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A VERY HAPPY 2019!

Our warmest Christian greetings to our readers, wishing you all a blessed and prosperous New Year.

Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things,” Jeremiah 14:22.


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Shadow of the Antichrist book available to read or download in PDF format.

“The shadow of the Antichrist” was first published 22 years ago and was born out of a systematic series of message preached some years previously in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church on the book of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Printed copies of the book can still be had from The Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony book room.

It may also be ordered by email from its Secretary (click here).

This online pdf edition (4 mb) is for the convenience of those who wish to study prophecy and it may be freely downloaded.


A new booklet in the series:

“BIBLE LANDS IN BIBLE LIGHT”

God’s Purpose for the BRITISH ISLES
By Rev. David McMillan

Price £1 (40p+postage)

Email Rev. Foster with your name and street address to order a copy.

God has a lot to say about the nations that were in the old Roman Empire; and in 2012 a series of meetings were held considering many such countries, so that particular thought should be given to what the Bible tells us of the future. This booklet has been added to that series of messages. The reason why the Lord has told us so much is because He would have us to understand His purpose for the earth.

News review for week ending Friday 18th January 2019

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good, Proverb 15:3.

‘The Orange State is gone and it’s not coming back’ says (Sinn Feiner) McDonald on 100th anniversary of First Dail

Don’t worry, she is only talking about the luminous colour of her ‘make-up’!!!

Jamie Bryson asked to hand over seized Kingsmill massacre files to coroner

Sinn Féin MLA defends Venezuela inauguration attendance

Doubtless, they felt entirely at home. Vote-rigging has long been the ‘bread and butter’ of Sinn Fein’s election strategy!!!

Republic pupils opting out of Irish lessons to study foreign languages

‘Born again’ Border Fox O’Hare conned me, admits Willie Frazer

Few Christians take any heed to the Saviour’s words in Matthew 7:21: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

Ex-GAA treasurer facing sex charges to be questioned about other allegations

Ex-GAA official Thomas McKenna faces more sex abuse charges

Alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland highest on record

More deadly than cocaine etc and yet its sale is legal and its purveyors deemed as respectable businessmen!!!

Just one family behind 40 personal injury claims worth over €1m

British family suspected of 40 staged crash injury claims in Republic of Ireland

It is very likely they were visiting the Republic of Ireland for that is where they came from originally!!!

Defecting Rosemarie Shields says SDLP ‘has lost its way’

Abortion: Woman ‘refused termination’ at Dublin hospital

Woman ‘refused’ abortion will travel to United Kingdom

Once the home of the modern missionary movement, England is now a haven for the murder of the unborn!!!

Dublin shooting: ‘Lone gunman’ sought after Swords killing

The “death may be linked to a drug feud.


This week Britain faces as grave a crisis as any time in its history – our MPs have FAILED

END OF DEMOCRACY? ‘It’s game over for Brexit’ as MPs plot ‘COUP’ to stop UK leaving EU

May warns of ‘catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust’ if UK remains in EU

Tory Brexiteers say they will back PM’s Withdrawal Agreement

Brexit: Arlene Foster steadfast over backstop ahead of deal vote

Theresa May to warn MPs more likely to block Brexit than allow no deal

UK more likely to stay in EU rather than crash out with no deal – May

Whether the UK is in or out of the EU – England will, in the future, most certainly be in ‘Antichrist’s Union’!!

Twelve former ministers urge Tory MPs to vote down Theresa May’s deal

Theresa May urges MPs to back Brexit deal ‘for country’s sake’

Every form of propaganda will be mounted in the run-up to tomorrow’s vote!!!

Prime Minister May tells DUP EU backstop assurances have ‘legal force’ – suggests hard border in no-deal Brexit

Her threat indicates that she knows that the DUP, for an inexplicable reason, dreads a ‘hard border’! Alignment with Sinn Fein and big business has caused this notion to ‘rub off’ on the DUP!!

Brexit: Did Theresa May fail to understand the DUP?

Brexit: Vote historic for wrong reasons says Arlene Foster

May facing massive Commons defeat in Brexit vote

Parliament is in the grip of turmoil as never before

Irish interests must be protected in Brexit, says Sinn Fein

The arrogance and hypocrisy of these murder-supporting wretches who for years utterly discarded the interests of thousands of Irish people!!!!

Voting against Brexit deal could lead to united Ireland, warns PM May

The lowest and basest form of blackmail and scaremongering!!

Threat from Trump potentially bigger than Brexit for Irish exporters – economist

Uh Oh!!!!

Brexit EARTHQUAKE: Belgian MEP rejects backstop deadline – ‘Belfast in EU PERMANENTLY!’

Now shell-shocked PM must go back to drawing board

Brexit: Theresa May faces confidence vote after huge defeat

Leo Varadkar steps up Irish Brexit no-deal plans

EU border checks: Dublin’s admission caught on tape

Dublin plays down tánaiste’s talk of border checks

PM survives as no confidence motion is defeated

We’ll help to deliver Brexit, DUP vows as it backs PM in Commons

Sam McBride: PM utterly misread DUP, pushing them away

DUP MP: We would be open to considering time-limited backstop

Maybe more than the PM have ‘misread’ the DUP!!?? Time will tell.

NI economy grows in third quarter of 2018

Despite all the dire predictions of the ‘doom and gloom’ merchants!!!

Brexit deadlock: May pandering to ‘sectarian Protestant DUP’ blasts Tory grandee Ken Clarke

Representative as he is of a degenerate age which has retained nothing of its Protestant heritage or any awareness of the great debt the nation owes to the Gospel, such an outburst against anything remotely linked to ‘Protestantism’ is hardly surprising!!

Brexit: Ken Clarke ‘out of touch’ over ‘sectarian’ DUP comment

DUP’s Foster tries to quash soft Brexit claims from party colleagues

Actors’ union: No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic

What pearls of wisdom one should expect from an amalgam of those who live in the make-believe world of the stage!!!!!

January 2019

Audio sermons

KICS talks.

See all the KICS assembly talks listed here


Featured series on the Book of Ruth

Truth for today, Pt6

Truth for today, Pt7

(See all the messages in the series here)


Recently added audio sermons

Consider your ways. Kilskeery FPC, day of prayer message by Rev. I. Foster.


All audio sermons can be seen here.

 

News review for week ending Friday 18th January 2019.

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good, Proverb 15:3.

‘The Orange State is gone and it’s not coming back’ says (Sinn Feiner) McDonald on 100th anniversary of First Dail

Don’t worry, she is only talking about the luminous colour of her ‘make-up’!!!

Jamie Bryson asked to hand over seized Kingsmill massacre files to coroner

Sinn Féin MLA defends Venezuela inauguration attendance

Doubtless, they felt entirely at home. Vote-rigging has long been the ‘bread and butter’ of Sinn Fein’s election strategy!!!

Republic pupils opting out of Irish lessons to study foreign languages

‘Born again’ Border Fox O’Hare conned me, admits Willie Frazer

Few Christians take any heed to the Saviour’s words in Matthew 7:21: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

Ex-GAA treasurer facing sex charges to be questioned about other allegations

Ex-GAA official Thomas McKenna faces more sex abuse charges

Alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland highest on record

More deadly than cocaine etc and yet its sale is legal and its purveyors deemed as respectable businessmen!!!

Read more of this week’s news review…


Evangelical Alliance document suggests providing “trans” accessible toilets in church

The ongoing madness engulfing the western world in relation to matters of gender has begun to infect the church, and the Evangelical Alliance has apparently made a concession to this ungodly movement.

In a document called ‘Transformed’, which was written by Peter Lynas, he writes that “providing toilets that are clearly accessible to trans people will be an important part of the welcome provided by churches and charities”.

This would certainly seem to be a recommendation that churches make moves to tolerate the so-called gender choices made by people who make up what is known as the “trans community”. Read more on the Protestant Revival website…


Sacred memories of glorious days

A special service held in Mourne Free Presbyterian Church, 11th January 2019.

Preacher: Rev. Ivan Foster

Whatever memories I have and which burn in my heart, it is impossible for me to convey to you with anything like the impact that I and others like me, experienced, when these events took place.

