Posts from 2020

Posts from 2020

Is Anyone Able to Help Us?

2020 has been a challenging year. As I write this it is Christmas Eve here in Ontario, Canada, and for many, this Christmas will not be particularly merry! There are heavy hearts, struggling spirits, anxious minds and questioning souls. Some have been hit much harder by events in the past months than others – but none of us have totally escaped the unique challenges which have crashed uninvited into our lives in these most unusual times. In working my own…

Do Appearances Really Matter?

We seem to be incurable creatures of extremes. Apogee and perigee have a strange appeal to us. That holds true as to the subject of this article. Some people act as though outward appearance means nothing, insisting that it is what God sees that counts. Others behave as though outward appearance means everything, that it is what the world sees that matters. As contradictory as it may sound, we tend to find extremes comfortable – they are easy to enforce.…

The Value of the Assembly’s Gospel Meeting

The gospel pioneers, who came to my home country of North America with a burning passion to win lost souls, called the buildings in which they preached gospel halls. They never taught that Christians belonged to the gospel hall; rather it belonged to Christians, and was used for the preaching of the gospel. We are saddened and even baffled that many places that once preached the gospel as a regular practice have ceased to do so. The two most-often-heard excuses…

Contributing to Your Local Assembly Bible Reading

Understanding the importance of the assembly Bible reading should cause us to have greater diligence in our preparation. Knowing the charge given to the elders at Ephesus to “feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28), should give us a greater sense of responsibility to prepare. While all do not have the same ability to contribute, each one in the fellowship should make some preparation for the Bible reading. Read the Passage Many…

Lockdown Longings

The lockdown longings of the Lord’s people in England in November 2020 were eloquently put into words by the sons of Korah many centuries ago: “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars,…

Isn’t Everyone Gathered to His Name?

Isn’t everyone gathered to the Name of the Lord Jesus? If you have ever tried explaining to one of your friends that you are part of a group of believers who do not take any denominational name but gather to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, then you have probably been confronted by this challenge. In their sincerity and simplicity, many take Matthew 18:20 to apply to any and every time that two or three believers meet. It hardly…

This Thing is From Me

Some years ago, in Hebron Gospel Hall, Ian Jackson quoted “This Thing is From Me” by Laura A. Barter Snow (died 1939). It is a touching and comforting piece of writing that deserves, and will bless, a wide readership. The expression, “This thing is from Me” comes from 1 Kings 12.24. This Thing is From Me by Laura A. Barter Snow (died 1939) The disappointments of life are in reality only the decrees of love. I have a message for…

Few Sophisticated People Believe the Bible – Here’s Why

Psychologist, author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker is one of the world’s leading atheists. In his book, Enlightenment Now (Penguin, 2018), he says: “Few sophisticated people today profess a belief in heaven and hell, the literal truth of the Bible, or a God who flouts the laws of physics.” Pinker is undoubtedly correct, and I say that as a person who believes in heaven and hell, in the literal truth of the Bible and in the miracles recorded in Scripture. Stung…

Arriving in Good Time

I’ll never forget the sight of an exasperated British Airways stewardess, shouting across JFK airport at a Rabbi who, though a few minutes late for his flight to London, England, wasn’t making haste. The ‘final call’ had long passed and he was the last passenger on her clipboard list. As he exited the men’s room and started sauntering towards the gate, the stewardess went into meltdown. “HURRY UP! You’re keeping over 300 people waiting.” I wish I had videoed it…

Social Drinking?

The title of this article will perhaps pique the interest of a variety of readers. I write to stimulate thought and spiritual exercise in the minds and hearts of those who are genuinely searching for Scriptural guidance in this critical area of modern living. There are many young people fueled by curiosity and intense peer pressure to “try a few beers” with their friends – the rationale being that “there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you don’t get…

My Reasons for not Being Free to Engage in Inter-Denominational Service

This is a transcript of a powerful and persuasive message given in 1954 in Motherwell, Scotland, by the evangelist and Bible teacher William Trew (1902-1971) entitled “My reasons for not being free to engage in inter-denominational service”.  Scripture readings: Matt 28:16-20, Acts 20:17-38, 1 Cor 9:1-23 The saints who have gathered here today to hear this statement of my reasons for not being free before the Lord to serve inter-denominationally, will believe me when I say that I have not lightly…

What Kind of Mask Are You Wearing?

Once the fringe activity of a cautious minority, mask wearing – with the encouragement of HM Government – has now gone mainstream. Yet, the truth is, long before COVID-19 we were already masters at wearing masks, albeit of a very different kind. If your response to the question “Do you believe in God?” is “I’m an atheist”, then yours is a secular mask. Mask? Yes, the Bible is clear; atheists aren’t for real, they’re pretending. Romans 1:20 describes humanity’s history…