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, 20 Nov 2017 02:35:38 EST The NHS and the shroud http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=564 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.” Matthew 8: 14-17 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931) Yes, the National Health Service. Should it be renamed the National Illness Service because it’s only used by those who are ill. Perhaps not because “only by those who are ill” means everybody. The “Health” in the initials NHS is correct after all. Health is one of the major focuses of all human beings – if not the major focus…. For good reason.But the kernel of that health focus remains unsaid: we are all going to submit – totally – to illness in due course. Every Death Certificate must contain the certified cause, the precise illness which finally made it into death. The Jewish people have long preserved in their Holy Scriptures a book containing many promises of the LORD God to them in their time of ethnic, family and national disaster around 600 BC. The book was written by a Jerusalem resident named Isaiah and one of the promises he passed on to the Jews related to this shroud of illness and death. It reads like this: -On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the LORD God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. (Chapter 25: 6-8) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=564 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST LGBTMJGA http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=563 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret For just as you (Gentile followers of Jesus in Rome c. AD 58) were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their (the ancient people of the LORD God – “Jews”) disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you (followers of Jesus) they (Israelites) also may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all (human beings) in disobedience, that he may have mercy on all (human beings who seek mercy from the LORD God). Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:30–36 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) You know what the initials LGBT stand for. But what’s the MJGA? I’ve added those initials in order to clarify something which is rather important to me and, I hope, to you. M = me. J = Jews. G = Gentiles (non-Jews). A = all humans.I’ve done this in order to explain my position regarding those who see themselves as within the LGBT initials – and in order to draw attention to the extract (in bold above) from the Letter of Paul the Apostle to Roman Christians written around AD 58.First, I wish, by adding the M to associate with all LGBT folk. I know that I’m not as I should be – I’m not what the LORD God would want me to be. How do I know that? Only because Jesus came from heaven as a human being to show me what a good human being should be like. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=563 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST residential qualies http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=562 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “… (1) Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, (2) but the one who does the will (Greek thelema = the desire) of my Father who is in heaven. (3) On that day (4) many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And (5) then (6) I will say again to them, (7) ‘I never knew you; depart from me, (8) you workers of lawlessness.’…” Matthew 7: 21-23 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564)‘If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.’ (Meister Eckhart, German theologian, 1260-1328) ‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ (King David, c. BC 1000 Psalm 23) I would recognise Her Majesty the Queen at any time – and address her as “Ma’am”. But she doesn’t know me. Before I could qualify to reside at Buckingham Palace for ever, I would need her to know me personally. How do I achieve that?Jesus wanted to alter perceptions about residential qualifications. But what did he really mean when he spoke the words in bold above to his disciples and to the crowd of people listening to him around AD 27? (1) At its most simple the first statement is addressed to folk who, expecting to enter heaven, say to Jesus “Lord, Lord”. Among those some – but not all – will enter. To state allegiance to Jesus, to Christianity, or to Church is therefore not a sure way of entering heaven. What is?(2) The sure way of being within the kingdom of heaven, according to Jesus himself, is actually to do the will of his Father who is in heaven. Are you actually doing that? In fact, what exactly is “the will (the desire) of my Father who is in heaven”? What do you think? Whatever it is, it’s the qualification.(3) Jesus then asked his audience to think about what their position would be “on that day”. That’s probably the day, after death, when human beings will be judged by Jesus. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=562 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT Wittenberg, Germany, October 31, 1517 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=561 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret He (Jesus circa AD 30) entered Jericho and was passing through. And look and see, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax farmer and was rich. And he was seeking to see Jesus, who he is, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. (A) And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today it is necessary for me to dwell in your house.” So he hurried and came down and welcomed him joyfully. (B) And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to dwell with a sinful man.” And (C) Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look and see, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19: 1-10 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564)‘If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.’ (Meister Eckhart, German theologian, 1260-1328) ‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ (King David, c. BC 1000 Psalm 23)‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past.’ (Oscar Wilde, dramatist, 1854-1900) ‘Christ comes with a blessing in each hand – forgiveness in one and holiness in the other; and never gives either to any who will not take both.’ (Anon.) Five hundred years ago – almost to the day – Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Literature and a lecturer in those subjects at Wittenberg, nailed to the door of the castle church there his 95 theses. He intended these to be the basis of debate between him and any others who might wish to join him to search out the truth. What is now known as the Reformation started there – in those 95 theses. That Reformation spread across Europe and the world.What did these theses actually say? As Christianity magazine reports, Luther himself summarised what was bugging him in three main points. 1. Selling indulgences to finance the building of St. Peter's is wrong. In Luther’s own words, "The revenues of all Christendom are being sucked into this insatiable basilica.... we should rear living temples, not local churches...” An indulgence was a forgiveness of one or more sinful thoughts or deeds – an eternal pardon, effective (purportedly) on earth and in heaven before the Lord God of our Lord Jesus Christ. Indulgences were sold for money by church leaders and the proceeds went to meet the costs of building St Peter’s basilica in Rome. Luther wanted to “rear” (build up) living temples – individual people in whom the living LORD God would dwell. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=561 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT Mary’s pregnant song http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=560 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And Mary (the mother to be of Jesus Christ – circa BC 0) said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For look and see, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has brought benefit to his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. Luke 1: 46-56 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564)‘If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.’ (Meister Eckhart, German theologian, 1260-1328) ‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ (King David, c. BC 1000 Psalm 23)‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past.’ (Oscar Wilde, dramatist, 1854-1900) ‘Christ comes with a blessing in each hand – forgiveness in one and holiness in the other; and never gives either to any who will not take both.’ (Anon.)‘It was to save sinners that Jesus came into the world. He did not come to help them to save themselves, nor to induce them to save themselves, nor even to enable them to save themselves. He came to save them!’ (William Hendriksen, Bible scholar, 1900-1982) ‘Christ became what we are so that he might make us what he is.’ (Athanasius, theologian, 296-373 AD) The extract in bold above is from the first century biography of Jesus written by Luke, a physician, after considerable research. It seems likely that he interviewed Mary, mother of Jesus, at some time after his death and resurrection. There are several interesting things which a quick reader might miss.First, this incident occurred after the angel visited Mary in Nazareth in Galilee to tell her that she was to become pregnant through the power of the Most High. Mary had travelled into the hill country of Judea to see her relative – Elizabeth – who was also pregnant. In the interval it seems that Mary had composed and retained the song which is now recorded in bold italics above.Second, what a song it is! She is overflowing with praise to the Lord God because she recognises her truly humble position in her world. “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For look and see, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” The LORD God was her Saviour. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=560 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT Such beautiful feet http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=559 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A) For thus says the LORD - "You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the LORD God: “My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing. (B) Now therefore what have I here,” declares the LORD, “seeing that my people are taken away lately? Their rulers wail,” declares the LORD, “and continually all the day my name is despised. (C) Therefore my people shall know my name. (D) Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; look and see me.” (E) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem. (F) The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Isaiah 52: 3-10 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564)‘If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.’ (Meister Eckhart, German theologian, 1260-1328) ‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ (King David, c. BC 1000 Psalm 23)‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past.’ (Oscar Wilde, dramatist, 1854-1900) ‘Christ comes with a blessing in each hand – forgiveness in one and holiness in the other; and never gives either to any who will not take both.’ (Anon.)‘It was to save sinners that Jesus came into the world. He did not come to help them to save themselves, nor to induce them to save themselves, nor even to enable them to save themselves. He came to save them!’ (William Hendriksen, Bible scholar, 1900-1982) ‘Christ became what we are so that he might make us what he is.’ (Athanasius, theologian, 296-373 AD)‘There is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper still.’ (Corrie Ten Book, Holocaust survivor, 1892-1983) ‘Jesus walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon.’ (James Irwin, US astronaut and moon walker, 1930-1991) The extract in bold above is from the ancient book of Isaiah in both Jewish and Christian Bibles. Written around 590 BC, it seems complicated – but is it?