Matters of Life and Death

Matters of Life and DeathFor those of us who have and love our pets, this story my be a familiar one to us.

One Saturday morning I received an urgent call from a friend of mine, who told me her dog was very ill.

As she didn’t have a car of her own, she asked me to help her take her dog to the vet.

The dog was lying on the floor on an old sheet and was unable to move his legs because they had stopped working – this was serious. With the help of another neighbour, we managed to carry him to the car and laid him down in the back. Then, with the sick dog settled in the back, my friend and I drove to the vets. When we arrived, the vet and a veterinary nurse lifted him out of the car and took him into the surgery.

The vet told us he didn’t know what was wrong, but the dog was obviously very sick. It would cost a lot of money to investigate, which my friend could not afford, and the vet felt there was little likelihood of a recovery. The only other option was to ‘put the dog to sleep’.

After a brief discussion, my friend decided on the second option, although it was a painfully sad one.

She was upset, and I was too because I’d known the dog since he was a puppy. The vet gave him the lethal injection; he went from a creature that was obviously alive to a lifeless corpse.

He lay there with his eyes open, a solid unyielding body that had once been a much–loved pet; but now the life had gone from him, he was transformed into a lifeless, dog–shaped lump. Read more

Ignoring God

Why Do Some People Choose to Ignore God?

Ignoring GodWHY DO MANY PEOPLE WILLINGLY

IGNORE THE EXISTENCE OF A GOD?

WHY DO MANY PEOPLE IGNORE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE FOREVER?

Man spends billions of dollars every year researching cures for life’s diseases in an attempt to prolonging man’s life, people collectively spend billions on trying to live longer whether in fitness quests or healthy lifestyle pursuits or on claimed medicinal solutions.

Yet overall man lives no longer today than he did in years gone by, depending of course on where you live.

So why is this?

Why does mankind spend so much to gain so little?

Why is it that man does not read the Bible and there find the answer to living FOREVER? Read more

Ignoring Religion

WHY DO MANY PEOPLE IGNORE RELIGION?

WHY DO MANY PEOPLE IGNORE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE BEYOND THIS LIFE?

Surely nobody can be happy about living such a short life, I mean 75yrs goes by in a blink, you Ignoring Religionask anyone who is there and they will all tell you “I don’t know where the years have gone…”  “it seems like I was only young yesterday…”  “life has gone by so quickly, it is hard to know how it has gone by so quickly…”

It’s sad but very true, that this life seems to be over in a blink and for a lot of people not only do they have little to show for it, they have nothing they can take with them to their eternal home in the ground ie. from dust we were made, unto dust we return.  There is no doubt about this, dig up anyone who has died and there they are or rather what’s left of them.

Now is there any after life?  Well no one has ever come back in any shape or form to prove this except for one man – Jesus Christ – and this is a fact of history.

But most people seem to ignore this fact, or willingly disbelieve it, by this I mean they don’t even bother to research it or look into it to find out if it was true.  Yet it is a fact of history apart from the record of the Bible.  Goodness our dating system alone proves it to be so and every time you reference the year you are reminded of the birth and death of Christ. Read more

The Appeal of Jesus

Appeal of Jesus to allIt is easy to become anxious about the problems of the modern world. We can however take great comfort from the fact that the power of Jesus Christ, who called men and women nearly 2000 years ago, is still effective today.

The preaching of the gospel by Jesus’ followers in the first century led to a revolution in how people thought and lived. What was the reason for such mighty changes? The explanation is contained in the gospel records about his work and mission, where we find that the message of Jesus, which was then carried further afield by his followers, the apostles, met a very real human need.

Men and women have the same needs today and the message of Jesus can satisfy them now as in the first century. There are the same questions on essential things today as there were so long ago; for men and women do not change. What was there about Jesus that drew men and women to him when he moved about among them?

Local Fame

The records that we have of the life of Jesus are almost entirely devoted to the 3½ years of his public work, with emphasis on the closing days which led to his crucifixion. Most of his ministry was spent in journeying from place to place preaching and healing. Both his message and his miracles created tremendous enthusiasm; the whole province of Galilee rang with excited talk about the new preacher. Read more

Are You Saved?

Are You Saved? If So How Are You Saved?

Are You Saved?

Is YOUR knowledge of the BIBLE and YOUR belief and worship of GOD able to SAVE YOU?

Not sure? Well consider this passage from JOHN CHAPTER 17

“1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”

The Greek word for “know” is ‘genosko’ and it means to have a thorough intellectual understanding of what something is all about.

Do you have this understanding of God and His Son Read more

Why the Bible is Reliable

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 1 Timothy 3:16

Bible

Many scoff at the Word of God. The Bible says that even in the “LAST DAYS” there would be scoffers asserting, “Where is the promise of his coming, for since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation.”  (2 Peter 3:4).  Although all life is miraculous, and day and night are a wondrous phenomena: yet man thinks it impossible that the Great Creator could have handed him a divine Handbook explaining His purpose with the earth and man upon it.  In other words, divine power is limited to man’s own punt understanding.

But have you ever thought over the claims of the Bible to be the Word of God?  Just for a few moments, consider this brief evidence:

First, its Antiquity: The excavator’s spade is a great testimony to the truth of the Bible. The gaunt ruins of Babylon may be seen today – deserted, for the Arab will not pitch his tent there. (see Isaiah 13:19-22).  In the sea around Tyre can be seen remnants of ancient pillars of Tyre, the old maritime city.  Fishermen spread their nets upon them just as Ezekiel said they would do (Ezekiel 26:1-14).  Some years ago, the record of Joshua of the city of Jericho was ridiculed. But in 1934 Professor Garstang uncovered the city and found evidence of it having been burnt (ch. 6).  Likewise Edom, Moab, Ammon and Palestine itself, abound with evidence that the Bible record is true. Read more

A Religion that makes sense

A Religion That Makes Sense

A Religion that makes sense

1. WHERE MODERN CHRISTIANITY FAILS

Starting right

Somebody once said that you will never find atheists on a life raft. This is another way of saying that when people are in desperate situations, they cannot afford to leave God out of their reckoning.

The stark fact is that we are all in a desperate situation, always. When people swagger and snap their fingers in God’s face, they are living in a dream world. They are not awake to the fact that life, at its best, is brief and precarious.

That is at its best!

And in these days of world wars and hydrogen bombs, life is more uncertain than ever. There is but a step between us and death.

Let us then begin by acknowledging that we need God. We are all on the same life raft; the sea is rough, and the sky is dark and threatening. We dare not pretend that we don’t believe in Him.

As believers in God, we ask the question: can we find a sensible and satisfying way of worshipping this God in whom we believe?

Would I be right in assuming that we believe in Jesus Christ too? Good! So it looks as if we ought to be enthusiastic members of the community that Christ founded. Read more

The Fool has said there is no God

ALL PEOPLE Everywhere are WITHOUT EXCUSE

YOU Are Without Excuse

We all tend to make excuses.

Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent. But God had given them clear instructions. The Fool has said there is no GodWhen He reveals His will to us, we have no excuse for disobeying. Jesus said: “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin” (John 15:22).

IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE

The eternal power and deity of God are observed by all.  “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:18-21). Read more