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Challenge 5


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The challenge is to …

Draw, paint, or sketch two pictures – one graphically illustrating a favourite Bible verse of yours, and the other graphically illustrating your love for our Lord Jesus Christ.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Some art pencils, pens, pastels, watercolours, or whatever you plan to use.
  • A sketchbook of some sorts; whatever size you like, e.g. A5, A4, A3, etc.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Difficult to calculate as each of you will spend more or less time on your art, depending on how detailed you get. I would allocate perhaps 15-30mins per day.

How difficult is this challenge?

Everyone can draw something! The task itself is not difficult, BUT, your ‘battle’ with your ‘internal editor’ will be a challenge.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • JUST DRAW! Don’t start thinking that this challenge is not for you as you “don’t know how to draw”. Everyone can draw something! And after all, this is why they are called ‘challenges’.
  • If you can, go outside and draw – not in a busy place with people walking around, but in a nice quiet location in a park, or in the countryside somewhere, away from distractions.
  • Try different art tools. If you are not enjoying or getting on with pencil, for example, then try pen. If not pen, then try charcoal, and so on. Find what you are comfortable using.
  • Think about the size of paper you want to use. Don’t just get or buy any large sketchpad, as you may get discouraged if you don’t fill the page with your illustration.
  • You don’t need to illustrate every word that’s mentioned in the verse. If you like, just pick one word or one aspect of the verse to illustrate. Just as long as you are able to remember the whole verse exactly, when you are looking at your finished artwork.
  • As with all these challenges, pray to the Lord for help. Ask Him to use your drawing, painting, or sketch as a way of learning and memorising His word, and to relax your soul at the same time.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

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One that made it through


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For the life of the flesh is in the blood:… – Leviticus 17:11.

The baby growing inside a womb has blood, and is therefore a LIFE!

The baby’s heart is beating, the body is forming, they are even yawning like in this photo of a real 3D scan.

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (for the death of a child)


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This very day I am ashamed, disgusted, and saddened to have Irish blood running through my veins.

Not only did Ireland vote ‘Yes’ FOR abortions, but the people also celebrated like it was some great fun party time.

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Photos from Daily Mail UK website

The world looks at a woman as being “pregnant”, but God does NOT. God’s term used throughout His word, is a woman being “with child”. No wonder the modern day ‘scholars’ and ‘intellectuals’ wanted that term removed from the Bible. Perhaps if these same women in celebration were constantly told that a woman is “with child”, then things might have been different. Perhaps the people in this video would not be rejoicing over the mass murder of children:

It’s so sad to watch the destruction of society today. People are just so for SELF it’s sickening. Anyway, God has warned us about how people will act in these last days (Romans 1, 2 Timothy 3), so it’s no real surprise to see more and more of these type of votes and celebrations.

Praise God that Mary didn’t decide to have an abortion, or Elisabeth, or Hannah, or, or, or….

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost …  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. – Matthew 1:18, 23.

And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: – Luke 1:41

If you have had an abortion in the past

The Good News is that God has forgiven you of your sin, but ONLY through the Lord Jesus Christ. Know the wonderful good news of His salvation and be saved today!.

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Is ‘Christian rock’ music godly?


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Take a look at these music bands and be honest with yourself – do they look Christian to you? Could you honestly tell the difference between a ‘Christian’ and a secular rock band?

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‘Christian rock’ in relation to contemporary ‘worship’ is an oxymoron (of course, the Lord Jesus Christ being the TRUE Christian Rock – 1 Corinthians 10:4). The lack of any real substance or humbleness at all in their behaviour, message, attitude and songs is shocking. The ‘worldly looking’ bands ‘twang’ away on their electric guitars and beat their drums (try finding the word ‘drum’ in the Bible!) to a repetitive rhythm causing people to become delirious and sway like drunkards under their meditative spell; exactly like the crowds that attend SECULAR rock concerts.

The way they dress and look is no different to those members of non-Christian bands. The photos above are of ‘Christian’ groups except the one in the bottom right (and the only giveaway is the hand sign that the band member is giving). Apart from that, would you be able to tell the difference?

