So Here It Is, Merry Advent…

 

 

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What is advent anyway?

At the risk of sounding nerdy, the word comes from the latin meaning, coming; which in turn, comes from the Greek word, parousia, which the New Testament uses to describe the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is traditionally a season where Western churches anticipate the nativity celebrations and Jesus’ eventual reappearing.

For the rest of us, it’s the beginning of the Christmas season. Read more

Good Game? I Don’t Think So…

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Bruce Forsythe has added his name to the growing list of celebs and politicians who want to be able to put people down. Whilst his comments seem to come from a concern for the suffering of the individual, he, just like  the others is very misguided.

My beautiful mother in-law is 85 this year and has Alzheimers; we have prayed for her and are grateful that she has improved in some areas, she has regained her cheeky sense of humour and a desire for life, she wants to live until she is 100. According to Baroness Warnock, this beautiful lady should do her duty and be “put down” as she is a burden on her family and society.

In a recent survey among doctors in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal, 40% of them said they could conceive of ‘assisting’ someone with early stage dementia. The question is, how vulnerable are these people, could they be persuaded that it was for the best, could corners be cut and any legal safeguards be circumvented? Of course! It is already happening on the continent, and those of us in other countries need to stand our ground on this one.

In the UK, medical staff are already being disciplined over their views on abortion. Imagine this nightmare playing out in the media.

The reality is, if we want to live in accordance with God’s kingdom, then we will have to bear one anothers burdens (Gal 6:2). The desire to abort the mentally ill is one of the most vile and extreme manifestations of what the Bible calls the flesh – the self centred, make my life easy desire that drives the world. How a society treats its most vulnerable is the measure of its people.

As believers we need to be careful that we are not squeezed into the mould of atheistic thinking that states we are simply a collection of elements that needs to be recycled. Human beings are made in the image of God, it was God who breathed into us and we do not have the right to extinguish that breath in the name of convenience.

We demonstrate God’s kingdom by living according to His values and desires

Is it difficult and expensive to care for people? Do we face terribly difficult decisions when it comes to the care of others? Yes! We live in a broken world that is longing for the appearing of the Lord Jesus so that everything that is broken will be put right. Until then, we demonstrate God’s kingdom by living according to His values and desires, and not those of selfishness and convenience.

Go well my friends.

 

What Is Truly Worth Dying For?

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It’s no good; I have to come clean about what I really believe.

I have been a Christian for over 30 years, and the last few years have been difficult. In that time I have read and studied quite a lot, I have connected with people with all sorts of views about God and the Bible; I have read books from Catholics to Charismatics, Calvinists to Wesleyans and many in between.

In one sense I pushed everything I believed off the table and started again, not accepting my beliefs at face value, but challenging every assumption and trying to think them through. I have found there were things I believed because I assumed it, people told me it was so, or it was simply convenient. Read more

How the Seven Year Tribulation is doing damage today.

 

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WARNING! I might rant a bit here, but you will see why… Anyone who follows my Facebook pages will know that I am a great fan of Open Doors and the amazing work they do. Thanks to them and other outstanding organisations like them, the plight of Christians being imprisoned, tortured and murdered comes to our attention, or at least to some of us, and with our support they are able to do something about it. Read more

Should We Read The Bible Literally?

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With the madness of religious fundamentalism as prominent today as it has ever been, should serious Christians take the Bible literally?

 The truth is that no one takes the whole Bible literally, even those who say they do. When did you last see someone chop their hands off when they sinned or poke their eyes out when they looked lustfully at something? (Matthew 5:30) Having said that, is the Bible true?

I want this to be a short post, so the answer is yes?

The Bible isn’t always literally true, but it is true literally.

There is a lot of debate about how we are to interpret the truth of the Bible; for example I personally believe in a literal six day creation, many Christians believe it is a truth literally, not a literal truth. Some people think there is a literal 144,000 witnesses in the book of Revelation, other of us think it is symbolic pointing to a literal truth. 

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I Can Reveal The Identity Of The Antichrist.

 

antichrist1Yes it is true, in this article I will reveal the identity of the antichrist once and for all. Of course this mysterious character has been confusing people for years, Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler, President Roosevelt and even Barack Obama have been put forward as candidates. Antichrist has been the subject of endless books, the star of numerous films and the lead character in any number of novels. But, now it is time to pull the wraps off and let everyone know just who or what we are dealing with. By studying the ancient manuscripts preserved in the Scriptures, the secret that was hidden for centuries can be discerned and revealed once and for all.  Read more