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 517 articles so far, you can find them below.

Truth for Today #24

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Up until this point, Naomi did not know who their benefactor was and though Ruth knew his name, she was unaware of his position.

1. Naomi asks an instructive question. “Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou?”  verse 19. This is a good question for parents to ask their children and for each one of us to ask ourselves! A parent’s watch over their children’s activities and a watch exercised by each one of us over our own affairs, would yield great good.

2. Ruth’s answer. “And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man’s name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz,” verse 19. It is clear that Ruth was unaware of the man’s identity. Boaz knew of Ruth but Ruth knew little about Ruth, verse 11.
Here is a reminder of how Christ blesses us while we are still unaware of just Who He is.

3. The providence of God is made known. “And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen,” verse 20. It is clear that Naomi had forgotten about Boaz for is it not likely that had she remembered she would have requested help of him?
Even so we may for Christ and fail to seek Him for help but He will never forget or neglect us.

4. Wise counsel for Ruth. “And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law,” verses 22-23. Naomi was but encouraging Ruth to obey Boaz, verse 21. Let us all stick close to Christ and His servants, labouring in His fields until the harvest.

Ruth obeyed and in consequence, all that followed sprang from that obedience. Obedience is ever the forerunner of blessing. Haggai 2:18-19.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city,” Revelation 22:14.

Truth for Today #23

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1. She reported back to Naomi. Verse 18, she showed her the respect due to a mother.

2. She thought of Noami during her labours. “She . .  gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed,” verse 18. The word “sufficed” links her giving to the meal in the field, verse 14. She was thinking of Naomi as she enjoyed Baoz’s kindness and provision. She who was hard-working in the fields was kind-hearted in the home.

3. They both rejoiced at God’s provision. So it aught to be with us all and even more so as we enjoy a greater measure of bounty than did these women.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters,” Psalm 23:2.

“He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; and sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase,” Psalm 107:35-37.

The Parables #127

The wise and foolish virgins, Pt 4.

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13.

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We were considering: That there is no area of Bible knowledge today about which God’s people are more confused and deluded than that of the end times.

We think back to the blindness of the people when Christ first came to this world and we can see how it would suit the devil if he could repeat that deception.
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not,” John 1:10-11.

The words of the Saviour in this parable tells us that to a large measure, that deception will be repeated. There is a great alteration in the state of alertness of the church as depicted in verse 1 and that of the verse 5.

Sleep will overtake the Church Christ says. Sleep is a caring for the body. Such will be the occupation of men in the last days. Matt 24:37-39.

Even Christians are very much caught up with the pampering of the body today!! It is a £multi-billion industry!

It was not so with the early church. It was awake and waiting!

Rom 8:19. “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”

Php 3:20. “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Parables #126

The wise and foolish virgins, Pt3.

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13.

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It may be easily understood that it would suit the devil’s cause very well indeed if we can be deceived and deluded with regards God’s will. After all, that was the essence of the very first temptation. We are told that the serpent beguiled Eve through his craftiness. It was Paul’s concern that the Corinthians might not be likewise beguiled, 2 Corinthians 11:3.

I believe that there is no area of Bible knowledge today about which God’s people are more confused and deluded than that of the end times.

The Parables #125

The wise and foolish virgins, Pt2.

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13.

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We considered  just how it is that the Lord seeks to teach us of the approach of His return.
We talked a little of the swallows and the hawthorne tree and how they tell us summer is coming. Likewise the Lord has given us signs of the nearness of His return.
This is a subject very dear to the Saviour. That is evident in the many references that He makes to the His return.
Furthermore, it may be seen in the many references He had His prophets make to His return.

“Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began,” Acts 3:21.

Note Peter says all of His ‘holy prophets’! Just how important this subject is.

* We must watch for the signs given us be like unto the watchful householder as he guards his property against the thief, verse 43. Where there is danger we watch carefully! There is a danger that we may be carried away by carelessness and fail to rightly watch and wait for Christ’s return.