Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Talking about Jesus?

To a decaying World!

Many believers I meet tell me that it is getting more difficult to share our faith in God, because the world wants their god to fit in to their ideas of who and what He is rather than us fitting into His will!

That is a tough area to be in, while most people today do not want to hear either about God or religion and yet there is so much unhappiness and despair!

The problem with religion is that there has been a failure to preach the gospel and many people believe that to be a Christian is just to follow the rules of we must not do this or that, steal, murder, commit adultery, be good living people and go to Church on a regular basis?

John 3:18-21,   1 Timothy 1:13-15,    2 Timothy 3:10,    James 2:5,    Revelation 2:13.

Secular Humanism. Part-Two.

European and Western Concept?

What is on offer today is a denial of the power of God in personal faith, justification of sin is nothing new but it is now encompassed in a new fairer terminology! Christians of all descriptions are being made out to be mad, if they refuse to accept these new ideals?

But we are warned that the love of people will grow cold in the last days, coldness to the toleration of others beliefs over that of their own! We are not talking here about religious sectarianism, but rather a new form of a religion dressed up as secular!

If we believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus and know that He died for our sins and has set us free from the curse of legalism, we are born-again and free from anything that would block us from the love of God! Our conduct must be truthful and honest as we work out our salvation in these last days!

Matthew 24:12,  2 Corinthians 4:1-2,  Ephesians 5:2,  Jude 1:23.

NO GOD?

Foolishness.

Many people today trust in things, sex, material goods, property, land, pets, but they claim no faith or beliefe in God?

There are many who claim to know God, they do good deeds and works, they are pious and religious and they try to be good living.

There is a God, who we remember every Christmas and Easter, that sent His one and only son to bring us back by His sacrifice for our failure into relationship with the Father.

Proverbs 1:7,  22,  Amos 5:4,  Matthew 3:2,  Mark 9:31,  Luke 13:32,  Acts 4;12,  2 Corinthians 6:2.

Ireland in Africa. Part-Two.

UN Troops.

The saddest deployment for ireland in Africa, was that of the Congo rebellion and the loss of soldiers. Wars are plenty on this very divided continent, over millenia this has been the case. Tribal, political and religious ideology, if not just gangs of criminals have plagued the peoples of many nations.

Many British colonial regiments had Irish detachments, particulary in the Boer wars in South-Africa 1899 and 1904. Irish Republican also fought with both the Boers and later the ANC, right up to the release of Nelso Mandela.

Many Christians have lost their lives in missionary work, which today is paying off with a rise and revivals after revivals across many of these distrubed lands.

God who chose Ethiopia, Cush, Libya, Sheba and Nubia is now at work all over and many lives are being changed for the better. One day black believers will be coming to Europe, Asia, Chian and the Americas to share the Gospel!

Genesis 2:13,  Psalm 68:31,  87:4,   Isaiah 45:14,   Acts 2:10-11,   8:27-29.

Holocaust Unbelievers. Part-Two.

The Inquisition.

This has been the longest period of anti-Jewish persecution in history, it started in 1321 and ended in 1835. Five hundred and fourteen years of anti-Semitism from Potugal, Spain and Mexico.

Jews were expelled from towns and cities and even sent back from the newly discovered Americas in the name of Jesus. Between  1759 and 67  the Kings of Portugal and Spain had enough of the zealous Jesuits and expelled them by legal decree. Sadly this did not come into force untile 1813-34, thus ending murder and pillage again in the name of Jesus.

When we descide to take the Jewish race and Israel out of the framework of history, we then cancel our own faith and Salvation in the Messaih of israel and the Saviour of the world. The bible is very clear why the Jews are blinded at this time, so that we may recieve their Lord Jesus.

Romans 11:5,  10-12,  16-26,   1 Corinthians 7:23,   2 Corinthians 3:14-17.

Jesus First. Part-One.

Emphasis on Him.

We are now entering the traditional Christmas Season starting on the 1th December and running to the 19th of January, depending on what Christian branch one belongs to?

We tend today in the hype of Christmas to foget who is the centre, religion and conviction of tradition can cover and limit it to one or two days. The reason for this wide period is, because no one knows exactly when He Jesus was born.

But what we do know is that over the last 2000 years He has changed the lives of Billions of people around the world, starting from Jerusalem in Israel to the farthest points known on our world.

Luke 1:35-37,  Mark 16:5,   Acts 2:7-21,  8:27,  Romans 15:24-28.

Peace Processes. Part-Two.

All Hallows/Halloween.

Many today in N-Ireland have found common ground in the strained, but ongoing peace process. One festival that has been seen as a good place to share in is Halloween, this pagan festival can be shared by both Christian traditions. But their differences do remain for the rest of the year, because established traditions that their fear is stopping them from letting go.

This month has seen a rise of knife terrorism in Israel between the Palestinains and israelis, many innocent people have died on bothsides. Meanwhile the P.A. leadership have tried to justify themselves as the victums, this is nothing new under the sun we see it very much in relation to the Welsh towards the English who are seen as always persecuting them.

All of these cases are really related to human sin and how Adam made a list of excuses to God about it was eves fault he ate that apple. But why did he fall into the same trap as her, because he knew as much as she did?

Genesis 3:1-4,  Luke 14:28,  Romans 3:19.

Religion. Part-One.

Guidance and a Compass.

Most people today live in a state of going from A to B/Z hoping for the best, but they quickly end up being dissapointed in wht they are trying to do!

We so do need to have God in our lives, religion offers the security of keeping rules and regulations and it is fixed.

But faith in Jesus sets us free from these regulations and rules and gives us access to trust and hope for the better.

Ruth 1:12,  Job 4:6,  Psalm 38:15,  Romans 5:2,  Ephesians 2:12,  Hebrews 10:23.

Saint Patrick. Part-two.

What we today know about this man, is generally from legends about him. But the historical facts show us that he was a very active and determined Christian believer, who wanted to evangelize a remote part of the northern region of the island of Ireland. Today known as the province of Ulster.

From landing at Saul in County Down and the establishment of that first cell Church there, he went on to reach out to the areas around Strangford Lough. But later in his life Greyabbey, Nedrum and Movilla were to be important centers of the new Celtic community. We learn a lot about him from his writings, about being delayed and held up by various tribes. We also see that other Christians for financial gains sold communities to pirates and slave traders. At the end of Patrick’s life he died in the Antrim hills and was returned to Bangor for burial.

It was the Normans who had his body dug up and moved to Downpatrick. Patrick has had an massive impact on Ireland and through the good works of nuns and priests in helping the people of Nigeria, they have adopted him as their patron saint too. It is from Patrick that later men and women went out from Ireland to Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall and many other places, probably of no return to serve their Lord and master Jesus.

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