It was Uncle Les 90th and we had a party
Here are some pictures from it
Love Chris & Bern
A week in Saundserfoot Wales.
We went here this year as it was my mum’s 80th and we gave her the choice of where to go. She decided to revisit our childhood holiday location. We went here many times as children camping and caravaning. It has many good memories for me.
We went to Caldey Island Tenby, walked to Wisemans Bridge from Saundsersfoot rather than the other way round as we did as children going through the tunnels. We also went to the Welsh National Botanic Gardens, something new.
We met a lovely church family at the Hebron Baptist church in Saundersfoot. We went there on the Sunday to worship, and on the Monday went to there harvest supper and quiz. That was lots of fun and they were really friendly, praying for Bern and I on our anniversary. 35 years of marriage this year.
One day while walking around the harbor we got chatting to a lady and her son and it turned out that they came from Mountain Ash which our church supports in wales. Such a small world. They were there for a big sailing event for a sailor who dies last year, her husband was in a boat dressed as a woman.
I always enjoy Caldey island, I found it very peaceful when I was a child and went on retreat there when I came to faith to find out what God wanted me to do. The Botanic Garden was wonderful, full of color and scent’s. The fresh air did my chest and sinuses good and cleared up the infection I had.
All in all a wonderful holiday.
Below some pictures from it.
Our first full day was the Sunday, we went to Heckington for church where my friend Chris was reactor. He had asked me to do the talk, posted here.
Here are a few pics from there and Ropsley where we were staying.
Ropsley church yard
Harringtons and us
For our break this year we headed north to stay near Grantham so we could visit various family and friends.
The journey up was broken at Baddesly Manor where we had lunch and looked around. Here are a few pictures.
The restaurant there was really good and well worth stopping for.
The manor is interesting and worth looking round, although I only saw part of it due to needing to rest for the rest of the journey.
Over the last couple of days I have been reading and thinking about this passage. I find its message a challenge Do I warn people? or do I ignore the warnings?
1-5God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people. Tell them, ‘If I bring war on this land and the people take one of their citizens and make him their watchman, and if the watchman sees war coming and blows the trumpet, warning the people, then if anyone hears the sound of the trumpet and ignores it and war comes and takes him off, it’s his own fault. He heard the alarm, he ignored it—it’s his own fault. If he had listened, he would have saved his life.
6 “‘But if the watchman sees war coming and doesn’t blow the trumpet, warning the people, and war comes and takes anyone off, I’ll hold the watchman responsible for the bloodshed of any unwarned sinner.’
So here I am being told that if I have been given the job of watchman it is important that I do that job well or else I will be to blame for those who are not saved. As an evangelist that is a hard thing to think about, have I always warned the people I have met properly? Have I been alert to give the warning at the right time to the right people?
However those who choose to ignore the warning I or other have given can only blame themselves when they are caught out.
If Death and judgement comes before we have given ourselves into the safety of Jesus then we will be lost, no eternal life.
7-9 “You, son of man, are the watchman. I’ve made you a watchman for Israel. The minute you hear a message from me, warn them. If I say to the wicked, ‘Wicked man, wicked woman, you’re on the fast track to death!’ and you don’t speak up and warn the wicked to change their ways, the wicked will die unwarned in their sins and I’ll hold you responsible for their bloodshed. But if you warn the wicked to change their ways and they don’t do it, they’ll die in their sins well-warned and at least you will have saved your own life.
10 “Son of man, speak to Israel. Tell them, ‘You’ve said, “Our rebellions and sins are weighing us down. We’re wasting away. How can we go on living?”‘
11 “Tell them, ‘As sure as I am the living God, I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live. Turn your life around! Reverse your evil ways! Why die, Israel?’
Such a wonderful verse God doesn’t want any of us to be lost, he gets no pleasure from from seeing you or I dying as a lost soul. He wants you to be part of the future, that is why he has sent people to warn you.
12-13 “There’s more, son of man. Tell your people, ‘A good person’s good life won’t save him when he decides to rebel, and a bad person’s bad life won’t prevent him from repenting of his rebellion. A good person who sins can’t expect to live when he chooses to sin. It’s true that I tell good people, “Live! Be alive!” But if they trust in their good deeds and turn to evil, that good life won’t amount to a hill of beans. They’ll die for their evil life.
Another hard verse, just giving yourself to God doesn’t excuse you continuing to sin against God, the good I do will not count if I am also sinning. Only trusting in Jesus [this is cleaver from the new testament] will count in my favour.
14-16 “‘On the other hand, if I tell a wicked person, “You’ll die for your wicked life,” and he repents of his sin and starts living a righteous and just life—being generous to the down-and-out, restoring what he had stolen, cultivating life-nourishing ways that don’t hurt others—he’ll live. He won’t die. None of his sins will be kept on the books. He’s doing what’s right, living a good life. He’ll live.
Isn’t this great, no matter what you can change with God’s help and grace. If you say sorry and start again with God, your past is wiped clean and you can start again. However bear in mind the passage above, you can’t say sorry and move to God and continue to do the same things.
17-19 “‘Your people say, “The Master’s way isn’t fair.” But it’s the way they’re living that isn’t fair. When good people turn back from living good lives and plunge into sin, they’ll die for it. And when a wicked person turns away from his wicked life and starts living a just and righteous life, he’ll come alive.
20 “‘Still, you keep on saying, “The Master’s way isn’t fair.” We’ll see, Israel. I’ll decide on each of you exactly according to how you live.'”
21 In the twelfth year of our exile, on the fifth day of the tenth month, a survivor from Jerusalem came to me and said, “The city’s fallen.”
22 The evening before the survivor arrived, the hand of God had been on me and restored my speech. By the time he arrived in the morning I was able to speak. I could talk again.
23-24 God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, those who are living in the ruins back in Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one man and he owned the whole country. But there are lots of us. Our ownership is even more certain.’
25-26 “So tell them, ‘God the Master says, You eat flesh that contains blood, you worship no-god idols, you murder at will—and you expect to own this land? You rely on the sword, you engage in obscenities, you indulge in sex at random—anyone, anytime. And you still expect to own this land?’
These verses make it clear that it is not in our own strength that we our saved, we just make things worse we rely on exploiting power to run things our own way for our own good. God is saying only with Him will you or I prosper.
27-28 “Tell them this, Ezekiel: ‘The Message of God, the Master. As sure as I am the living God, those who are still alive in the ruins will be killed. Anyone out in the field I’ll give to wild animals for food. Anyone hiding out in mountain forts and caves will die of disease. I’ll make this country an empty wasteland—no more arrogant bullying! Israel’s mountains will become dangerously desolate. No one will dare pass through them.’
29 “They’ll realize that I am God when I devastate the country because of all the obscenities they’ve practiced.
30-32 “As for you, son of man, you’ve become quite the talk of the town. Your people meet on street corners and in front of their houses and say, ‘Let’s go hear the latest news from God.’ They show up, as people tend to do, and sit in your company. They listen to you speak, but don’t do a thing you say. They flatter you with compliments, but all they care about is making money and getting ahead. To them you’re merely entertainment—a country singer of sad love songs, playing a guitar. They love to hear you talk, but nothing comes of it.
How many of us have felt like this, a person of fun which our relatives and friends listen to but ignore and make fun of. They humour us but think we have a screw lose.
33 “But when all this happens—and it is going to happen!—they’ll realize that a prophet was among them.”
What a passage, foretelling Jesus as well as the response he will get. It also tells of our responsibility as Christians to tell others and there own responsibility to respond.
It is my job to tell you that God loves you and wants to save you, it is your choice to listen or not, but don’t blame God if you don’t.
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