THE Trinity in Jersey http://thetrinityinjersey.org THE Trinity in Jersey - a series of weekly newsletters under the title "info for islanders" linking the Bible, Jesus Christ and Jersey. Immediately after his resurrection and just before his ascension in AD 33, Jesus Christ instructed his key followers to make disciples of all nations. They were to do this in two ways: first, by immersing them into the name (all the attributes and facts about) the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; second, by teaching them to observe and obey all that he had commanded them. THE Trinity in Jersey "info for islanders" seeks to assist in both those ways in making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. en Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:41:02 EDT Uncovering the power of authority http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=613 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And the blind and the lame came near to him in the temple, and he healed them. But then the chief priests and the scribes, seeing the wonderful things that he did, and the children shouting in the temple and stating, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”, were indignant and said to him, “Do you hear what these are stating?” And Jesus stated to them, “Yes; have you never read that, ‘You (the LORD God) ordained praise out of the mouth of little children and nursing babies?’” Leaving them, he went away out of the city to Bethany and spent the night there. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he came up to it and found nothing on it except only leaves. To it, he stated, “No longer may fruit come from you - forever” and the fig tree withered at once. Matthew 21: 14-17 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) Visiting the Palace of Versailles some years ago I trespassed onto lawn grass. Straight away a whistle sounded. It was a gendarme. I didn’t know what I had done wrong so was a tad hesitant. The gendarme began to undo the holster of his pistol. I’ve never forgotten it.Authority is a strange thing. Strange because a person who is given authority actually seems to change inside. It’s not only that he now has the tools to do a particular function – like keeping people off the lawn – but he also in himself or in herself has a right of his own – a right that others obey him.What authority do you have over others today? And must you be obeyed? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=613 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:00:00 EDT money-making or the blind and the lame http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=612 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Having entered into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, stating, “Who is this man?” So the crowds stated, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” And Jesus went in into the temple and drove out all selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the desks of the money-clippers and the seats of those selling the doves. He stated to them, “It has been written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a den of robbers.” And the blind and the lame came near to him in the temple, and he healed them. Matthew 21: 11-14 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) Have you tried googling “How did Donald Trump become wealthy?” The basic answer is simple – buying and selling. Buying and selling on a grand scale. If you google the same question about Jared Kushner, the President’s wealthy son-in-law, the answer was near enough the same – buying and selling property on a grand scale.It’s no wonder there are very serious concerns as to what motivates White House decisions. Are US policies supporting Trump or the people? But there is a bigger question. Is there anything actually harmful in being motivated by money-making?Take a look at the incident in bold above recorded in the eyewitness biography of Jesus Christ written by Matthew. The year is AD 30; the place is Jerusalem. It’s the last few days before Jesus’ execution on ‘Good Friday’. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=612 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 EDT Greatness and how it was achieved http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=611 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A) Drawing near to Jerusalem and coming to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent out two disciples, stating to them, “Make your way into the village in front of you and immediately you will come upon a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untying, bring them to me and if anyone says anything to you, you shall say that, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and he will send them out immediately.” (B) Now this came to be so that it might fulfill the saying through the prophet, stating, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Look and see, your king is coming to you, humble, and going on a donkey and on a colt, the offspring of a beast of burden.’” And so, as the disciples made their way doing as Jesus appointed, they led the donkey and the colt and put upon them their garments, and he sat on above their garments. So the great crowd spread their own garments on the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading the road. (C) So the crowds leading before and following him were shouting, stating, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Worthy of praise is he coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And, he having entered into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, stating, “Who is this man?” So the crowds stated, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” Matthew 21: 1-11 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) ‘Humility is one of the chiefs of all the virtues: it is the hallmark of the child of God.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, writer and preacher, 1899-1981) ‘I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being humbled.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) Recently US President Donald Trump blasted Iran in his UN General Assembly speech, calling on other nations to join Washington in further isolating the Islamic Republic. His strategy seems to be to force Tehran to agree to a more stringent version of the 2015 Nuclear Deal that the US, alone among its seven signatories, reneged on earlier this year. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=611 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 EDT To see you must first be blind http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=610 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret As they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And, look and see, there were two blind men sitting near the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, shouted out, stating, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd criticized them so they might be silent but they shouted out even more, stating, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you wish I might do for you?” They stated to him, “Lord, that our eyes might be opened.” So Jesus, caring greatly, touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him. Matthew 20: 29-34 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) ‘Humility is one of the chiefs of all the virtues: it is the hallmark of the child of God.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, writer and preacher, 1899-1981) ‘I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being humbled.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, early Christian writer, 354-430 AD) ‘When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on his side. If he does not show himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find him.’ (C S Lewis, Literature Professor, Oxford and Cambridge, 1898-1963) “So the last will be first and the first last.” That’s what Jesus said. But can we be confident that that statement is really, really true?In Matthew’s biography Jesus says this to his disciples around AD 30, “Look and see, we are going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be given away to the hierarchy there and they will condemn him to death, and will give him away to the Gentiles to be mocked and to be flogged and to be crucified. And he will be raised on the third day.” Therefore the Son of Man was definitely going to be last. He expected to die a criminal. But would he be first – risen from the dead?Are there many people going that way today – prepared to be last like that? US President Donald Trump? President Assad of Syria? Your boss? The competitors in Strictly Come Dancing? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=610 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 EDT A display of glory at a marriage (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=609 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus was also called to the marriage with his followers. Lacking wine, the mother of Jesus speaks to him, “They have no wine” and Jesus speaks to her, “Something for me and you, woman? My hour is not yet arrived.” His mother speaks to the servants, “Whatever he may speak to you, you do it.” Now there were six stone water-jars lying down there from the cleansing of the Jews, each having space for two or three measures. Jesus speaks to the servants, “Fill the water-jars with water” and they fill them up until above full and he speaks to them, “Now draw up and carry to the architriklinos.” So, they carry. But, as the architriklinos tasted the water having become wine and did not know its origin (but the servants who had drawn up the water knew), the architriklinos calls the bridegroom and speaks to him, “Every man puts down first the good wine, and when they may have well drunk, the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and displayed his own glory, and his followers trusted in him. John 2: 1-11 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) ‘Humility is one of the chiefs of all the virtues: it is the hallmark of the child of God.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, writer and preacher, 1899-1981) ‘I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being humbled.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, early Christian writer, 354-430 AD) ‘When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on his side. If he does not show himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find him.’ (C S Lewis, Literature Professor, Oxford and Cambridge, 1898-1963) ‘If you feel you have no faults, that’s another one.’ (Anon.) ‘The ultimate tragedy of man’s self-understanding is that he believes himself to be free, has all the feelings of a free agent, but does not realise that he is a slave to sin and serves the will of the Adversary.’ (Sinclair Ferguson) From last week’s Info, we saw that, at a marriage in Galilee, an invited man, acting in secret, apparently does something which displays his own glory. ‘This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and displayed his own glory, and his followers trusted in him….’Early on the wine runs out. Jesus’ mother tells Jesus about it. But he replies, “Something for me and for you, woman? ...” This cryptic reply might relate to a key incident at the very beginning of the first book in the Bible – Genesis – written around 1350 BC. Jesus didn’t do “self-seeking”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=609 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 EDT A display of glory at a marriage (1) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=608 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus was also called to the marriage with his followers. Lacking wine, the mother of Jesus speaks to him, “They have no wine” and Jesus speaks to her, “Something for me and you, woman? My hour is not yet arrived.” His mother speaks to the servants, “Whatever he may speak to you, you do it.” Now there were six stone water-jars lying down there from the cleansing of the Jews, each having space for two or three measures. Jesus speaks to the servants, “Fill the water-jars with water” and they fill them up until above full and he speaks to them, “Now draw up and carry to the architriklinos.” So, they carry. But, as the architriklinos tasted the water having become wine and did not know its origin (but the servants who had drawn up the water knew), the architriklinos calls the bridegroom and speaks to him, “Every man puts down first the good wine, and when they may have well drunk, the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and displayed his own glory, and his followers trusted in him. John 2: 1-11 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) ‘Humility is one of the chiefs of all the virtues: it is the hallmark of the child of God.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, writer and preacher, 1899-1981) ‘I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being humbled.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, early Christian writer, 354-430 AD) ‘When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on his side. If he does not show himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find him.’ (C S Lewis, Literature Professor, Oxford and Cambridge, 1898-1963) ‘If you feel you have no faults, that’s another one.’ (Anon.) ‘The ultimate tragedy of man’s self-understanding is that he believes himself to be free, has all the feelings of a free agent, but does not realise that he is a slave to sin and serves the will of the Adversary.’ (Sinclair Ferguson) ‘Every lock of sorrow has a key of promise to fit.’ (Anon.) ‘No physician like the Lord, no tonic like his promise, no wine like his love.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker, writer and minister, 1834-1892) At a marriage in Galilee, an invited man (not the bridegroom, not the bride’s father, not the best man) does something which displays his own glory. ‘This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and displayed his own glory, and his followers trusted in him….’Not a good idea? Agreed – at first blush quite inappropriate. But….The marriage feast is going well until the wine runs out. Jesus’ mother (as mothers do) gives him a hint. “They have no wine.” Clearly, she knows that her son has very exceptional authority. Instead of an unhappy end with joyful celebration no longer available, his authority could restore the marriage feast. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=608 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 EDT last first and first last http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=607 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “In this way the last ones will be first, and the first ones last.” Matthew 20: 1-16 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) ‘Humility is one of the chiefs of all the virtues: it is the hallmark of the child of God.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, writer and preacher, 1899-1981) ‘I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being humbled.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, early Christian writer, 354-430 AD) ‘When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on his side. If he does not show himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find him.’ (C S Lewis, Literature Professor, Oxford and Cambridge, 1898-1963) ‘If you feel you have no faults, that’s another one.’ (Anon.) ‘The ultimate tragedy of man’s self-understanding is that he believes himself to be free, has all the feelings of a free agent, but does not realise that he is a slave to sin and serves the will of the Adversary.’ (Sinclair Ferguson) ‘Every lock of sorrow has a key of promise to fit.’ (Anon.) ‘No physician like the Lord, no tonic like his promise, no wine like his love.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker, writer and minister, 1834-1892)‘When it comes to generosity some people stop at nothing.’ (Anon.) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has deceives himself when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plumer, author and educator, 1802-1880) Do you ever think about what people are really like – inside? In Matthew’s first century biography of Jesus Christ one comes across: - men wanting easy divorces; men thinking that, if divorce isn’t to be easy, then it’s better not to marry at all; disciples of Jesus having no time for little children but only for people who mattered – to them; a wealthy young man finding that he couldn’t earn unending life because his own wealth and accompanying self-interest stopped him from giving to others; Jesus’ disciples asking him what was in it for them when they would follow him. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=607 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 EDT conflict http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=606 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “If your fellow human being sins against you yourself, go convince that person between you and that person alone. If that person may listen to you, you have won your fellow human being. If that person may not listen……..” Matthew 18: 15-20 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) ‘Humility is one of the chiefs of all the virtues: it is the hallmark of the child of God.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, writer and preacher, 1899-1981) ‘I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being humbled.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, early Christian writer, 354-430 AD) ‘When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on his side. If he does not show himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find him.’ (C S Lewis, Literature Professor, Oxford and Cambridge, 1898-1963) ‘If you feel you have no faults, that’s another one.’ (Anon.) ‘The ultimate tragedy of man’s self-understanding is that he believes himself to be free, has all the feelings of a free agent, but does not realise that he is a slave to sin and serves the will of the Adversary.’ (Sinclair Ferguson) ‘Every lock of sorrow has a key of promise to fit.’ (Anon.) ‘No physician like the Lord, no tonic like his promise, no wine like his love.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker, writer and minister, 1834-1892)‘When it comes to generosity some people stop at nothing.’ (Anon.) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has deceives himself when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plumer, author and educator, 1802-1880)‘A sin is two sins when it is defended.’ (Henry Smith, preacher and writer, 1560-1591) ‘As virtue is its own reward, so vice is its own punishment.’ (Anon.) Someone once said that there are two certainties in life – death and taxes. Maybe you’ll agree with me that a third life certainty is conflict. Arguments, oppositions, claims, lawsuits - are everywhere. For example, every Jersey contract of employment must, by law, contain a dispute resolution statement, setting out a process for the resolution of workplace conflicts. How do you deal with the conflicts which arise for you – conflicts where no resolution method is specified? Do you have a plan? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=606 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 EDT avoid these like the plague http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=605 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A) At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the realm of the skies?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like the children, you will never enter the realm of the skies. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the realm of the skies. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever may cause to stumble one of these small ones who trust in me, it would be better for him that a donkey-sized millstone may be hung around his neck and he may be drowned in the depth of the sea. Sorrow to the world for stumblings! For it is necessary that stumblings come, but sorrow to the one by whom the stumbling comes! (B) If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and let it go away from you. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be let go into the eternal fire. If your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and let it go away from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be let go into the waste incinerator. See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. (C) What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18: 1-14 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) ‘Humility is one of the chiefs of all the virtues: it is the hallmark of the child of God.