A strange thing happened some years ago, which I would like to recall briefly. Rosalind and I were enjoying fellowship with two young men, David and Michael. Shortly before leaving for lunch, David asked that we should remember him particularly at 3 p.m. as he was to attend an important meeting concerning his future. Of course, we were only too glad to do so. But when the time arrived just three hours later, we completely forgot, and only remembered at tea time, when pangs of remorse set in. We asked the Lord’s forgiveness, and prayed for David, even though it was too late. However, we had hardly opened our eyes, when the Lord spoke through Michael. “Fear not, your prayer has stabilised your friend at his interview.” [Read more…]
“If any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood hay, stubble, every man’s work shall be made manifest, for the day will declare it, because it shall be proved by fire.” (1 Cor.3:11-13)
Note here that Paul is emphasising man’s work, what a man builds. The illustration is given to show what happens once a man becomes a true believer in Christ. He is given a job to do, and he needs to be very careful how he goes about it. Each one of us is given a task to fulfil, and we need to be much in prayer to know what it is, and having found out, much diligence in performing it as our bounden duty throughout life. The illustration is clear enough. There are two types of materials one can use. Gold, silver, and precious stones are not consumed by fire, indeed, they are purified. But wood, hay and stubble are totally consumed. Paul tells us that those in the first category receive a reward, but those in the second suffer loss even though they themselves are saved. [Read more…]
What, how, when and why?
Having read a goodly number of books on the subject of Revival, a number of questions surface, and in this article I should like to address these questions under the four headings above. [Read more…]
At the end of Standard No.2, I quoted some of the words of the song, “I’d rather have Jesus”. Unfortunately I didn’t do a thorough spell-check, and you will find “I’d rather be Him” instead of “I’d rather be His.” I apologise for this, and request my readers to make a suitable correction to the text.
The following is a very interesting historical sketch connected with the song. [Read more…]
Responses to Standard No.1
Rosalind and I have been greatly blessed, not only by the large number of responses received to Standard No.1, but more particularly by the tenor of the comments made. In this number, we shall record some of these comments, and suggest a few further thoughts on the subject. We believe it to be a most important concept, and one that is worthy of deep consideration by those who know and love the Lord Jesus. [Read more…]
Geoff and Ellen were talking over breakfast one Sunday morning –
Ellen. I came across that verse in Luke 23:34 in this morning’s reading, you know, where Jesus said on the cross, “Father, forgive them because they don’t know what they’re doing.” To whom do you think He was referring?
Geoff. Let’s have a look at the context. . . Ah, yes, it seems as though it was very soon after He had been nailed on the cross. In that case, perhaps He was speaking to His Father about the Roman soldiers. Obviously they didn’t know what they were doing. They were merely obeying orders. [Read more…]
I had the following dream early in the morning of 31st March 2009. I very seldom have significant dreams, but this one was different. Here it is.
Rosalind and I were being ushered into a “special” building. I say special, simply because I sensed it to be so in the dream. Those who escorted us, two in number, were also “special” people, perhaps angels. I had no way of telling. [Read more…]
Those who responded to Standard 8, the “Emerald” dream, said they recognised the “glassy stone”, and decried the excesses being exercised within the Charismatic movement these days, in particular the “party atmosphere” that abounds within all the offshoots of the Toronto affair that began in 1994. [Read more…]
“And the Lord God made coats of skin for the man and his wife and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)
The word “coats” is KUTTONETH in Hebrew, and by its usage in the OT one learns that it was usually a loose fitting garment with sleeves that was worn next to the skin, and reached down to just below the knees. We have no way of knowing whether, in this very earliest mention of the word in the Bible, the tunics God made were exactly according to that later model, but there seems little reason to think otherwise. But whereas in the Torah these tunics were made of linen, Adam and Eve’s tunics were made of skin. Perhaps some form of chamois leather, light and airy. [Read more…]