Trip to Turkey 24. Tarsus’s fairly small tourist market arcade

During my time at Tarsus, I noticed very few other foreigners visiting, apart from at the waterfall place.   Probably due to:-

1. Not many local people speak English here

2. Due to recent terror attacks in Turkey (back then just Istanbul and Ankara) visitors are not in big number.

3. Tarsus has never been well marketed as a tourist place anyway, despite being an birth place for an important man who traveled spreading the gospel who was once opposed to it and killed someone previously.   The Christian places could be better represented and some tour groups done, although this is a 99% Muslim country.

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This nice little arcade is very pleasant.


I got one of these Apostle Paul fridge magnets, just 3 TL (75p)

Tarsus is the cheapest place I have ever seen for ice cream, a small corner shop sells different local made ice creams for 1 Turkish Lira (25p)

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Spiritual warfare in communities in UK

With various travelling I have done to the Holy Land, and also to Jordan, Morocco and Turkey and other places, other battles can take place in our own home cities.

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This is Harrow in outer London.

Here, I see some people from a local evangelical church, some young black men, very bold confident, speaking out for Christ on a microphone.  One reminds me of my good friend Ashley who I met in Israel but is actually used preaching the gospel in his home town of Watford not far from me.

A few months ago, some Muslims were preaching messages from the Koran and had booklets and teaching.   In other instances they were telling us we need to have Shariah law in the UK. (shudder)

But instead the Hare Krishna movement were there today.   They seems to be in Indian costume but don’t actually look Indian at all, but Europeans dressed up in Asian type clothing with drums and bells, and have new age type books.

At another end of the street was a man dressed up in traditional Buddhist sarong type outfit.

Later on was a a nice band of musicians doing panpipes.  Although the main thing they were selling were Wind Charms, and other American Indian type stuff.   These items are supposed to keep evil spirits away, but actually Native Americans tended to worship their dead ancestors.  I think London has the highest number of cult groups in the world, the spiritual atmosphere is thick here and it can weight heavily on you.

This is my crazy shopping precinct.  This is spiritual warfare in North West London, and I sense it like I have when I have been in the middle east.   Through this I’ve been learning more of praying in tongues.  I’m relative new to this and I don’t do this to draw attention to myself.  A supernatural way of speaking to the Lord in a more urgent way when conventional words may not be enough.

In the past I would try and debate with people, but often some people from false religions will trip you up and tie you in knots as they are trained in deception.   I don’t see these people as the enemy only deceived by false man made bondage religion.   I’m excited that people can be free of this in Christ.

Its easy to worry and get fearful.  The scriptures says “Do not fear” at least 45 times.   39 in the OT and 6 in the NT


Trip to Turkey 23. Paul’s church

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St Paul’s church.  This is a Greek Orthodox congregation built by Arab Christians.   Here I found a fury friend to be a guide.   Both here and St Paul’s well required 5TL each as an entry fee, its well looked after, so seems worth giving this (£1.25)

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The church dates from 1102 but the roof done in 1862.  Its really only open during Christian holidays.   I’m really not sure of Tarsus has any local Christians who visit here.

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DSCF9175 800There are pictures of Jesus and the apostles on the ceiling but either in need of massive renovation or not really that much details compared to the cave churches early on in my journey.

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Trip to Turkey 22. Roman road from Paul’s time

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This square section of land was in the middle of Tarsus and is completely fenced off.

This is a road that dates from the time of Paul.  I could only get a picture pushing my camera in between some chain link fence.

Its exciting to think the man who brought the gospel to Europe and beyond has a journey that began from this exact spot.

This archaeological discovery was found in 1993.

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A Mormon abandons LDS for real relationship with Christ

Read this story today.   From the uninitiated, Mormonism appears close to Christianity but actually its very different.

This story this family escapes from the LDS movement

I was surprised that the article says 85% of Mormons come from a evangelical background.  One of the most difficult articles I wrote recently was on what I call “Hyper Hebrew Roots” which is a legalistic cult to gradually gets people to deny grace, their church and the New Testament in favour of law keeping.   This is why I love Israel and ministry to the Jewish people, but the number of religious weirdos popping up on the web who say they are “Hebrew Roots” or “Torah experts” horrifies me.  These don’t bring Yeshua to Jewish people, but look at bringing Judaic practices to gentile Christians in a mixed up confused way.

These cult groups I wrote a few months ago couldn’t be any further away from real Messianic Jews and traditional Jews in Israel which I love and respect.

The fact that some Christians get off track into weird teaching isn’t a surprise as the bible warns this would happen here. 1 Timothy 4 : 1

France finds out the hard way of trying to divide God’s land

Back in May, I saw this:

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Apparently the French think they can fix the Middle East crisis themselves without consulting Israel.

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Then this happened….

Joel 3:2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.

Zechariah 12:3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

Any nation that intends to interfere with God’s holy nation Israel will not be tolerated.

It genuinely frightens me in my beloved UK with leaders like Jeremy Corbyn that also want to tamper with Israel’s security and harm trade with businesses there.


Trip to Turkey 21. Signs of unrest in Tarsus

Turkey is meant to be the most secular Islamic country in the middle east, but there are signs of it becoming less stable and more observant.

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This military vehicle which looks almost like a tank was outside a police station, on my way from my hotel to the city centre.

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There were two new mosques on this 2km or so street.   Both look almost finished, I’m guess there is some kind of rendering over the concrete face not yet completed.    This looks like your average novelty box of crayola type mosque, not like some of the more outlandish buildings I saw in Morocco.

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This hastily painted over graffiti was close to my hotel and the waterfall.  You can see there is mention of the PKK, the extreme Kurdish groups that did some bomb attacks recently.

I’m not sure how stable Tarsus and much of Turkey is currently, I checked all the news before I cam here, and I didn’t want to go to Istanbul or Ankara which have had fatal bombing in recent times.   So far as as far as I have Google searched there is never been a terrorist attack in Tarsus.

Part of the reason for doing this trip now (April 2016) is things could turn out very different if the always unstable middle east charges tides this direction.   I wanted to see these place while I can.

I feel that peace between the Kurds and Turks can only happen through Christ.

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Burley. The New Forest’s dark secret

A couple of years ago, I was looking at taking a weekend break and visit my brother who lived in the New Forest.

Lyndhurst.  A quaint English village with ponies, deer, tea rooms, antiques shop and a Ferrari dealership!

I love the New Forest, in 2008 I had the chance to work for the New Forest NHS trust fixing computers in hospitals and clinics in places like Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Tatchbury Mount, Beauliu, and Lymington.   This jobs was a dream for me, as I have spent times hiking and camping there, and this job let me do some brief walking around during.

I was talking about trying to book a youth hostel in the New Forest, and found a listing for just one, in a village called Burley.   My mum overheard me and told me not to got there, it has a reputation for having a history in witchcraft.

So I thought my mum was joking until I looked it up on Google Streetmap view.  Who would know a sleepy English village would be based around the occult?

Witchcraft, occult and spiritual warfare is not just something of curiosity horror films and goth meet up parties, its very real.   Certain places I have visited you can sense it.  I’ve seen a friend delivered from an evil spirit, (who immediately accepted Christ and threw out loads of New Age stuff she previously had)  I’ve seen grown men had nervous breakdowns whilst working in the Holy Land and need to get a family member to escort them home on a plane.   I’ve seen things move around the room at 3am in my friend’s flat in a town in the Galilee, which I realised in the morning what it was later.  Actually thinking about it historically and biblically, Jesus dealt with casting out demons all the time in and around the Galilee area.

I’d still like to visit the New Forest, but not Burley. 🙂  I’m really glad I heard my mum’s advice now!

Finally I’ve used this passage lots of times regarding the occult, new age and spiritual warfare but it deserves a mention again.

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.