We hope you will find information to help and encourage you in the vitally important issue of keeping the Lord's Day - a principle laid down by God himself in creation. Sadly, in these days, too few Christians realise the importance of this issue in the health of the church and our nation at large.
Today, the organisation - previously known as the Lord's Day Observance Society - under the name of Day One Christian Ministries campaigns for Sunday to be a day of worship and rest; our day of rest is increasingly under threat as retail businesses, sports events and entertainment seek to make Sunday just another day to make money.
Day One also has a very significant work in DayOne Publications as well as supporting the Daylight Christian Prison Trust. That's why the whole organisation is now called Day One Christian Ministries.
IN or OUT – those are the words that everyone appears to be talking about. Whether we should support and vote to stay IN Europe or whether we should say no support with an OUT vote.
Whether it is politicians, business leaders, foreign leaders, the media or just the normal person on the street everyone seems to have an opinion on the EU vote and whether it will be a win for the IN campaign or the OUT campaign. No matter where you look or what you listen to, there is no escape: IN or OUT.
I don’t want to belittle the EU vote – it is very important and will shape the way the country continues in the future. However there is going to be an even greater IN or OUT coming up in the future, one which will have eternal consequences. But how much time is spent on this IN or OUT? How much time do we spend talking to people about this IN or OUT? The Bible makes it clear that a divide will take place. Those who have trusted in Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, those who have accepted that Jesus is the only way, will be with Him forever. Those who don’t will spend eternity in Hell. This is the great divide, the great and most important IN or OUT. The words in Matthew 25:31-46 leave us without any doubt.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
On 15 January 2016, gunmen attacked the Cappuccino cafe and the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Mike Riddering an American Missionary was killed in this attack along with many others. I was profoundly affected by a youtube clip of Mike preaching where he said ‘If we lost everything, even our own lives, we have gained everything in heaven, this is something to look forward to, can you live your life like that? I now get that, I understand that, and I embrace that, I love that’ What a powerful testimony from a man who was called to do just that. Closer to home On the morning of 22 March 2016, three coordinated bombings occurred in Belgium, In these attacks, 32 victims and three suicide bombers were killed, and over 300 people were injured. We have no idea what the future holds for Britain. Many of the children and young people in our youth groups think of the London attacks of 2005 as ‘History’ not remembering them for themselves. As children’s and youth workers we have a responsibility to teach our young people to live in such a way that their life says ‘For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain’ Philippians 1:21 do we model that in our own lives? Do we teach that along with all the other things that crowd in? let’s not lose our focus in all the activities and pray for a generation of young people that see Christ as the focus of their lives. •
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