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 405 articles so far, you can find them below.

The Parables #85

The Lost Sheep, #1.

Scripture: Luke 15:1-7.

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This is the start of a new parable study.

* Notice those who were interested in hearing Christ. Publican and sinners. Not those whom you would expect to have an interest!

* Notice those ready to criticise the Saviour. The Pharisees and scribes. They ‘murmured’ or complained in a muttering fashion amongst themselves. The Lord hears our complaints.

The criticism of His ‘looking out for sinners’ (the meaning of ‘receiveth’) prompts this parable. These lovely words, so cherished by Christians, were addressed to very wicked men

The Parables #84

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep, # 8. 

Scripture: John 10:1-18.

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Where do  the sheep run when they seek to escape the stranger? “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” Psalm 46:1. We have had a day of prayer last Sabbath. We are hiding in the Lord in this day of trouble!

“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God,” John 6:66-69.
The ‘false’ disciples forsook Christ because they did not like what He was saying! “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? . . . . From that timemany of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him,” verses 60, 66.

“As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed,” John 8:30-31. “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not,” John 8:43-45.
The Psalm 1 repeats that truth. Let us read it in closing.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly arenot so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish,” Ps 1:1-6.

News review for week ending Friday 16th November 2018

“Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him,” Isaiah 3:10-11.

Enniskillen piper marks start of Armistice Day events

Armistice day: Enniskillen first to hear of WW1 end

My Uncle George Foster joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers while underage. He served in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising before going to France. He reached the rank of sergeant within 11 months but, sadly, was killed in action at Savy Wood, close to the village of Savy which is a few miles from St Quentin, in Picardy, France on the 1st April 1917. He was just 18 years of age.

Life as a World War One veteran in ‘war zone’ Ireland

(DUPs) Paul Givan slams Sinn Fein petition opposing Union and NI flags

Jo Johnson: ‘Democratic travesty’ not to have another Brexit vote

‘A COUP against the PM?’ Fury at Remainer ‘plot’ as Jo Johnson hints at MORE resignations

‘Confidence’ is key to the DUP-Tory deal, says Nigel Dodds

Jim Allister: PM appears ready to concede Irish Sea border, and thus the Backstop becomes the Back Stab

‘This is NOT democracy’ Sir Bill Cash BLASTS May’s reluctance to give up on Chequers deal

‘They were SACRIFICED to EU!’ Rees-Mogg issues BREXIT BATTLE CRY for Britain’s fishermen

I won’t back Brexit deal if it risks Union warns DUP’s Wilson

Brexit: Ministers told ‘judgement day’ looms for decision

Alex Kane: DUP facing its greatest challenge since it was founded

Brexit: NI parties tell EU to stick to demands for permanent backstop

With a warning of violence thrown in by Sinn Fein/IRA!!!

Brexit: Theresa May on ‘kamikaze run’ with her plans, says Sammy Wilson

Michelle O’Neill: Time approaching for referendum on united Ireland

It is as ‘plain as a pikestaff’ that the issue Brexit has been seized upon by Irish Republicans as a means of bringing about a United Ireland and removing Northern Ireland from the UK. Poor silly Theresa May has aided that plan!

Poll: Republic thinks Brexit has no impact or reduces united Ireland prospects

Northern Ireland rejects hard border – and 62% say united Ireland more likely after Brexit

Believe it or not, these two headlines are related to the same story. The latter headline comes from that ‘lying rag’ and so-called Unionist newspaper, ‘The Belfast Telegraph’!!!

Fintan O’Toole: Historians will not believe sheer ignorance of Brexit supporters

While all eternity will note the blindness of those who supported the EU, the embryonic Kingdom of Antichrist!!!

MAY BLOWS TOP: As Brexit tensions EXPLODE in Brussels, PM warns EU ‘I will NOT compromise’

Brexit deal: Theresa May to face cabinet showdown

Brexit: DUP ‘could not back draft Brexit deal’

Brexit deal: Commons will vote with DUP, says Arlene Foster

DUP fears Brexit deal will break up UK – Foster flies to London as May prepares to face Cabinet

White flags have gone up: Brexit deal a betrayal of the union and handing Dublin power over Northern Ireland – Johnson and Rees-Mogg slam draft text

No wonder unionists are nervous about backstop: they remember the Anglo Irish Agreement

Quote – “The idea that this weak and pragmatic Prime Minister, who does not even believe in the project that she is doomed to carry through, will demonstrate principle, where Thatcher did not – seems a little fanciful.”

Brexit deal: EU says it ‘will retain all control’ under Theresa May’s agreement, leaked note shows

Brexit: Irish border a “fictitious problem” (Advisor to the pro-Brexit ERG group of MPs)

Border ‘a fictitious problem’ Dutch expert tells MPs

Civil servants told to stop including DUP in Brexit emails as partnership with Conservatives crumbles

Brexit: ‘PM has broken promises’ – DUP

Brexit: DUP ‘has failed to protect Union and has left us in a terrible mess’

Brexit: Dominic Raab (Brexit Secretary) and Esther McVey among ministers to quit over EU agreement

Raab resignation: A damning verdict on the PM’s deal

Raft of cabinet members resign over NI proposals in Brexit deal

Morning View: UK capitulates to Republic and the EU with Brexit deal

Arlene Foster and DUP realise now: Theresa May was using them to stay in power

‘Northern Ireland has been sold out’ – Labour MP Hoey reacts to Brexit draft deal

Nelson McCausland: British people voted to reject the Brussels vision of a new United States of Europe

May’s deal is double betrayal: it betrays both Brexit and Northern Ireland – Jim Allison, TUV leader.

The moment Rees-Mogg puts final nail in May’s coffin? Parliament falls DEATHLY silent

BREXIT DEAL LIVE: Dominic Raab says EU is ‘BLACKMAILING’ Britain as he lists ‘fatal flaws’

Irish stock market slumps amid rising Brexit fears

Has Theresa May got the numbers for her Brexit plan?

Ben Lowry: Theresa May has ruthlessly but reluctantly felt she had to jettison unionism in Northern Ireland

From the 1880s right up to the present day, Westminster has shown little sympathy or regard for the aspirations of the Protestant and Unionist people of Ulster. The main reason being that the Biblical Protestantism espoused here, right up to this present time, though in a much watered-down form, has no place and that increasingly so since the advent of the ‘Ecumenical Age”, in the rationale of mainland politics.
The empathy which caused many British Army regiments to threaten mutiny and seniors to resign their commissions rather than move against Ulster Loyalists in the 1912 ‘Home Rule’ crisis, is long gone!!
Mrs May is merely conducting its funeral!!

Why Hitler’s top SS man bought a farm in Co Kildare (in the Irish Republic)

Empire Cinemas rejects first world war short film by Bible Society

The Bible offered solace in WWI’s foxholes – now it’s all-but forbidden

Veteran who urged ex-soldiers to boycott Ballymurphy process may face action

Coroner refers Ballymurphy social media comment to Attorney General

TD Peadar Toibin quits Sinn Fein over abortion row – ‘I will now help build a new 32-county movement’

As we have often said: Sinn Fein/IRA is a pro-murder political party so it ought not to surprise anyone that it is pro the murder of the unborn!!

Abortion: NI women to be provided access to Republic services

O’Loan’s fury as Welsh offer Northern Ireland women free abortions despite public’s opposition in survey

The Parables #83

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep, Pt7.

Scripture: John 10:1-18.

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Last Tuesday we learned that in Israel, the sheep always follow the voice of the shepherd.
That is how we today know the Saviour – by His Voice! “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them,” Isaiah 8:20.
There was one further illustration of this truth which I did not have time to show you or to comment on.
“And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God,” Luke 13:11-13. Luke 21:28, same word is translated “look up”. So she could not ‘look up’. The poor stooped woman could not have looked up to see Christ but she came to Him by following the sound of His voice! What a wonderful picture we have here!
Now we come to the verse 5. “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”

“They . . . . will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”
The sheep can teach us all a lesson! Stay away from strangers!
The very opposite to the sinner! The Christians is different in all things, boys and girls. Do not try to imitate the world and its ways. “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,” Rom 12:2.
But especially in the religious arena, we ought to copy the sheep and not follow anyone who is not our true Shepherd. Such have only one desire. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves,” Matt 7:15. Such have only one intention – the destruction of the sheep of God.