Thursday, November 01, 2018

Life's most important question!





Life's most important questions - Is Jesus alive?

The Lord Jesus Christ is no ordinary person. I make this statement in the present tense because the Lord Jesus is not just a figure of history but he is, today, still alive in heaven. I don't mean alive in the way we might think about a relative who has died and hope is now in heaven. As a Christian I believe people who have turned from their sin and accepted Jesus as their Saviour will be in heaven when they die but this is not my point at the moment. I mean that Jesus is alive, physically in heaven. 

Your response might be - impossible and unbelievable! 
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Monday, October 29, 2018

Did Jesus really claim to be God?

If, in fact, Jesus did claim to be God, what are the implications for us? Stephen Baker is confident in stating that Jesus did indeed claim to be God, and that this requires us to worship Him.

Jesus Did Claim to Be God
One of recurring themes of Jesus’ teaching was the explanation of who He was and why He was here. He didn’t leave that issue open to conjecture. To people around Him, his most controversial and confrontational statements concerned His claim to be God.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Facing Death with confidence








From time to time I visit people who are sick. Sometimes I call at their homes, but often I pop into the hospital to see them. Hospitals can be very sad places. The circumstances and struggles of life and the prospect of facing death are often confronted head-on in a hospital ward or side room.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wedding Invitations

Have you had an invitation to a wedding recently? Stephen Baker has had three! This has reminded him of the greatest wedding invitation of all time.

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An Invitation to a Wedding

This year, so far, I’ve been invited to three weddings. We all like to be invited to a wedding. When the invite drops on the doormat it is so exciting. A new outfit, meeting old friends, a relaxing day, sharing joy with the happy couple. One problem for the couple is – who to invite? If you have lots of friends the bigger problem is – who to leave out?
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Is there such a thing as truth?

By Stephen Baker

What is truth? Is truth subjective? Can we know the truth? What does the Bible teach about truth?
Life is full of questions and often the answers are difficult. Stephen Baker seeks to answer various questions about life and faith using the Bible as his only source. Listen to Stephen’s show, “Life Questions,” on HopeStreamRadio as he tackles the challenge of life’s questions.

what is truthWhat Is Truth?

The concept of truth has clearly fallen on hard times.
Pilate posed one of the most profound and eternally significant questions in the Bible. He asked Jesus in His final hour, “What is truth?” It was a cynical response to what Jesus had just revealed: “I have come into the world, to testify to the truth.” Two thousand years later, the whole world breathes Pilate’s cynicism, with good cause.
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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Power - Megalomania, Men and God

Power – Megalomania, Men and God

By Stephen Baker

Men love power – but why? Stephen points out that history is full of men who want to be God, but only one God who would be man. That man is Jesus, Son of God.
Life is full of questions and often the answers are difficult. Stephen Baker seeks to answer various questions about life and faith using the Bible as his only source. Listen to Stephen’s show, “Life Questions,” on HopeStreamRadio as he tackles the challenge of life questions

Men Who Want to be God

History is replete with men who have strived to be recognized as God. The ultimate power sought by many is to rule over other men and women and be worshipped by them.
Before Jesus had reached His second birthday, He had already become the target of an assassination plot by King Herod, the ruthless and paranoid ruler of Roman-controlled Judea. Joseph and Mary, prompted by a dream from God, took the baby and fled to Egypt.
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Monday, October 01, 2018

Technology - Good or Bad?




In the past I have spoken to young people about technology and social media. Truthfully, the discussion isn't really limited to young people. Apart from a few exceptions most people use technology.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Facing our greatest fears



May I ask you a few questions:

  1. Are you worried about the past?
  2. Are you fearful about the future?
  3. Are you not happy about the present?

Every list of people’s top worries has certain common items - money problems, health, getting old, relationships and death. It would be good to not to worry but most of us do even if it’s only occasionally. 
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Friday, September 14, 2018

20% of people in the UK admit to loneliness!



