Quote Of The Day – David Platt – Counterculture – 

David Platt writes in his book Counterculture “Many Christians who hold to a belief in the bible may choose to hide in the comfortable confines of privatized faith. We might stand up and speak with Christian conviction in the privacy of our homes and churches yet sit back and stay silent about Christian conviction in more public settings. When the conversation at the café switches to the topic of homosexuality for example, we might sheepishly, almost apologetically, stumble through a vague notion of what the bible teaches, or probably more likely, we might say nothing at all. Or when our boss at work asks us what we believe and we realise that our job may be in jeopardy based on how we answer, we might find ourselves masking, or at least minimizing, the parts of our faith that could be most offensive to him or her… 
Moreover in a country where even our own religious liberty is increasingly limited, our suffering brothers and sisters beckon us not to let the cost of following Christ in our culture silence our faith. May we not sit back and accommodate our culture in relative comfort while they stand up and counter their culture at great cost. May we realise with them that privatised Christianity is no Christianity at all, for it is practically impossible to know Christ and not speak for and proclaim Christ, to believe Gods word when we read it in our houses and churches but not obey it in our communities cities and workplaces… 
God has put you in an anti-Christian age for a reason. He has called you to Himself, He has saved you by His Son, He has filled you with His Spirit, He has captured you with His love, and He is compelling you by His Word to counter culture by proclaiming His Kingdom, knowing that the reward of following Christ is worth any risk to your life, your family, your future, your relationships, your reputation, your career, and your comfort in this world.” So let’s not stay silent with this Gospel, let’s not allow fear in our culture to muzzle our faith in Christ.”

Quote Of The Day – David Platt – Counterculture – 

David Platt writes in his book Counterculture “Many Christians who hold to a belief in the bible may choose to hide in the comfortable confines of privatized faith. We might stand up and speak with Christian conviction in the privacy of our homes and churches yet sit back and stay silent about Christian conviction in more public settings. When the conversation at the café switches to the topic of homosexuality for example, we might sheepishly, almost apologetically, stumble through a vague notion of what the bible teaches, or probably more likely, we might say nothing at all. Or when our boss at work asks us what we believe and we realise that our job may be in jeopardy based on how we answer, we might find ourselves masking, or at least minimizing, the parts of our faith that could be most offensive to him or her… 
Moreover in a country where even our own religious liberty is increasingly limited, our suffering brothers and sisters beckon us not to let the cost of following Christ in our culture silence our faith. May we not sit back and accommodate our culture in relative comfort while they stand up and counter their culture at great cost. May we realise with them that privatised Christianity is no Christianity at all, for it is practically impossible to know Christ and not speak for and proclaim Christ, to believe Gods word when we read it in our houses and churches but not obey it in our communities cities and workplaces… 
God has put you in an anti-Christian age for a reason. He has called you to Himself, He has saved you by His Son, He has filled you with His Spirit, He has captured you with His love, and He is compelling you by His Word to counter culture by proclaiming His Kingdom, knowing that the reward of following Christ is worth any risk to your life, your family, your future, your relationships, your reputation, your career, and your comfort in this world.” So let’s not stay silent with this Gospel, let’s not allow fear in our culture to muzzle our faith in Christ.”

Quote Of The Day David Platt – Counterculture – Tolerance.

David Platt Counter-culture – “The cardinal sin of our culture is to be found intolerant, yet what we mean by intolerant is ironically, well, intolerant. Let me explain. 
As soon as someone today says Homosexual activity is wrong or sinful, he or she is immediately called “intolerant” “offensive” “bigoted” or “hateful” as we’ve seen, but we’ll stick with “intolerant” for now. This supposed intolerance is often based upon the persons belief in the Bible. Simply because that belief is different from other’s beliefs, it receives the “intolerance” label.

