July 2016

Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

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                                                       VIEW FROM THE PULPIT               July 2016

Uncertainty v. Certainty     The dismal performance of England’s footballers against Iceland, at the European Championship Competition in France, resulting in their exit from the tournament caused uncertainty for the players and the national coach. Immediately, speculation regarding the future selection of some of the players was called into question, and similarly the coach resigned and caused speculation as to who would be the next England manager. It is evident that the millions of TV pounds that are swilling around in the Premier League are not producing players that can perform like a team should do.

 

The Brexit vote in the UK’s Referendum has caused a lot of uncertainty, politically, economically and socially. Prime Minister, David Cameron announced his resignation which opened up further speculation as to who the next Tory leader would be P.M. Some thought that the Brexit frontrunner, Boris Johnson would automatically step into Cameron’s shoes, but not so! It soon became known that he had not got the backing of fellow Brexit MP’s and he withdrew interest in running for the top job in British politics. It is now known that the UK will have a woman Prime Minister, probably Theresa May but that is not certain, the Conservative Party members have yet to vote and that could prove otherwise.

The Labour Party is passing through equally uncertain times with a bitter struggle as to who will be their leader.

 

The Pound sterling has dropped in value on the money markets causing the manager of the Bank of England to put in place contingency plans to avoid the economy going into recession as previously experienced by another Governor.

The Housing Market has wobbled into an uncertain period, playing the waiting game to see which way the economy moves.

Some major investors such as Richard Branson have said publicly that he is putting a project on hold which would possibly employ three thousand workers. Other industrialists who wanted to leave the EU see bigger international markets open to them. There is a lot of uncertainty in many quarters, not knowing what the future holds.

 

Over in the U.S. there is uncertainty in some States over Law Enforcement, following the killing of two black people by the police, and later, a revenge killing of six policemen by an ex-military sniper. President Obama has personally intervened to try to quell the racial unrest and violence.

Violence still persists in the Middle East causing great concern and uncertainty in the area to thousands of people fleeing their country to try to find a place where a more secure future is assured.

 

Someone has said that there is only one certainty in life and that is death, which is partly correct but not wholly so. Death is a certainty, the Bible says in Heb 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Paul added this thought when he wrote to Timothy in1Ti 6:7 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” That relates to the physical aspect of birth and death but the spiritual side of our life we have to face afterwards. People generally do not like to think that they are accountable to God for the life that they have lived, but that Day of Judgment is certain and no one will escape it by trying to balance the good they have done against the bad. It does not work like that; the only certain way is to have the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour when you meet your Maker.

The Apostle John was absolutely certain that Jesus is God and that all things were made by Him, he tells us that in the first few verses of his Gospel. Some of you reading this do not believe what John believed, you have swallowed the lie of evolution.

Other truths that John wrote about were the death burial and resurrection of Christ. John also tells us in ch.14 that after the cross He would go back to Heaven, but He did so with the promise, “I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Every believer on the Lord Jesus Christ has a certain hope of the imminent return of the Lord to take His Church to Heaven. Christendom is full of confusion and uncertainty because of erroneous doctrine, but the Bible presents truth concerning the future. When Christ returns to the air He will call all believers that have died out of their grave, whatever form that grave might be, and simultaneously change the body of all living Christians to prepare them for Heaven.

When the Church has gone to Heaven, God will take up His dealings again with Israel He will fulfill all the covenants that He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David concerning the Land of Israel and the Throne in Jerusalem, where He will rule the world for a thousand years. Unbelievers will not see that Kingdom, Jesus said to Nicodemas, in John ch.3, “Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” One thing is absolutely certain, only believers will enjoy the answer to the prayer, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

All the promises of God are yea and amen in Christ Jesus, we have an anchor within the veil both sure and steadfast that will never fail, salvation is secured by the cross of Christ, His death and resurrection.

1Corinthians ch.15 says that “He must reign” and He will reign universally for sure. In that dominion the earth will be released from the curse when Adam sinned against God. The earth will yield bountifully and eliminate starvation, there will be no third world nations, and Christ’s rule will be equitable. Nations that are presently jockeying for world supremacy will find themselves subjugated to the rule of Christ. Israel will be born again in one day. We have seen in recent times, rapid changes in the government of nations but what will soon happen is the remnant of Israel who survives the Great Tribulation will be given a new heart. The stony heart of unbelief which said away with Him, crucify Him, will say like Thomas, “My Lord and my God”

It is time to choose Christ, to trust Him for salvation and be certain of a wonderful future.  God bless.

 

Stan Burditt.