Saturday, March 21, 2020

Facing our greatest fears - what coronavirus could do?



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 not to worry but most of us do even if it’s only occasionally. 

At this moment in our nation, many people are worried. They fear the unknown! They are not sure what is going on? Who should they believe? How serious is this crisis?

The truth is - it is very serious and the potential for widespread disaster and indeed, death, is immense.

So please read and think about what I have to say today - you may regret not doing so one day.



Christians believe the Bible teaches why we are on this planet, why things go wrong and what’s important in life. The Bible teaches that the solution (salvation) is found in a person, the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the key summary statements from the Bible says this - ‘This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners . . .’, 1 Timothy chapter 1 verse 15.

We believe that the message of the Bible is vital and demands your attention. Everything else will only affect the ‘here and now’ but the gospel of Jesus Christ will also impact your ‘forever’. Listen to this promise found in John’s Gospel chapter 3 verse 16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life’. I know that by now many of you may be tempted to discard what I say but give me a minute of your time. 

This is a great opportunity for you to discover the answers to the questions you ask yourself. There are answers, life is not meaningless, God created you for a purpose, BUT

We need a change in life!

We need past sins forgiven!

We need our future safety to be guaranteed!



I am not being melodramatic but we are all in danger. More of us are in danger of God’s judgment (punishment) for our wrongdoing than are in danger of COVID-19. It applies to all of us for ‘we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God’, (Romans 3.23, the Bible). What we have done might be different but none of us is perfect.

We know that the answer that is provided in the Bible works which is why we want to share it with you. 


Thanks for reading this post.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

A letter about Coronavirus






I received this letter today, I thought there was a lot insight in what the author said. Please read it and consider it carefully,

Kind regards, 

Stephen



Hi Stephen,

As ever yesterday I was trying to finish my morning Bible reading on the Tube. Sadly in this secular society, contrary to the call of Jesus in Mark 8:38 to not be “ashamed of me or my words”, I always feel a little embarrassed to get the Bible out and be reading it in public. Well, not yesterday, not in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak. The new confidence I felt was pretty overwhelming. 
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID - 19 - Finding a vaccine





Do you remember the old adage about waiting for a London Bus, one can wait a long time and 
then two arrive at the same time? We all get affected by delays and changes to expected 
timetables whether on a journey or in an NHS waiting room. The NHS is finding it difficult to 
attain to the 4-hour waiting time in A & E.  

The problem of coronavirus will drastically affect both waiting and admissions at most of our 
hospitals in the UK. The virus has become pandemic approaching 5,000 deaths globally so far. 
In the UK it is expected to peak at the end of May, making the whole population vulnerable to the 
infection that is spreading from continent to continent. The news and views about how long we will be in 
lockdown changes on a daily basis.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

The end of the world?





Sometimes people ask me ‘are we in the last days of this world’s history’. The truthful answer is, I don’t know. The Bible does predict that the world will end one day; but it makes clear that it will not be man who destroys it. I know that many of you will be unconvinced that God, designed and created the world. I believe that it is the only logical explanation. The Bible says that God created and that He will bring this world’s history to a grand finale. 

 

It states: ‘[1]In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.’ This statement teaches us a number of things:

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Saturday, March 07, 2020

What are you living for?



Jim Elliot was a boy who loved Jesus. He knew Christ from an early age and was never afraid to speak about Him to his friends. One day a friend of his parents asked him if he was going to be a preacher when he grew up. ‘I don’t know,’ Jim replied. ‘But I would like to tell someone about Jesus, that never heard of Him before!’ And that is just what happened.
When Jim grew up, he and his wife Betty (Elizabeth) were missionaries in Ecuador, where there were several different tribes of Indians living in the jungle. Some of them were being taught by missionaries already whilst others had never heard of Jesus. One of these tribes was a violent and murderous tribe called Aucas who had never had any contact with the outside world. They were great hunters of wild pigs, monkeys, and jaguars with their spears and bows and arrows. 
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Friday, March 06, 2020

How to live for the good of others



It is reported that there are 7.5 billion people living on planet earth today and sad to say not many of them could say that they have never misappropriated something that belonged to another person i.e. that they have not committed theft. Possibly, the same could be said about lying but that is another subject.  

The eighth commandment is ‘Thou shalt not steal’, the sixth is ‘Thou shalt not kill’, the seventh ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’. So, God was precise in giving us an exact code of moral conduct for life.  

The definition of theft is to ‘dishonestly appropriate property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it’. The word ‘theft’ covers many acts of misappropriation - larceny (theft of personal property), robbery, fraud (identity, benefits, expenses, mortgage, insurance etc), embezzlement and burglary.  
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Monday, March 02, 2020

What type of stuff holds its value?







Collins dictionary gives the following description for  the word stuff (noun) ‘you can use stuff to refer to things such as a substance, a collection of things, events or ideas, or the contents of something in a general way without mentioning the thing itself by name’ it can also be used as a verb if you ‘stuff something’. Another source gave twenty-eight different definitions on the word, fifteen as a noun with the remainder as a verb. Two of the verbs used indicate the work of a taxidermist in stuffing the skin of an animal or a bird to produce a lifelike image. It also could refer to a cook putting sage and onion into a bird’s cavity ready for the oven. Two definitions of the noun give us details of things, worthless things such as clutter and valuable things.
There are fifteen quotations of the word stuff in the Old Testament and one quotation in the New Testament. In Exodus chapter 36 verses 1-7 we read of two men, Bezaleel and Aholiab, who were skilled craftsmen handling precious things such as gold, silver, brass, jewels and a variety of fabrics in the construction of the Tabernacle. 
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