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.
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Securing our borders

“Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel. For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year,” Exodus 34:23-24.

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Israel was and still is, one of the great warrior nations yet from her prophets we learn that there is more to securing our borders than military prowess and tactics. “There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places,” Deuteronomy 33:26-29.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” Psalm 46:1.

I would like to consider the topic of keeping our border, especially in a day when the question of that border most important to the Ulster Protestant is being undermined and that universally!

We will not consider military matters but rather what has to be done to obtain the aid and the assistance of the One Who alone can raise up or cast down!

“God hath power to help, and to cast down,” 2 Chronicles 25:8.

In our text, we are told that the men of Israel were commanded to appear before God three times a year to worship Him. In the later years, this meant travelling to Jerusalem. During these times of worship when the borders of Israel would be deprived of men to defend them, God promised to make sure that no foreign enemy would rise to invade!

  1. PLEASE NOTE THAT GOD CONTROLS EVEN THE THOUGHTS OF OUR ENEMIES.

He can quench enmity and hatred against His people. “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: andbecause of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds,” Judges 6:1-2.

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him,” Proverbs 16:7.

Read 1 Kings 11:9-14.

God is sovereign in the affairs of nations.

Sennacherib king of Assyria – “But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest,” 2 Kings 19:27-28.

In the very courts of kings it is so. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will,” Proverbs 21:1.

 

 

It is so with the lowliness of men. “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand,” Proverbs 19:21. “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure,” Isaiah 46:9-10.

Even the devil is subject to God’s will. Job 1:9-10, 12. “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him,” Matt 4:11.

II. WE MAY CLAIM THE SPIRIT OF THIS PROMISE TODAY

Israel was promised protection while they were engaged in worshipping Him in obedience to His Word. So the same applies to all today who WALK and LIVE in obedience to God. 

This is so even when obedience to God is contrary to human wisdom! “Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me,” Luke 18:21.“And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth,” 1 Kings 17:13-14.

Faith in God is required to enjoy this security. Ulster enjoyed a great measure of God’s mercy and protection in former times when faith in God’s Word was much stronger than today. That is why I utterly condemn the ecumenical false prophets who have destroyed, to a very great measure, that faith. In so doing they have robbed us of our help!

The defence of God is the ultimate defence. “Neither shall any man desire thy land.” The word ‘desire’ means to ‘lust after’! What a thing if God were to take away the lust of republicans for this land of our fathers! The machinations of Sinn Fein and the Dublin government would wither!

III. THIS PROMISE WAS ESPECIALLY LINKED TO THREE ACTS OF WORSHIP

Passover. ‘Faith in the lamb’. We know that this pictures Calvary. It was the first of the seasons. The Cross is the chief of our places of worship.

Pentecost. ‘Fulness of the Spirit’. The season when the Holy Spirit was poured forth upon the people of God. Acts 2:1.

Tabernacles. ‘Following the King’. “That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God,” Leviticus 23:43.

These are the key factors of true religion, the observance of which will see God’s blessing rest upon us!

This feast highlighted their separation from the world, marking as it did their leave of Egypt. This feast is mentioned as being observed in the Millennial Reign of Christ, Zech 14:16, 18-19. That is a day when the Saviour will enforce His holy will upon the world, Rev 19:15.

These were seasons of joy and feasting as well as security. All these feasts were occasions of Joy. God would have us joyfully worship Him.

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,” Romans 14:17.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light,” 1 Peter 2:9.

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” Philippians 4:4.

 

Amen.

Truth for today, #18

Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth,  Pt18,

Scripture: Ruth 2:10-16.

