Christ is Risen – Happy Easter

On Good Friday I attended the Wintershall Players version of the Passion of Christ in Trafalgar Square, London. The pictures below are from this:

Women approach the Empty tomb

The women approach the empty tomb

Peter, John and Mary at the empty tomb

Peter, John and Mary at the empty tomb.

The Risen Christ appears  to his disciples

The Risen Christ appears to his disciples

Jesus reinstates Peter

Jesus reinstates Peter

 

 

Bible Study

I saw the following tweet on Twitter recently:

A great question to ask at the end of every Bible study is “How has this Bible study challenged you, convicted you or encouraged you?”

Someone had then replied as follows:

“or even, how has it grown your relationship with Christ?”

I think both of these tweets raise  questions that are very valid and good ones to ask ourselves. It’s very easy to sit through a Bible study and even enjoy it immensely but somehow not let it change you. I think if we are being honest we have all been guilty of doing this.

The idea of Bible study is not to gain more intellectual knowledge about God. We should be instead seeking to know Him more deeply and to be changed having meet God through his Word.

New Spurgeon Website

I’ve come across a new website this week called Spurgeon Repreached which is run by Bradley Crawford. The website includes the following features:

  • Links to free books by Spurgeon (in PDF format)
  • Links to a number of his sermons too (again in PDF format).
  • Podcasts of Bradley re-preaching Spurgeon sermons
  • The option of signing up to receive daily Spurgeon quotes by email.

Spurgeon Repreached aims to bring the works of Charles Spurgeon to a new generation. If you are not familiar with the “Prince of Preachers” then this new website will be a good introduction to his ministry.

 

Learning a painful lesson

Last Sunday night I learnt a painful lesson. Hopefully you will learn from my error and not experience this pain yourself to learn the same lesson.

So what was the painful lesson? I discovered that if you get annoyed with a portable mobile charger and throw it on the floor, it is not a good idea to then stamp on it very hard if you are only wearing slippers. If you do this you will hurt the sole of your foot and instead of damaging the mobile charger you will damage your own foot!

Rather worryingly at my age I should have already learnt this lesson. Thankfully I have not done any serious damage to my foot but I would not recommend that you copy my example in stamping on a mobile charger when you have only got slippers on your feet. In fact I would recommend that you do not do this at all.

Choosing a Linux Distro and Knowing God’s Will

I have a very old PC at home that runs Windows XP which I no longer use. Not only is this operating system about to be retired by Microsoft but it is a very slow PC. When I switch it on it takes about 10 minutes to warm up! I guess I should just get rid of it but I have been thinking instead of replacing XP with a Linux OS.

Therefore I recently did some research on Google about various options that are available to me. I read an interesting article called “Ubuntu vs Mint: which Linux distro is best for beginners”. This article compared both choices and listed the advantages and disadvantages of both. At the end of the article various readers also gave their opinion on this subject. It’s fair to say that after reading all the differing viewpoints, I was confused about which would be the best distro to select.

I then proceeded to read another article about lightweight Linux distro’s. Maybe this could be an alternative option for me instead of Ubuntu or Mint? I’m even more confused now! So many choices! Who is right and wrong? Whose opinion should I listen to? What is the best way to proceed?

Life can be like this too. There can be so many views on various differing matters. However we do have help that is available to us. God has provided us with His word, the Bible, which shows us the way to live. We don’t need to be confused. We can know what is right and wrong. We can know Him for ourselves. Let us be sure to read the Bible and then act on it.

 

Sin exceeding Sinful

The following morning devotion from Charles Spurgeon is worth reading:

Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that the sin which once startled him does not alarm him in the least. By degrees men get familiar with sin. The ear in which the cannon has been booming will not notice slight sounds. At first a little sin startles us; but soon we say, “Is it not a little one?” Then there comes another, larger, and then another, until by degrees we begin to regard sin as but a little ill; and then follows an unholy presumption: “We have not fallen into open sin. True, we tripped a little, but we stood upright in the main. We may have uttered one unholy word, but as for the most of our conversation, it has been consistent.” So we palliate sin; we throw a cloak over it; we call it by dainty names. Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced his heart! It made him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be “exceeding sinful.”

 

 

Are you keeping in fellowship with your fellow believers?

He was a good man but, like many another good man, he had been tripped up. Something had happened in the church that had upset him, and so he stayed away. He was denying “the fellowship of the Holy Spirit”. He was absenting himself from the worship and from the Lord’s Table. The pastor went to see him, and after they had talked over the issues involved, as they were sitting by an open fire, the pastor took the tongs from the hearth and separated the flaming coals and spread around the outer circumference of the open grate. In a few moments the flame died down, and in another few minutes the coals lost their brightness and grew ashen and dull. The pastor looked at his member and said, “Do you understand?” The man had grace and wisdom enough to say, “Yes, pastor, I understand”.

Then he took the tongs again and, taking the coals from the outer edge of the grate, he drew them all together; and you know what happened. They had not been together many moments before they began to glow once more. Then they came up in flames and the dire was strong. Again the pastor looked at his erring member and said, “Do you understand?” Do you? Let nothing divide you in your fellowship with your fellow-believer, because you will both be the losers. Not only will you both be the losers, but so will the integrity of the church: the flame will go down, and the fires of revival will depart.

The Lord’s Supper by E.F. Kevan pages 66-67

Feasting on Christ

The service is not complete merely in bread and wine. The active faith of the believer in taking the elements is of immense significance. He is feeding on the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Thus, while the elements are mere representations, the service is more than representation. It was Mr Spurgeon (if I may hide behind him for orthodoxy here) who urged his people in one of his sermons on the Lord’s Supper to “feast on Him”, and it is this spiritual reality which is expressed in the familiar Anglican formula, “feed on Him in your hearts by faith”. Again, to quote from Mr Spurgeon’s well-known sermon, “We not only eat of his bread, but symbolically, we feast upon Him.”

The Lord’s Supper by E.F.Kevan  (Page 22)