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The parable of the wheat and the tares

The Parable of the Tares – Matt 13:24-30; 36-43.
Preached at the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony  monthly meeting in London, 22nd  June 2018
By Rev Ivan Foster.
There is a need for us to seek the Lord for a right understanding of His Word. As He says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8.
It would be wrong to simply place our own interpretation upon His Word.
The Lord is most willing to explain His truth to us as we seek out the prophetic teaching of the parable. “Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field,” Matthew 13:36. The word ‘declare’ means ‘make plain or explain’.
1. This contradicts the views of those who teach ‘Post Millennialism’. Postmillennialism is the belief that Christ returns after a period of time, but not necessarily a literal 1000 years.
Those who hold this view do not interpret unfulfilled prophecy literally. They believe that Rev 20:4-6 should not be taken literally.  – “a 1000 years” simply means “a long period of time.” Furthermore, the prefix “post-” in “postmillennialism” denotes the view that Christ will return after Christians, not Christ, have established the kingdom on this earth.
Those who hold to this view believe that this world will become better and better, despite the evidence of our eyes and ears and, above all, of Holy Scripture. The world is not becoming “Christianized” as the holders of this notion would teach. If we are to wait on that happening before Christ returns then He will never return. The trend evidenced in the old world is clearly manifested today. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. . . . . . The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth,” Genesis 6:5, 11-12.
2. It also contradicts the views of a ’secret rapture’. Note verse 30. “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Here they both grow TOGETHER until the harvest and then it is the tares which are first cut down. This is the very opposite to what JN Darby and his disciples taught.
a. Satan is active through his ‘children’. Just as the children of God serve Him in His vineyard so it is the children of the ‘wicked one’ serve him in seeking to destroy God’s vineyard. The relationship between the devil and the unsaved is that of ‘father and child’! This speaks of likeness 
and love. “Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil,” John 3:19. As the Saviour said to the Jews: “Ye do the deeds of your father, . . . . 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,” John 8:41, 44. Again, being the children of the devil they engage in his labours.  “Ye do the deeds of your father,” John 8:41. The word  ‘deeds’ means ‘labour or work’.
b. He has his children everywhere. “The field is the world,” verse 38. Everywhere the gospel is preached and the Kingdom of God is advanced, the devil plants his seed within its ranks.
c. They bear an outward likeness to God’s people. Even as tares bear some outward resemblance to wheat.
d. Note the enmity that exists toward the tares amongst God’s servants. “He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?” Matthew 13:28. Such a spirit is very proper. “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel,” Genesis 3:14-15.
There is a God-planted spirit of enmity toward the devil and his works in the heart of every believer. But the servants were wrong is seeking to remove them. “But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them,” verse 29. We are called upon to suffer the presence and many of the activities of the ungodly. “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also,” Matthew 5:39. We are not to resist with violence the acts off the devil upon God’s work. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord,” Romans 12:19.
We have considered how this parable refutes the teaching of those who hold to Post-Millennialism and also those who teach a “secret rapture” the redeemed before the cutting off of the wicked.
The parable also refutes the teaching of A-Millennialists. They state that we are in the period described in Revelation 20:1-6, when specifically we are told that an angel “laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season,” Revelation 20:2-3.
Thus they claim that:
Satan is presently bound with a chain, cast into the bottomless pit, shut him up, sealed,  unable to deceive the nations no more and that the saints reign with Christ and the world is at peace.
This parable sets forth a very different scenario.
1. The tares are not cut down, even though God’s servants would dearly love to see that happen.
2. The tares continue to flourish and dominate as weeds tend to do.
3. Their true character becomes ever more evident. “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also,” Matthew 13:26. The meaning of the word ‘appeared’ may be seen by its use in Matthew 1:20. “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” What an plain unmistakeable manifestation of the person of the angel this was! Even so will the wicked amongst the people of God become as we draw nearer the harvest, the end of this age and the return of Christ.
Like Judas, they will come out in their true colours toward the end. He deceived the rest of the disciples until he appeared with the mob. “Lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and greeted Him Hail, master; and kissed him,” Matthew 26:47-49. He who kissed the Saviour joyfully, for that is the meaning of ‘hail’. See the same word translated as rejoice in Matthew 2:10. “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” And also in Matthew 5:12. “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” How deceitful was Judas but he merely pictures the general spirit of the unconverted. Judas called the Lord Jesus ‘Master’ but he was in fact “the son of perdition”, John 17:12.
So it is seen today. The ‘professing church’ has become more worldly, more devil-like in its ways and words as the ‘harvest’ draws nearer.. From its ranks may be heard the voice of those to whom Jude refers. “To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him,” Jude 1:15. Make no mistake about this matter. These are those who mingle with the people of God pretending to be of them. “These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever,” Jude 1:12-13.
They are pretenders who profess to be what they are not, to possess what they have not!
Such is the teaching of this parable.
Is this not what Scriptures says of the last days!
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come,” 2 Tim 3:1. The word ‘perilous’ appears in only one other place. “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way,” Matthew 8:28.
I think that we can say this man and his companion were the worst cases of devil-possession that Christ encountered.
Remember what we read in Revelation 13:11-12. “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth . . . . . . And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
Here are “two possessed with devils . . . .  exceeding fierce.” In these two men of Gadara we have a picture of the fulness the tares will reach at the end of time. The Antichrist and the False Prophet will be but the fulness of the general spirit amongst the ungodly.
“As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world,” verse 40. That is the end of the “age” for such is the meaning of the word “aion”, here translated by the word ‘world’.
Such then is the end of the wicked.
1. Let this encourage us. “For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors,” Psalm 73:14-19.
The desire to be rid of the “tares” will one day be satisfied as God deals with them.
2. Let this stir us to evangelise. We all realise surely that we were once as the tares. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God,” 1 Corinthians 6:11. We were wonderfully changed by the mercy and grace of God in the day we were rescued and made new. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
This we desire for the poor sinners around us. We hold the message of deliverance in our hands. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Acts 2:21. Let us sound it out loud and clear!
Abraham strove with God in prayer when he heard of the judgment that was to fall upon Sodom.  Christ wept at the prospect of Jerusalem’s destruction. “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,” Luke 19:41.
Recall the reaction of Paul to the troubles of the unbelieving Jews. “I 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,” Romans 9:1-3.
So should we desire and pray and act.
Let that be so with us as well.

January 2018

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What is justice? Supergrass Gary Haggarty sentence leaves UVF victim’s son ‘gutted’ – six years for five murders

Since the British government began doing deals with terrorists, republican and loyalist, shameful decisions like that reported here in this article have taken place.

It must be remembered that British policy resulted in members of the terrorist IRA, guilty of the slaughter of hundreds of innocents, being granted immunity in all but name and exalted to power in the Stormont power-sharing regime, with the aid of the DUP.
That is a scandal that casts into the shade today’s court ruling regarding UVF man Haggarty. At least he was sent to jail, if only for six years.

It is more like justice than did making former IRA terrorists Stormont’s rulers! Read more

Unionist fury after new Sinn Fein leader ‘glorifies’ IRA bomber

As has been noted before, Mary Lou had to become the ‘servant’ of the IRA before she could become the ‘supremo’ of Sinn Fein. Let the DUP note that this is the Mob they still wish to enter a coalition with!!

Read a Newsletter report here

Read the Belfast Telegraph article here.

Belfast men left seriously injured in ‘brutal and barbaric’ paramilitary shootings

Rarely do the news reports ever identify the areas in which such attacks take place when they are Roman Catholic Irish Republican strongholds!! Read more

No role for Dublin in Stormont talks: TUV

Time will tell just how much the Irish Government was involved in the talks! By then, of course, it will be too late to do anything! Read more

Criticism grows over school’s SF role model

Like McElduff’s ‘loaf on his head’, this is another insight in to the true disposition of the Roman Catholic community regarding the IRA! They were heroes and role models for their children to emulate!!! Read more

Muslims are as much a part of community as I am, says DUP MP

Jim Shannon, the DUP MP, is something of an ‘eejit’, to use an Ulsterism!

Nothing demonstrates that more than his participating in “an inter-faith celebration in Omagh for greater understanding towards religious minorities”, back at the beginning of January. He is, I understand, a Baptist but to take part in a gathering which would equate Roman Catholicism, the Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Baha’i faiths with the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ is a wicked blasphemy for which he ought to be ashamed.

However, I suspect that Mr Shannon is utterly ignorant of any error on his part in this enterprise!! Read more

Allow gay marriage and Irish rights in NI: Varadkar

This is not a campaign for ‘ Rights’ but rather a promotion of ‘Rebellion’ against God and His Law in which, Northern Ireland with its Protestant history, is a prime target!! Read more

Dissident group Óglaigh na hÉireann calls ceasefire

The ceasing of violence and terror, which is as a religion to Irish Republicans, is an indication how close that community believes a united Ireland is!! Read more

Dissidents ONH carried out ‘extreme violence’ against own communities: PSNI

An often  buried truth!!! Read more

Smyllum resident wants church held responsible for abuse

Despite the mountain of data documenting the Roman Catholic Church’s condoning and covering up the abuse of children in its care IT HAS NEVER BEEN CONDEMNED FOR ITS WICKEDNESS WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN THE CASE WERE THE LIKE COMITTED BY A PROTESTANT DENOMINATION!! Read more

‘Doubtful Mary Lou can gain trust of unionists’: Cahill

A good point is made when the writer states: “Mary Lou needed to gain the trust of the IRA Belfast Brigade in order to reach the top of Sinn Fein –  she ‘needed to go from being her own woman, to being theirs.” Read more

Violence, gross immorality and defiance of all that is godly: The marks of a world on the verge of judgement

By Rev Ivan Foster (Rtr)

It is said that the human heart and mind can become used to just about anything!

Looking back on the horrendous bombing raids on London by the German Luftwaffe in the early part of the Second World War, it is impossible for this generation to understand how the citizens were able to carry on with life with a remarkable degree of normality! Yet the men, women and children did so most heroically. After a time, they later said, ‘one became used to the nightly raids, the noise, the destruction, the chaos and the tragic deaths of neighbours and family members and struggled on with life.’

Such stoicism is to be considered as uncomplaining courage.

However, there is a tolerance within today’s society which is anything but admirable. I am referring to the remarkable lack of response to the increasingly widespread violence, immorality and perversity abounding in every layer of society.  Read more

Theresa May’s deputy says Britain may rejoin the EU

The Bible clearly teaches that England, as part of the old Roman Empire, will be part of the end-time anti-christian politic-religious coalition referred to in Revelation 6:12-17 & chapters 13, 17-19. The UK may well withdraw from the present EU but England will become part of a future amalgam of nations opposed to Christ and His Truth which will be judged by Him upon His return. Read the report

Enoch – An illustration of the importance of watching for the return of Christ as an incentive to holiness.

The most remarkable thing recorded in the Bible about Enoch, a man of the seventh generation from Adam and whose life span would have been overlapped by that of Adam by some 308 years, according to calculations based upon figures given in Genesis 5, was his avoidance of death. Genesis 5:24 says, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” This truth is further stated in Hebrews 11:5. “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

That makes him, along with Elijah the prophet, unique amongst humanity.

But there are two other facts about Enoch which are especially worth noting. He walked with God and he had the coming again of Christ ever before him. Read more

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley: I back same-sex marriage but I won’t impose it

What arrogance these idiots display!! It was said of British soldiers in WW 1 that they were “lions led by donkeys”. In the political realm today we have “donkeys led by bigger donkeys”. Read more

Secretary of State Karen Bradley retracts claim about DUP’s £1bn deal

As already noted – Donkeys or ‘headless chicken’ might be nearer the mark! Read more

‘Evil’ ex-monk (89) is jailed over horrific abuse of three children

The headline says it all!! Read more

If Kingsmill was sectarian, as Sinn Fein now admit, what about Tullyvallen and all the other IRA atrocities?

The recent Provisional IRA campaign was utterly without justification, despite the claims of Adams and McGuinness, rather it was but the recommencement of the centuries old terror campaign mounted by Roman Catholicism against Protestants.

1641, 1798, 1920, 1956-62 and 1968 until the present day are some of the significant dates in the history Roman Catholic terror in Ireland. Read more

IRA murder victim’s mum hits out over republican ‘hypocrisy’

Such hypocrisy abounds since murderers who seek to pass themselves as ‘responsible citizens’ must engage in continual monumental hypocrisy. Read more

Aftermath of McElduff resignation – Over to You Mr O Muilleoir – Jim Allister TUV leader.

Sinn Fein MLA, M. O Muilleoir approvingly ‘retweeted’ McElduff’s mocking video. He too needs to resign!! Read more

Pressure piled onto Sinn Fein’s O Muilleoir in wake of McElduff resignation

Read more

Kingsmill video sectarian, says ex-IRA man Martin McAllister

There are details given here of this IRA terrorist attack by a former IRA man which should be noted by all!!! Read the BBC news report

Sinn Fein should have sacked McElduff insists former standards chief

Read more

Foster: Sinn Fein have to stop eulogising terrorists

It would help if the DUP were to stop seeking to have Sinn Fein/IRA re-enter power-sharing with them at Stormont! Read more

The ex-Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron regrets saying gay sex not a sin

Better late than never but it serves to illustrate the pressure from the “establishment” to silence Bible truth!!!! Read more

Kingsmills victim’s mum: My hurt over MP’s gag and prank calls

Read more

Kingsmills survivor: McElduff video done to create maximum hurt

As already noted on a previous news link, McElduff’s mocking taunts are not new! Protestants have endured the like from Sinn Fein supporters since the IRA murder campaign began 50 years ago. “The dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty,” Psalm 74:20.

None represent this cruel spirit more so than the callous and mendacious McElduff! Read the Newsletter article.

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Kilclooney’s tweeting can be tasteless, but McElduff has plumbed the depths

Sinn Fein’s reported criticism of McElduff must be treated for what it is: A self-servicing attempt to distance itself from his vile taunt.

McElduff is the true heart of Sinn Fein/IRA which party managers would like to keep under wraps and out of sight!

McElduff’s “apology” is an insult to the intelligence of those to whom he addresses it. Does he really expect them to believe him???

The truth is that Sinn Fein supporters throughout Ulster have often mocked the victims and their families of IRA attacks.

I always recall republican nurses in the old Erne hospital, Enniskillen, cheering at the news of a soldier being blown up in a border attack by the IRA!!!

For me, that incident encapsulates the depths of republican bitterness! Read the Belfast Telegraph article.

Sinn Féin MP apology over Kingsmill tweet on massacre anniversary

The mass murder of Protestants by the IRA is something to be publicly laughed at by Shinners like McElduff.

Furthermore, the families of the victims of such mass murder should not complain when McElduff and his compatriots mock them.

Such is the perverted, psychopathic mindset of this network terrorists masquerading as politicians!

Yet, still the DUP will seek to re-establish a power-sharing regime at Stormont with them!
Just who is worse??? Read more

Former IRA man rubbishes claims of ‘legitimate’ terror campaign

The world has so lost touch with truth and righteousness that the IRA’S claim to have conducted a ‘just war’ when it murdered and terrorist is given credence amongst many! Read more

IRA never played by any ‘rules’, so why should we allow them to be called prisoners of war?

Read the Belfast Telegraph article here.

DUP MPs back call for new National Lottery game

It is little wonder that Northern Ireland is in a moral and a political mess when MP, Jim Shannon’s response to a question regarding his support for gambling is examined. The man’s incredible denial of the obvious is nigh unto ‘squaring the circle’. He is, in John Bunyan’s famous words, a “Mr Facing-Both-ways”!

Truthfulness and integrity in public life is a rare jewel! Read more.

Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony Centenary

The Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony was, under God, formed on the 1st November, 1918, which means that this year marks the centenary of the movement. During that time there have only been two secretaries. Mr George H Fromow was appointed at the inaugural meeting in 1918 and continued until his home-call in April, 1974. On his passing, Mr Stephen A Toms was appointed and, by God’s grace and help, has continued till the present time. Read more

March 2016

Index to this edition

Special series of meetings for young people

Theme: The New Testament Christian – Studies in 1 Thessalonians chapter 1

Covering the following topics:

 Preached in Kilskeery FPC youth fellowship meetings by Rev. Ivan Foster

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” (2 Peter 1:10)

The increasing animosity to the gospel in the United Kingdom

Mr. Richard Page

A recent news report gave the details of how a Christian magistrate was sacked and then suspended from his position as non-executive director by Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

His crime? Mr. Richard Page was struck off after he told the BBC it would be better for a man and a woman to adopt a child!

That is stating a simple truth, long held sacred in this land, in a very mild manner but for this he was removed as a magistrate.

Speaking about his views he said, “My responsibility as a magistrate, as I saw it, was to do what I considered best for the child. My feeling was therefore that it would be better if it was a man and woman who were the adoptive parents.” Read more

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The indifference of men to the agonies of Christ

easter_eggIs it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger, Lamentations 1:12.

(A gospel message preached in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church by the then minister, Rev Ivan Foster, on Lord’s Day morning, 17th January 1999)

What a mountain of triviality occupies the interest of mankind! This is never more obvious than at ‘Easter’ time! Bunnies and chocolate eggs take precedence over the glorious events of the Saviour’s sufferings, death and resurrection.

There are those in the scientific world who are renowned for their knowledge of bugs and beetles, lice and leeches. Some men ceaselessly gaze at the stars in order to catch a glimpse of some unbeknown lump of matter. Others sift the soil and the slime of the earth’s surface in order to discover something new about the creatures that once roamed the earth. The activities of bats and birds, of the antelope and the ant, of the leopard and the lizard have all been studied at length by men consumed with an interest in such things.

But no man has a desire of himself to examine the sufferings of Christ on the cross. When an invitation is given to consider Calvary, all with one consent begin to make excuse. Read moreor listen using the player below.

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Will the real Joel Beeke please stand up??

beekeBelow is a link to an article by Ralph Ovadal entitled: “The Downward Spiral of Dr. Joel Beeke’s Ministries Continues.”

Pastor Ovadal has once again sounded a faithful, fearless warning to the people of God regarding the false claims made for the ministry of Dr Joel Beeke.

Dr Beeke has surpassed Dr Billy Graham in his heyday of duplicity when the likes of Dr Bob Jones Sn sounded forth a warning against his sinful compromises and cooperation with modernists and liberals. Billy Graham did not show sympathy for, share conferences with or support openly the wicked blasphemies of so-called sodomite ‘Christians’!

Ralph Ovadal shows that Dr Beeke has and continues to do just that.

This is an article every minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ should read and pass amongst their flock.

Ivan Foster (Editor).

Click here to read the article

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A brief account of the work of God in Ireland over the last 1500 years
by Rev. Ivan Foster.

The Gospel of Christ came to Ireland over 1500 years ago. Despite many attempts by Satan and his agents God has been pleased to maintain His truth in this land. Following its first planting the Gospel was carried by men whose hearts the Lord had touched into many neighbouring countries: Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland and further. God has been pleased, in some measure, to do again in these latter days what He did in those distant days. May the land, now associated with terror and strife, become known again by the title it was then given, “The land of Saints and Scholars.”

The history of the Gospel in Ireland begins, to a very real degree, with the story of Patrick. There is much written about Patrick that is entirely fictitious. We can, however, be reasonably sure concerning his faith in Christ and the doctrines that he preached. There exist today two of his writings accepted by all scholars. One is his Confession. From his Confession we learn that his father was a deacon, the son of Potitus, a gospel minister. Where Patrick was actually born is something of a mystery. England, Scotland, Wales and even France all claim to be the place of his birth. In his Confession he tells us that he came from a village called Bonavem Taberniae. Where that village was is difficult now to say. It would appear that the most likely place was somewhere in Roman Britain. Very possibly he came from a place now called Kilpatrick, that is, the ‘Church of Patrick’, near Dumbarten in the Firth of Clyde, in Scotland. Read more…

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Ireland before the 17th century plantation

mistThe text of a lecture given at Bangor Free Presbyterian Young People’s meeting by Rev. Ivan Foster

A knowledge of the history of Ireland is a very beneficial and precious thing and that for a number of reasons.

  1. History displays the merciful dealings of God with our forefathers
  2. Such a knowledge will do much to expose the lie of Rome that has bred the spirit of Irish nationalism based upon the myth of a pure Irish race that has ever been fervently Roman Catholic.
  3. It will go far toward removing the feeling of insecurity and of guiltiness at being in Ulster that many Ulster Protestants suffer from as a result of Rome’s persistent lie.

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In or Out? The European Debate

UJ_EUBoth pro-EU and anti-EU spokesmen have referred to this debate as the most important for a generation! If they but understood, it will prove to be the most important decision the nation has ever taken in its long and colourful history, so filled with highs and lows, advances and retreats, shame and glory.

How well prepared is the nation for such a decision? Sadly, it has never been less prepared to decide upon a course to take which will have eternal as well as temporal consequences.
In the past, or at least in the last 500 years, the nation has had the BIBLE to act as its compass and guide and there have been godly men to proclaim fearlessly its TRUTH about the issue that faced the nation. Read more

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Editor’s correspondence with ‘Father’ Patrick McCafferty

 Pastor James McConnell and the RC priest Patrick McCafferty with whom he is most friendly

Pastor James McConnell and the RC priest Patrick McCafferty with whom he is most friendly

Back in 2002, I entered into a correspondence in the pages of “The Burning Bush” with a Roman Catholic priest from Belfast. The correspondence arose after I wrote a letter in reply to an article by the priest in “The Belfast Telegraph” of August 24th, 2002.

I was grieved at such a platform being given to the errors and deceptions of Rome and commented on the priest’s article in a letter to “The Belfast Telegraph.”

It will be noted how our two replies to the priest were edited by the ‘Letters Editor’ of “The Belfast Telegraph” before they quickly closed the exchange after two exchanges.

The Word of God was not liked by that ecumenical newspaper back then and it is still the case. Every effort was made to shield and protect the priest of Rome from the rebuke of God’s Word.

We are republishing the correspondence, which continued for eight exchanges, and appeared in “The Burning Bush” from October 2002 until May 2003, because of the publicity given to the ‘warm relationship’ that was manifested between this priest and Pastor James McConnell during the recent trial occasioned by Pastor McConnell’s pulpit statements about Islam. Pastor McConnell asked ‘Father’ Patrick McCafferty to speak on his behalf during the trial.

All this “ecumenical camaraderie” between the pastor and the priest may appear to some to give endorsement of the teachings of Rome and it is for this reason we highlight again the errors this priest, like all Roman Catholic clerics, propagates.

Needless to say, it also highlights the folly of James McConnell!

Read Part 3 of the exchange here.

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Pictures of Christ series

Rev. Ivan FosterRev. Foster is engaged in an ongoing series of studies in Kilskeery Independent Christian School morning assemblies in which he deals with the theme, “Pictures of Christ in the Bible”, i.e. the descriptions and types of Christ given in the Scriptures.

Each new study will be added as it becomes available and you can listen to new studies using the player below.

Previously published studies in this series can be heard here.

Bible pictures of Christ Pt 38
Bible pictures of Christ Pt 39
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Senior figures in North back negotiations with dissident republicans – (More evidence that terrorism pays!!)

Daughter of Enniskillen victims slams Owen Carron’s cold dismissal of 1987 atrocity – ‘he saw lives as expendable, now he cowardly hides behind the law down south’

Dissidents branded ‘pathetic’ after female police officers kicked in head – (Was CS gas used??)

Arlene Foster: ‘No two-tier NI police service’ – (?????)

Arlene Foster says Northern Ireland ‘doesn’t have two tier policing system but there are concerns out there’

Ormeau parade: DUP councillor shared image of police officer and branded PSNI officers ‘bootboys’ over Junior Orange Order Parade

Jim Shannon: The 1916 Easter Rising rebels were terrorists

Irish President Michael D Higgins pulls out of Easter Rising centenary dinner in Belfast

BBC overboard on Rising coverage

Jim Wells hustings row: Case against woman accused of wasting police time is adjourned

Why march protest veteran Dipper has own questions to answer on parade

Oxford theology students can skip Christianity lessons – (Given the likely content of the lessons, it will be no loss!!)

EU bosses DEMAND European Union flag stars be incorporated into Union Jack


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March 31

Baroness Paisley praises Dublin’s Easter Rising commemorations

1916 Rising leaders were ‘egotists’, Arlene Foster says

James Connolly’s great-great-granddaughter told to ‘go home’ from 1916 event because of English accent

Easter Rising was ‘dastardly’ fruit of ‘poisonous’ ideology stemming from Fenians to Provos – (Its common source – Roman Catholicism!!)

‘Baying for blood’ of Orange parade officer slammed

Police ‘deeply regret’ any child hit with CS spray during Ormeau Orange Order parade violence

CS spray apology welcome but perception of bias must be addressed by PSNI: County chaplain Rev Mervyn Gibson

PSNI chief in two-tier policing storm – Unionist anger after claims that children as young as six were injured in CS spray incident

Ormeau clash at Junior Orange march fuels fears of anti-loyalist conspiracy – (Quite simply, police bullies see ‘Loyalists’ as a soft target!!)

Footage shows trouble at parade amid CS spray row

Junior Orange CS incident ‘disturbing’ says Foster

Peace report suggestion that loyalist bands should march to new tune described as ‘cultural engineering’

Dr Morris Fraser: Paedophile psychiatrist worked with children after abuse conviction, study finds

“Outrageous and provcative display of republican emblems” in Rasharkin – (Equality and reconciliation is a ‘one-way street’ for Irish republicanism)

Group that murdered warder in vow to kill more staff

Trump says punish women for illegal abortions, then back-tracks


March 30

Belfast parade: Arlene Foster speaks to chief constable after CS spray used during junior Orange event – (Police petrol-bombed in Lurgan and Londonderry by Republicans: No CS gas!!!)

Two 15-year-olds charged with riotous behaviour after PSNI attacked in Lurgan – (It’s good they are going for the top criminals!!!)

Police defend using CS Spray during Ormeau Road Junior Orange Order parade

Unionist anger at police over Ormeau Road parade clash

Police Federation reveal extent of PSNI officer’s injuries after Crumlin brick attack – (Why no CS gas???)

TUV’s John Hiddleston Concerned by Reports of PSNI Conduct at Parade

John Finlay: ‘Softly, softly’ approach to republican parades but not for loyalist ones

The criminal justice system must take on dissident thuggery – (Too busy gassing Protestant youngsters!!!)

Fury as would-be Provo bomber Sean Lynch glorifies IRA as the heirs of 1916 – (It is this that the DUP are in coalition with!!!!)

Political process will not deliver a united Ireland – Billy McKee, founding member of Provos – (In other words ‘republicans still need the bomb and the gun’!!)

Continuity IRA pledges to ‘strike at will’

New IRA warns of more attacks on ‘age-old enemies’ in Northern Ireland

Armed struggle the only thing the British take notice of, says founder of Real IRA – (So much for ‘softly, softly’ unionisms tactics!!)

1916 murder of unarmed policeman James O’Brien was recreated for tourists in to mark the Easter Rising

Suspected terrorists enjoy a ‘free pass into Britain’ because bar on stopping them is ‘impossibly high’

How YOU pay for Roma gypsy palaces – UK benefits are funding Romanian mansions

EU admits plot for FEDERAL superstate and describes Brussels attacks as an ‘opportunity’


March 29

Nationalists not ‘co-operating with police’ on dissident threat – (This is not news for it has always been so!!)

Significant sums of Provisional Semtex still in hands of dissidents – (Again, this is not news for it was never believed that the IRA had decommissioned!!)

‘We are the unfinished revolution’ republican rally is told

Police rapped over dissidents’ brazen shows of strength in Northern Ireland

Policeman ‘helps’ republican erect tricolour in Belfast – (Can it get any more ridiculous???)

IRA flags at benefits office an ‘attempt to intimidate’

News delivery firm to quit Co Armagh republican area after hijacking

Sinn Féin’s deluded 1916 narrative now cited by dissidents to justify murders

The tragedy of the 1916 uprising illustrates how easily a radical minority can manipulate and hijack a moderate majority

John Bruton, former Irish Prime Minister: His full speech denouncing the Easter Rising

Real IRA boss McKevitt attacks Sinn Féin as he is released from prison

Anti-abortion leaflets woman claims Sinn Fein official assaulted her in village

Jim Allister Comments on Easter Rising Events

Police pelted with petrol bombs in republican area of Lurgan

Officers injured as petrol bombs thrown in Lurgan

DUP’s Arlene Foster wants masked dissident republicans at Easter Rising marches behind bars

Teen asks DUP to explain why they voted against legalising same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland – (Hopefully his local DUP man will answer him. One or two texts from the Bible should be enough!!!)

Police Release Brussels Terror Suspect

Trump: Britain And Europe ‘Not Safe Places’

Fifty of Europe’s most dangerous offenders have slipped into Britain undetected

UK at risk from EU criminals, Vote Leave campaign claims

Falklands Islands: Argentina celebrates UN decision to expand its maritime territory to include disputed ‘Malvinas’

The persecution of Pakistan’s Christians is not confined to jihadists


March 28

Sacked Christian magistrate Richard Page suspended from Kent NHS trust – “It would appear no longer possible to be a Christian, to state what the Bible actually says and what the Church has believed for 2,000 years, and maintain a role in public life in today’s Britain.”

David Cameron: UK must defend Christian values against terror – (Given his position there is no greater enemy of God’s Truth than this man who rejects every tenet of the Moral Law!!!)

David Cameron says Britain must ‘proudly’ defend its Christian values in the face of Islamic extremists

Britain must defend its Christian values against terrorism, David Cameron says

Tory civil war over Europe deepens amid claims Cameron is ignoring Eurosceptic ministers

Leading Irish theologian (RC) condemns Easter Rising as unchristian

Arms race fear in Dublin feud over Provo weapons

PSNI challenged over Lurgan republicans in paramilitary uniform

Lurgan parade involving masked republicans investigated by police

PSNI widow Kate Carroll slams dissident republicans’ Easter Rising show of strength in Lurgan

Lurgan, County Armagh: Petrol bombs thrown and van hijacked and set on fire

Paramilitary uniforms mark Easter Rising parade

Gerry Kelly – Countdown is on to a united Ireland

British Ambassador present as Republic commemorates Rising

Turkey is deliberately ‘unleashing’ Isis terrorists into Europe, says Jordan’s King Abdullah

Suicide bombing kills at least 70 people in Pakistan

Pakistan explosion leaves many dead at Lahore park – killed at least 69 people and injured dozens more, officials say.

