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 485 articles so far, you can find them below.

News review for week ending Friday 22nd March, 2019

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage,” Galatians 5:1.


Bloody Sunday: PSNI declines to say if it quizzed Martin McGuinness on machine gun

This silence can only mean that McGuinness was NOT interviewed by the police – part of the betrayal of justice and truth of which the police have been a part!!!

PSNI wall of silence surrounds McGuinness’s part in Bloody Sunday, says DUP’s Campbell

IRA aimed ‘heavy and sustained fire’ at soldiers, Ballymurphy Massacre inquest hears

Ballymurphy inquest: IRA ambush on army ‘showed strength’

Ambush on my patrol showed IRA out in force in Ballymurphy, ex-Para captain tells hearing

There is another side to the events that day to the one presented by pro-IRA sympathisers at this inquest!!!!

Police appeal for safe St Patrick’s Day

It really is a ‘holy day’ in Rome’s calendar!!

Three teens die in crush at St Patrick’s disco in Cookstown hotel – Northern Ireland left stunned by tragedy

Hotel owner arrested over St Patrick’s Day disco deaths

Cookstown disco deaths: Arrested hotel owner released on police bail

Cookstown tragedy hotel owner released – slams police who ‘blackened’ name in drug arrest farce

GAA club hit by triple deaths of Martin Patterson, Shane McAnallen and Ruth Maguire

Triple tragedy strikes Co Down GAA club after road deaths and body find

This pro-IRA organisation has been hit hard recently!!!

Sinn Féin criticised for ‘England get out of Ireland’ banner

Mary Lou McDonald defended by Irish American over parade banner

Is it not wonderful to behold the change in the mindset of Sinn Fein????!!!!

Ruth Dudley Edwards tells TUV conference that ‘cancer of Sinn Féin’ is a threat

DUP councillor Tom Smith resigns from party

Boxer Conlan criticised after pro-IRA chants

Anger at ‘Up the IRA’ song as Michael Conlan enters boxing ring

We must learn again what our forefathers learned by bitter experience and which ‘Ecumenical Liars’ have caused Protestants to forget, that Rome is as deceitful as the devil, putting on the face of friendship and talk up the ‘breaking down of barriers’ but behind the facade of friendliness lies the unchanged and unchangeable bitter hatred that lit the martyr fires!!!!

Eilis O’Hanlon: Michael Conlan’s trainer once said ‘he knows he has a lot to learn’… never were truer words spoken

‘Get over it…Troubles are over’: Michael Conlan’s promoter says ‘up the Ra’ ringwalk not meant to cause offence

So now it is quite in order for those so-minded to glorify the ‘exploits’ of the UVF and the UDA in songs and chants without fear of prosecution??!!

Reported On This Day 280 years ago (March 17 1739): Boat set to sail for America from Belfast in May

Utrecht shooting: Turkish-born suspect, 37, on run after three killed in ‘possible terror attack’

Dutch shooting: Utrecht police arrest suspect after three killed

Presbytery calls for ‘respect’ over Sunday sport worries

The statement, limited as it is, is to be welcomed though the Irish Presbyterian Church has many serious offences against God’s Law within its own court which should be addressed!!

Brother of soldier killed in Hyde Park bomb hits out at Corbyn

Corbyn’s position is not surprising since he has been a long-time supporter of the IRA and their terrorist campaign of murder!!!

Nigel Dodds: Karen Bradley has been a failure as NI secretary of state

Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

Without a doubt, it, alcohol and the many other drugs in common use, account for much of the fiendish violence and cruelty abounding today!!

Gruesome horror story based on death of a clergyman who loved the Giant’s Causeway

Irish Republican terrorism and murder has been around for a long time!!!

Alleged IRA man accused of abusing boys at safe house

Catholic mother ‘who used wrong pronoun’ to describe transgender girl in police probe

Whatever happened to: ‘Calling a spade a spade’!!!

Bishops FURIOUS as transgender demands to change church baptism approved

It is hard to conceive that the C of E can sink any lower!!!

