Lloyd on March 16th, 2020

“Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief” (Part 1)

The way Christians and the church responds to the Coronavirus pandemic will show the level of faith we have individually and corporately. 

Politicians say they are reliant on the advice of scientists and clinicians. We go with science they say for we must follow the evidence.

Yesterday was national day of prayer in the USA and comments I read was disparaging of the idea. I get that the idea of a national day of prayer coming from president Trump is hard for his critics and opponents. Some accuse him of cynicism in that it’s a political stunt to cover up his gaffes at the start of the crisis. Others accuse him of shoring up his political base of evangelicals. As for me the motive for calling a nation to prayer is not as important as the act of praying itself. Prayer is after all first an individual thing even when it is done collectively and in public.

The king of Assyria called a national time of prayer and fasting after being told by the prophet Jonah that the city of Nineveh had 40 days before it was destroyed. The nation prayed and fasted and repented and was spared.

Jehoshaphat called for national prayers after being threatened with invasion. God heard and fought and defeated the enemies of Judah. 

So, I’m sure God heard the prayer of the USA as they prayed yesterday. 

Last Friday, I called an impromptu prayer meeting at our church for our nation. In that prayer meeting God spoke to us through the prophet Amos which is the subject of blog number 383.

After the clear message I asked that we devote time yesterday in our morning and evening services to continue praying for the UK. 

The British prime minister and his most senior ministers have been in office for less than a year so they and the nation need our prayer.

Let me now turn to the point of this blog. Many have faith until, like Peter, they need to exercise it. Peter was very certain that he would not deny his Lord but that’s what he did and three times to boot.

Many Christians and churches will stop attending church service and having church services sooner than stop going shopping or to work. They will say they are being wise.

The PM and ministers are working very long days, every day to manage the crisis. Scientists and clinicians are providing advice and treating patients for many hours each day including weekends. Recently retired clinicians are being asked to help out. Emergency services are geared up to respond to the inevitable need of society. Even retailers are working extra hard to respond to the panic buying.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our PM declares a national day of prayer for the UK. I’m praying for Boris Johnson and his government for the buck stops with him. Sleepless nights and very long days. Varying opinions on what to do and when to do it. These are momentous decisions that can save lives or end more lives than needs be. Let’s pray for our national and local leaders even if there is no national day of prayer.

That said, it doesn’t stop the Archbishop of Canterbury calling for a national day of prayer. I pray the Spirit moves him to do so for he has the ear of government, the monarchy and the media.

There is work for Christians and the church to do. Imagine running to a police station for help and finding it closed. 

It’s time to walk by faith and not be ensnared by fear masquerading as wisdom.

The people are fearful, these are the final days we must not neglect our responsibility to lead people to Christ by opening our hearts, arms and churches. As a church we pray for divine covering each Sunday morning invoking Ps 91. 

In my experience the world may not like our message or our practices but hardly ever do people reject the offer to pray for them.

In part 2, I will examine the title of this blog which is taken from Mark 9 verse 24.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant 

Lloyd Denny 

Lloyd on March 13th, 2020

“IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE”

People remember those who give than those who receive. We tell others what we received for birthday or anniversary or because of a relationship. The spouse who tells his or her family and friends what their spouse gave them on their birthday. The friend who tells other friends what a friend gave him or her on their birthday.

There are a number of occasions in the bible when something good was done by Jesus and he had to ask them not to tell anyone. Even then, sometimes, the recipient couldn’t keep it to themselves.

The heart of God is to give, the law that regulates creation is based on giving:

The Sun gives each and every day by order from God.
The earth produces food of every sort to feed everything on earth through an interconnected and interdependent process established by God. 
Animals, birds and fishes give themselves for food, clothing and even as pets.

Humans are at their best when they give. Famine and poverty are caused through a lack of giving. The rich nations take the best through slavery, colonization and in recent times through capitalism buttressed by arms, covert intelligence and corruption.

Rich individuals hoard their riches, refusing to share it with the poor in their own country and certainly less so with a foreign country.

God gave at the beginning : a perfect world, the breath of life. Despite sin, rebellion, neglect and rejection God is still giving.

