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 Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:04:32 EST The vineyard owner and the tenants (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=625 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus said (AD 30) “Hear another parable. There was a head of household who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and gave it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to receive his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally, he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “These evil ones - he will with evil destroy them; and the vineyard - he will give out to other tenants who will give back to him the fruits in their seasons.” Matthew 21:33-41 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) Scarcely a day passes without one or more news reports of anti-Semitism in our dysfunctional world. Anti-Jewish actions. Why is that? Does the above extract from Matthew’s eye-witness biography of Jesus have anything to do with it? It was the last few days of Jesus’ life on earth. This good man who gave sight to the blind and healed the lame – would, within days, be executed as a criminal transgressor – executed by evildoers.After reading Jesus’ parable above, think with me about the question which Jesus asked of the responsible Jerusalem authorities, “what will he do to those tenants?”We know (1) from the records in Israel’s own National Archives that for centuries before Jesus came the Jews had failed to walk by faith in their LORD God Almighty and (2) from first-century eye-witness records that within days Jesus, Son of God, would be condemned to death by a Jewish court and then executed on the orders of the Roman Governor in Jerusalem. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=625 Sun, 20 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST The vineyard owner and the tenants (1) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=624 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus said (AD 30) “Hear another parable. There was a head of household who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and gave it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to receive his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally, he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “These evil ones - he will with evil destroy them; and the vineyard - he will give out to other tenants who will give back to him the fruits in their seasons.” Matthew 21:33-41 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011) Scarcely a day passes without one or more news reports of anti-Semitism in our dysfunctional world. Anti-Jewish actions. Why is that? Does the above extract from Matthew’s eye-witness biography of Jesus have anything to do with it? It was the last few days of Jesus’ life on earth. This good man who gave sight to the blind and healed the lame – would, within days, be executed as a criminal transgressor – executed by evildoers.After reading Jesus’ parable above, think with me about the question which Jesus asked of the responsible Jerusalem authorities, “what will he do to those tenants?”We know (1) from the records in Israel’s own National Archives that for centuries before Jesus came the Jews had failed to walk by faith in their LORD God Almighty and (2) from first-century eye-witness records that within days Jesus, Son of God, would be condemned to death by a Jewish court and then executed on the orders of the Roman Governor in Jerusalem. Jesus was, in effect, asking the Jerusalem authorities – those who were planning to kill him – what they thought his Father above would do in parallel circumstances. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=624 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST The only way: say one thing; do the other http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=623 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And when he (Jesus – in Jerusalem around AD 30) entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them… So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. But what do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.” Matthew 21:23-32 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011)‘One thing you can give and still keep is your word.’ (Anon.) ‘No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit.’ (William S Plumer, teacher and author, 1802-1880) One of the intriguing things about Donald Trump is the number of times that he seems to change his mind. He tweets and does the opposite. Very lately he pulls US troops out of Syria immediately. A few days later this is to be done very gradually. Maybe imperceptibly?Look above therefore to a story Jesus told to the authorities in Jerusalem - religious, legal and political - in the last few days before he was put to death by them. They were challenging his authority face-to-face. What right did he have to teach them, of all people, them the authorities…?“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=623 Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST Do you want to change anything? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=622 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. Mark 1: 23-28 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011)‘One thing you can give and still keep is your word.’ (Anon.) ‘No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit.’ (William S Plumer, teacher and author, 1802-1880)‘Worst of all my foes I fear the enemy within.’ (John Wesley, preacher and writer, 1703-1791) ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy spirit.’ (John the Baptist, c. AD 30) “How are things with you?” Fine! “You wouldn’t want to change anything then?” I didn’t say that! This conversation took place at a hair dressing salon in St Helier a few months ago…. With you, as a complete person, is everything fine – at the same time as needing change? A man wants to watch child p***. Is anything needing change? Stephanie a 10-year-old, is terribly unhappy, convinced she would be happier as Stephen. Is anything needing change? Someone cannot avoid fault-finding another at every opportunity? Needing change? Do obsessions, like alcohol or gambling or sport, or fitness, have us in their grip? Needing change? Self-conscious feelings of unworthiness, of not being like others, make me cover up my abnormalities but I fight hard to convince others there’s nothing wrong with me – only with others. I even end up bullying others. Is anything needing change? Or is all of this – absolutely all of it – fine? AOK? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=622 Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 EST Questions about Christmas dinner http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=621 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret With whom will Jesus have Christmas dinner? Once again (around AD 30) Jesus went out beside the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd came to him. He began to teach them. As he walked along he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus. Levi was sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him. Levi got up and followed him. Later Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house. Many tax farmers and outsiders were eating with him and his disciples. They were part of the large crowd following Jesus. Some teachers of the law, who were Pharisees, were there. They saw Jesus eating with outsiders and tax farmers. So they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax farmers and outsiders?” Jesus heard that. So he said to them, “Those who are strong don’t need a doctor. Miserable outsiders do. I have not come to call the virtuous ones. I have come to call outsiders.” Mark 2: 13-17 With whom, then, will Jesus have Christmas dinner? ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011)‘One thing you can give and still keep is your word.’ (Anon.) ‘No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit.’ (William S Plumer, teacher and author, 1802-1880)‘Worst of all my foes I fear the enemy within.’ (John Wesley, preacher and writer, 1703-1791) ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy spirit.’ (John the Baptist, c. AD 30)‘The LORD himself will give you a miraculous sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel – God with us.’ (Isaiah - writing around 700 BC) ‘A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.’ (Isaiah – writing around 700 BC) What’s it like when he comes to Christmas dinner? John’s disciples and the Pharisees were going without eating. Some people came to Jesus. They said to him, “John’s disciples are fasting. The disciples of the Pharisees are also fasting. But your disciples are not. Why aren’t they?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the groom go without eating while he is with them? They will not fast as long as he is with them.” Mark 2: 18-19 What’s it like, then, when he comes to Christmas dinner? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=621 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 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 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011)‘One thing you can give and still keep is your word.’ (Anon.) ‘No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit.’ (William S Plumer, teacher and author, 1802-1880)‘Worst of all my foes I fear the enemy within.’ (John Wesley, preacher and writer, 1703-1791) ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy spirit.’ (John the Baptist, c. AD 30)‘The LORD himself will give you a miraculous sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel – God with us.’ (Isaiah - writing around 700 BC) ‘A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.’ (Isaiah – writing around 700 BC) ‘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 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011)‘One thing you can give and still keep is your word.’ (Anon.) ‘No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit.’ (William S Plumer, teacher and author, 1802-1880)‘Worst of all my foes I fear the enemy within.’ (John Wesley, preacher and writer, 1703-1791) ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy spirit.’ (John the Baptist, c. AD 30)‘The LORD himself will give you a miraculous sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel – God with us.’ (Isaiah - writing around 700 BC) ‘A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.’ (Isaiah – writing around 700 BC) ‘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 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011)‘One thing you can give and still keep is your word.’ (Anon.) ‘No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit.’ (William S Plumer, teacher and author, 1802-1880)‘Worst of all my foes I fear the enemy within.’ (John Wesley, preacher and writer, 1703-1791) ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy spirit.’ (John the Baptist, c. AD 30)‘The LORD himself will give you a miraculous sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel – God with us.’ (Isaiah - writing around 700 BC) ‘A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.’ (Isaiah – writing around 700 BC) ‘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 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011)‘One thing you can give and still keep is your word.’ (Anon.) ‘No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit.’ (William S Plumer, teacher and author, 1802-1880)‘Worst of all my foes I fear the enemy within.’ (John Wesley, preacher and writer, 1703-1791) ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy spirit.’ (John the Baptist, c. AD 30)‘The LORD himself will give you a miraculous sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel – God with us.’ (Isaiah - writing around 700 BC) ‘A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.’ (Isaiah – writing around 700 BC) ‘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 ‘Do you think that you deserve forgiveness? If you do, you are not a Christian.’ (D Martyn Lloyd Jones, speaker, 1899-1981) ‘If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.)‘Love of the creature towards the Creator must include obedience or it is meaningless.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and writer, 1912-1984) ‘The Christian should resemble a fruit tree, not a Christmas tree.’ (John R W Stott, speaker and writer, 1921-2011)‘One thing you can give and still keep is your word.’ (Anon.) ‘No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit.’ (William S Plumer, teacher and author, 1802-1880)‘Worst of all my foes I fear the enemy within.’ (John Wesley, preacher and writer, 1703-1791) ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy spirit.’ (John the Baptist, c. AD 30)‘The LORD himself will give you a miraculous sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel – God with us.’ (Isaiah - writing around 700 BC) ‘A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.’ (Isaiah – writing around 700 BC) ‘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