I am reminded of the old Scottish woman who, struggling to express her feelings and emotions following her conversion said to her minister that the matter was : “Better felt that telt!”

We are permitted by the wonderful mercy of God to walk with the apostles as they companied with the Saviour and witnessed His wonderful words and works and yet, even though those memories are recorded by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, they can and will convey little of the majesty and glory of those days without the blessing of God resting upon our reading of them.  Read more and listen to the message here… 


News review for week ending Friday 11th January 2019.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars, 2 Chronicles 16:9.

QUB (Queen’s University, Belfast) seeks meeting with DUP to clarify freeze on Presbyterian links

Jeremy Corbyn praises ‘trailblazer’ 1916 rebel – but historian recalls her ‘other side’

Corbyn is referring to Countess Constance Markievicz (nee Constance Georgine Gore-Booth) elected 100 years ago as a Sinn Fein MP for Dublin South. She was rebel, an insurrectionist, a terrorist who, like her modern counterparts, supported murder. She was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted!!

Declassified Files: Future General Mike Jackson savaged ability to counter IRA propaganda in 1990

In many ways, an example of naive establishment thinking! No amount of economic improvement for Roman Catholic republican areas will gain their support and wean them away from supporting terrorism. The spending of £millions over the last 30 years in republican areas amply demonstrate that, since they remain areas which provide shelter and support to republican terrorism and murder!!

(Government) Department withdraws workers from Derry estate after threat

The area involved is a republican area!!!!

Read more of this week’s news review…


News review for week ending Friday 4th January 2019

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do, Hebrews 4:12-13.

EU MELTDOWN: Brussels PANICS in struggle to fill £10BILLION Brexit blackhole before March

BREXIT LIES: Ministers accused of ‘PROJECT FEAR three’ to save ‘DISASTROUS’ May deal

Almost 200,000 from UK applied for Irish passport in 2018

Record number of Britons seeking Irish passports ahead of Brexit

Faraway fields indeed do appear greener!!!

Jacob Rees-Mogg turns down Tories to fundraise for DUP

Tory MP Peter Bone ‘unaware’ event he’s attending is DUP fundraiser

Sammy Wilson rejects Liam Fox claim that Brexit is only 50-50 if May deal rejected

US ambassador casts doubt on bilateral trade deal if May’s Brexit plan succeeds

Philip Hammond ‘HOLDS BACK’ vital Brexit funding in catastrophic blow for UK

Britain could become safe haven for child sex offenders seeking to evade justice in event of no-deal Brexit, NSPCC warns

Nothing beats a little ‘scaremongering’!!!

Read more of this week’s news review…


Ecumenists close Henry Cooke’s old church, May Street Presbyterian as charismatics take over

Read more on the Protestant Revival website


THE FORGOTTEN AND IGNORED ELEMENT OF MAN’S BEING – HIS ETERNAL SOUL!!

Dr. John Habgood

The great apostasy edges closer to its final and ultimate denial. That denial is given us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

The same truth is found in Peter’s writings. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction,” 2 Peter 2:1.

The present apostasy will culminate in man’s outright denial of the Lord Himself and the Antichrist setting himself up as God.

The Christ-rejecting ecclesiastical world took a step nearer to that final apostasy in the mid-1990s with the denials voiced by Dr. John Habgood, the former Archbishop of York. He was reported in ‘The Times’ newspaper as saying that there was nothing in the human body that departs when we die. He claimed that the individual’s identity was “held in the mind of God”. He also said that hell was not regarded as a serious option these days. Read more


Baptist and Congregational churches yoked with creation deniers and Jesuit cheerleaders in ‘Evangelical Alliance’

Read more on the Protestant revival wesbite


Why is Israel the centre of the prophetic earth?

The simple answer to this question is: God has placed it there. The course of events in this world have been predetermined by the Lord, as the following verses demonstrate. “For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done,” Acts 4:28. “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation,” Acts 17:26. (See also Ephesians 1:11, 3:11). Therefore when we see Israel at the centre of God’s dealings with mankind in the past, it is because He placed her there.

