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"Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil." Is. 5:20

Northern Ireland has suddenly been catapulted back into the front pages of the world press.

A fomenter of violence, a financier of murder weapons and an advocate of terrorism, one Galvin a Romanist, from the U.S.A., wanted to enter Northern Ireland freely and support and incite the I.R.A. The British Government, except it was prepared to abjectly surrender its authority, was duty bound to ban such a person from the United Kingdom. This they rightly did.

Galvin is an employee of New York City Council and publicly rejoiced when Rev. Robert Bradford was murdered. The I.R.A. took the opportunity openly to flout the law and to stage a public act of deliberate and provocative law breaking.

When the I.R.A. announced that it would stage at Andersonstown such an illegal meeting the British Government should have banned that meeting. Alas however the British Government has over and over again showed a spinelessness in dealing with the I.R.A. terrorists.

The illegal meeting went on as planned and Galvin having already defied the ban in Londonderry publicly associating himself with gunmen, appeared as announced as the star attraction.

All those who attended the meeting were there to support an illegal act and to hinder the Royal Ulster Constabulary from upholding law and order. They blatantly and wilfully knew they were breaking the law and revelled in their lawlessness.

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THE 38th MILESTONE - ITS SCRIPTURAL MESSAGE
A Sermon preached in Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church Lord's Day morning
August 12th, 1984 on the 38th Anniversary of his ordination to the Christian Ministry

Thirty eight years is a life time. Very few preachers are given the opportunity of preaching for such a long period, while even fewer have the unique privilege of preaching to the same congregation for such an expanded period.

What changes thirty eight years bring!

The much revered and honoured ministers who took part in my ordination have all been called to join the ranks of the Church Triumph - Rev. W. J. Grier the able leader for many years of the Evangelical Presbyterians, Rev. Prof. T. B. MacFarlane Professor of Church History and Pastoral Theology of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rev. Thomas Rowan of the Irish Presbyterian Church and my own dear father Rev. T. Kyle Paisley of Ballymena. The members of my first session, all pillars of the church are now all at home with the Lord.

Four godly clerks of session I have laid to rest - Thomas Watson, J. L. Harbinson, James Nichol and Alderman Robert Newman, a Deputy Mayor of our city.

I came to this Ravenhill Road a mere stripling just turned twenty. Now I am 58 years of age.

As I was preparing this sermon in John Calvin's, Geneva on the 6th of August, news broke that there in Geneva Richard Burton aged 58 had died. The headline in the London Times was significant: "Career Madly Thrown Away". I thought as I pondered the great actor's premature death, there go I but for the grace of God.

There is one thought uppermost in my heart and mind this morning and that is:

The Grace of God - Sovereign - Rich - and Free

Indulgent God, how kind
Are all thy ways to me,
Whose dark benighted mind
Was enmity with thee;
Yet now, subdued by sovereign grace,
My spirit longs for thy embrace! [4]

How precious are thy thoughts,
Which o'er my bosom roll!
They swell beyond my faults.
And captivate my soul;
How great their sum, how high they rise,
Can ne'er be known beneath the skies.

Preserved in Jesus when
My feet made haste to hell;
And there should I have gone.
But thou dost all things well;
Thy love was great, thy mercy free,
Which from the pit delivered me.

A monument of grace,
A sinner saved by blood;
The streams of love I trace
Up to the fountain, God;
And in his wondrous mercy see,
Eternal thoughts of love to me.

The secret to the blessing and prosperity of my ministry is this Book The Holy Bible - The Scripture of Truth - The Infallible - Inerrant Invincible Word of God.

Its dew like freshness never departs. Its uniqueness never alters. Its glory never dims. Its doctrine never corrupts. Its truth never dates. Its precepts never decay. Its purity never tarnishes. Its promises never vary. Its power never degenerates. It remains what it always has been - THE ETERNAL WORD OF THE EVERLASTING GOD.

Let us turn to it this morning, with anticipation and joy for it cannot fail to bring to us just the very very blessing which we need.

Everything about the Bible should be carefully studied. It is all the inbreathed Word of the Living God. What God inbreathed into Holy Scripture must be of the utmost important and significance.

The numbers of scripture have always intrigued me. They demonstrate in a tremendously unique manner the divinity and unity of the Bible.

When I turned in my Bible to read the Scriptural message on this 38th Milestone I was delightfully intrigued and shouted like one who had taken great spoil.

Unfortunately there must be of necessity a limitation to our study and so I can only deal with three passages in which 38 years figure with great importance - Deut. 2:14, 1 Kings 16:29, John 5:5.

DEUT. 2:14

The first scripture relates to that sad and disastrous incident in the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to the promised land. Harkening unto the counsel of the ten traitorous spies and rejecting the counsel of the two [5] faithful spies, Caleb and Joshua, all those over twenty years of age were rejected by God and doomed to fall in the wilderness. Now at the end of thirty eight years the delayed march re-commenced and Israel once more is ordered to approach the borders of the land of promise.

THE FIRST SCRIPTURAL LESSON WHICH WE LEARN FROM THIS 38th MILESTONE IS:

THE CHASTISEMENT OF COWARDICE

Naturally we are all cowards. The man who boasts of his courage is the greatest coward of them all. The yellow streak is in us all. In some more, in some less, but it is there nevertheless.

It is however totally inexcusable when we come to the spiritual. The promises of God and the power of God should obliterate all yellow streaks from our spiritual condition. Alas in bitter experience we must confess it is not so. Yes even once courageous believers permit that yellow streak to surface.

Did you ever wonder at the cowardice of Jonathan in the face of Goliath's challenge. In chapter 14 of 1 Sam. striking single handed the Philistines he is a champion. In chapter 17 he is a coward.

God had done wonders for Israel in Egypt, at the Red Sea and in the wilderness. Was that same God not able to fulfil Abraham's Covenant and give possession of the land to his chosen people? The cowards said "No".

Listen carefully to their counsel of cowardice. "But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." (Numbers 13:31-33)

Now listen even more carefully to the chastisement of that cowardice. "But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:" (Numbers 14:21-23).

Such was the sentence.

"And the space in which we came from Kadesh-barnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the Lord sware unto them". (Deut. 2:14) [6]

Such was the carrying out of the sentence.

The first Scripture message then of the Milestone marked 38 years is THE CHASTISEMENT OF COWARDICE.

May we learn that lesson well and may God cleanse us not only from the black streaks of our sinful crimes but from the yellow streaks of our sinful cowardice.

THE SECOND SCRIPTURAL LESSON WHICH WE LEARN FROM THIS 38th MILESTONE IS:

THE CORONATION OF COURAGE

There were two men who were not wasted out of the generation of the men of war in these 38 years.

These men Joshua and Caleb brought a good report. How wonderfully does the bright courage of these two contrast with the blatant cowardice of the other ten!

Numbers chapter 14, verses 6- 10: -

"And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel."

God passed the sentence of the Chastisement of Cowardice on the ten traitors but he prepared the Coronation of Courage for the faithful two.

Deut. chapter 1, verses 35, 36 and 38: -

"Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord. But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it."

Amongst approximately the two million four hundred and fifty thousand Israelites who entered the promised land there were only two old men. They stood out in marked contrast. The only survivors of the generation which came out of Egypt: "For the Lord had said of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun." (Numbers 26:65). If you doubt that that was the number then read Numbers 26:51.

But the Coronation of Courage was upon the brow of these two stalwarts [7] and although in age they differed from all the rest of the Israelites, in strength they were their equals.

Caleb was able to testify, "As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in." (Joshua 14: 11). While the Divine Record tells us, "The Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel and they feared him as they feared Moses all the days of his life." (Joshua 4:14).

What a vivid lesson the very presence of these two men taught the people. Caleb and Joshua followed the Lord fully. It pays to follow God. Who could gainsay this evidence. The persons of these two men shut the mouths of all unbelievers. They did not even need to speak, their presence alone was the most eloquent and unanswerable of testimonies.

When I was on holiday I took with me a little volume entitled, "Quaint Rhymes by a Quondam Cricketer". That Quondam Cricketer being none other than C. T. Studd, the great missionary pioneer. My wife and I enjoyed reading the poems. I suppose by poetic standards they would be reckoned poor but I reckon the message expressed to be of the highest calibre. One of these poems is entitled "The Men for the Job".

THE MEN FOR THE JOB

Oh, for a thousand men to do
My Saviour's last command,
To take the Gospel of our God
To every heathen land.

Lord send the blessed Holy Ghost
To make us play the man,
To fill us with a fiery zeal
To execute Thy plan.

Oh, give us men and women brave,
Whose hearts shall know no fear,
Who love to risk their all for God,
And only Jesus hear.

We need a band of heroes, who,
Forsaking all beside,
Cleave only unto Christ the Lord,
And stamp on all their pride.

Gamblers for God are what we need,
Like David's worthies each,
Who never dreamt of counting odds,
But raced to storm the breach. [8]

They loved the fight; they laughed the more
The greater risks they ran;
They thought it such a privilege Lord?
To go and "play the man".

Oh, give us Stephens, Johns, and Pauls,
Who won their martyr crowns;
Who tackled Priests and Pharisees,
And never minded frowns.

We need the seed of the Shadrach breed
Who braved the Emperor's ire,
Who'll stand for truth and walk with God
Into the hottest fire.

Lord, send us lion-hearted men
With good courageous habits,
Who ne'er will run from the Devil's gun
Like hares and bunny rabbits.

We want a good few of the dare-devil crew
Who never know when they're beat,
But will fire away all night and day
And flatly refuse to retreat.

Milestone 38 teaches the Scripture lesson of the CORONATION OF COURAGE.

May God make us all the seed of the Shadrach breed. Amen and Amen.

THE THIRD SCRIPTURE LESSON WHICH WE LEARN FROM THE 38th MILESTONE IS:

THE COMMISSION OF CONFLICT

"Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over the brook Zered. And the space in which we came from Kadesh-barnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the Lord sware unto them." (Deut. 2:13 and 14).

The Chastisement of Cowardice is finished - 38 long years have taken their toll. Now the commission is to renew the conflict. The border of the Promised Land has got to be secured so that in-the 41st year Jordan can be crossed and the heritage promised to Abraham begin to be possessed.

What a change from the command of God to a disobedient Israel in Numbers 14, verses 40-45. "And they rose up early in the morning, and got them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will [9] go up unto the place which the Lord hath promised: for we have sinned. And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the but it shall not prosper. Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye turned away from the Lord, therefore the Lord will not be with you. But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah."

The trumpet now has given a certain sound, the people of God must prepare themselves for the Battle.

The two might Kings, Sihon, King of Heson, and Og, King of Bashan, must be challenged and conquered. It must be a total and absolute slaughter of all the enemies of God. "And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon King of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women and children of every city." (Deut. 3:6).

No sin must be spared. No provision must be made for the flesh. No compromise with the enemy. No treaty with iniquity. No alliance with wickedness. This is war to the death. If sin be not killed it will kill us. If Sihon and Og be not slaughtered they will slaughter Israel.

The brightest days in church history were the toughest days of church conflict.

The church of Christ must be easily distinguished from the world.

The church is only achieving her divinely appointed task when her members stand out like sore thumbs in the rest of society. They are non conformists indeed. Be ye not conformed to this world. Alas the conflict is shunned today. Puritanism amongst believers - I speak not of unbelievers - is a by-word. Protestantism is a label of scorn. Holiness is looked upon as a heresy. Separation as a heterodox cult and fundamentalism as the religion of nut cases.

The cry - from the defunct professed evangelical churches, which have a name to live, but like Lazarus' corpse after four days burial stink - is for to be like the other churches.

From such a position and condition Good Lord deliver us.

We are at war with the devil not at one with him.

We are fighting the Roman Antichrist not fraternising with him.

We are battling apostasy not building it.

We are opposing ecumenical evangelism not operating it.

We are denouncing the world not defending it.

We are crucifying the flesh not caressing it.

We are exposing sin not excusing it.

We are hanging wickedness not hugging it.

Let me quote Studd again: -

"No use for the Nicey Picey Brigade,
Nor the Namby Pamby crew, [10]
Sure the ice cream lot would melt on the spot,
Send only the hottest brew."

The 38th milestone teaches us the lesson of the Commission of Conflict. The battle is on. Are you "in the fight" with the enemy or are you like the majority of Christians today "in flight" from the enemy.

THE FOURTH SCRIPTURAL LESSON WHICH WE LEARN FROM THE 38th MILESTONE IS:

THE CHALLENGE OF CATASTROPHE

"And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa King of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years." (1 Kings 16:29).

In the 38th year of Asa the King of Judah, Ahab commenced his first year's reign over Israel.

Asa, in the main was a good king. The testimony of the book about him was 1 Kings 15: 11: "And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father." And verse 14, "Nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the Lord all his days." Now, however, the sister kingdom of Israel was entering upon a great catastrophe - evil Ahab, the husband of the wicked queen Jezebel, came to the throne and Israel plunged into the depths of the blackest of apostasy. The Bible's testimony against Ahab and Jezebel makes terrible reading. It is one of the blackest indictments in the whole of the Sacred Scriptures. (1 Kings 21:25-26).

The catastrophe of Ahab's reign was a challenge to the true people of God. Neither the King Asa nor his son Jehosaphat rose to that challenge. Instead alliance with Ahab brought the wrath of God upon them.

However, one man faced up to that challenge of catastrophe and his name was Elijah. After six months of terrible drought he suddenly appeared and announced to the King that for three more years there would be no dew nor rain but according to his word. Some one might well ask how do I know that the drought was already in existence six months. The answer is by comparing spiritual things with spiritual. James in the New Testament mentions the six months. James 5:17: "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months."

In 1 Kings 17: 1: Elijah only mentions years and that these were three in number is confirmed in 1 Kings 18: 1: "And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth."

Yes, Elijah faced up to the challenge. You see he was a student of the Scriptures, he studied the Law of God - THE TORAH - The Five Books of [11] Moses.

These very scriptures had a special direction for a day like the day the catastrophic day of Ahab.

In Leviticus 26:3-4: God said, "If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit."

Now Elijah saw that Ahab had violated that precept of God's law, had indeed done the very thing which God had ordered ought not to be done. Lev. 26: 1: "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord Your God."

So he started to pray that God would honour his word and chastise a wicked King and his wicked subjects. The early rain came in the autumn and the later rain came in the spring - a difference of six months. In answer to Elijah's prayer there was no early or later rain. Then Elijah, confident his prayer was answered, announced to an astounded king and court that he had the key to the heaven in his pocket and that there would be no more rain until he used the key. Here we learn the might of prayer and the power that brings a man subject to like passions as we are into the realm of the supernatural. The challenge of catastrophe should drive us to our knees in the earnest praying of an Elijah. Instead of talking about praying, preaching about praying, the church should pray.

