TRUMP ANNOUNCES US MOVING EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM

Jerusalem recognized 

‘Citing a 1995 law, the Jerusalem Embassy Act, compelling the president make the move absent national security risks, Trump said the time had come to recognize what everyone already knows to be true. "Jerusalem is the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times," he said. "Today Jerusalem is the seat of Israel's government."

This is nothing more or less than a recognition of the reality," he added.

He directed the State Department to begin preparing the move, which may take years as the government scopes out a location, hires architects and plans for what is sure to be a challenging security environment.’ Jerusalem Post Dec 8 17

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 World leaders warn peace process doomed after Trump announcement

 Dismay and dire warnings heard around Arab world

 Is this such a bad thing?

But is this such a bad thing? Many Bible believers are encouraged by this action of President Trump and consider that he is carrying out the declared purpose of God, who is in control of the destinies of the world, and whose purpose He makes clear in Numbers 14:21

But as truly as  I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

And who will guide the world to that end by manipulating its present rulers, for we read in Proverbs 21:1

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

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US-Russia relations comparable to ‘dark days of Cold War’

Former US Defence Secretary William Perry has warned that because of the current relations between the US and Russia there is a danger that they are entering a new Cold war which could end in nuclear conflict.  Speaking at the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe in Paris on Monday, Perry asked rhetorically: "Have we forgotten the Cuban missile crisis?” “We are beginning a new Cold War, with the worst possible outcome a nuclear war between the US and Russia. Relations today between the US and Russia are comparable to the dark days of the Cold War.”.

Read more: The Cold War II ?

 

Our Bible Hour is on Sundays at 10am at Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich, IP1 6DG.

Our programme for October to December, God willing:

 

7 October        Big Bible themes – repentance and baptism

 

14 October      Let’s talk about prophecies - Zechariah

 

21 October      The young church in action – persecution and dispersion (Acts 8)

28 October      The young church in action – the road to Damascus (Acts 9)

 

4 November    Big Bible themes – the Kingdom of God on earth

 

11 November  The young church in action – the conversion of                    Cornelius (Acts 10)

 

18 November  Prayer – principles and practice

 

25 November  A living faith for a dying world

 

2 December    Big Bible themes – watching and waiting for the return of Jesus

 

9 December    Let’s talk about prophecies - Revelation

 

16 December  Sayings of Jesus – ‘I am the good shepherd’

 

23 December  Sayings of Jesus – ‘I am the true vine’

 

30 December Sayings of Jesus – ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’

 

ANGLIA GOOD NEWS!         from the Ipswich Christadelphians

October 2018

 

All is safely gathered in…

 

Traditionally, this is the time of year to celebrate harvest. With fewer people living in rural areas, it’s easy to overlook the importance of the abundant harvests yielded by our own fields and orchards.

Perhaps, though, living in a largely rural county, we in Suffolk might have a greater appreciation of the natural processes of food production. This summer the combines have marched across the fields of golden wheat and barley cutting the precious grain, and the rape has yielded its tiny black seed.

Now harvest is well under way in the orchards and this winter it will be the turn of the sugar beet.  Then there’s the year-round dairy, beef, pork and lamb production. So we are reminded of the richness of our native earth and temperate climate, and it is right that we should pause and be thankful to the Creator for his provision.

combineAs with every year, the farmers have their worries – the long hot summer which we (mostly) enjoyed, has reduced yields and there is talk of shortages and price rises. We need to reflect on the challenges to those who produce our food – declining populations of pollinating bees, changing climate, receding forests, world population increase and migration. Our daily bread depends on an increasingly delicate ecosystem.

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Our daily bread

But there is a real and tangible hope for us in the Bible. As part of the prayer Jesus gave his disciples (Matthew 6:9-11) – we find this: ‘Our Father in Heaven… give us this day our daily bread.’ Ultimately it is the Creator himself who gives us our food, ensures the harvest and blesses the yields. Just as we can become isolated from the realities of food production on our farms, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the divine source of life and health.

A joyous feast

pic3Harvest is an important theme in the Bible. After the Genesis flood, (Genesis 8:22) God made a promise to Noah, and to us that ‘While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.’ When the Children of Israel, God’s chosen people, were given the Law as they journeyed through the wilderness of Sinai, feasts and celebrations were established throughout the year. One of the most joyful of these was the feast of harvests: ‘You shall keep the Feast of Harvest, of the first-fruits of your labour, of what you sow in the field. You shall keep the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labour’ (Exodus 23:16).

Remember those in need

There was provision in the Law of Moses that harvesters should not go back and cut the bits they had missed, the corners of the fields, but leave them to the poor to glean: ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest(Leviticus 19:9) In the Old Testament account of Ruth the commandment to remember those in need played an essential part.001-ruth-2

sowerThe sower and the seed

In the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23) Jesus refers to his teaching about the Kingdom of God as being like a harvest. Some seed falls on unfertile ground and yields a poor crop, some on good ground, yielding an abundant crop. The good ground represents men and women who hear the message of the Word of God, the teaching of Jesus, and respond to it, and are like grain gathered into the barn at the time of harvest. The harvest is God’s promised Kingdom on earth which Jesus will establish on the earth when he returns. Let us pray that he will soon return to fill the earth with God’s glory!

 

 

We invite you to our BIBLE HOUR at 10am on Sunday, 23 September, God willing, when the theme will be HARVESTWe support Families in Need (FIND), a local Christian charity which offers a lifeline to people in Ipswich and the surrounding areas experiencing poverty and despair. If you would like to contribute to the work of FIND, you may wish to bring along in-date tins and packets of dry food (no fresh perishables please), all of which will be passed directly to FIND.

All is safely gathered in…

 

Traditionally, this is the time of year to celebrate harvest. With fewer people living in rural areas, it’s easy to overlook the importance of the abundant harvests yielded by our own fields and orchards.

Perhaps, though, living in a largely rural county, we in Suffolk might have a greater appreciation of the natural processes of food production. This summer the combines have marched across the fields of golden wheat and barley cutting the precious grain, and the rape has yielded its tiny black seed.

Now harvest is well under way in the orchards and this winter it will be the turn of the sugar beet.  Then there’s the year-round

A living faith for a dying world! Frog-in-Boiling-Water

How long does it take to react to mortal danger? Certainly a car speeding towards you on the wrong side of the road would make you get out of the way quickly!   But not all danger is quite so obvious. Many years ago scientists came up with the parable of a boiling frog. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to the boil slowly, it won’t realise the danger until it’s too late and will be cooked to death. The story is a metaphor for our inability or unwillingness to react to, or be aware of, threats that arise gradually.

1-26-doomsday-clockThe Doomsday Clock

Scientists say that planet earth is almost at boiling point.   Back in 1947 a group of researchers, the Chicago Atomic Scientists, came up with the Doomsday Clock, a symbol which represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.  Originally, it addressed the threat of global nuclear war, but since 2007 it has also reflected climate change and new developments in life sciences and technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity.

When the Doomsday Clock gets to midnight global catastrophe will strike. The original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight. But as of January 2017, the Clock is set at just two and a half minutes to midnight. This dramatic change is due to the rise in nationalism worldwide together with President Trump’s aggressive comments over North Korea, and his opposition to measures to address climate change. It’s frightening to reflect that the 120 kiloton hydrogen bomb tested by Kim Jong-un’s North Korea early in September is eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It’s frightening too that President Trump has retaliated by threatening “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Kim-Jong-un-inspects-hydrogen-bomb-and-ICBM-849370.jpg Express

 

 

 

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