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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Truth for today, Pt21

 

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III. A HUMBLE RESPONSE TO GOD’S GRACE BRINGS YET MORE GRACE

1. She thankfully prays that his favour might continue. She did not feel that she needed no more help from him, that she could now make it on her own. May God give us a desire that we may continue to enjoy the comforts and friendliness of God, verse 13.

2. Immediately she is further blessed. She is entertained amongst the workers of Boaz.

3. Boaz attends her himself. Verse 14. What a picture of the caring Saviour! She is given parched or roasted corn and vinegar of wine. Both speak to us of the cross and it is of such rich fare that Christ feeds our souls. Notice that Ruth was “sufficed.”

4. Unknown to her, the favour increases. Verse 15-16. Her path was strewn with favours. 2 Cor 8:9. All things work for God’s faithful people.

May 2019

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Kilskeery Independent Christian School assembly talks. See all the KICS assembly talks listed here.

Featured series on the Book of Ruth: Truth for Today

Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24
(See all the messages in the series here)
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Rearing and educating children

“For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knoweth because his sons made themselves vile and he restrained them not,” 1 Samuel 3:13.
(The synopsis of a sermon preached in Faith Free Presbyterian Church,Greenville, South Carolina, USA, on 28th October 1993.)

I know the subject that has been given to me is rather general but I want to, as it were, be a little bit more particular and speak on this general subject but applying it to that which faces us as parents in these days.

I was thinking coming to the meeting that really my wife should be here to speak on this subject. She has many years of experience as a teacher and as a principal in our Christian school. She had a number of years of experience in a state school before that. And I suppose even more important she is the mother of six children and that I’m sure, by way of experience, has eclipsed all the years in schools of every description. And I suppose you can even add to that she’s had to look after me and perhaps that has eclipsed it all. Read more

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An old battle, an old enemy, old tactics, and old weapons!!

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them,” Ezekiel 25:15-17.

The weapons of war that men employ have changed radically over the years. Those ready to be employed by nations today are beyond what men could have imagined a generation ago!
However, there is a war that has been ongoing since the beginning of this world and earlier still, which is executed with the same weapons and tactics with which it began! Read more


“It was general wickedness not gay sex alone which killed off Sodom city”.

This was the title of a letter that appeared in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of May 23rd from one, ‘Colin Nevin’. Read it here.

I felt compelled to write a reply to what he said for he seemed to be suggesting that perhaps ’sodomy’ is not the awful sin that some make it out to be! Below is my submitted response.


Sir,
In today’s edition, your correspondent Colin Nevin, who (I presume it was he who added the addendum) informs your readers that having lived in Israel he had a knowledge of Hebrew.
A knowledge of the Bible is the first essential in these matters! Read more


Pam Cameron Q&A – My children wouldn’t speak to me for 18 months – it was hell

This is the ‘changed’ face and mind of the DUP. This is what FPC members of the DUP are supporting!! “ . . . . and whose glory is in their shame,” Philippians 3:19. Read more


An answer to Atheist Alex Kane

Alex Kane is an openly avowed atheist. He does not believe in the existence of God – at present. There is a time coming all too soon for him when he will believe that there is a God and that He is indeed the God revealed in the Bible!

However, at present he plays the fool of which David speaks in Psalm 14:1. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

Classified as such by the Word of God, one cannot expect too much sense out of him.

He wrote an article in the Belfast Newsletter of Monday 13th May, 2019, headlined: DUP seems to be preparing to face down the Free Presbyterians.

Personally, if that headlines means what I think it means, the ‘facing down’ cannot come quickly enough for me! Ever since the DUP entered power-sharing with unrepentant murderers and their political fellow-travellers, I have prayed that every Free Presbyterian would realise that they can have no part with such an ungodly political party as the DUP. Read more


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!!!!

Read more of this week’s news review.


Reply to ecumenical letter-writers

As one of the usual ‘Easter’ unity events, Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland ecumenists in the Castlewellan area had what has become an annual march.

Free Presbyterian ministers in the area wrote to ’The Mourne Observer’ and protested at the anti-Bible nature of the event.

The protest was reported in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’’ – read the report here.
The letter of protest led to a number of reactions from ecumenists to which this letter is the final response by Rev Daniel Henderson on behalf of the local Free Presbyterian ministers.

It is refreshing to read of the spirit of protest that is still alive in the Mournes! Read more


Are Free Presbyterians wrong when they support a party which fields a sodomite candidate?

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Is political activity exempt from the rule of God’s Law?

An earnest appeal to all ministers, elders and members of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster.

No sin, of itself, goes away, nor is spiritual wholeness restored by natural volition!

Like a disease, untreated sin will only become worse until spiritual, even physical death ensues. There is evidence of this in the church at Corinth which had departed from uprightness and propriety to indulge in sinful practices. “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep,” 1 Corinthians 11:28-30. Read more


The day Ulster changed unutterably

Perhaps I should have entitled this articled: The Day Ulster WAS SEEN To have Changed Unutterably!

The change has been developing for quite some time, just like the spirit of Antichristianity. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (holds back, detains) will let, until he be taken out of the way,” 2 Thessalonians 2:7. 

I believe its first manifestations can be traced to the day in 2007 when there was an endorsing by a sizeable section of the Protestant people of Ulster of ‘terrorist murderers in government’!

I read this morning in my daily reading the first chapter of Isaiah, verse 9, where it is stated by the prophet in a day of backsliding and departure from God: “Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”
How applicable is that verse to the cause of God in Ulster this sad and tragic morning!

There is much rejoicing in the camps of the major political parties here in Northern Ireland. Especially it is so in the Democratic Unionist camp. The newspapers and television internet sites are adorned profusely with rejoicing politicians embracing, shaking hands and mouths wide open in exorbitant delirium!

There are also many pictures of Christians congratulating each other on success at the polls. Read more


Paul Girvan MP endorses sodomite candidate

I was sent the image below from DUP MP, Mr Paul Girvan’s Facebook page.

How sad to see such a ringing endorsement of a sodomite from professing Christians for many in the DUP share in Mr Girvan’s folly.

This must bring Heaven’s response to that which God calls an ‘abomination’! Christians cannot defy God with impunity!


News review for week ending Friday 3rd May 2019

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming,” Psalm 37:11-13.

Rally in support of Bloody Sunday soldier Veterans ‘could bring UK to a standstill over prosecutions’

Belfast rally told Fr Martin Magill says NI politicians felt pressure at Lyra McKee funeral

The ‘ecumenical messiah’ who delights to bask in the media spotlight and ‘blow his own trumpet’!!!

New Northern Ireland talks process to begin on May 7

‘Joint Authority’ in operation and the DUP completely subservient!!!!

DUP gay marriage stance ‘not up for debate’ despite lesbian candidate

This is an exercise in prevarication!!!! It just cannot be denied that it is NOW DUP policy to select and sanction a sodomite candidate, spending members’ money to have her elected, claiming that she is an ‘excellent candidate’ and that their supporters should vote for her!

Such endorsement of sodomy can only advance its evil objectives just as surely as promoting the sale of booze will produce drunkenness!!!

DUP-Free Presbyterian tension as party’s gay candidate choice moves it further from church roots

These misgivings stated in this article are felt by many FPs who deeply grieve over these facts!!! Arlene Foster asked priest to pray!!!!

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News review for week ending Friday 3rd May 2019

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming,” Psalm 37:11-13.

Rally in support of Bloody Sunday soldier

Veterans ‘could bring UK to a standstill over prosecutions’ Belfast rally told

Fr Martin Magill says NI politicians felt pressure at Lyra McKee funeral

The ‘ecumenical messiah’ who delights to bask in the media spotlight and ‘blow his own trumpet’!!!

New Northern Ireland talks process to begin on May 7

‘Joint Authority’ in operation and the DUP completely subservient!!!!

