“WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I”?

I was at a community event today and sat next to a scientist whom I thought was a person of faith, he is a member of the Jewish community, but to my surprise he said he was not religious and therefore had no faith because he is a scientist.

I responded with surprise that he was not a believer and that he thought being a scientist was incompatible with believing in God. He then adjusted his stance by saying he was agnostic not atheist.

Sadly, we couldn’t continue with the conversation for the programme started soon afterwards but not before I made him to know that most scientists of old were believers and in some cases were very strong and committed people of faith. He didn’t deny what I said but we ran out of time.

On the way home after the event, I started praying for him because given his Jewish background and as a Christian, I find it disconcerting that he was agnostic. Then in my own head I began to reason about which is worst being an atheist, agnostic or someone who believes in a false or untrue God or someone who believes in the God of the Bible but never repents and follow Jesus Christ.

Thinking about this some more the title of the blog was the conclusion of my thoughts.

No one wants to be described or looked on as a fool. Being called a fool is seen as offensive. Yet we know some people can be described as fools because of what they have said or what they have done.

The bible lists many kinds of fools some of which I will cover as I proceed.

David twice in the psalms (Psalm 14 and 53), refers to anyone who don’t believe in God, or as he puts it, who say there is no God, as a fool. So, according to the Bible an atheist is a fool.

Given the complexity of our world, the beauty of our world the order of our world, the intelligence and awareness of men and women, surely it is foolish to say there is no God. No one could look at a finely crafted watch and say there is no watchmaker but that the watch evolved through the many, many parts coming together into a final piece of jewelry that we call a watch and if by magic, actually works.

Another kind of a fool is the man who decides to ignore knowledge of foundations and construction and builds his house upon sand knowing that when, not if, the wind, floods and rain comes, his house would not stand a chance. Each weather condition duly turns up and his house didn’t survive.

This kind of fool is a presumptuous fool.  The parable is a warning that believers in the message of Jesus Christ must apply the word of God to their lives. We must be doers and not only hearers of the word. Again, Jesus said, if you love me keep my commandments.

Another kind of fool is to be found in the parable of the rich fool. This man had success and wealth. He worked very hard for what he had and said to his soul make a final push, acquire as much as you can and then retire. His retirement plan worked for he is much wealthier than before so he decides to retire to enjoy the “good life”; to eat drink and be merry.

Sadly, he dies almost immediately leaving all his plans and riches behind. His wealth is enjoyed by others, his hard work was in vain. Jesus in the parable called this man a rich fool.

This description is apt because to amass such riches took ingenuity, hard work and sacrifices. Not many become rich and if it was easy to become rich then everyone would be rich. Furthermore, Jesus said we will always have the poor with us. This man was also very ingenious because he knew if he didn’t plan for retirement he could struggle later on in life. He needed enough money to take care of himself and others in retirement. He didn’t want to struggle in retirement but to enjoy the benefits of his wealth. This man was a careless fool.

He took great care in making his fortune but never thought about his soul. He would have had opportunities, possibly many opportunities, to make sure his soul was right with God but never took it. In the end time ran out. The very night he retired, he was told by the Lord, “thou fool tonight thy soul is required of thee”. (Luke 12:16-21).

“What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul and what will a man give in exchange for his soul”?

Then we have the parable (Matthew 25: 1-13) of the five wise and five foolish virgins. The parable points out that all ten fell asleep while waiting for the bridegroom to come. The foolish virgins lost out because they were negligent. It’s one thing to fall asleep while waiting but when the alarm sounds one must be ready to move.

Soldiers on the battlefield sleep with their clothes on and their weapons close by. The night of the great exodus from Egypt, the Hebrew people, including children, went to bed ready to leave at a moments notice. After midnight the death angel moved swiftly throughout Egypt killing every first born in the land where the blood covering was missing.

Once the alarm was sounded by Pharaoh following the death of the first born, the Hebrews were ready to leave immediately.

The foolish virgins were not ready and soon found out that they ran out of oil. Desperate for oil the foolish virgins asked the wise to share theirs, no! Said the wise, lest there be not enough for you and us, go and buy from those who sell oil.

While the foolish went to buy oil the bridegroom came and those that were ready went with him. Later the foolish virgins came with oil but it was too late. These were negligent fools.

The bible describes and offers three levels of the Holy Spirit available to believers in Jesus Christ.

First, the born again level. No one can be saved or born again without the Holy Spirit. In John chapter 1: “to as many has received Him, to them gave He the power to become the children of God”. Romans 8: “His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God”.

Second, the infilling, baptism or being filled with the Spirit. Throughout the book of Acts and presented in the epistles and as mentioned by our Lord in the gospels, is the promise of the fulness of the Spirit. “he that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled”. On the day of Pentecost (Acts 1), “and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”.

In Acts 8, Peter and John visits Samaria where Phillip was for they heard good things had taken place in Samaria following the preaching of Phillip.

When Peter and John arrived, good things indeed had occurred for many had become followers of Christ and were baptized. Peter and John laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 19, Paul asked twelve believers if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. These believers were unaware of the Holy Spirit. After further inquiry, Paul ministered to them the importance of the Holy Spirit and they were baptized in water again this time in the name of Jesus Christ. He then laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

In Ephesians chapter 5, Paul writes: “be not drunk with excess of wine but be filled with the Spirit”.

The third level is the outflow of the Holy Spirit.Out of your bellies, said Jesus, “shall flow rivers of living water”. (John 7: 37-39).

On the day of Pentecost there was an outflow from Peter as he responded to the thousands of people that came that early morning. Peter, the fisherman quoted accurately the words of the prophet Joel to explain the phenomenon of the Holy Spirit. Peter spoke with boldness and convinced the critics, three thousand of which were later baptized and became the first fruits of the newly established church.

Peter and John later attended the weekly prayer service and outside the temple sat a beggar. “Silver and gold I don’t have said Peter, but such as I have give I thee, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”. There was an outflow from Peter which brought healing to the lame man.

The outflow are the gifts of the Holy Spirit: for healing, working of miracles, new languages and interpretations of new languages, prophecies et al.

In conclusion, believing is good but the bible says the devil and demons believe and even fear and tremble. What it requires is to act on our faith by doing what the Lord requires.

Peter and the rest of apostles on the day of Pentecost were asked “what must we do?

“Repent and be baptized everyone of you for the remission of sins in the name of Jesus Christ, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. Was the response.

Three thousand acted upon what they were told and became the first fruits of the kingdom of God. (Acts 2: 37-38).

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant
Lloyd Denny

“CASUAL”

The word casual popped into my mind this morning. It’s an innocuous word but it’s also a dangerous word depending on its context.

Casual can mean: not permanent, irregular, informal, unpretentious and friendly. It can also mean: easy going, free and easy and laid back.

Increasingly young couples enter into casual relationships and have casual sex. Then there is casual lying, casual infidelity and casual church attendance.

Surveys of young people’s activities are showing a casual attitude to relationships. Society tells them to live together first. Tells them, take your time and see if you like each other. Why rush into things. 

Married couples are sometimes casual about their marital vows, about sticking it out for there is always separation and divorce if you don’t get on. More and more, people enter into marriage not expecting it to be their first and last. Moreover, couples are leaving marriage later and later because of their casual approach to the institution.

Then there are those who have a casual attitude to life itself: abortions, some times multiple abortions, homicide and suicide. So much of films and television portrays life as cheap and expendable. If you are upset then take it out on others by killing as many as you can then take your own life.

Commitment to Christ and church attendance are also casual.

Some follow Christ irrespective of what the bible says. Some take the view that God is loving He will not judge them. These are they who dismiss a hell but hope to go to heaven. 

Then there are Christians that are uncommitted to a local church and there are those who move around from church to church based on their fancy at the moment. Sadly, there are also some Ministers that are casual about ministerial impropriety and even sin.

Founders as they refer to themselves, who do as they please and have no real accountability to others. These are they who even when they are caught in the wrong still hold on to power within the church. These are they that run the church as a family affair because they have a casual attitude to apostolic order and government.

The thing about being casual is it often leads to casualty.

Casualty is a place in a hospital people go to following an accident or emergency. Casualty is also a word that describes a victim or the consequence of one’s action or the action of others.

So, causal relationships can lead to heart break, bitterness, disease and unwanted pregnancy. A casual approach to marriage and the institution of marriage produces much pain, broken homes and poverty. Recently a well known British TV presenter went on tv to announce to the world he was leaving his marriage of almost 30 years because he was gay. His fellow presenters, friends and the public contacted him in support of his decision; that he was so brave to come out like this.

Neither he nor those in support of him were interested in the casualties that flowed from his decision. His wife, daughters and other family members. The insensitivity of going on tv to tell the world. He got sympathies all right from some but what about his wife and daughters. 

I am sure if he had gone on tv to say he was leaving his wife for another woman he would have been seen as heartless and pilloried for it. To go on tv when it really was no one else’s business other than himself and family was wrong.

The opposite to casual is permanent, serious and commitment to name but three things. 

There are some things and occasions when it is expedient to be casual. Dressing casual when on holiday. Being casual with one’s family and friends. Taking a casual job while still at school, during gap year and whilst waiting for permanent employment.

But, there are times one cannot be casual, for example, attending an important interview or one’s attitude to health and safety. The response to the Coronavirus disease cannot be casual this will lead to much pain and suffering. Leaders that take it seriously should be rewarded and applauded and those who are casual should be exposed and rejected by the people.

Let me end with Jesus’ warning to the Laodicean church (Rev. 3). In the message He warns against lukewarmness as well as against other things. Lukewarmness is being casual about important things like one’s love and commitment to Christ in these last days.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

Lloyd on February 28th, 2020
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Lloyd on February 28th, 2020

“DO SOMETHING”

Spoken by people the world over when faced with a situation that is overwhelming in which they are powerless. 

The plea to a doctor by a mother whose child is dying. The plea of a father to the fire fighter as he stands outside a home that is about to explode. The plea of a child to passers by to rescue her father drowning in the river.

Doing something is what we humans say all the time which has enabled us to advance and prosper but there are some things we cannot do even when life is at stake.

This is where prayer comes in. We pray because it’s a sign of humility, in that we need help from a greater source. We pray because we are inclined to panic therefore it gives us time to wait and reflect. We pray because God answers prayer.

In one of the Psalms of David, he writes “this poor man cried and the Lord heard him and delivered him from all of his troubles”.

The greatest of us is powerless at times and under certain circumstances completely useless. What can we do when the hurricane arrives and refuse to leave. What can we do when the earth shakes for less than a minute yet almost everything is raised to the ground and what can we do when it rains and keeps on raining or when it doesn’t rain at all for an extended period.

New Testament salvation is based on us doing something as opposed to not doing something. “They that call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

“Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name if Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.

“For as many as received him to them gave he the power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name”.

In the story of the rich man and Lazarus it describes the death of two men, a rich man and a beggar by the name of Lazarus. The rich man from hell pleads with Abraham to do something so that his five brothers would be spared the experience of hell.

The story ends with Abraham telling the rich man that even if one came back from the dead with a message they still wouldn’t believe him and repent. Jesus came back from the dead and many still won’t believe and repent. I know many who believe but will not repent. (Luke 16:19-31).

Thankfully, not everybody is unwilling to believe and act upon what they are asked to do.

The birth of the church as described in Acts 2, shows the importance of collective gathering and preaching.

The 120 or so that were gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem were rewarded with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Thousands came from across the city in response to the noise they heard and the report from others. At first the crowd mocked and made fun of the church but soon were asking what must we do? Peter then told them what to do. Three thousand people did what they were told and became the first fruits of the church.

Politicians, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives are in response to the Coronavirus saying: “do something”! Following the report that their country, children and spouse have contracted the virus.

Thankfully, death is not inevitable yet many are dead and more death is expected.

Because of the novelty of the virus, there is great fear which in turn is leading to panic, reduction in travel, cancellation of holidays and poor economic growth.

In the light of this let us pray. Prayer is our request to God to do something. To whom we pray is therefore important.

In the days of Elijah the prophet hundreds of Baal prophets prayed for fire to come down from heaven as vindication as to which was the true God, they prayed from morning till evening and nothing happened. Exhausted and embarrassed the Baal prophets gave way to Elijah, who prayed a simple prayer and fire came down in full view of everybody.

If my house was on fire I wouldn’t call for a doctor and if I needed medical help I wouldn’t call for a fire fighter.

The God of the bible said to King Solomon: “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; [14] If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

Lloyd on February 28th, 2020

“NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS”
The floods in the UK are back and are causing havoc and misery. Homes under water, streets immersed in water and lives seriously interrupted.

Every day things are cancelled or postponed: going to work or school, shopping and sleeping, cannot be done because people have to secure their homes or businesses. Following the breach, people have to clean up, dry out and replace damage items so normalcy can be restored as soon as possible.

Like all disasters the floods are without discrimination: young, old, male, female et al. Last week or even yesterday, all was normal then quickly it all changed.

The title of this blog come from a BBC radio interview in which a woman affected by the floods was asked why she had moved into the area given the history of the town. Her response was never in a million years did anyone expect where she lived would be flooded. The point was flood barriers had been erected following past flooding and where she lived had never flooded before so no one expected where she lived to be affected.

Why would people buy homes, banks lend money and people live and do business in an area that has a history of flooding.

The answer includes: the floods don’t happen very often, the experts say the newly constructed barriers are in place to protect life and property, it’s a lovely place to live so it’s worth taking the risk.

Picking on the last point, “it’s worth taking the risk”. We humans never learn from the past. We all take risks but most risks are minor and the effect of which are not life threatening or financially disastrous.

Some people risks their lives and that of others in the name of fun and sports. Some risk their lives despite warnings and past examples.

Recently, I have started a series of teaching titled: “signs of the times”. I began with Matthew 24 and the parallel scripture in Mark and Luke’s gospels.

Jesus, days before his crucifixion describes events that would affect the nation of Israel, signs of the end of the age and his second return.
These signs are being played out right in front of our eyes but to almost everyone it’s never about them, if it’s going to happen, it’s others not me or it won’t happen now.

The fig tree, a reference to the nation of Israel, came back to life in 1948 followed by the blossoming of other trees, a reference to the decolonization of nations. There are wars and rumours of wars and  nations against nations, a reference to threats and counter threats of war and ethnic conflicts. Other signs on earth such as new diseases and plagues and mass migration.

Apostle Peter reminded us that a thousand years is as a day and a day as a thousand years with God so we must not take God’s word lightly.

Natural disasters are often referred to as “acts of God” because they are overwhelming and unpredictable.  Millions of people the world over continue to eat, drink and make merry. Some have heard about the second coming of Christ, others have never heard. Most cannot be bothered to do anything about what they have heard or try to find out if these things are true or not.

One day God told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Immediately he pleaded with God for time so some might be rescued.

It’s the job of preachers and the church as a whole to plead with men and women concerning their souls for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Jesus said: “heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

Lloyd on December 13th, 2019

“FRIDAY THE 13th”
It’s now the day after the general election and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been returned to office with a significant majority. As a result he is now able to govern without having to pander to extremists and hardliners. I now expect him to pull back from the right and towards the centre. 

The new conservative MP’s are unknown not even to their local constituents so getting to know your MP especially the ruling party members is imperative.

Because Mr Johnson is free to govern he must take his time and not rush. He must choose a good cabinet and ministers based on ability, competence and good moral standards. The people must trust MP’s and government again. When the PM speaks or other ministers, we must believe them, because truth and honesty matters.

Our world is full of fake news and lies. Nothing is sacred anymore: no office, facts and information and news from the mass media. It’s now possible to invent alternative facts and reality.

The week of prayer leading up to the general election included praying for the eventual leader. Both potential leaders has flaws as do all men and women. The big difference is ordinary people don’t wield governmental power so leaders must operate at a higher standard of morality and conduct.

Let us continue to pray for the PM for he must change so he can bring change. A one nation government is a great slogan and very aspirational.

The UK has been divided for the past three years over Brexit. This division has been exacerbated by politicians and the media to shore up their base to the detriment of the nation I pray healing will be administered.

Jesus in the beatitudes taught us “blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God”.

I call upon the PM to turn his mastery of words to bring healing. Let us also pray that the gospel will enter Downing Street for it is the power of God unto salvation.

Friday the 13th in popular culture is a bad omen. I am not superstitious I am a believer, a man of faith in the true and living God.

Time will tell whether this day will be the start of a nightmare government and prime minister or not. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

God save the UK.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

“CROSSROAD”
Today, Britain go the polls to elect a new parliament, government and prime minister. 

A large number of those elected will be first time MP’s the majority of whom are hardly known by their local constituents and certainly very few known nationally.

This particular election is the third in five years yet classic British constitution studies say one of the advantages of the British First past the post electoral system is it provides for stable governments.

David Cameron the man who gave Britain the 2016 referendum also gave Britain the fixed term parliament act which is meant to ensure that parliament run to five years unless there are special circumstances for it not to do so.

Last week our church hosted daily prayer meetings on behalf of the UK which ended last Sunday.These prayer meetings were called because of what is at stake. Some of the best known and most capable parliamentarians were expelled from their own parties, changed political parties or decided not to stand for re-election. This means a very large number that will be elected is unknown, untried and in some cases, not up to the job.

The prayer meetings were great, the Holy Spirit helped us to pray for we truly did not know how or what we ought to pray.

Proverbs 21 verse 1 & 2 was given by the Holy Spirit. We also prayed with a common cause for the nation inspired by David’s response to his elder brothers as he talked of taking on in battle the giant, Goliath.

On the third night of the prayer service the Holy Spirit spoke expressly as we read Psalms 127 verses 1 & 2. The Spirit told us clearly what we must do after the election is over.

On Sunday we read, prayed and ministered from Acts 25 and 26. We saw how Paul had to be blinded so he could get insight. The many things he had read and was taught came alive as he saw Jesus in them. We also spoke about his mission to open the eyes of people, turn men from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance amongst those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ.