Presbyterian minister fired from college over ‘gross misconduct’

The Presbyterian Church has rid itself of the ‘Professor’ but his influence and teachings live on!!!

Jim Donegan ‘murdered by INLA’ – new footage of gunman outside Belfast school days before shooting

Many parts of Ulster are suffering the curse of paramilitary ‘drug gangsterism’!!!!

Head of IRA ‘gives permission for four men responsible for Birmingham pub bombings to be named’

Please note the headline!!!

Birmingham pub bombings: ‘Four men responsible’

Please note the phrase: ‘the current head of the IRA in Dublin’ early in this report. We have been told by Sinn Fein that the IRA has ceased to exist years ago!!!

IRA bomber names ‘four men behind Birmingham pub bombings’ at inquest

The IRA man can gloat in court: ‘There is nobody going to be charged with this atrocity.’ ‘The British Government have signed an agreement with the IRA.’ The British government has betrayed the victims of terrorism and the men they sent to fight it!!!

Woman challenges ruling on flying Union flags in Northern Ireland

This is where the Anglo/Irish Agreement, the St Andrews Agreement, the Power-sharing Agreement and the years of Unionist compromise, urged on by Ecumenists, have brought us!!!

Suspect package found in Republic linked to IRA letter bombings in UK

Ben Lowry: Michael Gove was once a strong unionist, now he has given succour to Dublin at this critical moment

Jim Allister: Northern Ireland not the ‘plaything’ of EU

Nigel Dodds appears to call for Karen Bradley to be replaced over ‘glaring failure’ of leadership at NIO

Chaotic scenes as Nigel Farage leads 270-mile Brexit protest march – but only some of the way

EU BOMBSHELL: How Brussels and Labour ‘planned to MERGE England and France in new region’

Shades of the not too distant future!!

Brexit BOMBSHELL: Theresa May admits the UK may ‘NEVER’ leave the EU in SHOCK comments

Brexit: No new vote on May’s deal without DUP support – chancellor

Speaker thwarts third vote on May’s Brexit deal without ‘substantial’ changes

Government’s Brexit deal needs ‘substantial changes’ before MPs can vote on it again

Brexiteers believe no deal WILL happen as May faces DEFEAT – ‘incandescent with rage’

Brexit: Theresa May to discuss next steps after Bercow ruling

Downing Street admits UK ‘in crisis’ over Brexit

There is a price to be paid for abandoning God’s Word and defying God’s Law!!

‘Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying, The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind? So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day,’ Jeremiah 44:20-22.

BREXIT LIVE: Fury as May asks EU for delay ‘up to TWO YEARS’ – ‘Now a REMAIN Cabinet!’

Was it ever really anything else???

Dodds: DUP ‘haven’t softened’ on Brexit deal

Brexit: Theresa May will not ask EU for long extension

BREXIT ULTIMATUM: Furious Merkel demands UK pass May’s deal or GET OUT of bloc NEXT WEEK

The ‘Kaiser’ still lives!!!!

‘A modern-day GUY FAWKES’ – Former Downing Street aide SAVAGES May on BBC Newsnight

Brexit news – live: Theresa May faces furious backlash after blaming MPs for crisis, as Jeremy Corbyn travels to Brussels to meet EU leaders

Brexit: Departure date pushed back by at least two weeks

The Parables #113

The sheep and the goats, Pt 10.

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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Just a final remark on the command: “Bear ye one another’s burdens”. I read on Wednesday in my daily reading these words: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith,” Galatians 6:10.
While Christians should bear one another’s burdens, they are not to ignore or forget the unsaved!

“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death,” 1 John 3:11-14.

Even though the world hate us we are to seek to ‘do good unto all men’!

Note the term used by the Saviour of His people. “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,” verse 40. “My brethren”. This is what Christians are to the King of Kings!

We are part of his family of God. We are related to the Lord Jesus Christ. Man recently said to Prince Charles that they were related! No great honour given his many sins and wicked opinions and notions!