DUP gay marriage stance ‘not up for debate’ despite lesbian candidate

This is an exercise in prevarication!!!! It just cannot be denied that it is NOW DUP policy to select and sanction a sodomite candidate, spending members’ money to have her elected, claiming that she is an ‘excellent candidate’ and that their supporters should vote for her!

Such endorsement of sodomy can only advance its evil objectives just as surely as promoting the sale of booze will produce drunkenness!!!

DUP-Free Presbyterian tension as party’s gay candidate choice moves it further from church roots

These misgivings stated in this article are felt by many FPs who deeply grieve over these facts!!!

Arlene Foster asked priest to pray!!!!

‘Not in my name’: DUP councillor hits out at party running gay election candidate

But Mr Carson as long as you remain in the DUP, THE NEW PARTY DIRECTION IS IN YOUR NAME!!!!

Sri Lanka bombings: 15 die in blast during raid on suspected hideout

Fifteen people including six children were killed when suspected Islamist militants blew themselves up in a raid, police said. What a devil-inspired religion!!!

Police face questions on how ATM raiders evaded arrest despite patrol giving pursuit

Latest brazen ATM raid will ‘embarrass’ PSNI

I find that hard to believe!!!!

Antrim cash machine theft foiled by police

Rev David McIlveen ‘won’t vote DUP’ due to openly gay election candidate

Republicans say that they reject a hard border yet they created one

Smirking criminals boast prison is like ‘Butlins (UK Holiday Camp) with bars’ as they bask in sun

Sri Lanka attacks: Face coverings banned after Easter bloodshed

If PSNI had shot gunman who murdered Lyra, the cry would be: ‘shoot to kill’

How true! The first to cry would be those loudest in their lamentations at the shooting of Lyra McKee. Two-faced doesn’t come near describing them!!!

The UK government has allowed republicans to paralyse government in Northern Ireland

Belfast City Council should urgently reconsider its decision to hold the marathon on the Lord’s day

Witnesses baffled as police ‘in no rush’ to chase ATM raid gang

50mph speed limit on police car ‘let ATM raid gang flee’

Senior officer declines to answer crucial questions

Stalemate at Stormont blocks legal reform for PSNI high-speed chases

We really are led by ‘donkeys’ – with apologies to all of the asininus family!!!

Labour has sizeable lead over Tories: opinion poll

That is hardly surprising!!

Calls for same-sex marriage to be legalised in the north in memory of murdered journalist Lyra McKee

What a wretched memorial to leave behind!!!

Same-sex marriage referendum in Northern Ireland could break political impasse – Fianna Fail

Of course it will. Just as pouring petrol on a fire puts it out!! Let us all offend God some more. That is bound to help!!!

Police reopen investigation Airey Neave murder

Gardaí call for armed units across the country as gang feuding spreads

REALLY!! Yet Dublin is ever lecturing Northern Ireland on the subject of getting rid of the gunman!!!!

UK should exercise ‘caution’ over Chinese firms like Huawei, Jeremy Hunt (British Foreign Secretary) warns

US may withhold intelligence from UK over Huawei 5G plans

Victims’ lives ‘torn apart’ after rape by alleged IRA man

Victims of ‘IRA rapist’ Seamus Marley speak of suffering

Rapist and ‘IRA member’ is a good Christian, pastor tells court

Alleged IRA man jailed for seven years for rape and sexual assault

What a vile and wicked organisation is Sinn Fein/IRA and the so-called ‘pastor’ is little better!!

This evil criminal was sheltered by the IRA and is currently living as an open sodomite, claiming to be a ‘born again Christian’.

That may impress some idiots but it will not impress the ‘Judge of all the earth’, Genesis 18:25!!!

Dublin urged to ‘butt out’ after fresh Stormont talks announced

It was the DUP which made Dublin part of our affairs when they embraced the ‘power-sharing with Sinn Fein/IRA deal’ !!!

