HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. Please join us in prayer: O MERCIFUL God, the Father...

He Will Burn Up the Chaff with Unquenchable Fire

Bishop JC RyleHe Will Burn Up the Chaff with Unquenchable Fire In 1878, two years before he was made the first Bishop of Liverpool, The Revd JC Ryle delivered a sermon on the biblical teaching regarding the doctrine of hell. His words are as pertinent today as they...

Pilgrim’s Process

By The Revd Dr Peter Sanlon In our journey to heaven we are to be thankful for the world we pass through. One of the great prayers of the Book of Common Prayer (there are many!) is the General Thanksgiving. In it we pray, 'We bless thee for our creation, preservation...

Original Sin is the fundamental systematic cause of abuse

Original Sin is the Fundamental Systematic Cause of Abuse The Christian world has recently been shaken by revelations that two high-profile Evangelical leaders—the late Ravi Zacharias, founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; and, closer to home, the Revd...

Letters To The Editor – Graham

Dear Sir, The organisers of an evangelistic event in which Franklin Graham preached have won a legal dispute with Blackpool Council. The Lancashire Festival of Hope took place over three days at Blackpool's Winter Gardens in September 2018, which saw hundreds make...

Letter To the Editor – Government

Dear Editor, Readers may appreciate the relevance of the following comments by Bishop Ryle in his Expository Thoughts on John 18:36 (Volume 3 page 274): “No government can expect to prosper which refuses to recognise religion, which deals with its subjects as if they...

Lancashire Judge Rules in Favour of Franklin Graham

In a strong and clear rebuke of the cancel culture sweeping the UK, a court ruled that the 2018 Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham was discriminated against by the Blackpool Borough Council and Blackpool Transport Services Limited by taking down bus ads...

Spectator Cover Shows Empty Tomb for Easter Edition

Many of the readers of the English Churchman are also readers of The Spectator but the 3 April edition was a rather nice surprise. If you missed it, the cover featured an artist’s rendering of Jesus’ empty tomb. Bright morning sunlight showed the inside of a tomb,...

BCP Worship

The Second Sunday after Easter 11 April 2021 Psalm 81:1-4Ezekiel 37:1-101 John 5:4-12John 20:19-23 BCP Collect “Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification: Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice...

St George’s Church Crowhurst Promotes Wider Use of the BCP

A parish church in East Sussex – located next to the ruins of King Harold’s Saxon Manor, mentioned in the Domesday Book – has joined the Prayer Book Society in a bid to strengthen its campaign promoting wider use of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) by young people as...

How Will You Be Remembered

How Will You Be Remembered?

A Short Devotion

How will you be remembered? What do I mean?  I mean, when your eyes close in death, how will those you have known remember you?  Will it be with a warm smile of joy at just the way you touched their life or a “glad it’s over” expression because you are no longer causing trouble?

Some might say, “That’s pretty direct” and that would true, but it is a question worth your earnest consideration.  Why?  Because we all die.  There is a perfect ratio regarding this matter. Every human life conceived ends at some point.  Someday it will be your turn and mine.

Many will respond to such a question like Margaret Mitchell’s character, Scarlett O’Hara in the book and film, “Gone with the Wind” and put it off for, “after all, tomorrow is another day.”  Are you sure you want to do that?  

The bible is full of memorable characters.  The Old Testament recalls the lives and events of many people who are worthy of emulation but also those who no one should ever wish to be compared.  King David, despite his many sins is still the only person in the bible to whom God refers to as “a man after mine own heart.” Acts 13:14

You see, David could be impetuous and lustful, as well as a murderer.  He tried his best to cover up his sin, but God had observed it all and sent the Prophet Nathan to confront him.  When his sin was exposed, David did not respond haughtily in defiance, but rather in humility and repentance.  You can read all about it in 2nd Samuel, chapters 11 and 12.

He was so deeply affected by his sin and the forgiveness shown to him by God that he penned, Psalm 51.  He wrote, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness…”  David is thus remembered as a man, like us, who sinned but unlike many, as a penitent sinner rather than a proud one.  How about you?

All of Jesus’ disciples loved him, save one.  His name was Judas.  You remember Judas, he is the one who betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver.  Judas put on a show of being a true disciple but thought he knew Jesus’ business better than Jesus did.  He then demonstrated his heart’s real attitude, not by obedience, but with a traitor’s kiss.  And that is how Judas is remembered.

People today get awfully concerned about how much Google and Facebook remember about them but of far greater concern should be the way that God will remember them.  Jesus said, “For the Son of Man will come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will repay each one according to what he has done.” (Mt 16:27)   Being remembered is therefore not an issue, we will all be remembered, but the most important question is this; how will God remember you?

How will God remember you?  Will it be as a faithful servant in whom he delights; or will he remember you as one who lived, like Judas, a life of outward show without repentance and faith?  Either way, we will be remembered but will it be through Jesus’ blood of forgiveness or the factual findings of the righteous judge of all?