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 Sun, 17 Nov 2019 10:11:33 EST when the sky falls in http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=669 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And Jesus (AD 30, Jerusalem) cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. But the tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the fallen asleep holy-ones were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and were made known to many. But when the centurion and those who were with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely frightened, stating, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” But many women were there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him. Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. Matthew 27: 50-56 ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) It’s worth more than a moment’s thought: the death on a Roman stake of Jesus Christ as recorded by Matthew in his first-century eye witness biography. Matthew’s used a chiastic or arrow structure in describing Jesus’ last words and last breath. The structure centralised on the one bystander alone who, seeing death was very near, "immediately ran, took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave it to Jesus to drink."After that, Mathew wrote about three groups of people, there at Golgotha, the Place of a Skull, also known as the Place of a Head, immediately after Jesus had breathed his last breath. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=669 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST the point of it all http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=668 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A) Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. (B) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (C) And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” (D) And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. (C) But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” (B) And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. (A) And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Matthew 27: 45-50 ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) Around BC 800 the poet Homer used a chiastic structure when composing both the Iliad and the Odyssey. May of the writers of the books in the Bible also used that structure. It works like an arrow.The writer starts with thought A then proceeds to thought B and then to C and finally to the main thought D. Immediately the writer goes back a thought similar to C, then to B and then finally to a thought similar to A again. The central purpose and the most important of the writer is thought D. Matthew, Jesus’ first century biographer, used this chiastic or arrow structure when he described the actual final dying moments of Jesus on that Roman stake outside Jerusalem around AD 30. A B C D followed by C B A. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=668 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST cross convictions http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=667 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And those who passed by derided him (Jesus on the cross, AD 30, Jerusalem), wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. Matthew 27: 39-44 ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) ‘A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.’ (Anon.) ‘You never know how much you really believe anything until it becomes a matter of life and death to you.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) The crosses we draw when we play noughts and crosses are different from the crosses which we draw to describe the indicate the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. The X - the non-religious cross – is a sign of reversal, of crossing from down to up, up to down, left to right, right to left. But it is also a sign that something nearby is incorrect – is quite wrong. Having used the cross to describe reversals, Matthew described three groups of people who were there – and who got it totally wrong. A non-religious group, a religious group and two criminals.The non-religious group were passers-by. Strangely, Matthew wrote that these were “shaking their heads” when speaking. Were they shaking them up and down? Or shaking them left and right? Maybe both? But, in their words, they were ridiculing the dying man. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=667 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST noughts and crosses http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=666 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his (Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem) cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Head), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. Matthew 27: 32-38 ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) ‘A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.’ (Anon.) ‘You never know how much you really believe anything until it becomes a matter of life and death to you.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963)‘Calvary’s cross shows how far men will go in sin – and how far God will go for man’s salvation.’ (H C Trumbull, American pastor and author, 1830-1903) ‘The cross is the cost of my forgiveness.’ (Anon.) Crosses are often used today. We use it when we vote. And a person who can’t write makes a cross as a sign of agreement. Plus, we play noughts and crosses. When we look at a written cross – not a religious cross - one stroke goes from top right to bottom left, the other from top left to bottom right – as well as vice versa. The sign of a cross is in fact an indication of reversal – of total changes of place. Down to up; up to down; left to right; right to left.When Matthew wrote his AD 58 eye-witness biography of Jesus he didn’t use the Greek word for cross at all. He used the word stauron meaning a stake. When we read, “Jesus was crucified”, Matthew in fact wrote “Jesus was staked”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=666 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EDT identity crisis http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=665 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Then he (Pilate, Roman Governor, AD 30, Jerusalem) released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him. Matthew 27: 26-31 ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) ‘A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.’ (Anon.) ‘You never know how much you really believe anything until it becomes a matter of life and death to you.