In the face of the Ahab and Jezebel of Popery and Ecumenism, we should get on our faces and give God no peace night or day until as in Elijah's day He answers by fire and the abundance of rain. Only along the path of prayer can this nation be recalled to her God. IF WE PRAY NOT WE PERISH.

THE FIFTH SCRIPTURAL LESSON WHICH WE LEARN FROM THE 38th MILESTONE IS:

THE CONQUEST OF CHRIST

JOHN 5:5

In a mysterious and supernatural sense all the Old Testament typology of the number 38 has its fulfilment in this New Testament passage.

Every detail in the Bible must be given our most careful attention. The smallest detail must be studied for it has a divine message. What may seem an unimportant detail must be studied for it has a divine message or truth to teach.

There are eight signs or miracles recorded in John's Gospel. Seven before Christ's death and there is one post-resurrection miracle recorded making a total of eight. Notice also the seven "I am's" of the Gospel. Each one of these fittingly applies to one of the miracles, eg., the feeding of the five [12] thousand - I am the Bread of Life. Now let us look at the details supplied in the narrative before us.

The Sheep Market: Note the marginal rendering - "the sheepgate". This gate is mentioned in Nehemiah chapter 3 where the re-building began at this gate. The sheep for the sacrifices of the temple all came in through this gate.

Note in Nehemiah that the re-building of the wall made a complete circle back to the sheep gate again, The last of the ten gates mentioned was the gate Miphkad (Neh. 3:31).

Miphkad: A study of the gates will shew that in their names we can trace the Pilgrim's Progress of the believer. We start at the sheep gate for it is at the sacrificial lamb at the cross that our Christian life here below has its start. We end at the Judgement Seat of Christ. How appropriate that the gold and other merchants were mentioned in connection with this gate, Miphkad (Neh. 3:31). For at the judgement seat it will be the merchandise of our Christian service which will be tried - gold, silver, precious stones wood, hay, stubble (1 Cor. 3:12).

Bethesda: Bethesda means house of mercy. Beth in the Hebrew is for house, eg., Beth-el the house of God, Beth-lehem the house of bread. Yes, mercy is found alone at the Cross. There mercy and truth meet together.

Five Porches: Five is the number of grace or free unmerited favour. We have this demonstrated in Joseph's favour to Benjamin. His portion was five times more than his brethren (Gen. 43:34) and he was also given five changes of raiment (Gen. 45:22). The fifth commandment is the only one with the promise of favour.

How significant the five porches of the house of mercy built at the sheep gate and with the healing pool of water.

Blind, Halt, Withered: This crowd of impotent folk dispensationally represented Israel. Israel was under the five porches, the five books of the law. They were, however, blind to their own need. Halt, unable to walk in the ways of God. Withered, unable to work - impotent.

Waiting: Israel's characteristic - waiting. Waiting for the Messiah, deliverance, and then rejecting him and now still waiting. Note, too, that the whole was related to the activity of angels. The law we read was by the disposition of angels (Acts 7:53).

38 Years: Notice how this exact length of time is mentioned. Why? Because as we have seen Israel was exactly 38 years in the wilderness of sin.

Wilt thou be made whole? This question is significant. It enquires not after joy or peace or rest but rather after wholeness - completeness. The sinner will answer the question, "Do you want to go to heaven?" in the affirmative. But the real question is about wholeness. The sin question and the sin problem dealt with. That is something the sinner will not face up to.

No man: The answer is the cry, "no man". David cried in a similar manner, "No man cared for my soul". Ah, you don't need a man. Cursed is he that trusteth in man. No priest, pope, preacher, prelate, parson or pastor [13] can save. Vain, ten thousand times vain, is the help of man.

Rise, take up thy bed and walk: Christ gave the command - "Rise. In the word there was the energy and authority to overcome 38 years of impotency. Christ's Word alone saves. It requires no help from man. Take up thy bed. Roll it up. You'll not need it any more. Man made converts return to their beds. God's converts roll up their beds. That's the vital difference. As Sammy Spence of the Coalmen's Mission would say, "You sinners meet Christ with your head on the bed but after you meet Him the bed will be on your head." Walk - He had just said he couldn't. Christ said, "Walk" and in that command was the enablement to fulfil it.

The man was made whole: The man became complete. It was a total, absolute and complete salvation. This is the message of the 38th milestone. The Conquest of Christ Jesus is the Mighty Conqueror. He makes men completely whole. You can be made whole today. May it be so.

AMEN AND AMEN!

Billy Graham in Liverpool - FREE PRESBYTERIANS LEAD PROTEST by R. A. Henderson

As part of the Mission England campaign, Dr. Billy Graham was in Liverpool between July 14th and July 21st. He addressed large crowds in the Liverpool Football Stadium at Anfield.

The Protestant Reformers' Memorial Church planned to distribute leaflets, Gospel tracts and copies of the news sheet published by the British Council of Protestant Christian Churches to people attending the meetings. Each evening during the campaign groups of our members assisted by friends from supporting churches, The Peoples Church, Liverpool 5; Speake Pentecostal, Liverpool 24; Zion Tabernacle, Chester; Norris Green Baptist Chapel, Liverpool 11 and Windsor Hall, Liverpool 8 surrounded the Stadium.

Much indignation was expressed by a number of counsellors and stewards as they attempted to dissuade people from accepting our literature, some even tore up the gospel tracts which we were distributing. It was an encouragement, however, to have the support of Ulster Free Presbyterians who were [14] here on holiday, making it a united witness. Some 70,000 pieces of literature were distributed.

This literature drew attention to the apostasy of Mission England and of the position taken up by Billy Graham with Romanists and Modernists.

Despite denials by Mission England organisers that it was involved with Rome, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool, Derek Worlock was present in the Anfield Stadium as was the Anglican Bishop, David Sheppard and other ecumenical leaders of churches on Merseyside. Herein was a fulfilment of the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 22 and verses 25-28.

"There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls: they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

"Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken."

Because of Billy Graham's compromise with modernists and Romanists his messages lacked the fire which some recalled when he was in England some 30 years ago; disappointment was expressed by many as a result.

The Catholic Pictorial in its issue dated July 1st was hoping for the return of 4,000 lapsed Catholics as a result of the Graham mission. The names of Catholics who came forward were collected by Mission organisers and passed on to R.C. Bishop Rawsthorne who put them in touch with the nearest parish or deanery where there are "Catholic nurturers".

"Nurturers" are people willing to welcome such Catholics who may be ready to come back after having lapsed from the church and help them to reintegrate themselves into the Catholic community. The members of these nurture groups are "just Catholics firm in their faith and regular members of the Catholic community" said Mgr. Malone. In the run-up to Mission England, Catholics were trained alongside Protestants as Counsellors. That the truth was withheld by Mission organisers was clearly demonstrated. Not only was Archbishop Worlock present, there were Catholic counsellors and nurture groups guiding people to Rome. The Protestant Reformers' stand for separation from the apostasy was clearly vindicated.

An interesting sideline on Mission England was the vandalism which occurred at Anfield. Toilet systems were ripped from the walls; paper stuffed down plugholes; rubber lagging from pipes ripped off and pushed down pans; light bulbs were taken out of their sockets; a cubicle door in a first floor ladies toilet was ripped from its hinges and flooding in many blocks became a problem. The Stadium manager, Mr. Bert Johnson said, "I am totally puzzled by the whole thing. This just isn't the sort of vandalism we ever see at football matches."

[15-20 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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"LIVING ROOM": A page for women, presented by Eileen Paisley

My first sewing machine was a veritable antique, a real vintage model, the solid oak table-top of which rested on a base of intricate wrought-iron work. It was given to me shortly after my marriage by a very dear old lady, a member of our congregation, who had been a tailoress in her earlier years. What a treasure it was! Previously I had been hand-sewing little garments for the baby I was expecting, now I could complete my labour of love in a fraction of the time. Many and varied were the jobs executed on that machine during its years in the manse - clerical stocks for my husband, dresses for myself, curtains, cushion-covers, loose-covers to increase the life-span of an ageing chesterfield, and of course lots of mending jobs. My little daughters were intrigued by my antiquated piece of machinery, especially when I jokingly told them that Mrs. Noah had used it in the ark.

On four occasions in the Bible we read of the making of coats. These are all worthy of our consideration and provide much material for our spiritual dress.

Genesis 3:21 tells us that "the Lord God made coats of skins".

Again in Genesis, chapter 37:3, we read of Israel making Joseph a coat of many colours.

In 1 Samuel 2:19 we see Hannah making a little coat for her son Samuel, and in Acts 9:39 we have brought to our notice the coats which Dorcas made.

As my personal reading recently has been in the book of Samuel, I would like to share with you some thoughts about Hannah and the little coat she made. [22]

Elkanah had two wives, Peninnah and Hannah. Unlike the story of Abraham, we are not told why he had two wives. Perhaps it was for the same reason that Abraham had taken Hagar - to obtain a son, as every Jewish mother hoped to bear the promised Messiah. At any rate we can sense the unhappy situation that prevailed in the home, when we read the first chapter of 1 Samuel. Peninnah had a family but Hannah was childless. Each year when the family went up to the House of God Elkanah gave gifts to Peninnah and her children but he gave a double portion to Hannah because he loved her. Love is always giving, and when in spite of all Elkanah's gifts, he finds his beloved Hannah in tears and unable to eat, he fails to understand her. What he did not see was Peninnah's provocation, doubtless going on under his nose, but man-like, he doesn't even notice. I'm sure Hannah would have willingly given her double portion to Peninnah if only she could have a baby of her own.

