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 #124

The wise and foolish virgins, Pt1.

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13.

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The Lord Jesus was ever warning sinners of hell, verses 10-13.

This parable is all about understanding the times in which we live.

I believe that it is the privilege of God’s people to share in a knowledge of God’s present purpose on this earth and what He purposes to do in the future. Furthermore, He desires to share this knowledge with the boys and girls who take the time to read and pray over His Word.

Please note:

* In Matt 24:32, our observance of the prophetic times is paralleled with our telling of the earthly seasons by what we may observe with our eye.
* The time of the end will be observable because it will see a repeat of what happened before in the days of Noah as judgment drew near, 37-39.

News review for week ending Friday 10th May 2019

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron, 1 Timothy 4:1-2.

(FP) Church ministers’ dismay in protest over Belfast’s Sunday marathon

Many Christians are getting behind Belfast Marathon Sunday switch

We have to put “ ” around the word Christians for those who openly promote the desecration of the Lord’s Day forfeit the right to use that name!!!

Belfast Marathon: Organisers apologise after course is 0.3 miles too long

That is the second mistake by these organisers of Sabbath desecration!!!

First openly-gay DUP candidate elected

Dissident republican politician Gary Donnelly tops poll in area where journalist Lyra McKee was murdered

This is the reality of the support for murder found in Roman Catholic areas!!!

Once dominant party in Belfast reduced to just two seats

Not a cause for gloating by the DUP but cause to heed the warning!! They have stepped onto the same treacherous path!!!!

IAIN DUNCAN SMITH  issues Tory ULTIMATUM over doomed Brexit strategy – Either May goes or WE MAKE HER

Irexit SHOCK: How Ireland could follow Britain and be NEXT to quit the EU after Brexit

Hamas fires over 200 rockets from Gaza; 4 Israelis wounded, 1 seriously

Gaza conflict: Rocket barrage and Israeli strikes intensify

John McDonnell: No trust left in PM over Brexit talks

Go to the back of the queue!!!!

’I’m ashamed of the Presbyterian Church… we have adopted a model of clerical control, while professing ourselves democratic, we’ve veered into an overly simplistic evangelicalism that doesn’t resonate with ordinary people’

If you care to read it, it is a  conversations between two buffoons. A visit to the zoo would be more profitable!!!

Nature crisis: Humans ‘threaten 1m species with extinction’

The authors of this crisis cannot rectify it. What is being heard is what Paul speaks of in Romans 8:21-23. “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

DUP ‘offensive’ remarks claim

If these reports are true it highlights the cowardly nature of DUP supporters who are prepared to mutter their disapproval behind their hands but are unwilling to speak openly!!!

UUP anti-Alliance leaflet cost me my seat, says party’s most high-profile Catholic candidate

Of course, there must be some reason! It cannot be that he just failed!

BREXIT SHOCK: Theresa May in SECRET TALKS over second referendum

NI alcohol deaths are ‘tip of the iceberg’

Despite the deaths, miseries and cost to the public purse, this curse is permitted and promoted almost without censure!!!

Government gave Sinn Fein ‘assurance’ it would pass equal marriage legislation for Northern Ireland

What a ‘citadel of treason and treachery’ Westminster is that it should give undertakings of any sort to the instigators of terrorist murder!!!

Jim Rodgers made a ‘scapegoat’ for UUP poor election performance

Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, is something of a ‘mute’ when it come to the real issues endangering Ulster!!!

Israel Folau found guilty of breaching Rugby Australia’s code of conduct

Another ‘goal’ for the sodomite lobby!!!

RHI Inquiry: Witness contradicts Máirtín Ó Muilleoir evidence

A Sinn Feiner doing what Sinn Feiners do best!!!!

Ballymurphy inquest: Witness C3 ‘saw civilian gunman shot’

DUP man says Ian Paisley will be ‘turning in his grave’ over gay candidate selection

DUP gay candidate row: Dr Paisley must be turning in his grave, says councillor

If that is the reaction Councillor Finlay expects from the late Dr Paisley, ought not he, Councillor Finlay, be doing some turning himself? Like turning off the path of disobedience to God and on to ‘the old paths’ of separation from rebellion and sin??!!
Some of his reported comments are sadly stupid and anti-Bible but then, as the old saying goes, ‘when you lie down with the dogs you rise with the fleas’!

Jim Wells: Concern ‘at all levels of DUP’ over party’s backing for gay councillor

Simon Coveney and Karen Bradley say Stormont talks are ‘positive’ but remain ‘a challenge’

Note whose name comes first in this headline! The DUP are guilty of yet another betrayal be taking part in these ‘Joint Authority’ talks! Nothing good can POSSIBLY come out of them!!!

LGBT event attended by Arlene Foster returns to Stormont for second year

This is now what now marks and embodies the DUP!!!

