This morning I turned on my radio for the news, and I caught a conversation between two men who were representing religious education in schools, and to my amazement they said that the most important part was to question whether there was a god at all.
How can these men, or anyone, doubt the existence of God . One has only to see the beauty of the world God has created, the design of all creatures and how they fit in like a jigsaw puzzle one to another. A mind at work in the largest to the smallest creature.
Could you design and make a flea or ant, or the invisible creatures living in a glass of water ? Could you make and control the universe ? God can !
I know God! I have known Him for over 70 years, I talk to Him everyday, and He often talks to me, as He speaks through my mind, and I know His voice. His conversations are always friendly, even when He tells me off, or corrects me. Don’t ask me how, but I always know when He smiles at me.
It was God who called me to be His Minister, and I have been directed to various church fellowships through my life, and known that it was He who has always told me where to go and what to do. I have seen Him perform many miracles, so many that I have written a book about some of them, because I want people to know how great He is.
You might say What about man, fighting, warring ,breaking every rule, not a very good example. Well human beings are special, in that they have the potential to live forever in God’s new Kingdom, Heaven. Not because they are good, or better than others, but because they believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, loved them so much that He gave His life and died for them, Then they get into a close relationship with Him now here in this life, in spite of the temptations the life here offers. This world is just a testing ground.
Many doubters have prayed “Lord God if you are real, and there come and help me believe, and change my life”. I have yet to know of anyone who sincerely called on God like that and failed to find Him.
Yes, I know God, and have enjoyed His company over many years. Daily I walk with Him and talk to Him, and I look forward to being in His Wonderful Kingdom for ever and ever soon.
The whole reason for you being here is to find and know the God who made you and loves you. This old world has nothing in comparison.
“Seek The Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near”.
Christian Love from Gerald Gossage.
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The two main classes in Johnny’s school were over thrilled and excited when they learned that they were going on a special trip leaving the next week. The teachers emphasized that each child could only go if they brought a note or letter to the school from a parent or guardian giving permission for them to go. “You cannot go without us having that permission in writing” they were told.
Johnny and his three friends were so excited that they forgot about the important letter, and each day they were reminded to bring it. The transport was laid on for eight o’clock on the great day, and when Johnny and his friends arrived most of the children were seated in the coaches, Johnny with his friends and a few others were called one side, and a teacher asked for their notes of permission.
“Sorry we forgot” they said, “You silly children” the teacher said, “There’s a big notice telling you, and we have reminded you every day, There are seats for you in the coaches, but we can’t take you without those signed notes from home. I’m sorry, but you cannot go, you will have to go into Mr Jackson’s class.”
There was tears, anger, and heated grumbles. But the coaches drove away without them, and they lost the one thing that would have given them all that pleasure
The Great Day of God is coming. The return of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Only those who are committed to Him, Dead or Alive will be transferred to His Home in Heaven, there to enjoy life forever more.
It will be the biggest news item ever, all over the world.
The great sound of trumpets, and millions of Angels coming down to collect His Saints (believers) alive and from the graves to new spiritual bodies able to inhabit God’s new Kingdom.
And we shall see Our Lord Jesus coming in the clouds in great glory, as we are taken up to be with Him, and our new homes.
But what of those the are left ? Tears, Anger, Grumbles ! Why did they not know ? The Bible, The Word of God is crowded with warnings to get ready, There areChurch Buildings and Christian people everywhere, and preachers, good Christian teachers and helps everywhere. And have been all down the ages.
Now there will be thieves breaking in to empty houses once occupied by the saints. And loads of charity works abandoned. everywhere selfishness and sinful living and a crime increase.
“You seek The Lord now while He may be found”.
End of urgent message. He is coming soon ! Gerald Gossage.
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She was a dear little old lady, but rather short sighted. She looked at the newsboard outside the paper shop, one day in 1943 when news of the war was so important, but try as she did she could not read what it said. Turning to a passing man she asked “ Please can you tell me what it says? “.
“Of course madam” he replied “ It says -Enemy Italians Driven Back In Tunisia”
“The very idea, “ the old woman snapped indignantly, “but so like the British, The Italians would not have done that to our boys”.
“Done What” the man asked?”
“Driven the enemy back” the old lady said “They would have made them walk, and we ought to have made those Italians walk too”.
We used to call that “Getting the wrong end of the stick”; And most people can get the wrong idea of quite important things sometimes. I have just been watching t/v news where on the tragic death of some children the place where it happened was piled up with not only flowers, but teddy bears and toys. I just cannot work out the thinking behind this. Wanting to express ones deep sympathy I understand, But it makes me think of the Kings of Egypt who filled their tombs with food, treasures, and even a boat to take them to the other world.
