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I'm preaching more regularly these days and it's something I really enjoying doing. Along with leading the Alpha Course at our church, I'm asked to preach almost once a month there and in other churches around Glasgow. At first churches were asking me to come and speak about my journey from being a Jehovah's Witness to seeing the "glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor 4:6). Nowadays I'm asked to preach on more traditional gospel themes.

 

Tomorrow morning I'm at Lenzie Christian Fellowship, a fairly new church, and I'm preaching on John 1:14, where it says that "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth". I've preached on this verse before and what jumped out at me was the idea of the grace that filled Christ reacting in varying degrees to the sin our lives, something that's intangible, unfathomable, unreachable, a bit like a rainbow. The analogy I use is that if our sin is like rain, Christ's grace is like the sun. When one hits the other a rainbow is formed, something beautiful and beyond our grasp. We're unable to do anything with our sin, only Christ with grace and truth can, the same as we can't ever get to the end of a rainbow, we can't get to the end of Christ's grace.

 

I love talking about grace. I was always brought up to use the term "underserved kindness" instead of grace. William Barclay has said that to call grace "underserved kindness" is to miss the point and puts an unnecessary negative connotation on it.

 

Jesus is also full of truth. He described himself as "the truth". Any religious order that refers to itself as The Truth is taking away what's rightfully the Christ's and places on itself a quality that's reserved for Christ (and the Word of God (also the Christ...)). That's sort of unacceptable, right?

 

Anyway, I've got my notebooks out, filled as they are with thoughts, observations, teachings etc, along with my ESV Study Bible. Oh, and some pens and pencils.

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'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life

Try to make ends meet, you're a slave to the money then you die...

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Bitter...

I dearly miss my younger brother John, he died a *very* unfortunate death, like probably thousands of others today. His wife and kids miss him even more, they need him, it's not easy at all going on without him. But they have no choice at the moment, it's *so* unjust.

 

Justice will prevail though, in the end. I firmly believe I will see him again, face to face in excellent shape. Yet, people keep repeating that death is a 'natural part of life'. I can only hope people will keep on thinking wheter that 'idea' is true. Meanwhile I keep on proclaiming the opposite. Stay awake, enjoy your day! :-)

 

Sweet...

Bitter? Yes, but not without hope. I'm so glad to be able to study what the Bible really teaches, instead of what 'religion' is trying to teach people for centuries. Listen up - if you care: Humanity, including the dead will be able to live forever on a renovated earth.

 

Revelation 21:3-5

I heard a loud voice shout from the throne: God's home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people. He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever. 5 Then the one sitting on the throne said: I am making everything new. Write down what I have said. My words are true and can be trusted.

 

1 Corinthians 15:25,26

Christ will rule until he puts all his enemies under his power, and the last enemy he destroys will be death.

 

Psalm 37:11

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

 

Preachy? A bit maybe, yes indeed. Sorry to bother you if you don't want to know. We (still) live in a free world though - most of us anyway. Away with bias and ignorance, I'd say. Enjoy your day!

 

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St Nicholas' Church, commonly known as St Nic's, is a Church of England place of worship located on Durham marketplace and is the city's civic church. The church stands in the open evangelical tradition of the Church of England, emphasising Bible teaching, the atoning death of Christ, and mission.

 

The current building dates to 1858, and was designed by Darlington architect J. Pritchett. The building was described by the Illustrated London News at the time as "the most beautiful specimen of church architecture in the north of England", but is not now regarded as of particular architectural interest. It is a Grade II listed building.

 

This building replaced one dating from the early 12th century, whose walls formed part of the city walls and abutted the ancient Clayport Gate (demolished 1791) on one side. Almost all that remains of this church is its font, dating from 1700, and its five bells, dating from 1687 and therefore the oldest ring of bells in the diocese. Though the bells were not rung from the 1970s onwards due to fears for the safety of the tower, ringing resumed in 2000 and the 17th-century bells, along with a sixth added in 1889, are now rung frequently.

 

George Carey, later Archbishop of Canterbury, was vicar of St Nicholas' from 1975 to 1982. During that time he led a project in which the pews and the majority of the Victorian interior features of the church were removed to allow the church to be used more flexibly for worship and community activities. Carey's book The Church In The Marketplace describes the process and its impact on the life of the parish.

 

The parish is small (covering only the area around the Market Place, Claypath and The Sands) and is bounded by the parishes of Durham's three other ancient city churches - St Giles', St Oswald's and St Margaret's. Historically the parish was densely populated; however, slum clearance in the 1920s (as well as commercial development of previously residential areas) greatly reduced the population of the parish, and though more recent building has increased this a little, the church draws the majority of its congregation from outside its own parish. It has a large student population, and is classified by the Diocese of Durham as its own locality, meaning that its mission is recognised as distinctly different from those of other city centre churches. The church has a long tradition of evangelicalism, and its patronage has been held by the Church Pastoral Aid Society since the mid-19th century.

 

One notable feature of the reordered church is the Gateway World Shop, which occupies the south-east corner of the church, having its own outside entrance, and sells Fair trade goods. The shop reflects the church's long involvement with the fair trade movement; Richard Adams, founder of Traidcraft, was a member of the church.

 

St Nics has a long history of supporting overseas mission. The first bishop of Uganda, Alfred Tucker, left his curacy at St Nics to bring Christianity to Uganda. This support is currently expressed by the church's financial support of the Church Mission Society, South American Missionary Society, the Bible Society, Spanish Outreach Ministries and the diocese of Lesotho.

 

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Thank you for your prayers!