Hannah did the only thing that every God-fearing woman ought to do. With tear-stained face and broken heart she prayed, wept, and continued praying, or as the margin puts it, "multiplied to pray". Now, to add to her troubles, she was misunderstood, in the House of God and by the Priest of God. However, once Eli realised the true situation he told her to go in peace and called on God to grant her petition. Hannah left the Temple knowing God had heard her prayer and would give her the desire of her heart.

Thank God for the mercy-seat, where we can pour out our petitions to the God of all grace, who says, "Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear."

Hannah left her burden with the Lord. She went out, her tears were wiped away and her appetite was restored. 'Her countenance was no more sad". Is that the way you and I leave the place of prayer? Is that the way we could be described when we come from the House of God, or do we look miserable because we fail to leave our problems with the Lord and try to carry them on our own shoulders?


All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy-seat, leave them there.
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus.

God did not fail Hannah. Before the time of the next yearly offering, she had given birth to Samuel, and when he was just a young boy she took him up to Shiloh as she had promised. In her petition she said she would give her son to the Lord, but when the time came, she said to Eli, "I have lent him to the Lord". Full well we understand the mother's heart. It couldn't have been easy for her to part with this child for whom she longed and prayed-and wept. She would only see him once a year now. What a difference a year makes in the life of a child. She was going to miss so many things in his development that other mothers would enjoy. No more would she tuck him into bed at night, nor listen for his little footsteps in the morning. No more child's tears to wipe away, no more grazed knees or [23] stubbed toes. No doubt all these little things crossed the mother's mind, and I'm sure she shed her silent tears when she thought how empty her home would be without the sunlight of her son's presence. But she had promised him to the Lord and she was determined not to break her vow. Isn't it lovely to see her husband's confidence in her and how he encouraged her.

Hannah kept her vow. God saw the empty cot in the home in Ramah. He understood the loneliness of the mother. He felt the silence where previously there had been the endless chatter of the little boy, and so He gave to Hannah the blessing of Grace, by giving five children to her, three sons and two daughters.

Now her hands would never be idle, as one by one these five little lives were given into her care. Her days would be all too short, the home and garden would be filled with noise and toys, and Hannah would be glad to drop into bed at the end of each busy day.

But the absent child would never leave her thoughts. No matter how busy she was, she was always thinking of Samuel and of his needs. And so we read how she made him a little coat and brought it to him year by year when she and Elkanah went up to Shiloh with their offerings.

This was a special coat for a special child. Much love and care went into its making. It would give Samuel covering, it would give him protection and it would be something he could look on with joy and be reminded of his mother's love.

In Samuel's coat we can see what God has done for us. He has given us a covering for our sins. What love and pains He took to provide us with the clothing of His righteousness. What a comfort to know that our sins are under the precious blood.

If we look at ourselves, all we see is our sin, our unrighteousness, our unworthiness, but when we put on Christ, God sees His robe of righteousness, and we are "hid with Christ in God". Let us often remind ourselves of His love and be adorned with the beauty of Jesus. [25]

INSIDE INSIGHT: a page of inspirational poetry presented each month by Rhonda Paisley

 

Truths

Great truths are greatly won, not found by chance,
Nor wafted on the breath of summer dream;
But grasped in the great struggle of the soul,
Hard buffeting with adverse wind and stream.

But in the day of conflict, fear and grief,
When the strong word of God, put forth in might,
Ploughs up the subsoil of the stagnant heart,
And brings the imprisoned truth seed to the light.

Wrung from the troubled spirit, in hard hours
Of weakness, solitude, perchance of pain,
Truth springs like harvest from the well-ploughed field,
And the soul feels it has not wept in vain.

C. E. C.

"Be Kindly Affectioned One To Another With Brotherly Love." Rom. 12: 1 0.

We cannot know the grief
That men may borrow;
We cannot see the souls
Storm-swept by sorrow;
But love can shine along the way
Today, tomorrow;
Let us be kind.
Upon the wheel of pain so many
Weary lives are broken,
We live in vain who give no
Tender token.
Let us be kind.

Anon. [26]

Hope of Our Hearts

Hope of our hearts, O Lord! appear:
Thou glorious Star of day,
Shine forth, and chase the dreary night,
With all our fears, away!

Strangers on earth, we wait for Thee:
Oh! leave the Father's throne;
Come with the shout of victory, Lord,
And claim us for Thine own!

Oh! bid the bright archangel now
The trump of God prepare,
To call Thy saints - the quick, the dead -
To meet Thee in the air.

No resting-place we seek on earth,
No loveliness we see;
Our eye is on the royal crown
Prepared for us and Thee.

But, dearest Lord, however bright
That crown of joy above,
What is it to the brighter hope
Of dwelling in Thy love?

What to the joy - the deeper joy,
Unmingled, pure, and free -
Of union with our Living Head,
Of fellowship with Thee?

This joy e'en now on earth is ours:
But only, Lord, above,
Our hearts, without a pang, shall know
The fullness of Thy love.