Scores killed in suicide blast aimed at Christians in Lahore park

Suicide Bomber Kills 56 In Packed Pakistan Park

Lahore blast: 60 killed and at least 300 injured outside public park in eastern Pakistan

IS Bomber Kills 41 At Football Tournament

Murdered Muslim shopkeeper’s family fear for their lives from hardline Islamic factions

‘I confronted a Muslim’ tweet suspect says he will sue Metropolitan Police after race-hate charges are dropped

Insurance issues stop cross Border patients using South West Acute Hospital


March 26

Brussels attacks: Nuclear alert after security officer found dead with his pass stolen

Tricolour at Keady church ‘act of intimidation’

Why I politely declined my invitation to the 1916 Easter Rising commemorations

Londonderry crash: Man charged with attempted murder of police officers

EU referendum: 250 business leaders back exit, say campaigners

Brexit peace fears are rubbish: Trimble

EU isn’t working on economic grounds: Trimble

Church (of Rome) accused of deceitfulness as priest who had affair secretly resumes role

Priest resumes duties after affair scandal

Muslim shopkeeper murdered in suspected ‘religiously prejudiced’ attack after posting on Facebook of love for Christians

Man arrested over ‘religiously prejudiced’ killing of Glasgow shopkeeper

Police drop charge over ‘mealy mouthed reply’ tweet

‘I confronted a Muslim’ tweet suspect no longer charge with race-hate offence


March 25

Ex-CIA director: EU ‘gets in way’ of security services

EU just ‘gets in the way’ of security services, blasts former CIA director

Glasgow mosque leader praises extremist killer

Mosque leader who condemned Brussels attacks sent messages calling extremist ‘true Muslim’

PC GONE MAD: Top MP blasts chocolate firms for dropping ‘EASTER’ from seasonal eggs – (!!!???)

Police urged to clamp down on any terror glorification at Rising events – (And pigs might fly!!)

Unionist defends decision to back SF 1916 event – (No wonder the party he help found a short time ago imploded!!!)

Easter Rising commemorations: The 1991 interview that has come back to haunt Gerry Adams– (Surprise, surprise: Gerry’s two-faced!!!!)

Briton David Nixon killed in Brussels terror attacks

Brussels attacks: Missing Briton David Dixon confirmed dead by his ‘devastated’ family

Protest against clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Dublin today

Brussels attacks: Croydon man charged after tweet ‘confronting Muslim woman over Brussels attacks’ – (Muslim care workers refused to serve old folk bacon sandwiches: No crime there!!!)

Ted Cruz calls Donald Trump ‘a sniveling coward’ for dig at his wife – (The antics in this election is beyond belief!!)


March 24

Sinn Fein’s McGuinness calls on republicans to respect events in unionist culture

Unionist icon Edward Carson mural paint bombed on Belfast’s Falls Road (You may call again Marty!!!)

Gerry McGeough elected president of Tyrone AOH – (“Well known for his strong Catholic views” – jailed for attempted murder- a good RC!!!???)

IS-inspired ‘drive-by’ terror plot: Two students guilty

Integrated education: Where do NI parties stand? (The correct name for this system is ‘Ecumenical Education’!!!)

Mass cards, GAA talk, mention of child’s confirmation and ashes spark fear in Orange Order civil service workers, report claims

‘We need a security union’ EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker causes fury with Brussels comments

Migrants spill from lorry after police make shocking discoveries in Kent

Meath (Rep. of Ireland) shooting: Man dies in gun attack


March 23

Prison officer Adrian Ismay’s funeral told of New IRA’s ‘dark deed’

Wife of murdered prison officer Adrian pays loving tribute to ‘my darling Izzy’

Brussels attacks: El Bakraoui brothers named as Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 34 and wounded hundreds

Brussels explosions: Eyewitnesses describe blast ‘chaos’

Brussels terror: Police hunt third bomber as IS attacks leave at least 34 dead and scores more injured

Brussels attacks: Europe is acting as a ‘welcome sign’ to terrorists, warns former Tory leader

Brussels attacks: The EU aspires to be a state but fails to deal with the enemy within

Donald Trump: British Muslims aren’t reporting terror suspects

Proper policing totally lacking in Holylands area in Belfast

Libya’s new stance on IRA terror payouts ‘welcome news’, says UK minister

Death driver Anto Hagans hired by Sinn Fein linked group to repair IRA memorial

John McDonnell attacked in Commons for IRA support

Tory MPs question Labour’s shadow chancellor McDonnell ‘IRA support’ in Osborne row

DUP slams report claiming Northern Ireland would be better off in united Ireland

David Ford has been a total failure

Former Foyle MLA Devenney to stand for Assembly as independent unionist

UUP’s Patterson: Sinn Féin has republicanised St. Patrick

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald: I was subjected to very invasive searches by US authorities


March 22

BREAKING NEWS: At least 28 dead in two explosions after suicide bomber targets American Airlines check-in desk at Brussels Airport as SECOND attack hits Metro station near EU headquarters

Brussels explosions: Dozens killed and wounded in terrorist attacks on Zaventem airport and Metro system

Brussels attacks: Latest updates

Brussels hit by terror attacks on airport and Metro

Brussels terror attacks: David Cameron to chair emergency Cobra meeting to determine UK response to explosions

Brussels explosions: UK police increase presence after attacks

‘Peace process’ entrenched loyalist and republican paramilitary influence – (This the lawlessness of the last days, 2 Tim 3:1.)

DUP MLA denies trying to edge ahead alphabetically on ballot

Alleged senior dissidents Colin Duffy, Henry Fitzsimons and Alex McCrory to stand trial accused of trying to kill police officers

Gun attack at school gates showed ‘breathtaking recklessness’

Northern Ireland prison visits cancelled ahead of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay’s funeral

Furore over Orange Order comparison to Ku Klux Klan by Sinn Fein candidate

Apprentice Boys banned from marching around Anglican church

Don’t blame the messenger, Professor Brewer, when nobody is listening to your message

Relatives of Easter Rising dead reject Glasnevin wall

‘Fianna Fail can go into power with Sinn Fein’, says former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan


March 21

Irish terrorist Gerry Adams whines on Twitter about US airport security

Gerry Adams’s US snub ‘linked to IRA report on criminality’

An administrative input error or just a good call?

Daughter of poppy day victim in appeal

IRA dissidents out to hijack 1916 commemorations

Ruth Patterson: Emma Pengelly name change ‘smacks of desperation’

1916 Easter Rising: David Ford declines to attend commemoration of ‘violence’

Alliance councillors seemingly at odds with leader on 1916 events

Once again, the Freedom of Information Act reveals dubious practices at Stormont

Casement Park fiasco big kick in teeth for Sinn Fein

Paedophile register of controversial group ignored by police – allowing several members to commit abuse

Syrian refugees ‘drag paedophile to police’ after he was allegedly found attacking 7-year-old at refugee camp

Australians want to keep the Queen


March 19

Adrian Ismay death: Christopher Alphonsos Robinson charged with murder

Adrian Ismay remembered by community rescue teams across Northern Ireland

Jim Allister: Ismay murder is straight from the Provo terror book

Iain Duncan Smith quits over planned disability benefit changes

Iain Duncan Smith quits Cabinet over ‘indefensible’ benefit cuts

Iain Duncan Smith quits: David Cameron ‘puzzled’ by resignation

Cameron’s ‘Extraordinary’ Exchange With IDS

‘A dark day for Europe’: EU reaches agreement to send refugees back to Turkey despite legal concerns – (Morality, truth and legitimacy mean nothing to EU leaders!!!)

A&E now ‘overwhelmed’ says top doc as he calls for army of medics to be sent in

Officers bailed over Police Federation fraud allegations

Steady decline in number of Protestant civil servants concerns Orange Order

Gregory Campbell: Those who caused our bloody past will not be allowed to erase their part in it – (By being allowed into government by the DUP the erasing has begun!!!)

A ‘Coward’s End’ For Europe’s Most Wanted Man

France seeks swift extradition for Paris attacks suspect, Salah Abdeslam, a French national

Six questions shameless Omagh bomber Seamus Daly must answer

Queen’s and Ulster Universities to take “robust action” following St Patrick’s Day disorder in Belfast’s Holyland area – (‘Robust’ is about to be redefined!!!)

How the British ‘lost’ the Easter Rising


March 18

Attorney General: Easter Rising was profoundly wrong and undemocratic – (He is Northern Ireland’s first Roman Catholic Attorney General!!)

Gerry Adams’s White House party refusal escalates to top Obama aides

Now Sinn Féin claim TD Ferris was ‘held for hours’ at Boston airport

Delusions of grandeur for Adams as SF choose to forget their past US favours

St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Belfast marred by IRA chants – (Really! That is merely the heart of the event sounding forth!)