Our Great Creator God who made each one of us in love and put us into this world at the time and place of His choosing, He is the one who decides the length of out stay and just how we will be tested to see how we might fit into His eternal Kingdom. It is His decision as to what trials we have to undergo and how long we will live. The Bible says that there is a gulf between this physical world and the Spiritual world of Heaven. There is no way for us to cross this gulf either with food, valuables or even Teddy Bears. Our love and sympathy has no such barrier, and it is right to express such.
Perhaps this little incident out of the past may help.
Sir John Rainsford once came before the first Queen Elizabeth at a time when she was considering the fate of certain prisoners. Sir John said while you are talking of these prisoners there are four that I would urge Your Majesty to consider;
“Who are these” she asked
“Madam” he replied “they are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John who have long been imprisoned in the Latin tongue, and would now desire that they might be free to go among the people of England”.
Britain soon got the King James version in English.
Out of our emotions, love and sympathy we should try to do something practical,
To write, or communicate to the help of others, perhaps to visit, email, or send our flowers and message to those who are going through a tough time due to the event.
To share your feelings with God about the ones who have died is right, but it is to the living we should show our care and feelings. Some bereaved people have said how lonely they feel and even that others avoid them not knowing what to say. A hand, an arm or just to sit with someone does not require words. It is people and company that can help the sad and shocked, real friends like you. If you have doubt about this you could just phone and ask if you may call or even share a prayer with them. It is all practical personal, and real love shown where it is needed.You have your feelings which are natural, but get your thinking right, and do – be practical.
God Bless you…
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In the western world it is easy to find a Bible. Many people have a Bible somewhere on their book shelf at home, book stores offer the Bible in several different versions and it can also be read online in many different languages. The Gideon organization have worked tirelessly to place a Bible in in every hotel room.
Sadly this is not true in some areas of the world – Bibles are hard to come by and to own one might mean imprisonment and even death.
Familiarity with the Bible can cause us to forget its unique value. The Bible is not just another book to collect dust on the shelf. We forget its importance. One of the first books to come off the printing press when it was invented was the Bible. And it’s still the world’s best-selling book!
An anonymous author wrote:
The Bible is ‘The word of our God which shall stand forever…’ (1Peter 1:25).
Most of us respect the Bible, but do we read it daily and put it into practice? After hearing a discussion on various translations of the Bible, one man said: ‘I prefer my mother’s translation, because she translated it into everyday life.’
Are you doing that?
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THE BELIEVER’S SURE FUTURE.
If you have committed your life to Jesus Christ you can rejoice as you look to the future. I know this, millions of others know it, Isaac Watts (1674 to 1748) knew it; and he wrote this hymn that so many people have loved ever since.
“There IS a land of pure delight, where saints immortal reign,
Infinite day excludes the night and pleasures banish pain.
There everlasting Spring abides, and never withering flowers;
Death, like a narrow sea divides this heavenly land from ours.
Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood stand dressed in living green;
So to the Jews old Canaan stood while Jordan rolled between..”
He was concerned about Christians who might have doubts, and miss such joy . So he wrote :-
“But timorous mortals start and shrink to cross this narrow sea,
And linger shivering on the bank, and fear to launch away.
O could we make our doubts remove , those gloomy doubts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love with unbeclouded eyes..”
I feel that Christians should stop bothering about the things of this world with all it’s fuss and worry. And look more to the future, to Heaven where we spend, not just a few years as here, but a wonderful life for ever and ever.
As far as this life here is concerned we have a wonderful God who has promised to “Be with you always” .Has said that as He looks after the flowers of the field and birds of the air, so He will look after you. You are of more value than many sparrows !
Just Trust God for each day, He knows how to care for you and where He wants to lead you. There is nothing He cannot do for you, put yourself firmly into His hands.
Think more of Heaven where God is seated on His throne, and Jesus seated at His right hand, and all the power of The Spirit available to all believers.
There is much happiness looking forward as you walk with Our Lord, There is much He can share with you about Heaven, it’s His home, and the Bible can tell you a lot about it too.
It will be great meeting each other when we get home ! Shall I see You there ? I do hope so ! Gerald Gossage.
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Mothers sometimes forget just how important they are. The memories I have of my Mother are of her long hair hanging down around me like being in a cave as she bent over me to kiss me “good night”. And the radiance of her face in church as she talked to her Jesus in prayer time.. I wanted to know her Jesus too, and I did in the end.
In the Bible story of Mary we have the full account of Mary from a young innocent girl to becoming the Mother of Jesus and then with Joseph, being the Mother of at least six other children. (Mark 3 v 6)
The Almighty God sent the Angel Gabriel to Mary who told her she was highly favored.
Like most young women she did not know this. The Angel said it was nothing to be afraid of.
She was going to have a baby, the Angel told her, and as this was to be God’s Son, she, a virgin, wanted to know how this was going to happen.