Derek recently sent an update about the final 2 days of the Bible teaching. Here is what he wrote:

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

Thanks for your prayers concerning the Bible lessons that were taught over the past 2 months here in Dao. My co-worker Scott, initially taught these same lessons for the first time back in 2007, and the Lord saved several of the Dao people at that time. Since then, these lessons and others have been taught several times in 4 different places around Dao. Two of the original believers are named Yoni and Kogepiyaa. Both of these men had taught these lessons before and I was glad that they were there to help me teach them once again. I'm so proud of them and am honoured and privileged to know and serve our Lord along side such men. They sacrificed much to faithfully stay, study and teach over these past 2 months. After each lesson, we tried to ask the listeners questions to determine how well the people were understanding. For awhile, Yoni would sleep in a new hut, rotating between the 4 huts around here, every night just to sit with, ask questions and explain things to the people.

 

During the teaching allot of people came and went, but 9 people stayed for the duration. Their names are Ikage, his wife Atadepi, their sons Yagekaa and Nedi (along with their two other very young children), Bokoisibo, Kogiyai, Maipiya Maatuku and Amiyoo.

 

Before we started teaching the lessons it was pretty clear that Maatuku was already a young believer. For Bokoisibo, Maipiya and Amiyoo it was unclear whether they were believers or not. For the others ones who's names are written above, they showed none or little sign of understanding what their Saviour had done for them.

 

After teaching about the crucifixion and burial of Christ on Thursday, all of them (with the exception of Nedi who is quite young) acknowledged that Jesus was the sent one and son of God. They also confessed that they were sinners and that there was nothing they could do to wash their sin away. Each one expressed that they trusted that Jesus died to completely wash away their sin. Many of the other believers around where we live joined to listen and contribute during the last days of the lessons. They too with joy confirmed that Jesus was their Saviour. A few of the older folks showed up for the final days as well. They too acknowledged that Jesus died for sins, but failed to acknowledge that they themselves were sinners or ever had been. A huge argument broke out and some of the believers here, quite forcibly tried to communicate, "Yes you are a sinner!" It was hard to hear my good friend Paatoma filled with emotion, that materialized as anger, trying to convince his mom of her sin while she said over and over again, "I want to understand, but I just don't."

 

The next day we taught the last lesson about the resurrection and ascension of Christ. After the lesson, Kogepiyaa, Yoni and I encouraged the believers to pray to God their Father and thank Him for what He did for them. One by one they prayed beautiful prayers of praise and thanksgiving to their Lord. I can only imagine how pleased He was hearing his children offer up praises and thanksgiving to HIm. After we prayed we sang a song which expressed that we are one with Jesus. After singing, Ikage got up and snapped my knuckle and pretty soon everyone was on their feet snapping knuckles and saying, "Thank-you Jesus!"

 

I praise the Lord that by His power, He reached down once again and saved unworthy people. I'm thankful for the continued work of our Lord who began saving people here in Dao over 5 years ago and has not stopped adding people to His kingdom.

 

Thank you for your prayers for the Dao people,

Derek and Sarah Grant, Silas and Kali

Is there anything such as a life giving mirror? Yes, these beautiful zebras are not only making up in front of the mirror but they are also trying to gain life in their hot environment.

Wycliffe Memorial Evangelical Church was founded in 1912. The original ethos of the Church was that the main emphasis should be on sound bible teaching; this is still maintained today by Pastor David Solt

 

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In 1732, the Hall was decorated in a classical manner by Sir James Burrough. Fielded panelling by James Essex the Elder was erected. The portraits (Erasmus, Elizabeth Woodville, Sir Thomas Smith) over High Table were put up in 1766.

The classical panelling was put up in 1732-4. The portraits were given, one by each of the three sons of Harry, 4th Earl of Stamford. They (family name Grey) were descendants of Elizabeth Woodville by her first marriage. The pictures, by Hudson, from left to right are of:

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Thomas Hudson (1701 - 1779). Hudson was most prolific between 1740 and 1760 and, from 1745 until 1755 was the most successful London portraitist. He lived at Deep Cross, Twickenham.

Many assistants were employed by Hudson, to help with his paintings. Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Wright were students of Hudson. He retired toward the end of the 1750s.. Many of Hudson's works may be seen in United Kingdom art galleries. These include the National Portrait Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Foundling Museum and the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

   

Erasmus's time in England was fruitful in the making of lifelong friendships with the leaders of English thought in the stirring days of King Henry VIII: John Colet, Thomas More, John Fisher, Thomas Linacre and William Grocyn. At the University of Cambridge, he was the Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity and had the option of spending the rest of his life as an English professor. He stayed at Queens' College, Cambridge, and may have been an alumnus.

 

In 1499, while in England, Erasmus was particularly impressed by the Bible teaching of John Colet who pursued a style more akin to the church fathers than the scholastics. This prompted him, upon his return from England, to master the Greek language, which would enable him to study theology on a more profound level and to prepare a new edition of Jerome's Bible translation. On one occasion he wrote Colet:

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Deuteronomy 32:2 (NIV)

 

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

 

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Let my teaching fall like rain

and my words descend like dew,

like showers on new grass,

like abundant rain on tender plants.

 

Deuteronomy 32:2 NIV

 

I pray that His prompting would be like dews in the morning and rain in a drought... ever so refreshing, and leading me on the right path.

