Friday, February 15, 2019

Stages of life and the forgiveness of God

We pass through many stages of life on our journey. Stephen Baker points out that this is normal but we shouldn’t miss out on the forgiveness of God.

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?
In the UK the summer of 2018 was really a bit of a non-event. I am not fully aware of the precise statistics but it seems that summer came and went with little evidence that we had one.
stages of life

Life Passing Us By

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.

Stages of Life

I once listened to a philosopher as he eloquently described the various stages that we all go through in life. He said we start with enchantment, progress to accumulating knowledge, develop love and romance and end up with cementing our lives into some state of security. It was an interesting take on the stages of life. He ended by saying that the most successful people in life manage to hold on to major elements of all of these stages of life. They are still enchanted and excited by life, they thirst for knowledge, they are emotionally fulfilled, have good relationships and are stable and secure people.
stages of life

The Bible Can Explain Our Cynicism

So why am I writing about this? I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer to our cynicism. Major damage to humanity took place when sin came into the world. This event is described in the bible, it says, ‘by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin” 1. The Bible categorically states the reason why sin and death exist in the world. It is because the first man, Adam, chose to ignore God’s warning and disobey him. The danger is that we perpetuate the same crime when we refuse to hear God’s voice in His word, the Bible.

One of the Saddest Bible Verses

One of the saddest verses in the Bible, to me, is when it says people “refused the love of the truth that they might be saved”2. As a result people miss the forgiveness that God offers through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can still enjoy the enchantment of life, the thrill of learning, the joy of living and the security of being safe for this life and the next when we come, as Jesus said, ‘as little children’. Have a good month. God bless.
Bible Quotations
1. Romans 5.12
2 Thessalonians 2.10

Stephen Baker

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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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Friday, February 08, 2019

Are you frightened about the the state of the world?

Are you frightened about the state of the world at the moment? Many people find it very scary, as every day seems to bring another disaster. Murder seems to be so commonplace! On a daily basis we hear of someone else going on the rampage and killing people! Individual acts of terrorism are on the increase resulting in the tragedy of people being deprived of their loved ones by an act of violence. Events of yesterday seem so long ago as we wake up to hear of another tragic evil act being perpetrated.

I find it all very distressing and yet I, sadly, can see the inevitability of the way the world is going. The Bible teaches that conditions in society will get worse and worse as time progresses. Paul, as an old man, wrote to Timothy, a young man – ‘but understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with deceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying its power,’ 2 Timothy 3:1-5. I think what the Bible is saying in these verses is staring us in the face. Do you recognize a description of our society?

Friday, February 01, 2019

Snow Forecast

In some areas of the world this time of year brings with it the possibility of snowfall.  Recently there has been exceptionally heavy snow in the Alps with over 10 feet of snowfall in just 15 days in some resorts in Austria. Snow on the roofs of buildings has brought danger to the structure of many dwellings.  Avalanches have taken the lives of skiers and people in isolated places.  At least 27 people have been killed across the Alps.  The Telegraph newspaper reported that “Many died after defying official warnings and venturing off piste despite the risk of avalanches, and nine current and former skiing stars on Tuesday issued an appeal to people to heed the warnings”.
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