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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The Parables #102

The Pharisee and the Publican, Pt 10. 

Scripture: Luke 18:10-14.

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“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.”

Today, we are going to begin considering the praying of the Pharisee and Publican. Please remember that the chief purpose of the temple was prayer. Sacrifices were offered there in abundance but prayer was the chief function in the temple! Hear the Saviour’s own words on this matter. “It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves,” Luke 19:46.

It must be said that the chief part of the worship of God is prayer. While we gather in God’s house we ought to do so in a spirit of prayer. We ought to pray as we sing, as the minister prays, as we listen to the preaching of the God’s Word!

When a person prays it tells us that they believe that God exists.

If a person prays he indicates an awareness of his obligation to honour God and acknowledge Him. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,” Hebrews 11:6.

Again, if a person prays, it indicates that he hopes to obtain from God that which he asks for. “ . . . . . and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him,” Hebrews 11:6.
If, on the other hand, a person does not pray
it may be for a number of reasons.

It is because that person does not believe there is a God! “The fool  (person without any sense) hath said in his heart, There is no God,” Psalm 14:1.

Many who might not go so far as to deny the existence of God but they do not believe that there is any benefit in praying; it is a waste of time because God does not hear and will not answer. God is not worth speaking to!! That person has believed the devil’s lie! “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever,” 1 Chron 28:9.

The Parables #101

The Pharisee and the Publican, Pt9. 

Scripture: Luke 18:10-14.

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We continue our consideration of what we are told about the ‘publicans’ in the Gospels.
They not only associated with the Saviour, they obey Him.

We have already looked at Luke 15:1 as we studied the parable of the lost sheep. The first verse sets forth clearly the attitude of the publicans and those associated with them. “Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.” The word hear means ‘to hearken’. That means more than just to listen to what is said but it means they responded to and obeyed the Saviour’s words. This is confirmed by the Saviour.

“Jesus saith unto them (the chief priests and the elders, verse 23, many of whom would have been Pharisees) Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you,” Matt 21:31. “Go into the kingdom” that is what you must do!!

They acknowledged God was right in calling them sinners.
“And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John,”  Luke 7/29.

The publicans were ready to acknowledge their sinfulness and were baptised as a confession of their sins. They said that God was ‘just’ in condemning them as sinners. Like the repentant thief of the cross, they acknowledged their guiltiness before God. “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss,” Luke 23:339-41.

Are you ready to admit your sinfulness before God?

We cannot be saved and go to heaven unless we do! “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9.
Will you confess your sins before the Saviour today?

Truth for today, Pt9

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IV. THE TIMELESS RESPONSE OF RUTH

These are among the most stirring words in the Bible. Here is what true discipleship entails.1. A cleaving. It means to stick close. Picture on Orange banners — Ruth at Naomi’s feet and clinging to her garments. 2. Her declaration. 16-17. She was stedfast, Acts 2:42.3. Ruth’s knowledge of what she was undertaking.  She stated her determination in a six-fold manner. It was a decision unto death. 

February 2019

Audio sermons

KICS talks.

See all the KICS assembly talks listed here


Featured series on the Book of Ruth

Truth for today, Pt9

Truth for today, Pt10

Truth for today, Pt11

(See all the messages in the series here)


Sermons from Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church

The first Commandment, Rev. Jonathan Creane, Feb. 17th, 2019.

Sacred memories of God’s goodness. Reminiscences on the history of God’s goodness to the Free Presbyterian Church, by Rev. Ivan Foster.

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3


All audio sermons can be seen here.

 

‘If hell exists, it is empty’ – disgraceful claim of Presbyterian minister Rev Ernie Rea

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph in the latest of the weekly feature on religious figures from Northern Ireland, Rev Ernie Rea propagated his heretical views on hell.

When asked if he had any fears about hell, he said: “If Hell exists, it is empty. A loving God could not condemn one of his children to everlasting fire.”

This statement is so spiritually misleading and theologically heretical that it is truly a disgrace.

One must wonder if he has ever actually read the Bible. Read more on the Protestant Revival website.


News review for week ending February 15th, 2019.

“God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet,” Nahum 1:2-3.

