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    05_May_What Time is It

    All of us have a time piece of one type or another. A wall clock, desk clock, one in the car on the dashboard display, on the computer, on our phone, or something on our wrist, be it of the conventional type or somewhat more technical that does a lot more than tell us what time it is! :)

    We have our diaries, our memos, our calendars, which help us to manage this commodity we call time. We mark events, we prepare for them and when they come and go, we are looking for the next one.

    Children impatiently wait for their birthday, or Christmas. Most young folks can’t wait for school to finish and the holidays to begin. Young lovers count down the days to their marriage day. On into life, and we’re looking at the clock waiting for the work day to end so we can head off home, then still further on we are looking forward to retirement.

    It goes on and on, and without realising it, we are locked in time. Some try to cram into it as much as they can, while others waste it away. The problem is, we only have a limited amount of it, and most of us have less of it than we thought.

    Whatever the answer we have at the moment to the question:
    “What time is it?” We would have to face the fact and admit that ‘it is late!’

    All of our plans and personal organisers might be telling us it is ‘this season’ or 'that season’, but we only have to see the environment in which we are living to see that it is late! We only have to observe the news reports to realise that it is late. In fact it is VERY late!

    What have we done with our lives so far? And where are they heading? Everyone has their own answer to the first question, but there are only one of two answers to the second! Perhaps you might be somebody who would prefer not to be challenged with a question like that, but it is better to address this important issue now rather than wait until it’s too late to do something about it. This issue is not going to go away while ignoring it, look how uncertain things are getting out there in the world - is it worth taking the risk?

    “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
    Proverbs 27: 1.

    Everyone has their plans and are not too pleased with having them interrupted by the Covid crisis, but now things might appear to be getting back to some sort of normality, those all important plans are being taken up once again. But what happens after all those plans for your life have perhaps been fulfilled?

    A wise old sage once asked young man one day, ‘what plans do you have for your life?
    He answered, ‘Well, I hope to graduate with honours after my studies.’
    To which he asked the young man, ‘And then what?’
    The young man answered, ‘I would like to start my employment and work my way up the ladder.’
    ‘And then what?’ Asked the man once more.
    ‘I would like to own my own home, find someone and get married.’
    The question came to him again, ‘And then what?’
    ‘I would like us to have children and see them grow up and do well in their education.’ 
    He gently asked again, ‘And then what?’
    ‘I would like to get my promotions so that I can retire comfortably.’ 
    ‘And then what?’ The old man kept probing.
    ‘We would like to see our children get married, and have children of their own. We would like to enjoy our grandchildren, retirement and holidays etc.’
    By now the young man was hoping that he would not be asked that question anymore, but once again he was asked, ‘And then what?’
    The young man got uncomfortable and said sombrely, ‘Then I’ll die!’
    Thinking that would be the end of the conversation, he sighed feeling a little defeated, but the old man asked him, just one last time …. ‘And - then - what?’

    Dear friend, it is later than it has ever been, and the vast eternity is nearer than what you think. If that old man was to probe you like he did to the young man mentioned above, what would be your answer.

    Long ago when the children of Israel were delivered by God from Egypt and Pharaoh its wicked king, they were delivered from slavery, and from the worship of Egypt’s false gods to serve the living God. The firstborn in every household sheltering under the blood of a lamb that was sacrificed, was delivered from the angel of death that was to passover the land the night prior to their departure.

    Once they were delivered, this marked the beginning of a brand new life, and God marked this event by giving to them a brand new calendar. This was the first day of the first month of a brand new year. And this month was called ‘Nissi’.

    All of the events of the time that had passed before was unrecorded and closed. The only time that mattered to God was the brand new time He gave to them!

    The same is with us. The time that really matters to God in our lives starts the moment we trust in the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’. John 1: 29. 

    When we humble ourselves before Him in true repentance of our sin, acknowledging that Jesus died in the place of us the sinner, God gives to us a brand new life, and from that moment on, this is the time that is valuable to Him.

    All the plans that we made and the time we spent and wasted outside of His schedule amounts to nothing. Everything begins the moment He comes into the life of the one who trusts Him and allows Him to make them a brand new person. If you are in your nineties and are living on borrowed time - God can do a lot with that precious borrowed time. If you are in your teens and have a potential life time to look forward to - God can do a lot with your precious life.