I discovered recently that ‘1 A national commission investigating loneliness in the UK in January 2017 showed that a fifth of the population privately admits they are "always or often lonely”’.

Herbert Van Zeller, 1905-1984, once wrote ‘the soul hardly ever realises it, but whether he is believer or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God’. That’s quite a statement. Loneliness is deeper than a lack of company and it affects people in all stages of life.
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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Wonderfully Made - Part 5 - The Cells



Our fifth and final subject for study in the series is the cells, the basic building blocks of our bodies. There are an awful lot of them, about 40 trillion (million million), with a mere 35 billion, thousand million, skin cells, and around two billion cells in our hearts. 

There are about 200 different kinds of cell, including blood, muscle, skin, nerve, glandular cells, etc. Half our cells are taken up by red blood cells.
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Wonderfully Made - Part 4 - The Heart






Our fourth subject for study in the series is our heart. This is our amazing blood pump, which sends about seven and a half tonnes of blood around our body every single day, delivering this fresh delivery to the tens of trillions of cells in the body through its 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Our hearts beat more than 100,000 times a day to do this job. It is hardly surprising therefore that the human heart has been called one of the biggest engineering miracles in the whole world.
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Wonderfully Made - Part 3 - The Liver




David, the author of most of the psalms in our Bible wrote that he was ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. In this series of short studies, we are looking at five parts of our wonderfully made human bodies, and finding out what spiritual lessons they have for us today. 

Our third subject for study in the series is our liver, the largest of our internal organs, situated on the right hand side of the belly. It is also one of our most complex organs, doing about 500 jobs at once, including fighting off infection; neutralizing poisons; manufacturing essential proteins and hormones; controlling blood sugar and helping with the clotting of our blood. However the liver's main job is to clean up the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it on to the rest of the body. At any one time, the liver contains about one eighth of all the blood in our bodies, and it pumps out about one and a half litres of purified blood per minute.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

NC500 Part 7





















So this is the final day. We woke early and eventually got up. The showers in the Dornoch Camping Site were not up to scratch but they did the job. Tiles were missing but the water was hot and refreshing. 

A quick visit to the site shop and we were set up for breakfast - cereal, eggs, rolls, tea, coffee etc. We ended up eating under canvass as the gills and crows (and a few pied wagtails)  were overly keen to share our food. 

The tent was cleaned and packed away for the last time. We spent the morning enjoying Dornoch Cathedral, Dornoch Castle and the obligatory stops for coffee and lunch. Then it was into the car to head south. Hamilton being the interim destination with the final stop being Liverpool. It’s been a great trip. Scotland has lived up to its reputation for extreme beauty and excellent hospitality. 

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Thanks. 

Stephen 
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NC500 Part 6





















The penultimate day of our tour started with us having a fantastic breakfast in the Corner Cafe in Wick. The couple who run it know the Christians from the Gospel Hall well. The food was outstanding and we had a great chat. 





















From Wick we retraced our steps to the Castle of Mey. This was the late Queen Mother’s holiday home. You’d need to visit it to really appreciate how good it is. Prince Charles visits every August and spends some time in the Castle (it closes to the public while he is in residence). The Prince acts as the local Chieftain of the Highland Games as his much loved Grandmother also did. 

































The next stop was Canisbay Kirk. This is an historical Scottish Kirk which the Queen Mother attended when staying in the Castle of Mey. I find gravestones very interesting and this one proved to be no different. The scriptures say ‘it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment’, Hebrews 9. 27. People dies at all stages of life and from all levels of society. There are no exceptions. A walk around a graveyard can be quite sobering. 

















We stopped at Lybster Harbour for a quick look. I love taking photographs of boats, harbours and lighthouses. Sorry if you see a lot of them but they always catch my eye. 

















The rest of the day was spent driving the Caithness coast down through the coast of Sutherland until we arrived at Dornoch. Restaurants were few and far between but we ended up having a lovely meal in a hotel overlooking the sea, campsite and the links golf course. 











So to bed awaiting our final leg of the NC500 trip. 
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