About Ivan Foster

Ivan Foster is a recently retired minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Until November 2009 he was minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church. He continues to preach and write as the Lord gives opportunity.
Ivan has written 341 articles so far, you can find them below.

News review for week ending Friday 21st September 2018.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” 2 Peter 3:3-4.

Michael Gove apologises for attending Ian Paisley dinner

MI6 believed former Labour leader Foot ‘was KGB agent’

Soviet Union PAID Michael Foot forcing him to reveal KGB links to Queen

“They sure must have been short of spies!!!”

UUP leader: The plans to deal with the past appease the IRA and will be used to paint the security forces as villains

SF’s paper says IRA ‘stood their ground’ in Ballymurphy Massacre

“Thus contradicting their propaganda from the past!!!”

The God conclusion: leading mathematician John Lennox takes on atheism

“This is an interesting story for Ulster readers, many of us having little knowledge of this man!!”

Internal probe finds no evidence of PSNI breach after ‘leak of data’ to loyalists

United Ireland would see living standards in Republic fall by 15%

United Ireland would ‘permanently reduce’ living standards of those in Republic

“Oh boy! That should quell the enthusiasm of those ‘united Irelanders’ who have grown fat on government benefits!!”

‘Scotch-Irish’ influence on US democracy

“I am pleased that there is mention in this article of the Presbyterianism of these folk from Ulster. I have no doubt that it was the Bible ethics instilled in them by old-time Presbyterianism, rather than racial identity, that gave them their steely fortitude of character!”

Police treating Narrow Water memorial vandalism as a ‘hate crime’

Councillor ‘saw memorial vandals kick wreaths around like a football’

Councillor ‘saw Narrow Water memorial vandals kick wreaths around like a football’

Cliftonville (football club) to ban fans involved in attack on memorial to soldiers killed by IRA

“This is but Irish Republicanism showing again its bitter hatred of all things British as they were taught to do by Sinn Fein/IRA, whose condemnations should to be treated with contempt!!”

Revealed: why 40,000 Protestants fled Ireland in four years

“It is likely that most readers never heard of such an event. It has to be said that Protestantism in the Republic of Ireland is almost entirely ecumenical and thus no longer seen as a ‘threat’ to popery!!”

Last night audience in Belfast too polite to complain about lack of Rule Britannia and BBC takes this as acquiescence

“It is ‘Rule Irish Republic’ as far as the BBC is concerned and, sadly, all too many do acquiescence in this!!”

RHI Inquiry ‘highlights DUP opposition to kerbs on Spads’

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Sinn Fein colluded over RHI while pretending that its hands were clean

RHI Inquiry: Sir Patrick Coghlin hails ‘refreshing honesty’ of man who admits he didn’t do enough

“The DUP vote by its MLA’s in 2015, alongside Sinn Fein on this issue, makes them all bear the shame that is emerging from this Inquiry!!”

God is NOT a man: Calls grow for emphasis on ‘FEMININE nature of God’ – ‘Don’t use HE’

“Proof, if proof was needed, that the Church of England is utterly apostate and in ignorance of God’s TRUTH!

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us,” Matthew 1:21-23.

DUP sweating over (BBC’s) Stephen Nolan’s secret RHI tapes

Ian Paisley: DUP MP keeps seat after recall petition

Sinn Fein MLA removes Tweet ahead of Paisley recall petition close

Suzanne Breen: TUV, UUP and Alliance assisted MP Paisley in retaining seat

DUP lifts Ian Paisley suspension after 57-day ban

Paisley petition of recall: Sinn Fein’s O’Neill says DUP endorsing ‘gross lack of integrity’

Paisley petition of recall: Opinions remain polarised in Ballymena

DUP man defies party to back gay Pride event

DUP man claims move to light up Ards town hall for Pride ‘an Alliance stunt’

DUP councillor’s vote for LGBT motion ‘no longer a surprise’

“Sinn Fein comments are a case of the ‘kettle calling the pot black’! What hog-wash is spouted both for and against support for sodomy!!! There is a great reluctance to simply take the Bible’ position on this perversion! The DUP’s reaction to this disgraceful support for sodomite perversion will show where it really stands on this immorality!!”

Brexit: PM says ‘it’s either my deal or no deal’

Chequers deal means ‘FOREIGN RULE’ – Boris Johnson makes SHOCKING Brexit claim

The risk of a sudden Irish Sea border is rising as Brexit ‘no deal’ nears

EU to secure Theresa May’s leadership with MAJOR Brexit concession over Irish border

It is the EU’s turn to compromise on Brexit, says Dominic Raab

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal plan a ‘non-starter’, warns former Brexit minister

Embarrassing rebuff for PM in Salzburg

Can Theresa May survive her Salzburg humiliation?