And try finding the gospel message on any of these Contemporary Christian Music artists’ websites; it’s simply not there.

I’ve emailed many of these artists in the past to ask why the gospel message on how to be saved is not on their website, and they have always given me the same standard response, “The message is in our lyrics”. Ok, so, an unsaved person stumbling across their website would not see any information about how to get right with God, and have their sins forgiven, but instead, would have to purchase a CD and listen to the songs? This presents though another problem as the songs do NOT even give any clear message at all on how to be saved; instead, only repetitive lyrics ‘praising’ God. So basically the unsaved person still remains in their unsaved state having visited a so-called ‘Christian’ website, and by the way, is also £10 worse off!

Of course, there is a reason why the true Biblical gospel message is not clearly presented on their websites OR in their songs, and that’s because these groups want to appeal to ALL ‘Christians’ in every denomination. And every denomination has their own ideas and beliefs of what salvation is, as they have all strayed away from the simple TRUTH of God’s inspired and preserved word (John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Here’s an album cover from another very popular ‘Christian’ rock band – to me, this looks devilish.

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If you appear as the world or look like the world, then the world will mistake you for being OF the world. And as saved Christians we are IN the world, but not OF the world (John 17:16).

I write this up in love. I have nothing against the individual band members themselves, and do pray that they are indeed SAVED. I do not know them personally, and do not claim to know their hearts. However, I CAN know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16). And as saved believers we are indeed commanded to judge things according to the word of God (Matthew 7:1-6, 15-16; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Job 12:11, John 7:24). The same word of God incidentally that will judge us when we all stand in front of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:48).

So, do YOU think that ‘Christian rock’ is Christ DIS-honouring and only serves to appeal to the flesh of those singing and playing the music, and those listening to it, or do you think it’s ok? Would you be comfortable standing in front of the Lord Jesus Christ listening to this type of music?

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; – Ephesians 5:19.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16.

Stick with the Christ-honouring hymns and music, such as the music available to buy on CD or download as MP3 at: http://www.faithmusicmissions.org and http://www.bibletruthmusic.com.

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Some brief immediate comments on the Royal Wedding ‘Order of Service’


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OUR COMMENTS
This ‘Order of Service’ may look good on the surface with regards to mentioning God, Jesus, quoting Bible verses, etc., BUT don’t be fooled into thinking that these people actually BELIEVE it! The Pharisees were the most religious bunch on the outside, but inside they did NOT believe the TRUTH of Almighty God, and in fact, hated God.

Now I have absolutely nothing personally against the Royal Family, or anyone for that matter, but I DO have things to say against those who will pervert and make a mockery of our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His inspired and preserved word. Unfortunately, this whole wedding service involves deception, blasphemy, hypocrisy, and subtle distortions of the Truth of the True Living God. Basically, this service is typical RELIGION.

There’s lots we can say, but here’s some immediate comments below in red.

Incidentally, click here for the TRUE meaning of marriage in the eyes of God.


At the entrance of the bride, all stand.

A fanfare will sound at the bride’s arrival.

Introit

Eternal source of light divine,

With double warmth thy beams display,

And with distinguished glory shine,

To add a lustre to this day.

Congregation remain standing.


Dean of Windsor greets congregation

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you: and also with you.

A salutation given to SAVED Christians. I wonder how many there are in the congregation (including the clergy themselves) who are SAVED?

God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.
1 John 4.16

The actual verse is:

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16.

Em, not only are they NOT quoting from the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible, but I wonder why the first part of the verse is left out? Perhaps because the verse again is written to SAVED Christians who have known and have believed! Every reference of love here is to a born-again, saved Christian who has trusted the blood atonement of God’s Son to give them assurance, without FEAR.


All sit. The Dean of Windsor reads:

In the presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have come together to witness the marriage of Henry Charles Albert David and Rachel Meghan, to pray for God’s blessing on them, to share their joy and to celebrate their love.

Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God. It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind, as Christ is united with his bride, the Church.

The gift of marriage brings husband and wife together in the delight and tenderness of sexual union and joyful commitment to the end of their lives. It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured and in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love.

Marriage is a way of life made holy by God, and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Marriage is a sign of unity and loyalty which all should uphold and honour. It enriches society and strengthens community.

No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly but reverently and responsibly in the sight of almighty God. Harry and Meghan are now to enter this way of life. They will each give their consent to the other and make solemn vows, and in token of this they will each give and receive a ring. We pray with them that the Holy Spirit will guide and strengthen them, that they may fulfil God’s purposes for the whole of their earthly life together.

This is pretty much fine, and it’s good that marriage between HUSBAND and WIFE is clearly mentioned. But I fear that it won’t be long until we see this ‘Royal’ marriage definition of ‘man and woman’ changed at some point.

I don’t like the way that they use a lowercase ‘a’ for Almighty God.

All stand.


Hymn

Lord of All Hopefulness

Oh the hypocrisy of singing hymns to God by those who either don’t believe in Him, don’t care about Him, profess to know Him but don’t actually know Him, the list goes on.

It’s interesting that they chose a hymn that is also used at the beginning of funeral services.


All remain standing as the Archbishop leads:

The declarations

First, I am required to ask anyone present who knows a reason why these persons may not lawfully marry, to declare it now.

Just imagine the uproar if this actually happened!

The Archbishop says to the Couple:

The vows you are about to take are to be made in the presence of God, who is judge of all and knows all the secrets of our hearts; therefore if either of you knows a reason why you may not lawfully marry, you must declare it now.

I wonder if people do genuinely have any fear of God when it is declared that they are ‘standing in His presence’?

The Archbishop says to the bridegroom:

Harry, will you take Meghan to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honour and protect her, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

He answers:

I will.

The Archbishop says to the bride:

Meghan, will you take Harry to be your husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honour and protect him, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

Of course, the ‘obey’ is gone now. What does the Bible say about this:

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. – Ephesians 5:21-33.

She answers:

I will.

The Archbishop says to the congregation:

Will you, the families and friends of Harry and Meghan, support and uphold them in their marriage now and in the years to come?

All answer:

We will.

Wonder how many actually will.


The Archbishop invites the people to pray, silence is kept and he says:

The collect

God our Father, from the beginning you have blessed creation with abundant life. Pour out your blessings upon Harry and Meghan, that they may be joined in mutual love and companionship, in holiness and commitment to each other.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Again, how many in the congregation actually believe all this?


All sit.

Reading

From the Song of Solomon: read by The Lady Jane Fellowes from the Nave

My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.

The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.

Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.

If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.

Notice that they don’t give chapters and verses so that people have no idea how to go and check this out and read it for themselves if they want.

This is a mixture of verses from chapter 2 and chapter 8. Here are the actual verses:

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. – Song of Solomon 2:10-13.

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. – Song of Solomon 8:6-7.

Wonderful verses of course, but it’s interesting to note that doctrinally, 2:10-13 is dealing with the Rapture of the Church. Again, how many of the congregation (including the clergy) have any idea whatsoever about what is going to happen very soon to the SAVED Christians?


All remain seated while the Choir of St George’s Chapel sing the Motet.


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The address

by The Most Reverend Michael Curry

Blasphemy! How dare this man call himself ‘Most Reverend’!? Reverend is a Name for God, again only found in His inspired and preserved word, the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible:

He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. – Psalms 111:9.

The modern ‘bibles’ remove this one occurence of the word as the religious crowd like to use it for themselves rather than for God.

All remain seated.

Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir will sing ‘Stand By Me’ from the West End of The Chapel.


The vows

Harry and Meghan, I now invite you to join hands and make your vows, in the presence of God and his people.

The bride and bridegroom face each other and join hands. The bridegroom says:

I Harry, take you, Meghan, to be my wife, to have and to hold from, this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.

The Bride says:

I Meghan, take you, Harry, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.

They loose hands.

I hope and pray that this genuinely IS the case, and that these two people come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, and become a shining testimony around the world for Him.