 

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Scrooby Parish Church, St Wilfred's

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One of the leading lights behind the Separatist movement was William Brewster. Scrooby born and bred, Brewster's father was the bailiff of the Archbishop of York's estates in the village and Master of the Queens Postes between the years 1590-95. Brewster attended Cambridge University, a hot bed of radical, religious ideas at the time, before entering into the service of William Davidson, Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth I, and her representative in the Netherlands, in 1585. On the death of his father in 1590, he returned to Scrooby and was himself appointed as Master of the Postes. Experiences gained at Cambridge University and trips to the religiously tolerant Netherlands evidently had a profound influence on Brewster.

 

By 1606, Brewster was a member of the nearby Gainsborough Separatist church, led by John Smyth. Since preaching by someone other than an ordained priest was considered treacherous by Parliament, the Separatists were forbidden to hold their own services. The 1559 Act of Uniformity made non-attendance at an Anglican church illegal too. There is no written evidence to say that the congregation held their services in any of the existing churches in Gainsborough, it is most likely that the group used to meet at Smyth's home. The Scrooby Pilgrims

  

New Beginnings

 

Scrooby, a quintessentially English village in north Nottinghamshire. Who would have thought it was once a hot bed of religious controversy? Men from Scrooby initiated the emigration of the 'Pilgrim Fathers' to America in 1620 on board the Mayflower.

 

In 1606, dissatisfied with the corruption and lapse nature of the Church of England, religious separatists in the village broke away from the established church and its head, James VI & I. These Separatists wanted to commit themselves to a simpler kind of life based on Bible teachings. Unlike the Puritans, who hoped to reform the church from within, the Separatists believed they could only achieve their objectives by divorcing themselves from the Church of England. In a period when the Church and State were intrinsically linked, this was always going to be a controversial move. More...The Scrooby Pilgrims

  

New Beginnings

 

Scrooby, a quintessentially English village in north Nottinghamshire. Who would have thought it was once a hot bed of religious controversy? Men from Scrooby initiated the emigration of the 'Pilgrim Fathers' to America in 1620 on board the Mayflower.

 

In 1606, dissatisfied with the corruption and lapse nature of the Church of England, religious separatists in the village broke away from the established church and its head, James VI & I. These Separatists wanted to commit themselves to a simpler kind of life based on Bible teachings. Unlike the Puritans, who hoped to reform the church from within, the Separatists believed they could only achieve their objectives by divorcing themselves from the Church of England. In a period when the Church and State were intrinsically linked, this was always going to be a controversial move. More...

Pilgrim Fathers, in American colonial history, settlers of Plymouth, Mass., the first permanent colony in New England (1620). Of the 102 colonists, 35 were members of the English Separatist Church (a radical faction of Puritanism) who had earlier fled to Leiden, the Netherlands, to escape persecution at home. Seeking a more abundant life along with religious freedom, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America. Approximately two-thirds of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, hired to protect the company’s interests; these included John Alden and Myles Standish.

 

These first settlers, initially referred to as the Old Comers and later as the Forefathers, did not become known as the Pilgrim Fathers until two centuries after their arrival. A responsive chord was struck with the discovery of a manuscript of Gov. William Bradford referring to the “saints” who had left Holland as “pilgrimes.” At a commemorative bicentennial celebration in 1820, orator Daniel Webster used the phrase Pilgrim Fathers, and the term became common usage thereafter.

 

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Christ is Coming!

Bible Teaching About His Return

  

* New Testament Teaching

* Other New Testament Writings

* Old Testament Teaching

* The Kingdom of God

* Behold Your King!

* Dual Fulfillment

* The Times and Seasons

* Antichrist

* Tribulation

* The Nation of Sign

* The "Rapture"

* The Lord will Come!

* Take Heed to Yourselves

 

It was once fashionable in religious circles to say that Jesus Christ would never return to the earth. There are still plenty of professing Christians who believe that. But there are now many others who have come to believe that the Second Coming is a very important event.

 

Christadelphians have always taught that the Return of Jesus Christ to the earth is vital to the fulfillment of the purpose of God. This booklet reviews Bible teaching about the Second Coming, both the events that will lead up to that miracle and the reason for the Lord's Return.

 

New Testament Teaching

Someone has counted the New Testament references to this great event, and they number 318 occurrences! If you reflect that the number of times the word for Christian love occurs is only 115, you will begin to see the importance of this topic. Nor is it simply the case that only one or two New Testament writers refer to the matter in their writings. Treatment of the subject is widely spread.

 

Jesus spoke often about the Kingdom of God and his Second Coming. His parables, for example, were told to those who thought the Kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He was like a nobleman who had to go "into a far country to receive for himself a Kingdom and to return" (Luke 19:12). More than once he spoke of the Coming of the Son of Man (e.g. Matthew 24:27,30,37,39,48; 25:27; 26:64). And when he assured his disciples of his continuing spiritual, but invisible, presence "even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20), he inferred that then he would be visibly present with them for ever.

 

The testimony of the Apostles was equally plain. They had been clearly taught by the Risen Lord who, during the forty days before his ascension into heaven, instructed them about the Kingdom of God, the restored kingdom of Israel (Acts 1:3,6). It was the opening theme of his post-resurrection appearances that all the Old Testament promises were coming to their fulfillment in him (Luke 24:27). At the time of his ascension, as he was being taken up from the Mount of Olives into the clouds, God sent His angels to explain.

 

"Ye men of Galilee", they said to the watching apostles, "Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11).

 

It is not therefore surprising that when the Apostles began to teach in the streets of Jerusalem, they said that their Lord Jesus Christ was to return to the earth as King. Peter gave the lead when he boldly announced that the grave could not keep Jesus imprisoned. He referred his hearers to a statement in Psalm 110:1, used also by his Lord, to show that he had gone to heaven only until his enemies have been subdued (2:34,35). Note the authoritative use of the Old Testament.

