Archive | June, 2010

Rev. Stephen Neilly

29 Jun

Former minister of 3rd Portglenone Presbyterian, Rev. Stephen Neilly, applied to become a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland at Synod earlier this month. It was decided that he would be available for a call from next January. Rev. Neilly preached in Dromore recently and I thought some of you might be interested to see who he is and watch his two sermons from Luke 9.


Chasing after some Beloved

28 Jun

“Now a word to you that are young, who are full of health and strength and who are chasing after some beloved ambition or some beloved pleasure. Stop and consider. What are all your beloveds compared to Christ the true beloved? What satisfaction and happiness have your beloveds brought you? Show us the peace, quietness and assurance of everlasting blessedness that they have brought you. Their paths are crooked. Whoever walks in them shall not know peace. So look and see that these is a fit object for your highest love, one in whom you will find nothing to grieve or trouble you to eternity. Behold, he stands at the door of your soul and knocks. Do not reject him, lest you seek for him and do not find him.  Why do you spend your precious time in idleness and foolishness,  wasting your precious time?”

John Owen, Communion with God (Abridged and made easy to read by R.J.K. Law)

Why Your Church Doesn’t Feel Like A Family

25 Jun

(HT: Take Your Vitamin Z)

Rise…and rise again

22 Jun

I’m sure perhaps most of you have heard of, read about or even seen the latest Robin Hood movie starring the acting talents of Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Differing from previous movies and series about the legendary outlaw from Nottingham, this movie attempts to show the birth of the legend and how he ends up roaming freely in Sherwood Forest, ‘robbing the rich, to feed the poor’, along with his Merry Men.

Not quite the look that Russell Crowe went for in the end...

I myself found it to be an interesting take on the myth and it was an enjoyable movie to sit through. However, just in case you’re wanting to click away from this post, it isn’t the start of a monthly Movie Review series on Another King, I only wanted to share with you some thing that I picked up on in the film.

The story follows that Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), soon to be Robin of the Hood, was part of England’s crusade to the Holy Lands and on the way back, they seek a quick exit across the Channel after their lion-hearted King Richard dies in battle from a stray arrow shot by the French castle’s Cook (some historical facts have been tweaked here for theatrical purposes I presume).Whilst making their way to the Channel, they witness the sight of an ambush, it is here that the story really begins, as Robin and his men unlawfully become Knights and take the Crown back to London. However, Robin is in the company of one of these Knights in his dying moments, and he makes a promise to return his sword to his Father in Nottingham.

No green tights were seen...

So, i’m a big fan of Russell Crowe movies and generally find him inspiring in the roles he plays (A Beautiful Mind, The Gladiator etc.) but i’m not generally a big fan of inspirational lines from movies, especially the ones that come off so very corny. However, the odd line does come across quite well, and grips me, and one such line was given in this Robin Hood film. Upon checking out this sword given to him, Robin discovers a motto that was engraved upon the hilt, (later in the film we find out that it was Robin’s father who introduced it to him), and it reads like this ‘Rise, and rise again, until lambs become lions’.

The message given here, is one of never giving up, and Robin then uses this to go on to, unify England, defeat traitors  and invading Frenchmen whilst getting the girl in the end.

As soon as I got a realisation of what this motto meant in the film, it got me thinking, not about joining a group of bandits and heading for the richest of the rich in Northern Ireland! But about what potential message this has for the Christian in life. I couldn’t help but think back to passages such as Isaiah 65:25 where it says ‘The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox.’ and Isaiah 11:6, ‘The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat.’ This explaining, how when Christ Jesus returns to Earth, the New Heavens and the New Earth will be brought and sin will be no-where to be seen and every thing shall dwell in harmony.

Perhaps in hindsight Robin Hood isn’t the best example to be using but during the film, it made me come up with a new slogan, ‘Rise, and rise again, untill lambs lie with lions’. As Christians, we too should never give up in our pursuit of righteousness and honouring God, we must strive to keep on going, untill Christ returns and we reap the true benefits of his death on the cross for us.

I'd like to say that I drew up this illustration to back up my cleverly designed slogan...but...

Thanks for reading folks!

Join the Church to Reach the World

22 Jun
The fourth reason from Rev. David McCullough’s series answering the question “Why Join the Church?”

We should join a local church for the sake of reaching the lost.  When we work together we can better spread the Gospel at home and overseas. A local church which is Biblical is a lighthouse to the world.  When we take on membership we back up the missionary endeavours of the church. Together in the church we can reach our towns and community and combine our efforts to further the gospel across the world.

Why Join the Church?

Introduction

1. To Obey

2. To Receive Care

3. To Fulfil Responsibilities

4. To Reach the Lost World

5. To Bring God Glory

Mission Rally 2010

19 Jun

Rev. Andrew Kerr’s address questions why have Reformed Christians fled the centres of population and calls for us to change our thinking. May we have the same compassion Christ showed for Jerusalem for our cities.

Download: The City and Mission

I Shall Not Want

15 Jun

A short clip from the sermon “The LORD is my Shepherd” preached by Rev. David McCullough at our Precommunion service last Friday. You can also download the sermon mp3.

Last time I posted  a link I claimed that you could now subscribe to a feed of Dromore’s sermon Mp3’s though it might not have worked. Now I think I’ve resolved the issues and you should be able to receive the latest sermons via iTunes or other Podcast receiving software.

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