(A) Over many preceding centuries the descendants of a man named Jacob (later renamed Israel) had been persecuted (in Egypt) and terrorised and captured many times including by Assyria. Gratuitous violence, “for nothing.”(B) In around BC 597 these Israelites had gone under yet again – to the new rising and powerful neo-Babylonian Empire. History records that their troops in that year had totally devastated Judea and its capital city, Jerusalem, and deported most of its people to Babylon. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=559 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT History (repeatedly) foretold (4) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=558 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (AD 30) “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the chosen those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look and see, here is the Christ [the God-anointed answer to your problems]!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen. Look and see, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look and see, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look and see, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” Matthew 24: 22-28 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564)‘If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.’ (Meister Eckhart, German theologian, 1260-1328) ‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ (King David, c. BC 1000 Psalm 23)‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past.’ (Oscar Wilde, dramatist, 1854-1900) ‘Christ comes with a blessing in each hand – forgiveness in one and holiness in the other; and never gives either to any who will not take both.’ (Anon.)‘It was to save sinners that Jesus came into the world. He did not come to help them to save themselves, nor to induce them to save themselves, nor even to enable them to save themselves. He came to save them!’ (William Hendriksen, Bible scholar, 1900-1982) ‘Christ became what we are so that he might make us what he is.’ (Athanasius, theologian, 296-373 AD)‘There is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper still.’ (Corrie Ten Book, Holocaust survivor, 1892-1983) ‘Jesus walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon.’ (James Irwin, US astronaut and moon walker, 1930-1991)Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 ) It’s rather good isn’t it when we can listen to someone telling us the future – and then be able to check it out. The day before he was crucified in Jerusalem in AD 30 Jesus gave a forecast to his followers. He set out, for them, the future. It’s now nearly 2000 years later. Was he right?Back then Jesus had had his attention drawn to Jerusalem’s magnificent new Temple. He was unimpressed and foretold its destruction. That fall would come about, Jesus said, through, to use his words, “the abominable thing to which desolation belongs”. See previous Info.What this abominable cause of destruction and devastation actually is – is for each of us to decide. My own thoughts have been influenced by the word underlined in bold above and used four times by Jesus – the Greek word idou meaning “Look and see....”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=558 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT History (then and today) foretold (3) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=557 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (AD 30) “So when you see the detestable thing to which desolation belongs spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (the person seeking to understand must think deeply), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and may it never ever be.” Matthew 24: 16-20 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564)‘If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.’ (Meister Eckhart, German theologian, 1260-1328) ‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ (King David, c. BC 1000 Psalm 23)‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past.’ (Oscar Wilde, dramatist, 1854-1900) ‘Christ comes with a blessing in each hand – forgiveness in one and holiness in the other; and never gives either to any who will not take both.’ (Anon.)‘It was to save sinners that Jesus came into the world. He did not come to help them to save themselves, nor to induce them to save themselves, nor even to enable them to save themselves. He came to save them!’ (William Hendriksen, Bible scholar, 1900-1982) ‘Christ became what we are so that he might make us what he is.’ (Athanasius, theologian, 296-373 AD)‘There is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper still.’ (Corrie Ten Book, Holocaust survivor, 1892-1983) ‘Jesus walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon.’ (James Irwin, US astronaut and moon walker, 1930-1991)Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard) “The person seeking to understand must think deeply.” These are Jesus’ words. See in brackets in bold above. He spoke this on the last full day before he was crucified in Jerusalem in AD 30. He was seated on the Mount of Olives looking across a valley towards Herod’s magnificent new Temple. His key followers, during a confidential interview with him, had asked, “When will this magnificent Temple be brought down? When will you come back again?”In response Jesus helped these men with a forecast of a future world in turmoil, at war, and with repeated false saviours offering utopia. He also let his followers know about the opposition, persecution, falling away, and false teaching which would be theirs in future. (See previous Infos.) Both of these forecasts are continuing to come into being today – as well as Jesus’ promise that, in the midst of all this pain there would be new birth. Also the good news of the newly-available realm of God would be proclaimed to all. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=557 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT History (Christian) foretold (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=556 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (AD 30) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24: 7 - 14 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564)‘If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.’ (Meister Eckhart, German theologian, 1260-1328) ‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ (King David, c. BC 1000 Psalm 23)‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past.’ (Oscar Wilde, dramatist, 1854-1900) ‘Christ comes with a blessing in each hand – forgiveness in one and holiness in the other; and never gives either to any who will not take both.’ (Anon.)‘It was to save sinners that Jesus came into the world. He did not come to help them to save themselves, nor to induce them to save themselves, nor even to enable them to save themselves. He came to save them!’ (William Hendriksen, Bible scholar, 1900-1982) ‘Christ became what we are so that he might make us what he is.’ (Athanasius, theologian, 296-373 AD)‘There is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper still.’ (Corrie Ten Book, Holocaust survivor, 1892-1983) ‘Jesus walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon.’ (James Irwin, US astronaut and moon walker, 1930-1991)Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) Maybe because I’ve reached a certain age, many people whom I know and love have had to face bad news. Cancer, heart failure, dementia, brain tumours. What awesome moments when one attends a confidential consultation to be told that.Back in AD 30 Jesus’ disciples had a confidential consultation with him on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. If any of you have been there, one can see the present gold-covered Dome of the Rock across the valley from that Mount. When Jesus was there Herod’s magnificent new Temple was in view where the Dome now stands. Jesus had just stated to them that not one stone of the Temple would remain atop another. This symbol of the power of the Jews would be destroyed as one of the consequences of the decisions which were, that very day, being made by them.These disciples wanted to know more about the prognosis – Jesus’ prognosis - about the future of this wonderful building. When would it fall, what prior symptoms of that fall could they expect? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=556 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT History (global) foretold (1) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=555 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (AD 30) Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there may not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains." Matthew 24: 1-7 ‘Nobody has to ask the question, “Is there death after life?”’ (John Blanchard, b. 1932) ‘The only real answer to death is life.’ (Derek Prime, b. 1931)‘Sin is in essence man’s declaration of independence from God. (Anon.) ‘When God decides to forgive us he changes our hearts and turns us to obedience by his Spirit.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564)‘If we seek God for our own good and profit, we are not seeking God.’ (Meister Eckhart, German theologian, 1260-1328) ‘The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want….Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ (King David, c. BC 1000 Psalm 23)‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past.’ (Oscar Wilde, dramatist, 1854-1900) ‘Christ comes with a blessing in each hand – forgiveness in one and holiness in the other; and never gives either to any who will not take both.’ (Anon.)‘It was to save sinners that Jesus came into the world. He did not come to help them to save themselves, nor to induce them to save themselves, nor even to enable them to save themselves. He came to save them!’ (William Hendriksen, Bible scholar, 1900-1982) ‘Christ became what we are so that he might make us what he is.’ (Athanasius, theologian, 296-373 AD)‘There is no pit so deep that Jesus is not deeper still.’ (Corrie Ten Book, Holocaust survivor, 1892-1983) ‘Jesus walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon.’ (James Irwin, US astronaut and moon walker, 1930-1991)Self-will is so keen and active that it will break a world in pieces to make a stool to sit on.’ (Anon.)... ‘It is the desiring of one’s own way which leads to every other sin in the world.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960 )‘We know not what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.’ (Willis J Ray, pastor, 1896-1992) ‘The man who desires honour does not deserve it.’ (John Blanchard)‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ (Corrie ten Boom, awarded ‘Righteous among the Nations’, Ravensbrook survivor, 1892-1983) ‘The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard)‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, statesman, 1729-1797) ‘We must cease from measuring the power of God by our own power, and reasoning from the one to the other.’ (Marcus Dods, biblical scholar, 1834-1909) Spare a thought today about mega buildings. At great cost these are being created all over the world. Deep down and without realising it, we greatly respect buildings because they demonstrate wealth, power and stability. Have you visited Rome’s Coliseum? France’s Versailles? The Winter Palace in St Petersburg? Are such buildings permanent? More to the point - the power which built them - was that permanent? Where are the Caesar’s, where Louis the fourteenth, where are the Romanovs?In AD 30 Jerusalem, there was a magnificent new building – Herod’s Temple - paid for (it was ever so) by punitive taxes. See bold above. It’s the day immediately preceding the day when Jesus was taken and crucified there. Jesus is deeply sad because Jerusalem had decided to thwart the plans of the LORD God to gather them like a hen gathers her chicks under her wing.He has carefully disclosed to the Jerusalem religious and political leaders that they are, in future, to experience the desolate consequences of their decision. This will be the case until they may give due honour to the one who they were rejecting and may welcome his return without reserve. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=555 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT