Archive | August, 2010

Find Your Idols

25 Aug

Here are some helpful questions to help us identify the idols which we have put in the place of God.

  1. What do you most highly value?
  2. What do you think about by default?
  3. What is your highest goal?
  4. To what or whom are you most committed?
  5. Who or what do you love the most?
  6. Who or what do you trust or depend upon the most?
  7. Who or what do you fear the most?
  8. Who or what do you hope in and hope for most?
  9. Who or what do you desire the most? Or, what desire makes you most angry or makes you despair when it is not satisfied?
  10. Who or what do you most delight in or hold as your greatest joy and treasure?
  11. Who or what captures your greatest zeal?
  12. To whom or for what are you most thankful?
  13. For whom or what great purpose do you work?

(HT: Desiring God)

Tell them “It’s the Table”

14 Aug

A clip from Dad’s sermon on Psalm 23v5.

“You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.”

For the full sermon download Mp3 or watch the Video

Gartmore Group Photos

11 Aug

Alyssa has started putting her photos of Gartmore on this website and the group photos are now available. Once all are available I’ll do a post with some of the great photos that she and Stephanie took.

Young Adults Weekend 2010 Form

10 Aug

Courtesy of Cream Bun, we have the Young Adults’ Weekend 2010 form available to download, print and fill in at your leisure. The YAW returns to Mullartown House near Annalong, and takes place from 3rd – 5th of September. Newly-installed Moderator Rev. Barry Galbraith will be speaking, and it promises to be a great weekend. Anyone over 18 can apply, and for those who haven’t been before, expect a more laid-back but also more spiritually intense version of Camp Reunion. Highly recommended. It’s always sunny too. The weekend is dirt cheap at £35 if you book before 28th August. So click the green text below and print out the pdf.

Last year. See?

YAW form

Dromore Champions League 2010

7 Aug

Please pray for our Champions League Holiday Bible Club taking place next week. Pray that God would bring children along to the event and ask for his blessing on those organising the football and giving talks.

Other news:

As WordPress has become more Facebook friendly you can now “like” posts on Another King. You’ll see the “like” button above the comments section on each post. Though I suppose I shouldn’t be encouraging such time-wasting – see Dad’s blog.

Fantasy Football 2011

6 Aug

Join the RP Championship or the Another King league on the official Barclays Premierleague Fantasy Football. If you’ve any problems just ask.

RP Championship code: 547436-130699

Another King code: 547436-130703

Sky Sports’ compilation of the climax of last season. This year’s drama begins on August 14th.

An Interview with the Prof.

4 Aug

And so, the week had flew by, and Gartmore was indeed over, a fantastic week enjoyed by all with many memories to cherish. On the Saturday morning, the various Conferee’s left the Conference Centre car by car, driving out of the Trossach’s area and making their way to either the Ports or Airports to go home. Having secured a lift home with Uncle Robert the week previous, this blogger saw a glimmer of opportunity which he took with both hands, and now for your reading pleasure, I have secured the first post-Gartmore interview with the Speaker for the week. So sit back and relax, read on as we gain an insight into how Prof. Robert McCollum really found the week and the various things he came away with…

1. What motivated you to speak on the book of Haggai during the week?

I was aware that the Conference coincided with the 450th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation and so I had to select a Bible passage or book that would, to some extent, illustrate that theme.  Having prayed about the matter for some months I believed that Haggai was not only suitable as we reflected on what God did in the past but contained some very relevant challenges for today.

2. What was the main thing that you yourself took away from the studies in Haggai?

The main thing that I took from Haggai was the importance of a heart commitment to Christ.  We can be so busy doing good things – serving Christ with our head and hands, our lips and feet, but Christ requires that we serve him with our hearts.  In Proverbs 23:26 the Lord says, “My son give me your heart“.  The Jews had returned to temple rebuilding but in their hearts they were not devoted to the Lord (Haggai 2:17).  It is so vital for us to be wholehearted in the worship, witness and service that we give to Christ.

3. What was the biggest encouragement received during the week?

There were many things that encouraged me.  The greatest however came when Jonathan and Adrienne Haney (Pennsylvania), reported on their experience with the 11-14 year olds (Reformed Youth Crew).  They informed the conference on ‘reflection night’ how much that age group had gained from the sermons and how they were able to discuss intelligently the points of application made from Haggai.

4. What was your favourite activity while staying in Scotland?

Because I was speaking each morning I purposefully avoided many of the activities so that I could rest, prepare and pray for the next day’s preaching.  However, I did go to Edinburgh on the Reformation Tour and thoroughly enjoyed the tour which included Giles Cathedral, National Museum of Scotland and Greyfriars churchyard.  This visit helped to remind me of some of the facts associated with the Scottish Reformation.  The highlight of the afternoon was the Conventicle at the Grassmarket where 150 of us worshipped God and remembered the sacrifice made by many of our spiritual ancestors who were executed at that spot for the Crown Rights of King Jesus and the Covenanted Work of Reformation.

5 . What was your favourite seminar and why?

My favourite seminar was ‘Show and Tell – communication techniques for pastors, SS teachers, HBC leaders and parents’ by Ken and Floy Smith.

So much of my ministry is about communicating.  To be an effective minister of the gospel good communication is vital.  I am therefore always keen to learn from others who have developed skills in this area.  One of the main things that Ken and Floy reinforced was the importance of being a good listener and asking those seeking help appropriate questions.  It is only when we know where people are at in their lives that we can effectively apply relevant gospel truths.

6. How demanding is it to speak at a week of Conference?  What rewards are there for you?

I have to say that it is extremely demanding.  There has to be much prayer.  As well as that there has to be thorough preparation.  Not only must the text be carefully studied in its original context but the Word must be applied in a way that is relevant to the people attending the conference.

A major reward in speaking at a conference is that I was the one who gained most out of the messages from Haggai.  Such a close study of the Word touched my own heart and challenged me over and over again.


7. Did you enjoy speaking at the conference in Scotland over the significant anniversary due to your keen interest in history?

Yes, I did enjoy being in Scotland and at a conference when such a significant anniversary was being commemorated.  I have always been interested in history.  Most research must be carried out in the study or in libraries.  However, being where things actually happened reinforces on the mind what God did in the past and makes it more memorable.

8. Deep, deep, down what would be your first preference of accommodation – the house or the campsite?

This question has made me think.  If truth be told, deep, deep down inside my heart there is still the thrill and excitement of living in a tent and mixing with the others on the campsite at previous conferences.  However, facts have to be faced and bearing in mind the age and stage of my life the more secure accommodation of a house has to be the preference!!

9. What is the main thing that you hope conferees take away from the studies?

Many people came to the conference unsure about what relevance Haggai had for them in serving Christ today.  I hope they went away seeing that this Old Testament book has a message that stirs us up to serve the Lord, challenging our lethargy and complacency and gives us a vision of the glory that is yet to be revealed when Christ returns in all his majesty.

10. Describe your Conference experience with 3 words:

Teaching, Fellowship and Fun.

Robert and wife Sandra, relaxing after a very successful week.

Thank you to Prof. McCollum for this opportunity to interview him!