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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Ivan has written 405 articles so far, you can find them below.

The Parables #86

The Lost Sheep, # 10. 
Scripture: Luke 15:1-7.

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1.We have the merciful patience of the Lord toward the rebellious wicked displayed.
We would have been totally out of patience with these Pharisees and scribes long before for they have continually been hounding and contradicting theLord and seeking to fault his words and actions.

It ended with their conspiracy to kill Him. Matthew 12:14.
This is where Christ-rejection ends.

2. He explains the central purpose of His coming.
Save lost sinners. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost,” Luke 19:10.

Not, as the Pharisees and scribes believed, the glorification and exaltation of the nation of Israel and the establishing of Messiah’s earthly kingdom.
This was a common expectation amongst the Jewish people back then. Even the disciples are looking for that time of blessing. “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6.
Even after Calvary this idea was still in their head! They were, however, to learn that before that day of Israel’s earthly glory there would be the gospel age when all nations would hear the message of salvation.

Truth for today, Pt1

Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth
The Prologue,  1:1-2. (Part 1)

“Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.”

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The first two verses of this book present us with the initial setting for the history it contains.
The small book of Ruth nestles between the book of Judges and the 1st Book of Samuel. It provides the perfect link between the two eras. It is like the first streaks of dawn that heralds a new day. The  opening reminds us of the dark days of the judges but the book ends with the birth of David’s grandfather, and the hope of brighter times that generates. It is a book in which is foreshadowed the future ingathering of the Gentiles and of better times for Israel when the Lord will visit them again.
The last word of the book is David. It certainly points us to great David’s Great Son! It is the 8th book of the Bible and as such marks a new beginning.
We all know that the whole of Scripture is relevant to our day, even as it has been for all previous generations. Some portions, however, are most obviously relevant. This book is particularly relevant to our day.

The first two verses indicate that:

I. IT WAS A TIME OF DISORDER
The last verse of Judges: “In those days there was no king in Israel.” Judges 21:25.

1. There was no king. No central command or unifying government. The Lord should have been their King but His law was ignored or rejected by the nation generally. For many professing Christians today, there is “no king.” They are not governed by the law of Christ, the King.

2. Instead there was self rule. “ . . every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Every man was his own king. His whims and fancies, his desires and ambitions were sovereign. “I think” replaced “Thus saith the Lord.” Doctrine is proclaimed on the basis of how popular it will be rather than whether it is in the Word of God or not.

3. It effected everyone.  “ . . every man.” This was the universal rule within Israel. It helps us understand the tragedy that takes place in the opening verses.

News review for week ending Friday 23rd November 2018

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word,” 1 Kings 18:21.

Brexit: Gove and Fox back May as PM seeks to quell Tory revolt

The shifting ‘weathervane politicians’ emerge!!

Brexiteer cabinet ministers in plan to shift May on EU deal

Theresa May given SHOCK Cabinet ultimatum – change Brexit deal or we WILL resign

Brexit: UK must not be trapped in customs union – Leadsom

EXCLUSIVE EXPRESS POLL: Readers say NO to May’s Brexit deal as 86% REJECT plan

Brexit: Danger has not passed for Theresa May

Diane Dodds (DUP MEP): NI would be handcuffed to EU with Brussels holding the keys

DUP to ‘review position’ with Tories if Brexit deal passes Parliament

UUP leader Robin Swann rejects May’s plan as he lambasts ‘asleep at wheel’ DUP

Arlene Foster annoyed at NI business leaders’ support for Brexit deal

Robin Swann (Ulster Unionist Party leader): Irish government ‘poked unionists in the eye’

Leo Varadkar: ‘Irish government wants to build bridges’

What he means by this ‘politispeak’ is, he does not want the Rep of Ireland to lose the political gains it made during the recent years of Unionist compromise and sniffling weakness!!

Theresa May: Brexit won’t be easier if I’m ousted

In other words: ‘The damage is done’!!!

Theresa May seeks business support for Brexit plan

And she will get it!!!

Brexit: DUP says choice between bad deal and right deal

Bradley turns up heat on DUP over Brexit deal

Irish minister’s Brexit reassurance meaningless, claims Allister

Malice toward Ulster Protestantism has ever been central to Irish Roman Catholicism’s thinking!!!

Brexit deal: The importance of being unionist?

Brexit: DUP tells Theresa May to ‘keep her side of the bargain’

Trust me: May says Brexit deal puts Northern Ireland in brilliant position but DUP rift widens as they vote against Tories

More Northern Ireland firms speak out in favour of draft Brexit agreement

The cry of the ‘merchants’ – Revelation 18!!!