But what an honour to be related to Christ!

It is a close relationship. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is our Father also. “When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name,” Luke 11:2.

Listen to these words! “And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother,” Mark 3:32-35.

Truth for today, Pt 16


“And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech,” Ruth 2:3. She did not know Boaz, 19-20.

1. Ruth felt her need. There was no means of eating other than by gleaning so she went looking for a supply.

2. Ruth felt her duty. The blessing of the gospel is for them that hunger and them that seek. John 6:35.  We must place ourselves in the fields of grace, under the sound of God’s word.

3. Unwittingly, she came to the field of the redeemer. She was like the woman at the well, John 4 and like  Zacchaeus, Luke 19:1.

Who is there that loves the Lord but can look back and see how He guided them to the gospel field in which they were fully supplied?

The Bible indicates that the mind and hand of God is upon His people from all eternity.

Before the world was formed – Rev 17:8

Before the time of conception – Jer 1:15, Ps 139:13-16.

During our time of darkness – Gal 1:15.

Throughout our life – Ps 73:23-24, 32:8, 48:14.

The parables #112

The sheep and the goats, Pt9. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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Rewards play an important role in our earthly pilgrimage. In school there are rewards! In public life there are rewards!
But none of this rewards are in any way like the rewards that the Lord presents to His people.
We are considering the words of Christ as He explains to the righteous why He is rewarding them so.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,” verse 40. The importance of such actions is seen in the reward they receive!
This is how we ought to care for each other! The importance of acting kindly toward others is seen in the reward that is given those Christians who show such kindness.
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ,” Gal 6:2.
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,” Gal 5:14.
“If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him,”
Exodus 23:5.
“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well,” James 2:8.
What a glorious title is here given to this law. It is the ‘Royal Law’! It has the King’s signature upon it.

Precious memories – the seeds of revival

“The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD,” Psalm 126:3-4.
I have been asked to speak on the subject of memories of blessed days long ago. When I start recalling the happy days of the 60s and 70s, it is the same, regarding time, as me looking back to the days of the ‘Home Rule’ crisis and the formation of the Ulster Volunteers when I was in my twenties!!
That puts in perspective just what it is we appear to be doing in the eyes of the 20-years here tonight!!
For some here, the 60s and the 70s are but as yesterday!
But for others it is ancient history indeed.
Well, irrespective of our viewpoint, the 60s and the 70s were wonderful days of revival blessing within the Free Presbyterian Church.
As the Lord Jesus preached it is said “The power of the Lord was present,” Luke 5:17. That is how it was back then in prayer meetings in church and gospel services. I can recall meetings in which you were fearful of opening your eyes during the seasons of prayer, such was the sense of the Lord’s presence!
One of the most exciting things at the services was seeing who was in! You looked for the unlikely visitor, one who did not frequent the house of God and what a thrill when you spotted someone of that class! It was not mere idle curiosity but a prayerful anxiety that gave way to joy when you saw someone who had been prayed for in the meeting.
That may seem strange for the two are not obvious bedfellows! But they are in days of blessing.
“And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name,” Acts 5:41. That is but one example! “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you, Matthew 5:10-12.
We are enabled to rejoice under such trouble. Acts 16:25, Hebrews 10:32-34.
1 Sam 14:13-15. The word ‘trembling’, refers to a fearfulness of heart and mind. Many times the enemy was defeated by the fear of the Lord that came upon them. Joshua 2:9, Judges 7:21, 2 Kings 7:6-7. We saw ‘OT’ days back then.
It was time of families being united in christ, of prodigals coming home and new congregations formed!
In the years between 1967 and 76, five congregations were formed and constituted out of the work which began in Lisbellaw.
This was the Lord’s doing and not man’s!!
There was a manifesting of the power of Pentecost!
Acts 2:41, 47, 4:4, 6:7, 9:11.
“Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: and they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses,” Isaiah 44:2-4.  May the Lord do the like again in our day!