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, 16 Feb 2019 02:36:44 EST what he should have done (3) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=629 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus said (AD 30) “Rise, let us be going; look and see, my betrayer is at hand.” While he was still speaking, look and see, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, you are here for this.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And look and see, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. Matthew 26: 46-56 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.) There’s something rather concerning about the way in which most of us now receive information. A good example is the BBC internet news app. It enables me to choose what news is of interest to me – and therefore to exclude all other information. Another example is the algorithms on the internet which bombard me only with stuff which they know I’ve been browsing. Should I be concerned? Come with me then this morning to AD 30 Jerusalem and to a garden just outside the city walls. There, Jesus has been praying to his Father above that “this cup” will pass from him. But he’s always added, “Nevertheless, your will be done”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=629 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST what he should have done (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=628 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus said (AD 30) “Rise, let us be going; look and see, my betrayer is at hand.” While he was still speaking, look and see, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, you are here for this.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And look and see, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. Matthew 26: 46-56 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826) Are you like me? Listening to others, I sometimes find myself disagreeing with them? When that happens, my thoughts shift immediately into my contrary response? And then I realize that I’ve not been listening to them at all. Come with me today then to listen to and properly consider something Jesus said the night before he died. He was arrested by the crowd put together by the religious, political and judicial Jerusalem authorities. The crowd was heavily armed: swords and knives, truncheons and cudgels. Their many hands are laid on Jesus. One hand only reaches out, pulls out a sword, and, striking the slave of the Jerusalem high priest, takes away his ear. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=628 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST what he should have done (1) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=627 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus said (AD 30) “Rise, let us be going; look and see, my betrayer is at hand.” While he was still speaking, look and see, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, you are here for this.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And look and see, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. Matthew 26: 46-56 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826)‘We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.’ (W R Alger, writer, 1822-1905) ‘Almighty must be that power whose sufficient strength is weakness.’ (Anon.) Sometimes one can’t help overhearing what other people are talking about. When that happens, quite often one person is being very definite with another about what a third person should have done – but didn’t do – and has ended in a mess. The message is really, “If only he or she had done what I’m saying all would have been well instead of bad.” Today I’m going to ask you what you think Jesus should have done -or said - in AD 30. And what the outcome was. It’s for you to decide. Come with me then, with your thinking in first gear, into the Garden of Gethsemane, outside Jerusalem. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=627 Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST The vineyard owner and the tenants (3) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=626 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, “…...” Matthew 21:33-41 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826)‘We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.’ (W R Alger, writer, 1822-1905) ‘Almighty must be that power whose sufficient strength is weakness.’ (Anon.)‘History is the long story of humans trying to be God.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘We learn from history that we do not learn from history.’ (George Hegel, German philosopher, 1770-1831) After reading Jesus’ parable above, think with me about the answer to the question which Jesus asked of the responsible Jerusalem authorities in AD 30: “what will he do to those tenants?”The Jerusalem authorities, as recorded by Matthew (who was like them an Israelite) themselves gave this reply to Jesus. “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.”We know (1) from the records in Israel’s own National Archives, that for centuries before Jesus came, the Israelites (the vineyard tenants in the parable) had failed to walk by faith in their Lord God Almighty. We know (2) from first-century eye-witness records, that within days of the above Jesus, Son of God, would be condemned to death by a Jewish court and executed at their request (“this is the heir, let us kill him”) on the orders of the Roman Governor in Jerusalem. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=626 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:00:00 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 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826)‘We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.’ (W R Alger, writer, 1822-1905) ‘Almighty must be that power whose sufficient strength is weakness.’ (Anon.)‘History is the long story of humans trying to be God.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘We learn from history that we do not learn from history.’ (George Hegel, German philosopher, 1770-1831)‘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 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826)‘We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.’ (W R Alger, writer, 1822-1905) ‘Almighty must be that power whose sufficient strength is weakness.’ (Anon.)‘History is the long story of humans trying to be God.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘We learn from history that we do not learn from history.’ (George Hegel, German philosopher, 1770-1831)‘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 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826)‘We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.’ (W R Alger, writer, 1822-1905) ‘Almighty must be that power whose sufficient strength is weakness.’ (Anon.)‘History is the long story of humans trying to be God.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘We learn from history that we do not learn from history.’ (George Hegel, German philosopher, 1770-1831)‘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 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826)‘We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.’ (W R Alger, writer, 1822-1905) ‘Almighty must be that power whose sufficient strength is weakness.’ (Anon.)‘History is the long story of humans trying to be God.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘We learn from history that we do not learn from history.’ (George Hegel, German philosopher, 1770-1831)‘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? ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826)‘We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.’ (W R Alger, writer, 1822-1905) ‘Almighty must be that power whose sufficient strength is weakness.’ (Anon.)‘History is the long story of humans trying to be God.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘We learn from history that we do not learn from history.’ (George Hegel, German philosopher, 1770-1831)‘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 ‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.)‘If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.’ (Augustine of Hippo, 350-430) ‘Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, 1743-1826)‘We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.’ (W R Alger, writer, 1822-1905) ‘Almighty must be that power whose sufficient strength is weakness.’ (Anon.)‘History is the long story of humans trying to be God.’ (Vance Havner, preacher and writer, 1901-1986) ‘We learn from history that we do not learn from history.’ (George Hegel, German philosopher, 1770-1831)‘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