That Israel is at the centre of the prophetic world is clear, when we give consideration to the following truth. Read more


Notice to Readers from the Editor

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December 2018

Audio sermons

KICS talks.

See all the KICS assembly talks listed here


Recent sermons

Remembering former times, Pt2. Personal testimony of Rev. Ivan Foster given in Convoy FPC, November 25th 2018.

Funeral service for Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Crawford. November 28th, 2018. Tribute and graveside message by Rev Ivan Foster, long time friend.

The miraculous draught of fishes. December 2nd, 2018. Preacher: Rev. M. Patrick

Just what is a Christian, Pt1. LTBS broadcast by Rev. I. Foster for Radio Star Country, Co. Monaghan

Just what is a Christian, Pt2. LTBS broadcast by Rev. I. Foster for Radio Star Country, Co. Monaghan

Just what is a Christian, Pt3. LTBS broadcast by Rev. I. Foster for Radio Star Country, Co. Monaghan

Why was the world so hostile to the coming of the Son of God?, Pt1 LTBS broadcast by Rev. I. Foster for Radio Star Country, Co. Monaghan

Why was the world so hostile to the coming of the Son of God?, Pt2 LTBS broadcast by Rev. I. Foster for Radio Star Country, Co. Monaghan


Featured series on the Book of Ruth

Truth for today, Pt2

Truth for today, Pt3 

Truth for today, Pt4

Truth for today, Pt5


All audio sermons can be seen here.

News review for week ending December 28th, 2018.

“And he (Uzziah) sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper,”
2 Chronicles 26:5.

 

Brit-bashing by Irish will not change: Wilson

Jeremy Corbyn challenged over Brexit support

DUP will ensure Brexit backstop is defeated, says Arlene Foster

We shall wait and see!!

Varadkar backing for ‘good supporter of Ireland’ Juncker

He might have added: ‘and a strong opponent of the UK’!!

Remainers fury over Brexit fuelled by CONTEMPT for working classes – report

BREXIT WARNING: May’s deal PROVES EU want to PUNISH Britain for voting Brexit

Read more of this week’s news review here.


True Protestantism is ‘residual bigotry’, says ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas

The leader of the Evangelical Alliance and senior figure in the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, Peter Lynas, has hit out at anyone who dares to question or highlight his ecumenical cuddling up with Rome.

‘Papist’ Peter Lynas, a title he has emphatically earned, let loose at any true Protestant when given a forum by the Belfast Telegraph last week.

He branded any who pointed out the error of mixing with the false and blasphemous religion of Romanism as being guilty of demonstrating “residual bigotry” in an interview with the arch-ecumenist Alf McCreary.

In his interview, ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas said in response to a question enquiring as to whether he has ever received any criticism for his faith: “There is also some residual bigotry directed at me for working with the Catholic Church on areas of shared interest. Very few actually want to engage – there is a lot of virtue-signalling, which is a shame.”

Both of the key words he used, “residual bigotry”, are very instructive. Read more the Protestant Revival website


Going to Rome for Christmas in Ballymoney Church of Ireland

Rev. Andrew Sweeney, Ballymoney CoI

Churches up and down the country will be holding special Christmas services throughout the month of December, but the Church of Ireland in Ballymoney will make use of this time of year to strengthen ecumenical relationships with the Roman Catholic Church.

An “inter-denominational” carol service was held in the County Antrim town on Monday, 3rd December.

It started, as so often is the case with ecumenical events involving travelling between churches, in the Protestant church, in this case St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, before finishing up in the Roman Catholic church, in this case Our Lady and St Patrick’s.

Even the name of that Roman Catholic church should have been sufficient to dissuade any so-called Protestants from going near it, as it alludes to the unscriptural veneration of Mary which is a key characteristic of Roman Catholicism. Read more on the Protestant Revival website…


News review for week ending Friday 21st December 2018

 

“Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land,“ Isaiah 32:1-2.

Brexit news latest: Amber Rudd urges MPs across parties to ‘forge a consensus’ to avoid no-deal…. as five Cabinet ministers ‘consider second referendum’

So the political ‘hopscotch’ continues!!!