    But in reality, all of us may have but a few moments left before it is too late, but God can do a lot with those as well, if we give them all to Him.

    I know personally how wonderful it is to know that my destiny is secured. And because of this, every day of my life has meaning and presents an opportunity to invest in eternity. This can be your happy portion as well.

    The Bible tells us clearly that ‘the time is short’.
    The events and circumstances in the world today verify this, and … ’it is VERY late’.

    Soon, God is going to say as it were ‘enough’ to the wickedness that is going on. Soon, He will tell His Beloved Son to ‘go and fetch your bride.’ Because without a shadow of a doubt, the promised coming of the Lord Jesus could happen at any moment. None of us knows exactly when He will come and call all those who trust in Him to Himself to be with Him where He is, but everything is telling us that the moment of time His people are longing for could be on the next breath.

    The patience of God waits and waits for people to repent, and so, if you are among those for whom He is waiting, trust in Him fully and come under the protection of His loving care - because He will not wait forever - ‘His Spirit will not always strive with man’. (See Genesis 6: 3.) Because it is that late, you may no longer have the option to wait another day to address the all important matter of your destiny. It would be utter foolishness to put it off … until tomorrow!

    * The question - What time is it? 
    * The answer - It is VERY late!
    * The resolution - Trust Him now, while you may!

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    Here's how to know for sure you are ready for heaven.
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

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  2.  

     04_Apr_Who Was This Man

    Who is this Person that comes to the world’s attention a couple of times each year?

    Here we are at that time of the year when the schools take a break, and a long weekend begins, which brings a few days off work for some. So many will be pleased to have a break from the routine, but what is this time of the year all about?

    Like Christmastime, when everyone appears to indulge themselves with little or no thought as to the reason for the season; even so it would seem that many do exactly the same thing at this time also!

    Perhaps some are whispering a ‘thank you’ heavenwards for a long weekend and a holiday to do what they want to do. But I wonder how many are truly thankful for the real reason for this season! 

    But there appears to be a question hovering around in the back of our minds:

    "What and who is this season all about?"

    Now, of course this is a perfectly fitting time to take a closer look at Someone most precious to God and to those who have come to know Him by faith. To the secular world they know that it has something to do with Jesus dying a cruel death by crucifixion and raising from the dead three days later. But that was so long ago, that’s not relevant for today … is it?

    Let us take a look at Jesus, the precious Son of God. The Bible tells us that:

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    The same was in the beginning with God.
    All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made …
    And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
    (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
    John 1: 1-3, 14

    So much is said in so few words! These beautiful words tell us that Jesus was not merely a man! We are being told here that Jesus was God, and no one less than God Himself! In the book of Colossians we are told that: in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2: 9. This simply means that Jesus is all of who God is … in a human body!

    “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
    Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
    by whom also he made the worlds;
    Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,
    and upholding all things by the word of his power …”
    Hebrews 1: 1-3.

    Everything about this precious Man was the exact expression of God in His essence and in His character, and when the people of that day were observing Him, they were seeing what God is like. Everything about Him from the moment of His conception, every moment of His perfect life, right up to His very last breath was the very life of God living on earth right in front of all to see. From head to toe, from inside to outside, awake or asleep, happy or sad, what Jesus did, is what God would do. Even His inmost thoughts were the thoughts of God.

    What in incredible thing this is … “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh …” 1 Timothy 3: 16.

    This explains how He was able to perform miracles, and relief the suffering of many folks who were bound with sicknesses and even demonic possession. But His abilities were not limited to the human body; He was able to control the elements also!

    In a raging storm that descended upon the vessel He and His disciples were using to go to the other side of the lake, He slept while the others, (some of whom were seasoned fishermen), were toiling with all their might to keep the boat from sinking. At last out of fear and despair they woke Him in question over His care for them.

    Without any malice or weariness over their lack of faith … “He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” Matthew 8: 26-27. I would imagine that they were both in awe, and possibly fearful at the same time. From being afraid of the storm they find themselves in the presence of One more powerful than the storm itself!

    This Man who had grown up among them was like them in many respects, but so unlike them in the fact that He manifested Godlike and miraculous power over what would have otherwise been impossibilities.

    He asked His disciples one day: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 8: 27-29

    Peter got it! He knew who this precious Man really was! God had revealed this to him, and this was all important knowledge. This was the foundation upon which all of the disciples faith was built, and the foundation upon which the church is built today.

