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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 #100

The Pharisee and the Publican, Pt8. 

The Parables #100

Scripture: Luke 18:10-14.

One of them became an apostle and the author of the first gospel! I mentioned Zacchaeus  last Tuesday, that he was a publican. I said that there was one more well known publican mentioned in the Bible. Who got his name? Matthew 9:9.And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him,” Matthew 9:9. He is also the author of the first gospel! That surely must be seen as a great honour! 

Notice the publicans readiness to sit and be seen with the Saviour! “And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick,” Matt 9/10-12. “And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him,” Mark 2:15. (Already noted – Luke 15:1)

The Parables #99

The Pharisee and the Publican, # 7. 

Scripture: Luke 18:10-14.

The Parables #99

I would like to make one final comment on the subject of ‘the Pharisee’. It is a point of clarification.When I mentioned Paul being a Pharisee, we indicated that Paul claimed to be a Pharisee on a number of occasions. Now I would not like you to think that Paul gloried in his former links with that evil group of men.In Acts 23:6 Paul said: “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.” Now he made this claim, not because he was proud of that former association but he saw that making the claim would throw his opponents into confusion, see 7-10.He mentions his links with the Pharisees in Acts 26:5 and again he is advancing this fact as part of a ploy to confuse his enemies.Nowhere does Paul indicate more clearly what he thought of Pharisaism after his conversion than in Philippians 3:4-8. The word ‘dung’ means literally ‘a thing worthless and detestable.’ Today, we will make a start on considering just what sort of character the Publican was according to the record of the Bible.They had shown a readiness to heed John the Baptist.“Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you,” Luke 3:12-13. How wise to ask what to do! They showed a spirit of repentance, verse 3!

Truth for today, Pt8

Studies in the Book of Ruth

III. THE CHALLENGED SHE ISSUED

She would not have the two women follow her if they were not truly decided to do so.

1. Here is the test God sets every would-be pilgrim. Matt 16:24.

2. The realities of the future were clearly spelled out. There would be a forsaking of mother and land, Luke 14:26. It was a losing of the life, Luke 9:24. There were no guarantees of security, 11-12. There was a stepping out in faith.

3. Ruth was tested a second time. 14-15. Orpah had left, “Would she also go”?

Funeral service for Rev. Ken Elliot

Rev Ken Elliott was a much loved brother in the Lord and a most faithful servant of God. We express to his wife Jean, his two daughters, Alison and Shirley and his son John and their respective families our deepest sympathies.Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . . . enter thou into the joy of thy lord,’ Matthew 25:21.

News review for week ending Friday 25th January 2019.

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”


Isaiah 57:15

Minister Ken Elliott who was ‘second only to Paisley as an evangelist’ dies

  • Rev Ken Elliott was a much loved brother in the Lord and a most faithful servant of God. We express to his wife Jean, his two daughters, Alison and Shirley and his son John and their respective families our deepest sympathies. ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . . . enter thou into the joy of thy lord,’ Matthew 25:21.”

Warrenpoint: Shooting victim Wayne Boylan, police confirm

Irishman facing almost 400 sex offence charges was former underage GAA coach

Under-fire Paisley receives support in Ballymena after it emerges he billed charity £6k for first class trip to New York

DUP MP Paisley claims he ‘put himself out’ to fly first class to New York charity event ‘at last minute’

DUP MP Ian Paisley named on guest list 15 days before ‘last minute’ first class charity trip to New York

Report confirms Ian Paisley lobbied for governments that persecute Christians

Lay off… he’s doing more than any MLA: Ian Paisley’s wife defends under-fire MP

Incredible exploits of defiant Tyrone nurse during First World War to be told at last

Woman refused abortion says she was told of fatal abnormality

  • Doctors are all too often wrong! Why not allow nature to takes its course and so absolve herself of murdering her unborn??!!

Prince Philip crash: Duke told witnesses ‘I’m such a fool’

Mum injured in Prince Philip crash: I haven’t even got an apology

Police speak to Prince Philip for not wearing seat belt

  • Somebody once said : ‘There is no fool like an old . . . . . . . ’!!”

