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, 22 Feb 2020 04:24:50 EST Mark’s first-century biography – page 25 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=679 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And after six days Jesus took alongside him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves, alone. And he was transformed in front of them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey) “After six days…”? Six days earlier they were in Caesarea Philippi when Peter identified Jesus as the long-promised Messiah of Israel: the LORD God Almighty had come to his people on earth. Immediately Jesus said that he must (a) suffer, (b) be rejected, (c) be killed, and (d) rise again. Peter opposed that whereupon Jesus publicly declared that Peter in doing that had become the mouthpiece of Jesus’ principal opponent.Finally, Jesus said, “There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.” Is it possible that true power would be seen when the whole process of (a), (b), (c) and (d) took place in Jesus? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=679 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST Mark’s first-century biography – page 24 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=678 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought to him a blind man and implored him that he might touch him. And taking hold of the blind man by the hand he led him out outside of the village, and spitting in his eyes and placing his hands upon him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And seeing around he said, “I see the people, but I see them like trees, walking around.” He placed his hands upon his eyes again whereupon he saw thoroughly, was restored, and saw everything clearly. And he sent him to his home, saying, “You should not enter into the village.” What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) There are three very strange things about this incident at Bethsaida: First, the two-stage cure. This may have been designed to open this man’s eyes to two separate truths. Not only did he become aware for the first time that the people of his village were all “like trees, walking around”, but also, he then saw something else thoroughly and clearly. He saw whilst others remained unseeing – he saw people who were unaware and lacking.Second, what’s about Jesus touching him, spitting into his eyes, taking him by the hand, placing hands on him? For him Jesus became real and personal. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=678 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST Mark’s first-century biography – page 23 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=677 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he (Jesus of Nazareth) called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ (Jesus) ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ (Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, AD 30) As someone once remarked: It’s déjà vu all over again! In his biography of Jesus, Mark has already reported on the feeding of five thousand in very similar circumstances (Page 20 in our series). The main difference seems to be that this great crowd is not in what was, in history, Israel, but in Gentile territory. “Some of them have come from far away.” They too must eat.And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=677 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 EST Mark’s first-century biography – page 22 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=676 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And from there he (Jesus of Nazareth) arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.From there? From near the Sea of Galilee around AD 30 in territory which in earlier centuries (BC) was (and today is) part of the land of Israel. The Tyre and Sidon region was non-Israel and Tyre was a Phoenician port.And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. He did not want a following. But anybody could call on him. Anybody.But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ (Jesus) ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ (Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, AD 30) ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ (Jesus Christ to Israelites) ‘Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?’ (Jesus Christ to his disciples) This is a mother who cares deeply for her daughter who (not explained fully to us readers) is “unclean inside her living being” and “sorely troubled”.And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=676 Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 EST Mark’s first-century biography – page 21 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=675 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well. Because the people of Gennesaret knew who he was, they ran everywhere to bring to him their sick. The word Mark used includes the miserable as well as the ill. Wherever he went, whatever the misery, he made all well. Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ (Jesus) ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ (Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, AD 30) ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ (Jesus Christ to Israelites) ‘Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?’ (Jesus Christ to his disciples) The “heaven on earth” instant wellness for people which Jesus brought to Gennesaret was of deep concern to the religious Pharisees because it didn’t seem to them that Jesus’ disciples were sufficiently “clean” to be acceptable to God in the light of the traditions passed down from their elders.And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honour me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees was that it was they who had the real, true problem. They were hypocrites – play-actors. They washed so as to pretend that they were clean – when they weren’t. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=675 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 EST Every right is given to someone else http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=674 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now the eleven disciples (of Jesus, deceased AD 30) went as instructed to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And seeing him they worshiped. But these faltered, whereupon Jesus, coming near to them, spoke, stating “Every right in heaven and upon the earth has been given to me. You all – having started your journey – you make disciples in all people groups, immersing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to keep all those things that I have commanded to you. And each of you – you look and see; I am with all of you every day until the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 16-20 What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ (Jesus) ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ (Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, AD 30) ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ (Jesus Christ to Israelites) ‘Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?’ (Jesus Christ to his disciples) ‘We have a date with Deity, an appointment with the Almighty.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1901-1986) ‘In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way you need to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Paul, the Apostle, circa 5-67 AD) I expect you may well have read one or more biographies of famous people. How do they end? Inevitably, they end with the death of the famous person, accompanied by a reflexion on the achievements of theirs which may have outlived them – for a time. But take a look at the paragraph in bold above. It’s the final paragraph of Matthew’s biography of Jesus. He went willingly to his own death so as to die on behalf of his enemies. He was willingly creating a way to forgiveness and blessing for those who had rejected him and pursued him to death. And he was raised from the dead. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=674 Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST Was it worth the money? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=673 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret While they were carrying this out (this, the AD 30 instruction to two women, both named Mary, from the risen Jesus to take the message to his brothers that they may go to Galilee and that there they also will see him – see him alive and risen from the dead), you – you look and see (that’s you – today’s reader), several of the guard of soldiers, returning into the city, made known to the chief priests all that had taken place (in particular that, despite their best efforts to guard his corpse as instructed, Jesus had risen from the dead and had frightened them all so much that they became like dead men themselves). And, having assembled together with the elders and reached a conclusion, they gave appropriate silver-money to the soldiers, stating, “You – all of you say, ‘His disciples, coming at night, stole him from us as we slept.’ And, if ever this is heard by the governor, we will persuade him and will make there to be no anxieties for you.” So, having taken the silver-money, they made it to have been as they had been told. And this statement has been spread abroad among Jews to this very day. Matthew 28: 8-15 What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ (Jesus) ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ (Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, AD 30) ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ (Jesus Christ to Israelites) ‘Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?’ (Jesus Christ to his disciples) ‘We have a date with Deity, an appointment with the Almighty.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1901-1986) ‘In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way you need to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Paul, the Apostle, circa 5-67 AD) ‘A person who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.’ (Oscar Wilde, poet and playwright, 1854-1900) ‘As long as we live, we should more and more be turning from all that is evil to all that is good.’ (Tryon Edwards, American theologian, 1809-1894) When you’ve read and thought about the extract above from Matthew’s first-century biography of Jesus, I want to ask you something…..Have you read it? If so, my question is this: “Was it worth the money?” Those of you who are picky will no doubt respond by saying: “To whom?” Was it worth the money to the chief priests and the elders (the great and the good in Jerusalem who with the chief priests had procured the execution of Jesus as a convicted criminal)? Or was it worth the money to the guard of soldiers who were paid to confess to serious incompetence of which they were not-guilty? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=673 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST You – you look and see! http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=672 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now after the sabbaths, toward the dawning of the first of the sabbaths, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the grave. And, you – you look and see, there was a great earthquake, because a messenger of the Lord, having come down from heaven and having come near, rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. Then the messenger, explaining, said to the women, “You – don’t you fear, because I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He’s not here because he’s risen, just as he said. Come, you – you look and see the place where he lay. Then, leaving straight away, you – you tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and, you – you look and see, he’s going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. I say to you – you look and see.” So, having gone out straight away from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to take the message to his disciples. And you – you look and see, Jesus met them stating “You – you rejoice!” And they, having come near, took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus stated to them, “You – don’t you fear; you – you go out, you – you take the message to my brothers that they may go to Galilee and that there they also will see me.” Matthew 28: 1-7 What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ (Jesus) ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ (Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, AD 30) ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ (Jesus Christ to Israelites) ‘Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?’ (Jesus Christ to his disciples) ‘We have a date with Deity, an appointment with the Almighty.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1901-1986) ‘In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way you need to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Paul, the Apostle, circa 5-67 AD) ‘A person who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.’ (Oscar Wilde, poet and playwright, 1854-1900) ‘As long as we live, we should more and more be turning from all that is evil to all that is good.’ (Tryon Edwards, American theologian, 1809-1894) ‘It’s impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes.’ (Christopher Bullock, dramatist, 1690-1724) ‘Look! look! look and live! / There is life for a look at the Crucified One, / There is life at this moment for you.’ (Amelia M Hull, hymn writer, 1812-1884) There’s no question about it. It’s a fact which cannot be denied. Every live birth on earth is followed by a death.That’s not in any political manifestos. It’s not discussed in polite company. All of us adults live our lives as though it’s not going to happen to us – ever.The live birth of Jesus in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago also gave rise to death. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=672 Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST victims of fraud http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=671 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The next day (Jerusalem, Passover, AD 30), that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that fraudster himself said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore, order the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So, they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ (Jesus) ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ (Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, AD 30) ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ (Jesus Christ to Israelites) ‘Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?’ (Jesus Christ to his disciples) ‘We have a date with Deity, an appointment with the Almighty.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1901-1986) ‘In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way you need to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Paul, the Apostle, circa 5-67 AD) ‘A person who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.’ (Oscar Wilde, poet and playwright, 1854-1900) ‘As long as we live, we should more and more be turning from all that is evil to all that is good.’ (Tryon Edwards, American theologian, 1809-1894) ‘It’s impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes.’ (Christopher Bullock, dramatist, 1690-1724) ‘Look! look! look and live! / There is life for a look at the Crucified One, / There is life at this moment for you.’ (Amelia M Hull, hymn writer, 1812-1884) ‘The ability to lie is always a liability.’ (Anon.) ‘A clean glove often hides a dirty hand.’ (Anon.) Are you a victim of fraud? Last month the media reported that Jersey folk had been defrauded of £350,000 recently through what are known as “romance frauds”. Fraudsters using fictitious identities had met them on the internet and romantically persuaded them to give money or bank account details.Those dear people had been victims of fraud. But my question is different. It’s in the present tense: Are you a victim of fraud? Now. Today. At this moment. Fraud always involves deceit and lies. A recent cartoon in a national newspaper showed four well-known UK politicians participating in the TV show “Would I lie to you?” All four were portrayed as lying in different ways. Who are their victims? Separately, are our children victims of fraud when physiological facts and social data are buried in order to bring about “equality” illusions? And are not many Americans now convinced that they have all been victims of electoral fraud. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=671 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST Who moved the great stone? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=670 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret When it was evening (Jerusalem, Passover day, AD 30), there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the grave. Matthew 27: 57-61 What kind of man is this, who taught in Galilee/ Who stilled the raging storm, and calmed the angry sea?’ (Dave Godfrey) ‘He's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ King of all the earth, he's the One/ He's the Christ, the Messiah, Chosen One/ Son of the living God.’ (Dave Godfrey)‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus) ‘The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ (Jesus) ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ (Thomas, Jesus’ disciple, AD 30) ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ (Jesus Christ to Israelites) ‘Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?’ (Jesus Christ to his disciples) ‘We have a date with Deity, an appointment with the Almighty.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1901-1986) ‘In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way you need to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Paul, the Apostle, circa 5-67 AD) ‘A person who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.’ (Oscar Wilde, poet and playwright, 1854-1900) ‘As long as we live, we should more and more be turning from all that is evil to all that is good.’ (Tryon Edwards, American theologian, 1809-1894) ‘It’s impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes.’ (Christopher Bullock, dramatist, 1690-1724) ‘Look! look! look and live! / There is life for a look at the Crucified One, / There is life at this moment for you.’ (Amelia M Hull, hymn writer, 1812-1884) ‘The ability to lie is always a liability.’ (Anon.) ‘A clean glove often hides a dirty hand.’ (Anon.) ‘To me there is nothing more fatuous about mankind than the statement that to think about death is morbid. The one who refuses to face facts is a fool.’ (D Martyn Lloyd-Jones, speaker and writer, 1899-1981) ‘It is difficult for me to understand how an intelligent person can spend all of the time building for this world and have no time for the future world.’ (Billy Graham, evangelist, 1918-2018) A few weeks ago, a very dear friend of mine passed away. She had just turned 80 years old and finally succumbed to bone cancer. For over a year she knew that she was moving on and had organised her assets, her last will and testament and her funeral service so as to make it as simple as possible for others after her death.But there was one thing which she left totally undone. The place where her body would be buried.What good reason could there be why Joyce, knowing for a long time that she was terminally ill, had not given a moment’s thought to a grave for her body? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=670 Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST