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Mistakes, Mistakes, Mistakes.

Life is full of mistakes.

Some of the mistakes we make are because of willful stiff-neckedness. Whereas others happen because we are badly advised, caught up in unfortunate circumstance or simply through our frailty in understanding matters. Whatever the cause mistakes still happen, and will happen, in our lives.

In considering how we respond to mistakes in our lives we need to be aware that mistakes are not good. If we greet our mistakes with indifference then we are set for lives which accomplish little, are of little honour to God and of little help to others.

We need to commit ourselves therefore to responding well to our mistakes.  Here are some thoughts.

  • The source of many of our mistakes is sin. It is that selfish willfulness to reject God’s way and choose our way. In a sense these are not mistakes they are sins. Such sins need to be confessed. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Moreover, true repentance means we “never want to go there again”. We forsake those sins.
  • When we fall into mistakes, through our own ignorance or weakness, the main response should be to learn. We are fools if we do not learn from our mistakes. If we fail to learn we are likely to repeat those mistakes. And if we continue to repeat our lives will be a total disaster.
  • Some times the learning will mean training. This may be low-key training such as just speaking with somebody to gain insight into what went wrong. Or it may be more formal such gaining a new skill seek to avoid repeating the mistake.

So we want to eradicate mistakes from our lives as much as possible. But in this world with all its fallen-ness, with our own fallen-ness and weakness mixed in, mistakes are inevitable. The key to life, in the end, is not endlessly strategising to avoid mistakes, but rather learning from our mistakes.

As a footnote I would be suspicious of someone who makes no mistakes. Such people are very likely not fully living. This is because true living involves pushing on and pushing out. That means risk and where there is risk there is a likelihood of mistakes being made.

Church Newsletter

Here is our church newsletter for May 2018. It has an article about repentance and the Lord’s Supper.

Church Newsletter

Here is our church newsletter for April 2018. It contains an article about how to repent well. We live in a society and in churches whee we repent badly, I feel. So I encourage you to have a read.

Why Are You Still Not Saved?

Jeremiah addresses the issue of how it is that people pass up the opportunity to be saved when he says “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved” (Jer. 8:20). Are you in this category of having allowed opportunities to be saved to pass by? As you read this you are still not saved? Then ask yourself the question right now: why am I not saved? To help you work through these issues let us consider:

There is a great salvation. Do you know that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners? God in His majestic holiness stands with vehement hostility to sin. Habakkuk says of Him: Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing (Hab. 1:13). We, as wretched sinners, have defied God and chosen our own way. As a result, we exist under the wrath of God. And that wrath is certainly real now, but will be experienced in its fearsome fullness in eternity. Into this desperate situation Jesus Christ has come. He came in full devotion to the purposes of God. He came to live perfectly, to die in our place taking the punishment for our sins and rise from death triumphantly. Given that there is this so great salvation that delivers from the wrath to come, why are you not believing in Christ?

What do you have to do? You have to believe in Jesus Christ. Paul told the Phillipian jailer who was stricken over his sin to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and he would be saved (see Acts 16:31). Sin is the great obstacle to belief. So we need to repent of our sin. We must long for it to be gone. Then we come to commit ourselves to Jesus.

Why won’t you do it now?Now is the day of salvation” is what Paul says to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 6:2b). You do not know what a day will bring forth. You do not know that you will have tomorrow. The man who built his mighty barns and wanted to have rich stores for the future was oblivious to the fact that God was going to call him away that night (see Luke 12:13-21). And who was right? God was right! He always is!

There is an eternal judgement. I know this was mentioned above, but I want to re-iterates it to make clear your desperate situation and why you need to treat this matter as an emergency. Eternity is real. Our LORD says that of the unbelieving that they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life’ (Matt. 25:46). We are dealing with the most serious issues here. Failure to make a believing response means eternal torment for you. So make sure you respond now. And when you believe you will be among the righteous and they have eternal life!

Does such love not affect you? God so loved the world that He gave (John 3:16a). He gave His best to the cross that salvation might come to all who believe. How can you just pass by when such love shines out to you? How can you remain cold-hearted?

You say “I want my pleasures.” We mention two things here :

  • Your so-called pleasures will be not be pleasures in the end. The rich man had all his pleasure in this world and then an eternity to regret in the tortures of hell (see Luke 16:19-31).
  • Your pleasures are not satisfying pleasures anyway. They are merely passing. They do not slake the thirst of the soul. The Word says that the true pleasures are at the right hand of God. David says in Psalm 16:11:

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

It is the true follower of Jesus who really appreciates the pleasures of life!