    And it is therefore no surprise to learn that such a One was a pure delight indeed to His Father, and on more than one occasion the heaven was opened as God announced: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” Luke 17: 5.

    We must understand, it wasn’t His abilities that impressed His Father, but it was His sinless and spotless life. At last God could see a Man on earth who was pleasing to Him in every way.

    His every thought, every word, and every deed was fragrant with heavenly character,
    beautiful, pure and utterly perfect!

    One would think that such a wonderful Man would be sought after and embraced by all. After all, this is the Man who was able to heal the sick, feed the hungry, restore sight to the blind, even raise people from the dead … and controlled the weather! He was able to deal with every problem that people faced back then … but He was rejected!

    Such was the wickedness in the heart of mankind. After being betrayed by Judas, and delivered for a mock trial and a severe beating, He was presented to the crowd who had been stirred up by the religious leaders of that day.

    “Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?
    They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
    And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?
    But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.”
    Matthew 27: 22-23.

    They were in effect saying: “We will not have this man to reign over us.” Luke 19: 14. (The word ‘man’ has been inserted to make reading easier but does not appear in the original text. They wouldn’t even acknowledge Him as a citizen but only a reject at best!)

    However, all of the terrible events that led to the cross, and the hours of suffering that we could see, were a horrific display of what the heart of mankind is really like, while at the same time displaying what the heart of a loving God is like also. 

    But then came three hours of darkness in which the sufferings of Christ were hidden from everyone’s eyes. There He was bearing in His body the wrath of God against the sin of the world, including yours and mine, and He made to meet upon Him all of the accumulated sin from Adam right up to the event of the cross, and all of the anticipated sin from then right up to this present moment of time and beyond.

    Who Was This Man?
    This Man was our Saviour, our Substitute, our only hope!
    And still is!

    But not for much longer! You see, the time is fast running out. The opportunity for people to avail themselves of His saving grace is soon coming to an end. The age in which we live is a time of grace in which sinners can come to the Saviour for cleansing and forgiveness. But this is a period of time that has lasted from the death of Christ on the cross right up to this day.

    Because God was satisfied with the Work accomplished at the cross the Lord Jesus was risen victoriously from the dead on the third day. A great time of rejoicing followed in which the fearful disciples hiding away for fear of the Jews were filled with gladness, and the sorrow of Mary Magdalene was filled with joy, and the doubt and dubious nature of Thomas was turned into rock solid belief and adoring worship. Such is the blessed portion of those who are closely acquainted with the risen Saviour!

    And after spending time with His disciples and many others He was taken back to heaven to prepare a place for those who have trusted in Him, as He promised He would …

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
    that where I am, there ye may be also.”
    John 14: 1-3.

    And all that is happening in the world today are signs that tell us that His coming for His people is very near indeed. Nobody knows just when that event will take place, so we must be ready and waiting; for He could truly come Perhaps Today!

    Perhaps you might have a different view of this long weekend commonly known as the Easter weekend, and I trust that you will not be among those who reject this lovely Man, but be happy to stand with us who love Him and are longing for ‘the blessed hope of His glorious appearing’, which could happen at any moment.

    And so to ask just one more time: Who Was This Man? I believe the best answer to this question comes from the lips of the Lord Himself:

    “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,
    which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
    I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen …”
    Revelation 1: 8, 18

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    Here's how to know for sure you are ready for heaven.
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

    ~~~~~

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  3.  

    We all love the idyllic scene of the beautiful sunrise or sun set over a serene horizon. When the weather is fair, the sea is like a mill pond magnifying the brilliance of the sunlight and reflecting the sky full of spectacular colour looking down upon it.

    A most breathtaking picture painted effortlessly by the ultimate Artist - even God Himself!

     03_Mar_Go Deeper1

    However, such a beautiful scene can be quickly altered if there is a change in the weather. All is needed is a change in the air pressure, and temperature, and the resulting wind can whip up the ocean's surface into menacing waves.

    The face of the water is so easily disturbed and unsettled by external conditions, so much so that it can become a formidable foe in no time at all!

    Human nature is so much like that of the character of the sea. One day all is well and calm and so are we, but it seems than in just a moment of time we can be so different, when something in our life troubles us.

    But not everybody reacts to adverse situations in the same way.

    Did you ever wonder why some people appear to weather those storms of life better than others? Could it be something to do with how deep or how shallow an individual is?

    When the water is shallow, then it is entirely troubled, much like what you see on the shore where the waves break and lose their momentum on the shore. But further out where the water is deeper, only the surface is troubled.

    Go deeper, and you will discover that the water is relatively calm. The deeper the water, the more percentage of calmness there is. A gentle breeze or a raging storm will not trouble the waters deep below the surface.

    Let us not be content to be 'fair weather Christians' and opting for the easy road because as life is as the moment, sooner or later our faith will be tried and our foundations rattled.

    If there is no real depth to our faith and no real depth in our relationship with the One who loves our souls, then we will be in trouble as soon as the winds of adversity come, and they will come, there is no doubt about that!

    Some of us already know a great deal about what adversity is all about!

    However, no matter how strong the storms of life may be, if we are deeply rooted in our Beloved Lord, and deeply embedded in our relationship with Him, then the deeper and more magnificent our appreciation His peace and rest will bring to our hearts.

    03_Mar_Go Deeper2

    But did you know that God loves the deep places? These are the places where His treasures and His secrets are found. However, He does not hide them so that they will never be discovered, but they are strategically placed so that they will be found by those who diligently seek them. Just like He, Himself is found by those who diligently seek Him!

    And the reason for this is because the things of God are not for half hearted or lukewarm people. These treasures are not of the tangible type, but are those things that enrich the character of a man or woman whose soul desire it is to please the One who has shed His love abroad, reaching out to poor lost sinners with no hope without Him. These are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that only He can give, and will give to those whose soul desire it is to represent Him in a world that innately rejects Him and all He stands for!

    The Bible tells us:

    "... Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
    the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
    But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:
    for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."
    1 Corinthians 2: 9-10

    We not only have so much to look forward to in a soon coming day when heaven will be our eternal home, but we have so much to enrich us on our heaven bound journey, one day at a time, because God is a cheerful and abundant Giver.

    So, we find not only a place of quietness and rest when we 'go deeper', but there we discover to the delight and enrichment of our soul, eternal treasures that we call our own! These treasures are the kind that we will never lose, no matter what. And we will take them with us when it is time to finally go leave this sad old world behind, which could very well be much sooner than we think ... Jesus is coming ... Perhaps Today!

    "He revealeth the deep and secret things:
    he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him."
    Daniel 2: 22

    "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth:
    but I have called you friends;
    for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you."
    John 15: 15

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    Here's how to know for sure you are on your way to heaven
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

    ~~~~~

    >> Do you have any questions or comments about the above thoughts I would love to hear from you -
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  4.  

    The morning started all grey and overcast, but I had prayed for fair weather as I usually do on a day like this.

    You see, today was the day when we were going to pay our final respects to Mum Le Bail (Yvonne). And I can't recall there was ever a funeral of a true believer I ever attended when the sun didn't shine at just the right moment. I prayed that this would be so once again this day and I was sure that the Lord would do it again.

    02_Feb_Does This Sound Familiar To You

    Right enough, about an hour and a half before the service was to begin the clouds parted and the weather was absolutely lovely for the full duration of the service and for the committal afterwards. Of course being in the month of January it was very cold but otherwise very pleasant, for which everyone was truly thankful.

    As we journeyed back home the clouds returned and it started to rain again.
    Well, how about that!

    While people were arriving at the Church, in the background playing softly was my new song: "Just Passing Through", which family members requested to be played on this occasion. It was on a loop and played over a few times while people were arriving. Before the service began while people were quietly talking among themselves, the Pastor came over to my Son and I, and we chatted for a little while. During a pause in our conversation he turned to asked me with a smile: "Does this sound familiar to you?" (Referring to my song.) I replied: "Yes, it is, I know it very well!" Then off he went to welcome another family member into the church. :)

    It was a beautiful service and a fitting and honourable tribute to a very special lady who was not only a devoted mother to her children well into adulthood, but she was an incredibly wonderful friend to me. I look forward to that soon coming day when the Lord Jesus comes as He promised.  We'll see Mum again, and many more of those precious loved ones who went on ahead of us to be: "with Christ, which is far better." Philippians 1: 23.

    As I was listening to some ministry on the Internet recently the Pastor I was listening to covered the verses of 2 Timothy 3: 1-5, and as he read these verses slowly and deliberately I was thinking to myself: 'although these words were written long ago, there is something about them that is strangely familiar right now.' And why is that? It is because these words are a perfect and graphic description of the age in which we are living ... today! It is as if the writer had penned these words only last week!

    "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
    covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
    despisers of those that are good,
    Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
    Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
    2 Timothy 3: 1-5.

    Well, that's a pretty depressing list of characteristics isn't it? Nineteen of them to be precise! And I don't know about you, but as you read them through didn't they seem familiar to you also?

    You only have to turn on your TV, or read the newspapers to see for yourselves that: "the mystery of iniquity doth already work ..." 2 Thessalonians 2: 7. The spirit of lawlessness is rampant no matter where we look.

    Now, it would be the easiest thing to become despondent with the barefaced wickedness we see all around us, or maybe, just maybe we could find encouragement that these sad days were predicted in the Bible and precede an event that is very soon to take place.

    Please notice that the Bible reading from 2 Timothy begun with this small sentence "... in the last days perilous times shall come'. If we are seeing all these things happening right in front of us, and that sorry list of characteristics is all too familiar to us today, then it stands to reason that we are 'in the last days!'

    But what does it mean when the Bible tells us that we are in 'the last days?'

    Well, for every true believer, these are the last moments when we find ourselves 'counting down' as it were, and "looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." Titus 2: 13. These are the last days just before the promise of the Lord Jesus is about to be fulfilled. This is what He said: "I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14: 2-3.

    When every true believer is focused on this wonderful promise, this is an exciting time, because very soon, in fact, any minute now, He is coming for His beloved people to take us away from this sad old world. He is going to take us to be with Him in the place He went to prepare for us when He went back into heaven.

    These are the last days in which the chapter is about to close
    and another is about to begin!

    But what of those who are left behind? This world is in rapid decline and speedily heading for judgement. All living in it who have little or no regard for the living God, His beloved Son, and the salvation which He offers will soon have to face His wrath instead. These for them are the very last moments in which they have a chance can do something about their predicament.

    The Bible tells us that: "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3: 9.

    This chapter in our history is just about the longest one so far because of the abounding mercy of a loving God who has been waiting for sinners for whom Christ died to repent and trust in Him fully. And in these last days while everything is going into chaos He waits just another day ... and just another ... and another. But, He will not wait for much longer. One day soon He will declare: as He did just before the flood in Noah's time: "My spirit shall not always strive with man ..." Genesis 6: 3.

    But who is He waiting for? Could it be for you?

    If you are reading this and find that you could be among those left behind to face judgement against your sin, you need to get serious about your dilemma before God. He knows all about it infinitely better than you do, and desires to save you from sin's power and its consequences.

    Your sin and mine is the reason why Jesus came and ultimately went all the way to the cross to suffer, bleed, and to die. He bore in His body the punishment and separation from God that our sin deserves because we are totally incapable of doing anything about it ourselves.

    Such love ought to touch your heart deeply. As soon as you are prepared before God to accept that you are the poor lost sinner for whom Jesus died to save, humble yourself and trust Him without reserve, God will set you on a new pathway, give you a new life with new goals.  You too will be able to look forward with joyful anticipation to that soon coming day when Jesus comes for all those who have trusted in Him and "love Him who first loved us." 1 John 4: 19.

    Perhaps you are one of God's dear people but have become overwhelmed in this chaotic system in which we are currently living. It's looking dire and the days are dark and closing in on us. It is easy to become fearful and wonder what will happen next. Here is the good news - Jesus is coming again! He's coming for you! Hold on just a little while longer! Look up, because it won't be long now. You and I have so very much to look forward to ... very soon ... Perhaps Today!

    Here is a couple of little passages from the Bible that you might be familiar with. May these words bring to you comfort in these 'last days'.

    "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
    In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound,
    and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
    1 Corinthians 15: 51-52.

    "For 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.
    Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
    1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18.


    Here's a simple explanation on how to make sure you are ready for heaven  - while you have the opportunity!
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

    ~~~~~

    >> Do you have any questions or comments about the above thoughts I would love to hear from you -
          why not say hello down below!



  5.  

    What a year it's been! Certainly one to be remembered ... or preferably one chosen to be forgotten forever!

    I have seen a few comical memes that have expressively defined this year, one of which was recently sent to me and I thought it might put a smile on your face. It certainly does funny things with my brains, but I think we can all identify the picture with this topsy turvy world in which we are living.

