Peter Horrobin

Founder & International Director of Ellel Ministries

November 28, 2017
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Tiger Traps!

“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong”Exodus 23:2, NIVI recently bought a new Bible and have been reading it afresh from the beginning. It’s a large print Bible with all the text set out in paragraphs, rather than individual verses. I have found it v… Continue reading

November 15, 2017
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Detestable Praying!

Proverbs 28:9, NIV
“If anyone turns deaf ears to the law, even his prayers are detestable”

There are some verses in the Bible that are challenging to the extreme. Our Scripture for today is one of them. Whoever would have thought that God would hate anyone’s prayers? But the psalmist had already written on this very topic when he said, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18). And then again in the New Testament Jesus was scathing about the prayers of the Pharisees because of their hypocrisy. When Scripture reinforces itself so strongly, with similar teaching from different books of the Bible, you can be sure that what is being said is of special importance and significance.

So why would God find someone’s prayers detestable? This Scripture explains very simply and clearly. God has given us His Word. The commandments and everything we need to know about what is right and what is wrong is contained within God’s law. So when people deliberately and knowingly choose to rewrite God’s laws, so that what God has really said is put on one side in favour of what they would have preferred the Bible to say, they are treading on very dangerous ground. And it’s an even more serious sin to teach others, either by example or by your words, to disobey God’s law.

To presume that you know better than God and deliberately flout the teaching of God’s Word is not only a serious sin, but it makes our prayers detestable to God. It’s no use people saying, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” if, at the same time they are choosing to live their lives outside the parameters of spiritual safety that are provided by the teaching of the Bible. When we choose to turn away from God like this and walk in the opposite direction, it’s as if God goes deaf!

If you’ve been walking away from God in some area of your life and have been wondering why your prayers have not been answered, may I encourage you to change direction (that’s what repentance means), confess your sin to God and seek His face afresh. You will be very surprised to discover that not only does He love to hear your prayers, but He also delights to answer them. Daniel was able to say to King Darius “My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me because I was found innocent in his sight” (Daniel 6:22). What an amazing testimony to the power of prayer from a man who chose to live according to God’s law.

Prayer: Father God, I pray that You will forgive me for all the times that I have wanted You to hear and answer my prayers at the same time as I have been knowingly disobeying Your law. I ask You to show me all the areas of my life where I need to change so that Godly order may be restored in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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November 15, 2017
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Detestable Praying!

Proverbs 28:9, NIV
“If anyone turns deaf ears to the law, even his prayers are detestable”

There are some verses in the Bible that are challenging to the extreme. Our Scripture for today is one of them. Whoever would have thought that God would hate anyone’s prayers? But the psalmist had already written on this very topic when he said, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18). And then again in the New Testament Jesus was scathing about the prayers of the Pharisees because of their hypocrisy. When Scripture reinforces itself so strongly, with similar teaching from different books of the Bible, you can be sure that what is being said is of special importance and significance.

So why would God find someone’s prayers detestable? This Scripture explains very simply and clearly. God has given us His Word. The commandments and everything we need to know about what is right and what is wrong is contained within God’s law. So when people deliberately and knowingly choose to rewrite God’s laws, so that what God has really said is put on one side in favour of what they would have preferred the Bible to say, they are treading on very dangerous ground. And it’s an even more serious sin to teach others, either by example or by your words, to disobey God’s law.

To presume that you know better than God and deliberately flout the teaching of God’s Word is not only a serious sin, but it makes our prayers detestable to God. It’s no use people saying, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” if, at the same time they are choosing to live their lives outside the parameters of spiritual safety that are provided by the teaching of the Bible. When we choose to turn away from God like this and walk in the opposite direction, it’s as if God goes deaf!

If you’ve been walking away from God in some area of your life and have been wondering why your prayers have not been answered, may I encourage you to change direction (that’s what repentance means), confess your sin to God and seek His face afresh. You will be very surprised to discover that not only does He love to hear your prayers, but He also delights to answer them. Daniel was able to say to King Darius “My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me because I was found innocent in his sight” (Daniel 6:22). What an amazing testimony to the power of prayer from a man who chose to live according to God’s law.

Prayer: Father God, I pray that You will forgive me for all the times that I have wanted You to hear and answer my prayers at the same time as I have been knowingly disobeying Your law. I ask You to show me all the areas of my life where I need to change so that Godly order may be restored in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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October 31, 2017
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God’s Amazing Gift!

Isaiah 26:3, NIV
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

The peace that is beyond human understanding is not peace in the world between nations or in families between relations, but between God and man. We may rejoice when opposing forces choose to be at peace with each other, but we should marvel in utter amazement that a holy God can choose to be at peace with his rebellious children, who have deliberately turned their backs on him.

For most of us that would be, as the wartime film declares it “A Bridge too Far”! But God so loved His children that the price for sin was willingly paid by His Son and the bridge of eternal truth was built between God and man. For those who believe there is no longer any need to despair when our days on earth are coming to an end. And in the midst of all the pressures of life we can still have peace in our hearts, whatever the prevailing circumstances, because our peace does not depend on our ability to fix anything, but on the fact that Jesus has already prepared for us the way of salvation.

When our thoughts are steadfastly focussed on God and His love, we will not find ourselves straying into activities that would disturb our peace. What we think about is always the precursor to what we actually do and when our thoughts are pleasing to God, then our consequential actions will never disturb our peace. This is a divine law!

Learning to trust in God is the antidote to fear, serving Him is the answer to all our uncertainties. And in trusting and serving Him we will be at peace in our hearts both in time and, when the day comes for us to pass from time to eternity, our hearts will not need to fear – for we will already have eternal life within the limitations of time. Christian peace is utterly priceless – it can’t be bought because Jesus has already paid the price!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your peace – peace which transcends all circumstances of life and enables us to face death with the anticipation of faith, knowing that You, Jesus, have already gone ahead to prepare a place for us. Help me, Lord, to keep my thinking focussed on You so that all my actions will be pleasing to You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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October 31, 2017
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God’s Amazing Gift!

Isaiah 26:3, NIV
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

The peace that is beyond human understanding is not peace in the world between nations or in families between relations, but between God and man. We may rejoice when opposing forces choose to be at peace with each other, but we should marvel in utter amazement that a holy God can choose to be at peace with his rebellious children, who have deliberately turned their backs on him.

For most of us that would be, as the wartime film declares it “A Bridge too Far”! But God so loved His children that the price for sin was willingly paid by His Son and the bridge of eternal truth was built between God and man. For those who believe there is no longer any need to despair when our days on earth are coming to an end. And in the midst of all the pressures of life we can still have peace in our hearts, whatever the prevailing circumstances, because our peace does not depend on our ability to fix anything, but on the fact that Jesus has already prepared for us the way of salvation.

When our thoughts are steadfastly focussed on God and His love, we will not find ourselves straying into activities that would disturb our peace. What we think about is always the precursor to what we actually do and when our thoughts are pleasing to God, then our consequential actions will never disturb our peace. This is a divine law!

Learning to trust in God is the antidote to fear, serving Him is the answer to all our uncertainties. And in trusting and serving Him we will be at peace in our hearts both in time and, when the day comes for us to pass from time to eternity, our hearts will not need to fear – for we will already have eternal life within the limitations of time. Christian peace is utterly priceless – it can’t be bought because Jesus has already paid the price!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your peace – peace which transcends all circumstances of life and enables us to face death with the anticipation of faith, knowing that You, Jesus, have already gone ahead to prepare a place for us. Help me, Lord, to keep my thinking focussed on You so that all my actions will be pleasing to You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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October 17, 2017
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Feeling Foolish!

Psalm 14:1, NIV
“The fool says in his heart that there is no God”

Right now, I’m feeling very foolish. I’m writing this Seed of the Kingdom in Manchester Airport. We were half-way to the airport, when Fiona and I suddenly realised that we had left our passports at home! It was too late to go back and out of nowhere we were suddenly in a major crisis. The others in the taxi would need to check-in for the flight and we would have to wait at the check-in desk, praying that our son Paul would be able to go to our house immediately, find the passports and make it to the airport in time for the flight!

We both felt incredibly foolish. This had never happened in our thirty years of travelling for Ellel Ministries! Neither of us could understand how we missed that vital ‘passport check’ in our, usually smooth, packing procedure.

But, as we sat castigating ourselves for our stupidity, I was suddenly overwhelmed with a sense of how people must feel who have left home (died) and then realised that they were about to face the God, whom they’d ignored all their lives, without a ‘spiritual passport’. At that moment, they would be feeling more than foolish – utterly bereft, stupid and totally heart-broken for having put off, or ignored, the call of God to respond to His love and accept His salvation, all the years of their life. There could be no possibility of sending a message back home for somebody to bring your ‘passport’ – just the awful, indeed dreadful, realisation of how foolish you had been.

When the psalmist wrote the words of our text for today, he was no doubt aware of the gulf that lies between time and eternity – a gulf which Jesus referred to when He told the parable of the man who had died, discovered the awful truth, and wanted to go back and warn his friends. But it was too late. And when Jesus told of the successful man who wanted to build bigger barns to store his wealth, he warned that at any moment his soul could be summoned from time to eternity to meet his Maker.

These are awesome, yes dreadful, passages of Scripture – but they are there for a reason. I pray that as you read these words today you will be challenged to consider your own position before God and, warn those you know and love before they stand at the departure gate from life, spiritually naked, and without a passport!!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You loved us so much that You sent Your Son to pay the price for our sin and show us the way of salvation – and provide a ‘passport’ for each one of us from time to eternity. Forgive me, Lord, if I have turned my back on You and Your call on my life. Help me, Lord, to do business with You now and always be alert to the fact that there will come a day when we strand at the departure gate from time to eternity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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October 17, 2017
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Feeling Foolish!

Psalm 14:1, NIV
“The fool says in his heart that there is no God”

Right now, I’m feeling very foolish. I’m writing this Seed of the Kingdom in Manchester Airport. We were half-way to the airport, when Fiona and I suddenly realised that we had left our passports at home! It was too late to go back and out of nowhere we were suddenly in a major crisis. The others in the taxi would need to check-in for the flight and we would have to wait at the check-in desk, praying that our son Paul would be able to go to our house immediately, find the passports and make it to the airport in time for the flight!

We both felt incredibly foolish. This had never happened in our thirty years of travelling for Ellel Ministries! Neither of us could understand how we missed that vital ‘passport check’ in our, usually smooth, packing procedure.

But, as we sat castigating ourselves for our stupidity, I was suddenly overwhelmed with a sense of how people must feel who have left home (died) and then realised that they were about to face the God, whom they’d ignored all their lives, without a ‘spiritual passport’. At that moment, they would be feeling more than foolish – utterly bereft, stupid and totally heart-broken for having put off, or ignored, the call of God to respond to His love and accept His salvation, all the years of their life. There could be no possibility of sending a message back home for somebody to bring your ‘passport’ – just the awful, indeed dreadful, realisation of how foolish you had been.

When the psalmist wrote the words of our text for today, he was no doubt aware of the gulf that lies between time and eternity – a gulf which Jesus referred to when He told the parable of the man who had died, discovered the awful truth, and wanted to go back and warn his friends. But it was too late. And when Jesus told of the successful man who wanted to build bigger barns to store his wealth, he warned that at any moment his soul could be summoned from time to eternity to meet his Maker.

These are awesome, yes dreadful, passages of Scripture – but they are there for a reason. I pray that as you read these words today you will be challenged to consider your own position before God and, warn those you know and love before they stand at the departure gate from life, spiritually naked, and without a passport!!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You loved us so much that You sent Your Son to pay the price for our sin and show us the way of salvation – and provide a ‘passport’ for each one of us from time to eternity. Forgive me, Lord, if I have turned my back on You and Your call on my life. Help me, Lord, to do business with You now and always be alert to the fact that there will come a day when we strand at the departure gate from time to eternity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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September 15, 2017
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The Harvest of Work!

Proverbs 12:11, NIV
“He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment”

This proverb comes from the days when each and every family worked their own land in order to grow crops, food that would sustain them throughout the year. Land does not produce an abundant harvest unless time and effort has been spent on first preparing the ground by ploughing and then adding nourishment – manure or fertiliser. It then has to be carefully prepared for sowing the seed and followed by regular watering.

All of this represents hard work – but the rewards at harvest-time are great. A farmer who just sowed the seed on unploughed ground, hoping for a good crop, would have very little to harvest at the end of the growing season. His laziness would result in his family going hungry.

Most of us are not able to work land in order to feed our families, but there is still a profound lesson for each and every one of us in today’s Scripture. God has given us all gifts and abilities – gifts and abilities which we can use to meet the needs of other people and thereby earn a living. It’s no use praying for God to meet our needs if, at the same time, we are failing to “work the land of our lives”.

But there is a different kind of harvest about which Jesus was very concerned. We can certainly pray for those in our community who don‘t know the Lord, but if we do nothing to ‘plough and nourish the land’ by building relationship with them, our prayers will be limited in their effectiveness. It was when Jesus met and talked with the woman at the well and shared with her about the water of life that her life was changed for ever.

We need to ‘work the land of our lives’ and be always alert to the potential of every personal encounter, so that we can build bridges into the lives of those who are in need of salvation. Or, as Haggai expressed it “work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Hosts” (Haggai 2:4).

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to always use the gifts You have given me to earn the bread that we need for nourishment. But help us, too, Lord, to farm the land of our community and seek to produce a harvest for Your Kingdom of lives that have been changed by Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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September 15, 2017
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The Harvest of Work!

Proverbs 12:11, NIV
“He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment”

This proverb comes from the days when each and every family worked their own land in order to grow crops, food that would sustain them throughout the year. Land does not produce an abundant harvest unless time and effort has been spent on first preparing the ground by ploughing and then adding nourishment – manure or fertiliser. It then has to be carefully prepared for sowing the seed and followed by regular watering.

All of this represents hard work – but the rewards at harvest-time are great. A farmer who just sowed the seed on unploughed ground, hoping for a good crop, would have very little to harvest at the end of the growing season. His laziness would result in his family going hungry.

Most of us are not able to work land in order to feed our families, but there is still a profound lesson for each and every one of us in today’s Scripture. God has given us all gifts and abilities – gifts and abilities which we can use to meet the needs of other people and thereby earn a living. It’s no use praying for God to meet our needs if, at the same time, we are failing to “work the land of our lives”.

But there is a different kind of harvest about which Jesus was very concerned. We can certainly pray for those in our community who don‘t know the Lord, but if we do nothing to ‘plough and nourish the land’ by building relationship with them, our prayers will be limited in their effectiveness. It was when Jesus met and talked with the woman at the well and shared with her about the water of life that her life was changed for ever.

We need to ‘work the land of our lives’ and be always alert to the potential of every personal encounter, so that we can build bridges into the lives of those who are in need of salvation. Or, as Haggai expressed it “work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Hosts” (Haggai 2:4).

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to always use the gifts You have given me to earn the bread that we need for nourishment. But help us, too, Lord, to farm the land of our community and seek to produce a harvest for Your Kingdom of lives that have been changed by Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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September 14, 2017
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Are You Not Worth Much More?

Matthew 6:25, KJV
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye

shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”

As I lay outside in the spring sun, I saw hundreds of little flies flying freely and enjoying the space and warmth. Spring brings everything to life; the birds, the butterflies, nicely trimmed grass, the flowers and trees, all of different colours and designs. As if in obedience to one voice, everything springs into beauty and colour.

This might make you and I wonder about the wisdom and creativity of our Creator, Father God.

Yet as I look into all this beauty, the scripture comes to life in me when Jesus told His followers, “Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26). You and I are more important than the birds, the flowers or anything else. We are made in His image and He knows your every single need before you ask Him.

Our Father owns everything. He does not live far away from us but is omnipresent and only a prayer away. He withholds no good thing from those who love Him. The world worries about physical and material needs. We don’t need to join in the world’s worry and strife, but trust in Him. He will fulfil what we need because He is our Father.

Prayer: Father, thank You for creating me and rejoicing over me. Forgive me for worrying about my needs and help me to trust in Your provision. Now I give You all my needs and desires. Thank You Lord. Amen.

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