wonder what the driving passion of your life is? What would make you really content even if you are one of the driven Type A group of people. Well the man who wrote the bible verses that I have been referring to in this blog could give us some advice. He lived shortly after the times of Jesus Christ. He was a free born Roman citizen. He was a lawyer, an educated man and a man who was driven to eradicate anyone who got in his path or disagreed with his personal beliefs. Strangely enough he wrote this "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (Philippians 4.11). What made him change from being overbearing and obnoxious to be content and kind. He was still driven in many ways but his passions where different now. He lived for higher purposes and values, he was constantly thinking about others and not himself. But back to the question - what made the change? I think he gives us a clue when he describes the Lord Jesus in Galatians 2.20 as "the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me". One day this man (Saul of Tarsus, later know as Paul the Apostle) had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Jesus appeared to him from heaven and it changed his life. It took this dramatic revelation of God to convince him that Jesus was alive from the dead having died for our sins at Golgotha outside Jerusalem. He repented of his unbelief, blasphemy and sin (he changed his mind and direction), confessed his guilt before God and received the gift of God which is eternal though Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6.23).

My question for you is this. If you are a Christian - are you content and do you rejoice in all the blessing that God has brought into your life? If you are an unbeliever - how can you be content when you focus on the present, and soon to pass, things of this life? I am praying that God will open your eyes to see the truth about your need of salvation and to understand that the Lord Jesus died that your sins might be forgiven.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Back on the streets of Liverpool




Today I was back on the streets of Liverpool preaching the glorious message of God's grace. Coca Cola had display unit with queues of up to 100 waiting to visit it. People had to wait for a long time, for a bottle of coke with their name printed on the label. Talk about a captive audience! What a joy to announce the great news of forgiveness of sins through "repentance to toward God and faith in The Lord Jesus Christ". We also had up to 40 sitting about having lunch in the sunshine. It's in the mid 20's today so it is great for people sitting about.

Someone suggested I should have preached about "it's one thing to get your name on a label - it's even better to get your name in the "book of life". Good idea, I was too slow.


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Location:Williamson Square, Liverpool City Centre

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ukraine 13 Day 9 Update










We had another great day today despite bad weather making us cancel the Open Air and tracting.

In the evening we had a BBQ, Fireworks and lots more. You can access the photos on my Facebook page.

Thanks for following this trip.

Stephen

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