Brexit deal: Business groups hit back at DUP’s Wilson

Kate Hoey: Government has capitulated and backstop will split NI from the UK

TUV leader, Jim Allister calls on law chief to clarify vital clause on Brexit backstop

Brexit: Government forced to accept Budget changes amid DUP tensions

Unionists try to ramp up pressure on May over Brexit deal – forcing vote climbdown in Commons

Fear of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is like Millennium Bug hysterics

Brexit: ‘Great Britain and Northern Ireland must leave EU on equal terms’

Alex Kane: Theresa May knew the anger her deal would provoke, but went ahead with it anyway… that should worry unionists more than anything else

Senior Conservatives, Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond ‘to attend DUP conference’

Varadkar says DUP will fight for ‘precious union’ even if it means ‘lesser world’

Brexit: Varadkar says DUP not interested in ‘best Brexit deal’

Varadkar’s dismissal of the ‘precious Union’ is symptomatic of a Taoiseach who plays to his audience

Varadkar’s disparaging remarks regarding the ‘Union’ between NI and Great Britain clearly show that the present ‘Brexit’ deal is a threat to that Union. Men will learn that there are more important things than earthly riches !!!

‘Did she push the delete button’- DUP’s Dodds asks PM what happened to Stormont approval of Brexit plan

DUP-Tory deal not dead over Brexit, says Foster

The Question Mrs May’s business puppets won’t answer

Lagan College students walk out over Brexit

This is what the ‘ecumenical’ school system of ‘Integrated Education’ produces!!

Arlene Foster attends ecumenical Remembrance service in Romanist chapel

Ian Stevenson: DUP councillor guilty of sexual assault

DUP councillor found guilty of sexual assault

The DUP is far, far away from its founding moral principles and yet not a member will raise more than a mutter, if even that!!!

Nelson McCausland: PM spoke of her desire for a ‘red, white and blue’ Brexit… now she hoists the white flag of surrender

Brexit TWIST: British MEP reveals CRIPPLING flaw in May’s plan that NO ONE has noticed

Philip Hammond breaks silence on Theresa May’s Brexit pact to ATTACK key element of deal

Measures to prevent hard Irish border make ‘complete nonsense’ of Brexit, Prime Minister told

Brexit – live: Theresa May’s deal branded ‘unworkable’ by senior Tory Eurosceptic as PM faces open dissent in parliament

Theresa May faces calls from key MPs to ditch Irish backstop from Brexit deal ahead of Sunday summit

Brexit: Theresa May must ditch backstop to win DUP support, says Donaldson

‘She’ll be down the JOB CENTRE’ – Theresa May BRUTALLY mocked by Question Time audience

‘Give up SOVEREIGNTY to EU’ Merkel’s swipe at UK amid threat to DERAIL Brexit

The embryonic thinking of a future submission to Antichrist! ‘These (the ten kings) have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast,’ Revelation 17:13.


Jamal Khashoggi: CIA ‘blames Saudi prince for murder’

CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s death, official says


Guns and bombs recovered after west Belfast boiler house blaze

Dissident republicans blamed for Londonderry shooting


Kristallnacht’s orgy of violence against Germany’s Jews presaged the Holocaust

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


Garda has no religious breakdown statistics ‘despite Dublin lectures to NI’

The utter hypocrisy of Irish Roman Catholicism!!!

Northern Ireland fans attacked at Republic of Ireland match


Soldiers face more ‘agony’ over Bloody Sunday delay


Child stab wound hospital admissions up 86% in four years


‘Insult to injury’ as survivors of abuse in Northern Ireland may be offered just £7,500

Since most of the abuse took place in Roman Catholic institutions why is it not made to properly compensate the victims??

Brother of Martin McGuinness working with former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín to establish new pro-life republican party

Brother of Martin McGuinness joining ex Sinn Fein TD in new all Ireland pro-life republican party

He is someone who REALLY believes in ‘pro-life’!!!!

Police: Members of Sinn Féin ‘did not co-operate’ with PSNI in Máiría Cahill abuse investigation

Report says Sinn Fein members ‘did not cooperate’ with police in Mairia Cahill abuse probe

Mairia Cahill condemns meeting with Sinn Fein leader over abuse claims

Sinn Fein candidate Shauneen Baker tried to blow up Belfast airport as teenager

Sinn Fein fails to stop council selling off Raymond McCreesh play park

Remembering and honouring cowardly, murdering terrorists is important to Sinn Fein!!

Review finds evidence of 108 victims of historic child abuse in Scouting Ireland


British Foreign Office ‘giving up’ on IRA victims of Libyan semtex

Disappointment at lack of Government plan to compensate victims of Libyan backed IRA attacks

‘Secret’ Blair-Libya deal stinks, says Lord Empey


Transgender: NI schools to receive detailed guidelines

Let every Christian parent, who defies God’s Word and places their child under the ungodly system of state education, take note of this scandalously wicked development!!

A story is circulating of a student who started telling his fellow students that he wished to be recognised as a woman and he was enthusiastically informed that would be fine, no problem! ‘But I want to be recognised as a 6ft 3in woman,’ he said! The response was given: ‘But you are not 6:3”! But I am not a woman either so where is the problem!!!???

Same-sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland to stay for now as judgment reserved until next year