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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:52:00 +0000by archivistThis Most Venerable But Perishing Pile of StonesFor whatever reason, the 200th anniversary of the Westminster Assembly, in 1843, did not garner all that much attention. The 250th anniversary, by comparison, was a much bigger event, widely observed by Presbyterians around the globe. So it was that on this day, April 27th in 1897 that Dr. William Wirt Henry [1831-1900] brought before the Presbytery of East Hanover, as it convened in the First Presbyterian church of Richmond, VA, a message titled “The Westminster Assembly: The Events Leading Up to It, Personnel of the Body, and Its Method of Work.” [Dr. Henry is noted as the grandson and biographer of that great American patriot, Patrick Henry]From this address, we excerpt here an interesting bit of background on the historic room where the Westminster Assembly convened for most of its meetings:—Dr. William Twisse was named as prolocutor, or moderator, and he opened the Assembly on the day appointed with a sermon on the text of John 14:18, “I will not leave you comfortless.” This sermon was delivered in the Abbey church in Westminster before a great congregation, in which sat the members of the two houses of Parliament and many of the divines named as members of the Assembly. The Assembly then went into the chapel of Henry VII., where the roll was called. The body continued to meet in this chapel until the approach of winter, when, finding it too cold a place, it adjourned to the Jerusalem Chamber, where the sessions were afterward held.It was most appropriate to connect the history of this memorable Assembly with the venerable Abbey, which is such a depository of all that is great in English history. The first church built upon the spot now occupied by the Abbey was the pious work of Sebert, king of the East Saxons, upon his conversion to Christianity in the sixth century, and is believed to have been intended as a memorial of the visit of Saint Augustine to England when he attacked and overthrew the Pelagian heresy in the native country of its author. The beautiful chapel of Henry VII. was built in 1502, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary by this last of the medieval kings of England. It has been the burial place of nearly every king since its erection, as the Abbey has been the place of their coronation. This has been beautifully expressed by the poet Waller in the lines,“That antique pile behold,Where royal heads receive the sacred gold;It gives them crowns, and does their ashes keep;These made like gods, there like mortals sleep,Making the circle of their reign complete,These suns of empire, where they rise they set.”The Jerusalem Chamber was built by Abbot Littlington in the later part of the fourteenth century as a guest chamber for his house,and took its name from the tapestry pictures of the history of the seige of Jerusalem with which it was hung. It had been made memorable by the death of Henry IV. from apoplexy, March 20, 1413, while he was preparing for a visit to the holy land. Shakespeare thus describes the scene:King Henry: “Doth any name particular belongUnto the lodging where I first did swoon?”Warwick: “Tis called Jerusalem, my noble Lord.”King Henry: “Laud be to God! even there my life must end.It hath been prophesied to me many years,I should not die but in Jerusalem;Which vainly I supposed the Holy Land;But bear me to that chamber; there I’ll lie;In that Jerusalem shall Henry die.”Now a body of the most pious and learned men of English history were to occupy these venerable chambers, to restore the pure theology of Augustine; to teach a wicked king that resistance to tyrants is obedience to God; over the ashes of the greatest and the noblest of the English race, to proclaim the precious doctrines of the resurrection of the dead through a risen Saviour; to point from this most venerable but perishing pile to the new Jerusalem, not built with hands, eternal in the heavens.Words to Live By:We find ourselves now at a troubling point in history, where, because of long-standin[...]