Prince Philip’s decades of previous collisions remembered by Norfolk locals

Derry car bomb : ‘New IRA’ may have been behind attack, police say

Just seconds from death: group of youths walked past car before ‘almighty bang’

Londonderry bomb: PSNI say two arrests have been made

Gregory Campbell: ‘These violent dissidents simply won’t stop’

Derry car bomb ‘most significant Northern Ireland attack for years’ says PSNI chief

Israel hits Iranian and Syrian targets around Damascus – military

Iran threatens to ‘eliminate Israel from the Earth’ as tensions escalate over Syria airstrikes

  • A big lad called Goliath boasted something similar – the rest is history!!!

Northern Ireland firms ranked among UK’s most LGBT-inclusive employers

  • There is a day coming when they will not be so proud of this wicked distinction!!!!!

Ciaran Barnes: New IRA has lost guns, but can still get explosives

Eight men convicted over un-notified republican parade

  • Roll up your sleeves boys, so that your wrists can be slapped!!!

Vatican II: How a modernising Pope brought change for millions of Catholics

  • This is a parcel of lying propaganda!! Just think of the ongoing abuse of children over the last 60 years to correctly measure the ‘changes’ in this abominable structure!!!

Famine art exhibition opens in Northern Ireland for the first time

  • The ‘Irish Famine’ is invariably portrayed as the result of British meanness and harshness and a lack of concern for the Roman Catholic people. It should be noted that the population of Ireland had quadrupled under British rule, an increase not evident since the granting of Home Rule 100 years ago, and that many Protestants also perished in the famine despite many strenuous attempts to aid the starving!!

Protestant role in 1798 rebellion ‘forgetfully remembered’

  • What is deliberately ignored by the modern historian is that the ‘Presbyterians’ who took part in the ’98 rebellion were Arians, a section of the Presbyterian Church which later broke away rather than sign the Westminster Confession of Faith, something the great Henry Cooke successfully campaigned for!!

Soloheadbeg: ‘Wicked’ beginning of the War of Independence

Soloheadbeg ambush marked start of Irish War of Independence in 1919

  • Less of a war and more a wicked campaign of terrorism!!

Belfast councillor concerns over £200,000 Feile cash boost

  • Republicans have ever been ready to ‘milk’ the system they hate so that by hook or by crook they obtain more than their fair share of handouts!!!

Sinn Fein vote against motion condemning Derry car bomb – Mayor casts deciding vote after tie

Councillors pass motion condemning bombing of own city by one vote

  • Nothing illustrates better tSinn Fein’ ‘mind-set’ and their continuing backing for terrorism and murder!!!

Dissidents issue threats to the security forces and drug gangs via letter sent to Belfast Telegraph

Sam McBride: The DUP faces a historic Brexit decision with uncertain consequences

Ben Lowry: The DUP dilemma is whether or not to stay close to Brexiteer Tories

‘SAME OLD STORY!’ EU officials claim Theresa May demanded ‘UNCHANGED’ Brexit plans

Brexiteer McVey REVEALS secret tactics May used to SNEAK her Brexit deal through Cabinet

Who are the traitors in Parliament?

Brexit BOMBSHELL: Majority of people DON’T want a second referendum according to new poll

Jim Allister: This is no time to show weakness to Brussels over Brexit

European Commission confirms for first time that ‘No Deal’ Brexit will mean hard border in Ireland

Sammy Wilson: This is more belligerent bluffing from the EU

Anti-Brexit MPs are guilty of greatest act of treachery in our history

Brexit: PM reassures DUP on peace funding

  • One in the eye for the NI Secretary of State!!

Troops could return to Irish border, warns Varadkar

  • What does he mean, ‘Return’?? The number of Irish troops that were ever seen at the border could have fitted into a telephone box!!!

EU solidarity at BREAKING POINT – Varadkar blasts Juncker on border FARCE

  • Send your army to sort him out Leo!!!