It was a natural question. God was a Spirit, not a physical being, how was His sperms to reach her to make a human child.? How wonderful and discreet was the Angel’s explanation.
“God will overshadow you, and The Spirit will come to you, and the child that will be born will be special The Son of God.
The Angel Gabriel gave her a bit of news, her elderly relative was in her sixth month with child. And this would give her the idea of visiting the old lady after the departure of the Angel. Mary gave her consent to be God’s handmaid.
With God all things are possible”..
The importance to all Mothers today is contained in what Mary thought at this time in the story .(You can read this in Luke Ch 1 v 45 to v 57) “My soul magnifies The Lord”. She was just full of the experience of what God had done, and full of joy and happiness.
Mother: someone unique is brought into the world, and you are chosen to help fashion this life for good. Your children could grow up and be a Blessing to you. And Mary knew that it was all God’s doing. “I am not worthy” she said “But this will go on for all the generations to come. I can make the future bright through my influence on the children”.
This was surely true of Mary’s influence on Jesus as He watched her day by day.
It is not the birth of those who are going to be rulers, important people, specials. It is the ordinary humble people, the good and the Godly that are the real blessings, and no matter how old we all get we can still have a good influence on our children, by our love and what they see we are.
I hope that you will never stop talking to Our Lord about your children, thanking Him for what he has done and what He will yet do to bring His Blessing upon them.
“With God all things are possible” and your responsibility never ends while you can still love and care about them.
Happy Families ! The Lord be with you. Gerald Gossage
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Every day is an opportunity to bring a blessing into someones life. So often it is the small things we do that can be so important to someone else.
This was the experience of a New York taxi driver who started off his day at work just like any other day.
A NYC Taxi driver wrote:
I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.
‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90′s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940′s movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’
‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’
‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..
‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..’The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired.Let’s go now’.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.
‘Nothing,’ I said
‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.
‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.
‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..
I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.
We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
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Matthew 25 v 40 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
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YOU HAVE TOLD ME THAT BEFORE.!
My wife said these words to me the other day, and not for the first time. Why am I inclined to repeat things ? If my wife notices this habit and doesn’t want to hear the same things over again, may be God gets a bit fed up with our repetitions as well.
It is undoubtedly nice for all to say “The Lord’s Prayer” together, but how many of us think of what we are saying to God as we do it ? Did You mean everything you said when you last said it ? Do we think that God likes to hear us reciting what He has heard untold times throughout the ages ? Jesus taught His disciples this in answer to their request “Teach us to pray”. (Teach us how to communicate with Father as you do)
Most Christians love the old hymns popular all over the world, for they teach us much, and help us to express our deep thoughts and feelings, and a few of the modern ones do also. But in much of modern church worship there are constant repetitions. Do we think that God doesn’t hear and understand the first time ? Or is it us who cannot express ourselves and mean it, the first time.?
How many times do we pray for the same things over and over in our private devotions ? Is it something to do with the way we were taught to pray as a child.. “God Bless Mummy and God Bless Daddy.. etc ? Or do we think that if we miss out someone God won’t include them in His Blessing. ?
Have you noticed that the more near and dear to us is the subject of our prayer , the more ardent and urgent is the prayer Are we saying “Yes Your Will Be Done” “But put this on the top of Your priorities please Lord” ?.
I sometimes think that Faith is lacking in our communications with our Beloved Lord God. Where is the trust in Him, that He knows all things, and He knows best,
We are not telling Him what We want, As if He is there to do our bidding. We should be sharing with the Loving Almighty One our work and concern with the things that touch our life in His world.
In our love for friends and family and others we share with the Head of the Heavenly Family just how we feel. And our desires work together with His desires to bring about what He know to be the best.
If your God seems remote and far away, Draw near to Him in Faith. Share your desires and love with Him in sincerity and truth. Talk things over with Him, And enjoy a new warm relationship with Him, for He loves you so much and wants to be with you and to Bless you.
” What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to share,
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”
Sincerely yours Gerald Gossage
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An American Indian decided to journey to New York to visit a friend whom he had not seen for a very long time. He had never seen a city in his life, but he made the trip, and was shown around New York by the friend.
As the Indian stood in the centre of the busy city he suddenly said to his friend, “I hear a cricket ! “. “ You won’t hear a cricket here” was the reply. “But I do, I hear a cricket”. “ You mean your thoughts are of your homeland “said the friend. “ NO I can hear a cricket “ .
“This is New York, there are no crickets in New York”. But the Indian persisted he could hear one. “Look” said the friend, “ Around us is the roar of traffic, there are aircraft flying over head, there are hundreds of people tramping on the sidewalks, there is the chatter of the crowd all talking around about us, If there was a cricket you would never hear it with all this noise ! “.
