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 Jan 2018 21:57:54 EST When the bridegroom is late http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=574 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him. Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25: 1-13 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) The above extract is a paragraph from Matthew’s first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus. It’s on page 28 – out of 35. So only 20% to go.But this paragraph is so unusual – so out of this world – that it needs a bit of imagination. That’s because it’s in the genre of a parallel. Jesus taught mainly in parallels but this one is about what will take place at a date which is still future for us now – as well as being future when he first taught it in Jerusalem around AD 30.This parallel then is Jesus’ description (in parallel form) of actual events on the day when he’ll return at the end of this age – the end of this era we’re living in now. Sometimes even today people talk in kind of riddles. Are you any good at working out – at discovering – the real meaning behind what people say to you – their real message to you? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=574 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Am I for real or just pretending? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=573 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 24: 45-51 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) Quite often in our crowded world we find ourselves listening to a mother trying to teach her child how to behave. We can’t help it. Sometimes we even flinch at her harsh words – but then we realize that the mother truly knows what her child is like inside and what he or she needs by way of training.The extract in bold above is from Matthew’s eye-witness first century biography of Jesus. It was directed solely at Jesus’ disciples – his close followers. Just like a mother disciplining a child whom she knows.If you’re not a Christian this extract doesn’t apply directly to you. Don’t stop reading it though. Whilst Jesus was speaking only to his followers – today we’d probably call them church-goers – others were listening to him.If Jesus was here in Jersey today what child-training would he want you to learn this morning? Here’s what he said to his close followers a day or two before he went to the cross for you. “Who among you is a faithful and wise bond-servant of mine? It’s the one whom I’ve put in place to provide for those who live in me. Happy – truly happy – is that particular bond-slave whom I’ll find doing just that when I come back.”“Truly,” Jesus added, “for sure I’ll put that person in charge of everything I have!” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=573 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Nuclear buttons and MY house http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=572 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, [Jesus said c. AD 30] not even the messengers of the sky, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the arrival of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the cataclysmic flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the arrival of the Son of Man. At that time two will be in the field; one is brought to safety and one is sent away. Two will be grinding at the mill; one is brought to safety and one is sent away. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the owner-occupier of the house had known in advance what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man does come at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24: 36-44 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) There’s been much publicity in the past week or so about nuclear buttons. Donald Trump apparently has a big button which he can press - and it works. Kim Jong Un on the other hand has a small nuclear button which allegedly may not work.Amongst the rhetoric is a very, very serious issue. The end of the world.It’s actually even more telling for us Jersey folk because we know that two big nuclear establishments are on the French coast only a few miles from us. Maybe it’s because that’s such a big threat that we rarely speak about it, let alone speak about the end of the world. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=572 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST This year’s events in a sound-bite http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=571 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “Straightaway with the trauma of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall out of the sky, and the powers of the skies will be shaken. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will shine in the sky, and at that time all the people groupings of the earth will be divided, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather together in one his chosen from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Matthew 24: 29-35 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) I wonder how you would describe - in a sound-bite - the major world changes which occurred in 2017 and will occur in 2018. You’d have to use a metaphor wouldn’t you. Something like – “this year, there’ll be ups and downs; some will go up and stay up while others will go down and stay down.” In the final few days before Jesus went to his death on a Roman cross in AD 30 in Jerusalem, Jesus also used a sound-bite metaphor (see bold above) to describe both world and personal changes which would take place after his death and resurrection. He said that, along with the trauma which would arise in the world and amongst its peoples “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall out of the sky, and the powers of the skies will be shaken.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=571 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Equality http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=570 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So he [Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem] said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. I have many things concerning you to say and to judge, moreover he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not know that he had been speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am, and I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him. John 8: 21-30 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) ‘Christ is the centre of attraction in heaven.’ (Archibald Alexander, American theologian, 1772-1851) ‘If God were not willing and able to forgive sin through Jesus, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) The incident in bold above is from John’s eyewitness first century biography of Jesus. If one reads it quickly, it becomes plain that a contrast is being drawn between the man who uses “I” and the people described by him as “you”. So often are the “I” and “you” contrasted that this may be the key to it all.First, “I am going away” is contrasted with “You will seek me and you will die in your sin.” The contrast is then repeated slightly differently, “Where I am going” is followed by, “You cannot come.” If this man – the “I” - was really going back to his Father in heaven (through the cross and resurrection) then his words here were terribly serious for his listeners. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=570 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Light and Bethlehem’s baby http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=569 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Again, Jesus spoke to the crowd, stating, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I see where I came from and where I am going, but you do not see where I came from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one. And yet if I did judge, my own judgment is true, because I am not alone but I and the Father who sent me. In your very own Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.” They stated to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You see neither me nor my Father. If you saw me, you would see my Father also.” These words he spoke at the valuables vault, as he taught in the temple; and no one stopped him, because his hour had not yet come. John 8: 12-20 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) ‘Christ is the centre of attraction in heaven.’ (Archibald Alexander, American theologian, 1772-1851) ‘If God were not willing and able to forgive sin through Jesus, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) ‘It is of no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, theologian and philosopher, 354-430) ‘Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.’ (Thomas Adams, minister, 1583-1653) The incident in bold above is from John’s eyewitness first century biography of Jesus. Three words in the original Greek are repeated – and again repeated above in the English version. Let’s take a look. They may be clues to follow.Light. Noun repeated twice.“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” These were terribly arrogant words, weren’t they? What on earth – what in the world then and now- has a need for light to be shone upon it? Often people’s deeds are hidden. Even more often their motivations are hidden.These days we have the news media zealous to give us light but somehow we still don’t see the real facts. Also, although we have fantastic social media, we don’t have the real light about others, do we? Nevertheless, how arrogant of this man to say, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” And what did he mean by “the light of life”? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=569 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Thirst and Bethlehem’s baby http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=568 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret On the last day of the Feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some of the crowd said, “This really is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the crowd over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. The civil servants then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The civil servants answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” John 7: 37-52 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) ‘Christ is the centre of attraction in heaven.’ (Archibald Alexander, American theologian, 1772-1851) ‘If God were not willing and able to forgive sin through Jesus, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) ‘It is of no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, theologian and philosopher, 354-430) ‘Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.’ (Thomas Adams, minister, 1583-1653)‘I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched.’ (Billy Graham) ‘After digging a thousand wells of my own and stumbling upon a thousand others dug by the hands of thirsty men, I have yet to realize that the only well that can satiate every thirst is the one that folk will never dig.’ (Craig Lounsbrough) The incident in bold above is from John’s eyewitness first century biography of Jesus. Several different individuals and groups participate. Let’s take a look.Jesus. It’s the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. That Feast is still celebrated today. Tabernacles are small tents or huts (Hebrew “Sukkot”) reminiscent of the 40-year period back around BC 1300 when the Jews were en route from Egypt to the Promised Land. They lived in tents – and their greatest daily need in the desert was for water. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=568 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Jerusalem - its once-for-all sacrifice http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=567 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”. Genesis 22: 1-14 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) ‘Christ is the centre of attraction in heaven.’ (Archibald Alexander, American theologian, 1772-1851) ‘If God were not willing and able to forgive sin through Jesus, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) ‘It is of no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, theologian and philosopher, 354-430) ‘Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.’ (Thomas Adams, minister, 1583-1653)‘I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched.’ (Billy Graham) ‘After digging a thousand wells of my own and stumbling upon a thousand others dug by the hands of thirsty men, I have yet to realize that the only well that can satiate every thirst is the one that folk will never dig.’ (Craig Lounsbrough) ‘Christ is the still point of the turning world.’ (T S Eliot, British essayist, 1888-1965) ‘This man changed history. Our dating, our culture, our legal system, our educational system and the belief that has dominated vast amounts of this world for the last 2,000 years, all stem from this one individual who died as a young man after a short time in the public eye.’ (Simon Austen) The incident in bold above is from a very ancient book – Genesis – which means “Beginning”. What about it? Well, a man named Moses (alive circa 1300 BC) was traditionally regarded as the author of Genesis. Scholars in the last century have put forward a possible date of around 500 BC and alternative authorship. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=567 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST “we’ve made this very clear…” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=566 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand. So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this Feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee. John 7: 1-9 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) ‘Christ is the centre of attraction in heaven.’ (Archibald Alexander, American theologian, 1772-1851) ‘If God were not willing and able to forgive sin through Jesus, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) ‘It is of no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, theologian and philosopher, 354-430) ‘Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.’ (Thomas Adams, minister, 1583-1653)‘I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched.’ (Billy Graham) ‘After digging a thousand wells of my own and stumbling upon a thousand others dug by the hands of thirsty men, I have yet to realize that the only well that can satiate every thirst is the one that folk will never dig.’ (Craig Lounsbrough) ‘Christ is the still point of the turning world.’ (T S Eliot, British essayist, 1888-1965) ‘This man changed history. Our dating, our culture, our legal system, our educational system and the belief that has dominated vast amounts of this world for the last 2,000 years, all stem from this one individual who died as a young man after a short time in the public eye.’ (Simon Austen)‘An honest death is better than a dishonest life.”’ (Socrates, Greek philosopher, BC 370-399) ‘What is true or not true can never be determined by an analysis of what men desire or do not desire to be the truth.’ (R C Sproul, b. 1939) Brexit. If you listen or watch the broadcast media these days you will have heard from UK politicians on Brexit issues that “we’ve made this very clear”. That’s not new. Take a look at the extract in bold above from John’s first century eye-witness biography of Jesus. Note, first, that it was well known that “in Judea ... the Jews (Judeans) were seeking to kill him”. Galilee is about 90 miles north of Judea but Jesus’ brothers there knew about this plan. “So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” Could they have said, about their real plan: “we’ve made this very clear”? John’s biography continues like this… http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=566 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST stones and who can throw them http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=565 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (D1) Jesus made his way to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. (C1) The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. (B1) Having bent down, Jesus wrote with his finger on the ground. (A) And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (B2) And yet again having bent down, he wrote on the ground. (C2) But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. (D2) Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” John 8: 1-11 ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) ‘Christ is the centre of attraction in heaven.’ (Archibald Alexander, American theologian, 1772-1851) ‘If God were not willing and able to forgive sin through Jesus, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) ‘It is of no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, theologian and philosopher, 354-430) ‘Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.’ (Thomas Adams, minister, 1583-1653)‘I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched.’ (Billy Graham) ‘After digging a thousand wells of my own and stumbling upon a thousand others dug by the hands of thirsty men, I have yet to realize that the only well that can satiate every thirst is the one that folk will never dig.’ (Craig Lounsbrough) ‘Christ is the still point of the turning world.’ (T S Eliot, British essayist, 1888-1965) ‘This man changed history. Our dating, our culture, our legal system, our educational system and the belief that has dominated vast amounts of this world for the last 2,000 years, all stem from this one individual who died as a young man after a short time in the public eye.’ (Simon Austen)‘An honest death is better than a dishonest life.”’ (Socrates, Greek philosopher, BC 370-399) ‘What is true or not true can never be determined by an analysis of what men desire or do not desire to be the truth.’ (R C Sproul, b. 1939)‘We are not finished with the need for forgiveness when we become Christians.’ (G B Duncan, speaker and writer, 1912-1997) ‘The Bible insists that God is entirely just, and that ultimately justice will be done, and will be seen to be done.”’ (D A Carson, b. 1946) The incident in bold above took place in Jerusalem around AD 30. It was recorded by an eye-witness disciple of Jesus named John, a fisherman. It was only when he was in his nineties that he wrote down the truths about Jesus which he had been telling others about during the intervening sixty years.What is most interesting is the way in which he records the details. Each step (D1, C1, B1) leads into a key point (A) and then (B2, C2, D2) away from that key point. All steps reach a wonderful conclusion.Having read what happened, let’s think first about the key point (A). He stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Only those “without sin” can punish another. That is indeed a key point. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=565 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST