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The Anabaptist

The Anabaptist

By David Holdsworth
The home of Poems, Prayers, Essays, Stories, Tunes, Audiobooks & Devotions. Estb. 2020 by David Timothy Holdsworth. This podcast combines David's homemade broadcasts and various public domain recordings that may be of interest. David is a graduate of Highland Theological College & Inverness College. A Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend. Non-conformist, Follower of Jesus, A Revolution of the Heart . A shy guy (INFJ, SAD, HSP, Empath) originally from the Isle of Skye who now works as a keyworker in Midlothian. Memberships include Evana Network, Christian CND and Centrepoint Church.
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The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 2:6

The Anabaptist

The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 2:6

The Anabaptist

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Essential - A Story
By David Timothy Holdsworth - Essential: "I am essential!" The preacher roars in his hundred dollar suit. His hundreds strong holy huddle of pew warmers burst into an applause of rapture as they prepare for the second offering. The TV channel switches to pre-recorded "Tele-Evangelist mode". The cheers echoe through the giant money making machine. Like an idol his image flashes across giant screens in the auditorium. As he speaks he suddenly remembers his brother across town. In an old tin tabernacle the gentle shepherd speaks to his flock. "I am not essential... Except the Lord builds the house the builders build in vain." He says this while ministering in a soup kitchen as he serves the needy. Later that day he plans to do food drops and work in a care home. At evening prayers his prayer would be as he helped refugees at the docks and prisoners in the cells. Then at night he would minister on the streets as a practical pastor to the needy and outcast. Each moment of his daily life he shares in word and deed the good news of Jesus. As the popular preacher thinks about his friend he pauses and bows his head muttering quietly: "I am essential, right?" He looks at his text for today and trembles a little: “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ (Is 58:6 - 9a) In a strange moment of epiphany he realises he has done none of these things. He has not chosen the correct fast. The giant of a man shaking falls on his knees. With uncomfortable tears an unsettling silence falls over his audience. The show is over. He doesn't hide behind the smoke machine, move the spot light, call the band on stage or even ask an elder to take over. The TV channel switches quickly to pre-recorded adverts asking for money to build a bigger auditorium and offers proverbial indulgences. Meanwhile he simply falls still. A long strange silence. Some time passes and he gently arises as if from the dead. "Today we must become His hands and feet in this world. Today we must become essential." From that moment on he follows the passage he had read to the letter. He gives the poor shepherd his suit, helps repair his brothers tin roof, and joins in the works of mercy he had so neglected. Some of his audience have merely been that and abandon him, while others join the essential work of seeing God's kingdom come both in word and deed. When he asks his new lead Pastor at the tin tabernacle, who he fondly calls Shep now (short for shepherd) for advice the response is "Humbly take up the cross, put your hand to the plough, don't look back, become what you use to call essential. Preach, use words when you have to. Be His hands and feet in this world, a hearer, teacher and doer of the word - now that is essentially what is essential." And that is essentially what he does. By God's grace alone he has faith alone in Christ alone for God's glory alone and becomes a doer of the word, a bearer of fruit. After all surely these are the essentials just as God is essential. He is essential. Essential.
04:41
January 15, 2021
A Definition of Anabaptist
By David Timothy Holdsworth - An Anabaptist is a type of Christian who normally traces the views they have to the "Radical Reformation" of the 16th century. The distinctives of such a movement are normally, but not solely, believers baptism, a nonviolent ethic, and separation of church and state. Being a Reformation group they also tend to believe in salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. They endeavour to follow Jesus with a biblically-based life. Like Evangelicals and Charismatics they exist in many different denominations and also have movements or denominations directly birthed from them. 'What happened four hundred years ago? Well, whatever your views may be, you will have to admit that it was one of the most remarkable historical phenomena that has ever taken place. It is no exaggeration to say that the Protestant Reformation changed and turned the entire course of history, not only the history of the church but secular history too.' - D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES '[Christ] is everywhere, but he does not wish that you grope for him everywhere. Grope rather where the Word is, and there you will lay hold of him in the right way.' - Martin Luther
01:46
January 14, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 2:7 - End
Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
1:23:03
January 13, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 2:6
Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
1:23:58
January 12, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 2:4,5
Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
1:08:54
January 11, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 2:1-3
Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
1:18:48
January 10, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - Part 2
This podcast includes The Authors Way and the Pilgrimage of Christina and Her Children. Once again thanks to Librivox for releasing these recordings into the public domain.
43:35
January 9, 2021
Abide With Me
Played on the piano. Public domain recording sourced from https://www.smallchurchmusic.com
02:45
January 8, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - Part 1 Ends
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
01:52
January 7, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 10
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
33:13
January 6, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 9
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
1:03:50
January 5, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 8
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
09:53
January 4, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 7
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
46:31
January 3, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 6
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
27:53
January 2, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 5
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
46:24
January 1, 2021
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 4
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
24:17