But the label is strangely self-defeating. Isn’t the person who assigns the “intolerance” label actually displaying a similar intolerance of that other person’s beliefs? In the process of calling another person “intolerant” it sure seems that the name caller is fairly intolerant him or herself. This is common across our culture. Its as if Americans are tired of intolerant people, and we’re not going to tolerate them anymore. We find ourselves in the awkward position of being intolerant of intolerant people. Which means we can’t tolerate ourselves.
Apparently, our view of tolerance is a bit skewed. After all, the very notion of tolerance necessitates disagreement. Think about it. I don’t tolerate you if you believe exactly what I believe. If you believe that baseball is the greatest sport ever invented. I don’t tolerate you. I wholeheartedly agree with you, and I will gladly sit behind home plate with you, eating a hot dog and enjoying a game with you any day! Its only if you believe that baseball is boring and soccer is much more exciting that I will find myself having to tolerate you. In that case, I will ardently disagree with you, and I will invariably enlighten you as to all the reasons why you’re wrong. But in the end, I will gladly sit in the stands with you as we watch guys run around kicking a ball on a field together.

Tolerance implies disagreement. I have to disagree with you in order to tolerate you. Sports superiority is obviously a light example, but on the deepest religious questions about life, we are bound to experience similar disagreements, aren’t we? And when we come to those disagreements, it would not only be wise but helpful for us to not immediately resort to calling one another intolerant (or bigoted or hateful, for that matter) instead it would be wise and helpful for us to patiently consider where each of us is coming from and why we have arrived at our respective conclusions. Based upon these considerations, we can then be free to contemplate how to treat one another with the greatest dignity in view of our differences.”

​A Short Response To The BMA – British Medical Association  Decision In Favour Of Abortion On Demand Up To 28 Weeks.

A Short Response To The BMA – British Medical Association  Decision In Favour Of Abortion On Demand Up To 28 Weeks.
​Pro 6:16 — Pro 6:17

These six things doth the Lord hate:yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue,and hands that shed innocent blood…

So the British Medical Association have voted in favour of the horrific murder of the unborn right up to 28 weeks.

We have spent billions of pounds in space exploration looking for life on other planet’s. And we know what the headlines in the paper would say if the equivalent of the unborn child  at conception were found on some other planet, “Life Found On…” and billions more would no doubt be spent to do all that could be done to find and nurture this “newly” discovered life form on another planet. Yet back on Planet earth its only life when it suits and can be tortured and murdered.

Sadly today at the BMA the spirit of Dr Josef Mengele is alive and well.

Today we also have the hypocrisy of the media who have been among the cheerleaders for abortion on demand who today rightly lament the death of Charlotte Churches unborn child yet “is it not just a foetus, why the lament?” You see they and everyone else really do know what it is and exactly what they are doing.

Truly we are a nation ripe for Gods judgement and I believe already under it. Today’s news makes me want to weep and pray may God in wrath remember mercy and bring our nation to mourn its sin and repent before much worse judgement comes upon us.

​Jesus Interest In Two Disciples On The Road To Emmaus Luke 24 v 15 – 35.

Jesus Interest In Two Disciples On The Road To Emmaus Luke 24 v 15 – 35.
Emmaus was a small village eight miles north west of Jerusalem. The two men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus were discouraged disciples who had no reason to be discouraged. They had heard the women’s reports that the tomb was empty and that Jesus was alive, but they simply did not believe them. Like many still to this day they chose to reject the personal testimony and clear and compelling evidence. They had hoped that Jesus would redeem Israel, but to their minds their hope had been shattered. We get the distinct impression that these men were discouraged and disappointed because God did not do what they wanted Him to do. But “Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.”
1. Jesus took A Personal Interest In The Two Disciples v 15.
The bible tells us here that “…it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. ” Jesus himself drew alongside of these two men. He was interested in them. He was concerned for their condition. Their unbelief and as a result of that unbelief their discouragement disappointment and despondency. And as a result he took a personal interest and got personally involved. Thank God that still today Christ does not leave us in our unbelief, our discouragement, disappointment and despondency. As God speaks to your heart this evening, the Saviour draws near to us through His word and the presence of His Holy Spirit calling us from unbelief to faith and belief calling us from discouragement disappointment and despondency to salvation, trust, blessing and joy. For He has promised John 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
2. Jesus Took A Personal Interest In Their Journey v 15 – 16.