“I tell you, I can hear a cricket, and it is over there, if we can get across to that building over there I’ll prove it to you”. They got to the building, outside which were two large concrete pots with plants growing in them. “He’s in this one” said the Indian as he ran his hands into the plants and soil. In no time he came up with a hand full of soil and there was the cricket. “ Nice little fellow isn’t he” .
The friend was amazed “How could you do that ?” ”It is easy to understand “ the Indian said, let me show you. He took from his trouser pocket a hand full of coins, I am going to drop these, but don’t watch me or the coins hitting the pavement, watch this crowd of people, and what happens to them.
As the coins hit the floor all the people around stopped whatever they were doing and looked toward the sound of the dropped money, “They will go on looking until I have picked up the last one “ he said. “For where your main interests are your heart will be.They are all interested in money”. “My life has been in the things of nature and peace”.
Have you not noticed that most folk have interests that differ from that of others? Pink for a little girl, blue for a boy ? Boys don’t get dolls, and a train set is not an ideal present for a girl. The ladies are all for appearances, clothing, cosmetics ? Men are interested in mechanical things, or “Boys Toys” as they are called these days. It is something to do with where our heart is.
And often it changes with the passing years. The cupboard under the stairs, attics, and sheds reveal items that were once the delight of our life, but are now of no interest to us.
We grow out of things. I have been told many times “My parents sent us to Sunday School, and we enjoyed that, but got interested in other things, Happy days but all gone now”. And that for many is life ! From the cradle to the grave life is always full of the latest interests, but strangely not many of us seem to bother about the God who made and designed our being, and who promised to be with all who will go to Him in love and loyalty to guide us to an eternity of wonders and blissful happiness.
A renewed interest in Jesus Christ will make you grow into His heart of love, a love which will never cease. Talk to Him about it, He will hear you ! And you will be Blessed !
May The Lord Bless You. from Gerald Gossage.
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PUT ON GOD’S ARMOUR.
Ephesians - ch 6. verses 10 to 20.
The Apostle Paul was sitting in a prison cell, charged with being a Christian, and writing to his Christian friends at Ephesus. Nearing the end of the letter he wanted to leave them with a special message. Looking at the Roman soldier guarding him, he saw how the . man’s uniform was made perfect for the work he was called to do. He saw also how God had given the followers of Jesus a perfect armour too. We look now at the six pieces of armour we should always have today.
The Belt of Truth. We might put this last in a list, but Paul puts it of first importance. The Roman soldier had a skirt made of strips of thick leather: without a belt he would be restricted in movement as it wrapped around his legs. The Belt splayed it outward to give freedom of movement. Truth gives us freedom; with no deceit or lies. The Belt also gives confidence, we feel its there, and like truth, know the right. We know a confidence in our God. The Belt of truth protects the gaps in the armour. (how did Saul, in the old testament, die? An arrow found its mark in the gap in his armour) . The Belt also contains Treasures. Where did the soldier put his money with no pockets? In a purse in The Belt. All that he treasured was in his belt. Surely God sees your truth as your treasure.
When one of our daughters became a nurse, my wife and I had the joy of presenting her with a beautiful buckle to go on her uniform belt. Most surely when others see your life of truthfulness, with no lies or deceit, they will see something of the beauty of your Christian Faith.
The Breastplate of Righteousness. Standing up for what is right comes from the heart, and love; we show our love to God by doing what is right in His sight. Protect your heart with this breastplate always.
Feet shod with the Gospel. A soldier cannot fight or march well if his feet are not well shod. We cannot either, if we are bothered by the rough ground of uncertainties or doubt. God has given us The Gospel as a help for our walk with Him, and to fight the good fight of faith.
The Shield of Faith. The soldier had to face a new weapon. The enemy dipped darts into tar and set them on fire and shot them at the soldier : So the shield was covered with a thick layer of leather so the flame was extinguished as it hit . The men were also trained to hold their shields above their heads when arrows rained down, and to make a wall of shields when the enemy advanced toward them. We must learn to work with fellow Christians to fight the good fight of faith. God protects you, you help others.
The Helmet of Salvation. None of us are perfect, but when we ask God for forgiveness (and mean it) And we ask Jesus to come into our life, and we welcome Him, He saves us from the consequences of our sins, and we walk with Him, now, and forever. We protect our heads with the knowledge of our salvation.
As a youngster I learned to play chess, but I lost every game until I was told “You will never win while you play a defensive game. Learn to attack” . Every soldier had a sword:-
The Sword of Faith. We Have a faith, and The Holy Spirit will train you how to use it if you will let Him. We are told to STAND, (not sit) and fight the enemy, our Faith is in God’s Word. We should be in constant conversation with Him and His word should make us active in prayer and the fight against evil..
“Soldiers of Christ arise and put your armour on”.
Greetings from Gerald Gossage.