We concluded on the exchange between Paul and King Agrippa in which the King said Paul almost persuaded him to be a Christian.

The term Christian was not frequently used to describe the followers of Christ. Some used it as an insult but later it was also used by others who saw in these followers the nature of Jesus Christ.

Agrippa probably used the term Christian in a good sense for his language was not antagonistic or dismissive but reflective and seemed persuaded by Paul’s testimony but was at this time unwilling to act.

Britain is at a crossroad because it can move forward, turn left or turn right but it can also go back.

To go forward is perhaps the reason the majority voted to leave the EU in 2016. Turning left is to choose Jeremy Corbin, turning right is to choose Boris Johnson and to go back is to stop Brexit and stay in the EU.

Both potential prime ministers are untried and not well liked by their respective parties. The nation is also divided for neither potential prime minister is liked by the majority yet so much is riding on the new PM and government.

The church must pray and offer to help the new MP’s, government and prime minister. Both potential PM surrounds himself with a small team of advisors who are in the main unseen but very influential. This is dangerous if left like this. I therefore call upon the church to pray for the successful government and PM regularly. Offer to meet and help ministers and most definitely get to know your local MP.

King Saul the first king of Israel did not have what it took to be King. Neither was he God’s choice but the people wanted him.

God helped Saul by giving him a new heart and thus he became a “new man”. Let’s believe that God will give the new PM a new heart. Sadly, Saul lost his way through pride, disobedience and lying.

The second King was David, chosen by God, not perfect but humble, obedient and a pursuer of righteousness.

God save the UK.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

Lloyd on November 8th, 2019


“RADICAL”


This policy is the most radical in generations”. This statement was made by a senior politician when discussing the launch of a certain policy in respect of the forthcoming general election in the UK.

It’s not the first time I have heard the expression or similar, in what is a very unpredictable general election.

The use of the word radical in public discourse is not new nor confined to politics and politicians. I have heard it used and seen it written in connection to religious faith and religious leaders. I have even heard it used in connection with Jesus Christ.

“Jesus was a radical” is often the way some commentators put it and in so doing using the name of the Lord to bring support and closure to a debate on behalf of their own point of view because there is no higher authority.

What does the word radical mean?One dictionary define radical thus: The noun, radical, comes from the Latin radix “root,” and in fact, radical and root are synonymous as technical terms in fields such as math and linguistics. In more everyday language, a radical is someone who has very extreme views, so you could say that their views are different from the root up. Similarly, a radical flaw or change is a fundamental one whereas a radical design or idea is very new and innovative.

Today, the word radical is often linked to extremism, terrorism, fundamentalism and other not so good isms. So, to say one’s policy is radical could be viewed as extreme and even dangerous.

Similarly, radical in religion can frighten people for it suggests that exponents are unreasonable and unwilling to take on board any other view but their own. This type of person then only listens to those with the same views. If unchecked such a person can become dangerous even willing to fight and destroy anything and anyone whose views differ from their own.

Whilst I can just about see why some would say Jesus was a radical I personally don’t like this word being attached to our Lord. Furthermore, Christians, especially preachers, should avoid its use as a positive.
Jesus did not associate himself with left or right; male or female or any other human poles. He stood above it all.

Jesus came to seek and to save the loss. Jesus died for all and Jesus is Lord of all. Both the political left and the political right claim Jesus as a supporter. They claim his support in things they wish to do hoping it is accepted and not challenged.

The truth of the matter is because our Lord is: “the truth, the life and the way” it’s not difficult to associate the words of our Lord with anything that is good. The mistake though is not would Jesus support my idea, policy or even law. But rather how can I support the Lord’s words and actions through my policies and laws.

Many leaders claim Jesus as their supporter and try to use the name of our Lord in speeches and propaganda. Some pretend to be followers, even born again, in the hope this gives them the edge.

Abortion clinics have been attacked and so have clinicians and administrators working for abortion clinics by “radical Christians”.
I am strongly opposed to abortion for its wrong to take life in this most horrible practice. The sacred part of a woman’s body is violated and the new, innocent life, is mercilessly destroyed and disposed of.

There are laws to protect certain species of birds eggs from a poacher yet the unborn is unprotected. However, the two wrongs cannot make one right.

Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus and actually used it and wounded a man. Jesus told him to put away his sword.

In conclusion, lets align ourselves with Jesus who was not a radical nor  did he espouse a radical philosophy but instead let’s follow him who came and established righteousness, justice and peace. These three should be pursued by all for they are not radical but balanced, down the middle and mainstream.


Our platform is the world and congregation the people
The Lord’s servant
Lloyd Denny

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Dear All

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