Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lord Street, Liverpool - Old and New

Lord Street, Liverpool. 

Lord Street is one of the main streets in central LiverpoolEngland that historically formed the city's main shopping district. The street is relatively short at less than 300 metres in length, it joins onto Church Street to the east and James Street alongside Derby Square and the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts. The majority of land to the south of Lord Street is occupied by the Liverpool One complex, whilst the likes of Cavern Walks and BHS are located on the north side of the street.

Lord Street was named after Lord Molyneux and was originally called Lord Molyneux Street.The title 'Lord' in 21st century Britain reminds us of someone who has been honoured. The Bible states that the Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of honour and praise. This is because he 'suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God', 1 Peter 3:18. The scriptures warn that if we do not bow before God in this life that we will definitely do it in the next  - 'that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, Phil 2:10,11.

May I remind you that the Lord Jesus Christ 'died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day, according to the scriptures', 1 Corinthians 15:3,4. Would you trust Him and make Him Lord of your life today?


My latest purchase - The Book of Books by Melvyn Bragg

I am working in Bracknell for a week and happened to pop into Waterstones for a browse! I just happened to! Well to be honest I can’t resist popping into bookshops especially if they do a good decaffeinated latte.
I hear the coffee connoisseurs breathing in deeply at the insult. Coffee’s not coffee unless it’s really coffee I hear them say!
Anyway back to my real reason for writing. I was browsing through the clearance shelves and spotted this book – The Book of Books by Melvyn Bragg. It was only £3 and on a topic that I couldn’t resist. The main thesis of the book is this (in Melvyn Bragg’s own words) – ‘but whoever you are in the English-speaking world, I hope to persuade you to consider that the King James Bible has driven the making of that world over the last 400 years, often in most unanticipated ways’.
Christians believe that the Bible is the word of God and that it is able to make people ‘wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus’.
The impact that the King James Bible has had on the world is immense. Politically, socially and culturally it’s influence is well beyond what most people imagine. My question, however, to my readers is this – has the bible had an impact on your life? The objective of the bible was not essentially to change the political landscape or remould the morals of nations but to bring mankind to God. To do this the Bible makes us aware of God’s creatorial rights, of His standards of morality and our inability to reach them. It teaches the abject failure of humanly designed religion to produce salvation and that the work of salvation which was accomplished by the incarnation (the coming of the Son of God from heaven to earth at Bethlehem), Jesus’ perfect life, His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection.
God’s offer is that of redemption (to clear the debt God says you owe Him), to cleanse from sin and to save from coming judgment. To benefit from this offer we need to acknowledge our need and guilt, to confess our sins before God (there is a direct line of communications to God that opens when we pray) and to rest entirely on Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. Any reliance on our character or behaviour indicates that we do not really feel we need Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour but that we feel that we can achieve acceptance with God on our own terms. This is plainly untrue if we believe what God has revealed about this matter in the Bible. ‘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’, John 3:16.
All you need to know is in the Bible – ‘Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God’, Romans 10:17

Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

God's fair creation

On my return from the USA I had two days in the Lake District of England. We met my parents to catch up with the intention of chilling for a bit.

What a delight it was to discover Lowther Castle. It's just off Jct 44 on the M6. The 130 acre plot (just a small one) has been owned by one family for 800 years. It's history is fascinating but due to financial pressures the family castle was de-roofed (is there such a word) in 1937 so that double inheritance tax could be avoided.

Carole (my wife) and walked in the grounds for a couple of hours and had a delightful time.

It stuck me forcibly again that what humans build can be damaged or destroyed. God's word however is incorruptible and eternal. The bible states that the 'word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached into you' (1 Peter 1:25). The bible also says that the physical world is deteriorating over time (science now accepts this concept) but that God is the same and His years shall not fail (Hebrews 1:12). God is eternal, life giving, dependable and a saving God for those who 'repent (have a change of mind) and believe the gospel' (Mark 1:15).

For further information on Lowther Castle go to www.lowthercastle.org.

For further information on the bible and it's message go to previous posts and www.seekthetruth.org.uk

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