The giving of the rings

Heavenly Father, by your blessing let these rings be to Harry and Meghan a symbol of unending love and faithfulness, to remind them of the vow and covenant which they have made this day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The bridegroom places the ring on the fourth finger of the bride’s left hand and, holding it there, says:

Meghan, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

They loose hands and the bride places a ring on the fourth finger of the bridegroom’s left hand and, holding it there, says:

Harry, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All remain seated.


The proclamation

The Archbishop addresses the people:

In the presence of God, and before this congregation, Harry and Meghan have given their consent and made their marriage vows to each other. They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.

Again, for the TRUE definition of marriage according to what God says about it, please read this post.

The Archbishop joins their right hands together and says:

Those whom God has joined together let no-one put asunder.

Not saying it specifically about this couple as I don’t know them. BUT, does God actually join together two people who don’t believe in Him? Think about that BIBLICALLY for a while.


All remain seated while the Choir of St George’s Chapel sing:

The anthem

All remain seated.


The blessing of the marriage

The Archbishop says

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for you have created joy and gladness, pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship. Pour out the abundance of your blessing upon Harry and Meghan in their new life together.

God has indeed created all those things, BUT, He is also a consuming fire with the wrath of God abiding on those who do NOT believe (John 3:36), and now requires EVERYONE to come to repentance. Do you hear this mentioned much?

Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts and a crown upon their heads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; awake and asleep, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death.

Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

There’s NO WAY this is going to happen unless they get SAVED! The ‘banquet’ as they say, refers to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which is ONLY for SAVED Christians!

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve and keep you; the Lord mercifully grant you the riches of his grace, that you may please him both in body and soul, and, living together in faith and love, may receive the blessings of eternal life. Amen.

The ONLY WAY to receive the ‘blessings of eternal life’ is to believe the Gospel right now! This last paragraph speaks of ‘works’ in order to be pleasing to God – a false gospel.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9.


All sit or kneel.

The prayers – led by Archbishop Angaelos and The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin from the Nave.

Wow! We now have an ‘Archbishop’ (putting himself above Christ) and a ‘Reverend’ again (putting herself on the same level as God) joining in blasphemy!

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. – 1 Peter 2:25.

Incidentally, what does the word say about women ‘church leaders’? Read 1 Timothy 3.

Faithful God, holy and eternal, source of life and spring of love, we thank and praise you for bringing Harry and Meghan to this day, and we pray for them.

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

And judgment!

Em, does God hear the prayers of unsaved, Christ-rejectors?

May their marriage be life-giving and life-long, enriched by your presence and strengthened by your grace; may they bring comfort and confidence to each other in faithfulness and trust.

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

May the hospitality of their home bring refreshment and joy to all around them; may their love overflow to neighbours in need and embrace those in distress.

May they preach the Gospel to ALL people of ALL nations. They have the perfect opportunity to do it!

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

May they discern in your word order and purpose for their lives; and may the power of your Holy Spirit lead them in truth and defend them in adversity.

Will they even ever pick up a Bible and learn what’s inside the Book I wonder? And don’t forget, that the Holy Spirit (the Author(ized) of the Book) will only reveal truth if you are actually a child of God through the new birth. Just look at the mess this ‘Archbishop’ and ‘Reverend’ are already in from not being able to understand the Book!

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

May they nurture their family with devotion, see their children grow in body, mind and spirit and come at last to the end of their lives with hearts content and in joyful anticipation of heaven.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6.

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. – Deuteronomy 6:5-7.

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come, your will be done; on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Lip service.

Here’s the actual passage by the way:

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:9-13.

For the true meaning of what is known as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, please read this post.

It’s interesting too that (as always the case in organised religion) these prayers have to be pre-written. Where is the genuine, heartfelt, spontaneous prayer for these people?

All stand.


Hymn

Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer


All remain standing as the Dean of Windsor says:

The blessing

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

There’s the lowercase ‘a’ again!

All remain standing.

The organ plays as those who are signing the registers move from the Quire to the North Quire Aisle.

All sit at the conclusion of the organ music.

During the Signing of the Register music is played by Mr Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Orchestra.