    If 2020 was a Car 

    Oh well, it certainly is a good job we do not know the future holds. However, those of us who have the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Saviour know Who holds the future!

    Nothing takes Him by surprise, and that includes everything that seemed to hit us blindsided at the beginning of this past year.

    It looks like all that we once knew as normal before Covid will in all probability never return! Too much has happened. For some, irretrievable loss in either employment or sadly losing loved ones.

    Everyone is governed in some measure by fear, and there is a horrible feeling of hopelessness in every walk of life. But this is when and where a practical living relationship with the beloved Lord Jesus makes all the difference.

    Those of us who His people by faith and by His grace have an anchor of hope that others do not have. Even though we all have to pass through the same trials as everyone else, we know that we have not been left all alone without rhyme or reason in this chaotic environment in which we have to live.

    I get the feeling that we are being permitted to endure Covid hardships to enable us ...

    to let go of this world and look for something better

    Christians know that this place is not our home and that we are 'just passing through', but sometimes we find ourselves holding on to something that makes our eternal destiny less attractive. And all the while, as we see everything collapsing into disarray all around us, and as we see 'the spirit of lawlessness abound' I'm sure that it is becoming apparent that this really is not our home!

    In fact, anyone who is reading this, be you a Christian or not ...

    this sad old world is not your home either!

    Wouldn't you like to escape? Would you like to have something so much better to look forward to?

    Having something to look forward to, and Somebody wonderful to meet in Person in a very short while thrills the heart of God's people. And the more we get to know Him now, the brighter our certain future becomes.

    He has made promises you know! And when He makes a promise He always keeps it because He cannot lie. He is always faithful to His Word, and because this is so, we can place the full weight of our faith and complete trust in Him and His promises.

    For all of God's people the promise of the coming or our beloved Lord and Saviour is not only a ray of hope to brighten our future, but it is what the Bible calls, our 'blessed hope'. But I might add to this that this is our only hope.

    Not in a negative sense but in the most positive way.

    We don't need any other type of hope when we have the promise that Jesus Himself will come for us, and take us to the place He has been preparing in His Father's house since He left long ago.

    This is what he promised -

    "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
    that where I am, there ye may be also."
    John 14: 1-3.

    'Where I am, there ye may be also.' What better prospect could God's people ever have other than to be with Him, where He is? This is something that can be more fully appreciated the more we get to know Him, as I said earlier.

    For everyone who is unprepared, and carrying a burden of sin around all the time, did you know that you can be free from that burden and from the very thing that separates you from the love of God?

    Our sin is the reason why He came. He came to deliver us from its chains of guilt and from its consequences. It meant that He had to come and live on earth just like us and become acquainted with all our infirmities, yet without the ability to sin Himself!

    This perfect Man was on a mission.
    He didn't come to stay but He also was 'just passing through'.

    He was here only for a few short years to live His perfect life and ultimately to go to the cross as our Substitute and suffer, bleed and die in the place of lost and guilty sinners like you and me.

    All of us as individuals are the sinners for whom Christ died to save. He has done His part to the satisfaction of God His Father, and was risen from among the dead, living now in the power of an endless life.

    Now it is turn to do your part, and turn from the sin that keeps you away from the living and loving God, and keeps you in a hopeless and fearful state, and trust in Him with all your heart. Completely surrender to Him and see what He will do!

    What better way to begin a brand New Year? He who not only holds the future, faithfully holds each of His trusting people in His nail scarred hand. He will never let His people down but all who trust in Him are secure forever.

    In fact, according to the Lord Jesus, we are doubly secure -

    "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
    neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
    My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
    and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one."
    John 10: 28-30.

    Seeing as it is that we are doubly secure, let us make sure we seek to give to Him every reason to feel that we were worth the price He paid to make us His own.

    And now that we have so much to look forward to, we have everything to live for, even though there may be tough times ahead. As long as we remember that we are only 'just passing through', and our home awaits us, we will have the ability to press on with those things that have greater value and not be wasting time in fruitless pursuits.

    2021

    May you be richly blessed in this coming New Year

    01_Jan_Just Passing Through

    Something special just released!


    I can honestly say that without the Lord this song video would not have been possible.

    It is a little different to the type of video I usually create
    because of a recent bereavement in the family.
    I trust that it will be a blessing to you at such a time as this.


    Here's a simple explanation on how to make sure you are ready for heaven  - and therefore ready to face 2021!
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

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