What should you do now? “God… now commandeth all men everywhere to repent” Acts 17:30. Repentance is needed because our sins have separated us from God. Repentance is not saying sorry; it is a complete change of mind and heart. The Bible tells us of “…repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” Acts 20:21. Repent today and put your faith in the risen Son of God. Do not depend on feelings or experiences but find your assurance in the Bible, the unchanging Word of God. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life…” John 3:36.
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Remember, if we continue in our sins and they remain unforgiven, it will not be heaven when life is over, but the judgment of God for eternity. However, the good news is that the God of creation is also the God of salvation. He is the God “…who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” 1 Timothy 2:4. In infinite love God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the Saviour of the world. He died at Calvary. What for? “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and… was buried, and… rose again… according to the scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.
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Since the end of World War II, farming has undergone many dramatic changes. From the setting up of the European Economic Community (EEC), the political landscape has constantly evolved. Its successor, the European Union (EU) with a Common Agricultural Policy and Single Farm Payments, ensures no one in agriculture is exempt from its power and influence. With its insatiable appetite for regulations and bureaucracy, the EU has become the bane of virtually every farmer. In the machinery world the constant drive for efficiency and reliability has left the modern tractor beyond recognition from the days of the “Grey Fergie.” In this changing and demanding agricultural scene little remains the same except perhaps the colours of red, green and blue. The distinctive markings of Massey Ferguson, John Deere and New Holland give us a link with the past and familiarity. On the land itself all has changed. Once every farm had a number of workers or farmhands, with threshing and potato gathering days creating hives of activity. Most family owned farms are now down to one worker-owner and many at that part time. Mixed farming with cows, sheep, pigs and a few hens has given way to large intensive and specialist units. The small holdings and family farms in some parts of the United Kingdom are quickly disappearing to large conglomerates and the modern day PLC. The once familiar sights, names and sounds have almost disappeared from the countryside. The Shire or Clydesdale horse is now only appreciated at agricultural shows, as is the thresher, revolutionary in its day but now a relic of history. Many of the names, common in their period,
are almost history too. The Milk Marketing Board as well as the once popular Agricultural Societies with their elongated names have been removed and mostly forgotten. The present writer once earned a living in the employ of Leckpatrick Cooperative Agricultural and Dairy Society Limited, which was often shortened for ease of writing to LP, CA & DS. The sound of creamery cans clanging on the back of a Bedford or Leyland lorry on a narrow country road are fondly recalled by many as is the distinctive sound of the red and white David Brown, so familiar in a by gone day. As we reminisce over the past or the good old days as they are often referred to until the present time, there have been many changes in the past 60-70 years. In that changing scene, one Book with its laws, principles and message of salvation, remains unchanged. That Book is the Bible. What it always said, it still says. What it always was, it still is. The Bible begins with GOD. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” Genesis 1:1. This is the everlasting God, the God of creation, the God who made all things. Sadly, sin entered and caused havoc in the wonderful creation of God. “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” Romans 5:12. Give heed to the Word of God; “…all have sinned …” Romans 3:23.