Brexit: ‘We’re no closer to withdrawal agreement says Varadkar

Brexit: No border in Irish Sea – Jeremy Corbyn

Don’t buy the Brexit hype: it’s a border in the Irish Sea or the customs union

UK minister says no-deal Brexit unless EU softens position on border

“The Dublin government are seeking to advance their hopes of a ‘United Ireland’ by attempting to make the ‘new’ border the northeast sea coast and so, in effect, remove the present land border between the north and south of Ireland and also ‘move’ Northern Ireland out of the UK.

How comforting to rest on the truth that “every purpose of the LORD shall be performed,” (Jeremiah 51:29) with regards the future of the coming kingdom of Antichrist of which the EU is but an embryo!

Dutch Catholic church accused of widespread sexual abuse cover-up

Decades of sex abuse uncovered at Rhu children’s home, Argyll, Scotland

Ex-priest Daniel Curran sentenced for indecent assault

“These reports being true, then we must see how the wickedness of today’s perverted morality has been nurtured secretly for many decades!!

Labour MP calls for ban on early foetus gender test

Giants of Israeli politics both sprang from Belfast’s tiny Jewish community

Columba McVeigh: Fifth search gives new hope to family of Disappeared victim

Columba McVeigh’s family hopeful as new dig begins for Disappeared victim

‘I pray this torment will end’ – sister of missing Columba McVeigh as new dig begins today
“This another search in this ongoing tragic saga doubtless will be watched in hope by the family but it also serves to highlight yet again the cruel wickedness of murderous Sinn Fein/IRA!!”

Commons to vote on relaxing abortion law in Northern Ireland

“These enemies of righteousness continue in their attempts to legalise the murder of unborn children in Northern Ireland as it is in the rest of the UK!!”

Sinn Fein’s runner for Irish president Liadh Ni Riada ‘unsuitable’ for post by IRA victim’s son

Áras hopeful Liadh Ní Riada is ‘unsuitable to represent the country’ – says son of IRA victim

“From the highest to the lowest, within the ranks of Sinn Fein/IRA, there has been united support for terrorism, as the statements of this candidate shows!!”

Mary Lou McDonald says Sinn Fein records not available on Mairia Cahill’s alleged abuser

“Should not be too hard to ask the likes of Gerry Adams, who would have known the rapist, if he was a member of Sinn Fein. Simply, more lies and and fairy tales!!

Middle East ON BRINK: Iran in furious Israel attack and insists UN ‘takes firm action’

Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

“Shot down by a Syrian missile but Russia says it’s Israel’s fault!! 🤨

No legacy contact from Dublin to widow of Garda murdered by IRA

“Dublin has ever shown itself ready to criticise and condemn Ulster for not doing that which it fails to do at home!!!”

Plot to kill Garda chief Drew Harris (ex-PSNI senior officer)  at murdered father’s grave

Belfast councillor Jolene Bunting suspended from duties ‘for criticising Islam’

“We do not know what this lady said but it is here officially described as ‘criticising. The word ‘criticising’ means ‘to indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way’.What has happened to this councillor ought to alarm those who value ‘free speech’ and who feel it is very necessary to ‘criticise error of every kind!!

Alliance councillor ‘pot kettle black’ over Jonathan Bell pub claims criticism

Nelson McCausland: History of Scotch-Irish in US shows unionists have nothing to fear from equality

Westminster to examine NI’s abortion laws

“From ‘friend’ and ‘foe’ alike there comes this attack upon every attempt to legislate aright and defend the unborn from murder!

Ungodly politicians have brought the blood of innocents upon the nation, “Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls,” Ezekiel 22:27.”

Reporting the Troubles: Massacre at Darkley – and the nature of certainty

Jacob at Penuel

Scripture: Genesis 32:24-31

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This is one of the most instructive passages on the matter of prayer.

  • Here we see a man in a very domestic situation. He is almost frantic with a fearful anticipation of the revenge of his brother, Esau.
  • He had prayed, Verses 9-12, a very wise and good prayer.
  • He had taken a number of steps to seek to placate Esau. Verses 13-20.
  • For all that, Jacob was still very uneasy and anxious.

