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Cedric Barber sounds off in the Staffordshire Sentinel - about Operation Grange and 'Operation Change'

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Cedric Barber sounds off in the Staffordshire Sentinel - about Operation Grange and 'Operation Change'

Post by Tony Bennett on 09.10.13 6:35

Yours Faithfully: Cedric Barber

A regular column in the Staffordshire Sentinel
Wednesday, October 09, 2013


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KATE and Gerry McCann will never forget the fateful evening in 2007 when their little daughter Madeleine went missing from their holiday apartment in Portugal. What a nightmare. During a bungled inquiry by the Portuguese police, the McCanns themselves were suspected of some kind of wrongdoing, but later cleared. Now, after a two-year review, Scotland Yard has launched its own investigation, 'Operation Grange'. They say mobile phone records may hold the key to solving the disappearance. The net may be finally tightening, just when Madeleine's abductor thought it was all over. Maybe they're beginning to sweat. The Sentinel reported last Wednesday how double killer, Faisal Latif, was jailed after 21 years on the run. Latif set fire to a home in Middleport killing mother and son, Marilyn and Nicholas Cook in 1992. After the murders, he fled to the United States, assumed a new identity and married. His wife was totally unaware of his guilty past. He lived a lie for 21 years. Like little Madeleine's abductor, he must have felt certain he had got away with it all.

But what about the rest of us – those of us who are neither murderers nor abductors? What if there was a video tape of our lives which recorded the things we would rather forget? The lies, dishonesty, violence, marriage infidelity. The things we got away with that no-one else knows about, but nonetheless are violations of God's standards? Large or small, the Bible calls them sins. Let me quote two passages from the Bible. "The person who keeps all the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws." (James 3:10) "You may be sure that your sin will find you out." (Numbers 32:23). You say, "I don't do that anymore." But it still happened, and a time is coming when all people will have to face God's judgement.

Actually, we're all guilty, there's no difference. We have all sinned and fallen short of God's glorious standard. We are all going to have to give an account to God. If only there was someone like a mediator between us and God who could tell Him we're sorry and put it right for us so that we could escape the punishment of hell. Do we have to wait till it's too late to tell God we didn't mean it? The answer is no. One final Bible quote, "Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners." (Romans 5:6) God's colossal and radical love for us all showed itself when He, as Jesus, came into our world and took the massive punishment meted out at Calvary's cross. Jesus, the God-man took our guilt and shame. He asks us to trust Him in this, turn around and live our lives His way. This is the only way to have a relationship with our Creator and be innocent in the judgement.

As the net tightens in the Madeleine McCann case, maybe those responsible are thinking they may not have got away with it after all. If Scotland Yard captures them, they will pay the penalty. If they are not captured, they will still pay the penalty before God. It's a lose-lose situation for them. While we have opportunity, why not change from lose-lose to win-win? As time goes by, the net is tightening. Why not escape it and come to Jesus? Why not call it 'Operation Change'?

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Cedric Barber is co-founder of UNITE, a group of Stoke-on-Trent Christians. His views are his own.

Read more: http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Faithfully-Cedric-Barber/story-19906098-detail/story.html#!#ixzz2hCRu7XTI
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Post by marconi on 09.10.13 7:05

what a beautiful text .it gives us hope. together  we will make it.high5

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Post by Guest on 09.10.13 9:28

If this is the usual standard of Mr Barber's literary efforts, I won't be rushing to subscribe to the Staffordshire Sentinel!
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Post by MRNOODLES on 09.10.13 9:56

"And thine sycophantic followers shall one day eat humble pie" (Matthew Mark Olivier Newton John 6:66)
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Post by bobbin on 09.10.13 13:38

@Tony Bennett wrote:Yours Faithfully: Cedric Barber

A regular column in the Staffordshire Sentinel
Wednesday, October 09, 2013


QUOTE

KATE and Gerry McCann will never forget the fateful evening in 2007 when their little daughter Madeleine went missing from their holiday apartment in Portugal. What a nightmare. During a bungled inquiry by the Portuguese police, the McCanns themselves were suspected of some kind of wrongdoing, but later cleared. Now, after a two-year review, Scotland Yard has launched its own investigation, 'Operation Grange'. They say mobile phone records may hold the key to solving the disappearance. The net may be finally tightening, just when Madeleine's abductor thought it was all over. Maybe they're beginning to sweat. The Sentinel reported last Wednesday how double killer, Faisal Latif, was jailed after 21 years on the run. Latif set fire to a home in Middleport killing mother and son, Marilyn and Nicholas Cook in 1992. After the murders, he fled to the United States, assumed a new identity and married. His wife was totally unaware of his guilty past. He lived a lie for 21 years. Like little Madeleine's abductor, he must have felt certain he had got away with it all.

But what about the rest of us – those of us who are neither murderers nor abductors? What if there was a video tape of our lives which recorded the things we would rather forget? The lies, dishonesty, violence, marriage infidelity. The things we got away with that no-one else knows about, but nonetheless are violations of God's standards? Large or small, the Bible calls them sins. Let me quote two passages from the Bible. "The person who keeps all the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws." (James 3:10) "You may be sure that your sin will find you out." (Numbers 32:23). You say, "I don't do that anymore." But it still happened, and a time is coming when all people will have to face God's judgement.

Actually, we're all guilty, there's no difference. We have all sinned and fallen short of God's glorious standard. We are all going to have to give an account to God. If only there was someone like a mediator between us and God who could tell Him we're sorry and put it right for us so that we could escape the punishment of hell. Do we have to wait till it's too late to tell God we didn't mean it? The answer is no. One final Bible quote, "Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners." (Romans 5:6) God's colossal and radical love for us all showed itself when He, as Jesus, came into our world and took the massive punishment meted out at Calvary's cross. Jesus, the God-man took our guilt and shame. He asks us to trust Him in this, turn around and live our lives His way. This is the only way to have a relationship with our Creator and be innocent in the judgement.

As the net tightens in the Madeleine McCann case, maybe those responsible are thinking they may not have got away with it after all. If Scotland Yard captures them, they will pay the penalty. If they are not captured, they will still pay the penalty before God. It's a lose-lose situation for them. While we have opportunity, why not change from lose-lose to win-win? As time goes by, the net is tightening. Why not escape it and come to Jesus? Why not call it 'Operation Change'?

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Cedric Barber is co-founder of UNITE, a group of Stoke-on-Trent Christians. His views are his own.

Read more: http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Faithfully-Cedric-Barber/story-19906098-detail/story.html#!#ixzz2hCRu7XTI
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err, and take on other people's sins and get crucified for it ? mmmm no thanks.

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Post by Cristobell on 09.10.13 13:50

Not entirely barmy, he knows the net is tightening, but hasn't been too specific about where.

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