Further to Jesus personal interest in them he took a personal interest in their Journey for verse 15 also tells us that He “ walked along with them.“ as they journeyed from Jerusalem to Emmaus away from Christ, the house of God and the fellowship of the other disciples in Jerusalem. “Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.” He took an interest in their journey so much so that he went along with them. Therefore it ought to encourage you and I his modern day disciples that He takes a personal interest in our earthly journey and draws near to journey along with us Therefore Joshua 1:9 “…be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” He does not leave us to wander around in discouragement, disappointment, despondency and confusion. No, as the old hymn puts it “He walks with me and He talks with me” He walks a long side of us to bring encouragement, faith, blessing, joy, and enlightenment. And those times when we begin to back slide, walking away from Him, His church and His children as figuratively these men were doing as they journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus He takes that personal interest in our journey and draws along side that we might be drawn back to himself back into the way.
3. Jesus Took A Personal Interest In Their Conversation v 17.

Jesus graciously walked with them and listened to their animated heated conversation “And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?” No doubt they were quoting various old testament prophecies and trying to remember what Jesus had taught. But they were unable to put it all together, and come up with an explanation that made sense. Was He a failure or a success? Why did He have to die? What would happen now?  
4. Jesus Took A Personal Interest In Their Confusion v 18 – 24.
Luke 24:18-19 “And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things?” There is a touch of humour in Luke 24 v 19 when Jesus asked “ What things” For of course He had been at the very heart of all that had happened in Jerusalem, and now He was asking them to tell Him what had happened. How patient our Lord is with us as He listens to us tell Him what He already knows. The Longer Cleopas talked the more he indicted himself and His friend for their unbelief. Luke 24:19-24 “And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.” What more evidence could they want? Witnesses including the Apostles had seen the tomb empty. Angels had announced that Jesus was alive. Witnesses had seen Him alive and heard Him speak. The proof was there! Sadly, to this day men and women continue in their unbelief despite all the evidence for the truth of God’s word and the resurrection in particular. 
1. Jesus predicted His resurrection (Matt 16:21; Mark 9:9-10; John 2:18-22).
2. The Old Testament prophesied it (Psalm 16:10; compare Acts 2:25-31; 13:33-37).
3. The tomb was empty and the grave clothes vacant. if those who opposed Christ wished to silence His disciples, all they had to do was produce a body, but they could not (John 20:3-9).
4. Many people saw the resurrected Christ. They looked on His face, touched Him, heard His voice, and saw Him eat (Matt. 28:16-20; Luke 24:13-39; John 20:11-29; John 21:1-9; Acts 1:6-11; 1 Cor. 15:3-8).
5. The lives of the disciples were revolutionized. Though they fled and even denied Christ at the time of His arrest, they later feared no one in their proclamation of the risen Christ (Matt 26:56, 69-75).
6. The resurrection was the central message of the early church. The church grew with an unwavering conviction that Christ had risen and was the Lord of the church (Acts 4:33; 5:30-32; Rom. 5:24).
7. Men and women today testify that the power of the risen Christ has transformed their lives. We know that Jesus is alive not only because of the historical and biblical evidence but also because He has miraculously touched our lives.” How true is the saying that says “there are none so blind as those who will not see.” who despite all the evidence continue in their unbelief? Rich Man’s Brothers – Luke 16:31  And “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

 

Christ here however takes a personal interest in their confusion and unbelief that they might be led from confusion to enlightenment and from enlightenment to belief and faith in the Saviour and His resurrection for He promised Isaiah 42:16 “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” For we see now that…
5. Jesus Took A Personal Interest In Their Enlightenment v 25 – 32.

For their real problem was not in their heads but in their hearts they could have debated the subject for days and never arrived at a satisfactory answer. No, what they needed was an understanding of the word of God For “… faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10 v 17, and Jesus opened the scriptures to them and gave that understanding to them. “Teaching them in all the scripture the things concerning himself.” Yes enlightenment and faith came to these two men through the word of God as it does to you and I also today. If we want spiritual enlightenment then it is to be found in the word of God as Psalm 119:130 declares “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” Yes Jesus opened the scriptures to them and then he opened their eyes so that they recognised him. Had we waited for these two men to see He was the Christ, the Messiah with their own eyes we would have waited forever. Mark 4:12 “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand;” For it was Christ alone who could open their eyes to His resurrected presence with them. In the same way we can never come to know the presence of Christ in our own lives except He by His power, grace and mercy comes and lifts the scales from our eyes which sin and unbelief have formed and causes us to see Him in all His saving resurrected power and glory. Therefore it is “…God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6.
Conclusion v 33 – 35.

After their very intimate and personal meeting conversation and enlightenment with Jesus these two men just having arrived back from Jerusalem at once got up and went back there to tell the disciples and others, the truth that Christ was risen indeed. This is the best evidence that we have understood Gods word and met with the living Lord Jesus Christ. The fact that we have something exciting to share with others. What about you today have the scriptures opened your heart today, have your eyes been open to see the resurrected Lord and Saviour. Have you Met with Him personally. (Father In Law Eric tears in eyes) If God is speaking to your heart tonight you can if you will only turn from your sin and unbelief to trust in the Saviour. Then the Personal saviour will be your saviour too. And like Cleopas and His friend you’ll want to rush out to tell the good news of the gospel to others also Acts 4:20 “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Of course when the two men arrived back in Jerusalem to tell the disciples they had met with the risen Christ, the apostles and the others told them that Jesus was alive and had appeared to Peter! And as Weirsbe says “what a difference it would make in our church services if everybody who gathered came to tell about meeting the living Lord Jesus Christ! if our services are dead it is probably because we are not really walking with and listening to the living Saviour” O that we might afresh this Easter begin walking closely with and listening closely to the living Saviour once again in the Word and in Prayer. And that with the Hymn writer we might powerfully and boldly testify “ He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives?

He lives within my heart.”

Short Thought For The Day

Short Thought For The Day 

​Lev 20:23 — Lev 20:26

And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them. But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples… You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
The key to victory and driving out sin and immorality out of the land is the people of God’s Holiness. We needn’t expect any change in the immorality of our nation if we are not Holy and consistent examples of Holiness.

The 4th Commandment Exodus 20:8-11.

 

  1. A Command To Remember And Keep –

 

Because of our proneness to forget and let things slip spiritually the 4th commandment commands us to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy…” of all the other commandments perhaps none has been forgotten and allowed to slip as much as the 4th commandment. Once The Lord’s Day in our own country was special, a day of quiet and rest marked with City and Town Centre shops and shopping centres closed, Professional sport wasn’t played, Leisure centres and Cinemas were closed and the only traffic on the roads on a Sunday morning, afternoon and evening were cars taking passengers to their places of worship, on the whole churches were full, afternoon Sunday schools were bursting at the seams with Children. But fast forward just around 30 years and Sunday – The Lords Day, for most part has just become another day, our roads and motorways are filled with Sunday shoppers, the Sabbath has become the main day for topflight sport to be played, with many glued to Sky Sports, Cinemas and Leisure Centres are better attended on the Lord’s Day than most churches, and the afternoon Sunday School has all but died out completely. However the World has not been the only one to throw out the 4th commandment increasingly more and more Christians no longer believe the 4th commandment is applicable to them, “We are no longer under law but under grace they say” “Jesus mentions every other of His ten commandments in His Sermon on the mount but makes no mention of keeping the Sabbath Holy, therefore we don’t need to observe the Sabbath anymore.” This abandonment of the 4th commandment by many Christians hasn’t helped other Christian’s who have lost their tribunals against their employers for forcing them to work on the Lord’s Day. The Telegraph Newspaper December 2012 “A new ruling by a High Court judge – the first on the issue in nearly a decade – says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs. The judgment – which upholds an earlier decision – means that individual Christians do not have any protection from being fired for not working on Sundays.” “Mr Justice Langstaff, who as president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal is the most senior judge in England and Wales in this type of case, upheld the lower tribunal’s ruling which said it was relevant that other Christians did not ask for Sundays off. The fact that some Christians were prepared to work on Sundays meant it was not protected, the court said.” All this has come about because we have forgotten the 4th commandment Hosea 4:6 “…seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God…” Jeremiah 18:15 “Because my people hath forgotten me, …they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;” and we have let observance of the 4th commandment slip. When Jesus Himself warned in Matthew 5:17-19 ESV “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” And 2 Thessalonians 2:15 commands us “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” Hebrews 2:1 “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” For as Thomas Watson wrote “This commandment also was engraven in stone by God’s own finger, and it will be our comfort to have it engraven in our hearts… This word “remember” shows that we are apt to forget sabbath holiness; therefore we need a memorandum to put us in mind of sanctifying the day.”  So…