December 31, 2020
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 3
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
45:50
December 30, 2020
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 2
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
29:19
December 29, 2020
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - 1
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
34:09
December 28, 2020
The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (Audiobook) - Apology
The Pilgrim's Progress John BUNYAN (1628 - 1688) Translated into over 100 languages, The Pilgrim's Progress is one of the most famous classics of literature. It is an allegorical novel, describing a Christian's journey through life to reach heaven. Part 1 was written by John Bunyan in 1679 whilst he was imprisoned for conducting unauthorised religious services, whilst Part 2 was not written until 1684, and is not included in many versions of this text. This recording includes both parts, and inline scripture references. (Summary by Joy Chan)
11:27
December 27, 2020
Silent Night - 1 Day to Christmas
Thanks to Librivox for releasing this recording into the public domain.
03:28
December 24, 2020
A Christmas Bible Reading Tyndales -2 Days to Christmas
Thanks to Librivox for releasing this recording into the public domain.
03:07
December 23, 2020
Twas The Night Before Christmas - 3 Days to Christmas
Thanks to Librivox for releasing this recording into the public domain.
03:04
December 22, 2020
A Christmas Carol by Martin Luther - 4 Days to Christmas
Thanks to Librivox for releasing this recording into the public domain.
02:10
December 21, 2020
A Christmas Bible Reading - 5 Days to Christmas
ESV version read by David Timothy Holdsworth.
01:03
December 20, 2020
Hallelujah! - 6 Days to Christmas
Thanks to Librivox for this public domain recording.
03:47
December 19, 2020
Day 7 of Be Still - Questions
By David Timothy Holdsworth - Why are we here? Why do the nations rage? Why do the wicked prosper? Where do wars come from? Who am I Lord? What must I do to be saved? Revival, how long Lord? In all our questions you have the answers. Help us to keep asking questions. Help us to listen. Help us to be still and know that you are God. Song version also available.
01:15
December 3, 2020
Day 6 of Be Still - The Pig Of No Compassion
By David Timothy Holdsworth - Would we rather love winning? Or the pig of a loveless comfort zone? Would we rather a man be provided for? Or the pig of no compassion? Would we rather a man be clothed? Or the pig of humiliation? Would we rather a man be housed? Or the pig of homelessness? Would we rather a man be healed? Or the pig of demonic legions? Would we rather God's kingdom advancing? Or the pig of the world, the flesh and the devil? We want love, provision, clothing, a home, His kingdom! Let's treat others as we would like to be treated. Whatsoever we do to the least of these brothers we do unto Jesus. Therefore, let's choose compassion, not the pigs. (Influenced by the story of The Rich Man and Lazurus).
01:49
December 2, 2020
Day 5 of Be Still - Love Wins
By David Timothy Holdsworth - Love will win in the end, dear friends. Love will win. There are whispers of a word. Amidst the chaos and confusion of a dark and angry world, it echoes through the mist. My heart heard this misunderstood little word. It heard and was blessed. The word love caused my heart to skip a beat and my soul to become merry. Could it be that even in mans darkest hours, love still lives? Indeed it lives and breaths all things pure. But what is the meaning of such a word? Could it be the joy of babes playing a merry little din? Is it the splendour of a spring morning? Or the beauty of a maidens face basked in sunlight? Or perhaps its just a word we use in season to gain something in return? Maybe its just a word the poets like to write? Nay, it is more. Surely true love is self-sacrifice. Its the laying down of ones life for a friend. Even an enemy. Its the will to bless those who curse us To love our haters To forgive our debtors as Jesus forgives his. Love is not some superficial myth, but a dream of things better. It was love that allowed Gods own Son to give himself into mans angry hands. It was love that sent him beyond this realm to prepare a peaceful place for us. Our Promised Land, our Paradise. Yes, behold, it is love that is the greatest thing! (This poem won a prize at AllPoetry.com).
02:42
December 1, 2020
Day 4 of Be Still - Hope in Jesus
By David Timothy Holdsworth - What happens when I die? The voice of angels that do not cry. Ladder to heaven. Death has won? Nay, Life has won. Death: where is her sting, where is her victory? No shame in dying, no shame in living. Crushed to earth, but rising again. In Christ alone my hope is found. What happens when you die? The voice of angels that do not cry?
01:13
November 30, 2020
Day 3 of Be Still - Legions of Hope
By David Timothy Holdsworth - We are the legions of hope. We are his hands and feet. We are the chosen. Gifted by Grace, Gifted to serve. Called out of darkness, Called to the light. Voices in the wilderness, His voice for the oppressed. By His grace alone We are the legions of hope. (This piece won a prize at AllPoetry.com).
01:09
November 29, 2020
Day 2 of Be Still - Day of the Martyrs
By David Timothy Holdsworth - Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10 ESV) Gathering of light.  Sacred assembly of love.  Age of war, hate, and strife.  The day of the martyrs has just begun.  Blood stained standing stones.  Anabaptists tears, angels song.  The day of the martyrs has just begun.  Ice cracks, foe falls.  Pilgrim saves.  To burning he must go.  Stands fast, dies slow, proclaims love for all to know.  The day of the martyrs has just begun. (Published in the anthology Poetic Velocity. This poem reflects on the powerful faith and love of many Christian martyrs. The main one is the story of Dirk Willems who was an Anabaptist Christian martyr. He was being hunted for his faith and he turned back to save his enemy when his enemy fell through some ice. Dirk was burnt at the stake for his faith despite his merciful gesture. He entered heaven with a clean conscience.  You can buy the anthology at: AllPoetry.com).
01:38
November 28, 2020
Day 1 of Be Still - Testimony
By David Timothy Holdsworth
07:54
November 27, 2020
Gospel Service - Romans Road
A service by David Timothy Holdsworth.
09:05
November 23, 2020
Behold I Make All Things New - A Poem
A piece of performance poetry by David Timothy Holdsworth.
02:44
November 22, 2020
The Light and Face of Jesus - A Service
A service by David Timothy Holdsworth.
16:26
November 1, 2020
My Christian Testimony - A Service
A service by David Timothy Holdsworth.
11:22
October 4, 2020
Theme Tune - 'Questions'
Questions: Lyrics by David Timothy Holdsworth, adapted to Music by Colin Campbell. Lyrics: Why are we here? Why do the nations rage? Why do the wicked prosper? Where do wars come from? Who am I Lord? What must I do to be saved? Revival, how long Lord? In all our questions you have the answers. Help us to keep asking questions. Help us to listen. Help us to be still and know that you are God.
01:44
October 3, 2020