All stand as the Bride and Bridegroom return to the Quire.


National Anthem


The procession of the bride and bridegroom

All remain standing during the Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom, until members of their families have left the chapel.

All remain standing as the Ecclesiastical Procession leaves by way of the Organ Screen and the North Quire Aisle.

Thereafter please leave the Chapel as directed by the Lay Stewards.

Those in the Quire should leave by way of the South Door in order to stand on Chapter Grass to view the Carriage procession on Chapel Hill.

And…….where’s the Gospel message just to make sure that people are actually saved and do get saved? Ah yes, it’s nowhere to be heard as usual.

Well, for those who have read this far, click here for the Gospel.

My personal prayer is that somehow even one soul will get saved from hearing about the Lord Jesus Christ today – whether within the attending congregation or within the millions of people around the world watching the ceremony on television. I also pray that Harry and Meghan do get saved very soon, and become hard working soldiers for the Lord, and through their efforts, see other souls saved. All glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Hell and the Grave are NOT the same


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Show these verses to your Jehovah’s Witnesses friends!

O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. – Psalms 30:3.

And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. – Jonah 2:2.

For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. – Acts 2:25-31.

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Challenge 4


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The challenge is to …

In one sitting, read through the whole of Psalm 119 everyday for the next 14 days, and at the end of each reading, quickly jot down 3 things you learned or thoughts you had about God’s word, during that reading.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Your favourite pen or pencil.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

About 40mins in total each day.

How difficult is this challenge?

No difficulty.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Find a quiet place to do this challenge.
  • Switch off your mobile phone, and get rid of other distractions each day for the duration of the challenge.
  • Take time when reading the Psalm, and also try to pronounce the Hebrew alphabet letters at the start of each of the 8 verse segments.
  • Write down your learnings and thoughts immediately upon finishing reading the Psalm – don’t delay and try to think about what to write; just write whatever comes to mind; switch off your ‘internal editor’.
  • Once you have your 21 learnings/thoughts at the end of the 7 days, then see if you can organise your notes into a sermon message or Bible study to share with others, or a devotional for yourself and/or your family.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

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One more strike and you’re out – ‘Soul Ties’


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This is the first post in a new regular series called ‘One more strike and you’re out’ where we take a very quick look at a popular (and widely accepted) false teaching within Christian churches today.

We start with the topic of ‘Soul Ties’. Here’s a definition from a popular Christian website:

“The Bible speaks of what is today known as soul ties. In the Bible, it doesn’t use the word soul tie, but it speaks of them when it talks about souls being knit together, becoming one flesh, etc. A soul tie can serve many functions, but in it’s simplest form, it ties two souls together in the spiritual realm.”

Let’s take a look at this. Firstly, the term ‘Soul Ties’ appears NOWHERE in the Bible, and secondly, neither does the concept it describes, i.e. supposedly uniting or tying one person’s soul to the soul of another person in some way.

False teachers misrepresent the meaning of certain passages in the Bible, like:

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. – 1 Samuel 18:1.

and

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. – 1 Corinthians 6:16.

They claim that these passages are examples of ‘knitting souls together’, but their claim is not supported by a proper interpretation of what is written. Instead, this is yet another case of false teaching distorting the true meaning of scripture to promulgate strange myths built upon speculation. One can be reminded of what it says in 1 Timothy 1:4:

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. – 1 Timothy 1:4.

So, what does the Bible actually say?

The Bible teaches that a saved Christian is united with Christ alone and with no one else. Even in marriage we unite only in FLESH until the death of the body according to Romans 7, and NOT in spirit or soul.

In 1 Samuel 18:1, “knit” simply means that Jonathan and David entered into a covenant together (v3). Covenants unite two people in a lifelong earthly bond, NOT some sort of ‘spiritual or soul realm’ bond.

Jonathan felt great affection and admiration for David (a ‘type’ of the Lord Jesus Christ), recognising him to be the future king of Israel, and so he became devoted to David, and entered into a covenant with him. It describes their deep emotional and covenantal bond.