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963)‘Calvary’s cross shows how far men will go in sin – and how far God will go for man’s salvation.’ (H C Trumbull, American pastor and author, 1830-1903) ‘The cross is the cost of my forgiveness.’ (Anon.) ‘Who is He on yonder tree / dies in grief and agony? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! /’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby, American pastor and composer, 1833-1867) ‘Who is He who from his throne / rules through all the worlds alone? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! / ’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby) One particular fear I had in my early teens has never left me. I had begun to realise that my identity depended on others knowing who I was and dealing with me according to that knowledge.I’d heard old stories of teenage sons of kings being captured, taken away and sold as slaves. Because they couldn’t prove to anyone who they were, their hope was totally gone. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=665 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 20 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=664 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And they (Jesus and his disciples, c. AD 30, Galilee) went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) ‘A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.’ (Anon.) ‘You never know how much you really believe anything until it becomes a matter of life and death to you.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963)‘Calvary’s cross shows how far men will go in sin – and how far God will go for man’s salvation.’ (H C Trumbull, American pastor and author, 1830-1903) ‘The cross is the cost of my forgiveness.’ (Anon.) ‘Who is He on yonder tree / dies in grief and agony? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! /’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby, American pastor and composer, 1833-1867) ‘Who is He who from his throne / rules through all the worlds alone? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! / ’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby) ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) The teaching and mighty works of Jesus had been significantly extended by the sending out of his twelve disciples into the villages of Galilee. They have returned and he has called them away to rest. But the multitude of needy people couldn’t let that happen. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=664 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 19 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=663 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) ‘A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.’ (Anon.) ‘You never know how much you really believe anything until it becomes a matter of life and death to you.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963)‘Calvary’s cross shows how far men will go in sin – and how far God will go for man’s salvation.’ (H C Trumbull, American pastor and author, 1830-1903) ‘The cross is the cost of my forgiveness.’ (Anon.) ‘Who is He on yonder tree / dies in grief and agony? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! /’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby, American pastor and composer, 1833-1867) ‘Who is He who from his throne / rules through all the worlds alone? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! / ’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby) ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Conviction is not repentance. It is one thing to be awakened at 5 o’clock in the morning, but it is another thing to get up.’ (Anon.) ‘I have no other name than sinner; sinner is my first name; sinner is my surname.’ (Martin Luther, theology professor and German Bible translator, 1483-1546) This “King Herod” was Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee under the authority of the Roman Empire. What was the “it” of which he’d heard? Mark had just written that Jesus had sent out twelve disciples into Galilean villages. They had “proclaimed that people should repent and cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them” in Jesus’ name.Herod had wrongly de-headed John the Baptist, and, knowing his own guilt within himself, had identified Jesus as that resurrected person who was to bring retribution upon him for that de-heading. Maybe such consequential fears would lead him to repent? For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=663 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 18 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=662 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret He (Jesus, c. AD 30) went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) ‘A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.’ (Anon.) ‘You never know how much you really believe anything until it becomes a matter of life and death to you.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963)‘Calvary’s cross shows how far men will go in sin – and how far God will go for man’s salvation.’ (H C Trumbull, American pastor and author, 1830-1903) ‘The cross is the cost of my forgiveness.’ (Anon.) ‘Who is He on yonder tree / dies in grief and agony? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! /’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby, American pastor and composer, 1833-1867) ‘Who is He who from his throne / rules through all the worlds alone? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! / ’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby) ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Conviction is not repentance. It is one thing to be awakened at 5 o’clock in the morning, but it is another thing to get up.’ (Anon.) ‘I have no other name than sinner; sinner is my first name; sinner is my surname.’ (Martin Luther, theology professor and German Bible translator, 1483-1546) ‘Our greatest sins are those of the mind.’ (Thomas Goodwin, preacher and pastor, 1600-1680) ‘Faith is knowledge passing into conviction and faith is conviction passing into confidence.’ (John Murray, professor and writer, 1898-1975) Jesus had just raised from the dead the 12-year-old daughter of the synagogue ruler in a nearby town (page 17) and also cured a woman from chronic bleeding. Now he has returned to his home town of Nazareth where he was brought up and to its synagogue of the Sabbath day. Many in the congregation there “were astonished” by hearing him. But they reasoned that he must have received these teachings from someone else, that he must also have been “given wisdom” by someone else, and that in some way “such mighty works” could not have been done by him. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=662 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 17 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=661 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And when Jesus (c.AD 30, Galilee) had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then one of the synagogue leaders, Jairus by name, came and seeing him fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come so that you may lay your hands on her, so that she may be saved and may live.” And he went with him. ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) ‘A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.’ (Anon.) ‘You never know how much you really believe anything until it becomes a matter of life and death to you.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963)‘Calvary’s cross shows how far men will go in sin – and how far God will go for man’s salvation.’ (H C Trumbull, American pastor and author, 1830-1903) ‘The cross is the cost of my forgiveness.’ (Anon.) ‘Who is He on yonder tree / dies in grief and agony? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! /’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby, American pastor and composer, 1833-1867) ‘Who is He who from his throne / rules through all the worlds alone? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! / ’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby) ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Conviction is not repentance. It is one thing to be awakened at 5 o’clock in the morning, but it is another thing to get up.’ (Anon.) ‘I have no other name than sinner; sinner is my first name; sinner is my surname.’ (Martin Luther, theology professor and German Bible translator, 1483-1546) ‘Our greatest sins are those of the mind.’ (Thomas Goodwin, preacher and pastor, 1600-1680) ‘Faith is knowledge passing into conviction and faith is conviction passing into confidence.’ (John Murray, professor and writer, 1898-1975) And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.’ (Extract from the book of Exodus, c. BC 1350) ‘And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.’ (The night before Jesus’ execution, c. AD 30) Jesus has returned to that side of the Sea of Galilee which historically was part of Israel’s promised land. A senior religious man, whose daughter is at the termination of her life, pleaded publicly and urgently for Jesus to come to her so that she might be saved from death. Jesus went along with him - publicly - to do that for him.And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And a woman having a discharge of blood for twelve years, having suffered much under many physicians, having spent all that she had, having profited nothing, but rather having come to be worse, having heard the reports about Jesus and having come behind him within the crowd, touched his garment. Because she said, “If I may touch even his garments, I shall be made well.” And immediately the flow of her blood dried up, and she knew in her body that she was healed of her affliction. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=661 Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 16 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=660 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret They (Jesus and his disciples, c. AD 30) came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. ‘This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumour going around that some of us are some day going to come to life.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Grace …. turns lions into lambs, wolves into sheep, monsters into me, and men into angels.’ (Thomas Brooks, preacher and author, 1608-1680) ‘There is no greater darkness than the ignorance of God.’ (John Calvin, French pastor, 1509-1564) ‘No one could ever have found God: he gave himself away.’ (Meister Eckhart, German philosopher, 1260-1328) ‘A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.’ (Anon.) ‘You never know how much you really believe anything until it becomes a matter of life and death to you.’ (C S Lewis, writer and academic, 1898-1963)‘Calvary’s cross shows how far men will go in sin – and how far God will go for man’s salvation.’ (H C Trumbull, American pastor and author, 1830-1903) ‘The cross is the cost of my forgiveness.’ (Anon.) ‘Who is He on yonder tree / dies in grief and agony? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! /’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby, American pastor and composer, 1833-1867) ‘Who is He who from his throne / rules through all the worlds alone? / ‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story! / ’Tis the Lord! the King of glory!’ (Benjamin Hanby) ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Psalm 23, c. BC 980) ‘Conviction is not repentance. It is one thing to be awakened at 5 o’clock in the morning, but it is another thing to get up.’ (Anon.) ‘I have no other name than sinner; sinner is my first name; sinner is my surname.’ (Martin Luther, theology professor and German Bible translator, 1483-1546) ‘Our greatest sins are those of the mind.’ (Thomas Goodwin, preacher and pastor, 1600-1680) ‘Faith is knowledge passing into conviction and faith is conviction passing into confidence.’ (John Murray, professor and writer, 1898-1975) And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.’ (Extract from the book of Exodus, c. BC 1350) ‘And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.’ (The night before Jesus’ execution, c. AD 30) ‘Evil is the real problem in the hearts and minds of men.’ (Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist, 1879-1955) ‘Ourselves are the greatest snares to ourselves.’ (Richard Baxter, preacher and author, 1615-1691) In Mark’s biography, the above was the first mighty work which took place outside of what had been the land of Israel – the so-called “Promised Land”. “The country of the Gerasenes” was, in that sense, a foreign country where the Lord God of Israel was unknown.Before Jersey’s crematorium was built (1961) we all “lived among the tombs”. There was insatiable demand for more burial land. But we still live there.The man whom Jesus “immediately met” had “an unclean spirit”. I’d like to own up to that. I’ve seen that in others for a long time. Now I know it’s in me. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=660 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 EDT