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LET IT BE UNTO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) At this time of year, many around the world will have cause to think of Mary and Joseph and the nativity story. But rarely is the price they paid considered, in submitting to God’s will. Mary was a young girl, possibly only around 16 years of age. Joseph was likely a bit older possibly mid to late twenties. Mary was a simple girl from an agricultural village in northern Israel, Joseph a local carpenter, both humble young village folk. Yet when approached by the angel Gabriel and told what was to happen to her, Mary’s response was; “let it be unto me according to your word.”i She humbly and obediently submitted to God’s will. But at what price? The law of Moses stated that if a woman became pregnant outside marriage the penalty was death by stoning, on the assumption of adultery. Mary knew this risk. She would have been ostracised by her family and community. Shame and dishonour would have befallen her father and the family name. Yet against this backdrop of potential consequences she still said “let it be unto me according to your word.” Joseph was also put in a very difficult position, so much so Gabriel also had to have a word, telling him to stand firm, remain faithful and protect Mary, which he duly did. This act of obedience and submission to God’s will was done, despite his understanding that the circumstances would be regarded as wholly unacceptable in the eyes of the wider community. “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife,...

TEST THE SPIRITS – Part 1 – ISLAM

(Download PDF Print-friendly version)   ‘Test the Spirits’ – Part 1 – Islam Confusion still exists in many parts of the church, including its leadership, as to the true nature of Islam.   So as part of our new season of tackling difficult issues, this letter will address what remains for many, an enigma. Understanding the true nature of Islam is actually very simple.  One only needs to recognise the ‘spirit’ behind it.    If we understand this, everything else makes sense, including the violence, pursuit of power and control, and deception committed in its name. The spiritual litmus test to discern the spirit of Islam is clearly explained in 1 John 4:1-3: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you will know the Spirit of God.  Every Spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is not of God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming and is now already in the world.” The Quran acknowledges Jesus existed and recognises Him as a prophet, one among many, but states clearly He was not the Son of God.  The texts below taken directly from the Quran are self-explanatory: “That they (the Jews) rejected faith; that they uttered against Mary a grave false charge;  that they said (in boast): “we killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.”  But they killed him...

KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Letters from Emmaus ‘Keep The Sabbath Holy’ It’s hard to imagine a disciple of Jesus Christ not agreeing with the Ten Commandments. They are probably the most famous passage of scripture, yet frequently their deeper meanings are unappreciated.   No disciple of Christ would disagree that stealing, murdering, coveting, committing adultery and lying are wrong, yet for some reason we ignore the command about the Sabbath? Our Father in Heaven is explicitly clear about this matter – keep the Sabbath Holy. (eg Exodus 20:8 & Deut 5:12)  The Sabbath/Shabbat is Saturday, not Sunday (God rested on the seventh day and made it holy – Gen 2:2-3).  If you visit Jerusalem there is a siren that sounds every Friday, close to sunset, to advise people the Sabbath is soon to begin.  People everywhere scurry home from their busy weekday lives to share in the Lord’s day of rest. The early church kept the Sabbath until the time of Emperor Constantine and the notorious Council of Nicea, who wilfully rejected the church’s Hebraic roots and many of God’s precepts, including replacing Saturday with ‘Sun-Day’.  This was done in part to appease the dominant pagan cultures, (for whom sun worship was prevalent, dating back to Babylonian times) by blending Christian doctrine with pagan practices, which included sun worship.   Constantine Canon XXIX states: “Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.”  And in his ‘Sun-Day...

BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come, Holy is His name. Amen. Disciples of Jesus Christ are called to be holy as the Lord they serve is holy. We are His people, a royal priesthood, chosen and set apart for Him. Therefore as His bondservants we are to remain unspotted by the ways of this world. The word holiness in Greek is hagios, and means different or otherness. The temple of God was to be holy, different to any other building. Set apart for special service to Him. This is holiness – to be set apart. It implies something is distinguished and distinct. For us, being holy means we to are to be distinguishable from the world, like our Master. The Hebrew word used in the Old Testament was qodesh and again means apartness, set apart or sacred. As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, be holy as I am holy. – 1 Peter 1:15 Jesus told us clearly to come out and be separate, not to do as the world does. This is being holy: setting ourselves apart and distinguishing ourselves from the world by not doing as the world does. It’s why Jesus teachings were so revolutionary in their day going against the current of contemporary culture at the time, including religious culture. It’s why He had such challenges from religious leaders who nullified the commands of God by replacing them with the traditions of men – just as today! As His word does...

COMFORT & SAFETY – IDOLS OF THE MODERN AGE

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Comfort and safety. These two words sum up so much of today’s materialistic resistance when it comes to serving the Lord. “Will I be comfortable and will I be safe?” These are thoughts that underpin much of our thinking, often rooted in fear, yet God has not given us a spirit of fear! “Will I be safe and comfortable?” are not questions the first disciples asked Jesus as He walked beside Galilee. He saw them fishing and said, come, I will make you fishers of men. It is written they ‘immediately left their nets and followed Him.” (Matt 4:19) Never was there a debate or weeks of prayer or health and safety assessments, they just got up and went. Never did they ask if the work would be safe, would they have somewhere comfortable to stay. They just went. A little later, Jesus saw James and John fishing too, and again He called them and again it is written they immediately left. They left their father Zebedee in the boat and just walked off. As with Simon (Peter) and Andrew, they just left to follow and serve. Peter was married we know, as Jesus later prayed for his mother in law. Yet these men walked away from their livelihoods and families and went, without questioning, to follow the Master, the King of kings, who said “come.” We know from scripture that their journey with the Lord was neither safe nor comfortable. The journey was fraught with problems, dangers, challenges and hard work. Today, Jesus is still saying; “come.” He is still seeking disciples even in...

ABORTION – MURDER OR MERCY?

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Abortion – Murder or Mercy? In recent months the head of the midwives’ union, Cathy Warwick, caused controversy by stating that abortions should be allowed to be performed at full term. In other words, a baby could be aborted right up to the hour before its natural birth. This controversy has become a catalyst for bringing this subject into the light, by examining it through the lens of God’s word, to consider whether abortion is an act of mercy, or simply murder in disguise. The secular worldview is reinforced by such statements as: The BPAS’s “We Trust Women” campaign was launched in February and proposes, “the abortion time limit be removed from criminal law”.[i]  RCM Chief Executive, Cathy Warwick, has come out in support of a campaign calling for abortion to be completely decriminalised and for the 24 week abortion limit to be “relegated to history”[ii]. Royal College of Midwives backs abolition of abortion law that could see women terminate unborn child at any point[iii] The Emmaus Group doesn’t seek to judge or condemn, but we do seek to honour God’s word by highlighting His view on children, who are described as ‘gifts of God.’[iv]   On the Day of Judgment, man’s ideas and thoughts on this subject will count for nothing when weighed against God’s. For He is a God of justice, who sits upon His throne in the kingdom of heaven, and kingdoms are not democracies! His laws, precepts and statutes are non-negotiable. So when man violates them there are consequences and if abortion is murder – there will be consequences. Let’s remind ourselves...

WHY BRITAIN HAD TO LEAVE THE EU

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Why Britain had to leave the EU – it was God’s will for us! It is written that God establishes the boundaries of nations and for those who understand the times we are in, you realise we’re getting close to the end of days. So in light of the Referendum outcome, we decided to publish this article as we believe Britain could be the ancient nation of Tarshish, as referred to in Old Testament biblical prophecy. Tarshish is listed as one of the nations that challenges the Gog- Magog confederacy that sets itself up against Israel. Tarshish is also one of the first nations to bring offerings (tribute) to the God of Israel therefore could not be part the Gog-Magog confederacy. The Emmaus Group believes our deliverance from Europe was God’s will for this nation, for His word does not return void but will perform what He purposes, in the thing for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11). So be encouraged, but also understand such revelation highlights the times we’re in. Time is now very short and Britain will soon be humbled. What we are witnessing before our very eyes reflects both prophecy and the list of nations in Ezekiel 38.   Descendants of Noah As with all good stories we must start at the beginning. In Genesis chapter 10 it lists the nations that descended from the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Japheth himself had seven sons: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras. The sons of Javan, Noah’s great-grandsons, were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanim. From these, the coastland peoples...

BREXIT 2 – FEAR AND LIES

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) As the date for voting over Britain’s future draws near, we felt unctioned to write one final time and remind people to prayerfully consider how to vote. If you read our previous piece on this subject you know we strongly maintain it’s time for Britain to separate herself from this corrupted controlling institution. This doesn’t mean the future will be easy, but we can regain some control over our destiny, perhaps even creating an opportunity for God to guide us again, back to former days when we were called ‘Great Britain’? In John 8:44 it is written there is no truth in him (Satan), that when he speaks he speaks from his own resources as the father of lies. Christians also know that one of Satan’s primary weapons is fear. Fear cripples, paralyses and restrains people from doing God’s will. The fiery arrows depicted in Ephesians Six are lying thoughts loosed against us by the bows of hell to paralyse us with fear and deceive us into acting in ways contrary to God’s will. What’s notable about the Brexit debate is its extensive use of fear, especially by the “stay” campaigners. The degree of scaremongering currently deployed is astonishing. Yet Christians are called not to live by fear, for our God has not given us a spirit of fear; therefore decisions made based on fear are likely to be regretted. “Fear of man is a snare,” – Proverbs 29:25. Jesus also said we should judge a tree by its fruit. The fruit of the last forty years has been that Britain has lost its sovereignty,...