A rambling blog by a Christian in Northern Ireland

"If you find me short in things, impute that to my love of brevity. If you find me besides the truth in anything, impute that to my infirmity. But if you find anything here that serves to your furtherance and joy of the faith, impute that to the mercy of God bestowed on you and me."
John Bunyan
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

I type this mid way through packing a container full of tracts, gospel booklets and Gospels. It's heading to a people group from a country that is known for being closed to the Gospel.

Just letting that sink in to my own mind is exciting. A LOT of people who live where they cannot openly hear the Gospel from an evangelist; where a missionary may never arrive, will, in their own language be able to read about the grace and love of Jesus Christ towards them!

Wow - and we're talking hundreds of thousands of items of Gospel literature here.

That's all the details i'll give and maybe more than i'm allowed to give. But it's something we can pray about. A closed nation is receiving the Gospel as God does not obey closed doors.

Friday, 2 October 2015

"No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him."
1 John 3:6

This is a very strong text, hard to read and hard to think about.
But after we take time to repent and plead for repentance & forgiveness for the sins that so easily overtake us, let's look at the hope this verse gives.

It gives us a key to overcoming sin

  • If we 'abide' in Him we will not keep on sinning.
  • If we 'see' Him we will not keep on sinning.
  • If we 'know' Him we will not keep on sinning.

Just something to think about through the day . . .

Thursday, 1 October 2015

I've been shocked by many 'Christian's' attitudes towards the refugee crisis. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not one to just open up my home and welcome strangers in but I do think we, and our country should help. I do think registration and certain parameters should be in place, as well as an overall statement that they are coming into UK/Irish culture and while they are free to practice their religion (we do still have religious freedom right?), they should seek to respect the cuture(s) around them.

Only Christian Refugees Welcome
Anyway, I'm not posting to give ideas, politically or humanitarian. I heard on Nolan last night a UKIP guy saying only Christian refugees should be allowed in to the country. Then a few Christian friends stated their agreement with this.

Here's a response that is rattling in my head.

Be a Good Samaritan
With the parable of the good samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) Jesus respond to the question "Who is my nieghbour?" and at the end ask who proved to be a good nieghbour and state:
"The one who showed mercy . . . You go, and do likewise."
Not only did Jesus tell us such good humanitarian parables such as this, let's remember that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Let it sink in, we were enemies of God - when Jesus came we crucified Him, rather than bow down before Him. Yet He gave His life as a ransom so that whoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

He made a way for sinful enemies, to be redeemed and welcome in His kingdom, and does not want anyone to perish. At the risk of sounding as though i've lost my Calvinistic inclinations - Salvation . . . Heaven; is open to anyone who will repent and believe.

He does not exclude
I'm glad Jesus didn't decide salvation is only for the Jews, His chosen group on earth. But makes gentiles welcome as well - or we'd be up a creek without a paddle headed for a very hot place.
But no, He offers salvation to all, Jews and Gentiles alike. He shows mercy!

Lets coin the last statement from the section on the good samaritan
Go and show mercy.

While Islam is causing people to flee from their countries, let Christianity show the love of Christ.
Lets not be the religious, self-righteous, bigots the world sees us as...

Thursday, 17 September 2015

We were talking about something today that triggered a funny memory, so here it is:

Build up . . . or Setting the Scene
When i was about 17, before i was saved i taught Sunday school at the Church i'd grown up in. My mum was Sunday school superintendent (whatever that means) and was having a meeting in our house. Not only were the normal teachers there but a lot of the Church leaders including the Rev, Dr's etc were in attendance.

The Event
With so many there, seats were scarce and myself & Tim Millen were on the floor leaning against the door. It was a cheap door, one that's pretty fake and has nothing but air inside, but it held our weight comfortably. Anyway, there was some discussion or other going on about something (remember i wasn't a Christian at the time, so found it pretty boring) when, and this was without the normal warning one gets, a huge fart erupted from my bum and with such a cheapo door at its disposal vibrated like a lambeg drum.

Discussion stopped, everyone looked and I said . . .

"Ooops, pardon me"

Then, all heads, without any words being spoken, turned back and discussion renewed as though it couldn't have possibly happened - think father Ted kicking bishop Brennan up the @&$£.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, I can barely think about it without laughing.
At the time I wasn't laughing, and my mum's face said if i'd been a few years younger she'd have been breaking a branch of the hedge out the back (it was allowed in those days).

Tim spent the rest of the meeting biting his cheeks trying not to laugh, while I spent it squeezing different cheeks trying to make sure there was no repeat performance.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

I just saw a post on a Christian's facebook page with a picture that had obvious intent even without the text which read:

Facebook is deleting this image because it is offensive to #####. Everyone post this image right now. (#'s added by me)

I know that there are many groups around the world that we as Christians disagree with, and many people and groups find our message offensive. And it is an offensive message (Romans 9:33).

But that is not to say that we go out of our way to be offensive - in fact the Bible argues that we should try as much as possible to be peaceable with all men and that we "Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God..." (1 Cor 10:32)
How can we expect to win people for Christ if we are consistently going out of our way to rile them up and offend them. 

The Bible's message will offend, but let's not jump too quickly on that 'share' button when it comes to images that are created with one cause; to annoy and offend.

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