 

But also note a vital point. Bible teaching is never given just for the sake of informing us what happens next. It always has a deeper intention, for we are meant to use the knowledge it confers to prepare ourselves for those coming events:

 

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ . . . Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:36,38).

 

It should follow that our consideration of Bible truth concerning the Return of the Lord should also cause us to search our hearts.

 

Other New Testament Writings

But what of the writings of other New Testament authors? Let us look at just one of the New Testament letters, the First written by Paul to the Thessalonians. Notice how he centers his entire message on the truth of the personal return to the earth of the Lord:

 

"wait for his Son from heaven . . . which delivereth us from the wrath to come" (1:10);

"what is our hope or joy? Are not ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?" (2:19);

"he may stablish your hearts unblameable . . . at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints" (3:13);

"the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout" (4:16);

"the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night" (5:2);

"I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (5:23).

 

You could try extending this investigation, if you wish. The emphasis on the Lord's Coming continues in all the New Testament letters, but it is always related to practical Christian living. Because the Lord is coming again, there were matters in their lives that required attention! And it is so for us.

 

Old Testament Teaching

The same person who counted 318 references in the New Testament extended the search to the Old Testament, and discovered 1,527 such references to an event in God's purpose which can be no other than the Coming of Christ as King. Let it be clear that the exact number is unimportant; there is always room for some difference of opinion about the occasional passage. But it is perhaps startling to some readers to consider that there could be five times as many references to the Second Coming in a part of the Bible which has suffered widely from neglect over the years.

 

The fact of the matter is this: the New Testament can only be understood once the Old Testament has also been studied. The two Testaments belong together as interdependent parts of God's revealed truth. What the Old Testament foretells the New Testament fulfils, in part. But a very large amount of Old Testament prophecy remains unfulfilled.

 

Consider these promises of a King who will reign over God's Kingdom on earth, and ask yourself whether they have ever been fulfilled:

GENESIS: "Thy seed (a descendant of Abraham) shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (22:17,18; see Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:16).

2 SAMUEL: "And when thy days (David) be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed (descendant) after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house (a Temple) for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever" (7:12,13).

PSALMS: "The LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession" (2:7,8; see Acts 4:25,26);

"He (the promised king) . . . shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth" (72:6-8).

ISAIAH: "It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house (His Temple) shall be established in the top of the mountains (at Jerusalem) . . . and all nations shall flow unto it . . . for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations" (2:2-4);

"Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever" (9:7);

JEREMIAH: "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch (descendant), and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is the name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (23:5,6).

 

The Kingdom of God

Many times God has promised that He will rule the earth. What man has failed time and again to achieve, God will establish. The King will be a descendant of both Abraham and David (see Matthew 1:1). He will rule from Jerusalem, on David's throne (see Luke 1:31-33). His Kingdom will be one of justice and righteousness; it will involve Divine education, Temple worship, and the exercise of Kingly power to establish peace on earth (see Revelation 11:15-18).

 

The Kingdom of God was once before established on earth. King David and his descendants reigned upon the throne of the Kingdom of the Lord (1 Chronicles 28:5). There was nothing special about the throne itself. The Divine appointment was what mattered and when king after king had neglected God's law, He brought that arrangement to an end. But even when the prophet Ezekiel announced the end of the Kingdom to King Zedekiah (in 21:25-27), he promised that God would restore the Kingdom on earth when he should "come whose right it is".

 

The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth has therefore to be understood against that powerful Old Testament background. When Jesus began his public ministry by announcing that the Kingdom of God was at hand (Mark 1:15), he was saying to those who knew the Old Testament promises that he was the promised King. But Jesus had first come to achieve personal righteousness, and to make it possible for others to become right with God.

 

It is now possible for us to find peace with God through the forgiveness of our sins, by association with the saving work of the Lord Jesus. First we have to understand the Gospel, including Bible teaching about the work and person of the Lord Jesus, and the Kingdom over which he is now the King. Then we have to be baptized as believing adults into his saving Name (see Acts 8:1 2).

 

Behold Your King!

But what is the Second Coming of the Lord going to be like? For example, would it be possible to miss it altogether and not even be aware that it had occurred? Will it be visible or invisible? Will Jesus be there in person or merely a spiritual presence? And will he come to the earth or only towards the earth?

 

Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave. He was not an invisible spirit creature but One who could be seen, handled and held (1 John 1:1; Luke 24:39,40). His body was marked by the evidence of his suffering on the cross. Yet he was no longer subject to the limitations of human existence. He could come and go despite locked doors, and on Mount Olivet he ascended bodily to heaven, defying the law of gravity. The disciples had seen him go; he would return visibly. As the angel later said: "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him" (Revelation 1:7). Or as Zechariah the Old Testament prophet had predicted, long before the crucifixion, "They shall look upon me whom they have pierced and they shall mourn for him" (12:10).

 

So it will not do to say that only those who look with faith will see the Lord. Some will look, see, and mourn (Revelation 1:7). Nor will it do to say that Jesus will come invisibly, for the Lord himself warned:

 

"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets . . ." (Matthew 24:23,24).

 

Nor will it do to argue that the Bible talks of the presence of the Lord, meaning that it will be an invisible one. The New Testament also talks about the revelation of the Lord, using a word that means uncovering or manifesting. In fact, the presence (Greek: parousia) of the Lord turns out to be an especially suitable term. One of the most authoritative Greek Lexicons available says of the word:

 

"It became the official term for a visit of a person of high rank, especially of kings and emperors visiting a province" (Arndt and Gingrich).

