January 2017

 Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

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                                                      VIEW FROM THE PULPIT                                                        Jan. 2017

 

It Can’t Be Done   

The Poetry Foundation website has this poem by Albert Edward Guest entitled ‘It Couldn’t Be Done’.  

1)‘Somebody said it couldn’t be done but he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin 
on his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it! 

 

2) Somebody scoffed: Oh, you'll never do that; At least no one ever has done it; But he took off his coat and he took off his hat And the first thing we knew hed begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quiddit, 

He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it. 
 

3) There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophesy failure, There are thousands to point out to you one by one, The dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,  That cannot be done, and you'll do it.’

Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that cannot be done, and you’ll do it.

 

Albert Guest most certainly had a sense of humour in presenting the opposite views of the pessimist and the optimist. The half empty, half full glass is still very much the outlook of many people. In the spiritual realm this translates to either believing or not believing in the God of the Bible, and the Bible to be the Word of God to man.

 

The Atheist says that there is no God and that all matter and life evolved over millions of years and that all creation could not be made in six days.

 

The Agnostic says “I don’t know” and generally does not care and gets on with life as they want it.

 

The Intelligent Design person takes a ‘halfway house’ position rejecting the evolution theory but not ascribing creation to God. They infer that creation could be done, but by who?

 

The Born-again Christian believes the Bible from cover to cover, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, that God (Jehovah Elohim) is the creator of all life and matter, and what couldn’t be done He did it in six 24 hour days.

 

Since the days of Darwin evolution has become increasingly the faith of Atheists, so that today there is an aggressive hostility against those who preach and teach the Word of God.

Christians love to share their faith with everyone and anyone, anywhere. They love to tell of things that could not be done but through God were done. He enabled Noah to save a limited company when the rest of the world was in liquidation. He enabled Abram and Sarah to produce a son named Isaac, who had a son named Jacob. His name was changed by God to Israel. Nations such as Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Germany and many Arab nations have sought to annihilate them but could not, because God made a promise to them that there would be a land and a kingdom. Isaiah 7:14 says “”Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” That virgin was Mary and her son is Jesus. He did many things that other men could not do. By His touch He cleansed lepers, made blind folk to see, healed the sick, and raised the dead. He walked on water; He fed multitudes with a few fish and loaves. His greatest work was on the cross where He through death defeated him who had the power of death, the devil.

By the sacrifice of His life He has made it possible for all to be saved from eternal damnation. All who believe and receive Him as their personal Saviour will be with Him in Heaven and with Him in that thousand year kingdom on earth.

Some say that the resurrection of the dead cannot be done, but watch this space, there will be millions of smiling faces and voices shouting, “HE DID IT!”

Will you be among the ransomed throng in that great day?  You can be sure by turning from your atheism, agnostic and intelligent design position and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ today.

 

God bless.

 

Stan Burditt