 

  1. What’s In A Day? “Remember the Sabbath day,”

 

  1. Why A Sabbath?

 

1.You and I were not created to work 24/7, we need physical and spiritual rest and refreshment. Exodus 23:12 “Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.” Mark 6:31 “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while:” “come apart and rest a while or else you will come apart.”

  1. We are created for worship And This Is God’s Due On His Day Particularly – Isaiah 43:21“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.” Therefore on the Lord’s Day Psalm 29:2“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” For this is God’s Due on His Day For “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised…” Psalm 92:1-2 entitled –  A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day… “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night…”
  2. It Promotes Holiness In Us – Ezekiel 20:12 “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.” Thomas Watson – “The business and busyness of week days makes us forgetful of God and our souls the Sabbath brings Him back to our remembrance.”

 

  1. Which Day Is The Sabbath Now?

 

Why do we no longer observe the seventh Day Jewish Sabbath? Why have we changed the Sabbath day to a Sunday? Have we scriptural warrant for this? For of course the Jewish Old Testament Sabbath was a Saturday, and Seventh Day Adventists for instance still teach that to be a true “Christian,” The Old Jewish Sabbath must be observed. However the Christian who believes in the observance of the Sabbath says The Lords Day is now Sunday, why? Because the substance of the 4th commandment does not lie in keeping the seventh day precisely, but keeping one day in seven this is what God has appointed. So why the first day of the week? 1. By Christ’s Own Appointment – Mark 2:28 “The Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” He made this day Psalm 118 v 24 “This is the day which the LORD hath made;” Therefore it is the Lords day because of the Lord’s instituting it. And setting it apart to His special worship and service by His rising from the dead on the first day of the week. 2. The Apostles Kept The First Day Of The Week – Acts 20:7 “ And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 3. The reason why God instituted the old Sabbath was to be a memorial of the work of creation. But now the Christian Sabbath is instituted in memory of a greater work the work of redemption. The work of Creation was great but the work of redemption greater.

 

  1. The Sabbath Commandment Does Not Condone Laziness

 

“Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work:” The 4th commandment gives no warrant for laziness As much as we are commanded to observe the Lord’s Day we are also commanded “Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work:” Watson rightly calls idleness “The nurse of vice” The lazy person hides his talent in the ground, His or her time is not lived but lost. God calls the slothful servant wicked Matthew 25:26 “His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant…” Lazy, bone idol people, live in breach of the commandment “Six days shalt thou labour.” So that Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” Therefore Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” And Colossians 3:23-24 whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

 

  1. The Observance Of The Sabbath –

 

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:”

 

  1. No Secular Work Is To Be Done On The Lord’s Day – “in it thou shalt not do any work” We must leave all worldly business and busyness behind on the Lord’s day. The Lord’s Day is a day of Holy Rest all secular work must be suspended. This is why Nehemiah rebukes the Nobles of Judah in Nehemiah 13:15&17 “In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?” And this is also why God forbids the gathering of manna on the Sabbath in Exodus 16:26, 27-28 “ Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.” “And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?” God will not have His day violated or defiled even in the smallest of matters.