 

It is such a visit by a King that the Scriptures foretell. The crowds who welcomed King Jesus into Jerusalem when he sat astride a donkey and they threw coats and' palm branches before him, shouted out greetings that referred right back to the Promises of God: "Blessed be the kingdom of our father David that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Mark 11:10). Matthew comments that the rejoicing was a foretaste of what had been forecast by Zechariah the prophet, when he wrote "Behold, thy King cometh unto thee".

 

Now if the initial royal visit was attended by such joy and rejoicing, consider what the next one will be like! The prophet had declared:

 

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy king cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation. . . and he shall speak peace unto the heathen; and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth" (Zechariah 9:9,10).

 

Dual Fulfillment

This Scripture illustrates a widely used feature of Bible prophecy: its joint short and long-term character. Jerusalem rejoiced at the Kingly coming of Jesus -- "Lowly and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass" -- just as the prophet had said. But their joy was short-lived, for he did not then go on to establish worldwide peace, or commence to rule from Jerusalem over a Kingdom that was to last for ever. Jesus completed enough of the prophecy at that time to demonstrate that he was the Coming One, and to give us confidence that he will return to complete the promised transformation of the earth. Zechariah compressed the two comings in such a way that there appeared to be no interval between them. This has led some people to argue that the Kingdom will never come, because, they say, even Jesus expected it in the First Century, or at most shortly afterwards. It has thus been dismissed by some as an early Christian hope, which has now been superseded by a superior understanding. But when all the Scriptures are studied carefully, it becomes clear that the Coming of Jesus was not to occur immediately after his ascension to heaven. The Day and the Hour

Any attempt to show that Jesus was mistaken about the time of his Coming is doomed to failure. He clearly stated, more than once, that he did not know:

 

"Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Matthew 24:36).

 

As he later said, this was something that the Father had reserved within His own authority (Acts 1:7). But Jesus did know that some long time would elapse before his Second Coming. He told parables to indicate that his coming would not "immediately appear" (Luke 1 9:11), that it would be "after a long time" (Matthew 25:19), and that there might be some delay for those who were waiting (25:3). Like their Lord, his followers were to appreciate that they could "not know what hour" he would come.

 

The apostles also acknowledged that they could not know the precise time of the great event for which they waited. Peter warned about people who would scoff, as so many have, at the "promise of his coming" (2 Peter 3:4). Indeed he poured scorn on their faithlessness, what he called "willful ignorance" -- people believing what they wanted to believe, regardless of the evidence. And Paul was in no doubt either, for he went on record as saying:

 

"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh . . ." (1 Thessalonians 5:1,2).

 

Can you complete that quotation? It holds the key to two vital matters concerning the early return of the King. Notice first what the verse above says. There would be general indications available -- what Paul calls "times and seasons" -- which would help keep the believers prepared. And the verse continues:

 

". . . the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."

 

When it happens the Lord's Coming will be swift, sudden and unexpected. No-one expects thieves to strike. But they often succeed because people overlook the dangers. It is also the case that speed is vital to a successful robbery, which is why the figure is used by Jesus (Matthew 24:43), Paul (1 Thessalonians 5:2), and Peter (2 Peter

 

3:10), to emphasise the vital point. We must be on our guard, watchful, prepared, vigilant. The Lord could come at any time! He will come when we least expect him!

 

The Times and Seasons

That is why when Jesus explained what was to happen before his Return, he very carefully emphasised the need for watchfulness. Sitting with his disciples one day on the Mount of Olives, from where he would later ascend to heaven, he gave them some general indications of what was to happen prior to his "coming and the end of the world" (Matthew 24:3). This prophecy presents a fascinating challenge, for it combines a short-term prediction about the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple, with a long-term forecast of world events.

 

A list of the predicted events in the three Gospel accounts (Matthew 24, Mark 1 3 and Luke 24), which does not claim to be a structured sequence of prophetic events, shows the following:

 

1. The rise of false Christianity and false Christs

2. The persecution of true Christians.

3. Wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation.

4. Earthquakes, famines and pestilences.

5. Jerusalem surrounded by armies.

6. The Jewish nation dispersed.

7. Jerusalem in non-Jewish occupation.

8. Tribulation and distress.

9. Signs in the sun, moon and stars.

10. The powers of heaven shaken.

 

Notice how believers are warned about the rise and growth of false Christianity. It is the Lord's first concern. His words were fulfilled by the rapid development of wrong teaching in New Testament times (e.g. Acts 20:29), and are being fulfilled again at the close of this age. Elsewhere the message is that the true believers will comprise a very small remnant, compared with those who hold a distorted form of Christianity.

 

Antichrist

The apostles also warn about this development. Paul was emphatic that there would be manifestations of false Christianity, for he prophesied that the Day of the Lord:

 

"shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped" (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4).

 

The apostle Paul describes the man of sin in language that refers back to the prophet Daniel, who accurately foretold the rise and fall of four empires that exercised power in the Middle East. He traced the development from them to a false religious system, involving the Holy Roman Empire and the papacy, that is opposed to Christ and his true followers. This is counterfeit Christianity, and the apostle Paul describes it as "the mystery of iniquity" which was already at work, and "a strong delusion".

