Friday, July 12, 2019

The world’s longest sea crossing bridge








In October 2019 the BBC reported, ‘Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the world's longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began. Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. The bridge cost about $20bn (£15.3bn) and should have opened in 2016. Construction has been dogged by safety issues and at least 18 workers have died on the project, officials say’.

Secondly, NASA’s space scientists were ecstatic at the safe landing on Mars of the InSight probe. After a journey of more than 6 months at 12,000 miles an hour, it had to decelerate to 5 miles an hour in 8 minutes to effect a safe landing. Images of Mars were captured very quickly by the InSight probe and transmitted to the NASA Mission Control Centre. The distance between Mars and Earth has been bridged. 



These two projects illustrate the rapid advance in technology and the successful missions accomplished. In contrast to modern technological achievements of this nature it is sad to note the decline in social behaviour; the world is degenerating, morally, at a rapid rate. 

A BRIDGE TOO FAR  

The title over this paragraph is reputed to have been said by Lieutenant General Frederick Browning to Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery in September 1944 concerning the proposed seizing of the Arnhem bridgehead over the Rhine River. Before the operation started the comment was made ‘I think we may be going a bridge too far’. In total 35,000 troops were used in the operation; many of them were air lifted from the UK. The object of the operation was to push the German forces from the Netherlands back into Germany. This was in preparation for the final push against the SS to defeat the third Reich with the objective of ending the war by Christmas 1944. Major General Robert Urquhart was in charge of the 1stAirborne Division that fought in the Battle of Arnhem during Operation Market Garden and he led 10,000 men to take and occupy a position outside Arnhem. Bad intelligence informed them that they would receive little opposition but they subsequently were confronted by a SS Panzer division and battled for 9 days losing four fifths of their men. Only 2,000 men returned to the UK and they saw no further action in WW2. A friend of mine, the late Mr Chris Peters of North Cornwall was a Transport Driver and was deployed in an airdrop of equipment over Arnhem. His son informed me that after they had dropped all the equipment over the dropping zone the pilot took evasive action to avoid the flak. So severe was his action that it caused the crew to be violently sick. Operation Market Garden failed and truly it became ‘a bridge too far’.

When visiting Israel in 2008 the guide of our tour told us that the locals refer to the Land of Israel as ‘the Bridge’. This is an apt description of the location and function of Israel between Africa and Europe/Asia serving as a land bridge between these continents. The Tigris and the Euphrates rivers in Mesopotamia attracted many people to build cities there. Similarly Egypt with its River Nile supported other people and cultures. The Bible records movement of Nationals from North to South through the land of Israel to make war against Egypt. Assyria did this in the days of King Hezekiah and on their return from Egypt stopped outside Jerusalem threatening King Hezekiah to submit and become a tributary to Assyria. King Hezekiah presented this matter to the Lord (he prayed) and that night one angel destroyed 185,000 Assyrian solders. All of these past events are a picture of a future events at the Battle of Armageddon.  

We read in 1 Timothy ch2 v 5-6 that there is ‘one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time’. Jesus Christ himself is that mediator.  He is ‘the Bridge’ between God and man and the only way for sinners to come to God. Earlier we were thinking of the bridge built in China and that a number of lives were lost in building that massive feat of engineering. Jesus sacrificed His life to provide a bridge for sinners to get to Heaven. There is no other way; He only can be that bridge for all who will come to God.  

Many people believe that their way of getting to Heaven is their self made ‘bridge’ of good works.  They think that their good deeds will outweigh their bad deeds and that God will smile favourably upon them and accept them into Heaven. Sadly that way will fail. The scriptures say in Proverbs chapter 14 verse 12 ‘There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death’.

The only certain way of a home in Heaven is to know the Lord Jesus Christ, as your personal Saviour. He only can reconcile a sinner and bring them to God.