There, near Thy heart, upon the throne,
Thy ransomed bride shall see
What grace was in the bleeding Lamb
Who died to make her free.

Sir Edward Denny [27]

FOR BOYS AND GIRLS: The Little Gossiping Snipe
By Rev. J. P. Struthers M.A.

Among the reeds by the margin of a loch in one of the western isles two snipes built their nest. It took little trouble to do that, for the building consisted only of choosing a hollow spot in the ground and gathering a few withered leaves and stalks. There the mother snipe laid four eggs of olive white, spotted with brown; and when the days were longest, and the summer sun was pouring its warm rays down on moor and loch, the little snipes made their appearance. Oh they were dear little beauties! They were dressed in lovely dark maroon with spots of black and white and buff, and their dresses fitted to perfection! They were soon able to run about quite freely, and in a few weeks more they would have passed quite readily for their mother's younger sisters.

The Snipe family were very happy. They had most things to make them so, for there was plenty to eat in the mossy ground round the loch, the scenery was of the grandest, and there was no want of society. There was quite a colony of snipes in the neighbourhood, and Mrs. Eider-Duck was rearing a numerous family just round the corner. Indeed, one could hardly go a few yards among the reeds beside the loch without stumbling on some wild bird's nest. For the loch was far from the haunts of men, and the birds were seldom disturbed; only When a shepherd counting his sheep on the moor passed that way, or when, in the winter time, a shooting party, with their guns and dogs, came to have what they were pleased to call a "day's sport". [28]

The mother snipe took great pains in training her children. She taught them how to pierce the soft soil of the marshy places with their long sensitive bills so as to find the food most suitable for them.

Now, it does seem strange that a snipe should be able to tell what is at the end of its bill when that bill is away down in the dark earth. How can it tell when it doesn't see? Yet frail man does things as wonderful. What layer of earth is darker or more confused in its contents than the pocket of a boy with its marbles, top, pencil, string, unfinished apple, and what not? Yet shall he not with the point of one finger only unerringly distinguish every one? Could even Egyptian darkness make him mistake his pencil for his apple, though the one perchance be as soft and nutritious as the other?

The snipes' mother also taught them how to fly, saying - "Now when you are alarmed you must squat down so on the ground at once, and if you take to flight you must dart about from side to side so as to make it difficult for anyone to shoot you. All snipes are able to do that, and when my cousins come from Norway to spend the winter with us, for it is too cold there, I hope they will find you properly behaved. Try to be kind and helpful to one another and never do anything mean." The three eldest grew up as obedient and affectionate as a mother's heart could wish. The youngest daughter, I am sorry to say, came to a sad end, the result of a wicked habit. As soon as she could run about alone she became very fond of visiting all the neighbours and hearing all that was going on. She went from one to another retailing all she had heard, often adding a little bit just to make it more striking. She was a fair mimic, so she entertained the woodcocks with accounts of the sandpipers' peculiarities, and amused the sandpipers with stories about the woodcocks and made the young people of both families shriek with laughing at her imitation of Mrs. Eider-Duck's elegant gait, until she came to think she was a very clever little snipe indeed.

But I am sorry to say she did worse. So eager did she become to hear of other birds' affairs that she sometimes hid herself in order to hear what was not intended for her ears. Her mother caught her at it only once, but it nearly broke her heart. I thought the daughter never could have forgotten what her mother and she said to one another that day. For it was the most solemn day there had ever been in their family history. The other young ones did not know what their sister had done, but the distress of their mother was so evident that they neither ate nor drank nor played, but lay shivering together all day.

But their sister soon forgot her promise, and another day came, more solemn still. She had been hiding behind a clump of reeds, listening to an interesting disagreement between her friends, Mr. and Mrs. Sandpiper. Mrs. Sandpiper, who never would be punctual, had kept her husband waiting a whole half-hour that day, and, dearly though he loved her, the annoyance it had caused him, and the heavy loss it had occasioned several other birds whose time had depended on his - to say nothing of the shame of it all so grieved him that he spoke for once most bitterly. And Mrs. Sandpiper, instead of being grieved, as a true wife should have been at having made [29] her husband say things he never could think of afterwards without pain, spoke back tauntingly and sneeringly. And our friend, the listening snipe, was just wondering how many calls she could make that afternoon, and where she would begin, when her mother's words came into her mind "Oh, my dear, dear child, never do anything mean." But she pushed them from her, and determined to go first to the Eider-Ducks. So she was ripe for judgment, and it came. A passing hawk had noticed her, and was now poised in the air above her, but so intent on her thoughts had she become that she did not notice him. It was but the work of a moment, and all her wit and cleverness and beauty perished. With one swoop he seized and carried her off, and a faint scream of terror was the last that was heard of her who was spoken of ever afterwards as "the little gossiping snipe".

"Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil." Is. 5:20 (continued from page 2)

The R.U.C. had no other option but to enforce the law as best they could. This they proceeded to do in face of much provocation and resistance.