 

The other thread of teaching in the Lord's catalogue of future events concerned trouble. There were to be wars and rumors of wars, both within and between nations; there would be natural disasters and widespread hardship, earthquakes, famines and epidemics; terrors and fearful sights would be in the heavens, causing much fear and distress. People would not know which way to turn for fear of what was about to happen on earth.

 

To some extent these problems are as old as man. The tendency to war against one another is evident even in the first book of the Bible, and famine features there too. But even within Bible history the atrocities of which man is capable become increasingly ugly, and since then even more widespread horrors have been seen. The powers now available to mankind are enough to make any sane person fear for the future. More than ever before, these words of Jesus are coming true:

 

"There shall be . . . upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (Luke 21:25-27).

 

Tribulation

The reference to the sea and waves roaring, like others to signs in the sun, moon and stars, may be either symbolic or literal or some combination of both. The prophet Isaiah, for example, wrote about the wicked being "like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt" (57:20). Jesus may have been drawing upon such imagery to describe a world that was full of trouble because it was full of wickedness. He may also have been teaching us to look out for some upheaval of the physical order, like tidal waves, which would also be an indication of the end of the age. Certainly there have been many earthquakes and natural disasters over the past few years, all over the world. The apostle Paul described the whole world order as groaning and travailing in pain (Romans 8:22), like a woman waiting to be delivered of a child. It is thus evident that our present troubles are the birthpangs of a new and better world, soon to begin.

 

In both Testaments we are told that the tribulation that will come at the end of human government is the final herald of the Second Coming. It will be:

 

"a time of trouble such as never was" (Daniel 12:1);

"the time of Jacob's (Israel's) trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7);

"great tribulation" (Matthew 24:21).

 

Will the believers waiting for their Lord have to suffer this trouble, or will they be spared? The likelihood is that present-day believers will live through this time of trouble, indeed that they have already begun to do so. Jesus promised that for the elect's sake that time would be shortened (Mark 13:20). But those who finally stand approved before the Judge are those "which came out of the great tribulation, and they washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:14).

 

As that trouble increases, and God pours out His wrath upon the earth, there are indications that true believers will be sheltered from that outpouring. Isaiah describes the great shake-up of human society when God intervenes:

 

"Come, my people, enter into thy chambers. . . hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity" (24:18-23, 26:20,21).

 

We must therefore consider carefully what Jesus said:

 

"When these things (the signs of which he spoke) begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28).

 

We should not wait until total disaster has struck, and there is no escape route left. It is better to learn the lesson now, that this is the time immediately before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The Nation of Sign

There is one great sign which removes all doubt concerning his imminent return. The nation of Israel is back occupying the land promised by God. The history of the Jewish nation has been a guide throughout the ages to the outworking of God's purposes. They were called as a special people, because of the great promises that had been made to their Fathers. They were given the right to occupy the land we now know as Israel, conditional upon their faithful obedience to God. They were the people whose kings occupied the throne of God's Kingdom on earth.

 

They forfeited these rights when, after centuries of indifference, they not only refused to accept the Lord Jesus as their Messiah, but were involved, with the Romans, in effecting his death by crucifixion. Because of that rejection, Jerusalem was overthrown. Throughout the intervening centuries Jews have wandered the earth as a stateless people, hated and persecuted almost everywhere they went, just as Scripture said they would be.

 

But Scripture also forecast a better future for this nation of sign, not because they would change their behavior and live to deserve better treatment, but because God would take pity on their plight and act to redeem them. He would remember the promises made of old to the Fathers and act to vindicate His great name. At the time of the end they would be brought back from the nations and once more be settled in their own land-the land of promise! So the prophets said:

ISAIAH: "The remnant shall return . . the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion" (10:21; 35:10).

JEREMIAH: "He that scattered Israel will gather him" (31:10).

EZEKIEL: "I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries . . . then shall they dwell in their land . . . yea, they shall dwell with confidence" (11:17; 28:25,26).

ZECHARIAH: "I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem" (8:8).

 

And so it came to pass. After nearly two thousand years of dispersion and down-treading, in 1948 the State of Israel was born by the decree of the United Nations, and in 1 967 the whole of Jerusalem was repossessed by Jews. It had taken all that time for the words of Jesus to be fulfilled:

 

"They shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).

 

Everything now indicates that the Times of the Gentiles are rapidly drawing to a close and the Time of the Kingdom of God is once more at hand. The bringing together of troublous times and the return of the Jews to the Land removes any doubt. Shortly King Jesus will return to Jerusalem as World Ruler, to reign over Israel and over all nations. Of all the available Signs of the Times given by Jesus and the prophets, the establishment of Israel-the Nation of Sign-is the clearest witness that the End is now at hand.

 

The "Rapture"

What then awaits the faithful follower of Jesus? Can he expect to go to heaven with the Lord at his Return? Hardly, for the Lord is coming to reign on earth, from Jerusalem. An elaborate scheme has been devised by some Bible readers which requires not one Coming but two. According to this, Christ's Coming would be first for the Church only and would be a secret "rapture". He would come again with the Church, for the world, and this would be visible and public. In some versions of this theory the interval between the two comings is very small; in others as much as seven years is thought to separate the two events.

 

There is very little Scripture that can be used to attempt to support these theories, for whilst there are some indications that a separation will occur between companions when Jesus comes (Luke 17:34-36), the main teaching about the circumstances of the Return is that given in Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians:

 

"The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (4:16,17).