Belfast St Patrick’s Day trouble: Eleven arrests across city – (The lawless ‘Holyland’ of Belfast is another area from which Protestants were driven out!!!)

Holylands trouble: Police warn of long-term consequences

Belfast council blasted for scrapping Holylands CCTV

Police powerless to act as Belfast’s Holylands residents beseiged by army of rowdy, under age drinkers on St Patrick’s Day

Ismay murder: ‘Don’t believe the propaganda: guards are the ones being mistreated’

Arlene Foster disgusted by dissidents who celebrated killing – (I can recall reports of RC nurses cheering on their ward at news of soldier’s death!!!)

SF stance on jail officer murder ‘nauseating’

How Many Times Did Provo Prisoners Celebrate Murder?

Jim Allister hits out at McGuinness nominations to Independent Review of Paramilitary Activity

Adrian Ismay death: condemnation is cheap if mainstream republicans still justify own misdeeds

Muslim care home staff stopped elderly residents having bacon sandwiches, report finds – (Imagine the reaction if the reverse took place!!)

BACON BAN AT CARE HOME: Muslim staff REFUSED to serve patients bacon sandwiches

Kurdish woman shot dead at wedding for refusing to marry her cousin

Anorexia is a symptom of our sick society – that’s why terrified mothers like me agree with Joan Bakewell

Republic of Ireland – Fears jailed Liam Keane will seek revenge after release next week

‘Murphy should appear at Kingsmills inquest’

Edwin Poots: Verdict helps restore faith in judiciary

Police Federation of England and Wales investigated over fraud allegations


March 17

NI prison officer death ‘murder inquiry’

Murder investigation launched after Adrian Ismay post mortem

Prison officer Adrian Ismay trained alleged bomber in lifesaving techniques, it is claimed – (Such treacherous betrayal of kindness has been common throughout the ‘troubles’!!)

Prison officer Adrian Ismay another name added to list of dead as thugs of republicanism try to prolong Troubles

Lurgan ‘dissident republican’ sent for trial over bomb planted at school

‘Practice what you preach Martin’ – (A waste of time since McGuinness and his like are unconscionable!!)

Gerry Adams refused entry to White House St Patrick’s Day reception – (Would you let him into your house???!!!)

US Secret Service says sorry to Gerry Adams for security ‘error’

Court victory for Poots over gay blood ban – (Now will the DUP back his stance??)

Analysis: Basil McCrea had the chance to build a significant movement, but he blew it

Basil McCrea bows out with no final dig at nemesis John McCallister

Priest abuse claims ‘not passed on to police by Archbishop Carey’, inquiry told

Lord Carey might have delayed investigation into church sex abuse for 20 years, inquiry hears

Islamic State flag found near the body of gunman named after Brussels shootout


March 16

Prison officer Adrian Ismay injured in Belfast bomb attack dies

Prison inmates taunt officers over Adrian Ismay death

Good Friday murder plot to shoot prison officer uncovered by police intelligence

Attack on prison officer the latest in a spate of violent dissident activity

Brussels on high alert after anti-terrorism raid leaves one dead

Manhunt After Brussels Anti-Terror Raid

One gunman killed after shootout during Brussels raid linked to Paris attacks

‘We owe peace in North of Ireland to EU’, says former Irish President Mary McAleese – (Republican lies and more lies!!)

Brexit a ‘world of Danger’- Sinn Fein MEP

Mandelson EU exit claims ‘just plain nonsense’

New IRA plot carnage for 1916 centenary

East Tennessee celebrates iconic Ulster-Scot Sam Houston

Concern over rival republican events in Coalisland on Easter Sunday

Relatives of 1916 rebels criticise plans to remember British soldiers

Decision on Lisnaskea Irish speaking school may have been ‘political’

O’Dowd school buildings cash shows Irish obsession: DUP

Victims’ shock at ‘peace’ cash for McCreesh council


March 15

EU referendum: Brexit campaign has the edge as Telegraph poll – (Its far from over yet!!)

‘Car bomb’ explodes in Berlin, killing driver

Deadly Car Bombing In Central Berlin

Stinging rebuke for Angela Merkel in German elections

How long can Angela Merkel stay the most powerful woman in Europe?

CON AIR: Couple who flew migrants into UK for a DAY to claim £1.6m in benefits facing jail

Have a border poll now to show Sinn Fein just how far away unity really is

Hasty U-turn can’t hide fact the Sinn Fein mask slipped

Sinn Fein charging £10 for tricolours to celebrate Easter Rising – (Still gangsters at heart!!)

DUP split over Mid Ulster Assembly seat

Armed officers guard courtroom as man faces murder bid charge

Gang led by ‘Mr Big’ issues chilling threat to dig up body of murdered IRA boss Alan Ryan

How survivor of IRA Manchester bomb finally got help from NI victims groups

NI 21 leader Basil McCrea tells Belfast Telegraph he is ‘to quit politics’

‘Disillusioned’ NI21 leader Basil McCrea to quit politics

I’m finished with politics, says Basil McCrea – bombshell announcement sounds death knell for NI21

Alliance pamphlet ingites furious row among councillors

‘St Patrick’s Day has about as much to do with being Irish as Christmas has to do with Jesus’

Teenage car thief who killed police officer during chase was only just out of prison, court hears – (He should never be out again!!)


March 14

Boris Johnson urges Obama not to intervene in EU debate

Americans would never accept EU restrictions – so why should we?

Boris Johnson accuses Barack Obama of ‘outrageous and exorbitant hypocrisy’ over EU row

Angela Merkel’s party suffers in German state votes as she faces most serious challenge to her power

Germany elections: Disaster for Angela Merkel as exit polls suggest defeat in two out of three regional elections

UUP and SDLP leaders hint at a future together in Opposition

Manchester IRA survivor at Stomont to mark terror victims’ day

The OFMDFM phantom project which never existed – (One of the many bluffs that the DUP pulled since 2007!!)

Auditors flagged up concerns over scheme paying Stormont spin doctors

McCreesh council got EU peace cash to ‘tackle sectarianism’ – (That’s our money the EU is paying out!!)

Translink awarded legal costs over ‘vexatious’ religious discrimination case

It is an extraordinary situation that former IRA chiefs can lecture victims – (‘Extraordinary’ doesn’t come close!!!)

Dublin weigh-in murder: Meath gun find and arrest ‘linked to hotel shooting’

Sinn Fein calls for Ireland reunification poll if UK votes to leave EU – do you agree?

The frank confessions of an unrepentant lackey

UUP warns of forming official opposition after elections

Prison officer bomb accused yawns in court as charges read

‘We want to know how IRA got Garda file on my murdered brother

JP sacked over same-sex adoption views plans legal action – (What a shame when doing right is seen as bringing the law into disrepute!!!)

Magistrate sacked in gay adoption row to sue Michael Gove

Jeremy Corbyn and the mosque leader who blames the UK for Isil

‘Mama Merkel’ faces first test of migrant crisis handling as elections loom


March 12

Oklahoma Senator Introduces Bill to Criminalize Abortion as First-Degree Murder

Belfast bomb: Man charged with attempted murder of prison officer

MEP slams Taoiseach on Garda-IRA collusion

Jim Molyneaux family dismayed at ‘close relationship’ claims made by Christopher Luke

‘We’ll take Merkel to court over migrant chaos’ Furious Sweden hits out at Germany

Blow for David Cameron as Tory MEP who brokered EU deal backs Brexit

True scale of EU migration could be more than double official figures and real number may not emerge until eve of referendum

Government officials ‘hid stats proving there are a MILLION extra EU migrants in Britain’

Bid to ban Muslims from replacing UK law with Sharia courts to be put before MPs TODAY

Fear of upsetting EU stops us sending home foreign criminals, claims Tory MP

Four-fifths of dissident attacks thwarted: top PSNI man

‘Vast majority of attacks’ stopped in campaign against dissident republicans

Former Sinn Fein councillor and Mary Lou McDonald ally denies links to Dublin gangs after Gardai raid his home


March 11

Migration fears not racist – Archbishop of Canterbury

Welby: ‘Anxiety over migration is reasonable’

Education minister opens Irish school with only 15 pupils – (An example of the bias found in Sinn Fein controlled ministries!!)

St Patrick’s Day ‘too Gaelicised’, says Arlene Foster as she unveils new mural of saint in loyalist Belfast

Durkan says sorry… but apology fails to quell row over crass ‘elephant in the womb’ abortion joke – (Inexplicably stupid and coarse!!)

Barra McGrory: Number of Troubles-related prosecutions ‘likely to be very low’

Professor slams ‘conflict journalism at its worst’

MP warns over McGuinness appointing members of body on paramilitary activity

Northern Ireland stinks of people not quite breaking the law – (There’s a right old stink from those who have and who do flagrantly break the law!!!)

Riot fears as loyalists given go-ahead for huge Easter Monday march in Lurgan

Dissident republican activist denies encouraging support for IRA

Event to remember Scots soldier trio lured to death by IRA

Commemorations for three soldiers murdered in infamous honeytrap killings – (An example of ‘women’s lib’ – republican-style!!)

Woman, 35, arrested in Belfast by detectives probing bomb attack on prison officer

Woman freed after police quiz over bomb attack on prison officer

Suspects in killing of Scottish soldiers Dougal McCaughey, Joseph and John McCaig ‘still on run in Republic of Ireland’

Anger at claim that 22 police officers working on Bloody Sunday but none on Enniskillen – (Read the untold story of the ‘Enniskillen Bombing’ here)

President Higgins: ‘Don’t allow violence take root’ – (What an eejit! Violence has been growing and flourishing in Ireland for centuries!!!)

Uncritical take on 1916 Rising by schools very concerning – (It is what Roman Catholic children have always been taught!!)

Country with no leadership as Taoiseach resigns post

Leading economist Jim Power: Brexit could be good for Ireland

Gardai raid home of former Sinn Fein councillor who quit party ‘over bullying’

Gardai raid home of Sinn Fein Mary Lou McDonald’s former political ally

Councillor left over ‘personality clashes’ within the party, says SF

Michael Noonan ‘kept Stormont committee in dark over proposed Nama payments’

Questions still linger over Nama deal in the North

Unanswered questions around Nama and Project Eagle deal


March 10

‘How can McGuinness lecture victims conference on the past?’ – (Why was he, a chief victim-maker, be invited and why did people sit and listen????)

The Sun stands by ‘Queen Backs Brexit’ story as newspaper claims they knew more than they published

Britain warned it wields no power in German-dominated EU

Government’s actions towards terror victims ‘are totally unacceptable’

If terrorists win damages, we must try to recoup it for victims

IRA Semtex victims must get damages as other Libyan victims did

Family of boy shot by Army say ‘shame on PPS’

‘Further review of soldier case is not on’ against backdrop of entire Troubles

Dissident Republican terrorists ‘recruiting messengers of death’ in Larne: Sammy Wilson

Top DUP men support bringing back death penalty

Nelson’s Pillar – Vandals, not nationalists

Election looms amid Fianna Fáil dissent over coalition deal


March 9

Gerry Adams is endorsed for Taoiseach post with IRA’s blessing

Gerry Adams will stand for office of Taoiseach

SF councillor clarifies views on violence after unionist anger – (Lies and more wriggling!!)

Arlene Foster exerts her authority over Jim Wells selection in South Down

Injured prison officer one of 32 on IRA target list stolen from Prisons HQ

Special Criminal Court rules the arrest of a man accused of IRA membership was unlawful

The unending anguish of the Troubles’ forgotten victims

EU referendum: Brexit ‘could make policing slower and more costly’, says PSNI chief – (I wonder is that REALLY possible??!!)

Casement Park emails prove minister Ni Chuilin’s aides knew about safety risks

Gross dereliction of duty – Assembly relied on self-certification by Sinn Fein over £700,000 research bill – (Cheating pupils allowed to mark their homework!!)

Kenneth Clarke ‘failed to act’ over Lord Janner and Cyril Smith child abuse tip-offs

Migrant merry-go-round: Turkey deal ‘could bring hundreds of thousands MORE to Europe’


March 8

Republic of Ireland ‘afraid of UK leaving’ EU – DUP – (I believe that Bible prophecy indicates that Ireland will eventually leave the EU!)

Unionist rival slams UUP’s pro-EU move, SDLP hails it

MLAs back down over bid to compel Nama witnesses

Ex-IRA boss one of 19 members of SF ruling body – (‘Ex-IRA boss’ is presently Stormont’s Deputy First Minister !!!)

Fury as SF’s Tony McCaul says return to violence cannot be ruled out – (Murder will ever be deemed justifiable by Irish Republicans!!)

Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald: No intelligence to suggest increased risk of dissident attacks

New IRA the deadliest of the dissident republican groupings

Backlash over Army pension for IRA bomber Michael Dickson

Daughter of IRA Hyde Park bomb victim denied legal aid

Britain’s Secret Terror Deals: ‘Truly disturbing’ BBC Panorama allegations of collusion must be fully investigated, says Amnesty International

Boris Johnson insists ‘nobody has been gagged’ as he overturns EU vote edict

Turkish refugee deal is just another reminder that the EU means immigration


March 7

‘IRA’ claim responsibility for murder bid on prison officer

Belfast bomb: Dissident republican ‘new IRA’ claim prison officer attack

‘New IRA’ claims east Belfast bomb attack on prison officer

PSNI arrest four suspects over prison officer murder bid

Schoolgirl sex assault man is walking tour guide in Northern Ireland town

Carnfunnock Country Park: ‘Terrorist hide’ including bomb parts and explosives found

Carnfunnock security alert: Explosives and bomb making components found in ‘terrorist hide’ near Larne

‘Dissident republican link’ to Carnfunnock Country Park explosives find

Concern voiced ahead of Easter Rising event in Stewartstown/Coalisland area

West Belfast: Second bomb found during security alert

Labour anti-Semitism row threatens to divide the Party

Labour leader Corbyn ‘tries to cover up past’ by deleting Eurosceptic articles

SF’s rise in the Republic slows

Thomas “Slab” Murphy is being treated like a god by fellow inmates since being jailed – (So much for men’s choice of a ‘god’!!!)

Arlene Foster: EU subsidies waning

Mixed reactions in DUP as Jim Wells gets nod to stand in South Down

Why (Roman) Catholics can’t agree on Brexit – (Interesting acknowledgement that Romanism spawned the EU!!!)

FIVE DECADES OF EU FAILURE: Dossier finds 43 UK U-turns over 43 years of Brussels rule

Tom Elliott MP: I’ve backed party’s pro-EU stance… but am undecided

Derry H-Block memorial is ‘illegal’ say DRD – (Will anything be done with it? Not likely!!)

DUP to press DPP over terror memorial in Lurgan

Arlene Foster: ‘First Minister will be me or Martin McGuinness’

TUV is the Only Party Opposing McGuinness as co-First Minister

Outrage as IRA bomber is set to be handed state-funded armed services pension

Hospital suspends consultant who stopped (Muslim) surgeon operating while wearing headscarf

Apologetic PSNI chief reverses decision over police memorial plaques

Prison officer bombing: ‘This is part of republican campaign inside jails’

Provo Semtex used to maim prison officer – (So much for the much vaunted ‘decommissioning’ by the IRA!!)

Don’t let a meddling Labour MP scrap ‘God Save the Queen’

Basil McCrea cleared by Bain…but committee has concerns

Ben Lowry: Now even that wretch Seamus Daly is blaming the Brits

EU referendum: Boris Johnson condemns BCC boss suspension

BCC boss resigns over ‘Brexit’ support

EU referendum: British Chambers of Commerce head John Longworth quits as he accuses David Cameron of peddling ‘irresponsible scare’ stories in Brexit row

There is no conspiracy. The EU is completely open about its superstate plan

Cameron in NI cut an isolated figure compared to Boris


March 5

Anger at claim that 22 police officers working on Bloody Sunday but none on Enniskillen

Decriminalise prostitution, says Jeremy Corbyn – (Babylon draws nearer!!)

British Chambers of Commerce boss reportedly suspended over Brexit comments

Business chief suspended after coming out in favour of Brexit

PM under pressure over immigration by pro-Brexit ministers

Ulster Unionist Party supports staying in EU

Police warn of upsurge of attacks ‘to commemorate 1916’

Head of prison officers’ union: peace process does not apply to us

Miracle prison officer and wife did not die in booby trap bomb intended to murder

Inquiry on child abuse turns to Catholic-run group of homes

Child abuse inquiry to focus on Good Shepherd Sisters institutions

SF proposes ex-hunger strike campaigner to chair Irish Dail

Paisley Jnr racked up expenses debt of over £27,000 on official credit card


March 4

East Belfast: Prison officer injured after bomb explodes under van

Bomb explodes in east Belfast: Prison officer and another injured by device planted under van

Prison officer injured in car bomb explosion

Attorney General to intervene in gay cake appeal

Ashers case: ‘A £36.50 cake has spawned bills totalling £100k-plus’

GAA approach to 1916 proof it is far from open to us all

EU referendum: Iain Duncan Smith ‘troubled’ by Remain conduct

Remain campaign trying to bully British people – IDS

Iain Duncan Smith: Remain campaign is trying to ‘bully’ Britain into staying in EU

Nama: Frank Cushnahan breaks silence but refuses to address allegations

PSNI commanders warned over removal of police memorials

Moving police memorial a bid to ‘airbrush RUC from history’

Tina McKenzie lifts lid on NI21 blackmail, conspiracies and a toxic leadership feud

Casement ‘farce’ claim after Sinn Fein Sports Minister Ni Chuilin walks out

Ulster Unionist MLA calls on DUP minister to act on ‘illegal’ 1916 monument in Lurgan

Lurgan memorial to terrorism must be pulled down

Military veterans to ‘march for justice’ to Stormont

Cousin of one of three Scottish soldiers murdered and dumped in North Belfast has called for an inquiry into their deaths


March 3

Storm over ‘illegal’ 1916 memorial

Nato chief: Vladimir Putin ‘weaponising’ refugee crisis to ‘break’ Europe

MLAs back plans for a Stormont Opposition, as Sinn Fein warns against creating ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ – (They would !!!)

‘No election grudge match against DUP’ – Ruth Patterson

Basil McCrea misconduct report: Dozen complaints against NI21 leader, but no evidence of any wrongdoing

NI21 row: Claims against Basil McCrea were a ‘political conspiracy’

Bryson ‘astounded’ at sentence over threats

If we can’t get justice for Omagh bombing, then let us get the truth

Dissident republicans release chilling threat to wipe out ‘all known drug dealers’ after Vinnie Ryan murder

Mary McAleese remarks betray her soft nationalist view of history – (I’m not sure her nationalist views were ‘soft’!!)

The beggar with a sports car: death threats for man filmed getting into Audi TT – (This the madness of society today!!)

EU referendum: France issues Calais migrant crisis warning over British EU referendum – (And so the pressure mounts!!!)


March 2

Grassroots Fianna Fáil members prefer Sinn Féin coalition to Fine Gael

Irish PM Kenny performs massive U-turn as he opens door to Fianna Fáil

Reign of Gerry Adams nears end, but the new order won’t tolerate the old ways – (Really! Terror has been married to Irish republicanism for centuries!!)

Gardaí examine possibility of Real IRA retaliation to Vincent Ryan murder

Republicans from across Ireland to attend the funeral of Vinny Ryan

Another vile show of RIRA pageantry on the way

Dissidents are raking it in from pay-offs by crime gangs peddling heroin on our streets, MLA says – (Gangsterism -the true nature of Irish republicanism!!)

Pressure mounts on PSNI over RUC memorial’s new ‘photocopier’ site

Old weapons found in Belfast Orange hall

Home Rule UVF arms cache discovered in Belfast Orange Hall

Omagh bomb case against Seamus Daly collapses

Omagh bomb: Murder case against Seamus Daly collapses

The moment Seamus Daly walked free from Maghaberry Prison

Martin McGuinness: I’ll reveal details of my IRA past as part of any information retrieval process – (With about as much honesty as ‘Slab’ Murphy’s Tax Returns!!!!)


March 1

EU sets October 2016 as date for visa exemption for Turkish citizens – (This invasion will impact upon UK if it votes to STAY IN on June 23rd!)

Visa-free deal with Turkey to trigger ‘new refugee influx’ to EU – Bundestag Vice-President

Adams open to prosecution if he resigns: Moloney

Republic practices democratic options denied in Northern Ireland

RoI ‘will have no government by time of 1916 centenary’ – (One has to see the hand of God!)

(Roman) Catholic priest Fr Stephen Crossan ‘caught snorting cocaine in Nazi room’

Northern Ireland priest ‘caught snorting cocaine in parochial house with Nazi memorabilia on display’

PSNI probing cocaine storm cleric Fr Stephen Crossan

Co. Cork priest who ‘hired Continuity IRA’ to threaten nephew loses appeal

Cardinal: Catholic Church Failed Abuse Victims – (That is putting their iniquitous behaviour very mildly indeed!!)

Nama deal: Frank Cushnahan claims he was due ‘fixer fee’ over £1bn Nama deal

BBC reveals illegal ‘fixer’s fee’ admission from Nama adviser Frank Cushnahan

Former DUP man, Devenney turns down UUP

Dublin shooting: ‘Associate of slain Real IRA boss Alan Ryan critical’ after Finglas attack

Vincent Ryan shooting: Brother of slain Real IRA boss Alan Ryan dies after Finagles attack

Brother of Real IRA man Alan Ryan dies after Dublin shooting

David Cameron: Enniskillen bomb probe is up to unit yet to exist

Hungary election body endorses referendum question on migrants quota – (Worried about Hungary’s sovereignty!!!)

Migrants storm Macedonia border as tensions boil over

Police Use Tear Gas At Greece-Macedonia Border

Fierce clashes as France clears Calais ‘Jungle’ camp


February 29

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy: Sinn Féin stand by alleged former IRA leader after tax sentencing – (That tells you what a ‘good republican’ is like)

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy facing civil case as agency aims to recover unpaid tax of up to £4m

Spanish MEP slams terrorists who act as victims and peacemakers – (We know how you feel!!)

Police question ex-paras over Bloody Sunday shootings – (Nothing done about the IRA murderers masquerading as politicians!!)

Will Jim Wells run against the DUP in Assembly election? Controversial MLA is in standoff with his party

The three Irish parties vying for power – each with a very bloody past

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail under pressure to forge alliance after indecisive poll

Irish election: Enda Kenny admits coalition will not return

Irish Election casualties: The big names gone and those on the brink of missing out on 32nd Dail

IRA victims’ views on SF results

Ben Lowry: Like it or not, power at Stormont has helped sanitise Sinn Fein in Republic – (Blame the DUP for that!!)

A child’s right not to be indoctrinated in religion is daily flaunted in schools – (No complaints about ‘indoctrination’ in Evolution!!)

Steven Agnew interview: Stay in the EU to reform it – (Only someone really ‘green’ would push this notion! UK has accomplished no reforms so far!!))

Streets of Belfast packed for murdered Orangemen parade

We won’t let IRA victims be airbrushed from history: ex-UDR man

Gerry Adams to Brian Stack sons: ‘You’re brave men to come here’

Teebane Memorial floral tributes damaged in attack

Don’t be taken in by Project Fear – staying in the EU is the risky choice

EU referendum campaign: David Cameron visits Northern Ireland

EU referendum: Leaving EU a stride into the light – Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith – No10 can sack me but the EU fight is too important to back down

Nine deceptions in our history with the EU – (The greatest deception has yet to come!!)

World economy stands on the cusp of another crash, warns Lord Mervyn King


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