 

  1. We Must Prepare for The Lord’s Day – Wise preparation for Sunday morning ought to begin on Saturday night by getting to bed at a sensible hour. Thomas Watson writes “ Such as sit up late at work on the night before are so buried in sleep that they will hardly be awake and up on a Sabbath morning.” Then on a Lord’s Day morning we are careful to dress our bodies but are we as careful to dress our souls by making time to read God’s Word, and prepare our hearts in prayer. You would be careful to prepare yourself properly were you to be coming to visit the Queen’s Palace how much more the House of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. By starting our Sabbath reading God’s word we prepare and sanctify our hearts for the Lord’s day John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Then prepare your heart to meet with the Lord on His Day in prayer Joshua 3:5 “Sanctify yourselves” praying Psalm 139:23-24“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

 

  1. We Must Join Together With The Body Of Christ On The Lord’s Day –

In this we have the Apostles and early churches example Act 20:7 “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread,” And the Apostle Paul’s command in Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” For we are commanded to come and worship Psalm 96:8-9 “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness:”

 

  1. We Must Keep It Holy – Thomas Watson says God says “ Keep the Sabbath Holy; but men pollute it. This is to despise God to hang out the flag of defiance, to throw down the gauntlet and challenge God Himself.” The judgement of God is upon those who would break His Sabbath our land may have enshrined Sabbath breaking in to Law and let Sabbath breakers alone but God will not. God warns in Jeremiah 17:27 “But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day… even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.” Could this be one of the reason’s God’s hand of blessing has been taken off our nation? Because we defy and desecrate the 4th commandment are we under judgement? And Not only do you and I have a responsibility to Keep Holy the Sabbath day we have a responsibility that all under our care keep it Holy also “thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:” Take the lead in Sabbath observance and seek to lead all those under your care in it also.

 

 

  1. Our Sabbath Example – The Lord God Himself…

 

“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:” Genesis 2:2 “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” Not that Almighty God needed to rest, but God rested to set a pattern for us Psalm 103:14 “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” 1 Peter 2:21  “…leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

 

  1. The Blessing Of Sabbath Observance –

 

“wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” God not only appointed the Sabbath Day but He also blessed it. Therefore it is not only a day of honour to God, but a day of blessing to us. This day rightly observed brings a blessing upon our souls, our home, our nation and our future generations. For He has said 1 Samuel 2:30 “them that honour me I will honour…” Therefore Isaiah 56:2  Blessed is the man that doeth this …that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it…”

Permeate Every Earthly Realm For Christ

Permeate Every Earthly Realm For Christ

As a Christian should I be concerned about the things of this earth like world events, politics, society and culture? 

What does the bible say the bible tells us and Jesus commands us to pray Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

So I think that’s fairly conclusive we should be concerned about these things concerned enough to pray thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, in world events, in politics, in society and culture and in every other earthly realm. 
Yes Jesus said His Kingdom wasn’t of this world but He didn’t say His Kingdom wasn’t in it, Gods kingdom and Gods Kingdom people are in the world and we are commanded to permeate the whole world Matthew 13:33 “He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”Mat 5:13 — Mat 5:16 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” spreading the Gospel, making disciples Mat 28:18 — Mat 28:20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” and making a lasting difference to our world John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

God has called commissioned and commanded us to be salt and light, not to conform but to transform, to be influencers, to be family, community, nation and world changers!

David Chilton Quote (The Days Of Vengeance pg 224)

David Chilton (The Days Of Vengeance pg 224) – In Nero’s Circus Maximus, the scene of his bloody and revolting slaughters of Christians – by wild beasts, by crucifixion, fire and sword – there stood a great stone obelisk, silent witness to the valiant conduct of those brave saints who endured tribulation and counted all things as loss for the sake of Christ. The bestial Nero and his henchmen have long since passed from the scene to their eternal reward, but the obelisk still stands, now in the centre of the great square in front of St Peter’s Basilica. Chiselled on its base are these words, taken from the overcoming Martyrs Hymn of triumph:

CHRISTUS VINCIT  

CHRISTUS REGNAT

CHRISTUS IMPERAT

– Which is, being interpreted: Christ is conquering, Christ is reigning; Christ rules over all.”