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, writer and preacher, 1899-1981) ‘I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being humbled.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, early Christian writer, 354-430 AD) ‘When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on his side. If he does not show himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find him.’ (C S Lewis, Literature Professor, Oxford and Cambridge, 1898-1963) ‘If you feel you have no faults, that’s another one.’ (Anon.) ‘The ultimate tragedy of man’s self-understanding is that he believes himself to be free, has all the feelings of a free agent, but does not realise that he is a slave to sin and serves the will of the Adversary.’ (Sinclair Ferguson) ‘Every lock of sorrow has a key of promise to fit.’ (Anon.) ‘No physician like the Lord, no tonic like his promise, no wine like his love.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker, writer and minister, 1834-1892)‘When it comes to generosity some people stop at nothing.’ (Anon.) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has deceives himself when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plumer, author and educator, 1802-1880)‘A sin is two sins when it is defended.’ (Henry Smith, preacher and writer, 1560-1591) ‘As virtue is its own reward, so vice is its own punishment.’ (Anon.)‘Trust always shows itself in the whole personality.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, preacher and writer, 1899-1981) ‘Trust God even when the pieces don’t seem to fit.’ (John Hercus, surgeon and writer, 1912-1986) Last week we caught a glimpse of a young child in the centre of a room full of adults – totally vulnerable – but with Jesus alongside. The year was AD 30 and the men in the room had just asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest – the megas - in the kingdom of the skies?” (A) above.Jesus said that it was this young child who was the greatest in the heavenly realm. Why? It seems that this was because the child – Jesus used the word mikron to describe it - was minute in its own eyes, and in the eyes of others and, maybe for that reason, totally trusted in this Son of Man, Son of God. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=605 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 EDT Paedons: mikrons are megas http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=604 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the realm of the skies?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like the children, you will never enter the realm of the skies. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the realm of the skies. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever may cause to stumble one of these small ones who trust in me, it would be better for him that a donkey-sized millstone may be hung around his neck and he may be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18: 1-6 ‘Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.’ (C C Colton, writer and collector, 1780-1832) ‘The problem is not that there is insufficient evidence to convince rational beings that there is a God, but that rational beings have a natural hostility to the being of God.’ (R C Sproul, author and pastor, 1939-2017) ‘A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.’ (Samuel Grafton, American journalist, 1907-1997) ‘The person who serves God for money will soon serve the devil for better wages.’ (Roger L’Estrange, author, 1616-1704) ‘Humility is one of the chiefs of all the virtues: it is the hallmark of the child of God.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, writer and preacher, 1899-1981) ‘I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being humbled.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, early Christian writer, 354-430 AD) ‘When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on his side. If he does not show himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find him.’ (C S Lewis, Literature Professor, Oxford and Cambridge, 1898-1963) ‘If you feel you have no faults, that’s another one.’ (Anon.) ‘The ultimate tragedy of man’s self-understanding is that he believes himself to be free, has all the feelings of a free agent, but does not realise that he is a slave to sin and serves the will of the Adversary.’ (Sinclair Ferguson) ‘Every lock of sorrow has a key of promise to fit.’ (Anon.) ‘No physician like the Lord, no tonic like his promise, no wine like his love.’ (C H Spurgeon, speaker, writer and minister, 1834-1892)‘When it comes to generosity some people stop at nothing.’ (Anon.) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has deceives himself when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plumer, author and educator, 1802-1880)‘A sin is two sins when it is defended.’ (Henry Smith, preacher and writer, 1560-1591) ‘As virtue is its own reward, so vice is its own punishment.’ (Anon.)‘Trust always shows itself in the whole personality.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, preacher and writer, 1899-1981) ‘Trust God even when the pieces don’t seem to fit.’ (John Hercus, surgeon and writer, 1912-1986)‘Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.’ (Harold S Hulbert, American psychiatrist, 1897-1949) ‘A weak hand may receive a rich jewel.’ (Richard Sibbes, devotional writer and preacher, son of a wheelwright, 1577-1635) Many English words in everyday use today originate in the Greek language of over 2,000 years ago. Take the word “paedophile”. In Greek a “paed” is a child of either sex and “phile” means “lover of”. Paedophile? “Lover of young children”. Do you, like me, greatly regret that such a good thing – the love of children – can become so debased and corrupt? One of the disciples of Jesus, a well-educated taxation entrepreneur, wrote a first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus. In it there’s an incident when Jesus calls to himself a little child and places the child next to him in the centre of the room. Matthew uses the word “paedon” to describe this child. This is a diminutive of “paed” so this was a young child. But the most surprising thing is that Jesus tells his disciples that unless they turn around and become like a young child they will never enter the kingdom of the skies.What is it about a young child that, if in us, will gain entry above? What wonderful attribute does a young child have which is vital for all to have for entry into the realm of the skies? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=604 Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 EDT