 

The phrase caught up is that from which the whole idea of a rapture has evolved; and the links with a supposed seven year period of tribulation have been achieved by the unsatisfactory interpretation of other Scriptures, especially from the Revelation. Clearly there is to be a catching away of true believers, both of the living and the resurrected dead, "to meet the Lord in the air". They are to form a welcoming party who, with the angels who attend his coming, will make up his entourage. But they go to meet him, not he them. And their destination is made clear in the Scriptures already considered: the Lord and his followers are bound for Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4), "the city of the great king" (Matthew 5:35).

 

The Lord will come!

In these dying moments of human government, the powers of heaven will be shaken as men's hearts fail them for fear. The nations will be engaged in a battle around Jerusalem. Then the Lord will come! Unexpectedly, suddenly, in great power and glory, bringing salvation for those who have faithfully waited and prepared for this central event in their lives; but bringing judgement upon all those who have wilfully ignored the faithful promises and gracious invitation of God:

 

"The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power: when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe" (2 Thessalonians 1:9,10).

 

It is vital therefore that we believe what the Bible so clearly promises. We cannot simply "wait and see", because Jesus is coming to save those who already believe, not to give reasons for faith to those who have had clear evidence, but no inclination for the things of God.

 

When the Lord spoke to his followers about his eventual return to earth, he focused their attention more on the consequences of his Coming than on the sequence of events itself. To this day we cannot know for sure when Jesus will come. But we know perfectly clearly that when he comes he will call us to account, and ask us how we spent our lives on the eve of his return:

 

"Take heed . . . be not led astray . . . be not troubled . . . take heed to yourselves . . . preach the gospel . . . be not anxious . . . endure to the end . . . flee . . . pray . . . believe not false prophets . . . take heed . . . look up and lift up your heads . . . take heed to yourselves . . . watch . . . BE READY" (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21).

 

The apostles make the very same points as they reflect on the nearness of the Lord's Return.

 

"What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness . . . be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (2 Peter 3:11-14).

 

"Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:12,13).

 

"When he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man who has this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:2,3).

 

Take Heed to Yourselves

The Bible is our guidebook to the future, just as it is our handbook for the present. It alone will show us what God wants us to do. From it we can learn God's purpose and promises. The first thing is to understand and believe those things that are true. We shall then come to appreciate the need for obedience to God, starting with baptism. And thus we shall be doing what Jesus commanded.

 

The coming Kingdom of God on earth will transform human experience. We need to learn to live now in harmony with our Creator. The Lord is at hand! It is now an urgent matter for us all to examine our lives, so that we are properly prepared for the Coming of the King.

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The acronym “WWJD” was the popular christian t-shirt of the nineties. Sooo … how can one know what Jesus would do? It depends heavily on which part of the New Testament you read.

 

The nice guy Jesus:

 

Matthew 5:43-45

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”

 

Matthew 7:12

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

 

The violent vandal Jesus:

 

John 2:13-16

“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here!“

 

The angry, name calling Jesus:

 

Matthew 23:33

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”

 

Matthew 23:15

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.”

 

Matthew 23:16-17

“Woe to you, blind guides! … You blind fools!”

 

Matthew 23:24

“You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”

 

The cruel and threatening Jesus:

 

Luke 14:26

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”

 

Matthew 8:21-22

Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

 

Matthew 5:30

“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

 

Matthew 18:9

“And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”

 

Mark 11:13-14, 20-21

Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again … In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

 

Matthew 10:34

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.“

 

The fear mongering fire and brimstone Jesus:

 

Luke 12:46-47

“The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows.”

 

Matthew 10:28

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

 

Matthew 5:22

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

 

Mark 10:25

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

 

The next time a person disagrees with your religion: call them a blind snake, tell them to gouge out their own eye and explain how they will one day be destroyed by the fires of hell. All while chasing them around with a whip. After all, that’s what Jesus did.

 

And now for your conflicting Bible teaching

 

God commands to not create graven images or idols of ANYTHING…

 

Exodus 20:4

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”

 

Leviticus 26:1

“Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves.”

 

Deuteronomy 27:15

“Cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol—a thing detestable to the LORD, the work of the craftsman’s hands.”

 

…then turns around and gives specific directions on how to make idols and graven images.

 

Exodus 25:18-19

“Make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.”

 

1 Kings 7:15-29

He cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits around, by line. 16 He also made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was five cubits high … He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it … The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. On the panels between the uprights were lions, bulls and cherubim—and on the uprights as well. Above and below the lions and bulls were wreaths of hammered work.

 

And let’s not forget all of the graven images of the Mother Mary, Saints and crucifixion crosses that adorn churches around the world. I guess the second commandment doesn’t count anymore.

 

I was playing Joshua for a church video. The portion where I, as Joshua, was speaking with the future King David was unable to photograph. Did not think to hand off my camerd to someone to snap several pictures.

Late 12th century. View On Black

 

The Pharisees walk away from Christ, who carries a scroll reading: "whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life" (John, 6:54).

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You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

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Title: The German sectarians of Pennsylvania : a critical and legendary history of the Ephrata Cloister and the Dunkers

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Here are some of the smaller props that I have been using for the last few years to teach Biblical Hebrew using TPR. I also have some larger items like swords, a shield, a bow, a non-realistic but easily recognizable shepherd’s crook, a Riddler staff (with a question mark on top, for when I’m introducing new question words), and so forth—but they don’t fit in the box shown here.

