The day of small things!

The Prince of Preachers saved in a wee chapel on a snowy night!

And yet, once more. Just as sin makes us sick, and grievous, and sad, so does grace make us far more joyful and free. Sin causes one to go about with an aching heart, till he seems as if the world would swallow him, and mountains hang above ready to drop upon him. This is the effect of the law. The law makes us sad; the law makes us miserable. But, poor sinner, grace removes the evil effects of sin upon your spirit, if thou dost believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, thou shalt go out of this place with a sparkling eye and a light heart. Ah! well do I remember the morning when I stepped into a little place of worship, as miserable almost as hell could make me — being ruined and lost. I had often been at chapels where they spoke of the law, but I heard not the gospel. I sat down the pew a chained and imprisoned sinner; the Word of God came, and I went out free. Though I went in miserable as hell, I went out elated and joyful. I sat there black; I went away whiter than driven snow. God had said, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be whiter than snow.” Why not this be thy lot, my brother, if thou feels thyself a sinner now? It is all he asks of thee, to feel thy need of him, this thou hast, and now the blood of Jesus lies before thee. “The law has entered that sin might abound.” Thou are forgiven, only believe it; elect, only believe it; tis the truth that thou are saved.

Let us never despise the day of small things how little did that farmer preaching the Gospel in that small church know of the outcome! Big or small work keep going!  Prune B.T.Small beginnings

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Overcoming the accuser!

He overcomes the accuser!

I stand here and feel condemned, yet, perhaps, I have a hope that I may be acquitted. There is a dying hope of acquittal still left. But when we are justified, there is no fear of condemnation. I cannot be condemned if I am once justified; fully absolved I am by grace. I defy Satan to lay hands on me, if I am a justified man. The state of justification is an unvariable one, and is indissolubly united to glory. “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor princ He overcomes the accuser!

I stand here and feel condemned, yet, perhaps, I have a hope that I may be acquitted. There is a dying hope of acquittal still left. But when we are justified, there is no fear of condemnation. I cannot be condemned if I am once justified; fully absolved I am by grace. I defy Satan to lay hands on me, if I am a justified man. The state of justification is an unvariable one, and is indissolubly united to glory. “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Oh! poor condemned sinner, doth not this charm thee, and make thee in love with free grace? And all this is YOURS. Your crimes, if once blotted out, shall never be laid to your charge again. The justification of the gospel is no Arminian sham, which may be reversed if you should in future turn aside. No; the debt once paid, cannot be demanded twice — the punishment, once endured, cannot again be inflicted. Saved, saved, saved, entirely saved by divine grace, you may walk without fear the wide world over.

We can overcome by the word of out testimony and the blood of the lamb!  Bless you all Prune B.T.Overcomer

Well done good and faithful servant!

Change of address!

The Rev Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counsellor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died on Wednesday. He was 99.

Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina, according spokesman Mark DeMoss.

More than anyone else, Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the United States. His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians, and threw a lifeline to believers in the eastern bloc. Dubbed “America’s pastor,” he was a confidant to US presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W Bush.

In 1983, President Reagan gave Graham the presidential medal of freedom, America’s highest civilian honour. When the Billy Graham Museum and Library was dedicated in 2007 in Charlotte, George HW Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton attended.

“When he prays with you in the Oval Office or upstairs in the White House, you feel he’s praying for you, not the president,” Clinton said at the ceremony.

Beyond Graham’s public appearances, he reached millions through his pioneering use of primetime telecasts, network radio, daily newspaper columns, evangelistic feature films and globe-girdling satellite TV hook-ups. Graham’s message was not complex or unique, yet he preached with a conviction that won over audiences worldwide.

His catchphrase was “the Bible says”. His unquestioning belief in Scripture turned the Gospel into a “rapier” in his hands, he said.

A tall, striking man with thick hair, stark blue eyes and a firm jaw, Graham was a commanding presence at his crusades. He would make the altar call in his powerful baritone, asking the multitudes to stand, come down the aisles and publicly make “decisions for Christ,” as a choir sang the hymn Just As I Am.