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The relationship between Boaz and Ruth is deepening. He saw her at once upon entering his fields and soon he is talking to her. He called her a damsel at first, verse 5 but soon he was calling her daughter, verse 8, an affectionate and polite term. In speaking to her Boaz tells her to stay in his fields as it would be safer and she would be cared for, verse 9.
I. HOW THANKFUL RUTH IS
1. Ruth lived with an awareness of her sinful background. She was conscious of her unworthiness, verse 10. She was a stranger, an alien, a foreigner. What a feature of true grace this is!
Moses — “And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11.
David — “And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?” 1 Samuel 18:23. Paul — For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God,” 1 Corinthians 15:9 & “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,” Ephesians 3:8.
In heaven the saints abidingly recall from whence they came. “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation,” Revelation 5:9.
2. Ruth recognised the grace of Boaz. She realised that Boaz looked with favour upon her. This is how Christ looks upon His people, unworthy as they are. Mephibosheth — “And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” 2 Samuel 9:7-8.
3. How unconscious Ruth was of her own graciousness. Verse 11-12. “Why have you been so kind,” she says. Her acting as she did toward Naomi was seen as a most virtuous thing by Boaz. Matthew 25:37-40. Boaz admired her faith, her love and her identifying of herself with the God of Israel and His people.
Christ loves those who have left all for Him. Luke 18:29-30. “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb,” Revelation 7:14.

 

 

News review for week ending Friday 5th April 2019

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him,  Jude 14-15.

Co Antrim pervert branded evil monk sentenced for abuse of a fourth boy

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Orange Order in Ireland should now get in step with Scottish brethren and end archaic ban

In controversies of this nature, no one ever addresses the unbiblical doctrines of Rome! It is merely an urging of change based upon the changing of religious views and notions of the ‘crowd’. God’s Word has no part in such thinking!!!

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads Ukraine presidential election

Who said ‘politics is not a joke!’ 🤔

‘I’ll NEVER get justice in N.Ireland, they call us murderers’ – 77-yr-old Army veteran

Ballymurphy inquest: Bullets ‘flew over paratrooper’s head’

PSNI: ATM raid cash likely going into terrorism

Mary Lou McDonald apology over ‘England get out of Ireland’ banner

It is a drop in the ‘Opinion Polls’ rather than a troubling of her conscience that produced these honeyed words!!!

DUP MPs vote against LGBT education in English schools

Some Catholic Priests Sexually Abuse Nuns, Sometimes to Avoid HIV Infection, Reports Say

Church leaders have ‘fail … to discipline’ the clerics involved, the New York Times reports. Sadly, nothing new in this. This is Rome’s inherent state!!!

Ballymurphy inquest: Ex-soldier says what he saw was ‘murder’

Ballymurphy inquest: Soldier ‘saw paratroopers kill civilians’

Note the contradictions in this man’s statements! This soldier’s own testimony identifies him as a ‘republican sympathiser’! No member of the British Army would survive in Ballymurphy were he not!!!

Chicago elects Lori Lightfoot as first female black mayor

This is but further evidence of the universal embracing of the perversion for which God damned the citizens of Sodom!!

Poppy Day Bomb families pleased with revised memorial for IRA bomb victims

Romanism’s hatred could not be concealed!!!

British army investigate after soldiers filmed shooting Corbyn photo for target practice emerges

A dangerous level of frustration with duplicitous politicians is emerging amongst the armed forces!!

Brunei introduces death by stoning for homosexual sex

We would never endorse any Muslim regime but Sodomites need to take note of the Bible’ penalty for this wickedness, Luke 17:29, 2 Peter 2:6-8!!

Church ‘threw my daughter under the bus’

Such wickedness amongst ‘Evangelicals’ is becoming ever more common. Why did no-one discern this evil man and his ways? It indicates a sad lack amongst God’s people today!! Ezekiel 44:23, Hebrews 5:14.

Police event cancelled over Saoradh protest threat

Youth club event involving PSNI cancelled after republican demo threat

Row over plan for ‘nationalist homes’ near Orange hall

The residents will hardly have taken up their occupation of the houses until they begin objecting to Orange parades!!!

Paul Williams: ‘From baby-face psychopath to committed pacifist – how Dessie O’Hare tried to fool the world that he had turned to God’

A lesser-known one of the many. Martin McGuinness is a clearer example of a fraudulent emissary of peace!!!