Get a sense of humour, DUP man blasts Sinn Fein over burning leaflet Facebook post criticism

Shankill bomber Kelly pictured canvassing for Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein ready to do business on powersharing deal, leader says

This republican ‘witch’ is using the the blackmailing threat of ‘joint authority’. Who would wish to see her like in power again in Northern Ireland? No party will share power with her in Dublin! Why should we have to have Sinn Fein/IRA in power in Belfast!!!????

Sinn Fein calls for Plan B if Stormont talks fail

Sodomite marriage and an Irish Language Act are the price that Sinn Fein will demand for the restoration of ‘power-sharing’!!!

Brexit: Rees-Mogg responds to Ahern border criticism

J R-M says that Ahern is telling lies!!!

Sinn Fein man says Lyra’s murder ‘besmirches name of IRA’

Of course, the IRA, having murdered hundreds of innocent people before this event, had an ‘untainted’ name heretofore!!??

Pro-IRA graffiti at Lyra McKee murder scene warns ‘informers will be executed’

Prepare for Earth to be hit by meteor in your lifetime, says Nasa chief

The book of the Revelation had something to say on this matter some 2000 years ago! Revelation chapter 8.

Irish scholar backs loyalist bandsman in bid to be elected for DUP

‘Confusion’ is the word that comes to mind!!!!

Enniskillen bomb campaigner Aileen Quinton stands for Brexit Party at European election

May raises hopes of deal to end impasse at Stormont

If this is correct then we are in for another act of betrayal!!!!

Defence Secretary’s sacking highlights ‘dysfunction at heart of UK Government’

Gavin Williamson sacking: PM says security council leak matter ‘closed’

Gavin Williamson: Now he’s told to ‘go away and shut up’

Government will cooperate with police if probe into Gavin Williamson-Huawei leak is launched

More trouble and confusion for this blighted government!!!

Challenging the political voice of the New IRA

Footage emerges of Continuity IRA firing shots at Easter commemoration

Local elections: Main parties hit by Brexit backlash in polls

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern engaged to Clarke Gayford

What a morally ‘up-side down’ world we live in when ‘living in sin’ has become totally acceptable!!!!

IRA victim’s son asks Sinn Fein MP: Why won’t you condemn my dad’s murder?

Live election results: SF’s McElduff could top poll – DUP’s first openly gay candidate on course to be elected

It is a true reflection of both parties and the moral state of politics in Northern Ireland.

A Sinn Fein mocker of the IRA’s Kingsmills massacre and a DUP woman who is a sodomite – these are the headline-makers of today!!!

The Parables #121

The rich man and Lazarus, #6.

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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We continue our observations on this parable.

How things are going to change in eternity for the sinner and for the child of God!

How gladly the rich man would have received help from Lazarus. During has life he would not have touched Lazarus with a yard brush! Now he would gladly have him touch his tongue!
He who had enjoyed his ‘good things’ now would be glad of a drop-off water! Verse 24.

Even that is denied to sinners in hell. There is NO RELIEF in hell. It is a place of ‘torment’, verse 24.

In contrast ‘Lazarus’ is comforted. Verse 25. He who had been ‘laid’ at the rich man’s gate is lying in the bosom of the Lord.

There is no escape from hell. Verse 26. Please note what Paul said: 1 say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,” Rom 9:1-3.
How strong the desire to see sinners saved!

But no one in heaven could go to offer help to those in hell and certainly those in hell cannot move to heaven!!

The Parables #120

The rich man and Lazarus, Pt5. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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I want to enlarge a little upon what we read in verses 23-31. Here we have recorded a conversation between the rich man and Abraham.

The wonderful knowledge beyond the grave. He recognises Abraham though he could never have met him! (Matt 17:4).

He asks for mercy. Verse 24. How sad it is to feel a need of mercy when it cannot be had and all the time it could have been enjoyed, it was ignored and rejected!

Please read Proverbs 1:24-31.

How clearly will the lost sinner see and feel the difference between himself and the redeemed. “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom,” verse 23. He is afar off amongst the redeemed.

Sinners often take great pains to get far away from Christians. How different will be their thinking in eternity.