As i travel to many places I hear of those saved under his ministry including some family members – well done good and faithful servant!   Prune B.T.Billy-Graham-Speaking

B.T. A blessed time NOT!

computer smasherComputers are great, and broadband when it works well and can either save you time or really cost you! Monday night I was so fed up with my router and line keep falling out and cutting me off. In my great wisdom I contacted my provider B.T.- no not me! – British Telecom!

I did a lengthy series of speed tests and line tests to find out the fault, and then up pops a window to consult with a person whose name I could not even try to pronounce to help. Well he seemed gracious and I got a series of instructions about sockets lines and my house.

I ran upstairs, went into  the kitchen in both offices to examine plugs wires and other stuff. I also went outside to trace wire from the telegraph pole to answer more questions. Then I was told to give my MOBILE PHONE IN CASE WE GET CUT OFF! Then I had to reset modem with a paper clip, and yes got cut off a phone call on my land line and then re-connection!

Then after doing all this the engineer messages me he will do a test on the line and then broadband speed test first. The results of the test were so slow it would be wiser to tie a message on to the back of a turtle and send him out into the world!

Well after an hour or more of my precious time the engineer says it is not in my house but from the exchange. Oh boy all is not lost as he is going to refresh the line! I suppose the line needed a glass of whiskey as it had run dry! Hallelujah it seemed stable and I have to monitor it over the next 48 hours!

What a wonderful tech world we live in so glad the line to heaven at present never trips out like my modem. Call upon Him while he can be found -bless you all today!  Prune B.T.

 

Grace abounding!

Grace abounding!

Listen, O heavy laden, condemned sinner, while in my Master’s name, I publish super aboundingGrace abounding grace. Grace excels sin in its measure and efficacy. Though your sins are many, mercy hath many pardons. Though they excel the stars, the sands, the drops of dew in their number, one act of remission can cancel all. Your iniquity, though a mountain, shall be cast into the midst of the sea. Your blackness shall be washed out by the cleansing flood of your Redeemer’s gore. Mark! I said YOUR sins, and I meant to say so, for if you are now a law-condemned sinner, I know you to be a vessel of mercy by that very sign. Oh, hellish sinners, abandoned profligates, off-casts of society, outcasts from the company of sinners themselves, if ye acknowledge your iniquity, here is mercy, broad, ample, free, immense, INFINITE. Remember this O sinner, —
“If all the sins that men have done,
In will, in word, in thoughts, in deed,
Since words were made, or time began,
Were laid on one poor sinner’s head.
The stream of Jesus’ precious blood
Applied, removes the dreadful load.”
Yet again, grace excelleth sin in another thing. Sin shows us its parent, and tells us our heart is the father of it, but grace surpasseth sin there, and shows the Author of grace — the King of kings. The law traces sin up to our heart; grace traces its own origin to God, and
“In his sacred breast I see
Eternal thoughts of love to me.”
O Christian, what a blessed thing grace is, for its source is in the everlasting mountains. Sinner, if you are the vilest in the world, if God forgives you this morning, you will be able to trace your pedigree to him, for you will become one of the sons of God, and have him always for your Father. Methinks I see you a wretched criminal at the bar, and I hear mercy cry, “Discharge him!” He is pallid, halt, sick, maimed — heal him. He is of a vile race — lo, I will adopt him into my family. Sinner! God taketh thee for his son. What, though thou art poor, God ‘says, “I will take thee to be mine for ever. Thou shalt be my heir. There is thy fair brother. In ties of blood he is one with thee — Jesus is thy actual brother!” Yet how came this change? Oh! is not that an act of mercy? “Grace did much more abound.”

Thank God for His grace and love to our dying world!  Keep going Prune B.T.

Sin is a curse!

Sin is a curse!

The law cuts into the core of the evil, it reveals the seat of the malady, and informs us that the leprosy lies deep within. Oh! how the man abhors himself when he sees all his rivers of water turned into blood, and loathsomeness creeping over all his being. He learns that sin is no flesh wound, but a stab in the heart; he discovers that the poison has impregnated his veins, lies in his very marrow, and hath its fountain in his inmost heart. Now he loathes himself, and would fain be healed. Actual sin seems not half so terrible as in-bred sin, and at the thought of what he is, he turns pale, and gives up salvation by works as an impossibility.
When Moses smites the sinner he bruises and mangles him with the first blow, but at a second or a third, he falls down as one dead. I myself have been in such a condition that if heaven could have been purchased by a single prayer I should have been damned, for I could no more pray than I could fly. Moreover, when we are in the grave which the law has digged for us, we feel as if we did not feel, and we grieve because we cannot grieve. The dread mountain lies upon us which renders it impossible to stir hand or foot, and when we would cry for help our voice refuses to obey us. In vain the minister cries, “Repent,” Our hard heart will not melt; in vain he exhorts us to believe; that faith of which he speaks seems to be as much beyond our capacity as the creation of the universe. Ruin is now become ruin indeed. The thundering sentence is in our ears, “CONDEMNED ALREADY,” another cry follows it, “DEAD IN TRESPASSES AND SINS,” and a third, more awful and terrible, mingles its horrible warning, “The wrath to come — the wrath to come.” In the opinion of the sinner he is now cast out as a corrupt carcass, he expects each moment to be tormented by the worm that never dies and to lift up his eyes in hell. Now is mercy’s moment, and we turn the subject from condemning law to abounding grace.

We have lost the consciousness of our own sin before a Holy God and need a fresh vision of it before a real deep love and understanding of the Gospel! Bless you all prune B.T.deliverance from sin

Kick out the Christian!

Kick out the Christians?

A chaplain claims he has been unfairly banned from HMP Brixton Prison as part of a Muslim senior colleague’s campaign to end “Christian denomination” on the premises.

Paul Song says he was falsely accused of calling one inmate a “terrorist”, claiming the true motivation behind his removal was to clampdown on Christian ministry.

The pastor, who started volunteering at the south London jail in 1998 after moving to the UK from South Korea, said: “For 19 years, I served with an exemplary record.

“I worked alongside the prisoners and other staff members in harmony, recognising our differences and praying that they would come to faith, but equally respecting their decisions and background.”

Mr Song said the prison’s senior chaplain since 2015, Imam Mohamed Yusef Ahmed, pursued a “discriminatory agenda” which “drastically” changed the culture of HMP Brixton.

The final decision to dismiss Mr Song was taken by the prison’s management, not Imam Mohamed.

He claimed he was contacted by the Prison Group Director at the London and Thames Valley Prisoners on 11th January noting that “the exclusion [from HMP Brixton] is permanent”, confirming an email in August 2017 from Imam Mohamed to the same affect.

Mr Song claimed he also reluctantly cancelled evangelistic programmes such as the Alpha course following pressure from by Iman Mohamed – a claim refuted by Alpha, which said the course stopped running at HMP Brixton prior to the imam’s arrival.

Mr Song alleged that Imam Mohamed wanted the programmes axed despite 70 inmates regularly signing up and the previous senior chaplain, Rev Phillip Chadder, supporting the courses.

He has made contact with the Christian Legal Centre, which is now considering legal action against Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Chief executive, Andrea Williams told Premier: “We’ve met at Christian Concern many ex-prisoners who’ve been absolutely delighted – and had their lives transformed – as a result of the work, ministry and witness of Pastor Song.

“This complaint was never substantiated.

“The name of the prisoner the imam said made the complaint was never given and, as a result of that, he was suspended and told he not come back into Brixton.”

A spokesperson for Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service told Premier: “We do not comment on individual members of staff.

“However, we recognise the importance of faith and the positive impact that it can have on the lives of offenders, which is why there are multi-faith chaplaincy teams in every prison.”

Wow more and more we are facing a Muslim take over, and the government in UK is letting this happening God have mercy on us!   Prune.B.T.Brixton Prison