Car recovery firms targeted by ‘New IRA’

Republic of Ireland played integral role in supporting IRA, says historian

It was formed there, armed there, largely based there and supported and sheltered there!!!

Trevor Ringland: The focus on state killings is bid to twist our understanding of the Troubles

Ringland is an ecumenist and uses the article to blame Dr Paisley in part for the troubles. Dr Paisley was not around in 1641 or 1798 or 1916 or 1920s but the chief culprit was – Roman Catholic nationalist/republican terrorism!!!

Eilis O’Hanlon: PSNI event in Derry is cancelled because dissident republicans object… but instead of denunciation coming from the Catholic Church and the SDLP, there is only silence

This writer comes from a strong Irish Republican background!!

Boy (7) in threat to knife pregnant teacher in belly

How can Christians send their children to state schools where such an atmosphere is common???!!!


We’d prefer to stay in Europe than endanger Union, says DUP

Brexit: Theresa May ponders fourth bid to pass deal

The EU has revealed its true nature: a federalist monster that will not stop until nations are abolished

Old but worth another read !!!!

QUB law professor says new Irish border will be removed

This academic ‘windbag’ reveals what republicans hope Brexit will bring and also what the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ has brought upon us. Shame on those Unionists who voted for the GFA!!!

Agreeing the backstop was a massive UK mistake

MPs reject all Brexit options again

Brexit: MPs push to prevent no-deal in law

“Leave the EU without a deal on April 12th.”

Please sign this petition NOW!

Brexit: DUP criticises May’s ‘lamentable’ negotiations

Hard Brexiteers pour cold water on possible May-Corbyn compromise

Do not be surprised if ‘Saint Theresa’ appeals to the Pope for help in getting her sell-out to the EU past parliament!!!

Brexit: DUP hold out prospect of customs union

DUP ‘open to softer Brexit’ as May’s talks with Corbyn continue

Inevitable!!

The value of the customs union to the UK is overrated

Brexit: MPs back delay bill by one vote

Lady Sylvia Hermon’s vote key to passage of bill delaying Brexit again

Something worth having on her CV!!!

Survey: Only third of Britons want Northern Ireland to stay in UK – Brexit pressure on Union

With ‘friends’ like these etc, etc,!!!!!

Brexit BOMBSHELL: Harold MacMillan’s CHILLING EU warning revealed

Brexit: UK asks EU for further extension until 30 June

We have to avoid a hard border, says Angela Merkel on Dublin trip

This is in order to preserve the removal of a true border as a result of the compromises by Unionists through the Anglo Irish,Good Friday and St Andrews Agreements! The Irish Republic does not want to lose the toe hold it has gained in Northern Ireland!!!

Brexit: Angela Merkel says Germany ‘will stand’ with Ireland

Just as the Republic of Ireland stood with Nazi Germany, expressing Berlin commiserations after Hitler shot himself in 1945!!!

Jim Allister: Talk of a temporary customs union is misleading, if it means support for the permanent backstop

The Parables #117

The rich man and Lazarus, Pt2. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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I believe that, strictly speaking, this well known portion of God’s Word most likely is not a parable but an actual event! It does not have the common preface of a parable: “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying . . . . ,” or “For the kingdom of heaven is as . . . . ”

However, not every parable had such an introduction as this. The last parable that we studied, the sheep and the goats, was not identified as a parable but it undoubtedly was. Indeed, this chapter starts off with very similar words to those at the beginning of our study today, verse 1. So we cannot be dogmatic, nevertheless, I am inclined to believe that this is an account of actual events known to the Saviour.

This passage in Luke speaks of that which is literal and is not figurative! That is important for us to remember. The passage opens: “There was a certain rich man . . . ” Since it’s commonly considered one of the parables of the Saviour we will include in our study of the parables.

What vital truths it teaches us and that most vividly!

The context in which this narrative appears is set for us in the opening verses of the chapter. The Saviour is speaking of the deceitful and treacherous nature of riches.