Written by a guest blogger 
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Friday, June 28, 2019

The art of self deception






Have you heard the story of the bank robber named McArthur Wheeler in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who was told that if he rubbed lemon juice on his face, he wouldn’t need to use a mask to avoid detection, because his face would be invisible to the cameras? This is not a joke it’s true! He bought a Polaroid camera and a couple of lemons, squeezed them and applied the juice to his face. He then pointed the camera at his face and clicked, rotated the camera and clicked. What he finished up with was a photo of the ceiling but no image of his face and fully believed that the lemon juice did the trick.
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Friday, June 21, 2019

New York Times Opinionator column






The New York Times Opinionator column for a period carried a five-part essay by Errol Morris entitled ‘The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is’. He leads with a story of a bank robber named McArthur Wheeler in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was told that if he rubbed lemon juice on his face, he need not use a mask to avoid detection, because his face would be invisible to the cameras. He bought a Polaroid camera and a couple of lemons, squeezed them and applied the juice to his face. Pointed the camera at his face and clicked, rotated the camera and clicked. What he finished up with was a photo of the ceiling but no image of his face and fully believed that the lemon juice did the trick.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

D Day Landing June 6th





June 6th was a very special day for the veterans of the D Day landing in Normandy.  The veterans were there to commemorate the invasion of France to defeat the Nazi enemy and to liberate the people of France. Seventy five years ago thousands of young men died on the five beaches where the allied forces landed and today's veterans went back to Sword Beach, Normandy to remember the sacrifice of their comrades on that day.  Two of those veterans, one aged 95 years old, the other 94 years old, who had parachuted into Normandy on D Day jumped again this year (in tandem with an instructor) from the Dakota aircraft to the same area. What memories that would bring back!  

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Friday, June 07, 2019

Are you affected by the weather?

What was the first thing you noticed this morning when you got up? Maybe I should reword that. I am not thinking about your beautiful spouse or children. My question really is – did you notice if it was sunny or rainy? Did the weather annoy you or concern you?


Passed By

Some summers are really a bit of a non-event. I’ll not go into the precise statistics but it seems that often summers come and go with little evidence that we actually had one.
Life is like that for a lot of us. Some people feel that it has passed them by. The dreams of yesterday never quite became the reality of today. The wish list remained just that – a wish list. If only.  Life need not be like that. I believe that God’s desire for humanity is to lift our gaze from the mundane things of life and to give us hope; but more of that in a moment.
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Prime Minister’s Questions





PRIME MINISTER’S QUESTIONS  
P.M.Q’S or Prime Ministers Questions are heard at midday each Wednesday for half an hour when Parliament is sitting.  The leader of the opposition can ask six questions, sometimes a red herring is slipped in to mislead or misdirect the Prime Minister.  Most questions are direct, some rhetorical and others take the shape of “W.H” questions.  The latter is frequently used by journalists when a question is prefixed by What, Who, Where, When, Why and How.  The newsmen borrowed this structure from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Six honest serving men”.  If only in politics honesty was the motive and driving force, questions might get answered more positively and outcomes more beneficial. 
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Friday, May 03, 2019

What is your most valued possession?



What is Your Most Valuable Possession?

It’s a good question; I wonder how you would answer it? If we are being honest our answer will depend, to some extent, on our circumstances. For instance, if I was terminally ill what I thought was important would be completely different to my choice in sunnier days. Car, homes, holidays and technology might be important to me now, but they have little value if life is slipping from my grasp. I hope that family, relationships and my spiritual condition will be my focus if I get time to contemplate my departure from this life to the next.

Is Your Most Valuable Possession a Bucket List?

So be honest with me – if you were facing the dying moments of your life on Earth what would your checklist look like? I often hear people talk about a bucket list of things they would like to do before they die. It might be to climb this mountain, fly to this destination or enjoy this particular experience. Please don’t get me wrong, I understand that you would be creating memories for those who will be left behind. I appreciate that you may be seeking to ensure that the final moments of life are full of genuine rich and familial experience.
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God cares for you

Does God Care about us?  Stephen points out that God has time for each one of us. He cares about each one of us personally, we simply need to come to Him. 

Does God Care?