You say “I will take my chance.” Oh, what foolishness is this? God has appointed a day of judgement. God has appointed a day when everyone must appear before Him. You will not be given “leave of absence” on that day so prepare to meet your God (Amos 4:12b). Run to the cross and believe in Christ and all your preparations are done!

You say: “I don’t believe it all.” Oh, may I say respectfully that ultimately it is not your view that matters but God’s view and God believes it all. He has revealed all the truth and teachings that essential for us to live. The Bible is not a collection of fairy-tales, but the revelation of truth. So please examine it and consider it.

You say: “I am not ready.” You will never make yourself ready for the salvation of God. All you have to bring is your repentance of sin to the once crucified and now glorified Lord. If you do so our God will deal with the rest. As our Saviour says: “whoever comes to me I will never drive away (John 6:37a)

Oh what have you to lose? Why will you not come? All is done, a feast of rejoicing and full provision is there in Christ. Oh come now and be saved and have everlasting life

(Taken from the Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of August 2015)

Church Newsletter

Here is our church newsletter for December 2017. It contains an article on conviction of sin.

All I Am Saying Is Give…….

……repentance a chance. I understand the defiance displayed particularly by the people of Manchester since the suicide bomb attack on Monday.  And in so many ways I applaud the desire to stand together against those who initiate and support attacks such as that which took place on Monday night in Manchester. And yet my plea is that amidst the defiance some thought would be given to repentance.

There seems to be this innate thought that we are on the right track as a nation. British values are declared to be worth standing for and celebrating. And yet such values are never really fully articulated. But won’t we stop and consider that we might be going the wrong way and need to repent? Lets look at this issue nationally and individually.

Nationally.

We are in a moral maze that seems to becoming increasingly mazy as we pursue our God-ignoring agenda. In fact the moral state of this country is best described as a mess. We now celebrate the abhorrence which is two people of the same-sex getting married, and we call it progress. We killed 185,824 children in the womb in 2015 in England and Wales. There has been much talk about those who were killed in Monday’s heinous act being “innocent” and we understand what is meant by that. But what about these innocents killed in the womb? Where is the lament over that?

The treatment of Tim Farron in the general election campaign has been a disgrace! It is as if the liberal thought-police have been out to emasculate the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Curios that isn’t it!? The arch liberals attacking the leader of the Liberals! I wrote about this previously here concerning gay sex. And then there has been the onslaught against him concerning abortion see here for example.

I mention the above without even mentioning the transgender cavalcade which is seeking to ruin our youngsters and others beside. And there is much more which is simply God rejecting in this land. Oh surely it is time we sought the Lord in repentance.

Individually.

The Lord Jesus said, in the light of some terrible happenings in His day, that there should be a response of repentance. We read of it in Luke 13:1-5.

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.’ 

He is saying that the best way to respond to these catastrophes is to realise we are in a messed up world. And in that world I am messed up by sin. And if I do not repent then I am destined for eternal calamity. Essentially, the world is a mess, I am a mess so I must repent. Have you done that? If you don’t you are set for eternal disaster. You can point others to being heinous or innocent or whatever, but what about you? you and I all of us are in the sinner category. All of us are heinous, none are innocent. We need a Saviour. Such a One is only Jesus the Lord. 

So all I am saying is give repentance a chance. Please think about it for yourself and for your nation.

Finally, my thought is that the real shock we should have about our nation is not that these incidents take place, but that there is not more of them. The Lord is really merciful in this. But if there is no repentance I can only fear that more will occur as the Lord works out His judgement against this nation which once honoured Him by cleaving to his Word, but now rather rejoices in the progress (falsely so-called) of rejecting the standards of the great Almighty Lord. 

Call To Repentance

The happenings on Westminster Bridge and in Parliament Square last week were truly horrendous and the carnage wrought is grievous. But I am left concerned by the response of christian leaders.

Here is one report of them standing in solidarity with all those who gathered in Trafalgar Square on March 23rd. The gathering was a show of defiance against the terrorists. But where is the call from these leaders for repentance?

I wrote previously here in respect of the Paris attacks the pressing need there was then and still stands for a call in the West for repentance. Accordingly, it is not a gathering of defiance, appropriate as that may be, but a gathering of repentance which is urgently to be called for.  Surely we live in a land that has defied the living God who has revealed His Will in His Word, the Bible, and His salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ.

We have set ourselves on a course where God’s judgment is fitting. What we need to do is to realise how terrible the anti-God compromises are which predominate in our society. We need to repent. Our church leaders should be leading in a call to repentance.

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