Brexit news – live: Theresa May’s hopes for breakthrough fade as Tory MPs demand she gives timetable for resignation

(BBC reporter) Laura Kuennsberg warning to May – PM is ‘sucking OXYGEN’ out of Britain -she won’t survive

The stubborn stupidity of Mrs May is unbelievable!!!

Ballymurphy: Former soldier says discipline of Army prevented more deaths

Prince Charles criticised by official sex abuse inquiry over ‘misguided’ relationship with Bishop Ball

Church of England child sex abuse allegations ‘marked by secrecy’

Let all note that this is what happened when sodomites gain dominance!!!

Danny Baker fired by BBC for tweeting royal baby chimpanzee picture

To believe his excuse you would have to accept that he is the stupidest brute wearing shoes!!!!

Pope Francis issues law forcing clergy to report sexual abuse

Being ignorant of the Word of God, they would need such instructions!!!

Sister of IRA man killed by SAS challenges MoD to distance itself from banner ‘mocking’ Loughall deaths

The brazenness of Republicans beggars belief! Her brother, a terrorist, was shot along with fellow-terrorists while attempting to murder members of the security forces. Annually, in many places, supporters of the IRA celebrate the murder of innocent victims by their ‘brave heroes’ shooting from ambush!!!

Personal priority to stop veterans being unfairly prosecuted – Defence Secretary

Michael Conlan: Belfast fighter apologises over pro-IRA song at New York fight

This is not an apology for using a song supporting the IRA. It is just an expression of some regret that he may have annoyed paying customers!!!

MP is right to defend veterans but matters are even worse than he says

Irish school will employ teachers with basic language skills to help plug subject gaps

This highlights the ‘academic’ value of this ‘eccentric’ waste of men!!!

Truth for today, Pt22

Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth, No 22

Scripture: Ruth 2:17-23.

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There is a progressive unfolding of God’s purpose for Ruth in this book. We will see that progress in the verses before us.

I. RUTH’S REAPING IN THE FIELDS

1. Ruth toiled all day. Ruth was not scared of work! She recognised that opportunities to benefits one’s self lawfully should be made the most of.

Learn Christian — “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work,” John 9:4

Sinner, likewise learn — “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness,” Hebrews 3:7-8.

2. Ruth threshed what she gathered. Labour is in vain without threshing! The labour involved in the preparation of food teaches us a vital spiritual lesson. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so,” Acts 17:11. The word “searched” means “to sift”, a word akin to threshing.

3. Ruth’s earnestness was well rewarded. She gathered an ephah  = 10 omers, each one of which was the weight of the daily ration of manna for a man, Exodus 16:18.

The Parables #123

The rich man and Lazarus, # 8. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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We come to the final section of the parable, verses 27-31.

We sang a lovely hymn this morning.

There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave,

A peace it cannot take away;

Tho’ the trials of life may surround like a cloud,

I’ve a peace that has come there to stay!

Constantly abiding, Jesus is mine; 

Constantly abiding, rapture divine; 

He never leaves me lonely, whispers, O so kind: 

“I will never leave thee,” Jesus is mine.

I did not choose the hymn but it fits what I have to say very well. The peace spoken of in the hymn, those sinners in hell can never know!

“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”

We have been thinking of the knowledge the rich man in hell possessed. He believed a lot of things now that he had rejected while alive. However, there has not been that ‘renewing of his mind’ that conversion brings. As Paul said: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God,” Romans 12:2. That being so, this poor damned sinner cannot grasp the gospel! The soul that is born again by the power and grace of the HolyGhost is renewed and can understand!

Notice that this man argues with Abraham. He contradicts Abraham! “Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent,” verse 30. He has still that natural, fallen, rebellious mind that took him to hell in the first place! He knew better than such an one as Abraham! Hell is a place of arguments still!

Now I said on Tuesday past, that his thinking is the same as many, many people today.

They would readily tell you that if someone were to come back from the dead they would believe! No they wouldn’t. They did not believe when Christ raised the dead etc.

“Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter,” Acts 17:31-32. But Jesus did rise fo=rom the dead! Proof is found in Mark 15:43-45.

Men always believe that they can improve on God’s means of saving souls. Rich man had a better way than God’s way – he thought! “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God,” 1 Corinthians 1:18.

The parables #122

The rich man and Lazarus, Pt7. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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We come to the final section of the parable, verses 27-31.

“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”

We are permitted to see into the mind of a lost soul in hell.

The lost soul will see the value of avoiding hell. ‘That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ He knew his brethren were just like he was before he died, unthinking about eternity. He wanted Lazarus to ‘earnest plead’ (this is what the word ‘testify’ means) with them about the need of their soul. It was too late for him but they could be warned.

Though he saw the danger his brethren were in, he remains in darkness about the truth of God.

What he asks for is quite contrary to the mind and will of God. The ONLY message that can save the soul is not the witness of one rising from the dead BUT ‘Moses and the prophets’, that is the Bible. There is the ONLY means of the soul being warned. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever,” 1 Peter 1:23.

The only WORD that has power to awaken sinners is God’s Word.