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.http://www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

Identifier: searchlight00anti

Title: The searchlight

Year: 1913 (1910s)

Authors: Anti-Saloon League of Southern California

Subjects: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Presidents

Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Anti-Saloon League of Southern California

Contributing Library: Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection

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neer wife and mother. WhenAbraham was born she realized, asdid the mother of Moses, that agodly child was entrusted to herguardianship and care. It was, asLincoln said, in the humblest walksof life, and as we know, in a rude,uncomfortable log cabin, that thischosen mother and her wonderfulson, first met; as was the case withthe unnamed Levites wife who wasa slave when she became the motherof Moses. The leadings of the Di-vine Spirit in the Bible training ofLincoln, by his godly mother, are*asmanifest as in the unique conductof the mother of Moses, who, thougha slave, was not afraid of the kingscommandment. That this Bible teaching was not amere perfunctory service is indicatedby the profound and abiding impres-sion which it made upon the mindand character of the gifted boy, fromwhom she was taken away when hehad seen but nine years of very hum-ble life. First Fruits None will doubt that these Biblelessons learned at his mothers knee,and those quiet but impressive serv- THE SEARCHLIGHT

 

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN 1862 ices of prayer, as they knelt on thedirt floor of the Kentucky log cabin,had much to do in causing the or-phan lad diligently to seek until hehad secured a gospel minister to con-duct fitting religious services by hismothers grave. Burials without re-ligious services were not infrequentin those early days of scant gospelministrations. Why then should thischild of the timbered wilderness beso insistent respecting religious serv-ices at his mothers grave? Becausethe living Word of God from thatmothers lips, like good seed, hadfallen into fertile soil and was pro-ducing its early, if not its first, fruitsin his experience and life. It was by prolonged and tediousefforts that the desired religiousservices were secured, but the moth-er-taught lad could not permit hismothers remains to rest in burialwithout fitting recognition of thefaith she had cherished and hadtaught her children. As early as he could read he was aBible student, and even in thoseearly days his sou

  

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Scrooby Parish Church, St Wilfred's

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One of the leading lights behind the Separatist movement was William Brewster. Scrooby born and bred, Brewster's father was the bailiff of the Archbishop of York's estates in the village and Master of the Queens Postes between the years 1590-95. Brewster attended Cambridge University, a hot bed of radical, religious ideas at the time, before entering into the service of William Davidson, Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth I, and her representative in the Netherlands, in 1585. On the death of his father in 1590, he returned to Scrooby and was himself appointed as Master of the Postes. Experiences gained at Cambridge University and trips to the religiously tolerant Netherlands evidently had a profound influence on Brewster.

 

By 1606, Brewster was a member of the nearby Gainsborough Separatist church, led by John Smyth. Since preaching by someone other than an ordained priest was considered treacherous by Parliament, the Separatists were forbidden to hold their own services. The 1559 Act of Uniformity made non-attendance at an Anglican church illegal too. There is no written evidence to say that the congregation held their services in any of the existing churches in Gainsborough, it is most likely that the group used to meet at Smyth's home. The Scrooby Pilgrims

  

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Scrooby, a quintessentially English village in north Nottinghamshire. Who would have thought it was once a hot bed of religious controversy? Men from Scrooby initiated the emigration of the 'Pilgrim Fathers' to America in 1620 on board the Mayflower.

 

In 1606, dissatisfied with the corruption and lapse nature of the Church of England, religious separatists in the village broke away from the established church and its head, James VI & I. These Separatists wanted to commit themselves to a simpler kind of life based on Bible teachings. Unlike the Puritans, who hoped to reform the church from within, the Separatists believed they could only achieve their objectives by divorcing themselves from the Church of England. In a period when the Church and State were intrinsically linked, this was always going to be a controversial move. More...

Pilgrim Fathers, in American colonial history, settlers of Plymouth, Mass., the first permanent colony in New England (1620). Of the 102 colonists, 35 were members of the English Separatist Church (a radical faction of Puritanism) who had earlier fled to Leiden, the Netherlands, to escape persecution at home. Seeking a more abundant life along with religious freedom, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America. Approximately two-thirds of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, hired to protect the company’s interests; these included John Alden and Myles Standish.

 

These first settlers, initially referred to as the Old Comers and later as the Forefathers, did not become known as the Pilgrim Fathers until two centuries after their arrival. A responsive chord was struck with the discovery of a manuscript of Gov. William Bradford referring to the “saints” who had left Holland as “pilgrimes.” At a commemorative bicentennial celebration in 1820, orator Daniel Webster used the phrase Pilgrim Fathers, and the term became common usage thereafter.

  

Pilgrim Fathers, in American colonial history, settlers of Plymouth, Mass., the first permanent colony in New England (1620). Of the 102 colonists, 35 were members of the English Separatist Church (a radical faction of Puritanism) who had earlier fled to Leiden, the Netherlands, to escape persecution at home. Seeking a more abundant life along with religious freedom, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America. Approximately two-thirds of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, hired to protect the company’s interests; these included John Alden and Myles Standish.

 

These first settlers, initially referred to as the Old Comers and later as the Forefathers, did not become known as the Pilgrim Fathers until two centuries after their arrival. A responsive chord was struck with the discovery of a manuscript of Gov. William Bradford referring to the “saints” who had left Holland as “pilgrimes.” At a commemorative bicentennial celebration in 1820, orator Daniel Webster used the phrase Pilgrim Fathers, and the term became common usage thereafter.

 

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You are warmly invited to an informal celebration to mark the re-opening of St Peters Free Church Dundee.

Saturday 28 November at 3pm.

Preacher - Rev. Dr Derek Thomas

(Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson).

 

There will be coffee and snacks, an opportunity to see the refurbished building, singing, prayer, bible teaching and to hear of the on going work and the Centre for Public Christianity.

www.stpeters-dundee.org.uk/

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