Title & Purpose
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand, Joel 2:1.
All quotations from the Scriptures will be from the Authorised Version - the best and most accurate English translation of the Scriptures.
Please see sermons down the left hand column of the Blog about why the Authorised Version is the best and most accurate English translation of the Scriptures
and why we reject the many perversions of the Scriptures, including those so beloved of many neo-evangelicals at present such as ESV & NKJV
Monday, 19 March 2012
It is also suggested here and here that this is more than just a temporary measure during the time of the Olympics but an attempt to use the situation to argue for a repeal of the Sunday Trading laws altogether.
Sabbath desecration is closely tied to national decline. The mistaken idea that more opening hours means more money spent and more prosperity for business, which means more jobs for citizens and more money to spent in shops etc is a deeply flawed argument. This reasoning is based solely on economics.
However, this flawed argument forgets to take on board that there is another law, a moral law, that also operates in this world, whether governments or citizens acknowledge it or not. That moral law states that instead of advancing the prosperity of a nation Sunday Trading brings national decline.
Nehemiah forthrightly told the 'Sunday Traders' this in Nehemiah13:18:
Did not your fathers thus, [buy and sell, see vv15-21] and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.
These 'Sunday Traders' in Nehemiah's day had not learned the lesson from previous times. Both in Jeremiah's and in Ezekiel's days this same truth was pressed upon the people of Israel.
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Today there are adverts in some national newspapers such as Daily Telegraph & Daily Express to publicise the national petition for marriage. About 100 wedding pictures will surround the advertisement, showing that the petition represents ordinary people who are positive about marriage, and care about its place in our society.
If you have not already done so please sign the Petition in support of traditional marriage - here
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
This hymn: I greet Thee, who my sure Redeemer art is also attributed to him.
I greet Thee, who my sure Redeemer art,
My only trust and Saviour of my heart,
Who pain didst undergo for my poor sake;
I pray Thee from our hearts all cares to take.
Thou art the King of mercy and of grace,
Reigning omnipotent in every place;
So come, O King, and our whole being sway;
Shine on us with the light of Thy pure day.
Thou art the life, by which alone we live,
And all our substance and our strength receive;
Sustain us by Thy faith and by Thy power,
And give us strength in every trying hour.
Thou hast the true and perfect gentleness,
No harshness hast Thou and no bitterness;
O grant to us the grace we find in Thee,
That we may dwell in perfect unity.
Our hope is in no other save in Thee;
Our faith is built upon Thy promise free;
Lord, give us peace, and make us calm and sure,
That in Thy strength we evermore endure.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Discipline, Mummy Bear-style: Cub given roar of disapproval.... before finally getting a hug
A number of recent reports highlight that the pro-choice lobby [a misnomer for the murder of the unborn] are never content with the situation as it stands but are always wanting to extend the reach of abortion.
Report 1 - Gender Abortion
The Department of Health has launched an inquiry into claims that doctors were filmed agreeing to carry out illegal abortions on the grounds of the sex of unborn children.
This came to light via a Daily Telegraph investigation which revealed that doctors at a number of British abortion clinics were granting abortions with 'no questions asked'.
The Westminster Coalition Health Secretary Andrew Lansley was said to be "shocked" by the claims and has ordered an "urgently and thorough" inquiry.
Report 2 - After birth-abortion
Even more disturbingly, Francesca Minerva, a philosopher and medical ethicist, has argued in an article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics and entitled: After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? that killing a newborn child is little different to aborting it in the womb and that doctors should have the right to kill unwanted or disabled babies at birth as they are not a real person.
Dr Minerva went as far as to suggest that even a healthy baby could have its life terminated if a mother decided she couldn't afford to look after it.
Monday, 27 February 2012
This and subsequent posts DV overtime on the blog will contain the notes which were handed out on each occasion.
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Part Two - Chapter One continued
Of the Holy Scripture - Section I
Although the light of nature, and the works of creation; and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which maketh the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God's revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.
There are four propositions that arise out of this section. We have already noted the first two:
1. The light of nature and the works of creation and providence are sufficient to make known the fact that there is a God, and somewhat of His nature and character, so as to leave the disobedience of men without excuse.
2. The knowledge attainable from the light of nature is insufficient to give fallen man that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation. This is proved to be true.
We are coming to the next two: