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 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 04:37:40 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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 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 ‘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) ‘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 ‘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) ‘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 ‘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) ‘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 ‘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) ‘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