Introducing Trevor Dinsmore!
Trevor Dinsmore is a long standing and personal friend of our pastor Ian Wilson.
Hi – Trevor Dinsmore here, saved on the 26th April 1982 by the grace of God I have been a gospel musician and bible teacher for some 37 years now. Having come from a background of being a professional musician, it has been a wonderful journey to see the medium of music being so fruitful for the kingdom of God instead of being a negative and destructive force.
I have travelled on mission teams around Australia, New Zealand, England and Russia and have seen God move greatly in the salvation of souls and healings.
Married with 2 beautiful children and a lovely wife, I have run my own business for some 23 years which has paid for my ministry and mission trips, and enabled me to be a witness to the gospel in the electrical industry I work in.
I have been a guest speaker in many churches as well as the full gospel mens breakfasts and performed bible and music clinics wherever I have gone.
God has enabled me to extend my teaching ministry to different media and at present I have a daily Facebook page where I post those thoughts that the Holy Spirit inspires.
Jesus is my Lord, my Saviour, my deliverer and provider, and my hope and inspiration and I give all glory to Him.
A Lived in Face
Saw a program from Monaco where they have this annual super yacht sale for the rich folks – upwards of $180 million US for one of these floating hotels. The slick salesman was saying how he ‘picks’ the right buyers and one way is “there are faces that have been lived in and there are those who have been looked after“!
What a statement because I have seen some well lived in faces myself, in fact I think I have one and I know it’s probably not from being an upright citizen! But I would rather have a lived-in face than the fake, botoxed and pampered face that the rich can have, a face that is untouched by the needs around them, uncaring and totally consumed with self.
I believe Jesus had a lived-in face, a face that was lined with the cares for a fallen world – a face that reflected His deep compassion for the desperate spiritual needs of us humans, a need that is even greater today than ever. We are alive but we can be dead inside, we can pamper and paint the outside of the vessel but be a “whitewashed tomb” as Jesus put it. At my age now my greatest fear would be to be without my daily relationship with Jesus, to not experience His Spirit within me, talking and guiding my life and prompting me to the needs of others around me.
John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The abundant life Jesus offers is found in relationship with those around us, it’s not living in isolation or inside your wallet, its being in vital, caring, loving and Godly relationship, something the rich and pampered have great difficulty with for their wealth separates them and can make them suspicious and insecure.
Jesus loved little children, He also spent 3 days living with the despised Samaritans, touched the lepers, worked miracles amongst the poor common people and did not hang with the “upper crust” which is something common with the modern ‘super star’ speakers who blow smoke up each other and live in a pampered world.
You see Jesus telling the story of the rich man and Lazarus, and even in torment in the grave the once rich man who ignored Lazarus is now demanding he come and meets his needs…. how arrogant! And the chilling answer he gets from Abraham is found in
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, “Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.”
Lazarus had the lived-in face, but he also had something more valuable than the rich man’s wealth – he had faith in Jesus despite his humble life and now he has become the wealthy one! Jesus still wears the scars and marks of a life lived, a lived-in face that carried our sins to the Cross because of His great love, and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us who have lived in faces!
John 15:13 No one has greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
Well we had the passing of that great boxer Cassius Clay, who after conversion to Islam changed his name to Muhammad Ali, and the common thread of the comments this week is that “here was a man who used his position to promote peace in the world”!
Well I am sorry but this statement is at odds with not only the violence of his profession, so violent it left him with brain damage, but also at odds with his religion, a religion that is responsible for 95% of the worlds current wars and conflicts – Muslims killing Muslims! Their idea of peace is for everyone to be forced to profess Islam and the worlds idea of peace is for everyone to tolerate each other’s sinful lifestyle choices in the name of “love”!
Let’s contrast this with the ‘prince of peace’, Jesus Christ who, contrary to many people, DID NOT pray for the world and DID NOT come to bring peace! John 17:9 “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine”. and
” Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. ” Matt 10:34
So how can you call Him the Prince of peace you may be thinking? Well true peace is only found in our surrender to the God Who created us – this is the only cure for mankind, to silence the inner conflicts and wars that rage inside the human heart bringing pain and suffering.
You see God is not on our side, He is on His side, and the only choice is whether we choose to join Him or not because he is the only ultimate victor in the war between God, man and Satan and no amount of rebellion or protesting will ever make Him sway His mind away from THE truth for He is under no illusion about us –
John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”…..God knows the thoughts and intents of our sinful hearts and is under no illusion that the world by and large detests Him Who would dare to bring any moral constraint upon them, and thus they hate true Christianity and its moral boundaries!’
As I have declared openly for many years, cut off the world before it cuts you off! – it has no true love for you with all its hypocrisy, violence and perversion, there is only ONE Who loves you despite your failures, despite your sin and He demonstrated that by sending His Son Jesus to take your punishment upon Himself, the innocent for the guilty and if you accept His offer of forgiveness you will find true peace, true love and true hope in a world that does not!
How Rich are You?
As the old saying goes,”The wages of sin is death but the wages of some are ridiculous!” as we read Forbes ‘rich list’ of wealthy people with Bill Gates at #1 with $81.1 Billion, Warren Buffett with $73.8 Billion, a Spanish guy called Amancio Ortega with $67 Billion, and a Mexican man called Carlos Slim Helu coming in 4th with $50 Billion!!!!
That is more than the income of most countries which staggers the mind but each of these only own a portion of the worlds wealth! They all fade into insignificance next to one man, one man who own’s it all, the whole world and everything in it, now that is REALLY rich and yet gave it all up to save the world, and then to receive it all back again – the man Jesus the Christ!
2 Corinthians 8:9:
You think of the splendour of heaven where he resided and in Rev 21 we see not only is the city made of pure gold but so are the streets – He used pure gold at some $1220 US dollars an ounce for road base!….now that is wealth beyond our imagination but He surrendered it all willingly to become like us (beggars) so that through His poverty we may be made rich and that is what Easter is all about if only us pea brain humans could see.
As they say “some people are so poor all they have is money!” – the real riches are the forgiveness of a lifetime of sin and the promise of eternal life in the perfection of Heaven at the feet of Jesus, the King above all kings and money cannot buy that, but Jesus did!
I am sure Bill Gates would be unwilling to share his wealth with common old me and yet Jesus did – don’t want to brag but it’s so incredible and wonderful to know the richest man in the universe personally!…thank You Lord.