I. A bold encounter with the Lord.

It was the “Lord God” he met, verse 30.
The word ‘wrestled’ means ‘to get dusty’! This was a real grappling between two men seeking to overthrow one another.
Jacob lays hold in order to wrestle an answer and the Lord lays hold in order to overcome Jacob.

1. That is what prayer is. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water,” Hebrews 10:19-22.
2. We can pray with boldness, that is commandingly. “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him,” Ephesians 3:12.  Because:

a. Our sins are forgiven. “by the blood of Jesus”.
b. A ‘way’ dedicated for us alone. “He hath consecrated for us.” It is as if God has given us a key to His door!
c. We have our own High Priest. “An high priest over the house of God.” He offers for us our sacrifices of praise and prayer up to God. He presents all our offerings, perfumed with the incense of his own merits, before the throne of God.

II. It was a time of desperation for Jacob.

Verses 22-24.
1. Desperation causes us to act boldly, resolutely. Abraham, Genesis 18:23-32. Note verses 27, 30, 31, 32. Here is boldness born of desperation! Likewise the unnamed woman of Canaan, Matt 15:22-28. This woman showed boldness, verses 23, 27.
2. So it was Christ prayed. This is wrestling with God! “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground,” Luke 22:44.
3. So it is the Holy Spirt helps us to pray. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered,” Romans 8:26. (Acts 7:34.) Expressing unutterable words in prayer.

III. The Lord engaged in this wrestling.

“ . . . . . and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day” Genesis 32:24.
1. The wrestling is accredited to the Lord! True prayer begins with God. “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples,” Luke 11:1. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced,” Zechariah 12:10. “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father,” Gals 4:6.
2. The victory the Lord gained. “And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him,” Genesis 32:25. Jacob was strengthened by his defeat!
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted,” Matthew 23:12.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time,” 1 Peter 5:6.
3. Here is a wounding unto health and strength! “He touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint.”
He had a new walk. “And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh,” verse 31.
This what we heard about yesterday morning.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me,” Galatians 2:20.
Jacob was given a new name from that day. “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed,” Genesis 32:28.

Young people, here is the secret, the key of the victorious kingly life.

News review for week ending Friday 14th September 2018

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them,” Isaiah 8:20.

Fresh call for smacking to be outlawed in the home

(Scotland’s First Minister) Sturgeon backs ban on parents smacking children

“Hardly surprising since every other ‘anti-Bible’ policy has been embraced by our nation in its downward plunge!!”

PSNI raid an ‘attempt to intimidate journalists’

“It would be wise to withhold comments until it is seen whether or not the journalists are found guilty of the theft of documents!!”

BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’


PM retains confidence in Karen Bradley despite lack of NI electoral knowledge

Prime Minister retains confidence in Karen Bradley despite lack of Northern Ireland electoral knowledge

“There are very few who would consider her any wiser now!!!”

RHI inquiry (Continued): (Arlene Foster, Stormont First Minister) Foster ordered me to keep scheme open says Bell – ‘I knew I’d have to sacrifice my political career’

RHI scandal: Claims Bell told Spad ‘if you wag your finger at me again I will break it’ during heated row

RHI: Timothy Johnston delayed RHI cost controls, claims ex-DUP Spad

DUP Spad: Arlene Foster didn’t tell the full RHI story

Drunk DUP minister Jonathan Bell slept in New York bar, then was ejected, says Spad

DUP minister ‘had career-ending dossier on DUP private lives’

RHI inquiry: Politics a grubby world, says ex-DUP special adviser

DUP Spad: Arlene Foster didn’t tell the full RHI story

Key DUP spad ‘more powerful than Nigel Dodds’

RHI: Peter Robinson saw admitting guilt as weakness, says ex-DUP Spad

Spad: Sinn Fein demanded RHI stay open for two weeks

Minister (Jonathan Bell) knowingly misled Assembly when he knew RHI disastrous, says Spad

Parties colluded to stop Spads bill, claims Jim Allister

I changed RHI document to defend Foster… but not to point finger of blame at Bell

RHI inquiry ‘doesn’t reflect well on DUP’ – Paul Frew (DUP MLA)

Foster’s Spad believed DUP ‘destroyed’ him

RHI: Former Spad can’t recall if he warned Foster about ‘tsunami’ of applications

DUP leader Foster ‘asked for loyalty’ of MLAs during one-to-one meetings amid RHI criticism: report

Suzanne Breen: DUP will struggle to recover from devastating RHI revelations

“In the light of these shameful revelations surely a day of reckoning is drawing near for the DUP!!!

I am just glad that Dr Paisley is not alive to see just how far down the party he foolishly led into power-sharing has descended!”

DUP MLA Jim Wells warns NI firms who back gay marriage

Coca Cola, law firms and banks join call for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

““There needs to be a public backlash against these arrogant commercial dictators!

 As the Scriptures teaches, big business and devotees of immorality will dominate society at the end of this age!!

‘And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies,’ Revelation 18:1-3.”

‘Teach religion and worldviews instead of RE’

Call for atheism to be included in religious education

“Anything but the Bible is the ‘religious’ education that most favour today!!!”

Divorce news ‘won’t mar’ any Johnson leadership bid, colleagues insist

Boris Johnson compares Chequers deal to ‘suicide vest’

Brexit plan: 80 MPs will reject Chequers deal, says ex-minister

80 Tory MPs prepared to vote against PM’s Chequers plan, says ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker

PM ‘risks catastrophic split’ if she sticks to Chequers plan for Brexit

Conservatives turn on Boris Johnson over Brexit ‘suicide vest’ jibe at Theresa May

Boris Johnson ‘suicide vest’ jibe ‘spot on’: Sammy Wilson, DUP MP.

DUP’s Sammy Wilson backs Boris Johnson over his Brexit ‘suicide vest’ remark

‘Downing Street unit is ATTACKING Brexiteers’ – Iain Duncan Smith makes SHOCKING claim

“It is not just the ‘Brexit plan’, but the general direction of British politics which indicates the suicidal direction it has taken!!!”

Abortion in Northern Ireland is a matter for Stormont, not for Scotland.

Second council accused over Ian Paisley dinner

Second council under investigation over Ian Paisley constituency dinner payment


‘Irexit Freedom’ group aiming to take Republic out of EU

Victims: The jury is still out on the DUP over legacy

Ex-UDR man’s legacy submission

Paratroopers’ trial for murder of Official IRA man put back

Doug Beattie: More civil cases should taken against republican leaders

Legacy Scandal: ‘Perhaps Dublin will now help victims of terrorist torture,’ says Jim Nicholson

Kingsmills massacre coroner reassures frustrated families

Victims: The jury is still out on the DUP over legacy

“Better still if the DUP were to press for terrorists and their supporters to be excluded from government instead of joining with them in a coalition!!!”

Documents dating back to the Siege of Derry uncovered

Chinese officials burn bibles, close churches, force Christian to denounce faith amid ‘escalating’ crackdown

“Not all that is called ‘Christian’ by the media is true Bible Christianity, nevertheless this report indicates the rising tide of opposition to all that claim to be Christian!!”


‘Paramilitary-style shootings measured and justified’, republican gunmen tell Stacey Dooley in BBC documentary

“This ‘human’ belongs to a group which is opposed to Sinn Fein/IRA entering power-sharing as it entails a recognition of a British institution. However, what he says is exactly what Sinn Fein/IRA have always believed regarding their shootings and murders!!!!”

Theresa May’s future under pressure as Brexiteer wagons circle

‘No-deal’ Brexit means no £39bn divorce bill, Dominic Raab warns EU

‘If May can’t deliver Brexit, she MUST go’ – Julia Hartley-Brewer BLASTS Prime Minister

Ex-DUP minister Wells has ‘grave concerns’ over pill that can prevent HIV

TUV: Contrasting policing of bonfires and NW attacks

PSNI failed women over IRA sex abuse claims

Watchdog condemns PSNI over Cahill sex abuse case

Máiría Cahill rejects ‘inadequate’ Sinn Féin apology

“Speaking of apologies – Did Miss Cahill ever apologise for her support of Sinn Fein/IRA and its murderous 30+ year campaign??”

Chile Church scandal: ‘How I escaped the priest who abused me for decades’

German (Roman) Catholic priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Cars, laptops and a ranch: how Brazil (RC)bishop allegedly misused church funds

“It is not a regional crime but Rome disseminates this depravity wherever her emissaries go!!!”

Cautious welcome on Poppy Day memorial after a long-running standoff between families and a Catholic trust.

Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) confirms Trump has postponed visit to Ireland

WW2 hero’s death: NI (Co. Fermanagh) veteran’s encounter with ‘Nazi criminal’

Church of England to keep Amazon shares despite Welby criticism

Justin Welby under fire as Church of England zero-hour contracts revealed along with Amazon investment

God aside, for whom does Justin Welby speak?

“No worries! Every one knows the Archbishop is an arch-hypocrite. It’s part of his job. As for whom he speaks, it MOST CERTAINLY is not the Lord!!”