Sunday, April 29, 2018

Flying High







One of the benefits of travelling is that I get to fly from time to time. I enjoy flying and am not too bothered if the plane is large or small. 

Once when I was visiting Vancouver I had the opportunity to fly in a three seater small plane. It seemed tiny to me. We took off and climbed high above Vancouver, had a quick look over the edge of the Rockies, dipped over downtown Vancouver and returned to the airfield. I enjoyed it but I was trusting the pilot, the technicians who maintained the plane, air traffic control and a lot of other people. Events in life are often only safe because people care, prepare and plan things in advance. 
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

A new baby



Most people love a new baby. The recent arrival of Prince Louis Arthur Charles Windsor has filled columns of newsprint and helped sell celebrity magazines as well as bringing some joy into our national life for a moment or two. I am sure it is not why Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have had another child but it’s amazing what the arrival of a baby can do.

I know the feeling well. My daughter has recently given birth to her second child, a gorgeous baby boy - and as you can tell, I am genuinely not biased!
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

This week - ending 28th April 2018




Pictures of the death of Christ in Leviticus 1-7


I have just completed a week looking at the five offerings of Leviticus 1 - 7. These are instructive, challenging and vivid pictures of the death of Christ and what was happening when he made ‘one sacrifice for sins for ever,’ Hebrews 10:12. 


Our hearts are touched and our commitment challenged as we consider the life of Christ and his death at Golgotha. 


I thank God he died for me and that he lives in the power of an endless life, in heaven.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

GQ's list of 21 Books you don't have to read - they got at least one wrong!


GQ magazine has placed the Bible on its list of "21 Books You Don't Have to Read." This is quite a ridiculous stance even in terms of literature never mind ethics and morals. 
Here are some quotes from famous people about the Bible - they are not all Christians but they testify to the value of reading the Bible:
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SOUGHT AND FOUND

SOUGHT AND FOUND

In February 2013, an 18-year-old British backpacker went missing in the Australian outback for three days. He was young, healthy and very fit, since he was a keen long-distance runner. He had been working on a cattle station in Queensland and decided to go for a jog. In the heat of some 40oC he became disorientated and instead of running back to the cattle station and safety, he was going in the opposite direction. Thankfully, there were folks searching for him and he was found during a helicopter search of the region. It must have been a dreadful ordeal for this man and his family; almost unimaginable.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ethical Business Based on the Bible




DOING BUSINESS BY THE BOOK


  1. WHAT BOOK - The Bible 


  1. WHY - BECAUSE GOD’S WORD IS OUR GUIDE FOR LIFE


2 Timothy 3:16-17


All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:


That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.


  1. WHY - BECAUSE GOD’S WORD SPECIFICALLY TEACHES ABOUT EMPLOYMENT 


THE WORK ETHIC


WORK IS NORMAL


WORK IS TO PROVIDE FOR FAMILIES


WORK EXISTED BEFORE SIN


Genesis 2:15 ‘to dress it and to keep it’ plus 1:28


2 Thess 3:6-12 - Verse 10 - If a man does not work neither shall he eat


  1. PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS 


Faithfulness and Trustworthiness (Luke 16/Heb 3:2,5/2 Cor 4:2)


Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much... 


Luke 16:11 Who will commit to your trust true riches. 


  1. EXAMPLES OF BUSINESS


1 Samuel 25Nabal  - a bad example


Matthew 20:1-16 - On keeping your word


Luke 12:15-21  - Greed and forgetting God


Nehemah - Leadership (Nehemiah 4)


Moses - Jethro and Moses on delegation (Exodus 18)


Boaz (Ruth 2)


Ruth 2:4 The way he greets his employees 

Ruth 2:8 He had instructed the young women

Ruth 2:9 He had charged the young men


  1. SPECIFIC PASSAGES ABOUT WORK


Ephesians 6:5-8 Employees


Ephesians 6:9 Bosses


Colossians 3:22-25 Employees


Colossians 4:1,2,5,6 Bosses


1 Timothy 6:1-3 Employees & Bosses


Titus 2:9-11 

HOW WE WORK IS A PROOF OF SALVATION


Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.


PURLOINING - 3557. νοσφίζω nosphízō; fut. nosphísō, from nósphi (n.f.), apart, separated. In the NT, only in the mid. nosphízomai, to embezzle, keep back something which belongs to another (Acts 5:2, 3; Titus 2:10; Sept.: Josh. 7:1). Applied by Greek writers to embezzlement of public treasures.


Syn.: kléptō (G2813), to steal; aposteréō (G0650), to deprive by fraud.


Ant.: euergetéō (G2109), to do good.


FIDELITY - 4102. πίστις pístis; gen. písteōs, fem. noun from peíthō (G3982), to win over, persuade. Faith. Subjectively meaning firm persuasion, conviction, belief in the truth, veracity, reality or faithfulness (though rare). Objectively meaning that which is believed, doctrine, the received articles of faith.


  1. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE


James 4:13-17 If The Lord will


1 Timothy 6:10 The love of money


  1. USING YOUR WEALTH


1 Timothy 6:6-8  Be content 

1 Timothy 6:9  Beware

1 Timothy 6:17  Trust God not wealth 

1 Timothy 6:18  Use your wealth for others 

1 Timothy 6:19  Invest in the future


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Our visit to The Hague

Since Thursday afternoon I have been in Holland. My son and I joined four other guys for a two night trip to The Hague in the Netherlands. It has been a great few days. We visited a number of places in the city, took a walking tour, ate lots of food and enjoyed every minute of it. 

Here are some pictures of The Hague. I’ll be back blogging next week. Until then have a good weekend. 









































Take a trip to www.seekthetruth.org.uk and watch a video message or listen to something this weekend. 
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Monday, April 09, 2018

Cover - UP (Truth Suppressed)






Cover-UP

This is a term, used increasingly, to describe a situation where the truth has been suppressed, the facts have been misreported and people misled by a string of lies and a web of deceit. This is done deliberately to obscure the truth and to allow the guilty to appear innocent.
The recent Leveson inquiry attempted to discover the truth behind phone-hacking scandals and shockingly intrusive journalism that had been tolerated for years without people being fully aware of the full extent of such deplorable malpractice. The inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster, when many football fans were trampled to death, was carried out to reveal what really happened on that tragic day of the 15th. April 1989. A concerted effort had been made by the police to shift the blame onto the fans and only now are we discovering who really was to blame and what actually happened. Again and again, demands are made for public inquiries to try to ascertain the facts and disclose the truth. After years of silence and deception, many are finally being brought to justice for crimes they had covered up for decades.
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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Back in Liverpool







We arrived back on Tuesday evening around 2100. It was a long journey but we made it. The flight from Kiev to Frankfurt was delayed by 30 minutes which had a knock on effect. 

The journey from arrival to departure in Frankfurt Airport was pressured and tense. This was the same as our outward bound journey. If you are training for a 5k run transiting through Frankfurt International Airport is good practice!
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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Last Day in Ukraine - Kiev







This is our last day in Ukraine: for this trip! We travelled to Kiev on Monday leaving Lutsk at 0521 and arrived at around 1200. The journey was uneventful mainly because I slept for ma lot of it. 

We went out to McD’s for a bite of lunch and then booked into our rooms at 1400. The room was lovely but we had to request a change of room as workmen were drilling through the wall next door and we were told they wouldn’t be finished until 1700. We couldn’t doze or work with the racket so we moved. 
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