STILL PREACHING AS THE PLANE WENT DOWN!

STILL PREACHING AS THE PLANE WENT DOWN

I recently read an amazing post by Evangelist and missionary, Franklin Graham, which I simply have to share with others!  It was a great blessing and an incredible challenge as well.

I couldn’t help thinking what I would have done in a situation like that?

Read it and share your thoughts in the comments below

Franklin Graham writes:

“Travelling in Ethiopia brought to mind a man I met there and got to know in the 1980s. Andy Meakins was a gentle giant of the faith, an Englishman who loved Jesus Christ and served Him in Africa for many years. In 1996 an Ethiopian Airlines flight was hijacked and crashed into the ocean just off the Comoros Islands after running out of fuel-you may have heard the story. The dramatic moment of impact was caught on home video and broadcast around the world. Only later did we learn of something even more dramatic happening in the cabin as the plane headed for disaster.

Andy Meakins and his wife were on that plane, seated together. The hijackers demanded to be flown to Australia even though there wasn’t nearly enough fuel for that distance. As they neared the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, one engine flamed out, and the pilot told passengers that the remaining engine would soon run out of fuel as well. Immediately, Andy’s wife heard the snap of a seatbelt being unbuckled and turned to see her husband stand up.

“Many of us might die in this crash,” he called out, “so there’s something you need to know.” Andy then began explaining the Gospel simply and urgently, moving to each part of the cabin so that everyone would hear. He invited people 2551862to place their trust in Jesus Christ in repentance and faith. A flight attendant heard Andy’s words, bowed her head, and asked Jesus to forgive her sins and come into her heart. She watched many more respond and, along with another survivor, later told the story. Of the 175 people on board, 125 died, including Andy, who was still on his feet preaching the Gospel as the plane hit the water.

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If you don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour, my I urge you to get to know Him without delay.   We are living in an uncertain and dangerous world.  Make sure you are secure for eternity!

Please get in touch if we can be of spiritual help to you.

Day Ashton
Freelance Writer & Internet Marketer

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GOD NEVER SPEAKS TO ME!

God never speaks to me!

Some years ago I heard about a woman who told her friend: “God never speaks to me!”  As the conversation progressed, the friend discovered that this lady seldom read the Bible and seldom prayed …

This lady indeed professed to be a Christian but had never learnt to speak to God in regular prayer, nor had she realized the joy and encouragement of communion with the Saviour through the reading of His precious Word.  How sad is that?

God’s Word is alive.   God speaks to us through His Word if we will only but listen!

Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, tells us that “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (3:16-17)

The writer to the Hebrews tells us that “… the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12)

The psalmist also reminds us that God’s Word is “… is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105).  In verse 130 of the same Psalm, it is encouraging to note that the teaching in God’s Word is so plain, it is possible for everyone to understand: “The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand”.

We need to read God’s Word for in so-doing we can hear Him speak to us.  We need to read His Word prayerfully.  His Word guides our steps, helps us become more like Jesus and helps us overcome evil.  His Word helps us pray according to God’s will.

If you have never heard God speak to you through His Word, make sure you get to know Him as your Saviour in the first instance.

Whether a new Christian or someone who has known the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour for many years, take time daily to read His Word – God’s blueprint and map for our lives.

Read the Bible, God’s infallible Word, prayerfully.  Read it expectantly. 
You will not be disappointed.  

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The world is changing … rapidly!

The world is changing … rapidly

The changes initially took place at a more gradual pace, but now … the intensity and speed of change is phenomenal!   It is affecting all walks of life … the way we shop, the way we do our banking, moral attitudes, intolerance of Christian values, increase in violence and terrorism, changes in the political arenas and globalization.

Not just that, the climatic changes.   How many times have you and I heard in recent years and months:  “This is the worst storm … earthquake … drought … floods … since records began”.

When everything around us is so unstable… so uncertain, is there anything that does not change?

The good news is yes there is!

It is a Person … the very Person the world around us is trying to squeeze out of everything – governments, schools, healthcare, business, Christmas and even Easter … the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!

God says in His Word (The Bible)“I am the Lord, and I do not change …” (Malachi 3:6)

When all around us things and people are changing, it is just so reassuring to know we have a God, the One True God, who NEVER changes and who has promised NEVER to leave us nor forsake us.   A God in whom we can put our trust utterly and completely.

If you are longing for stability and reassurance in this fragile and changing world, then I invite you to “turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in is wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.”   As that beautiful old hymn says: “Change and decay in all around I see, Oh Thou who changest not, abide with me.”   The problems and troubles won’t just vanish, but Jesus promises peace and strength  midst the change and storms of life!

I close with the words of this wonderful hymn by Helen H Lemmel:

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free!

Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

If you have never given your heart, your life, to the Lord Jesus, may I invite you to do so today.   If you need help or prayer, please contact us.   All matters are treated with utmost confidentiality. 

Day Ashton

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Will your Anchor hold in the storms of life?

The Dangers of the Last Days  – will YOUR Anchor hold?