Workers at NI’s RoI-owned electricity operator could strike during Brexit date

Border poll calls ‘all part of Project Fear over no-deal’

Talk of border poll is part of ‘project fear’ says DUP chief Arlene Foster

We can do a Brexit deal, says DUP’s Foster after talks with Taoiseach

‘Doing deals’ is what politicians are good at! Living with the results are not always so easy!!

UK cancels contract for extra ferries in event of no-deal Brexit

Brexit ferry contract awarded to firm with no ships is scrapped

The ferry company had no ships and yet was awarded the contract!!! We are in safe hands !!??😳

How Merkel’s Germany is legally ALLOWED TO IGNORE EU rules all other nations cave in to

History repeats itself – the Rhineland retaken in defiance of the Treaty Of Versailles. Germany is good at that!!!

DUP urge Blair and Major to ‘dial down rhetoric’ over Brexit peace threat

Read the rest of this week’s news review here.


Rend Collective to perform at ‘Christian’ camp celebrating the Papist Mass

The leading ‘Christian’ rock band Rend Collective (pictured) are to take the stage at three allegedly Christian summer camps which will offer the Roman Catholic Mass to those in attendance.

Rend Collective will perform at the Soul Survivor summer camps to be held in Peterborough and Stafford in England in July and August.

In a ‘Leaders Handbook’ provided on the Soul Survivor website, it is stated that, on the final day of the camp, when a Communion service is held, “Catholic Mass is also available”. Read more on the Protestant Revival website…


East Belfast Mission and Rev Andrew Irvine give themselves over to Rome

A former big shot on Belfast City Council, Rev Andrew Irvine has been brought on board at the East Belfast Mission to help boost its income.

And on Wednesday, 23 January, Rev Andrew Irvine engaged in his mean ecumenical compromise by preaching at a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service in a Romanist chapel in Lurgan in County Armagh.

Rev Andrew Irvine was the speaker in the service in St Paul’s Roman Catholic church in the town.

How exactly such compromise can be justified is frankly remarkable. Read more on the Protestant Revival website.


 

“The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation,” Numbers 14:18.
Durkan and his like would have the world forget that the Roman Catholic community in Londonderry voluntarily yielded up control to the IRA long ago!!!
The Irish Republic always was and still is, a haven and a hideaway for republican terrorists!!! Is this why Irish PM, Leo Varadkar, does not want effective border controls!!!??? 
These ‘inspirational messages’ were addressed to prostitutes. How low the royal family has sunk!!!
Read more of this weeks News Review here

“And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation,” Exodus 34:5-7.

Sinn Fein is straddling peace and violence in its Londonderry bomb response, say unionists

Eamon Collins: PSNI ‘close to identifying’ IRA man’s killer

IRA informer Eamon Collins killers should be expecting us, say police on 20th anniversary of ‘grotesque’ murder

Eamon Collins murder 20 years on: From stupid and tragic to lonely and brutal

This is what they did to one of their own. It helps us understand just how cruel republican murderers were to other victims!!!

Cleric (Roman priest) sorry for allowing TV crews at Northern Ireland church which contains ‘miracle soil’

Dissident internal security debrief found hidden in perfume bottle – handwriting matched with PIP application, court hears

Read more of this weeks news review


The Bible-Believer’s response to the deepening apostasy

The synopsis of a sermon preached by Rev. Ivan Foster at a “Christian Watch” meeting in St John’s Wood Baptist church, London on Saturday 20th September 2003. It would appear from Ezekiel chapter 8: 1, that a conference of sorts had been convened in Ezekiel’s home. “And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.” Read more….

So-called ‘evangelical’ Bishop Harold Miller promotes unity with Rome

Every year in the latter part of January, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes centre stage in many of the ecumenical churches, and 2019 was no different.

Indeed, it was the subject of one of the first posts mounted on this page last year and, sadly, once again this year we have the sad duty of documenting the wretched compromise carried out in the name of ‘unity’ in many of the churches up and down our land.

We are aware of at least eight ecumenical events which took place in Northern Ireland throughout the week, though it is more than likely there were more. Read more

News review for week ending Friday 1st February, 2019

“And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation,” Exodus 34:5-7.

Sinn Fein is straddling peace and violence in its Londonderry bomb response, say unionists

Eamon Collins: PSNI ‘close to identifying’ IRA man’s killer

IRA informer Eamon Collins killers should be expecting us, say police on 20th anniversary of ‘grotesque’ murder

Eamon Collins murder 20 years on: From stupid and tragic to lonely and brutal

This is what they did to one of their own. It helps us understand just how cruel republican murderers were to other victims!!!