Two thousand years ago “God so loved the world (people) that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.

God is still giving: righteousness to cover our sin. “He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.

God is still healing the sick. “By his stripes we were healed”.

God is still offering salvation: “they that call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

God through the church, the body of Christ, is giving: refuge, hope and love. The greatest gift is love. More people are affected for good by love than by threats of hell and damnation.

Through love we pray that the Holy Spirit convicts and not condemn men of sin, righteousness and judgment. It’s easy to condemn and dismiss; its much harder to love, entreat and wait for change. One plant, another water but it’s God who give the increase.

It’s more blessed to give than to receive because God has designed giving as a means of receiving or in the words of scripture, reaping.

In the midst of a terrible famine in the days of the prophets (1 Kings 17:8-16) the prophet Elijah was sent to a widow who was down to her last meal. Elijah asked for something to eat and from the very meager supply the widow made a small cake and gave it to the prophet thus depleting her supply even further. God miraculously multiplied the little corn meal and oil she had which kept her and her son for the duration of the famine.

Job lost his great wealth and possessions over a truncated period of time. He was left destitute and in great need. In the end God restored more than what he had lost through the many he had given in the past bringing him a gift. (Job 42:10-12).

All it takes for one to become a millionaire is for 1 million people giving you £1.

People who receive are grateful, thankful and sometimes are inspired to give themselves. Recipients are able to eat, have somewhere to live and it helps them get up from their sometimes helpless condition.

A disabled man sat each day outside the temple in Jerusalem and would beg to survive. One day Peter and John passing by the temple on their way to  prayer meeting were prompted by the Holy Spirit to minister to the man. They didn’t have money to give but they gave something more than money. They prayed for him and he was miraculously healed. This man was later found all over the city rejoicing, telling all and sundry, what God had done for him. (Acts 3:1-10).

Because he received, he didn’t have to go back to begging or having to be taken to the streets to suffer the ignominy of begging just to survive.

In a world of great personal fortune and very rich nations, there are still beggars. In the UK we have people in every city and town begging despite being the 5th largest economy in the world. Strewn across its major cities and towns are food banks where more and more people visit to get food to be able to feed their families.

In the US the richest and most powerful nation on earth, the inequality is grotesque.

The recipients in these countries are often recorded as numbers.
We don’t know the name of the man who was healed through Peter and John but their names are forever written and will remain in perpetuity.
The rich fool who stored up his money and didn’t care to help those less fortunate than himself died and may have been given a good send off by his family but no one else remembers his name.

We still speak of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army because of his giving to the poor and needy. When he died the queue of people wanting to pay their respect to him stretched for miles.

Inside the church building sat an array of people, in particular two women sat next to each other on a pew near the back. One a former street prostitute who had obtained salvation through the ministry of William Booth and the other, Queen Mary, who having heard so much about William Booth wanted to pay her respect also.

In 2002, William Booth was named among the 100 Greatest Britons in a BBC poll.

Finally, Jesus gave his all which culminated in his death on the cross. No one remembers the malefactor that criticized Jesus, berating him for not speaking up for himself.

Jesus died and was placed in a rich man’s tomb and rose from the dead three days later. The critic also died and perhaps was buried but certainly not in rich man’s tomb and has passed into oblivion.

Jesus on the other hand is both Lord and Christ.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive”!

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

Lloyd on March 10th, 2020

“LEFT BEHIND”

Today, as I was getting ready for morning worship in my home church assembly here in Luton, my thoughts went to the second coming of Christ. 

For over a month I have been teaching on Sunday nights on “signs of the times”. The aim of the teaching is twofold. Firstly, as an evangelistic tool for the world is ignorant of such things.  Increasingly people are told there is no God and the Second Coming of Christ is ignored even by churches and many Christians.  The great irony is from the imagination of men and women’s minds are stories after stories about the end of the world.

Secondly, to get the church to a state of readiness for the Lord’s return.  My thoughts then went on Noah and Lot who both were told to make ready their families and associates for a life changing event was about to take place.

Based on scripture they tried to persuade their families’ et al yet in the end many were left behind.

