Archive | February, 2008

Extra Day and Other News

25 Feb

This Friday will be the 29th February. Do something useful with your extra day this year.

Leading Christian lawyers will be speaking at this meeting due to take place on Friday and will be held at Trinity RPC, 8:00pm- 10:00pm.

Other News

Dromore RPC’s church website has been redone by Dromore’s Short Term Service Worker , Stephen Steele. Sermons are available to download and listen. Click here to check it out.

There will be leaflet distribution in Enniskillen on Saturday 8th March. Volunteers welcome.

Prayer Request: The Year 13 Bible Study starts up again tomorrow in School. Pray that we will all learn more as we study Daniel and that God will use it to equip the Christians in Friends School Lisburn to be better witnesses for him through it.

Light Shining Out Of Darkness

23 Feb
Just because I don’t believe we should sing hymns as part of worship doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate them as great poetry. In fact I think this is possibly one of the greatest pieces of poetry I’ve ever come across. Enjoy.

Light Shining Out Of Darkness
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the LORD by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding ev’ry hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
GOD is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.

William Cowper

"Funny As" KJV Video

20 Feb

“Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.” (1 Kings 14:10, KJV)

If only Dad would preach more like this!

Tested By Fire

16 Feb


Tested By Fire

John Piper

Inter-Varsity Press

£7.99

In this book Piper gives brief biographies of John Bunyan, William Cowper and David Brainerd and the fruit of the afflictions which they suffered. This book with three brief biographies is about more than gaining knowledge about the lives of other christians or reading an intriguing story. It is easily read and presents real challenges and lessons to be applied in our own lives. Suitable for all christians as it is simple to read and reinforces the crucial lesson of the link between trials and grace.

“Let go of what holds you back from full and radical service” John Piper

Available online from Amazon and Inter-Varsity Press.

P.S. Interestingly if you click on the Amazon link and scroll down, under “Product Description” it quotes from an RP minister in a certain modern, colourful publication.

P.P.S. Check out this clip from TV series ER. “I want a real chaplain who believes in a real God and a real hell!” Watch the clip on Between Two Worlds.

February Quote of the Month

15 Feb

Sorry I have taken ages getting this quote of the Month sorted, my intellectual capabillites arent quite as good as my partner in crime here so have been searching around for one untill last Sabbath night when Uncle Robert came out with a beast quote from John Calvin during his sermon.

The sermon was based upon Jeremiah 23 vs. 28-29, The Power of Gods Word (feel free to listen online any time at http://www.lisburn.rpc.org/) and from the passage, Uncle Robert had explained how Gods word is like 3 different things, Wheat, Fire and a Hammer. When explaining about the Hammer he said how Gods word is used to:

“subdue the depraved affections of the flesh…even in the elect; but it does not break the elect, for they suffer themselves to be subdued.” John Calvin

Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day from Don’t Make Friends With Salad!

While considering writing a post regarding Valentine’s Day I pondered condemning it as a Papist Holy Day which we should avoid or perhaps as another example of our materialistic culture. Having thought about it further the first option would just have made me seem lonely whilst any blogging hippy could have written the second!

Apparently Valentine’s Day is all about love. A day to spend with that special someone or maybe a day to spend wishing that you had a special someone to spend it with. The world often teaches that relationships are the key to happiness, this is a lie. The happiness that you experience with another person will not last forever, it will not make you truly happy and complete. The Bible teaches that there is a relationship much more important than any guy or girl.

If you are not a Christian your most important relationship of all is hopelessly broken. Everyone is born a sinner and is thus seperated from God as he is holy and cannot turn a blind eye to sin. No amount of flowers or chocolate will patch up this relationship. We can only be reconcilled through trusting in the completed work of Christ upon the cross. Your relationship with God is the only relationship which will last forever and bring true joy into your life. You need to sort this relationship out today.

If you are a Christian maybe you should consider spending part of this Valentine’s Day reflecting not merely on another individual but on Christ’s love for you. Your relationship with him is far more important. It should be our continual prayer that we fall more and more in love with our sweet Saviour everyday.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”(John 15:13).

James McCullough
M, 17, GSOH,
Enjoys long walks on beaches

New chat up line?

Blog Facelift

13 Feb

Hope you enjoy the new blog facelift. We’d appreciate your feedback about it.

I would also like to clarify despite the blog’s new look there is no truth in the current rumours that the name will shortly be changed to “Don’t Make Friends With Methodists”. ;)

Enjoy reading the new look blog!