The Holy Bible informs us to be always ready to die because we simply do not know when the Lord will call us home.
The question is are we ready to meet Him today.
These important words and thoughts were brought home to me last month, when I was down in South London for a few days, visiting friends and doing some street work, with assorted tracts and DVDs.
It was a very good outreach and I was able to distribute scores of tracts and have some interesting conversations with many people.
I was active each day from early morning, outside the local busy London bound train station, and returning there in the late evening to carry on the work.
On my last day perhaps I overdid it, because when I went into a shop early in the evening to purchase some biscuits to take back to my room for a snack, I fainted.
It's never happened to me before and as a result I came to in the ambulance on my way to the local hospital, where I was kept in for about six hours for blood tests etc to be carried out. I later heard that my family had been told of my experience and that prayers were offered up for my recovery soon after.
Although I must have given my family a scare, all was fine I'm glad to report, because within a few hours, I was feeling well enough to travel home on the train the following morning. And I've been fine ever since.
Praise the Lord.
The point is none of us know the time or the place of our departure to be with the Lord. We could meet Him in the air in the coming Rapture or through death. But I believe this may have been a wake up call for me and others who have had a health scare. And doesn't the Bible inform us that without Christ as our personal Saviour we are "dead in trespasses and sin" (Eph. 2:1b.) Bad news I have to say.
However one day the Master will return and then we will have to give an account of our own stewardship to Him.
Now isn't that something to think about. I believe it is.
John's Gospel Transcribed
Sister Anita, who very kindly and most methodically, transcribed James' Hebrews verse-by-verse Bible study in 2010, has just finished on his extensive verse-by-verse look at John's Gospel, which can be read here.
We have also been posting extracts of this on our Facebook channel.
A Near Suicide Averted
We received a brief but very poignant e-mail, from a party who was close to suicide, when they viewed our video, from Christmas 2011, and praise God, chose to return to the Lord and commence a new walk with Him.
Please keep this party in prayer.
Baptizing The Dead
The disturbing Mormon practice of proxy baptism, which in our opinion is just as offensive as the Catholic pursuit of purgatory, reared its ugly head again last week in the media.
It seems the Mormons baptized the late parents of Simon Wiesenthal, founder of the Centre for Holocaust remembrance. But it should also be remembered that his late parents perished in the concentration camps in 1940s. How insensitive.
So where do these people get off in performing these un-Biblical practices?
Well simply it is a Mormon ritual to baptize the dead because they falsely believe it will allow the deceased to find a way into the Mormon afterlife. Even Mitt Romney's late father in law, an avowed atheist, was apparently baptized into the faith after his death.
(Mitt Romney is one of the Republican candidates in the coming American Presidential elections, later this year.)
As regards the Wiesenthal fiasco, someone in Utah HQ has now apologised, naturally placing the blame game upon an unfortunate individual, it seems at an LDS temple in Arizona, who was only doing what the Mormons have always done and encouraged others of their flock to do as well.
But we say leave the dead alone and if the followers of Joseph Smith rap on your door, explain the to them politely, that they need to repent and become born again before it's too late...and perhaps rather ponder the words of the Lord: "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead" (Matt. 8:22.)
Abortion On Demand
Once again the ugly sight of abortion rears its head. This week we read that certain doctors will perform the termination on female "foetuses," due to the sex not being "preferable" to the mother.
Yet God creates all life and for His purpose alone, yet the slaughter of the innocents now runs sadly into millions worldwide each year.
Quite simply we say ABORTION IS MURDER and any innocent unborn child is in the most dangerous place in the world-the mothers womb!
Each year more Governments are funding abortion murder mills, yet very little of this is mentioned in the press or debated on television.
It is amazing that the victims here are baby girls at the peril of the abortionist doctors tools and amazingly very little is heard from the feminists in protest.
I knew a doctor years ago, that when a young girl was brought to him by a social worker asking for a termination for her, he simply replied: "You better try one of the other doctors in the practice." And with that the matter was closed as far as he was concerned. It was morally wrong. Sadly the girl did go elsewhere and was able to get what she wanted.
The Christian knows that Jeremiah 1:5 revels God's amazing preparation for each of us: "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee."
You might want to read the rest of this verse, which is very profound and precise, and maybe you just might write or e-mail your MP concerning this continual slaughter in this country, that some have called our own holocaust.
When you were christened/baptized as a child, you had no say in the matter; your parents probably acted in good faith in their decision, but now thousands across Europe are trying to forget this man-made tradition inflicted upon them in their youth, and are now doing something about it.
Beginning in France some ten years ago, one man requested his local church to remove his name from the baptismal register. He even requested a court ruling stating that his request was legal and did receive it.
The matter has now become known as de-baptismal and in Holland, Belgium, France and Germany, over 181,000 people, who feel so strongly about the Catholic churches endemic sex scandals and the wicked covering up of the abuse of children by priests and their bishops, that they have taken this moral matter into their own hands by demanding this religious reversal.
Even it seems in the UK, thousands have been downloading de-baptismal certificates.
"The movement is spreading across Europe," said Anne Morrell who heads a centre study studying religion and secularity at the Free university of Brussels. "It was very apparent in 2011," she says.
We feel this is a trickle of the deluge that is to follow and as Ann Morrell further states: "It's also about subsidies the population must pay for a church that does not represent them." How true!
We certainly believe that this important act is opening the eyes to many that the practice of infant baptism is not Biblical and it does not save people. It never could!
This sprinkling of water by the Catholic and Protestant churches is useless. It is simply a hang over from the Middle Ages, in that if you didn't conform to the churches teachings in those dark ages you faced expulsion and imprisonment, maybe death!
Infant baptism is not Biblical, it cannot gain or commence a baby's salvation. Only faith in Jesus Christ can offer lasting salvation. Of course these people today wishing to be de-baptized are doing it purely through moral or financial reasons particularly against organized religion.
This action is long overdue and can only continue to flourish in the future.
To forsake Christ is to forsake life,
To accept Christ is to gain eternal life.
Life like liberty is no more than a frail vessel,
Tossed around God's oceans in a reseeding agitated swell.
So, reach out the appointed hour of this new day,
And accept that offered Bible tract with patience. And please pray,
That by freely accepting it, you will finally delight,
In that you no longer walk in the dark. But walk in His true light.
So today, dear friend in your city, town or hamlet,
Stop, pause and seize that offered colourful pamphlet.
For the lasting prize that it offers is open and free!
Bought and purchased at a dreadful price for you and for me!