This time of the year can be a lonely time for many people! Everyone has their family, or do they? There are a lot of people about who are very private and keep themselves to themselves. They would not trouble anyone with their problems and would not presume that anyone else is interested.

I have news for anyone who is reading this who thinks like that. I know someone who is interested in you; the Lord Jesus. He is recorded as saying in the Gospel of John – ‘I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly‘.

Jesus is Interested in You

The Lord Jesus is personally interested in each one of us. For no other reason than He wants the best for us! If you doubt that then read one of the four Gospels in the New Testament part of the Bible. The record about Jesus says that ‘He went about doing good‘. For three years for He dispensed the blessing and forgiveness of God to the people He met. He healed them both physically and spiritually. By doing this He was proving that God is interested. That God is caring! That God has time for you! Even His amazing miracles demonstrate that God cares. The one who can heal the body can save the soul!

Does God Care?Come to Jesus

You can come to Him quietly, by praying to Him, wherever you are. We have all sinned against God and need His forgiveness. When we agree with God that we have disobeyed His commandments and ask for His forgiveness then He will forgive.

Contact me if you are not sure how to come to Jesus.

Why and How Should I Come to Jesus?

Why and How you may ask?

Why – because we are in danger. God is just and must judge wrong. Our wrongdoing has consequences because breaking God’s law is damaging. Just as fire burns so sin hurts and has ongoing consequences. This is why we need God’s help. The Bible states that God ‘is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance‘.

How – God can save us from the consequence of sin because His Son, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. The Bible says ‘Christ died for the ungodly‘. He died for you, and I, and can forgive us because He took the punishment for sin. Jesus was sinless and so was qualified to pay the price on our behalf.

Does God Care?

 

You Will be Forgiven

When you trust Lord Jesus Christ with your life and soul you will be forgiven – why not believe today? It works – He saved me and has been part of my life for fifty two years now. 

Stephen Baker

You can listen to podcasts from Stephen’s  program, “Life Questions,” by clicking here. We encourage you to visit Stephen’s website at: www.seekthetruth.org.uk, where you can access podcasts and videos explaining the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

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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.


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Keep on reading!!




In Western culture, we almost take the ability to read for granted! Reading is such a basic requirement for life. 
The fact you understand what I am talking about in this article means that you can read! Essentially, it means that you can translate the squiggles and strokes on the page. If I am incapable of writing well or of expressing my ideas then you may read the words but have no idea what I'm trying to say. Therefore, reading with understanding is vital. 
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Your life will not end when you die!





Life is constantly changing; nothing lasts for ever! This is a sad reality but one that we all have to come to terms with. It is often hard to accept that we will grow old, that loved ones will pass on and that children grow up and leave home. It’s sad but true! 

Please read on as I have good news for you. Your life will not end when you die!  At first sight that sounds like a contradiction in terms but let me clarify what I mean.
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Monday, April 22, 2019

Who do you think Jesus was?



Mar 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.


 All that the centurion witnessed on that historic day brought him to this conclusion ‘truly this man was the Son of God’ As we consider all that the Saviour said and did we conclude the same. How fundamental is this truth in days when so many try to deny it.


 Our passage today brings us to Calvary and reminds us of all that happened there. This day was pivotal in the history of the world. It was planned before the world began, spoken of in the Garden of Eden and illustrated by pictures and type throughout the Bible.

The Lord Jesus Christ is at the centre of these events as the Lamb of God that bears away the sin of the world. Have you been to the foot of the cross and realised what the Saviour did for you? Have you bowed the knee in repentance and believed in your heart that it was for you personally that He died? Do you believe that the man who died on that cross that day was none other than the Son of God? If not then this remains the single most important thing that you can do in your life. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!

Jesus Christ was a unique man. He was unique in His birth; born of a virgin Mat 1:23. He was unique in His life; in Him is no sin 1 Jn 3:5. He was unique in His death; death had no claim on Him. He was unique in His resurrection. There have been those who set out to disprove this truth of the resurrection and ended up writing about the evidence that supports it after they themselves came to trust the one that they wanted to disprove. Truly this man was the Son of God!  


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