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 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:54:27 EST The motivators: G** Religion Ideology http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=620 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour has drawn near. The Son of Man is given away into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my giver-away has drawn near.” Matthew 26: 36-46 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) Remembrance Day was only four weeks ago. How soon we forget. First world War Amnesty Day. The guns fell silent across this sad world. But do the causes of that horrible conflict remain in our world today. And do you think that G*** and religion might have been one of the main causes? In 2014 the BBC asked 10 present-day historians about the causes of WW1. According to one of those contributors, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German Emperor and absolute king of Prussia was convinced “that his Germanic G** had predestined him to lead his country to greatness.” Another contributor wrote that many of the other European statesmen “were disposed towards war, in part, by Social Darwinism.” Apparently, those European national leaders subscribed to Darwin’s doctrine - “Survival of the fittest” - and went to war because (obviously) they were the fittest to survive…. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=620 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 EST Encouragement: to fight; to die; to live http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=619 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now while they were eating (Jerusalem, AD 30), Jesus having taken bread, having expressed thanks, having broken, and having given to the disciples, said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and, when he had given thanks, he gave to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this - being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins - is my covenant blood. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Having sung hymns, they went out to the Mount of Olives. At that time and to them, Jesus stated, “You will all be stumbled by me this very night because it’s written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But, after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” But responding to him, Peter said, “Though they are all stumbled by you, I myself will never be stumbled by you.” Jesus declared to him, “Truly, I state to you that this very night, before the rooster crows, you will utterly deny me three times.” Peter stated to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not utterly deny you!” All the disciples said the same. Matthew 26: 26-35 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) Events and media contributions around the centenary of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 have rightly focussed on those who were killed and broken – or who were the loved ones they left behind.Chapter 5 of Ian Ronayne’s excellent book on the First World War years in Jersey has the title, “Your Island Needs You” – a take on LORD Kitchener’s famous First World War posters “Your country needs You”. There was enormous encouragement to volunteer – “this is a war worth fighting.”What would encourage you to go to war today? What do you think is worth fighting for in your case? When we’re about to lose something which we want to retain, do we turn to others to get their endorsement, their encouragement, even their assistance so as to “win”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=619 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 EST What was God doing in World War One? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=618 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now while they were eating (Jerusalem, AD 30), Jesus having taken bread, having expressed thanks, having broken, and having given to the disciples, said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and, when he had given thanks, he gave to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this - being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins - is my covenant blood. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26: 26-29 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) ‘He died that we might be forgiven/ He died to make us good/ That we might go at last to heaven/ Saved by his precious blood.’ (C F Alexander, hymn-writer, 1818-1895) ‘God had condemned sin before, but never so efficiently as in the death of his Son.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) Over 40 million men were broken in the First World War - over 1600 Jersey men killed, many more broken. What’s that got to do with Matthew’s eye-witness record of Jesus and his disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem the night before he was crucified in AD 30? See bold above.In that upper room: Jesus had taken bread – he had become a man; he had expressed thanks – he was thankful that he was there as a man to complete a task; he had broken that bread – he was hours away from being broken, cruelly and as a criminal, on that cross. He would go under the pain and injustice of the religious, political and military authorities of his day. He resolved to go under. He wouldn’t fight. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=618 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 EST Who ended World War One? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=617 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now while they were eating (Jerusalem, AD 30), Jesus having taken bread, having expressed thanks, having broken, and having given to the disciples, said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and, when he had given thanks, he gave to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this - being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins - is my covenant blood. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26: 26-29 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) ‘He died that we might be forgiven/ He died to make us good/ That we might go at last to heaven/ Saved by his precious blood.’ (C F Alexander, hymn-writer, 1818-1895) ‘God had condemned sin before, but never so efficiently as in the death of his Son.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy - within.’ (Anon.) ‘A victory inside of us is ten thousand times more glorious than any victory can be outside of us.’ (Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer, 1813-1887) In the kitchen of a family home in northern France there’s a large colour print of the signing of the First World War Armistice in 1918. These are common in France maybe because they show France’s Marechal Foch as victor. Being commander in chief of the allied armies he was one of the signatories, along with Britain’s First Sea Lord, Admiral Wester Wemyss.Have you ever wondered who signed on behalf of Germany? Who capitulated? Was it the defeated Kaiser Wilhelm II the German Emperor and absolute King of Prussia? No. He had abdicated before that. He took refuge in neutral Holland. Was it the wartime Imperial Chancellor? No. In October 1918 he handed over his supreme position to another to admit defeat. That other also resigned. It was Friedrich Ebert, the leader of a minority political party, who eventually gave instructions to sign the Armistice. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=617 Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 EST Who caused World War One? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=616 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now while they were eating (Jerusalem, AD 30), Jesus having taken bread, having expressed thanks, having broken, and having given to the disciples, said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26: 26-29 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) ‘He died that we might be forgiven/ He died to make us good/ That we might go at last to heaven/ Saved by his precious blood.’ (C F Alexander, hymn-writer, 1818-1895) ‘God had condemned sin before, but never so efficiently as in the death of his Son.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy - within.’ (Anon.) ‘A victory inside of us is ten thousand times more glorious than any victory can be outside of us.’ (Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer, 1813-1887) ‘A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners and an army of thieves.’ (Anon.) ‘Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.’ (John F Kennedy, 35th U S President, 1917-1963) Last Sunday was, of course, a major world centenary. The signing in the Forest of Compiegne of the Armistice which ended the First World War. At the time of the centenary of the start of that war the BBC asked 10 senior historians – most of them university professors – “Who caused World War One?” Their answers are still there on the BBC website. Google will find them for you. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=616 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 EST By what authority do you do these things? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=615 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret When he (Jesus) entered into the temple (Jerusalem AD 30), the chief priests and the seniors among the people came near to him as he was teaching, and stated, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus made this discerning assessment to them, saying, “I likewise will ask from you one word and if you say that to me then I likewise will say to you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where was it? From heaven or from humans?” They then discussed among themselves, stating, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From humans,’ we fear the crowd, because all firmly hold John as prophet.” So, making discerning assessment, they said to Jesus, “We do not see.” So he declared to them, “Neither will I state to you by what authority I do these things.” Matthew 21: 23-27 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) ‘He died that we might be forgiven/ He died to make us good/ That we might go at last to heaven/ Saved by his precious blood.’ (C F Alexander, hymn-writer, 1818-1895) ‘God had condemned sin before, but never so efficiently as in the death of his Son.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy - within.’ (Anon.) ‘A victory inside of us is ten thousand times more glorious than any victory can be outside of us.’ (Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer, 1813-1887) ‘A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners and an army of thieves.’ (Anon.) ‘Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.’ (John F Kennedy, 35th U S President, 1917-1963) ‘The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to speak it and live it.’ (Anon.) ‘I thirst for truth, but shall not drink it till I reach the source.’ (Robert Browning, poet, 1812-1889) Looming like a dark cloud over the whole world is a huge mountain of debt. A week or two ago the International Monetary Fund formally drew attention to debt as a major global vulnerability. There are really only two ways out of debt – default or inflation. Almost all developed countries – like the US, the EU, Japan and so on are trying to bring about controlled inflation. Three years ago a British journalist, writing about the Euro and what should be done to ensure that inflation got under way in the eurozone suggested that an official forecast be released. It would state that inflation three years later was going to hit 2 per cent. That forecast might cause the desired inflation.Was there anything wrong with that? The forecast would be an official lie. But the reason for an official lie would have been “good” – in the eyes of the authorities and the thinking journalists. Do such things actually take place? Present eurozone inflation is 2.1% http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=615 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 EST Who’s really in charge? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=614 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A) The blind and the lame came near to him (Jesus AD 30) in the temple (Jerusalem AD 30). He healed them. But then the chief priests and 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. They said to him, “Do you hear what these are stating?” Jesus stated to them, “Yes; have you never read that, ‘You (the LORD God) arranged praise from the mouth of little children and nursing babies?’” (B) Leaving them behind, he went out away from the city to Bethany (meaning “House-of-depression”) and stayed the night there. Returning early to the city, he was hungry and, seeing only one fig tree alongside the way, he came alongside it and found nothing in it except leaves only. To it, he stated, “No longer may fruit come from you - forever” and the fig tree withered at once. (C) Seeing this the disciples were amazed, stating, “How did the fig tree wither away suddenly?” Then Jesus made his discerning assessment, saying to them, “Truly, I state to you, if you have belief and do not make counter assessment, you will not only do this fig-tree-thing, but also, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be raised up and be thrown into the sea,’ it will be so. Indeed, all things that you may ask in the place of prayer, you, believing, will receive.” Matthew 21: 14-22 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) ‘He died that we might be forgiven/ He died to make us good/ That we might go at last to heaven/ Saved by his precious blood.’ (C F Alexander, hymn-writer, 1818-1895) ‘God had condemned sin before, but never so efficiently as in the death of his Son.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy - within.’ (Anon.) ‘A victory inside of us is ten thousand times more glorious than any victory can be outside of us.’ (Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer, 1813-1887) ‘A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners and an army of thieves.’ (Anon.) ‘Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.’ (John F Kennedy, 35th U S President, 1917-1963) ‘The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to speak it and live it.’ (Anon.) ‘I thirst for truth, but shall not drink it till I reach the source.’ (Robert Browning, poet, 1812-1889) ‘Authority forgets a dying king.’ (Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet, 1809-1892) ‘God does not despair of you, therefore you ought not to despair of yourself.’ (C C Grafton, 1830-1912) Last week’s “Info” looked at (A) above. “The blind and the lame came near to him (Jesus AD 30) in the temple (Jerusalem), 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...” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=614 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 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 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) ‘He died that we might be forgiven/ He died to make us good/ That we might go at last to heaven/ Saved by his precious blood.’ (C F Alexander, hymn-writer, 1818-1895) ‘God had condemned sin before, but never so efficiently as in the death of his Son.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy - within.’ (Anon.) ‘A victory inside of us is ten thousand times more glorious than any victory can be outside of us.’ (Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer, 1813-1887) ‘A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners and an army of thieves.’ (Anon.) ‘Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.’ (John F Kennedy, 35th U S President, 1917-1963) ‘The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to speak it and live it.’ (Anon.) ‘I thirst for truth, but shall not drink it till I reach the source.’ (Robert Browning, poet, 1812-1889) ‘Authority forgets a dying king.’ (Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet, 1809-1892) ‘God does not despair of you, therefore you ought not to despair of yourself.’ (C C Grafton, 1830-1912) ‘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 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) ‘He died that we might be forgiven/ He died to make us good/ That we might go at last to heaven/ Saved by his precious blood.’ (C F Alexander, hymn-writer, 1818-1895) ‘God had condemned sin before, but never so efficiently as in the death of his Son.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy - within.’ (Anon.) ‘A victory inside of us is ten thousand times more glorious than any victory can be outside of us.’ (Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer, 1813-1887) ‘A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners and an army of thieves.’ (Anon.) ‘Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.’ (John F Kennedy, 35th U S President, 1917-1963) ‘The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to speak it and live it.’ (Anon.) ‘I thirst for truth, but shall not drink it till I reach the source.’ (Robert Browning, poet, 1812-1889) ‘Authority forgets a dying king.’ (Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet, 1809-1892) ‘God does not despair of you, therefore you ought not to despair of yourself.’ (C C Grafton, 1830-1912) ‘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 ‘One adopts a G**, a superior power and a religion eventually to benefit oneself; one follows Jesus to benefit others, to love our enemies, to be like him.’ (Anon.) ‘Jesus calls people to follow him with their obedience, and instead they try to fob him off with their religion.’ (John Hercus, Australian doctor, 1912-1986) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The person who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D M Lloyd Jones, preacher, 1899-1981) ‘The tragedy of war is that it uses humanity’s best to do humanity’s worst.’ (Harry Emerson Fosdick, American pastor, 1878-1969) ‘He died that we might be forgiven/ He died to make us good/ That we might go at last to heaven/ Saved by his precious blood.’ (C F Alexander, hymn-writer, 1818-1895) ‘God had condemned sin before, but never so efficiently as in the death of his Son.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy - within.’ (Anon.) ‘A victory inside of us is ten thousand times more glorious than any victory can be outside of us.’ (Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer, 1813-1887) ‘A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners and an army of thieves.’ (Anon.) ‘Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.’ (John F Kennedy, 35th U S President, 1917-1963) ‘The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to speak it and live it.’ (Anon.) ‘I thirst for truth, but shall not drink it till I reach the source.’ (Robert Browning, poet, 1812-1889) ‘Authority forgets a dying king.’ (Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet, 1809-1892) ‘God does not despair of you, therefore you ought not to despair of yourself.’ (C C Grafton, 1830-1912) ‘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