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:39:00 +000088 verses. Pharaoh slew sons of a small group. Told mother of Moses to cast him in the river. Wife of Pharaoh rescued and adopted him. Sent Moses sister to get the baby suckled by his mother. Full age Moses found one of his religion and a foe fighting. The one of Moses' religion appealed for help. Moses hit the other with his fist making an end of him. Asked God's forgiveness but next morning, same man had anther fight and when Moses would intervene the enemy asked if Moses would kill him like the man yesterday, would he become a powerful violent man. A man came and told Moses that the chiefs would slay him so Moses went to Midian. Watered women's flocks One woman's father offered employment and his daughter for a wife if Moses served eight years. Leaving with his family, Moses saw a burning firebrand. God spoke as Lord of the Worlds telling Moses to throw down his rod. Snake not to be feared says God. Moses hand white. Two signs to Pharoah. Feared he would be punished for murder and asked for Aaron as spokesman. Pharaoh called one Haman to build him a palace to mount up to the God of Moses who Pharaoh considered a liar. But God threw Pharaoh and his hosts into the sea. Revealed a book to Moses. Korah, proud in the life of this world, was swallowed up by the earth, his family too.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +0000Why are we doing this?! Couldn't the money be better used?I think we need to keep in mind why we're doing the project so that IPC in future generations long after we're gone will be able to proclaim Christ in West Ealing. We need to be thinking beyond ourselves. But for us, in this generation, a new building would be used for various ministries and ways to reach out to this community for the gospel. Think of how our current building has served the gospel, and how thankful we are for those in the early 80s who sacrificed and gave to buy 53 Drayton Green! Buildings can serve the gospel.Why are we considering a new building?We did consider in the early stages of the project whether as a church we should move — there was nothing that jumped out at us. In the providence of God, English Heritage listed the Chapel part of our building and, although at the time, this was incredibly infuriating it means that we are now locked into this area. The church has been at its current location since 1981 and has had good links with the community; there's real strength to that. I also think in a transient area like West Ealing, which will increasingly become more so with Crossrail, it is a great thing for a church to be saying that we want to be in this community proclaiming Christ in the long-term. We also are committed to being a local church — this is quite a rare thing in London and yet it is wonderful so many of us live within a bus ride or a short walk from the church.Could we move to two services?Lots of churches do this and there are good arguments for it....after all, if 200 people were converted in the next month, we'd need to think about how to fit them in.....but fundamentally the church is the gathering of God's people. The church is a community of people redeemed by Christ who know each other and are actively involved in each others' lives; when you move to two congregations on a Sunday morning the body life of the church is split, the gathering is divided, and relationships are weakened. That's not to say it is always wrong when God gives remarkable growth, but for the moment we see ourselves staying with one service. The needs of West London mean that church planting should be our priority rather than going to two services.How about planting again?We are in total agreement that we need to keep planting. West London is so needy that we need to keep focused on planting out from Ealing. However, to do that, you do need a church to be a training church and strong enough to send people out. We trust that by having a building in which we can grow, we can continue to send out church plants like we've done with Immanuel, Brentford. We also mustn't be naïve in that sending people out is not easy — we miss those relationships and there's a real financial cost to doing it. To be more established as a church and slightly bigger allows you do more of it.Can the new building be used for the wider community?The building is a mixture of very flexible space which can be used by all the ministries of IPC and in various ways. The main auditorium has been designed primarily as a space for the worship of God. We hope that it will be a beautiful home for us as a church to worship God. One of the things we've discovered I think in this process is that architecture matters and actually buildings communicate what they are used for: we trust that, as people enter our building, they will understand something of our theology. We will be able to use the rooms in other ways for games and clubs, but it is deliberate in its design as a place of worship rather than a sports hall.Could we stay at Drayton Manor?Drayton Manor has been an amazing provision and is a really good venue for us. However, each week we are paying considerable rent which will only increase. The other more serious consideration is that, in renting you are vulnerable to the whims of a premises manager or a headteacher. At the moment, another church in Ea[...]
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:44:00 +000093 verses. Moses saw a fire and heard voice telling him to throw his rod. Told not to fear snake for he was an apostle. Then white hand. Nine signs to show Pharaoh and his people. Signs rejected. Gave knowledge to David and Solomon. Jinns , men and birds kept in order before Solomon. Ants told by one to get in their habitations lest Solomon tread on them. Mustered birds and asked why no hoopoe. It said it had come from Saba, where a queen rules the Sabeans. Sun worshippers. Solomon sent her a letter. She sent a gift. Solomon asked his men to bring the queen's throne before she visited. She saw the throne and submitted to God. Thought the palace like a lake of water then paved with glass. Sent Salih (Jethro?) to Thamud. They became two quarrelling factions. Nine men plotted to destroy him but God destroyed them. Lot, apostle, reproached his people for homosexuality. They would drive out Lot and family. God saved them except for Lot's wife who lagged behind. Rained down brimstone.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:37:00 +0000227 VERSES. The Lord is exalted in might, most merciful. Called Moses to go the people of Pharaoh. Go with Aaron. You will not be killed for your previous crime. Send Israel out. Pharaoh accused Moses of his crime. Fled for he feared judgement Now the Lord has made him an apostle Pharaoh says he is mad and if he denies Pharoah's divinity he will be imprisoned. Moses showed miracle of the rod and white hand. All sorcerers called but Moses' rod ate up theirs. The said they now believed in the Lord of the Worlds, Lord of Moses and Aaron. Pharaoh threaten them with cross amputation and crucifixion but they stood firm. Moses led Israel out by night and Pharoah's army pursued. Moses parted the sea and drowned the Egyptians. Abraham spoke against his father's lifeless idols. People of Noah rejected the apostles. Delivered him and all creatures in the ark. Unbelievers drowned. Thamud people rejected Salih the apostle, perhaps Shelakh the descendant of Noah. They were judged for ham-stringing a forbidden she camel. Lot delivered and brimstone rained down. The Companions of the Wood rejected Shuayb who is considered by many to be synonymous with the Biblical figure of Jethro.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:00 +000077 verses. Unbelievers question why an angel was not sent with the message and why the Quran was given in stages. Moses sent a book and given Aaron as his minister. Drowned those who rejected Noah. Sent to Ad, Thamud (in Arabia) Companions of the Rass (Azerbaijan?).
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:50:00 +000064 verses. Adulterers or fornicators to be flogged with 100 stripes. They are only to marry like sinners. A false charge against a chaste woman without four witnesses merits 80 stripes. Charge against spouse with no corroborating evidence needs an oath four times and a fifth for a curse on them if they lie. A wife may respond with similar oaths thatcher husband lies. Women to guard modesty with veils over bosoms. Show beauty only to close male relatives. God the light of heavens and earth.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:45:00 +0000We thought it was about time we gave you an update about the Building Project. There have been some real encouragements:Natalie’s hard work with the Solicitors on the CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) means that legally we are in a right position to go ahead. For the observant, you will notice that we have a new charity number CIO 1171604.Mark and Coaston have done excellent work with Methodist Chapel Aid in securing a loan for £950,000 over 30 years. We obviously would like to not have to draw down that amount, but it’s great to be able to have access to that when we need it.The Deacons and Adrian in particular have done lots of work behind the scenes in preparing our move to Dean Hall once the building work begins. It is a remarkable provision that we will be able to use Dean Hall for Sunday nights and mid-week ministries.What is not so encouraging is that, having been working with the Building Contractors for the past six months, our Project Manager whom we appointed in November, feels that we need to re-look at our Building Contractors. David Watson, who has been working closely with them (and has been involved with us right through this process), reports that at a meeting last week it was decided that we would go back out to tender. The good side to this is it’s better that we know this now rather than if we were three months down the line having started the actual building. There’s a good relationship with the Project Manager and we need to trust the professional advice we’ve been given. The rough timeline is as follows:1. Documents would be ready to be sent out to tender at the end of April. The Building Contractors would have two weeks to get a quote back in. One encouragement is that it appears builders are more eager for work than they were this time last year, and so we hope we will have four bids.2. By mid-May a decision should be able to be reached on a successful tender and, if there is no negotiation to be had on price (we need the bids to come in under £2.2 million and so do pray that we would have a number of bids under this price), we should be able to sign a contract and builders should be on site demolishing by the end of June.At this point, if you’re still with me, you’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking this could take a lot longer – and it could. But, God-willing, if the tenders come back at the right price, we should be starting the building work before the summer holidays.Where does this leave us? Having looked at the figures there is a shortfall of around £200,000 (although the building is £2.2m we still need to fit it out) and we are approaching a number of donors about this, but we are also asking whether you as a congregation can give again. We had hoped not to have to come back to you until the building had actually started, but that has not been possible. So we have called for a day of prayer, fasting and giving on Wednesday 26th April. We’ll get together that evening to break the fast, eat together, celebrate the Lord’s Supper and pray. If we are able to raise the remaining shortfall then this will also put us in a better position when we go out to tender. This has been a long project and we are grateful for all the work that the Building Committee and various people have done on this — and also the patience of the church family in the process. The Building Project has never been a source of division – long may that continue!We also need to remember how far the Lord has brought us – we have raised almost £2.1 million (with the help of pledges, the loans and donations and also after having bought out the Coach House and the land at the back of the church for £400,000) — it is remarkable where the Lord has brought us to. It feels like[...]
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:07:00 +0000I have been asked why my daily Quran posts. Someone must have missed this which I posted at the start of my readings.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:20:00 +00001118 verses. Believers humble themselves in prayers, avoid vain talk, charitable only have sex within marriage or with captives. Man from clay and sperm. Then clot of blood, foetus, bees and flesh. Long line of prophets. Noah to make ark. Moses and Aaron sent to Pharaoh . Made son of Mary and his mother a sign. No son did God beget.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:46:00 +000078 verses. There will be a day of judgement and resurrection. Gave Abraham site of sacred house for pilgrimage. to circumambulate it.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:02:00 +0000112 verses. Granted to Moses and Aaron the criterion for judgement. Abraham broke father's idols. Delivered Abraham and Lot. Gave him Isaac and Jacob. Saved Lot from the town of abominations. Delivered Noah in flood. Gave David and Solomon right judgement. Removed distress from Job. Remember Ishmael, Enoch, Zulkifl (Ezekiel), and Zunnun (Jonah). Listened to Zakariys and gave him John. Remember her who guarded her charity, We breathed into her our Spirit and made her and her son a sign for all peoples. God and Magog people will bring great terror.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:23:00 +0000135 verses. Moss saw a fire. Voice told him to take off shoes. Rod became a snake. Hand became white. Asked for Aaron to be his speaker. Mother told to put child into a chest then into the river with it. Sister showed mother would nurse the child. Killed a man. Went to Midian. Pharaoh rejected the signs. Magicians' rods became snakes. Moses rod ate them up so the magicians believed in the Lord of Moses. Moses to travel by night through the sea. Water overwhelmed Pharoah and his forces. Made covenant with Israel at Sinai. Sent manna and quails. Golden calf made while Moses on mountain. Samiri not Aaron made the calf.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:24:00 +000098 verses. Zechariya prayed concerning his barren wife. John to be born. Unique name. Father old but given asked for sign of being unable to speak for three days. Mary withdrew from he family and received an angel to announce gift of a holy son. Miracle from God. She retired to a remote place. In pain she cried out beneath a palm. God told her to shake the tree and get ripe dates. Mary called sister of Aaron.The baby spoke from the cradle. Peace is on me the day I was born, the day I die and the day I shall be raised up again. Does not befit the majesty of God that he beget a son. Abraham told his father not to serve satan. Chased Abraham away for hating his gods. Threatened stoning. Gave Abraham the prophets Isaac and Jacob. Moses, apostle and prophet, given brother Aaron as prophet. Ishmael apostle and prophet. Idris (Enoch) a prophet.
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:42:00 +0000His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano and former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Lamido Sanusi, has denounced radical Islamic teachings that breed poverty in Northern Nigeria.The Emir, who stated this via his Instagram page, noted that the Southern Christians had set the pace of development in the country, and apparently left the North behind.He urged Governors such as Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State, to pay attention to his opinions, and teach his people to be productive, instead of being beggars.He wrote: “It’s my duty to speak the truth about the ill-effects of conservative Muslims who are harming Islam, rather than helping it.“I condemned their refusal to expand their knowledge outside their own religion, and failure to realise that knowledge is power.“I also correctly concluded denying the right to pursue scientific and technological knowledge and restricting people to Islamic knowledge, is the best means of ensuring that Muslims in Northern Nigeria will be remain economically backward. “I’m upset at the legion of beggars on the streets, and is trying to bridge the gap between the backward North and the Southern parts of the nation.“I still believe that conservative Muslims are still stuck in the 13th Century, and their claim that children need no other knowledge than Islamic studies, flies in the face of reality.“All the poverty, under-development, and immense suffering in the North, are a result of uneducated masses, refusing to learn work or a trade.“The majority of Technicians in Kano are from the South, while untrained indigenes beg. How does that make sense?“Why is it that conservative Muslims who claim to be against scientific progress, enter aeroplanes and fly to perform the Hajj in Mecca, rather than using camels to cross the desert! Why do they watch sermons beamed by TV live from Mecca, and read the Holy Quaran on their laptops, yet profess to abhor modern technology?“I’d like to point out that there is no harm in copying from the West, if it brings succour to the masses of poverty stricken Muslims in Northern Nigeria.“After all, Saudi Arabia, the “home” of Islam, is known for its highly-rated airline, modern hospitals, indigenous oil industry, and space program, all of which make it a world leader.“In our backward nation, we insist on denying the truth. Unless Northern political leaders like Governor Yari, pay attention to me, there will never be a day when anywhere in the North will be like the modern Muslim cities of Kuala Lumpar, Istanbul, Jakarta, Lahore, Greater Cairo, Dacca, Karachi, Dubai, Riyadh, or Faisalabad.”This is from http://www.omovibes.net/2017/04/shocking-i-am-ready-to-change-to.html but I refuse to advertise its pornograhic ads.[...]
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 05:06:00 +0000110 verses. Young man went and stayed in a cave for over 300 years. Wealth and sons are allurements of the world but good deeds are best. A book of deeds will be opened for judgement. Moses went in a boat with a companion who scuttled it. He also killed a young man and came to a town where hospitality was refused but the companion built up a falling wall. Parting he explained his actions. Zulquarnain made a powerful king. Ruled various peoples.
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:45:00 +0000111 verses. God took his servant on a night journey from the sacred mosque to the farthest one. Gave Moses a book and as guide to Children of Israel. Allowed enemies to enter the temple. No infanticide, nor adultery. No murder. Protect the orphan. Just measures. Gave David psalms. Moses given nine clear signs . Pharaoh accused him of sorcery.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:41:00 +0000This is from http://archbishopcranmer.com/maundy-thursday-church-divided-united-eucharistic-mystery/For Calvin, the institution of the Supper was Christ’s ‘seal’ of his sermon in John 6, and he termed it a ‘mystical union’. Calvin believed that there is a real ‘spiritual’ reception of the body and blood of Christ in the Supper. The sacrament is a real means of grace – a channel by which Christ communicates himself. Luther and Calvin agreed that communion with a present Christ who actually feeds believers with his body and blood is what makes the sacrament. The question between them was the manner in which Christ’s body exists and is given to believers. Calvin held that, while Christ is bodily in heaven, distance is overcome by the Holy Spirit, who vivifies believers with Christ’s flesh. Thus the Supper is a true communion with Christ, who feeds believers with his body and blood. Calvin’s view of the Lord’s Supper appears to be a median position between the views of Luther and Zwingli, but it is in fact an independent position. Rejecting both Zwingli’s ‘memorialism’ and Luther’s ‘monstrous notion of ubiquity’, he held that there is a real reception of the body and blood of Christ in the Supper, but in a spiritual manner. With Zwingli, Calvin held that after the ascension Christ retained a real body which is located in heaven:Nothing should be taken from Christ’s ‘heavenly glory’, as happens when he is brought under the corruptible elements of this world, or bound to any earthly creatures… Nothing inappropriate to human nature (should) be ascribed to his body, as happens when it is said either to be infinite or to be put in a number of places at once.Calvin rejected the doctrine of the absorption of Christ’s humanity by his divinity, and any weakening of the idea of a local presence of the flesh of Christ in heaven. The Supper is a true communion with Christ, who feeds believers with his body and blood.…in the sacred Supper, we acknowledge a miracle which surpasses both the limits of nature and the measure of our sense… But we must have done with all inventions inconsistent with the explanation lately given, such as the ubiquity of the body, the secret inclosing under the symbol of bread, and the substantial presence on earth.Calvin held that the essence of Christ’s body was its power. In itself it is of little value since it ‘had its origin from earth, and underwent death’, but the Holy Spirit, who gave Christ a body, communicates his power to believers so that they receive the whole Christ in communion. The difference from Luther here is not great, for he held that the ‘right hand of God’ to which Christ ascended meant God’s power, and that power is everywhere. The real difference lay in the present existence of Christ’s body. Both agreed that there is deep mystery which can be accepted though not understood:If anyone should ask me how this (partaking of the whole Christ) takes place, I shall not be ashamed to confess that it is a secret too lofty for either my mind to comprehend or my words to declare… I rather experience than understand it.[...]
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:28:00 +0000128 verses. God who has no partners created man from a sperm drop. Cattle for meat. God sends rain. Apostles sent with signs and books. Lord taught the bee to build its cells. Fullfill your covenant with God and keep your oaths. Satan has no authority over those who trust in Lord. God substitutes one revelation for another. Holy Spirit brings a revelation to strengthen believers. God forgives those who out of necessity beak food laws. Abraham a model of devout obedience. Joined not gods with God. God made a strict Sabbath for Jews.
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:27:00 +000099 verses. All apostles were mocked. Man made from clay, jinn from fire. Satan refused to bow to man. Cast out with respite to day of resurrection. Guests of Abraham brought glad tidings of a son. Messengers sent to people of Lot to save them except for his wife who will lag behind. Lot offered his daughters to the city men. Brimstone sent.
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:20:00 +000052 verses. Moses sent to deliver the people from Pharaoh. Noah an apostle and others to Ad and Thamud. Unbelievers doubted. Abraham wanted a city to preserve him and his sons from idols. Praised God for having Ishmael and Isaac in his old age.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:33:00 +000043 verses. Thunder repeats God's praises.God creator, supreme, irresistible. Gardens of perpetual bliss prepared. Gives to whoever he pleases.
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:12:00 +0000Sun 2ndSunday, my computer Sabath. Adult Sunday School, Matt on Stuart Church history. He surprised me with an address for John Owen's Ealing house. He wrote latter words there and died there too. Paul preached Is 57. I was too dopey from poor sleep patters. Asleep in front of TV later too but managed the boat race and Antiques Road Show.Mon 3rdFire Brigade from Wembley came on a home safety visit and installed free smoke detectors.This is a service free to all in London.Tues 4thWent to see Leeds s United at Brentford.I was astonished how poor the ground is with next to no hand rails when climbing to your seat. Nor is it all seater it seems. I left half time and missed nothing. Leeds were losing 2-0. The other reason for me leaving was I am still not 100% after my surgery.The ladies had told me not to come. Leeds have not won here for over 50 years so I was too optinistic in going. That was thanks to the use of missionary Rob Ilderton's season ticket. Debbie declined a free ticket so I was on my own against advice.Top commentsThe other reason for me leaving was I am still not 100% after my surgery.The ladies had told me not to come. But it was a fast open gLeeds have not won here for over 50 years so I was too optinistic in going. That was thanks to the use of missionary Rob Ilderton's season ticket. Debbie declined a free ticket so I was on my own against advice. Wed 5thExcellent International Presbyteriani Church Ealing monthly prayer meeting last night. Or tendered builders have led us down so we are going out to tender again. For this, on 26th we will have a day of prayer, fasting and giving. Previous times of prayer and fasting have been a real blessing.Thur 6thU3A current affairs on Korea this morning. afternoon appointment ar Northwick Park urology OPD. Nearly an hour's wait. Then prescribed tests on the bladder at Central Middlesex followed by injections into the badder at Northwick Park.Free at the point of need does not apply to parking. We estimate that in my 13 days at Northwick Park Katy paid well over £100 for parking. Even employees pay. Fri 7thOne of the most stupidly frustrating things on the web is completing a form then being told you have missed an answer so you must go back. Back you go and all you have filled in has dissappeared. So, Ship of Fools, your site is aptly named and I refuse to waste time filling in a lot of seemingly irrelevant questions once again.Sat 8thMy INR measure of blood clotting on target so tomorrow will be the last day Katy has to inject me. Tablets now on. This afternoon we have two properties to visit. Our present 0% commission offer form Foxtons finishes within two weeks so we will contact three local firms for valuation and the best deal. So far no builders have visited and the council still have to approve our plans.Reading one chapter a day in the Quran it has taken until sura 12 to get anything like a biblical narrative. Joseph.[...]
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 02:30:00 +0000111 verses. Joseph saw vision of eleven stars, sun and moon bowing down to him. Father said not to tell brothers lest they plot. God would teach Joseph interpretations of stories and events as he did to Jacob, Abraham and Isaac. Brothers envious. Wanted to kill Joseph but one said to put him in a well to be picked up by a caravan. Took Joseph from Jacob saying they would protect him when the plan was to be rid of him. Then came to Jacob weeping. Said wolf took him. Sold him to a caravan. Bought in Egypt by a master who would adopt him as son. Wife sought to seduce Joseph who fled. The fact his shirt was torn at the back witnessed he had fled from her but master recognising this said it was a snare from women and she should ask Joseph's forgiveness. Potiphar called Aziz. Wife called a feast of female friends and brought out Joseph. She said Joseph resisted her. She was guilty but if he would not be seduced he would be imprisoned. He preferred prison to fornication. In prison one man dreamed of pressing wine, another of carrying bread which birds took. Joseph told the meanings of the dreams. Satan made the one who was saved to forget and not speak up for Joseph. Pharaoh has dream of seven lean and fat cattle and fat and dry corn. Joseph was remembered by his companion and called to interpret. Seven years abundance, seven of famine to come. Pharaoh called the women who tried to seduce Joseph. Aziz's wife confessed. Joseph said he would supervise the storehouses. Brothers came not recognising Joseph. He said they must bring their half brother to him in order to receive corn. Found their money returned. Jacob required an oath that they bring their brother back. Joseph made himself known to his brother but not to the rest. Hid cup in Benjamin's sack and said he must stay in Egypt. Sends brothers back. Jacob tells them to go again and ask about Joseph. He reveals himself. Called family to Egypt.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:02:00 +0000123 verses. Ridiculed Noah. Sent with a warning. Ark. Two by two. Flood. One son fled to mountains. Hud sent and rejected by Ad people. Salih sent to Thamud people. Abraham pleaded for Lot's people. Lot gave his daughters to the abominable people.Messengers sent brimstone. Shuaib sent to Midianites. Moses sent to Pharaoh.