Brexit WARNING: MP reveals how Theresa May is going to FORCE MPs to accept Brexit deal

‘We didn’t spend 30 years stopping IRA to allow PM and EU to give united Ireland by back door’ says Labour MP Kate Hoey

New EU referendum would break faith with Britons, May to warn MPs

What she meant to say was ‘New EU referendum would break faith with Britons – YET AGAIN’!!

Maybe Mr May understands his wife, but everyone else just finds her unknowable

Why it is imperative for NI’s long term survival that Backstop is defeated – TUV leader, Jim Allister

DUP calls for more clarity from PM over EU concessions

May’s EU negotiator pictured with papers hinting at new NI border plan

Downing Street challenges Corbyn after his PM confidence ‘stunt’

Read the rest of this week’s news review… 


Brexit’ – What Saith the Scriptures?

The issue of “Brexit” is before us as never before since the UK voted 2016 to leave the EU!
It appears that what has been settled upon by the Prime Minister is not what the 17+ million citizens voted for in 2016.

The thinking of the citizenry who voted “leave” really counts for nothing but what the “all-wise” “gnomes of worldly enterprise” pontificate is what matters!

When Moses said the people of Israel would leave Egypt and that “there shall not an hoof be left behind” (Exodus 10:26) that complete removal took place. But we are not led by a Moses or anything like him! Read more


News review for week ending Friday 14th December 2018

Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations. Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them, Nehemiah 9:26-27.

Brexit: Amber Rudd says ‘Norway Plus’ option plausible

The first minister to publicly float an alternative to Mrs May’s plan!

Brexit: SoS pens open letter to people of NI offering assurances over EU withdrawal deal

Assurances from a woman who, when she became Secretary of State for NI acknowledged that she was totally ignorant of the political conflict here – are hardly reassuring!!

PM’s deal is fatally flawed and has to be renegotiated, insists DUP leader

Labour ready to step in and negotiate Brexit deal with EU, Jeremy Corbyn says

That would be worse than ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’ since Corbyn is a long-time supporter of the IRA and its goal of a United Ireland by any means!!!

Brexit debate: SEETHING Leave voter tears into ‘TREASONOUS May’ for ceding control to EU

Theresa May pulls plug on Brexit deal vote, but Leo Varadkar rules out reopening negotiations around backstop

Brexit backstop renegotiation ‘not possible’ – Varadkar

Oh for leaders to clip the wings of this ‘peacock’!!!

Read more of this week’s news review…


THE PROPAGANDA OF THE SODOMITES ADVANCES

“And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD,” 2 Kings 23:7.

I have been prompted to pen this little article by the BBC mounting yet another news feature ‘promoting’ sodomy and giving a platform to those who wickedly claim that they are ‘Christian’ sodomites.

The BBC article does not accurately give the Bible-believer’s answer to such a claim as might be expected, given that the BBC is an ungodly organisation which has no allegiance to God and His Truth.

The evidence put forth for ‘sodomite Christianity’ is based simply on the declaration made by those that claim they are both ‘gay and Christian’!

That, to say the least, is rather a tenuous foundation upon which to stake the genuineness of this assertion. After all, Judas would have claimed to have been a follower of Christ! So too did Simon (Magus), Acts 8. There have been millions of individuals who have claimed to have been ‘true believers’ since the Fall of Adam. However, simply to make such a claim is not sufficient evidence upon which to accept such a person as a Christian.

No, there must be evidence that the person is a Christian. The Lord clearly tell us what the evidence is. Read more


News review for week ending Friday 7th December 2018

“The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it,” Micah 6:9.

Presbyterian minister: Church must do more for people with HIV

I think if you read this ‘minister’s’ statement you will find that he does not mention ‘God’, ‘Christ’, ‘the Bible’ or ‘sin’. It is strange for a ‘minister’ to speak on any subject without using these words!!!

N.I. bookshop bans DUP members over same sex marriage stance

Given present trends within the DUP, one wonders how long the ‘bookshop’ will feel such a ban necessary!!??

Influential Presbyterian minister Henry Cooke was ‘the father of Ulster Unionism’

All political philosophy has its roots in some form of religious allegiance. It is good to know that ‘Unionism’ was once rooted in the teaching of the Bible!!

Landslide Sinn Fein victory in 1918 Irish election ‘not down to voting reform’

Child cruelty and neglect cases in Northern Ireland up by 350% in five years

The cause?? The legalising of perversion and its impact upon the public’s moral perception. In other words, the ABANDONMENT of the Bible!

Read the rest of this week’s news review…


Why we should love the Jewish people

The substance of two school morning assembly messages given in Kilskeery Independent Christian School, by retired minister and school administrator, Rev Ivan Foster

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed,” Genesis 12:1-3.

It is clear from the first words spoken to Abraham, from whom sprang the Jewish people, that he and his descendants would be those about whom there would a division of opinions. There would be those that would “bless” them and there would be those who would “curse” them!

Those that “bless” them would be blessed of God and those that “cursed” them would be cursed of God.

They were, in heaven’s eyes, a very special people. Read more


All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church holds Transgender Remembrance service

When you survey the pitiful state of much of professing Christendom in Ulster today, you cannot help but be reminded of Paul’s caution to Timothy, written under the inspiration of God.

Surely it cannot be disputed that the religious deception is waxing worse and worse in our land.

And no more blatant example of this could surely be found than last week’s ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ service in the reprobate All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church in Belfast.

This church shows such a disregard for the Word of God that it is actually breathtaking.

All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church holds this transgender service every year as it continues to proudly defy God’s Word and the natural order he ordained, which can be seen in the verse at the top of this article.

Read more on the Protestant Revival website


News review for week ending Friday 30th November 2018

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon,” Matthew 6:24.

Gerry Adams can appeal against prison escape convictions to UK Supreme Court

It is more than Mrs Jean McConville can do regarding her imprisonment and subsequent murder, reportedly at the command of Gerry Adams. The question is, does he recognise the BRITISH court???!!

Legacy Scandal: The IRA was able to wage terrorism on Castlederg because it was near the safe haven of the Irish Republic

PSNI drew prosecutors’ attention to SF suspect’s senior Stormont role

Varadkar questions how much ‘senior republicans’ dictate to Sinn Fein’s elected politicians

Sinn Fein ‘hypocritical’ over Tony Taylor support: DUP MLA

Sinn Fein has as many faces as ‘Big Ben’ but at least the clock faces all tell the same story!!

Woman (44) arrested after Newry war memorial wreaths and crosses thrown into river

Read more of this week’s news review.


 

Truth for today, Pt1

Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth
The Prologue,  1:1-2. (Part 1)

“Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.”

Stream or download Truth for today, Pt1


The first two verses of this book present us with the initial setting for the history it contains.
The small book of Ruth nestles between the book of Judges and the 1st Book of Samuel. It provides the perfect link between the two eras. It is like the first streaks of dawn that heralds a new day. The  opening reminds us of the dark days of the judges but the book ends with the birth of David’s grandfather, and the hope of brighter times that generates. It is a book in which is foreshadowed the future ingathering of the Gentiles and of better times for Israel when the Lord will visit them again.
The last word of the book is David. It certainly points us to great David’s Great Son! It is the 8th book of the Bible and as such marks a new beginning.
We all know that the whole of Scripture is relevant to our day, even as it has been for all previous generations. Some portions, however, are most obviously relevant. This book is particularly relevant to our day.

The first two verses indicate that:

I. IT WAS A TIME OF DISORDER
The last verse of Judges: “In those days there was no king in Israel.” Judges 21:25.

1. There was no king. No central command or unifying government. The Lord should have been their King but His law was ignored or rejected by the nation generally. For many professing Christians today, there is “no king.” They are not governed by the law of Christ, the King.

2. Instead there was self rule. “ . . every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Every man was his own king. His whims and fancies, his desires and ambitions were sovereign. “I think” replaced “Thus saith the Lord.” Doctrine is proclaimed on the basis of how popular it will be rather than whether it is in the Word of God or not.

3. It effected everyone.  “ . . every man.” This was the universal rule within Israel. It helps us understand the tragedy that takes place in the opening verses.