Downes, the I.R.A. supporter and previously convicted of I.R.A. connections was a rioter and attempted to injure a police officer with a stick or bar. He was stopped by a plastic bullet, a bullet which probably would not have been fatal if he had not been running into it.

No right thinking person wants anyone to be killed but death in these circumstances cannot in any way be compared to the murders carried out by the I.R.A. Downes was responsible for his own death. The police officer did his duty and saved his colleague from grievous bodily injury or even death.

The unbalanced presentation of the incident by the media showed clearly that not far beneath the surface lay anti-loyalist feeling and indeed a desire to malign the R.U.C.

The remarks of David Steele the Liberal leader that "the police rioted" shows how deep and near surface this feeling is.

Faced with this campaign of vilification Mr. Prior the Secretary of State, capitulated and said that a mistake had been made. This fuelled the I.R.A.'s triumph and demonstrated to law abiding people that the British Government had not the will to win the war against the murderers.


Then Galvin appeared in the safe sanctuary of the Irish Republic and boasted that if he had had a gun he would have used it against the police. He is also to make a further attempt to break the ban.

Ulster loyalists and the R.U.C. have now learned that they can expect little sympathy from Whitehall when the going gets rough with the I.R.A.

Only Divine Intervention can deliver our Province and that will only come when God's people humble themselves and seek God's face mightily in prayer. "Marshal the Forces of Prayer" - that is the sure and only way forward. "For if God be for us who can be against us."

ERROR: In the July/August issue the reference in the editorial to John 2: 9-11 should have read 2 John 9-11. [30]

Speech in Parliament by Dr. Paisley on 'The Appointment of Bishops' Measure' Which Was Defeated

The hon. Member for Torridge and Devon, West (Sir P. Mills) drew the attention of the House to a portion of holy scripture that Paul wrote to Timothy.

There is a parallel passage in Titus, and one of the characteristics and qualifications of a bishop is:

"Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and convince the gainsayers."

The hon. Member for Staffordshire, South (Mr. Cormack) underlined a point that was in many of our minds about the recent election and consecration of the new Bishop of Durham.

The Church of England has declared itself on the mystery of the faith in its fine 39 Articles. I should like to put on record what those articles say about two important fundamentals of the Christian faith - the deity of our Saviour and his bodily resurrection. Article 2 says:

"Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man. The Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of men."

Of the resurrection of Christ, Article 4 says:

"Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man's nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all Men at the last day."

There can be no clearer definition of the cardinal doctrines of the faith than those precious words. I say that as one who is not a member of the Church of England, as the House is aware. The Church of England has no jurisdiction where I come from, because the Church of Ireland was disestablished by this House.

The House has done well to put on record the sorrow of heart at an attack on the person of our Lord Jesus Christ and these important doctrines.

Those are matters that interest the whole nation and many nonconformists are anxious that the Church of England should retain those great distinctive doctrines of the Christian faith. I should like to speak further, but I am aware that many of my colleagues want to get to their feet, and I wish to hear the reply.

(Dr. Paisley voted against the Measure which was defeated.) [31]

First Free Presbyterian Church to be Built in U.S.A. Opened

The Following appeared in "The Greenville News" on Saturday 9th June 1984.

Church moving into new building . . .

Faith Free Presbyterian Church, which has met since 1976 at 20 Sharon Drive, will move into a new building at 1207 Haywood Road today.

The initial service in the new building will begin today at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Frank McClelland of Toronto, Canada, as speaker.

The Rev. John Greer of Philadelphia will preach at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday and the Rev. Fred Greenfield of Northern Ireland is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m.

The new church, which will accommodate 400 people, is a square structure, designed to make optimum use of the space available. A feature of the building is a large stained-glass window, portraying the historic emblem of Presbyterians - the burning bush and the motto, Ardens sed virens, which means "burning but flourishing".

The Rev. Alan Cairns, pastor, described the congregation as "a fundamental, Presbyterian church dedicated to preaching the gospel of saving grace and opposing ecumenical apostasy of the last days. We desire only to exalt Christ and lead people to know Him and to serve Him faithfully."

The beautiful new church edifice was duly opened as scheduled. The service commenced with the singing of the Old One Hundredth Psalm and prayer was offered by Rev. John Greer, the minister of the Philadelphia Church.

Free Presbyterians from the congregations in North America were present including those from Calgary Alberta Canada, Toronto Ontario Canada, Philadelphia Penn. U.S.A. and also from Ulster. Rev. Alan Cairns welcomed them.

Rev. Frank McClelland, the Minister of Toronto, preached the opening sermon from Haggai 2:7. His points were: 1. God's Person; 2. God's Place; 3. God's Promise.

Rev. Fred Greenfield brought greetings from The General Presbytery of Ulster and read a telegram from Dr. Paisley the Moderator of the Church.He left with the congregation the promise of Proverbs 3:33.

Mr. Greer and Mr. Greenfield preached at the Lord's Day Services on the following day.

Dr. Paisley is to hold a special week of meetings in the new church from Lord's Day 21st October to Lord's Day 28th October.