Cleric (Roman priest) sorry for allowing TV crews at Northern Ireland church which contains ‘miracle soil’

Dissident internal security debrief found hidden in perfume bottle – handwriting matched with PIP application, court hears

Peer in fresh move to lift same-sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland

Such a move declares this person to be perverted in his view of what marriage is!!

More than 2.6m Brits are Holocaust deniers, poll finds

Just how many support the IRA??

Michael Jackson documentary shocks audiences at Sundance Film Festival

This vile deviant, whose perversity was all too evident, was idolised by millions and protected by those in the entertainment industry who profited by him. What a condemnation his ‘stardom’ was to this generation. The ’sickness’ of the audience watching the documentary is an indication of the wrong in legally recognising sodomy etc as normal!!!

Survivor of Bethany Mother and Baby Home in Dublin hits back at government delays

Veteran not prosecuted for Ballymurphy inquest ‘contempt’ tweets

Considering the total contempt that the judicial system has brought upon itself, this is wise!!!

Co Tyrone Euromillions winner says jackpot has ‘destroyed’ her life

The Bible is right! ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil,’ 1 Timothy 6:10!!

Republic’s new abortion service in ‘chaos’ four weeks after it was set up

Bill Kenneally appears in (Waterford) court in relation to 171 charges of sexual assault

Thomas Hogg: DUP ex-mayor banned from council for drink-driving conviction

Sinn Fein advice clinic held in caravan after church hall offer is withdrawn

SF moves to caravan clinic after (RC) church hall abortion row

Growing support for united Ireland cannot be ignored, says Sinn Fein

‘Time for EU to stop ignoring voice of unionists’ says Dodds as Sinn Fein vow ‘Ireland won’t be pushed around’

The IRA is still blackmailing Unionists and seeking their way by the threat of terrorism!!!

Divorce referendum: Ireland to vote on separation restrictions

Attorney general questions Sarah Ewart’s right to challenge abortion laws in High Court

Attorney General John Larkin: Abortion because of unborn child’s disability prohibited

Women ‘should not have to leave Northern Ireland for abortion’

Women should not murder their unborn babies in Northern Ireland or anywhere else!!!!

Police search for mother after baby girl abandoned in London park

Morally, there is no difference in what happened to this poor infant and that which happens to aborted babies!!!

Roman Catholics like me back the DUP because it is the only Christian party in Ireland

Many will read these comments with approval but in truth it but highlights the DUP’s drift from Bible Protestantism!!


Sam McBride: A small band of DUP members always opposed Brexit, fearing for the Union

Varadkar accused of stirring tensions over ‘doomsday’ remarks on troops at border

Simon Coveney (Irish foreign minister) plays down troops on border claim as DUP slams Varadkar

Leo Varadkar says ‘no-deal’ Brexit could mean return to armed border posts

Such talk will lead one to think that Varadkar would welcome a return to terrorism!

DUP ‘to back proposal’ that swaps backstop for new arrangement

No-deal Brexit ‘to leave shelves empty’ warn retailers

An invasion by Martians is the about the only threat that hasn’t been used by those who wish is stop ‘Brexit’ but they have yet time to do so !!!!

Brexit: Theresa May will ask the EU to reopen Brexit deal

DUP backs ‘Malthouse’ alternative plan to break Brexit impasse

TUV Submission to Select Committee Inquiry into the Backstop – There can be no Compromise for any Period

Brexit: MPs call on Theresa May to renegotiate the backstop

MPs authorise PM to go back to EU to renegotiate her Brexit agreement

House has rallied to the unionist position: Dodds

‘We will need a lot of money to save people’s jobs’ – Varadkar issues harshest warning over hard Brexit

Ireland might not like it but it needs the UK!!!

Irish ‘will hold UK to its word’ on Brexit

Brexit: EU ‘united’ on deal as Theresa May asks for talks

Sam McBride: DUP pushing PM to exploit logical flaw in Brussels-Dublin backstop position

Jim Allister: If EU refuses further negotiations then it will have guaranteed no deal

Nelson McCausland: ‘Beyond Brexit’ conference a nationalist love-in that did nothing to build a shared future