The New Living Translation puts 2 Timothy 3 as follows:

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!  …. (v13)  But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived”

This is exactly what we are seeing around us! As the King James version of the Bible puts it, “Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13).   This is a clear picture of what is happening right now as the end of this Age of Grace nears.

I want to ask you, “Who or what is your Anchor?”

When we look around us, what are the major threats?   Certainly not global warming as many would have one believe.  The major threats we are facing are very real and very dangerous:  ISIS, Islamic terrorism, ever-increasing Russian aggression, international drug cartels, ante-Semitism, the rogue nations nuclear activities, or even another looming world-wide economic meltdown, to mention a few.

Other issues that impact our lives in one way or another include illness, loss of loved ones – often in very tragic circumstances, loss of a job, unemployment, marriage breakdown, violence, selfish and uncaring attitudes, the increase of aggression towards Christians – Bible-believing Christians including opposition to Christian Schools and businesses, not to mention the godless life-styles which directly or indirectly impact on us as individuals.

So much instability.   So much insecurity.   So much heartache!

When all around us is changing – with increasing speed, how secure are you?  Is your hope and faith placed in the Solid Rock of Ages, the unchanging God, the Eternal One, the One who is the only Way, the Truth and the Life?   He, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the ONLY anchor that is worth having.  All else cannot save you.

I’m reminded of that good old solid hymn ….

“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

“We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure as the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!”

My Anchor is Jesus!   Who or what is your anchor?

“18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. …” (Hebrews 6:19)

 If you need further spiritual help or wish to discuss this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact form below!

 

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A New Beginning – the Road to Success

A NEW BEGINNING …

2015 has arrived and for most of us it probably feels as if everything is just rolling on as before.   For some 2014 may have been a good year, whilst for others, it is something you want to forget if you could.

I do believe though that everyone of us has the urge to start afresh.   There is a desire to succeed in this coming year.   One thing we need to remember is the Bible principle Paul reminds us of in Philippians 3:13: “… but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

That is the ultimate goal.

We also have personal goals in our lives (within the framework of our ultimate goal).  This is important and I would encourage you to pursue your goals and succeed.

I recently read a lovely piece by Helen Keller:  the Road to Success

Do not think of today’s failures,
but of the success that may come tomorrow
You have set yourselves a difficult task
but you will succeed if you persevere
Remember, no effort that we make to attain
something beautiful is ever lost!

As  a Christian, we have so much encouragement in God’s Word, the Bible.  It does require that we get our priorities right though.  As it says in Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart!”

So, in this coming year, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact me.
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God bless you

Day Ashton

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Daily Devotional … Amber’s Story – Walking Back into the Light

I just wanted to take a few moments to share a mini video with you all.

It is about a new Daily Devotional written by a dear friend:  Amber’s Story – Walking Back into the Light.

I share it now as it may be an ideal Christmas present for your loved ones.

Take a look and visit her site as well

I’d love to hear your feedback.   It has been a great blessing and encouragement to me.

Watch the video now (less than 2 minutes in length!)

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An eternal and heavenly perspective …

It has been quite a long time since I blogged on this page.  So sorry about that…. BUT, I’m back again and I have something very precious to share with you all

I read about Fanny Crosby, the prolific hymn writer (wrote over 9000 hymns!), just recently again and was so blessed.  Some of those beautiful hymns include “Blessed Assurance”, “To God be the Glory”, “All the Way my Saviour leads me”, “Safe in the arms of Jesus”, “Rescue the Perishing” and “Tell me the story of Jesus” and thousands more!

The story is told of a well-intentioned preacher who said to her: “I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many gifts upon you”.  Fanny Crosby’s reply is amazing indeed:  “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind? … Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Saviour”.

Wow …

How absolutely amazing but so wonderful.  When you’ve not been able to see all your life or for a large part of it, just imagine that the very Person you see when you are healed in eternity, is the precious Lord Jesus, the One who saved you by His grace!  To see His smile and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

I do not have adequate words really …

Fanny could see life with an eternal perspective.

How do we face things that happen to us at any given point in our lives?  When viewing our problems in the light of eternity, they will look different.   Knowing there is Someone who cares for you and is able to help and guide you, makes so much difference – an eternal difference.

Fanny Crosby knew and loved her Saviour. It is reflected so clearly through her hymns and testimony.

Our trials will dim when on that one absolutely glorious day we see Jesus face to face – when we see His welcoming smile.

I know that my father who passed away last August and my mother who went “home” in 1994, both saw His welcoming smile and arms outstretched to meet them.

Let us make sure we are ready to meet Him, whether in death or when He comes again.

“For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Are you looking forward to that day when, like Fanny Crosby, you will look upon His face and see the One who has loved you with an everlasting love, face to face.

Eternity

Eternity

Let this be your song too:

What rejoicing in His presence,
When are banished grief and pain;
When the crooked ways are straightened,
And the dark things shall be plain.

Refrain
Face to face I shall behold Him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory,
I shall see Him by and by!

Face to face—oh, blissful moment!
Face to face—to see and know;
Face to face with my Redeemer,
Jesus Christ Who loves me so.
(Car­rie E. Breck, 1898)

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