In the case of 1 Corinthians 6:16, Paul warns believers not to become “one flesh” with prostitutes through an act of sexual immorality. Notice Paul’s concern was that of becoming one FLESH, NOT one spirit or one soul. He was describing the life-long bond of marriage, not a special spiritual union.

Final thoughts

If there is anything that you still have in your life that reminds you of some ‘bad times’ in your unsaved days, for example, then you should WANT to get rid of them anyway, and to keep you life as clean and pleasing to the Lord as you can. However, there is NO Biblical support for the concept of ‘soul ties’; it’s a false teaching.

Stick with what the word of God says, and compare scripture with scripture. And ask the Lord to reveal His TRUTH to you about these and such things.

1. GET Saved, 3. GET Studying, 4. GET Sharing

How you became a Christian; to be eternally saved


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When you were born, you belonged to God in your innocence…

  • Then one day your conscience awakened to the fact that the wrong things you did were sins against God.
  • Your sins were imputed to you, and you were reckoned a child of disobedience and a child of wrath (Ephesians 2: 1-4).
  • Jesus, having paid the price for your sin to satisfy God’s wrath, sent his Holy Spirit to you to convict you of your sin and to reveal the Gospel to you.
  • Upon believing the Gospel and receiving Christ as your Saviour, the payment for your sin is applied to you.
  • You are freed from the body of sin and the penalty of the Law.
  • You are placed into Jesus Christ and received back into the family of God as a brother of the Saviour.
  • God the Father treats you now just as He treats His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ

If you are a professing Christian and you have continual doubts about your salvation, then you need to spend time reading through the Pauline epistles. Go through them at least 3 times before you go back and read through the entire New Testament.

The only problems you might have are:

  1. If you are depending on anything else besides Jesus Christ for salvation. The Holy Spirit won’t give you assurance of salvation if you are trusting Jesus Christ and your good works or Jesus Christ and your baptism or Jesus Christ and your church membership.
  2. If you have besetting, unconfessed sin or a love for the world that you won’t give up. Those things strengthen the old nature and weaken your new nature. You are not near enough to God to hear what He is saying.
  3. If you are giving more credence to your feelings than to the facts of Scripture. Feelings lie; the Scriptures don’t.
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9 things that will help you in your Bible studies


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Here are nine things to help you in your study of God’s word:

Get a King James Bible

Anything other than an Authorized Version King James Holy Bible will hinder your spiritual growth and understanding. Use the Book that God gave us!

Develop a regular reading habit

We are indeed commanded to study the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15), but don’t forget to spend some time each day reading it too. Regular reading will familiarise yourself with its vocabulary, characters, precious promises, valuable lessons, and doctrinal truths. The more familiar you become with God’s word the more you’ll enjoy it.

Have a Bible with you always

God’s word is your spiritual food and your weapon; make sure you have one with you everywhere you go. Keep one in your bag, your car, next to your bed for reading, one in your office, and so on.

Pray for wisdom and understanding

The Author of the Bible is ALIVE! He can help you understand it (James 1:5; 1 John 2:27; 1 Kings 3:5-12). When was the last time you asked the Lord for understanding?

Keep your sins confessed

Keep yourself clean (1 John 1:9). God is not particularly interested in teaching His word to someone with a wicked heart (Psalms 66:18; Ezekiel 14:1-9).

Always believe what you read

To question God’s word is satanic (Genesis 3:1), so don’t ever question it. Just believe it by faith. If you can’t understand it, then at least believe it.

Make it a habit to mark your Bible

Start marking your Bible by underlining or circling special words and verses. Write important notes and references in the margins.

Thank God for all you learn

We really are unworthy to sit at the feet of our Saviour and learn, yet He commands us to do so. We should count it an honour and privilege! When you learn a new truth, no matter how small, always THANK Him! (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Romans 1:21).

Apply what you learn

James 1:22 tells us to DO the word, not just hear it. God teaches us the word because He desires to use us in His service. He feeds us that we might be healthy and strong to fight His battles. Apply what you learn as you learn. Get your basic training and then get out on the battlefield!