Noah persuaded his immediate family and they entered the ark with him but what about his in laws, extended family, friends, neighbours and associates, they were all left behind.

Lot also had an extended family, friends, neighbours and associates who were left behind. Moreover, members of his immediate family were also left behind.

Both Noah and Lot were in excellent positions to save their households, extended family members, friends, associates and neighbours but in the end the majority were left behind.

This then made me think, here I was teaching on the second coming inviting more and more people to church than I have done in recent times and thankfully more and more are coming each week yet from those who know me as father, son, sibling, uncle, nephew, friend and associate and not forgetting, as preacher, most will be left behind because I have not persuaded them.

What must I do? Tell them! Warn them! Plead with them and of course pray for them. For how long? Until the end comes or until I die.

Noah was given advance notice of the great flood that was coming, he worked to build the ark for the saving of his household and tried to save as many as he could by preaching what God had told him.

Abraham was also given advance notice concerning the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah he used the time to intercede for them.

Lot vexed with the lifestyle of many in society tried to get them to listen to him and leave the two condemned cities. He was only able to persuade two daughters and his wife, who came out but did not make it to safety through disobedience.

The majority in each of the three examples were left behind.

In a number of kingdom parables (Matthew 13), our Lord spoke about those who will be left behind. Below is an extract of one of the parables.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: [48] Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. [49] So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, [50] and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. [51] Jesus saith unto them, have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. [52] Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old”. (Matthew 13:47-52).

I believe the wailing and gnashing of teeth will be because many were given opportunities to be saved yet did not take it. They were in the best place to be saved but did not take it so they were left behind.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

“POWER NOT FOR SALE”

Michael Bloomberg, the multi billionaire pulled out of the running to become the Democratic Party candidate for the presidential election in November 2020 after spending half billion dollars or $500, 000,000 on the campaign.

The decision to pull out followed his very poor showing on Super Tuesday primaries, on 3rd March. So called because on this one Tuesday a total of 14 States deliver their vote on the candidate they want to represent them.    

Michael Bloomberg despite spending all this money came nowhere and pulled out of the race. He entered the race three months ago and left it yesterday.

In a statement Mr Bloomberg said: “three months ago, I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason”.

I do not impugn Mr Bloomberg’s motive but take it at face value but would add I am pleased he did not succeed because presidential power should not be available for sale.

The incumbent used his money to secure the 2016 presidential election but at least Donald Trump came into the race from the very start, stumbled a number of times but continued to the very end defeating all and sundry to become president.

Michael Bloomberg only came into the race recently and thought his extraordinary wealth would make him succeed.

The half billion dollars could have done so much good for literally millions of people in the poorest places of the world.

According to Water Wells for Africa (WWFA), the average cost of a well, though dependent on materials, labour wages, depth of the well, type of pump and remoteness of the village is $8,000 USD in a country like Malawi and Mozambique.

This figure includes more than drilling a hole and installing a pump.

According to WWFA the cost of the well also includes the provision of information and training to the village on matters of hygiene and sanitation.

The training is essential for the well to continue functioning, and without hygienic practices, clean water is much less effective at reducing health issues because people are still exposing themselves to disease.

Each well serves 2,000 people. That means it costs $4.00 to give a person clean water and help them live long and live better. Is that expensive? Not by any means. For every latte ordered at Star Bucks, WWFA could use that money to supply a person with clean water for 20 years. Imagine what could have been done with $500, 000, 000.

Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8 in the bible offered money to buy spiritual power and was firmly rebuked by Apostle Peter. The apostle told him: “thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity”.

After receiving such a firm rebuke and fearing the consequences, Simon pled for mercy and repented.

I do hope Michael Bloomberg reflects much upon the money he wasted and help the world’s poorest with some of the many billions he still has. I will be praying that his conscience trouble him and he makes amends before it’s too late.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

“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
An open invitation to the people of Luton and surrounding areas. We teach, preach, worship and pray for the sick and those in need. Sunday evenings we are teaching on the subject of: “Signs of the times”. Do join us as we look into the word of God as they are being fulfilled.
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